Author: Paul Schofield


Ligonier Valley quarterback Sam Sheeder (16) leaps over the Richland defense for a 1-yard touchdown during the third quarter of the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Ligonier Valley sending 11 players into college football
May 27, 2020
There is a reason the Ligonier Valley football team has been outstanding the past four seasons.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo is a two-time state champ in the 3,200-meter run.
Senior Spotlight: Denied shot at 3-peat, Brownsville state champ moving on to NC State
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Allegheny’s Casey Burton won an indoor state championship in the long jump.
Senior Spotlight: North Allegheny jumper looking forward to Princeton career
May 26, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hempfield’s Jake Boord will attend Allegheny College in the fall.
Senior Spotlight: Hempfield javelin champ keeps goals in sight
May 23, 2020
If things were normal around the world, and we know they’re not, Hempfield Area senior Jake Boord would be in Shippensburg competing in the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

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AJGA revises schedule; Southpointe tournament set for August
May 21, 2020
The American Junior Golf Association updated its schedule Thursday.

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Derry’s Justin Huss eludes Mt. Pleasant defenders during the second quarter on Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Derry set to finalize football coaching candidates list
May 18, 2020
Derry athletic director Brett Miller is finalizing the list of candidates for the Trojans’ football coaching position that opened when Tim Sweeney left to accept the same job at Baldwin last month.

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The Hempfield Area School District is planning interviews for athletic director candidates.
Hempfield to interview athletic director candidates this week
May 17, 2020
Hempfield Area School District is moving forward in its search for a new athletic director after Greg Meisner resigned April 3.

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Greensburg Salem senior Brenden Lewis
Senior Spotlight: Greensburg Salem hurdler had sights set on school record
May 15, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Indiana senior Kendall Branan
Senior Spotlight: Indiana runner has eye on nationals, career at Pitt
May 14, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Quaker Valley runner Annie Wicker
Senior Spotlight: Quaker Valley 2-time WPIAL champ hoped to make final splash
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Michael Petrof and Jane Garver are Ligonier Valley’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Senior duo set standard for leadership at Ligonier Valley
May 13, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the 11th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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J.F. Aber hits a shot at tournament at Cedarbrook Golf Course during the WPIAL Class AA Team Tournament on Oct. 10, 2019.
Glengarry Golf Course holds Hurricane Junior Golf tournament
May 11, 2020
No PGA. No LPGA.

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Dillon Ferretti and Olivia Persin are Hempfield’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Three-sport athletes Ferretti, Persin represent Hempfield as award finalists
May 10, 2020
Olivia Persin and Dillon Ferretti always look forward to this time of year.

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Shaleena Garner and Jalen Page are Greensburg Salem’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Greensburg Salem tandem’s work on, off field pays off with award nomination
May 9, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Shaler’s Cam Mbalo won WPIAL gold in the triple jump last year.
Senior Spotlight: Shaler track star misses chance at another gold medal, WPIAL record
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fox Chapel’s Grace Sisson finishes fifth in the WPIAL Class AAA girls cross country race on Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Senior Spotlight: Fox Chapel runner has bright future at Duquesne
May 8, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Plum’s Joel Tarzoho will join Duquesne’s track team next season.
Senior Spotlight: Plum’s Tarzoho looking to make huge jump into college track and field
May 7, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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McGuffey’s C.J. Cole accepted a preferred walk-on offer to play football at West Virginia.
Senior Spotlight: Few McGuffey athletes can match Cole’s all-around credentials
May 5, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak works against West Shamokin’s Jack McCullough during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley’s Marinchak, Silk headline Heritage Conference postseason awards
It was quite a year for the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team in the school’s final season in District 6.

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Longtime girls tennis coach retires as Hempfield gets fall coaching staffs in order
May 4, 2020
Hempfield Area School District is looking for a couple fall sports coaches.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Ben Monn of Cumberland Valley in the PIAA Class AAA 113-pound consolation March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Powerade Wrestling Tournament grows to 55 teams for 2020
The Powerade Wrestling Tournament is billed as one of the top high school competitions in the country.

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Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards nominees Hannah Seitzinger and Mitchell Pohlot of Belle Vernon
Belle Vernon senior duo focuses on future
May 3, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the first in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Hempfield track coach Ron Colland receives Ferranti Award
May 2, 2020
Ron Colland has been involved in track and field for more than 60 years, the past 38 as a coach at Hempfield.

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Matt Federovich competed in a variety of events for the Norwin track team.
Senior Spotlight: Norwin senior track athlete keeping chin up before heading to Bucknell
May 1, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt is probably pleased about a wrestling rule change that eliminates restrictions on hair length.
PIAA considers dropping weight class as wrestling rule changes are made
April 29, 2020
The National Federation of State High School Associations announced 11 rule changes on Tuesday, none involving the reduction of weight classes.

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Latrobe’s Sadie Wetzel will concentrate on the high jump at Duquesne.
Senior Spotlight: Latrobe’s Wetzel grits teeth through shutdown
April 28, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hempfield senior Lucas Kissell is a pole vaulter for the Spartans track team but also competes in skeleton in his free time.
Hempfield senior Lukas Kissell vaults into new sport: Skeleton
April 26, 2020
Lukas Kissell was helping Hempfield win a WPIAL Class AAA team track title a year ago.

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Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula is one of the nominees for the Driscoll Award at the 64th annual Westmoreland Scholar/Athlete banquet.
Westmoreland Scholar/Athlete committee announces excellent group; banquet on hold
April 24, 2020
Will the 64th annual Westmoreland Scholar/Athlete banquet be held this year?

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary reacts to defeating Tyler Kasak of Beth Catholic in the Class AAA 106-pound semifinal during the PIAA championships.
Latrobe searching for wrestling coach after Ciotti resigns
April 22, 2020
Mike Ciotti knew early in the season this was going to be his last as Latrobe’s wrestling coach.

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Derry coach Tim Sweeney watches his team during warm-ups on Sept. 14, 2018, before a game at Mt. Pleasant.
Derry hopes to hire football coach within month
April 21, 2020
When Derry hired Tim Sweeney as its football coach in 2013, athletic director Brett Miller considered it a home run.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson competes against South Allegheny on April 18, 2019, at South Allegheny.
Southmoreland softball hopes to make run at another title
March 19, 2020
When Southmoreland softball coach Todd Bunner addressed his team March 12, they talked about the future and hoped the 2020 season would continue in the near future.

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Jeannette’s Zack Berginc scores past Southmoreland catcher Brok Potoka during their game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Jeannette.
Govern sees improvement in Southmoreland baseball team
Southmoreland baseball coach Al Govern calls himself old school.

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Ligonier Valley sophomore Beitel invited to elite football camp
March 18, 2020
Ligonier Valley sophomore Nick Beitel was invited to the EXOS Select 50 instructional football showcase, which will take place in May in either Houston or Frisco, Texas.

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McGuffey coach Ed Dalton helped organize the BeeGraphix Great 38 football all-star game.
WCCA/Tri-County all-star football game planned for June 13
March 17, 2020
Even before the coronavirus became a part of our lives, the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association and Tri-County Football Coaches’ Association made plans to play a football all-star game.

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Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary reacts to defeating Tyler Kasak of Bethlehem Catholic in a 106-pound semifinal at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Paul Schofield: Westmoreland County wrestlers shine in PIAA finals
March 15, 2020
What an exciting and puzzling week it has been for high school athletics and everyone else as the coronavirus pandemic has interrupted our lives.

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Greensburg Salem wrestler Riley Stoner is supported by coach Randy Parsley before being introduced in a dual meet against Latrobe on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem’s Stoner wins 2nd state wrestling title, keeps program tradition alive
Super Bowl MVPs go to Disney World the day after the game.

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Latrobe’s Jordan Tallman is back after her season was shortened by injury last year.
Championship coach returns for 2nd stint with Latrobe softball
March 13, 2020
Bob Kovalcin resigned as Latrobe softball coach in 2012 to watch his daughter play college softball.

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Latrobe’s Alex Wilson during baseball practice at Greater Latrobe High School in Unity Township on Wednesday, March 6, 2020.
Latrobe looking to rebound with young squad
It’s been three years since the Latrobe Wildcats were baseball champions in the WPIAL and PIAA in 2017.

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Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state tournament postponed
March 12, 2020
The Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship, which was to be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center this weekend, has been postponed because of coronavirus concerns.

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North Hills’ Sam Hillegas walks off the mat after losing to Wyatt Henson of Waynesburg in the 138-pound final in class AAA in PIAA wrestling championship on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic canceled because of coronavirus concerns
The annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, scheduled for Saturday at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House, has been canceled because of the health concerns over coronavirus.

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Aislin Malcolm led Chartiers Valley with 19 points Wednesday night.
Chartiers Valley tops Hollidaysburg to win WPIAL-record 57th straight game
March 11, 2020
When Hollidaysburg jumped out to a quick lead against Chartiers Valley on Wednesday in a PIAA Class 5A girls basketball second-round playoff game, there was no panic by the Colts.

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Jeannette coach Zac Karas addresses team after practice on March 11, 2020, at Jeannette.
Jeannette coach Karas looking for big season from experienced softball team
There is a reason for optimism for the Jeannette softball team.

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Jeannette’s Alex Vickers takes a throw from a teammate at baseball practice Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Vickers is Jeannette’s top pitcher.
Young, small roster has Jeannette baseball facing new challenges
Three years ago, Jeannette was celebrating its first WPIAL baseball title.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is declared the winner against Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg Central in the 126-pound final at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
4 WPIAL wrestlers to represent Pennsylvania all-star team at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 9, 2020
Kurtis Phipps’ high school wrestling career isn’t over just yet.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis celebrates with coaches after a win against Donovan McMillan of Peters Township in the PIAA Class AAA 182-pound final Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL dominates PIAA finals in Class AAA
March 7, 2020
HERSHEY — It was another dominating year for the WPIAL at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps prepares to take the mats with coach Vince DeAugustine in the parade of champions at the PIAA Class AA championship Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps defeated Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg Central in the 126-pound final.
Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps finally wins state title
HERSHEY — It wasn’t a perfect match, but Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps will take it.

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Ellwood City’s Austin Walley celebrates winning the PIAA Class AA 182-pound championship against Dylan Bennett of Montoursville on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey. Walley is the first state wrestling champion in Ellwood City history.
Ellwood City’s Walley makes history; Frazier’s Lawrence loses controversial match at PIAA Class AA championships
HERSHEY — On a day when Ellwood City senior Austin Walley became the school’s first state champion, the only thing fans who attended the PIAA Class AA championship were talking about was officiating in the 160-pound final.

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Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary reacts to defeating Tyler Kasak of Beth Catholic in the 106-weight class semifinal in AAA on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the PIAA individual state wrestling championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Kilkeary wins another stunner at PIAA tournament, advances to finals
HERSHEY — Latrobe freshman Vincent Kilkeary continued his stunning run through the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling tournament.

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South Park’s Joey Fischer wrestles Brookville’s Owen Reinsel in the 113-pound bout semifinal in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Frazier’s Lawrence looking to become 3-time PIAA winner
HERSHEY — Frazier senior Thayne Lawrence’s high school wrestling career will come to an end Saturday at Giant Center.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman wrestles under David Evans of Tunkhannock in the 126 pound quarterfinal bout in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s Cymmerman will medal again at PIAA Class AA wrestling championships
March 6, 2020
HERSHEY — Derry junior Ty Cymmerman must wait another year to win a state title.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps defeats Kyle Waterman of Council Rock South in a PIAA Class AAA 126-pound quarterfinal Friday, March 6, 2020 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Kilkeary making big noise at PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships
HERSHEY — The smallest guys in the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships are making some big noise.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles Waynesburg’s Rocco Welsh in the 126 weight class on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Norwin’s Phipps joins elite group of WPIAL wrestlers
Kurtis Phipps became the 30th wrestler in WPIAL history to win four district titles.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Connellsville’s Mason Prinkey in the 113 pound weight class in class AAA during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional’s Dibert celebrates WPIAL title
Franklin Regional senior Carter Dibert won his first WPIAL Class AAA title on Feb. 29 and quickly turned his focus to winning his second PIAA gold medal.

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence wrestles against Gavin Garcia of Southern Columbia in the 160 pound quarterfinal bout in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
7 WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA semifinals
HERSHEY — Friday has gone a lot better for WPIAL Class AA wrestlers at the PIAA individual championships at the Giant Center.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles J.P McCaskey’s Andrew Vogelbacher in the 170 weight class in the PIAA state wrestling tournament in class AAA on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers shine, Class AA struggles on Day 1 of PIAA tournament
March 5, 2020
HERSHEY — You couldn’t ask for a crazier day for WPIAL wrestlers than Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc, a student at Jeannette, works to pin Bethlehem Liberty’s Javien DeLeon in a 113-pound bout in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA championships Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Hempfield wrestler Berginc pulls off shocking win in PIAA tournament
HERSHEY — It was a perfect first day at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships for Hempfield, highlighted by a huge upset by junior Ethan Berginc.

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Derry junior Ty Cymmerman (blue) battles Port Allegany junior Braedon Johnson at 126 pounds at the PIAA tournament March 5, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s Cymmerman advances with pin at PIAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — Derry junior Ty Cymmerman didn’t panic when Port Allegany junior Braedon Johnson got the first takedown in their first-round match Thursday.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles Tyler Kocak of Hampton in the 170 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for March 3, 2020
March 3, 2020
Class AAA

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps raises four fingers for four WPIAL titles after defeating Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg in the 126 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Westmoreland high school wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Phipps ready for final run
Kurtis Phipps has checked off everything on his bucket list for wrestling except for one thing: being a Pennsylvania state champion.

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Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman wrestles Greensburg Salem’s John Meyers in the 220 weight class on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Belle Vernon wrestler Weightman making name for himself
His name is Cole Weightman.

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Hempfield’s Tyler Linsenbigler grapples in neutral with Latrobe’s Ricky Armstrong in the 145 weight class bout on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School. Hempfield won 37-33.
PIAA awards 9 top seeds to WPIAL wrestlers
March 1, 2020
The PIAA released the pairings for the state wrestling tournament, and, not surprisingly, numerous WPIAL champions were seeded No. 1, including seven in Class AAA.

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Kiski’s Jack Blumer reacts as Waynesburg’s Luca Augustine celebrates victory in the 160-pound final during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Canon-McMillan.
Kiski Area wrestlers experience highs and lows in WPIAL Class AAA championships
February 29, 2020
It was a day of highs and lows for the Kiski Area wrestling team Saturday at the WPIALClass AAA wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps raises four fingers for four WPIAL titles after defeating Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg in the 126 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Norwin’s Phipps claims 4th WPIAL wrestling title; North Hills’ Hillegas denied
Kurtis Phipps showed the WPIAL wrestling committee what he thought of their seeding.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps will try for his fourth WPIAL Class AAA title when he faces Waynesburg freshman Rocco Welsh in the 126-pound final.
Norwin’s Phipps, North Hills’ Hillegas reach WPIAL wrestling finals, eye elite group
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps and North Hills senior Sam Hillegas are one victory away from reaching an elite group.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore Troy Hohman (top) defeats Canon-McMillan sophomore Jacob Houpt, 7-1, in the quarterfinals at 106 pounds at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Penn-Trafford’s Hohman pulls off upset to reach WPIAL Class AAA wrestling semifinals
February 28, 2020
Penn-Trafford sophomore Troy Hohman entered the 2020 WPIAL/PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament as sort of an unknown.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps will attempt to win his fourth WPIAL championship this weekend.
5 things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships
February 27, 2020
The Class AAA WPIAL individual championships/PIAA Southwest Regional will begin Friday at Canon-McMillan.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak dribbles down court against Penns Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at Hollidaysburg Senior High School during WPIAL basketball semifinal playoffs.
Ligonier Valley boys return to District 6 title game for another shot at Richland
February 25, 2020
HOLLIDAYSBURG — It’s back to the PIAA District 6 Class 3A championship game for the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestling seeding creates controversy
Twitter was abuzz Monday when the WPIAL wrestling committee released the seedings for the Class AAA individual tournament, which begins Friday at Canon-McMillan.

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Southmoreland wrestler Bret Huffman Southmoreland wrestler Bret Huffman
Wrestling notebook: Southmoreland wrestler Bret Huffman fights through knee injury to make states
Southmoreland senior Bret Huffman wasn’t about to let a knee injury keep him off the mat.

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Hempfield’s Dillon Ferretti wrestles under the pressure of opponent John Meyers of Greensburg Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 25, 2020
Class AAA

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Burrell junior Ian Oswalt sits on top of Glendale’s Brock McMillen at 132 pounds on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at the Southwest Regional.
                                Burrell junior Ian Oswalt (top) wrestles Glendale’s Brock McMillen at 132 pounds on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at the Southwest Regional.
Burrell duo suffer tough losses in PIAA regional finals
February 22, 2020
It wasn’t the finals Burrell juniors Ian Oswalt and AJ Corrado were hoping for.

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Burrell junior AJ Corrado (top) battles St Joseph Catholic Academy’s Caleb Dowling at 152 pounds Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Dowling won 2-1, his third Southwest Regional title.
Derry’s Cymmerman denied PIAA regional wrestling title again
Derry junior Ty Cymmerman came up short again at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament, and he’s tired of it.

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Derry junior Ty Cymmerman gets back points on Marion Center sophomore Gain Stewart at 126 pounds at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
New strategy brings PIAA quarterfinal win for Derry’s Cymmerman
February 21, 2020
Derry junior Ty Cymmerman decided to change his style late in the season, and for the past two weeks it has worked fine.

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Burrell junior Ian Oswalt gets a takedown against Forest Hills sophomore Noah Teeter at 132 pounds at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
Burrell senior wrestler Feroce surprises at PIAA regionals
While it was business as usual for Burrell juniors Ian Oswalt and AJ Corrado, senior Ricky Feroce capped off Day 1 of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday at IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex with a satisfying victory.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman (right), wrestling Mt. Pleasant’s Damian George, will try to win his first PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional title after losing in the finals each of the past two years.
Five things to watch at PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling
February 20, 2020
The PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling championships will begin Friday at IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

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Belle Vernon’s Thomas Hepple fights Derry’s Sam Jones (33) for the ball Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in the WPIAL basketball playoffs at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Belle Vernon boys shake off slow start, Derry in 1st-round victory
February 19, 2020
It took No. 6 Belle Vernon a little while to shake No. 11 Derry in the opening round of the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs.

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Petrarca, Peters Township boys hold off Hempfield rally
February 18, 2020
A poor first half and the hot shooting of Peters Township senior Sam Petrarca did in the Hempfield boys basketball team Tuesday night.

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Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen (left) battles Kiski Area’s Jared Curcio during a December match.
Wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Weinzen done for season with arm injury
The season is over for Norwin senior Ryan Weinzen.

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Yough junior Glenn Christner is a member of the 2019-20 wrestling team.
Yough champs enter school’s wrestling record books, still have goals to achieve
Shane Momyer and Glenn Christner did something Friday at the WPIAL Class AA section tournament that is a rare occurrence in Yough wresting history. They won section titles.

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McGuffey’s Rocco Ferraro wrestles South Park’s Anthony Weil at 145 pounds Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 in the WPIAL wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 18, 2020
Class AAA

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence was one of five WPIAL wrestlers who earned a top seed for this week’s PIAA Southwest Regional tournament.
Five WPIAL wrestlers receive tops seeds at Southwest Region tournament
February 16, 2020
Pairings for the PIAA Class AA Southwest Region tournament were released Sunday, and five WPIAL wrestlers received No. 1 seeds.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Damian George works for control Derry’s Ty Cymmerman in the 126-pound weight class Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in the WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan High School.
Derry’s Cymmerman, three others reach elite status at WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships
February 15, 2020
There are certain things in the modern day of wrestling that continue to impress fans.

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Mt. Pleasant sophomore Dayton Pitzer, the defending PIAA Class AA champion at 182 pounds, had season-ending surgery.
Wrestling notebook: Teams using female wrestlers for free points
February 12, 2020
Saucon Valley and Reynolds presented a girl during their matches against Notre Dame-Green Pond, a catholic school in Easton, to collect a forfeit at the PIAA Team Championship in Hershey over the weekend.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert (right) and Penn-Trafford’s Boaz Chisko compete in the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
TribHSSN individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 12, 2020
Tribune-Review Individual Rankings

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Ty Cymmerman hopes to be the next Derry wrestler to hang his uniform on the wall in the wrestling room. Here he poses for a photo Feb. 11, 2020, at Derry.
Derry’s Ty Cymmerman would give singlet off his back to be a state champ
There are five wrestling uniforms hanging on the wall inside the Derry wrestling room.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles South Fayette’s Praicen Long in the 160-pound weight class Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at Hempfield.
TribHSSN state team wrestling rankings for Feb. 12, 2020
State team rankings

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt sets up a shot on the net as Greensburg Central Catholic applies defensive pressure on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 during WPIAL basketball at Jeannette.
Jeannette boys basketball team awarded No. 3 seed for WPIAL playoffs
February 11, 2020
One of the hottest teams since Christmas was the Jeannette boys basketball squad.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points out to the crowd after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Injury keeps Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer from defending state wrestling title
February 10, 2020
When the WPIAL wrestling committee releases the Class AA section tournament pairings Tuesday, at least one big-name wrestler will be missing.

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Waynesburg poses with its Class AAA runner-up trophy in the PIAA team wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Waynesburg’s 2nd-place finish at PIAA team wrestling start of something big
February 8, 2020
HERSHEY — The path to the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship next year could run through Greene County.

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AJ Corrado gets a takedown against Hamburg’s Ayden Kauffman at 152 pounds in the PIAA team wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell wrestling team comes up short of PIAA goal
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields gave his team a stern message after it fell one step shy of its goal in the PIAA team championship Saturday at the Giant Center.

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Waynesburg’s Cole Homet pins Cathedral Prep’s Steffan Lynch in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals Feb. 7, 2020, in Hershey.
PIAA team wrestling tournament: Waynesburg reaches state finals
February 7, 2020
All Waynesburg junior Wyatt Henson was focused on was winning his match Friday at the Giant Center.

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Burrell’s Nico Ferra grapples with Burgettstown’s Shane Ilgenfritz in the 106 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships at Chartiers-Houston High School.
PIAA team wrestling tournament: Burgettstown bows out
HERSHEY — Burgettstown’s first trip to the PIAA team wrestling tournament was memorable, but the Blue Devils wanted more.

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Burrell’s Shawn Szymanski earns a win against Saucon Valley during the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals Feb. 7, 2020.
PIAA team wrestling tournament: Slow start costs Burrell in quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields said he doesn’t measure his wrestlers by wins or losses.

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PIAA team wrestling tournament: Canon-McMillan marches past Gettysburg
February 6, 2020
HERSHEY – There was a rumor circulating around the Giant Center on Thursday that if Gettysburg were to defeat Canon-McMillan and face Bethlehem Catholic, it would use girls in the lineup to collect forfeits in the next round.

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PIAA team wrestling tournament: Waynesburg slides by Central Dauphin
HERSHEY – Waynesburg’s first-ever match at the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championship went very well.

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PIAA team wrestling tournament: Seneca Valley eases past State College
HERSHEY – Seneca Valley used pins by Chanz Shearer (138 pounds) and Antonio Amelio (145) to open a lead, and then got late pins from Liam Volk-Klos (182) and Nick Funovits (220) to defeat District 6 champion State College, 34-29.

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Burrell’s Dominic Holmes battles Montoursville’s Cael Crebs at 170 pounds during a first-round match at the PIAA Class AA team wrestling tournament Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.
PIAA team wrestling tournament: Burrell decks Montoursville
HERSHEY – When Burrell junior A.J. Corrado opened the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championship with an 18-second pin, it was a sure sign of what was to come.

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PIAA team wrestling tournament: Burgettstown stumbles against Chestnut Ridge
HERSHEY — District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge won the final seven bouts and eased past WPIAL runner-up Burgettstown, 56-12, on Thursday at PIAA Class AA Team Championship at Giant Center.

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Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee (center) and his teammates pose with the championship trophy after defeating Cumberland Valley, 36-33, during the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships on Feb. 7, 2015 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
5 things to watch at the PIAA team wrestling championships
February 5, 2020
The PIAA team wrestling championships begin Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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Chris Chunko was hired as Yough’s football coach on Feb. 4, 2020.
Yough hires new football coach
When Chris Chunko reached age 50, he felt his chances of becoming a head football coach were dwindling.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Christian McGowan (right) fights Imani Christian’s Jacquess Myers for the ball Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Balanced attack helps GCC boys take down Imani in 1st-place showdown
February 4, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic clinched at least a tie for the WPIAL Section 3-A title Tuesday, but first-year coach Christian Hyland wants more.

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Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler grapples opponent Luke Willet of Greensburg-Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 4, 2020
Class AAA

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Waynesburg’s Eli Makel celebrates after defeating Seneca Valley’s Marshall Adamson during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team championship semifinal at Norwin High School on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Waynesburg, Canon-McMillan could collide again
Looking at the pairings for the PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament, there is a decent chance that WPIAL champion Waynesburg and Section 4 rival Canon-McMillan could meet in the semifinals.

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Ligonier Valley wrestlers, from left, Josh Harbert and Ryan Harbert pose with their dad, Brent Harbert, a Rams assistant coach, on Jan. 28, 2020, at Ligonier Valley.
Harbert brothers aim high for Ligonier Valley wrestling team
When Ligonier Valley freshman Josh Harbert and sophomore Ryan Harbert need advice on how to improve their wrestling skills, they don’t have to look far.

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Feb. 4, 2020
Class AAA

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Canon-McMillan’s Tanner Rohaley wrestles Seneca Valley’s Aidan Hayes during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship semifinals at Norwin on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Feb. 4, 2020
Class AAA

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Ligonier Valley boys advance to Heritage championship with win over Penns Manor
February 3, 2020
Ligonier Valley sophomore Matthew Marinchak had a quiet first half Monday in a Heritage Conference semifinal game against Penns Manor.

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New Heritage Conference member Cambria Heights takes on Ligonier Valley in a 2017 game.
Cambria Heights to replace Ligonier Valley in Heritage Conference
Heritage Conference president Jody Rainey announced on Monday that the conference voted to approve Cambria Heights as its new member to replace Ligonier Valley, which left for the WPIAL.

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Waynesburg’s Eli Makel celebrates after defeating Seneca Valley’s Marshall Adamson during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team championship semifinal at Norwin High School on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
No. 1 Waynesburg rallies to win WPIAL Class AAA wrestling title in 31 years
February 1, 2020
Waynesburg found itself in an unfamiliar position in the finals of the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team championship.

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Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento dribbles around Penn-Trafford defender Silas Koscho (2) on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Penn-Trafford High School.
No. 1 Fox Chapel pulls away to dump Penn-Trafford
January 31, 2020
There is a reason Fox Chapel is ranked No. 1 in Class 6A.

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Hempfield’s Tyler Linsenbigler (right), shown wrestling Latrobe’s Ricky Armstrong, said a pair of December losses helped the Spartans realize they weren’t working hard enough.
Once ‘overrated’ and ‘out of shape,’ Hempfield wrestlers march into WPIAL semifinals
When the Hempfield wrestling team was rated No. 1 early in the season, coach Tommy Dolde felt his team didn’t earn such a high praise.

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Ligonier Valley’s Mike Marinchak during practice in the school gym, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
Ligonier Valley boys basketball rebounds from poor start
January 30, 2020
If you witnessed Ligonier Valley’s boys basketball game against Nazareth Prep, you probably walked away thinking it was going to be a long season for the Rams.

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Hempfield’s Nolan Daerr wrestles atop Kiski Area’s Vince Lapiana in the 138-pound weight class Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in WPIAL wrestling at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield rolls over Kiski Area to reach WPIAL wrestling semifinals
January 29, 2020
Hempfield didn’t look sharp in its first match Wednesday in the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell tries to pick up back points on Hempfield’s Derek Choby during a Dec. 18, 2019 dual meet.
Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Latrobe collects medals at West Branch
January 28, 2020
It was another successful tournament for Latrobe, which earned a fourth-place finish at the West Branch Ultimate Warrior tournament.

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Norwin wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine celebrates his 250th career win after the Knights defeated West Mifflin on Jan. 27, 2020, at Canon-McMillan.
Norwin’s Vince DeAugustine reaches coaching milestone
The Norwin wrestling team presented coach Vince DeAugustine a couple of banners following Monday’s match against West Mifflin.

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Seneca Valley’s Chanz Shearer looks to pin Caden Stout from St. Clairsville (Ohio) during the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27, 2019.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 28, 2020
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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Jan. 28, 2020
Class AAA

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer tries to escape from a hold held by Trinity’s Drew Cain. Blumer pinned Cain in 2:51 of their Round of 32 match at the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27, 2019.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 28, 2020
Class AAA

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Norwin, Franklin Regional, Pine-Richland, Chartiers Valley move on in WPIAL wrestling playoffs
January 27, 2020
Norwin didn’t have a good Section 1-3A wrestling tournament on Jan. 22, losing twice and finishing fourth.

