Author: Michael Love


Madison Marks, Morgan Gamble, Rylee Eaton and Emily Bonelli are returning starters for the 2019 Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team.
With new coach, veteran roster, Apollo-Ridge girls eye return trip to playoffs
November 18, 2019
Mike Monstrola served as a coach for the Apollo-Ridge junior high boys basketball program last year, but he often made it a point to take in games involving the Vikings boys and girls varsity teams.

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Apollo-Ridge basketball coach Greg Fox prepares his team at practice on Nov. 14, 2019.
Apollo-Ridge boys basketball looks to take one more step forward
The Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team made a leap back to prominence last year, improving by seven wins, both overall and in section play, from the year before.

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Freeport’s Lauren Lampus (14) competes against North Catholic during PIAA 2A semifinal gamr Nov. 12, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Freeport, Knoch volleyball teams reflect on PIAA runs
November 16, 2019
Only 16 high school girls volleyball teams were left standing last Tuesday as the four classifications moved to the semifinal round of the PIAA playoffs.

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North Catholic’s Dominique Felix (11) hits against Freeport during a PIAA Class AA semifinal.
PIAA Class AA volleyball finals primer: North Catholic vs. North Penn-Liberty
November 15, 2019
North Penn-Liberty (22-0) vs. North Catholic (22-1)

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North Allegheny’s Abby Miller sets a ball against Shaler.
PIAA Class AAAA volleyball finals primer: North Allegheny vs. Bishop Shanahan
Bishop Shanahan (23-0) vs. North Allegheny (22-1)

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Fox Chapel’s Christian Fitch keeps pace with the leaders during the WPIAL Class AAA boys cross country race on Oct. 24, 2019, at California University. Fitch finished the race fourth.
Fox Chapel’s Fitch, Sisson named A-K Valley cross country runners of year
November 14, 2019
Fox Chapel seniors Christian Fitch and Grace Sisson were selected as the Alle-Kiski cross country runners of the year as a part of the 2019 All-Star teams.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp signed a national letter of intent with Bucknell on Wednesday.
Kiski Area wrestlers, other A-K Valley athletes sign letters of intent
November 13, 2019
Last year at this time, Nick Delp saw Kiski Area graduates Cam Connor and Darren Miller sign Division I National Letters of Intent to wrestle at Penn and Bucknell, respectively.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar records a kill during the WPIAL Class AAAA championship match.
North Allegheny keeps hopes of PIAA volleyball 3-peat alive
November 12, 2019
The North Allegheny girls volleyball team captured PIAA gold the past two seasons, and the Tigers will go after their third consecutive crown and sixth in program history after defeating Landisville Hempfield 3-1 in a Class AAAA semifinal match Tuesday at Altoona High School.

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Knoch’s Rory McCune (right) blocks a shot against Palmyra during the Knights’ PIAA Class AAA semifinal.
Palmyra ends Knoch’s volleyball season in state semifinals
Things started well for the Knoch girls volleyball team in Tuesday’s PIAA Class AAA semifinal against Palmyra at Altoona High School.

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Freeport’s Mackensey Jack blocks a shot by Brookville’s Maggie Mackins during a PIAA Class AA first-round match.
Freeport volleyball set for high-stakes rematch with North Catholic
November 11, 2019
As the Freeport girls volleyball team was taking care of Beaver on Saturday in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal at Shaler, North Catholic and defending PIAA champion Bald Eagle Area squared off for another spot in the state semifinals.

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Freeport starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman went 9-2 with a 0.67 ERA last season.
Standout Freeport pitcher Jarrett Heilman gives verbal commitment to Mercyhurst
Jarrett Heilman is busy preparing for his final high school baseball season with a Freeport, which returns numerous starters and key contributors from last spring’s run to a Section 1-3A title and the PIAA playoffs.

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Knoch’s Ally Albert returns serve against Franklin Regional during a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal Saturday at Shaler Area High School.
Knoch volleyball sweeps Franklin Regional to move into state semifinals
November 9, 2019
The Knoch girls volleyball team swept Franklin Regional when the teams met in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals last week.

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Freeport celebrates after scoring against Beaver during a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game Nov. 9, 2019, at Shaler Area High School.
Freeport volleyball sweeps Beaver, moves into PIAA semifinals
The Freeport girls volleyball team is returning to a familiar place.

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Knoch’s Rory McCune and Hannah Rowe block the shot of South Fayette’s Lauren Saulle during PIAA Class AAA first-round action Tuesday.
Knoch block party frustrates volleyball foes
November 8, 2019
In last week’s WPIAL Class AAA semifinal victory over Franklin Regional, Knoch girls volleyball players recorded more than two dozen blocks, with four players leading the way with six apiece.

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Freeport senior Lauren Lampus had the match-ending kill in a PIAA first-round matchup with Brookville on Tuesday.
Freeport refocuses, gets set for PIAA volleyball quarterfinals
After two emotional and physically draining five-set matches to cap the WPIAL playoffs, senior outside hitter Lauren Lampus and the other Freeport girls volleyball team members were happy to take care of business in straightforward fashion Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA tournament.

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Shady Side Academy goalkeeper Thea Conomikes celebrates with Kate Nury (right) and Marnie McCormick after defeating The Ellis School in the WPIAL Class A field hockey final Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School. SSA won, 1-0.
WPIAL releases field hockey all-star lists
November 7, 2019
The WPIAL wrapped up the 2019 field hockey season Thursday with the release of its Division I and II all-star lists.

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Plum’s Abby Lewis moves the ball upfield during the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Mars on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Plum pleased with progress after historic girls soccer season
November 6, 2019
When Plum girls soccer team members gathered for summer workouts and then came together for official preseason practices in August, a buzz surrounded the talented but youthful group.

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Plum’s Makayla Jackson (27) competes against Norwin on Sept. 3, 2019, at Norwin.
Plum’s Jackson gives verbal commitment to Pitt volleyball
November 5, 2019
For Plum’s Makayla Jackson, Pitt is it.

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Knoch’s Kenzie Kerkan with a dig against Thomas Jefferson during the girls class 3-A WPIAL Volleyball Championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
WPIAL volleyball champs Freeport, Knoch eager to begin PIAA title quests
November 4, 2019
Shaler Area will be a volleyball hotspot Tuesday as WPIAL champions Freeport and Knoch open the PIAA playoffs with back-to-back matchups.

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Plum’s Gina Proviano (right) competes against Gateway’s Jenna Shuman during a WPIAL Class AAA first-round game October 21, 2019 at Plum High.
First PIAA-playoff appearance is ‘great opportunity’ for Plum girls soccer
The Plum girls soccer team fell short Saturday in its quest for a WPIAL Class AAA championship in its first title-game appearance.

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Riverview’s Mason Ochs runs to the finish line during the WPIAL Class A championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Future bright for Riverview boys cross country team
November 3, 2019
Riverview junior Mason Ochs finished eighth in the Class A boys race at Saturday’s PIAA cross country championships after taking second at WPIALs.

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Knoch’s Rory McCune and Hannah Rowe blocks the shot of Thomas Jefferson’s Abigail Chalovich during the girls class 3-A WPIAL Volleyball Championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Knoch, Freeport volleyball teams seek repeat of 2017 PIAA titles
In 2017, the Knoch and Freeport volleyball teams played the final three matches of their PIAA championship runs in the same location.

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Kiski Area’s Lebryn Smith is taken down during a WPIAL Class 5A opening-round playoff game against Bethel Park on Friday.
A-K Valley football teams fall short in 1st round of WPIAL playoffs
November 2, 2019
When sophomore Cody Dykes connected on a 33-yard field goal early in the second quarter of Friday’s WPIAL Class 5A first-round game at Bethel Park, the Kiski Area football team held a 10-point lead.

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Kiski’s Luke Lander carries the ball during the WPIAL Class 5A opening-round playoff game against Bethel Park on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park scores 28 unanswered in playoff defeat of Kiski Area
November 1, 2019
With 10 minutes left until halftime of Friday’s WPIAL Class 5A first-round matchup at Bethel Park, Kiski Area led the Black Hawks by 10 points and appeared ready to take full control.

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Plum’s Justin Mascilli runs to a first-place finish at a dual meet with Avonworth on Oct. 10, 2019 at Boyce Park in Plum.
Plum’s Justin Mascilli misses spot at state cross country meet by narrowest of margins
Plum senior Justin Mascilli placed 27th in the boys Class AAA race at the WPIAL cross country championships Oct. 24 at Cal (Pa.).

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Freeport’s Macensey Jack blocks the shot of Avonworth’s Lexie Auth during WPIAL AA volleyball semifinal action at North Allegheny High School.
Freeport hungry for WPIAL girls volleyball title
The Freeport girls volleyball team celebrated Thursday’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Avonworth in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at North Allegheny with a trip to Chick-fil-A.

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Plum’s Emily Kirkpatrick (right) has a team-leading 11 assists this season.
Mars is last obstacle in way of Plum girls soccer’s first WPIAL title
Earlier this season, the Plum girls soccer team ventured to Highmark Stadium for a matchup with section rival Oakland Catholic.

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Knoch’s Hannah Rowe celebrates a kill during the Knights’ WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Knoch, Thomas Jefferson to collide in WPIAL girls volleyball title match
Knoch and Thomas Jefferson were the top two ranked girls volleyball teams in WPIAL Class AAA throughout the season, and they were rewarded with the top two seeds in the playoff bracket.

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Avonworth’s Shasha Kosko spikes on Freeport’s Isabella Russo during WPIAL AA volleyball semifinal action at North Allegheny High School.
Freeport rallies to knock off Avonworth in WPIAL volleyball playoffs
October 31, 2019
The Freeport girls volleyball team hadn’t faced adversity this season like it did Thursday in a WPIAL Class AA semifinal match against Avonworth at North Allegheny.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James will vie for her first PIAA singles title this weekend.
Fox Chapel and Knoch tennis players set their sights on PIAA titles
After helping Fox Chapel win its first PIAA Class AAA team tennis title since 2004, No. 1 singles player Charlotte James will turn her attention to the state singles tournament in Hershey this weekend. After winning doubles titles as a freshman and a sophomore with teammate Amanda Nord, the 2019 WPIAL singles champion has experience as well.

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Fox Chapel’s Grace Sisson heads to states after finishing fifth at WPIALs.
A-K Valley runners on quest for medals at PIAA cross country meet
A contingent of Alle-Kiski Valley cross country teams and individuals hope to build on performances from WPIALs as they run against the state’s best Saturday at the PIAA championships in Hershey.

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Knoch’s Hannah Rowe celebrates a kill during the Knights’ WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against Franklin Regional Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Knoch girls volleyball tops Franklin Regional, reaches WPIAL finals
October 30, 2019
The Knoch girls volleyball team will play for a third straight WPIAL Class AAA championship.

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Freeport senior Tori Radvan warms up for a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal match against Hopewell on Oct. 29, 2019, at North Hills.
Knee injury behind her, Freeport senior ready for ‘high-pressure situations’ in WPIAL volleyball playoffs
Tori Radvan ended her sophomore volleyball season on the court at Johnstown’s Richland High School celebrating a state championship with her Freeport teammates.

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Peyton McCann is a top player for the Kiski Area football team in 2019.
A-K Valley football players to watch in the first week of WPIAL playoffs
Ryan Creehan

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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski (22) celebrates her first goal with Emma Check (13) and Akina Boynton during their game against Apollo-Ridge Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Freeport Area High School.
                                Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski (22) celebrates her goal with Emma Check (13) and Akina Boynton during their game against Apollo-Ridge earlier this season. The Yellowjackets play South Park in the third-place consolation game of the WPIAL Class AA girls soccer playoffs.
A-K Valley girls soccer capsule for Oct. 30
October 29, 2019
WPIAL

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Knoch girls volleyball digs deep, overcomes injuries to advance in WPIAL playoffs
Having two all-state volleyball players missing from a rotation might derail any number of teams, but the Knoch girls squad has used its depth and veteran leadership to stay in the WPIAL playoff mix.

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Senior Samantha Clark and the rest of the Freeport girls volleyball team raced past Hopewell in a 3-0 WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal victory on Oct. 29, 2019, at North Hills.
Freeport sweeps past Hopewell to earn spot in WPIAL semifinals
The Freeport girls volleyball team keeps on rolling.

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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski battles Yough’s Amber Biros for a header during their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at Mars Area High School.
Freshman McKenzie Pritts scores twice, Yough blanks Freeport to reach WPIAL title game
October 28, 2019
The Yough girls soccer team recorded only two shots on goal over the first 43 minutes of its WPIAL Class AA semifinal against Freeport on Monday at Mars.

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Sidney Shemanski (22), Akina Boynton (center), Emma Check (13) and the rest of the Freeport girls soccer team are one win away from a trip to the PIAA Class AA title game at Highmark Stadium.
Surprising Freeport girls ‘want it all’ entering WPIAL soccer semifinals
October 27, 2019
Akina Boynton scored 11 goals during the regular season to help the Freeport girls soccer team to a 14-4 overall record, a runner-up finish in Section 2-AA and the No. 8 seed for the WPIAL playoffs.

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A-K Valley girls soccer preview capsules: Games of Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
Monday’s games

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Kiski Area players celebrate after defeating Mars on Oct. 18, 2019, at Mars.
A-K Valley football notebook: Late-season surge gets Kiski Area in playoffs
October 26, 2019
A series of playoff scenarios were on the table in the Class 5A Northern Conference entering Friday’s Week 9 games.

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Leechburg holds off Springdale in ’emotional’ victory
Last year, Leechburg defeated Springdale to cap its first non-losing season since 1991.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a volley during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
PIAA girls tennis roundup: Fox Chapel, Knoch, Sewickley Academy advance to semifinals
October 25, 2019
The Fox Chapel girls tennis team remained alive for a PIAA championship Friday with a 3-2 victory over District 1 champion Unionville at Hershey Racquet Club.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class AAA boys championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal U (Pa.).
Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson betters own course record, captures first WPIAL title
October 24, 2019
Patrick Anderson started this season by setting a course record at the Marty Uher Invitational on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.).

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Knoch’s Sammy Jo Barnes runs to a fourth place finish during the WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Knoch girls cross country team makes leap forward at WPIAL meet
Sammy Jo Barnes qualified for the PIAA cross country championships individually the past two seasons.

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Leechburg running back Jake Blumer at a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 9
October 23, 2019
Jake Blumer

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins (1) makes a touchdown catch behind Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake (1) on Sept. 13 at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
Class 5A Northern

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A-K Valley WPIAL girls soccer capsules: Games of Oct. 24, 2019
Girls soccer

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Riverview’s Mason Ochs crosses the finish line to win a country meet against Knoch Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Saxonburg.
Riverview ready to take a run at WPIAL cross country favorites
October 22, 2019
The Riverview boys cross country team finished runner-up to Winchester Thurston in Class A at WPIALs each of the past three seasons.

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Burrell’s Allison Vescio (17) celebrates her first goal with her teammates during their WPIAL Class AA first-round playoff game against Mt. Pleasant.
Burrell girls soccer continues dominance with easy win over Mt. Pleasant
October 21, 2019
The Burrell girls soccer team’s dominance in the regular season extended to Monday’s WPIAL Class AA first-round game against Mt. Pleasant at Kiski Area.

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Maddie Clark helps run the Freeport offense against East Allegheny on Sept. 12, 2019.
WPIAL unveils girls volleyball playoff brackets
North Allegheny, Knoch, North Catholic and Bishop Canevin earned top seeds in their respective classifications as the WPIAL released girls volleyball playoff brackets Monday.

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Plum defeated Montour, 5-0, in the Western Pennsylvania Fall Baseball League varsity championship game Oct. 20, 2019 at Norwin.
Plum tops Montour to claim fall baseball league title
Plum shut out Montour, 5-0, Sunday afternoon at Norwin to capture the Western Pennsylvania Fall Baseball League’s varsity title.

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Coaches association releases final WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The WPIAL girls volleyball regular season has concluded, and the playoff pairings will be released early Monday afternoon.

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Senior Allison Vescio leads the Burrell girls soccer team into the WPIAL playoffs.
Unbeaten Burrell ready for obstacles in WPIAL Class AA girls soccer playoffs
October 20, 2019
Burrell capped its regular season last Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over playoff-bound Highlands.

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Burrell’s Danica Johnson (right) and Deer Lakes’ Ashley McAdams vie for a loose ball. The Buccaneers and Lancers will play WPIAL playoff games Monday.
A-K Valley girls soccer playoff capsules: Games for Monday, Oct. 21, 2019
Monday’s games

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Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jacob Fello looks to pass against Valley on October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Alle-Kiski Valley football notebook: No place like home for Apollo-Ridge
October 19, 2019
Apollo-Ridge could have clinched a home first-round playoff game last week against Steel Valley, but the Vikings were upset by the Ironmen.

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Brock White and Highlands were eliminated from WPIAL playoff contention despite a victory against New Castle.
Highlands logs senior-night overtime win vs. New Castle
When New Castle traveled to Highlands’ Golden Rams Stadium two years ago, the Red Hurricanes escaped with a 48-47 victory in two overtimes.

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Plum’s Justin Mascilli runs to a first-place finish at a nonsection dual meet with Avonworth on Oct. 10, 2019, at Boyce Park in Plum.
Plum’s Mascilli, Valotta seek big jump at WPIAL championship meet
October 18, 2019
Justin Mascilli finished 51st in the boys Class AAA race at last year’s WPIAL cross country championships on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.).

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise - Trib HSSN preseason Kennywood Top 25 football team
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 8
October 16, 2019
Johnny Crise

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley slips the tackle of Burrell’s Jake Henderson on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 8
Class 5A Northern

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Deer Lakes’ Gabby Weber works against Highlands’ Jessica Cekada during their game Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at Highlands.
Eight teams from A-K Valley join girls soccer championship chase
October 15, 2019
Highlands was the final girls soccer team from the Alle-Kiski Valley invited to the WPIAL playoff party as the Golden Rams clinched a spot out of Section 2-AA with Monday night’s 2-1 overtime victory over Apollo-Ridge.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Oct. 14, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s girls soccer rankings:

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Highlands tops Apollo-Ridge in overtime, clinches playoff spot
The Highlands girls soccer team came within two points of a WPIAL playoff spot last year.

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Plum’s Livia Paoletti took eighth at the section meet.
Confidence high for Plum girls cross country team
October 14, 2019
The Plum girls cross country team already was having a productive season when it arrived at the Division I, Section 4 championship meet Oct. 2 at Northmoreland Park.

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Freeport players celebrate after scoring a point against East Allegheny on Sept. 12, 2019.
Coaches association releases Week 7 WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
As the WPIAL girls volleyball regular season enters its final week, additional section champions will be crowned, and the final tickets to the WPIAL playoffs will be punched.

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Valley’s Casey Gatto competes during practice Oct. 11, 2019.
Valley girls tennis ready for challenge in WPIAL team tournament
October 13, 2019
The WPIAL Class AA team tournament is new for all seven members of the Valley girls tennis team, as the last time the Vikings advanced to the playoffs was 2015.

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Springdale looks to keep slim playoff hopes alive
October 12, 2019
The mission is simple for the Springdale football team in its approach to staying alive in the chase for the playoffs in WPIAL Class A.

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Springdale’s Cavin Kidler (1) looks for some running room against Riverview October 11, 2019 at Riverside Park.
Springdale dominates Eastern Conference rival Riverview
October 11, 2019
The Riverview football team turned on the lights Friday at Riverside Park for its annual night game.

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Freeport volleyball coach Tom Phillips talks with Tori Radvan (13) before their game against East Allegheny September 12, 2019.
Freeport girls volleyball dominance on display
The Freeport girls volleyball team wrapped up its 15th consecutive section championship Thursday with a convincing three-game sweep of Section 5-AA foe Burrell.

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The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 features individual inductees, from left, Katrina Streiner, Russ Gratton, Crista Coles, Matt Houy and Gregg Nemec. Also enshrined was Paul Krusey.
Athletic greats celebrated with induction to Gateway Sports Hall of Fame
Katrina Streiner made her mark in swimming over four years of competition at Gateway.

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Burrell’s Bella Glaister (3) battles for possession against Freeport’s Emma Check (13) during a Section 2-AA girls soccer match Oct. 9, 2019, at Burrell’s Buccaneers Stadium.
Burrell girls soccer races past rival Freeport, moves to cusp of section title
October 9, 2019
Burrell junior Jordyn Kowalkowski said she expected another close game with Freeport on Wednesday as the first Section 2-AA matchup between the rivals Sept. 18 went down to the wire.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 13 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel boys, girls golf teams set for WPIAL team championship
The Fox Chapel boys and girls golf teams will play for WPIAL championships Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver.

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Springdale’s Demitri Fritch catches a pass between 7-on-7 games Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 7
Klay Fitzroy

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Fox Chapel’s Sam Brown (2) looks for some running room against North Hills on August 30 at North Hills.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 7
Class 5A Big East

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Kaylee Uribe had a goal in Fox Chapel’s key section victory over Pine-Richland last week.
Fox Chapel ready for anything as girls soccer playoffs approach
October 8, 2019
The Fox Chapel girls soccer team was less than two minutes away from going to overtime Monday with Class AAAA No. 1 North Allegheny in a Section 1 contest.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a volley during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Fox Chapel girls hunting WPIAL team tennis title
The Fox Chapel girls tennis team lost just once in 12 regular-season matches.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Oct. 7
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL girls soccer rankings:

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Knoch’s Laura Greb returns a volley during her WPIAL Class AA championship match against teammate Brooke Bauer Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Knoch, Valley tennis teams set for WPIAL team tournament
October 7, 2019
After several weeks of dual matches and individual players and doubles teams going for WPIAL gold, the Knoch and Valley girls tennis teams turn their attention Tuesday to the WPIAL Class AA team tournament.

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Coaches association releases Week 6 WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The plots thicken for the girls volleyball teams in the WPIAL as two weeks remain in the regular season and section races from Class A to Class AAAA.

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Burrell’s Danica Johnson (right) competes against Deer Lakes’ Ashley McAdams last week. Both teams are seeking section titles as the season enters its final stretch.
A-K Valley girls soccer teams jockeying for playoff position
October 6, 2019
Seven seconds.

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Fox Chapel’s Nina Busch watches her putt miss the cup on the second playoff hole during the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Fox Chapel girls golf carries unbeaten record into playoffs
The Fox Chapel girls golf team produced a 15-0 record in the regular season and defended its Section 4-AAA championship.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) scored two first-half touchdowns against Valley October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon has night to remember
October 5, 2019
Not too many WPIAL running backs have had the type of game Apollo-Ridge junior Logan Harmon did Friday at conference rival Valley.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) scored two first-half touchdowns against Valley October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Apollo-Ridge dodges Valley upset bid, clinches playoff spot
October 4, 2019
It was a night of highs and lows for Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon during Friday’s Allegheny Conference game at Valley.

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Freeport graduate Courtney Grubbs is a leader as a sophomore for Thiel College women’s volleyball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley campus clippings: Grubbs sets up pair of wins for Thiel volleyball
October 3, 2019
With two wins in its past three matches, the Thiel women’s volleyball team hopes to recover from a 1-14 start.

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Highlands’ volleyball team celebrates after scoring against Carrick October 2, 2019 at Highlands.
Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: ‘Competitive’ start for Highlands volleyball reboot
When the Highlands girls volleyball program returned last month after a three-year hiatus, 68 players came to tryouts.

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Burrell’s Kaitlyn Postupack (10) competes against Deer Lakes October 2, 2019 at Deer Lakes.
Burrell blanks Deer Lakes, maintains hold on section lead
October 2, 2019
The Burrell girls soccer team broke through 12 minutes into the first half of Wednesday’s Section 2-AA clash with rival Deer Lakes.

