Author: Paul Schofield


Hempfield’s Vance, Canon-McMillan’s Nijenhuis claim wrestling titles
December 8, 2018
Hempfield sophomore heavyweight Isaiah Vance and Canon-McMillan senior Gerrit Nijenhuis picked up titles Saturday at the Cumberland Valley Tournament in Mechanicsburg. Vance went 4-0 with three pins. He defeated Boiling Springs' Damon Jones, 5-2, in the finals. Hempfield finished fourth with 176.5 points and had seven placewinners. Junior Dillon Ferretti

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Miller pulls off upset; Kiski Area dominates Eastern Area Invitational again
Kiski Area senior Darrin Miller didn't qualify for the PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament in March, but if Saturday's performance is an indication for this season, his family better make hotel reservations. Miller defeated Franklin Regional senior and Pitt recruit Colton Camacho, 4-3, to win the 132-pound title at the

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Diggs, McKeesport too much for Jeannette
December 7, 2018
Jeannette boys basketball coach Adrian Batts said he didn't know much about McKeesport or Deamontae Diggs before Friday's season opener. He sure does now. Diggs, a 6-foot-7 forward junior, was a difficult matchup for Jeannette, and so were the Tigers. He scored 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to

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Frazier’s Lawrence among top wrestlers returning in WPIAL Class AA
December 5, 2018
Returning PIAA Class AA champion Thayne Lawrence, Frazier (30-2 last season) andamp;#8226; The junior is a two-time WPIAL champion and won the 152-pound title. His career record is 67-8. Returning PIAA Class AA placewinners Christian Clutter, McGuffey (47-6) andamp;#8226; The senior has a 119-23 career record, was the WPIAL 170-pound

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Trib HSSN preseason state wrestling rankings
Trib HSSN preseason state wrestling rankings Class AAA Rank, team (district), last year's record 1. Bethlehem Catholic (District 11), 17-1 2. Cathedral Prep (10), 17-3 3. Kiski Area (7), 23-2 4. Nazareth (11), 19-5 5. Cedar Cliff (3), 21-3 6. Canon-McMillan (7), 17-3 7. Bethlehem Liberty (11), 22-2 8. Council

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WPIAL Class AA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AA preseason team rankings Rank, team, last season's record 1. Burrell, 13-7 andamp;#8226; The Bucs return 11 starters and have won 12 consecutive WPIAL titles. They are the team to beat until someone defeats them. 2. Freedom, 11-6 andamp;#8226; The Bulldogs reached the semifinals and finished fourth in

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Derry wrestling has unexpected holes to fill in quest for success in Class AA
If there was one team primed to end the Burrell's 12-year run as WPIAL Class AA champions this season, it was Derry. The Trojans were the WPIAL runners-up in 2018, wrestled in the PIAA team tournament in Hershey and were expected to return 11 starters, including a pair of PIAA

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WPIAL Class AAA preseason wrestling rankings
December 4, 2018
WPIAL Class AAA preseason team rankings Rank, team, last season's record 1. Kiski Area, 21-2 andamp;#8226; The WPIAL AAA champion and PIAA runner-up returns nine starters, including three PIAA qualifiers. 2. Canon-McMillan, 15-3 andamp;#8226; The WPIAL runner-up, which finished fourth in the state, returns nine starters. 3. Hempfield, 19-2 andamp;#8226;

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New coach, same goals for Hempfield wrestling team
There is a new man running the Hempfield wrestling program after Vince DeAugustine left to take over coaching duties at Norwin. Veteran coach Tommy Dolde, who led Connellsville to a state title in 2005 and WPIAL titles in '04, '05 and '08, has taken the reins for the Spartans. Dolde

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Several wrestlers return after reaching PIAA Class AAA tournament
Returning PIAA Class AAA champions Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (46-8 last season) The sophomore won the 106-pound state title and placed second in the WPIAL. Sam Hillegas, North Hills (32-1) The junior is a two-time PIAA champion, winning the 126-pound title in 2018. He has a 85-1 career record. Ryan

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Several wrestlers return after reaching PIAA Class AAA tournament
Returning PIAA Class AAA champions Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (46-8 last season) The sophomore won the 106-pound state title and placed second in the WPIAL. Sam Hillegas, North Hills (32-1) The junior is a two-time PIAA champion, winning the 126-pound title in 2018. He has a 85-1 career record. Ryan

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WPIAL wrestling dates to remember
WPIAL wrestling Dates to remember Dec. 7-8 Chartiers-Houston tournament Cumberland Valley tournament at Mechanicsburg Eastern Area Invitational at Gateway Walsh Ironman tournament in Akron, Ohio Dec. 14-15 King of the Mountain at Central Mountain Jan. 22-23 Beast of the East at Delaware Dec. 28-29 Powerade tournament at Canon-McMillan Southmoreland tournament

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Ligonier Valley’s Aaron Tutino receives offer from St. Francis (Pa.)
December 1, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Aaron Tutino finished his high school football career with numerous records. He owns the state record for career touchdown catches -- 61 -- and he rewrote the Rams' record book in receiving. The 5-foot-9 Tutino received numerous Division II interest and an offer from West Virginia State,

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New section has Norwin girls basketball heading north
November 29, 2018
Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski has some extra work to do as he prepares his team for the upcoming season. Not only is he putting together his team, he's also preparing to face new section opponents. When the WPIAL basketball committee was setting new sections in Class 6A for

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Norwin boys look to contend in new-look Section 3-6A
Missing the WPIAL postseason is rare for the Norwin boys basketball team. Missing out the past two seasons has the team working hard to end that little drought. Norwin coach Lynn Washowich not only wants his team back in the playoffs, he wants them to strive to be section champions.

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Jeannette girls basketball team has new look
November 25, 2018
The Jeannette girls basketball team has a new coach and a new attitude this year. Jonathan Bass, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant under Jeanine Vertacnik, is hoping to help turn things around in 2017-18. Vertacnik was hired as Monessen's coach. andquot;I'm a breath of fresh air

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Jeannette boys basketball team needs balance to be successful
When a team loses 80 percent of the offense from a squad that reached the WPIAL Class A semifinals and won two games in the PIAA tournament, it might expect a down season. Jeannette boys coach Adrian Batts doesn't see it that way. In fact, he thinks the team could

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Pine-Richland runs all over State College in PIAA quarterfinals
November 24, 2018
ALTOONA -- Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz said he felt before Saturday's PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against State College his guys up front would decide the game. Pine-Richland's massive front led by Andrew Kristofic and Michael Dorundo didn't disappoint their coach. They paved the way as the Rams (11-2) ran

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Greensburg Salem’s Brown, Binda sign D-I scholarships
November 20, 2018
Four Greensburg Salem athletes recently signed letters-of-intent , and two were to Division-I universities. Senior Cameron Binda will continue his track and cross country career at Duquesne, and Mark Brown will head to Youngstown State to run track and cross country. Brown edged Cam Binda to win the WPIAL Class

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Derry seniors pass the torch to underclassmen
November 18, 2018
A loss, not even a defeat in the WPIAL Class 3A Championship game to Aliquippa, does not diminish the season for Derry football. Derry's senior class just finished an impressive run, going 31-5, winning three conference titles and reaching the WPIAL playoffs three consecutive seasons. They made the semifinals in

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Aliquippa routs Derry to claim 17th WPIAL Class 3A championship
November 17, 2018
Aliquippa couldn't have asked for a better start to the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday at Heinz Field. Derry couldn't have started worse. The Quips took advantage of two Derry turnovers and a long punt return in the first quarter, built a three-touchdown lead and rolled to their 17th

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Derry’s plan: Run and run some more
November 16, 2018
There is no secret to what the Derry football team wants to do offensively. The Trojans are going to run and run some more. They only pass out of necessity. When Derry trailed North Catholic by three touchdowns in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals, coach Tim Sweeney didn't abandon the

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Strength, speed help Ligonier Valley develop into consistent District 6 powerhouse
November 15, 2018
No matter what happens Saturday night in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game, there is a good chance the Ligonier Valley football team will be in the same position a year from now. Love'em or hate'em, the Rams, who have won back-to-back Class 2A titles, are built to

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District 6-2A football championship game moved to Saturday
Forecasts of up to a foot of snow in the Altoona area have forced the PIAA District 6 football committee to move the Class 2A championship from Friday to Saturday at Mansion Park Stadium. The time will stay the same, 7 p.m. Ligonier Valley (12-0) will face Richland (12-0) for

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Scouting Ligonier Valley in advance of the District 6 championship
November 14, 2018
LIGONIER VALLEY Player to watch Sam Sheeder Junior, 5-9, 190, RB/LB Sheeder has been a key part of the Ligonier Valley offense, rushing for 342 yards and seven scores and catching 42 passes for 700 yards with seven touchdowns. He also has 60 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss,

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Ligonier Valley, Richland to meet for District 6 championship
When Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel and Richland coach Brandon Bailey were preparing for Friday's PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game this week, they likely had a feeling of familiarity. Ligonier Valley and Richland are 12-0. Both are nicknamed the Rams, and the teams are mirror images offensively and

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Scouting Derry in advance of WPIAL Class 3A final
DERRY Player to watch Onreey Stewart Senior, 5-8, 155, RB/DB Stewart missed numerous games with a shoulder injury but has recovered to play a key role in the offense. He's 16 yards shy of reaching 1,000 rushing yards (984), and he's coming off a 203-yard performance against North Catholic. He's

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WPIAL Class 3A final preview: Derry set to face perennial contender Aliquippa in title-game debut
One team is one of the most decorated football programs in WPIAL history. The other is attempting to make history. That's whats's on tap for the WPIAL Class 3A championship game, set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Heinz Field when perennial power Aliquippa, seeded No. 1, battles No. 2 Derry.

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Scouting Aliquippa in advance of WPIAL Class 3A final
ALIQUIPPA Player to watch Solvauhn Moreland Senior, 6-3, 305, OL/DL The senior is a disruptive force on defense for the Quips. He has 66 tackles, 18 for a loss, as well as six sacks. Opponents lost 103 yards on his tackles. He has made a verbal commitment to Ball State.

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Belle Vernon’s Joll commits to WVU
November 11, 2018
Belle Vernon senior Scott Joll was the 170-pound WPIAL Class AAA champion and placed fifth in the PIAA tournament last season. As Joll prepares for his final season in high school, he decided on his future. He's going to be a Mountaineer. Joll said Sunday on Twitter he will attend West

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Ligonier Valley to face Richland in D6 title game Friday
The PIAA District 6 football committee announced Sunday sites and times for its playoff games. The District 6 Class 2A championship between defending two-time champion Ligonier Valley (12-0) and Richland (12-0) will be played 7 p.m. Friday at Altoona's Mansion Park. It will be a battle of Rams, the nickname

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Comeback win creates special moment for Derry football team
The scene Friday at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium after Derry's improbable comeback against North Catholic in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals was surreal. The 'Blue Wave' that overwhelmed North Catholic during the final 17 minutes, engulfed the field as players, cheerleaders, band members and fans celebrated Derry's crazy 36-29 win that

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Comeback win creates special moment for Derry football team
The scene Friday at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium after Derry's improbable comeback against North Catholic in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals was surreal. The 'Blue Wave' that overwhelmed North Catholic during the final 17 minutes, engulfed the field as players, cheerleaders, band members and fans celebrated Derry's crazy 36-29 win that

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Ligonier Valley headed back to D6 title game
November 10, 2018
JOHNSTOWN -- Ligonier Valley's ground game was held in check by Bellwood-Antis in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A semifinals Saturday. But that was OK because Ligonier Valley, behind the 314 yards passing of senior John Caldwell, went to the airways and rolled to a 34-7 victory against Bellwood-Antis to

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Derry scores 21 in final quarter to rally past North Catholic
November 9, 2018
Things looked bleak for Derry midway through the third quarter of Friday's WPIAL Class 3A semifinal at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Derry (11-1) trailed Big East Conference rival North Catholic by three touchdowns, and its season was slipping away in the cold, damp night. But the Trojans didn't blink and pulled

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Ligonier Valley football taking show on the road again in District 6 semifinals
November 8, 2018
As the Ligonier Valley football team prepared for Saturday's District 6 Class 2A semifinal against Bellwood-Antis, one of coach Roger Beitel's defensive assistants chided one of the players for not studying the opponent's game film that was sent to the players over the weekend. He wanted the player and the

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North Catholic looks to avenge regular-season loss to Derry
November 7, 2018
Don't expect North Catholic to look past Derry this time around. That's because North Catholic learned a valuable lesson on Sept. 21 when Derry won 27-0 in a first-place showdown in the WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference. andquot;We gained a lot of respect on how they play,andquot; North Catholic

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Ligonier Valley moves District 6 semifinal game to Johnstown
November 5, 2018
Ligonier Valley won't be playing Saturday's PIAA District 6 semifinal game against Bellwood-Antis at Weller Field. Because of poor playing conditions, the Rams moved the game and will play at Greater Johnstown Stadium at 7 p.m. Last week, the Rams played their quarterfinal round game against Marion Center at Offutt

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Fox Chapel cross country pair finishes fifth
November 3, 2018
HERSHEY -- Fox Chapel junior Christian Fitch and senior Sarena Seeger took fifth place at the PIAA Class AAA cross country championships Saturday at the muddy Parkview course. andquot;I just tried to get out fast and maintain like I did all year,andquot; Seeger said. andquot;I tend to run well when

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Greensburg Salem boys cross country makes history with state title
HERSHEY -- How do teams celebrate titles Some Super Bowl champions go to Disney World. The Greensburg Salem boys cross country team, after winning the PIAA Class AA team title Saturday at the Parkview cross country course, went to nearby Hersheypark for some thrilling adventures. Nothing was more thrilling than

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Penn-Trafford runs over North Hills
November 2, 2018
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane was sitting in his office after Friday's WPIAL Class 5A first-round game with his feet on his desk. When your football team turns in the type of performance his did, there was a reason the coach felt that way. Ruane was looking for a solid

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Greensburg Salem cross country has PIAA gold in their sights
October 31, 2018
Runners participating in the annual PIAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Hershey will face a new challenge: a revised course. The PIAA decided to make changes to the Parkview Course near Giant Center because of abundant wet weather. Runners will encounter a flatter course along some of the old

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for opening round of playoffs
Anthony Bertram Belle Vernon, Sr., WR/OLB The Leopards senior has six catches for 66 yards and three touchdowns and rushed four times for 17 yards. He had 39 tackles and 11 tackles for losses from his linebacker spot. Josh Cheplick Penn-Trafford, Jr., LT/NT The Warriors junior is an outstanding blocker

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Penn-Trafford, North Hills set to reignite postseason rivalry
Pat Carey can't remember how many times North Hills and Penn-Trafford have met in a football game. But the North Hills coach said it started to become laughable for a stretch when the teams squared off in the opening round. Counting Friday's WPIAL Class 5A first round contest at Warrior

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Derry again draws Central Valley in opening round of WPIAL football playoffs
October 29, 2018
There were a few surprises that came out of the WPIAL football playoff pairings on Monday at the Double Tree Hotel in Green Tree. But one thing that wasn't a shock was who Derry will play in the opening round on Friday. The Trojans, seeded No. 2 in Class 3A,

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Jeannette hoping to move playoff game to Hempfield
October 28, 2018
Pending approval from the Hempfield adminstration on Monday, Jeannette school district could use Spartan Stadium for its WPIAL Class A first-round football playoff game. The game should be played Friday. Jeannette coach Roy Hall said because of poor playing conditions at McKee Stadium, school officials asked Hempfield if Spartan Stadium

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Ligonier Valley steamrolls Shade for third Appalachian Bowl title
October 27, 2018
WINDBER - Ligonier Valley football players were eager to see if they could slow down the high-powered Shade offense led by senior quarterback Brady Fyfe. The Shade quarterback is having another record-setting season, having thrown for 2,723 yards and 38 touchdowns, and the Panthers were outscoring teams from the WestPAC

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No. 1 Jeannette slips past No. 2 Clairton in wet, muddy showdown
October 26, 2018
Since Jeannette had dropped to Class A and been placed in the Eastern Conference in 2014, the Jayhawks never beat Clairton during the regular season. That ended on a rainy and messy Friday night at McKee Stadium. Playing in a steady rain that made the turf a quagmire, No. 1

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Franklin Regional’s McCann commits to wrestle at American
October 24, 2018
Franklin Regional senior wrestler Zach McCann made a verbal commitment to American University on Wednesday. andquot;It's a good choice, a good school for Zach and I'm sure he'll do well,andquot; FR coach Matt Lebe said. McCann was 32-12 at 132 pounds last season and finished second in the Section 1-AAA

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Five things to watch at the WPIAL cross country championships
The annual WPIAL Class AAA, AA and A boys and girls cross country championships will be held Thursday at Cal (Pa.). It is a new venue for the next two years after Cooper's Lake Campground decided it no longer wanted to host the event. The event begins at 12:45 a.m.