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Latrobe’s Michael Noonan (3) goes for a rebound against Penn-Trafford Jan. 24, 2020 at Penn-Trafford.
Latrobe knocks off Penn-Trafford again
January 24, 2020
It hasn’t been a great season for the Latrobe boys basketball team.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt pins Elizabeth Forward’s Rick Prokop at 138 pounds during their Section 3-AA final match Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Elizabeth Forward High School.
Waynesburg, Burrell get top seeds in WPIAL wrestling team tournaments
January 23, 2020
The WPIAL wrestling committee rewarded excellence and history when deciding the pairings for the team tournament.

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Hempfield’s Justin Cramer wrestles Kiski Area’s Brayden Rascosky in the 195 weight class final Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in the Section 1-AAA wrestling tournament at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield defeats Kiski Area for section wrestling title
January 22, 2020
Hempfield needed a stopper when Kiski Area jumped out to a quick lead in the WPIAL Class AAA Section 1 title match on Wednesday.

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Knoch boys basketball team stays calm, defeats Mt. Pleasant
January 21, 2020
When Knoch struggled to make a 3-pointer in the first quarter against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, there was no panic from the Knights.

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Hempfield wrestlers and coaches cheer on their team during a dual meet with Greensburg Salem. Hempfield could meet Kiski Area in the section tournament finals.
Wrestling notebook: Key matches possible in section tournaments
Some potentially interesting matchups could be in store at the WPIAL Class AAA and Class AA section team tournaments.

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Greensburg Salem’s Trent Patrick struggles against Hempfield’s Justin Cramer in a dual meet this season.
‘Spartanhawks’ Ethan Berginc, Justin Cramer fitting in with Hempfield wrestling team
When the Jeannette School District decided to disband its wrestling program three years ago and enter into a co-op with Hempfield, junior Ethan Berginc and senior Justin Cramer didn’t have a choice if they wanted to continue the sport they loved.

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Trib HSSN PIAA team wrestling rankings for Jan. 21, 2020
Class AAA

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest and Waynesburg’s Mac Church tumble at the edge of the mat in the 106-pound final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 21, 2020
Class AAA

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South Park’s Joey Fischer, the top-ranked wrestler in Class AA at 120 pounds, controls North Allegheny’s Dylan Coy at the 2020 Allegheny County tournament.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 21, 2020
Class AAA

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon wrestles Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps in the 126 class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Franklin Regional wrestling again features strong lineup of lightweights
January 18, 2020
When the Franklin Regional wrestling team was winning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles earlier this decade, the Panthers featured a nearly unbeatable lineup from 106 to 160 pounds.

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Jackson Pruitt led Jeannette with 12 points Friday night.
Jeannette holds on to beat Brentwood, run winning streak to 8
January 17, 2020
Two streaks continued Friday night at Jeannette.

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Hempfield wrestlers and coaches cheer on their team as they gain points on Greensburg-Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at Greensburg-Salem High School.
Hempfield wrestling puts it all together in rout of rival Greensburg Salem
January 15, 2020
Hempfield wrestling coach Tommy Dolde couldn’t ask for a better performance from his Spartans heading into the WPIAL Class AAA Section 1 tournament Jan. 22.

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Marcus McCarthy’s clutch free throws help Hempfield boys end skid vs. Latrobe
January 14, 2020
It has been a while since the Hempfield boys basketball team has beaten Latrobe. It has been even longer since the Spartans won at Latrobe.

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Hempfield’s Isaiah Vance squares off in neutral against Cole Deery of Malvern Prep in the 285-pound final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Hempfield heavyweight Isaiah Vance making quick work of foes
Hempfield Area junior heavyweight Isaiah Vance didn’t break a record, at least nationally, when he recorded a five-second pin against Woodland Hills heavyweight Michael Ewart last week.

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Kiski’s Jared Curcio battles in neutral against Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen in the 182 class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
With emergence of Ryan Weinzen, John Altieri, Norwin wrestling wins triple crown
Norwin did something at the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament that it hadn’t done since 1975. The Knights crowned three champions in the same season.

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Jan. 14, 2020
Class AAA

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Hempfield’s Justin Cramer works to defeat Franklin Regional’s Anthony Alesi at 195 pounds during the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 14, 2020
Class AAA

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Burgettstown’s Riley Kemper (right) is the top-ranked heavyweight in Class AA.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 14, 2020
Class AAA

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Shaler’s Tyler Beighley (24) competes against Franklin Regional on Jan. 10, 2020 at Franklin Regional.
Mekhi Reynolds stars for Shaler in win over Franklin Regional
January 10, 2020
Shaler basketball coach Rob Niederberger feels Mekhi Reynolds is one of the better players in the WPIAL.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley’s Garver, Southmoreland’s Miller sign with RMU softball
Robert Morris University recently announced the signing of seven students to softball scholarships. Among the group are two student-athletes from Westmoreland County.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Patrick Brewer signs a letter of intent to run track at Cornell.
GCC’s Patrick Brewer chooses Cornell, plans to compete in decathlon
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Patrick Brewer will be wearing red on his uniform this fall.

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Latrobe’s Enzo Angelicchio wrestles Greensburg Salem’s Nico Williams in the 126 pound weight class on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe tops Greensburg Salem, closes in on spot in WPIAL team tournament
January 8, 2020
Latrobe will be headed back to the WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tournament as long as it takes care of business.

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Greensburg Salem wrestler Riley Stoner is supported by head coach Randy Parsley before being introduced in a dual meet against Latrobe on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem’s Stoner has her eye on another state title
Greensburg Salem senior Riley Stoner was in an unfamiliar spot Wednesday night.

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Latrobe’s Nate Roth is the winner over Kiski Area’s Dom Giordano in the 120-pound final Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at Kiski Area High School.
Latrobe gets lift from freshmen wrestlers
January 7, 2020
Latrobe wrestling coach Mike Ciotti wasn’t surprised his team was leading the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament after first day of action.

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Gerrit Nijenhuis is one of four Canon-McMillan wrestlers who won championships at the Tri-County Athletic Directors Association tournament last weekend.
Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Mt. Pleasant to host junior high tournament
The annual Westmoreland County Junior High wrestling tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Pleasant.

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North Hills’ Sam Hillegas is the top-ranked Class AAA wrestler in the WPIAL at 132 pounds.
Trib HSSN individual WPIAL wrestling rankings for Jan. 7, 2020
Individual wrestling rankings

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North Allegheny’s Bobby Snyder and North Hills’ Ethan Mikovitzn compete Dec. 18, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 7, 2020
2019 TEAM RANKINGS

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Trib HSSN state wrestling rankings for Jan. 7, 2020
STATE TEAM RANKINGS

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Kranitz pin secures win as Norwin wrestling edges Franklin Regional
January 6, 2020
Almost everyone in the gym Monday night would have loved to see a rematch between Norwin senior wrestler Kurtis Phipps and Franklin Regional sophomore Finn Solomon.

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Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr celebrates a defeat on opponent Chase Kranitz of Norwin in the 152-pound final during the 67th Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area wrestling wins 5th consecutive county title
January 4, 2020
Kiski Area’s wrestling dynasty continued to grow Saturday at the 67th Annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps receives his medal for winning the 126-pound weight class at the 67th Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament.
2nd WCCA wrestling championship includes a 1st for Norwin’s Phipps
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps never had a defensive pin before Saturday’s finals at the 67th Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament.

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Phipps gets back on mat
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps was back on the mats at the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament after being injured in the finals at the Powerade tournament the week before.

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Franklin Regional wrestler Carter Dibert not pleased with second-place finish at Powerade
Franklin Regional junior Carter Dibert wasn’t in a good mood after his match in the Powerade finals.

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Hempfield’s Justin Cramer works to defeat Franklin Regional’s Anthony Alesi at 195 pounds during the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
5 facts from the WCCA wrestling tournament
The 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament will conclude on Saturday at Kiski Area. Here are five interesting facts heading into the final day of competition.

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Latrobe’s Micah Piper works to defeat Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern at 182 pounds during the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Latrobe wrestling leads WCCA after first day
January 3, 2020
Latrobe sophomore Micah Piper told his coach, Mike Ciotti, he was going to beat the 182-pound No. 2 seed before the start of the 67th Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament Friday.

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Burrell’s Richard Feroce works to pin Hempfield’s Coby Stepanik at 195 pounds during the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Burrell’s unseeded Christie earns berth in WCCA wrestling semifinals
Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields missed the opening night of the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament Friday because he and his wife Kylie welcomed the birth of their new son, Laker James, late in the afternoon.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell rises up with excitement after defeating Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon in the 132 class final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell, Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer to miss WCCA wrestling tournament
January 2, 2020
The Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament this weekend will be missing two prominent wrestlers.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is slammed to the mat by opponent Nic Bouzakis of Wyoming Seminary in the 126 pound final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School. The slam was deemed illegal, the match stopped due to concussion risk and given to Phipps.
Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps happy with win, but not DQ finish, at Powerade
December 31, 2019
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps was locked in a tight battle with Wyoming Seminary sophomore Nic Bouzakis in the 126-pound final Saturday at Powerade Tournament.

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Dec. 31, 2019
STATE TEAM RANKINGS

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer beats Burrell’s Austin Mele in the 160-pound weight class during last year’s WCCA wrestling tournament.
Another stern test awaits wrestlers at WCCA meet this weekend
It’s a busy and hectic time of the year for high school wrestlers.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis is introduced before the finals at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Dec. 31, 2019
WPIAL TEAM RANKINGS

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Latrobe’s Willochell pulls stunner, wins Powerade wrestling title
December 28, 2019
Gabe Willochell has a funky style to his wrestling.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps has his hand raised after winning a Powerade title last season.
Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps ready to defend Powerade titles
December 24, 2019
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps didn’t have a usual summer wrestling in different major tournaments. He couldn’t.

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Returning state champ Thayne Lawrence of Frazier has been out with an injury.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Waynesburg takes over top spot in rankings
It was quite a week in the WPIAL and for the Waynesburg wrestling program.

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Waynesburg’s Darnell Johnson pins Hempfield’s Daniel Beck at 182 pounds during their WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal last season.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Dec. 24, 2019
Class AAA

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Dec. 24, 2019
Class AAA

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Dec. 17, 2019
December 17, 2019
Class AAA

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Greater Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell wrestles Nazareth’s Drew Clearie in the 132-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Top teams set to square off at Kiski Area
Four of the top five Class AAA wrestling teams in the WPIAL will square off Friday at Kiski Area. 

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Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields talks to his team during a practice on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Dec. 17, 2019
Class AAA

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Greensburg Salem senior John Meyers is a member of the 2019-20 wrestling team.
Greensburg Salem wrestler John Meyers ready to tackle heavy hitters at 220
Greensburg Salem senior John Meyers is gambling on his ability.

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Jeannette’s Justin Cramer participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Tribune-Review Westmoreland football all-star team
December 14, 2019
Here are the members of the 2019 Tribune-Review Westmoreland football all-star team.

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Derry’s Justin Huss celebrates a Mt. Pleasant turnover during the fourth quarter Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Derry’s Justin Huss named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Football Player of the Year
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Defending state champ Dayton Pitzer of Mt. Pleasant (top) is out with an injury at the start of this season.
Wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley set for family reunion at Delaware tournament
December 10, 2019
When the Greensburg Salem wrestling team goes to the Milford (Del.) Invitational on Saturday, it will be a special time for the Parsley family.

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Dec. 10, 2019
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Norwin’s Tyler Bilinsky drives to the basket against Baldwin’s Connor Gitzen (35) and Dorien Ford Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at Franklin Regional High School.
Norwin boys go to 3-0 with win over Baldwin
December 9, 2019
Norwin basketball coach Buddy Valinsky couldn’t ask for a better start to the 2019-20 season.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert picks up back points against Gateway’s Evan Whiteside in 126-pound at the Eastern Area Wrestling Invitational at Gateway High School. Dibert won by a 17-1 technical fall.
Franklin Regional wrestler Dibert ready to defend state title
December 7, 2019
Franklin Regional junior Carter Dibert knows winning another PIAA wrestling title won’t be easy, but he’s ready to tackle the challenge.

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Nazareth Prep boys roll over Ligonier Valley with strong second half
December 6, 2019
This wasn’t how Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach John Berger envisioned the season-opener.

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Ligonier Valley players march across the field in their traditional postgame salute to the crowd following a loss to Richland in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game Nov. 15, 2019.
Ligonier Valley officially welcomed back to WPIAL
December 4, 2019
It’s official. Ligonier Valley has returned to the WPIAL after spending the past 50 years in District 6.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nick Loughner lets teammate Noah Gnibus practice takedowns during wrestling practice on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant puts pieces in place to take a run at Burrell in WPIAL Class AA wrestling
It’s been 13 years since a team other than Burrell as captured a WPIAL Class AA team title.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer celebrates after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship at the state meet last season.
WPIAL Class AA wrestlers to watch
Top returning Class AA wrestlers

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Titusville’s Hunter Thompson at the state tournament last season.
WPIAL Class AA preseason team wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AA preseason team rankings

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc works for a takedown on Briar Priest during practice Dec. 2, 2019, at Hempfield.
Hempfield wrestling team shooting for top spot in WPIAL Class AAA
December 3, 2019
Hempfield Area wrestling coach Tommy Dolde isn’t keen on rankings, especially when his team is the one ranked No. 1 in the preseason.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon celebrates after winning his second state title.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers to watch
Top wrestlers returning

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis has his hand raised after winning the PIAA 170-pound Class AAA championship last season.
Important dates for the 2019-20 high school wrestling season
2019-20 Important Dates

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Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler pulls Waynesburg’s Nate Kirby into the middle of the mat during a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal match last season.
WPIAL Class AAA preseason team wrestling rankings: Hempfield lineup loaded
2019 team rankings

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Returning players for the 2019 Ligonier Valley girls basketball team include, from left, Haley Boyd, Kaelyn Adams and Carol Woods.
Rebuilding Ligonier Valley girls hope to ‘learn how to compete’
December 2, 2019
There was a reason that Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach Tim Gustin scheduled Punxsutawney for his team’s first preseason scrimmage.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak practices Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
Quick Ligonier Valley boys look to make a run to another district title
You won’t see Ligonier Valley police chief John Berger handling out any speeding tickets in the Ligonier Valley High School gymnasium this winter.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson crosses the finish line to win the boys WPIAL Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Anderson, Cochran headed to Foot Locker Championship
December 1, 2019
Another big cross country meet, another big win for Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson.

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Jeannette’s Jada Bass drives for a layup as Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bella Skatell (22) defends on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 in girls’ basketball at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
For Jeannette girls basketball, ‘It starts with believing’
November 24, 2019
Jeannette girls basketball coach Jonathan Bass has high expectations for his team.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt works on a shooting drill during practice Nov. 21, 2019, at Jeannette.
Jeannette boys basketball plans to contend in Class 2A
Midway through last season, the Jeannette boys basketball team was mired in a three-game Section 2-2A losing streak.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell struggles under North Hills’ Sam Hillegas in the 132-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Rule allows multiple wrestlers to compete at same weight class
The high school wrestling season kicks off Dec. 6 with a few rule changes.

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Bishop Carroll, Heritage Conference reach agreement
November 23, 2019
With Ligonier Valley on the verge of moving to the WPIAL, pending PIAA approval, the Heritage Conference and Bishop Carroll have come to a two-year agreement in football.

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McKeesport’s Jhayla Bray drives against Greensburg Salem’s Abby Mankins during a WPIAL playoff game Feb. 18, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Young Greensburg Salem girls basketball looks for playoff return
November 22, 2019
To reach the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs for the second consecutive season, third-year coach Rick Klimchock must find a scoring punch.

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Seniors Ryan Thomas (left) and Dante Parsons during basketball practice at Greensburg Salem High School, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.
Greensburg Salem boys out to surprise opponents
A late-season losing streak of seven games derailed plans of a second consecutive WPIAL playoff appearance for the Greensburg Salem boys basketball team.

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Greater Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell wrestles Nazareth’s Drew Clearie in the 132-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe wrestler Gabe Willochell signs with Edinboro
November 21, 2019
Latrobe senior Gabe Willochell was one of six wrestlers to sign letters of intent to attend Edinboro.

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Clairton players celebrate with fans in the stands after defeating Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Clairton conquers Sto-Rox to win 14th WPIAL championship
November 16, 2019
It’s a good bet, in recent years, that if Clairton reaches the WPIAL championship game, it’s going to win.

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Ligonier Valley running back Kyrie Miller (29) looks for running room behind the blocking of guard Mike Petrof (54) during the first quarter against Richland in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Ligonier Valley trails 14-0 at halftime.
Richland again takes down Ligonier Valley in District 6 title game
November 15, 2019
ALTOONA — This is not how the Ligonier Valley football team wanted its final game in District 6 to end.

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Ligonier Valley’s John Beard looks for running room between Bellwood-Antis defenders Joe Dorminy (44) and Nick Plank (38) during a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 21-20 to advance to the District 6 championship game.
Beard is unsung hero for Ligonier Valley football team
November 14, 2019
One player who sometimes gets overlooked on the Ligonier Valley football team is senior John Beard.

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Ligonier Valley honors military veterans as they take the field for their PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game with Bellwood-Antis on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier.
District 6 Class 2A football finals primer: Ligonier Valley vs. Richland
PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship

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Ligonier Valley quarterback Sam Sheeder keeps the ball and eludes Bellwood-Antis defender Lincoln Boyer (34) for an 11-yard gain during a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 21-20 to advance to the District 6 championship game.
Ligonier Valley defense to be tested by No. 1 Richland, WR Caleb Burke in District 6 title game
November 13, 2019
If Ligonier Valley wants to capture its third District 6 Class 2A football championship, containing Richland senior wide receiver Caleb Burke will be paramount.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller is brought down by Bellwood-Antis defender Joe Dorminy after he gains 47 yards to the 5 yard line on a pass reception during the fourth quarter of a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 21-20 to advance to the District 6 championship game.
Ligonier Valley to play Richland for District 6 title
November 11, 2019
The District 6 Class 2A championship game between No. 1 seed Richland (11-0) and No. 2 Ligonier Valley (12-0) will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Mansion Park in Altoona.

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Penn-Trafford’s Sam Fanelli (21) rushes the ball against Upper St. Clair during their game at West Mifflin High School on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Ethan Carr drives Penn-Trafford past Upper St. Clair, into WPIAL semifinals
November 8, 2019
Penn-Trafford junior Ethan Carr is a game changer.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel talks with his team in the locker room before their game against Northern Cambria Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Ligonier.
District 6 approves Ligonier Valley’s request to leave for WPIAL
November 7, 2019
Ligonier Valley is another step closer to joining the WPIAL.

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Penn Trafford’s Sam Fanelli steps through the tackle attempt by McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs earlier this season.
With Sam Fanelli back in action, Penn-Trafford loaded up for meeting with Upper St. Clair
November 6, 2019
Penn-Trafford and Upper St. Clair don’t exactly have a storied rivalry.

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Dylan Schmidt
Westmoreland County high school football players to watch for Week 11
Dylan Schmidt

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo (yellow ribbon) congratules sister Jolene at the PIAA cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Hershey.
Riverview places 2nd at PIAA Class A cross country meet
November 2, 2019
HERSHEY — Jenkintown came into the PIAA Class A boys cross country championships as the heavy favorite to win the team title.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson leads trio of area cross country state champions
HERSHEY — Mount Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson said it’s not easy to win back-to-back cross country titles.

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Blackhawk’s Marques Watson-Trent (23) stiff-arms Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt (26) during their game at Blackhawk High School on Nov. 1, 2019.
Blackhawk advances to semifinals, denies Greensburg Salem win No. 700
November 1, 2019
Victory No. 700 will have to wait for the Greensburg Salem football team.

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Norwin’s Jake Tarosky rounds a corner at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country championships on Oct. 9, 2019.
Norwin cross country falls just short of team goal
Norwin cross country coach Brian Fleckenstein knew it would take a great effort from his boys team to qualify for the PIAA cross country championship Nov. 2.

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Norwin runner Jubert looking to make up for injury-plagued season at states
October 31, 2019
Norwin junior Alex Jubert missed much of the 2019 cross country season recovering from injuries.

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Seniors on the Greensburg Salem football team celebrate the program’s 699th victory last week after defeating Indiana at Offutt Field.
Greensburg Salem chasing history, playoff win against Blackhawk
October 30, 2019
It’s been a while since Greensburg Salem won a WPIAL playoff game.

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Derry’s Justin Huss returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch for first week of WPIAL playoffs
Anthony Bonacci

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Greensburg-Salem’s Cavan Trout tackles South Fayette ball carrier Andrew Franklin on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.
Greensburg Salem trying to make history as WPIAL football playoff brackets revealed
October 28, 2019
Greensburg Salem football coach Dave Keefer said he couldn’t write a better script for his football team’s first-round game.

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Fans enter Weller Field before kickoff between West Shamokin and Ligonier Valley during WPIAL football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Weller Field in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley finishes 2nd in D6 football rankings
October 27, 2019
The final PIAA District 6 football rankings were released, and Ligonier Valley (10-0) is seeded second behind returning Class 2A champion Richland.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt scores during the second quarter against OLSH Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Moon Area High School.
Westmoreland football notebook: Jeannette’s Pruitt released from hospital
October 26, 2019
Jeannette senior Jackson Pruitt, who suffered a head injury during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game at Clairton and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, was released and at home resting early Saturday.

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Jeannette’s James Sanders (12) looks to pass the ball during their game against Clairton on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.
Clairton gets stingy, knocks off No. 1 Jeannette
October 25, 2019
High school football is a game of swings, just ask No. 1 Jeannette.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo crosses the finish line to win the girls WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Brownsville’s Quarzo sisters celebrate, Moon’s Mia Cochran pulls off shocker at WPIAL cross country meet
October 24, 2019
Gionna Quarzo of Brownsville has made her name on the track.

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Greensburg Salem’s Jamie Tanto runs to the finish line during the WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University. Tanto finsihed the race in eighth place to lead the Lions to a second place team finish.
Greensburg Salem sees girls team, 2 boys qualify for states at WPIAL cross country meet
Greensburg Salem cross country coach Nathan Snider couldn’t ask for a better effort from his girls team Thursday at the WPIAL championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Greensburg Central Catholic won the Class AA girls title at the PIAA team golf championships Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. From left, Madi Pisula, Olivia Kana, Abby Lint, Angelika Dewicki, Meghan Zambruno, Ella Zambruno, Haley Morgan and coach Gerry Police.
Greensburg CC, Fox Chapel, Sewickley Academy win PIAA team golf titles
October 23, 2019
YORK — Is a three-peat in order for the Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team?

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Clairton’s Dontae Sanders celebrates his touchdown during a game against West Greene on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Clairton.
Jeannette, Clairton to battle for Eastern Conference title, top seed in WPIAL playoffs
The Gardner Point System used by the WPIAL to settle tiebreakers for playoff berths and positioning makes football fans, players and coaches cringe.

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Franklin Regional’s Brandon Zanotto (5) returned from injury last week.
Westmoreland County don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
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Jeannette’s Imani Sanders is a member of the 2019 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 9
Pete Billey

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Riverside coach Bob Nathan puts the gold medal on Skyler Fox after Fox won the PIAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in York.
Riverside’s Skyler Fox wins 1st PIAA golf title
October 22, 2019
YORK — Riverside senior Skyler Fox always has played well in the PIAA Class AA golf championship, but he always came up short.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno connects on her tee shot on Hole 13 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
GCC’s Meghan Zambruno, Riverside’s Skyler Fox atop leaderboard at PIAA golf championship.
October 21, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Meghan Zambruno and Riverside senior Skyler Fox sit atop the leaderboard at the PIAA golf ghampionships after Monday’s opening round.

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel watches from the sidelines against West Shamokin during a Heritage Conference game football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley drops to third in latest District 6 football rankings
October 20, 2019
Despite another easy win in the PIAA District 6 Heritage Conference, Ligonier Valley dropped a spot in the football rankings in Class 2A.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar enters the PIAA tournament as the reigning WPIAL Class AAA champion.
Five things to watch from WPIAL golfers at the PIAA championships
The PIAA golf championships will take place Monday through Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

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Ligonier Valley’s football team and all of its other sports teams might be playing regularly against WPIAL competition next season.
Several steps required for Ligonier Valley to move from District 6 to WPIAL
October 19, 2019
The Ligonier Valley football team probably played its final game in the PIAA District 6 Heritage Conference on Friday.

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McKeesport’s Devari Robinson hands off to ball carrier Tyron Adams-Wagner (3) while on the offense against Franklin Regional in WPIAL football on Friday night, Oct. 18, 2019 at Franklin Regional Senior High School.
McKeesport rushes past Franklin Regional
October 18, 2019
McKeesport football coach Matt Miller will be rooting for Franklin Regional next week.

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Bethel Park’s Emily Carter gets a hug from an opponent at the TriState XC meet Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.
Anderson, Carter smash records at Tri-State cross country meet
October 17, 2019
When the WPIAL holds its cross country championships on Oct. 23 at Cal (Pa.), the favorites to win the Class AAA boys and girls races are Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson and Bethel Park junior Emily Carter.

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Greensburg Salem’s Ryan Thomas is a member of the 2019 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 8
October 16, 2019
Trevor Brncic

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Franklin Regional’s Colton Johns is tackled by Gateway defense on an attempted down during WPIAL football on Friday night, Oct. 4, 2019 at Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville.
Big East title remains possibility for Franklin Regional, McKeesport
Franklin Regional and McKeesport have secured spots in the upcoming WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar chips onto the green on Hole 13 during the PIAA West Region golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
WPIAL golf champs survive regional, advance to state tournament
October 15, 2019
There were no trophies handed out at the PIAA West Region Golf Championships on Tuesday at the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort’s Tom’s Run course in Blairsville.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ella Zambruno chips onto the green on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
5 things to watch at the PIAA regional golf tournament
October 14, 2019
The PIAA Class AAA and AA West Regional Golf Championship will take place Tuesday at the Chestnut Ridge Resort’s Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller runs the ball against West Shamokin on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley votes to return to WPIAL after 50-year absence
Ligonier Valley’s school board voted Monday night to return to the WPIAL in all sports in 2020-21, according to board president Irvin Tantlinger. It was a unanimous vote.

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Ligonier Valley’s Mike Petrof makes a tackle on West Shamokin quarterback Bo Swartz during District 6 football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley stays in 2nd in PIAA District 6 football rankings
Ligonier Valley and Saltsburg still sit close to the top of the PIAA District 6 football rankings after big wins on Friday.

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Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns Friday against Connellsville.
Little guys having big seasons in Westmoreland County football
October 12, 2019
You don’t have to be the biggest guy on your football team to shine on Friday nights.

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Jeannette’s Imani Sanders (3) picks up 7 yards early in the first quarter against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Carbon.
Imani Sanders, Jeannette run over GCC
October 11, 2019
Imani Sanders had one of those games players dreams of.

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Penn-Trafford’s Joseph Whipkey, left, competes side-by-side with Franklin Regional’s Carson Yohe, right, in the boys’ varsity race during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s cross country championships on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at the cross country course located at Westmoreland County Community College’s campus.
Penn-Trafford runners gain experience at annual WCCA meet
Penn-Trafford cross country coach Paul Conrad knew is teams would be outgunned at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet last Wednesday at Westmoreland County Community College.

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Norwin’s Jake Tarosky reacts after crossing the finish line first overall in the boys’ varsity race during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s cross country championships on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at the cross country course located at Westmoreland County Community College’s campus.
Norwin cross country teams send 5 to WCCA medals stand
The Norwin boys cross country team turned in an impressive performance at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet last week.

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Penn-Trafford’s Joseph Whipkey, left, competes side-by-side with Franklin Regional’s Carson Yohe, right, in the boys’ varsity race during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s cross country championships on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at the cross country course located at Westmoreland County Community College’s campus.
Young Franklin Regional cross country teams each take 6th at WCCA meet
Sophomore Mia Tarantini was the only Franklin Regional cross country runner to earn a medal last Wednesday at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet at Westmoreland County Community College.

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Norwin’s Jacob Tarosky (top) and Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer cross the finish line to win their races at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet.
GCC’s Corinn Brewer, Norwin’s Jacob Tarosky capture WCCA cross country titles
October 9, 2019
Corinn Brewer’s gameplan for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet at Westmoreland County Community College on Wednesday was to run fast.

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose - Trib HSSN preseason Kennywood Top 25 football team
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 7
David Altimore

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s David Altimore (2) throws a pass late in the game against Clairton on Sept. 6, 2019, at GCC.
Greensburg Central Catholic hopes to stop top-ranked Jeannette in Eastern Conference clash
Do you know Greensburg Central Catholic is quietly having an excellent season under first-year coach Bret Colbert?