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Riverview’s Dean Cecere is competing for the 2019 Raiders.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 6
Josh Boak

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Springdale’s Christian Vokes covers Jeannette’s Stephan Twichell Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.
A-K Valley don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 6
Class 4A Northwest 8

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Deer Lakes’ Lily Litrun pressures Burrell’s Megan Malits during their game on Sept. 9, 2019, at Burrell.
Title implications heighten Burrell-Deer Lakes girls soccer clash
October 1, 2019
It’s been three weeks and two days since the first meeting between the Burrell and Deer Lakes girls soccer teams.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 30, 2019
Class AAAA

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Kiski Area’s Jake Folaron competes at the Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 13, 2019, at Northmoreland Park.
Section 4 cross country teams to face off at Northmoreland Park
Cross country titles will be on the line Wednesday afternoon when the Division I, Section 4 teams gather at Northmoreland Park.

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Erin Drahnak sinks a putt on the 15th green while competing in the girls section 4-AAA golf qualifier at Hiland Golf Course in Butler on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.
Fox Chapel duo among girls golfers set for WPIAL Class AAA championships
September 30, 2019
Fox Chapel’s Nina Busch and Erin Drahnak cut their teeth as freshmen in a deep field at last year’s WPIAL Class AAA girls individual golf championship at Diamond Run Golf Club.

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Fox Chapel’s Catherine Petrovich comes to the net during a section doubles finals match Sept. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Doubles teams gear up for WPIAL tournament
During the Knoch girls tennis team’s quest for a Section 3-AA championship this fall, senior Libby Conlon and freshman Ally Bauer find themselves on different courts for matches.

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Leaders hold on to top spots in volleyball coaches association WPIAL rankings
For the fourth consecutive week, North Allegheny (Class AAAA), Knoch (Class AAA), North Catholic (Class AA) and Bishop Canevin (Class A) own the top spots in their respective Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association rankings.

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Plum sophomore Marissa Liberto has seven goals this season.
Plum girls soccer prepares for showdown with Oakland Catholic
September 29, 2019
The Plum girls soccer team last captured a section championship in 2016 when it tied Fox Chapel for the top spot of Section 3-AAAA.

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) runs past Hampton’s Josh Andersson (33) Sept. 27, 2019 at Hampton.
Alle-Kiski Valley football notebook: Kiski Area ‘excited’ about milestone win
September 28, 2019
With wins over Allderdice in Week Zero and Fox Chapel on Sept. 13, the Kiski Area football team put itself in position for the 300th win in program history.

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Montour knocks off previously unbeaten Knoch in OT
September 27, 2019
Knoch hoped to add a victory to Friday night’s homecoming festivities at Knights Stadium, but Gannon Kadlecik and his Montour teammates had other ideas.

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Plum slow-pitch softball player Lorna Shebeck competes during practice Sept. 26, 2019.
Plum slow-pitch softball searching for 3rd straight league championship
The Plum varsity girls slow-pitch softball team saw its 36-game winning streak snapped Sept. 5 with a 16-2 loss at North Hills.

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Penn State’s Beaver Stadium will host a high school football game between State College and Cumberland Valley on Oct. 26.
Penn State’s Beaver Stadium to host high school game
September 25, 2019
The Penn State football team will play at Michigan State on Oct. 26, but Beaver Stadium, the home of the Nittany Lions, will not lie dormant that day.

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Highlands’ Kaeleb White and the Golden Rams host winless Ambridge.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football games for Week 5
Class 5A Big East

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Fox Chapel’s Justin Rice
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 5
Kenny Blake

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Deer Lakes’ Lily Litrun pressures Burrell’s Megan Malits during their game on Sept. 9, 2019, at Burrell.
Big goal boosts Deer Lakes in section title quest
September 24, 2019
Overtime loomed for the Deer Lakes and Freeport girls soccer teams Monday as their key Section 2-AA matchup wound down to the final minute of regulation tied 1-1.

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Leechburg junior Cole Villa competed in last year’s WPIAL Class AA championship.
5 from Alle-Kiski Valley to tee it up at WPIAL finals
At last year’s WPIAL Class AA boys individual golf championship at Sewickley’s Allegheny Country Club, Marcus Pinchok finished among a group one shot away from advancing to the PIAA Western Regional.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 23, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL girls soccer rankings:

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Section 5-AA volleyball serves up big games
September 23, 2019
The WPIAL girls volleyball schedule contains several key matchups Tuesday, and one resides in Section 5-AA, where Deer Lakes will host Freeport at 7:30 p.m.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Top 10 girls’ rankings for each of the four WPIAL classifications Monday, and the top teams in each poll maintain their positions as the fourth week of section play begins.

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Knoch senior Braden Zukowski on the team’s upcoming meet against Riverview: “It’s a big meet, and everyone is extremely excited for it.”
Knoch cross country teams hope to unseat Riverview atop section
September 22, 2019
The Knoch boys and girls cross country teams have a lot on their plates with long- and short-term goals in mind.

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Apollo Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy pulls in a catch over Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Avonworth High School. Apollo-Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy pulls in a catch over Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.
Apollo-Ridge football team looks at positives after 1st defeat
September 21, 2019
While not happy with the way things turned out in Friday’s battle of the unbeatens between his Apollo-Ridge football team and Allegheny Conference foe Avonworth, Vikings coach John Skiba also talked in positive terms about the opportunities his team has coming out of the 42-14 loss.

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Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe cruses to a touchdown against Apollo Ridge Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Avonworth High School.
Apollo-Ridge can’t slow down Avonworth as Antelopes remain undefeated
September 20, 2019
Something had to give Friday night as Avonworth and Apollo-Ridge met in a battle of Allegheny Conference unbeatens at Avonworth’s Lenzner Field.

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Gateway’s Anna Reynolds (23) looks to contol against Kiski Area’s Kaylee Elwood (21) September 10, 2019 at Kiski.
Gateway girls soccer bounces back from 0-3 start
In its Section 1-AAA debut against Mars on Sept. 4, the Gateway girls soccer team gave the Planets, last year’s WPIAL runner-up and PIAA quarterfinalist, all they could handle before losing 2-1.

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Fox Chapel golfer Scott Bitar gives Heather Cullinan flowers in memory of her son, Richard Brian Cullinan Jr., Sept. 19, 2019, at the Pittsburgh Field Club.
Invitational brings competitive golf, emotional remembrance to Fox Chapel
Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures greeted golfers from Fox Chapel, North Allegheny and Latrobe on Thursday at the Pittsburgh Field Club for the annual Fox Chapel Richard Cullinan Invitational.

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Burrell’s Danika Stone heads the ball next to Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski during their game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at Freeport Area High School.
Burrell edges rival Freeport in battle of unbeatens
September 18, 2019
Allie Vescio made sure the Burrell girls soccer team didn’t have to go into overtime with rival Freeport on Wednesday at Freeport High School.

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Plum’s Billy Guzzi returns for the 2019 season.
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Dylan Cook

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Fox Chapel’s Zidane Thomas (3) looks to outrun Kiski Area’s Eliam Booker (53) September 13, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley football don’t-miss matchups for Week 4
Class 5A Big East

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Freeport senior center back Kylie Hoffman works through a drill Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s Section 2-AA clash with Burrell.
Freeport girls soccer looks for leg up in tight section race
September 17, 2019
The Freeport girls soccer team began its season with cautious optimism as youth was served in several areas on the field and paired up with veteran talent.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 16, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Monday’s games:

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Burrell head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his team between 7-on-7 games Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell’s Liotta selected as assistant coach for U.S. national team
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta has been named the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the U18 U.S. national team that will take part in USA Football’s International Bowl on Jan. 14 and 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a volley during a qualifying match September 12, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel senior Charlotte James back for WPIAL tennis run
September 16, 2019
Charlotte James stepped away from high school tennis in 2018 to concentrate on USTA junior tournaments.

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Norwin’s girls volleyball team celebrates after scoring against Plum September 3, 2019 at Norwin.
Coaches association releases Week 3 WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The WPIAL girls volleyball section slate enters Week 3 as teams in all four classifications jockey for position in the standings.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise collides with Knoch’s Kam Grassi in the second half at Friday. Crise was injured on the play and was taken out for the remainder of the game.
A-K Valley football notebook: Valley breaks through with 1st victory
September 14, 2019
After an 0-3 start in which it was outscored by 80 points and shut out twice, the Valley football team broke through Friday with a 22-6 home victory over Imani Christian.

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Avonworth’s Jason Novosel controls the ball against Vincentian Academy during a WPIAL Class A Section 3 game Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in McCandless.
Playing more than one sport can benefit high school athletes, coaches say
John Gaillot, in his 11th season as football coach at Freeport High School, said he has had a good track record of his players also being involved in wrestling, basketball and baseball.

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Kiski Area’s Justin Hessom (52) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown against Fox Chapel September 13, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Kiski Area runs away from Fox Chapel in Northern Conference clash
September 13, 2019
Kiski Area came into Friday’s Northern Conference clash with Fox Chapel averaging 177 yards rushing a game.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer competes at the Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 13, 2019, at Northmoreland Park.
GCC’s Brewer, Indiana’s Branan claim titles at Kiski Area Invitational
Sunny skies, reduced humidity and a slight breeze welcomed runners to Friday’s third annual Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational at spacious Northmoreland Park in northern Westmoreland County.

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Springdale’s Brandon Green returns for the 2019 season.
A-K Valley football players to watch for Week 3
September 11, 2019
Trey Darrah

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Class 5A Big East

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Springdale sophomore quarterback Legend Ausk suffered a broken collarbone in last Friday’s 28-7 victory over Monessen.
Springdale’s Ausk likely done for season after collarbone injury
The Springdale football team, in the midst of last Friday’s 28-7 nonconference victory over Monessen, was dealt a blow when sophomore starting quarterback Legend Ausk suffered a broken collarbone on a tackle early in the third quarter.

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Kiski Area’s Reagan Frederick (left) led the team with 21 goals last season.
Kiski Area girls soccer team faces stiff section test
September 10, 2019
Reagan Frederick didn’t expect to finish last season as the top goal scorer for the Kiski Area girls soccer team in its charge to the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 9, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Monday’s games:

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: West Virginia right fit for Kiski Area’s Blumer
September 9, 2019
Kiski Area wrestling standout Jack Blumer did his due diligence in seeking out a school to continue his athletic and academic careers once his time with the Cavaliers concludes.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 8, 2019
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Volleyball coaches association releases WPIAL Week 2 rankings
-The WPIAL girls volleyball regular season is in full gear with two sets of weekend tournaments and a week of section and nonsection matches in the books.

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Riverview junior Mason Ochs runs to a first-place finish in the boys Class A race at the 17th annual Red, White & Blue Classic at the Schenley Park Oval on Sept. 7, 2019.
Riverview cross country runner Ochs continues upward trend
September 8, 2019
As a freshman, Mason Ochs was the ninth runner on the Riverview boys cross country team and didn’t compete at WPIALs.

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Knoch senior running back Matt Goodlin finished with a school-record 298 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries in a 42-7 victory over Beaver on Friday night that improved the Knights to 3-0.
A-K Valley football notebook: Defense fueling undefeated Apollo-Ridge
September 7, 2019
It is said defense wins championships.

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Burrell can’t hold halftime lead as Elizabeth Forward rallies for victory
September 6, 2019
For the second week in a row, the Elizabeth Forward football team trailed at halftime.

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Plum celebrates a point during its section opener against Norwin. The Mustangs dropped the first two sets before rallying to force a fourth set.
Young Plum volleyball team showing fight
The Plum girls volleyball team lost the first two sets of its Section 3-AAAA opener against Norwin on Sept. 3.

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Kiski Area freshman kicker Maxine Crosby also plays goalkeeper for the soccer team.
Highlands’ Hiester, Kiski Area’s Crosby continue female kicking tradition
During her freshman year at Highlands, Hailey Hiester watched her soccer teammate, senior Taylor Gunn, kick as a starter for the Golden Rams football team.

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Knoch’s Jared Schrecengost and the Knights will try for their first 3-0 start since 2013 when they host Beaver on Friday.
A-K Valley high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 2
September 4, 2019
Class 5A Big East

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Kiski Area’s Luke Lander returns for the 2019 season.
A-K Valley football players to watch for Week 2
Lorenzo Jenkins

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Burrell’s Jordyn Kowalkowski executes a footwork drill during practice on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.
Burrell girls soccer hitting stride after tournament win
September 3, 2019
The Burrell girls soccer team had high hopes over the summer and in preseason workouts that it could replicate past success and take the next step in Section 2-2A and beyond.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The opening weekend of the WPIAL girls volleyball season has come and gone, and section matchups in all four classifications begin Tuesday evening.

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Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Knoch, Freeport volleyball maintain spots in poll
September 2, 2019
Knoch and Freeport maintain their positions in the latest Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association’s top-10 poll released Monday.

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Freeport’s Ben Lane tries to break a tackle attempt by Derry’s Matt McDowell during Friday’s game.
Freeport football team reflects on fortitude after rally comes up short
August 31, 2019
Freeport football coach John Gaillot was emotional Friday night when asked to evaluate his team’s performance in a 35-27 loss to Big East Conference rival Derry.

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Freeport’s Ben Lane is tackled by Derry’s Seth Loughner Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Huss tops 200 yards in Derry’s Big East win against Freeport
August 30, 2019
Justin Huss was a workhorse for Derry on Friday in the team’s Big East opener against Freeport.

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Mason Ochs, a junior, leads a pack of Riverview boys cross country runners in a workout at Oakmont’s Riverside Park on Aug. 28, 2019.
Alle-Kiski cross country teams, individuals ready to make their mark
Christian Fitch began last season with a win at the Gateway Invitational.

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Highlands’ DJ Loveland returns for the 2019 season.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 1
August 28, 2019
Seth Fischbach

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Valley’s Michael Henderson runs in to a wall of Burrell defenders in the second half at Valley High School on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.
A-K Valley high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 1
Class 5A Big East

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Knoch’s Quinn Hughes (left) and Kennedy Christy compete during a scrimmage game August 24, 2019 at Freeport.
Knoch volleyball poised for WPIAL 3-peat, other A-K Valley teams ready to contend
August 27, 2019
When the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its preseason top-10 rankings Monday, two-time defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Knoch topped the list.

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The North Allegheny girls volleyball team captured a second straight PIAA title with a 3-0 win over Bishop Shanahan on Nov. 17, 2018, at Cumberland Valley.
Volleyball coaches association releases WPIAL preseason rankings
August 26, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its preseason top-10 rankings Monday, and all four classifications were rated.

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Knoch’s Daniel Olean battles Plum’s Cole Kelly for a header during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Knoch.
Plum boys soccer team eyes next step in playoffs
August 25, 2019
Expectations are high for the Plum boys soccer team.

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Latrobe’s Morgan Reilly (16) and Plum’s Emily Kirkpatrick (9) compete during a scrimmage game August 17, 2019 at Plum High.
Plum girls soccer hopes for return to playoffs under new coach
Last season was one of change for the Plum girls soccer team as it moved from Class AAAA to Class AAA under the WPIAL’s biennial realignment process.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny captured four medals in five events at the FINA World Junior (18 and under) Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny earns silver at world junior swimming championships
Josh Matheny capped competition at the FINA World Junior (18 and under) Swimming Championship on Sunday with a silver medal as a part of the Team USA 400-meter medley relay.

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Springdale head coach Seth Napiekowski talks with quarterback Legend Ausk during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Springdale enjoys ‘crazy, fun night’
August 24, 2019
Springdale and Deer Lakes didn’t play Week Zero games last year, so the teams decided to match up for the first time since 1993.

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Apollo-Ridge defeats rival Leechburg in Week Zero matchup
August 23, 2019
The Apollo-Ridge football team had payback on its mind after Leechburg won last year’s meeting to snap the Vikings’ eight-game winning streak in the rivalry series.

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Junior wide receiver, tight end and linebacker Max Matolcsy led Plum in both receiving and total tackles in 2018.
Plum’s Matolcsy hopes to build on solid sophomore season as 2-way player
Max Matolcsy led the Plum football team last year in receiving yards and touchdowns, total tackles and interceptions.

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Upper St. Clair’s Joshua Matheny captured gold in the 200-meter breaststroke Friday at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny captures 200 breaststroke gold at world championships
Josh Matheny is a world champion.

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Highlands coach Jason Norris works with the varsity team during a recent scrimmage with the Highlands girls team Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Highlands boys soccer set to contend for postseason berth under 1st-year coach
August 22, 2019
The Highlands boys soccer team qualified for the WPIAL playoffs four straight seasons from 2001-04.

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Senior Mykaela Palermo talks with Highlands coach Jenna Plummer during a recent scrimmage with the Highlands boys team.
Highlands girls soccer hungry after last year’s playoff near-miss
Two points.

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Mike Fantuzzo was hired to coach the Burrell boys basketball team on Aug. 20, 2019.
Burrell grad Fantuzzo returns to coach basketball at alma mater
August 21, 2019
Mike Fantuzzo enjoyed a great deal of success as a member of the Burrell boys basketball team more than a decade ago.

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Leechburg running back Jake Blumer at a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week Zero
Jake Blumer

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Kiski Area’s Dylan Hutcherson
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Fox Chapel’s Claudia Demartino moves the ball upfield during a scrimmage against Franklin Regional Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Lessons learned should guide Fox Chapel girls soccer this season
August 20, 2019
Last season was a learning experience for the Fox Chapel girls soccer team.

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Fox Chapel’s Tommy Tsai works out during practice Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel boys soccer expects to be battle-tested come playoff time
There is a buzz surrounding the Fox Chapel boys soccer team.

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Riverview’s Zach Hanlon works on defense during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Hanlon’s versatility provides unique advantage for Riverview
Zach Hanlon possesses two Riverview football jerseys: No. 36 and No. 78.

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Riverview’s Zach Hanlon works on defense during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Riverview will rely on versatility in hopes of successful season
As his team went through summer workouts, Riverview coach Todd Massack said he made sure to remind his players they need to learn and be comfortable at multiple positions.

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Junior wide receiver, tight end and linebacker Max Matolcsy led Plum in both receiving and total tackles in 2018.
Plum’s Matolcsy hopes to build on solid sophomore season as 2-way player
August 19, 2019
Max Matolcsy led the Plum football team last year in receiving yards and touchdowns, total tackles and interceptions.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy throws a pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Veteran players hope to lead Apollo-Ridge back to playoffs
The Apollo-Ridge football team, youthful over the past couple of seasons, returns experience at several key positions this fall, and coach John Skiba said the Vikings are pointing in the right direction for a return to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Freeport’s Brodey Woods eludes a tackle during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Freeport hopes to reload for another playoff run
August 18, 2019
Last year, the Freeport football team came close to putting its stamp on a Class 3A Big East Conference championship.

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Billy Guzzi (purple shorts) takes part in Plum football practice July 18, 2019, at Mustang Stadium.
Plum hopes experience translates to success
August 16, 2019
The Plum football team last made the WPIAL playoffs in 2015 when it upset Penn Hills in a Quad-A first-round matchup.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 6, 2019.
Gateway seeks return to championship form
The Gateway football team won a combined 26 of 29 games the past two seasons.

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Gateway quarterback Rich Hrenko talks strategy with head coach Walter “Pete” Antimarino during the 1969 WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Pitt Stadium. The Gators defeated Altoona 22-15 for the program’s first-ever WPIAL title.
Gateway to celebrate 50th anniversary of 1st WPIAL football championship
As the United States was putting a man on the moon in the summer of 1969, the Gateway football program was preparing to hopefully put a Gator on the turf at Pitt Stadium in Oakland.

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins catches a pass during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.
Fox Chapel’s offseason effort lays groundwork for improvement
Shane Susnak is confident.

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers leads the fast break against Central Valley during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship on March 1, 2019, at the Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL and City League girls basketball players ranked on state Class of 2020 list
August 14, 2019
PAGirlsHoopsReport.com recently released its list of the top 100 players from the Class of 2020, and a sizeable group from the WPIAL and City League made the cut.

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The Freeport offensive line returns starters, from left, Garrett Ben, Carter Daugherty, Logan Manke and Elijah Freeman.
Freeport linemen ready to benefit from experience together
Elijah Freeman recalled a welcome-to-varsity-football moment early last season as the now-sophomore right guard got comfortable in his spot along the Freeport offensive line.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Mac Duda takes part in practice Aug. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
WPIAL Class 4A football breakdown: Thomas Jefferson motivated after title-game defeat
The Blackhawk football team engineered one of the biggest turnarounds in the WPIAL last year, going from 2-7 in 2017 to 10-2 last year and making the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals.

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Sam Brown (right) prepares to take a handoff from Shane Susnak during a workout at the high school. Brown led the Foxes in rushing last season.
Fox Chapel’s Brown on mission to return team to WPIAL playoffs
August 13, 2019
Sam Brown is on a mission.

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Highlands assistant coach Mark Kaczanowicz works with Kaeleb White on opening day of camp Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.
A-K Valley football teams take it up a notch with start of preseason camps
August 12, 2019
Brandon Mowry has experienced numerous opening days of preseason camp with the Knoch football team, but Monday morning’s start, he said, had a different feel.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon works on defense during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon eager for camp after injury-shortened 2018 season
August 10, 2019
When turning his attention to Monday morning — the start of official preseason practices for high school football teams throughout the WPIAL — a big smile came across Logan Harmon’s face.

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Monroeville’s Maddy Neundorfer is one of two goaltenders who will represent Region 1 at a United States Youth Soccer 17U/16U interregional showcase in Boca Raton, Fla., in November.
Gateway goalie Neundorfer survives rigorous tryout for showcase
August 2, 2019
Maddy Neundorfer traveled to Germany in April as part of a U.S. Olympic Development Program team.

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South Fayette’s Ryan McGuire, at left, and Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman celebrate with Pennsylvania’s winner’s trophy after sweeping Maryland at the Big 26 Baseball Classic all-star series in Harrisburg. South Fayette’s Ryan McGuire, at left, and Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman celebrate with Pennsylvania’s winner’s trophy after sweeping Maryland at the Big 26 Baseball Classic all-star series in Harrisburg.
WPIAL duo helps Pennsylvania sweep Maryland in Big 26 Baseball Classic
July 30, 2019
Pennsylvania swept past Maryland in a three-game series over the weekend at the Big 26 Baseball Classic in Maryland, and WPIAL products Jarrett Heilman and Ryan McGuire contributed to the triumphs.

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Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman throws against Deer Lakes on May 8, 2019, at Freeport Community Park.
Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman ready to test himself in Big 26 Classic
July 24, 2019
Jarrett Heilman will be among select company at this weekend’s Big 26 Baseball Classic in Harrisburg.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp pins Penn-Trafford’s Lukas Johnson in a 170-pound bout Dec. 19, 2018, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area’s Delp commits to wrestle at Bucknell
Nick Delp now knows where he will wrestle when his time in high school concludes.

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Ambridge’s Liam Buck delivers a kill while Seton LaSalle’s Luke Manion attempts a block during the WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball championship match May 23, 2019, at Fox Chapel. Buck and Manion are two of seven players from the WPIAL to earn Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Assocation Class AA all-state recognition.
7 from WPIAL selected to Class AA boys volleyball all-state team
July 23, 2019
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Class AA all-state team Monday, and eight from the WPIAL were selected.

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Freeport senior quarterback Garret Schaffhauser gets set to run a play during a workout at Freeport High School on July 22, 2019.
A-K Valley football teams converge on Freeport for 7-on-7 event
July 22, 2019
As preparation for high school football enters the stretch run, several teams will gather Wednesday at Freeport for a seven-on-seven event with a local flair.

