Author: Paul Schofield


Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper wins the girls shot put during the Wildcat Invitational on April 8.
Hempfield state champ Liz Tapper named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Athlete of the Year
July 2, 2022
Liz Tapper’s unbelievable junior track and field season at Hempfield is turning into a great summer.

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Murrysville shortstop Jeffrey Downs flips ball to second base for a force out June 8 against Bushy Run in a District 31 American Legion game.
As playoffs start, American Legion baseball thriving in some parts of Western Pa., struggling in others
American Legion Baseball starts to get a little more intense beginning this week.

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Latrobe’s Logan Short competes during the 2022 season.
Latrobe’s Logan Short named 2022 Tribune-Review Westmoreland Baseball Player of the Year
June 25, 2022
Player of the Year

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins carries past Serra Catholic’s Michael Schanck during their game on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in Munhall.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins
June 23, 2022
Editor’s note: 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 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Rob McClellan grabs lead at West Penn Open
June 21, 2022
Things have tightened up at the 119th Annual West Penn Open Championship after the second round Tuesday at The Club at Nevillewood.

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Latrobe’s place winners at the 2022 USA Clay Target League state tournament included, from left, Ethan Wills (25 straight award), Autumn Pavlik (third place female), Summer Pavlik (second place female) and Camden Flynn (first place novice male, third place novice overall).
Latrobe clay target team produces 2 state champions
Latrobe’s clay target club team has been in existence for three seasons and this year had two state champions.

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Tennessee product Bryce Lewis holds on to win Sunnehanna Amateur
June 18, 2022
Bryce Lewis didn’t play his best round Saturday at the 69th annual Sunnehanna Amateur, but it was good enough to capture the title.

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Armstrong softball coach Doug Flounders hands out runner-up medals after the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Pittston on Thursday at Penn State.
Armstrong shut down by undefeated Pittston in Class 5A softball final
June 16, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK – Armstrong’s potent offense met its match Thursday in the PIAA Class 5A softball championship game at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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The Avonworth softball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Lewisburg in the PIAA Class 3A final on Thursday at Penn State.
Avonworth softball makes adjustment, rallies to win school’s 1st state title
UNIVERSITY PARK – Avonworth found itself in a two-run hole heading to the bottom of the fourth inning Thursday in the PIAA Class 3A Championship game at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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Knapp ready for Sunnehanna Amateur
June 14, 2022
The roar of thunder Tuesday morning woke Oakmont’s Sean Knapp from his sleep.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List cools off between innings Monday in a PIAA Class 4A semifinal game against Clearfield at St. Francis (Pa.).
Clearfield softball stuns WPIAL champion Beaver, ending 42-game winning streak
June 13, 2022
LORETTO – Beaver’s 42-game winning streak and hopes for a second consecutive PIAA Class 4A softball title ended shockingly Monday in a semifinal round game at St. Francis University.

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Norwin senior Aaron Schmook
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Norwin’s Aaron Schmook
Aaron Schmook ended his high school athletic career by earning a medal at the PIAA track and field championships.

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Murrysville first baseman Luke Dolan throws a ball to second base during warmups before a District 31 American game June 8 against Bushy Run.
New coaches hope to help Murrysville American Legion baseball program rebound
June 11, 2022
There was a time not too long ago when the Murrysville American Legion baseball team ruled District 31.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran flashes a three with her right hand after winning the PIAA Class 3A girls 800-meter run. She was the first to win the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the state track meet Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran earns state’s top honor from track and field coaches
June 10, 2022
Moon senior Mia Cochran turned in quite a performance at the PIAA track and field championships the weekend of May 27-28.

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West Mifflin second baseman Ryan Lang forces out Laurel Highlands senior Joe Chambers during the fourth inning of a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal Thursday at Latrobe.
West Mifflin walks into state semifinals with comeback win over Laurel Highlands
June 9, 2022
If West Mifflin baseball coach Jeff Kuzma had his druthers, he’d rather win a game with a walk-off hit instead of a walk-off walk.

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Southmoreland sophomore pitcher Maddie Brown throws a pitch against Bald Eagle Area on Monday.
Southmoreland softball team eliminated from PIAA playoffs by Bald Eagle Area
June 6, 2022
MILESBURG — Southmoreland was hoping its two hour-plus bus ride into the heart of District 6 wouldn’t be its only road trip in the PIAA playoffs.

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Bushy Run Legion coaches Jay Miller (front) and Scott Peyman watch a game last season.
Youthful Bushy Run ready to make a run in District 31 American Legion baseball
June 5, 2022
One thing that has been consistent in District 31 American Legion baseball over the past few seasons is Bushy Run has either won or been in contention for the league title.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List (8) is mobbed by teammates after defeating Elizabeth-Forward, 6-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday at Cal (Pa.).
Payton List fans 15, Beaver blanks Elizabeth Forward to repeat as WPIAL 4A champs
June 3, 2022
The beat goes on for the Beaver girls’ softball team.

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The South Park baseball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Mohawk, 11-1, in the Class 3A final on Wednesday at Wild Things Park.
Drew Lafferty sparks South Park past Mohawk to 2nd WPIAL title
June 1, 2022
The South Park baseball team has been on a mission since losing in the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A championship game.

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West Mifflin pitcher Ryan Lang is hoisted into the air by catcher Corey Kuszaj after defeating Montour, 5-4 in 12 innings, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
West Mifflin gets past Montour in 12 innings in Class 4A WPIAL title marathon
May 31, 2022
West Mifflin did some unconventional things during the WPIAL Class 4A baseball championship game Tuesday at Wild Things Park in Washington.

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Greater Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary wrestles Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman in the 120-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A championships on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Canon-McMillan High School.
PIAA votes to keep individual qualifiers in wrestling status quo
May 30, 2022
After months of debate, the PIAA Board of Directors decided to keep the number of qualifiers per region the same as the previous two-year cycle.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns wins the PIAA Class 2A girls 300-meter hurdles Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns defends title in PIAA Class 2A 300 hurdles
May 28, 2022
SHIPPENSBURG — Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns shocked herself when she won the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles at last year’s PIAA track and field championships.

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Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper’s winning throw for the PIAA Class 3A girls discus was 153 feet Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
Hempfield’s Tapper wins Class 3A discus for 2nd gold of PIAA track and field championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Now that Hempfield junior Liz Tapper has two PIAA gold medals on her resume, what’s in store next?

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Former Franklin Regional and Arizona State wrestler Josh Shields recently competed at the U.S. Open freestyle tournament and the World Team Trials.
Former Franklin Regional wrestlers keep Olympic dreams alive
Josh Shields and Nico Megaludis aren’t ready to hang up their headgear just yet.

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Hempfield’s Liz Tapper won the PIAA Class 3A shot put title May 27, 2022, at Shippensburg.
Liz Tapper wins PIAA shot put gold to join list of Hempfield state champs
May 27, 2022
SHIPPENSBURG – On the wall in the lobby of the Hempfield field house are pictures of all the school’s PIAA champions.

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Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo wins the girls PIAA Class 2A 1,600-meter run Friday, May 27, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo captures PIAA Class 2A gold in 1,600
SHIPPENSBURG — Jolena Quarzo prefers running in the morning.

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Seton Hill’s Jenna Osikowicz is hitting .457 this season.
Breaking down Seton Hill softball’s competition at NCAA Division II World Series
May 25, 2022
NCAA Division II World Series

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Seton Hill’s Morgan Ryan, a Hempfield graduate, is 18-2 this season.
Seton Hill softball set for World Series run in Denver
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say the Seton Hill softball team has a “Mile High” feeling.

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Dominick Nania was named the Saint Vincent wrestling coach Tuesday.
Saint Vincent names Dominick Nania new wrestling coach
May 24, 2022
Saint Vincent College announced it was adding a men’s wrestling program in March.

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North Allegheny’s Jack Birch (10) hits against Penn-Trafford’s Zach Kessler as NA’s Jake Koch (1) looks on during a WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Monday at Fox Chapel.
North Allegheny surges past Penn-Trafford to make another trip to WPIAL volleyball finals
May 23, 2022
It’s back to the WPIAL Class 3A boys volleyball finals for North Allegheny.

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Gateway’s Floyd McKenna celebrates his first home run against Bethel Park during a WPIAL Class 5A first round playoff game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Burkett Park.
Gateway goes down swinging in WPIAL baseball playoffs
May 22, 2022
A late season surge helped give the Gateway baseball team some confidence entering the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Carli Ramchandran delivers against Armstrong on April 20.
Franklin Regional softball already looking ahead to 2023
May 21, 2022
It wasn’t the way the Franklin Regional softball team wanted to end the 2022 season after a promising start.

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The Seton Hill softball team won the Atlantic Super Regional title Saturday, May 21, 2022 to advance to the NCAA Division II World Series.
Former Hempfield teammates help Seton Hill softball reach college World Series
Morgan Ryan and Jenna Osikowicz are no strangers to the big stage.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brad Heinbaugh (15), Logan Swartz (gray shirt), Daniel Tarabrella (28), Andrew Kessler (32) and Patrick Schall (17) celebrate a point while Hempfield’s Chaz Ewer (15) and Joshua Reilly (19) look on during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal May 19, 2022, at Hempfield.
Penn-Trafford boys volleyball peaking at perfect time
May 20, 2022
The Penn-Trafford volleyball team is picking a good time to play its best.

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Penn-Trafford knocks off Hempfield in Class 3A playoff volleyball classic
May 19, 2022
You couldn’t have asked for a better volleyball match than the one between No. 6 Penn-Trafford and No. 3 Hempfield in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Thursday.

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Seton Hill softball, baseball teams win NCAA regional games
The Seton Hill softball team moved a game closer to qualifying for the NCAA Division II World Series on Thursday by defeating host Kutztown, 7-0, in the Atlantic Super Regional Championship.

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Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper wins the girls Class 3A discus during the WPIAL championships Wednesday.
Westmoreland County throwers shine at WPIAL track championships
May 18, 2022
They might not be able to compete against each other in events, but that doesn’t stop Hempfield throwers Liz Tapper and Peyton Murray from battling at practice.

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Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper is one of the best throwers in the state.
Westmoreland County throwers looking for gold
May 16, 2022
Other than competing in the PIAA track and field championships, Wednesday is the day many WPIAL runners, throwers and jumpers have had circled all season.

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Sewickley’s Jason Li advanced to a sectional qualifier after shooting an even-par 71 at the Butler County U.S. Open local qualifier.
Local golf notebook: PGA Latinoamerica pro tops Butler County U.S. Open local qualifier
PGA Tour Latinoamerica pro and former Oklahoma Sooner Beau Titsworth claimed medalist honors at the Butler County U.S. Open local qualifier May 11. Titsworth shot a 4-under par 67. He was one of five players to earn a spot in the sectional tournaments.

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Penn-Trafford senior Nathan Schlessinger
P-T’s Nate Schlessinger wins discus title at Baldwin Invitational
May 15, 2022
Penn-Trafford senior Nate Schlessinger won a title at the 48th Annual Baldwin Invitational.

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Dhruv Kulkarni and Prerit Yadav were silver medalists in the WPIAL Class 3A doubles championships.
Franklin Regional tennis has plenty to celebrate, even after WPIAL semifinal loss
May 14, 2022
It wasn’t the ending Franklin Regional boys tennis coach Howard Fisher had envisioned, but the veteran coach of 43 seasons was still proud of the season.

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Seton Hill softball gets past Shippensburg to reach NCAA regional final
May 13, 2022
Jenna Osikowicz scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Brooklyn Fukushima in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Seton Hill defeated Shippensburg, 3-2, Friday in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional at Shippensburg.

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New Hempfield softball coach Tina Madison meets with her players before a recent practice.
Hempfield softball coach preps for 1st WPIAL playoff run
May 12, 2022
If Hempfield first-year coach Tina (Skelly) Madison wanted any tip about what to expect in the WPIAL playoffs, there are numerous coaches in Westmoreland County who have won or coached in PIAA championship games.

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Quaker Valley’s Cecilia Montagnese wins the 3200 meter race during the WPIAL Class AA team track and field championships on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Peters Twp.
WPIAL team title droughts end for Shenango boys, Quaker Valley girls
May 11, 2022
A drought ended for two teams at the WPIAL Class 2A track and field championships Wednesday at Peters Township.

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Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper continues to have a strong track and field season.
‘Last chance’ events replace qualifiers for WPIAL track and field championships
May 10, 2022
A few years ago, the WPIAL eliminated regional qualifiers for its track and field championships.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer pole vaults at the 2021 WCCA Track and Field Championships. She will lead the GCC girls team into the WPIAL team finals Wednesday.
Greensburg Central Catholic, Norwin ready for team finals in WPIAL track
When Mike Brewer took over the Greensburg Central Catholic track and field program 10 years ago, he had a team of 12 — five boys and seven girls.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Crider takes seventh during the boys shot put during the Westmoreland County Track and Field Championships April 30 at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Kiski Area track and field teams celebrate section titles
May 9, 2022
The Kiski Area boys and girls track and field teams will be competing in the WPIAL Class 3A team semifinals at North Allegheny on Tuesday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli celebrates after a missed field goal defeated Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Penn-Trafford notebook: P-T’s Yacamelli, Hershberger named finalists for scholar-athlete award
May 8, 2022
Cade Yacamelli and Gwendolyn Hershberger were finalists for the 66th annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards, hosted by Judge John J. Driscoll.

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Penn-Trafford’s Matt Lichota scores past coach Dan Miller during a game against Franklin Regional on April 4.
Penn-Trafford baseball preps for playoffs with sweep of 1st-place Latrobe
When the Penn-Trafford baseball team lost 10-2 in a nonsection game to Plum on April 29, Warriors coach Dan Miller told Mustangs coach Carl Vollmer that he was sorry that his team didn’t put forth their best effort.

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Latrobe twins Lexie (left) and Lizzie Planinsek took part in the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 1, 2022.
Running to honor their father’s memory, Latrobe twins finish among leaders at Pittsburgh Marathon
May 6, 2022
Latrobe twins Lexie and Lizzie Planinsek ran their first marathon May 1.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence breaks free from Canton’s Riley Parker in the 172-pound match at the PIAA championships Friday, March 11, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Major change to PIAA wrestling tournament qualification process put on hold
May 4, 2022
A major change to the way the PIAA determines qualifiers for the state wrestling tournament has been put on hold.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer (left) and Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer pose with Judge John Driscoll on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete banquet.
Mt. Pleasant’s Pitzer, Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brewer win Driscoll awards
May 3, 2022
It takes a special person to find a way to mix academics and athletics.

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Hempfield’s Cydney Blahovec (right) finishes ahead of Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller and Penn-Trafford’s Amelia Barilla in the girls 800 during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Track and Field Championships.
Hempfield’s Blahovec and Tapper continue to improve
Hempfield track and field coach Ron Colland has been pleasantly surprised with some of the performances his athletes this season, especially juniors Cydney Blahovec and Liz Tapper.

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The starting gun is fired at the start of a race during the 47th annual Baldwin Invitational girls track and field event on May 8, 2021, at Baldwin High School.
WPIAL track notebook: Baldwin Invitational returns to 1-day format
When Baldwin track and field coach Ed Helbig approached the Baldwin-Whitehall School District administration about the 48th annual Baldwin Track and Field Invitational, they wanted the event to be held over two days because of covid concerns.

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Men’s and women’s U.S. Open qualifiers begin
May 2, 2022
Local qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open begins Tuesday in Western Pennsylvania at Shannopin Country Club.

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Penn-Trafford wrestling coach A.J. Brentzel steps down
May 1, 2022
A.J. Brentzel’s stint as Penn-Trafford wrestling coach has ended after three seasons.

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Kiski Prep’s Galand Okeugo finishes sixth in the boys long jump during the Westmoreland County Track and Field championships Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Miller, Giordano win WCCA titles
April 30, 2022
Kiski Area sophomore Eliza Miller was a repeat winner at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association meet.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer (left) finishes ahead of Norwin’s Layla Robertson and Brandi Brozeski in the girls 100-meter hurdles Saturday.
9 athletes repeat as WCCA champions
With the PIAA track and field championships a month away, high school athletes begin to prepare for the stretch run and focus on their events.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Lindeman is a senior in the 2022 graduating class.
A closer look at 2022 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete honorees
BELLE VERNON

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall celebrates his team’s win over Imani Christian in the 2017 WPIAL Class A title game.
Former Jeannette coach Roy Hall to be honored at Westmoreland County scholar-athlete banquet
Roy Hall learned a lot from the coaches who preceded him at Jeannette.

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Franklin Regional sophomore Dhruv Kulkarni serves in the WPIAL Class 3A doubles championship April 27, 2022, at North Allegheny.
Franklin Regional boys tennis looking for WPIAL gold
Despite graduating a big chunk of its starting lineup that finished second in the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A boys tennis tournament, Franklin Regional is looking to make another run at the title.

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North Catholic’s Alex Garvey serves during the WPIAL Class 2A doubles championship Wednesday at North Allegheny. Garvey and Brody Golla teamed up to win the title.
Shady Side Academy, North Catholic teams win WPIAL doubles titles
April 27, 2022
Teams in the WPIAL doubles tennis championships Wednesday faced two obstacles – tough opponents and terrible weather.

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Apollo-Ridge junior Brendan Butler is greeted at home plate after hitting a grand slam at Jeannette on Tuesday.
Strong pitching, Butler’s grand slam lift Apollo-Ridge over Jeannette in Section 2-2A baseball
April 26, 2022
Apollo-Ridge took advantage of four Jeannette errors and got a grand slam from junior Brandon Butler and solid pitching from Brady Schrock in a 10-0 victory Tuesday in a Section 2-2A battle.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer has WCCA 800, and 1,600 and pole vault titles to defend.
Numerous athletes looking to defend titles at WCCA meet
The best of Westmoreland County will descend on Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium Saturday for the running of the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field championship.

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Ligonier Valley’s Miles Higgins is the reigning Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association javelin champion.
Busy week ahead for Ligonier Valley javelin standout Miles Higgins
It will be a busy week for Ligonier Valley senior Miles Higgins.

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Ringgold’s Ryan Pajak breezes to a win in the 1,600 at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet April 14 at West Mifflin
High school track and field notebook: Strong field headed to Butler this weekend
April 19, 2022
The 57th annual Butler Invitational will be held over two days this weekend.

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Derry girls who run on the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams are, from left, Sydney Williams, Emma Huber, Alayna Williams, Jane Huss and Mikah Horwat.
Young Derry track team finding success ahead of schedule
It wasn’t a picturesque day at Derry track practice Monday. A cold wind was gusting and ice pellets were pelting the distance runners during their workout.

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Derry’s Tiana Moracco goes through drills during practice on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at Derry Area High School.
YWCA set to honor outstanding women from Westmoreland County
April 17, 2022
The YWCA of Westmoreland County will honor some of the top females from the county at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ferrante’s Lakeview in Hempfield.

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Penn-Trafford boys lacrosse team gets off to strong start, eyes playoff success
What a difference a year makes for the Penn-Trafford boys’ lacrosse program.

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Franklin Regional junior Sierra Todero is a member of the 2022 track and field team.
Franklin Regional’s Sierra Todero looks to follow her sister’s path to state meet
April 16, 2022
There is nothing like following in your sister’s footsteps.

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South Fayette’s Melana Schumaker soars to a win in the pole vault at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet at West Mifflin on Thursday.
Ringgold’s Pajak, South Fayette’s Schumaker have big days at TSTCA meet
April 14, 2022
It was a big day for Ringgold sophomore Ryan Pajak and South Fayette senior Melana Schumaker at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Invitational on Thursday at West Mifflin.

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South Fayette’s Jake Patterson plays in the WPIAL Class 3A boys tennis singles championship, beating North Allegheny’s Trey Davidson Tuesday, April 13, 2022, at Pure Athletex Sportsplex.
South Fayette’s Patterson, North Catholic’s Scheller repeat as WPIAL tennis champs
April 13, 2022
It was repeat Wednesday at the WPIAL singles tennis championships at the Pure Athletex Sportsplex in Wexford.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer eyes the finish line during the Class A girls race at the 2021 WPIAL cross country championships.
Candidates for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athletes awards announced
April 12, 2022
It’s a rite of passage.

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Riverview senior Parker Steele topped the field in the 800 at the Bedford Invitational.
Track and field notebook: Riverview athletes excel at Bedford meet
Riverview’s Parker Steele won the 800-meter run at Bedford Giant Eagle Classic Invitational on April 9.

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Latrobe’s Brennan Campbell won the 110-meter hurdles during the Wildcat Invitational on April 8 at Memorial Stadium.
Latrobe hurdler Campbell has eye on state meet after quick start to season
For Latrobe senior Brennan Campbell, it’s time to shine.

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Penn-Trafford junior Kate Schall practices her starts at practice April 7.
Junior sprinter, senior distance runner lead Penn-Trafford track team
April 10, 2022
It may not result in a WPIAL track and field title in 2022, but Penn-Trafford coach Eric Reger is excited about the future of his program.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith delivers against Connellsville last season.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Boys lacrosse team off to program-best start
The Penn-Trafford boys’ lacrosse team is off to the best start in program history.

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Sarah Kvortek, Olivia Kovach and Isabella Distilo of Ultimate Gymnastics in Delmont competed in the United States of America Gymnastics Region 7 championship.
Trio from Ultimate Gymnastics compete in regionals
April 9, 2022
Three girls from Ultimate Gymnastics in Delmont were scheduled to compete in the USA Gymnastics Region 7 championship at Virginia Beach on April 8-10.

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Franklin Regional senior Andrew Allen (left) and his brother, junior Aaron Allen.
Allen brothers help Franklin Regional tennis reload
Franklin Regional’s boys tennis team reached the WPIAL Class 3A finals in 2021, falling to Shady Side Academy.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht wins the 100-meter dash followed by North Allegheny’s J.R. Burton, and Latrobe’s Adam Piper and Jacob Pittman during the Wildcat Invitaional Friday, April 8, 2022, at Memorial Stadium.
Greensburg Salem sprinter Cody Rubrecht looking to build off win
April 8, 2022
Greensburg Salem junior Cody Rubrecht hadn’t competed in track before this season.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller brings home a second-place finish in the girls 3,200-meter relay during the Wildcat Invitaional Friday, April 8, 2022, at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Strong showing for Kiski Area at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
The Kiski Area track and field team didn’t have any first-place finishers Friday at the annual Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational, but the Cavaliers did have numerous athletes earn medals.

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Chartiers Valley’s Dylan Evans reacts after winning the PIAA Class AAA championship at 152 pounds against Cathedral Prep’s Kaemen Smith on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
New proposal would give WPIAL wrestling 5 state qualifiers in Class 3A
April 6, 2022
When the PIAA meets May 18, a major change in wrestling will need to be approved.

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Top track and field teams to compete at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invite
April 5, 2022
Some of the top teams in the WPIAL will be competing in the annual Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational on Friday at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.

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Hempfield Area junior Liz Tapper pole vaults at practice Monday.
Hempfield junior breaks school record in shot put, sets sights on 2 more
It’s fair to assume most high school athletes don’t always put in a 100% effort at practice.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary (left) was one of seven WPIAL wrestlers to win Class 3A state titles this season.
PIAA wrestling committee considering WPIAL proposal to change state qualifying process
April 1, 2022
Here’s a lesson everyone has heard: Don’t always believe what you read on social media.

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman works to control Dover’s Mason Leiphart in a 120-pound match at Giant Center in Hershey for the PIAA championship Friday, March 11, 2022.
Penn-Trafford wrestler Hohman goes out on a high note
March 27, 2022
Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman didn’t reach his goal of being a PIAA Class 3A champion, but the senior did end his high school career on a high note.

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Burrell freshman Calio Zanella looks to pin Avonworth’s Mike Tabano at 113 pounds at the WPIAL Class 2A championships Feb. 18 at Canon-McMillan.
2022 Valley News Dispatch Wrestling All-Stars
March 26, 2022
Calio Zanella

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Franklin Regional’s Ty Kapusta works to control Council Work North’s Eren Sement at 106 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A tournament March 12 at the Giant Center.
2022 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Wrestling All-Stars
Ty Kapusta

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Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer went 45-0 this season to finish 130-3 for his career.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer named Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Wrestler of Year for 3rd time
Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer finished off quite a wrestling career by becoming a three-time WPIAL and PIAA Class 2A champion.

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Franklin Regional goalie Alex Rauber stops a shot in front of Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Stock during the PIHL Class 2A final Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Franklin Regional hockey suffers heartbreaking loss in Penguins Cup final
“Heartbreaking” is the best word to describe the feelings of the Franklin Regional hockey team.

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Yough pitcher Emma Augustine delivers a pitch in a scrimmage against Latrobe March 22.
Youthful Yough softball team expecting big season
March 24, 2022
A coach with a roster filled with sophomore and freshmen should be full of uncertainty.

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Yough sophomore Zander Aird hits in the cage at practice Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
Finding pitchers will be key if Yough baseball team is to succeed
When Yough opens the baseball season Friday against Jeannette, the biggest thing Cougars coach Craig Spisak will be looking at is who will compose his pitching staff.

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Mt.Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer, a three-time PIAA Class 2A champion, will wrestle for Team Pennsylvania at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Friday at Peters Township.
Pitt recruits dominate state team for Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 23, 2022
Three future Pitt wrestlers were among the 13 selected for Team Pennsylvania at the annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic slated for Friday at Peters Township.

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Neshannock’s Gio Valentine celebrates his winning goal during the third period of the PIHL Division 2 final against Bishop Canevin on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Neshannock edges Bishop Canevin to win PIHL Division 2 title
March 22, 2022
Gio Valentine went end-to-end and scored a power play goal with 9 minutes, 23 seconds left and Neshannock defeated Bishop Canevin, 2-1, in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Division 2 championship Tuesday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry

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Thomas Jefferson’s Scotty Allan (right) celebrates with teammates after defeating Franklin Regional, 6-5 in overtime, in the PIHL Class 2A final Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Thomas Jefferson rallies past Franklin Regional to win Class 2A Penguins Cup title in OT
Scotty Allan picked a great time to score his first goal of the playoffs.

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Penn-Trafford junior Caitlyn Schlegel puts down a bunt at practice March 21.
Penn-Trafford softball team is reloading for another title run
If the Penn-Trafford softball team’s first scrimmage was any indication, the power lost by graduation will be minimal.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore catcher Ian Temple searches for a pop up March 21 in a scrimmage against Butler.
Finding pitchers to replace 6 who graduated key for Penn-Trafford baseball team
Most baseball coaches would be concerned after the bulk of their pitching staff graduated.

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Franklin Regional forward Dan Rafferty celebrates in front of the South Fayette goalie after teammate Matt Knizner scored the winning goal in overtime during the PIHL semifinals.
Franklin Regional learns lesson, returns to finals
March 21, 2022
The Franklin Regional hockey team learned a valuable lesson when it played South Fayette in the PIHL Class 2A semifinals March 15: don’t underestimate your opponent.

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Mt. Pleasant baseball team ready to see ‘what happens’
March 20, 2022
The Mt. Pleasant baseball team missed the WPIAL Class 3A baseball playoffs last season by one game.

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Mt. Pleasant ssecond baseman Lindsey Breth tosses ball to first baseman for an out March 17 aginst Frazier.
Despite turnover, Mt. Pleasant softball looking to defend WPIAL, PIAA titles
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Chris Brunson said he’d be doing his team a disservice if he didn’t expect big things from them.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Maddie Griffin delivers a pitch in a scrimmage March 16 at Hempfield Area High School.
With Griffin back, Ligonier Valley softball team looks to make another run
March 18, 2022
Ligonier Valley’s first season in the WPIAL was a memorable one for the softball team.

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New Ligonier Valley baseball coach has high expectations
Ligonier Valley has a new man coaching the baseball team, and he brings a lot of experience.

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Thomas Jefferson forward Colby Bilski celebrates his third goal of the game against Penn-Trafford in the PIHL Penguins Cup Class 2A semifinals Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at the RMU Island Sports Center.
TJ’s Bilski nets hat trick, FR’s Knizner scores OT winner in Penguins Cup semifinals
March 15, 2022
Thomas Jefferson scored four second-period goals, including a hat trick by Colby Bilski, and skated past Penn-Trafford, 6-2, in the PIHL Cup Class 2A semifinals Tuesday at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center. .

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Hempfield junior Gage Wheaton takes his turn in the batting cage at practice Monday, March 14, 2022.
Hempfield baseball ready to make another run after reaching WPIAL finals
If there was one thing that stood out about the 2021 Hempfield baseball team, it was solid pitching.