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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.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brewer looking for personal record
October 8, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Corinn Brewer changed her approach this season.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel watches from the sidelines against West Shamokin during WPIAL football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley makes a leap in District 6 football rankings
October 6, 2019
Ligonier Valley and Saltsburg made leaps in the PIAA District 6 football rankings after big wins Friday.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nick Loughner rushed for 148 yards and scored two touchdowns in a key victory against Burrell.
Westmoreland football notebook: Mt. Pleasant back in Big East race
October 5, 2019
If Mt. Pleasant qualifies for the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs this season, then the Vikings may look back at Jake Johnson and a clutch play he lobbied for during the third quarter of Friday’s game against Burrell.

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Dominant Ligonier Valley clinches fourth straight conference title
October 4, 2019
Pretty, it wasn’t.

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger accepts her gold medal after winning the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Quaker Valley freshman edges Greensburg Central Catholic twins for WPIAL golf title
October 2, 2019
It was an unusual day at the WPIAL Class AAA and AA girls golf championships Wednesday at Diamond Run Golf Club in Sewickley.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt is competing for the 2019 Jayhawks.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 6
Larry Callaway

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Quarterback Trevor Brncic and Franklin Regional will look to knock off No. 3 Gateway on Friday.
Franklin Regional looking to slow down Gateway in Big East Conference showdown
Maybe it was good Franklin Regional couldn’t find an opponent to replace Albert Gallatin on the 2019 schedule.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno chips onto the green on Hole 9 during the WPIAL team golf championships Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver.
5 WPIAL Class AAA/AA girls individual golf championship storylines
October 1, 2019
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA girls individual golf championships will be Wednesday at Diamond Run Golf Club in Sewickley.

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Greensburg Central Catholic golfers Ella Zambruno, Meghan Zambruno and Angelika Dewicki will compete in the WPIAL Class AA tournament Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.
Smithco looking for another title; GCC trio hoping to challenge
September 30, 2019
One of the top storylines of the high school golf postseason is North Catholic senior Maddie Smithco trying to become a three-time PIAA champion, equaling a feat Greensburg Central Catholic grad Olivia Zambruno achieved from 2014-16.

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A yard marker is used in the first half of an NCAA college football game between Middle Tennessee and Duke Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Rankings: Class 2A in District 6 is tight
September 29, 2019
The PIAA District 6 football rankings have been posted through Week 5.

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Derry’s Paul Koontz (16) warms up with teammates prior to the start of a game against North Catholic on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
Westmoreland football notebook: Derry continues to roll despite injuries
September 28, 2019
Before the start of the season, Derry’s strength appeared to be the offensive and defensive lines.

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Huss’ run ignites Derry’s comeback victory against Elizabeth Forward
September 27, 2019
It wasn’t looking good for the Derry football team in the third quarter.

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Riverside’s Skyler Fox hits his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Allegheny Country Club.
5 things to watch at the WPIAL Class AA golf championship
September 25, 2019
The WPIAL Class AA golf championship will take place Thursday at Allegheny Country Club.

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Southmoreland coach Dave Keefer said a matchup with McGuffey on Friday will be his team’s toughest test so far.
Competitive fire burns for Southmoreland in battle of unbeatens with McGuffey
Will the coke ovens light up the sky over Alverton on Friday night?

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Mt. Pleasant’s Ian Fasano returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 5
Gabe Dunlap

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Latrobe’s Colten McCutcheon competes against Fox Chapel on Sept. 19, 2019 at Pittsburgh Field Club.
Latrobe golfer Colten McCutcheon survives bad hole to qualify for WPIALs
September 23, 2019
Latrobe senior Colten McCutcheon did something at Monday’s WPIAL Class AAA semifinal that he can luckily laugh about.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel watches from the sidelines against West Shamokin during WPIAL football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
                                Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel and the Rams are 39-1 in the Heritage Conference in the past five seasons.
Ligonier Valley football keeps marching on
September 21, 2019
If you attend a Ligonier Valley football practice during the week, you might be surprised to hear music blaring for the entire session.

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Derry’s Tanner Nicely is taken down by North Catholic’s Joey Prentice during a game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
North Catholic holds on for victory over Derry
September 20, 2019
Derry football coach Tim Sweeney wasn’t very talkative after Friday’s WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference showdown against No. 4 North Catholic.

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United forfeits a second football game
September 19, 2019
The 2019 football season at United High School hasn’t gone as expected.

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The Ligonier Valley golf team won the Heritage Conference championship Wednesday. Team members are, first row from left, Haley Boyd, Lauren Brant, Maddy Pierce, Kendra Pecora and Ava Adams. Back row, from left, Jon Rankin, Logan Smith, Allison DeStefano (Champion Lakes owner), Ryan Jones, Ryan Harbert and Gunnar Elliott.
Ligonier Valley boys, girls golf teams having strong seasons
Football isn’t the only team having a good fall at Ligonier Valley.

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Franklin Regional’s Justin Johns returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 4
September 18, 2019
Justin Johns

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Derry’s Justin Huss celebrates a Mount Pleasant turnover during the fourth quarter Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
North Catholic remembers the disappointment after loss to Derry
The phrase “One More” is ingrained into the minds of coach Pat O’Shea’s North Catholic football players.

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Jeannette head coach Roy Hall participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Jeannette coach Hall reaches milestone
September 14, 2019
It was a special night for Jeannette football coach Roy Hall on Friday.

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Ligonier Valley football coaches check their phones in the locker room while the players’ phones sit collected on a wall during practice Aug. 28, 2019.
Electronics not a significant factor contributing to dwindling high school football rosters
Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel recognizes that the modern high school football player is going to spend hours each day looking at a cell phone or tablet. Beitel tries to use that trend to his advantage.

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Derry’s Justin Huss eludes Mount Pleasant’s Pete Billey (32) and Ian Fasano during the first quarter Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Derry rushes by Mt. Pleasant
September 13, 2019
For fans who like old-fashioned smash-mouth football, Derry Trojans Stadium was the place to be Friday night.

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Latrobe senior Jarred Stein watches his drive on Hole 18 during the WCCA boys golf tournament Thursday, Sept.12, 2019, at Latrobe Elks Golf Club.
Stein gives Latrobe boys golf another WCCA championships
September 12, 2019
Another scorecard playoff was needed to decide the winner of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association boys golf championship Thursday at Latrobe Elks Golf Club.

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Ligonier Valley’s John Beard returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 3
September 11, 2019
John Beard

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Derry’s Paul Koontz has completed 21 of 35 passes for 266 yards this season.
Rivals Derry, Mt. Pleasant ready to battle for 1st place in Class 3A Big East
When Tim Sweeney took over the Derry football program after the 2013 season, he inherited a team that was at the lowest of lows.

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Greensburg Salem’s Jeffrey Mankins competes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Associations boys golf tournament at the Latrobe Elks Golf Club in Derry Township, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
No clear favorite at WCCA boys golf championship
For the past four seasons, the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s boys golf tournament has been dominated by three of the top amateur golfers in Western Pa.: Brad Pevarnik, Palmer Jackson and Mark Goetz.

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Franklin Regional’s Jake Painter, shown leading his team onto the field last season, spent three days in the ICU and three weeks in the hospital after a car accident over the summer.
Vehicle accident keeping Franklin Regional senior on sidelines
September 7, 2019
Jake Painter was on the sidelines Friday night watching his Franklin Regional teammates defeat Latrobe, 42-21.

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Franklin Regional’s Trevor Brncic (13) is brought down by Latrobe’s Marco Mongelluzzo (23) during their game at Franklin Regional on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
Franklin Regional overcomes special teams gaffes, runs over Latrobe
September 6, 2019
Franklin Regional dominated Friday’s WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference in every phase except special teams.

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Norwin runner Dom Spatolisano competes during an early-season meet in 2018.
Norwin coach calls Red, White and Blue Invitational a good early season test
September 5, 2019
Norwin cross country coach Brian Fleckenstein is looking forward to the Red, White and Blue Invitational on Saturday at Schenley Park.

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Belle Vernon’s Maria Kruppa follows her shot during the WCCA girls golf championship at Champion Lakes.
GCC’s Dewicki captures WCCA girls golf title
September 4, 2019
In the four years of the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s girls golf tournament, a player from Greensburg Central Catholic has won the individual title three times.

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Jeannette No.52 Zach Crutchman
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 2
Isaiah Beltram

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman competes during a 7-on-7 tournament July 20, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Early-season showdown could play major factor in Big Eight Conference
Could Friday’s WPIAL Class 4A Big Eight Conference battle be a preview of the WPIAL championship?

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Ligonier Valley’s Silk to play football at Kiski School
September 2, 2019
Kyle Silk had planned on finishing his high school career at Ligonier Valley.

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Ligonier Valley’s Ethan Boring makes a one-handed catch during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Ligonier.
United forfeits Week 2 game to Ligonier Valley
September 1, 2019
United School District informed Ligonier Valley officials late Saturday the football team will forfeit its Week 2 game Saturday because of a lack of healthy players.

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Penn Trafford’s Ethan Carr reaches for the end zone and the go a head touchdown against Gateway in the fourth quarter Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Penn Trafford High School.
Westmoreland football notebook: Tight connection between P-T coach, Gateway
August 31, 2019
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane was talking to reporters after Friday’s win when Gateway defensive tackle Jacques Taylor asked him why he was on crutches.

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Penn-Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap pitches to Caleb Lisbon against Gateway on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Lisbon, No. 3 Penn-Trafford stun top-ranked Gateway
August 30, 2019
It turned out to be a “painful” victory for Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane.

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Penn-Trafford grad produces Western Pennsylvania football history book
When Rush Pedder was 7 years old, his dad took him to a Penn-Trafford football game he called an experience of a lifetime.

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3 generations of Snider family to take part in cross country invitational
When Cal (Pa.) hosts to the annual Marty Uher Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, the Snider family will be well represented.

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Norwin’s Anthony Giansante returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 1
August 28, 2019
Anthony Giansante

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Gabe Dunlap ran for 132 yards in last week’s opener against Norwin.
Championship contenders Gateway, Penn-Trafford to Battle for the Bell
For whom will the bell chime late Friday night at Warrior Stadium — No. 1 Gateway or No. 3 Penn-Trafford?

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Norwin’s Hayden O’Bryon forces Penn-Trafford quarterback Gabe Dunlap out while he tries to run the ball during WPIAL football on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford’s dynamic duo becoming a trio
August 24, 2019
It was only one game, but a new name is emerging as a potential star on the Penn-Trafford football team.

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Caleb Lisbon leaps to the end zone to score for Penn-Trafford in the third quarter against Norwin during WPIAL football on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford combo of Lisbon, Dunlap, Carr too much for Norwin
August 23, 2019
There weren’t many things that displeased Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane on Friday in his team’s season opener against rival Norwin.

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PIAA upholds District 6 ruling on Ligonier Valley’s Kyle Silk
August 21, 2019
Unless Kyle Silk’s family pursues legal action, his senior football season is over before it started.

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Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week Zero
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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek looks to pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
‘Battle of Route 30’ pits Norwin, Penn-Trafford football teams in Week Zero
When the PIAA expanded to six classifications four years ago and decided to move the start of the playoffs up a week, it also allowed schools to eliminate their second scrimmage and play a game during Week Zero.

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Ligonier Valley’s Ethan Boring makes a one-handed catch during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley looks to maintain level of success in District 6
Ligonier Valley has been one of the best teams from District 6 over the past four seasons.

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Norwin tight end Tanner Krevokuch hauls in a a pass to score points against Penn Trafford in the championship game of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School. Norwin defeated Penn Trafford 24-13.
Krevokuch grows into expanded role in Norwin offense
August 19, 2019
If the Norwin football team hopes to qualify for the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs this season, then the Knights will need a big season from senior quarterback Jack Salopek.

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Derry’s Matt McDowell participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
WPIAL runner-up Derry turns focus to future after special season
August 18, 2019
Derry coach Tim Sweeney doesn’t like to look back. He’s all about the present.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Petrof (left) and Hempfield’s Fintan Brose, both linemen, pose for a portrait at Hempfield Area High School in Hempfield Township, on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019.
Westmoreland County linemen pass ‘the eye test’ in recruiting process
August 17, 2019
Ligonier Valley senior Michael Petrof has a photo of himself standing next to Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

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Franklin Regional’s Brandon Zonotto makes a touchdown catch against Burrell during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Offseason development sparks optimism for Franklin Regional
August 16, 2019
As Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta was evaluating his 2019 team in mid-July, his areas of concern were at the quarterback, wide receiver and secondary positions.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sam Sheeder returns for the 2019 season.
Sam Sheeder excited to return as Ligonier Valley quarterback
Wally Pipp was the New York Yankees starting first baseman in 1925.

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Hempfield’s Blake Remaley throws a pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield players vow to change the program’s culture
August 15, 2019
Hempfield’s football program has produced only two winning seasons over the past 22 years.

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek completes a pass against Greensburg Salem at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Led by Division I QB Salopek, Norwin takes aim at winning season, playoff berth
It has been more than 10 seasons since the Norwin football program had a winning record.

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Ligonier Valley’s Wylie Spiker works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Ligonier.
Heritage Conference football breakdown: Ligonier Valley favored to repeat
August 14, 2019
It was quite a football season for teams from the District 6 Heritage Conference in 2018.

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Clairton’s Brendan Parsons throws during practice Aug. 6, 2019, at Clairton.
WPIAL Class A football breakdown: Clairton, Jeannette among ‘wide open’ field of contenders
There isn’t a clear-cut favorite among WPIAL Class A football teams this fall. Ask any coach who the team is, and they can’t tell you.

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Hempfield’s Nathan Roby makes a catch during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield’s Roby, Perkins ready to carry the load in backfield
August 13, 2019
When Hempfield quarterback Blake Remaley said the offense will have a different look — the Spartans plan to focus on the run game — two players’ eyes lit up.

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Freshman Antonio Clark makes a catch during the first day of practice at McKee Stadium in Jeannette, on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.
Physical play highlights opening of camps for H.S. football teams
August 12, 2019
The sun hadn’t even risen above the horizon Monday morning, and Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta was enthusiastically putting his team through drills.

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Franklin Regionalճ Justin Johns participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Johns looking to lead Franklin Regional football
August 10, 2019
If Justin Johns decides to attend the Air Force Academy, don’t look for the Franklin Regional senior to become the next “Top Gun.”

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Gavin Adams takes part in a blocking drill during practice Aug. 7, 2019, at Derry.
Linemen Malis, Adams ready to lead the way for Derry
August 9, 2019
If the Derry football team wants to challenge for a fourth consecutive WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference title, it will be the guys in the trenches who will pave the way.

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District 6 denies eligibility for Ligonier Valley senior Silk
August 7, 2019
Kyle Silk won’t be playing for the Ligonier Valley football team just yet.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sam Sheeder (9) gains 2 yards before being stopped by Richland’s Lucas Sabol (40) during the fourth quarter of the PIAA District 6 Class 2A Championship game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Richland beat Ligonier Valley 21-12.
Ligonier Valley favored again; Hearing set for QB Silk
August 3, 2019
To no one’s surprise, Ligonier Valley again is the favorite to win the Heritage Conference title.

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Gene Brisbane coaches the Westmoreland County Community College women’s basketball team against Anne Arundel Community College on Saturday Nov. 12, 2016, in Youngwood.
Derry chooses Brisbane as girls basketball coach
August 1, 2019
Derry athletic director Brett Miller was looking for a difference-maker to coach the girls basketball team.

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North Hills’ Sam Hillegas is one of the returning champions for the Powerade Wrestling Tournament, which will include 14 new participating schools in the 54-team field.
Powerade field adds nationally ranked team
July 28, 2019
When Canon-McMillan athletic director and Powerade Tournament director Frank Vulcano announced the 2019 holiday wrestling tournament field in June, he said he was still hoping to add one of the top teams in the country.

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Zach Snyder named Mt. Pleasant wrestling coach
July 16, 2019
Mt. Pleasant has a new wrestling coach. It’s former Hempfield assistant Zach Snyder, who was hired at Monday’s school board meeting.

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Waynesburg’s Welsh, Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon earn All-American honors at Fargo
The Pennsylvania Freestyle wrestling team captured the Cadet National Championship at Fargo, N.D. over the weekend.

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Speedy Luke Meckler has high expectations for 2-time defending champion Pine-Richland
July 15, 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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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 baseball season
July 13, 2019
Winning PIAA championships in baseball is becoming increasingly harder for WPIAL teams.

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose commits to Delaware
July 12, 2019
Fintan Brose didn’t waste any time making a decision about his college future.

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Pitt recruit Dayon Hayes a disruptive force for Westinghouse
July 10, 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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North Allegheny’s Zach Kinne
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 indoor track season
It was a bit of rough ride for WPIAL athletes competing at the Pennsylvania Indoor Track Championships at Penn State on Feb. 24.

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Baldwin’s Dorien Ford ready to produce season of thrills
July 8, 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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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 wrestling season
July 3, 2019
Kiski Area and Burrell again dominated the WPIAL team wrestling tournament this past season.

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Franklin Regional’s Palmer Jackson hits his second shot on Hole 17 during the PIAA West Region Golf Championships Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville.
Palmer Jackson named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Athlete of the Year
June 29, 2019
Franklin Regional senior Palmer Jackson has played some of the top golf courses across the United States.

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose has scholarship offers from 23 Division I schools.
Hempfield’s Fintan Brose gets bigger, stronger
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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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson (left) and North Allegheny’s Daniel McGoey help other from the finish line at the PIAA cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Hershey. Anderson won, and McGoey was third.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 cross country season
June 27, 2019
There is a reason gold is in North Allegheny’s team colors.

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Penn-Trafford’s A.J. Brentzel battles Jersey Shore’s Joe Loffredo during a 171-pound quarterfinal round match of the PIAA class AAA individual wrestling championships in Hershey on March 9, 2007.
Brentzel hired as Penn-Trafford wrestling coach
June 26, 2019
When A.J. Brentzel and his wife, Alicia, attended a Penn-Trafford wrestling match last season, Brentzel told her he really wanted to give back to the program.

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Ligonier Valley wins linemen challenge at Pitt
June 23, 2019
It was quite a day for the Ligonier Valley football team.

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Yough’s Jarret Bach is a Pitt recruit.
Yough’s Bach named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
June 22, 2019
2019 Tribune-Review Westmoreland Baseball All-Stars

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Westmoreland high school notebook: First-time softball champions come up big defensively
June 16, 2019
Penn-Trafford and Frazier softball teams had a lot in common when they won PIAA softball titles on Friday at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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Penn-Trafford’s Emma Armstrong watches her solo home run against Lampeter-Strasburg during the PIAA Class 5A championship game.
Firefighter parade greets state champion Penn-Trafford softball team
June 15, 2019
As the Penn-Trafford girls softball team returned home Friday night after winning their first PIAA title, they were greeted with flashing red lights and sirens as they approached Westmoreland Country Club.

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Frazier’s Kathryn Barch hugs Savannah Berklovich between Logan Hartman and Tori Washinski during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Brandywine Heights Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State University.
Great defensive play gives Frazier softball school’s 1st PIAA team championship
UNIVERSITY PARK — Frazier was in danger of losing the PIAA Class 2A championship game at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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Penn-Trafford seniors hoist the state championship trophy after defeating Lampeter-Strasburg in the PIAA Class 5A final Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State.
Penn-Trafford softball claims school’s first state title
June 14, 2019
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn-Trafford didn’t need any dramatic comebacks in the PIAA Class 5A softball championship game like it did in Tuesday’s semifinals.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Carlee Lamacz celebrates with pitcher Mia Smith after defeating Donegal in their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Mount Aloysius College.
Penn-Trafford softball preps for high-scoring opponent in PIAAs
June 13, 2019
How did Penn-Trafford prepare for its first trip to the PIAA finals? By playing a competitive 5-on-5 wiffleball game.

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Nedley drives in two runs with a bunt base hit during a PIAA Class 5A semifinal against Donegal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Mount Aloysius College.
Penn-Trafford seniors lead team to 1st PIAA championship game
June 12, 2019
Penn-Trafford’s historic softball season will continue Friday when the Warriors battle Lampeter-Strasburg for the PIAA Class 5A championship.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Carlee Lamacz celebrates with pitcher Mia Smith after defeating Donegal in their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Mount Aloysius College.
Penn-Trafford softball hangs on to earn spot in PIAA Class 5A title game
June 11, 2019
CRESSON — Penn-Trafford coach Denny Little faced the biggest decision of his coaching career.

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Jackson stays hot, wins PGA qualifier
June 10, 2019
Franklin Regional graduated senior Palmer Jackson continued his hot play on Monday at the PGA Boys Championship qualifier at Willowbrook Country Club, Washington Township.

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Riverside’s Fox disqualified from USGA event
June 9, 2019
Riverside junior Skyler Fox was disqualified from the USGA Open Sectional at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., for taking a bathroom break.

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Elizabeth Forward first baseman Alexis Argyros (24), stops Mount Pleasant’s Katie Hunter (5), during their WPIAL Class 4A softball championship 3-0 win over Mount Pleasant, at Latrobe’s Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township, on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Mt. Pleasant, Elizabeth Forward battle for berth to state title game
It’s a winner-take-all game when Mt. Pleasant faces Elizabeth Forward on Monday at the PIAA Class 4A semifinals at Seton Hill.

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Mt. Pleasant rallies past James Buchanan, advances to PIAA semifinals
June 6, 2019
CRESSON — Mt. Pleasant’s softball team dug an early hole in Thursday’s PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal.

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Franklin Regional’s Palmer Jackson wins AJGA Memorial
Before Franklin Regional senior Palmer Jackson went to bed Wednesday night, he had a feeling Thursday would be a good day.

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2019 Powerade wrestling field to feature Texas team
There will be some new faces in the 2019 Powerade Holiday Wrestling tournament this season, including one from Texas.

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AJGA tournament coming to Southpointe next month
A popular youth golf tournament is coming to Washington County on July 8-12.

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Penn-Trafford slugs past Central Mountain, earns 1st PIAA victory since ’90
June 3, 2019
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn-Trafford didn’t just collect 15 hits in its PIAA Class 5A first-round softball game at Penn State’s Beard Field; the Warriors sent shockwaves through Happy Valley.

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Mt. Pleasant bounces back, defeats Bellefonte in PIAA opening round
UNIVERSITY PARK — Mt. Pleasant had two days to forget about losing the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship game.

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Hempfield coach Bob Kalp presents pitcher Callie Sowers with her gold medal after the Lady Spartans defeated North Allegheny, 15-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Peters Township High School.
Listening to coach Kalp is key to Hempfield softball’s success
June 2, 2019
There is an old saying ‘practice makes perfect.’

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Norwin athletes cap season at PIAA track and field championships
May 31, 2019
The Norwin girls track and field team was shut out of medals at the PIAA Class AAA championships May 24 and 25 at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium.

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Franklin Regional’s Rayna Todero competes in the girls Class AAA triple jump finals during the PIAA track and field state championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Franklin Regional’s Todero, Huczko shine at PIAA championships
Franklin Regional sophomore Rayna Todero returned home from the PIAA Class AAA girls track and field championships with a medal around her neck.

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PIAA makes more wrestling changes
May 30, 2019
When the PIAA Board of Control voted last week to petition the National Federation of State High School Associations to reduce the weight classes in wrestling from 14 to 12, they passed another item.

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The Hempfield softball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating North Allegheny, 15-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A final Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Peters Township High School.
Sowers throws no-hitter as Hempfield wins 5th straight WPIAL softball championship
Laura Fox fell asleep on the bus ride to Peters Township on Thursday before the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship game.

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Derry wrestler Trey Weinell commits to Edinboro
Derry senior Trey Weinell’s wrestling career isn’t done yet.

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Franklin Regional ends long drought, advances to state playoffs
May 28, 2019
Franklin Regional ended a long streak Tuesday evening.

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New Castle’s Rocco Bernadina pitches against Yough in the WPIAL Class 4A consolation game May 28, 2019, at W&J.
New Castle, Bernadina top Yough in WPIAL Class 4A consolation game
There weren’t many scoring chances in Tuesday’s WPIAL Classs 4A third-place consolation baseball game.

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Hempfield’s Jared Bannon runs the PIAA Class AAA 110-meter hurdles final.
Hempfield’s Bannon races to PIAA silver medal in hurdles
May 25, 2019
SHIPPENSBURG — Two races in a short time might have cost Hempfield senior Jared Bannon a gold medal Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins cools off after winning the girls Class AA 1600 meter run final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins repeats at PIAA track championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Shady Side Academy sophomore Melissa Riggins successfully defended her PIAA 800- and 1,600-meter titles Saturday at the state track and field championships.

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Riverside’s Calvin Wetzel clears the last hurdle to win the boys Class AA 300 meter hurdles final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Riverside senior Calvin Wetzel overcomes back injury to win PIAA title
SHIPPENSBURG — A back injury almost kept Riverside senior Calvin Wetzel from competing in track and filed this spring.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer (left) catches her breath, as Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins hugs Quaker Valley’s Annie Wicker after they ran the girls Class AA 1600 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
GCC freshman Brewer has memorable day at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Greensburg Central Catholic freshman Corinn Brewer had a busy and productive Saturday at the PIAA track and field championships.

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Waynesburg’s Daniel Layton wins the boys Class AA 110 meter hurdles final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Waynesburg’s Daniel Layton captures state title in 110 hurdles
SHIPPENSBURG — When Waynesburg senior Daniel Layton crossed the finish line after winning the Class AA 110-meter hurdles Saturday, he had a big smile on his face.

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Bethel Park’s Emily Carter sprints to the finish line to win the girls Class AAA 3200 meter run during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Bethel Park’s Emily Carter wins 3,200 meters, sets PIAA record in AAA
SHIPPENSBURG — All Bethel Park sophomore Emily Carter was expecting at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday was a place on the podium.

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North Allegheny’s Zachary Kinne competes in the AAA boys 1600-meter run during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
5 things to watch at Saturday’s PIAA boys track and field championships
It’s Day 2 of the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium. WPIAL athletes had a rare Day 1, as no boys claimed gold medals. That should change Saturday. Here are five things to watch at the Class AAA and AA boys championships:

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South Park’s Maddie Raymond competes in the AA girls 200 meter run during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
5 things to watch at Saturday’s PIAA girls track and field championships
It’s Day 2 of the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium. WPIAL athletes had a rare Day 1 performance, as no girls claimed gold medals. That should change Saturday. Here are five things to watch at the Class AA and AAA girls championships:

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Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie throws in the girls Class AAA shot put finals during the PIAA track and field state championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Hempfield’s Orie settles for bronze in shot put at PIAA championships
May 24, 2019
SHIPPENSBURG — Mackenna Orie wasn’t in a good mood Friday at the PIAA track and field championships at Seth Grove Stadium.

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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.
Five things to watch at the PIAA Class AA girls track championships
The PIAA track and field championships begin Friday at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg. The two-day event concludes Saturday. There are numerous WPIAL athletes competing, and many are capable of bringing home medals. Here are things to look for in the Class AA girls meet:

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Hempfield Area’s Mackenna Orie wins the shot put during the AAA WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Five things to watch at the PIAA Class AAA girls track championships
The PIAA track and field championships begin on Friday at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg. The two-day event concludes Saturday. There are numerous WPIAL athletes competing, and many are capable of bringing home medals. Here are things to look for:

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PIAA approves weight class reduction in wrestling
May 23, 2019
The PIAA Board of Control passed the wrestling committee’s proposal to reduce the weight classes from 14 to 12 for the 2020-21 season.

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Hempfield Area’s Jared Bannon wins the 110m hurdles during the AAA WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Hempfield track qualifiers ready to hit their boiling point at PIAA meet
During the WPIAL team track championships, the Hempfield boys’ team was inspired by a motivational speech from assistant coach LaRoyal Wilson.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is embraced emotionally by coach Vince DeAugustine after losing to Sean Pierson of Nazareth in the 120-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Norwin wrestling coach on ballot to become Hempfield School Board member
It was a big week for Norwin wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat (right) celebrates after scoring during the third inning.
Penn-Trafford baseball ousts Upper St. Clair, moves to semifinals
May 21, 2019
Penn-Trafford didn’t panic when Upper St. Clair took an early lead in Tuesday’s WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal at West Mifflin.

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Burrell’s Noah Linderman takes on Bethlehem Center’s Tyler Fisher in the 145 pound bout during the WPIAL class AA team wrestling semifinal match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Chartiers-Houston High School.
PIAA board to consider reducing number of weight classes for wrestling
Could the PIAA be reducing the number of weight classes in wrestling?

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Greensburg Salem pitcher Jack Oberdorf throws during a WPIAL Class 4A playoff game against New Castle Monday, May 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Greensburg Salem, New Castle to continue quarterfinal game Tuesday
May 20, 2019
Greensburg Salem baseball coach Bill Wisniewski knew being seeded No. 1 in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs wouldn’t be easy.

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Derry’s Justin Huss won the 400-meter run at the WPIAL championships May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
Injury doesn’t slow down Derry’s Justin Huss in WPIAL gold medal run
May 17, 2019
Justin Huss will be one of Derry’s top running backs in the fall.