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 9
Justin Cramer Jeannette, Jr., T/LB The 6-foot, 299-pound junior leads the Jayhawks with 101 tackles. He and Drake Petrillo have put a lot of heat on opposing quarterbacks. He's also a good blocker on offense. Dillon Ferretti Hempfield, Jr., TE/LB The 5-foot-11, 225-pound junior is having a fantastic season for

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Rivals Clairton, Jeannette to again battle for Eastern Conference crown
Does Clairton have a chip on its shoulder If you ask Jeannette coach Roy Hall, he feels the Bears do. And in some ways, so does Clairton coach Wayne Wade. andquot;I guess a lot of people had written us off because we lost three games last year and lost to

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North Allegheny, GCC girls, Central Catholic boys all win PIAA golf titles
YORK -- What would provoke girls golfers from Greensburg Central Catholic and the Central Catholic boys to jump in a lake on a blustery Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort They were celebrating PIAA golf titles. WPIAL teams won three of the four titles at the state tournament. The North

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Three WPIAL golfers capture state championships
October 23, 2018
YORK -- On the back of Palmer Jackson's golf cap is an umbrella pin to honor legendary golfer Arnold Palmer. The Franklin Regional senior was named after the golf great, and he feels there is a connection between them. andquot;It's like I'm related to him,andquot; Jackson said after winning his

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Forty years ago, Hempfield shocked football fans nationwide, upset No. 1 Penn Hills
The Hempfield football program has seen better days since its merger in 1961. There was the 1966 team that lost to Mt. Lebanon, 18-14, in the WPIAL Class AA title game and the 12 other teams WPIAL playoff qualifiers, including the 1997 team, which was the only one to win

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Franklin Regional’s Jackson, North Allegheny’s Wrigley lead at PIAA Class AAA golf tournament
October 22, 2018
Franklin Regional senior Palmer Jackson and North Allegheny senior Caroline Wrigley are atop the leaderboard after Monday's opening round of the PIAA golf championship. Jackson shot a 2-over par 73 and is tied with Central Bucks East senior Patrick Sheehan and Harriton junior Andrew Wallace in the Class AAA boys

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Five things to watch at the PIAA golf championships
October 21, 2018
The PIAA Class AAA and AA boys and girls individual golf championships will be held Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. The team tournament is Wednesday. North Catholic junior Maddie Smithco (Class AA girls) and Holy Ghost Prep senior Liam Hart (Class AAA boys) are returning

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McKeesport tops FR, sets up showdown with Gateway
October 19, 2018
McKeesport coach Matt Miller called the final two games of the regular season as revenge games. That's because during the 2017 season, Franklin Regional and Gateway were the only teams to defeat his Tigers. One down and one to go for McKeesport after it dominated Franklin Regional, 36-16, on senior

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Runners get to test ‘The Hill’ at Tri-State Coaches cross country meet
October 18, 2018
Thursday's annual Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championships at Cal (Pa.) served as a preview for the WPIAL championships, set for Oct. 25. Since the WPIAL was asked not to return to Cooper's Lake Campgrounds after the 2017 season, district officials decided to take the championship event to Cal for

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 8
October 17, 2018
Tanner Krevokuch Norwin, so., TE/LB The 6-foot-4, 208-pounder has caught 17 passes for 208 yards from junior quarterback Jack Salopek. He's becoming one of Salopek's go-to receivers. He also has 18 tackles, 16 solo, and one interception return of 38 yards. Kenny Shea Greensburg Salem, sr., RB/LB The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder

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Franklin Regional, McKeesport set to battle for playoff positioning
There is a lot on the line Friday when Franklin Regional and McKeesport tangle in a WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference battle. The final two weeks of the regular season will be big for both teams. While they already have secured playoff berths, finishing in first place is still

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Franklin Regional’s Jackson fires 66 to take medalist honors at PIAA West Region tournament
October 15, 2018
After Palmer Jackson came up short of winning the individual title at the WPIAL Class AAA golf championship, he vowed to change his approach at the PIAA championship. That new approach began Monday at the PIAA West Region tournament at Chestnut Ridge Resort's Tom's Run course. The Franklin Regional senior,

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Hempfield’s Orie commits to DePaul track program
October 13, 2018
When MacKenna Orie was a freshman, she thought her athletic future in college would be in either lacrosse or soccer. By the end of her sophomore year at Hempfield, she knew it would be in track and field, mainly in the field events. Orie announced Saturday that she will continue

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Ligonier Valley wins 3rd Heritage Conference title in a row
October 12, 2018
They waged the Battle of Fort Ligonier 260 years ago to the day. It was a time when the British forces fended off the French and Indians warriors. On Friday night, Ligonier Valley defended its turf at Weller Field in a first-place showdown against Northern Cambria, the top Class A

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Kiski Area’s Shreffler finishes second at WCCA’s
October 11, 2018
Kiski Area senior Kierra Shreffler knew she needed a strong start if she wanted to win the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country championship on Thursday. She got a strong start, but her effort wasn't enough to keep Greensburg Central Catholic freshman Corinn Brewer from taking the top honor.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brewer, Greensburg Salem boys make their mark at WCCA meet
If you don't know Corinn Brewer, that's about to change. The Greensburg Central Catholic freshman captured the girls' race at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet at soggy Westmoreland County Community College on Thursday in Youngwood. She's one of the top Class A runners in the WPIAL.

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Greensburg Salem’s killer B’s return as favorites at annual WCCA meet
October 10, 2018
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the Killer B's in football: Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. The Greensburg Salem boys cross country team has its own version of the Killer B's -- senior Cameron Binda, Mark Brown and Dylan Binda. That trio has led the Golden Lions the past three

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Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 7
Zach Beitel Ligonier Valley, sr., WR/DB The senior has intercepted three passes and knocked down four others this season for the unbeaten andamp;#0010;Rams. He also had two tackles for loss and scored a touchdown on a hook-and-lateral against Penns Manor. Isaiah Beltram Monessen, so., RB The sophomore has more than

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Northern Cambria running game to provide test for Ligonier Valley
This game has been circled on the schedules for the Ligonier Valley and Northern Cambria football teams since it was released in the spring. And it's the game fans of the District 6 Heritage Conference have been waiting for. They want to know if Northern Cambria, the team two Heritage

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Upper St. Clair’s Slinger commits to wrestle at George Mason
October 8, 2018
Upper St. Clair senior Jake Slinger made a verbal commitment to wrestle at George Mason on Monday. Slinger picked George University over offers from Pitt, West Virginia and North Carolina State. He will compete in the heavyweight class. Slinger was 36-5 in 2017-18 while competing at 220 pounds. He placed

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No. 1 Gateway clobbers Franklin Regional in 1st-place showdown
October 5, 2018
Brendan Majocha waited patiently for his shot to direct the Gateway football team. Playing behind Brady Walker for the past three years, Majocha saw limited in mop-up roles during the season. He was a starter on defense. Majocha put on quite a show Friday in leading WPIAL 5A No. 1

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Ligonier Valley’s Tutino approaching state record for career touchdown receptions
October 3, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Aaron Tutino has put together an illustrious high school career. Now the 5-foot-10 receiver is closing in on a state record for

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Top-ranked Gateway, undefeated Franklin Regional set for Big East Conference clash
Gateway coach Don Holl isn't totally surprised Franklin Regional is tied for first place with his Gators in the WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference. And he knows his top-ranked Gators, who haven't been tested since Week 1 against Penn-Trafford, will have to play well to remain on top of

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Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 6
Caleb Domenick Latrobe, sr., G/DE The Wildcats' 5-9, 200-pound captain is the starting right guard and defensive end. He has 32 tackles, 10 solo, two

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Central Catholic’s Meyers crowned WPIAL Class AAA boys golf champion
Jimmy Meyers just couldn't stay away. The Central Catholic senior wasn't planning on attending the finish of the weather-delayed WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship

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Central Catholic’s Meyers leads weather-delayed WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championships
October 2, 2018
Play was halted five times during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championships Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club. The first four delays were because of

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5 things to watch at WPIAL girls golf championships
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA girls golf championships will be held Wednesday at Diamond Run Golf Club in Ohio Township. The event begins at

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5 things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championships
October 1, 2018
The WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championships will be held Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club for the second time in three years. The event begins

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Pascoe-led Belle Vernon rocks Greensburg Salem
September 28, 2018
Belle Vernon honored the 2018 WPIAL softball championship team before the game. Winning a WPIAL title of their own is the football team's goal. And

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

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

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Riverside’s Fox claims third WPIAL Class AA boys golf title
Skyler Fox didn't make it easy on himself at the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship on Thursday. But the Riverside junior is confident in

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5 things to watch at Thursday’s WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championships
September 26, 2018
The WPIAL Class AA boys golf championships will be held Thursday at Allegheny Country Club, near Sewickley. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. The top

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 5
Cullen Shawley Derry, sr., C/DT The 6-foot-1, 250-pound senior has started every game at center since his freshman season. He anchors Derry's offensive line, which

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Greensburg Salem hopes to ruin Belle Vernon’s beach party in Big 8 battle
Greensburg Salem will be headed to the beach on Friday. But this trip isn't a vacation. There will be no surfing, swimming or volleyball at

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golf ball on the green
Rain postpones WPIAL Class AAA boys golf semifinal at Hannastown
September 25, 2018
Hannastown Golf Club head professional Craig Mankins said too much rain over the past two weeks and heavy rain the past 12 hours forced the

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No. 4 Derry blanks No. 2 North Catholic
September 21, 2018
Derry opened Friday's WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference first-place showdown against No. 2 North Catholic by recovering an onside kick. The No. 4-ranked Trojans

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Franklin Regional golfer Palmer Jackson sets course record at Meadowink Golf Course
September 20, 2018
Palmer Jackson didn't participate in his team's section match against Penn Hills on Wednesday. So, the Franklin Regional senior decided to play an 18-hole round

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 4
September 19, 2018
Blake Bridge Ligonier Valley, sr. OT/DE Bridge anchors an offensive line that is producing 50.3 points per game, as well as 222 passing yards and

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No. 4 Derry set to host No. 2 North Catholic in 1st-place showdown
Since Tim Sweeney has taken over as football coach at Derry, the Trojans have been consistent winners. But Sweeney, who dresses in a button-down shirt,

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golf ball on the green
Riverside’s Hand fires 63 to win MAC boys golf title
Riverside junior Justin Hand had a round of a lifetime on Wednesday at the Midwestern Athletic Conference golf championship. Hand shot 9-under par 63 to

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Hempfield hires Brush as girls basketball coach
September 18, 2018
Tom Brush has coached basketball at various high schools, most recently as an assistant girls coach at Franklin Regional. Hempfield Area school board members voted

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September 14, 2018
Derry football coach Tim Sweeney wanted his team to come out Friday and set the tone early. Justin Flack did on the Trojans' first offensive

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Latrobe’s Pevarnik edges Franklin Regional’s Jackson to win annual WCCA golf title
September 13, 2018
Brady Pevarnik and Palmer Jackson are not only two of the top golfers in the WPIAL and state, they're also good friends. So, it was

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Franklin Regional’s Jackson, Latrobe’s Pevarnik named to Palmer Cup team
September 12, 2018
Two of the top high school golfers in the WPIAL and the state were named to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association's Palmer Cup team. Franklin

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In the 1980s, the Mt. Pleasant and Derry football teams provided some historic games in the Keystone Conference. Sellout crowds and massive 50/50 raffles were

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Heritage Conference provides Saltsburg options after forfeiting football game to Ligonier Valley
September 11, 2018
Are the Ligonier Valley athletic teams too good for the PIAA District 6 Heritage Conference The football team's success has one conference athletic director talking

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

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Top-ranked Jeannette rolls past No. 2 Imani Christian in Class A showdown
September 7, 2018
Imani Christian will have to wait a few more months to possibly avenge two 2017 defeats to Jeannette. That's because the No. 1 Jayhawks showed

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Norwin cross country teams face big test at Red, White and Blue Invitational
September 6, 2018
Norwin cross country coach Brian Fleckenstein will learn a lot about his teams Saturday at the Red, White and Blue Invitational at Schenley Park. He

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Zambruno sisters pace Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf to Westmoreland County tournament title
September 5, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic proved Wednesday that it might be the Class AA girls golf team to beat, not only in the WPIAL, but the state.

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Nathan Roby Hempfield, jr., RB/DB Roby is a speedy and shifty running back capable of breaking long runs and catching passes from quarterback Blake Remaley.

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Imani Christian, Jeannette to battle for top spot in Class A
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Patrick accounts for 5 scores as sluggish Golden Lions pull away for easy win
August 31, 2018
Greensburg Salem looked and played sluggish in the first half of Friday's WPIAL Class 4A Big 8 Conference opener against Trinity at Offutt Field. But

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August 29, 2018
Nick Leopold Franklin Regional, sr., WR/SS Leopold was injured in Game 2 last season. He returns for his senior season and would like to have

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With rivalry win in the past, Norwin turns focus to Class 6A test against No. 2 North Allegheny
There is a 24-hour rule for the Norwin football team this season. That means the team gets one day to enjoy a win or sulk

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Motivated Ligonier Valley thumps Homer-Center
August 24, 2018
It's not that the Ligonier Valley football team needed any more motivation to play a game and honor a fallen teammate. But what some of

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Westmoreland County football preview capsules for Week Zero
August 22, 2018
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Salopek ready to lead Norwin to special season
August 20, 2018
Jack Salopek wasn't totally surprised when he received an offer the play football at Pitt. In fact, he was kind of expecting it. But Pitt

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WPIAL Class 5A breakdown: Competition strong top to bottom
August 18, 2018
When Quad-A football was introduced in the 1980s, the WPIAL decided to go with the 16 largest schools in Division I and the next 16

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Norwin hoping to make noise in ‘open’ Class 6A
If attitude can produce wins, then Norwin could be in store for a big season. Since Dave Brozeski became coach in 2014, the Knights have

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Experienced Ligonier Valley again returns strong lineup
Don't expect the Ligonier Valley football team to slow down after winning consecutive District 6 Class 2A and Heritage Conference titles. The Rams are primed

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Heritage Conference breakdown: Northern Cambria looks to challenge Ligonier Valley
Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel said he doesn't know what two Heritage Conference coaches didn't pick his team to finish first in a preseason poll.