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Hempfield Olivia Orischak
New leader, same expectations for Hempfield softball team
While there will be a new captain running the Hempfield softball ship this season, first-year coach Tina Madison said the expectations of the program will remain the same.

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2 from WPIAL earn silver medals at state girls wrestling championships
March 14, 2022
The 2022 MyHouse Pennsylvania Girls High School State Championship was held Sunday at Cumberland Valley High School. The tournament drew nearly 300 wrestlers from 115 schools.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack works to earn a reversal against Coen Bainey of Bald Eagle Area at 120 pounds.
Burrell’s Hornack finishes fourth, Kiski Area’s Morlacci sixth at PIAA wrestling tournament
March 12, 2022
HERSHEY — It was an up-and-down PIAA Class 2A wrestling championship for Burrell sophomore Cooper Hornack.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary takes down Mason Leiphart of Dover in the 120-pound finals at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Kilkeary, Waynesburg’s Church celebrate 2nd wrestling titles
HERSHEY — Again, the WPIAL showed its might at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer takes down Brad Morrison of West Perry at 215 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer claims 3rd PIAA title with 100th career pin
HERSHEY — A ritual for Dayton Pitzer after a match is to run sprints.

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Waynesburg junior Rocco Welsh takes down Owen J Roberts’ Dillon Bechtold in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
12 from WPIAL to wrestle for state titles in Class 3A finals
HERSHEY – The WPIAL is guaranteed at least two PIAA champions, but they’re hoping for more.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon reacts after winning the 145-pound final during the WPIAL Class 3A championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan.
WPIAL roller-coaster ride sends 4 Franklin Regional wrestlers to states
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe said the WPIAL Class 3A championships were like a roller-coaster ride of a two-day tournament.

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Dayton Pitzer of Mt. Pleasant works at pinning Bryce Rafferty of Brookville in the 215-pound match at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Friday, March 11, 2022, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer a win away from 3rd state title
March 11, 2022
HERSHEY – Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer doesn’t have a nickname.

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Kiski Area’s Enzo Molacci controls Nazareth’s Ryan Fairchild at 160 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Friday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Morlacci plays starring role at states, reaching Class 3A semifinals
HERSHEY – Kiski Area senior Enzo Morlacci is a filmmaker.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Maddox Shaw takes on Chamberburg’s Karl Shindledecker at 126 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Friday, March 11, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships: How WPIAL wrestlers fared, Day 2
HERSHEY — The PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championships continued Friday afternoon at the Giant Center.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence breaks free from Canton’s Riley Parker at 172 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships Friday, March 11, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships: How WPIAL wrestlers fared, Day 2
HERSHEY — The PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships continued Friday morning at the Giant Center.

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Pine Richland’sAnthony Ferraro and (District 3) Hempfield’s Seamus Mack tie up at 126 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships: How WPIAL wrestlers fared on Day 1
March 10, 2022
HERSHEY — The PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championships began Thursday at the Giant Center. Here’s a glance at how the WPIAL wrestlers fared on Day 1. The WPIAL advanced 29 of 52 wrestlers to the quarterfinals.

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Christian Hirak of Derry (top) takes on Aiden Zimmerman of Johnsonburg at 160 pounds at the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional’s Kapusta opens state tournament with big upset
HERSHEY – There were a few upsets and an almost stunner during the first day of the PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championship on Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Hughesville’s Caiden Puderbach works at pinning Burrell’s Niko Ferra at 132 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Hornack following game plan at state tournament
HERSHEY – Burrell sophomore Cooper Hornack said he would like to follow the same game plan this weekend that he used in reaching the 106-pound finals in the 2021 PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships.

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Quaker Valley’s Logan Richey, ties up Seagertown’s Owen Hershlman at 120 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships: How WPIAL wrestlers fared on Day 1
HERSHEY — The PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships began Thursday at the Giant Center. Here’s a glance at how the WPIAL wrestlers fared on Day 1.

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Laurel’s Grant MacKay celebrates winning against Hamburg’s Dalton Gimbor in the 152-pound final during the 2021 PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Breaking down the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships
March 9, 2022
PIAA Class 2A Championship

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church controls opponent Mason Leiphart of Dover in the 120-pound semifinals during the 2021 PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Breaking down the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships
PIAA Class 3A Championship

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon (right) wrestles West Allegheny’s Ty Watters in the 145-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A championships on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestlers ready to lay it all on the line at PIAA individual tournament
March 8, 2022
Michael Buffer’s trademark catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble.” would be a perfect way to kick off the PIAA individual wrestling championships Thursday.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary wrestles Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman in the 120-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan High School.
WPIAL Class 3A coaches working on proposal to save qualifiers
With the PIAA individual wrestling tournament set to begin Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey, a group of WPIAL Class 3A coaches is pushing to figure out a proposal to save the district from losing a state individual and team qualifier beginning in the next two-year cycle.

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Penn-Trafford won the WPIBL girls team title Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.
After taking WPIBL girls team title, Penn-Trafford bowlers head to regionals
March 6, 2022
The Penn-Trafford bowling team’s special season continues after the girls won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League title by defeating Burrell, 2-0.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman fights for a loose ball with Franklin Regional’s Sophia Yaniga during the Penn-Trafford Holiday Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 at Penn-Trafford High School.
With young, eager roster, Franklin Regional girls basketball team excited about future
Bernie Pucka’s first year as Franklin Regional girls basketball coach didn’t go as expected.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest wrestles Waynesburg’s Colton Stoneking in the 138-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Canon-McMillan High School.
First-timers among 6 Westmoreland County WPIAL wrestling champions
March 5, 2022
It was a day of firsts for several Westmoreland County wrestlers at the Class 3A WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional on Saturday.

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Kiski’s Enzo Morlacci pins Penn-Trafford’s Wesley Stull during the Class 3A WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional 160-pound quarterfinal on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Kiski Area’s Joseph and Morlacci, Highlands’ Burford qualify for states
For Highlands senior Jrake Burford and Kiski Area senior Stone Joseph, getting a chance to wrestle in Hershey is a dream come true.

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Kiski’s Enzo Morlacci pins Penn Trafford’s Wesley Stull during the 3AAA WPIAL-PIAA South West Regional 160-pound quarterfinal on Friday, March. 4, 2022 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Kiski Area’s Morlacci reaches WPIAL semifinals, 100-win milestone
Enzo Morlacci is giving up wrestling after the season. The Kiski Area senior recently de-committed from Lehigh to pursue a film career.

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell pins North Hills Giavonie Schipani during the 3AAA WPIAL-PIAA South West Regional 106-pound quarterfinal action on Friday, March. 4, 2022 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Latrobe freshman Willochell rolls into semifinals of WPIAL/PIAA Class 3A Southwest Regional
March 4, 2022
Sometimes freshmen have trouble competing in big tournaments.

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Latrobe’s Corey Boerio pins Central Dauphins’ Carson Cassel at 215 pounds Feb. 11 at the PIAA Class 3A team championships at Giant Center in Hershey.
215-pound weight class full of heavy hitters at WPIAL Class 3A championships
March 2, 2022
If you’re looking for a weight class to watch at the WPIAL Class 3A championship, focus on 215 pounds.

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Derry’s Christian Hirak beats Burrell’s Damian Barr in the 160-pound third-place bout during the WPIAL Class 2A championships on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Canon-McMillan.
Derry Area’s Hirak comes out of nowhere to become PIAA wrestling contender
Christian Hirak hadn’t wrestled since sixth grade before this season.

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Steve Snider (left) and son Nathan display PIAA cross country championship trophies. Steve coached the Greensburg Salem girls to a title in 1993 and Nathan coached the boys in 2018.
Greensburg Salem mourning death of longtime coach Steve Snider
The Greensburg Salem community and Westmoreland County are mourning the loss of a legendary coach, Steve Snider.

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Hempfield junior Ethan Lebin tries to reach the ankle of Thomas Jefferson freshman Maddox Shaw during the WPIAL Class 3A Section 126-pound final Feb. 26 at Hempfield.
Trib HSSN WPIAL individual wrestling rankings for March 2, 2022
Here’s a look at the Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for March 2, 2022:

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Burrell sophomore Cooper Hornack, on his knees, looks for an opening at the PIAA Class 2A Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on Feb. 10.
2022 PIAA Class 2A Southwest Regional Wrestling Championships info
PIAA Class 2A Southwest Regional

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Belle Vernon senior Cole Weightman tries to spin away from Thomas Jefferson senior Brian Finnerty in the 215-pound finals the WPIAL Class 3A Section 2 tournament Feb. 26 at Hempfield.
2022 WPIAL Class 3A Wrestling Championship info
WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships/PIAA Southwest Regional

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Chartiers Valley senior Helene Cowan hits a layup against Moon senior Sarah Santicola in a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at Peters Township.
Chartiers Valley’s ‘well-oiled machine’ crushes Moon in Class 5A semifinals
March 1, 2022
It’s back to the “Pete” and the WPIAL championship game for the Chartiers Valley girls basketball team.

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Franklin Regional’s Amanda McFaden competes in the girls 500 freestyle during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championships on Jan. 29 at Derry.
Franklin Regional swimmers focus on relays at WPIAL meet
February 27, 2022
It’s been quite a season for the Franklin Regional swimming teams.

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Penn-Trafford’s Conner Alexander competes in the boys 500-yard freestyle Jan. 29 during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championships at Derry Area High School.
Penn-Trafford underclassmen look forward to WPIAL championship meet
Penn-Trafford swimming coach Dave Babik knew this season would be challenging.

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Penn-Trafford’s Bryce Kropczynski celebrates his third-period goal with Xavier Solomon and Ryan Crombie during their game against Latrobe on Feb. 17 at Kirk Nevin Arena.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hockey team finishes regular season strong
The Penn-Trafford hockey team ended the regular season in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League with solid wins over Latrobe and Shaler.

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Hempfield senior Briar Priest takes down Connellsville fresmhman Lonzy Vielma in the 138-pound final at the WPIAL Class 3A Section tournament Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
Connellsville’s Jared Keslar captures 4th section wrestling title, Hempfield’s Briar Priest gets 3rd
February 26, 2022
Winning section titles aren’t as easy as you think, especially four of them.

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Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman and Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer compete in the 215-pound championship during the WCCA finals Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Kiski Area High School. Weightman recently returned from meniscus surgery and is 5-0 this season.
Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman returns, hopes to conquer stacked weight class
February 23, 2022
Belle Vernon senior Cole Weightman recently made two tough decisions about his future.

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Wrestling notebook: 3 WPIAL junior high champions for Norwin
Norwin crowned three champions at the WPIAL Junior High School Tournament on Saturday.

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Connellsville senior Jared Keslar takes down Waynesburg’s Nate Kirby Feb. 12 at the PIAA Class 3A team wrestling championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN Individual Wrestling Rankings for Feb. 23, 2022
Class 3A

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Ligonier Valley senior Matthew Marinchak loses his glasses as he drives past Avonworth’s Colin Crawford on Monday in a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game.
Avonworth uses speed on defense, offensive spurts to take down Ligonier Valley
February 21, 2022
It took Avonworth a little more than a quarter to hit its stride Monday in its WPIAL Class 3A first-round game, but when it did, Ligonier Valley couldn’t keep up.

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Shooters take aim at a WPIAL rifle match at Keystone Rod and Gun Club in Hannastown on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.
Penn-Trafford juniors score top 5 finishes at WPIAL rifle championships
February 20, 2022
They took different paths to get there, but Penn-Trafford juniors Seth Baughman and Mallory McRae ended up right next to each other in the final results of the WPIAL rifle championships Feb. 10 at the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen Club.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ryan Crombie celebrates with Damian Dynys after scoring during the second period against Latrobe on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Kirk Nevin Arena.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hockey team gearing up for playoffs
The Penn-Trafford hockey team is ready to make a postseason run after picking up a pair of late-season wins: defeating West Allegheny, 3-2, and Indiana, 5-1.

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Bentworth’s Chris Vargo beats Burrell’s Cooper Hornack in the 120-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Canon-McMillan.
Szymanski keeps Burrell’s WPIAL champion streak alive
One historic run at Burrell ended this season, but an even longer one continued.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence beats Quaker Valley’s Mason Diemert in the 172-pound bout during the 2A WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championship on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022 at Canon-McMillan.
Mt. Pleasant’s Pitzer, Frazier’s Lawrence dominate WPIAL 2A tournament
February 19, 2022
Central Valley senior Ambrose Boni was awarded the Outstanding Wrestler award by the Class 2A coaches Saturday at the WPIAL individual championships, but no one dominated the tournament more than Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer and Frazier sophomore Rune Lawrence.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith scores past Gateway’s William Kromka on Feb. 11 at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional boys stay motivated throughout up-and-down season
Franklin Regional boys’ basketball team season didn’t end how it planned.

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Southmoreland senior Anthony Govern picks up Central Valley’s Alex Kuzma at 215 pounds Feb. 18 at the WPIAL Class 2A Championship at Canon-McMillan.
Westmoreland County trio looking for 100-win milestone, trip to Hershey at WPIAL 2A tournament
February 18, 2022
Every year, wrestlers set goals for the season.

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Burrell freshman Calio Zanella looks to pin Avonworth’s Mike Tabano at 113 pounds Feb. 18 at the WPIAL Class 2A Championship at Canon-McMillan.
Burrell freshmen looking to mark their mark in WPIAL Class 2A wrestling
When you wrestle for Burrell, expectations are high.

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Mt. Pleasant sophomore Jamison Poklembo practices Feb. 15, 2022 at Norwin.
Mt. Pleasant’s Jamison Poklembo, a defending WPIAL champ, driven by No. 2 seed
February 15, 2022
When the WPIAL wrestling committee released the seeding for the Class 2A individual tournament Tuesday, Mt. Pleasant sophomore Jamison Poklembo was disappointed that he was seeded No. 2 at 138 pounds.

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Waynesburg’s Zander Phaturos gets a takedown in the 126-pound quarterfinal at the PIAA Class 3A team wrestling championship at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Team Wrestling Rankings: Week of Feb. 14, 2022
Class AAA

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Latrobe’s Corey Boerio pins Central Dauphins’ Carson Cassel at 215 pounds Feb. 11 at the PIAA Class 3A team wrestling championships at Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe, Burrell are the early favorites for the 2022-23 wrestling season
Looking ahead to the 2022-23 season, what wrestling teams should be the early favorites?

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Burrell’s Shawn Szymanski (left) tops the 145-pound weight class in Class 2A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL individual wrestling rankings: Week of Feb. 14, 2022
TribHSSN WPIAL Wrestling Rankings as of Feb. 14

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Penn-Trafford goalie Jackson Kerrigan has a 2.59 goals-against average this season.
Penn-Trafford hockey leaning on leaders to carry team through stretch run
February 13, 2022
If the Penn-Trafford hockey team is to win a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League title, it will be the team leaders guiding the way.

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Latrobe coach Mark Mears talk to his team after losing to Williamsport in the PIAA Class 3A team championship Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey
Latrobe bows out of PIAA team wrestling championship with loss to Williamsport
February 12, 2022
HERSHEY — The Latrobe wrestling team learned a valuable lesson Saturday: Sometimes things just don’t go your way.

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Waynesburg’s Eli Makel takes Connellsville’s Dennis Nichelson to his back for nearfall points Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at the PIAA Class 3A Team Wrestling Championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Team Wrestling Championship: Resilient Waynesburg bounces back to take 3rd
HERSHEY – For what the Waynesburg wrestling team has gone through this season — an unexpected coaching change and having two quality wrestlers sidelined — finishing third in the PIAA Class 3A Team Wrestling Championship was quite an accomplishment.

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Franklin Regional’s Zachary Zeto (24) and Ben Yurko are senior members for the Panthers this season.
Franklin Regional motivated to make Penguins Cup run
When the Franklin Regional hockey team plays a game, the Panthers do so with a chip on their shoulder.

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church secures a takedown against Mifflin County in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 3A Team Wrestling Championships: Defending champ Waynesburg falls in semifinals
February 11, 2022
Semifinals

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Latrobe’s Corey Boerio pins Central Dauphin’s Carson Cassel at 215 pounds in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 3A Team Wrestling Championship on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe looks to build on PIAA semifinal loss to top-ranked Bethlehem Catholic
HERSHEY – Latrobe wrestling coach Mark Mears has been building something special for the past two seasons since he took over the program.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack looks for a pin at the PIAA Class 2A team championship Feb. 11 at the Giant Center, Hershey.
Burrell wrestling coach not disappointed with team’s effort at PIAAs
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields walked away from the PIAA Class 2A team championship with mixed emotions.

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Quaker Valley’s Mason Diemert looks to turn Forest Hills’ Kory Masalko at the PIAA Class 2A Team Wrestling Championship Feb. 11 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships: Burgettstown, Quaker Valley ousted in consolation round
Class 2A consolation round

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Connellsville’s Jared Keslar pins La Salle College’s Josh Fayette at 172 pounds in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A team tournament Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Class 3A PIAA Team Wrestling Championships: Waynesburg, Connellsville move on
February 10, 2022
First round

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Latrobe’s Wyatt Schmucker celerates a pin at 160 pounds at the PIAA 3A Team Championship on Feb. 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey
Latrobe survives scare to advance to PIAA Class 3A wrestling quarterfinals
HERSHEY — The sign of a good team is never panicking when things look bleak.

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Burrell’s Calio Zanella takes down Bishop McDevitt’s Michael Beutler at 113 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on Feb. 10, 2022.
Slow start costs Burrell in PIAA Class 2A wrestling first round
HERSHEY — In tightly contested wrestling matches, it’s important to win the toss-up matches.

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Burgettstown’s Anthony Lancos stretches out Brookville’s Brecken Cieleski at 145 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A Team Championship Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Class 2A PIAA Team Wrestling Championships: WPIAL teams tripped up
First-round matches

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell works to pin Canon-McMillan’s Tanner Mizenko at 106 pounds during their WPIAL Class AAA consolation match on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Peters Twp. High School.
Record 7 WPIAL teams heading to PIAA wrestling tournament
February 8, 2022
For the first time in PIAA team championship history, seven teams from the WPIAL will be at Hershey for the tournament, which begins Thursday at Giant Center.

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Quaker Valley’s Justin Richey pins Burrell’s Stevie Hasson in the 152-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling final on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Individual Wrestling Rankings as of Feb. 8, 2022
Trib HSSN’s WPIAL individual wrestling rankings as of Feb. 8, 2022:

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Waynesburg’s Noah Tustin pins Connellsville’s Tyler Gallis with a headlock at 285 pounds during the WPIAL Class 3A team championship match on Saturday.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Team Wrestling Rankings for Feb. 8, 2022
Class 3A

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Addie Shaw, the daughter of former Southmoreland coach Ryan Shaw, won a state title in South Carolina.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem celebrating 800th win
Greensburg Salem’s athletic department has quite a celebration planned for Wednesday’s match against Ringgold.

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman beats Mt. Pleasant’s Sean Cain in the 120-pound quarterfinals during the WCCA championships on Jan. 7.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Wrestling team looks to build on postseason losses
February 6, 2022
The Penn-Trafford wrestling team continues to make positive strides despite losing two matches in the Section 1 tournament and bowing out of the WPIAL Class 3A championship in the first round.

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Latrobe’s Nate Roth works to pin Canon-McMillan’s Josiah Gardner at 138 pounds during their WPIAL Class 3A team consolation match on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA announces wrestling tournament pairings
The PIAA wrestling team tournament will commence Monday with opening round matches. Teams that advance will compete at the Giant Center in Hershey Thursday-Saturday. Here’s a look at the matchups:

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Latrobe’s Gabe Golden works to defeat Canon-McMillan’s Tyler Soule at 145 pounds during their WPIAL Class 3A consolation match.
Latrobe wrestling comes up short of final but wins consolation match
February 5, 2022
There are things in life that can be controlled and some things that can’t be controlled.

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Waynesburg’s Cole Homet works to defeat Connellsville’s Chad Jesko at 145 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Peters Twp. High School.
Waynesburg claims 3rd consecutive WPIAL Class 3A wrestling title
Cole Homet said he knew early in the week that he was going to wrestle in the WPIAL Class 3A team tournament final.

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Franklin Regional’s Aiden Bunker competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association swimming championships Jan. 29.
Franklin Regional swim teams top competitive field to win county titles
The Franklin Regional swimming teams flexed their muscles Jan. 29 and returned to Murrysville after the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet with team titles and numerous winners in tow.

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Burrell’s Cole Clark pins Montour’s Henry Orlandini at 189 pounds during their WPIAL Class 2A team quarterfinal match on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at Burrell High School.
Breaking down the WPIAL wrestling semifinals
February 4, 2022
WPIAL wrestling championships

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Waynesburg’s Zander Phaturos works to pin Seneca Valley’s Jacob Eubanks at 126 pounds during last year’s WPIAL Class 3A team championship match.
Waynesburg, Burrell ready to defend crowns at WPIAL team wrestling championships
Can anyone knock the Waynesburg and Burrell wrestling teams off their perch?

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Ron Frederick was the recommended candidate to be the new head football coach at his alma mater, Southmoreland. He died Thursday.
Southmoreland’s Ron Frederick dies day after learning he would be named head football coach
February 3, 2022
When Dave Keefer resigned as Southmoreland’s football coach last month, he recommended assistant coach Ron Frederick for the job.

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Latrobe’s Leo Joseph pins Butler’s Kelley Schaukowitsch in the 113-pound bout during a WPIAL Class 3A team wrestling quarterfinal Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at Latrobe.
Latrobe decks Butler, Penn-Trafford to reach WPIAL 3A semifinals
February 2, 2022
Latrobe wrestling coach Mark Mears said he has a simple formula for winning matches.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jamison Poklembo pins Burrell’s Stephen Hasson in the 138-pound bout during the section 3, 2-AA team wrestling championship Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant, Kiski Area looking for redemption at team wrestling championships
February 1, 2022
Mt. Pleasant wrestling coach Zach Snyder’s message to his team after losses to Beth-Center and Burrell was simple: We need a better effort.

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Montour’s Peter Chacon wrestles Thomas Jefferson’s Bode Marlow in the 138-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County tournament Jan. 15.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: What new sections could look like
Over the next few weeks, the WPIAL wrestling committee will be realigning the sections for the next two seasons.

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West Allegheny’s Ty Watters wrestles Wyoming Seminary’s Meyer Shapiro in the 145-pound final during the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 30.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Individual Wrestling Rankings as of Feb. 1, 2022
Class 3A

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Burrell’s Luke Boylan celebrates with coach Josh Shields after pinning Mt. Pleasant’s Joe Smelka in the 285-pound bout during the Section 3-2A team wrestling championship Jan. 26.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Team Wrestling Rankings as of Feb. 1, 2022
Class 3A

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Penn-Trafford lineman Declan Ochendowski
Penn-Trafford lineman Ochendowski commits to Cornell
January 30, 2022
Ochendowski commits to Cornell

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Penn-Trafford bowlers (from left) Abigail Veychek, Alyssa Balest, Emily Veychek, Mikayla Uranker and Madison Novicki pose with the WCCA championship trophy.
Penn-Trafford girls win inaugural WCCA bowling title
Things didn’t look good for the Penn-Trafford girls bowling team after two games at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s first championship Jan. 24.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Lavrich skates with the puck during a game against West Allegheny last season.
Franklin Regional notebook: TJ halts hockey team’s streak
January 29, 2022
Franklin Regional had its four-game winning streak snapped Jan. 25 with a 5-1 loss to West Division leader Thomas Jefferson.

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Latrobe’s Camille Dominick, smiling after a win over Woodland Hills on Jan. 20, was part of a defensive effort that shut down Greensburg Salem on Friday.
Latrobe tightens up on defense, shuts down Greensburg Salem
January 28, 2022
Latrobe’s girls basketball team played its third consecutive game without leading scorer Anna Rafferty on Friday, and the Wildcats didn’t miss a beat.

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Dave Keefer coached at Southmoreland four seasons, going 19-19.
Keefer resigns as football coach at Southmoreland; Frazier hires Shannon
January 27, 2022
Southmoreland is looking for a new football coach after Dave Keefer resigned.

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Burrell’s Calio Zanella pins Mt. Pleasant’s William Shipley in the 113-pound bout during the Section 3-2A team wrestling championship on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Waynesburg, Burrell receive top seeds for WPIAL wrestling tournament
Defending WPIAL champions Waynesburg (Class 3A) and Burrell (2A) were seeded No. 1 by the WPIAL wrestling committee Thursday for the upcoming district team tournament, which begins next Wednesday.

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Burrell’s Damian Barr beats Mt. Pleasant’s Conor Johnson in the 160-pound bout during the WPIAL Section 3-2A team wrestling championship Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Burrell wrestling rolls to section title, ready to defend WPIAL championship
January 26, 2022
And the beat goes on for the Burrell wrestling team.

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Burrell coach Josh Shields works with Damian Barr and Cole Clark during a December practice. Burrell begins its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship Wednesday at the Section 3 tournament.
Key matches at section tournaments could decide WPIAL team bracket
January 25, 2022
WPIAL wrestling committee chairman Frank Vulcano Jr. said he has a good idea who the top teams are this season.

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Greensburg Salem’s Billy McChesney paces alongside the mat before competing in the Class 3A semifinals during last year’s state tournament.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem’s McChesney wins heavyweight showdown
Greensburg Salem senior heavyweight Bill McChesney breezed to the title at the Burgettstown tournament on Saturday.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout (left) wrestles Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember in the 189-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament. Stout tops the Class 3A rankings at 189.
Trib HSSN WPIAL individual wrestling rankings: Jan. 25, 2022
Class 3A

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North Allegheny’s Casey Walker takes down Plum’s Rylen Campbell in the 106-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament. North Allegheny jumped to No. 4 in the Class 3A rankings after being unranked the week before.
Trib HSSN team wrestling rankings: Jan. 25, 2022
Trib HSSN team wrestling rankings as of Jan. 25, 2021:

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Latrobe’s James Gatto won the WCCA bowling championship Jan. 24, 2022, at Lincoln Lanes in Latrobe.
Penn-Trafford’s Balest, Latrobe’s Gatto lead their teams to WCCA bowling titles
January 24, 2022
The Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association held its first bowling championship Monday, and it was met with joy.

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Penn-Trafford swimmer Patton Graziano has qualified for WPIALs in every event except the 100 breaststroke.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Swimmers clock WPIAL-qualifying times
January 23, 2022
Penn-Trafford sophomores Patton Graziano and Conner Alexander are having good seasons for the swimming team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nate Loughner celebrates a goal against Latrobe last season.
Penn-Trafford hockey looks to finish season strong
The Penn-Trafford hockey team was flying high after it avenged an early season loss to rival Franklin Regional on Dec. 6.

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Franklin Regional’s Gavyn Beck celebrates his pin of Penn-Trafford’s Adam Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.
Franklin Regional wrestlers look forward to postseason tournament
January 22, 2022
When wrestling season began back in December, Franklin Regional coach Matt Lebe wasn’t sure how things would work out for his team after two potential starters decided to pursue other avenues.

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Latrobe’s Landon Butler scored 31 points against Woodland Hills on Friday.
Latrobe boys knock off 1st-place Woodland Hills
January 21, 2022
Latrobe hasn’t had much to celebrate in boys basketball this season.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Brian Finnerty wrestles Aidan Buggey of North Allegheny in the 215-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
WPIAL announces section wrestling tournament pairings
January 20, 2022
The WPIAL announced pairings Thursday for wrestling section tournaments as part of the team championship.

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Franklin Regional’s Gavyn Beck celebrates his pin of Penn-Trafford’s Adam Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.
Franklin Regional wrestling bumps off Penn-Trafford in showdown for first place
January 19, 2022
Franklin Regional found itself trailing Penn-Trafford with six bouts remaining Wednesday, but a couple of moves by coach Matt Lebe proved to be the difference.

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WCCC pitcher Chaz Lankey
Freshman pitcher bowls 300 game for WCCC
To have success as a pitcher, the key is throwing strikes.

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Latrobe’ Jack Pletcher, left, wrestling Thomas Jefferson’s Michael Zacur at the 2021 Powerade, won his 100th career match in Colorado last weekend.
Wrestling notebook: Latrobe finally returns home after successful Colorado trip
January 18, 2022
The Latrobe wrestling team is finally back home after a success weekend in Denver.