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Sergey Shubenkov, authorised neutral athlete for Europe, right, and Ronald Levy of Jamaica for the Americas, left, concentrate prior to the 110 meters hurdles at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Franklin Regional’s Huczko tries ‘something new,’ wins WPIAL pole vault title
Winning the WPIAL Class AAA pole vault title was the furthest thing on Jo-Michelle Huczko’s mind when she decided to compete on the track and field team this spring at Franklin Regional.

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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)
Penn-Trafford’s Colligan takes 6th at WPIAL championships
Penn-Trafford’s Chris Colligan came up short in his bid for a trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday.

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Norwin’s Jessica Kolesar (middle) competes in the AAA girls 200 meter run during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
Norwin’s Kolesar qualifies for PIAA championships in 3 events
Norwin senior Jessica Kolesar will be busy Friday at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships at Shippensburg.

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Hempfield Area’s Jared Bannon wins the boys AAA 110m hurdles during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Major medal haul for Hempfield at WPIAL track and field championships
May 16, 2019
There were several reasons why the Hempfield boys track team won its seventh WPIAL Class AAA team championship on May 6.

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Mt. Pleasant’s catcher Pete Billey gets an out on Ringgold runner Jake Rongus as he attempts to grab a score on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in the WPIAL Class 4A first round high school baseball playoff game at Seton Hill University.
Mt. Pleasant baseball stuns No. 5 Ringgold
May 15, 2019
Mt. Pleasant picked a good time to play its best baseball game of the season.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Dylan Binda leads the pack in the boys’ 800 meter final on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Track and Field Championships at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Five things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA boys track and field championships
The WPIAL track and field championships are Thursday at Slippery Rock, the first time at the venue after the event spent more than 20 years at Baldwin.

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Derry Area’s Gianna Copelli scores behind Beaver Area’s Devyn Tritsch during first round WPIAL A Softball action at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Beaver’s List drives in 6 in WPIAL 1st-round rout of Derry
May 14, 2019
Beaver freshman Payton List turned in quite of a performance in her first WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

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Bishop Canevin’s Bree Bazeck celebrates after scoring against Greensburg Central Catholic during first round WPIAL A Softball action at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic softball ousted via mercy rule vs. Bishop Canevin
Bishop Canevin coach Karen Seitz-LaFianza said she wasn’t nervous about Tuesday’s WPIAL Class A first-round game, and neither were her young Crusaders.

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Latrobe’s Sadie Wetzel enters the WPIAL Class AAA championships with the top-seeded mark of 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches in the high jump.
Five things to watch in the WPIAL Class AAA girls track and field championships
The WPIAL track and field championships are Thursday at Slippery Rock, the first time at the venue after the event spent more than 20 years at Baldwin.

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Hempfield sophomore pole-vaulter Barnhart ready to soar
Tanner Barnhart was bummed watching the Hempfield boys track team win the school’s seventh WPIAL team title May 6 at Peters Township.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell wrestles Penn Hills’ Justin Perkins in the 132-pound quarterfinal at the WPIAL Class 3A individual tournament Friday, March 1, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Latrobe junior wrestler Willochell commits to Edinboro
May 13, 2019
Latrobe junior Gabe Willochell announced on Twitter on Monday that he committed to wrestle at Edinboro.

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Sergey Shubenkov, authorised neutral athlete for Europe, right, and Ronald Levy of Jamaica for the Americas, left, concentrate prior to the 110 meters hurdles at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Five things to watch at the WPIAL Class AA boys track and field championships
The WPIAL track and field championships are Thursday at Slippery Rock, the first time at the venue after it was contested for more than 20 years at Baldwin.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps heads into the arena for the parade of champions before the start of Class AAA championship finals during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Norwin junior standout wrestler Phipps commits to Bucknell
Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps announced on Twitter on Monday that he will follow his brother, Drew, and wrestle for Bucknell.

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South Park’s Maura Huwalt (left) won the discus title at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3, 2019, at Baldwin.
5 things to watch at the WPIAL Class AA girls track and field championships
May 12, 2019
The WPIAL track and field championships are Thursday at Slippery Rock, the first time at the venue after spending the previous 20 years at Baldwin.

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Clerical mistake might cost reigning hurdles champ Layton chance to defend at WPIALs
May 11, 2019
Rick Layton is heartbroken.

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Greensburg Salem’s Jack Oberdorf celebrates his RBI double next to Yough’s Nathaniel Wilkins during their game Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Greensburg Salem, Yough tabbed with top 2 seeds in Class 4A baseball playoffs
May 10, 2019
When the Greensburg Salem baseball team convened for its first practice, coach Bill Wisniewski told his players to forget about how the 2018 season ended.

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Ligonier Valley rolls to another conference track title
May 8, 2019
The Ligonier Valley boys track team continued its dominance in the Heritage Conference on Tuesday, winning the conference track championship for the fourth consecutive season.

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Putt’s one-hitter leads Greensburg Salem baseball to share of Section 1-4A title
Greensburg Salem junior pitcher Aaren Putt doesn’t overpower opposing hitters.

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Hempfield’s Ben Kissel, Rylan Kauffman and Lucas Kissel helped the Spartans clinch a WPIAL championship May 6, 2019, at Peters Township.
Pole vaulters help Hempfield clinch WPIAL track championship
May 7, 2019
If members of the Hempfield boys track and field team needed any extra motivation to win WPIAL Class AAA team championship, maybe it came in their seeding by the WPIAL committee.

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The Hempfield boys track team celebrates after winning the WPIAL championship May 6, 2019, at Peters Township.
Hempfield captures boys WPIAL track championship in final event
May 6, 2019
It was a classic finish in the WPIAL Class AAA team championship Monday at Peters Township.

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Ligonier Valley’s Elliott Rost leads in the boys’ 200 meter finals as Hempfield’s Jared Bannon comes up close behind on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Track and Field Championships at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Ligonier Valley sprinters hope to make their mark at Heritage Conference meet
It has been another banner season for the Ligonier Valley track and field team, especially for a couple of senior sprinters.

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Belle Vernon track athlete Hunter Martin makes his mark
May 5, 2019
Belle Vernon senior Hunter Martin didn’t know after the Baldwin Invitational on Friday if he was going to try to improve his marks at one of the Last Chance meets Tuesday.

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Greensburg Salem switches site of Monday’s baseball game
Greensburg Salem announced on Sunday the site of Monday’s baseball game against Knoch was switched to Seton Hill at 5 p.m.

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Donovan Rice will be among the athletes trying to lead the North Allegheny boys to a defense of their WPIAL Class AAA track and field title.
5 Things to Watch during this week’s track and field competitions
The high school track and field season is about to wrap up. The WPIAL team competition is Monday at Peters Township, and the WPIAL individual championships are May 16 at Slippery Rock.

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South Park’s Maura Huwalt (left) won the discus title at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3, 2019, at Baldwin.
South Park’s Huwalt shines in throwing events at Baldwin Invitational
May 3, 2019
South Park senior Maura Huwalt was determined to shine Friday at the 46th annual Baldwin Invitational.

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Norwin’s Dominic Spatolisano won the McKinney Mile at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3, 2019, at Baldwin.
Norwin’s Spatolisano changes strategy to win McKinney Mile at Baldwin Invitational
Sometimes athletes change their strategy on the fly.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Brianna Spirnak competes in the Class AAA javelin throw during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
14 returning champions set to compete at Baldwin Invitational
May 2, 2019
Rain is in the forecast for Friday. That means its time for the Baldwin Invitational.

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Jackson, Harper lead No. 2 Franklin Regional past Fox Chapel in Section 1-5A
When Franklin Regional played Fox Chapel back on April 5, the Panthers rallied for an extra-inning victory.

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker scores against Latrobe during a game on April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin’s Walker to have shoulder surgery
May 1, 2019
Norwin sophomore Jayden Walker won’t be pitching anytime soon.

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Norwin baseball stuns Hempfield with 2-out rally in 7th
Baseball can be a cruel game. Just ask Hempfield.

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Norwin’s Jessica Kolesar competes in the long jump at the WCCA championships April 27, 2019, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Norwin girls track and field aiming to end WPIAL title drought
It has been 11 years since the Norwin girls track and field team won a WPIAL title.

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Franklin Regional’s Palmer Jackson and Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore receive the 2019 Excellence Awards from Judge John J. Driscoll at the annual Westmoreland County Scholar Athlete banquet April 30, 3019, at Ferrante’s Lakeview in Hempfield.
Southmoreland’s Moore, Franklin Regional’s Jackson named Excellence Award winners
April 30, 2019
There’s a good chance the 2019 Westmoreland County Scholar Athlete Award winners will see the world — one by serving her country, the other by playing a sport at which he excels.

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Valley’s Elizabeth Schachte
A closer look at 2019 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete honorees
April 27, 2019
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Former Greensburg Salem athletic director Lynn Jobe (right) is the first female recipient of the Michael J. and John M. Ferrante Memorial Award.
Former Greensburg Salem athletic director Lynn Jobe to receive Ferrante Memorial Award
Former Greensburg Salem athletic director Lynn Jobe is enjoying retirement while figuring out her next adventure.

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Organizers cancel Tri-County Coaches All-Star football game
April 21, 2019
The Foothills Football Classic isn’t the only local football all-star being postponed this season.

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Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon named to USA Today all-star team
April 18, 2019
Seneca Valley sophomore Alejandro Herrera-Rondon was the only WPIAL wrestlers named to the USA Today’s boys wrestling all-Sstar first team.

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H.S. roundup: North Allegheny softball edges Hempfield
April 17, 2019
Alaina Whipkey hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a tie, and the No. 1-ranked North Allegheny softball team held on to defeat Hempfield, 4-3, in Section 2-6A on Wednesday.

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Orie shatters Hempfield discus record
Mackenna Orie continued her assault on the Hempfield track and field record book this week.

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Latrobe’s Faith Mucci competed at the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational April 13, 2019, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Versatile Mucci etching her mark for Latrobe track and field
If the rules allowed it, Faith Mucci would participate in more than four events for the Latrobe track and field team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lizzy Cermak slides into home plate for a score against Franklin Regional during softball Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Franklin Regional School District.
No. 1 Penn-Trafford rallies past Franklin Regional to stay unbeaten
April 16, 2019
Franklin Regional pitcher Angalee Beall held No. 1 Penn-Trafford hitless for the first four innings of Tuesday’s Section 1-5A first-place showdown.

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Yough’s Jarett Bach plays soft toss with Dom Koch during practice April 15, 2019, at Yough.
Senior pitcher Jarett Bach, Yough baseball in surprising position
Halfway through the high school baseball season, Yough has emerged as a surprise leader in Section 1-4A.

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Canon-Mac head coach Rick Bell yells to his team during a game against Mt. Lebanon Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Canon-McMillan basketball coach Rick Bell retires after 31 years
Canon-McMillan reached the WPIAL Class 6A basketball semifinals for the first time in 2019.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lizzie Cermak places in the 100 meter dash during the Wildcat Invitational Track Meet held at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Banner day for Hempfield’s Bannon at Lady Spartan and Wildcat Invitational
April 13, 2019
Hempfield senior Jared Bannon has his goals set high this season. He wants to be a state hurdles champion.

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South Park’s Jessica Dean pitches against Southmoreland during the WPIAL softball championship tripleheader at Seton Hill University on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Southmoreland won 12-1.
WPIAL again forced to move softball championships
April 12, 2019
WPIAL administrators will decide Wednesday at their board meeting where the 2019 softball championships will be held.

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Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie
Hempfield’s Orie continues to raise the bar in advance of Lady Spartan Invitational
April 10, 2019
Hempfield thrower Mackenna Orie has continued to climb the record board in the shot put and discus.

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Wandrisco, Primus, Housner, Maggi inducted into SW Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame
April 7, 2019
Mike Wandrisco was a highly respected and well-liked official. He also was an outstanding wrestler who attended Bishop Canevin.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brett Ginther listens to instruction from his head coach, and father, Rich Ginther, while wrestling Franklin Regional’s Mario Sarnic in the 126-pound bout Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 during team wrestling meet against Franklin Regional at Penn-Trafford High School.
Ginther resigns as Penn-Trafford wrestling coach
Penn-Trafford wrestling coach Rich Ginther informed his team at the end-of-season banquet Sunday that he is not returning as coach next year.

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Burrell’s John Henderson celebrates after tying the game against Freeport in the fifth inning Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
High school roundup for April 3, 2019: McGovern leads No. 1 Hopewell past No. 5 Beaver Falls
April 3, 2019
Winning pitcher Jake McGovern drove in four runs with a home run and two doubles as Class 3A No. 1 Hopewell edged No. 5 Beaver Falls, 9-7, in a Section 2 contest.

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Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie is eyeing Hempfield throwing records in 2019.
Hempfield thrower Orie wants record, gold medals
One of the state’s oldest records in track and field could be challenged this spring.

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Hempfield’s Luke Hudson works out in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Hitters aim to catch up to pitchers for No. 2-ranked Hempfield
April 2, 2019
It’s six games into the 2019 baseball season and Hempfield coach Tim Buzzard said he has learned a lot about his team.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps attempts to avoid a reversal by opponent Sean Pierson of Nazareth in the PIAA Class AAA 120-pound title match.
3-time WPIAL champion Norwin wrestler Phipps has foot surgery
April 1, 2019
Norwin three-time WPIAL champion wrestler Kurtis Phipps, who suffered a foot injury at last month’s PIAA Class AAA championship, underwent surgery March 22, his father, Andy Phipps, said.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis is announced winner over Edmond Ruth of Susquehanna Township in the 170-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis named Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year
March 30, 2019
Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points out to the crowd after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
When Dayton Pitzer began his freshman season at Mt. Pleasant, his goal was to stand on the podium at the PIAA championships in Hershey.

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Driscoll scholar/athlete award nominees announced
March 26, 2019
The Westmoreland County Judge John J. Driscoll scholar/athlete committee, made up of athletic directors from the 18 county high schools, met Tuesday to decide who would win the 2019 Excellence Award at the April 30 banquet.

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Iowa’s Spencer Lee, a Franklin Regional grad, takes the mat Saturday for the 125-pound title bout at the NCAA wrestling championships.
                                Iowa’s Spencer Lee takes the mat Saturday, March 23, 2019 for the final round 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship action at PPG Paints Arena.
Lee shines again, captures second NCAA title
March 23, 2019
Iowa sophomore Spencer Lee calls himself a Pokemon nerd. His Iowa teammates call him the baddest man on the planet.

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Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, a Latrobe graduate, finished fourth in the NCAA championship for the second consecutive season.
Pletcher, Shields, Zavatsky settle on being All-Americans again
The 330 wrestlers who came to Pittsburgh for the 2019 NCAA Division I wrestling championship this weekend weren’t just looking to become All-Americans. They wanted to be national champions.

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Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph beats ASU’s Joshua Shields Friday, March 22, 2019 during semifinal round 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship action at PPG Paints Arena.
Penn State clinches 8th NCAA wrestling title in 9 years
The suspense of which team was going to win another NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship title ended early on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.

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Former Penn-Trafford, Norwin football coach John Yaccino dies at 78
March 21, 2019
Former Penn-Trafford and Norwin football coach John Yaccino died suddenly in Florida on Wednesday. He was 78.

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Pitt’s Micky Phillippi warms up during practice for the 2019 NCAA Division I wrestling championships at PPG Paints Arena.
Five matches to watch during the 1st round of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships
March 20, 2019
The NCAA Division I wrestling championship begins Thursday, and here are some interesting first-round matches to watch (each wrestler’s name is preceded by his seeding):

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Yough assistant coach Tyler Dillinger talks to players about hitting during practice March 18, 2019, at Yough.
Pitt recruit Bach hopes to lead Yough baseball to postseason
Yough’s baseball team made a late run to end the 2018 season, and that carried over to a successful American Legion season in the summer.

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Yough’s Kierra Waywood pitches a throw during a softball scrimmage at Latrobe on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Waywood, Yough softball dreaming of success in postseason
Kierra Waywood was the starting center fielder when Yough won the PIAA Class 3A softball title in 2016.

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The backstop at Hempfield’s high school baseball field was damaged by wind during a recent story in March 2019.
Hempfield baseball field backstop damaged by wind
March 16, 2019
The Hempfield High School baseball field’s backstop suffered wind damage during a recent storm.

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Derry’s Dominic DeLuca walks off the mat after losing to Jacob McMaster of Greenville in the 220-pound class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s DeLuca dealing with knee injury
Derry senior Dom DeLuca wrestled with an injured left knee in the PIAA Class AA semifinals and finals in Hershey on March 8-9 according to wrestling coach Mike Weinell.

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Sewickley Academy’s Kendall Lightcap dribbles down court while playing against Berlin during the Class AAA PIAA state basketball playoffs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Berlin Brothersvalley too much for Sewickley Academy girls in PIAA quarterfinals
Berlin Brothersvalley girls basketball is starting to smell the chocolate.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Coy top battles Tioga N.Y. wretler John Worthing during the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on March 15, 2019, at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House.
United States team rolls past Team Pa.; WPIAL team falls to New York in Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 15, 2019
A strong United States team had too much firepower for the Pennsylvania All-Stars in the annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Friday at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert hugs coach Matt Lebe after beating Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in the 106-pound final during the PIAA Class AAA championship March 9 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional celebrates 3 finalists at PIAA wrestling tournament
Franklin Regional sophomore Carter Dibert capped his second PIAA wrestling championship by standing on the top of the podium March 9 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock drives past Bishop Carroll’s Nolan Burk.
Monessen rallies late to win thriller in PIAA Class A 2nd round
March 12, 2019
Devin Whitlock plays basketball well beyond his years.

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Hempfield’s Luke Hudson works out in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield baseball banking on strong pitching staff
Hempfield senior outfielder Luke Hudson turned in quite a performance last season.

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Hempfield’s Laura Fox works out in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
3-time defending PIAA softball champion Hempfield has holes to fill
Don’t pencil in the Hempfield softball team as the favorite to win WPIAL and PIAA Class 6A titles just yet.

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Greensburg Salem’s Dajauhn Hertzog could be the team’s leadoff batter.
Greensburg Salem baseball hopes to build on strong finish to 2018
March 11, 2019
A seven-game winning streak, which included a win over No. 1 Blackhawk in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs, toward the end of last season gives Greensburg Salem baseball coach Bill Wisniewski a reason to be optimistic about the 2019 season.

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Greensburg Salem softball looking to contend in new section
A move to a new section could be the right formula for the Greensburg Salem softball team this season.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis is announced winner over Edmond Ruth of Susquehanna Township in the 170-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Canon-McMillan’s Nijenhuis stuns 2-time champ, named Outstanding Wrestler at PIAA Class AAA finals
March 9, 2019
HERSHEY — How do you win the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championship’s Outstanding Wrestler award?

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert hugs head coach Matt Lebe after beating Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell is defeated in the 106-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional’s Dibert, Kiski Area’s Miller claim PIAA Class AAA gold
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional sophomore Carter Dibert didn’t waste any time in the 106-pound final at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday at Giant Center.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points out to the crowd after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Mt. Pleasant’s Pitzer brings home gold medal; Dom DeLuca comes up short
HERSHEY — Dayton Pitzer was not quite 2 years old the last time Mt. Pleasant had a state champion.

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence wrestles for a score against Notre Dame’s Derek Berlitz in the 160-pound class AA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
7 WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA finals
March 8, 2019
HERSHEY – Things didn’t start out well for WPIAL wrestlers in the PIAA Class AA semifinals Friday night.

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Derry’s Dom DeLuca faces Montoursville’s Cameron Wood in the 220-pound class AA semifinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey. DeLuca defeated Wood by a 5-1 decision and moves onward to the final against Greenville’s Jacob McMaster.
Derry’s DeLuca, Mt. Pleasant’s Pitzer going for gold at PIAA Class AA tournament
HERSHEY – Derry senior Dom DeLuca hopes to end high school wrestling career with a bang.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles Stroudsburg’s Cameron Enriquez in the 120-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Norwin’s Phipps keeps PIAA title hopes alive following comeback win
HERSHEY — What a difference a couple years made for Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps.

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Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho is a two-time WPIAL Class AAA wrestling champion.
Franklin Regional sends quartet to PIAA wrestling championships
Franklin Regional sent four wrestlers to the PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championship, which began March 7 at Giant Center in Hershey.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman wrestles Greenville’s Bryce Knauf in the 126-pound quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Cymmerman won the match and advances onward to the semi-finals on Friday night.
5 Westmoreland County wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA semifinals
Ty Cymmerman found himself down three points in the second period of his quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Friday.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon (top) wrestles Liberty’s Tal-Reese Flemming in their 113-pound first-round match at the PIAA Class AAA championships Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey. Solomon won 4-2.
Franklin Regional trio dominates at PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
March 7, 2019
HERSHEY — It was quite a first day for Class AAA wrestlers from Westmoreland County at the PIAA championships on Thursday.

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Hughesville’s Ben Heinrich struggles underneath Derry Area’s Tyler Cymmerman in the 126-pound first round bout during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s Cymmerman overcomes slow start to reach PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Derry sophomore Ty Cymmerman started slowly in his opening-round match Thursday at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships at the Giant Center.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert struggles against Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in the 106-pound championship bout at the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestlers to watch at the PIAA championships this week
HERSHEY — The PIAA wrestling championships begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jake Slinger wrestles Governor Mifflin’s Jordan Espinosa in the 285-pound first round bout in class AAA during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Upsets, close calls highlight opening day of PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — It’s been awhile since fans were treated to such craziness that occurred during the first day of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer is announced winner after defeating Ellwood City’s Austin Walley in the 182-pound final on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 in WPIAL class AA individual wrestling championships.
5 things to watch at the PIAA wrestling championships
March 6, 2019
HERSHEY — The PIAA wrestling championships begin Thursday, with Class AA kicking things off at 9 a.m. at the Giant Center.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles against Belle Vernon’s Logan Seliga in the 120-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Norwin wrestler Phipps chasing PIAA gold this weekend
March 5, 2019
Kurtis Phipps and his brother Drew having something in common — both suffered heart-breaking, 1-0 losses in the PIAA Class AAA wrestling finals.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera works underneath Hempfield’s Kyle Burkholder in the 113-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
High school wrestling notebook: Hempfield sending 5 to state tournament
It was quite a weekend for the Hempfield wrestling team at the WPIAL/PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional tournament.

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Belle Vernon’s Scott Joll wrestles against Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout in the 182-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for week of March 4, 2019
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings

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Seven WPIAL wrestlers win Junior High state titles
March 4, 2019
Frazier junior Thayne Lawrence is headed to Hershey on Thursday to compete in the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships. He is the returning 152-pound champion.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is the top seed in the 120-pound weight class for the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships beginning Thursday in Hershey.
Nine WPIAL wrestlers earn top seeds in state tournament
March 3, 2019
The PIAA released the pairings for the individual wrestling championships, which begins Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey, and nine WPIAL wrestlers earned No. 1 seeds.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert struggles against Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in the 106-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Franklin Regional’s Camacho finally defeats Miller, wins second WPIAL title
March 2, 2019
Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho never had beaten Kiski Area senior Darren Miller prior to Saturday’s 126-pound final at the Class AAA WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional championships.

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Brashear’s Mwete qualifies for PIAA wrestling tournament
Brashear senior Joe Mwete earned a trip to Hershey by finishing second at the Class AAA PIAA Northwest Regional at Altoona.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps takes a knee between periods with opponent Dom Giordano of Kiski Area in the 120-pound quarterfinal at the WPIAL wrestling class 3A individual tournament on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Norwin’s Phipps, North Hills’ Hillegas eye 3rd WPIAL titles after semifinal victories
Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps and North Hills junior Sam Hillegas clinched a spot in the 2019 WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship with wins in the semifinals Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc reacts after defeating No. 2-seeded Cole Homet of Waynesburg in overtime in the 120-pound quarterfinal at the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament.
Hempfield’s Berginc pulls off big upset to highlight Day 1 of Southwest Regional wrestling
March 1, 2019
When Shaler senior Ryan Sullivan was forced to drop out of the WPIAL/PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional tournament because of a broken hand, it gave an underdog wrestler an opportunity to earn a trip to the PIAA championship in the 120-pound weight class.

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Nazareth Prep’s Tre Harvey dunks for two of his 31 points against Vincentian in the Class A final.
Nazareth Prep boys top Vincentian Academy to claim 1st WPIAL Class A basketball title
February 28, 2019
Nazareth Prep senior Tre Harvey knew during warmups it was going to be a special night.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jake Slinger beats Mt. Lebanon’s Nathan Hoaglund 8-0 in the 285lbs bout during the ACWT Saturday Jan. 19, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
5 things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships
If you follow WPIAL high school wrestling, there is a good chance you’ve heard about North Hills junior Sam Hillegas, Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps, Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho, Seneca Valley sophomore Alejandro Herrera-Rondon and Shaler senior Ryan Sullivan.

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Penn Trafford’s Nick Coy beats Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci in the 145 bout lb Wednesday, at Kiski Area High School.
Penn-Trafford’s Nick Coy looking to continue season of firsts at WPIAL wrestling tournament
February 27, 2019
It’s been a year of firsts for Penn-Trafford senior wrestler Nick Coy.

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence grapples atop St. Joseph’s Academy’s Tyler Stoltzfus in the 160-pound championship final in the PIAA class 2A southwest regional wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Kovalchik Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 25, 2019
Tribune-Review individual wrestling rankings

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Shaler’s Ryan Sullivan pins Allderdice’s Troy Jacobson in the 120-pound bout during the ACWT Saturday Jan. 19, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Broken hand will force Shaler’s Sullivan to miss WPIAL, PIAA wrestling tournaments
February 26, 2019
A broken right hand will keep Shaler senior Ryan Sullivan, the returning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA 113-pound champion, from defending his titles.

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High school wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Phipps, North Hills’ Hillegas chasing 3rd WPIAL titles
February 25, 2019
Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps and North Hills junior Sam Hillegas could reach a WPIAL milestone at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA wrestling championships Friday and Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

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Valley heavyweight pulls out of SW Regional
February 22, 2019
Valley senior heavyweight Dave Schuffert’s high school wrestling career came to a dramatic end Thursday when he informed his coaches to scratch him from the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional at IUP’s Kovalchick Athletic Complex on Friday.

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Valley’s Noah Hutcherson grapples with McGuffey’s Christian Clutter in the 170-pound final on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 in WPIAL class AA individual wrestling championships.
Five things to watch at the Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament
For the wrestlers in Class AA from the WPIAL and Districts 5 and 6, this is the final chance they have to earn a trip to the PIAA individual wrestling championships March 7-9 in Hershey.

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Franklin Regional uses big run to secure playoff win over South Fayette
February 19, 2019
Franklin Regional used a strong third quarter, which included a 16-0 run that carried into the fourth quarter, and pulled away for a 46-35 victory Tuesday against South Fayette in the first round of the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs at Keystone Oaks.

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Hempfield’s Kyle Burkholder beats Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon in the 113 weight class during the WCCA wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at Norwin High school.
High school wrestling notebook: Seven wrestlers looking for 3rd section title in Class AAA
As the WPIAL Class AA wrestlers head to Indiana this weekend, the Class AAA wrestlers begin their journey toward Hershey.

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Quaker Valley’s John Rocco Kazalas (background) grapples his opponent Shane Kemper of Burgettstown in the 145-pound final on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 in WPIAL class AA individual wrestling championships.
Trib HSSN indiviudal wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 18, 2019
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings

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Derry’s Jason Baker struggles against Quaker Valley’s Conner Redinger in the 132-pound final on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 in WPIAL class AA individual wrestling championships.
Derry wrestler Baker already a champion after winning battle with cancer
No matter what happens the rest of Jason Baker’s high school wrestling career, he already is a champion.

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Canon-McMillan wins WPIAL Junior High title; Latrobe has 4 champions
February 18, 2019
Canon-McMillan took home the team title at the 2019 WPIAL Junior High championships Saturday at Norwin, but the Latrobe Black team had the most individual champions with four.

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Mon Valley Catholic’s Patsy DeBerardinis will be inducted into the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame on June 21, 2019.
Mid Mon Valley Hall of Fame announces Class of 2019
Monessen grad Charel Allen and Belle Vernon grad Marlon McIntyre headline the 2019 Mid Mon Valley Hall of Fame Class of 2019, which was announced Friday.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember is held underneath Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence in the 160-pound final on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 in WPIAL class AA individual wrestling championships.
WPIAL dominates the top seeds in PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional pairings
February 17, 2019
The PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional pairings were released Sunday, and the WPIAL had nine of the 14 top seeds.

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Burrell’s Colby Christie looks for a takedown against Westmont Hilltop’s Roy Dunn on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Hershey. Christie won 4-3
Looking back at PIAA team wrestling tourney for Burrell and Kiski Area
February 16, 2019
While the Burrell and Kiski Area wrestling teams came up short of their goals at the PIAA championships, both had memorable moments at the Giant Center in Hershey over the three days of the tournament.

