Author: Paul Schofield


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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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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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
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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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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