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Burrell’s Damien Barr hoists the WPIAL Class AA championship trophy as he is lifted by teammates after defeating Burgettstown for the school’s 15th straight title on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestling teams jockey for position in WPIAL team tournament
The upcoming WPIAL Team Tournament will feature some minor changes as the section regular season ends Wednesday.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas (top) wrestles Bethel Park’s Aiden Bench in the 113-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament. The Quakers moved up a notch to No. 4 in Class 2A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Team Wrestling Rankings as of Jan. 17, 2022
Class 3A

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Latrobe freshman Luke Willochell (top) is ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds in Class 3A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Individual Wrestling Rankings: Week of Jan. 17, 2022
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings as of Jan. 17, 2022:

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Vinny Kilkeary and the rest of Latrobe’s wrestling team were unable to fly home from Denver on Sunday because the team’s flight home was canceled.
Western Pennsylvania snow storm leaves Latrobe wrestling team stranded in Denver
January 16, 2022
After a successful weekend in Denver, the Latrobe wrestling team got to spend an extra day in the Mile High City.

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Penn-Trafford heavyweight Joe Enick
Penn-Trafford’s Enick refocuses goals with hopes of another trip to Hershey
Greensburg Salem senior heavyweight Billy McChesney hadn’t had many close matches this season.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember in the 189-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout captures 3rd Allegheny County wrestling crown
January 15, 2022
It’s too bad the coronavirus canceled the 2021 Allegheny County Wrestling Championship.

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Plum’s Vince Citrano celebrates winning against Maddox Shaw of Thomas Jefferson in the 132-pound final Saturday.
Plum’s Citrano, Highlands’ Burford claim Allegheny County wrestling titles
Plum senior Vincent Citrano and Highlands senior Jrake Burford sure celebrated after winning their second Allegheny County Wrestling titles Saturday at Fox Chapel.

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Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion pins Plums’ Andrew Classen in the 189-pound bout on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at Franklin Regional.
County wrestling title boosts confidence of Franklin Regional sophomore Juliano Marion
Don’t look now, but Franklin Regional sophomore Juliano Marion is starting to get noticed.

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Plum’s Vince Citrano controls West Mifflin’s Ny-Zair Burt during the quarterfinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships at Fox Chapel High School on Friday, Jan 14, 2022.
Wrestling notebook: Plum has good showing on Day 1 of Allegheny County tournament
January 14, 2022
If Plum hopes to challenge for the team title at the 20th annual Allegheny County Wrestling Championship, it has work to do Saturday.

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North Hills’ Giavonie Schipani takes down Fox Chapel’s Michael Worsen during the quarterfinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships at Fox Chapel High School on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
North Hills’ Giavonie Schipani wastes no time at Allegheny County championships
North Hills sophomore Giavonie Schipani began his high school career with 21 consecutive wins.

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Beth-Center decks Mt. Pleasant to cement WPIAL contender status
January 13, 2022
Two teams that would like to be in the group hoping to dethrone WPIAL Class 2A power Burrell collided Thursday in a nonsection match.

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Cheyenne Trest takes a shot as Seton Hill takes on Cal (Pa.) in a 2020 game.
Covid cases scrambling winter sports schedules at Westmoreland County colleges
Depending on what district college athletic program you ask, the coronavirus has and hasn’t affected winter sports teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Soloman beats Plum’s Julien Sepelyak in the 152-pound bout Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Franklin Regional.
Seniors rally Franklin Regional wrestling past Plum in key section match
January 12, 2022
Early on in Wednesday’s WPIAL Class 3A Section 1-B first-place wrestling showdown, things didn’t look good for Franklin Regional.

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Highlands’ Brayden White works against Hampton’s Alan Danner at 138 pounds during their Section 1-3A match on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Highlands.
WPIAL wrestling standings through Jan. 10, 2022
January 11, 2022
Class AAA

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Greensburg Salem senior Billy McChesney is 15-0 this season and the No. 1 ranked heavyweight in Class AAA.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem heavyweight claims elusive county title
Greensburg Salem senior heavyweight Billy McChesney received a scare in the semifinals of the 69th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament.

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Highlands’ Angelo Markey battles Hampton’s Alan Wolfe at 172 pounds during their Section 1-3A match on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Highlands.
Enrollment changes in WPIAL wrestling makes Class 2A larger
Football and basketball aren’t the only high school sports will see major changes for the next two seasons because of new enrollment figures.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon works to defeat Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta at 145 pounds during the WCCA championship match on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
TribHSSN WPIAL individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 11, 2022
Individuals

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Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher celebrates after defeating Norwin’s Chase Kranitz at 152 pounds during the WCCA championship match on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
TribHSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 11, 2022
Class AAA

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman beats Jack Consiglio to win the 120-pound bout in the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 30 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Hohman’s title highlights strong performance from Penn-Trafford at Powerade tournament
January 9, 2022
Penn-Trafford senior Troy Hohman has been close to winning big tournament titles during his career.

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Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher takes down Norwin’s Chase Kranitz at 152 pounds during the WCCA championship match on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Latrobe team dominates WCCA tournament
January 8, 2022
If no one noticed, the Latrobe wrestling team is starting to make noise around the WPIAL.

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Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci works to defeat Penn-Trafford’s Wesley Stull at 160 pounds during the WCCA championship match on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Young Kiski Area wrestling team takes 3rd at WCCA tournament
Considering how young the Kiski Area wrestling team is, coach Chris Heater walked away from the 69th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament pleased with his team’s performance.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon works to defeat Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta at 145 pounds during the WCCA championship match on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Kilkeary-Hohman, Priest-Roth rematches highlight WCCA championships
“Until we meet again.”

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon beats Lockport’s Keegan Roberson in the 145-pound consolation bout during the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Busy weeks ahead for Franklin Regional wrestling
It will be an interesting couple of weeks for the Franklin Regional wrestling team.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack beats Derry’s Brett Klim during a 120-pound quarterfinal during the WCCA championships on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at Kiski Area High School.
WCCA Tournament notebook: Kapusta cousins following in their dads’ footsteps
January 7, 2022
The Kapusta brothers, Brian and Jeff, were two-time Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association champions when they wrestled for Greensburg Salem in the late 1980s and early ’90s.

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman beats Mount Pleasant’s Sean Cain during the 120 pound quarterfinal bout during the WCCA championships on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at Kiski Area High School.
Loaded semifinal bracket at 120 pounds takes shape at WCCA wrestling tournament
There were some wrestling fans who worried there wouldn’t be many exciting matches at the 69th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament this year.

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New Derry football coach Mike Arone
Derry hires Mike Arone as football coach
January 6, 2022
The Derry school board voted 8-0 on Thursday to hire Mike Arone as its new football coach.

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Latrobe freshman Leo Joseph looks for back points against Hempfield’s Owen Caracciolo at 113 pounds Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.
Roth’s return to the mat helps Latrobe wrestling defeat Hempfield
January 5, 2022
Latrobe junior Nate Roth has been waiting for this day since the season began.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest and Latrobe’s Nate Roth compete at 132 pounds during last year’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament finals.
Hempfield’s Briar Priest could join elite club with 3rd WCCA title
January 4, 2022
Since the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament began in 1954, only 57 wrestlers have won three titles. Eleven of those were four-time champions.

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church wrestles Wyoming Seminary’s Nic Bouzakis in the 132-pound final during the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
TribHSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings: As of Jan. 4, 2022
TribHSSN Wrestling Rankings as of Jan. 4

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman beats Jack Consiglio to win the 120 pound bout in the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at Canon-McMillan High School.
TribHSSN WPIAL individual wrestling rankings: As of Jan. 4, 2022
TribHSSN Live Wrestling Rankings as of Jan. 4

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Hempfields’ Briar Priest beats St. Joseph Regional’s Alex Almeyda in the 138-pound third-place bout during the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Powerade wrestling notebook: Loaded tournament was brutal for WPIAL’s best
December 31, 2021
It says how tough the 55th annual Powerade Wrestling Tournament was this season when only 26 wrestlers from the WPIAL earned medals and only six reached the finals.

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman beats Jack Consiglio to win the 120-pound bout in the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
3 WPIAL wrestlers emerge from star-studded field to win Powerade gold
December 30, 2021
Penn-Trafford senior Troy Hohman hadn’t won a big wrestling tournament before Thursday.

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Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer pins Canon-McMillan’s Broxon Dean in 1:32 at 215 pounds. It was Pitzer’s 99th career win.
Pitt recruits forming bond at Powerade Tournament
December 29, 2021
As Mac Stout walked off the mat after recording a fall at the 55th Powerade Wrestling tournament, he was greeted by his brothers, Luke and Kellen.

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Connellsville’s Jared Keslar (blue) battles Roberto Padilla of St. Joseph Regional (NJ) at 160 pounds at the Powerade Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Keslar won 3-1 in overtime.
Powerade notebook: Training center takes off
When Norwin wrestling coach Kyle Martin and assistant Jarod King started the Knights Regional Training Center this summer, they had a five-year plan.

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Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary (top) wrestles Waynesburg’s Joseph Simon (bottom) in the 113-pound final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30, 2021.
Powerade Wrestling Tournament again loaded with talent
December 26, 2021
High school wrestling fans are in for a holiday treat.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock
2021 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Football All-Stars
December 25, 2021
Devin Whitlock

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli celebrates his 75-yard touchdown run against Exeter during a PIAA Class 5A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Bald Eagle High School.
Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli named Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Player of the Year
Before the start of the WPIAL playoffs, Penn-Trafford equipment manager Frank Wall made a casual comment about Cade Yacamelli.

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Vincent Kilkeary was among Latrobe’s champions at the Hickory Invitational. The Wildcats won the event.
Latrobe, Connellsville wrestling teams off to good starts in new season
December 21, 2021
So, what have we learned about wrestling in the WPIAL two weeks into the season?

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Tom Paulone played football at Jeannette and is a 2010 graduate. He was named the Jayhawks’ coach Monday night.
Jeannette hires Paulone as new football coach
December 20, 2021
Thomas Paulone Jr. knows the rich tradition of the Jeannette football program.

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Latrobe freshman Luke Willochell works to pin Derry’s Dylan Klim at 106 pounds Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.
No letdown for Latrobe wrestling team in decisive win over rival Derry
The Latrobe wrestling team could have easily had a letdown Monday in a nonsection match against Derry after a solid performance at the King of the Mountain tournament over the weekend.

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Penn-Trafford wrestlers get needed win thanks to 2 football players
December 19, 2021
After an extended and rewarding football season for Joe Enick, the junior probably could have taken a few weeks off before he started the wrestling season.

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Hempfield senior Briar Priest pins Kaidyn Gonder in second period at 145 pounds on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Hempfield won, 50-10.
Hempfield wrestling serves notice, outguns Greensburg Salem
December 15, 2021
Here’s a message to the wrestling teams in the WPIAL: Don’t sleep on Hempfield.

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Hempfield defensive end Daniel Sierk signed a latter of intent with Bucknell on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021.
Westmoreland football players make it official on signing day
It’s been quite a few days for Cade Yacamelli.

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Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane gets hit with the water cooler by Cade Yacamelli and Carter Green after winning the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn-Trafford went into PIAA Class 5A championship with confidence
December 11, 2021
HERSHEY — It’s unsure how much sleep the Penn-Trafford football team got Friday night after its stunning 17-14 overtime win against Imhotep Charter.

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Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons hoists the state championship trophy with Matt Merritt and Jack Bible after defeating Wyomissing, 7-0, in the PIAA Class 3A final on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Landon Alexander, punishing defense lead Central Valley to state title
HERSHEY – Central Valley captured its second consecutive PIAA Class 3A title by defeating Wyomissing, 7-0, in a defensive struggle Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hoists the state championship trophy with his Warriors teammates after defeating Imhotep Charter, 17-14 in overtime, in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn-Trafford stops Imhotep Charter to win 1st state title in OT thriller
December 10, 2021
HERSHEY — It might not equal the Miracle on Ice, but Penn-Trafford’s 17-14 stunner against Imhotep Charter will hold a prominent place in Westmoreland County sports history.

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Penn-Trafford’s Carter Green has rushed for more than 1,100 yards and thrown for more than 1,200.
Penn-Trafford ready to make history as underdogs in state championship game
December 9, 2021
No matter what happens Friday, the Penn-Trafford football team has made history.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli celebrates his first touchdown with Conlan Greene during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Exeter on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Bald Eagle High School.
Penn-Trafford football team getting send-off before it leaves for PIAA championship game
December 8, 2021
Penn-Trafford School District is planning a send-off parade for the football team Friday morning.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer works to pin Knoch’s Eli Reese at 215 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships on Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Led by 2-time state champ, Mt. Pleasant wrestlers in title contention
The last team other than Burrell to win a WPIAL Class 2A team title was Mt. Pleasant in 2006.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer (right) looks to escape from Malvern Prep’s Nick Feldman in the 215-pound final of the Powerade tournament last season.
Class 2A wrestlers to watch in the WPIAL during the 2021-22 season
Dayton Pitzer, Mt. Pleasant

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Shawn Szymanski, lifting Mt. Pleasant’s Brady Poole during WPIAL Class 2A team sectionals last season, is a top returning wrestler for Burrell.
Challengers line up to try to dethrone Burrell in WPIAL Class 2A wrestling
Burrell has won 15 consecutive WPIAL Class 2A titles, but could this be the year its reign ends?

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary works to pin Norwin’s Conner Henning at 113 pounds last season.
Latrobe expecting to challenge Waynesburg for Class 3A wrestling supremacy
December 7, 2021
When Mark Mears took over the Latrobe wrestling program a year ago, he inherited a program that was on the rise.

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Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane questions an official about a penalty during the Warriors’ PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Exeter on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Bald Eagle High School.
Former PIAA football championship coaches offer advice to Penn-Trafford’s Ruane
As John Ruane prepares his football team for Friday’s PIAA Class 5A championship game against Imhotep Charter, the veteran Penn-Trafford coach has many things to worry about.

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church reacts after defeating Karl Shindledecker of Chambersburg in the PIAA Class 3A 120-pound final last season.
Waynesburg wrestling team eyes 3rd consecutive WPIAL Class 3A title
Waynesburg rolled to the PIAA and WPIAL Class 3A titles in the 2020-21 season, and with nine starters returning, there is no reason why it shouldn’t make another run, especially in the WPIAL.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest celebrates his win with coaches after defeating Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in 132-pound Class 3A final during last year’s PIAA wrestling championships.
Class 3A wrestlers to watch in the WPIAL during the 2021-22 season
Class 3A wrestlers to watch:

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Yough’s Terek Crosby (4) makes his way up the court against Belle Vernon on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.
Standout sophomores have Yough boys basketball team ready to compete
December 6, 2021
It’s hard for Yough boys basketball coach Jim Nesser to hold back his excitement for the upcoming season.

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Yough’s Kayla Gerdich returns to the starting lineup for the Cougars.
Yough girls look to build on last year’s success
When Mike Gerdich took over the girls basketball program at Yough in 2017, he inherited a team that won one game and hadn’t won a section game in five seasons.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jake Otto catches a pass over Exeter’s Jacob Wolfe during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Bald Eagle High School.
Plenty of ‘heroes’ stepped up for Penn-Trafford football in PIAA semifinal victory
December 5, 2021
Exeter Township found out Friday there is more to the Penn-Trafford football team than the Cade and Carter Show.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli celebrates after defeating Exeter, 49-14, in a PIAA Class 5A semifinal Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Bald Eagle High School.
Penn-Trafford headed to Hershey with rout of Exeter Township in PIAA semifinals
December 3, 2021
WINGATE — Before Friday’s PIAA Class 5A semifinal, Exeter Township football players took the field during pregame warm-up yelling and screaming.

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Carter Green (8) celebrates with head coach John Ruane and Declan Ochendowski after defeating Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Green energy powers Penn-Trafford on both sides of the ball
December 2, 2021
When Penn-Trafford is on offense, opponents just can’t key on senior running back Cade Yacamelli.

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Penn-Trafford’s Seth Dunlap celebrates after defeating Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Penn-Trafford, Exeter Township enter uncharted waters in PIAA semifinals
December 1, 2021
Penn-Trafford football historian Rush Pedder wrote a book about the past 50 years of the program. Now, he has some interesting new chapters to start another.

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Ligonier Valley basketball.
After going winless, Ligonier Valley girls basketball showing improvement as season approaches
November 30, 2021
After a winless 2020-21 season, the only direction the Ligonier Valley girls basketball team can go is up.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matt Marinchak directs teammates during a scrimmage against Summit Academy on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley boys basketball hopes for smoother sailing in 2nd season back in WPIAL
Ligonier Valley’s return to the WPIAL saw a lot of ups and downs during the boys basketball season.

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Explosive plays carry Penn-Trafford football past Moon in WPIAL title game
November 28, 2021
Moon football coach Ryan Linn said earlier in the week that the team that it the big pass play would probably win.

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Jeannette girls basketball coach Bill Flow, a Norwin graduate
New Jeannette girls basketball coach Flow wants team to be competitive after recent struggles
When Bill Flow was hired as Jeannette’s girls basketball coach in June, he inherited a team that hasn’t had much success the past three seasons.

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Jeannette’s Anton Good shoots a layup during practice Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette boys basketball team using extra time to prepare for season
When the Jeannette boys basketball team opens the 2021-22 on Dec. 10 at the West Mifflin tournament, the team will be ahead of the game.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon works for an escape against Waynesburg’s Cole Homet in the 138-pound final during the 2021 PIAA wrestling championships.
Franklin Regional wrestlers in position for big season
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe stopped short of predicting a WPIAL title for his team, but the veteran mentor expects his team to be one of the best in Class 3A.

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Penn-Trafford celebrates its Big East Youth Football League championship.
Penn-Trafford captures Big East Youth Football League title
It was quite a turnaround for the Penn-Trafford 11-12 youth football team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli celebrates after a missed field goal defeated Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Penn-Trafford wins 1st WPIAL championship in Class 5A title game thriller with Moon
November 27, 2021
Somewhere Kevin Topper is smiling. He also probably is feeling sympathy for Moon kicker Jacob Wieland.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli breaks the tackle attempt by Franklin Regional’s Roman Sarnic on the way to a first-quarter touchdown Oct. 22.
Expect ground-and-pound showdown when Moon, Penn-Trafford clash in WPIAL finals
November 26, 2021
Don’t be late for Saturday’s WPIAL Class 5A championship game between No. 1 Moon and No. 2 Penn-Trafford.

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Moon’s Anthony Antoniades eludes Upper St. Clair’s Tyson Swigart after a long catch Oct. 15.
WPIAL Class 5A football championship breakdown: Moon vs. Penn-Trafford
WPIAL Class 5A football championship

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Seth Dunlap, Josh Huffman and Daniel Tarabrella are unsung heroes for the Penn-Trafford football team.
Penn-Trafford’s unsung heroes to bring lunch pails to WPIAL championship game
November 24, 2021
When people talk about the 2021 Penn-Trafford football team, the names that are mentioned frequently are Wisconsin recruit Cade Yacamelli, quarterback Carter Green and members of the imposing offensive line.

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Central Catholic’s Rashad Wheeler breaks up a pass intended for Penn-Trafford’s Brett Laffoon in the end zone during the fourth quarter of the 2015 WPIAL Class AAA championship game. Central Catholic won, 24-17.
Penn-Trafford hunting elusive WPIAL football title
November 23, 2021
Penn-Trafford has a storied football program, but its resume is missing a couple of key items: WPIAL and PIAA titles.

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Derry’s Tiana Moracco goes through drills during practice on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at Derry Area High School.
After top scorer, lack of depth presents challenge for Derry girls basketball
When Gene Brisbane took over the girls basketball program three years ago, he inherited a struggling program.

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Derry’s Tyson Webb scores past Southmoreland’s Wyatt Richter during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game last season.
Derry boys basketball looking to build on strong offseason
High school basketball practice officially began for the 2021-22 season Nov. 19, but the Derry boys basketball team, like all teams across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, have been holding offseason workouts since the end of the previous season.

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Penn-Trafford senior Carleigh Bruno signs a letter of intent to compete in acrobatics and tumbling at Baylor alongside parents Nicole and Ralph Bruno and cheer coach Angela Urban.
Penn-Trafford’s Bruno signs letter of intent to attend Baylor for acrobatics and tumbling
November 21, 2021
You probably didn’t know a student/athlete can earn a scholarship for acrobatics and tumbling.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli (5) and Ian Demeri (9) celebrate winning against Pine-Richland on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Gateway Senior High School.
Defensive stands, Yacamelli’s runs lead Penn-Trafford past Pine-Richland in Class 5A semifinal
November 19, 2021
When Cade Yacamelli fumbled on the first play of the game, the Penn-Trafford senior said some unflattering words to himself.

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Garrett Smithley waves to fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona on Aug. 28.
Garrett Smithley, NASCAR driver from Ligonier, to attend Latrobe race track reunion
NASCAR driver Garrett Smithley has been racing since his sophomore year in high school.

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Penn-Trafford’s offensive linemen line up in practice.
Big, physical offensive line makes Penn-Trafford offense go
November 18, 2021
It’s no secret the Penn-Trafford football team likes to run the football.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class 3A girls race Oct. 28.
Moon’s Mia Cochran named Pennsylvania cross country runner of the year
Moon senior Mia Cochran picked up a huge honor when the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association named her the girls athlete of the year.

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Pine-Richland’s Bradford Gelly dives for the pylon past North Hills’ Michael Hoskey for a first-quarter touchdown Oct. 15.
Through ups and downs, Pine-Richland back in WPIAL semifinals against Penn-Trafford
November 17, 2021
Don’t let Pine-Richland’s record fool you.

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Penn Trafford’s Delaney Lentz earns WPIAL all-star honors for the 2021 season.
Penn-Trafford field hockey closing the gap among state’s best teams
November 14, 2021
When Penn-Trafford field hockey coach Cindy Dutt looked back at the 2021 season, she cites a program on the verge of greatness.

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Franklin Regional’s Matt Knizner beats Montour goaltender Anthony Reinholt during last year’s Penguins Cup Class 2A semifinals.
Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford eye hockey rematch
November 13, 2021
Franklin Regional and Penn-Trafford, arguably two of the top teams in Class 2A in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League, were scheduled for a first-place showdown Nov. 8.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli is hoisted by teammate Conlan Greene (17) as he celebrates a touchdown against Fox Chapel in the second quarter Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford makes short work of upset-minded Fox Chapel
November 12, 2021
It didn’t take long for the Penn-Trafford football team to let upset-minded Fox Chapel know what was in store: a long Friday night in Harrison City.

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College football preview capsule: Bethany at Saint Vincent
NCAA Division III

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College football preview capsule: Seton Hill at Lock Haven
NCAA Division II

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer works to pin Knoch’s Eli Reese at 215 pounds during last year’s WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships.
Pitt wrestling program adds 5 WPIAL standouts on signing day
November 10, 2021
The early signing period turned out to be a bonanza for the Pitt wrestling program.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jack Jollie is a member of the 2021 football team.
Westmoreland football players to watch for 2021 Week 11
Brant Garn

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Fox Chapel’s Zidane Thomas reaches out to stiff-arm Franklin Regional’s Logan Donnelly on Sept. 17 at Franklin Regional High School.
Fox Chapel will try to outfox No. 2 Penn-Trafford in WPIAL quarterfinals
Fox Chapel has already pulled off a playoff upset this season, but can it outfox Penn-Trafford in the quarterfinals Friday?

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Penn-Trafford still looking for elusive 1st PIAA win after loss to Fleetwood
November 9, 2021
Penn-Trafford has yet to crack the win column in the PIAA field hockey playoffs, but veteran coach Cindy Dutt feels it’s coming.

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Fanelli hits against Connellsville last season.
Penn-Trafford looks to continue to build after successful season
November 7, 2021
It wasn’t the way the Penn-Trafford girls’ volleyball team wanted it to end, with a loss to section rival Oakland Catholic.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran, shown at the WPIAL cross country championships, won her third straight PIAA Class 3A title on Saturday.
Moon’s Cochran, Butler’s Singleton win state cross country titles
November 6, 2021
It was quite an exciting day for cross country teams from the WPIAL on Saturday at the PIAA championships in Hershey.

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Franklin Regional’s Chase Williams competes during the 2021 season.
Chase Williams leading Franklin Regional to strong start
When the Franklin Regional hockey team needs a spark, senior center Chase Williams usually provides it.

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Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern struggles to maintain hold of the ball as he is brought down by East Allegheny’s defense Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Southmoreland High School.
East Allegheny’s quickness too much for Southmoreland
November 5, 2021
There was plenty of excitement in Alverton on Friday.

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Greensburg Salem’s Aaron Tressler, Charles Johnson and Jacob Smith qualified for the PIAA cross country championships.
Greensburg Salem runners look to end on high note at state cross country meet
Greensburg Salem’s boys cross country team has built a tradition under coach Nathan Snider.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Grace Petnuch goes up for a kill against Bishop Canevin’s Olivia Thomas during their match on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Bishop Canevin High School.
WPIAL Class A volleyball powers Bishop Canevin, GCC meet again for title
November 4, 2021
Two familiar foes will be battling for the WPIAL Class A girls volleyball title Saturday.

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Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern runs the ball against Yough on Oct. 8 at Southmoreland.
Seeking 1st WPIAL playoff win, Southmoreland welcomes familiar foe in East Allegheny
November 3, 2021
It took Southmoreland 40 years to make its second appearance in the WPIAL football playoffs.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Hunter Dean
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Hunter Dean

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Julia Kratzenberg reacts during a WPIAL Class A semifinal win over California on Tuesday, Nov. 2. 2021.
GCC gets off canvas, rallies past California into WPIAL volleyball finals
November 2, 2021
California had No. 3 Greensburg Central Catholic on the ropes Tuesday in the WPIAL Class A girls volleyball semifinals at Norwin.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ryan Crombie moves the puck in front of Latrobe’s Jack Beddick during a game last season.
Buzz building for Penn-Trafford hockey team
October 31, 2021
There is a good reason for the buzz surrounding the Penn-Trafford hockey team.

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Ligonier Valley players take the field for their game against Shady Side Academy on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Ligonier Valley begins new chapter in WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2021
Ligonier Valley’s football team will open a new chapter in its school’s history.

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Franklin Regional’s Chase Williams works against West Allegheny’s Tyler Morgan during a game last season.
Franklin Regional hockey eyes title that got away
Franklin Regional came up a little short in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Class 2A finals in 2021. The Panthers fell 2-0 to Baldwin.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore Ava Hershberger warms up before facing Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors return to WPIAL field hockey final
Penn-Trafford’s field hockey team reached the WPIAL Class 2A finals again by defeating Latrobe, 1-0, in the semifinals Oct. 26.

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Ligonier Valley players celebrate after defeating Apollo-Ridge on Oct. 29, 2021, at Ligonier Valley’s Weller Field.
Ligonier Valley spreads the wealth, beats Apollo-Ridge to clinch playoff spot
October 29, 2021
It was a fun night for the Ligonier Valley football team Friday.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock gives a thumbs up during a game against Laurel Highlands on Oct. 1.
With TJ out of picture, Belle Vernon, McKeesport battle for conference crown
October 27, 2021
When people talk about which team will win the Big Eight Conference, the conversation usually is centered on Thomas Jefferson, which has won the past two WPIAL and PIAA Class 4A titles.

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Southmorelan’s Kory Ansell
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Kory Ansell

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3 WPIAL teams take 2nd at PIAA team golf championships
October 25, 2021
Silver was popular medal for three WPIAL golf teams Monday at the PIAA team championship at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

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The Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after winning the Class AA team final on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team looks to regain PIAA title
October 24, 2021
If the PIAA the ran its team tournament the way teams compete during the season, counting the top four scores, the Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team would be shooting for a fourth consecutive title.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore Ava Hershberger warms up before facing Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hershberger breaks field hockey record
Penn-Trafford sophomore Ava Hershberger scored four goals Oct. 19 and became the team’s all-time single-season record holder in field hockey.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli scores a first-quarter touchdown past Franklin Regional’s Logan Donnelly on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at Warrior Stadium.
Franklin Regional can’t cool off Penn-Trafford
October 22, 2021
A cold front blew through Western Pennsylvania on Friday morning, cooling the unusually warm temperatures.

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College football preview capsule: Saint Vincent at Waynesburg, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021
NCAA Division III

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College football preview capsule: Seton Hill at Clarion, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021
NCAA Division II

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Butler’s CJ Singleton leads teammate Drew Griffiths early in the Class 3A boys race at the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.
Ringgold sophomore repeats, runners get WPIAL preview at Tri-State cross country meet
October 21, 2021
Cross country runners competing in the WPIAL championship on Oct. 28 were able to preview the Cal (Pa.) course Thursday at the annual Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet.