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Derry’s Tyler Cymmerman battles McGuffey’s Jett Pattison in the 126-pound final Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships.
Derry sophomore Cymmerman captures second WPIAL wrestling title
Ty Cymmerman ended up with a bloody lip from the WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

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Gatewayճ Derrick Davis breaks open field and heads toward the end zone against Kiski Area, Friday Nov 2, 2018, at Gateway.
Gateway football will play national power Massillon next fall
There is another WPIAL school that will be following Penn-Trafford to Massillon, Ohio this upcoming football season to play the Washington High School Tigers.

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Latrobe’s Enzo Angelicchio works against Derry’s Tyler Cymmerman at 126 pounds during their match Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at Greater Latrobe High School.
5 things to watch at Saturday’s WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships
February 15, 2019
The WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships began Friday with preliminary round bouts at Canon-McMillan. The tournament resumes Saturday.

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Mt. Pleasant freshmen wrestlers capture Section 3-AA titles
February 14, 2019
Mt. Pleasant freshmen Luke Geibig and Dayton Pitzer wrestled like veterans in their first Section 3-AA tournament Friday at Canon-McMillan.

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Butler helps Latrobe hold off Fox Chapel
December 21, 2018
Latrobe faced a lot of adversity Friday in the WPIAL Section 3-6A opener against Fox Chapel. Not only were the Wildcats coming off a 29-point loss Monday to Allderdice, they played without senior guard Reed Fenton for much of the game because of foul trouble. But the No. 1 Wildcats

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Hempfield wrestling team overwhelms young Latrobe
December 19, 2018
If one thing stood out Wednesday as No. 3 Hempfield wrestled Latrobe, it was the Spartans' experience making a huge difference. Hempfield recorded five pins, got bonus points in four of its other five victories and rolled over young Latrobe, 50-14. The Spartans improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in

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Trib HSSN state wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 10, 2018
December 11, 2018
Trib HSSN state wrestling rankings Class AAA Rank, team (district), record, previous 1. Bethlehem Catholic (11), 0-0, 1 2. Cathedral Prep (10), 0-0, 2 3. Kiski Area (7), 0-0, 3 4. Nazareth (11), 0-0, 4 5. Cedar Cliff (3), 0-0, 5 6. Canon-McMillan (7), 0-0, 6 7. Bethlehem Liberty (11),

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Sewickley Academy golfers turn focus to team tournament
September 28, 2018
Sewickley Academy junior J.F. Aber was in contention for a WPIAL Class AA golf championship on Thursday. Playing at Allegheny Country Club where his dad,

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Burrell’s Hubbard finishes 8th at WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship
September 27, 2018
Tiger Hubbard was hoping to pull out a victory at the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championships at Allegheny Country Club. That didn't happen, as

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Ligonier Valley football gets forfeit win from Saltsburg
September 9, 2018
Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel announced on Facebook on Sunday that the Rams are receiving a forfeit win from Saltsburg on Friday. The Rams

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Derry's Onreey Stewart, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Derry looks to recover from off-season injuries to running backs
August 18, 2018
Derry football coach Tim Sweeney wasn't in a good mood back in July during the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association seven-on-seven tournament. He wasn't pleased with

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Hunter Bruce (right) captured his second consecutive Western Pennsylvania Junior Amateur golf championship. Chris Joson (left), the first-round leader, was runner-up.
Peters Township grad Bruce wins 2nd consecutive WPGA Junior title
July 9, 2018
Hunter Bruce admitted he hasn't been playing as well as he expected this summer. But the 2018 Peters Township graduate and future Penn State golfer

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Jeannette's Tre' Cunningham scores under Quigley Catholic's Alex Tomsic during second round 1-A WPIAL action Monday, May 21, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Jeannette’s Tre Cunningham named Westmoreland Boys Athlete of the Year
July 7, 2018
All you need to know about Tre Cunningham is Jeannette football coach Roy Hall said he could have been the team's MVP. Cunningham couldn't have

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Latrobe quarterback Jason Armstrong, during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
WCCA football showcase set for May 12
May 6, 2018
The annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association football showcase for upperclassmen will held 9 a.m. May 12 at Hempfield. Players will go through a warmup and

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Mt. Pleasant's Zac Presock competes in the long jump during the 27th Hempfield Area Lady Spartan and 16th Greater Latrobe Wildcat Track and Field Invitational at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe, on Friday, April 13, 2018.
North Allegheny’s Owens shines at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
April 13, 2018
North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens is one of those athletes who is worth the price of admission. The Southern Cal commit had quite a day

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Hempfield’s DeBone motivated entering track invitational
April 12, 2018
As the winds gusted across Spartan Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Molly DeBone and her teammates weren't complaining. With temperatures finally reaching the mid-70s, members of

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Ligonier Valley defense stymies Mount Union in District 6 semifinal victory
February 26, 2018
Ligonier Valley coach Todd Hepner tried to get his team to slow down against Mt. Union on Monday in the District 6 semifinals at Hollidaysburg.

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Wrestling notebook: Coaching milestones highlight season
February 14, 2018
This has been a season of coaching milestones. McGuffey coach Mark Caffrey recently reached the 400-win milestone, Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley hit the 200-win

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Kiski Area to wrestle Bethlehem Catholic for PIAA title Saturday
February 9, 2018
HERSHEY — It has been 15 years since Kiski Area wrestled for a PIAA championship. That streak will end Saturday when the WPIAL champion Cavaliers

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Franklin Regional wrestling overcomes early deficit to top Moon
January 29, 2018
Franklin Regional was in a deep hole during Monday's WPIAL Class AAA preliminary-round match against Moon. But the Panthers (9-3) didn't flinch. They won the

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Latrobe's Brady Sherback and Norwin's Kurtis Phipps face off in neutral during the 106 weight class final Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association's 2018 wrestling tournament. Phipps won, coming in first place in the 106 class.
Latrobe tandem Sherback, Willochell tries to stay sharp
January 16, 2018
Brady Sherback and Gabe Willochell haven't made any reservations for Hershey in early March. But that's where the two Latrobe wrestlers hope end up on

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Powerade wrestling notebook: North Hills’ Hillegas makes return
December 31, 2017
North Hills sophomore Sam Hillegas is finally back on the wrestling mat this week at the Powerade Tournament. Hillegas missed the first month of the

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Franklin Regional notches impressive win against Westinghouse
December 12, 2017
Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion said he wasn't pleased with how his team played in the first half of Tuesday's championship game of the 14th

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Jeannette's Drake Petrillo brings down Homer-Center's Nick Schmidt during the second quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette’s defense dominates in run to PIAA Class A title
December 8, 2017
Roy Hall couldn't stop smiling Thursday after his Jeannette football team won the PIAA Class A Championship at Hersheypark Stadium. Hall's Jayhawks used a big

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Jeannette girls' varsity basketball team (from left) Haily Rundle, Sam Shaw, Chloe Stein, Jada Bass, Alexa Williams, Arionna Clark, Dymond Crawford, Hannah Streussnig and Payt'n Detar, pose for a photo Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette girls to rely on group effort to navigate Section 3-2A schedule
November 27, 2017
When the Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1979 World Series, they adopted the Sister Sledge song andquot;We Are Familyandquot; as a motto. The 2017-18 Jeannette girls

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Belle Vernon's Derek Thomas celebrates a Thomas Jefferson turnover during the second half Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Belle Vernon topped Thomas Jefferson to win Big 9, but more is at stake in semifinals
November 9, 2017
After Belle Vernon defeated Thomas Jefferson, 21-17, on Oct. 13, Leopards coach Matt Humbert talked to his players about the big picture. He wanted them

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sarah Petnuch (14) reacts being called for a net violation against Trinity Christian on Thursday Oct. 19, 2017 at Greensburg Central Catholic.
GCC girls volleyball reaches 1st milestone, claims Section 4 title
October 19, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball coach Kate McCauley asked her players before the season what their expectations were. When they told her they wanted to

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Derry quarterback Ryan Polinsky, fakes the handoff to Shawn Broadway, during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 1
August 30, 2017
Shawn Broadway Derry, sr., RB/DB The shifty senior scored on runs of 27, 18 and 3 yards and rushed for 137 yards on 20 carries

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Ligonier Valley quarterback Sam Sheeder (16) leaps over the Richland defense for a 1-yard touchdown during the third quarter of the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Ligonier Valley sending 11 players into college football
May 27, 2020
There is a reason the Ligonier Valley football team has been outstanding the past four seasons.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo is a two-time state champ in the 3,200-meter run.
Senior Spotlight: Denied shot at 3-peat, Brownsville state champ moving on to NC State
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Allegheny’s Casey Burton won an indoor state championship in the long jump.
Senior Spotlight: North Allegheny jumper looking forward to Princeton career
May 26, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hempfield’s Jake Boord will attend Allegheny College in the fall.
Senior Spotlight: Hempfield javelin champ keeps goals in sight
May 23, 2020
If things were normal around the world, and we know they’re not, Hempfield Area senior Jake Boord would be in Shippensburg competing in the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

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AJGA revises schedule; Southpointe tournament set for August
May 21, 2020
The American Junior Golf Association updated its schedule Thursday.

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Derry’s Justin Huss eludes Mt. Pleasant defenders during the second quarter on Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Derry set to finalize football coaching candidates list
May 18, 2020
Derry athletic director Brett Miller is finalizing the list of candidates for the Trojans’ football coaching position that opened when Tim Sweeney left to accept the same job at Baldwin last month.

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The Hempfield Area School District is planning interviews for athletic director candidates.
Hempfield to interview athletic director candidates this week
May 17, 2020
Hempfield Area School District is moving forward in its search for a new athletic director after Greg Meisner resigned April 3.

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Greensburg Salem senior Brenden Lewis
Senior Spotlight: Greensburg Salem hurdler had sights set on school record
May 15, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Indiana senior Kendall Branan
Senior Spotlight: Indiana runner has eye on nationals, career at Pitt
May 14, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Quaker Valley runner Annie Wicker
Senior Spotlight: Quaker Valley 2-time WPIAL champ hoped to make final splash
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Michael Petrof and Jane Garver are Ligonier Valley’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Senior duo set standard for leadership at Ligonier Valley
May 13, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the 11th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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J.F. Aber hits a shot at tournament at Cedarbrook Golf Course during the WPIAL Class AA Team Tournament on Oct. 10, 2019.
Glengarry Golf Course holds Hurricane Junior Golf tournament
May 11, 2020
No PGA. No LPGA.

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Dillon Ferretti and Olivia Persin are Hempfield’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Three-sport athletes Ferretti, Persin represent Hempfield as award finalists
May 10, 2020
Olivia Persin and Dillon Ferretti always look forward to this time of year.

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Shaleena Garner and Jalen Page are Greensburg Salem’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Greensburg Salem tandem’s work on, off field pays off with award nomination
May 9, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Shaler’s Cam Mbalo won WPIAL gold in the triple jump last year.
Senior Spotlight: Shaler track star misses chance at another gold medal, WPIAL record
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fox Chapel’s Grace Sisson finishes fifth in the WPIAL Class AAA girls cross country race on Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Senior Spotlight: Fox Chapel runner has bright future at Duquesne
May 8, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Plum’s Joel Tarzoho will join Duquesne’s track team next season.
Senior Spotlight: Plum’s Tarzoho looking to make huge jump into college track and field
May 7, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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McGuffey’s C.J. Cole accepted a preferred walk-on offer to play football at West Virginia.
Senior Spotlight: Few McGuffey athletes can match Cole’s all-around credentials
May 5, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak works against West Shamokin’s Jack McCullough during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley’s Marinchak, Silk headline Heritage Conference postseason awards
It was quite a year for the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team in the school’s final season in District 6.

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Longtime girls tennis coach retires as Hempfield gets fall coaching staffs in order
May 4, 2020
Hempfield Area School District is looking for a couple fall sports coaches.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Ben Monn of Cumberland Valley in the PIAA Class AAA 113-pound consolation March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Powerade Wrestling Tournament grows to 55 teams for 2020
The Powerade Wrestling Tournament is billed as one of the top high school competitions in the country.

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Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards nominees Hannah Seitzinger and Mitchell Pohlot of Belle Vernon
Belle Vernon senior duo focuses on future
May 3, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the first in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Hempfield track coach Ron Colland receives Ferranti Award
May 2, 2020
Ron Colland has been involved in track and field for more than 60 years, the past 38 as a coach at Hempfield.

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Matt Federovich competed in a variety of events for the Norwin track team.
Senior Spotlight: Norwin senior track athlete keeping chin up before heading to Bucknell
May 1, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt is probably pleased about a wrestling rule change that eliminates restrictions on hair length.
PIAA considers dropping weight class as wrestling rule changes are made
April 29, 2020
The National Federation of State High School Associations announced 11 rule changes on Tuesday, none involving the reduction of weight classes.

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Latrobe’s Sadie Wetzel will concentrate on the high jump at Duquesne.
Senior Spotlight: Latrobe’s Wetzel grits teeth through shutdown
April 28, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hempfield senior Lucas Kissell is a pole vaulter for the Spartans track team but also competes in skeleton in his free time.
Hempfield senior Lukas Kissell vaults into new sport: Skeleton
April 26, 2020
Lukas Kissell was helping Hempfield win a WPIAL Class AAA team track title a year ago.

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Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula is one of the nominees for the Driscoll Award at the 64th annual Westmoreland Scholar/Athlete banquet.
Westmoreland Scholar/Athlete committee announces excellent group; banquet on hold
April 24, 2020
Will the 64th annual Westmoreland Scholar/Athlete banquet be held this year?

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary reacts to defeating Tyler Kasak of Beth Catholic in the Class AAA 106-pound semifinal during the PIAA championships.
Latrobe searching for wrestling coach after Ciotti resigns
April 22, 2020
Mike Ciotti knew early in the season this was going to be his last as Latrobe’s wrestling coach.

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Derry coach Tim Sweeney watches his team during warm-ups on Sept. 14, 2018, before a game at Mt. Pleasant.
Derry hopes to hire football coach within month
April 21, 2020
When Derry hired Tim Sweeney as its football coach in 2013, athletic director Brett Miller considered it a home run.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson competes against South Allegheny on April 18, 2019, at South Allegheny.
Southmoreland softball hopes to make run at another title
March 19, 2020
When Southmoreland softball coach Todd Bunner addressed his team March 12, they talked about the future and hoped the 2020 season would continue in the near future.

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Jeannette’s Zack Berginc scores past Southmoreland catcher Brok Potoka during their game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Jeannette.
Govern sees improvement in Southmoreland baseball team
Southmoreland baseball coach Al Govern calls himself old school.

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Ligonier Valley sophomore Beitel invited to elite football camp
March 18, 2020
Ligonier Valley sophomore Nick Beitel was invited to the EXOS Select 50 instructional football showcase, which will take place in May in either Houston or Frisco, Texas.

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McGuffey coach Ed Dalton helped organize the BeeGraphix Great 38 football all-star game.
WCCA/Tri-County all-star football game planned for June 13
March 17, 2020
Even before the coronavirus became a part of our lives, the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association and Tri-County Football Coaches’ Association made plans to play a football all-star game.

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Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary reacts to defeating Tyler Kasak of Bethlehem Catholic in a 106-pound semifinal at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Paul Schofield: Westmoreland County wrestlers shine in PIAA finals
March 15, 2020
What an exciting and puzzling week it has been for high school athletics and everyone else as the coronavirus pandemic has interrupted our lives.

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Greensburg Salem wrestler Riley Stoner is supported by coach Randy Parsley before being introduced in a dual meet against Latrobe on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem’s Stoner wins 2nd state wrestling title, keeps program tradition alive
Super Bowl MVPs go to Disney World the day after the game.

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Latrobe’s Jordan Tallman is back after her season was shortened by injury last year.
Championship coach returns for 2nd stint with Latrobe softball
March 13, 2020
Bob Kovalcin resigned as Latrobe softball coach in 2012 to watch his daughter play college softball.

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Latrobe’s Alex Wilson during baseball practice at Greater Latrobe High School in Unity Township on Wednesday, March 6, 2020.
Latrobe looking to rebound with young squad
It’s been three years since the Latrobe Wildcats were baseball champions in the WPIAL and PIAA in 2017.

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Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state tournament postponed
March 12, 2020
The Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship, which was to be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center this weekend, has been postponed because of coronavirus concerns.

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North Hills’ Sam Hillegas walks off the mat after losing to Wyatt Henson of Waynesburg in the 138-pound final in class AAA in PIAA wrestling championship on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic canceled because of coronavirus concerns
The annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, scheduled for Saturday at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House, has been canceled because of the health concerns over coronavirus.

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Aislin Malcolm led Chartiers Valley with 19 points Wednesday night.
Chartiers Valley tops Hollidaysburg to win WPIAL-record 57th straight game
March 11, 2020
When Hollidaysburg jumped out to a quick lead against Chartiers Valley on Wednesday in a PIAA Class 5A girls basketball second-round playoff game, there was no panic by the Colts.

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Jeannette coach Zac Karas addresses team after practice on March 11, 2020, at Jeannette.
Jeannette coach Karas looking for big season from experienced softball team
There is a reason for optimism for the Jeannette softball team.

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Jeannette’s Alex Vickers takes a throw from a teammate at baseball practice Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Vickers is Jeannette’s top pitcher.
Young, small roster has Jeannette baseball facing new challenges
Three years ago, Jeannette was celebrating its first WPIAL baseball title.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is declared the winner against Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg Central in the 126-pound final at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
4 WPIAL wrestlers to represent Pennsylvania all-star team at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 9, 2020
Kurtis Phipps’ high school wrestling career isn’t over just yet.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis celebrates with coaches after a win against Donovan McMillan of Peters Township in the PIAA Class AAA 182-pound final Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL dominates PIAA finals in Class AAA
March 7, 2020
HERSHEY — It was another dominating year for the WPIAL at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps prepares to take the mats with coach Vince DeAugustine in the parade of champions at the PIAA Class AA championship Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps defeated Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg Central in the 126-pound final.
Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps finally wins state title
HERSHEY — It wasn’t a perfect match, but Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps will take it.

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Ellwood City’s Austin Walley celebrates winning the PIAA Class AA 182-pound championship against Dylan Bennett of Montoursville on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey. Walley is the first state wrestling champion in Ellwood City history.
Ellwood City’s Walley makes history; Frazier’s Lawrence loses controversial match at PIAA Class AA championships
HERSHEY — On a day when Ellwood City senior Austin Walley became the school’s first state champion, the only thing fans who attended the PIAA Class AA championship were talking about was officiating in the 160-pound final.

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Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary reacts to defeating Tyler Kasak of Beth Catholic in the 106-weight class semifinal in AAA on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the PIAA individual state wrestling championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Kilkeary wins another stunner at PIAA tournament, advances to finals
HERSHEY — Latrobe freshman Vincent Kilkeary continued his stunning run through the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling tournament.

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South Park’s Joey Fischer wrestles Brookville’s Owen Reinsel in the 113-pound bout semifinal in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Frazier’s Lawrence looking to become 3-time PIAA winner
HERSHEY — Frazier senior Thayne Lawrence’s high school wrestling career will come to an end Saturday at Giant Center.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman wrestles under David Evans of Tunkhannock in the 126 pound quarterfinal bout in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s Cymmerman will medal again at PIAA Class AA wrestling championships
March 6, 2020
HERSHEY — Derry junior Ty Cymmerman must wait another year to win a state title.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps defeats Kyle Waterman of Council Rock South in a PIAA Class AAA 126-pound quarterfinal Friday, March 6, 2020 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Kilkeary making big noise at PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships
HERSHEY — The smallest guys in the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships are making some big noise.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles Waynesburg’s Rocco Welsh in the 126 weight class on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Norwin’s Phipps joins elite group of WPIAL wrestlers
Kurtis Phipps became the 30th wrestler in WPIAL history to win four district titles.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Connellsville’s Mason Prinkey in the 113 pound weight class in class AAA during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional’s Dibert celebrates WPIAL title
Franklin Regional senior Carter Dibert won his first WPIAL Class AAA title on Feb. 29 and quickly turned his focus to winning his second PIAA gold medal.

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence wrestles against Gavin Garcia of Southern Columbia in the 160 pound quarterfinal bout in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
7 WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA semifinals
HERSHEY — Friday has gone a lot better for WPIAL Class AA wrestlers at the PIAA individual championships at the Giant Center.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles J.P McCaskey’s Andrew Vogelbacher in the 170 weight class in the PIAA state wrestling tournament in class AAA on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers shine, Class AA struggles on Day 1 of PIAA tournament
March 5, 2020
HERSHEY — You couldn’t ask for a crazier day for WPIAL wrestlers than Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc, a student at Jeannette, works to pin Bethlehem Liberty’s Javien DeLeon in a 113-pound bout in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA championships Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Hempfield wrestler Berginc pulls off shocking win in PIAA tournament
HERSHEY — It was a perfect first day at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships for Hempfield, highlighted by a huge upset by junior Ethan Berginc.

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Derry junior Ty Cymmerman (blue) battles Port Allegany junior Braedon Johnson at 126 pounds at the PIAA tournament March 5, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s Cymmerman advances with pin at PIAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — Derry junior Ty Cymmerman didn’t panic when Port Allegany junior Braedon Johnson got the first takedown in their first-round match Thursday.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles Tyler Kocak of Hampton in the 170 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for March 3, 2020
March 3, 2020
Class AAA

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps raises four fingers for four WPIAL titles after defeating Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg in the 126 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Westmoreland high school wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Phipps ready for final run
Kurtis Phipps has checked off everything on his bucket list for wrestling except for one thing: being a Pennsylvania state champion.

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Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman wrestles Greensburg Salem’s John Meyers in the 220 weight class on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Belle Vernon wrestler Weightman making name for himself
His name is Cole Weightman.

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Hempfield’s Tyler Linsenbigler grapples in neutral with Latrobe’s Ricky Armstrong in the 145 weight class bout on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School. Hempfield won 37-33.
PIAA awards 9 top seeds to WPIAL wrestlers
March 1, 2020
The PIAA released the pairings for the state wrestling tournament, and, not surprisingly, numerous WPIAL champions were seeded No. 1, including seven in Class AAA.

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Kiski’s Jack Blumer reacts as Waynesburg’s Luca Augustine celebrates victory in the 160-pound final during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Canon-McMillan.
Kiski Area wrestlers experience highs and lows in WPIAL Class AAA championships
February 29, 2020
It was a day of highs and lows for the Kiski Area wrestling team Saturday at the WPIALClass AAA wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps raises four fingers for four WPIAL titles after defeating Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg in the 126 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Norwin’s Phipps claims 4th WPIAL wrestling title; North Hills’ Hillegas denied
Kurtis Phipps showed the WPIAL wrestling committee what he thought of their seeding.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps will try for his fourth WPIAL Class AAA title when he faces Waynesburg freshman Rocco Welsh in the 126-pound final.
Norwin’s Phipps, North Hills’ Hillegas reach WPIAL wrestling finals, eye elite group
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps and North Hills senior Sam Hillegas are one victory away from reaching an elite group.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore Troy Hohman (top) defeats Canon-McMillan sophomore Jacob Houpt, 7-1, in the quarterfinals at 106 pounds at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Penn-Trafford’s Hohman pulls off upset to reach WPIAL Class AAA wrestling semifinals
February 28, 2020
Penn-Trafford sophomore Troy Hohman entered the 2020 WPIAL/PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament as sort of an unknown.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps will attempt to win his fourth WPIAL championship this weekend.
5 things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships
February 27, 2020
The Class AAA WPIAL individual championships/PIAA Southwest Regional will begin Friday at Canon-McMillan.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak dribbles down court against Penns Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at Hollidaysburg Senior High School during WPIAL basketball semifinal playoffs.
Ligonier Valley boys return to District 6 title game for another shot at Richland
February 25, 2020
HOLLIDAYSBURG — It’s back to the PIAA District 6 Class 3A championship game for the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestling seeding creates controversy
Twitter was abuzz Monday when the WPIAL wrestling committee released the seedings for the Class AAA individual tournament, which begins Friday at Canon-McMillan.

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Wrestling notebook: Southmoreland wrestler Bret Huffman fights through knee injury to make states
Southmoreland senior Bret Huffman wasn’t about to let a knee injury keep him off the mat.

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Hempfield’s Dillon Ferretti wrestles under the pressure of opponent John Meyers of Greensburg Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 25, 2020
Class AAA

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Burrell junior Ian Oswalt sits on top of Glendale’s Brock McMillen at 132 pounds on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at the Southwest Regional.
                                Burrell junior Ian Oswalt (top) wrestles Glendale’s Brock McMillen at 132 pounds on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at the Southwest Regional.
Burrell duo suffer tough losses in PIAA regional finals
February 22, 2020
It wasn’t the finals Burrell juniors Ian Oswalt and AJ Corrado were hoping for.

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Burrell junior AJ Corrado (top) battles St Joseph Catholic Academy’s Caleb Dowling at 152 pounds Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Dowling won 2-1, his third Southwest Regional title.
Derry’s Cymmerman denied PIAA regional wrestling title again
Derry junior Ty Cymmerman came up short again at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament, and he’s tired of it.

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Derry junior Ty Cymmerman gets back points on Marion Center sophomore Gain Stewart at 126 pounds at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
New strategy brings PIAA quarterfinal win for Derry’s Cymmerman
February 21, 2020
Derry junior Ty Cymmerman decided to change his style late in the season, and for the past two weeks it has worked fine.

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Burrell junior Ian Oswalt gets a takedown against Forest Hills sophomore Noah Teeter at 132 pounds at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
Burrell senior wrestler Feroce surprises at PIAA regionals
While it was business as usual for Burrell juniors Ian Oswalt and AJ Corrado, senior Ricky Feroce capped off Day 1 of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday at IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex with a satisfying victory.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman (right), wrestling Mt. Pleasant’s Damian George, will try to win his first PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional title after losing in the finals each of the past two years.
Five things to watch at PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling
February 20, 2020
The PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling championships will begin Friday at IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

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Belle Vernon’s Thomas Hepple fights Derry’s Sam Jones (33) for the ball Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in the WPIAL basketball playoffs at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Belle Vernon boys shake off slow start, Derry in 1st-round victory
February 19, 2020
It took No. 6 Belle Vernon a little while to shake No. 11 Derry in the opening round of the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs.

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Petrarca, Peters Township boys hold off Hempfield rally
February 18, 2020
A poor first half and the hot shooting of Peters Township senior Sam Petrarca did in the Hempfield boys basketball team Tuesday night.

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Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen (left) battles Kiski Area’s Jared Curcio during a December match.
Wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Weinzen done for season with arm injury
The season is over for Norwin senior Ryan Weinzen.

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Yough junior Glenn Christner is a member of the 2019-20 wrestling team.
Yough champs enter school’s wrestling record books, still have goals to achieve
Shane Momyer and Glenn Christner did something Friday at the WPIAL Class AA section tournament that is a rare occurrence in Yough wresting history. They won section titles.

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McGuffey’s Rocco Ferraro wrestles South Park’s Anthony Weil at 145 pounds Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 in the WPIAL wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 18, 2020
Class AAA

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence was one of five WPIAL wrestlers who earned a top seed for this week’s PIAA Southwest Regional tournament.
Five WPIAL wrestlers receive tops seeds at Southwest Region tournament
February 16, 2020
Pairings for the PIAA Class AA Southwest Region tournament were released Sunday, and five WPIAL wrestlers received No. 1 seeds.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Damian George works for control Derry’s Ty Cymmerman in the 126-pound weight class Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in the WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan High School.
Derry’s Cymmerman, three others reach elite status at WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships
February 15, 2020
There are certain things in the modern day of wrestling that continue to impress fans.

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Mt. Pleasant sophomore Dayton Pitzer, the defending PIAA Class AA champion at 182 pounds, had season-ending surgery.
Wrestling notebook: Teams using female wrestlers for free points
February 12, 2020
Saucon Valley and Reynolds presented a girl during their matches against Notre Dame-Green Pond, a catholic school in Easton, to collect a forfeit at the PIAA Team Championship in Hershey over the weekend.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert (right) and Penn-Trafford’s Boaz Chisko compete in the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
TribHSSN individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 12, 2020
Tribune-Review Individual Rankings

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Ty Cymmerman hopes to be the next Derry wrestler to hang his uniform on the wall in the wrestling room. Here he poses for a photo Feb. 11, 2020, at Derry.
Derry’s Ty Cymmerman would give singlet off his back to be a state champ
There are five wrestling uniforms hanging on the wall inside the Derry wrestling room.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles South Fayette’s Praicen Long in the 160-pound weight class Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at Hempfield.
TribHSSN state team wrestling rankings for Feb. 12, 2020
State team rankings

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt sets up a shot on the net as Greensburg Central Catholic applies defensive pressure on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 during WPIAL basketball at Jeannette.
Jeannette boys basketball team awarded No. 3 seed for WPIAL playoffs
February 11, 2020
One of the hottest teams since Christmas was the Jeannette boys basketball squad.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points out to the crowd after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Injury keeps Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer from defending state wrestling title
February 10, 2020
When the WPIAL wrestling committee releases the Class AA section tournament pairings Tuesday, at least one big-name wrestler will be missing.