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Penn Hills’ Snell benefits from offseason development
July 19, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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North Allegheny’s Alex Zubrow spikes on Bethel Park’s Austin Cortopassi during the WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball championship match May 23, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 boys volleyball season
July 18, 2019
North Allegheny capped an undefeated 23-0 season with its second straight PIAA Class AAA championship and seventh overall, sweeping three games from Central York at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena.

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New Plum boys soccer head coach Rafal Kolankowski, at right with assistant coach Greg Pittman, observes a workout session July 17, 2019, at Plum High School.
Coach Kolankowski right fit for Plum boys soccer
The Plum athletic department didn’t go far to find the next coach of the boys soccer team.

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With college plans in place, Woodland Hills’ Rawlings ready for special senior season
July 17, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Springdale sophomore Legend Ausk tested his mettle at The Duel, a quarterback showcase and competition sponsored by the National Football Academies, on July 12 and 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Springdale QB Ausk gets head start on sophomore season
July 15, 2019
Legend Ausk enters his sophomore football season at Springdale in the running to take over the varsity starting quarterback job left vacant from the graduation of multi-year starter Josh Jones.

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Seneca Valley’s Kaltenberger focused on returning to WPIAL title game
July 12, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Burrell’s Shawn Bennis keeps watch over his players during basketball practice at Burrell High School on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.
Burrell boys basketball coach Shawn Bennis resigns
July 11, 2019
In his six seasons as coach of the Burrell boys basketball team, Shawn Bennis appreciated the hard work his players put in preparing and game planning for every opponent.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny set a NFHS record in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the PIAA Class AAA title at the championship meet March 16, 2019, at Bucknell.
WPIAL swimmers earn spots on All-American lists
Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny set a National Federation of High Schools record of 52.52 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke at the PIAA Class AAA championships in March at Bucknell University.

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Blackhawk’s Jordan Wright won the WPIBL boys singles title Feb. 27, 2019, at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 WPIBL bowling season
July 9, 2019
Competitors from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League made an impact at all levels during the 2018-19 season.

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North Allegheny’s Rick Mihm competes in the boys 200-yard individual medley during the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships on Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 boys swimming and diving season
July 7, 2019
For the second year in a row, a National Federation of High Schools record fell at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.

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Northgate senior Karen Siddoway competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls swimming and diving season
July 6, 2019
One of the closest races at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell University in March saw Butler junior Laura Goettler edge Fox Chapel freshman Zoe Skirboll by 10 one-hundredths of a second for the title in the finals of the girls 100-yard breaststroke.

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West Allegheny’s Hendrick selected to High School All-Star Game
July 5, 2019
Austin Hendrick, a rising senior at West Allegheny and a Mississippi State baseball verbal commit, will compete in the inaugural High School All-Star Game on Saturday at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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New Highlands boys soccer coach Jason Norris speaks to the team during a workout this week.
New coach, offseason workouts provide optimism for Highlands boys soccer
July 4, 2019
Jason Norris was on a plane to Los Angeles when he found out he was hired as coach of the Highlands boys soccer team.

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Members of the 2018 PIAA champion Sewickley Academy tennis team include, in front, from left, Simran Bedi and Evelyn Safar; in back, Sofia Smith, Emma DiSantis, Victoria Keller, Alina Mattson, Sana Singh and Christina Walton.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 girls tennis season
July 2, 2019
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team had won its only previous Class AA state championship in 2011, and the Panthers were gunning for a second title in Hershey to cap the 2018 season.

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Knoch’s Gourley honored by recognition from Pa. softball coaches
Monica Gourley collected three hits in four at-bats, one being a triple, and also drove in two runs in the Knoch softball team’s 7-2 victory over Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 4A third-place game.

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Highlands’ Crise continues to catch attention of college coaches
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 will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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Knoch’s Monica Gourley throws out Grove City’s Lizzie Malczak during PIAA playoff action June 4, 2019, at Slippery Rock University.
Knoch’s Gourley earns POY honors from state coaches association
July 1, 2019
Knoch senior shortstop Monica Gourley has been selected the state’s Class 4A Softball Player of the Year by the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association.

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Freeport’s starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman throws against Burrell Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year
June 22, 2019
2019 Valley News Dispatch Baseball All-Stars

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St Joseph’s Trevor Greenwald competes during practice May 19, 2019 at St Joseph High.
St. Joseph basketball players adjust to new coach, system during summer workouts
June 21, 2019
When longtime St. Joseph boys basketball coach Kelly Robinson resigned in April after 21 seasons at the helm, the search began in earnest to find his replacement.

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Mark Marino guided Hempfield to a 21-3 record and a Section 1-AAAA title in 2013-14.
Marino hired as Plum boys basketball coach
June 19, 2019
When Mark Marino joined the men’s basketball coaching staff at Lycoming College in 2008, his first task as a high school talent evaluator was to observe Plum standout Andrew Cressler as Cressler was going into his senior season with the Mustangs.

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North Catholic’s Maddie Smithco smiles after finishing her round to win the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Oct. 3, 2018, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
WPIAL golfers invited to national high school tournament
June 18, 2019
Several of the top WPIAL golfers from the fall 2018 season will compete at the National High School Golf Association’s inaugural High School Golf National Invitational on June 27-28 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Five Alle-Kiski Valley student-athletes were recognized by former Steeler Hines Ward and the Positive Athlete Pittsburgh program Monday at the Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. From left are Fox Chapel’s Brent Brewster, Kiski Area’s Kierra Shreffler, Fox Chapel’s Kate Carnevale, Valley’s Greg Guzzo, Plum’s Isabella Stoll and Ward.
A-K Valley athletes honored at Positive Athlete Awards
When Gregory Guzzo was 13, he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, and open-heart surgery was needed to correct the issue.

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Student-athletes representing 30 boys and girls high school sports were presented scholarship awards by former Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward and Positive Athlete Pittsburgh on Monday at the Sen. John Heinz History Center and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
Positive Athlete Pittsburgh honors student-athletes with scholarships, awards
The Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum provided the setting Monday evening for the eighth annual Positive High School Athlete Awards.

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CJ Hepler placed sixth in the freshman discus competition at the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Kiski Area’s Hepler tests mettle against nation’s top freshmen throwers
June 17, 2019
C.J. Hepler emerged this spring as one to watch for the future of throwing events in the WPIAL and beyond.

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Fox Chapel senior Graham Childs is one of six WPIAL boys lacrosse players to be selected a US Lacrosse high school All-American for the 2019 season.
Fox Chapel lacrosse All-American Childs eager to get started at Hofstra
June 16, 2019
When Graham Childs joins the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team in the fall, he will bring many memories from his time playing for Fox Chapel.

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Beaver Area senior Andrew Cestra won the WPIAL Class AA boys diving title Feb. 22, 2019, at South Park.
WPIAL divers selected as All-Americans
June 14, 2019
Penn-Trafford’s Logan Sherwin and Paige Kalik and Beaver Area’s Andrew Cestra have been recognized by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association as diving All-Americans.

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Kiski Area’s Kierra Shreffler run in the girls 1,600 meters during the WPIAL Class AA track and field championships at Slippery Rock University.
Positive Athlete Pittsburgh to present more than $16,000 in scholarships
June 12, 2019
The Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will host the eighth annual Positive High School Athlete Awards on Monday at 7 p.m.

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Serra Catholic starter Alex Glumac delivers to the plate in the second inning against Neshannock on June 6, 2019, at Shaler.
WPIAL baseball and softball teams gearing up for shots at PIAA gold
The PIAA baseball and softball championship matchups are set, and five WPIAL teams – Beaver and Serra Catholic for baseball and Penn-Trafford, Elizabeth Forward and Frazier for softball – will attempt to bring home state titles.

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WPIAL girls lacrosse All-Star teams recognize season efforts
June 9, 2019
The All-WPIAL girls lacrosse teams were selected in a vote of the Class AAA and AA coaches.

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Boys lacrosse standouts voted to WPIAL All-Star teams
The All-WPIAL boys lacrosse teams were selected in a vote of the Class AAA and AA coaches.

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North Allegheny’s Alex Zubrow spike on Bethel Park’s Austin Cortopassi during the WPIAL AAA boys volleyball championships Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
PIAA Class AAA boys volleyball final preview: North Allegheny vs. Central York
June 7, 2019
PIAA Boys Volleyball

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Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman acknowledges the bench after a double against Franklin during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
A-K Valley notebook: Freeport’s Heilman to compete in Big 26 Classic
June 6, 2019
Jarrett Heilman, who helped the Freeport baseball team capture the Section 1-3A championship and qualify for the PIAA playoffs for the first time in 21 years, will represent the WPIAL on the Pennsylvania team for the Big 26 Baseball Classic on July 25-28, in Harrisburg.

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Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced
Katrina Streiner won a pair of WPIAL swimming championships in the 50-yard freestyle, added one in the 100 freestyle and was a PIAA medalist during her Gateway career.

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WPIAL duo selected for all-star baseball classic
June 5, 2019
Freeport junior Jarrett Heilman and South Fayette sophomore Ryan McGuire will represent the WPIAL on the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 26 Baseball Classic on July 25-28 in Harrisburg.

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Freeport’s Coulton Stewart makes a catch on the warning track on a ball hit by Franklin’s Connor Rakow during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Trip to PIAA playoffs a major boost for Freeport baseball program
June 4, 2019
In the hours after Freeport baseball’s 3-2 PIAA Class 3A first-round loss to Franklin on Monday at Slippery Rock University, one in which the Knights rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Yellowjackets players and coaches received dozens of calls, texts, emails and Twitter messages of support in the midst of what were feelings of heartbreak over the outcome.

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Freeport starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman throws against Franklin during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Franklin rallies past Freeport on walk-off single in PIAA 1st round
June 3, 2019
The Freeport baseball team was no stranger to close games, especially in this year’s postseason.

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Freeport senior Evan McCrea holds up Darlene in celebration of a run scored during a home game last month.
Freeport baseball hopes unofficial mascot keeps hanging around
June 2, 2019
After delivering the winning hit in last Wednesday’s 1-0 PIAA-clinching victory over Keystone Oaks in the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game, Freeport junior Bradyn Clark came back to the dugout and rubbed Darlene’s ears for continued good fortune.

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Freeport-Franklin state playoff game holds unique draw for husband, wife
When Tom and Ericca Haynes attend Monday’s PIAA Class 3A first-round baseball game between Franklin and Freeport, they will have familiarity to both sides of the proceedings.

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Kent Harkleroad will play in the Never Fear Being Different all-star game at Cupples Stadium.
Apollo-Ridge’s Kent Harkleroad ready to face best in all-star game
June 1, 2019
Kent Harkleroad soon will put on the helmet and jersey of the Waynesburg football team.

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WPIAL lacrosse teams set for PIAA quarterfinals
May 31, 2019
After several weather-related postponements, the PIAA boys and girls lacrosse first rounds concluded Friday.

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Springdale’s Mike Zolnierczyk makes a save over Bishop Canevin’s Nevan Crossey during first round boys A WPIAL soccer action at Hampton High School.
Springdale’s Zolnierczyk ready to begin next chapter at Robert Morris
Mike Zolnierczyk graduates Friday from Springdale High School.

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Freeport’s Bradyn Clark (left) drove in the only run of the WPIAL Class 3A consolation game against Keystone Oaks on Wednesday.
Freeport baseball set for 1st state playoff berth in 21 years
May 30, 2019
When Garrett Ben made contact with an offering from Keystone Oaks pitcher Sammy Tortorella in the second inning of Wednesday’s WPIAL 3A third-place game at Washington & Jefferson, he wasn’t sure what would become of the blooper near the foul line in shallow right field.

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PIAA lacrosse matches postponed again
A quartet of WPIAL-champion lacrosse teams will attempt to play their PIAA first-round matchups Friday after Mother Nature again prevented them from taking the field Thursday afternoon and evening.

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Freeport baseball reaches PIAA playoffs for 1st time since 1998
May 29, 2019
For the first time since 1998, a Freeport baseball team has earned a spot in the PIAA playoffs.

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Fox Chapel’s Robby Shymansky plays against Franklin Regional Monday, April 23, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
State singles title ‘a great finishing touch’ for Fox Chapel’s Shymansky
Robby Shymansky made it to the PIAA Class AAA singles final as a freshman, but he was prevented from capturing the gold medal he sought.

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Freeport first baseman Matt Mitchell makes a diving catch against Deer Lakes Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Freeport turns the page, sets sights on PIAA tournament berth
May 28, 2019
The Freeport baseball team turned to a magic elixir to help it move on from last Wednesday’s loss to section rival Steel Valley in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals.

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Knoch shortstop Monica Gourley fields a ball hit by Greensburg Salem’s Kayla Gaughan during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
Knoch softball team 1 win from 1st berth in state tournament
May 27, 2019
The Knoch softball team had its eyes on a WPIAL 4A title, but a 4-0 semifinal loss to Elizabeth Forward last week curtailed that goal.

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Robby Shymansky became Fox Chapel’s first PIAA singles champion since Harrison Lauer in 1975.
Shymansky, Peters Township duo get WPIAL back to top at state tennis championships
May 26, 2019
Latrobe graduate Chad Kissell was the most recent WPIAL Class AAA boys tennis singles player to win a PIAA title.

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Quaker Valley tops Freeport to reach PIAA Class AA boys lacrosse playoffs
May 24, 2019
The Freeport boys lacrosse team started the WPIAL Class AA playoffs as the No. 12 seed, but the Yellowjackets battled their way to an opportunity for a spot in the state playoffs.

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Plum starting pitcher Abbey Froehlich throws against West Allegheny during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
Plum softball team reflects on special season, tough ending
It wasn’t the way the Plum softball team expected its season to conclude.

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The Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Freshman Walsh lifts Shady Side Academy to WPIAL girls lacrosse title in double OT
For Shady Side Academy’s Molly Walsh, the wait was worth it.

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WPIAL athletes hope to join PIAA track and field record lists
The PIAA track and field championships begin Friday morning at Shippensburg University, and athletes from the WPIAL will be going after titles, medals and season and career bests.

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Hampton’s Max Obenrader (2) defends against Freeport’s Case Haberstroh (29) April 30, 2019 at Hampton.
A-K Valley boys lacrosse preview capsules: Game of Friday, May 24
May 23, 2019
WPIAL Boys Lacrosse

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Highlands junior CJ Thimons (right) runs with teammate Cody Rouse during a workout this week.
Highlands’ Thimons in race to get to PIAA track medals podium
It’s déjà vu for Cj Thimons.

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Dates, times and locations set for WPIAL baseball championship and third-place games
The WPIAL baseball championship games, as well as the third-place consolation matchups, have been finalized with dates, times and locations.

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WPIAL finalizes dates, times and locations for softball championship and consolation matchups
The WPIAL on Thursday finalized and released the softball championship and third-place dates, times and locations in all six classifications.

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Penn-Trafford’s Luke Fabac celebrates his RBI triple during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against North Allegheny at Fox Chapel.
Late surge lifts No. 1 Penn-Trafford past North Allegheny in WPIAL baseball semifinals
May 22, 2019
The Penn-Trafford baseball team is one win away from its first WPIAL championship.

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Freeport catcher Jarrett Heilman takes a late throw as Steel Valley’s Josh Fossick scores the go-ahead run during the fourth inning of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Steel Valley baseball rallies past Freeport to reach WPIAL Class 3A final
The Freeport and Steel Valley baseball teams split their regular-season series in Section 1. The Yellowjackets and Ironmen met in the rubber match Wednesday with a trip to the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on the line.

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Keystone Oaks’ Gia Woods scores against Burrell during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
Keystone Oaks slugs past No. 3 Burrell in WPIAL quarterfinals
May 20, 2019
The Burrell softball team won its final 12 games of the regular season, captured the Section 1-3A championship and earned the No. 3 seed for the WPIAL playoffs. However, none of that mattered to Keystone Oaks on Monday in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal matchup at Hampton Community Park.

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WPIAL track and field champions earn top seeds for PIAA meet
Several WPIAL track and field champions are top seeds for the two-day PIAA championship meet Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat
Senior scholar-athletes awarded scholarships from sports hall of fame
May 19, 2019
Kyah Russell was a standout on the tennis court for the Gateway girls team, and her dedication to the sport was matched by her dedication to academics.

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Gateway competes in the AAA girls 4x100 relay during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
Gateway trio qualifies for state track championships
May 17, 2019
Shelly Jones said she was happy with her performance at Thursday’s WPIAL Class AA championship finals at Slippery Rock.

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Plum’s Hunter Linhart discus throw Track meet Tuesday, April 16 at Gateway
After winning WPIAL discus title, Plum’s Linhart looks forward to PIAA meet
Hunter Linhart will return to the place he recorded a career-best in the discus.

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St. Joseph freshman CJ Singleton finished fifth at the WPIAL track championships May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
Distance runner CJ Singleton continues to make history at St. Joseph
CJ Singleton made history in the fall as he became the first St. Joseph athlete to compete at the WPIAL and PIAA cross country championships.

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Deer Lakes’ Josh Yourish brings it home as he wins the boys AA 800m during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Deer Lakes’ Yourish sets gold standard at WPIAL track meet
May 16, 2019
Deer Lakes senior Josh Yourish already had won a trio of silver medals at WPIAL meets.

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Apollo-Ridge softball eliminated by two-time finalist Frazier
May 15, 2019
The Frazier softball team has played in the past two WPIAL Class 2A championship games, and it hopes to make it three straight in a couple of weeks.

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(From right) Burrell’s Jocelyn Vickers, Allee Kuhns, Madi Walsh and Olivia Kelly run, as McKenzie White looks on Monday, May 13, 2019, at Burrell High School. The girls 4x100 relay team with compete at the WPIAL Class AA championships Thursday at Slippery Rock University.
Burrell girls sprint relay unit aims for another golden performance at WPIAL meet
May 14, 2019
Every year at this time, members of the Burrell girls 400-meter relay are focused on getting to the top of the podium at the WPIAL Class AA track and field championships.

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Coaches association releases final boys volleyball rankings
May 13, 2019
The WPIAL boys volleyball playoff brackets were revealed Monday morning, and the first-round matches are set for Tuesday.

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WPIAL releases boys volleyball playoff brackets
North Allegheny and Derry are the top seeds for the WPIAL Class AAA and AA boys volleyball playoff tournaments.

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Gateway’s Jason Reber comptes on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Gateway boys lacrosse to host 1st WPIAL playoff game in program history
May 10, 2019
The Gateway boys lacrosse team achieved another first in its seventh season as a full member of the WPIAL.

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Gateway outfielder Ethan Frenchik (5) competes against Plum April 18, 2019 at Gateway.
Challenging section slate prepares No. 4 Gateway for postseason
The Gateway baseball team went 9-3 in Section 1-5A to secure the program’s fourth consecutive trip to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Plum’s Logan Parker tossed a career best 47 feet, 1 1/2 inches in the shot put against McKeesport and Central Catholic on April 10, 2019, at Plum High School.
Plum’s Parker ready to compete for WPIAL shot put title
Logan Parker knows Slippery Rock well.

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Freeport players celebrate with teammate Jarrett Heilman after Heilman hit a two-run walk-off double to beat Deer Lakes.
Freeport baseball rallies to top Deer Lakes for section title
May 8, 2019
The first time the Deer Lakes and Freeport baseball teams played this season, the Lancers earned a low-scoring, one-run victory.

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Riverview’s Jacob Sullivan runs during practice Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Riverside Park.
Riverview track athletes shift focus from team to individual goals
It was a successful dual-meet season for the Riverview track and field teams.

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WPIAL team tennis championship matchups set
May 7, 2019
The WPIAL team tennis championship matchups feature Fox Chapel against Shady Side Academy for the Class AAA title and Quaker Valley taking on Indiana for the Class AA crown.

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Apollo-Ridge’s starting pitcher Mollie Charlton throws against Riverview Monday, May, 6, 2019 at Apollo-Ridge High School.
Seniors Charlton, Sheaffer lift Apollo-Ridge past Riverview in Section 2-2A
May 6, 2019
Apollo-Ridge seniors Mollie Charlton and Sidney Sheaffer were celebrated before Monday’s Section 2-2A softball game against Riverview.

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Springdale coach Anthony Pototo celebrates with Brianna Thompson after she scored against St. Joseph earlier this season.
Springdale softball gears down for 1st postseason since 2000
Playoffs wasn’t a term that had been used in connection with Springdale softball for some time.

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Playoff-bound boys volleyball teams maintain positions in rankings
The WPIAL boys volleyball playoff fields will be finalized this week as Thursday marks the final date of section play in both Class AAA and AA.

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Gateway girls softball Senior Night Wednesday, May 1
Gateway softball looks forward to WPIAL playoffs
May 3, 2019
It was quite the interesting final week of the Section 2-5A schedule for the Gateway softball team.

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Plum’s Amari Bunch (42) competes against Mars March 27, 2019 at Plum High.
Plum girls lacrosse again earns WPIAL playoff berth
The Plum girls lacrosse team has qualified for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs for the second year in a row.

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Riverview’s Alyssa Cappa jumps into the arms of Annie Betler after Betler drove in the winning run to beat Apollo Ridge Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Riverview Park.
Riverview edges Apollo-Ridge to clinch WPIAL playoff berth
May 2, 2019
Round one goes to the Raiders.

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Upper St. Clair ends Sewickley Academy’s WPIAL-title streak in boys tennis
May 1, 2019
The Sewickley Academy boys tennis team’s 15-year WPIAL-title streak came to an end Thursday when it lost to Upper St. Clair in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.

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Burrell celebrate with Trent Valochik after his solo home run against Deer Lakes Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Deer Lakes High School.
Henderson, Burrell blank No. 1 Deer Lakes in Section 1-3A
Jack Henderson wanted to finish the game.

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Deer Lakes’ Josh Yourish and Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski pose for a portrait at the Section 7-AA meet on April 24, 2019 at Freeport Area High School.
Runners Yourish, Shemanski set sights on WPIAL track medals
Deer Lakes senior Josh Yourish and Freeport junior Sidney Shemanski are two of the top middle distance runners in the state.

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Matchups set for WPIAL team track and field finals
April 30, 2019
Sixteen track and field teams remain alive for WPIAL titles after Tuesday’s semifinal meets determined the finalists for the championships Monday at Peters Township.

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Leechburg’s McKenna Pierce scores the winning to finish the game against Springdale Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Gilpin Park.
No. 2 Leechburg rebounds from 1st loss, defeats No. 3 Springdale
The Leechburg softball team had a quick turnaround after suffering its first loss of the season, a nonsection setback to Apollo-Ridge on Monday.

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Belle Vernon’s Martin wins four events at annual Mid Mon Classic
April 29, 2019
Belle Vernon’s Hunter Martin captured four individual titles, and the Leopards won the boys team title Monday at the Scott Frederick Mid Mon Classic at Charleroi High School.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL boys volleyball rankings
Less than two weeks remain in the WPIAL boys volleyball regular season, and some teams are jockeying for playoff positioning, while others continue to battle to stay alive in the playoff chase.

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Olivia Kelly helped the Burrell girls team reach the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The Bucs were WPIAL Class AA runner-up last season.
A-K Valley track and field teams gallop into WPIAL semifinals
April 28, 2019
The last time the Apollo-Ridge boys track and field team qualified for the WPIAL semifinals was in 2014 when the Tre Tipton-led Vikings won the section title and punched their ticket to the postseason.

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Jason Reber, #4 Gateway LaCrosse senior night Thursday, April 25, 2019
Deep senior class leads Gateway boys lacrosse to 5-4 start
April 26, 2019
When the Gateway boys lacrosse team celebrated senior night before Thursday’s Section 1-AA game against Knoch at Antimarino Stadium, it was one of the longer ceremonies of that nature for any team in any sport this year.