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The Upper St. Clair girls tennis team celebrates with the Class AAA WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Latrobe, 4-1, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at W&J College in Washington.
Upper St. Clair, Sewickley Academy claim WPIAL team tennis titles
October 20, 2021
It was a great day to be a Panther at the WPIAL girls team tennis championship.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Bewszka celebrates with Jared Ribar after he scored against Latrobe on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 at Latrobe Memorial Stadium in downtown Latrobe.
After come-from-behind win, Franklin Regional prepares to face No. 2 Penn-Trafford
If the Penn-Trafford football team was thinking this year’s battle with neighboring rival Franklin Regional was going to be an easy one, the Panthers’ impressive come-from-behind win last week definitely caught their eye.

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Penn-Trafford’s Conlan Greene
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Conlan Greene

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan watches his tee shot on No. 17 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship Oct. 5.
Fox Chapel, Penn-Trafford golfers tie for 4th at state tournament
October 19, 2021
WPIAL golfers were shut out of any gold medals at the PIAA golf championship this year.

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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 2019 WPIAL Class 6A championship game.
Hempfield Area School Board hires Madison to replace Kalp as softball coach
October 18, 2021
Hempfield Area School District’s board hired Tina “Skelly” Madison as the school’s new softball coach.

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Trio of WPIAL golfers comes away with PIAA silver
A couple of shots separated three WPIAL golfers from winning gold medals at the PIAA Class 2A championships Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

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Penn Trafford’s Nick Turowski will be one of several local golfers taking part in the PIAA tournament.
WPIAL golfers eye golden finish at PIAA championships
October 17, 2021
Winning a WPIAL golf championship is big but not the biggest award in the state.

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Penn Trafford’s Nick Turowski hits his approach on No. 10 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys individual golf championship on Oct. 5 at Nemacolin Country Club.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Golfers come up short in WPIAL semifinals
The Penn-Trafford boys golf team saw its season come to an end in the WPIAL Class 3A team semifinals Oct. 12 at The Links at Spring Church.

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Ava Hershberger is the leading scorer for the Penn-Trafford field hockey team.
Penn-Trafford field hockey star Ava Hershberger ‘determined to be the best’
A rare thing happened Oct. 12 to Penn-Trafford sophomore Ava Hershberger.

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Franklin Regionals’ Nicolas Provenzo (l) and Andrew Moore finish six and seventh during the WCCA boys cross country championships on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Franklin Regional notebook: Golf team’s repeat bid ends in WPIAL semifinals
October 16, 2021
The Franklin Regional boys golf team just missed defending its Class 3A team golf title when it finished fourth at the WPIAL team semifinals Oct. 12 at The Links at Spring Church.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Zach Boyd takes off for a touchdown against Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Elizabeth Forward gets surprisingly easy win over Mt. Pleasant in 1st-place showdown
October 15, 2021
To say Elizabeth Forward football coach Mike Collodi was shocked at the outcome of Friday’s first-place showdown in the WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference against Mt. Pleasant would be an understatement.

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Seton Hill to take on Gannon in PSAC showdown
NCAA Division II

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Southmoreland receives football forfeit from Brownsville
October 13, 2021
For the second consecutive week, the Brownsville football team has canceled its scheduled WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference game.

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Kiski’s Eliza Miller out in front of the pack during the WCCA girls cross country championships Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Greensburg Salem, Kiski Area runners win county cross country meet with personal bests
There is nothing like running your best and an achieving a goal.

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Latrobe’s Kyle Brewer motions to teammates before the snap against Mt. Pleasant on Sept. 17. The Wildcats host Franklin Regional on Friday night.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 7
Class 6A

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Mt. Pleasant’s Robbie Labuda avoids Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield during the meeting between the teams last year.
Conference crown hangs in the balance when Mt. Pleasant, Elizabeth Forward collide
The last time the Mt. Pleasant football team won a conference title was 2013.

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Monessen’s Jamar Bethea
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Penn-Trafford high school sports notebook: Hershberger helps Warriors to another win
October 10, 2021
Ava Hershberger scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead the Penn-Trafford field hockey team to a 4-0 victory against Oakland Catholic on Oct. 5.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Abdullah watches his shot onto the green on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Nemacolin Country Club.
Franklin Regional golfers advance to PIAA championships
October 9, 2021
The Franklin Regional boys golf team is the reigning WPIAL Class AAA champion.

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Greensburg Salem players take the field before their game at Armstrong on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Key special teams play turns tide as Armstrong pulls away from Greensburg Salem
October 8, 2021
It was a game that featured two of the top quarterbacks in the WPIAL.

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Gateway’s Jaquon Reynolds picks up yardage against Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Gateway, Penn-Trafford set for Battle for the Bell game in Big East Conference
October 6, 2021
It won’t be hard for Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane or Gateway coach Don Holl to keep their football teams focused this week.

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Norwin’s Dom Barca
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Dom Barca

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel and the Rams were forced to forfeit their Week 6 game against Serra Catholic.
Ligonier Valley, Imani Christian, Seton LaSalle forfeit Week 6 football games
Serra Catholic is picking up its second forfeit victory of the season after Ligonier Valley announced Wednesday it will be unable to field a team for Friday’s scheduled WPIAL Class 2A Allegheny Conference football game.

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Mark Goetz watches his ball roll on the green after a drive on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 while competing in match play in the 121st U.S Amateur at Oakmont Country Club.
Greensburg’s Mark Goetz wins WVU Invitational
October 5, 2021
West Virginia fifth-year senior golfer Mark Goetz captured his second consecutive Mountaineer Invitational by shooting a career-low 63 during the final day at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, W.Va.

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Penn Trafford’s Nick Turowski watches his tee shot on Hole 17 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Nemacolin Country Club.
Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski wins duel to claim WPIAL Class 3A golf title
The WPIAL Class 3A golf championship was shaping up for a great finish Tuesday at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.

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The Penn-Trafford football team won the Keystone Conference title in 1981.
Penn-Trafford football found its footing after 1981 conference championship
October 3, 2021
Penn-Trafford High School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Here’s a look at the Warriors’ first conference championship football team as part of a series on the school’s athletics’ success:

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli carries the ball against Belle Vernon on 
Sept. 10.
Penn-Trafford notebook: 50-year celebration planned for homecoming
This being the 50th season since Penn-Trafford was formed in 1972, the school district is planning to celebrate the occasion during homecoming events Oct. 8.

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Saint Vincent hosting Case Western Reserve in PAC showdown
October 1, 2021
NCAA Division III

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Seton Hill set to host Edinboro in PSAC matchup
NCAA Division II

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Eden Christian Academy’s Brian McDonnell taps in his putt on Hole 18 to win the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship with a +5 on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Allegheny Country Club.
Underdog Brian McDonnell of Eden Christian claims WPIAL Class 2A golf title
September 30, 2021
Eden Christian senior Brian McDonnell wasn’t a favorite coming into Thursday’s WPIAL Class 2A golf championship.

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Hempfield’s Elijah Binakonsky
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September 29, 2021
Elijah Binakonsky

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Greensburg Salem players take to the field for their homecoming game against Indiana on Sept. 24 at Offutt Field.
Hampton, Greensburg Salem to meet in Greater Allegheny 1st-place showdown
September 28, 2021
Greensburg Salem’s football team will try to extend a streak this week that could help end another.

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Penn Trafford’s Ava Hershberger has scored 15 goals through five games in 2021.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hershberger leading Warriors field hockey
September 26, 2021
Ava Hershberger scored the game’s only goal to lead Penn-Trafford to a 1-0 victory against Fox Chapel in Class AA field hockey action on Sept. 17.

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Penn-Trafford’s Haley Borkovich competes in the Girls WPIAL AAA individual Championship at 3 Lakes Golf Course Oct. 1, 2012.
Girls golf championship teams set standard for success at Penn-Trafford
Penn-Trafford High School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Here’s a look at the Warriors’ WPIAL championship girls golf team as part of a series on the school’s athletics’ success:

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Palmer Jackson watches his tee shot at the 121st USGA U.S. Amateur on Aug. 10 at Oakmont Country Club.
Palmer Jackson’s season off to hot start at Notre Dame
September 25, 2021
The Notre Dame golf team began the fall season with two tournaments and Franklin Regional graduate Palmer Jackson has paced the Fighting Irish in both.

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Greensburg Salem’s Hayden Teska throws a pass against Indiana on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Offutt Field in downtown Greensburg.
Greensburg Salem outlasts Indiana for homecoming win
September 24, 2021
Greensburg Salem football coach Dave Keefer issued a challenge to his team at halftime of Friday’s homecoming game against Indiana.

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Saint Vincent heads to Thiel for PAC showdown
NCAA Division III

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Waynesburg coach Joe Throckmorton shouts instructions during the state tournament in March.
Waynesburg wrestling coach Joe Throckmorton resigns after arrest
September 22, 2021
Returning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA team wrestling champion Waynesburg is searching for a new coach after Joe Throckmorton’s resignation was accepted by the Central Greene School Board on Tuesday.

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Mt. Pleasant head coach Jason Fazekas talks to one of his players while competing against Latrobe on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Rivals Southmoreland, Mt. Pleasant set for Interstate Conference showdown
Since Dave Keefer took over the Southmoreland football program in 2018, the Scotties have won two of three meetings with rival Mt. Pleasant.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Aaron Alakson
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Covid protocols force Derry, Norwin, Woodland Hills to cancel Week 4 football games
September 21, 2021
A pair of Westmoreland County high school football teams had to cancel their Week 4 games Tuesday.

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Latrobe’s Kyle Brewer motions to teammates on the line of scrimmage against Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Latrobe’s Brewer has been a touchdown machine
September 18, 2021
In the first three games of the season, Latrobe senior flanker Kyle Brewer has been a touchdown-maker.

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Latrobe’s Drake Clayton attempts to run the ball against Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Latrobe bounces back with impressive win over Mt. Pleasant
September 17, 2021
Latrobe achieved what it was looking for Friday against Mt. Pleasant.

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Penn-Trafford competes during its first football season in 1972.
1972 team got it started for Penn-Trafford football program
September 16, 2021
There are times when high schools merge, things don’t go smoothly when it involves athletic teams.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kevin Mullen tackles Connellsville quarterback Nathan Feniello in a 2004 game.
Penn-Trafford to honor 2021 football hall of fame class
Some Penn-Trafford football greats will be honored during halftime of Friday’s game against Peters Township.

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Latrobe’s Brayden Reott has stepped in at quarterback in the absence of injured starter Bobby Fetter.
Mt. Pleasant, Latrobe looking to correct flaws, get back in win column
September 15, 2021
For some high school football teams, conference play begins this week.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jardin Canady
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Jaydin Canady

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Penn-Trafford’s Alex Turowski sinks a birdie putt on No. 5 at Latrobe Country Club on Sept. 8, 2020.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Alex Turowski performs well at Fairmont State
September 12, 2021
Penn-Trafford grad Alex Turowski began his collegiate career on a solid note.

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Sophomore Ava Hershberger (right) is one of only two returning starters for Penn-Trafford’s field hockey team.
Penn-Trafford field hockey chasing 6th consecutive WPIAL title
Penn-Trafford field hockey coach Cindy Dutt liked what she saw from her squad in two scrimmages this season.

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Greensburg Salem’s Hayden Teska has completed passes to seven receivers so far this season.
Teska-Rubrecht connection working wonders for Greensburg Salem
September 11, 2021
When Greensburg Salem quarterback Hayden Teska has dropped back to pass this season, he’s connected with seven receivers through three games.

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Franklin Regional senior Nolan Shilling lines up putt on No. 8 at Meadowink Golf Course on Aug. 30, 2021.
Franklin Regional boys hope to defend golf title
When Franklin Regional won the 2020 WPIAL Class 3A golf title, it might have surprised some, but it didn’t shock coach Jeff Traphagen.

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Greensburg Salem’s Caleb Chismar (left) and Donavin Waller (right) bring down Mt. Pleasant’s Robbie Labuda during the first half of Friday’s game at Mt. Pleasant.
Passing attack guides Greensburg Salem past Mt. Pleasant
September 10, 2021
Greensburg Salem quarterback Hayden Teska and wide receiver Cody Rubrecht didn’t connect many times in last week’s game against Connellsville.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore Nick Turowski putts for eagle on No. 18 at the WCCA boys golf championships at Latrobe Elks Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. He finished at 1-under 71.
Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski, teammates win county boys golf title
Penn-Trafford sophomore Nick Turowski used a strong finish Friday to capture his first Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association boys golf tournament.

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Westmoreland County Coaches Association boys golf preview
September 9, 2021
Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association

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Latrobe’s Drake Clayton returns for the 2021 season.
Westmoreland County football players to watch for 2021 Week 2
September 8, 2021
Drake Clayton

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Belle Vernon players work out Aug. 11, 2021, at James Weir Stadium.
No day at the beach when Penn-Trafford visits Belle Vernon
Usually when someone goes to the beach, it’s a time to relax in the warm sum and play in the ocean.

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Latrobe’s Kollin Stevens runs the ball as Norwin’s Ryan Frankovic tries to make the tackle last Friday.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 2
Nonconference

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Penn-Trafford goalkeeper Taylor Lloyd makes a save next to Taylor DeStefano during their game against Fox Chapel last season. Lloyd, a Youngstown State commit, was All-Section first team last year.
Penn-Trafford girls soccer team looking for a rebound
September 5, 2021
Things started well for first-year Penn-Trafford girls soccer coach Jim Mastroianni’s team in 2020.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nathan Schlessinger (18) celebrates a 2019 goal with teammates.
Penn-Trafford boys soccer team’s hopes looking up
The Penn-Trafford boys soccer team is used to being at or near the top of the section standings.

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Norwin’s Jackson Pons poses before a game against Latrobe on Sept. 3, 2021, at Norwin.
Kicker Castle emerges as Norwin football’s secret weapon
September 4, 2021
How did Norwin junior kicker Joe Castle get credit for four tackles and not hit anyone?

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Latrobe’s Kollin Stevens stiff-arms Norwin’s Ryan Frankovic on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin’s Levendosky clutch in final minute of win versus Latrobe
September 3, 2021
Norwin runs the 2-minute drill almost every day at practice.

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Hempfield’s Gino Caesar
Westmoreland County football players to watch for 2021 Week 1
September 1, 2021
Gino Caesar

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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Nate Dlugos throws during a 7-on-7 competition in July.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 1
Nonconference

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Norwin players celebrate after defeating Franklin Regional in the WCCA 7-on-7 championship game July 15 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Route 30 rivals square off when Norwin, Latrobe meet
Football coaches always say the most important week to see improvement is between a team’s first and second games.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht had a record-setting night against Hempfield with seven catches for 198 yards.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Derry, Latrobe, Connellsville hire alumni as coaches
August 30, 2021
Three district high schools recently decided to hire graduates as their next coaches.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore Nick Turowski hits his drive on No. 5 at Manor Valley Golf Course on Aug. 24, 2021. Turowski shot a school record 7-under 29.
Penn-Trafford boys golf team starts season strong
August 29, 2021
When the Penn-Trafford boys golf team opened the season Aug. 24 against Indiana, coach Andy Rizzardi said he didn’t know what to expect with only two starters returning.

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Franklin Regional’s Caroline Tragesser returns as one of the WPIAL’s top players in 2021.
Franklin Regional girls golfers look to stay on top of section
August 28, 2021
Franklin Regional girls golf coach Kane Daignault said he knew he had a good team returning.

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Hempfield’s Jake Phillips looks to pass under presssure from Greensburg Salem’s Jayden Stevens during Friday’s game.
Hempfield’s furious 4th quarter dooms Greensburg Salem
August 27, 2021
Hempfield scored 22 points in the fourth quarter Friday and rallied to defeat rival Greensburg Salem, 29-14, at Spartan Stadium.

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Yough’s Tristan Waldier poses after practice on Aug. 25, 2021.
Yough’s Tristan Waldier looking to shine at wide receiver
August 26, 2021
Yough’s Tristan Waldier said he doesn’t like to brag, but he’s expecting a big season if he stays healthy.

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Hempfield head coach Mike Brown during 7 on 7 competition on July 8, 2021, at Greater Latrobe Sr. High School.
Father vs. son twist adds spice to Greensburg Salem-Hempfield rivalry
August 25, 2021
Over the 56 years of the Greensburg Salem-Hempfield football rivalry, the game has featured battles between cousins, friends and even a coach going against his son.

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Ligonier Valley running back Nick Beitel
Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week Zero 2021
Nick Beitel

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Penn-Trafford lineman Declan Ochendowski
Penn-Trafford senior lineman can’t wait for season opener
August 24, 2021
When Declan Ochendowski looked at the 2021 football schedule, he didn’t just circle one game that he was looking forward to.

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Central Valley lineman Sean Fitzsimmons works out with his linemates during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Center.
2021 WPIAL Class 3A football breakdown: Central Valley the heavy favorite again
Last season, Central Valley outclassed everyone in Class 3A.

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Aaron Alakson led Mt. Pleasant in rushing with 630 yards and five touchdowns last season.
Mt. Pleasant’s Aaron Alakson hopes special bond with teammates translates to wins
August 22, 2021
It was an easy choice when Mt. Pleasant football coach Jason Fazekas was asked to name a player who was having a good camp.

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Penn-Trafford girls golf coach Ed Herbst talks to some players prior to their round Aug. 19, 2021, at Manor Valley Golf Course.
Penn-Trafford girls golf looks to rebound after rare playoff miss
It was an unusual season for the Penn-Trafford girls’ golf season in 2020.

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Ligonier Valley running back Nick Beitel carries the ball during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley continues to adjust in 2nd year in WPIAL
Ligonier Valley’s return to the WPIAL was a learning experience for football coach Roger Beitel in 2020.

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Ligonier Valley center Jude Grzywinski works out during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Ligonier.
‘The Dude’ abides on Ligonier Valley offensive line
August 20, 2021
Before the 2020 season, Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel talked to a few college coaches about their opinions about offensive linemen.

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Greensburg Salem quarterback Hayden Teska looks to pass during the WCCA 7-on-7 tournament Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
With experienced roster, Greensburg Salem ready to add to win total
The highlight of the 2020 Greensburg Salem football season was reaching the 700-win milestone.

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Meghan Zambruno helped lead the Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team to a WPIAL title and PIAA runner-up finish last season.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team looks to continue its dominance
August 18, 2021
There hasn’t been a more consistent Class AA girls golf team in the WPIAL or state than Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Carter Green throws during 7-on-7 competition July 8, 2021, at Latrobe.
New faces tasked with carrying on Penn-Trafford tradition
Rebuilding is a word that isn’t used around the Penn-Trafford football program. They just retool or restock.

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Franklin Regional head coach Lance Getsy works with his team before a 7on7 game on July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
New era dawns at Franklin Regional
It’s a fresh start for the Franklin Regional football team.

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Greensburg Salem’s Billy McChesney
With college decision made, Billy McChesney expects big season for Greensburg Salem
August 16, 2021
Billy McChesney had his choice of sports to play in college, either football or wrestling.

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Yough quarterback Gavin Roebuck throws a pass during a 7on7 game on July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Deeper, stronger Yough looking to build win total
There is a buzz on Cougar Mountain these days.

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Mt. Pleasant head coach Jason Fazekas during 7 on 7 competition July 8, 2021 at Greater Latrobe Sr. High School.
‘Nice nucleus’ poised to keep Mt. Pleasant in playoff hunt
Graduation takes impact players from every high school football program, and Mt. Pleasant is no different.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith
Franklin Regional expects senior Caden Smith to be commanding presence
August 14, 2021
On the baseball field, Franklin Regional senior Caden Smith plays the outfield.

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Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti watches a tee shot during the 2019 PIAA West Region golf championship.
Salvitti survives crazy round to win AJGA Southpointe Tournament
August 5, 2021
Rocco Salvitti’s final round at the American Junior Golf Association’s Southpointe Tournament on Thursday could only be simply described as crazy.

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Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti watches a tee shot at the 2020 WPIAL tournament.
Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti still in the hunt at AJGA Southpointe tournament
August 4, 2021
Canonsburg’s Rocco Salvitti is one of the top golfers in the WPIAL.

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Kiski Area grad Chad Kuhn competes for Silppery Rock during the 2019 season.
Slippery Rock picked 1st in PSAC West preseason football poll
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference released the 2021 Coaches Preseason Football Poll Wednesday, and reigning champion Slippery Rock was voted the team to beat.

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Canonsburg’s Rocco Salvitti hits a shot on No. 18 at the AJGA Southpointe Tournament on Thursday.
Salvitti a shot back after Day 1 of the AJGA Southpointe tournament
August 3, 2021
Central Catholic junior Rocco Salvitti knows Southpointe Golf Club well. Being from Canonsburg, Salvitti has played the course numerous times.

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Nick Turowski puts on the 16th green during the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Latrobe Country Club.
Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski among local golfers set to test their skills at AJGA Junior Tournament
August 2, 2021
Nick Turowski has big aspirations.

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Penn-Trafford’s Alex Turowski watches his tee shot on Hole 14 during the PIAA West Region golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
Penn-Trafford’s Turowski wins season-ending golf tournament
July 30, 2021
Alex Turowski ended his high school career with a victory.

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Longtime Latrobe manager Jason Bush is going into the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame July 26, 2019.
Bush hired as baseball coach at Ligonier Valley
July 29, 2021
When Ligonier Valley athletic director Wesley Siko looked at Jason Bush’s resume, he knew he found the school’s next baseball coach.

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Greensburg’s Goetz beaten by incredible shot at state amateur
July 28, 2021
Mark Goetz might be thinking the golf gods are against him.

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Penn-Trafford captured the 2021 Junior Legion title on July 28, 2021, in Berwick.
Penn-Trafford Junior Legion team wins 1st state title
Mission accomplished.

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Penn-Trafford Junior Legion loses but still will play for championship
July 27, 2021
BERWICK — Walks derailed the Penn-Trafford Juniors at the Pennsylvania American Legion Youth State Baseball Championship on Tuesday.

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Peters Township’s Tanner Johnson leads state amateur
July 26, 2021
Peters Township grad Tanner Johnson shot a 4-under-par 66 to grab the first-round lead at the 108th Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Amateur Championship on Monday at historic Merion Golf Club in Ardmore.

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Penn-Trafford rolls to win at American Legion Youth State Tournament
July 25, 2021
Penn-Trafford Juniors used a strong pitching performance from Brandon Roher and won their second game of the Pennsylvania American Legion Youth State Tournament by defeating Conneaut, 12-2, on Sunday in Berwick.

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Penn-Trafford, Connellsville open state Junior Legion tournament with victories
July 24, 2021
Penn-Trafford opened the Pennsylvania American Legion Junior Baseball State tournament with an impressive 5-2 victory against 2019 champion Boyertown Grizzlies on Saturday.

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Members of the 2021 Penn-Trafford Warriors Junior Legion team include, in front, from left, Jason Sabol, Drew Sherwin, Carmen Metcalfe, Brandon Long, Hunter Brown, Eric Biroscak; in middle, coach Jim Sherwin, Chuckie Fontana, Evan Gross, Jonny Lovre, Ethan Septak, Brandon Roher, Brody Hoffmann, Tyler Freas, Ian Temple, coach Chuck Fontana; and back, coach Alan Hoffmann and manager Steve Freas. The team also includes Owen Demeri, Carl Heller, Travis Kovarik, Anthony Monroe and coach Gary Sabol.
Penn-Trafford Junior Legion puts it together, rolls into state tournament
Talk about putting everything together at the right time.

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Coaches Jody Stritmater and John Stritmater, Vinny Kilkeary and coach Brian Kapusta pose after Kilkeary earned All-American honors at the Fargo Freestyle National Cadet Wrestling tournament.
Latrobe wrestler Kilkeary earns All-American honor at national tournament
July 22, 2021
Vinny Kilkeary made the most of his first trip to Fargo, N.D.

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Yough comes up short in Legion Region 7 tournament
July 20, 2021
SIDMAN – Yough reached the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 tournament for the second consecutive season. And while the run to the semifinals was fun, the results were the same as 2020: Yough came up short.

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Yough coach Craig Spisak talks to his team after a loss at Forest Hills High School on Monday, July 19, 2021.
Yough reaches semis; Latrobe, Young Township eliminated
July 19, 2021
SIDMAN – Yough put itself in good position by winning its first two games of the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 tournament.

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Latrobe, Yough pick up wins at the American Legion Region 7 tournament
July 18, 2021
It’s win or go home Monday for Latrobe and Young Township at the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 tournament.

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Members of the 2021 Penn-Trafford Warriors Junior Legion team include, in front, from left, Jason Sabol, Drew Sherwin, Carmen Metcalfe, Brandon Long, Hunter Brown, Eric Biroscak; in middle, coach Jim Sherwin, Chuckie Fontana, Evan Gross, Jonny Lovre, Ethan Septak, Brandon Roher, Brody Hoffmann, Tyler Freas, Ian Temple, coach Chuck Fontana; and back, coach Alan Hoffmann and manager Steve Freas. The team also includes Owen Demeri, Carl Heller, Travis Kovarik, Anthony Monroe and coach Gary Sabol.
Penn-Trafford Junior Legion team captures Westmoreland league title
The Penn-Trafford area baseball community continues to find success.

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Pritts, Wilkins led Yough to victory in Region 7 Legion tournament
July 17, 2021
Kam Pritts hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, Nate Wilkins tossed a three-hit shutout and Yough defeated host St. Michael, 2-0, on Saturday in the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 tournament at Forest Hills High School in Sidman.

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The clubhouse at Longue Vue Country Club in Verona as photographed Friday, July 16, 2021.
‘Hidden gem’ Longue Vue Club gears up to co-host U.S. Amateur
Nestled high above the Allegheny River Valley in Verona and on the border of Penn Hills is a challenging golf course that is relatively unknown.

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Franklin Regional receiver Caden Smith picks up yardage against Norwin defenders during the WCCA 7-on-7 championship game July 15 at Greater Latrobe High School.
New Franklin Regional coach Lance Getsy pleased with team’s offseason progress
Following a legendary coach is not easy.

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Palmer Jackson, Mark Goetz fall back in Southern Amateur
July 16, 2021
Things were looking pretty good for Murrysville native Palmer Jackson during the third round of the Southern Amateur on Friday at Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, Miss.

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Bushy Run Legion resumes play Saturday morning in the Region 6 Tournament.
Bushy Run resumes Region 6 play Saturday; Region 7 starts
Bushy Run, playing in the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Region 6 tournament, had its game suspended Friday in the top of the third inning.

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Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL/City League Football All-Star team: Ta’Mere Robinson, Brashear
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 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Ben Anderson (left) and Vinny Amatucci display the championship trophy after Latrobe won the District 31 American Legion title.
Latrobe Legion ends drought, wins District 31 title
July 14, 2021
It had been 12 years since the Latrobe American Legion baseball team had won the District 31 playoff title.

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Yough rallies to sweep Bushy Run in District 31 semifinals
July 12, 2021
Yough pitcher Allen Novacek got off to a shaky start in Monday’s District 31 American Legion semifinal against Bushy Run.

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Latrobe advances to American Legion District 31 finals
July 11, 2021
Latrobe American Legion baseball used a different method to defeat Young Township on Sunday in Game 2 of the District 31 playoffs.

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Bradish tosses no-hitter to lead Latrobe in opener of District 31 Legion semifinals
July 10, 2021
Jake Bradish has pitched in big games all season for the Latrobe American Legion team, and he has had some great games.

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Hempfield shortstop Christian Zilli turns a double play against Central Catholic during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on May 22.
Westmoreland County Boys Athlete of the Year: Christian Zilli, Hempfield
It’s a rare feat when an athlete from a large high school excels in three sports.

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Alex Turowski tees off at last year’s Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament at Latrobe Country Club.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Alex Turowski wins at Diamond Run
Penn-Trafford graduate Alex Turowski has been battling a little midseason slump on the golf course.

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Latrobe American Legion baseball players, from left, Logan Bradish, Dante Basciano, and Mason Krinock, watch their teammates play against Derry in the dugouts on Saturday, July 3, 2021, during the Fourth of July celebrations at Legion Keener Park and Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Latrobe, Yough, Bushy Run advance in District 31 American Legion playoffs
July 7, 2021
Top-seeded Latrobe combined the four-hit shutout pitching of Payton Henry and a 12-hit attack to defeat Hempfield East, 11-0, in the District 31 American Legion opening round Wednesday.