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It's been seven years since the Greensburg Salem football team qualified for the WPIAL playoffs. The Golden Lions were close the past two seasons, but

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Healthy Franklin Regional to benefit from underclassmen’s experience
Franklin Regional was bitten by the injury bug in 2017, which forced coach Greg Botta to use a lot of underclassmen in key games. Franklin

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Tutino aims for another record season at Ligonier Valley
August 17, 2018
Aaron Tutino's statistics are eye-popping - 55 catches in each of the past two seasons for a combined 2,213 yards and 34 touchdowns. He's attended

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Greensburg Salem’s Trent Patrick, was an all-conference nose tackle last season.
Greensburg Salem quarterback Patrick has unusual combination of skills
August 13, 2018
Very few teams have a starting quarterback who also serves as a starting nose tackle. But that's the case at Greensburg Salem. Trent Patrick was

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Franklin Regional quarterback Adam Rudzinski
Rudzinski ready to lead Franklin Regional
August 11, 2018
When Franklin Regional opens football camp Monday, a veteran presence will behind center. Senior Adam Rudzinski returns at quarterback to lead the Panthers. He completed

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Senior 3-sport standout DeLuca ready to lead Derry football team
August 10, 2018
Derry football coach Tim Sweeney played for legendary coach Joe Paterno at Penn State. He knows what type of athlete can play at the NCAA

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Bisignani returns as Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball coach
Dr. Greg Bisignani is returning as Greensburg Central Catholic's boys basketball coach. The announcement was made by the Diocese of Greensburg on Friday. Bisignani stepped

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Hempfield names Dolde wrestling coach
July 31, 2018
Tommy Dolde led Connellsville to a state title in 2005 and WPIAL titles in '04, '05 and '08. Now the 13-year coach will try to

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Franklin Regional senior wrestler Colton Camacho is making his rounds this summer. He's received offers from Pitt and Oklahoma, according to Franklin Regional coach Matt

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Washington’s Walker looking to improve entering senior season
July 23, 2018
Mike Bosnic has been coaching high school football for many years, but the Washington High School coach said Daniel Walker Jr. has the best balls

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Versatile Vandamia is latest West Allegheny all-purpose weapon
July 22, 2018
West Allegheny football coach Bob Palko loves to use top players in many positions in his offense. Mateo Vandamia is the next in a long

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Football helped California’s Stafford turn priorities around
July 18, 2018
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Berger returns as Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach
July 10, 2018
Ligonier Police Chief John Berger is returning as boys basketball coach at Ligonier Valley. Berger, who coached the Rams for two seasons in 2011-13 and

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When Jarett Bach pitched for his Yough American Legion team on Saturday at Kiski Valley, two college baseball coaches made the trip to Freeport to

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

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Ligonier Valley's Lexie Petrof competes against Northern Cambria on Jan. 24, 2018, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley’s Lexie Petrof named Westmoreland Girls Athlete of the Year
July 7, 2018
Lexie Petrof is one of those rare athletes who plays multiple sports and plays them well. She was the goalkeeper for the girls soccer team

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

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A Derry player dribbles the ball down court while playing against Greensburg Central Catholic during the WCCA Hoopfest on Friday, July, 6, 2018, at Hempfield Area High School.
Teams benefit from competition at annual WCCA Shootout
July 6, 2018
No one walked away from Hempfield Area High School with a team trophy Friday after the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Shootout. But coaches and

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Hill-Green an old-school talent for Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
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Jeannette's Tre' Cunningham throws against Quigley Catholic during second round 1-A WPIAL action Monday, May 21, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Jeannette’s Tre Cunningham named Tribune-Review’s Westmoreland Baseball Player of the Year
June 30, 2018
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Tre Cunningham Jeannette, Senior, Pitcher/infielder Jeannette senior Tre Cunningham did his best to get his team back to the WPIAL Class

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Former Greensburg Salem athletic director Lynn Jobe displays the design of a walkway to be constructed at Offutt Field on June 26, 2018, in Greensburg.
New walkway in works for Greensburg’s Offutt Field
June 26, 2018
When Lynn Jobe became Greensburg Salem's athletic director eight years ago, there were two projects she wanted to oversee. The first was to update the

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Palmer Jackson hits the ball at the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament at Latrobe Country Club on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
Franklin Regional’s Jackson wins Westmoreland County Junior golf tourney
June 21, 2018
Palmer Jackson finished a busy week by winning his first Westmoreland County Junior golf tournament Thursday. Jackson, who will be a senior at Franklin Regional,

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The Hempfield Area softball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Parkland, 4-3 in 8 innings, in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
With PIAA three-peat complete, Hempfield softball looks ahead
June 17, 2018
It's been a couple of days since the Hempfield softball team celebrated the program's third consecutive PIAA title and fourth overall. The parade with fire

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty (12) calls for a penalty after a dropped pass against Homer-Center in the third quarter on Friday Oct. 06, 2017 at Homer-Central.
Ligonier Valley’s Jackson Daugherty shines in all-star game
June 16, 2018
Jackson Daugherty hopes to start at Cal (Pa.) in the fall. The Ligonier Valley senior played one final high school game Friday, and he caught

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Hempfield's Emma Hoffner drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Parkland Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield softball rallies to win third consecutive PIAA title
June 15, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK — Winning state titles and getting late-inning heroics never gets old for coach Bob Kalp and his Hempfield softball team. Hempfield captured its

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Winning pitcher Alexis Weaver lined a two-run single off opposing pitcher Trinity Voss' right leg in the third inning, and District 3

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Ringgold tops Valley View to claim 1st PIAA baseball championship
June 14, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK — Ringgold capped off an amazing season by doing the little things that win games. The Rams parlayed solid defense and timely hitting

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West Greene goes back-to-back for Class A softball title
UNIVERSITY PARK — One thing the West Greene softball team has done over the past few seasons is put the rural Greene County school on

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Greensburg Salem’s Hoyle, Latrobe’s Etienne hope to go out on top at Foothills Football Classic
June 12, 2018
For Jake Hoyle and Iven Etienne, the Foothills Football Classic will be one last time to shine on a high school football field. Both will

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Hempfield softball players cheer on their teammates against Nazareth in the PIAA Class 6A semifinals June 12, 2018, at Norlo Park in Fayetteville.
Orischak’s home run guides Hempfield back to PIAA title game
FAYETTEVILLE — It was Ashley Orischak's turn to be the hero. The Hempfield sophomore hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Ethan Bailey drives in two runs with a base hit against Homer Center during a PIAA Class A quarterfinal Thursday, June 7, 2018, at North Allegheny High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic baseball looks to extend dramatic postseason
June 8, 2018
Like a roller coaster ride at Kennywood, the past three games for Greensburg Central Catholic have had their ups and downs. But at the end,

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Belle Vernon's Bailey Parshall threw a no-hitter to defeat Ambridge on May 21, 2018, at Baldwin.
Plenty of postseason history exists between local rivals Belle Vernon, Mt. Pleasant
June 6, 2018
Since Bailey Parshall became the starting pitcher at Belle Vernon in 2015, the Leopards have won three WPIAL softball titles. The only year they didn't

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Greensburg Central Catholic's James Rice celebrates scoring against Eden Christian Academy during second round 1-A WPIAL action Monday, May 21, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland County baseball preview capsule for Thursday game
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June 5, 2018
Playing close games is nothing new for the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team. In fact, GCC coach Dennis Reist thinks his team thrives in those

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Four-run 5th carries Greensburg Central Catholic baseball into PIAA Class A quarters
June 4, 2018
PUNXSUTAWNEY — After every Greensburg Central Catholic baseball game, coach Dennis Reist awards a player a helmet for key contributions during the game. It's a

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Ringgold rallies for PIAA Class 4A 1st round win over St. Marys
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Ringgold coach Don Roberts knew his team would have its hands full with St. Marys pitcher Nate Beimel. Beimel, the nephew of former

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Norwin’s Kolesar places seventh at PIAA meet
June 2, 2018
Norwin junior Jessica Kolesar had a busy weekend at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships at Shippensburg on May 25 and 26. She

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Franklin Regional’s Busche, Kohlman earn bronze medals at PIAA meet
June 1, 2018
Franklin Regional seniors Matt Busche and Tyrese Kohlman earned bronze medals at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships May 26 at Shippensburg. Busche,

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Penn-Trafford throwers compete at PIAA meet
Making the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships in Shippensburg is one thing, but placing in the top eight is something else. When you

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West Greene rallies past Monessen for third consecutive WPIAL Class A softball title
May 31, 2018
Good things came in threes for the West Greene softball team Thursday. The top-seeded Pioneers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning

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Hopewell qualifies for PIAA tournament after defeating Greensburg Salem
May 30, 2018
Hopewell was seeded No. 10 in the Class 4A playoffs by the WPIAL baseball committee, but the Vikings sure didn't play like, especially with Joey

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Neshannock earns berth to PIAA Class 2A baseball playoffs
Neshannock third baseman Dante DeLillo hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Lancers past rival Shenango, 7-3, in

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Greensburg Central Catholic defeats rival Jeannette to reach PIAA baseball tournament
May 29, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic earned its fourth consecutive trip to the PIAA Class A playoffs by defeating rival Jeannette, 8-7, in the WPIAL consolation game. A

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South Side Beaver rides inside-the-park homer to PIAA playoffs
South Side Beaver catcher Nate Statler hit an inside-the-park grand slam to highlight a six-run sixth inning of the WPIAL Class 3A consolation game, and

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Seneca Valley's Zach Gehm stands on the podium with his gold medal after winning the Class AAA boys discus throw during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Seneca Valley thrower Zach Gehm finishes as PIAA champion
May 26, 2018
SHIPPENSBURG — Seneca Valley senior Zach Gehm saved the best for last. The Youngstown State recruit broke his personal best by throwing 194 feet, 8

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Hempfield's Rebeccah Pyo competes in the Class AAA girls high jump during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
PIAA track and field notebook: Bronze finish for Franklin Regional seniors
SHIPPENSBURG — Franklin Regional seniors Matt Busche and Tyrese Kohlman earned bronze medals Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships. Busche, the

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Avonworth-Northgate's Hunter Robinson wins the Class AAA girls 400 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Hunter Robinson wins 2 more gold medals at PIAA meet
SHIPPENSBURG — Avonworth/Northgate senior Hunter Robinson was a double winner at the PIAA track championships for the second consecutive season. Robinson defended her 200-meter title

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Derry's Shawn Broadway competes in the Class AA boys 300 meter hurdle final next to Riverside's Calvin Wetzel during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University. Broadway finished in second place.
Derry hurdler Broadway breaks school record on way to silver medal at states
SHIPPENSBURG — Derry senior Shawn Broadway capped off his season with a record performance in the Class AA 300-meter hurdles at the PIAA track and

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Brownsville's Gionna Quarzo passes Loyalsock's Isabel Sagar on the final lap of the Class AA girls 3200 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Quarzo becomes Brownsville’s first PIAA girls champion
SHIPPENSBURG — Brownsville sophomore Gionna Quarzo decided go for it with one lap remaining in the Class AA 3,200-meter run on Saturday at the PIAA

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Franklin Regional's Jacob Shedd competes in the Class AAA boys triple jump Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
PIAA track and field notebook: Franklin Regional’s Shedd sets school triple jump record
May 25, 2018
SHIPPENSBURG — Franklin Regional senior Jacob Shedd has been striving to surpass 45 feet in the triple jump all season. On Friday at the PIAA

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Hempfield's Mackenna Orie competes in the Class AAA girls shot put Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Hempfield’s DeBone overcomes injuries to finish 8th in pole vault at PIAA meet
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Aliquippa's Marlin Devonshire edges out Shady Side Academy's Michael Tomlin in the boys 100m dash Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
5 WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships
May 23, 2018
Here are five WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA in Class AA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Shawn Broadway, Derry,

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens runs away with the boys high hurdles in record time Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
5 WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships
Here are five WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Matt Busche, Franklin Regional,

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, Oakland Catholic's Jayla Ellis edges out Hempfield Area's Bailey Traczynski in the girls 100m hurdles Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
5 WPIAL girls to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships
Here are five WPIAL girls to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Casey Burton, North Allegheny,

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South Park's Maddie Raymond wins the girls 100m dash Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
5 Western Pa. girls to watch at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships
Here are five Western Pennsylvania girls to watch at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Brenna Cavanaugh, Bentworth,

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Greensburg Salem’s Binda, Anderson going for PIAA track gold
Will this be the year the Greensburg Salem track and field program returns from the PIAA championships with a gold medal Juniors Cameron Binda and

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Hempfield’s Sam Krivus hugs his coach, Vince DeAugustine, following his 1-0 decision over Penn Trafford’s Cameron Coy in their 138-pound championship bout during the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Wrestling coach DeAugustine leaves Hempfield for Norwin
May 22, 2018
Vince DeAugustine said it was one of the toughest decisions he's had to make, resigning as Hempfield's wrestling coach and taking over at Norwin. DeAugustine

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Greensburg Central Catholic overcomes Eden Christian rally for quarterfinal win
May 21, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic didn't panic after Eden Christian Academy rallied to tie the score in the top of the sixth inning. The Centurions turned to

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Cunningham helps Jeannette reach Class A baseball semis with extra-inning win
Tre Cunningham wasn't about to let the Jeannette baseball team lose in Monday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal-round game at Fox Chapel. While he didn't pick

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Westmoreland track and field notebook: William Huss sets Derry 400 mark
May 18, 2018
Since Derry senior William Huss was a freshman, he has been eyeing the 400-meter school record owned by Andrew Downey. Downey doesn't own it any

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Westmoreland track notebook: Greensburg Salem’s Binda claims gold in 1,600
May 17, 2018
Cameron Binda continued to pull away from the pack in the 1,600-meter run. The Greensburg Salem junior won his first WPIAL Class AAA track and

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3 Hempfield girls claim WPIAL track and field titles
Hempfield's Mackenna Orie and Molly DeBone were expected to win WPIAL gold medals at the track and field championships Thursday. Rebecca Pyo had tougher odds

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Relays in spotlight at WPIAL championships
May 16, 2018
While many eyes will be focused on certain individuals at the WPIAL Class AA and AAA track and field championships Thursday at Baldwin, some of

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Avonworth Northgate's Hunter Robinson wins the girls 100 meter dash final at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
5 athletes to watch at Thursday’s WPIAL track and field championships
Here are five athletes to watch at Thursday's WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin. Mackenna Orie, Hempfield, junior This rising star has a chance

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Wicker shines on mound, at plate as Greensburg Salem tops South Park in 1st round
May 15, 2018
It had been six years since the Greensburg Salem baseball team won a playoff game. That drought ended Tuesday in the opening round of the

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Westmoreland track notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Arnone, Ankney top Heritage Conference
May 13, 2018
Avery Arnone and Mack Ankney won two individual titles each to help the Ligonier Valley boys track and field team win another Heritage Conference title.

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Yough softball has plenty in reserve
May 9, 2018
Karlie Clark didn't flinch when Yough softball coach Dutch Harvey handed her the ball in a key Section 2-4A game Tuesday against rival Belle Vernon.

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Yough hires Jim Nesser as boys basketball coach
May 8, 2018
Who said you can't go back home Yough hired Jim Nesser, who first started coaching in 1988 at the school, as its boys basketball coach.

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Yough blanks Belle Vernon behind senior pitcher Karlie Clark
There is usually a lot on the line when the Yough and Belle Vernon softball teams meet. And while the Cougars already clinched the Section

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North Allegheny boys, Butler girls roll to WPIAL track championships
May 7, 2018
The North Allegheny boys and Butler girls track and field teams were favorites to capture the WPIAL Class AAA team titles this season. On Monday

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GCC’s Maloney signs with Pepperdine
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Keeley Maloney must be tired of the horrible spring weather in Western Pennsylvania. Her mom, Lori, isn't sure that was the

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WCCA football showcase set for May 12
May 6, 2018
The annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association football showcase for upperclassmen will held 9 a.m. May 12 at Hempfield. Players will go through a warmup and

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Baldwin Invitational notebook: Norwin’s Kolesar claims triple jump title
May 4, 2018
Norwin junior Jessica Kolesar is one of those athletes who can excel in numerous events. She's a sprinter and a jumper for the Knights, and

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Penn-Trafford's Robbie Buck dives into first base under the tag of Norwin's Tanner Mahofski during their game Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Hempfield has big day at Baldwin Invitational.
MacKenna Orie didn't play lacrosse this spring to concentrate on throwing events with the Hempfield track and field team. Her decision is starting to pay

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Track and field notebook: Hempfield’s Traczynski shares WCCA record
May 3, 2018
It turns out Hempfield senior Bailey Traczynski wasn't the first four-peat winner of an event at Saturday's Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Track and Field Championships.