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Plum pitcher Abbey Froehlich is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA and has walked only six in 31<sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>3</sub> innings.
Plum softball hopes to keep rolling down the stretch
The Plum softball team outlasted Mars in a nine-inning, Section 2-5A game April 17. The victory clinched a spot in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo runs to a first place finish in the Class AA girls race during the TSTCA cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at California University.
Area athletes compete on first day of Penn Relays
April 25, 2019
Oakland Catholic senior Jayla Ellis earned a seventh-place medal in the high school girls long jump Thursday at the annual Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

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Norwin’s Anna Lanyi participates in 100-meter hurdles at the Wildcat Invitational Track Meet held at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
WPIAL team track and field semifinals set
The WPIAL team track and field semifinal matchups are set, and the four defending champions — the North Allegheny and Riverside boys and the Butler and Shenango girls — now know what they will have to do to get back to the finals.

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Kiski Area’s Jean Starr broke a two-decade old school record in the shot put.
School discus record in hand, Kiski Area’s Jean Starr aims for bigger goals
The Kiski Area girls high school discus record had a target, figuratively speaking, on its back coming into this season.

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Leechburg’s Bret Kardos throws the shot put at the Section 7-AA meet Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Freeport Area High School.
Leechburg thrower Bret Kardos has lofty goals for shot put
April 24, 2019
Bret Kardos is on a mission.

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United States’ Morolake Akinosun runs the last leg in a women’s 4x100-meter relay rerun after dropping the baton in the race in the morning during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Track and field teams set for annual AIC section championships
After several weeks of head-to-head matchups in dual meets, the track and field teams from Section 7-AA gather Wednesday at Freeport High School to crown champions and award medals at the fifth annual Allegheny Interscholastic Conference individual championships.

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Knoch’s Erin Luffy hits off a tee during practice Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Knoch High School.
Knoch softball rolling through competition in Section 3-4A
April 23, 2019
The Knoch softball team dug itself a sizable hole in its Section 3-4A opener April 2 at Ambridge.

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PIHL players come together to win America’s Showcase tournament
A group of players from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League came together last week to claim a second straight America’s Showcase tournament.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL boys volleyball rankings
April 22, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its latest boys team rankings Monday, and two squads in Class AAA moved into the top 10.

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Mars’ Carmody commits to Polynesian Bowl
Mars junior offensive tackle Michael Carmody has committed to play in Hawaii’s Polynesian Bowl high school all-star game.

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Coming off a shoulder injury, Sarah Corrie hopes to return to competition at Friday’s Mars Invitational.
Gateway throwers Jones, Corrie set sights on WPIAL, PIAA success
April 19, 2019
Shelly Jones and Sarah Corrie both earned throwing medals at last year’s WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships.

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Gateway’s Jaired Lehman (6) strecthes to get Plum’s Chandler Yocca (10) April 18, 2019 at Gateway.
Gateway baseball making run at Section 3-5A title
Gateway baseball coach Mark Wardzinski said at the start of the season his relatively young team had the pieces in place to make a run at the Section 3-5A championship and qualify for the WPIAL playoffs for the fourth year in a row.

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Seneca Valley’s Aidan Campbell commits to Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters
April 18, 2019
Earlier this month, Aidan Campbell helped the Pittsburgh Pens Elite 16U hockey team capture the USA Hockey Tier I Elite National Championship.

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Burrell’s Elizabeth Clark rounds the bases past Freeport pitcher Autumn Powell after hitting a walk-off home run Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Lower Burrell.
Burrell softball gets walk-off homer to end Freeport’s section winning streak
April 17, 2019
For the second time in as many games, a Clark delivered for Burrell when it mattered the most.

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Plum senior Hunter Linhart
All in the family: Plum’s Hunter Linhart carries on family discus tradition
In 1959, Bruce Linhart Sr. set a standard in the discus at Penn Hills that has yet to be surpassed: He established a school record of 168 feet, 1 inch. The mark also was the state record for five years.

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Deer Lakes’ Cory Newman (right) collides with Valley catcher Dario Wolfe as he scores during the first inning. Newman had four RBIs.
Patience pays off for Deer Lakes baseball against Valley
April 16, 2019
Deer Lakes scored eight runs in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s Section 1-3A baseball game at Valley and turned a close game into a rout.

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Freeport starting pitcher Tori Radvan throws against Burrell Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Recovered from knee injury, Radvan bolsters lineup for No. 4 Freeport
April 15, 2019
Tori Radvan waited and prepared.

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Top teams hold their spots in latest WPIAL boys volleyball rankings
Four weeks remain in the WPIAL boys volleyball regular season, and section races, with their battles for playoff positioning, are heating up.

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Veteran athletes leading Plum track and field team in early going
April 12, 2019
Maddie Monick knows what it’s like to compete at the PIAA track and field championships.

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Deer Lakes’ Kiera Cutright hurdles against Burrell Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Burrell High School.
Deer Lakes’ Cutright faces challengers in defense of 300 hurdles title
April 10, 2019
Last year, Kiera Cutright was the hunter.

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Oakmont’s Alyssa Cappa, playing for her Nitro club team this summer, will take part in an international softball tournament from Friday to Sunday in the Netherlands.
Looking ahead important for softball teams needing to replace standout pitchers
April 8, 2019
Even before Leechburg’s Morgan Pierce, a four-year starter in the circle, graduated, plans were in place to find her successor.

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Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley hits a three-run double against Valley.
Deer Lakes softball gets 10-run victory over Valley
Auveonna Perkins connected on a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to put the Vikings ahead of Deer Lakes in Monday’s Section 1-3A softball matchup at Valley.

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Volleyball coaches association releases WPIAL boys rankings for Week 3
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 3 boys rankings Monday, and North Allegheny and Derry remain at the top in Class AAA and AA, respectively.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco collides with Fox Chapel’s James Patterson after turning a double play during their game Friday.
Franklin Regional rallies past Fox Chapel in extra-inning battle
April 5, 2019
The Franklin Regional baseball team fell behind by four runs after three innings of Friday’s Section 1-5A matchup at Fox Chapel.

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Kiski Area Kierra Shreffler, works out at practice Monday, April 1, 2019.
Kiski Area runner Shreffler has singular focus: PIAAs
April 3, 2019
Kierra Shreffler is on a mission to get to the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships.

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Springdale pitcher Alexis Hrivnak delivers against St. Joseph Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Kotecki Memorial Park.
Springdale softball rolls past St. Joseph, improves to 3-0
April 2, 2019
The Springdale softball team scored a pair of runs in the second inning of Tuesday’s Section 3-A opener with St. Joseph at Kotecki Memorial Park in Lower Burrell.

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North Allegheny, Derry lead WPIAL boys volleyball rankings
April 1, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 2 boys rankings Monday, and North Allegheny remains at the top in Class AAA.

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Burrell’s Lea Coffman is eager to avenge last season’s defeat to Freeport Burrell’s Lea Coffman works out in the gym Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Coffman hopes to lift Burrell to early-season victory against rival Freeport
Lea Coffman remembers the moment all too well.

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Deer Lakes, Kiski Area combine for five titles at Altoona Area Igloo Invitational
March 31, 2019
Athletes from Deer Lakes and Kiski Area represented the WPIAL on Saturday at the 43rd Altoona Area Igloo Invitational at Altoona’s Mansion Park stadium.

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Gateway’s Geno Bellante competes during practice March 28, 2019.
Gateway boys lacrosse seeking program’s 1st playoff victory
March 29, 2019
The Gateway varsity boys lacrosse team is an experienced group.

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Plum’s Amari Bunch (42) competes against Mars March 27, 2019 at Plum High.
Plum girls lacrosse ready to take next step after trip to postseason
The Plum girls lacrosse team qualified for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs last year in only its second season as a full WPIAL member.

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Regular-season marks again will be used for WPIAL track and field qualifying
March 27, 2019
Times, heights and distances recorded during regular-season track and field meets and invitationals again will be used as qualification to the WPIAL championships.

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Sewickley Academy boys tennis playing up in Class AAA
The Sewickley Academy and Shady Side Academy boys tennis teams are playing up in Class AAA this season.

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Burrell’s Kaylen Sharrow works out for the 100 meter hurdles during practice Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Sharrow, Burrell girls again have high expectations for track season
March 26, 2019
Kaylen Sharrow has her sights set on a return to the PIAA championships in the Class AA 300-meter hurdles.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny set a NFHS record in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the PIAA title at the championship meet March 16, 2019, at Bucknell.
Matheny sets national record at PIAA championships
March 17, 2019
Josh Matheny was witness to history at last year’s PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.

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Fox Chapel sophomore David Manelis (left) and senior Jonah Cagley earned medals Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA boys diving championships at Bucknell. Manelis placed second, and Cagley took fifth in the 24-diver field.
Fox Chapel’s Manelis, Skirboll earn silver at PIAA swimming/diving championships
March 16, 2019
LEWISBURG — David Manelis wanted to move up the ladder during Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA boys diving championships at Bucknell.

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Penn-Trafford diver Logan Sherwin is a Chicago recruit.
Penn-Trafford’s Sherwin just misses out on PIAA diving medal
LEWISBURG — Penn-Trafford senior Logan Sherwin hoped to snag a top-eight medal in his first opportunity to compete at the PIAA Class AAA state diving championships.

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Fox Chapel’s Manelis leads WPIAL contingent with runner-up finish at PIAA AAA meet
Last year’s PIAA Class AAA boys diving champion, Chambersburg’s Nick Cover, moved on because of graduation, and that opened the door for several from across the state to ascend to the top of the line.

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WPIAL swimmers earn top-eight seeds for Saturday evening’s PIAA Class AAA finals
LEWISBURG — Several WPIAL swimmers are set to compete for state gold on Day 2 of the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.

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The Mt. Lebanon 200 medley relay team won a PIAA title March 15, 2019, at Bucknell. The unit includes, from left, Hannah Morelli, Maddie Dorish, Trinity Ward and Sophia Donati.
WPIAL swimmers claim 7 state titles on first day of PIAA AAA championships
LEWISBURG — Of the 12 Class AAA swimming state titles earned Thursday on Day 1 of the PIAA championships at Bucknell University, seven were collected by WPIAL individuals or relays.

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Hempfield swimmer Gavin Mayo is a contender for a 2019 WPIAL medal.
Westmoreland swimmers, divers come up just short of medal stand at PIAA Class AAA meet
March 15, 2019
Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo was denied a trip to Thursday’s championship finals in the boys PIAA Class AAA 50-yard freestyle by the slimmest of margins.

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Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll won a PIAA title March 15, 2019, at Bucknell.
Fox Chapel freshman Skirboll claims 200 IM title at PIAA Class AAA championships
LEWISBURG — Zoe Skirboll was confident she could go under two minutes in the finals of the 200-yard individual medley Thursday at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.

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Penn-Trafford’s Paige Kalik
Penn-Trafford’s Kalik takes 9th at PIAA Class AAA diving championships
WPIAL diving champion Paige Kalik, a senior from Penn-Trafford, led the WPIAL contingent with a ninth-place finish at Friday’s PIAA Class AAA competition.

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WPIAL AAA swimmers set for Day 1 championship finals
The championship heats are set for Friday’s boys and girls events at the PIAA Class AAA swim meet at Bucknell University.

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WPIAL claims 4 state titles on final day of PIAA AA swimming championships
LEWISBURG – The WPIAL produced four more state champions Thursday at the PIAA Class AA swim meet at Bucknell University.

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Adam Morrison, Deer Lakes
Deer Lakes’ Morrison takes 3rd in 500 freestyle at PIAA championships
LEWISBURG — Deer Lakes junior Adam Morrison was right next to a pair of history making swims in the boys 500-yard freestyle at the PIAA Class AA swimming championships Thursday at Bucknell University.

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Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis won the 100 breaststroke at the PIAA championships March 14, 2019, at Bucknell.
Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Spekis claim PIAA swimming gold
March 14, 2019
LEWISBURG — Ian Shahan enjoyed the feeling of winning his first PIAA Class AA championship so much he went out and picked up another.

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North Catholic’s Kyle Maziarz won the PIAA Class AA diving title March 14, 2019, at Bucknell.
North Catholic’s Maziarz wins 2nd straight Class AA state diving title
LEWISBURG — North Catholic junior Kyle Maziarz has repeated as PIAA Class AA boys diving champion.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner
PIAA Class AA Day 2: WPIAL swimmers set for championship finals
A group of WPIAL swimmers punched tickets to the PIAA Class AA Day 2 championship finals set for Thursday evening at Bucknell University.

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Ringgold’s Anna Vogt won the PIAA Class AA diving title Wednesday at Bucknell.
Trio of WPIAL standouts claim gold on Day 1 of PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships
LEWISBURG — Northgate-Avonworth’s Karen Siddoway trailed Northern York senior Kate Luft for most of the girls Class AA 200-yard freestyle final Wednesday evening at Bucknell University.

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Deer Lakes’ Morrison medals at PIAA Class AA swimming championships
March 13, 2019
LEWISBURG — Adam Morrison swam in the consolation finals of the 200-yard freestyle at last year’s PIAA Class AA championships and finished 15th.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan (center) captured the PIAA Class AA title in the 100 butterfly Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Bucknell.
Belle Vernon swimmer Shahan takes PIAA title in 100 butterfly
LEWISBURG — Ian Shahan started Wednesday’s evening session of the PIAA Class AA swimming championships with his Belle Vernon teammates in the boys 200-yard medley relay.

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Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll works on her breaststroke during a recent practice.
Fox Chapel’s Skirboll aiming high at PIAA swimming championships
There will be a new state champion in the girls Class AAA 100-yard breaststroke.

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Northgate swimmer Karen Siddoway
Several WPIAL individuals, relays qualify for PIAA Class AA championship finals
The championship heats are set for Wednesday’s boys and girls events at the PIAA Class AA swimming meet at Bucknell University, and several from the WPIAL are in contention for state gold.

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Ringgold’s Anna Vogt won the PIAA Class AA diving title Wednesday at Bucknell.
Ringgold’s Anna Vogt wins PIAA Class AA diving title
Ringgold senior Anna Vogt, the two-time WPIAL champion in Class AA girls diving, added a state championship to her high school portfolio Wednesday afternoon at Bucknell.

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Deer Lakes junior Adam Morrison (right) won the WPIAL championship in the 500 freestyle and is the highest-seeded Alle-Kiski Valley swimmer at the PIAA meet.
A-K Valley swimmers get shot at PIAA gold this week
March 11, 2019
Rachel Halapchuk is a four-time WPIAL medalist with two each in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke.

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Deer Lakes’ Makayla Blair works out in the gym Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes softball hopes to get back on track this season
March 10, 2019
The Deer Lakes softball team was denied a seventh straight section title last spring and suffered a WPIAL first-round exit, an uncharacteristically early exit for the Lancers after advancing to the WPIAL title game five times in the previous six seasons.

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Deer Lakes’ Trey Darrah works out in the batting cage Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Southern trip gives Deer Lakes baseball time to build into winner
Graduation hit the Deer Lakes baseball team hard the past two seasons.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise (left) and Korry Myers walk off the court as time expires in their PIAA Class 4A loss to Huntingdon at Hollidaysburg.
Undefeated Huntingdon pulls away from Highlands boys in state playoffs
March 9, 2019
Hollidaysburg — Highlands boys basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski said he was proud of the way his team battled after early adversity in Friday’s PIAA Class 4A first-round game against Huntingdon.

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Gateway junior Olivia Livingston (right) was PIAA Class AAA runner-up in the 100 freestyle the past two years.
Gateway’s Livingston ready to chase state record in 100 freestyle
March 8, 2019
Time is of the essence for Gateway junior Olivia Livingston.

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Plum’s Devan Taylor is seeded 11th for states in the girls 100-yard breaststroke.
Plum swimmers prepare for PIAA championships
Devan Taylor hopes for a repeat performance and more in the girls 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran scores past New Castle’s Donte Burnett during the fourth quarter of their WPIAL Class 4A boys semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
A-K Valley basketball teams use time off to prepare for PIAA tournament
March 7, 2019
Five Alle-Kiski Valley basketball teams have played the waiting game for the PIAA tournament since their elimination from the WPIAL playoffs more than a week ago.

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Burrell junior Ashley Smith works out during a recent practice Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Smith had a 612 high series and 225 game in the North East Section.
A-K Valley bowlers vie for spots in state tournament at regionals
March 6, 2019
The Burrell girls bowling team hopes for a performance at Saturday’s Western Regional that matches its WPIBL team title captured three weeks ago.

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Northgate senior Karen Siddoway competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Reigning PIAA champions prepare to defend titles; WPIAL swimmers earn top seeds
March 4, 2019
The WPIAL, as expected, will be well-represented at the PIAA Class AAA and AA swimming and diving championships March 13-16 at Bucknell.

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PIAA releases qualifying lists for swimming championships
The PIAA on Monday released the preliminary psych sheets for the swimming and diving state championships set for March 13-16 at Bucknell University.

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Deer Lakes junior Adam Morrison (right) and other competitors begin their heat in the boys 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Deer Lakes’ Morrison outlasts Mars counterpart to capture WPIAL 500 freestyle title
March 1, 2019
Adam Morrison and Andrew Pierre couldn’t be separated.

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Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll poses for a photo after the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships March 1, 2019, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Fox Chapel’s Skirboll sets WPIAL breaststroke record in claiming gold medal
Zoe Skirboll counted down the days to her first opportunity at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships.

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The North Allegheny girls swim team defended its title at the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships March 1, 2019, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
North Allegheny boys, girls swim teams maintain dominance at WPIAL meet
The North Allegheny boys and girls swim teams reign again.

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A-K Valley swimmers earn medals, set records in WPIAL Class AA meet
February 28, 2019
Alle-Kiski Valley swimmers from Fox Chapel, Plum and Kiski Area set the tone with medal-winning finishes, season-best times and several school records in the first session of the WPIAL championships Thursday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Northgate swimmer Karen Siddoway
Northgate’s Siddoway defends 200 freestyle title at WPIAL Class AA swimming championships
Karen Siddoway had a repeat performance on her mind as she stepped to the starting block for Thursday’s final heat in the girls 200-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AA championships.

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Fox Chapel freshman Zoe Skirboll competes in the girls 200 individual medley during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Fox Chapel girls off to fast start at WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
The Fox Chapel girls 200-yard freestyle relay kicked off Day 1 of the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships with a fourth-place finish in a school-record time of time of 1 minute, 46.12 seconds.

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Highlands High School swimmer Rachel Blackburn does laps during a practice on Dec. 29, 2018.
5 girls swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AA championships
February 27, 2019
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Plum’s Devan Taylor trains for the upcoming 2018-2019 season Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.
5 girls swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Freshman swimmers (from left) Alexis Schrecongost (Freeport), Sam Wygonik (St. Joseph) and Zoe Skirboll (Fox Chapel) hope for successful swims at the WPIAL championships Feb. 28-March 1 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
A-K Valley freshmen hoping to make splash at WPIAL swimming championships
February 26, 2019
At the start of her first WPIAL swim season in November, Alexis Schrecongost didn’t think she would ascend to the position she is at heading into the WPIAL championships Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis in the boys’ 100 yard breaststroke at Derry Area High School during the 2019 Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championship Meet on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Five boys swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AA championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Penn Hills’ Kimani Gregory waits to compete in the 200 medley relay against Fox Chapel Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Five boys swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Monessen’s Dishon Howell scores over St. Joseph’s Daniel Fabregas during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Monessen boys repel St. Joseph rally, reach WPIAL semifinals
February 21, 2019
The St. Joseph and Monessen boys basketball teams met Thursday at West Allegheny with a spot in the WPIAL 1A semifinals and a trip to the PIAA tournament on the line.

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Fox Chapel sophomore David Manelis practices Feb. 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel quartet ready to perform at WPIAL diving championships
For the second year in a row, Fox Chapel will have four athletes compete at the WPIAL Class AAA boys diving championships at North Allegheny High School.

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North Allegheny swimmer Jack Wright.
Trib HSSN Boys Swimmer of the Week: North Allegheny’s Jack Wright
Jack Wright is no stranger to the feeling of high school swimming’s championship season.

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Freeport swimmer Ari
Trib HSSN Girls Swimmer of the Week: Freeport’s Ariana Clark
Ariana Clark earned an eighth-place medal in the 100-yard backstroke at last year’s WPIAL Class AA championship meet at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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WPIBL boys singles tournament postponed; girls event still on for Thursday
February 20, 2019
Wednesday morning’s winter weather forced Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League officials to postpone the boys singles championship tournament to next Wednesday at 3 p.m. The event will remain at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alyssa DeAngelo and Lydia Shaw fight for a rebound with Plum’s Kai Johnson during WPIAL playoff action Monday, Feb. 19, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
Thomas Jefferson girls send Plum packing in WPIAL 1st round
February 19, 2019
The Thomas Jefferson girls basketball team won seven of eight games, including five in a row, to close out the regular season.

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Quaker Valley’s Corrine Washington defends on Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski during WPIAL playoff action Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
No. 13 Quaker Valley girls upset No. 4 Freeport in Class 4A 1st round
February 18, 2019
It is often said that when the WPIAL playoffs begin, every team enters with a clean slate.

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Gateway vs Plum Swm Meet Thursday, February 14 at Gateway Gateway’s Olivia Livingston, Girls 400 yard freestyle relay
Livingston, freshmen standouts ready to lead Gateway at WPIAL swim championships
February 15, 2019
Gateway junior Olivia Livingston is a WPIAL champion with four individual titles over her first two appearances at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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New Castle’s Zachary Bell will compete at the 2019 WPIAL swim championships.
Trib HSSN Boys Swimmer of the Week: New Castle’s Zachary Bell
Zachary Bell is making the most of his final WPIAL swimming season.

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston will compete at the 2019 WPIAL swim championships.
Trib HSSN Girls Swimmer of the Week: Gateway’s Olivia Livingston
Olivia Livingston set the bar for the rest of the WPIAL in the second week of December when she established a time of 23.49 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle against Upper St. Clair.

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Knoch’s Braden Zukowski works out Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in the Butler YMCA pool.
Knoch’s Cummings takes advantage of sole high school season
February 14, 2019
Matt Cummings is making the most of his first and only high school swimming season.

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St. Joseph boys top West Greene for 1st playoff win since 2011
The St. Joseph boys basketball team saw a double-digit first-half lead trimmed to six at halftime of Friday’s WPIAL Class A first-round game at Mt. Lebanon.

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Apollo-Ridge girls hold off Burrell in Section 1-4A opener
December 13, 2018
Amid a flurry of activity as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the first half of Thursday's Section 1-4A girls basketball opener between Apollo-Ridge and Burrell, Morgan Gamble released a 3-point shot that banked home. Her successful field goal enabled the Vikings to complete a second-quarter rally from

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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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Sewickley Academy’s Hajdukiewicz among goal and point leaders in PIHL Varsity A
November 1, 2018
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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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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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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Gateway hockey continuing to grow at junior varsity level
October 12, 2018
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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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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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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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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Inexperienced Gateway girls tennis team to rely on ‘determination, ‘sprit’
August 31, 2018
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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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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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 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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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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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
June 1, 2018
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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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
May 25, 2018
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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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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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 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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PIAA releases qualifying lists for state swimming championships
March 6, 2018
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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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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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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Countdown to WPIALs: Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner has golden expectations
February 24, 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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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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A-K Valley girls basketball teams head into final week with playoff spots up for grabs
February 3, 2018
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Paced by 6 all-stars, Franklin Regional hockey enters home stretch
January 29, 2018
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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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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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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Confidence growing for Gateway wrestling team
January 7, 2018
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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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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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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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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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
November 3, 2017
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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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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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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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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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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Madison Marks, Morgan Gamble, Rylee Eaton and Emily Bonelli are returning starters for the 2019 Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team.
With new coach, veteran roster, Apollo-Ridge girls eye return trip to playoffs
November 18, 2019
Mike Monstrola served as a coach for the Apollo-Ridge junior high boys basketball program last year, but he often made it a point to take in games involving the Vikings boys and girls varsity teams.