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Familiar faces top local USGA Amateur qualifier
July 6, 2021
There is something about being familiar with a golf course.

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District 31 American Legion roundup: Yough rallies to defeat Unity
Nate Wilkins didn’t let a shaky start bother him Tuesday during Game 1 of the District 31 American Legion playoffs against Unity.

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Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Rodney Gallagher, Laurel Highlands
July 5, 2021
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 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Serra Catholic’s Pharoh Fisher
Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Pharoh Fisher, Serra Catholic
July 3, 2021
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 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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West Virginia quarterback Major Harris, right, lets fly with a long pass after eluding the rush by Boston College tackle Jim Biestek, left, in the first quarter at Boston College Alumni Stadium in Newton, Mass. in afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 28, 1989.
West Virginia to retire jersey numbers for Major Harris, Darryl Talley
July 2, 2021
Major Harris was an electric quarterback and linebacker Darryl Talley was a dominant defender at West Virginia.

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Latrobe Legion players talk during game against Bushy Run on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
District 31 American Legion baseball season winding down
June 30, 2021
The District 31 American Legion baseball season wraps up Sunday, but the final four days are turning out to be a race between the final eight playoff teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Louie Kegerreis gives up a thumbs up to the dugout after driving in two runs against Latrobe on April 13.
Franklin Regional’s Louie Kegerreis named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Baseball Player of the Year
June 26, 2021
2021 Tribune-Review Westmoreland Baseball All-Stars

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Hempfield graduate Bridget Guy competes for Virginia during her collegiate career.
Green gets Olympic reprieve; Williams, Wiltrout come up short
Latrobe native and graduate Hanna Green received good news late Friday at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore.

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Hempfield graduate Bridget (Guy) Williams competes in the pole vault for Virginia.
Hempfield’s Williams, Latrobe’s Green advance at U.S. Olympic trials
June 24, 2021
Bridget (Guy) Williams is headed to the U.S. Olympic trials women’s pole vault finals after clearing 14 feet, 9 inches during qualifying Thursday in Eugene, Ore.

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Norwin boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky works with his team during a 2019 practice.
Boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky resigns at Norwin
June 23, 2021
Norwin boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky resigned Wednesday after two seasons on the job.

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Hempfield graduates and U.S. Olympic hopefuls Bridget (Guy) Williams and Maddie (Holmberg) Nickal
Hempfield grads, lifelong friends chase Olympic dreams together
They were neighbors in the Heather Ridge plan of Hempfield Township with adjacent backyards.

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Weston Warden won the WPGA Junior Championship on June 22, 2021, at Willowbrook Country Club with a bogey on first playoff hole.
Shady Side Academy’s Warden captures WPGA Junior title in a playoff
June 22, 2021
It wasn’t the way Weston Warden would have preferred to win the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association’s 101st Junior Championship Tuesday, but he’ll take it.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli (5) rushes the ball against Woodland Hills on Oct. 2, 2020.
Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli commits to Wisconsin
June 21, 2021
When Cade Yacamelli visited the University of Wisconsin this past weekend, he said it felt like home.

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Bushy Run’s Gio Scott pitches during the 2021 season.
Penn-Trafford grad Giovanni Scott to spend summer fine-tuning his game
June 20, 2021
Giovanni Scott didn’t get to pitch much for Penn-Trafford High School during his junior season, and his senior season was wiped out by the coronavirus.

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Palmer Jackson watches a drive on No. 13 at Sunnehanna Country Club in preparation for the Sunnehanna Amateur on Tuesday.
Franklin Regional grad Palmer Jackson finishes 4th at Sunnehanna Amateur
June 19, 2021
Palmer Jackson’s late charge at the 68th Sunnehanna Amateur came up a little short Saturday, but the Franklin Regional grad and Notre Dame sophomore sure can build off his performance.

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Armstrong’s Riley Kilgore is safe at home, beating the tag attempt by Lampeter-Strasburg’s Karissa Hilrt during the PIAA Class 5A softball championship Friday, June 18, 2021, at Beard Field in University Park.
Armstrong softball comes up short in PIAA Class 5A championship
June 18, 2021
UNIVERSITY PARK — Armstrong’s bid to win its first PIAA team championship in any sport was denied by a veteran Lampeter Strasburg team.

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Tri-Valley’s Samantha Masser beats the tag attempt by West Greene catcher London Whipkey in the bottom of the seventh inning during the PIAA Class A softball championship Friday, June 18, 2021, at Beard Field in University Park.
Tri-Valley scores twice in bottom of 7th to defeat West Greene in PIAA Class A softball final
UNIVERSITY PARK — Tri-Valley scored two runs in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun WPIAL champion West Greene, 2-1, in the PIAA Class A softball championship game Friday at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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Beaver’s Payton List (8) celebrates with the trophy after beating Tunkhannock in extra innings to win the PIAA Class 4A softball championship game Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Beaver finishes undefeated season with wild title-game win over Tunkhannock
June 17, 2021
UNIVERSITY PARK – Perfection.

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Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper pulls in a ball hit by Line Mountain’s Cassie Laudenslager during the PIAA Class 2A softball championship game Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Ligonier Valley softball marvels at community support after special season ends in state finals
UNIVERSITY PARK — It wasn’t the ending the Ligonier Valley softball team had hoped for, but the 2021 season was still memorable.

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Line Mountain’s Brooke Barwick scores the winning run to beat Ligonier Valley during the PIAA Class 2A softball championship game on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Line Mountain finally pushes run across in 9th inning to top Ligonier Valley in state title game
UNIVERSITY PARK – To win a PIAA softball title, three things are important: strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense.

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin has 299 strikeouts this season.
PIAA Class 2A softball finalists Ligonier Valley, Line Mountain similar
June 16, 2021
There are a lot of similarities between the Ligonier Valley and Line Mountain softball teams.

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Ligonier Valley’s Annabella Schueltz hangs on to the ball as Chestnut Ridge’s Zoie Dunlap runs into her in the fourth inning during a PIAA Class 2A Girls quarterfinal Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Mt. Aloysius College.
PIAA Class 2A softball preview capsule: Ligonier Valley vs. Line Mountain
PIAA softball preview

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Ligonier Valley softball coach Mark Zimmerman has coached the team for 22 years.
Ligonier Valley softball team has come a long way under coach Zimmerman
June 15, 2021
When Mark Zimmerman became the Ligonier Valley softball coach 22 years ago, the program wasn’t very good.

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Ligonier Valley’s Maddie Griffin prepares to bat during a PIAA Class 2A semifinal against Union City on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Slippery Rock.
Ligonier Valley’s historic run continues after beating Union City in PIAA Class 2A semifinal
June 14, 2021
SLIPPERY ROCK – No no-hitter. No shutout. No problem.

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Penn-Trafford’s Matt Lichota scores past Connellsvile catcher Brant Bonadio during their WPIAL Class 5A furst round playoff game on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Bushy Run Legion off to strong start
June 13, 2021
Bushy Run’s American Legion baseball team stayed unbeaten in District 31 after winning four games last week.

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Nicholas Turowski puts on the 16th green during the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Latrobe Country Club.
Junior tournaments allow Penn-Trafford’s Nicholas Turowski to work on short game
Nicholas Turowski hopes to have his driver’s licenses in a year.

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Franklin Regional grad Tommy Kegerreis is a freshman on the 2021 WCCC baseball team.
Franklin Regional grad Tommy Kegerreis named All-American
June 12, 2021
Westmoreland County Community College freshman Tommy Kegerreis was named an ABCA/Rawlings All-American.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points toward the stands after winning the state championship against Montoursville’s Dylan Bennett in the 215-pound final during PIAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer commits to wrestle at Pitt
June 11, 2021
One of the state’s top wrestlers plans to stay close to home for his college career.

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Hempfield coaches address the team after a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal loss to Spring-Ford on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Big inning for Spring-Ford sends Hempfield to season-ending loss
June 10, 2021
WINGATE — Sure, it’s not the way the Hempfield baseball team wanted to see its season end.

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Hempfield’s Jayson Jacob has been a key contributor during the team’s postseason run.
Hempfield faces District 1 power Spring-Ford in PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals
June 9, 2021
Every high school athletic team faced some sort of adversity this year.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich celebrates as she rounds the bases during a PIAA Class 3A first round playoff game against Bald Eagle Area on Monday, June 7, 2021, at Peterswood Park.
Mt. Pleasant softball overcomes adversity, defeats Bald Eagle Area
June 7, 2021
Some teams would have collapsed if faced with adversity before a big game.

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Hempfield coach Tim Buzzard talks with Christian Zilli before his tying double against Central Catholic during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on May 22, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Hempfield baseball’s PIAA journey begins in Erie against McDowell
June 6, 2021
Tim Buzzard and his Hempfield Area baseball team are starting to get used to extended seasons.

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Hempfield pitcher Phil Fox delivers against North Allegheny during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Westmoreland PIAA baseball capsules for June 7, 2021
PIAA baseball playoffs

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Giovanni Scott (right) and Bushy Run reached the 2020 Westmoreland County American League Baseball championship game.
Bushy Run Legion off to good start
Bushy Run American Legion opened the season with two come-from-behind victories.

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Penn-Trafford lines up before facing Penn Hills in a boys volleyball match April 12, 2021, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford’s volleyball season ends in PIAA playoffs
The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team’s appearance in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs ended June 1 after a first-round loss against District 3 runner-up Northeastern.

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Franklin Regional head coach Robert Saddler gets the water jug from Timmy Quinn after defeating Bethel Park, 2-1, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Franklin Regional baseball team sets new goals as PIAA playoffs begin Monday
June 4, 2021
This isn’t the Franklin Regional baseball team’s first foray into the PIAA playoffs.

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Derry coach Mike Weinell and his son, Teague, talk before Ty Cymmerman’s match Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
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June 2, 2021
Shenango senior Gabe Yanssens accused Seton LaSalle players of talking too much smack on social media before Wednesday’s WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship game.

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Franklin Regional gets walk-off win over Bethel Park in Class 5A title game
June 1, 2021
Andrew Muraco took it personally when Bethel Park coach Pat Zehnder decided to intentionally walk Louie Kegerreis with a runner on second base in the bottom of the seventh inning to get to him in the WPIAL Class 5A championship.

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May 30, 2021
Seniors Emma Little and Chase Vecchio were two of the 12 finalists for the Westmoreland County Scholar/Athlete Award on May 25.

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To qualify for the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships, athletes must finish in the top four of their events or meet the state qualifying standards if they finish in the top eight.

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Hempfield’s Dan Norris won the discus and finished second in shot put at the PIAA Class AAA championships May 29, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
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May 29, 2021
SHIPPENSBURG — A little more than three inches kept Dan Norris from winning two gold medals at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Saturday.

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SHIPPENSBURG – Mia Cochran’s legs went numb during the final three laps of the PIAA Class AAA 3,200-meter run Saturday morning.

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When Franklin Regional senior Rayna Todero was a sophomore, she came into the WPIAL track and field championships seeded No. 1 in the triple jump.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer won three medals at the PIAA Class AA championsihps May 28, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
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May 28, 2021
SHIPPENSBURG – Corinn Brewer walked away from the PIAA Class AA Track and Field Championships on Friday happy but not satisfied.

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Riverside’s Cody Belczyk won two gold medals at the PIAA Class AA championships May 28, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
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South Park’s Maddie Raymond won the 100-meter dash at the PIAA Class AA championsihps May 28, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
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May 27, 2021
Talk about having a busy Saturday at the PIAA track and field championships.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson and Burrell’s Ian Oswalt receive the Westmoreland County Scholar/Athlete awards from Judge John J. Driscoll on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
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May 25, 2021
It was quite a day for Mt. Pleasant senior Haylie Brunson.

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May 24, 2021
An injury kept Mt. Lebanon junior Mac Stout from defending his WPIAL Class AAA 189-pound wrestling title in 2021.

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Maddie Griffin didn’t feel she pitched well Monday against Neshannock in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals.

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May 22, 2021
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Chuck Tursky dedicated his life to helping high school students and athletes.

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May 20, 2021
Derry ended a 17-year drought Thursday in the opening round of the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

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Hempfield’s Tanner Barnhart competes in the pole vault at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships May 19, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
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May 19, 2021
It was another solid day for the Hempfield track and field program Wednesday at the WPIAL championships.

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Derry players celebrate after defeating Deer Lakes, 2-1, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Deer Lakes High School.
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May 18, 2021
Indiana senior Sara Zimmerman said she wasn’t ready for her high school softball career to end.

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Franklin Regional’s Timmy Quinn hits a three-run homer against Hempfield on Friday, March 26, 2021.
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May 17, 2021
The 55th Annual Powerade Holiday Wrestling Tournament continues to get bigger and better, and this year’s event might end up being the toughest in the country.

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Hempfield’s Isabella Gera wins the girls discus during the WCCA track and field championships May 1.
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May 16, 2021
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Penn-Trafford lines up before facing Penn Hills in a boys volleyball match April 12.
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The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team turned in quite a performance in its Section 3-AAA rematch against Hempfield on May 4.

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Penn-Trafford’s Joseph Whipkey and Norwin’s John Dodaro fight down the stretch of the boys 800-meter run, but Whiskey wins as Dodaro falls and finishes 5th during the WCCA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
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Joe Whipkey has already reached his main goal of his senior season.

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Ligonier Valley junior Miles Higgins won the javelin at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet.
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May 15, 2021
Ligonier Valley junior Miles Higgins turned some heads recently.

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Norwin’s Nick Fleming scores against North Allegheny on April 23.
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May 14, 2021
Nothing seems to bother baseball coaches when it comes to pairings.

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Yough pitcher Vinny Martin delivers during a scrimmage against Norwin on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Young Yough baseball team has grown up fast this season
May 13, 2021
Yough baseball coach Craig Spisak called his team young and inexperienced when the 2021 season began.

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Riverside’s Colby Belczyk anchors the 4x400 relay team to victory, sealing the Panthers’ fourth consecutive WPIAL Class AA team title on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Peters Township High School stadium.
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May 12, 2021
It takes a complete team effort to win a track and field meet. Every point is important.

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May 11, 2021
It has been a wild baseball season for the teams from Yough and Southmoreland. Weather and the coronavirus have postponed or canceled games and forced players to sit.

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Hempfield defeats Canon-McMillan in possible playoff preview
May 10, 2021
Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp spent time over the weekend mapping out the WPIAL 6A playoff pairings.

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May 8, 2021
It’s been quite a season for the Greensburg Central Catholic track and field teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Anup Nadesan (right) and Advait Kulkarni play North Allegheny in the WPIAL AAA boys tennis doubles on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
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The Franklin Regional boys tennis team was seeded No. 1 for the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament.

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Norwin pitchers Zach Potthoff (left) and Jacob Bazala celebrate with catcher Landon DiBeradin after defeating Hempfield on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin baseball team blanks Hempfield, clinches tie for section title
May 5, 2021
The Norwin baseball team clinched at least a tie for the Section 2-6A title Wednesday behind a strong pitching performance from Jake Bazala and timely hitting.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest celebrates his win with coaches after defeating Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in 132-pound class AAA finals during PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Hempfield wrestler Briar Priest makes verbal commitment to Pitt
May 3, 2021
Hempfield junior Briar Priest wasn’t sure college was in his future before the 2020-21 season. But what a difference six months can make.

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Greenburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer wins the girls pole vault during the WCCA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
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May 2, 2021
Before the running finals at Saturday’s Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field championships, a moment of silence was held in honor of association president Larry Sellitto and Hempfield coach and historian Roger Sullenberger, who passed away this past year.

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Penn-Trafford coach Jim Schall warms up his players before facing Penn Hills on April 12.
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The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team continues to make strides.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer wins the girls pole vault during the WCCA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
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May 1, 2021
Greensburg Central Catholic junior Corinn Brewer has put together an impressive resume during her high school career.

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Franklin Regional senior Rayna Todero listens to jump coach Ryan Miller at a meet April 27, 2021, at Gateway.
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Franklin Regional senior Rayna Todero isn’t the tallest or most imposing triple jumper in the state; she just happens to be one of better ones.

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Murrysville Star notebook: FR grad thriving in Mercyhurst bullpen
Franklin Regional grad Michael Krauza is having quite a season as a relief pitcher for Mercyhurst University.

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Franklin Regional’s Advait Kulkarni (left) and Anup Nadesan play North Allegheny in the WPIAL AAA boys tennis doubles on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Franklin Regional, South Park duos win school’s 1st WPIAL doubles titles
April 28, 2021
There were a lot of similarities to the two winning WPIAL doubles teams.

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Burrell’s Dominic Ferra competes in the boys’ long jump on Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Track and Field Championships at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
WCCA track and field championship moved to Saturday
Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association officials decided Wednesday to postpone Thursday’s track and field championship because of the threat of inclement weather.

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Norwin’s Eric Chorba rounds the bases after hitting a home run against North Allegheny on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
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April 26, 2021
There is so much talent on the Norwin baseball but not enough starting spots to go around.

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Franklin Regional’s Rayna Todero, shown in the 2019 PIAA finals, triple-jumped 38-1 at the Butler Invitational on Saturday.
Westmoreland track notes: WCCA championships set for return
April 25, 2021
The Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field championship will resume after a year absence because of the coronavirus.

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Hempfield’s Sean Knight sets the ball against the Beaver County Christian School Saturday, April 17, 2021, during the 2021 Hempfield Spartan Volleyball Tournament.
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Hempfield boys volleyball coach John Howell is shocked.

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman listens to coaches during a stoppage against Delaware Valley’s Zachary Jacaruso in the 113-pound Class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA wrestling championships Saturday, March 13, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hohman commits to N.C. State
Penn-Trafford junior Troy Hohman announced on Twitter earlier this month that he’s committing to North Carolina State for wrestling.

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Norwin’s girls 400-meter relay team, from left, Nataiah Robertson-Dutrieuill, Jaden Streussnig, Jordyn Turcovski and Layla Robertson, takes a break at practice April 22, 2021, at Norwin Knights Stadium.
Norwin relay teams have big dreams
April 24, 2021
Teamwork is the best word to describe what it takes to become a successful relay team in track.

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Norwin’s Ryan Scavnicky celebrates his walk-off base hit with Jayden Walker in the bottom of the seventh innining to defeat North Allegheny, 7-6, on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
In Class 6A showdown, Norwin stings North Allegheny on Ryan Scavnicky walk-off single
April 23, 2021
North Allegheny baseball coach Andy Heck told his team after Friday’s nonsection game at Norwin that he wouldn’t be surprised if the top two teams in Class 6A will meet again later this season.

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West Virginia senior golfer Mark Goetz (left) poses with the Mountaineer Invitational trophy alongside his coach, Sean Covich.
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The Big 12 golf championship begins Monday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., and West Virginia senior Mark Goetz is ready to roll.

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Baldwin goaltender Eddie Nowicki (center) hoists the Penguins Cup after shutting out Franklin Regional, 2-0, in the PIHL Class AA championship game on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Goalie calls his shot as Baldwin blanks Franklin Regional for Pens Cup Class AA title
April 20, 2021
Baldwin junior goaltender Ed Nowicki told his coach after a semifinal win that he’d get a shutout in the finals.

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Mike Brown officially named Hempfield football coach
April 19, 2021
When Mike Brown interviewed for the Hempfield football coaching position, he told the school board he wasn’t the fastest or strongest player. He was just a person who played with energy, passion and had a great work ethic.

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Seton Hill recruit Orr leads McGuffey past Southmoreland
McGuffey broke into the TribHSSN Class 3A baseball rankings Sunday at No. 5.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer is the runner up ahead of Serra Catholic’s Maya Poziviak in the girls A WPIAL XC Championship Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at White Oak Park.
GCC’s Brewer ranked No. 1 in steeplechase after weekend performance
April 18, 2021
Greensburg Central Catholic junior Corinn Brewer jumped to No. 1 in the state and No. 6 in the country by winning the 2K steeplechase at the Jack Roddick Invitational on Saturday at Shippensburg.

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Penn-Trafford notebook: Boys tennis bounces back with section wins
After falling to Franklin Regional in a battle for first place in the section, Penn-Trafford bounced back by sweeping Hempfield on April 12 and Connellsville on April 13.

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Penn-Trafford lines up before facing Penn Hills in a boys volleyball match April 12, 2021, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team looking for identity
Penn-Trafford volleyball coach Jim Schall has learned a lot about his team the first week of the season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman listens to coaches during a stoppage against Delaware Valley’s Zachary Jacaruso in the 113-pound Class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA wrestling championships Saturday, March 13, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Penn-Trafford wrestler Hohman commits to N.C. State
Penn-Trafford junior Troy Hohman announced on Twitter on Friday that he’s committing to North Carolina State for wrestling.

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Derry’s Tara Perry competes in the girls high jump during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational track and field meet on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Memorial Stadium.
Perry twins have Derry girls track rolling
April 17, 2021
Athletes participating in high school track and field can only compete in four events.

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Katie Miller of Hempfield lines up her putt on the 11th hole Thursday, August 9, 2001, during the Pepsi/King’s TSPGA Junior Player of the Year Championship at Oak Tree Country Club.
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The Hempfield School District board is expected to hire Mike Brown as its new football coach Monday, according to the board’s agenda.

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Franklin Regional grad Tommy Kegerreis is a freshman on the 2021 WCCC baseball team.
Franklin Regional grad Tom Kegerreis’ hitting is opening eyes of college coaches
A couple district college baseball coaches visited Westmoreland County Community College to watch a few players work out a week ago.

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Greater Latrobe’s Brennan Campbell wins the boys 110-meter hurdles going away during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational track and field meet Friday, April 16, 2021, at Memorial Stadium.
Gera, Campbell earn MVP honors in Lady Spartan/Wildcat track and field invitational
April 16, 2021
Springtime weather sometimes will test an athlete’s mettle, especially in track and field.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith delivers against Connellsville on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Harrison City.
Backed into a corner, Penn-Trafford powers past Connellsville
April 14, 2021
Penn-Trafford softball coach Denny Little said he didn’t need any motivational speech prior to Wednesday’s first-place showdown with No. 1 Connellsville.

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Franklin Regional goaltender Gunner Fulton makes a pad save on Montour’s Presley Robb during the Penguins Cup Class AA semifinals Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at Alpha Ice Complex.
Goalies steal the show as Franklin Regional, Baldwin make Penguins Cup finals
April 13, 2021
Sometimes goaltenders just steal games.

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Penn-Trafford tennis coach Megan Satira talks to Alex Turowski during a break at the Section 1-AAA singles tournament April 7, 2021, at Franklin Regional.
Penn-Trafford boys tennis off to solid start in Section 1
April 11, 2021
Considering the circumstances with the coronavirus, Megan Satira’s first official year as Penn-Trafford’s boys tennis coach has gone better than expected.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ben Chen celebrates his goal next to Latrobe goalie Logan Byrd during their game on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors fall to Baldwin in PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
Penn-Trafford saw its hockey season end last week with a quarterfinal-round loss in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs.

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Penn State’s Carter Starocci faces Iowa’s Michael Kemerer (right) in the 174-pound championship bout at the 2021 Big Ten Wrestling tournament.
Franklin Regional’s Michael Kemerer returning for 7th NCAA season
April 10, 2021
Murrysville native Michael Kemerer isn’t ready to hang up his singlet just yet.

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Hempfield’s Bella Gera throws the disc on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield throwers Norris, Gera have big goals this season
When the PIAA holds its track and field championship May 28 and 29 at Shippensburg, it should come as no surprise that two Hempfield throwers are favorites to win gold medals.

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Franklin Regional’s Anup Nadesan and Shrey Ramesh
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Anup Nadesan didn’t have any problems winning his second WPIAL Class AAA Section 1 title.

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Hempfield’s Dan Norris competes in the discus Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Hempfield.
South Hills Classic track and field meet moves to Gateway
April 9, 2021
The South Hills Classic track and field meet has a new home — finally.

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The Ligonier Valley bench watches the action against Seton LaSalle on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Ligonier Valley softball stays perfect with shutout of Seton LaSalle
Ligonier Valley softball coach Mark Zimmerman is learning on the fly during the Rams’ return to the WPIAL.

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Greensburg Salem’s Garrett Cribbs (9) and Robbie Seigenfuse (8) watch the action against Uniontown on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
Greensburg Salem baseball can’t overcome slow start in loss to Uniontown
April 7, 2021
The faster the young Greensburg Salem baseball team learns not to give games away, the faster the Golden Lions will start winning on a consistent basis.

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Yough’s Vinny Martin (14) and Bobby Etze (4) talk during the game Tuesday, April 6, 2021, against Brownsville
Brownsville baseball team takes advantage of Yough’s ‘wildness’
April 6, 2021
Yough baseball coach Craig Spisak emphasized one thing after Tuesday’s WPIAL Section 4-3A loss to Brownsville: “We need to be better.”

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Jefferson-Morgan coach Aaron Giorgi speaks to his team during a game against Monessen last season.
Waynesburg names Aaron Giorgi football coach
April 5, 2021
Aaron Giorgi has been named football coach at Waynesburg.

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Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli takes part in an early-season 2021 softball game.
Mixture of upperclassmen, freshmen gets Yough off to fast start
April 2, 2021
When playing softball for Yough and coach Art ‘Dutch’ Harvey, one thing is for sure: Harvey plays his best players.

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Yough pitcher Vinny Martin delivers during a scrimmage against Norwin on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Drop in classification could benefit youthful Yough baseball team
Yough opened the 2021 baseball season with consecutive losses to Upper St. Clair and Mt. Pleasant.

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Penn-Trafford’s Sarah Yamrick bats against Hempfield on March 23, 2021 at Penn Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford softball eyeing another PIAA championship
March 31, 2021
If the coronavirus didn’t shut down last season, there was a good chance Penn-Trafford softball would be looking at a three-peat.

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Penn-Trafford baseball has no varsity experience returning
When Penn-Trafford baseball coach Dan Miller talked in the offseason about his team being young and inexperienced, he wasn’t kidding.

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Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors tennis off to quick start
March 28, 2021
The Penn-Trafford boys tennis team is off to a 4-0 start with victories against Hampton, Thomas Jefferson, Latrobe and Kiski Area.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert (left) works to defeat Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc at 126 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship Feb. 27.
2021 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County wrestling all-stars
March 27, 2021
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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points toward the stands after winning the state championship against Montoursville’s Dylan Bennett in the 215-pound final during the PIAA wrestling championships on March 12.
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Mt. Pleasant junior Dayton Pitzer didn’t pin every opponent he faced. It just seemed that way.

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Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson pins Seneca Valley’s Teagan Leighty at 145 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship match on Feb. 13.
2021 Trib HSSN wrestling all-stars
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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrara-Rondon holds up three fingers signaling his three PIAA championship wins after defeating Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg during the PIAA wrestling championships March 13.
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Early on in Alejandro Herrera-Rondon’s wrestling career at Seneca Valley, he was content to win low-scoring matches.

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Hempfield’s Peyton Heisler pitches against Penn Trafford on March 23, 2021 at Penn Trafford High School.
With ace injured, 5-time defending WPIAL champion Hempfield faces obstacles
March 24, 2021
Veteran Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp is facing a daunting task this season.

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Hempfield pitcher Phil Fox delivers during a scrimmage at Seneca Valley on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Jackson.
Hempfield baseball ready to tackle new challenges
There is a new challenge facing the Hempfield baseball team in 2021: a new section with four new opponents.

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman listens to coaches during a stoppage against Delaware Valley’s Zachary Jacaruso in the 113-pound Class AAA quarterfinal during PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Penn-Trafford’s Hohman continues to show improvement after reaching PIAA podium
March 21, 2021
Penn-Trafford junior Troy Hohman finished the 2021 season with a PIAA medal.

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Latrobe’s Alex Schall collides with Penn-Trafford goalie Jackson Kerrigan during their game on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors skate past Hempfield, Latrobe
Penn-Trafford’s hockey team is looking to finish strong after going through a six-game losing streak.