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Waynesburg poses with its Class AAA runner-up trophy in the PIAA team wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Waynesburg’s 2nd-place finish at PIAA team wrestling start of something big
February 8, 2020
HERSHEY — The path to the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship next year could run through Greene County.

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AJ Corrado gets a takedown against Hamburg’s Ayden Kauffman at 152 pounds in the PIAA team wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell wrestling team comes up short of PIAA goal
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields gave his team a stern message after it fell one step shy of its goal in the PIAA team championship Saturday at the Giant Center.

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Waynesburg’s Cole Homet pins Cathedral Prep’s Steffan Lynch in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals Feb. 7, 2020, in Hershey.
PIAA team wrestling tournament: Waynesburg reaches state finals
February 7, 2020
All Waynesburg junior Wyatt Henson was focused on was winning his match Friday at the Giant Center.

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Burrell’s Nico Ferra grapples with Burgettstown’s Shane Ilgenfritz in the 106 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships at Chartiers-Houston High School.
PIAA team wrestling tournament: Burgettstown bows out
HERSHEY — Burgettstown’s first trip to the PIAA team wrestling tournament was memorable, but the Blue Devils wanted more.

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Burrell’s Shawn Szymanski earns a win against Saucon Valley during the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals Feb. 7, 2020.
PIAA team wrestling tournament: Slow start costs Burrell in quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields said he doesn’t measure his wrestlers by wins or losses.

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PIAA team wrestling tournament: Canon-McMillan marches past Gettysburg
February 6, 2020
HERSHEY – There was a rumor circulating around the Giant Center on Thursday that if Gettysburg were to defeat Canon-McMillan and face Bethlehem Catholic, it would use girls in the lineup to collect forfeits in the next round.

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PIAA team wrestling tournament: Waynesburg slides by Central Dauphin
HERSHEY – Waynesburg’s first-ever match at the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championship went very well.

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PIAA team wrestling tournament: Seneca Valley eases past State College
HERSHEY – Seneca Valley used pins by Chanz Shearer (138 pounds) and Antonio Amelio (145) to open a lead, and then got late pins from Liam Volk-Klos (182) and Nick Funovits (220) to defeat District 6 champion State College, 34-29.

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Burrell’s Dominic Holmes battles Montoursville’s Cael Crebs at 170 pounds during a first-round match at the PIAA Class AA team wrestling tournament Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.
PIAA team wrestling tournament: Burrell decks Montoursville
HERSHEY – When Burrell junior A.J. Corrado opened the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championship with an 18-second pin, it was a sure sign of what was to come.

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PIAA team wrestling tournament: Burgettstown stumbles against Chestnut Ridge
HERSHEY — District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge won the final seven bouts and eased past WPIAL runner-up Burgettstown, 56-12, on Thursday at PIAA Class AA Team Championship at Giant Center.

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Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee (center) and his teammates pose with the championship trophy after defeating Cumberland Valley, 36-33, during the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships on Feb. 7, 2015 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
5 things to watch at the PIAA team wrestling championships
February 5, 2020
The PIAA team wrestling championships begin Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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Chris Chunko was hired as Yough’s football coach on Feb. 4, 2020.
Yough hires new football coach
When Chris Chunko reached age 50, he felt his chances of becoming a head football coach were dwindling.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Christian McGowan (right) fights Imani Christian’s Jacquess Myers for the ball Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Balanced attack helps GCC boys take down Imani in 1st-place showdown
February 4, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic clinched at least a tie for the WPIAL Section 3-A title Tuesday, but first-year coach Christian Hyland wants more.

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Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler grapples opponent Luke Willet of Greensburg-Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 4, 2020
Class AAA

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Waynesburg’s Eli Makel celebrates after defeating Seneca Valley’s Marshall Adamson during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team championship semifinal at Norwin High School on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Waynesburg, Canon-McMillan could collide again
Looking at the pairings for the PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament, there is a decent chance that WPIAL champion Waynesburg and Section 4 rival Canon-McMillan could meet in the semifinals.

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Ligonier Valley wrestlers, from left, Josh Harbert and Ryan Harbert pose with their dad, Brent Harbert, a Rams assistant coach, on Jan. 28, 2020, at Ligonier Valley.
Harbert brothers aim high for Ligonier Valley wrestling team
When Ligonier Valley freshman Josh Harbert and sophomore Ryan Harbert need advice on how to improve their wrestling skills, they don’t have to look far.

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Feb. 4, 2020
Class AAA

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Canon-McMillan’s Tanner Rohaley wrestles Seneca Valley’s Aidan Hayes during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship semifinals at Norwin on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Feb. 4, 2020
Class AAA

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Ligonier Valley boys advance to Heritage championship with win over Penns Manor
February 3, 2020
Ligonier Valley sophomore Matthew Marinchak had a quiet first half Monday in a Heritage Conference semifinal game against Penns Manor.

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New Heritage Conference member Cambria Heights takes on Ligonier Valley in a 2017 game.
Cambria Heights to replace Ligonier Valley in Heritage Conference
Heritage Conference president Jody Rainey announced on Monday that the conference voted to approve Cambria Heights as its new member to replace Ligonier Valley, which left for the WPIAL.

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Waynesburg’s Eli Makel celebrates after defeating Seneca Valley’s Marshall Adamson during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team championship semifinal at Norwin High School on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
No. 1 Waynesburg rallies to win WPIAL Class AAA wrestling title in 31 years
February 1, 2020
Waynesburg found itself in an unfamiliar position in the finals of the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team championship.

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Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento dribbles around Penn-Trafford defender Silas Koscho (2) on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Penn-Trafford High School.
No. 1 Fox Chapel pulls away to dump Penn-Trafford
January 31, 2020
There is a reason Fox Chapel is ranked No. 1 in Class 6A.

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Hempfield’s Tyler Linsenbigler (right), shown wrestling Latrobe’s Ricky Armstrong, said a pair of December losses helped the Spartans realize they weren’t working hard enough.
Once ‘overrated’ and ‘out of shape,’ Hempfield wrestlers march into WPIAL semifinals
When the Hempfield wrestling team was rated No. 1 early in the season, coach Tommy Dolde felt his team didn’t earn such a high praise.

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Ligonier Valley’s Mike Marinchak during practice in the school gym, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
Ligonier Valley boys basketball rebounds from poor start
January 30, 2020
If you witnessed Ligonier Valley’s boys basketball game against Nazareth Prep, you probably walked away thinking it was going to be a long season for the Rams.

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Hempfield’s Nolan Daerr wrestles atop Kiski Area’s Vince Lapiana in the 138-pound weight class Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in WPIAL wrestling at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield rolls over Kiski Area to reach WPIAL wrestling semifinals
January 29, 2020
Hempfield didn’t look sharp in its first match Wednesday in the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell tries to pick up back points on Hempfield’s Derek Choby during a Dec. 18, 2019 dual meet.
Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Latrobe collects medals at West Branch
January 28, 2020
It was another successful tournament for Latrobe, which earned a fourth-place finish at the West Branch Ultimate Warrior tournament.

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Norwin wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine celebrates his 250th career win after the Knights defeated West Mifflin on Jan. 27, 2020, at Canon-McMillan.
Norwin’s Vince DeAugustine reaches coaching milestone
The Norwin wrestling team presented coach Vince DeAugustine a couple of banners following Monday’s match against West Mifflin.

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Seneca Valley’s Chanz Shearer looks to pin Caden Stout from St. Clairsville (Ohio) during the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27, 2019.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 28, 2020
Class AAA

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Jan. 28, 2020
Class AAA

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer tries to escape from a hold held by Trinity’s Drew Cain. Blumer pinned Cain in 2:51 of their Round of 32 match at the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27, 2019.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 28, 2020
Class AAA

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Norwin, Franklin Regional, Pine-Richland, Chartiers Valley move on in WPIAL wrestling playoffs
January 27, 2020
Norwin didn’t have a good Section 1-3A wrestling tournament on Jan. 22, losing twice and finishing fourth.

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Latrobe’s Michael Noonan (3) goes for a rebound against Penn-Trafford Jan. 24, 2020 at Penn-Trafford.
Latrobe knocks off Penn-Trafford again
January 24, 2020
It hasn’t been a great season for the Latrobe boys basketball team.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt pins Elizabeth Forward’s Rick Prokop at 138 pounds during their Section 3-AA final match Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Elizabeth Forward High School.
Waynesburg, Burrell get top seeds in WPIAL wrestling team tournaments
January 23, 2020
The WPIAL wrestling committee rewarded excellence and history when deciding the pairings for the team tournament.

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Hempfield’s Justin Cramer wrestles Kiski Area’s Brayden Rascosky in the 195 weight class final Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in the Section 1-AAA wrestling tournament at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield defeats Kiski Area for section wrestling title
January 22, 2020
Hempfield needed a stopper when Kiski Area jumped out to a quick lead in the WPIAL Class AAA Section 1 title match on Wednesday.

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Knoch boys basketball team stays calm, defeats Mt. Pleasant
January 21, 2020
When Knoch struggled to make a 3-pointer in the first quarter against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, there was no panic from the Knights.

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Hempfield wrestlers and coaches cheer on their team during a dual meet with Greensburg Salem. Hempfield could meet Kiski Area in the section tournament finals.
Wrestling notebook: Key matches possible in section tournaments
Some potentially interesting matchups could be in store at the WPIAL Class AAA and Class AA section team tournaments.

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Greensburg Salem’s Trent Patrick struggles against Hempfield’s Justin Cramer in a dual meet this season.
‘Spartanhawks’ Ethan Berginc, Justin Cramer fitting in with Hempfield wrestling team
When the Jeannette School District decided to disband its wrestling program three years ago and enter into a co-op with Hempfield, junior Ethan Berginc and senior Justin Cramer didn’t have a choice if they wanted to continue the sport they loved.

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Trib HSSN PIAA team wrestling rankings for Jan. 21, 2020
Class AAA

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest and Waynesburg’s Mac Church tumble at the edge of the mat in the 106-pound final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 21, 2020
Class AAA

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South Park’s Joey Fischer, the top-ranked wrestler in Class AA at 120 pounds, controls North Allegheny’s Dylan Coy at the 2020 Allegheny County tournament.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 21, 2020
Class AAA

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon wrestles Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps in the 126 class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Franklin Regional wrestling again features strong lineup of lightweights
January 18, 2020
When the Franklin Regional wrestling team was winning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles earlier this decade, the Panthers featured a nearly unbeatable lineup from 106 to 160 pounds.

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Jackson Pruitt led Jeannette with 12 points Friday night.
Jeannette holds on to beat Brentwood, run winning streak to 8
January 17, 2020
Two streaks continued Friday night at Jeannette.

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Hempfield wrestlers and coaches cheer on their team as they gain points on Greensburg-Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at Greensburg-Salem High School.
Hempfield wrestling puts it all together in rout of rival Greensburg Salem
January 15, 2020
Hempfield wrestling coach Tommy Dolde couldn’t ask for a better performance from his Spartans heading into the WPIAL Class AAA Section 1 tournament Jan. 22.

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Marcus McCarthy’s clutch free throws help Hempfield boys end skid vs. Latrobe
January 14, 2020
It has been a while since the Hempfield boys basketball team has beaten Latrobe. It has been even longer since the Spartans won at Latrobe.

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Hempfield’s Isaiah Vance squares off in neutral against Cole Deery of Malvern Prep in the 285-pound final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Hempfield heavyweight Isaiah Vance making quick work of foes
Hempfield Area junior heavyweight Isaiah Vance didn’t break a record, at least nationally, when he recorded a five-second pin against Woodland Hills heavyweight Michael Ewart last week.

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Kiski’s Jared Curcio battles in neutral against Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen in the 182 class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
With emergence of Ryan Weinzen, John Altieri, Norwin wrestling wins triple crown
Norwin did something at the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament that it hadn’t done since 1975. The Knights crowned three champions in the same season.

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Jan. 14, 2020
Class AAA

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Hempfield’s Justin Cramer works to defeat Franklin Regional’s Anthony Alesi at 195 pounds during the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 14, 2020
Class AAA

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Burgettstown’s Riley Kemper (right) is the top-ranked heavyweight in Class AA.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 14, 2020
Class AAA

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Shaler’s Tyler Beighley (24) competes against Franklin Regional on Jan. 10, 2020 at Franklin Regional.
Mekhi Reynolds stars for Shaler in win over Franklin Regional
January 10, 2020
Shaler basketball coach Rob Niederberger feels Mekhi Reynolds is one of the better players in the WPIAL.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley’s Garver, Southmoreland’s Miller sign with RMU softball
Robert Morris University recently announced the signing of seven students to softball scholarships. Among the group are two student-athletes from Westmoreland County.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Patrick Brewer signs a letter of intent to run track at Cornell.
GCC’s Patrick Brewer chooses Cornell, plans to compete in decathlon
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Patrick Brewer will be wearing red on his uniform this fall.

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Latrobe’s Enzo Angelicchio wrestles Greensburg Salem’s Nico Williams in the 126 pound weight class on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe tops Greensburg Salem, closes in on spot in WPIAL team tournament
January 8, 2020
Latrobe will be headed back to the WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tournament as long as it takes care of business.

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Greensburg Salem wrestler Riley Stoner is supported by head coach Randy Parsley before being introduced in a dual meet against Latrobe on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem’s Stoner has her eye on another state title
Greensburg Salem senior Riley Stoner was in an unfamiliar spot Wednesday night.

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Latrobe’s Nate Roth is the winner over Kiski Area’s Dom Giordano in the 120-pound final Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at Kiski Area High School.
Latrobe gets lift from freshmen wrestlers
January 7, 2020
Latrobe wrestling coach Mike Ciotti wasn’t surprised his team was leading the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament after first day of action.

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Gerrit Nijenhuis is one of four Canon-McMillan wrestlers who won championships at the Tri-County Athletic Directors Association tournament last weekend.
Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Mt. Pleasant to host junior high tournament
The annual Westmoreland County Junior High wrestling tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Pleasant.

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North Hills’ Sam Hillegas is the top-ranked Class AAA wrestler in the WPIAL at 132 pounds.
Trib HSSN individual WPIAL wrestling rankings for Jan. 7, 2020
Individual wrestling rankings

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North Allegheny’s Bobby Snyder and North Hills’ Ethan Mikovitzn compete Dec. 18, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 7, 2020
2019 TEAM RANKINGS

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Trib HSSN state wrestling rankings for Jan. 7, 2020
STATE TEAM RANKINGS

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Kranitz pin secures win as Norwin wrestling edges Franklin Regional
January 6, 2020
Almost everyone in the gym Monday night would have loved to see a rematch between Norwin senior wrestler Kurtis Phipps and Franklin Regional sophomore Finn Solomon.

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Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr celebrates a defeat on opponent Chase Kranitz of Norwin in the 152-pound final during the 67th Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area wrestling wins 5th consecutive county title
January 4, 2020
Kiski Area’s wrestling dynasty continued to grow Saturday at the 67th Annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps receives his medal for winning the 126-pound weight class at the 67th Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament.
2nd WCCA wrestling championship includes a 1st for Norwin’s Phipps
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps never had a defensive pin before Saturday’s finals at the 67th Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament.

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Phipps gets back on mat
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps was back on the mats at the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament after being injured in the finals at the Powerade tournament the week before.

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Franklin Regional wrestler Carter Dibert not pleased with second-place finish at Powerade
Franklin Regional junior Carter Dibert wasn’t in a good mood after his match in the Powerade finals.

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Hempfield’s Justin Cramer works to defeat Franklin Regional’s Anthony Alesi at 195 pounds during the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
5 facts from the WCCA wrestling tournament
The 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament will conclude on Saturday at Kiski Area. Here are five interesting facts heading into the final day of competition.

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Latrobe’s Micah Piper works to defeat Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern at 182 pounds during the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Latrobe wrestling leads WCCA after first day
January 3, 2020
Latrobe sophomore Micah Piper told his coach, Mike Ciotti, he was going to beat the 182-pound No. 2 seed before the start of the 67th Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament Friday.

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Burrell’s Richard Feroce works to pin Hempfield’s Coby Stepanik at 195 pounds during the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Burrell’s unseeded Christie earns berth in WCCA wrestling semifinals
Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields missed the opening night of the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament Friday because he and his wife Kylie welcomed the birth of their new son, Laker James, late in the afternoon.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell rises up with excitement after defeating Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon in the 132 class final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell, Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer to miss WCCA wrestling tournament
January 2, 2020
The Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament this weekend will be missing two prominent wrestlers.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is slammed to the mat by opponent Nic Bouzakis of Wyoming Seminary in the 126 pound final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School. The slam was deemed illegal, the match stopped due to concussion risk and given to Phipps.
Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps happy with win, but not DQ finish, at Powerade
December 31, 2019
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps was locked in a tight battle with Wyoming Seminary sophomore Nic Bouzakis in the 126-pound final Saturday at Powerade Tournament.

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Dec. 31, 2019
STATE TEAM RANKINGS

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer beats Burrell’s Austin Mele in the 160-pound weight class during last year’s WCCA wrestling tournament.
Another stern test awaits wrestlers at WCCA meet this weekend
It’s a busy and hectic time of the year for high school wrestlers.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis is introduced before the finals at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Dec. 31, 2019
WPIAL TEAM RANKINGS

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Latrobe’s Willochell pulls stunner, wins Powerade wrestling title
December 28, 2019
Gabe Willochell has a funky style to his wrestling.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps has his hand raised after winning a Powerade title last season.
Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps ready to defend Powerade titles
December 24, 2019
Norwin senior Kurtis Phipps didn’t have a usual summer wrestling in different major tournaments. He couldn’t.

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Returning state champ Thayne Lawrence of Frazier has been out with an injury.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Waynesburg takes over top spot in rankings
It was quite a week in the WPIAL and for the Waynesburg wrestling program.

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Waynesburg’s Darnell Johnson pins Hempfield’s Daniel Beck at 182 pounds during their WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal last season.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Dec. 24, 2019
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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Dec. 24, 2019
Class AAA

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Dec. 17, 2019
December 17, 2019
Class AAA

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Greater Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell wrestles Nazareth’s Drew Clearie in the 132-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Top teams set to square off at Kiski Area
Four of the top five Class AAA wrestling teams in the WPIAL will square off Friday at Kiski Area. 

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Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields talks to his team during a practice on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Dec. 17, 2019
Class AAA

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Greensburg Salem senior John Meyers is a member of the 2019-20 wrestling team.
Greensburg Salem wrestler John Meyers ready to tackle heavy hitters at 220
Greensburg Salem senior John Meyers is gambling on his ability.

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Jeannette’s Justin Cramer participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Tribune-Review Westmoreland football all-star team
December 14, 2019
Here are the members of the 2019 Tribune-Review Westmoreland football all-star team.

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Derry’s Justin Huss celebrates a Mt. Pleasant turnover during the fourth quarter Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Derry’s Justin Huss named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Football Player of the Year
PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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Defending state champ Dayton Pitzer of Mt. Pleasant (top) is out with an injury at the start of this season.
Wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley set for family reunion at Delaware tournament
December 10, 2019
When the Greensburg Salem wrestling team goes to the Milford (Del.) Invitational on Saturday, it will be a special time for the Parsley family.

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Dec. 10, 2019
Class AAA

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Norwin’s Tyler Bilinsky drives to the basket against Baldwin’s Connor Gitzen (35) and Dorien Ford Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at Franklin Regional High School.
Norwin boys go to 3-0 with win over Baldwin
December 9, 2019
Norwin basketball coach Buddy Valinsky couldn’t ask for a better start to the 2019-20 season.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert picks up back points against Gateway’s Evan Whiteside in 126-pound at the Eastern Area Wrestling Invitational at Gateway High School. Dibert won by a 17-1 technical fall.
Franklin Regional wrestler Dibert ready to defend state title
December 7, 2019
Franklin Regional junior Carter Dibert knows winning another PIAA wrestling title won’t be easy, but he’s ready to tackle the challenge.

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Nazareth Prep boys roll over Ligonier Valley with strong second half
December 6, 2019
This wasn’t how Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach John Berger envisioned the season-opener.

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Ligonier Valley players march across the field in their traditional postgame salute to the crowd following a loss to Richland in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game Nov. 15, 2019.
Ligonier Valley officially welcomed back to WPIAL
December 4, 2019
It’s official. Ligonier Valley has returned to the WPIAL after spending the past 50 years in District 6.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nick Loughner lets teammate Noah Gnibus practice takedowns during wrestling practice on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant puts pieces in place to take a run at Burrell in WPIAL Class AA wrestling
It’s been 13 years since a team other than Burrell as captured a WPIAL Class AA team title.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer celebrates after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship at the state meet last season.
WPIAL Class AA wrestlers to watch
Top returning Class AA wrestlers

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Titusville’s Hunter Thompson at the state tournament last season.
WPIAL Class AA preseason team wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AA preseason team rankings

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc works for a takedown on Briar Priest during practice Dec. 2, 2019, at Hempfield.
Hempfield wrestling team shooting for top spot in WPIAL Class AAA
December 3, 2019
Hempfield Area wrestling coach Tommy Dolde isn’t keen on rankings, especially when his team is the one ranked No. 1 in the preseason.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon celebrates after winning his second state title.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers to watch
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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis has his hand raised after winning the PIAA 170-pound Class AAA championship last season.
Important dates for the 2019-20 high school wrestling season
2019-20 Important Dates

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Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler pulls Waynesburg’s Nate Kirby into the middle of the mat during a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal match last season.
WPIAL Class AAA preseason team wrestling rankings: Hempfield lineup loaded
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Returning players for the 2019 Ligonier Valley girls basketball team include, from left, Haley Boyd, Kaelyn Adams and Carol Woods.
Rebuilding Ligonier Valley girls hope to ‘learn how to compete’
December 2, 2019
There was a reason that Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach Tim Gustin scheduled Punxsutawney for his team’s first preseason scrimmage.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak practices Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
Quick Ligonier Valley boys look to make a run to another district title
You won’t see Ligonier Valley police chief John Berger handling out any speeding tickets in the Ligonier Valley High School gymnasium this winter.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson crosses the finish line to win the boys WPIAL Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Anderson, Cochran headed to Foot Locker Championship
December 1, 2019
Another big cross country meet, another big win for Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson.

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Jeannette’s Jada Bass drives for a layup as Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bella Skatell (22) defends on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 in girls’ basketball at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
For Jeannette girls basketball, ‘It starts with believing’
November 24, 2019
Jeannette girls basketball coach Jonathan Bass has high expectations for his team.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt works on a shooting drill during practice Nov. 21, 2019, at Jeannette.
Jeannette boys basketball plans to contend in Class 2A
Midway through last season, the Jeannette boys basketball team was mired in a three-game Section 2-2A losing streak.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell struggles under North Hills’ Sam Hillegas in the 132-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Rule allows multiple wrestlers to compete at same weight class
The high school wrestling season kicks off Dec. 6 with a few rule changes.

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Bishop Carroll, Heritage Conference reach agreement
November 23, 2019
With Ligonier Valley on the verge of moving to the WPIAL, pending PIAA approval, the Heritage Conference and Bishop Carroll have come to a two-year agreement in football.

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McKeesport’s Jhayla Bray drives against Greensburg Salem’s Abby Mankins during a WPIAL playoff game Feb. 18, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Young Greensburg Salem girls basketball looks for playoff return
November 22, 2019
To reach the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs for the second consecutive season, third-year coach Rick Klimchock must find a scoring punch.

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Seniors Ryan Thomas (left) and Dante Parsons during basketball practice at Greensburg Salem High School, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.
Greensburg Salem boys out to surprise opponents
A late-season losing streak of seven games derailed plans of a second consecutive WPIAL playoff appearance for the Greensburg Salem boys basketball team.

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Greater Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell wrestles Nazareth’s Drew Clearie in the 132-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe wrestler Gabe Willochell signs with Edinboro
November 21, 2019
Latrobe senior Gabe Willochell was one of six wrestlers to sign letters of intent to attend Edinboro.

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Clairton players celebrate with fans in the stands after defeating Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Clairton conquers Sto-Rox to win 14th WPIAL championship
November 16, 2019
It’s a good bet, in recent years, that if Clairton reaches the WPIAL championship game, it’s going to win.

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Ligonier Valley running back Kyrie Miller (29) looks for running room behind the blocking of guard Mike Petrof (54) during the first quarter against Richland in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Ligonier Valley trails 14-0 at halftime.
Richland again takes down Ligonier Valley in District 6 title game
November 15, 2019
ALTOONA — This is not how the Ligonier Valley football team wanted its final game in District 6 to end.

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Ligonier Valley’s John Beard looks for running room between Bellwood-Antis defenders Joe Dorminy (44) and Nick Plank (38) during a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 21-20 to advance to the District 6 championship game.
Beard is unsung hero for Ligonier Valley football team
November 14, 2019
One player who sometimes gets overlooked on the Ligonier Valley football team is senior John Beard.

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Ligonier Valley honors military veterans as they take the field for their PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game with Bellwood-Antis on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier.
District 6 Class 2A football finals primer: Ligonier Valley vs. Richland
PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship

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Ligonier Valley quarterback Sam Sheeder keeps the ball and eludes Bellwood-Antis defender Lincoln Boyer (34) for an 11-yard gain during a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 21-20 to advance to the District 6 championship game.
Ligonier Valley defense to be tested by No. 1 Richland, WR Caleb Burke in District 6 title game
November 13, 2019
If Ligonier Valley wants to capture its third District 6 Class 2A football championship, containing Richland senior wide receiver Caleb Burke will be paramount.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller is brought down by Bellwood-Antis defender Joe Dorminy after he gains 47 yards to the 5 yard line on a pass reception during the fourth quarter of a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 21-20 to advance to the District 6 championship game.
Ligonier Valley to play Richland for District 6 title
November 11, 2019
The District 6 Class 2A championship game between No. 1 seed Richland (11-0) and No. 2 Ligonier Valley (12-0) will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Mansion Park in Altoona.

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Penn-Trafford’s Sam Fanelli (21) rushes the ball against Upper St. Clair during their game at West Mifflin High School on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Ethan Carr drives Penn-Trafford past Upper St. Clair, into WPIAL semifinals
November 8, 2019
Penn-Trafford junior Ethan Carr is a game changer.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel talks with his team in the locker room before their game against Northern Cambria Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Ligonier.
District 6 approves Ligonier Valley’s request to leave for WPIAL
November 7, 2019
Ligonier Valley is another step closer to joining the WPIAL.

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Penn Trafford’s Sam Fanelli steps through the tackle attempt by McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs earlier this season.
With Sam Fanelli back in action, Penn-Trafford loaded up for meeting with Upper St. Clair
November 6, 2019
Penn-Trafford and Upper St. Clair don’t exactly have a storied rivalry.

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Dylan Schmidt
Westmoreland County high school football players to watch for Week 11
Dylan Schmidt

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo (yellow ribbon) congratules sister Jolene at the PIAA cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Hershey.
Riverview places 2nd at PIAA Class A cross country meet
November 2, 2019
HERSHEY — Jenkintown came into the PIAA Class A boys cross country championships as the heavy favorite to win the team title.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson leads trio of area cross country state champions
HERSHEY — Mount Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson said it’s not easy to win back-to-back cross country titles.

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Blackhawk’s Marques Watson-Trent (23) stiff-arms Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt (26) during their game at Blackhawk High School on Nov. 1, 2019.
Blackhawk advances to semifinals, denies Greensburg Salem win No. 700
November 1, 2019
Victory No. 700 will have to wait for the Greensburg Salem football team.

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Norwin’s Jake Tarosky rounds a corner at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country championships on Oct. 9, 2019.
Norwin cross country falls just short of team goal
Norwin cross country coach Brian Fleckenstein knew it would take a great effort from his boys team to qualify for the PIAA cross country championship Nov. 2.

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Norwin runner Jubert looking to make up for injury-plagued season at states
October 31, 2019
Norwin junior Alex Jubert missed much of the 2019 cross country season recovering from injuries.

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Seniors on the Greensburg Salem football team celebrate the program’s 699th victory last week after defeating Indiana at Offutt Field.
Greensburg Salem chasing history, playoff win against Blackhawk
October 30, 2019
It’s been a while since Greensburg Salem won a WPIAL playoff game.

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Derry’s Justin Huss returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch for first week of WPIAL playoffs
Anthony Bonacci

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Greensburg-Salem’s Cavan Trout tackles South Fayette ball carrier Andrew Franklin on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.
Greensburg Salem trying to make history as WPIAL football playoff brackets revealed
October 28, 2019
Greensburg Salem football coach Dave Keefer said he couldn’t write a better script for his football team’s first-round game.

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Fans enter Weller Field before kickoff between West Shamokin and Ligonier Valley during WPIAL football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Weller Field in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley finishes 2nd in D6 football rankings
October 27, 2019
The final PIAA District 6 football rankings were released, and Ligonier Valley (10-0) is seeded second behind returning Class 2A champion Richland.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt scores during the second quarter against OLSH Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Moon Area High School.
Westmoreland football notebook: Jeannette’s Pruitt released from hospital
October 26, 2019
Jeannette senior Jackson Pruitt, who suffered a head injury during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game at Clairton and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, was released and at home resting early Saturday.