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Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
May 2, 2018
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Frey’s gem cut short, but Franklin Regional wins
May 1, 2018
It's a shame the high school pitch count spoiled Franklin Regional senior Alex Frey's bid for a no-hitter. But when Frey struck out Laurel Highlands

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Kiski Area's Kierra Shreffler competes in the girls' 1600 meter run in the finals during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association track and field championships Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium.
WCCA notebook: All in the family for Huss boys
April 28, 2018
So who was the best Huss on Saturday at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Track and Field Championship That honor goes to Norwin sophomore Logan

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Hempfield's Bailey Traczynski competes in the finals of the 100 meter hurdles during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association track and field invitational Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium.
Spartans senior 4-peats in hurdles
Did Hempfield senior Bailey Traczynski pull off a first when she won her fourth consecutive 100-meter hurdles title at Saturday's Westmoreland County Coaches' Association track

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Derry football coach Tim Sweeney (Red team) and Jeannette football caoch Roy Hall (Blue team) will lead teams in the second annual Foothills Football Classic, set for 7 p.m. June 15, 2018, at Hempfield.
Talented quarterbacks highlight WCCA Foothills Football Classic rosters
April 26, 2018
Robert Kennedy led Jeannette to WPIAL and PIAA Class A football titles last fall. So when his coach, Roy Hall, was selecting the Blue team

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The 2018 Derry track and field teams have been led by, from left, Shawn Broadway, Danielle Mullen and Will Huss.
WCCA meet to test Derry track and field athletes
Derry's boys and girls track and field teams just completed the regular season by winning a second consecutive section title. While that was a goal,

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Ligonier Valley head coach Todd Hepner talks with his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter against Bellwood-Antis on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Ligonier Valley High School. Bellwood-Antis won 73-57.
Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach Hepner resigns
April 25, 2018
Ligonier Valley athletic director Corey Turcheck said Wednesday that boys basketball coach Todd Hepner resigned after going 73-45 in five seasons. Turcheck said the school

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Derry's Isaac Buterbaugh
Derry’s Buterbaugh possibly out for season after being hit by pitch
Derry senior baseball player Isaac Buterbaugh possibly had his season end Monday after he was hit in the head with a pitch against Deer Lakes.

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Infielder Chelsea Bisi, works on her swing during softball practice, in Derry Area High School, on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Knee injury could sideline Derry’s Bisi for season
April 24, 2018
Chelsea Bisi's high school softball career maybe over. The Derry senior injured her right knee while hitting a home run Monday at home against Uniontown.

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Judge John J. Driscoll (left) poses with the 2018 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Award winners Bailey Parshall from Bell Vernon and Robby Patrick from Ligonier Valley at a banquet April 24, 2018, at Ferrante's Lakeview.
Belle Vernon’s Parshall, Ligonier Valley’s Patrick receive Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
One throws a fastball in the 60 mph range. The other is a quick worker on the wrestling mat. But more than that, the future

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Canon-McMillan's Brendan Furman reacts after beating Lockport's Ronald Tucker during the 285-pound championship of the 2016 Powerade Wrestling Tournament at Canon-McMillan High School on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
Field strengthens for annual Powerade Wrestling Tournament
Every year, the Powerade Wrestling Tournament draws some of the top teams and wrestlers from around the country to Western Pennsylvania. The 2018 tournament, the

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Penn-Trafford ends Hempfield softball’s 46-game win streak
April 22, 2018
It had been almost two years since the Hempfield softball team lost a game. That was to Shaler on April 27, 2016. After that loss,

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Belle Vernon's Bailey Parshall
Thirty-six seniors up for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
April 21, 2018
Here's a look at the 36 seniors who are in the running for the annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award. A male and female winner

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Hempfield's coach Robert Kalp is embraced by his players after winning the PIAA 6A softball championship against Hazleton on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in State College.
Hempfield softball coach Kalp to be honored with Ferrante Memorial Award
The Ferrante family has honored an individual with an award for his or her achievements and contributions to high school athletics since 1984. The award

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Franklin Regional's Jacob Shedd competes in the boys long jump final at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
Franklin Regional’s Shedd nears target distance with gold medal jump at Butler Invitational
April 20, 2018
Franklin Regional senior Jacob Shedd has the number 48 written on his track shoes. That's the mark in feet he would like to reach in

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Latrobe's Sarah Blair throws back a catch against a Norwin base runner during WPIAL softball at Greater Latrobe High School in Latrobe, on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Latrobe softball team eager to return to field
April 19, 2018
It was back to the gym for the Latrobe softball team Thursday afternoon thanks to another snowy and cold spring day. Since they defeated Fox

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Shaler long distance runners Eddie Sheets (left) and Dalton Kalbaugh work out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Butler Invitational draws top teams, athletes from Western Pa.
When the Butler and Shaler track teams battled Tuesday, they ran the gamut of weather conditions. andquot;It went from ice balls to sun to 2

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Ligonier Valley's Robert Patrick wrestles against Susquenita's Dalton Group in the 170 pound semifinal bout for class 2A during the PIAA state championships Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Patrick won the semifinal and moves on to the state championship final.
Heritage Conference announces winter all-conference teams
April 17, 2018
Members of the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team and senior wrestler Robby Patrick headlined the Heritage Conference winter all-conference teams, which were released Tuesday. Patrick,

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

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Kiski Area's Emily Schrag races in the girls' 1600 meter relay with teammate Mia Hartman during the 27th Hempfield Area Lady Spartan and 16th Greater Latrobe Wildcat Track and Field Invitational at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe, on Friday, April 13, 2018.
Kiski Area’s Starr claims javelin title, 3 medals at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
Kiski Area junior Jean Starr learned a valuable lesson after a successful freshman season. It's a lesson she is using as motivation this season. andquot;I

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

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens clears the last hurdle to set a state record and win the gold medal in the Boy's Class AAA 110 hurdles at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Eight WPIAL athletes to compete at Penn Relays
At least eight athletes from WPIAL schools will participate in the 2018 Penn Relays on April 28-30 at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Heading the

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YWCA Westmoreland County honors Sportswomen of the Year
April 10, 2018
A recurring theme at the 24th annual YWCA Westmoreland Sportswomen of the Year Awards banquet Tuesday was the hard work and dedication of all the

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Nicholas Ruggeri works the batting cage, during baseball practice at Greensburg Central Catholic, in Hempfield, on Monday, March 12, 2018.
Greensburg Central Catholic baseball game moved to Seton Hill
April 9, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic has moved today's WPIAL Class A Section 2 baseball game against Jefferson-Morgan from Hempfield Park to Seton Hill University. The time of

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale is announced the winner of the 126 pound semifinal bout after defeating Athen's A.J. Burkhart in the class 2A wrestling semifinals during the PIAA state championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale named 2018 Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year
March 31, 2018
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale used a loss at the Powerade tournament as motivation to win his fourth PIAA Class AA title and finish his career

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Ligonier Valley's Robert Patrick wrestles against Colin Fegley of Mahonoy in the 170 pound weight class quarterfinal in 2A wrestling during the PIAA championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick hadn't been forced to go the distance in a match until the PIAA Class AA semifinals. He won that match,

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Laurel Highlands' Travis Sankovich (9) throws too late to first base as Latrobe's Antonio Noble beats the throw in the fourth inning against Latrobe on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township. Latrobe won 6-5.
Laurel Highlands shortstop Sankovich participates in Arizona showcase
March 28, 2018
Laurel Highlands senior shortstop Travis Sankovich competed with the Langley Blaze, a team from British Columbia, Canada, at their annual Arizona Pro tour spring trip

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The Norwin boys track and field team's 1,600-meter relay team includes, from left, Ian Brown, Logan Huss, Brady Schmitt, Zeke Houser and Gianni Rizzo. Matt Federovich also runs on the relay.
Norwin boys mile relay team aims to defend title
Norwin junior Gianni Rizzo said he still gets chills watching the video of the 1,600-meter relay final at Shippensburg last May. Rizzo ran the anchor

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Latrobe's Jason Armstrong (right) grabs a rebound in front of Norwin's Jacob Williams (25) during the first quarter on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
Nominees announced for Westmoreland County’s Judge Driscoll Scholar-AthleteAward
March 27, 2018
As retired Westmoreland County Judge John J. Driscoll addressed the county high school athletic directors and a school representative at his annual luncheon to decide

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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps takes the mat before facing Coatesville's Brennan McBride in the 106 pound semifinal bout during the PIAA state championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps moves on to the state final in class 3A.
WPIAL wrestling trio finishes high at national event
March 25, 2018
Pine-Richland freshman Cole Spencer, Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps and Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho placed high at the National High School Coaches Association championships this

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Greensburg Salem's Jesse Quatse battles against Owen J. Roberts' Jason Zollers in the 170 weight class bout for the 3A individual matches during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Greensburg Salem wrestler Quatse chooses Penn
Greensburg Salem senior Jesse Quatse has selected to continue his academic and wrestling career at the University of Pennsylvania. Quatse placed fourth in the PIAA

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Yough's Kierra Waywood pitches in the first inning against Southmoreland on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Southmoreland High School.
Deep lineup returns for Yough softball team
March 22, 2018
What do the Yough and Mt. Pleasant softball teams have in common The obvious answer is both are from Westmoreland County. Besides that, they each

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Yough's Nate Wikens competes against Norwin during a scrimmage game Monday, March 19, 2018, at Norwin.
Yough baseball looking to build with young players
It would be easy to think the Yough baseball team is building for the future. But that future might not be to far away. Yough

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Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale wrestles against Saucon Valley's Joshua Jones for the 126-pound state championship title during the PIAA state championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Teasdale defeated Jones and earned his fourth PIAA gold medal.
WPIAL wrestlers selected to compete at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 13, 2018
Four WPIAL wrestlers, including state champions Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson-Morgan, Logan Macri of Canon-McMillan and Isaac Reid of Kiski Area, headline the Pennsylvania squad that

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Quaker Valley's Conner Redinger is lifted by Benton's Gable Strickland in the 106 pound quarterfinal bout in class 2A during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Quaker Valley’s Redinger finishes 3rd at PIAA tournament
March 12, 2018
HERSHEY — Quaker Valley freshman Connor Redinger fell short of his goal at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Saturday. Redinger wanted to be the

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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps struggles against Seneca Valley's Alejandro Herrera in the 106-pound 3A championship final during the PIAA state wrestling championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps lost 1-0 to Herrera in the final.
Westmoreland wrestlers suffer tough losses at PIAAs
March 10, 2018
HERSHEY — The sweetest place on Earth turned sour for Westmoreland County wrestlers at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday. Three close losses, including

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick denied in state wrestling finals again
HERSHEY — Sometimes your best isn't just good enough. Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick and Derry junior Dom DeLuca can attest to that. Patrick and

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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps celebrates a win over Coatesville's Brennan McBride in the 106 pound semifinal bout during the PIAA state championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps moves on to the state final in class 3A.
Norwin’s Phipps, Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon get rematch in PIAA Class AAA finals
HERSHEY — When Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps won his second WPIAL Class AAA title last week with a 1-0 victory against Seneca Valley freshman Alejandro

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale reaches backwards to get a position on Athen's A.J. Burkhart in the 126 pound semifinal in class 2A during the PIAA state championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale on cusp of history
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY — Jefferson Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale is one victory away from making PIAA wrestling history. But Teasdale said he's not thinking too much about

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick earns rematch with nemesis for state wrestling crown
HERSHEY – Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick has been waiting 363 days for another shot at Susquehanna Township junior Edmond Ruth. He gets that shot Saturday

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho cruises into PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho had a close call in his opening-round match at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Thursday at Giant

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Connellsville's Nate Ansell is congratulated by coaching staff after winning the 195 pound quarterfinal against Blue Mountain's Nate Stine in class 3A during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Twenty WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — The WPIAL proved again why it is one of the toughest wrestling regions in the state. Twenty wrestlers advanced to Saturday's semifinals at

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Greater Latrobe's Gabe Willochell attempts to maintain an offensive position over Owen J. Roberts' Connor Quinn in the 126 pound class 3A bout during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Willochell, Hempfield’s Burkholder post upsets at PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
March 8, 2018
HERSHEY — After Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell won his preliminary-round match Thursday at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships, his coach Mike Ciotti predicted his

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Southmoreland senior pair advances to PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — This is the last hurrah for Southmoreland seniors Tyler Griffiths and Jaden Datz. They are closing in on the conclusion of their high

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Five things to watch at the PIAA wrestling tournament
March 7, 2018
Pennsylvania's biggest stretch of high school wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday with the PIAA individual championships at Giant Center in Hershey. There will

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Area wrestlers look to make history at PIAA championships
March 6, 2018
Four victories. That's all that stands between Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale, North Hills sophomore Sam Hillegas and all the seeded wrestlers from making history at

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High school wrestling notebook: Fayette County 4 seeking gold at PIAA tournament
When the PIAA wrestling championships begin Thursday in Hershey, four Fayette County wrestlers will be looking to bring home gold medals. All are returning state

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High school wrestling rankings for week of March 5, 2018
Individual Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin (36-0); 2. Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (42-8); 3. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (30-8); 4. Brady Sherback, Latrobe

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Southwest Pa. Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees announced
March 5, 2018
The Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame announced its 2018 class on Monday. The group includes NCAA champion Nico Megaludis of Franklin Regional/Penn State, four-time

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WPIAL wrestling notebook: Canon-McMillan’s Macri finally stands atop of the podium
March 3, 2018
Canon-McMillan senior Logan Macri was so tired of finishing second at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA wrestling championship that he leaped atop the podium at

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Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps wins 2nd WPIAL wrestling title
Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps wasn't happy with how he earned his second WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA title Saturday at Canon-McMillan. Phipps was awarded a penalty

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Kiski Area’s Blumer upsets top-seeded Kemerer in WPIAL quarterfinals
Kiski Area sophomore wrestler Jack Blumer made a prediction Friday night after his quarterfinal victory and backed it up Saturday afternoon in the WPIAL Class

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WPIAL wrestling tournament notebook: Former Shaler, Hampton coach Siar remembered
March 2, 2018
When Fox Chapel wrestling coach Ron Frank started coaching, two former opposing coaches helped him. One was late North Allegheny coach Gus DeAugustino and the

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Latrobe sophomore wrestler Willochell highlights opening day of Southwest Regionals
Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell can put himself in dangerous positions at times during his matches. But that funky style makes him dangerous on the wrestling

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Zero upsets during fast opening round of WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament
If fans were hoping for upsets in the opening rounds of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships Friday afternoon, they were disappointed because there

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Ligonier Valley's Marrek Paola attempts a layup against Purchase Line defender Dominque Campbell during the Heritage Conference Championship basketball game on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Ligonier valley’s long wait to play in District 6 final finally over
February 28, 2018
It has been 31 years since Ligonier Valley played in the District 6 finals. They were called the Mounties back then and played in Class

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Latrobe's Brady Sherback and Norwin's Kurtis Phipps face off in neutral during the 106 weight class final Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association's 2018 wrestling tournament. Phipps won, coming in first place in the 106 class.
Five things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament
There are storylines galore that will unfoled Friday and Saturday at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA tournament at Canon-McMillan. Albert Gallatin senior Tim Wallace and

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High school wrestling notebook: Albert Gallatin’s Wallace, Waynesburg’s Morris seek 3rd WPIAL titles
February 27, 2018
Albert Gallatin senior Tim Wallace and Waynesburg senior Caleb Morris will look to make history at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA tournament this weekend. Both

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Penn-Trafford's Nick Coy (left) and Job Chishko will vie for WPIAL Class AAA titles Saturday, March, 3, 2018, at Canon-McMillan.
Brothers of successful wrestlers, Penn-Trafford’s Coy, Chishko have hopes of own golden moment
It can tough being the sibling of a successful wrestler. Just ask Shaler's Taylor Letters, who followed his older brother Troy, a two-time PIAA champion,

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Burrell's Ian Oswalt squares off with Blairsville's Jack Bruce in the third-place match in the 113-pound weight class during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional finals.
Tribune-Review high school wrestling rankings: Week of Feb. 27, 2018
Individual rankings Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin (32-0); 2. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (26-7); 3. Brady Sherback, Latrobe (27-5); 4. Alejandro Herrera, Seneca

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

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Derry's Tyler Cymmerman competes mid-air in neutral with Saint Joseph Catholic Academy's Zach Witmer in the 120 weight class match for first place during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling finals at the Kovalchick Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Redinger 1 of 7 to win SW Regional titles
February 24, 2018
It was quite a final day for wrestlers from the WPIAL Class AA at the PIAA Southwest Regional. Seven walked away with titles, and 39

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Derry's Shawn Broadway battles for first place against Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale during the 126 weight class final in the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling finals at the Kovalchick Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
Teasdale, Patrick become 4-time PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional champs
There haven't been many four-time champions in the 32 years of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament. That list of six grew by two

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale gains positioning on Derry's Shawn Broadway in the 126 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale, Ligonier Valley’s Patrick roll into regional finals
The stage is set for Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale and Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick. The duo is chasing history as they try to become

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Derry's Ty Cymmerman
With his late father on his mind, Derry’s Cymmerman advances to Southwest Regional semifinals
February 23, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he needs to yell at freshman Ty Cymmerman during a match to get him to wrestle well. It would

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Carlton Haselrig coaches his Johnstown wrestlers during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional Feb. 23, 2018, at IUP.
Southwest Regional wrestling notebook: Elizabeth Forward, South Park lightweights earn redemption
Before Friday night, Elizabeth Forward sophomore Ryan Michaels and South Park freshman Joey Fischer had never beaten their quarterfinal opponents. That all changed at the

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Freedom, McGuffey, Quaker Valley wrestlers advance to regional quarterfinals
Freedom advanced five of eight wrestlers to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex on Friday.