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Bushy Run celebrates their victory over Hempfield East in the 2019 American Legion District 31 championship at Pitt-Greensburg.
District 31 American Legion baseball to field 11 teams
March 20, 2021
While practice for the start of the high school baseball season is underway, Westmoreland County District 31 teams are holding sign-ups for the start of their season May 20.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon hugs coach Matt Lebe after defeating Cole Homet of Waynesburg, foreground, in the 138-pound final in Class AAA during the PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional’s Solomon wins gold, Dibert takes silver at PIAA wrestling tournament
Sometimes it’s better not to poke the bear.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado (right) was one of six WPIAL wrestlers named to the state team for the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.
6 WPIAL wrestlers headline state team for Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 17, 2021
The Pennsylvania and WPIAL teams were announced for the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic and six WPIAL wrestlers were named to the state team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Austin Prokopec competes in the 200-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships March 7 at Upper St. Clair.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Austin Prokopec, 2 relay teams qualify for state swim meet
March 15, 2021
Penn-Trafford senior Austin Prokopec and two boys relay teams qualified for the PIAA swimming championships at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kenzie Powell celebrates a Warriors’ basket during a game against Norwin on Jan. 18.
Penn-Trafford basketball teams look to build on 2020-21 success
Late-season shooting woes cost the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team a longer WPIAL playoff run.

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Iowa’s Michael Kemerer faces Penn State’s Carter Starocci in the 174-pound championship bout at the Big Ten wrestling tournament at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College on March 7.
Franklin Regional notebook: Spencer Lee, Michael Kemerer help Iowa win Big Ten
Franklin Regional graduates Spencer Lee and Michael Kemerer won Big Ten wrestling titles to help Iowa to its 37th conference championship March 7 at Penn State. It was the Hawkeyes’ second consecutive conference title.

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Waynesburg’s Luca Augustine reacts after defeating Mifflin County’s Trey Kibe in the 172-pound Class AAA final during the PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon becomes 3-time PIAA champion; Waynesburg crowns 3
March 13, 2021
HERSHEY – Waynesburg proved why it is ranked No. 1 in the state at the PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championships Saturday at the Giant Center.

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Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr clashes on the mat with Sonny Sasso of Nazareth in the 172-pound class AAA quarterfinal during PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr goes out on top with pin in 5th-place match at states
HERSHEY – Kiski Area senior Sammy Starr ended his high school career with a pin and a fifth-place finish at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championship Saturday.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest celebrates his win with coaches after defeating Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in 132-pound class AAA finals during PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Hempfield’s Priest, Franklin Regional’s Solomon win PIAA Class AAA titles
HERSHEY — If there is one thing about the PIAA Class AAA championships that never seems to change, it is expecting the unexpected from WPIAL wrestlers.

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Hampton’s Justin Hart celebrates his win over Bellefonte Area’s Ethan Rossman in the 189-pound class AAA semifinal during PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
5 WPIAL wrestlers advance to the PIAA Class AAA finals in upper weights
HERSHEY — The finals are set in the upper weights at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday at the Giant Center, and the WPIAL will be represented in four of the seven weight classes.

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church controls opponent Mason Leiphart of Dover in the 120-pound class AAA semifinal during PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL rematches set for PIAA Class AAA lightweight wrestling finals
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional and Waynesburg each advanced two wrestlers to the finals at Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA championships at the Giant Center.

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Joey Fischer of South Park dodges a move by opponent Scott Johnson of Muncy in the 126-pound final during the PIAA Class AA championships on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
South Park’s Joey Fischer 1 of 5 WPIAL wrestlers to win Class AA state titles
March 12, 2021
HERSHEY — South Park senior Joey Fischer can now look down on his opponents.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points toward the stands after winning the state championship against Montoursville’s Dylan Bennett in the 215-pound final during PIAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Back from injury, Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer reclaims PIAA throne
HERSHEY – Mt. Pleasant junior Dayton Pitzer hadn’t often been forced to go a full six minutes in matches this season. Usually, he pins his opponents.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado embraces coach Josh Shields after beating Avery Bassett of Midd-West for the PIAA Class AA 160-pound championship Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s A.J. Corrado wins state title with overtime pin
HERSHEY – AJ Corrado didn’t have pancakes for breakfast Friday, but he served one up in the PIAA Class AA finals.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence defeats Ben Haubert of Palisades in the 172-pound Class 2A semifinal in the PIAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Quartet of WPIAL wrestlers reach PIAA Class AA finals in upper weight classes
HERSHEY — Burrell senior A.J. Corrado became the third wrestler from his school to reach the finals at the 2021 PIAA Class AA wrestling championship Friday at the Giant Center.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Faith Christian’s Eric Alderfer in the 138-pound bout during Class 2A semifinals in the PIAA wrestling championships Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Hornack, Oswalt reach PIAA Class AA wrestling finals
HERSHEY — Burrell’s Cooper Hornack achieved something he’s never accomplished on Friday. The freshman wrestler reached the finals in a state event.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest and Latrobe’s Nate Roth compete in the 132-pound finals during the the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament Feb. 6.
Believing key for WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers at PIAA championships
March 11, 2021
Wrestlers who want to win a PIAA championship just can’t rely on their skills. They better believe.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scored 30 points against Jeannette on Wednesday night.
OLSH rolls Jeannette, shows no signs of slowing down heading into WPIAL finals
March 10, 2021
Jeannette found out quickly it faced a difficult challenge in the WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball semifinals Wednesday night at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

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Hempfield’s Isaiah Vance works against Greensburg Salem’s Billy McChesney at 285 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestling notebook: WPIAL teams navigated unusual season
Friday and Saturday will mark the end of a strange high school wrestling season for many area wrestlers.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer works to pin Knoch’s Eli Reese at 215 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships Feb. 20.
Mt. Pleasant pinning machine Dayton Pitzer eyes 2nd PIAA title
Mt. Pleasant junior Dayton Pitzer’s nickname isn’t “Pinzer,” but it should be.

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Norwin’s John Altieri beats Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher, 8-1, in the 152-pound weight class Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin wrestler John Altieri feeling better, cleared to compete in Hershey
March 7, 2021
Norwin senior John Altieri won the PIAA West Super Region 145-pound title Saturday at Altoona Area High School Field House, but it wasn’t the way he preferred.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman scores past Norwin’s Danielle Rosso on Feb. 11.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors fall in girls basketball playoffs
Offensive woes late in the season ended the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team’s promising season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ben Myers pressures Franklin Regional’s Luke Kimmich during their game on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Harrison City.
Defense carries Penn-Trafford boys to 1st playoff win in 20 years
When Doug Kelly was hired as the boys basketball coach at Penn-Trafford, one thing he and his staff focused on was team defense.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert (left) works to defeat Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc at 126 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Franklin Regional notebook: Dibert, Solomon have state title aspirations
Franklin Regional senior Carter Dibert captured his second Class AAA WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional title on Feb. 27, but the Arizona State recruit wants another PIAA title.

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Seneca Valley sophomore Ty Chappell gets winning takedown against Solanco senior Dom Flatt to win the 106-pound title 3-1 at the PIAA AAA West Super Regional on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Altoona.
WPIAL wrestlers acquit themselves well at Class AAA Super Regional
March 6, 2021
ALTOONA — Franklin Regional junior Finn Solomon and Hempfield senior heavyweight Isaiah Vance made statements Saturday at the PIAA West Super Regional at Altoona High School Field House.

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Derry’s Tyler Cymmerman goes after Blackhawk’s Kenny Duschek during their regional championship match on Feb. 27, 2021. Both wrestlers are competing in this weekend’s West Super Regionals.
Wrestlers have one last hurdle en route to PIAA championships
March 5, 2021
To become a PIAA wrestling champion in 2021, wrestlers had to face new challenges, or in this case, another qualifying tournament.

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North Catholic’s Andrew Ammerman scored 30 points against North Catholic on Thursday night.
North Catholic’s pressure too much for Mt. Pleasant in Class 4A quarterfinals
March 4, 2021
Mt. Pleasant must have felt like North Catholic’s pressure defense met them at the front door.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert (left) works to defeat Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc at 126 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Super Region presents new challenge to WPIAL wrestlers on road to Hershey
Wrestlers from around the state face a new challenge Saturday: the PIAA Super Region.

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Jeannette’s head coach Adrian Batts watches his team play in a WPIAL playoff game last season.
Jeannette rolls past Burgettstown after slow start
March 3, 2021
It took Jeannette a quarter to find its rhythm against Burgettstown in the first round of the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.

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Kapcin’s block helps Penn-Trafford end 20-year playoff drought
March 2, 2021
A long playoff drought ended for the Penn-Trafford boys basketball program Tuesday.

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North Allegheny’s Dylan Coy celebrates after defeating Waynesburg’s Mac Church at 120 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for March 2, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary will face Cedar Cliff’s Aidan Lewis in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA West Super Region tournament this weekend in Altoona.
High school notebook: Wrestling’s super region seeds upset some coaches
There are a few wrestling coaches wondering why the PIAA doesn’t do a better job seeding tournaments.

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Uniontown hires Jeffries as football coach
March 1, 2021
Uniontown Area District’s school board on Monday hired Keith Jeffries as the new football coach and Harry Kaufman as the team’s first assistant.

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Nate Kubasky led Mt. Pleasant with 21 points Monday night.
Mt. Pleasant tops Hopewell for school’s 1st boys basketball playoff win since 2014
It was a big night at Mt. Pleasant on Monday.

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Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr works against Waynesburg’s Luca Augustine during the 172-pound final at the WPIAL Class AAA championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan.
1-point losses stop Kiski Area trio from claiming WPIAL wrestling titles
February 27, 2021
CANONSBURG — The best way for Kiski Area seniors Sammy Starr and Brayden Roscosky to look at what happened at the Class AAA WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional on Saturday at Canon-McMillan? There’s always next week.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon smiles after defeating Waynesburg’s Rocco Welsh at 152 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Seneca Valley’s Chappell, Herrera-Rondon become 3-time WPIAL wrestling champions
Coaches around the state talk about how tough the WPIAL is in wrestling.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc and Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert compete at 126 pounds during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Feb. 6.
Format change ramps up intensity for WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament
February 26, 2021
High school wrestling coaches always talk about the “blood round” in the sport.

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Connellsville football promotes assistant Bill Maczko to head coach
February 25, 2021
Bill Maczko grew up in Fayette County.

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Ligonier Valley’s Ryan Harbert works against Burrell’s Ian Oswalt at 138 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championship on Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestling notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Harbert hoping to build off WPIAL performance
February 24, 2021
Ligonier Valley junior Ryan Harbert has had his share of struggles at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament.

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Hempfield’s Isaiah Vance and Greensburg Salem’s Billy McChesney compete in the 285-pound bout during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Kiski Area High School.
Greensburg Salem’s McChesney celebrates section title; more work awaits
It was a celebratory weekend for Greensburg Salem junior Billy McChesney.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence works to pin McGuffey’s Ethan Barr at 172 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for Feb. 24, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Lance Getsy compiled a 17-5 record in two seasons as Charleroi’s coach.
Franklin Regional hires Getsy as football coach, Louisy as boys soccer coach
February 22, 2021
Franklin Regional didn’t go too far to find a football coach to replace Hall of Fame coach Greg Botta.

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Katie Miller won three PIAA titles and a WPIAL championship while attending Hempfield.
Hempfield adds girls golf program
Katie Miller won three PIAA titles and a WPIAL girls golf championship during her career at Hempfield .

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Members of the 2020-21 Penn-Trafford rifle team include, in front, from left, Michael Koreen, Kyle Dynys, Taryn Robert, Ben DiMatteo, Kayleigh Thompson and Olivia Bankosh; second row, Dylan Steffens, Mallory McRae, Connor Watson, Daniel Newsom, Hunter Bowser, Brian Boardwater; third row, Joseph Turkovich, Nessa Wright, Sonya Mumper, Becca Mills, Brooke Sargent, Ivy Thomas, Zach Burns; and in back, Jacob Mumper, Jason Pernick (co- captain), Jonathan French, Declan Mooney (captain), Kyle Kelly and Jason Kiehl.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors place 5th in WPIAL rifle finals
February 21, 2021
The Penn-Trafford coed rifle team just missed advancing to the PIAA state tournament for the second consecutive season.

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Blackhawk’s Kenny Duschek works to defeat Derry’s Tyler Cymmerman at 145 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Cymmerman denied 4th WPIAL wrestling crown; Mt. Pleasant has 2 champions
February 20, 2021
Derry senior Ty Cymmerman sat by himself in the auxiliary gym at Canon-McMillan High School, his head down.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt works to defeat Ligonier Valley’s Ryan Harbert at 138 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Burrell’s Oswalt joins elite group; Bucs have 4 champions
The Burrell wrestling team could not have asked for better performance in the finals than it had Saturday at the WPIAL Class AA championship at Canon-McMillan.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Thompson and Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler compete in the 152-pound bout during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals on Feb. 6.
Wrestling community helped Franklin Regional senior through family tragedy
Garrett Thompson has never advanced past the WPIAL Class AAA Championship.

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Mt. Pleasant junior Noah Gnibus controls Burrell’s Colby Christie in the WPIAL Class AA Section 3 172-pound final Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Gnibus won by tech fall, 15-0.
Mt. Pleasant junior flexes muscles at WPIAL Class AA section wrestling tournament
February 19, 2021
Mt. Pleasant junior Noah Gnibus has had a successful high school career, but he’s yet to make it to Hershey.

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The Hempfield rifle team won the WPIAL championship Feb. 17, 2021, at Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen Club.
Hempfield wins fifth WPIAL rifle title
February 17, 2021
The Hempfield coed rifle team achieved one of its goals Wednesday. Now, it will be shooting for the other next week.

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Derry senior Ty Cymmerman holds down Mt. Pleasant’s Conor Johnson in winning 16-0 at the WPIAL Class AA Section 3B tournament Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Southmoreland.
Derry’s Cymmerman begins his long journey, hopes to join elite club
February 16, 2021
The coronavirus has made it tough on high school athletics, especially wrestling.

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Seneca Valley’s Chanz Shearer works on top of Central Dauphin’s Bryce Buckman in the 138-pound weight class at the PIAA Class AAA tournament Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
6 PIAA qualifiers from last year not wrestling at WPIALs
Seneca Valley senior Chanz Shearer isn’t the only big-name wrestler not participating in the WPIAL and PIAA championships.

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Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson pins Seneca Valley’s Teagan Leighty at 145 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for Feb. 16, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Burrell’s Colby Christie works to pin Burgettstown’s Nate Neal at 172 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Final Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling team rankings for 2021 season
Class AAA

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Seneca Valley’s Chanz Shearer celebrates after beating Waynesburg’s Colten Stoneking during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team championship semifinal at Norwin High School on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
Injury keeping Seneca Valley standout out of WPIAL wrestling tournament
February 15, 2021
The WPIAL released on Monday the list of wrestlers that will be participating in the individual tournament and one of the top wrestlers in Class AAA was missing.

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Lucas Paszek is one of three graduating seniors on the Penn-Trafford wrestling team.
Penn-Trafford wrestling team makes progress, looks forward to next season
February 14, 2021
It didn’t end the way Penn-Trafford wrestling coach A.J. Brentzel had hoped, a loss in the Section 1 championship match and a loss in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA WPIAL Team Tournament, but the second-year coach is proud of the progress the team has made in two seasons.

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Senior members of the 2020-21 Penn-Trafford rifle team include, in front, from left, Connor Watson, Ben DiMatteo, Daniel Newsom and Kyle Dynys; and in back, Jonathan French, Sonya Mumper, coach Diana Cholock, Brooke Sargent and Declan Mooney (captain).
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors rifle team falls to Hempfield
Penn-Trafford’s coed rifle team saw a seven-game winning streak come to an end with a loss to Hempfield on Feb. 10.

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Waynesburg’s Nate Stephenson (top) works against Seneca Valley’s Marshall Adamson at 160 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Waynesburg defends WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship
February 13, 2021
Waynesburg was favored to win its second consecutive WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship Saturday and did just that.

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Damien Barr hoists the WPIAL Class AA championship trophy after Burrell beat Burgettstown for its 15th straight title.
Burrell takes down Burgettstown to capture 15th straight WPIAL Class AA wrestling title
It didn’t take long for the Burrell wrestling team to let Burgettstown know what was in store for it during the WPIAL Class AA team championship Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Thompson and Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler compete in the 152-pound bout Feb. 6 during the Westmoreland County Wrestling Tournament finals.
Franklin Regional wrestling turns focus to individual goals
Franklin Regional could have entered the WPIAL Class AAA Team Tournament and probably would have won the Section 1 title and reached the semifinals.

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Connellsville’s Jacob Layton pins Penn-Trafford’s Draven Hanford at 106 pounds during the Class AAA WPIAL Team Wrestling quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
Seneca Valley earns spot in Class AAA wrestling finals with dominant showing
February 10, 2021
Seneca Valley turned in two dominating performances Wednesday in the WPIAL Class AAA Team Tournament to earn a trip to the finals on Saturday.

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Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman and Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer compete during the Westmoreland County tournament finals.
Marquee matchup highlights Westmoreland County Tournament
February 9, 2021
The Westmoreland County Wrestling Tournament always seems to feature a lot of great matchups.

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Norwin’s John Altieri reverses Northern York’s Cole Bartram in a 145-pound bout during the Powerade wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at Monroeville Convention Center.
Westmoreland wrestling notebook: Norwin raises funds through workouts
Waynesburg (Class AAA) and Burrell (Class AA) were seeded No. 1 in their classifications for the WPIAL wrestling team tournaments which are scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon and Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta compete in the 138-pound bout during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Kiski Area High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for Feb. 9, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church (leftt) works against Canon-McMillan’s Jacob Houpt at 120 pounds during their match on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Waynesburg Central High School. Waynesburg won, 48-13.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling team rankings for Feb. 9, 2021
Here’s a look at the latest Trib HSSN wrestling team rankings through Feb. 8, 2021:

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado beats Mt. Pleasant’s Noah Gnibus in the 172-pound bout during WPIAL AA team sectionals Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at Valley High School.
Burrell, Waynesburg set to defend WPIAL wrestling titles as brackets are revealed
Waynesburg (Class AAA) and Burrell (Class AA) were seeded No. 1 in their classifications for the WPIAL wrestling team tournaments which are scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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Connellsville’s Mason Prinkey looks to keep Thomas Jefferson’s Nathan Krutules down in the WPIAL Class AAA, Section 2 wrestling finals Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.
Connellsville wrestling keeps WPIAL team tournament streak alive
February 8, 2021
The streak continues, and Connellsville showed what opponents have missed this season.

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Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson (top) works against Canon-McMillan’s Tyler Soule at 145 pounds during their match on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Waynesburg Centra High School. Waynesburg won, 48-13.
Canon-McMillan, Butler latest to opt out of wrestling team postseason
Two more Class AAA wrestling teams pulled out of the WPIAL team postseason, which begins Monday with the section tournaments.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Thompson and Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler compete in the 152-pound bout during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at Kiski Area High School.
Franklin Regional wrestling pulls out of Section 1 tournament; Plum steps in
February 7, 2021
Franklin Regional became the second wrestling team to pull out of the WPIAL team postseason, which is scheduled to begin Monday with section tournaments.

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Kiski Area’s Brayden Roscosky and Belle Vernon’s Logan Hoffman compete in the 189-pound bout during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Kiski Area High School.
Burrell’s Corrado wins showdown; Kiski Area’s Roscosky wins 3rd Westmoreland wrestling title
February 6, 2021
When Kiski Area junior Enzo Morlacci won the Powerade Tournament on Jan. 30, he was disappointed Burrell senior A.J. Corrado couldn’t wrestle because the coronavirus had shut down the Buccaneers’ program for 10 days.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Thompson and Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler compete in the 152-pound bout during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Kiski Area High School.
Franklin Regional wrestlers win 4 county titles; Panthers take team championship
In an event that featured several marquee matchups, Franklin Regional stole the show during Saturday’s finals at the Westmoreland County Wrestling Tournament.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jamison Poklembo (red) works for a pin against Penn-Trafford’s Brett Hampton at 132 pounds.
Talented underclassmen looking to make noise at Westmoreland County Wrestling Tournament
February 5, 2021
Because of the coronavirus, high school athletics are a lot different this year.

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Hempfield’s Isaiah Vance (left) wrestles Malvern Prep’s Cole Derry (right) in the 285-pound weight class final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30, 2021, at Monroeville Convention Center.
Undefeated Hempfield wrestling pulls out of WPIAL team postseason
February 4, 2021
The Hempfield wrestling team has elected to not participate in the Section 2-AAA team tournament next week and, therefore, will not be eligible for the WPIAL team tournament.

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Hempfield heavyweight Isaiah Vance (left) is one of five wrestlers in the field who have won a pair of Westmoreland County titles.
Westmoreland County wrestling tournament will have different look
February 2, 2021
There will be a Westmoreland County Wrestling Tournament this weekend.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Connellsville’s Mason Prinkey last year at states.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Franklin Regional stays hot
Franklin Regional maintained its hold on the No. 4 position in the Class AAA Trib HSSN team wrestling rankings by winning the North Allegheny Duals on Jan. 30.

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church (right) works against Canon-McMillan’s Jacob Houpt at 120 pounds during their match on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Waynesburg Central High School. Waynesburg won, 48-13.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for Feb. 2, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Seneca Valley’s Chanz Sheaer wrestles Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson in the 145-pound weight class final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30, 2021, at Monroeville Convention Center.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling team rankings for Feb. 2, 2021
Here’s a look at the latest Trib HSSN wrestling team rankings through Feb. 1, 2021:

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson (3) drives to the basket Jan. 25 as Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman defends.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Girls basketball team runs into No. 1 North Allegheny
January 31, 2021
Penn-Trafford girls basketball coach John Giannikas was honored before the Jan. 25 game against North Allegheny for winning his 200th game.

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Hayden Coy is a freshman member of the 2020-21 wrestling team at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford’s Hayden Coy following in brothers’ footsteps
When part of a successful wrestling family, there is plenty of advice to go around.

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Greater Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary (top) wrestles Waynesburg’s Joseph Simon (bottom) in the 113-pound final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30, 2021.
Kilkeary, Vance, Morlacci claim Powerade wrestling titles
January 30, 2021
Like many high school athletes, Latrobe sophomore Vinny Kilkeary is just happy to be competing this season.

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Latrobe’s Kilkeary rolls into Powerade finals
Latrobe freshman Vinny Kilkeary is looking for his first Powerade Tournament title, and he reached the finals Saturday night with two impressive wins in the morning and afternoon session.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon wrestles Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps in the 126-pound final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament last season.
Franklin Regional wrestling sets sights on section title
The Franklin Regional wrestling team hasn’t won a section title for more than five years, but the Panthers have put themselves in position to end that streak.

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Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher wrestles Thomas Jefferson’s Michael Zacur in a 152-pound bout during the Powerade wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at Monroeville Convention Center.
Powerade schedule adjusted
January 29, 2021
There will be a change in schedule at the Powerade Tournament on Saturday.

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Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta beats Waynesburg’s Nate Jones in a 138 pound bout during the Powerade wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at Monroeville Convention Center.
Hempfield sophomore wrestler Kapusta coming of age, gets 2 quick pins at Powerade
If you’re looking for a wrestler who is beginning to attract attention this season, look no further than Hempfield sophomore Lucas Kapusta.

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Norwin’s John Altieri reverses Northern York’s Cole Bartram in a 145-pound bout during the Powerade wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at Monroeville Convention Center.
Mt. Pleasant freshman Shaulis starts strong at Powerade tournament
Mt. Pleasant freshman Greg Shaulis didn’t stick around to watch his brother Lucas wrestle Friday afternoon at the Powerade wrestling tournament.

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Burrell pulls out of Powerade Tournament
January 28, 2021
A second WPIAL team has been forced to pull out of the Powerade Tournament.

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Hempfield junior Briar Priest controls Latrobe sophomore Nate Roth in a battle of top wrestlers at 132 Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Priest held on for a 6-5 win.
Hempfield’s Briar Priest tops Latrobe’s Nate Roth to lift Spartans
January 26, 2021
The top wrestlers in the WPIAL at 132 pounds met for the first time Tuesday, and the two walked away knowing this likely won’t be the last time they meet this season.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon controls Trenton Donahue of DuBois last year at states.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Waynesburg, Seneca Valley grapplers eye 2nd Powerade titles
Waynesburg sophomore Mac Church and Seneca Valley senior Alejandro Herrera-Rondon are the only WPIAL wrestlers looking for their second Powerade Tournament titles this weekend.

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Derry Area’s Ty Cymmerman pins Latrobe’s Payton Henry in 3:07 at 152 pounds on Jan. 18. Joe Makara is the official.
WPIAL wrestling standings through Jan. 25, 2021
Class AAA

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Burrell’s Nico Ferra (top) works against Valley’s Ryan Long at 126 pounds on Jan. 20.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling team rankings for Jan. 26, 2021
Class AAA

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest struggles to stay on the mat against Waynesburg’s Mac Church at the 2019 Powerade tournament.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for Jan. 26, 2021
Class AAA

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Penn-Trafford shooters, from left, Jonathan French, Daniel Newsom, Ben DiMatteo, Becca Mills, and Kyle Dynys, compete during a 2020-21 rifle match.
Penn-Trafford rifle team continues growing, finding success
January 24, 2021
The Penn-Trafford co-ed rifle team has come a long way in a short time.

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Penn-Trafford girls basketball coach John Giannikas won his 200th game Jan. 18.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Girls basketball coach reaches milestone with win over Norwin
Penn-Trafford girls’ basketball coach John Giannikas took over a struggling program in 2006-07.

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South Allegheny’s Omar Faulker pulls down a rebound over Ligonier Valley’s Miles Higgins during their game on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at Ligonier Valley High School.
South Allegheny spoils Ligonier Valley’s return to WPIAL
January 22, 2021
Ligonier Valley’s return to the WPIAL in basketball sure didn’t turn out the way it hoped Friday.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Ben Monn of Cumberland Valley at last year’s state tournament.
Kiski Duals to feature WPIAL wrestling’s heavy hitters
January 21, 2021
About the only thing Kiski Area athletic director John Peterman hasn’t changed this past month is his last name, and that may change.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest pins Norwin’s Nathan Campbell in the second period at 132 pounds Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
Quick start pushes Hempfield wrestling past Norwin
January 20, 2021
Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine couldn’t have asked for a better starting point on Wednesday in his team’s WPIAL Section 2B-AAA first-place showdown with Norwin.

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Jeannette boys zone out Clairton in bounce-back performance
January 19, 2021
Jeannette bounced back from a stunning road loss last Friday by knocking off a football rival on Tuesday.

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Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman wrestles Greensburg Salem’s John Meyers in the 220-pound weight class at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship last season.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for Jan. 19, 2021
Team rankings

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Mt. Pleasant’s Noah Gnibus struggles over Norwin’s John Altieri in the 138-pound weight class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Westmoreland wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Altieri reaches 100-win milestone
Norwin senior wrestler John Altieri reached the 100-win mark in his career by winning his weight class at the Mid-Winter Mayhem.

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Latrobe’s Nate Roth pins Norwin’s Nate Campbell during the 132-pound weight class bout Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at Norwin High School.
Latrobe’s Roth back to full strength after shoulder injury
Nate Roth was on the verge of qualifying for a trip to Hershey during the 2020 WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nate Loughner celebrates a goal Nico Martucci (93) and Ryan Crombie (18) during their game against Latrobe on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Penn-Trafford hockey set to return after long layoff
January 17, 2021
It’s been more than a month since the Penn-Trafford hockey team played a game, but the Warriors (4-1) were scheduled to be back on this ice this week against Franklin Regional.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman is fouled by Sto-Rox’s Asia Harper on Dec. 11.
Off to good start, Penn-Trafford girls basketball in middle of tough stretch of schedule
When Penn-Trafford girls basketball coach John Giannikas talked about his team prior to the start of season Dec. 9, he felt confident his squad could compete in Section 1-6A.

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Longtime Hempfield track coach Roger Sullenberger died Wednesday at age 75.
Roger Sullenberger, coach with encyclopedic knowledge of Hempfield track, dies at age 75
January 16, 2021
Roger Sullenberger was a math teacher at Hempfield, but if anyone wanted to know the history of the school’s track program, Sully was the guy to go to.

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Fox Chapel players warm up before facing Norwin on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
Yofan’s free throw lifts Fox Chapel over Norwin
January 15, 2021
Fox Chapel senior Eli Yofan didn’t have one of his typical games Friday.