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Jeannette’s James Sanders (12) looks to pass the ball during their game against Clairton on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.
Clairton gets stingy, knocks off No. 1 Jeannette
October 25, 2019
High school football is a game of swings, just ask No. 1 Jeannette.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo crosses the finish line to win the girls WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Brownsville’s Quarzo sisters celebrate, Moon’s Mia Cochran pulls off shocker at WPIAL cross country meet
October 24, 2019
Gionna Quarzo of Brownsville has made her name on the track.

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Greensburg Salem’s Jamie Tanto runs to the finish line during the WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University. Tanto finsihed the race in eighth place to lead the Lions to a second place team finish.
Greensburg Salem sees girls team, 2 boys qualify for states at WPIAL cross country meet
Greensburg Salem cross country coach Nathan Snider couldn’t ask for a better effort from his girls team Thursday at the WPIAL championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Greensburg Central Catholic won the Class AA girls title at the PIAA team golf championships Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. From left, Madi Pisula, Olivia Kana, Abby Lint, Angelika Dewicki, Meghan Zambruno, Ella Zambruno, Haley Morgan and coach Gerry Police.
Greensburg CC, Fox Chapel, Sewickley Academy win PIAA team golf titles
October 23, 2019
YORK — Is a three-peat in order for the Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team?

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Clairton’s Dontae Sanders celebrates his touchdown during a game against West Greene on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Clairton.
Jeannette, Clairton to battle for Eastern Conference title, top seed in WPIAL playoffs
The Gardner Point System used by the WPIAL to settle tiebreakers for playoff berths and positioning makes football fans, players and coaches cringe.

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Franklin Regional’s Brandon Zanotto (5) returned from injury last week.
Westmoreland County don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
Class 6A

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Jeannette’s Imani Sanders is a member of the 2019 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 9
Pete Billey

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Riverside coach Bob Nathan puts the gold medal on Skyler Fox after Fox won the PIAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in York.
Riverside’s Skyler Fox wins 1st PIAA golf title
October 22, 2019
YORK — Riverside senior Skyler Fox always has played well in the PIAA Class AA golf championship, but he always came up short.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno connects on her tee shot on Hole 13 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
GCC’s Meghan Zambruno, Riverside’s Skyler Fox atop leaderboard at PIAA golf championship.
October 21, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Meghan Zambruno and Riverside senior Skyler Fox sit atop the leaderboard at the PIAA golf ghampionships after Monday’s opening round.

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel watches from the sidelines against West Shamokin during a Heritage Conference game football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley drops to third in latest District 6 football rankings
October 20, 2019
Despite another easy win in the PIAA District 6 Heritage Conference, Ligonier Valley dropped a spot in the football rankings in Class 2A.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar enters the PIAA tournament as the reigning WPIAL Class AAA champion.
Five things to watch from WPIAL golfers at the PIAA championships
The PIAA golf championships will take place Monday through Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

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Ligonier Valley’s football team and all of its other sports teams might be playing regularly against WPIAL competition next season.
Several steps required for Ligonier Valley to move from District 6 to WPIAL
October 19, 2019
The Ligonier Valley football team probably played its final game in the PIAA District 6 Heritage Conference on Friday.

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McKeesport’s Devari Robinson hands off to ball carrier Tyron Adams-Wagner (3) while on the offense against Franklin Regional in WPIAL football on Friday night, Oct. 18, 2019 at Franklin Regional Senior High School.
McKeesport rushes past Franklin Regional
October 18, 2019
McKeesport football coach Matt Miller will be rooting for Franklin Regional next week.

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Bethel Park’s Emily Carter gets a hug from an opponent at the TriState XC meet Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.
Anderson, Carter smash records at Tri-State cross country meet
October 17, 2019
When the WPIAL holds its cross country championships on Oct. 23 at Cal (Pa.), the favorites to win the Class AAA boys and girls races are Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson and Bethel Park junior Emily Carter.

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Greensburg Salem’s Ryan Thomas is a member of the 2019 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 8
October 16, 2019
Trevor Brncic

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Franklin Regional’s Colton Johns is tackled by Gateway defense on an attempted down during WPIAL football on Friday night, Oct. 4, 2019 at Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville.
Big East title remains possibility for Franklin Regional, McKeesport
Franklin Regional and McKeesport have secured spots in the upcoming WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar chips onto the green on Hole 13 during the PIAA West Region golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
WPIAL golf champs survive regional, advance to state tournament
October 15, 2019
There were no trophies handed out at the PIAA West Region Golf Championships on Tuesday at the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort’s Tom’s Run course in Blairsville.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ella Zambruno chips onto the green on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
5 things to watch at the PIAA regional golf tournament
October 14, 2019
The PIAA Class AAA and AA West Regional Golf Championship will take place Tuesday at the Chestnut Ridge Resort’s Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller runs the ball against West Shamokin on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley votes to return to WPIAL after 50-year absence
Ligonier Valley’s school board voted Monday night to return to the WPIAL in all sports in 2020-21, according to board president Irvin Tantlinger. It was a unanimous vote.

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Ligonier Valley’s Mike Petrof makes a tackle on West Shamokin quarterback Bo Swartz during District 6 football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley stays in 2nd in PIAA District 6 football rankings
Ligonier Valley and Saltsburg still sit close to the top of the PIAA District 6 football rankings after big wins on Friday.

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Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns Friday against Connellsville.
Little guys having big seasons in Westmoreland County football
October 12, 2019
You don’t have to be the biggest guy on your football team to shine on Friday nights.

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Jeannette’s Imani Sanders (3) picks up 7 yards early in the first quarter against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Carbon.
Imani Sanders, Jeannette run over GCC
October 11, 2019
Imani Sanders had one of those games players dreams of.

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Penn-Trafford’s Joseph Whipkey, left, competes side-by-side with Franklin Regional’s Carson Yohe, right, in the boys’ varsity race during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s cross country championships on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at the cross country course located at Westmoreland County Community College’s campus.
Penn-Trafford runners gain experience at annual WCCA meet
Penn-Trafford cross country coach Paul Conrad knew is teams would be outgunned at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet last Wednesday at Westmoreland County Community College.

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Norwin’s Jake Tarosky reacts after crossing the finish line first overall in the boys’ varsity race during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s cross country championships on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at the cross country course located at Westmoreland County Community College’s campus.
Norwin cross country teams send 5 to WCCA medals stand
The Norwin boys cross country team turned in an impressive performance at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet last week.

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Penn-Trafford’s Joseph Whipkey, left, competes side-by-side with Franklin Regional’s Carson Yohe, right, in the boys’ varsity race during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s cross country championships on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at the cross country course located at Westmoreland County Community College’s campus.
Young Franklin Regional cross country teams each take 6th at WCCA meet
Sophomore Mia Tarantini was the only Franklin Regional cross country runner to earn a medal last Wednesday at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet at Westmoreland County Community College.

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Norwin’s Jacob Tarosky (top) and Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer cross the finish line to win their races at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet.
GCC’s Corinn Brewer, Norwin’s Jacob Tarosky capture WCCA cross country titles
October 9, 2019
Corinn Brewer’s gameplan for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet at Westmoreland County Community College on Wednesday was to run fast.

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Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 7
David Altimore

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s David Altimore (2) throws a pass late in the game against Clairton on Sept. 6, 2019, at GCC.
Greensburg Central Catholic hopes to stop top-ranked Jeannette in Eastern Conference clash
Do you know Greensburg Central Catholic is quietly having an excellent season under first-year coach Bret Colbert?

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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.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brewer looking for personal record
October 8, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Corinn Brewer changed her approach this season.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel watches from the sidelines against West Shamokin during WPIAL football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley makes a leap in District 6 football rankings
October 6, 2019
Ligonier Valley and Saltsburg made leaps in the PIAA District 6 football rankings after big wins Friday.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nick Loughner rushed for 148 yards and scored two touchdowns in a key victory against Burrell.
Westmoreland football notebook: Mt. Pleasant back in Big East race
October 5, 2019
If Mt. Pleasant qualifies for the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs this season, then the Vikings may look back at Jake Johnson and a clutch play he lobbied for during the third quarter of Friday’s game against Burrell.

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Dominant Ligonier Valley clinches fourth straight conference title
October 4, 2019
Pretty, it wasn’t.

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger accepts her gold medal after winning the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Quaker Valley freshman edges Greensburg Central Catholic twins for WPIAL golf title
October 2, 2019
It was an unusual day at the WPIAL Class AAA and AA girls golf championships Wednesday at Diamond Run Golf Club in Sewickley.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt is competing for the 2019 Jayhawks.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 6
Larry Callaway

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Quarterback Trevor Brncic and Franklin Regional will look to knock off No. 3 Gateway on Friday.
Franklin Regional looking to slow down Gateway in Big East Conference showdown
Maybe it was good Franklin Regional couldn’t find an opponent to replace Albert Gallatin on the 2019 schedule.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno chips onto the green on Hole 9 during the WPIAL team golf championships Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver.
5 WPIAL Class AAA/AA girls individual golf championship storylines
October 1, 2019
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA girls individual golf championships will be Wednesday at Diamond Run Golf Club in Sewickley.

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Greensburg Central Catholic golfers Ella Zambruno, Meghan Zambruno and Angelika Dewicki will compete in the WPIAL Class AA tournament Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.
Smithco looking for another title; GCC trio hoping to challenge
September 30, 2019
One of the top storylines of the high school golf postseason is North Catholic senior Maddie Smithco trying to become a three-time PIAA champion, equaling a feat Greensburg Central Catholic grad Olivia Zambruno achieved from 2014-16.

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A yard marker is used in the first half of an NCAA college football game between Middle Tennessee and Duke Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Rankings: Class 2A in District 6 is tight
September 29, 2019
The PIAA District 6 football rankings have been posted through Week 5.

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Derry’s Paul Koontz (16) warms up with teammates prior to the start of a game against North Catholic on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
Westmoreland football notebook: Derry continues to roll despite injuries
September 28, 2019
Before the start of the season, Derry’s strength appeared to be the offensive and defensive lines.

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Huss’ run ignites Derry’s comeback victory against Elizabeth Forward
September 27, 2019
It wasn’t looking good for the Derry football team in the third quarter.

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Riverside’s Skyler Fox hits his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Allegheny Country Club.
5 things to watch at the WPIAL Class AA golf championship
September 25, 2019
The WPIAL Class AA golf championship will take place Thursday at Allegheny Country Club.

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Southmoreland coach Dave Keefer said a matchup with McGuffey on Friday will be his team’s toughest test so far.
Competitive fire burns for Southmoreland in battle of unbeatens with McGuffey
Will the coke ovens light up the sky over Alverton on Friday night?

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Mt. Pleasant’s Ian Fasano returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 5
Gabe Dunlap

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Latrobe’s Colten McCutcheon competes against Fox Chapel on Sept. 19, 2019 at Pittsburgh Field Club.
Latrobe golfer Colten McCutcheon survives bad hole to qualify for WPIALs
September 23, 2019
Latrobe senior Colten McCutcheon did something at Monday’s WPIAL Class AAA semifinal that he can luckily laugh about.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel watches from the sidelines against West Shamokin during WPIAL football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
                                Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel and the Rams are 39-1 in the Heritage Conference in the past five seasons.
Ligonier Valley football keeps marching on
September 21, 2019
If you attend a Ligonier Valley football practice during the week, you might be surprised to hear music blaring for the entire session.

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Derry’s Tanner Nicely is taken down by North Catholic’s Joey Prentice during a game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
North Catholic holds on for victory over Derry
September 20, 2019
Derry football coach Tim Sweeney wasn’t very talkative after Friday’s WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference showdown against No. 4 North Catholic.

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United forfeits a second football game
September 19, 2019
The 2019 football season at United High School hasn’t gone as expected.

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The Ligonier Valley golf team won the Heritage Conference championship Wednesday. Team members are, first row from left, Haley Boyd, Lauren Brant, Maddy Pierce, Kendra Pecora and Ava Adams. Back row, from left, Jon Rankin, Logan Smith, Allison DeStefano (Champion Lakes owner), Ryan Jones, Ryan Harbert and Gunnar Elliott.
Ligonier Valley boys, girls golf teams having strong seasons
Football isn’t the only team having a good fall at Ligonier Valley.

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Franklin Regional’s Justin Johns returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 4
September 18, 2019
Justin Johns

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Derry’s Justin Huss celebrates a Mount Pleasant turnover during the fourth quarter Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
North Catholic remembers the disappointment after loss to Derry
The phrase “One More” is ingrained into the minds of coach Pat O’Shea’s North Catholic football players.

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Jeannette head coach Roy Hall participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Jeannette coach Hall reaches milestone
September 14, 2019
It was a special night for Jeannette football coach Roy Hall on Friday.

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Ligonier Valley football coaches check their phones in the locker room while the players’ phones sit collected on a wall during practice Aug. 28, 2019.
Electronics not a significant factor contributing to dwindling high school football rosters
Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel recognizes that the modern high school football player is going to spend hours each day looking at a cell phone or tablet. Beitel tries to use that trend to his advantage.

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Derry’s Justin Huss eludes Mount Pleasant’s Pete Billey (32) and Ian Fasano during the first quarter Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Derry rushes by Mt. Pleasant
September 13, 2019
For fans who like old-fashioned smash-mouth football, Derry Trojans Stadium was the place to be Friday night.

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Latrobe senior Jarred Stein watches his drive on Hole 18 during the WCCA boys golf tournament Thursday, Sept.12, 2019, at Latrobe Elks Golf Club.
Stein gives Latrobe boys golf another WCCA championships
September 12, 2019
Another scorecard playoff was needed to decide the winner of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association boys golf championship Thursday at Latrobe Elks Golf Club.

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Ligonier Valley’s John Beard returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 3
September 11, 2019
John Beard

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Derry’s Paul Koontz has completed 21 of 35 passes for 266 yards this season.
Rivals Derry, Mt. Pleasant ready to battle for 1st place in Class 3A Big East
When Tim Sweeney took over the Derry football program after the 2013 season, he inherited a team that was at the lowest of lows.

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Greensburg Salem’s Jeffrey Mankins competes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Associations boys golf tournament at the Latrobe Elks Golf Club in Derry Township, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
No clear favorite at WCCA boys golf championship
For the past four seasons, the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s boys golf tournament has been dominated by three of the top amateur golfers in Western Pa.: Brad Pevarnik, Palmer Jackson and Mark Goetz.

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Franklin Regional’s Jake Painter, shown leading his team onto the field last season, spent three days in the ICU and three weeks in the hospital after a car accident over the summer.
Vehicle accident keeping Franklin Regional senior on sidelines
September 7, 2019
Jake Painter was on the sidelines Friday night watching his Franklin Regional teammates defeat Latrobe, 42-21.

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Franklin Regional’s Trevor Brncic (13) is brought down by Latrobe’s Marco Mongelluzzo (23) during their game at Franklin Regional on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
Franklin Regional overcomes special teams gaffes, runs over Latrobe
September 6, 2019
Franklin Regional dominated Friday’s WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference in every phase except special teams.

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Norwin runner Dom Spatolisano competes during an early-season meet in 2018.
Norwin coach calls Red, White and Blue Invitational a good early season test
September 5, 2019
Norwin cross country coach Brian Fleckenstein is looking forward to the Red, White and Blue Invitational on Saturday at Schenley Park.

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Belle Vernon’s Maria Kruppa follows her shot during the WCCA girls golf championship at Champion Lakes.
GCC’s Dewicki captures WCCA girls golf title
September 4, 2019
In the four years of the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s girls golf tournament, a player from Greensburg Central Catholic has won the individual title three times.

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Jeannette No.52 Zach Crutchman
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 2
Isaiah Beltram

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman competes during a 7-on-7 tournament July 20, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Early-season showdown could play major factor in Big Eight Conference
Could Friday’s WPIAL Class 4A Big Eight Conference battle be a preview of the WPIAL championship?

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Ligonier Valley’s Silk to play football at Kiski School
September 2, 2019
Kyle Silk had planned on finishing his high school career at Ligonier Valley.

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Ligonier Valley’s Ethan Boring makes a one-handed catch during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Ligonier.
United forfeits Week 2 game to Ligonier Valley
September 1, 2019
United School District informed Ligonier Valley officials late Saturday the football team will forfeit its Week 2 game Saturday because of a lack of healthy players.

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Penn Trafford’s Ethan Carr reaches for the end zone and the go a head touchdown against Gateway in the fourth quarter Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Penn Trafford High School.
Westmoreland football notebook: Tight connection between P-T coach, Gateway
August 31, 2019
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane was talking to reporters after Friday’s win when Gateway defensive tackle Jacques Taylor asked him why he was on crutches.

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Penn-Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap pitches to Caleb Lisbon against Gateway on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Lisbon, No. 3 Penn-Trafford stun top-ranked Gateway
August 30, 2019
It turned out to be a “painful” victory for Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane.

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Penn-Trafford grad produces Western Pennsylvania football history book
When Rush Pedder was 7 years old, his dad took him to a Penn-Trafford football game he called an experience of a lifetime.

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3 generations of Snider family to take part in cross country invitational
When Cal (Pa.) hosts to the annual Marty Uher Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, the Snider family will be well represented.

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Norwin’s Anthony Giansante returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 1
August 28, 2019
Anthony Giansante

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Gabe Dunlap ran for 132 yards in last week’s opener against Norwin.
Championship contenders Gateway, Penn-Trafford to Battle for the Bell
For whom will the bell chime late Friday night at Warrior Stadium — No. 1 Gateway or No. 3 Penn-Trafford?

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Norwin’s Hayden O’Bryon forces Penn-Trafford quarterback Gabe Dunlap out while he tries to run the ball during WPIAL football on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford’s dynamic duo becoming a trio
August 24, 2019
It was only one game, but a new name is emerging as a potential star on the Penn-Trafford football team.

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Caleb Lisbon leaps to the end zone to score for Penn-Trafford in the third quarter against Norwin during WPIAL football on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford combo of Lisbon, Dunlap, Carr too much for Norwin
August 23, 2019
There weren’t many things that displeased Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane on Friday in his team’s season opener against rival Norwin.

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PIAA upholds District 6 ruling on Ligonier Valley’s Kyle Silk
August 21, 2019
Unless Kyle Silk’s family pursues legal action, his senior football season is over before it started.

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Ferretti
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week Zero
Dillon Ferretti

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek looks to pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
‘Battle of Route 30’ pits Norwin, Penn-Trafford football teams in Week Zero
When the PIAA expanded to six classifications four years ago and decided to move the start of the playoffs up a week, it also allowed schools to eliminate their second scrimmage and play a game during Week Zero.

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Ligonier Valley’s Ethan Boring makes a one-handed catch during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley looks to maintain level of success in District 6
Ligonier Valley has been one of the best teams from District 6 over the past four seasons.

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Norwin tight end Tanner Krevokuch hauls in a a pass to score points against Penn Trafford in the championship game of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School. Norwin defeated Penn Trafford 24-13.
Krevokuch grows into expanded role in Norwin offense
August 19, 2019
If the Norwin football team hopes to qualify for the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs this season, then the Knights will need a big season from senior quarterback Jack Salopek.

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Derry’s Matt McDowell participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
WPIAL runner-up Derry turns focus to future after special season
August 18, 2019
Derry coach Tim Sweeney doesn’t like to look back. He’s all about the present.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Petrof (left) and Hempfield’s Fintan Brose, both linemen, pose for a portrait at Hempfield Area High School in Hempfield Township, on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019.
Westmoreland County linemen pass ‘the eye test’ in recruiting process
August 17, 2019
Ligonier Valley senior Michael Petrof has a photo of himself standing next to Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

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Franklin Regional’s Brandon Zonotto makes a touchdown catch against Burrell during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Offseason development sparks optimism for Franklin Regional
August 16, 2019
As Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta was evaluating his 2019 team in mid-July, his areas of concern were at the quarterback, wide receiver and secondary positions.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sam Sheeder returns for the 2019 season.
Sam Sheeder excited to return as Ligonier Valley quarterback
Wally Pipp was the New York Yankees starting first baseman in 1925.

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Hempfield’s Blake Remaley throws a pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield players vow to change the program’s culture
August 15, 2019
Hempfield’s football program has produced only two winning seasons over the past 22 years.

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek completes a pass against Greensburg Salem at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Led by Division I QB Salopek, Norwin takes aim at winning season, playoff berth
It has been more than 10 seasons since the Norwin football program had a winning record.

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Ligonier Valley’s Wylie Spiker works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Ligonier.
Heritage Conference football breakdown: Ligonier Valley favored to repeat
August 14, 2019
It was quite a football season for teams from the District 6 Heritage Conference in 2018.

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Clairton’s Brendan Parsons throws during practice Aug. 6, 2019, at Clairton.
WPIAL Class A football breakdown: Clairton, Jeannette among ‘wide open’ field of contenders
There isn’t a clear-cut favorite among WPIAL Class A football teams this fall. Ask any coach who the team is, and they can’t tell you.

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Hempfield’s Nathan Roby makes a catch during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield’s Roby, Perkins ready to carry the load in backfield
August 13, 2019
When Hempfield quarterback Blake Remaley said the offense will have a different look — the Spartans plan to focus on the run game — two players’ eyes lit up.

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Freshman Antonio Clark makes a catch during the first day of practice at McKee Stadium in Jeannette, on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.
Physical play highlights opening of camps for H.S. football teams
August 12, 2019
The sun hadn’t even risen above the horizon Monday morning, and Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta was enthusiastically putting his team through drills.

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Franklin Regionalճ Justin Johns participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Johns looking to lead Franklin Regional football
August 10, 2019
If Justin Johns decides to attend the Air Force Academy, don’t look for the Franklin Regional senior to become the next “Top Gun.”

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Gavin Adams takes part in a blocking drill during practice Aug. 7, 2019, at Derry.
Linemen Malis, Adams ready to lead the way for Derry
August 9, 2019
If the Derry football team wants to challenge for a fourth consecutive WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference title, it will be the guys in the trenches who will pave the way.

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District 6 denies eligibility for Ligonier Valley senior Silk
August 7, 2019
Kyle Silk won’t be playing for the Ligonier Valley football team just yet.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sam Sheeder (9) gains 2 yards before being stopped by Richland’s Lucas Sabol (40) during the fourth quarter of the PIAA District 6 Class 2A Championship game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Richland beat Ligonier Valley 21-12.
Ligonier Valley favored again; Hearing set for QB Silk
August 3, 2019
To no one’s surprise, Ligonier Valley again is the favorite to win the Heritage Conference title.

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Gene Brisbane coaches the Westmoreland County Community College women’s basketball team against Anne Arundel Community College on Saturday Nov. 12, 2016, in Youngwood.
Derry chooses Brisbane as girls basketball coach
August 1, 2019
Derry athletic director Brett Miller was looking for a difference-maker to coach the girls basketball team.

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North Hills’ Sam Hillegas is one of the returning champions for the Powerade Wrestling Tournament, which will include 14 new participating schools in the 54-team field.
Powerade field adds nationally ranked team
July 28, 2019
When Canon-McMillan athletic director and Powerade Tournament director Frank Vulcano announced the 2019 holiday wrestling tournament field in June, he said he was still hoping to add one of the top teams in the country.

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Zach Snyder named Mt. Pleasant wrestling coach
July 16, 2019
Mt. Pleasant has a new wrestling coach. It’s former Hempfield assistant Zach Snyder, who was hired at Monday’s school board meeting.

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Waynesburg’s Welsh, Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon earn All-American honors at Fargo
The Pennsylvania Freestyle wrestling team captured the Cadet National Championship at Fargo, N.D. over the weekend.

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Speedy Luke Meckler has high expectations for 2-time defending champion Pine-Richland
July 15, 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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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 baseball season
July 13, 2019
Winning PIAA championships in baseball is becoming increasingly harder for WPIAL teams.

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose commits to Delaware
July 12, 2019
Fintan Brose didn’t waste any time making a decision about his college future.

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Pitt recruit Dayon Hayes a disruptive force for Westinghouse
July 10, 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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North Allegheny’s Zach Kinne
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 indoor track season
It was a bit of rough ride for WPIAL athletes competing at the Pennsylvania Indoor Track Championships at Penn State on Feb. 24.

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Baldwin’s Dorien Ford ready to produce season of thrills
July 8, 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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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 wrestling season
July 3, 2019
Kiski Area and Burrell again dominated the WPIAL team wrestling tournament this past season.

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Franklin Regional’s Palmer Jackson hits his second shot on Hole 17 during the PIAA West Region Golf Championships Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville.
Palmer Jackson named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Athlete of the Year
June 29, 2019
Franklin Regional senior Palmer Jackson has played some of the top golf courses across the United States.

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose has scholarship offers from 23 Division I schools.
Hempfield’s Fintan Brose gets bigger, stronger
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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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson (left) and North Allegheny’s Daniel McGoey help other from the finish line at the PIAA cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Hershey. Anderson won, and McGoey was third.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 cross country season
June 27, 2019
There is a reason gold is in North Allegheny’s team colors.

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Penn-Trafford’s A.J. Brentzel battles Jersey Shore’s Joe Loffredo during a 171-pound quarterfinal round match of the PIAA class AAA individual wrestling championships in Hershey on March 9, 2007.
Brentzel hired as Penn-Trafford wrestling coach
June 26, 2019
When A.J. Brentzel and his wife, Alicia, attended a Penn-Trafford wrestling match last season, Brentzel told her he really wanted to give back to the program.

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Ligonier Valley wins linemen challenge at Pitt
June 23, 2019
It was quite a day for the Ligonier Valley football team.

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Yough’s Jarret Bach is a Pitt recruit.
Yough’s Bach named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
June 22, 2019
2019 Tribune-Review Westmoreland Baseball All-Stars

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Westmoreland high school notebook: First-time softball champions come up big defensively
June 16, 2019
Penn-Trafford and Frazier softball teams had a lot in common when they won PIAA softball titles on Friday at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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Penn-Trafford’s Emma Armstrong watches her solo home run against Lampeter-Strasburg during the PIAA Class 5A championship game.
Firefighter parade greets state champion Penn-Trafford softball team
June 15, 2019
As the Penn-Trafford girls softball team returned home Friday night after winning their first PIAA title, they were greeted with flashing red lights and sirens as they approached Westmoreland Country Club.

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Frazier’s Kathryn Barch hugs Savannah Berklovich between Logan Hartman and Tori Washinski during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Brandywine Heights Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State University.
Great defensive play gives Frazier softball school’s 1st PIAA team championship
UNIVERSITY PARK — Frazier was in danger of losing the PIAA Class 2A championship game at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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Penn-Trafford seniors hoist the state championship trophy after defeating Lampeter-Strasburg in the PIAA Class 5A final Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State.
Penn-Trafford softball claims school’s first state title
June 14, 2019
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn-Trafford didn’t need any dramatic comebacks in the PIAA Class 5A softball championship game like it did in Tuesday’s semifinals.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Carlee Lamacz celebrates with pitcher Mia Smith after defeating Donegal in their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Mount Aloysius College.
Penn-Trafford softball preps for high-scoring opponent in PIAAs
June 13, 2019
How did Penn-Trafford prepare for its first trip to the PIAA finals? By playing a competitive 5-on-5 wiffleball game.

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Nedley drives in two runs with a bunt base hit during a PIAA Class 5A semifinal against Donegal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Mount Aloysius College.
Penn-Trafford seniors lead team to 1st PIAA championship game
June 12, 2019
Penn-Trafford’s historic softball season will continue Friday when the Warriors battle Lampeter-Strasburg for the PIAA Class 5A championship.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Carlee Lamacz celebrates with pitcher Mia Smith after defeating Donegal in their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Mount Aloysius College.
Penn-Trafford softball hangs on to earn spot in PIAA Class 5A title game
June 11, 2019
CRESSON — Penn-Trafford coach Denny Little faced the biggest decision of his coaching career.

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Jackson stays hot, wins PGA qualifier
June 10, 2019
Franklin Regional graduated senior Palmer Jackson continued his hot play on Monday at the PGA Boys Championship qualifier at Willowbrook Country Club, Washington Township.

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Riverside’s Fox disqualified from USGA event
June 9, 2019
Riverside junior Skyler Fox was disqualified from the USGA Open Sectional at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., for taking a bathroom break.

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Elizabeth Forward first baseman Alexis Argyros (24), stops Mount Pleasant’s Katie Hunter (5), during their WPIAL Class 4A softball championship 3-0 win over Mount Pleasant, at Latrobe’s Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township, on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Mt. Pleasant, Elizabeth Forward battle for berth to state title game
It’s a winner-take-all game when Mt. Pleasant faces Elizabeth Forward on Monday at the PIAA Class 4A semifinals at Seton Hill.

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Mt. Pleasant rallies past James Buchanan, advances to PIAA semifinals
June 6, 2019
CRESSON — Mt. Pleasant’s softball team dug an early hole in Thursday’s PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal.

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Franklin Regional’s Palmer Jackson wins AJGA Memorial
Before Franklin Regional senior Palmer Jackson went to bed Wednesday night, he had a feeling Thursday would be a good day.