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale gains positioning on Derry's Shawn Broadway in the 126 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Five things to watch at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament
February 22, 2018
The PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament is set to begin at 2 p.m. Friday at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex. There are

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Ligonier Valley's Michael Marinchak runs the ball on offense against Penns Valley during District 6 Class 3A boys' basketball playoffs Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Marinchak sparks No. 2 Ligonier Valley boys to quarterfinal win
February 21, 2018
Michael Marinchak is similar to the Energizer bunny. Once he gets started, he's hard to slow down. Penns Valley found that out Wednesday during a

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Trinity ousts Greensburg Salem boys in WPIAL 1st round
February 20, 2018
Trinity found itself in a huge hole to begin the fourth quarter against underdog Greensburg Salem. But the experienced Hillers found their game and avoided

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Hempfield's Luke Kemerer works against Burrell's Noah Linderman during their 145 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School. Hempfield inadvertently used an ineligible wrestler against Seneca Valley in the Class AAA team tournament on Jan. 31, which means the Spartans will not face Canon-McMillan in the semifinals.
Hempfield wrestlers change weight classes in advance of section tournament
When Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine was winning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles, there was no internet to help wrestlers figure out what weight

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Penn-Trafford wrestler Brett Ginther (left) competes during the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
High school wrestling notebook: Realignment to alter sections in Class 3A, 2A
When WPIAL wrestling chairman Frank Vulcano Jr. discussed changes in the sections for the next two seasons, he hoped coaches would be pleased. He said

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West Mifflin's Gerald Brown works against North Allegheny's Derek Devine during the 285-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 19, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 19, 2018: Individual rankings Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin

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Franklin Regional's Nate Smith attempts to maintain control over Greensburg Salem's Ian Ewing in the 145 weight class bout Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 during WPIAL wrestling at Franklin Regional High School.
WPIAL wrestling teams learn new section opponents for next 2-year cycle
February 19, 2018
The WPIAL board of directors approved the new realignment in wrestling for the next two seasons. There are 46 teams in Class AAA, down two

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Jeannette Head Coach Roy Hall celebrates his team's win against Imani Christian for the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Jeannette’s Hall, Derry’s Sweeney to coach in Foothills Football Classic
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association announced Monday that Jeannette coach Roy Hall and Derry coach Tim Sweeney will lead teams at the annual Foothills Football

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Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick (right) wrestles Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152-pound championship at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Ligonier Valley wrestler Robby Patrick among top seeds for PIAA Southwest Regional
February 18, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick received a No. 1 seed at 170 pounds for the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday and Saturday at

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Ligonier Valley pair advance to wrestling regional
February 17, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior wrestlers Robby Patrick and Alex Caldwell captured PIAA District 6 Class AA titles Saturday at Altoona. Both recorded falls in the finals.

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Hempfield's Molly DeBone competes in the girls Class AAA pole vault at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Friday, May 26, 2017.
Hempfield, Greensburg Salem, Latrobe athletes win TYTCA indoor titles
Hempfield senior Molly DeBone and junior MacKenna Orie captured Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor titles Saturday at Edinboro University. DeBone cleared 11 feet, 4 inches

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Conner Redinger of Quaker Valley gains positioning on South Park's Joseph Fischer in the 106 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wins 4th WPIAL wrestling championship
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale probably doesn't like to see two losses on his record this season, but what's important is winning titles. Teasdale became the

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Hempfield adds slow-pitch softball as varsity club sport
February 16, 2018
The Hempfield Area School Board voted to accept slow-pitch softball as a club sport. Players will be eligible to earn a school letter and be

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

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Derry, Burrell wrestlers adjust focus to sectionals
If wrestlers from Burrell and Derry want to return to Hershey on March 8, they can't afford a letdown this weekend. The Class AA individual

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 12, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 12, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School, Rec., Pvs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls rewarded for strong finish
February 13, 2018
Late season's success has Greensburg Central Catholic coach Joe Eisaman and Hempfield first-year coach Lindsy Muchnock excited about the upcoming WPIAL girls basketball playoffs. The

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Jeannette athletes enjoy support of alumni, community during winning runs
February 12, 2018
What the Jeannette sports teams have accomplished over the years doesn't need much praise. That's because excellence on the field or court is expected from

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Kiski Area takes second at PIAA Class AAA wrestling team tournament
February 10, 2018
HERSHEY — Kiski Area needed more than an extraordinary effort to win its first PIAA Class AAA team title. The Cavaliers got a great team

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

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Derry wrestling defeated at PIAAs
HERSHEY — Derry coach Mike Weinell couldn't believe what he was watching Friday at the PIAA wrestling championships. As he sat in his chair, he

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Burrell wrestling rallies past Brookville to stay alive in state tournament
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields couldn't hide his excitement after the Bucs' match with Brookville. Burrell (13-6) advanced in the consolation bracket of

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Kiski Area wrestling takes down defending champ Nazareth in PIAA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Kiski Area wrestling coach Chris Heater told his team this weekend's trip to the PIAA Class AAA team tournament wasn't a three-day vacation,

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Burrell stays alive, Derry eliminated in PIAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — WPIAL Class AA champion Burrell stayed alive in the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championship consolation round Friday morning by defeating District 1 champion

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Chestnut Ridge too much for Derry at PIAA tournament
February 8, 2018
HERSHEY — Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell knew his team faced a big challenge in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA team tournament.

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Burrell drops controversial match to Muncy at PIAA tournament; Kiski Area advances
HERSHEY — There have been times the Burrell wrestling team hasn't competed at a level expected of them by their coaches at the PIAA team

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High school wrestling notebook: Changes ahead for section alignment
February 6, 2018
Major changes are coming to the section alignment for the next two wrestling seasons, starting in 2018-19. According to Canon-McMillan athletic director Frank Vulcano Jr.,

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Derry wrestling aims to make annual Hershey trip for PIAA tournament
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell hopes his team's first trip to the PIAA tournament is a memorable one. He also hopes it won't be the

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 5, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 5, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School, Rec., Pvs.

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Ligonier Valley beats West Shamokin in Heritage Conference semifinal
February 5, 2018
Ligonier Valley trailed only once in Monday's Heritage Conference semifinal against West Shamokin. And while the Rams struggled offensively and were not able to put

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Injured Canon-McMillan wrestler recovering after injury in WPIAL final
Canon-McMillan junior Skyler Adams was in school Monday, according to athletic director Frank Vulcano, two days after suffering an injury during the WPIAL Class AAA

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Kiski Area’s Reid prays with Canon-McMillan wrestling team after scary injury
February 3, 2018
Kiski Area heavyweight Isaac Reid knows adversity. A blood clot in his lung prevented him from wrestling until two weeks ago. On Saturday, Reid helped

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Kiski Area wrestlers outlast Canon-McMillan, defend WPIAL Class AAA title
Canon-McMillan fans were on their feet when Zack Rohaley and Kiski Area senior Danny Starr took the mat in the finals of the WPIAL Class

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Jeannette’s ‘fire and ice’ duo lead crucial victory over Serra Catholic
February 2, 2018
Jeannette basketball coach Adrian Batts described his senior duo of Tre Cunningham and Robert Kennedy as andquot;Fire and Ice.andquot; He couldn't have been more correct

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Derry wrestling looks to make program history in WPIAL semifinals
The Derry wrestling team could make history with a victory against Freedom in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at noon Saturday at Chartiers-Houston. A win

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Seneca Valley's Jason Geyer celebrates after pinning Hempfield's Jared Brean during a WPIAL Class AAA team quarterfinal Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Jackson.
Seneca Valley to replace Hempfield in WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tournament
February 1, 2018
Seneca Valley wrestling coach Kevin Wildrick gave his team a day off after the Raiders lost to Hempfield in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday

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Seneca Valley to replace Hempfield in WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tourney
Seneca Valley wrestling coach Kevin Wildrick gave his team a day off after the Raiders lost to Hempfield in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday

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Hempfield's Dillon Feretti works to defeat Seneca Valley's Nick Funovits during their WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Jackson.
Hempfield edges Seneca Valley on criteria to reach WPIAL semifinals
Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine knew advancing to the WPIAL Class AAA team semifinals would be a challenge. He didn't know it would take a

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Franklin Regional wrestling ousted in WPIAL 1st round
January 31, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Matt Lebe knew it would take a superb effort to knock off No. 4 Seneca Valley in Wednesday's first round of the

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Water main break forces WPIAL to move McGuffey wrestling site to Canon-McMillan
Because of a water main break at McGuffey High School, Wednesday's WPIAL Class AA wrestling tournament matches have been moved to Canon-McMillan. No. 4 seed

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Belle Vernon's Brock Godzin works against Derry's Trey Weinell during their 152 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 29
Tribune-Review wrestling rankings Week of Jan. 29, 2018 Team Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 7-0 1 2. Kiski Area 13-1 2 3. Hempfield 16-1 3 4. Waynesburg 12-2 4 5. Seneca Valley 12-1 7 6.

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Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley yells out during the 152-pound bout during a dual meet against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg.
High school wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem coach approaching milestone
The next time the Greensburg Salem wrestling teams wins a dual meet, which could be Wednesday against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA team

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Franklin Regional's Nate Smith attempts to maintain control over Greensburg Salem's Ian Ewing in the 145 weight class bout Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 during WPIAL wrestling at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional, Hempfield, Derry wrestlers aim for success in WPIAL team tournament
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe called his team together after the Panthers rallied to defeat Moon on Monday in a WPIAL Class AAA team

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Forfeits doom Belle Vernon against Armstrong in WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 29, 2018
It's been a weird wrestling season at Belle Vernon. A team with high hopes and talented wrestlers was beset by injuries, which is a reason

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

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Southmoreland football coach Dave Keefer poses at the school's stadium on Jan. 26, 2018.
Southmoreland 1st-year coach Keefer puts emphasis on improving feeder system
January 28, 2018
Dave Keefer felt it was the right time to become a head football coach. So when Mark Adams resigned after the 2017 season, Keefer said

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Derry's Dominic DeLuca battles Mt. Pleasant's Ian Forsano in neutral during the 220 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 17, 2018 in WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Ligonier Valley’s Alex Caldwell, Derry’s Dom DeLuca reach milestones
January 27, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Alex Caldwell and Derry junior Dom DeLuca reached the 100-win plateau this week with wrestling victories. Caldwell (20-2 this season, 100-40 overall)

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Reed Fenton’s big night leads Latrobe boys over Norwin
Latrobe couldn't afford a letdown against Norwin on Friday in a key Section 3-6A game. Thanks to a career night from junior guard Reed Fenton,

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Burrell's Daniel McCarthy (right) wrestles South Fayette's Dalton Hirt during their 152 lb. match on Wed. Jan. 24, 2018 at Burrell High School.
Canon-McMillan, Burrell awarded top seeds for WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 25, 2018
The Canon-McMillan and Burrell wrestling teams earned the No. 1 seeds for the WPIAL team tournament which begins Monday with four preliminary-round matches at Franklin

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Derry's Kace Sabedra grapples in neutral with Elizabeth Forward's Freddie Howard in the 113 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 at Derry Area High School.
Hempfield, Derry coaches prepare for WPIAL team tournament
Some coaches might have felt the WPIAL wrestling committee slighted their teams. Don't count Hempfield's Vince DeAugustine or Derry's Mike Weinell among that group. They

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Hempfield's Ethan Berginc works against Kiski Area's Sammy Starr during their 106-pound final in the Section 1 championship Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Hempfield High School.
Kiski Area edges Hempfield to capture Section 1 championship
The Kiski Area wrestling team wears sweatshirts with TEAM on the front. That exemplifies the way they approach the WPIAL team tournament. andquot;It takes more

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Hampton's Justin Hart works against Thomas Jefferson's Max Shaw during the 182-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
High school team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 21
January 24, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 21, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 5-0 1

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Hempfield's Luke Kemerer works against Burrell's Noah Linderman during their 145 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
High school wrestling notebook: Intriguing matchups possible during section tournaments
The start of the postseason team wrestling tournaments got underway Tuesday with Trinity defeating Ambridge, 72-3, in the Section 4-AAA fifth-place match. The rest of

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Derry's Jason Baker attempts to put a hold on Mt. Pleasant's Alex Miscovich in the 132 weight class bout on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 during WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Miscovich aims to learn from mistakes
Things didn't look good for Mt. Pleasant senior wrestler Al Miscovich in a recent bout against Derry junior Jason Baker. He trailed 3-0 early in

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss carries for a first down past Middletown'sGage Radabaugh during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Kennedy, Jurkovec, Guss, Hooker among Mr. Pa. Football finalists
January 22, 2018
Four WPIAL quarterbacks are finalists for Mr. Pa. Football. Pine-Richland senior Phil Jurkovec, a Notre Dame recruit, and New Castle senior Marcus Hooker, a Ohio

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Latrobe's Joe Piper competes at a Tri-State Track and Field Coaches Association indoor meet Jan. 20, 2018, at Edinboro.
Latrobe duo sets school records during indoor meet
Three Latrobe athletes set school records at the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor meet of the season Saturday at Edinboro. Sydney Mizikar set a

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Hampton's Justin Hart works against Thomas Jefferson's Max Shaw during the 182-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
Two returning champions defend titles at Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament
January 21, 2018
Defending a title isn't easy, just ask Moon senior Frankie Bonura and Baldwin senior Gehrig Hutchison. But for Moon senior Nick Acuna and Mt. Lebanon

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Fox Chapel's Donovan Cutchember fends off Upper St. Clair's Jake Slinger during the 220-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
Strong showing at Allegheny County tourney for Fox Chapel wrestler Cutchember
January 20, 2018
For Fox Chapel sophomore Donovan Cutchember, the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament did not end how he planned, with a win in the finals. But Cutchember

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Hempfield head coach Rich Bowen brings his team together before playing Mt. Lebanon on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at Hempfield.
Westmoreland WPIAL football coaches disappointed, dealing with new alignment
Not everyone likes what the PIAA did to high school athletics the past two years by expanding the classifications from four to six classes in

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West Mifflin's Gerald Brown talks with coaches and officials during Day 1 of the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 19, 2018, at Fox Chapel.
Quaker Valley’s Kazalas, West Mifflin’s Brown make quick work of foes at Allegheny County tournament
John Rocco Kazalas and Gerald Brown are ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in their weight classes by the Tribune-Review. They also are highly ranked

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Hempfield's Justin Sliwoski (11) looks for an open receiver against Greensburg Salem in the second quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Hempfield’s Sliwoski, Jeannette’s Kennedy to play in all-star game
Hempfield senior Justin Sliwoski and Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy are among a group of Western Pennsylvania football player who have accepted invitations to play in

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Fox Chapel’s Cutchember reaches semifinals at county tournament
January 19, 2018
Fox Chapel sophomore Donovan Cutchember was the lone A-K Valley wrestler to advance to the semifinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Friday. Cutchember

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Derry's Gannon Lenhart wrestles in neutral against Mt. Pleasant's Zac Presock in the 160 weight class bout Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Derry to be shorthanded for section tournament
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell feels his second-ranked Trojans can compete with anyone in Class AA when healthy. But when the team tournament begins Wednesday,

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Derry's Dominic DeLuca battles Mt. Pleasant's Ian Forsano in neutral during the 220 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 17, 2018 in WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Derry wrestling defeats Mt. Pleasant, will host Section 2 tournament
January 17, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell gave his team a stern talk after Wednesday's Section 2B match against Mt. Pleasant. Even though the Class AA No.