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Norwin’s A.J. Hewitt pins Greater Latrobe’s Vincent Leone during the 145-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at Norwin High School.
No. 10 Norwin wrestling opens season by upending No. 4 Latrobe
January 13, 2021
Norwin’s wrestling team made quite a statement Wednesday night in their Class 3A Section 2-B opener.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc is congratulated after winning a Class AA PIAA wrestling championship last season.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Covid protocols shut down Waynesburg
January 12, 2021
No. 1 Waynesburg got off to a fast start to the season by defeating Chartiers Valley, 65-3, in a Section 4-A match.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest watches coaches demonstrate technique at practice Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.
Now wrestling at a more appropriate weight, Hempfield’s Priest eyes states
Hempfield junior Briar Priest easily could have been a two-time PIAA qualifier and possible placewinner.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout, left, and Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer prepare for their bouts at last year’s PIAA wrestling tournament.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for Jan. 12, 2021
Team rankings

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman competes in the 2019 Eastern Area Invitational.
Penn-Trafford wrestling coach looking forward to revamped schedule
January 10, 2021
In a normal year, high school wrestling teams would have already competed in numerous tournaments.

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Penn-Trafford’s Josh Kaplin (above) scores past North Allegheny’s Matt McDonough Dec. 11, 2020 at Penn-Trafford High School. Penn-Trafford’s Ben Myers scores over North Allegheny’s Ethan Lake and Robby Jones.
Penn-Trafford boys look to build off strong start to season
Penn-Trafford boys basketball coach Doug Kelly learned a lot about his team during its first game of the season back on Dec. 11.

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Yofan scores 34 to lead Fox Chapel boys basketball past Hempfield
January 8, 2021
It didn’t look like Fox Chapel senior Eli Yofan sat around doing nothing the past month.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert (right) and Penn-Trafford’s Boaz Chisko compete in the Eastern Area Invitational last season.
WPIAL wrestling notes: Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert stayed sharp during break
January 7, 2021
High school athletes will be allowed to return to competition Friday after sitting idle for nearly a month.

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Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee acknowledges the crowd after winning against Kiski Area’s Noah Levett in the 126-pound finals of the 2017 WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships.
Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s filled with multiple-time state champs in Class AAA
January 5, 2021
Over the past week, Trib HSSN has polled fans to pick the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s. Today, staff writer Paul Schofield makes his selections for Class AAA.

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Burrell’s Joe Makara celebrates his second state title at the 2003 PIAA Class AA wrestling tournament.
All-time greats highlight Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s in Class AA
January 4, 2021
Over the past week, Trib HSSN has polled fans to pick the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s. Today, staff writer Paul Schofield makes his selections.

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Jeannette’s A.J. Graves (top) battles Valley’s Logan Downes during the 171-pound championship match at the 2005 PIAA Class AA wrestling championships.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Balloting results
January 3, 2021
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Monday, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer reacts after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship during the 2019 PIAA wrestling tournament.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AA upper weights
January 2, 2021
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Canon-McMillan’s Cody Wiercioch looks to score on DuBois’ Tom Sleigh during their 170-pound quarterfinal at the 2013 PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AAA upper weights
January 1, 2021
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Shady Side Academy’s Dane Johnson controls Benton’s Eric Hess in a 112-pound match at the 2007 PIAA Class AA wrestling championships.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AA middle weights
December 31, 2020
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Shaler’s Troy Letters scores back points on Jason Woodall of Pittston Area during the 152-pound finals at the 2000 PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships at Hersheypark Arena.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AAA middle weights
December 30, 2020
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Derry’s Jimmy Gulibon (right) works to turn Blair Academy’s Maxwell Hvolbek during the 126-pound championship bout at the 2011 Powerade tournament.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AA lower weights
December 29, 2020
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps paces the sidelines before competing in the 132-pound weight class final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestling notebook: Alternative tournament announced after cancellations
December 28, 2020
Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling recently announced the 2021 junior high and elementary state tournaments, along with Area tournaments, have been canceled because of the ongoing pandemic.

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Franklin Regional’s Nico Megaludis looks to score on Monsignor Bonner’s Nick Bongard during the 2010 PIAA Class AAA tournament at 119 pounds.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AAA lower weights
Since high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Chad Coss directs a Waynesburg football practice Aug. 20. He died Monday.
Waynesburg community mourns death of football coach Chad Coss
December 21, 2020
Devastating is the word West Greene athletic director Bill Simms used to describe the sudden death of Waynesburg football coach and close friend Chad Coss on Monday.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cadence Peters drives to the basket past Freeport’s Melaina Dezort (34) last season.
Greensburg Salem shuts down athletics until Jan. 26
December 18, 2020
Greensburg Salem athletes received some sobering news Friday when the school district announced that all sports will be halted until Jan 26.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc celebrates his victory over Aiden Lewis of Cedar Cliff in the finals of the state tournament last season. Hempfield was entered in the Powerade tournament before it was rescheduled.
New dates set for Powerade, Southmoreland wrestling tournaments
December 17, 2020
The Powerade Holiday Tournament has a new date.

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Austin Prokopec is a returning state qualifer for the Penn-Trafford swim team.
Standard stays the same for Penn-Trafford swim teams
December 13, 2020
Dave Babik has been coaching the Penn-Trafford swimming teams for 30 years, and the team’s expectations haven’t changed.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Ben Monn of Cumberland Valley in the 113-pound consolation final at the state tournament last season.
Franklin Regional wrestlers have firepower to contend
Franklin Regional won consecutive WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA team wrestling titles in 2014 and 2015, and it reached the semifinals in 2017.

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Penn Trafford quarterback Ethan Carr throws during practice on Sept. 10.
Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr named Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Player of the Year
December 12, 2020
When Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane asked Ethan Carr to switch positions during his sophomore season, there were no objections.

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Jeannette’s Brad Birch
2020 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Football All-Stars
First team

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Kaufman fights off a takedown attempt by Southmoreland’s Andrew Johnson at 138 pounds on Friday, Dec. 11.
Greensburg Salem wrestling downs Southmoreland in match before hiatus
December 11, 2020
When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf decided to put high school and recreational youth athletics on a three-week hiatus and the Monroeville Mat Madness wrestling tournament was canceled, Southmoreland athletic director and wrestling coach Dan Boring went to work.

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Hempfield coach Vince DeAugustine instructs wrestlers during practice on Dec. 7, 2020, at Hempfield.
Hempfield could emerge as top contender to Waynesburg’s throne on WPIAL Class AAA mats
December 9, 2020
Is there any team in the WPIAL that can defeat No. 1-ranked Waynesburg?

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Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer wrestles Bethlehem Catholic’s Matt Lackman in the 152-pound quarterfinal at the state tournament last season.
Class AAA wrestlers to watch on WPIAL mats this season
Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional

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Waynesburg’s Cole Homet pins Cathedral Prep’s Steffan Lynch in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals last season.
Teams to watch in WPIAL Class AAA wrestling this season
No. 1 — Waynesburg

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South Park’s Joey Fischer, left, wrestles against Gary Steen of Reynolds in the 113-pound Class AA final at the state tournament last season.
Class AA wrestlers to watch on WPIAL mats this season
December 8, 2020
WPIAL Class AA wrestlers to watch

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt is a returning state runner-up.
Teams to watch in WPIAL Class AA wrestling this season
Preseason top 10 WPIAL Class AA wrestling teams:

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman waits to take the mat at last year’s state tournament in Hershey.
Led by 3-time WPIAL champ, Derry wrestlers gunning for playoff return
As the Derry wrestling team prepares to open the season Saturday, the district and coach Mike Weinell have one common theme: Don’t look too far ahead.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman waits to take to the mats in consolations in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Coaches have mixed feeling about PIAA wrestling proposals
December 6, 2020
Wrestling coaches around Westmoreland County had mixed feelings about the PIAA’s proposal for how to handle postseason tournaments amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran won the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles this season.
Moon’s Mia Cochran named Pa. Track and Field Coaches Association Runner of the Year
Mia Cochran came minutes away from not defending her WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles.

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Penn-Trafford’s Allie Prady shoots in front of Latrobe’s Camille Dominik as Penn-Trafford’s Kenzie Powell (15) and Latrobe’s Emma Blair (42) anticipate the ball Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in WPIAL basketball at Greater Latrobe High School.
Penn-Trafford girls basketball ready for challenge in move to Class 6A
December 5, 2020
There will be a new set of challenges for the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team this season, and it has nothing to do with the coronavirus.

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Penn-Trafford’s Josh Kapcin (30) drives toward the net against Central Catholic in boys’ WPIAL basketball playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 at Norwin High School.
Familiar face leads Penn-Trafford boys basketball into season
When Penn-Trafford district officials went searching for a new boys basketball coach after Jim Rocco resigned following five seasons, they were looking for someone familiar with the program.

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Ongoing pandemic means changes to high school wrestling season in WPIAL, state
December 4, 2020
There could be massive changes to high school wrestling this season because of the ongoing pandemic.

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New Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach Emily Daugherty played her college ball at Lock Haven.
Emily Daugherty hired as Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach in unanimous vote
December 2, 2020
It’s official. Emily Daugherty is the new Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach.

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Jeannette head coach Roy Hall shares a laugh with former head coach Joe Mucci before their WPIAL Class AA game against Serra Catholic at McKee Stadium on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in Jeannette.
Beloved Jeannette football coach Joe Mucci dies of coronavirus at age 86
December 1, 2020
Joseph G. Mucci was a legendary football coach in Westmoreland County.

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Ligonier Valley’s Haley Boyd and Carol Woods
Girls basketball preview: Coaching hire coming soon for improving Ligonier Valley
When Tim Gustin became the Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach a month ago, he hoped the district’s school board picked the right person to replace him as girls coach.

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Matthew Marinchak is one of two returning starters for Ligonier Valley.
Boys basketball preview: Ligonier Valley readies for WPIAL
A little more than a month ago, Tim Gustin was preparing the Ligonier Valley girls for their return to the WPIAL after 40 years.

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Toby Cline is among the returning starters for the Jeannette boys basketball team.
Boys basketball preview: Jeannette has deep, experienced roster, hopes to avoid slow start
November 29, 2020
If the Jeannette boys basketball team can duplicate the success of the football team, then the Jayhawks could be looking at a long season.

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Jeannette coach Jonathan Bass enters his third season leading the team.
Girls basketball preview: Jeannette ready to make WPIAL playoff push
When Jonathan Bass took over the Jeannette girls basketball program in 2018, he was hoping to have things turned around in three years.

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Jeannette’s Roberto Smith Sr. reacts after throwing an interception during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Steelton-Highspire on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette football turns season of distractions into memorable run
The Jeannette football team experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat during the 2020 season.

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Jeannette’s James Sanders (4) and Toby Cline (6) leave the field next to Kaelan Piscar after accepting the PIAA Class A runner-up trophy on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, following a 32-20 loss to Steelton-Highspire in the state championship game at Hersheypark Stadium.
2 interception returns lift Steelton-Highspire past Jeannette in PIAA Class A football final
November 27, 2020
HERSHEY — Steelton-Highspire did to Jeannette what the Jayhawks did to opponents all season: get defensive scores.

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Jeannette’s Emilio Huerta drops Reynolds punter Roco John-Daniello for a loss on a badly snapped punt during the PIAA Class A semifinals Nov. 20, 2020, at Reynolds High School.
Jeannette defense hopes to continue causing havoc in PIAA title game
November 26, 2020
One more gigantic test remains for the Jeannette football team.

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Jeannette’s Roberto Smith (5) runs the ball against in a playoff game against Rochester.
Perennial PIAA powers clash when Jeannette, Steelton-Highspire meet for Class A title
November 25, 2020
Two of the winningest teams in the state will play for the PIAA Class A title Friday.

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Jeannette’s Brett Birch (7) rushes the ball against Avella on Oct. 30.
PIAA Class A football championship preview: Jeannette vs. Steelton-Highspire
No. 2 Jeannette vs. No. 1 Steelton-Highspire

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Derry’s Tiana Moracco drives past Freedom defender Jules Mohrbacher in a playoff game last season.
Girls basketball preview: Veteran coach hopes young Derry roster can build on success
November 24, 2020
Things couldn’t have gone much better last season for Derry girls basketball coach Gene Brisbane, who took over a program in flux.

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Derry’s Ryan Bushey is surrounded by Belle Vernon defenders during a playoff game last season.
Boys basketball preview: Derry faces long road trips, tough competition in new section
When Derry boys basketball coach Tom Esposito stepped into the gymnasium on Monday, he didn’t know what to expect.

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Jeannette football players will wear a decal on their helmets to honor the sister-in-law of coach Roy Hall, who died of covid-19 on Sunday.
Jeannette football team to honor coach’s sister-in-law who died of covid-19
November 23, 2020
As Jeannette’s football team prepares for Friday’s PIAA Class A Championship game against Steelton-Highspire, coach Roy Hall is dealing with the death of his beloved sister-in-law.

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Jeannette quarterback Roberto Smith Jr. throws against Reynolds in the first half during the PIAA Class A semifinals at Reynolds High School.
Jeannette, state-final opponent Steelton-Highspire have rich histories
November 22, 2020
How did you spend your Saturday afternoon?

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Penn Trafford senior Hannah Ondulich was a two-year starter.
Penn-Trafford field hockey gaining ground on PIAA competition
Since Cindy Dutt took over the Penn-Trafford field hockey program, the gap between her team and teams in Eastern Pennsylvania has shrunk.

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Jeannette’s Brett Birch takes out Reynolds’ Jalen Wagner in the second quarter during the PIAA Class A semifinals Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at Reynolds High School.
Jeannette uses huge second half to roll Reynolds, wrap up trip to state finals
November 20, 2020
TRANSFER — Reynolds played Jeannette tough in the first half of Friday’s PIAA Class A semifinal.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Breitkreutz dives for the ball in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals against DuBois on Tuesday.
Franklin Regional volleyball on cusp of first state title
It’s been a season of firsts for the Franklin Regional girls volleyball team.

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Ligonier Valley head coach John Berger talks with an official after Michael Marinchak was ejected from the game following a double technical foul during the 2019 Heritage Conference championship against West Shamokin.
John Berger resigns as Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach
November 19, 2020
Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach John Berger recently resigned, athletic director Wesley Siko said.

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Jeannette’s defense has 26 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries this season. The Jayhawks also have scored 12 touchdowns on interception, fumble, kick or punt returns.
Jeannette defense ready for PIAA semifinal test against Reynolds’ rushing attack
The first thing Jeannette football coach Roy Hall told his players at Monday’s practice was to forget about winning the WPIAL title.

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Kyle Martin has been hired as the new Norwin wrestling coach for the 2020 season.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Norwin hires coach with college, national team experience
November 18, 2020
Norwin has a new wrestling coach.

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Franklin Regional’s Renee Baldy celebrates a point against DuBois on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Franklin Regional High School.
Aly Kindelberger delivers for Franklin Regional volleyball in state semifinals
November 17, 2020
Franklin Regional senior Aly Kindelberger was delivering cake pops to her teammates after Tuesday’s PIAA Class 3A semifinal match against DuBois.

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Jeannette’s Brad Birch (12) throws against Clairton on Saturday.
Jeannette freshman QB Brad Birch likely out for Friday’s state playoff game
Jeannette freshman quarterback Brad Birch probably won’t play in Friday’s PIAA Class A semifinal game against Reynolds.

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Franklin Regional faces well-rested DuBois in PIAA Class 3A volleyball semifinals
November 16, 2020
It’s been an unusual and crazy fall sports season because of covid-19.

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Jeannette’s Jayden Canady (21) rushes the ball pursued by Clairton’s Christian Jenko (10) during their game on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
After ‘unbelievable’ win against Clairton, Jeannette must turn focus to next opponent
November 15, 2020
It took a day, but Jeannette football coach Roy Hall started to recognize what his team accomplished Saturday in the WPIAL Class A championship game.

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Penn-Trafford athletes, from left, Allie Prady (Fairmont State softball), Joe MacIntosh (Cal U baseball), Emma Little (Bloomsburg softball), Tyler Hoover (Canisius baseball), Brooke Cleland (Seton Hill softball) and Claire Tylka (Elizabethtown field hockey) made college commitments Nov. 11, 2020.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hockey team opens with win
Penn-Trafford opened the 2020-21 season Nov. 5 by defeating Mars, 3-2, in Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League action.

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Penn Trafford’s Chase Vecchio attempts to pull in a pass against Pine Richland on Nov. 6.
Penn-Trafford football season ends a little earlier than hoped
Penn-Trafford’s football season ended a little earlier than it planned.

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall is drenched in water after the Jayhawks’ 45-14 win over Clairton.
Jeannette adds 10th WPIAL title to trophy case
November 14, 2020
The winningest football program in the WPIAL added another prize to its trophy case.

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Jeannette celebrates after beating Clairton 45-14 following their game on Nov. 14, 2020.
Jeannette punishes Clairton in shocking WPIAL championship blowout
Jeannette captured the 10th WPIAL title in school history by shocking No. 1 Clairton, 45-14, in the Class A championship game Saturday at North Hills’ Martorelli Stadium.

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall talks to his team at practice Friday, Nov. 13 before a WPIAL Class A championship game matchup with Clairton.
Family atmosphere on coaching staff helps Jeannette stay successful
November 13, 2020
There is something special about being a football coach at Jeannette.

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Clairton players celebrate during their WPIAL Class A semifinal playoff game against Shenango last week.
WPIAL Class A football championship breakdown: Clairton vs. Jeannette
November 12, 2020
No. 3 Jeannette (8-1) vs. No. 1 Clairton (8-0)

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Jeannette’s Toby Cline scores a fourth-quarter touchdown past Clairton’s Andre Henderson on Sept. 11.
Clairton, Jeannette at it again in WPIAL Class A championship game
Before Jeannette and Clairton met in the first game of the season Sept. 11, Clairton coach Wayne Wade made two predictions.

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Ashley Feorene (2) and Aly Kindelberger (9) led Franklin Regional to its first WPIAL title in volleyball this season.
Fresh off program’s first WPIAL title, Franklin Regional volleyball heads into state playoffs
November 11, 2020
This has been a year of firsts for the Franklin Regional girls volleyball team.

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Jeannette’s Toby Cline holds up a completed pass during its WPIAL Class A semifinal at Rochester on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.
Jeannette turns page on Rochester win, focuses on Clairton rematch
November 8, 2020
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall gave his team permission to enjoy Friday’s convincing win at Rochester in the WPIAL Class A semifinals until Saturday.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran at the 2019 PIAA cross country championships in Hershey.
Moon’s Cochran, Shenango’s Medvit claim PIAA cross country titles
November 7, 2020
Mia Cochran and Carmen Medvit captured PIAA cross country championships Saturday in Hershey.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith (26) tackles Penn-Trafford’s Mason Frye (6) during their game on Oct. 23, 2020.
Franklin Regional football finds positives in challenging season
If Greg Botta has his choice, he’d be preparing his Franklin Regional football team for a playoff game instead of cleaning his condominium in Myrtle Beach.

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Jeannette’s Toby Cline (6) holds up a completed pass during their game at Rochester High School on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.
Jeannette takes down Rochester, gets rematch with Clairton in WPIAL title game
November 6, 2020
Jeannette coach Roy Hall told his team the key to defeating Rochester was controlling the line of scrimmage.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar celebrates a kill with Mia Tuman during the Tigers’ match against Pine-Richland on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in McCandless.
WPIAL girls volleyball finals preview: GCC looks to end Bishop Canevin’s title run
Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls volleyball team hasn’t been in the WPIAL Class A championship since 2016.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer runs ahead of Serra Catholic’s Maya Poziviak in the WPIAL Class A girls cross country championship Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at White Oak Park.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer eyes PIAA championship
Greensburg Central Catholic junior Corinn Brewer didn’t know why she tightened up at the WPIAL Class A cross country championships Oct. 28 at White Oak Park.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Olivia Kruger, at right, hoists the trophy after her team defeated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer championship at Gateway Senior High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer wins WPIAL championship
November 5, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls soccer team has had a relatively easy path through the season.

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Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman
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Jeannette’s Brad Birch will face Rochester in the WPIAL semis.
Old school meets new school when Rochester, Jeannette collide
Two traditional Class A powers square off Friday in the WPIAL football semifinals, each using different philosophies on offense.

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GCC headed to volleyball finals after beating Beaver County Christian
November 4, 2020
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team is headed back to the WPIAL Class A championship for the first time since 2016.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Hannah Nelson works against Springdale’s Georgia Dale during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at Norwin.
OLSH girls soccer looks to slow down high-scoring GCC in WPIAL title game
When Greensburg Central Catholic collides with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer championship Thursday at Gateway, it will be a battle of opposites.

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The Greater Latrobe girls tennis team strikes a pose with the WPIAL Class AAA championship trophy after defeating Upper St. Clair on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Bethel Park High School.
Latrobe girls tennis savors historic run to state finals
November 3, 2020
Latrobe girls tennis coach Chad Kissell thought early on this might be a special year for his team.

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Bethany Winnor scored twice to turn a 2-2 game into a 4-2 Greensburg Central Catholic lead against South Side in the WPIAL Class A semifinals Monday.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls overcome slow start, rout South Side
November 2, 2020
It didn’t take the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team long to find out that South Side came to play Monday in the WPIAL Class A semifinals at Norwin.

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Dan Obremski plays during the final round of the Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Invitational July 1, 2020 at the Pittsburgh Field Club.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Alumnus gets golf modeling gig
November 1, 2020
Penn-Trafford grad and professional golfer Dan Obremski has added modeling to his resume.

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Penn-Trafford’s Damian Dynys and Latrobe’s Colten McCutcheon battle for the puck at Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg last season.
Penn-Trafford hockey putting pieces in place for return to playoffs
Penn-Trafford hockey coach Chris Cerutti has been busy this fall.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Chartiers Valley on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Many happy returns for Belle Vernon, Jeannette, Penn-Trafford
October 31, 2020
One thing the three remaining high school football teams from Westmoreland County have in common is their abilities to score points in a variety of ways.

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Franklin Regional’s Jake Rettger (34) and Hampton’s Ryan Koprivnikar (92) compete Oct. 1, 2019, at Center Ice Arena.
Franklin Regional hockey ready to rebound after missing postseason
Franklin Regional missed the 2019-20 PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs by one point.

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Jeannette’s James Sanders (4) rushes for a touchdown against Avella on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Jeannette makes quick work of Avella in WPIAL Class A opening round
October 30, 2020
If Jeannette coach Roy Hall was worried his players were looking ahead, they made sure early on Friday night to ease his mind.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran wins her second WPIAL Class AAA cross country championship.
After last-minute test result, Moon’s Mia Cochran defends WPIAL Class AAA cross country title
Mia Cochran almost didn’t get a chance to defend her WPIAL Class AAA girls cross country title.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli (5) rushes the ball tackled by Franklin Regional’s during their game Oct. 23.
Potent offenses highlight Class 5A showdown between Penn-Trafford, Upper St. Clair
October 29, 2020
Some of the best matchups in the WPIAL football playoffs can occur in the opening round.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Maloney
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Winchester Thurston’s Patrick Malone wins the boys A WPIAL XC Championship Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at White Oak Park.
Shenango senior captures second WPIAL Class A cross country crown
October 28, 2020
Shenango senior Carmen Medvit captured her second WPIAL Class A cross country championship Wednesday by breezing to a victory at White Oak Park.

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Shenango’s Carmen Medvit wins the WPIAL Class A girls cross country championship Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at White Oak Park.
GCC’s Corinn Brewer, Riverview’s Mason Ochs take second at WPIAL Class A cross country meet
Corinn Brewer knew early. Wednesday wasn’t going to be her day.

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Runners participate in the WPIAL Class AA cross country championships at White Oak Park on Oct. 28, 2020.
WPIAL moves Class AAA cross country to Friday
The WPIAL announced that Thursday’s WPIAL Class AAA Cross Country Championship has been moved to Friday because of a possibility of heavy rain.

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Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson wins the girls AA Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championships Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at White Oak Park.
WPIAL cross country championships to feature numerous changes
October 27, 2020
One thing is for certain this fall in high school sports: Things are a lot different because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team poses with the runner-up trophy at the Class AA PIAA team tournament Monday.
WPIAL golfers settle for silver at state team championships
October 26, 2020
Sometimes your best just isn’t enough.

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Penn-Trafford head coach Denny Little talks to his team at the end of a 2019 practice.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Denny Little named PIAA softball coach of the year
October 25, 2020
The PIAA announced Oct. 21 the National Federation of High Schools 2019-20 state coaches of the year.

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Franklin Regional’s Brooke Horvath plays against Penn-Trafford Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at Murrysville Golf Club.
Franklin Regional golfer Brooke Horvath finished senior season on high note
The Franklin Regional girls golf team won its first section title in 13 seasons and senior Brooke Horvath was one of the reasons the team went 10-1 and played in the WPIAL Class AAA team championship.

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Mt. Pleasant Area’s Aaron Alakson runs for a fourth-quarter touchdown against Elizabeth Forward on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant pleased, not surprised to be in WPIAL football playoffs
October 24, 2020
When Mt. Pleasant football coach Jason Fazekas left South Park on Friday, the Vikings’ loss to the Eagles didn’t sit well with him.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maya Roman defends Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman last season.
Penn-Trafford girls soccer team plays through challenging season
It has been a challenging and unusual season for the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team.

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Jeannette players take a knee before a game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
Jeannette wins seventh straight against Greensburg Central Catholic
October 23, 2020
Jeannette’s dominance of this past decade and in the series against Greensburg Central Catholic continued Friday.

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Butler’s CJ Singleton crosses the finish line in the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at White Oak Park.
North Allegheny takes team titles at Tri-State cross country meet
October 22, 2020
With the WPIAL Cross Country Championships less than a week away, the Tri-State Track Coaches Association annual meet serves a test run for some of the top athletes in each classification.

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Franklin Regional’s Mario Sarnic (6) rushes the ball against Latrobe during their game on Oct. 16.
Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional set for border battle
It doesn’t matter what the records are. When Penn-Trafford and Franklin Regional meet on the football field, expect a great game.

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Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson wins the girls Class AA Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championships Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at White Oak Park.
Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson wins Tri-State Track Coaches Association Class AA title
October 21, 2020
Belle Vernon senior Grace Henderson keeps herself busy on the playing field and in the classroom.

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Franklin Regional’s Chuck Tragesser lines up his putt on No. 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Franklin Regional’s Tragesser finishes 2nd at PIAA golf championship
October 20, 2020
Franklin Regional senior Chuck Tragesser ended his high school individual golf career by finishing second at the PIAA Class AAA championship Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.

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Waynesburg’s Cole Homet pins Cathedral Prep’s Steffan Lynch in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals Feb. 7, 2020, in Hershey.
Waynesburg wrestlers earn wins at all-star exhibition
October 19, 2020
It was quite a performance by WPIAL wrestlers in the first True Power and PA Power Wrestling exhibition on Saturday in Tyrone.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno lines up a putt at the WPIAL tournament.
WPIAL has numerous place winners, no champions at Class AA state golf tournament
Rockwood senior Vileska Gelpi lost the PIAA Class A girls individual championship in a playoff in 2019.

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Penn-Trafford’s Alex Turowski shot 71 at the WPIAL Class AAA team semifinals.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors golfers come up short in semifinals
October 18, 2020
Penn-Trafford senior Alex Turowski shot a 1-under par 71 at the WPIAL Class AAA team semifinals, but it wasn’t enough help the team advance to the WPIAL team championship Oct. 15.

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Aaron Alakson and Mt. Pleasant will need to defeat South Park this week to ensure a spot in the WPIAL playoffs.
More uncertainty than usual surrounds WPIAL football playoff picture
October 17, 2020
There is a week left in the high school football season, and there is a lot of uncertainty about the playoffs.

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Franklin Regional’s Hannah Yan was runner-up at the section singles tournament this season.
Franklin Regional girls tennis reaches goals
Franklin Regional’s girls tennis team enjoyed another good season.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Charles Buchina causes Mt. Pleasant’s Robbie Labuda to fumble Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Elizabeth Forward uses big-play offense to escape Mt. Pleasant with victory
October 16, 2020
Friday’s first-place showdown in the WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference was decided by big plays.

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Penn-Trafford’s Hannah Ondulich plays against Fox Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Penn-Trafford field hockey aiming for perfection
The Penn-Trafford field hockey team has won four consecutive WPIAL Class AA titles.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer wins the girls Westmoreland County cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 at Westmoreland County Community College.
GCC’s Corinn Brewer, Norwin’s Alex Jubert win county cross country titles
October 15, 2020
It was a battle between a wily veteran and an up-and-coming freshman at the Westmoreland County Cross Country meet Thursday.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Donavin Bair hauls in a long pass against Southmoreland’s Jason Bloom for a touchdown in the second quarter Sept. 25 at Russ Grimm Field.
No. 3 Elizabeth Forward, No. 5 Mt. Pleasant to square off for Interstate Conference title
When Jason Fazekas took over the Mt. Pleasant football program, his goal was get the Vikings back to competing for conference titles.