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Apollo-Ridge basketball coach Greg Fox prepares his team at practice on Nov. 14, 2019.
Apollo-Ridge boys basketball looks to take one more step forward
The Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team made a leap back to prominence last year, improving by seven wins, both overall and in section play, from the year before.

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Freeport’s Lauren Lampus (14) competes against North Catholic during PIAA 2A semifinal gamr Nov. 12, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Freeport, Knoch volleyball teams reflect on PIAA runs
November 16, 2019
Only 16 high school girls volleyball teams were left standing last Tuesday as the four classifications moved to the semifinal round of the PIAA playoffs.

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North Catholic’s Dominique Felix (11) hits against Freeport during a PIAA Class AA semifinal.
PIAA Class AA volleyball finals primer: North Catholic vs. North Penn-Liberty
November 15, 2019
North Penn-Liberty (22-0) vs. North Catholic (22-1)

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North Allegheny’s Abby Miller sets a ball against Shaler.
PIAA Class AAAA volleyball finals primer: North Allegheny vs. Bishop Shanahan
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Fox Chapel’s Christian Fitch keeps pace with the leaders during the WPIAL Class AAA boys cross country race on Oct. 24, 2019, at California University. Fitch finished the race fourth.
Fox Chapel’s Fitch, Sisson named A-K Valley cross country runners of year
November 14, 2019
Fox Chapel seniors Christian Fitch and Grace Sisson were selected as the Alle-Kiski cross country runners of the year as a part of the 2019 All-Star teams.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp signed a national letter of intent with Bucknell on Wednesday.
Kiski Area wrestlers, other A-K Valley athletes sign letters of intent
November 13, 2019
Last year at this time, Nick Delp saw Kiski Area graduates Cam Connor and Darren Miller sign Division I National Letters of Intent to wrestle at Penn and Bucknell, respectively.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar records a kill during the WPIAL Class AAAA championship match.
North Allegheny keeps hopes of PIAA volleyball 3-peat alive
November 12, 2019
The North Allegheny girls volleyball team captured PIAA gold the past two seasons, and the Tigers will go after their third consecutive crown and sixth in program history after defeating Landisville Hempfield 3-1 in a Class AAAA semifinal match Tuesday at Altoona High School.

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Knoch’s Rory McCune (right) blocks a shot against Palmyra during the Knights’ PIAA Class AAA semifinal.
Palmyra ends Knoch’s volleyball season in state semifinals
Things started well for the Knoch girls volleyball team in Tuesday’s PIAA Class AAA semifinal against Palmyra at Altoona High School.

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Freeport’s Mackensey Jack blocks a shot by Brookville’s Maggie Mackins during a PIAA Class AA first-round match.
Freeport volleyball set for high-stakes rematch with North Catholic
November 11, 2019
As the Freeport girls volleyball team was taking care of Beaver on Saturday in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal at Shaler, North Catholic and defending PIAA champion Bald Eagle Area squared off for another spot in the state semifinals.

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Freeport starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman went 9-2 with a 0.67 ERA last season.
Standout Freeport pitcher Jarrett Heilman gives verbal commitment to Mercyhurst
Jarrett Heilman is busy preparing for his final high school baseball season with a Freeport, which returns numerous starters and key contributors from last spring’s run to a Section 1-3A title and the PIAA playoffs.

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Knoch’s Ally Albert returns serve against Franklin Regional during a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal Saturday at Shaler Area High School.
Knoch volleyball sweeps Franklin Regional to move into state semifinals
November 9, 2019
The Knoch girls volleyball team swept Franklin Regional when the teams met in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals last week.

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Freeport celebrates after scoring against Beaver during a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game Nov. 9, 2019, at Shaler Area High School.
Freeport volleyball sweeps Beaver, moves into PIAA semifinals
The Freeport girls volleyball team is returning to a familiar place.

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Knoch’s Rory McCune and Hannah Rowe block the shot of South Fayette’s Lauren Saulle during PIAA Class AAA first-round action Tuesday.
Knoch block party frustrates volleyball foes
November 8, 2019
In last week’s WPIAL Class AAA semifinal victory over Franklin Regional, Knoch girls volleyball players recorded more than two dozen blocks, with four players leading the way with six apiece.

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Freeport senior Lauren Lampus had the match-ending kill in a PIAA first-round matchup with Brookville on Tuesday.
Freeport refocuses, gets set for PIAA volleyball quarterfinals
After two emotional and physically draining five-set matches to cap the WPIAL playoffs, senior outside hitter Lauren Lampus and the other Freeport girls volleyball team members were happy to take care of business in straightforward fashion Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA tournament.

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Shady Side Academy goalkeeper Thea Conomikes celebrates with Kate Nury (right) and Marnie McCormick after defeating The Ellis School in the WPIAL Class A field hockey final Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School. SSA won, 1-0.
WPIAL releases field hockey all-star lists
November 7, 2019
The WPIAL wrapped up the 2019 field hockey season Thursday with the release of its Division I and II all-star lists.

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Plum’s Abby Lewis moves the ball upfield during the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Mars on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Plum pleased with progress after historic girls soccer season
November 6, 2019
When Plum girls soccer team members gathered for summer workouts and then came together for official preseason practices in August, a buzz surrounded the talented but youthful group.

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Plum’s Makayla Jackson (27) competes against Norwin on Sept. 3, 2019, at Norwin.
Plum’s Jackson gives verbal commitment to Pitt volleyball
November 5, 2019
For Plum’s Makayla Jackson, Pitt is it.

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Knoch’s Kenzie Kerkan with a dig against Thomas Jefferson during the girls class 3-A WPIAL Volleyball Championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
WPIAL volleyball champs Freeport, Knoch eager to begin PIAA title quests
November 4, 2019
Shaler Area will be a volleyball hotspot Tuesday as WPIAL champions Freeport and Knoch open the PIAA playoffs with back-to-back matchups.

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Plum’s Gina Proviano (right) competes against Gateway’s Jenna Shuman during a WPIAL Class AAA first-round game October 21, 2019 at Plum High.
First PIAA-playoff appearance is ‘great opportunity’ for Plum girls soccer
The Plum girls soccer team fell short Saturday in its quest for a WPIAL Class AAA championship in its first title-game appearance.

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Riverview’s Mason Ochs runs to the finish line during the WPIAL Class A championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Future bright for Riverview boys cross country team
November 3, 2019
Riverview junior Mason Ochs finished eighth in the Class A boys race at Saturday’s PIAA cross country championships after taking second at WPIALs.

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Knoch’s Rory McCune and Hannah Rowe blocks the shot of Thomas Jefferson’s Abigail Chalovich during the girls class 3-A WPIAL Volleyball Championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Knoch, Freeport volleyball teams seek repeat of 2017 PIAA titles
In 2017, the Knoch and Freeport volleyball teams played the final three matches of their PIAA championship runs in the same location.

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Kiski Area’s Lebryn Smith is taken down during a WPIAL Class 5A opening-round playoff game against Bethel Park on Friday.
A-K Valley football teams fall short in 1st round of WPIAL playoffs
November 2, 2019
When sophomore Cody Dykes connected on a 33-yard field goal early in the second quarter of Friday’s WPIAL Class 5A first-round game at Bethel Park, the Kiski Area football team held a 10-point lead.

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Kiski’s Luke Lander carries the ball during the WPIAL Class 5A opening-round playoff game against Bethel Park on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park scores 28 unanswered in playoff defeat of Kiski Area
November 1, 2019
With 10 minutes left until halftime of Friday’s WPIAL Class 5A first-round matchup at Bethel Park, Kiski Area led the Black Hawks by 10 points and appeared ready to take full control.

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Plum’s Justin Mascilli runs to a first-place finish at a dual meet with Avonworth on Oct. 10, 2019 at Boyce Park in Plum.
Plum’s Justin Mascilli misses spot at state cross country meet by narrowest of margins
Plum senior Justin Mascilli placed 27th in the boys Class AAA race at the WPIAL cross country championships Oct. 24 at Cal (Pa.).

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Freeport’s Macensey Jack blocks the shot of Avonworth’s Lexie Auth during WPIAL AA volleyball semifinal action at North Allegheny High School.
Freeport hungry for WPIAL girls volleyball title
The Freeport girls volleyball team celebrated Thursday’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Avonworth in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at North Allegheny with a trip to Chick-fil-A.

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Plum’s Emily Kirkpatrick (right) has a team-leading 11 assists this season.
Mars is last obstacle in way of Plum girls soccer’s first WPIAL title
Earlier this season, the Plum girls soccer team ventured to Highmark Stadium for a matchup with section rival Oakland Catholic.

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Knoch’s Hannah Rowe celebrates a kill during the Knights’ WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Knoch, Thomas Jefferson to collide in WPIAL girls volleyball title match
Knoch and Thomas Jefferson were the top two ranked girls volleyball teams in WPIAL Class AAA throughout the season, and they were rewarded with the top two seeds in the playoff bracket.

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Avonworth’s Shasha Kosko spikes on Freeport’s Isabella Russo during WPIAL AA volleyball semifinal action at North Allegheny High School.
Freeport rallies to knock off Avonworth in WPIAL volleyball playoffs
October 31, 2019
The Freeport girls volleyball team hadn’t faced adversity this season like it did Thursday in a WPIAL Class AA semifinal match against Avonworth at North Allegheny.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James will vie for her first PIAA singles title this weekend.
Fox Chapel and Knoch tennis players set their sights on PIAA titles
After helping Fox Chapel win its first PIAA Class AAA team tennis title since 2004, No. 1 singles player Charlotte James will turn her attention to the state singles tournament in Hershey this weekend. After winning doubles titles as a freshman and a sophomore with teammate Amanda Nord, the 2019 WPIAL singles champion has experience as well.

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Fox Chapel’s Grace Sisson heads to states after finishing fifth at WPIALs.
A-K Valley runners on quest for medals at PIAA cross country meet
A contingent of Alle-Kiski Valley cross country teams and individuals hope to build on performances from WPIALs as they run against the state’s best Saturday at the PIAA championships in Hershey.

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Knoch’s Hannah Rowe celebrates a kill during the Knights’ WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against Franklin Regional Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Knoch girls volleyball tops Franklin Regional, reaches WPIAL finals
October 30, 2019
The Knoch girls volleyball team will play for a third straight WPIAL Class AAA championship.

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Freeport senior Tori Radvan warms up for a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal match against Hopewell on Oct. 29, 2019, at North Hills.
Knee injury behind her, Freeport senior ready for ‘high-pressure situations’ in WPIAL volleyball playoffs
Tori Radvan ended her sophomore volleyball season on the court at Johnstown’s Richland High School celebrating a state championship with her Freeport teammates.

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Peyton McCann is a top player for the Kiski Area football team in 2019.
A-K Valley football players to watch in the first week of WPIAL playoffs
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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski (22) celebrates her first goal with Emma Check (13) and Akina Boynton during their game against Apollo-Ridge Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Freeport Area High School.
                                Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski (22) celebrates her goal with Emma Check (13) and Akina Boynton during their game against Apollo-Ridge earlier this season. The Yellowjackets play South Park in the third-place consolation game of the WPIAL Class AA girls soccer playoffs.
A-K Valley girls soccer capsule for Oct. 30
October 29, 2019
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Knoch girls volleyball digs deep, overcomes injuries to advance in WPIAL playoffs
Having two all-state volleyball players missing from a rotation might derail any number of teams, but the Knoch girls squad has used its depth and veteran leadership to stay in the WPIAL playoff mix.

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Senior Samantha Clark and the rest of the Freeport girls volleyball team raced past Hopewell in a 3-0 WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal victory on Oct. 29, 2019, at North Hills.
Freeport sweeps past Hopewell to earn spot in WPIAL semifinals
The Freeport girls volleyball team keeps on rolling.

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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski battles Yough’s Amber Biros for a header during their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at Mars Area High School.
Freshman McKenzie Pritts scores twice, Yough blanks Freeport to reach WPIAL title game
October 28, 2019
The Yough girls soccer team recorded only two shots on goal over the first 43 minutes of its WPIAL Class AA semifinal against Freeport on Monday at Mars.

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Sidney Shemanski (22), Akina Boynton (center), Emma Check (13) and the rest of the Freeport girls soccer team are one win away from a trip to the PIAA Class AA title game at Highmark Stadium.
Surprising Freeport girls ‘want it all’ entering WPIAL soccer semifinals
October 27, 2019
Akina Boynton scored 11 goals during the regular season to help the Freeport girls soccer team to a 14-4 overall record, a runner-up finish in Section 2-AA and the No. 8 seed for the WPIAL playoffs.

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A-K Valley girls soccer preview capsules: Games of Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
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Kiski Area players celebrate after defeating Mars on Oct. 18, 2019, at Mars.
A-K Valley football notebook: Late-season surge gets Kiski Area in playoffs
October 26, 2019
A series of playoff scenarios were on the table in the Class 5A Northern Conference entering Friday’s Week 9 games.

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Leechburg holds off Springdale in ’emotional’ victory
Last year, Leechburg defeated Springdale to cap its first non-losing season since 1991.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a volley during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
PIAA girls tennis roundup: Fox Chapel, Knoch, Sewickley Academy advance to semifinals
October 25, 2019
The Fox Chapel girls tennis team remained alive for a PIAA championship Friday with a 3-2 victory over District 1 champion Unionville at Hershey Racquet Club.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class AAA boys championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal U (Pa.).
Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson betters own course record, captures first WPIAL title
October 24, 2019
Patrick Anderson started this season by setting a course record at the Marty Uher Invitational on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.).

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Knoch’s Sammy Jo Barnes runs to a fourth place finish during the WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Knoch girls cross country team makes leap forward at WPIAL meet
Sammy Jo Barnes qualified for the PIAA cross country championships individually the past two seasons.

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Leechburg running back Jake Blumer at a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 9
October 23, 2019
Jake Blumer

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins (1) makes a touchdown catch behind Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake (1) on Sept. 13 at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
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A-K Valley WPIAL girls soccer capsules: Games of Oct. 24, 2019
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Riverview’s Mason Ochs crosses the finish line to win a country meet against Knoch Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Saxonburg.
Riverview ready to take a run at WPIAL cross country favorites
October 22, 2019
The Riverview boys cross country team finished runner-up to Winchester Thurston in Class A at WPIALs each of the past three seasons.

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Burrell’s Allison Vescio (17) celebrates her first goal with her teammates during their WPIAL Class AA first-round playoff game against Mt. Pleasant.
Burrell girls soccer continues dominance with easy win over Mt. Pleasant
October 21, 2019
The Burrell girls soccer team’s dominance in the regular season extended to Monday’s WPIAL Class AA first-round game against Mt. Pleasant at Kiski Area.

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Maddie Clark helps run the Freeport offense against East Allegheny on Sept. 12, 2019.
WPIAL unveils girls volleyball playoff brackets
North Allegheny, Knoch, North Catholic and Bishop Canevin earned top seeds in their respective classifications as the WPIAL released girls volleyball playoff brackets Monday.

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Plum defeated Montour, 5-0, in the Western Pennsylvania Fall Baseball League varsity championship game Oct. 20, 2019 at Norwin.
Plum tops Montour to claim fall baseball league title
Plum shut out Montour, 5-0, Sunday afternoon at Norwin to capture the Western Pennsylvania Fall Baseball League’s varsity title.

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Coaches association releases final WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The WPIAL girls volleyball regular season has concluded, and the playoff pairings will be released early Monday afternoon.

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Senior Allison Vescio leads the Burrell girls soccer team into the WPIAL playoffs.
Unbeaten Burrell ready for obstacles in WPIAL Class AA girls soccer playoffs
October 20, 2019
Burrell capped its regular season last Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over playoff-bound Highlands.

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Burrell’s Danica Johnson (right) and Deer Lakes’ Ashley McAdams vie for a loose ball. The Buccaneers and Lancers will play WPIAL playoff games Monday.
A-K Valley girls soccer playoff capsules: Games for Monday, Oct. 21, 2019
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Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jacob Fello looks to pass against Valley on October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Alle-Kiski Valley football notebook: No place like home for Apollo-Ridge
October 19, 2019
Apollo-Ridge could have clinched a home first-round playoff game last week against Steel Valley, but the Vikings were upset by the Ironmen.

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Brock White and Highlands were eliminated from WPIAL playoff contention despite a victory against New Castle.
Highlands logs senior-night overtime win vs. New Castle
When New Castle traveled to Highlands’ Golden Rams Stadium two years ago, the Red Hurricanes escaped with a 48-47 victory in two overtimes.

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Plum’s Justin Mascilli runs to a first-place finish at a nonsection dual meet with Avonworth on Oct. 10, 2019, at Boyce Park in Plum.
Plum’s Mascilli, Valotta seek big jump at WPIAL championship meet
October 18, 2019
Justin Mascilli finished 51st in the boys Class AAA race at last year’s WPIAL cross country championships on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.).

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise - Trib HSSN preseason Kennywood Top 25 football team
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 8
October 16, 2019
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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley slips the tackle of Burrell’s Jake Henderson on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 8
Class 5A Northern

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Deer Lakes’ Gabby Weber works against Highlands’ Jessica Cekada during their game Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at Highlands.
Eight teams from A-K Valley join girls soccer championship chase
October 15, 2019
Highlands was the final girls soccer team from the Alle-Kiski Valley invited to the WPIAL playoff party as the Golden Rams clinched a spot out of Section 2-AA with Monday night’s 2-1 overtime victory over Apollo-Ridge.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Oct. 14, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s girls soccer rankings:

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Highlands tops Apollo-Ridge in overtime, clinches playoff spot
The Highlands girls soccer team came within two points of a WPIAL playoff spot last year.

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Plum’s Livia Paoletti took eighth at the section meet.
Confidence high for Plum girls cross country team
October 14, 2019
The Plum girls cross country team already was having a productive season when it arrived at the Division I, Section 4 championship meet Oct. 2 at Northmoreland Park.

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Freeport players celebrate after scoring a point against East Allegheny on Sept. 12, 2019.
Coaches association releases Week 7 WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
As the WPIAL girls volleyball regular season enters its final week, additional section champions will be crowned, and the final tickets to the WPIAL playoffs will be punched.

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Valley’s Casey Gatto competes during practice Oct. 11, 2019.
Valley girls tennis ready for challenge in WPIAL team tournament
October 13, 2019
The WPIAL Class AA team tournament is new for all seven members of the Valley girls tennis team, as the last time the Vikings advanced to the playoffs was 2015.

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Springdale looks to keep slim playoff hopes alive
October 12, 2019
The mission is simple for the Springdale football team in its approach to staying alive in the chase for the playoffs in WPIAL Class A.

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Springdale’s Cavin Kidler (1) looks for some running room against Riverview October 11, 2019 at Riverside Park.
Springdale dominates Eastern Conference rival Riverview
October 11, 2019
The Riverview football team turned on the lights Friday at Riverside Park for its annual night game.

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Freeport volleyball coach Tom Phillips talks with Tori Radvan (13) before their game against East Allegheny September 12, 2019.
Freeport girls volleyball dominance on display
The Freeport girls volleyball team wrapped up its 15th consecutive section championship Thursday with a convincing three-game sweep of Section 5-AA foe Burrell.

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The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 features individual inductees, from left, Katrina Streiner, Russ Gratton, Crista Coles, Matt Houy and Gregg Nemec. Also enshrined was Paul Krusey.
Athletic greats celebrated with induction to Gateway Sports Hall of Fame
Katrina Streiner made her mark in swimming over four years of competition at Gateway.

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Burrell’s Bella Glaister (3) battles for possession against Freeport’s Emma Check (13) during a Section 2-AA girls soccer match Oct. 9, 2019, at Burrell’s Buccaneers Stadium.
Burrell girls soccer races past rival Freeport, moves to cusp of section title
October 9, 2019
Burrell junior Jordyn Kowalkowski said she expected another close game with Freeport on Wednesday as the first Section 2-AA matchup between the rivals Sept. 18 went down to the wire.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 13 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel boys, girls golf teams set for WPIAL team championship
The Fox Chapel boys and girls golf teams will play for WPIAL championships Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver.

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Springdale’s Demitri Fritch catches a pass between 7-on-7 games Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 7
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Fox Chapel’s Sam Brown (2) looks for some running room against North Hills on August 30 at North Hills.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 7
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Kaylee Uribe had a goal in Fox Chapel’s key section victory over Pine-Richland last week.
Fox Chapel ready for anything as girls soccer playoffs approach
October 8, 2019
The Fox Chapel girls soccer team was less than two minutes away from going to overtime Monday with Class AAAA No. 1 North Allegheny in a Section 1 contest.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a volley during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Fox Chapel girls hunting WPIAL team tennis title
The Fox Chapel girls tennis team lost just once in 12 regular-season matches.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Oct. 7
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL girls soccer rankings:

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Knoch’s Laura Greb returns a volley during her WPIAL Class AA championship match against teammate Brooke Bauer Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Knoch, Valley tennis teams set for WPIAL team tournament
October 7, 2019
After several weeks of dual matches and individual players and doubles teams going for WPIAL gold, the Knoch and Valley girls tennis teams turn their attention Tuesday to the WPIAL Class AA team tournament.

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Coaches association releases Week 6 WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The plots thicken for the girls volleyball teams in the WPIAL as two weeks remain in the regular season and section races from Class A to Class AAAA.

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Burrell’s Danica Johnson (right) competes against Deer Lakes’ Ashley McAdams last week. Both teams are seeking section titles as the season enters its final stretch.
A-K Valley girls soccer teams jockeying for playoff position
October 6, 2019
Seven seconds.

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Fox Chapel’s Nina Busch watches her putt miss the cup on the second playoff hole during the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Fox Chapel girls golf carries unbeaten record into playoffs
The Fox Chapel girls golf team produced a 15-0 record in the regular season and defended its Section 4-AAA championship.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) scored two first-half touchdowns against Valley October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon has night to remember
October 5, 2019
Not too many WPIAL running backs have had the type of game Apollo-Ridge junior Logan Harmon did Friday at conference rival Valley.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) scored two first-half touchdowns against Valley October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Apollo-Ridge dodges Valley upset bid, clinches playoff spot
October 4, 2019
It was a night of highs and lows for Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon during Friday’s Allegheny Conference game at Valley.

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Freeport graduate Courtney Grubbs is a leader as a sophomore for Thiel College women’s volleyball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley campus clippings: Grubbs sets up pair of wins for Thiel volleyball
October 3, 2019
With two wins in its past three matches, the Thiel women’s volleyball team hopes to recover from a 1-14 start.

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Highlands’ volleyball team celebrates after scoring against Carrick October 2, 2019 at Highlands.
Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: ‘Competitive’ start for Highlands volleyball reboot
When the Highlands girls volleyball program returned last month after a three-year hiatus, 68 players came to tryouts.

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Burrell’s Kaitlyn Postupack (10) competes against Deer Lakes October 2, 2019 at Deer Lakes.
Burrell blanks Deer Lakes, maintains hold on section lead
October 2, 2019
The Burrell girls soccer team broke through 12 minutes into the first half of Wednesday’s Section 2-AA clash with rival Deer Lakes.