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Latrobe upsets Class 6A No. 2 Penn Hills
This was a gut check for the Latrobe basketball team. After an embarrassing loss at Fox Chapel on Friday, the Wildcats were down 10 points

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Derry's Jason Baker wrestles Elizabeth Forward's Mike Kiester in the 132 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 at Derry Area High School.
High school team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 15
January 16, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 15, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 4-0 1

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Kiski Area's Noah Levett pins Southmoreland's Devin Brubacher during their 138 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Wrestling notebook: Section tournament berths up for grabs Wednesday
There is a lot on the line Wednesday for the final wrestling section matches in the WPIAL. Section titles and section team tournament berths are

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

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Shaler wrestler Jake Pollak takes second place in overtime against Mt. Lebanon's Luke Stout in the 152-pound weight class Jan. 21, 2017, at the Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel.
Mt. Lebanon’s Stout set to defend title at Allegheny County wrestling tournament
During the 16-year history of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship, only four wrestlers have become four-time champions. While no one is in line to capture

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Penn-Trafford's Mackenzie Aunkst maneuvers around Plum's Mackenzie Lake on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 in the Penn-Trafford Warriors Holiday Showcase at Penn-Trafford High School.
Knee injury to sideline Penn-Trafford’s Aunkst for season
January 13, 2018
The Penn-Trafford girls basketball team has been dealing with injuries all season. But the latest player to be sidelined will be hard to replace. Senior

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Penn-Trafford's Tyler Campbell dribbles down court as Hempfield's Shawn Wilson defends Friday Jan. 12, 2018 during boys' basketball at Penn-Trafford High School.
Strong start vaults Penn-Trafford boys past rival Hempfield
January 12, 2018
Penn-Trafford senior Sean Kelly set the tone for Friday's boys basketball game early and often. He scored six points in the opening quarter, including a

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Derry wrestling gets key section win over Elizabeth Forward
January 10, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he was a little concerned about Wednesday's first-place battle against Elizabeth Forward. The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in Class

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Penn-Trafford’s Coy cleared to wrestle
Penn-Trafford junior Nick Coy has been cleared to resume wrestling, according to his coach, Rich Ginther. Coy sustained a neck sprain in the 132-pound final

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Longtime Geibel basketball coach Misiak dies at 81
Ken Misiak began his basketball coaching and teaching careers at Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville in the late 1950s. After 49 years, he left

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 8
January 9, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 8, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 4-0 1

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Derry’s DeLuca eyes spot among Trojans’ elite wrestlers
Hanging on the wall in the Derry wrestling room are singlets of five Trojans wrestlers who won state titles. It's a constant reminder for the

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High school notebook: WCCA could consider change to invitational
Should the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association change its wrestling tournament to an invitational Opinions varied at the 65th annual WCCA tournament this past weekend. Because

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Another Just takes over Laurel Highlands football program
When Laurel Highlands football coach Zach Just resigned to take a principal position at South Allegheny, the Laurel Highlands school board didn't have to look

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Southmoreland officials hope to hire new football coach soon
Southmoreland athletic director Charlie Swink said Tuesday that he'll know better after Thursday's school board planning session what direction the district will take on hiring

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Ligonier Valley wide receiver Tutino selected for All-World game
January 8, 2018
Ligonier Valley junior wide receiver Aaron Tutino, a two-time Tribune-Review Terrific 25 honoree, was selected to participate in the National Underclassman All-World football game, Feb.

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WCCA awards college scholarships to county athletes
Prior to the finals of the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling championship Saturday at Norwin, the association awarded scholarships to seven 2017 graduates

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Hempfield’s Kemerer, Franklin Regional’s Camacho win 3rd WCCA titles
January 7, 2018
Three wrestlers had a chance to join an elite club Saturday at the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Wrestling Tournament at Norwin. Hempfield senior

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Kiski Area in position to claim 3rd straight WCCA wrestling title
January 6, 2018
Kiski Area put itself in position to capture its 11th Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament title and third in a row with a solid

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Norwin freshman Alteri upsets No. 2-seeded Gaul to highlight 1st day of WCCA wrestling tournament
January 5, 2018
The opening night of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament always seems have a surprise winner. And the 65th annual championship had its shocker.

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Peters Township wrestling hosting Match for a Marine
January 4, 2018
Peters Township High School will hold its sixth annual Match for a Marine when it wrestles Mt. Lebanon at home next Wednesday night. The match

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WCCA wrestling tournament to go on as planned Friday
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament will be held as scheduled Friday despite frigid temperatures across the county that canceled classes at every high

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Petko takes over as Jeannette athletic director
Jeannette High School has a new athletic director. Acting high school assistant principal Bill Petko, a 1995 Connellsville graduate, replaced Anthony DeNunzio on Jan. 1.

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Greensburg Salem wrestlers use quick start to get past Franklin Regional
This was a classic case that Wednesday's WPIAL Class AAA Section 1-B wrestling match started perfectly for Greensburg Salem. Because high school wrestling picks the

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 1, 2017
January 3, 2018
The Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 2, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 3-0 1 2. Kiski Area 7-1 2 3.

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Jeannette, Hempfield baseball players to compete in All-American tournament
Three high school baseball players from Westmoreland County have been invited to participate in the 2018 Under Armour All-American Pre-Season tournament at Sloan Park, the

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Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen flashes potential
Nobody at the prestigious Powerade Christmas Tournament wrestled more than Ryan Weinzen. The Norwin sophomore took part in nine matches, winning six, over the two-day

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Focus on 106-pound weight class for Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tourney
The pairings meeting for the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament isn't until Thursday, but the deepest and most competitive weight class will

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Jefferson-Morgan wrestler Teasdale moves on from stunning defeat
When Franklin Regional senior Spencer Lee lost in the final seconds in the PIAA Class AAA final, people were stunned. They were just as stunned

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

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Jefferson-Morgan star wrestler Teasdale handed 1st high school loss in Powerade final
There won't be another four-time undefeated PIAA champion this season. That's because Wyoming Seminary sophomore Beau Bartlett used two takedowns — the winning with 26

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A-K Valley wrestlers earn medals at prestigious Powerade tournament
December 30, 2017
Burrell and Kiski Area didn't return from the prestigious Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament with any team titles or individual champions, but Bucs coach Josh Shields

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho enters Powerade tournament brimming with confidence
December 27, 2017
Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho has had a pretty good Christmas so far. But there is still one present within his grasp, and that gift

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Burrell freshmen Ian Oswalt, Aaron Edwards and A.J. Corrado sit together before wrestling practice Monday, Dec. 19, 2017, at the high school.
WPIAL wrestling rankings: Dec. 17, 2017
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Dec. 17, 2017: Team rankings Class AAA 1. Canon-McMillan

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Penn-Trafford wrestler Brett Ginther (left) competes during the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
Wrestling notebook: Penn-Trafford struggling with low numbers
It's unusual for Penn-Trafford to have trouble fielding a wrestling team considering the success of the program. But the 2017-18 season isn't going as planned.

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Wrestling notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Patrick claims Holiday Classic title
December 20, 2017
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick won the 2017 Sheetz Holiday Wrestling tournament for the second consecutive year over the weekend. He defeated Shamokin's Jacob Carpenter,

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Hempfield's Kyle Burkholder wrestles on a top position over Greensburg Salem's Nico Williams on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in the 113-pound weight class bout at Greensburg Salem gymnasium. Hempfield won in the Crosstown Cup overall 42-21.
Team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 17, 2017
December 19, 2017
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Dec. 17, 2017: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Kiski

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy celebrates his second touchdown during the second quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette’s Kennedy named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Football Player of the Year
December 16, 2017
Player of the Year Robert Kennedy, QB/WR/DB Jeannette, Sr., 5-10, 175 One of the things coaches like about Robert Kennedy is his coolness under pressure.

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Greensburg Salem's Luke Ewing attempts to maintain control as Hempfield's Dallyn Wood looks for an opportunity on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in the 170-pound weight class bout at Greensburg Salem gymnasium. Hempfield won in the Crosstown Cup overall 42-21.
Lightweights score key wins as Hempfield takes back Crosstown Cup from Greensburg Salem
December 13, 2017
Early on in Wednesday's wrestling match, Greensburg Salem looked like it would retain the Crosstown Cup trophy for the third consecutive year. But No. 6-ranked

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Jeannette Head Coach Roy Hall yells out to his team during play against Clairton in a WPIAL Class A semifinal game on Friday Nov. 17, 2017 at Elizabeth Forward.
Homer-Center coach reaches out to Jeannette’s Roy Hall
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall, who was honored at a Coaches Corner Luncheon along with the other WPIAL championship coaches Tuesday, received a text message

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

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Greensburg Salem’s DaJuan Hertzog wrestles Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho at 126 during a dual meet Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg.
Wrestling notebook: Hempfield, Greensburg Salem to battle for Crosstown Cup
Former Hempfield coach Rick Shaheen felt Westmoreland County wrestling needed a jolt back in 1999. So Shaheen and Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley created the

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

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Penn-Trafford’s Job Chishko reacts after losing 6-4 to Seneca Valley’s Louis Newell in their 106-pound championship bout at the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship at Penn Hills High School on Saturday March 05, 2016, in Penn Hills.
WPIAL Class AAA loaded with returning PIAA qualifiers
December 7, 2017
Returning PIAA Class AAA qualifiers 106: Kurtis Phipps, So., Norwin (36-5) andbull; WPIAL champ finished seventh at PIAA tournament. 106: Darren Miller, Jr., Kiski Area

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WPIAL Class AAA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AAA wrestling rankings 1. Kiski Area (24-1) 2. Canon-McMillan (13-4) 3. Waynesburg (12-4) 4. Greensburg Salem (12-4) 5. Connellsville (11-7) 6. Hempfield (13-4)

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson kisses the PIAA Class A championship trophy next to Jalen Jones after defeating Homer-Center, 42-12, in the state final Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette sticks to motto, never quits in run to PIAA championship
HERSHEY — Midway through the third quarter of Thursday's PIAA Class A football championship game, Jeannette coach Roy Hall felt pretty happy. There was a

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Hempfield senior Luke Kemerer won a WPIAL Class AAA championship last season.
Hempfield’s Kemerer wants 1 thing: PIAA wrestling gold
Luke Kemerer is a two-time PIAA placewinner in wrestling. He placed third in 2016 and fifth in '17. But the Hempfield senior and Pitt commit

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall gets doused with the water cooler on the sideline near the conclusion of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette cruises past Homer-Center to claim 2nd PIAA football championship
HERSHEY — Early in the second quarter of Thursday's PIAA Class A football championship, Jeannette found itself trailing Homer-Center. It didn't take long for senior

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Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick (blue) connects with teammate Kyrie Miller for a take down during varsity wrestling practice Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Ligonier Valley’s Patrick eyes elusive PIAA wrestling crown
December 6, 2017
There isn't a day that goes by when Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick doesn't think about winning a PIAA wrestling title. Patrick is a two-time

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Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Wrestling notebook: Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale set to chase 4th PIAA title
Western Pennsylvania wrestling fans found out last March that nothing is guaranteed on the mat. No one expected Franklin Regional senior Spencer Lee to lose.

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Burrell’s Ethan Awes and Trent Bechtold work out during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.
Numerous PIAA wrestling qualifiers return in Class AA
Returning PIAA Class AA qualifiers 106: Trent Valovchik, So., Burrell (35-13) andbull; WPIAL champion finished sixth at Southwest Regional and went 1-2 at PIAA tournament.

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Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields works with his varsity team during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.
WPIAL Class AA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AA wrestling rankings 1. Burrell (13-7) 2. Derry (21-3) 3. South Fayette (18-4) 4. Freedom (14-6) 5. McGuffey (17-4) 6. Burgettstown (9-2) 7.

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Homer-Center's Mike McCracken (35) runs the ball against Ligonier Valley in the fourth quarter on Friday Oct. 06, 2017 at Homer-Central.
Homer-Center riding momentum after upset victories
Homer-Center football coach Greg Page said it has been a little crazy around Homer City and Center Township in Indiana County the past few weeks

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Ligonier Valley's Rachel Horrell poses for a photo Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 during girls' basketball practice at Ligonier Valley. Horrell is a top returning player for the girls' varsity team.
Optimism abounds for Ligonier Valley girls basketball
December 5, 2017
Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach Tim Gustin knows winning the District 6 Heritage Conference title will be difficult, but he believes putting together a winning

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Michael Marinchak started as a freshman at Ligonier Valley last season.
Ligonier Valley boys to start year short-handed
Ligonier Valley will start the boys basketball season against Greensburg Salem on Friday short-handed. That's because two starters — Jackson Daugherty and Aaron Tutino —

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy scores past Farrell's Tyrie Hammonds during the second quarter of their PIAA Class A state semifinal Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
Jeannette football team looks to finish sweet run in PIAA championship
December 3, 2017
The silver things raining down on the Jeannette football team Friday night weren't ice pelts. They were Hershey Kisses thrown by excited Jayhawks fans. That's

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Jeannette's Justin Cramer holds a Hershey's chocolate bar as he celebrates with teammates after after defeating Farrell in their PIAA Class A state semifinal Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
Jeannette shuts down Farrell to advance to PIAA Class A title game
December 1, 2017
It took Jeannette almost a half to get its offense started Friday, but once it did, Farrell didn't have a prayer. Jeannette's defense forced four

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Monessen's Natalie Holmes works out during practice Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Monessen High School.
Monessen girls rebuilding under veteran coach Corley
November 29, 2017
When Major Corley first took over the Monessen girls basketball team back in the 1980s, he built a program that produced three WPIAL championships, six

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Monessen boys aim to stay consistent
If there is one thing that remains consistent in Monessen athletics, it is the play of the boys basketball team. The Greyhounds, during Joe Salvino's

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Jeannette girls to rely on group effort to navigate Section 3-2A schedule
November 27, 2017
When the Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1979 World Series, they adopted the Sister Sledge song andquot;We Are Familyandquot; as a motto. The 2017-18 Jeannette girls

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Jeannette boys prepare for season while waiting for reinforcements
The Jeannette boys basketball season is currently on hold, and that's OK with coach Adrian Batts. Like most fans who follow Jeannette athletics, Batts is

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PIAA football notebook: Injuries to standout receivers foil Ligonier Valley’s game plan
November 26, 2017
HERSHEY — No one would have predicted what happened to the Ligonier Valley football team Saturday against Dunmore in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal-round playoff

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan practices Friday Nov. 24, 2017, at Greensburg Salem.
Greensburg Salem boys look to rebound after tough season
November 25, 2017
The Greensburg Salem boys basketball team hasn't had a winning season since 2012. And the Golden Lions hit a low point last season with a

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Veteran coach Klimchock set to guide Greensburg Salem girls basketball
Rick Klimchock has been coaching high school basketball for more than 20 years. He coached the Jeannette boys for 14 seasons and the Franklin Regional

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Hobbled Ligonier Valley bounced from state football playoffs
HERSHEY — Ligonier Valley could have rolled over and quit Saturday against Dunmore in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals at Hersheypark Stadium. The Rams were

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty (12) scores with 1:36 remaining in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game against Bishop McCort on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Ligonier Valley won 19-12.
Ligonier Valley preps for another challenge in PIAA quarterfinals
November 23, 2017
One thing the Ligonier Valley football team does to prepare for an opponent is head to the classroom. There, the coordinators set up the game

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Ligonier Valley players celebrate after the Rams beat Bishop McCort 19-12 in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Defenses pave way for victories by Jeannette, Ligonier Valley
November 19, 2017
To win high school football games at this time of the season, it's important for defenses to come up big. It was the defense that