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2019 Powerade wrestling field to feature Texas team
There will be some new faces in the 2019 Powerade Holiday Wrestling tournament this season, including one from Texas.

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AJGA tournament coming to Southpointe next month
A popular youth golf tournament is coming to Washington County on July 8-12.

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Penn-Trafford slugs past Central Mountain, earns 1st PIAA victory since ’90
June 3, 2019
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn-Trafford didn’t just collect 15 hits in its PIAA Class 5A first-round softball game at Penn State’s Beard Field; the Warriors sent shockwaves through Happy Valley.

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Mt. Pleasant bounces back, defeats Bellefonte in PIAA opening round
UNIVERSITY PARK — Mt. Pleasant had two days to forget about losing the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship game.

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Hempfield coach Bob Kalp presents pitcher Callie Sowers with her gold medal after the Lady Spartans defeated North Allegheny, 15-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Peters Township High School.
Listening to coach Kalp is key to Hempfield softball’s success
June 2, 2019
There is an old saying ‘practice makes perfect.’

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Norwin athletes cap season at PIAA track and field championships
May 31, 2019
The Norwin girls track and field team was shut out of medals at the PIAA Class AAA championships May 24 and 25 at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium.

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Franklin Regional’s Rayna Todero competes in the girls Class AAA triple jump finals during the PIAA track and field state championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Franklin Regional’s Todero, Huczko shine at PIAA championships
Franklin Regional sophomore Rayna Todero returned home from the PIAA Class AAA girls track and field championships with a medal around her neck.

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PIAA makes more wrestling changes
May 30, 2019
When the PIAA Board of Control voted last week to petition the National Federation of State High School Associations to reduce the weight classes in wrestling from 14 to 12, they passed another item.

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The Hempfield softball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating North Allegheny, 15-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A final Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Peters Township High School.
Sowers throws no-hitter as Hempfield wins 5th straight WPIAL softball championship
Laura Fox fell asleep on the bus ride to Peters Township on Thursday before the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship game.

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Derry wrestler Trey Weinell commits to Edinboro
Derry senior Trey Weinell’s wrestling career isn’t done yet.

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Franklin Regional ends long drought, advances to state playoffs
May 28, 2019
Franklin Regional ended a long streak Tuesday evening.

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New Castle’s Rocco Bernadina pitches against Yough in the WPIAL Class 4A consolation game May 28, 2019, at W&J.
New Castle, Bernadina top Yough in WPIAL Class 4A consolation game
There weren’t many scoring chances in Tuesday’s WPIAL Classs 4A third-place consolation baseball game.

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Hempfield’s Jared Bannon runs the PIAA Class AAA 110-meter hurdles final.
Hempfield’s Bannon races to PIAA silver medal in hurdles
May 25, 2019
SHIPPENSBURG — Two races in a short time might have cost Hempfield senior Jared Bannon a gold medal Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins cools off after winning the girls Class AA 1600 meter run final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins repeats at PIAA track championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Shady Side Academy sophomore Melissa Riggins successfully defended her PIAA 800- and 1,600-meter titles Saturday at the state track and field championships.

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Riverside’s Calvin Wetzel clears the last hurdle to win the boys Class AA 300 meter hurdles final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Riverside senior Calvin Wetzel overcomes back injury to win PIAA title
SHIPPENSBURG — A back injury almost kept Riverside senior Calvin Wetzel from competing in track and filed this spring.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer (left) catches her breath, as Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins hugs Quaker Valley’s Annie Wicker after they ran the girls Class AA 1600 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
GCC freshman Brewer has memorable day at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Greensburg Central Catholic freshman Corinn Brewer had a busy and productive Saturday at the PIAA track and field championships.

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Waynesburg’s Daniel Layton wins the boys Class AA 110 meter hurdles final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Waynesburg’s Daniel Layton captures state title in 110 hurdles
SHIPPENSBURG — When Waynesburg senior Daniel Layton crossed the finish line after winning the Class AA 110-meter hurdles Saturday, he had a big smile on his face.

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Bethel Park’s Emily Carter sprints to the finish line to win the girls Class AAA 3200 meter run during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Bethel Park’s Emily Carter wins 3,200 meters, sets PIAA record in AAA
SHIPPENSBURG — All Bethel Park sophomore Emily Carter was expecting at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday was a place on the podium.

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North Allegheny’s Zachary Kinne competes in the AAA boys 1600-meter run during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
5 things to watch at Saturday’s PIAA boys track and field championships
It’s Day 2 of the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium. WPIAL athletes had a rare Day 1, as no boys claimed gold medals. That should change Saturday. Here are five things to watch at the Class AAA and AA boys championships:

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South Park’s Maddie Raymond competes in the AA girls 200 meter run during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
5 things to watch at Saturday’s PIAA girls track and field championships
It’s Day 2 of the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium. WPIAL athletes had a rare Day 1 performance, as no girls claimed gold medals. That should change Saturday. Here are five things to watch at the Class AA and AAA girls championships:

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Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie throws in the girls Class AAA shot put finals during the PIAA track and field state championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Hempfield’s Orie settles for bronze in shot put at PIAA championships
May 24, 2019
SHIPPENSBURG — Mackenna Orie wasn’t in a good mood Friday at the PIAA track and field championships at Seth Grove Stadium.

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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.
Five things to watch at the PIAA Class AA girls track championships
The PIAA track and field championships begin Friday at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg. The two-day event concludes Saturday. There are numerous WPIAL athletes competing, and many are capable of bringing home medals. Here are things to look for in the Class AA girls meet:

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Hempfield Area’s Mackenna Orie wins the shot put during the AAA WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Five things to watch at the PIAA Class AAA girls track championships
The PIAA track and field championships begin on Friday at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg. The two-day event concludes Saturday. There are numerous WPIAL athletes competing, and many are capable of bringing home medals. Here are things to look for:

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PIAA approves weight class reduction in wrestling
May 23, 2019
The PIAA Board of Control passed the wrestling committee’s proposal to reduce the weight classes from 14 to 12 for the 2020-21 season.

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Hempfield Area’s Jared Bannon wins the 110m hurdles during the AAA WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Hempfield track qualifiers ready to hit their boiling point at PIAA meet
During the WPIAL team track championships, the Hempfield boys’ team was inspired by a motivational speech from assistant coach LaRoyal Wilson.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is embraced emotionally by coach Vince DeAugustine after losing to Sean Pierson of Nazareth in the 120-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Norwin wrestling coach on ballot to become Hempfield School Board member
It was a big week for Norwin wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat (right) celebrates after scoring during the third inning.
Penn-Trafford baseball ousts Upper St. Clair, moves to semifinals
May 21, 2019
Penn-Trafford didn’t panic when Upper St. Clair took an early lead in Tuesday’s WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal at West Mifflin.

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Burrell’s Noah Linderman takes on Bethlehem Center’s Tyler Fisher in the 145 pound bout during the WPIAL class AA team wrestling semifinal match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Chartiers-Houston High School.
PIAA board to consider reducing number of weight classes for wrestling
Could the PIAA be reducing the number of weight classes in wrestling?

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Greensburg Salem pitcher Jack Oberdorf throws during a WPIAL Class 4A playoff game against New Castle Monday, May 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Greensburg Salem, New Castle to continue quarterfinal game Tuesday
May 20, 2019
Greensburg Salem baseball coach Bill Wisniewski knew being seeded No. 1 in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs wouldn’t be easy.

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Derry’s Justin Huss won the 400-meter run at the WPIAL championships May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
Injury doesn’t slow down Derry’s Justin Huss in WPIAL gold medal run
May 17, 2019
Justin Huss will be one of Derry’s top running backs in the fall.

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Sergey Shubenkov, authorised neutral athlete for Europe, right, and Ronald Levy of Jamaica for the Americas, left, concentrate prior to the 110 meters hurdles at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Franklin Regional’s Huczko tries ‘something new,’ wins WPIAL pole vault title
Winning the WPIAL Class AAA pole vault title was the furthest thing on Jo-Michelle Huczko’s mind when she decided to compete on the track and field team this spring at Franklin Regional.

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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)
Penn-Trafford’s Colligan takes 6th at WPIAL championships
Penn-Trafford’s Chris Colligan came up short in his bid for a trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday.

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Norwin’s Jessica Kolesar (middle) competes in the AAA girls 200 meter run during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
Norwin’s Kolesar qualifies for PIAA championships in 3 events
Norwin senior Jessica Kolesar will be busy Friday at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships at Shippensburg.

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Hempfield Area’s Jared Bannon wins the boys AAA 110m hurdles during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Major medal haul for Hempfield at WPIAL track and field championships
May 16, 2019
There were several reasons why the Hempfield boys track team won its seventh WPIAL Class AAA team championship on May 6.

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Mt. Pleasant’s catcher Pete Billey gets an out on Ringgold runner Jake Rongus as he attempts to grab a score on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in the WPIAL Class 4A first round high school baseball playoff game at Seton Hill University.
Mt. Pleasant baseball stuns No. 5 Ringgold
May 15, 2019
Mt. Pleasant picked a good time to play its best baseball game of the season.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Dylan Binda leads the pack in the boys’ 800 meter final on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Track and Field Championships at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Five things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA boys track and field championships
The WPIAL track and field championships are Thursday at Slippery Rock, the first time at the venue after the event spent more than 20 years at Baldwin.

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Derry Area’s Gianna Copelli scores behind Beaver Area’s Devyn Tritsch during first round WPIAL A Softball action at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Beaver’s List drives in 6 in WPIAL 1st-round rout of Derry
May 14, 2019
Beaver freshman Payton List turned in quite of a performance in her first WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

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Bishop Canevin’s Bree Bazeck celebrates after scoring against Greensburg Central Catholic during first round WPIAL A Softball action at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic softball ousted via mercy rule vs. Bishop Canevin
Bishop Canevin coach Karen Seitz-LaFianza said she wasn’t nervous about Tuesday’s WPIAL Class A first-round game, and neither were her young Crusaders.

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Latrobe’s Sadie Wetzel enters the WPIAL Class AAA championships with the top-seeded mark of 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches in the high jump.
Five things to watch in the WPIAL Class AAA girls track and field championships
The WPIAL track and field championships are Thursday at Slippery Rock, the first time at the venue after the event spent more than 20 years at Baldwin.

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Hempfield sophomore pole-vaulter Barnhart ready to soar
Tanner Barnhart was bummed watching the Hempfield boys track team win the school’s seventh WPIAL team title May 6 at Peters Township.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell wrestles Penn Hills’ Justin Perkins in the 132-pound quarterfinal at the WPIAL Class 3A individual tournament Friday, March 1, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Latrobe junior wrestler Willochell commits to Edinboro
May 13, 2019
Latrobe junior Gabe Willochell announced on Twitter on Monday that he committed to wrestle at Edinboro.

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Sergey Shubenkov, authorised neutral athlete for Europe, right, and Ronald Levy of Jamaica for the Americas, left, concentrate prior to the 110 meters hurdles at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Five things to watch at the WPIAL Class AA boys track and field championships
The WPIAL track and field championships are Thursday at Slippery Rock, the first time at the venue after it was contested for more than 20 years at Baldwin.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps heads into the arena for the parade of champions before the start of Class AAA championship finals during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Norwin junior standout wrestler Phipps commits to Bucknell
Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps announced on Twitter on Monday that he will follow his brother, Drew, and wrestle for Bucknell.

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South Park’s Maura Huwalt (left) won the discus title at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3, 2019, at Baldwin.
5 things to watch at the WPIAL Class AA girls track and field championships
May 12, 2019
The WPIAL track and field championships are Thursday at Slippery Rock, the first time at the venue after spending the previous 20 years at Baldwin.

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Clerical mistake might cost reigning hurdles champ Layton chance to defend at WPIALs
May 11, 2019
Rick Layton is heartbroken.

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Greensburg Salem’s Jack Oberdorf celebrates his RBI double next to Yough’s Nathaniel Wilkins during their game Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Greensburg Salem, Yough tabbed with top 2 seeds in Class 4A baseball playoffs
May 10, 2019
When the Greensburg Salem baseball team convened for its first practice, coach Bill Wisniewski told his players to forget about how the 2018 season ended.

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Ligonier Valley rolls to another conference track title
May 8, 2019
The Ligonier Valley boys track team continued its dominance in the Heritage Conference on Tuesday, winning the conference track championship for the fourth consecutive season.

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Putt’s one-hitter leads Greensburg Salem baseball to share of Section 1-4A title
Greensburg Salem junior pitcher Aaren Putt doesn’t overpower opposing hitters.

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Hempfield’s Ben Kissel, Rylan Kauffman and Lucas Kissel helped the Spartans clinch a WPIAL championship May 6, 2019, at Peters Township.
Pole vaulters help Hempfield clinch WPIAL track championship
May 7, 2019
If members of the Hempfield boys track and field team needed any extra motivation to win WPIAL Class AAA team championship, maybe it came in their seeding by the WPIAL committee.

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The Hempfield boys track team celebrates after winning the WPIAL championship May 6, 2019, at Peters Township.
Hempfield captures boys WPIAL track championship in final event
May 6, 2019
It was a classic finish in the WPIAL Class AAA team championship Monday at Peters Township.

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Ligonier Valley’s Elliott Rost leads in the boys’ 200 meter finals as Hempfield’s Jared Bannon comes up close behind on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Track and Field Championships at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Ligonier Valley sprinters hope to make their mark at Heritage Conference meet
It has been another banner season for the Ligonier Valley track and field team, especially for a couple of senior sprinters.

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Belle Vernon track athlete Hunter Martin makes his mark
May 5, 2019
Belle Vernon senior Hunter Martin didn’t know after the Baldwin Invitational on Friday if he was going to try to improve his marks at one of the Last Chance meets Tuesday.

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Greensburg Salem switches site of Monday’s baseball game
Greensburg Salem announced on Sunday the site of Monday’s baseball game against Knoch was switched to Seton Hill at 5 p.m.

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Donovan Rice will be among the athletes trying to lead the North Allegheny boys to a defense of their WPIAL Class AAA track and field title.
5 Things to Watch during this week’s track and field competitions
The high school track and field season is about to wrap up. The WPIAL team competition is Monday at Peters Township, and the WPIAL individual championships are May 16 at Slippery Rock.

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South Park’s Maura Huwalt (left) won the discus title at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3, 2019, at Baldwin.
South Park’s Huwalt shines in throwing events at Baldwin Invitational
May 3, 2019
South Park senior Maura Huwalt was determined to shine Friday at the 46th annual Baldwin Invitational.

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Norwin’s Dominic Spatolisano won the McKinney Mile at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3, 2019, at Baldwin.
Norwin’s Spatolisano changes strategy to win McKinney Mile at Baldwin Invitational
Sometimes athletes change their strategy on the fly.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Brianna Spirnak competes in the Class AAA javelin throw during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
14 returning champions set to compete at Baldwin Invitational
May 2, 2019
Rain is in the forecast for Friday. That means its time for the Baldwin Invitational.

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Jackson, Harper lead No. 2 Franklin Regional past Fox Chapel in Section 1-5A
When Franklin Regional played Fox Chapel back on April 5, the Panthers rallied for an extra-inning victory.

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker scores against Latrobe during a game on April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin’s Walker to have shoulder surgery
May 1, 2019
Norwin sophomore Jayden Walker won’t be pitching anytime soon.

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Norwin baseball stuns Hempfield with 2-out rally in 7th
Baseball can be a cruel game. Just ask Hempfield.

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Norwin’s Jessica Kolesar competes in the long jump at the WCCA championships April 27, 2019, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Norwin girls track and field aiming to end WPIAL title drought
It has been 11 years since the Norwin girls track and field team won a WPIAL title.

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Franklin Regional’s Palmer Jackson and Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore receive the 2019 Excellence Awards from Judge John J. Driscoll at the annual Westmoreland County Scholar Athlete banquet April 30, 3019, at Ferrante’s Lakeview in Hempfield.
Southmoreland’s Moore, Franklin Regional’s Jackson named Excellence Award winners
April 30, 2019
There’s a good chance the 2019 Westmoreland County Scholar Athlete Award winners will see the world — one by serving her country, the other by playing a sport at which he excels.

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Valley’s Elizabeth Schachte
A closer look at 2019 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete honorees
April 27, 2019
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Former Greensburg Salem athletic director Lynn Jobe (right) is the first female recipient of the Michael J. and John M. Ferrante Memorial Award.
Former Greensburg Salem athletic director Lynn Jobe to receive Ferrante Memorial Award
Former Greensburg Salem athletic director Lynn Jobe is enjoying retirement while figuring out her next adventure.

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Organizers cancel Tri-County Coaches All-Star football game
April 21, 2019
The Foothills Football Classic isn’t the only local football all-star being postponed this season.

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Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon named to USA Today all-star team
April 18, 2019
Seneca Valley sophomore Alejandro Herrera-Rondon was the only WPIAL wrestlers named to the USA Today’s boys wrestling all-Sstar first team.

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H.S. roundup: North Allegheny softball edges Hempfield
April 17, 2019
Alaina Whipkey hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a tie, and the No. 1-ranked North Allegheny softball team held on to defeat Hempfield, 4-3, in Section 2-6A on Wednesday.

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Orie shatters Hempfield discus record
Mackenna Orie continued her assault on the Hempfield track and field record book this week.

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Latrobe’s Faith Mucci competed at the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational April 13, 2019, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Versatile Mucci etching her mark for Latrobe track and field
If the rules allowed it, Faith Mucci would participate in more than four events for the Latrobe track and field team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lizzy Cermak slides into home plate for a score against Franklin Regional during softball Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Franklin Regional School District.
No. 1 Penn-Trafford rallies past Franklin Regional to stay unbeaten
April 16, 2019
Franklin Regional pitcher Angalee Beall held No. 1 Penn-Trafford hitless for the first four innings of Tuesday’s Section 1-5A first-place showdown.

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Yough’s Jarett Bach plays soft toss with Dom Koch during practice April 15, 2019, at Yough.
Senior pitcher Jarett Bach, Yough baseball in surprising position
Halfway through the high school baseball season, Yough has emerged as a surprise leader in Section 1-4A.

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Canon-Mac head coach Rick Bell yells to his team during a game against Mt. Lebanon Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Canon-McMillan basketball coach Rick Bell retires after 31 years
Canon-McMillan reached the WPIAL Class 6A basketball semifinals for the first time in 2019.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lizzie Cermak places in the 100 meter dash during the Wildcat Invitational Track Meet held at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Banner day for Hempfield’s Bannon at Lady Spartan and Wildcat Invitational
April 13, 2019
Hempfield senior Jared Bannon has his goals set high this season. He wants to be a state hurdles champion.

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South Park’s Jessica Dean pitches against Southmoreland during the WPIAL softball championship tripleheader at Seton Hill University on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Southmoreland won 12-1.
WPIAL again forced to move softball championships
April 12, 2019
WPIAL administrators will decide Wednesday at their board meeting where the 2019 softball championships will be held.

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Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie
Hempfield’s Orie continues to raise the bar in advance of Lady Spartan Invitational
April 10, 2019
Hempfield thrower Mackenna Orie has continued to climb the record board in the shot put and discus.

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Wandrisco, Primus, Housner, Maggi inducted into SW Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame
April 7, 2019
Mike Wandrisco was a highly respected and well-liked official. He also was an outstanding wrestler who attended Bishop Canevin.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brett Ginther listens to instruction from his head coach, and father, Rich Ginther, while wrestling Franklin Regional’s Mario Sarnic in the 126-pound bout Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 during team wrestling meet against Franklin Regional at Penn-Trafford High School.
Ginther resigns as Penn-Trafford wrestling coach
Penn-Trafford wrestling coach Rich Ginther informed his team at the end-of-season banquet Sunday that he is not returning as coach next year.

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Burrell’s John Henderson celebrates after tying the game against Freeport in the fifth inning Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
High school roundup for April 3, 2019: McGovern leads No. 1 Hopewell past No. 5 Beaver Falls
April 3, 2019
Winning pitcher Jake McGovern drove in four runs with a home run and two doubles as Class 3A No. 1 Hopewell edged No. 5 Beaver Falls, 9-7, in a Section 2 contest.

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Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie is eyeing Hempfield throwing records in 2019.
Hempfield thrower Orie wants record, gold medals
One of the state’s oldest records in track and field could be challenged this spring.

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Hempfield’s Luke Hudson works out in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Hitters aim to catch up to pitchers for No. 2-ranked Hempfield
April 2, 2019
It’s six games into the 2019 baseball season and Hempfield coach Tim Buzzard said he has learned a lot about his team.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps attempts to avoid a reversal by opponent Sean Pierson of Nazareth in the PIAA Class AAA 120-pound title match.
3-time WPIAL champion Norwin wrestler Phipps has foot surgery
April 1, 2019
Norwin three-time WPIAL champion wrestler Kurtis Phipps, who suffered a foot injury at last month’s PIAA Class AAA championship, underwent surgery March 22, his father, Andy Phipps, said.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis is announced winner over Edmond Ruth of Susquehanna Township in the 170-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis named Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year
March 30, 2019
Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points out to the crowd after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
When Dayton Pitzer began his freshman season at Mt. Pleasant, his goal was to stand on the podium at the PIAA championships in Hershey.

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Driscoll scholar/athlete award nominees announced
March 26, 2019
The Westmoreland County Judge John J. Driscoll scholar/athlete committee, made up of athletic directors from the 18 county high schools, met Tuesday to decide who would win the 2019 Excellence Award at the April 30 banquet.

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Iowa’s Spencer Lee, a Franklin Regional grad, takes the mat Saturday for the 125-pound title bout at the NCAA wrestling championships.
                                Iowa’s Spencer Lee takes the mat Saturday, March 23, 2019 for the final round 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship action at PPG Paints Arena.
Lee shines again, captures second NCAA title
March 23, 2019
Iowa sophomore Spencer Lee calls himself a Pokemon nerd. His Iowa teammates call him the baddest man on the planet.

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Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, a Latrobe graduate, finished fourth in the NCAA championship for the second consecutive season.
Pletcher, Shields, Zavatsky settle on being All-Americans again
The 330 wrestlers who came to Pittsburgh for the 2019 NCAA Division I wrestling championship this weekend weren’t just looking to become All-Americans. They wanted to be national champions.

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Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph beats ASU’s Joshua Shields Friday, March 22, 2019 during semifinal round 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship action at PPG Paints Arena.
Penn State clinches 8th NCAA wrestling title in 9 years
The suspense of which team was going to win another NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship title ended early on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.

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Former Penn-Trafford, Norwin football coach John Yaccino dies at 78
March 21, 2019
Former Penn-Trafford and Norwin football coach John Yaccino died suddenly in Florida on Wednesday. He was 78.

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Pitt’s Micky Phillippi warms up during practice for the 2019 NCAA Division I wrestling championships at PPG Paints Arena.
Five matches to watch during the 1st round of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships
March 20, 2019
The NCAA Division I wrestling championship begins Thursday, and here are some interesting first-round matches to watch (each wrestler’s name is preceded by his seeding):

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Yough assistant coach Tyler Dillinger talks to players about hitting during practice March 18, 2019, at Yough.
Pitt recruit Bach hopes to lead Yough baseball to postseason
Yough’s baseball team made a late run to end the 2018 season, and that carried over to a successful American Legion season in the summer.

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Yough’s Kierra Waywood pitches a throw during a softball scrimmage at Latrobe on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Waywood, Yough softball dreaming of success in postseason
Kierra Waywood was the starting center fielder when Yough won the PIAA Class 3A softball title in 2016.

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The backstop at Hempfield’s high school baseball field was damaged by wind during a recent story in March 2019.
Hempfield baseball field backstop damaged by wind
March 16, 2019
The Hempfield High School baseball field’s backstop suffered wind damage during a recent storm.

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Derry’s Dominic DeLuca walks off the mat after losing to Jacob McMaster of Greenville in the 220-pound class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s DeLuca dealing with knee injury
Derry senior Dom DeLuca wrestled with an injured left knee in the PIAA Class AA semifinals and finals in Hershey on March 8-9 according to wrestling coach Mike Weinell.

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Sewickley Academy’s Kendall Lightcap dribbles down court while playing against Berlin during the Class AAA PIAA state basketball playoffs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Berlin Brothersvalley too much for Sewickley Academy girls in PIAA quarterfinals
Berlin Brothersvalley girls basketball is starting to smell the chocolate.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Coy top battles Tioga N.Y. wretler John Worthing during the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on March 15, 2019, at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House.
United States team rolls past Team Pa.; WPIAL team falls to New York in Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 15, 2019
A strong United States team had too much firepower for the Pennsylvania All-Stars in the annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Friday at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert hugs coach Matt Lebe after beating Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in the 106-pound final during the PIAA Class AAA championship March 9 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional celebrates 3 finalists at PIAA wrestling tournament
Franklin Regional sophomore Carter Dibert capped his second PIAA wrestling championship by standing on the top of the podium March 9 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock drives past Bishop Carroll’s Nolan Burk.
Monessen rallies late to win thriller in PIAA Class A 2nd round
March 12, 2019
Devin Whitlock plays basketball well beyond his years.

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Hempfield’s Luke Hudson works out in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield baseball banking on strong pitching staff
Hempfield senior outfielder Luke Hudson turned in quite a performance last season.

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Hempfield’s Laura Fox works out in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
3-time defending PIAA softball champion Hempfield has holes to fill
Don’t pencil in the Hempfield softball team as the favorite to win WPIAL and PIAA Class 6A titles just yet.

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Greensburg Salem’s Dajauhn Hertzog could be the team’s leadoff batter.
Greensburg Salem baseball hopes to build on strong finish to 2018
March 11, 2019
A seven-game winning streak, which included a win over No. 1 Blackhawk in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs, toward the end of last season gives Greensburg Salem baseball coach Bill Wisniewski a reason to be optimistic about the 2019 season.

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Greensburg Salem softball looking to contend in new section
A move to a new section could be the right formula for the Greensburg Salem softball team this season.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis is announced winner over Edmond Ruth of Susquehanna Township in the 170-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Canon-McMillan’s Nijenhuis stuns 2-time champ, named Outstanding Wrestler at PIAA Class AAA finals
March 9, 2019
HERSHEY — How do you win the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championship’s Outstanding Wrestler award?

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert hugs head coach Matt Lebe after beating Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell is defeated in the 106-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional’s Dibert, Kiski Area’s Miller claim PIAA Class AAA gold
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional sophomore Carter Dibert didn’t waste any time in the 106-pound final at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday at Giant Center.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points out to the crowd after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Mt. Pleasant’s Pitzer brings home gold medal; Dom DeLuca comes up short
HERSHEY — Dayton Pitzer was not quite 2 years old the last time Mt. Pleasant had a state champion.

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence wrestles for a score against Notre Dame’s Derek Berlitz in the 160-pound class AA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
7 WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA finals
March 8, 2019
HERSHEY – Things didn’t start out well for WPIAL wrestlers in the PIAA Class AA semifinals Friday night.

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Derry’s Dom DeLuca faces Montoursville’s Cameron Wood in the 220-pound class AA semifinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey. DeLuca defeated Wood by a 5-1 decision and moves onward to the final against Greenville’s Jacob McMaster.
Derry’s DeLuca, Mt. Pleasant’s Pitzer going for gold at PIAA Class AA tournament
HERSHEY – Derry senior Dom DeLuca hopes to end high school wrestling career with a bang.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles Stroudsburg’s Cameron Enriquez in the 120-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Norwin’s Phipps keeps PIAA title hopes alive following comeback win
HERSHEY — What a difference a couple years made for Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps.

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Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho is a two-time WPIAL Class AAA wrestling champion.
Franklin Regional sends quartet to PIAA wrestling championships
Franklin Regional sent four wrestlers to the PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championship, which began March 7 at Giant Center in Hershey.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman wrestles Greenville’s Bryce Knauf in the 126-pound quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Cymmerman won the match and advances onward to the semi-finals on Friday night.
5 Westmoreland County wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA semifinals
Ty Cymmerman found himself down three points in the second period of his quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Friday.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon (top) wrestles Liberty’s Tal-Reese Flemming in their 113-pound first-round match at the PIAA Class AAA championships Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey. Solomon won 4-2.
Franklin Regional trio dominates at PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
March 7, 2019
HERSHEY — It was quite a first day for Class AAA wrestlers from Westmoreland County at the PIAA championships on Thursday.

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Hughesville’s Ben Heinrich struggles underneath Derry Area’s Tyler Cymmerman in the 126-pound first round bout during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s Cymmerman overcomes slow start to reach PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Derry sophomore Ty Cymmerman started slowly in his opening-round match Thursday at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships at the Giant Center.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert struggles against Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in the 106-pound championship bout at the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestlers to watch at the PIAA championships this week
HERSHEY — The PIAA wrestling championships begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jake Slinger wrestles Governor Mifflin’s Jordan Espinosa in the 285-pound first round bout in class AAA during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Upsets, close calls highlight opening day of PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — It’s been awhile since fans were treated to such craziness that occurred during the first day of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships.

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