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Riverview’s Dean Cecere is competing for the 2019 Raiders.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 6
Josh Boak

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Springdale’s Christian Vokes covers Jeannette’s Stephan Twichell Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.
A-K Valley don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 6
Class 4A Northwest 8

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Deer Lakes’ Lily Litrun pressures Burrell’s Megan Malits during their game on Sept. 9, 2019, at Burrell.
Title implications heighten Burrell-Deer Lakes girls soccer clash
October 1, 2019
It’s been three weeks and two days since the first meeting between the Burrell and Deer Lakes girls soccer teams.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 30, 2019
Class AAAA

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Kiski Area’s Jake Folaron competes at the Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 13, 2019, at Northmoreland Park.
Section 4 cross country teams to face off at Northmoreland Park
Cross country titles will be on the line Wednesday afternoon when the Division I, Section 4 teams gather at Northmoreland Park.

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Erin Drahnak sinks a putt on the 15th green while competing in the girls section 4-AAA golf qualifier at Hiland Golf Course in Butler on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.
Fox Chapel duo among girls golfers set for WPIAL Class AAA championships
September 30, 2019
Fox Chapel’s Nina Busch and Erin Drahnak cut their teeth as freshmen in a deep field at last year’s WPIAL Class AAA girls individual golf championship at Diamond Run Golf Club.

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Fox Chapel’s Catherine Petrovich comes to the net during a section doubles finals match Sept. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Doubles teams gear up for WPIAL tournament
During the Knoch girls tennis team’s quest for a Section 3-AA championship this fall, senior Libby Conlon and freshman Ally Bauer find themselves on different courts for matches.

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Leaders hold on to top spots in volleyball coaches association WPIAL rankings
For the fourth consecutive week, North Allegheny (Class AAAA), Knoch (Class AAA), North Catholic (Class AA) and Bishop Canevin (Class A) own the top spots in their respective Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association rankings.

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Plum sophomore Marissa Liberto has seven goals this season.
Plum girls soccer prepares for showdown with Oakland Catholic
September 29, 2019
The Plum girls soccer team last captured a section championship in 2016 when it tied Fox Chapel for the top spot of Section 3-AAAA.

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) runs past Hampton’s Josh Andersson (33) Sept. 27, 2019 at Hampton.
Alle-Kiski Valley football notebook: Kiski Area ‘excited’ about milestone win
September 28, 2019
With wins over Allderdice in Week Zero and Fox Chapel on Sept. 13, the Kiski Area football team put itself in position for the 300th win in program history.

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Montour knocks off previously unbeaten Knoch in OT
September 27, 2019
Knoch hoped to add a victory to Friday night’s homecoming festivities at Knights Stadium, but Gannon Kadlecik and his Montour teammates had other ideas.

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Plum slow-pitch softball player Lorna Shebeck competes during practice Sept. 26, 2019.
Plum slow-pitch softball searching for 3rd straight league championship
The Plum varsity girls slow-pitch softball team saw its 36-game winning streak snapped Sept. 5 with a 16-2 loss at North Hills.

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Penn State’s Beaver Stadium will host a high school football game between State College and Cumberland Valley on Oct. 26.
Penn State’s Beaver Stadium to host high school game
September 25, 2019
The Penn State football team will play at Michigan State on Oct. 26, but Beaver Stadium, the home of the Nittany Lions, will not lie dormant that day.

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Highlands’ Kaeleb White and the Golden Rams host winless Ambridge.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football games for Week 5
Class 5A Big East

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Fox Chapel’s Justin Rice
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 5
Kenny Blake

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Deer Lakes’ Lily Litrun pressures Burrell’s Megan Malits during their game on Sept. 9, 2019, at Burrell.
Big goal boosts Deer Lakes in section title quest
September 24, 2019
Overtime loomed for the Deer Lakes and Freeport girls soccer teams Monday as their key Section 2-AA matchup wound down to the final minute of regulation tied 1-1.

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Leechburg junior Cole Villa competed in last year’s WPIAL Class AA championship.
5 from Alle-Kiski Valley to tee it up at WPIAL finals
At last year’s WPIAL Class AA boys individual golf championship at Sewickley’s Allegheny Country Club, Marcus Pinchok finished among a group one shot away from advancing to the PIAA Western Regional.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 23, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL girls soccer rankings:

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Section 5-AA volleyball serves up big games
September 23, 2019
The WPIAL girls volleyball schedule contains several key matchups Tuesday, and one resides in Section 5-AA, where Deer Lakes will host Freeport at 7:30 p.m.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Top 10 girls’ rankings for each of the four WPIAL classifications Monday, and the top teams in each poll maintain their positions as the fourth week of section play begins.

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Knoch senior Braden Zukowski on the team’s upcoming meet against Riverview: “It’s a big meet, and everyone is extremely excited for it.”
Knoch cross country teams hope to unseat Riverview atop section
September 22, 2019
The Knoch boys and girls cross country teams have a lot on their plates with long- and short-term goals in mind.

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Apollo Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy pulls in a catch over Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Avonworth High School. Apollo-Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy pulls in a catch over Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.
Apollo-Ridge football team looks at positives after 1st defeat
September 21, 2019
While not happy with the way things turned out in Friday’s battle of the unbeatens between his Apollo-Ridge football team and Allegheny Conference foe Avonworth, Vikings coach John Skiba also talked in positive terms about the opportunities his team has coming out of the 42-14 loss.

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Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe cruses to a touchdown against Apollo Ridge Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Avonworth High School.
Apollo-Ridge can’t slow down Avonworth as Antelopes remain undefeated
September 20, 2019
Something had to give Friday night as Avonworth and Apollo-Ridge met in a battle of Allegheny Conference unbeatens at Avonworth’s Lenzner Field.

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Gateway’s Anna Reynolds (23) looks to contol against Kiski Area’s Kaylee Elwood (21) September 10, 2019 at Kiski.
Gateway girls soccer bounces back from 0-3 start
In its Section 1-AAA debut against Mars on Sept. 4, the Gateway girls soccer team gave the Planets, last year’s WPIAL runner-up and PIAA quarterfinalist, all they could handle before losing 2-1.

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Fox Chapel golfer Scott Bitar gives Heather Cullinan flowers in memory of her son, Richard Brian Cullinan Jr., Sept. 19, 2019, at the Pittsburgh Field Club.
Invitational brings competitive golf, emotional remembrance to Fox Chapel
Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures greeted golfers from Fox Chapel, North Allegheny and Latrobe on Thursday at the Pittsburgh Field Club for the annual Fox Chapel Richard Cullinan Invitational.

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Burrell’s Danika Stone heads the ball next to Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski during their game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at Freeport Area High School.
Burrell edges rival Freeport in battle of unbeatens
September 18, 2019
Allie Vescio made sure the Burrell girls soccer team didn’t have to go into overtime with rival Freeport on Wednesday at Freeport High School.

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Plum’s Billy Guzzi returns for the 2019 season.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 4
Dylan Cook

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Fox Chapel’s Zidane Thomas (3) looks to outrun Kiski Area’s Eliam Booker (53) September 13, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley football don’t-miss matchups for Week 4
Class 5A Big East

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Freeport senior center back Kylie Hoffman works through a drill Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s Section 2-AA clash with Burrell.
Freeport girls soccer looks for leg up in tight section race
September 17, 2019
The Freeport girls soccer team began its season with cautious optimism as youth was served in several areas on the field and paired up with veteran talent.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 16, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Monday’s games:

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Burrell head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his team between 7-on-7 games Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell’s Liotta selected as assistant coach for U.S. national team
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta has been named the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the U18 U.S. national team that will take part in USA Football’s International Bowl on Jan. 14 and 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a volley during a qualifying match September 12, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel senior Charlotte James back for WPIAL tennis run
September 16, 2019
Charlotte James stepped away from high school tennis in 2018 to concentrate on USTA junior tournaments.

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Norwin’s girls volleyball team celebrates after scoring against Plum September 3, 2019 at Norwin.
Coaches association releases Week 3 WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The WPIAL girls volleyball section slate enters Week 3 as teams in all four classifications jockey for position in the standings.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise collides with Knoch’s Kam Grassi in the second half at Friday. Crise was injured on the play and was taken out for the remainder of the game.
A-K Valley football notebook: Valley breaks through with 1st victory
September 14, 2019
After an 0-3 start in which it was outscored by 80 points and shut out twice, the Valley football team broke through Friday with a 22-6 home victory over Imani Christian.

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Avonworth’s Jason Novosel controls the ball against Vincentian Academy during a WPIAL Class A Section 3 game Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in McCandless.
Playing more than one sport can benefit high school athletes, coaches say
John Gaillot, in his 11th season as football coach at Freeport High School, said he has had a good track record of his players also being involved in wrestling, basketball and baseball.

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Kiski Area’s Justin Hessom (52) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown against Fox Chapel September 13, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Kiski Area runs away from Fox Chapel in Northern Conference clash
September 13, 2019
Kiski Area came into Friday’s Northern Conference clash with Fox Chapel averaging 177 yards rushing a game.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer competes at the Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 13, 2019, at Northmoreland Park.
GCC’s Brewer, Indiana’s Branan claim titles at Kiski Area Invitational
Sunny skies, reduced humidity and a slight breeze welcomed runners to Friday’s third annual Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational at spacious Northmoreland Park in northern Westmoreland County.

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Springdale’s Brandon Green returns for the 2019 season.
A-K Valley football players to watch for Week 3
September 11, 2019
Trey Darrah

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Burrell’s Trent Valovchik
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Class 5A Big East

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Springdale sophomore quarterback Legend Ausk suffered a broken collarbone in last Friday’s 28-7 victory over Monessen.
Springdale’s Ausk likely done for season after collarbone injury
The Springdale football team, in the midst of last Friday’s 28-7 nonconference victory over Monessen, was dealt a blow when sophomore starting quarterback Legend Ausk suffered a broken collarbone on a tackle early in the third quarter.

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Kiski Area’s Reagan Frederick (left) led the team with 21 goals last season.
Kiski Area girls soccer team faces stiff section test
September 10, 2019
Reagan Frederick didn’t expect to finish last season as the top goal scorer for the Kiski Area girls soccer team in its charge to the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals.

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WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Sept. 9, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL girls soccer rankings through Monday’s games:

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Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: West Virginia right fit for Kiski Area’s Blumer
September 9, 2019
Kiski Area wrestling standout Jack Blumer did his due diligence in seeking out a school to continue his athletic and academic careers once his time with the Cavaliers concludes.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 8, 2019
WPIAL boys soccer rankings

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Volleyball coaches association releases WPIAL Week 2 rankings
-The WPIAL girls volleyball regular season is in full gear with two sets of weekend tournaments and a week of section and nonsection matches in the books.

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Riverview junior Mason Ochs runs to a first-place finish in the boys Class A race at the 17th annual Red, White & Blue Classic at the Schenley Park Oval on Sept. 7, 2019.
Riverview cross country runner Ochs continues upward trend
September 8, 2019
As a freshman, Mason Ochs was the ninth runner on the Riverview boys cross country team and didn’t compete at WPIALs.

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Knoch senior running back Matt Goodlin finished with a school-record 298 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries in a 42-7 victory over Beaver on Friday night that improved the Knights to 3-0.
A-K Valley football notebook: Defense fueling undefeated Apollo-Ridge
September 7, 2019
It is said defense wins championships.

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Burrell can’t hold halftime lead as Elizabeth Forward rallies for victory
September 6, 2019
For the second week in a row, the Elizabeth Forward football team trailed at halftime.

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Plum celebrates a point during its section opener against Norwin. The Mustangs dropped the first two sets before rallying to force a fourth set.
Young Plum volleyball team showing fight
The Plum girls volleyball team lost the first two sets of its Section 3-AAAA opener against Norwin on Sept. 3.

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Kiski Area freshman kicker Maxine Crosby also plays goalkeeper for the soccer team.
Highlands’ Hiester, Kiski Area’s Crosby continue female kicking tradition
During her freshman year at Highlands, Hailey Hiester watched her soccer teammate, senior Taylor Gunn, kick as a starter for the Golden Rams football team.

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Knoch’s Jared Schrecengost and the Knights will try for their first 3-0 start since 2013 when they host Beaver on Friday.
A-K Valley high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 2
September 4, 2019
Class 5A Big East

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Kiski Area’s Luke Lander returns for the 2019 season.
A-K Valley football players to watch for Week 2
Lorenzo Jenkins

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Burrell’s Jordyn Kowalkowski executes a footwork drill during practice on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.
Burrell girls soccer hitting stride after tournament win
September 3, 2019
The Burrell girls soccer team had high hopes over the summer and in preseason workouts that it could replicate past success and take the next step in Section 2-2A and beyond.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The opening weekend of the WPIAL girls volleyball season has come and gone, and section matchups in all four classifications begin Tuesday evening.

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Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Knoch, Freeport volleyball maintain spots in poll
September 2, 2019
Knoch and Freeport maintain their positions in the latest Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association’s top-10 poll released Monday.

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Freeport’s Ben Lane tries to break a tackle attempt by Derry’s Matt McDowell during Friday’s game.
Freeport football team reflects on fortitude after rally comes up short
August 31, 2019
Freeport football coach John Gaillot was emotional Friday night when asked to evaluate his team’s performance in a 35-27 loss to Big East Conference rival Derry.

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Freeport’s Ben Lane is tackled by Derry’s Seth Loughner Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Huss tops 200 yards in Derry’s Big East win against Freeport
August 30, 2019
Justin Huss was a workhorse for Derry on Friday in the team’s Big East opener against Freeport.

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Mason Ochs, a junior, leads a pack of Riverview boys cross country runners in a workout at Oakmont’s Riverside Park on Aug. 28, 2019.
Alle-Kiski cross country teams, individuals ready to make their mark
Christian Fitch began last season with a win at the Gateway Invitational.

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Highlands’ DJ Loveland returns for the 2019 season.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 1
August 28, 2019
Seth Fischbach

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Valley’s Michael Henderson runs in to a wall of Burrell defenders in the second half at Valley High School on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.
A-K Valley high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 1
Class 5A Big East

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Knoch’s Quinn Hughes (left) and Kennedy Christy compete during a scrimmage game August 24, 2019 at Freeport.
Knoch volleyball poised for WPIAL 3-peat, other A-K Valley teams ready to contend
August 27, 2019
When the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its preseason top-10 rankings Monday, two-time defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Knoch topped the list.

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The North Allegheny girls volleyball team captured a second straight PIAA title with a 3-0 win over Bishop Shanahan on Nov. 17, 2018, at Cumberland Valley.
Volleyball coaches association releases WPIAL preseason rankings
August 26, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its preseason top-10 rankings Monday, and all four classifications were rated.

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Knoch’s Daniel Olean battles Plum’s Cole Kelly for a header during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Knoch.
Plum boys soccer team eyes next step in playoffs
August 25, 2019
Expectations are high for the Plum boys soccer team.

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Latrobe’s Morgan Reilly (16) and Plum’s Emily Kirkpatrick (9) compete during a scrimmage game August 17, 2019 at Plum High.
Plum girls soccer hopes for return to playoffs under new coach
Last season was one of change for the Plum girls soccer team as it moved from Class AAAA to Class AAA under the WPIAL’s biennial realignment process.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny captured four medals in five events at the FINA World Junior (18 and under) Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny earns silver at world junior swimming championships
Josh Matheny capped competition at the FINA World Junior (18 and under) Swimming Championship on Sunday with a silver medal as a part of the Team USA 400-meter medley relay.

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Springdale head coach Seth Napiekowski talks with quarterback Legend Ausk during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley high school football notebook: Springdale enjoys ‘crazy, fun night’
August 24, 2019
Springdale and Deer Lakes didn’t play Week Zero games last year, so the teams decided to match up for the first time since 1993.

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Apollo-Ridge defeats rival Leechburg in Week Zero matchup
August 23, 2019
The Apollo-Ridge football team had payback on its mind after Leechburg won last year’s meeting to snap the Vikings’ eight-game winning streak in the rivalry series.

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Junior wide receiver, tight end and linebacker Max Matolcsy led Plum in both receiving and total tackles in 2018.
Plum’s Matolcsy hopes to build on solid sophomore season as 2-way player
Max Matolcsy led the Plum football team last year in receiving yards and touchdowns, total tackles and interceptions.

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Upper St. Clair’s Joshua Matheny captured gold in the 200-meter breaststroke Friday at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny captures 200 breaststroke gold at world championships
Josh Matheny is a world champion.

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Highlands coach Jason Norris works with the varsity team during a recent scrimmage with the Highlands girls team Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Highlands boys soccer set to contend for postseason berth under 1st-year coach
August 22, 2019
The Highlands boys soccer team qualified for the WPIAL playoffs four straight seasons from 2001-04.

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Senior Mykaela Palermo talks with Highlands coach Jenna Plummer during a recent scrimmage with the Highlands boys team.
Highlands girls soccer hungry after last year’s playoff near-miss
Two points.

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Mike Fantuzzo was hired to coach the Burrell boys basketball team on Aug. 20, 2019.
Burrell grad Fantuzzo returns to coach basketball at alma mater
August 21, 2019
Mike Fantuzzo enjoyed a great deal of success as a member of the Burrell boys basketball team more than a decade ago.

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Leechburg running back Jake Blumer at a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week Zero
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Kiski Area’s Dylan Hutcherson
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Fox Chapel’s Claudia Demartino moves the ball upfield during a scrimmage against Franklin Regional Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Lessons learned should guide Fox Chapel girls soccer this season
August 20, 2019
Last season was a learning experience for the Fox Chapel girls soccer team.

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Fox Chapel’s Tommy Tsai works out during practice Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel boys soccer expects to be battle-tested come playoff time
There is a buzz surrounding the Fox Chapel boys soccer team.

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Riverview’s Zach Hanlon works on defense during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Hanlon’s versatility provides unique advantage for Riverview
Zach Hanlon possesses two Riverview football jerseys: No. 36 and No. 78.

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Riverview’s Zach Hanlon works on defense during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Riverview will rely on versatility in hopes of successful season
As his team went through summer workouts, Riverview coach Todd Massack said he made sure to remind his players they need to learn and be comfortable at multiple positions.

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Junior wide receiver, tight end and linebacker Max Matolcsy led Plum in both receiving and total tackles in 2018.
Plum’s Matolcsy hopes to build on solid sophomore season as 2-way player
August 19, 2019
Max Matolcsy led the Plum football team last year in receiving yards and touchdowns, total tackles and interceptions.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy throws a pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Veteran players hope to lead Apollo-Ridge back to playoffs
The Apollo-Ridge football team, youthful over the past couple of seasons, returns experience at several key positions this fall, and coach John Skiba said the Vikings are pointing in the right direction for a return to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Freeport’s Brodey Woods eludes a tackle during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Freeport hopes to reload for another playoff run
August 18, 2019
Last year, the Freeport football team came close to putting its stamp on a Class 3A Big East Conference championship.

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Billy Guzzi (purple shorts) takes part in Plum football practice July 18, 2019, at Mustang Stadium.
Plum hopes experience translates to success
August 16, 2019
The Plum football team last made the WPIAL playoffs in 2015 when it upset Penn Hills in a Quad-A first-round matchup.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 6, 2019.
Gateway seeks return to championship form
The Gateway football team won a combined 26 of 29 games the past two seasons.

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Gateway quarterback Rich Hrenko talks strategy with head coach Walter “Pete” Antimarino during the 1969 WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Pitt Stadium. The Gators defeated Altoona 22-15 for the program’s first-ever WPIAL title.
Gateway to celebrate 50th anniversary of 1st WPIAL football championship
As the United States was putting a man on the moon in the summer of 1969, the Gateway football program was preparing to hopefully put a Gator on the turf at Pitt Stadium in Oakland.

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins catches a pass during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.
Fox Chapel’s offseason effort lays groundwork for improvement
Shane Susnak is confident.

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers leads the fast break against Central Valley during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship on March 1, 2019, at the Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL and City League girls basketball players ranked on state Class of 2020 list
August 14, 2019
PAGirlsHoopsReport.com recently released its list of the top 100 players from the Class of 2020, and a sizeable group from the WPIAL and City League made the cut.

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The Freeport offensive line returns starters, from left, Garrett Ben, Carter Daugherty, Logan Manke and Elijah Freeman.
Freeport linemen ready to benefit from experience together
Elijah Freeman recalled a welcome-to-varsity-football moment early last season as the now-sophomore right guard got comfortable in his spot along the Freeport offensive line.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Mac Duda takes part in practice Aug. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
WPIAL Class 4A football breakdown: Thomas Jefferson motivated after title-game defeat
The Blackhawk football team engineered one of the biggest turnarounds in the WPIAL last year, going from 2-7 in 2017 to 10-2 last year and making the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals.

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Sam Brown (right) prepares to take a handoff from Shane Susnak during a workout at the high school. Brown led the Foxes in rushing last season.
Fox Chapel’s Brown on mission to return team to WPIAL playoffs
August 13, 2019
Sam Brown is on a mission.

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Highlands assistant coach Mark Kaczanowicz works with Kaeleb White on opening day of camp Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.
A-K Valley football teams take it up a notch with start of preseason camps
August 12, 2019
Brandon Mowry has experienced numerous opening days of preseason camp with the Knoch football team, but Monday morning’s start, he said, had a different feel.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon works on defense during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon eager for camp after injury-shortened 2018 season
August 10, 2019
When turning his attention to Monday morning — the start of official preseason practices for high school football teams throughout the WPIAL — a big smile came across Logan Harmon’s face.

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Monroeville’s Maddy Neundorfer is one of two goaltenders who will represent Region 1 at a United States Youth Soccer 17U/16U interregional showcase in Boca Raton, Fla., in November.
Gateway goalie Neundorfer survives rigorous tryout for showcase
August 2, 2019
Maddy Neundorfer traveled to Germany in April as part of a U.S. Olympic Development Program team.

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South Fayette’s Ryan McGuire, at left, and Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman celebrate with Pennsylvania’s winner’s trophy after sweeping Maryland at the Big 26 Baseball Classic all-star series in Harrisburg. South Fayette’s Ryan McGuire, at left, and Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman celebrate with Pennsylvania’s winner’s trophy after sweeping Maryland at the Big 26 Baseball Classic all-star series in Harrisburg.
WPIAL duo helps Pennsylvania sweep Maryland in Big 26 Baseball Classic
July 30, 2019
Pennsylvania swept past Maryland in a three-game series over the weekend at the Big 26 Baseball Classic in Maryland, and WPIAL products Jarrett Heilman and Ryan McGuire contributed to the triumphs.

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Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman throws against Deer Lakes on May 8, 2019, at Freeport Community Park.
Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman ready to test himself in Big 26 Classic
July 24, 2019
Jarrett Heilman will be among select company at this weekend’s Big 26 Baseball Classic in Harrisburg.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp pins Penn-Trafford’s Lukas Johnson in a 170-pound bout Dec. 19, 2018, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area’s Delp commits to wrestle at Bucknell
Nick Delp now knows where he will wrestle when his time in high school concludes.

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Ambridge’s Liam Buck delivers a kill while Seton LaSalle’s Luke Manion attempts a block during the WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball championship match May 23, 2019, at Fox Chapel. Buck and Manion are two of seven players from the WPIAL to earn Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Assocation Class AA all-state recognition.
7 from WPIAL selected to Class AA boys volleyball all-state team
July 23, 2019
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Class AA all-state team Monday, and eight from the WPIAL were selected.

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Freeport senior quarterback Garret Schaffhauser gets set to run a play during a workout at Freeport High School on July 22, 2019.
A-K Valley football teams converge on Freeport for 7-on-7 event
July 22, 2019
As preparation for high school football enters the stretch run, several teams will gather Wednesday at Freeport for a seven-on-seven event with a local flair.

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Penn Hills’ Snell benefits from offseason development
July 19, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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North Allegheny’s Alex Zubrow spikes on Bethel Park’s Austin Cortopassi during the WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball championship match May 23, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 boys volleyball season
July 18, 2019
North Allegheny capped an undefeated 23-0 season with its second straight PIAA Class AAA championship and seventh overall, sweeping three games from Central York at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena.