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Ligonier Valley players celebrate after the Rams beat Bishop McCort 19-12 in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Ligonier Valley football tops Bishop McCort for District 6 title — again
November 18, 2017
ALTOONA — When Ligonier Valley wins a football game, the team likes to hear the song andquot;Rocky Top.andquot; It was blaring loud and clear Saturday

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Jeannette players celebrate their 18-7 win against Clairton in a WPIAL Class A semifinal game Friday Nov. 17, 2017, at Elizabeth Forward.
Jeannette tops rival Clairton to reach 3rd straight WPIAL title game
November 17, 2017
When Clairton trounced Jeannette in the final game of the regular season three weeks ago, Bears coach Wayne Wade felt his team took it to

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty (12) gains 10 yards after a bobbled snap before being stopped by Berlin Brothersvalley's Drew Boyer (51) and Cole Glessner (53) in the first quarter of the Appalachian Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley leads 28-0 at halftime.
Daugherty, Tutino carry Ligonier Valley into title game
November 15, 2017
Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel chuckled when asked if he had nicknames for Jackson Daugherty and Aaron Tutino. andquot;Probably some you can't print,andquot; Beitel

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (3) runs the ball against Clairton in the second quarter on Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Clairton.
Jeannette aims to match Clairton’s swag in rematch
November 14, 2017
When Clairton defeated Jeannette on Oct. 27, the game turned sour for the Jayhawks when they had a 29-yard field-goal attempt blocked and returned for

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Berth to PIAA final on the line as Greensburg C.C., Shady Side Academy rekindle rivalry
November 13, 2017
There will be few secrets or unknowns during the PIAA Class A girls soccer semifinal Tuesday. It will be the fourth meeting of the season

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Jeannette's Seth Howard (8) avoids Monessen's Thaddeus King (81) and scores on a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Jayhawks a 20-0 lead late in the first quarter in a WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette.
Change at QB ignites Jeannette offense with Clairton looming
November 12, 2017
There was a time during Friday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal when things looked bleak for Jeannette. Rochester was in control with its running game, and

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Freshman Felder lifts GCC over Windber in PIAA soccer playoffs
November 11, 2017
SOMERSET – Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer coach Ashley Davis said she wasn't too concerned her team was locked in another close battle Saturday. The

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Jeannette football scores late for WPIAL quarterfinals victory
November 10, 2017
Seth Howard wasn't on the Jeannette team at the start of the season. But Jeannette coach Roy Hall was glad he joined after the first

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

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Ligonier Valley's Aaron Sheeder (42) takes a 4-yard pass from John Caldwell and scores in front of Berlin Brothersvalley's Tyler Custer (21) with 17 seconds left in the second quarter in the Appalachian Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley leads 28-0 at halftime.
Ligonier Valley prepares for different Cambria Heights team
November 6, 2017
The Ligonier Valley football team has walked off the field disappointed only one time over the past two seasons — at the PIAA Class 2A

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Fox Chapel girls edge Manheim Township by one to win PIAA Class AAA cross country title
November 4, 2017
HERSHEY — Fox Chapel senior Caelan Miller usually is the top runner her team. Saturday, her teammates picked her up, and Fox Chapel left the

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Winchester Thurston senior Tristan Forsythe won the Class A title at the PIAA cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Hershey.
Greensburg Salem boys place pair in top 20 at PIAA cross country championships
HERSHEY — You don't always have to win to be satisfied with your race result. Greensburg Salem juniors Mark Brown and Cameron Binda didn't win

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Quaker Valley's Isaiah McNair catches a touchdown pass, as Derry's Justin Huss defends during the second quarter of their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley QB Guss too much for Derry defense
November 3, 2017
Quaker Valley senior quarterback Ricky Guss had a game to remember. He was more than a handful for the Derry defense, which struggled to corral

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Norwin's John Piekut
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 10
November 1, 2017
John Piekut Norwin, sr., OL/LB Piekut (5-10, 2015) made a one-handed interception and returned it 2 yards for a TD to help Norwin defeat Hempfield,

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Mt. Pleasant's ball carrier Michael Govern is brought down by Derry defenders Onreey Stewart (4) and Justin Huss on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 during WPIAL football at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Upset by No. 7 seed, Derry looks to upset No. 2 Quaker Valley
As Derry coach Tim Sweeney talked to his team after practice Tuesday, he spoke about the lack of respect he felt the WPIAL gave his

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After Week 9 losses, P-T, FR, Jeannette focus on playoffs
October 30, 2017
When the WPIAL playoffs begin Friday, three Westmoreland County teams — Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional and Jeannette — will be trying to erase Week 9 losses

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October 28, 2017
Not even heavy rain Saturday could slow down the fifth-ranked Class 2A team in the state, Ligonier Valley. Despite the damp and muddy conditions, Ligonier

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Video: Clairton tops Jeannette in Eastern Conference finale
Coaches from Jeannette and Clairton discuss the Bears' 40-6 victory in the WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference.

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Jeannette still can’t solve Clairton as Bears roll to 40-6 victory
October 27, 2017
Clairton football coach Wayne Wade said he didn't think his team sent a message Friday night. But the No. 5 Bears' 40-6 win against No.

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Greensburg Salem boys cross country headed to PIAAs
October 26, 2017
Greensburg Salem cross country coach Nathan Snider was both happy and sad Thursday at the WPIAL cross country championships at Cooper's Lake Campground. Glad the

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Jeannette's Imani Sanders (9) goes 56 yards for a touchdown on a reception from Robert Kennedy during the second quarter of a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game with Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
Video: No. 1 Jeannette aims to take down Clairton
No. 1 Jeannette battles No. 5 Clairton for the Eastern Conference title on Friday. Jeannette is 0-5 the past three years against the Bears.

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Hempfield's Braden Brose
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 9
October 25, 2017
Shawn Broadway Derry, sr., RB Broadway (5-10, 140) carried the ball nine times for 162 yards and three touchdowns (59, 36, 65 yards) in a

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NA girls, Sewickley Academy boys, girls claim PIAA golf titles
YORK — It was another dominant year for WPIAL golfers at the PIAA team championships Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. The North Allegheny girls

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (3) is brought down by Greensburg Central Catholic's Zach Dlugos (32) after picking up a first down during the first quarter of a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
Jeannette looks to end streak of losses to rival Clairton
No one has to tell the Jeannette football players what their record is against Clairton. It's 0-5 the past three seasons, and two of those

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Video: WPIAL golfers capture PIAA championships
October 24, 2017
Pine-Richland's Lauren Freyvogel and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Maddie Smithco discuss winning their first PIAA girls golf championships.

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Pine-Richland's Lauren Freyvogel won the PIAA Class AAA golf title Oct. 24, 2017, at Heritage Hills Resort in York.
Pine-Richland’s Freyvogel, CWNC’s Smithco claim PIAA girls golf titles
YORK — It was a great day for WPIAL girls at the PIAA golf championships Tuesday. Pine-Richland junior Lauren Freyvogel and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

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Greensburg Salem boys aim to defend WPIAL cross country title
Greensburg Salem junior Mark Brown finished fourth at the WPIAL AA cross country championships in 2016. Among returning runners, he was the highest finisher. But

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WPIAL golfers in position for PIAA titles after Day 1 of state tournament
October 23, 2017
It was a good day for WPIAL golfers in Round 1 of the PIAA golf championships Monday at Heritage Hills Resort in York. The WPIAL

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Trinity's Jared Embert puts a hit on Greensburg Salem's Aaren Putt in the first quarter Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Offutt Field.
Trinity tops Greensburg Salem, gains leverage toward playoff spot
October 20, 2017
One team played like it was headed to the WPIAL playoffs and the other must wait at least another year. Trinity virtually clinched a berth

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Video: Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball wins section title
October 19, 2017
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team captured the Section 4-A title Thursday after defeating Trinity Christian, 3-1.

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

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Video: Greensburg Salem prepares for Week 8 battle with Trinity
October 18, 2017
The Greensburg Salem football team will try to close in on a WPIAL playoff berth with a victory over Trinity on Friday night.

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Nick DiAndreth - Hempfield
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 8
Nick DiAndreth Hempfield, sr., WR The senior had two touchdown grabs in Hempfield's near upset of Penn Hills last week. DiAndreth (5-foot-6, 162 pounds) has

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Greensburg Salem's Tyler Williams tackles West Mifflin's Keyrjon Sampson at the 1-yard line during their game Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Offut Field in Greensburg.
Greensburg Salem, Trinity in hunt for Big 9 playoff berths
The WPIAL playoffs officially start Nov. 3. But Trinity (4-3, 3-3) and Greensburg Salem (3-5, 3-3) are getting an early start Friday. Both teams, along

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WPIAL board approves Imani Christian eligibility requests
October 17, 2017
The WPIAL Board of Directors announced Tuesday that is has scheduled two hearings for Nov. 1. The first hearing at 3 p.m. is with Imani

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Franklin Regional's Palmer Jackson watches his tee shot on Hole 1 during the PIAA Class AAA boys Western Regional golf tournament Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at Tom's Run Golf Course in Balirsville.
GCC’s Zambruno, Franklin Regional’s Jackson advance to PIAA golf tournament
October 16, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic junior Abby Zambruno is a two-time PIAA qualifier in golf. Now that her sister, Olivia, is a freshman at Penn State, Abby

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Altoona makes pitch to WPIAL Board of Directors to join District 7 in all sports
The WPIAL Board of Directors on Monday listened to a proposal by officials from Altoona School District who are interested in joining the WPIAL in

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Video: Belle Vernon upsets No. 1 Thomas Jefferson
October 14, 2017
Belle Vernon remained undefeated after defeating No. 1 Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 13, 2017, in a Big 9 Conference game. Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert

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Belle Vernon's Anthony Bertram holds up the ball after intercepting a pass under Nolan Labuda intended for Thomas Jefferson's Noah Palmer during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
No. 3 Belle Vernon stuns top-ranked Thomas Jefferson
October 13, 2017
Every team in the WPIAL Class 4A Big 9 Conference strives to be like the Thomas Jefferson program. Belle Vernon took a step at closing

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Kiski Area's Kierra Shreffler trails race leader Greater Latrobe's Maria Cawoski during the WCCA cross country championships on Thursday Oct. 12, 2017 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Video: Hear from the top finishers at the WCCA cross country meet
Greensburg Salem runners captured the top three spots at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet on Thursday.

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Greensburg Salem's Mark Brown leads teammate Cameron Binda during the boys varsity race during the WCCA cross country championships on Thursday Oct. 12, 2017 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Greensburg Salem runners sweep top 3 spots at WCCA meet
October 12, 2017
Greensburg Salem runner Cameron Binda was trailing teammate Mark Brown coming through the woods at Westmoreland College on Thursday. That's when he decided to pick

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Greensburg Salem's Mark Brown competes at the annual Red, White and Blue ClassicSept. 9, 2017, at Schenley Park.
Greensburg Salem runners to face challenge at WCCA meet
October 11, 2017
Greensburg Salem junior Mark Brown is looking forward to the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet Thursday at Westmoreland County Community College. He

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Thomas Jefferson’s Justin Vigna (5) falls into the end zone for a touchdown against Greensburg Salem during the second quarter on Friday Sept. 15, 2017 at Offutt Field.
Revenge a factor for unbeaten rivals Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson
Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson high schools are separated by only 131⁄2 miles. When the unbeaten rivals square off Friday for first place in the

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Greensburg Salem's Kevin Braswell
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 7
Kevin Braswell Greensburg Salem, sr., DB Braswell (6-foot-1, 160 pounds) made the game-turning play at Albert Gallatin when he returned an interception 55 yards for

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Video: Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson to square off in battle of unbeatens
The Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon football teams have a long history that dates back into the mid 1960s. They've played some memorable games, including

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Video: Homer-Center, Ligonier Valley honor Neiderhiser
October 9, 2017
Ligonier Valley student Nicholas Neiderhiser was killed in a vehicle accident on the way to school Oct. 3. Before Friday's football game in Homer City,

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Greensburg Salem boys win Class AA title at Tri-State cross country meet
October 7, 2017
It was a big day for runners from smaller schools at the annual Tri-State Track Coaches Association cross country meet Saturday at Cal (Pa). Despite

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Video: Ligonier Valley wins one for Nick
Three days after the death of classmate and former teammate Nick Neiderhiser, members of the Ligonier Valley football team played in his memory and earned

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Penn-Trafford's Cam Laffoon (9) dives for a touchdown during their game against Franklin Regional in Murraysville on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Ligonier Valley honors late teammate with victory over Homer-Center
October 6, 2017
Sometimes football takes a backseat to life. It would have been easy for Ligonier Valley to have a letdown Friday after enduring a tough week

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Shaler's Tanner Grzegorczyk hits from the rough on Hole 17 during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
VIDEO: Shaler golfer Grzegorczyk battles broken ankle, qualifies for regional
October 5, 2017
Shaler golfer Tanner Grzegorczyk continues to play despite a broken ankle. He finished eighth after shooting 5-over-par 75 on Tuesday at the WPIAL Class AAA

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Ligonier Valley players run through a drill during a pre-season workout on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Ligonier Valley Stadium.
Homer-Center hopes to end Ligonier Valley’s dominant run
October 4, 2017
In eastern Westmoreland County, the Ligonier Valley has an historic fort, two renowned golf courses and second-to-none recreational attractions. It also features one of the

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VIDEO: Ligonier Valley football players discuss their passion for defense
Undefeated Ligonier Valley travels to undefeated Homer-Center for a clash in the District 6 Heritage Conference. The Ligonier Valley defense has allowed just six points

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VIDEO: Ligonier Valley looks to stay unbeaten at Homer-Center
Undefeated Ligonier Valley travels to undefeated Homer-Center for a clash in the District 6 Heritage Conference.

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Southmoreland's Jaden Datz
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 6
Jaden Datz Southmoreland, Sr., QB Despite playing behind an inexperienced and young offensive line that's been decimated by injuries, Datz (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) has become

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Video: Moon’s Sabol captures WPIAL Class AAA boys golf title in playoff with Latrobe’s Pevarnik
October 3, 2017
Highlights from the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship, which was won by Moon's Chris Sabol.

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Moon's Chris Sabol watches his fairway shot on a playoff hole during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
Moon’s Chris Sabol captures WPIAL Class AAA boys golf title in playoff with Latrobe’s Brady Pevarnik
Moon senior Chris Sabol wasn't on anyone's radar as a favorite to win the WPIAL Class 3A golf championship. But if you look at the

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Marlayna Verenna defends against Valley's Lauren Schrock on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 during girls' tennis at the Greensburg Racquet Club.
Westmoreland high school sports lookahead: Week of Oct. 2, 2017
October 1, 2017
MONDAY The WPIAL girls tennis team tournament continues with semifinals in Class 3A and 2A. In Class 2A, top seed Neshannock faces Knoch at Butler,

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Video: Penn-Trafford shuts out rival Gateway
September 30, 2017
Penn-Trafford took control in the Class 5A Big East Conference with a 28-0 victory over Gateway to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference

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Penn-Trafford's John Gay breaks away from Gateway defense to score a touchdown Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
No. 2 Penn-Trafford blanks No. 3 Gateway in showdown
September 29, 2017
One thing Penn-Trafford's opponents find out quickly is you better be ready for anything. Warriors coach John Ruane will empty the playbook to beat you,

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Video: Football rivalry between Penn-Trafford, Gateway ready to ignite
September 28, 2017
Unbeaten football rivals Penn-Trafford and Gateway are prepared to face off for the Victory Bell.