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New Greensburg Salem athletic director Frank Sundry
Greensburg Salem names alumnus Frank Sundry athletic director
October 14, 2020
Greensburg Salem School District’s hired Frank Sundry as its new athletic director. The vote was 6-3.

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The sun sets on Russ Grimm Field on Sept. 25 as Southmoreland plays Mt. Pleasant.
Southmoreland calls off football game vs. Brownsville after joining covid-19 shutdown list
Add Southmoreland to the list of Westmoreland County high schools shutting down athletics because of covid-19 cases.

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The Hempfield girls cross country team finished fourth at the Bald Eagle Invitational on Oct. 3 at White Oak Park. From left are Hempfield’s Lily Schmadel (ninth), Cydney Blahovec (14th) and Kendra Winkleblech (16th).
Hempfield girls claim 3rd cross country section title, hope to run in postseason meets
October 12, 2020
Hempfield girls cross country coach Jeff Mayo was surprised to learn the Spartans had won only two section titles before the 2020 season.

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Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary reacts to defeating Tyler Kasak of Beth Catholic in the 106-weight class semifinal in AAA on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the PIAA individual state wrestling championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Wresting event to feature Pennsylvania’s best
October 11, 2020
The first True Power Wrestling tournament, sponsored by PA Power Wrestling, will feature some of the top wrestlers (high school, junior high, girls and collegiate) in the state on Oct. 17 at Tyrone.

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Penn-Trafford’s Allyson Doran battles with Latrobe’s Lauren Stanley during the WPIAL Class AA field hockey championship game last season.
Penn-Trafford volleyball beginning to rise
Penn-Trafford girls volleyball coach Jim Schall predicted he’d learn a lot about his team the last week of September.

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Penn-Trafford’s Alex Turowski sinks a birdie putt on No. 5 at Latrobe Country Club on Sept. 8, 2020.
Turowski brothers hope to lead Penn-Trafford to WPIAL golf title
Things didn’t go as planned for the Turowski brothers at the WPIAL Class AAA individual golf championships Oct. 6 at South Hills Country Club.

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Franklin Regional’s Caroline Tragesser plays against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at Murrysville Golf Club.
Franklin Regional’s Tragesser siblings reach WPIAL finals
October 10, 2020
Franklin Regional senior Chuck Tragesser has played at historic Oakmont Country Club before.

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Woodland Hills’ Deontae Williams, throwing a pass against Penn Hills earlier this season, threw two touchdown passes against Franklin Regional on Friday night.
Woodland Hills regroups, thumps Franklin Regional
Franklin Regional opened Friday’s WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference game against Woodland Hills with a trick play.

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Southmoreland’s Mason Basinger returns for the 2020 season.
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October 8, 2020
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Franklin Regional’s Trevor Brncic threw three touchdown passes against Connellsville last week.
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Penn-Trafford’s Alex Turowski chips onto the green on Hole 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Boys golf teams earn spots in WPIAL Class AAA, AA semifinals
Fox Chapel boys golf coach Bryan Deal feels the competition for the Class AAA team title will be tight next week.

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Moon’s Justin Scally watches his tee shot on No. 13 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at South Hills Country Club.
Field can’t catch Moon’s Justin Scally at WPIAL Class AAA golf championships
October 6, 2020
Moon senior Justin Scally posted a low score early at Tuesday’s WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno finishes her round at the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship on Oct. 1, 2020, at Allegheny Country Club. The GCC girls won the WPIAL AA team title on Monday.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls claim 6th straight golf title; Peters Township girls win 1st
October 5, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls golf team added another WPIAL Class AA title to the school’s trophy case Monday.

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Norwin’s Jubert wins 1st Bald Eagle Classic in preview of WPIAL course
October 4, 2020
The WPIAL recently announced a new site for its cross country championships — White Oak Park.

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Nick Turowski putts on the 16th green during the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament in June at Latrobe Country Club.
Penn-Trafford’s Turowski makes good impression during freshman season
Penn-Trafford golfer Nick Turowski is having an impressive freshman season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Patrick Driscoll
Penn-Trafford notebook: Patrick Driscoll pulls double duty with golf, cross country
Penn-Trafford senior Patrick Driscoll has been pulling double duty this fall.

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Jeannette’s Brad Birch has thrown 14 touchdown passes this season.
Jeannette braces for tough stretch that begins with Springdale
October 3, 2020
If Jeannette wants to reach the WPIAL football playoffs for the 42nd time overall and seventh consecutive season, a loss in its final three games is out of the question.

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Franklin Regional golfer Michael Wareham
Senior Michael Wareham leads Franklin Regional golf to memorable season
Franklin Regional golfer Michael Wareham is looking to end his high school career in style.

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Greensburg Salem players gather in the end zone before playing Hampton on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Hampton pulls away from Greensburg Salem in second half
October 2, 2020
Greensburg Salem was tasting victory late in the third quarter when it took a lead against Hampton.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Reppermund
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October 1, 2020
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Woodland Hills’ Deontae Williams looks to pass against Penn Hills in Week 2.
Dangerous quarterbacks square off when Penn-Trafford meets Woodland Hills
When Penn-Trafford hosts No. 4 Woodland Hills on Friday in a WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference battle for first place, it will feature a matchup between two of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the WPIAL.

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OLSH’s Dante Spadafora drives to the basket between Sewickley Academy defenders last season.
OLSH basketball standout Dante Spadafora picks West Liberty State
September 28, 2020
Dante Spadafora helped Our Lady of the Sacred Heart to consecutive WPIAL Class 2A titles, but he still has some business to finish.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lauren Barber plays against Franklin Regional on Sept. 17 at Murrysville Golf Club.
Penn-Trafford’s Barber advances to WPIAL girls golf championship
September 27, 2020
Lauren Barber took top honors at the WPIAL Class AAA Section 3 girls golf qualifier at Murrysville Golf Club on Sept. 23.

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Fanelli against Connellsville on Sept. 22 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford girls volleyball adjusts to condensed schedule
The Penn-Trafford girls volleyball has quickly moved into the heart of its section schedule.

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Ligonier Valley players check the next play to be run at practice Sept. 24, 2020, at Ligonier Valley.
New technology makes for efficient high school football practices
September 26, 2020
All football teams have a “go route” — a deep pass — in their playbook.

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Franklin Regional’s Lila Shilling plays against Penn-Trafford Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at Murrysville Golf Club.
Franklin Regional girls golf program reaching new heights
It’s been a memorable season for the Franklin Regional girls golf team.

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Freeport players warm up before playing Derry on Sept. 25, 2020, at Derry.
Freeport follows Lane to win against Derry
September 25, 2020
The way Ben Lane played Friday night, you would have thought he played quarterback his entire life.

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Derry’s Isiah Ward returns for the 2020 season.
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September 24, 2020
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Zach Cernuto (left) of Southmoreland and Asher O’Connor of Mt. Pleasant will face off tonight.
After years on losing end, Southmoreland trying to turn tide in rivalry with Mt. Pleasant
Their schools are a 5 miles apart. Students live across the street from one another where Mt. Pleasant borough and East Huntingdon Township meet.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps prepares to take the mat with head coach Vince DeAugustine in the parade of champions for PIAA wrestling championship Class AAA finals on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps defeated opponent Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg Central in the 126-pound final.
Hempfield brings back wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine
September 21, 2020
Hempfield Area School District board hired a familiar face to coach its wrestling team at Monday’s meeting.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brad Ford goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at Warrior Stadium.
Penn-Trafford’s Ford on record-breaking run: ‘It’s crazy to think no one can break it’
September 20, 2020
When Brad Ford lined up at quarterback in the wildcat formation against Latrobe at the Penn-Trafford 1-yard line, all he was looking for was some yardage to get the offense away from its own end zone.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lauren Barber plays against Franklin Regional Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at Murrysville Golf Club.
Penn-Trafford girls golf showing marked improvement
It’s a game plan Penn-Trafford girls’ golf coach Ed Herbst has followed for years.

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Greensburg Salem captains hang up the 700-win sign after beating Knoch, 13-12, on Friday at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Historic win No. 700 long time coming for Greensburg Salem
September 19, 2020
They started playing football at Greensburg High School in 1894.

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Latrobe players break the huddle before playing Mt. Pleasant on Sept. 18, 2020, at Mt. Pleasant.
Latrobe defeats Mt. Pleasant in teams’ 1st meeting since 1995
September 18, 2020
Most coaches believe the most improvement a team makes during a season is between the first and second games.

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Mt. Pleasant senior Peter Billey
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September 17, 2020
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Penn-Trafford quarterback Ethan Carr threw for 171 yards and three touchdowns last week.
Improvement, not revenge, is sole focus for Penn-Trafford in meeting with No. 3 Peters Township
Peters Township ended Penn-Trafford’s season in the WPIAL playoffs the past two seasons.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Red, White and Blue Classic cross country meet has new home
The Red, White and Blue Classic, an annual cross country meet that is typically run in early September at the Schenley Park Oval, has a new home for 2020.

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North Allegheny coach Tim Banner hands the championship trophy over to his team after the Tigers defeated Upper St. Clair, 12-1, in the WPIAL Class AAAA final June 1, 2005, at Falconi Field.
Longtime high school baseball coach Tim Banner dies at 64
Tim Banner, the first baseball coach at Chatham University, died on Wednesday.

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Hempfield’s Isabella Gera
Hempfield track standout Bella Gera commits to Wake Forest
September 15, 2020
There are days that Hempfield throwing coach Dave Murray gives his athletes off to rest.

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Norwin’s Nathaniel Mazzoni is tackled by Hempfield’s Anthony Vallano on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
Team mentality guides Hempfield in opening win vs. Norwin
September 12, 2020
There is no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in winning.

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Hempfield’s Tyson Gregory tackles Norwin’s ball carrier Connor Chrisman on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at Norwin Senior High School.
Christian Zilli, Mario Perkins help Hempfield past Norwin
September 11, 2020
Christian Zilli made himself known Friday in his return to football at Hempfield after taking two seasons off.

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Penn-Trafford senior Alex Turowski hits a drive on No. 4 at Latrobe Country Club on Sept. 8, 2020.
Penn-Trafford boys golf looks to contend for section title
September 10, 2020
At the midpoint of WPIAL golf season, the Penn-Trafford boys team was in the thick of the Section 1-AAA race after defeating Latrobe and Indiana.

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Southmoreland quarterbacks Zach Cernuto and Kadin Keefer, background, work on passing drills during a heat acclamation practice on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at Southmoreland High School.
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Roberto Smith is expected to share time at quarterback this season for Jeannette.
Nevermind the calendar, conference title on the line when Jeannette, Clairton clash
When Jeannette dropped to Class A in 2014 and was placed in the Eastern Conference, the final game of the regular season against Clairton was for the conference title.

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Junior Tristan Robinson is Albert Gallatin’s starting quarterback.
Albert Gallatin continues to build as independent program
September 9, 2020
Before the Albert Gallatin School District decided to merge the district’s three high schools in 1987, its football teams were competitive.

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Butler head coach Eric Christy talks with Cooper Baxter (left) and Dylan Fediaczko during practice last season.
Butler football ready to test waters in District 10
When Butler Area School Board members voted to leave the WPIAL for District 10 in football, they did it with a plan.

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Uniontown’s CJ Soltis competes at an offseason workout during the summer of 2020.
Uniontown ready to right the ship after return to football field
When the Uniontown Area School District voted to cancel football and soccer seasons this fall back on Aug. 4 because of the fear of the coronavirus, football coach Cedric Lloyd accepted the decision.

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Clairton senior Don Napper will help the Bears defend their WPIAL crown.
WPIAL Class A football breakdown: Defending champ Clairton brimming with confidence, talent
September 8, 2020
Clairton returned to the top of Class A in 2019, and with numerous key starters returning, many feel the Bears are the team to beat in 2020.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Asher O’Connor goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant out to overcome graduation losses, make playoff encore
September 6, 2020
Mt. Pleasant returned to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2016 last year and the 26th time in school history.

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Southmoreland quarterbacks Zach Cernuto and Kadin Keefer, background, work on passing drills during a heat acclimatization practice on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at Southmoreland High School.
With playoff drought over, Southmoreland seeks better finishing kick
Southmoreland was the big story during the first half of the 2019 football season.

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Clairton’s Dontae Sanders goes through drills during workouts Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 at Clairton High School.
Defending WPIAL champion Clairton motivated, loaded with talent
September 5, 2020
Wayne Wade doesn’t need any motivation to prepare his football team for the 2020 season.

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Imani Christian players work on tackling drills during practice on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 at Graham Field in Wilkinsburg.
New coach, young Imani Christian roster ready for ‘interesting season’
One thing is for sure about the Imani Christian Academy football program: They’re in good hands with veteran coach Cliff Simon taking over.

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Jeannette quarterback Roberto Smith looks to pass during practice on Aug. 13, 2020.
Talented skill players set to lead Jeannette in Eastern Conference
Jeannette was flying high nine games into the 2019 season.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Beitel, front, Derek Fox, lower left, and from left background, Matthew Marinchak, head coach Roger Beitel, and Jude Grzywinski, right background, pose for a group photo on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at Ligonier Valley High School’s stadium in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley had plenty of success on long and winding road back to the WPIAL
Ligonier Valley, the WPIAL’s newest member, didn’t depart the district five decades ago and make its way back this season in a straight line. There were many twists and turns along the way.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Beitel goes through drills during workouts Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at Weller Field.
Young, inexperienced Ligonier Valley to be tested in Class 2A Allegheny
September 4, 2020
A new chapter in Ligonier Valley history starts Sept. 11.

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Latrobe’s Tucker Knupp hits the sled during an Aug. 27 practice. A series of coronavirus-related schedule changes have Latrobe looking for a Sept. 25 game.
Coronavirus cases create tangled web of WPIAL football schedule changes
Times are changing these days because of the coronavirus. That means changing minute by minute.

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Franklin Regional’s Trevor Brncic goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional looks to stay healthy, put rare losing season in rearview mirror
September 3, 2020
Injuries have proven costly to the success of the Franklin Regional football program the past few seasons.

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Indiana’s Devin Flint works out during practice on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 in Indiana.
With rising numbers, Indiana sees bright future
September 2, 2020
As Brandon Overdorff begins his third season as coach at Indiana High School, he’s starting to see an improving future.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel looks on during workouts Aug. 12, 2020 at Weller Field.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Ligonier Valley adds 2 new opponents to football schedule
August 31, 2020
When Ligonier Valley joined the WPIAL, it was eager to play new opponents.

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West Greene running back Corey Wise works out during practice on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.
West Greene in position to thrive despite graduation of big-time backs
August 29, 2020
Don’t look for West Greene to be one-hit wonders, or in this case two-hit wonders

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California quarterback Damani Stafford works out during practice on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.
California keeps winning despite less-than-ideal offseasons
Ed Woods is in his second season as football coach at California High School.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon wrestles Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps in the 126-pound final during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament last season.
Franklin Regional wrestler Finn Solomon picks North Carolina State
August 27, 2020
Finn Solomon is on a mission.

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Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti watches his tee shot on No. 14 during last year’s PIAA West Region golf championship at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
WPIAL boys golf preview: Central Catholic’s Salvitti leads deep group of top players
Who is the top boys’ golfer in the WPIAL?

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Cornell’s Drew Lopez catches a pass during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at Frank Letteri Stadium.
Cornell restocks shelves after breakout season
August 25, 2020
Cornell took a break from competing in football in the WPIAL in 2012.

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Greg Boggs is entering his second season as Frazier coach.
More experienced Frazier roster in hunt for playoff spot
August 24, 2020
The main color in Frazier High School’s color scheme is red.

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Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at James Weir Stadium.
Belle Vernon has pedigree to contend
August 23, 2020
Since Matt Humbert was hired as the football coach at Belle Vernon in 2014, the program has seen steady improvement.

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Darwin Manges is in his second season as Ringgold coach.
Underclassmen growing into contributors for Ringgold
It’s been a rough few seasons for the Ringgold football program — winless in 2018 and two wins, one by forfeit, in 2019.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher throws during workouts Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 at Laurel Highlands High School.
2-sport star Rodney Gallagher has talent to elevate Laurel Highlands
Sophomore Rodney Gallagher helped the Laurel Highlands basketball team win a WPIAL Class 4A title in 2020.

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Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel looks on during preseason workouts. Football teams across the state can begin heat acclimatization practices Monday.
Athletic directors, coaches express relief, optimism as fall sports get go-ahead
August 21, 2020
Most high school athletes across the state received good news Friday when the PIAA voted 25-5 to begin fall sports Monday.

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Mike Burrell has been an athletic director at North Catholic and Greensburg Salem.
Norwin expected to name Michael Burrell new director of athletics, activities
August 13, 2020
The Norwin school board could hire Michael Burrell Jr. as the district’s next director of athletics and activities at its meeting Monday.

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The Yough American Baseball League team took third at the Region 7 Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020.
Yough baseball finishes 3rd at Region 7 tournament
August 9, 2020
Yough American Baseball League coach Craig Spisak said he couldn’t have been happier about his team’s effort at the Region 7 tournament this weekend.

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Yough stays alive in Region 7 tournament; Latrobe, Bushy Run eliminated
August 8, 2020
Yough stayed alive in the Region 7 American Baseball League tournament Saturday at Hollidaysburg by splitting its games.

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Bushy Run falls short in Region 7 baseball tournament
August 7, 2020
Bushy Run failed to hold an early lead and dropped a 6-3 decision to Bedford in the Region 7 American Baseball League Tournament at Hollidaysburg.

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Latrobe stumbles in Region 7 baseball opener
For the third time in four games, the Latrobe pitching staff has allowed 10 or more runs.

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Yough opens regional tournament with walk-off win
Yough walked off with a win to open Region 7 baseball action Friday at Hollidaysburg.

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Bushy Run’s Gio Scott slides under the tag attempt by Latrobe catcher Logan Short in the fourth inning during the Westmoreland County American League Baseball championship Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Legion-Keener Park in Latrobe.
Bushy Run wins Westmoreland County summer baseball championship
August 5, 2020
Throughout the Westmoreland County American Baseball League playoffs, Bushy Run relied on pitching and solid defense.

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Yough edges Murrysville in WCABL consolation game
August 4, 2020
Yough picked a good time to play one of its better games in recent weeks.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Donavin Bair (25) runs against Uniontown on Oct. 25, 2019, at Uniontown.
Uniontown votes to cancel fall football, soccer seasons
Uniontown Area School District’s board members voted 9-0 on Monday night to start the 2020-21 school year with online-only instruction and, in turn, decided football and boys and girls soccer should be canceled.

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Bushy Run stays hot, advances to championship game
August 2, 2020
Earlier in the season, Bushy Run manager Scott Peyman wasn’t thrilled with the way his team was playing.

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Latrobe reaches WCABL finals; Murrysville, Bushy Run split
August 1, 2020
For the third consecutive playoff, Latrobe found itself in a hole late in a Westmoreland County American Baseball League game.

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Latrobe makes epic comeback in Westmoreland County summer baseball playoffs
July 31, 2020
Latrobe’s Westmoreland County American Baseball League team pulled off the improbable Friday.

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Bushy Run catcher Cole DeFillippo secures the ball as Young Township’s Ethan Prugh strikes out Wednesday.
Bushy Run walks off in 1st round of WCABL playoffs
July 29, 2020
Bushy Run struggled through much of Wednesday’s Westmoreland County American Baseball League playoff game against Young Township. It had trouble hitting Young Township starter Zach Harha over the first six innings.

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Yough rallies past Hempfield East to even Westmoreland County summer baseball series
July 28, 2020
Vinny Martin hit a two-run home run, Steve Manon added a two-run single, and Yough evened its best-of-three series in the Westmoreland County American Baseball League playoffs with Hempfield East with a 5-2 win at Sutersville on Tuesday.

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Top-seeded Latrobe survives scare in Westmoreland County summer baseball playoffs
July 27, 2020
Top-seed Latrobe took advantage of four Mt. Pleasant errors to score four unearned runs in a 5-3 victory on Monday in the Westmoreland County American Baseball League playoffs.

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Mt. Pleasant baseball wins, secures playoff berth for county tournament
July 26, 2020
Mt. Pleasant doubled its win total for the season Sunday in the Westmoreland County American Baseball League by playing its most complete game of the season.

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American Junior Golf Association coming back to Southpointe
July 23, 2020
The AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) is coming to Southpointe Golf Club on Aug. 2-6.

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Judge John J. Driscoll honored Hempfield’s Olivia Persin and Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps with the Excellence Awards at the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete banquet Wednesday night.
Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps, Hempfield’s Olivia Persin earn top honors at Driscoll awards
July 15, 2020
After a delay of more than 2½ months, the winners of the Excellence Award were revealed Wednesday at the 64th annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete banquet hosted by Judge John J. Driscoll.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jordan captures medalist honors at Isaly’s Junior event at Youghiogheny
July 14, 2020
Scott Jordan of Upper St. Clair shot a 1-over par 73 to capture the Isaly’s Junior Tour tournament at Youghiogheny Country Club on Tuesday.

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Nick Turowski putts on the 16th green during the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Latrobe Country Club.
Harrison City’s Turowski wins again on Isaly’s Junior Tour
July 13, 2020
Nick Turowski continued his dominance on the Tri-State PGA Isaly’s Junior Golf Tour in the 11-14 age division.

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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.
Westmoreland County scholar-athlete awards to be handed out Wednesday
The votes are in and the winners have been selected for the annual Judge John J. Driscoll Westmoreland Scholar-Athlete banquet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ferrante’s Lakeview.

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Latrobe rallies for ninth straight victory in Westmoreland County baseball summer league
July 9, 2020
Sometimes you win games. Sometimes you get a gift.

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Manager Jason Bush and the Latrobe Legion team take on Hempfield East on June 20, 2019, at Pitt-Greensburg.
So far, so good as Westmoreland County summer baseball league hits season’s midpoint
July 8, 2020
It’s the halfway mark for most teams in the Westmoreland County American Baseball League, and things are going as smooth as league director Jason Bush could expect.

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Sewickley Academy’s Tim Fitzgerald is a member of the 2019 golf team.
Sewickley’s Fitzgerald wins Hurricane Junior Golf event again
July 6, 2020
The last time the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was in Western Pennsylvania, the players played in light snow and cold temperature.

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Justin Scally tees off during the 2019 WPGA Junior Championship. He won the 17-18 age division of the Tri-State PGA Isaly’s Junior Tour event at the Cedarbrook Golf Course Red Course on Wednesday.
Murrysville’s Shilling captures medalist honors at Isaly’s junior event
July 1, 2020
Murrysville’s Nolan Shilling shot a 1-under par 70 to capture the 15-16 age division at the Tri-State PGA Isaly’s Junior Tour on the Cedarbrook Golf Course Red Course on Wednesday.

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Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti chips onto the green during the 2019 WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti finishes 2nd at state junior championship
June 30, 2020
John Peters shot a 4-under par 67 during the second round Tuesday to capture the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Junior Boys Championship at the Hershey Country Club.

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Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti watches a tee shot during the 2019 PIAA West Region golf championship. He’s tied for the lead after one round of the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Junior Championship at Hershey Country Club.
Oakmont’s Rocco Salvitti tied for lead at state junior championship
June 29, 2020
Oakmont Country Club’s Rocco Salvitti is tied for first place with Carson Bacha after round one of the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Junior Championship at Hershey Country Club.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Lindsey Powanda watches a tee shot at the 2018 WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship. She led all players with an even-par 70 Monday at the Isaly’s Tour event at Hannastown.
Delmont’s Nuzzo takes first in Isaly’s event at Hannastown
The Tri-State PGA Isaly’s Junior Tour was at Hannastown Golf Club on Monday, and Delmont’s Anthony Nuzzo took the 17-18 division with 4-over 74.

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New Mt. Pleasant boys basketball coach T.J. Kravits
Mt. Pleasant hires T.J. Kravits as new boys basketball coach
T.J. Kravits has been involved in coaching basketball at various levels for more than 10 years.

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Alex Turowski tees off on the 10th during the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Latrobe Country Club.
Turowski brothers win back-to-back Isaly’s Junior tournaments
June 28, 2020
Alex and Nick Turowski are coming off a productive week on the golf tournament circuit.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner competes in the girls 100 breaststroke during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Westmoreland County girls athlete of the year: Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner adds to medal collection in unusual way
June 27, 2020
It wasn’t the way Heather Gardner wanted to receive a PIAA gold medal, but because the coronavirus denied her a chance to earn it in the pool, she will take it.

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North Allegheny becomes first WPIAL district to sponsor girls wrestling
June 24, 2020
The North Allegheny school board voted Wednesday to add girls wrestling to its athletic programs, becoming the first school district in the WPIAL to sponsor the sport.

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Derry sophomore-to-be Hunter Jurica placed third in the 13-15 age group at an Isaly’s Tri-State PGA event Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Coronavirus foam insert robs Derry golfer of ace at Isaly’s junior tournament
Hunter Jurica got robbed on Wednesday by one of the new golf regulations put in place because of the coronavirus.

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Yough’s Tom Evans (left), shown receiving the WPIAL Sportsmanship Award in 2018, retired as athletic director.
Tom Evans retires as athletic director at Yough
June 21, 2020
The longest-tenured athletic director in Westmoreland County has retired.

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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.
Driscoll Westmoreland scholar-athlete banquet set for July 15
It looks like the 64th annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete banquet is a go.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles Tyler Kocak of Hampton in the 170-pound final at the WPIAL Class AAA championships Feb. 29, 2020 at Canon-McMillan.
13 WPIAL wrestlers rated among nation’s best in preseason rankings
June 19, 2020
Four Waynesburg wrestlers were among a group of 13 from the WPIAL that cracked the top 20 in TheOpenMat.com’s national preseason rankings.

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Jeffrey Mankins chips onto the green during the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Latrobe Country Club.
Greensburg Salem’s Mankins captures Westmoreland County junior in playoff
June 18, 2020
It’s been a busy week on the golf course for Greensburg Salem’s Jeff Mankins.

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Hempfield hired former Norwin athletic director Brandon Rapp (right) to fill the same role for the Spartans.
Hempfield hires Norwin athletic director Brandon Rapp
June 15, 2020
Brandon Rapp spent the past seven years running the Norwin athletic program.

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Yough’s Kam Pritts tags out West Hempfield’s Anthony Terzolino at third base during their American Legion game Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Lint Field.
Yough rallies for win against West Hempfield in summer baseball opener
June 13, 2020
It was opening day for the Westmoreland County American League baseball season Saturday, and players from Yough and West Hempfield couldn’t have been happier.

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Norwin athletic director Brandon Rapp (right) talks with band director Tim Daniels during a football game against Hempfield last season.
Hempfield set to hire Norwin’s Brandon Rapp as athletic director
June 12, 2020
It looks like the Hempfield Area School Board will be hiring Brandon Rapp as its new athletic director.

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Gateway coach Mark Wardzinski talks to the players on his high school team March 10.
Western Pennsylvania Baseball League sets plans for season with 20 teams on board
June 10, 2020
Bob Johnston was trying to find a league where Gateway high school players could play this summer.

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2019 Tribune-Review Football Player of the Year Justin Huss of Derry
Senior Spotlight: Derry’s Justin Huss was planning WPIAL track comeback
June 9, 2020
Editor’s note: Trib HSSN is spotlighting WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The 52nd annual Tom Mailey Memorial junior golf tournament was played Monday. Pictured, from left, are Latrobe Elks head pro Craig Yutzy, Nick Turowski, Ben Watson, Hunter Jurica, Alex Turowski, Darick Hrtyanski, Cole Ferri and Pat Mailey.
Latrobe’s Cole Ferri captures Mailey Memorial junior golf tournament
Cole Ferri shot an even-par 72 to capture the 52nd annual Tom Mailey Memorial Junior Golf Tournament on Monday at the Latrobe Elks Golf Club.

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Hempfield has selected a new athletic director but likely will not hire the candidate until its July 15 meeting.
Hempfield zeros in on new athletic director
June 7, 2020
There is a Hempfield Area School Board meeting Monday, but don’t expect them to hire a new athletic director.

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With statewide American Legion season called off, another local league hoping to start soon
June 5, 2020
Another area group is planning to hold a season for teams that would have normally played American Legion baseball this summer in Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette and Allegheny counties.

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Derry selected Vince Skillings as its new football coach.
Derry names Skillings next football coach
June 4, 2020
Vince Skillings was an all-state running back at Derry from 1974-77.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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