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New Plum boys soccer head coach Rafal Kolankowski, at right with assistant coach Greg Pittman, observes a workout session July 17, 2019, at Plum High School.
Coach Kolankowski right fit for Plum boys soccer
The Plum athletic department didn’t go far to find the next coach of the boys soccer team.

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With college plans in place, Woodland Hills’ Rawlings ready for special senior season
July 17, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Springdale sophomore Legend Ausk tested his mettle at The Duel, a quarterback showcase and competition sponsored by the National Football Academies, on July 12 and 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Springdale QB Ausk gets head start on sophomore season
July 15, 2019
Legend Ausk enters his sophomore football season at Springdale in the running to take over the varsity starting quarterback job left vacant from the graduation of multi-year starter Josh Jones.

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Seneca Valley’s Kaltenberger focused on returning to WPIAL title game
July 12, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Burrell’s Shawn Bennis keeps watch over his players during basketball practice at Burrell High School on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.
Burrell boys basketball coach Shawn Bennis resigns
July 11, 2019
In his six seasons as coach of the Burrell boys basketball team, Shawn Bennis appreciated the hard work his players put in preparing and game planning for every opponent.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny set a NFHS record in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the PIAA Class AAA title at the championship meet March 16, 2019, at Bucknell.
WPIAL swimmers earn spots on All-American lists
Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny set a National Federation of High Schools record of 52.52 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke at the PIAA Class AAA championships in March at Bucknell University.

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Blackhawk’s Jordan Wright won the WPIBL boys singles title Feb. 27, 2019, at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 WPIBL bowling season
July 9, 2019
Competitors from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League made an impact at all levels during the 2018-19 season.

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North Allegheny’s Rick Mihm competes in the boys 200-yard individual medley during the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships on Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 boys swimming and diving season
July 7, 2019
For the second year in a row, a National Federation of High Schools record fell at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.

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Northgate senior Karen Siddoway competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls swimming and diving season
July 6, 2019
One of the closest races at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell University in March saw Butler junior Laura Goettler edge Fox Chapel freshman Zoe Skirboll by 10 one-hundredths of a second for the title in the finals of the girls 100-yard breaststroke.

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West Allegheny’s Hendrick selected to High School All-Star Game
July 5, 2019
Austin Hendrick, a rising senior at West Allegheny and a Mississippi State baseball verbal commit, will compete in the inaugural High School All-Star Game on Saturday at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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New Highlands boys soccer coach Jason Norris speaks to the team during a workout this week.
New coach, offseason workouts provide optimism for Highlands boys soccer
July 4, 2019
Jason Norris was on a plane to Los Angeles when he found out he was hired as coach of the Highlands boys soccer team.

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Members of the 2018 PIAA champion Sewickley Academy tennis team include, in front, from left, Simran Bedi and Evelyn Safar; in back, Sofia Smith, Emma DiSantis, Victoria Keller, Alina Mattson, Sana Singh and Christina Walton.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 girls tennis season
July 2, 2019
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team had won its only previous Class AA state championship in 2011, and the Panthers were gunning for a second title in Hershey to cap the 2018 season.

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Knoch’s Gourley honored by recognition from Pa. softball coaches
Monica Gourley collected three hits in four at-bats, one being a triple, and also drove in two runs in the Knoch softball team’s 7-2 victory over Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 4A third-place game.

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Highlands’ Crise continues to catch attention of college coaches
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 will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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Knoch’s Monica Gourley throws out Grove City’s Lizzie Malczak during PIAA playoff action June 4, 2019, at Slippery Rock University.
Knoch’s Gourley earns POY honors from state coaches association
July 1, 2019
Knoch senior shortstop Monica Gourley has been selected the state’s Class 4A Softball Player of the Year by the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association.

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Freeport’s starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman throws against Burrell Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year
June 22, 2019
2019 Valley News Dispatch Baseball All-Stars

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St Joseph’s Trevor Greenwald competes during practice May 19, 2019 at St Joseph High.
St. Joseph basketball players adjust to new coach, system during summer workouts
June 21, 2019
When longtime St. Joseph boys basketball coach Kelly Robinson resigned in April after 21 seasons at the helm, the search began in earnest to find his replacement.

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Mark Marino guided Hempfield to a 21-3 record and a Section 1-AAAA title in 2013-14.
Marino hired as Plum boys basketball coach
June 19, 2019
When Mark Marino joined the men’s basketball coaching staff at Lycoming College in 2008, his first task as a high school talent evaluator was to observe Plum standout Andrew Cressler as Cressler was going into his senior season with the Mustangs.

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North Catholic’s Maddie Smithco smiles after finishing her round to win the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Oct. 3, 2018, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
WPIAL golfers invited to national high school tournament
June 18, 2019
Several of the top WPIAL golfers from the fall 2018 season will compete at the National High School Golf Association’s inaugural High School Golf National Invitational on June 27-28 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Five Alle-Kiski Valley student-athletes were recognized by former Steeler Hines Ward and the Positive Athlete Pittsburgh program Monday at the Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. From left are Fox Chapel’s Brent Brewster, Kiski Area’s Kierra Shreffler, Fox Chapel’s Kate Carnevale, Valley’s Greg Guzzo, Plum’s Isabella Stoll and Ward.
A-K Valley athletes honored at Positive Athlete Awards
When Gregory Guzzo was 13, he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, and open-heart surgery was needed to correct the issue.

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Student-athletes representing 30 boys and girls high school sports were presented scholarship awards by former Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward and Positive Athlete Pittsburgh on Monday at the Sen. John Heinz History Center and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
Positive Athlete Pittsburgh honors student-athletes with scholarships, awards
The Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum provided the setting Monday evening for the eighth annual Positive High School Athlete Awards.

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CJ Hepler placed sixth in the freshman discus competition at the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Kiski Area’s Hepler tests mettle against nation’s top freshmen throwers
June 17, 2019
C.J. Hepler emerged this spring as one to watch for the future of throwing events in the WPIAL and beyond.

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Fox Chapel senior Graham Childs is one of six WPIAL boys lacrosse players to be selected a US Lacrosse high school All-American for the 2019 season.
Fox Chapel lacrosse All-American Childs eager to get started at Hofstra
June 16, 2019
When Graham Childs joins the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team in the fall, he will bring many memories from his time playing for Fox Chapel.

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Beaver Area senior Andrew Cestra won the WPIAL Class AA boys diving title Feb. 22, 2019, at South Park.
WPIAL divers selected as All-Americans
June 14, 2019
Penn-Trafford’s Logan Sherwin and Paige Kalik and Beaver Area’s Andrew Cestra have been recognized by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association as diving All-Americans.

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Kiski Area’s Kierra Shreffler run in the girls 1,600 meters during the WPIAL Class AA track and field championships at Slippery Rock University.
Positive Athlete Pittsburgh to present more than $16,000 in scholarships
June 12, 2019
The Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will host the eighth annual Positive High School Athlete Awards on Monday at 7 p.m.

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Serra Catholic starter Alex Glumac delivers to the plate in the second inning against Neshannock on June 6, 2019, at Shaler.
WPIAL baseball and softball teams gearing up for shots at PIAA gold
The PIAA baseball and softball championship matchups are set, and five WPIAL teams – Beaver and Serra Catholic for baseball and Penn-Trafford, Elizabeth Forward and Frazier for softball – will attempt to bring home state titles.

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WPIAL girls lacrosse All-Star teams recognize season efforts
June 9, 2019
The All-WPIAL girls lacrosse teams were selected in a vote of the Class AAA and AA coaches.

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Boys lacrosse standouts voted to WPIAL All-Star teams
The All-WPIAL boys lacrosse teams were selected in a vote of the Class AAA and AA coaches.

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North Allegheny’s Alex Zubrow spike on Bethel Park’s Austin Cortopassi during the WPIAL AAA boys volleyball championships Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
PIAA Class AAA boys volleyball final preview: North Allegheny vs. Central York
June 7, 2019
PIAA Boys Volleyball

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Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman acknowledges the bench after a double against Franklin during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
A-K Valley notebook: Freeport’s Heilman to compete in Big 26 Classic
June 6, 2019
Jarrett Heilman, who helped the Freeport baseball team capture the Section 1-3A championship and qualify for the PIAA playoffs for the first time in 21 years, will represent the WPIAL on the Pennsylvania team for the Big 26 Baseball Classic on July 25-28, in Harrisburg.

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Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced
Katrina Streiner won a pair of WPIAL swimming championships in the 50-yard freestyle, added one in the 100 freestyle and was a PIAA medalist during her Gateway career.

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WPIAL duo selected for all-star baseball classic
June 5, 2019
Freeport junior Jarrett Heilman and South Fayette sophomore Ryan McGuire will represent the WPIAL on the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 26 Baseball Classic on July 25-28 in Harrisburg.

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Freeport’s Coulton Stewart makes a catch on the warning track on a ball hit by Franklin’s Connor Rakow during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Trip to PIAA playoffs a major boost for Freeport baseball program
June 4, 2019
In the hours after Freeport baseball’s 3-2 PIAA Class 3A first-round loss to Franklin on Monday at Slippery Rock University, one in which the Knights rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Yellowjackets players and coaches received dozens of calls, texts, emails and Twitter messages of support in the midst of what were feelings of heartbreak over the outcome.

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Freeport starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman throws against Franklin during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Franklin rallies past Freeport on walk-off single in PIAA 1st round
June 3, 2019
The Freeport baseball team was no stranger to close games, especially in this year’s postseason.

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Freeport senior Evan McCrea holds up Darlene in celebration of a run scored during a home game last month.
Freeport baseball hopes unofficial mascot keeps hanging around
June 2, 2019
After delivering the winning hit in last Wednesday’s 1-0 PIAA-clinching victory over Keystone Oaks in the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game, Freeport junior Bradyn Clark came back to the dugout and rubbed Darlene’s ears for continued good fortune.

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Freeport-Franklin state playoff game holds unique draw for husband, wife
When Tom and Ericca Haynes attend Monday’s PIAA Class 3A first-round baseball game between Franklin and Freeport, they will have familiarity to both sides of the proceedings.

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Kent Harkleroad will play in the Never Fear Being Different all-star game at Cupples Stadium.
Apollo-Ridge’s Kent Harkleroad ready to face best in all-star game
June 1, 2019
Kent Harkleroad soon will put on the helmet and jersey of the Waynesburg football team.

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WPIAL lacrosse teams set for PIAA quarterfinals
May 31, 2019
After several weather-related postponements, the PIAA boys and girls lacrosse first rounds concluded Friday.

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Springdale’s Mike Zolnierczyk makes a save over Bishop Canevin’s Nevan Crossey during first round boys A WPIAL soccer action at Hampton High School.
Springdale’s Zolnierczyk ready to begin next chapter at Robert Morris
Mike Zolnierczyk graduates Friday from Springdale High School.

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Freeport’s Bradyn Clark (left) drove in the only run of the WPIAL Class 3A consolation game against Keystone Oaks on Wednesday.
Freeport baseball set for 1st state playoff berth in 21 years
May 30, 2019
When Garrett Ben made contact with an offering from Keystone Oaks pitcher Sammy Tortorella in the second inning of Wednesday’s WPIAL 3A third-place game at Washington & Jefferson, he wasn’t sure what would become of the blooper near the foul line in shallow right field.

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PIAA lacrosse matches postponed again
A quartet of WPIAL-champion lacrosse teams will attempt to play their PIAA first-round matchups Friday after Mother Nature again prevented them from taking the field Thursday afternoon and evening.

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Freeport baseball reaches PIAA playoffs for 1st time since 1998
May 29, 2019
For the first time since 1998, a Freeport baseball team has earned a spot in the PIAA playoffs.

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Fox Chapel’s Robby Shymansky plays against Franklin Regional Monday, April 23, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
State singles title ‘a great finishing touch’ for Fox Chapel’s Shymansky
Robby Shymansky made it to the PIAA Class AAA singles final as a freshman, but he was prevented from capturing the gold medal he sought.

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Freeport first baseman Matt Mitchell makes a diving catch against Deer Lakes Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Freeport turns the page, sets sights on PIAA tournament berth
May 28, 2019
The Freeport baseball team turned to a magic elixir to help it move on from last Wednesday’s loss to section rival Steel Valley in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals.

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Knoch shortstop Monica Gourley fields a ball hit by Greensburg Salem’s Kayla Gaughan during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
Knoch softball team 1 win from 1st berth in state tournament
May 27, 2019
The Knoch softball team had its eyes on a WPIAL 4A title, but a 4-0 semifinal loss to Elizabeth Forward last week curtailed that goal.

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Robby Shymansky became Fox Chapel’s first PIAA singles champion since Harrison Lauer in 1975.
Shymansky, Peters Township duo get WPIAL back to top at state tennis championships
May 26, 2019
Latrobe graduate Chad Kissell was the most recent WPIAL Class AAA boys tennis singles player to win a PIAA title.

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Quaker Valley tops Freeport to reach PIAA Class AA boys lacrosse playoffs
May 24, 2019
The Freeport boys lacrosse team started the WPIAL Class AA playoffs as the No. 12 seed, but the Yellowjackets battled their way to an opportunity for a spot in the state playoffs.

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Plum starting pitcher Abbey Froehlich throws against West Allegheny during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
Plum softball team reflects on special season, tough ending
It wasn’t the way the Plum softball team expected its season to conclude.

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The Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Freshman Walsh lifts Shady Side Academy to WPIAL girls lacrosse title in double OT
For Shady Side Academy’s Molly Walsh, the wait was worth it.

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WPIAL athletes hope to join PIAA track and field record lists
The PIAA track and field championships begin Friday morning at Shippensburg University, and athletes from the WPIAL will be going after titles, medals and season and career bests.

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Hampton’s Max Obenrader (2) defends against Freeport’s Case Haberstroh (29) April 30, 2019 at Hampton.
A-K Valley boys lacrosse preview capsules: Game of Friday, May 24
May 23, 2019
WPIAL Boys Lacrosse

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Highlands junior CJ Thimons (right) runs with teammate Cody Rouse during a workout this week.
Highlands’ Thimons in race to get to PIAA track medals podium
It’s déjà vu for Cj Thimons.

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Dates, times and locations set for WPIAL baseball championship and third-place games
The WPIAL baseball championship games, as well as the third-place consolation matchups, have been finalized with dates, times and locations.

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WPIAL finalizes dates, times and locations for softball championship and consolation matchups
The WPIAL on Thursday finalized and released the softball championship and third-place dates, times and locations in all six classifications.

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Penn-Trafford’s Luke Fabac celebrates his RBI triple during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against North Allegheny at Fox Chapel.
Late surge lifts No. 1 Penn-Trafford past North Allegheny in WPIAL baseball semifinals
May 22, 2019
The Penn-Trafford baseball team is one win away from its first WPIAL championship.

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Freeport catcher Jarrett Heilman takes a late throw as Steel Valley’s Josh Fossick scores the go-ahead run during the fourth inning of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Steel Valley baseball rallies past Freeport to reach WPIAL Class 3A final
The Freeport and Steel Valley baseball teams split their regular-season series in Section 1. The Yellowjackets and Ironmen met in the rubber match Wednesday with a trip to the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on the line.

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Keystone Oaks’ Gia Woods scores against Burrell during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
Keystone Oaks slugs past No. 3 Burrell in WPIAL quarterfinals
May 20, 2019
The Burrell softball team won its final 12 games of the regular season, captured the Section 1-3A championship and earned the No. 3 seed for the WPIAL playoffs. However, none of that mattered to Keystone Oaks on Monday in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal matchup at Hampton Community Park.

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WPIAL track and field champions earn top seeds for PIAA meet
Several WPIAL track and field champions are top seeds for the two-day PIAA championship meet Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat
Senior scholar-athletes awarded scholarships from sports hall of fame
May 19, 2019
Kyah Russell was a standout on the tennis court for the Gateway girls team, and her dedication to the sport was matched by her dedication to academics.

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Gateway competes in the AAA girls 4x100 relay during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
Gateway trio qualifies for state track championships
May 17, 2019
Shelly Jones said she was happy with her performance at Thursday’s WPIAL Class AA championship finals at Slippery Rock.

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Plum’s Hunter Linhart discus throw Track meet Tuesday, April 16 at Gateway
After winning WPIAL discus title, Plum’s Linhart looks forward to PIAA meet
Hunter Linhart will return to the place he recorded a career-best in the discus.

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St. Joseph freshman CJ Singleton finished fifth at the WPIAL track championships May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
Distance runner CJ Singleton continues to make history at St. Joseph
CJ Singleton made history in the fall as he became the first St. Joseph athlete to compete at the WPIAL and PIAA cross country championships.

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Deer Lakes’ Josh Yourish brings it home as he wins the boys AA 800m during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Deer Lakes’ Yourish sets gold standard at WPIAL track meet
May 16, 2019
Deer Lakes senior Josh Yourish already had won a trio of silver medals at WPIAL meets.

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Apollo-Ridge softball eliminated by two-time finalist Frazier
May 15, 2019
The Frazier softball team has played in the past two WPIAL Class 2A championship games, and it hopes to make it three straight in a couple of weeks.

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(From right) Burrell’s Jocelyn Vickers, Allee Kuhns, Madi Walsh and Olivia Kelly run, as McKenzie White looks on Monday, May 13, 2019, at Burrell High School. The girls 4x100 relay team with compete at the WPIAL Class AA championships Thursday at Slippery Rock University.
Burrell girls sprint relay unit aims for another golden performance at WPIAL meet
May 14, 2019
Every year at this time, members of the Burrell girls 400-meter relay are focused on getting to the top of the podium at the WPIAL Class AA track and field championships.

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Coaches association releases final boys volleyball rankings
May 13, 2019
The WPIAL boys volleyball playoff brackets were revealed Monday morning, and the first-round matches are set for Tuesday.

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WPIAL releases boys volleyball playoff brackets
North Allegheny and Derry are the top seeds for the WPIAL Class AAA and AA boys volleyball playoff tournaments.

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Gateway’s Jason Reber comptes on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Gateway boys lacrosse to host 1st WPIAL playoff game in program history
May 10, 2019
The Gateway boys lacrosse team achieved another first in its seventh season as a full member of the WPIAL.

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Gateway outfielder Ethan Frenchik (5) competes against Plum April 18, 2019 at Gateway.
Challenging section slate prepares No. 4 Gateway for postseason
The Gateway baseball team went 9-3 in Section 1-5A to secure the program’s fourth consecutive trip to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Plum’s Logan Parker tossed a career best 47 feet, 1 1/2 inches in the shot put against McKeesport and Central Catholic on April 10, 2019, at Plum High School.
Plum’s Parker ready to compete for WPIAL shot put title
Logan Parker knows Slippery Rock well.

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Freeport players celebrate with teammate Jarrett Heilman after Heilman hit a two-run walk-off double to beat Deer Lakes.
Freeport baseball rallies to top Deer Lakes for section title
May 8, 2019
The first time the Deer Lakes and Freeport baseball teams played this season, the Lancers earned a low-scoring, one-run victory.

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Riverview’s Jacob Sullivan runs during practice Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Riverside Park.
Riverview track athletes shift focus from team to individual goals
It was a successful dual-meet season for the Riverview track and field teams.

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WPIAL team tennis championship matchups set
May 7, 2019
The WPIAL team tennis championship matchups feature Fox Chapel against Shady Side Academy for the Class AAA title and Quaker Valley taking on Indiana for the Class AA crown.

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Apollo-Ridge’s starting pitcher Mollie Charlton throws against Riverview Monday, May, 6, 2019 at Apollo-Ridge High School.
Seniors Charlton, Sheaffer lift Apollo-Ridge past Riverview in Section 2-2A
May 6, 2019
Apollo-Ridge seniors Mollie Charlton and Sidney Sheaffer were celebrated before Monday’s Section 2-2A softball game against Riverview.

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Springdale coach Anthony Pototo celebrates with Brianna Thompson after she scored against St. Joseph earlier this season.
Springdale softball gears down for 1st postseason since 2000
Playoffs wasn’t a term that had been used in connection with Springdale softball for some time.

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Playoff-bound boys volleyball teams maintain positions in rankings
The WPIAL boys volleyball playoff fields will be finalized this week as Thursday marks the final date of section play in both Class AAA and AA.

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Gateway girls softball Senior Night Wednesday, May 1
Gateway softball looks forward to WPIAL playoffs
May 3, 2019
It was quite the interesting final week of the Section 2-5A schedule for the Gateway softball team.

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Plum’s Amari Bunch (42) competes against Mars March 27, 2019 at Plum High.
Plum girls lacrosse again earns WPIAL playoff berth
The Plum girls lacrosse team has qualified for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs for the second year in a row.

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Riverview’s Alyssa Cappa jumps into the arms of Annie Betler after Betler drove in the winning run to beat Apollo Ridge Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Riverview Park.
Riverview edges Apollo-Ridge to clinch WPIAL playoff berth
May 2, 2019
Round one goes to the Raiders.

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Upper St. Clair ends Sewickley Academy’s WPIAL-title streak in boys tennis
May 1, 2019
The Sewickley Academy boys tennis team’s 15-year WPIAL-title streak came to an end Thursday when it lost to Upper St. Clair in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.

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Burrell celebrate with Trent Valochik after his solo home run against Deer Lakes Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Deer Lakes High School.
Henderson, Burrell blank No. 1 Deer Lakes in Section 1-3A
Jack Henderson wanted to finish the game.

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Deer Lakes’ Josh Yourish and Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski pose for a portrait at the Section 7-AA meet on April 24, 2019 at Freeport Area High School.
Runners Yourish, Shemanski set sights on WPIAL track medals
Deer Lakes senior Josh Yourish and Freeport junior Sidney Shemanski are two of the top middle distance runners in the state.

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Matchups set for WPIAL team track and field finals
April 30, 2019
Sixteen track and field teams remain alive for WPIAL titles after Tuesday’s semifinal meets determined the finalists for the championships Monday at Peters Township.

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Leechburg’s McKenna Pierce scores the winning to finish the game against Springdale Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Gilpin Park.
No. 2 Leechburg rebounds from 1st loss, defeats No. 3 Springdale
The Leechburg softball team had a quick turnaround after suffering its first loss of the season, a nonsection setback to Apollo-Ridge on Monday.

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Belle Vernon’s Martin wins four events at annual Mid Mon Classic
April 29, 2019
Belle Vernon’s Hunter Martin captured four individual titles, and the Leopards won the boys team title Monday at the Scott Frederick Mid Mon Classic at Charleroi High School.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL boys volleyball rankings
Less than two weeks remain in the WPIAL boys volleyball regular season, and some teams are jockeying for playoff positioning, while others continue to battle to stay alive in the playoff chase.

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Olivia Kelly helped the Burrell girls team reach the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The Bucs were WPIAL Class AA runner-up last season.
A-K Valley track and field teams gallop into WPIAL semifinals
April 28, 2019
The last time the Apollo-Ridge boys track and field team qualified for the WPIAL semifinals was in 2014 when the Tre Tipton-led Vikings won the section title and punched their ticket to the postseason.

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Jason Reber, #4 Gateway LaCrosse senior night Thursday, April 25, 2019
Deep senior class leads Gateway boys lacrosse to 5-4 start
April 26, 2019
When the Gateway boys lacrosse team celebrated senior night before Thursday’s Section 1-AA game against Knoch at Antimarino Stadium, it was one of the longer ceremonies of that nature for any team in any sport this year.

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Plum pitcher Abbey Froehlich is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA and has walked only six in 31<sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>3</sub> innings.
Plum softball hopes to keep rolling down the stretch
The Plum softball team outlasted Mars in a nine-inning, Section 2-5A game April 17. The victory clinched a spot in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo runs to a first place finish in the Class AA girls race during the TSTCA cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at California University.
Area athletes compete on first day of Penn Relays
April 25, 2019
Oakland Catholic senior Jayla Ellis earned a seventh-place medal in the high school girls long jump Thursday at the annual Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

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Norwin’s Anna Lanyi participates in 100-meter hurdles at the Wildcat Invitational Track Meet held at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
WPIAL team track and field semifinals set
The WPIAL team track and field semifinal matchups are set, and the four defending champions — the North Allegheny and Riverside boys and the Butler and Shenango girls — now know what they will have to do to get back to the finals.

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Kiski Area’s Jean Starr broke a two-decade old school record in the shot put.
School discus record in hand, Kiski Area’s Jean Starr aims for bigger goals
The Kiski Area girls high school discus record had a target, figuratively speaking, on its back coming into this season.

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Leechburg’s Bret Kardos throws the shot put at the Section 7-AA meet Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Freeport Area High School.
Leechburg thrower Bret Kardos has lofty goals for shot put
April 24, 2019
Bret Kardos is on a mission.

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United States’ Morolake Akinosun runs the last leg in a women’s 4x100-meter relay rerun after dropping the baton in the race in the morning during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Track and field teams set for annual AIC section championships
After several weeks of head-to-head matchups in dual meets, the track and field teams from Section 7-AA gather Wednesday at Freeport High School to crown champions and award medals at the fifth annual Allegheny Interscholastic Conference individual championships.

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Knoch’s Erin Luffy hits off a tee during practice Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Knoch High School.
Knoch softball rolling through competition in Section 3-4A
April 23, 2019
The Knoch softball team dug itself a sizable hole in its Section 3-4A opener April 2 at Ambridge.

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PIHL players come together to win America’s Showcase tournament
A group of players from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League came together last week to claim a second straight America’s Showcase tournament.

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Coaches association releases latest WPIAL boys volleyball rankings
April 22, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its latest boys team rankings Monday, and two squads in Class AAA moved into the top 10.

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Mars’ Carmody commits to Polynesian Bowl
Mars junior offensive tackle Michael Carmody has committed to play in Hawaii’s Polynesian Bowl high school all-star game.

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Coming off a shoulder injury, Sarah Corrie hopes to return to competition at Friday’s Mars Invitational.
Gateway throwers Jones, Corrie set sights on WPIAL, PIAA success
April 19, 2019
Shelly Jones and Sarah Corrie both earned throwing medals at last year’s WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships.

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Gateway’s Jaired Lehman (6) strecthes to get Plum’s Chandler Yocca (10) April 18, 2019 at Gateway.
Gateway baseball making run at Section 3-5A title
Gateway baseball coach Mark Wardzinski said at the start of the season his relatively young team had the pieces in place to make a run at the Section 3-5A championship and qualify for the WPIAL playoffs for the fourth year in a row.

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Seneca Valley’s Aidan Campbell commits to Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters
April 18, 2019
Earlier this month, Aidan Campbell helped the Pittsburgh Pens Elite 16U hockey team capture the USA Hockey Tier I Elite National Championship.

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Burrell’s Elizabeth Clark rounds the bases past Freeport pitcher Autumn Powell after hitting a walk-off home run Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Lower Burrell.
Burrell softball gets walk-off homer to end Freeport’s section winning streak
April 17, 2019
For the second time in as many games, a Clark delivered for Burrell when it mattered the most.

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Plum senior Hunter Linhart
All in the family: Plum’s Hunter Linhart carries on family discus tradition
In 1959, Bruce Linhart Sr. set a standard in the discus at Penn Hills that has yet to be surpassed: He established a school record of 168 feet, 1 inch. The mark also was the state record for five years.

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Deer Lakes’ Cory Newman (right) collides with Valley catcher Dario Wolfe as he scores during the first inning. Newman had four RBIs.
Patience pays off for Deer Lakes baseball against Valley
April 16, 2019
Deer Lakes scored eight runs in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s Section 1-3A baseball game at Valley and turned a close game into a rout.

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Freeport starting pitcher Tori Radvan throws against Burrell Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Recovered from knee injury, Radvan bolsters lineup for No. 4 Freeport
April 15, 2019
Tori Radvan waited and prepared.

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Top teams hold their spots in latest WPIAL boys volleyball rankings
Four weeks remain in the WPIAL boys volleyball regular season, and section races, with their battles for playoff positioning, are heating up.

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Track meet at Plum High School Wednesday, April 10 Angela Valotta - distance
Veteran athletes leading Plum track and field team in early going
April 12, 2019
Maddie Monick knows what it’s like to compete at the PIAA track and field championships.

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Deer Lakes’ Kiera Cutright hurdles against Burrell Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Burrell High School.
Deer Lakes’ Cutright faces challengers in defense of 300 hurdles title
April 10, 2019
Last year, Kiera Cutright was the hunter.

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Oakmont’s Alyssa Cappa, playing for her Nitro club team this summer, will take part in an international softball tournament from Friday to Sunday in the Netherlands.
Looking ahead important for softball teams needing to replace standout pitchers
April 8, 2019
Even before Leechburg’s Morgan Pierce, a four-year starter in the circle, graduated, plans were in place to find her successor.

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Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley hits a three-run double against Valley.
Deer Lakes softball gets 10-run victory over Valley
Auveonna Perkins connected on a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to put the Vikings ahead of Deer Lakes in Monday’s Section 1-3A softball matchup at Valley.

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Volleyball coaches association releases WPIAL boys rankings for Week 3
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 3 boys rankings Monday, and North Allegheny and Derry remain at the top in Class AAA and AA, respectively.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco collides with Fox Chapel’s James Patterson after turning a double play during their game Friday.
Franklin Regional rallies past Fox Chapel in extra-inning battle
April 5, 2019
The Franklin Regional baseball team fell behind by four runs after three innings of Friday’s Section 1-5A matchup at Fox Chapel.

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Kiski Area Kierra Shreffler, works out at practice Monday, April 1, 2019.
Kiski Area runner Shreffler has singular focus: PIAAs
April 3, 2019
Kierra Shreffler is on a mission to get to the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships.

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Springdale pitcher Alexis Hrivnak delivers against St. Joseph Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Kotecki Memorial Park.
Springdale softball rolls past St. Joseph, improves to 3-0
April 2, 2019
The Springdale softball team scored a pair of runs in the second inning of Tuesday’s Section 3-A opener with St. Joseph at Kotecki Memorial Park in Lower Burrell.

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North Allegheny, Derry lead WPIAL boys volleyball rankings
April 1, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 2 boys rankings Monday, and North Allegheny remains at the top in Class AAA.

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Burrell’s Lea Coffman is eager to avenge last season’s defeat to Freeport Burrell’s Lea Coffman works out in the gym Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Coffman hopes to lift Burrell to early-season victory against rival Freeport
Lea Coffman remembers the moment all too well.

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Deer Lakes, Kiski Area combine for five titles at Altoona Area Igloo Invitational
March 31, 2019
Athletes from Deer Lakes and Kiski Area represented the WPIAL on Saturday at the 43rd Altoona Area Igloo Invitational at Altoona’s Mansion Park stadium.

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Gateway’s Geno Bellante competes during practice March 28, 2019.
Gateway boys lacrosse seeking program’s 1st playoff victory
March 29, 2019
The Gateway varsity boys lacrosse team is an experienced group.

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Plum’s Amari Bunch (42) competes against Mars March 27, 2019 at Plum High.
Plum girls lacrosse ready to take next step after trip to postseason
The Plum girls lacrosse team qualified for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs last year in only its second season as a full WPIAL member.

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Regular-season marks again will be used for WPIAL track and field qualifying
March 27, 2019
Times, heights and distances recorded during regular-season track and field meets and invitationals again will be used as qualification to the WPIAL championships.

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Sewickley Academy boys tennis playing up in Class AAA
The Sewickley Academy and Shady Side Academy boys tennis teams are playing up in Class AAA this season.

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Burrell’s Kaylen Sharrow works out for the 100 meter hurdles during practice Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Sharrow, Burrell girls again have high expectations for track season
March 26, 2019
Kaylen Sharrow has her sights set on a return to the PIAA championships in the Class AA 300-meter hurdles.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny set a NFHS record in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the PIAA title at the championship meet March 16, 2019, at Bucknell.
Matheny sets national record at PIAA championships
March 17, 2019
Josh Matheny was witness to history at last year’s PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.

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Fox Chapel sophomore David Manelis (left) and senior Jonah Cagley earned medals Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA boys diving championships at Bucknell. Manelis placed second, and Cagley took fifth in the 24-diver field.
Fox Chapel’s Manelis, Skirboll earn silver at PIAA swimming/diving championships
March 16, 2019
LEWISBURG — David Manelis wanted to move up the ladder during Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA boys diving championships at Bucknell.

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Penn-Trafford diver Logan Sherwin is a Chicago recruit.
Penn-Trafford’s Sherwin just misses out on PIAA diving medal
LEWISBURG — Penn-Trafford senior Logan Sherwin hoped to snag a top-eight medal in his first opportunity to compete at the PIAA Class AAA state diving championships.

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Fox Chapel’s Manelis leads WPIAL contingent with runner-up finish at PIAA AAA meet
Last year’s PIAA Class AAA boys diving champion, Chambersburg’s Nick Cover, moved on because of graduation, and that opened the door for several from across the state to ascend to the top of the line.

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WPIAL swimmers earn top-eight seeds for Saturday evening’s PIAA Class AAA finals
LEWISBURG — Several WPIAL swimmers are set to compete for state gold on Day 2 of the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.

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The Mt. Lebanon 200 medley relay team won a PIAA title March 15, 2019, at Bucknell. The unit includes, from left, Hannah Morelli, Maddie Dorish, Trinity Ward and Sophia Donati.
WPIAL swimmers claim 7 state titles on first day of PIAA AAA championships
LEWISBURG — Of the 12 Class AAA swimming state titles earned Thursday on Day 1 of the PIAA championships at Bucknell University, seven were collected by WPIAL individuals or relays.

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Hempfield swimmer Gavin Mayo is a contender for a 2019 WPIAL medal.
Westmoreland swimmers, divers come up just short of medal stand at PIAA Class AAA meet
March 15, 2019
Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo was denied a trip to Thursday’s championship finals in the boys PIAA Class AAA 50-yard freestyle by the slimmest of margins.

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Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll won a PIAA title March 15, 2019, at Bucknell.
Fox Chapel freshman Skirboll claims 200 IM title at PIAA Class AAA championships
LEWISBURG — Zoe Skirboll was confident she could go under two minutes in the finals of the 200-yard individual medley Thursday at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships at Bucknell University.

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Penn-Trafford’s Paige Kalik
Penn-Trafford’s Kalik takes 9th at PIAA Class AAA diving championships
WPIAL diving champion Paige Kalik, a senior from Penn-Trafford, led the WPIAL contingent with a ninth-place finish at Friday’s PIAA Class AAA competition.

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WPIAL AAA swimmers set for Day 1 championship finals
The championship heats are set for Friday’s boys and girls events at the PIAA Class AAA swim meet at Bucknell University.

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WPIAL claims 4 state titles on final day of PIAA AA swimming championships
LEWISBURG – The WPIAL produced four more state champions Thursday at the PIAA Class AA swim meet at Bucknell University.

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Adam Morrison, Deer Lakes
Deer Lakes’ Morrison takes 3rd in 500 freestyle at PIAA championships
LEWISBURG — Deer Lakes junior Adam Morrison was right next to a pair of history making swims in the boys 500-yard freestyle at the PIAA Class AA swimming championships Thursday at Bucknell University.

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Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis won the 100 breaststroke at the PIAA championships March 14, 2019, at Bucknell.
Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Spekis claim PIAA swimming gold
March 14, 2019
LEWISBURG — Ian Shahan enjoyed the feeling of winning his first PIAA Class AA championship so much he went out and picked up another.

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North Catholic’s Kyle Maziarz won the PIAA Class AA diving title March 14, 2019, at Bucknell.
North Catholic’s Maziarz wins 2nd straight Class AA state diving title
LEWISBURG — North Catholic junior Kyle Maziarz has repeated as PIAA Class AA boys diving champion.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner
PIAA Class AA Day 2: WPIAL swimmers set for championship finals
A group of WPIAL swimmers punched tickets to the PIAA Class AA Day 2 championship finals set for Thursday evening at Bucknell University.

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Ringgold’s Anna Vogt won the PIAA Class AA diving title Wednesday at Bucknell.
Trio of WPIAL standouts claim gold on Day 1 of PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships
LEWISBURG — Northgate-Avonworth’s Karen Siddoway trailed Northern York senior Kate Luft for most of the girls Class AA 200-yard freestyle final Wednesday evening at Bucknell University.

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Deer Lakes’ Morrison medals at PIAA Class AA swimming championships
March 13, 2019
LEWISBURG — Adam Morrison swam in the consolation finals of the 200-yard freestyle at last year’s PIAA Class AA championships and finished 15th.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan (center) captured the PIAA Class AA title in the 100 butterfly Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Bucknell.
Belle Vernon swimmer Shahan takes PIAA title in 100 butterfly
LEWISBURG — Ian Shahan started Wednesday’s evening session of the PIAA Class AA swimming championships with his Belle Vernon teammates in the boys 200-yard medley relay.

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Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll works on her breaststroke during a recent practice.
Fox Chapel’s Skirboll aiming high at PIAA swimming championships
There will be a new state champion in the girls Class AAA 100-yard breaststroke.

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Northgate swimmer Karen Siddoway
Several WPIAL individuals, relays qualify for PIAA Class AA championship finals
The championship heats are set for Wednesday’s boys and girls events at the PIAA Class AA swimming meet at Bucknell University, and several from the WPIAL are in contention for state gold.

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Ringgold’s Anna Vogt won the PIAA Class AA diving title Wednesday at Bucknell.
Ringgold’s Anna Vogt wins PIAA Class AA diving title
Ringgold senior Anna Vogt, the two-time WPIAL champion in Class AA girls diving, added a state championship to her high school portfolio Wednesday afternoon at Bucknell.

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Deer Lakes junior Adam Morrison (right) won the WPIAL championship in the 500 freestyle and is the highest-seeded Alle-Kiski Valley swimmer at the PIAA meet.
A-K Valley swimmers get shot at PIAA gold this week
March 11, 2019
Rachel Halapchuk is a four-time WPIAL medalist with two each in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke.

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Deer Lakes’ Makayla Blair works out in the gym Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes softball hopes to get back on track this season
March 10, 2019
The Deer Lakes softball team was denied a seventh straight section title last spring and suffered a WPIAL first-round exit, an uncharacteristically early exit for the Lancers after advancing to the WPIAL title game five times in the previous six seasons.

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Deer Lakes’ Trey Darrah works out in the batting cage Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Southern trip gives Deer Lakes baseball time to build into winner
Graduation hit the Deer Lakes baseball team hard the past two seasons.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise (left) and Korry Myers walk off the court as time expires in their PIAA Class 4A loss to Huntingdon at Hollidaysburg.
Undefeated Huntingdon pulls away from Highlands boys in state playoffs
March 9, 2019
Hollidaysburg — Highlands boys basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski said he was proud of the way his team battled after early adversity in Friday’s PIAA Class 4A first-round game against Huntingdon.

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Gateway junior Olivia Livingston (right) was PIAA Class AAA runner-up in the 100 freestyle the past two years.
Gateway’s Livingston ready to chase state record in 100 freestyle
March 8, 2019
Time is of the essence for Gateway junior Olivia Livingston.

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Plum’s Devan Taylor is seeded 11th for states in the girls 100-yard breaststroke.
Plum swimmers prepare for PIAA championships
Devan Taylor hopes for a repeat performance and more in the girls 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran scores past New Castle’s Donte Burnett during the fourth quarter of their WPIAL Class 4A boys semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
A-K Valley basketball teams use time off to prepare for PIAA tournament
March 7, 2019
Five Alle-Kiski Valley basketball teams have played the waiting game for the PIAA tournament since their elimination from the WPIAL playoffs more than a week ago.

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Burrell junior Ashley Smith works out during a recent practice Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Smith had a 612 high series and 225 game in the North East Section.
A-K Valley bowlers vie for spots in state tournament at regionals
March 6, 2019
The Burrell girls bowling team hopes for a performance at Saturday’s Western Regional that matches its WPIBL team title captured three weeks ago.

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Northgate senior Karen Siddoway competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Reigning PIAA champions prepare to defend titles; WPIAL swimmers earn top seeds
March 4, 2019
The WPIAL, as expected, will be well-represented at the PIAA Class AAA and AA swimming and diving championships March 13-16 at Bucknell.

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PIAA releases qualifying lists for swimming championships
The PIAA on Monday released the preliminary psych sheets for the swimming and diving state championships set for March 13-16 at Bucknell University.

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Deer Lakes junior Adam Morrison (right) and other competitors begin their heat in the boys 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Deer Lakes’ Morrison outlasts Mars counterpart to capture WPIAL 500 freestyle title
March 1, 2019
Adam Morrison and Andrew Pierre couldn’t be separated.

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Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll poses for a photo after the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships March 1, 2019, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Fox Chapel’s Skirboll sets WPIAL breaststroke record in claiming gold medal
Zoe Skirboll counted down the days to her first opportunity at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships.

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The North Allegheny girls swim team defended its title at the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships March 1, 2019, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
North Allegheny boys, girls swim teams maintain dominance at WPIAL meet
The North Allegheny boys and girls swim teams reign again.

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A-K Valley swimmers earn medals, set records in WPIAL Class AA meet
February 28, 2019
Alle-Kiski Valley swimmers from Fox Chapel, Plum and Kiski Area set the tone with medal-winning finishes, season-best times and several school records in the first session of the WPIAL championships Thursday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Northgate swimmer Karen Siddoway
Northgate’s Siddoway defends 200 freestyle title at WPIAL Class AA swimming championships
Karen Siddoway had a repeat performance on her mind as she stepped to the starting block for Thursday’s final heat in the girls 200-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AA championships.

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Fox Chapel freshman Zoe Skirboll competes in the girls 200 individual medley during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Fox Chapel girls off to fast start at WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
The Fox Chapel girls 200-yard freestyle relay kicked off Day 1 of the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships with a fourth-place finish in a school-record time of time of 1 minute, 46.12 seconds.

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Highlands High School swimmer Rachel Blackburn does laps during a practice on Dec. 29, 2018.
5 girls swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AA championships
February 27, 2019
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Plum’s Devan Taylor trains for the upcoming 2018-2019 season Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.
5 girls swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Freshman swimmers (from left) Alexis Schrecongost (Freeport), Sam Wygonik (St. Joseph) and Zoe Skirboll (Fox Chapel) hope for successful swims at the WPIAL championships Feb. 28-March 1 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
A-K Valley freshmen hoping to make splash at WPIAL swimming championships
February 26, 2019
At the start of her first WPIAL swim season in November, Alexis Schrecongost didn’t think she would ascend to the position she is at heading into the WPIAL championships Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis in the boys’ 100 yard breaststroke at Derry Area High School during the 2019 Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championship Meet on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Five boys swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AA championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Penn Hills’ Kimani Gregory waits to compete in the 200 medley relay against Fox Chapel Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Five boys swimmers to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA swimming championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Monessen’s Dishon Howell scores over St. Joseph’s Daniel Fabregas during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Monessen boys repel St. Joseph rally, reach WPIAL semifinals
February 21, 2019
The St. Joseph and Monessen boys basketball teams met Thursday at West Allegheny with a spot in the WPIAL 1A semifinals and a trip to the PIAA tournament on the line.

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Fox Chapel sophomore David Manelis practices Feb. 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel quartet ready to perform at WPIAL diving championships
For the second year in a row, Fox Chapel will have four athletes compete at the WPIAL Class AAA boys diving championships at North Allegheny High School.

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North Allegheny swimmer Jack Wright.
Trib HSSN Boys Swimmer of the Week: North Allegheny’s Jack Wright
Jack Wright is no stranger to the feeling of high school swimming’s championship season.

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Freeport swimmer Ari
Trib HSSN Girls Swimmer of the Week: Freeport’s Ariana Clark
Ariana Clark earned an eighth-place medal in the 100-yard backstroke at last year’s WPIAL Class AA championship meet at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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WPIBL boys singles tournament postponed; girls event still on for Thursday
February 20, 2019
Wednesday morning’s winter weather forced Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League officials to postpone the boys singles championship tournament to next Wednesday at 3 p.m. The event will remain at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alyssa DeAngelo and Lydia Shaw fight for a rebound with Plum’s Kai Johnson during WPIAL playoff action Monday, Feb. 19, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
Thomas Jefferson girls send Plum packing in WPIAL 1st round
February 19, 2019
The Thomas Jefferson girls basketball team won seven of eight games, including five in a row, to close out the regular season.

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Quaker Valley’s Corrine Washington defends on Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski during WPIAL playoff action Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
No. 13 Quaker Valley girls upset No. 4 Freeport in Class 4A 1st round
February 18, 2019
It is often said that when the WPIAL playoffs begin, every team enters with a clean slate.

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Gateway vs Plum Swm Meet Thursday, February 14 at Gateway Gateway’s Olivia Livingston, Girls 400 yard freestyle relay
Livingston, freshmen standouts ready to lead Gateway at WPIAL swim championships
February 15, 2019
Gateway junior Olivia Livingston is a WPIAL champion with four individual titles over her first two appearances at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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New Castle’s Zachary Bell will compete at the 2019 WPIAL swim championships.
Trib HSSN Boys Swimmer of the Week: New Castle’s Zachary Bell
Zachary Bell is making the most of his final WPIAL swimming season.

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston will compete at the 2019 WPIAL swim championships.
Trib HSSN Girls Swimmer of the Week: Gateway’s Olivia Livingston
Olivia Livingston set the bar for the rest of the WPIAL in the second week of December when she established a time of 23.49 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle against Upper St. Clair.

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Knoch’s Braden Zukowski works out Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in the Butler YMCA pool.
Knoch’s Cummings takes advantage of sole high school season
February 14, 2019
Matt Cummings is making the most of his first and only high school swimming season.

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St. Joseph boys top West Greene for 1st playoff win since 2011
The St. Joseph boys basketball team saw a double-digit first-half lead trimmed to six at halftime of Friday’s WPIAL Class A first-round game at Mt. Lebanon.

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Apollo-Ridge girls hold off Burrell in Section 1-4A opener
December 13, 2018
Amid a flurry of activity as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the first half of Thursday's Section 1-4A girls basketball opener between Apollo-Ridge and Burrell, Morgan Gamble released a 3-point shot that banked home. Her successful field goal enabled the Vikings to complete a second-quarter rally from

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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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Sewickley Academy’s Hajdukiewicz among goal and point leaders in PIHL Varsity A
November 1, 2018
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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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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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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Gateway hockey continuing to grow at junior varsity level
October 12, 2018
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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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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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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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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Inexperienced Gateway girls tennis team to rely on ‘determination, ‘sprit’
August 31, 2018
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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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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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 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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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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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
June 1, 2018
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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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
May 25, 2018
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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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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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 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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PIAA releases qualifying lists for state swimming championships
March 6, 2018
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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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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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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Countdown to WPIALs: Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner has golden expectations
February 24, 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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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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A-K Valley girls basketball teams head into final week with playoff spots up for grabs
February 3, 2018
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Paced by 6 all-stars, Franklin Regional hockey enters home stretch
January 29, 2018
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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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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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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Confidence growing for Gateway wrestling team
January 7, 2018
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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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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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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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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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
November 3, 2017
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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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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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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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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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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