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Franklin Regional's Dominick DiFalco
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 5
September 27, 2017
Tre Cunningham Jeannette, sr., WR/DB/K Cunningham (6-foot-3, 165 pounds) booted two field goals, caught a 20-yard TD pass and finished with four catches for 74

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Penn-Trafford's John Gay (46) runs the ball for a touchdown against Plum in the third quarter of a WPIAL 5A conference game on Friday Sept. 08, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
Unbeaten rivals Penn-Trafford, Gateway to face off for Victory Bell
For whom will the bell toll on Friday when No. 3 Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford in a battle for first place in the WPIAL

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall talks with officials and security after an altercation during a game against Imani Christian on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
Jeannette beats Imani Christian in a game officials stop early because of safety concerns
September 23, 2017
Saturday's WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference first-place showdown between No. 2 Jeannette and high-scoring Imani Christian didn't end in a way befitting its start. With

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Franklin Regional's Blaze O'Block (24) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass in overtime against Armstrong on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional takes down Armstrong in overtime
September 22, 2017
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta didn't hesitate in overtime. Faced with fourth-and-goal at the Armstrong 3, Botta sent Domenick DiFalco on to attempt a 20-yard

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Latrobe's Nate Clair
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 4
September 20, 2017
Nathan Clair Latrobe, jr., K Clair (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) booted field goals of 27, 40 and 37 yards to help the Wildcats defeat Kiski Area

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Jeannette quarterback Robert Kennedy calls a play under center during a game against Riverview on Sept. 16, 2017, in Oakmont.
Jeannette, Imani to face off in early-season Eastern Conference clash
There was one good thing about Imani Christian's first loss of the season last week to California, according to Saints coach Ronnell Heard. It was

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Gateway boys basketball Mitch Adams watches from the bench during a game against McKeesport on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at McKeesport High School.
Former Gateway boys basketball coach Adams dies at 59
Former Gateway boys basketball coach Mitch Adams, 59, died Wednesday at UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville, because of complications after an operation. Adams, who lived

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Hempfield’s Luke Kemerer (right) wrestles Kiski Area’s Cam Connor during the finals at the WCCA tournament Saturday Jan. 7, 2017, at Franklin Regional.
Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer: ‘I always felt comfortable at Pitt’
September 19, 2017
Hempfield senior Luke Kemerer knew where he wanted to wrestle in college for a while: Pitt. Kemerer, along with Seneca Valley senior Louis Newell and

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Hempfield's Luke Kemerer wrestles Garden Spot's Gary Clark in the 138-lb bout during the consolations of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Friday March 10, 2017.
Hempfield wrestler Kemerer commits to Pitt
September 18, 2017
Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer, a 2017 WPIAL champion, made a verbal commitment to attend Pitt on Sunday. Kemerer has a 107-20 career record. He

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Zack Boot watches as Derry's Isaac Butterbaugh reacts after his putt on the 11th green at the WCCA tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
Derry golf has shot to end 43-year title drought
It was a historic season for the Derry football team in 2016. The Trojans had their first undefeated regular season and won a playoff game

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Norwin's Zach Begg drags Bethel Park's Aaron Beatty along Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Black Hawk Stadium.
No. 3 Bethel Park manhandles mistake-prone Norwin
September 15, 2017
Bethel Park senior Tanner Volpatti plays bigger than his size. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back-safety rushed for three touchdowns and 141 yards and recovered a

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik takes a practice swing on the fourth hole during the WCCA golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
Latrobe’s Pevarnik edges FR’s Jackson to claim WCCA title
September 14, 2017
When Brady Pevarnik sank a tricky downhill 15-foot putt on the 18th hole at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association golf tournament Thursday at Latrobe Elks

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Belle Vernon senior Derek Thomas, left, and sophomore Jared Hartman practice drills at Belle Vernon High School on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 3
September 13, 2017
Jared Hartman Belle Vernon, so., QB The 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and completed 4 of 7 passes for 71 yards and

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek eludes Penn-Trafford's Mitch Nedley during the first quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
Bethel Park linemen to pose challenge for Norwin defense
Norwin football coach Dave Brozeski told his players if they did a particular drill perfectly Monday, he would do a andquot;Bear Crawlandquot; across the field

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Mt. Lebanon's Michael Palmer forces a fumble during the first quarter against Hempfield Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
No. 5 Mt. Lebanon routs Hempfield behind defense
September 8, 2017
If you looked at the final score of Friday's Class 6A Southeastern Conference battle, a 31-0 Mt. Lebanon victory, you would assume the leading passer

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Cody Reese - Mount Pleasant
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 2
September 6, 2017
Marcus Barnes Jeannette, jr., WR/S Barnes (6-4, 180) was quarterback Robert Kennedy's top target last week against Chartiers-Houston, catching four passes for 73 yards and

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Hempfield quarterback Blake Remaley during practice on Tuesday Sept. 05, 2017 at Hempfield.
Backup quarterbacks step into spotlight for Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon
Justin Sliwoski spent Tuesday in the trainer's room getting his injured right shoulder tended to. It's not where the Hempfield senior wanted to be. Sliwoski

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Franklin Regional's Justin Johns celebrates after the Panthers recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter against McKeesport Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional upsets Class 5A No. 1 McKeesport
September 1, 2017
Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta conditioned his players a little harder the week prior to Friday's game against No. 1 McKeesport. Conditioning along with

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

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McKeesport running back Carlinos Acie dives past Gateway's Jeremiah Josephs for extra yardage on a run during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal game at Norwin Stadium on Friday, Nov. 9, 2016, in North Huntingdon. McKeesport beat Gateway, 41-38, scoring on the last play of the game.
Big East Conference heavyweights McKeesport, FR set to square off
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta spent most of Tuesday watching the McKeesport offense on video. Then he sat his defense down in front of a

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Hempfield's Colin Critchfield breaks free from the Greensburg Salem secondary and heads to the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Hempfield jumps to fast start, routs rival Greensburg Salem
August 25, 2017
One big concern of Hempfield coach Rich Bowen heading into the 2017 season was his young, inexperienced offensive line. It's only one game, but Bowen

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The Penn-Trafford football team runs drills at the Penn-Trafford Warriors Stadium on August 8th, 2017.
High school football teams adjust to NFHS rules changes
August 24, 2017
High school football season kicks off Friday, and the National Federation of State High School Associations has instructed officials to enforce two new safety rules:

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Greensburg-Salem's Jake Hoyle goes through a passing drill during practice on Friday Aug. 11, 2017 at Greensburg-Salem.
Hempfield, Greensburg Salem aim for fast start in Week Zero rivalry clash
There have been some interesting stories and games that have occurred when the Greensburg Salem and Hempfield football teams faced off. Friday at Bill Abraham

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week Zero
Jackson Daugherty Ligonier Valley, WR/DB, sr. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver caught 44 passes for 743 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing the first six

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Ligonier Valley works out Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Ligonier Valley Stadium.
Big offensive line looks to pave way for Ligonier Valley
August 16, 2017
Everyone knows the Ligonier Valley football team has a lot of skilled players returning. Back are wide receivers Aaron Tutino and Jackson Daugherty, who combined

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Greensburg Salem's Jake Hoyle practices Friday Aug. 11, 2017 at Greensburg-Salem.
Greensburg Salem QB Hoyle ready for more this season
August 12, 2017
Jake Hoyle didn't start out as a quarterback even though his father and older brother played the position in high school. He was a tight

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Franklin Regional's Bryce Lauer practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Franklin Regional.
Linebacker Lauer steps into the spotlight at Franklin Regional
August 10, 2017
Greg Botta has been coaching football at Franklin Regional since 1994, and he's mystified why senior Bryce Lauer hasn't received any NCAA Division I FBS

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Derry to use group of tailbacks to replace graduate Balega
August 9, 2017
Derry's offense in 2016 revolved around shifty tailback Tyler Balega, who led the Trojans to a conference title with an undefeated record and a trip

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Hempfield’s Vance, Canon-McMillan’s Nijenhuis claim wrestling titles
December 8, 2018
Hempfield sophomore heavyweight Isaiah Vance and Canon-McMillan senior Gerrit Nijenhuis picked up titles Saturday at the Cumberland Valley Tournament in Mechanicsburg. Vance went 4-0 with three pins. He defeated Boiling Springs' Damon Jones, 5-2, in the finals. Hempfield finished fourth with 176.5 points and had seven placewinners. Junior Dillon Ferretti

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Miller pulls off upset; Kiski Area dominates Eastern Area Invitational again
Kiski Area senior Darrin Miller didn't qualify for the PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament in March, but if Saturday's performance is an indication for this season, his family better make hotel reservations. Miller defeated Franklin Regional senior and Pitt recruit Colton Camacho, 4-3, to win the 132-pound title at the

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Diggs, McKeesport too much for Jeannette
December 7, 2018
Jeannette boys basketball coach Adrian Batts said he didn't know much about McKeesport or Deamontae Diggs before Friday's season opener. He sure does now. Diggs, a 6-foot-7 forward junior, was a difficult matchup for Jeannette, and so were the Tigers. He scored 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to

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Frazier’s Lawrence among top wrestlers returning in WPIAL Class AA
December 5, 2018
Returning PIAA Class AA champion Thayne Lawrence, Frazier (30-2 last season) andamp;#8226; The junior is a two-time WPIAL champion and won the 152-pound title. His career record is 67-8. Returning PIAA Class AA placewinners Christian Clutter, McGuffey (47-6) andamp;#8226; The senior has a 119-23 career record, was the WPIAL 170-pound

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Trib HSSN preseason state wrestling rankings
Trib HSSN preseason state wrestling rankings Class AAA Rank, team (district), last year's record 1. Bethlehem Catholic (District 11), 17-1 2. Cathedral Prep (10), 17-3 3. Kiski Area (7), 23-2 4. Nazareth (11), 19-5 5. Cedar Cliff (3), 21-3 6. Canon-McMillan (7), 17-3 7. Bethlehem Liberty (11), 22-2 8. Council

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WPIAL Class AA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AA preseason team rankings Rank, team, last season's record 1. Burrell, 13-7 andamp;#8226; The Bucs return 11 starters and have won 12 consecutive WPIAL titles. They are the team to beat until someone defeats them. 2. Freedom, 11-6 andamp;#8226; The Bulldogs reached the semifinals and finished fourth in

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Derry wrestling has unexpected holes to fill in quest for success in Class AA
If there was one team primed to end the Burrell's 12-year run as WPIAL Class AA champions this season, it was Derry. The Trojans were the WPIAL runners-up in 2018, wrestled in the PIAA team tournament in Hershey and were expected to return 11 starters, including a pair of PIAA

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WPIAL Class AAA preseason wrestling rankings
December 4, 2018
WPIAL Class AAA preseason team rankings Rank, team, last season's record 1. Kiski Area, 21-2 andamp;#8226; The WPIAL AAA champion and PIAA runner-up returns nine starters, including three PIAA qualifiers. 2. Canon-McMillan, 15-3 andamp;#8226; The WPIAL runner-up, which finished fourth in the state, returns nine starters. 3. Hempfield, 19-2 andamp;#8226;

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New coach, same goals for Hempfield wrestling team
There is a new man running the Hempfield wrestling program after Vince DeAugustine left to take over coaching duties at Norwin. Veteran coach Tommy Dolde, who led Connellsville to a state title in 2005 and WPIAL titles in '04, '05 and '08, has taken the reins for the Spartans. Dolde

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Several wrestlers return after reaching PIAA Class AAA tournament
Returning PIAA Class AAA champions Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (46-8 last season) The sophomore won the 106-pound state title and placed second in the WPIAL. Sam Hillegas, North Hills (32-1) The junior is a two-time PIAA champion, winning the 126-pound title in 2018. He has a 85-1 career record. Ryan

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Several wrestlers return after reaching PIAA Class AAA tournament
Returning PIAA Class AAA champions Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (46-8 last season) The sophomore won the 106-pound state title and placed second in the WPIAL. Sam Hillegas, North Hills (32-1) The junior is a two-time PIAA champion, winning the 126-pound title in 2018. He has a 85-1 career record. Ryan

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WPIAL wrestling dates to remember
WPIAL wrestling Dates to remember Dec. 7-8 Chartiers-Houston tournament Cumberland Valley tournament at Mechanicsburg Eastern Area Invitational at Gateway Walsh Ironman tournament in Akron, Ohio Dec. 14-15 King of the Mountain at Central Mountain Jan. 22-23 Beast of the East at Delaware Dec. 28-29 Powerade tournament at Canon-McMillan Southmoreland tournament

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Ligonier Valley’s Aaron Tutino receives offer from St. Francis (Pa.)
December 1, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Aaron Tutino finished his high school football career with numerous records. He owns the state record for career touchdown catches -- 61 -- and he rewrote the Rams' record book in receiving. The 5-foot-9 Tutino received numerous Division II interest and an offer from West Virginia State,

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New section has Norwin girls basketball heading north
November 29, 2018
Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski has some extra work to do as he prepares his team for the upcoming season. Not only is he putting together his team, he's also preparing to face new section opponents. When the WPIAL basketball committee was setting new sections in Class 6A for

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Norwin boys look to contend in new-look Section 3-6A
Missing the WPIAL postseason is rare for the Norwin boys basketball team. Missing out the past two seasons has the team working hard to end that little drought. Norwin coach Lynn Washowich not only wants his team back in the playoffs, he wants them to strive to be section champions.

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Jeannette girls basketball team has new look
November 25, 2018
The Jeannette girls basketball team has a new coach and a new attitude this year. Jonathan Bass, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant under Jeanine Vertacnik, is hoping to help turn things around in 2017-18. Vertacnik was hired as Monessen's coach. andquot;I'm a breath of fresh air

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Jeannette boys basketball team needs balance to be successful
When a team loses 80 percent of the offense from a squad that reached the WPIAL Class A semifinals and won two games in the PIAA tournament, it might expect a down season. Jeannette boys coach Adrian Batts doesn't see it that way. In fact, he thinks the team could

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Pine-Richland runs all over State College in PIAA quarterfinals
November 24, 2018
ALTOONA -- Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz said he felt before Saturday's PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against State College his guys up front would decide the game. Pine-Richland's massive front led by Andrew Kristofic and Michael Dorundo didn't disappoint their coach. They paved the way as the Rams (11-2) ran

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Greensburg Salem’s Brown, Binda sign D-I scholarships
November 20, 2018
Four Greensburg Salem athletes recently signed letters-of-intent , and two were to Division-I universities. Senior Cameron Binda will continue his track and cross country career at Duquesne, and Mark Brown will head to Youngstown State to run track and cross country. Brown edged Cam Binda to win the WPIAL Class

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Derry seniors pass the torch to underclassmen
November 18, 2018
A loss, not even a defeat in the WPIAL Class 3A Championship game to Aliquippa, does not diminish the season for Derry football. Derry's senior class just finished an impressive run, going 31-5, winning three conference titles and reaching the WPIAL playoffs three consecutive seasons. They made the semifinals in

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Aliquippa routs Derry to claim 17th WPIAL Class 3A championship
November 17, 2018
Aliquippa couldn't have asked for a better start to the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday at Heinz Field. Derry couldn't have started worse. The Quips took advantage of two Derry turnovers and a long punt return in the first quarter, built a three-touchdown lead and rolled to their 17th

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Derry’s plan: Run and run some more
November 16, 2018
There is no secret to what the Derry football team wants to do offensively. The Trojans are going to run and run some more. They only pass out of necessity. When Derry trailed North Catholic by three touchdowns in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals, coach Tim Sweeney didn't abandon the

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Strength, speed help Ligonier Valley develop into consistent District 6 powerhouse
November 15, 2018
No matter what happens Saturday night in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game, there is a good chance the Ligonier Valley football team will be in the same position a year from now. Love'em or hate'em, the Rams, who have won back-to-back Class 2A titles, are built to

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District 6-2A football championship game moved to Saturday
Forecasts of up to a foot of snow in the Altoona area have forced the PIAA District 6 football committee to move the Class 2A championship from Friday to Saturday at Mansion Park Stadium. The time will stay the same, 7 p.m. Ligonier Valley (12-0) will face Richland (12-0) for

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Scouting Ligonier Valley in advance of the District 6 championship
November 14, 2018
LIGONIER VALLEY Player to watch Sam Sheeder Junior, 5-9, 190, RB/LB Sheeder has been a key part of the Ligonier Valley offense, rushing for 342 yards and seven scores and catching 42 passes for 700 yards with seven touchdowns. He also has 60 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss,

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Ligonier Valley, Richland to meet for District 6 championship
When Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel and Richland coach Brandon Bailey were preparing for Friday's PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game this week, they likely had a feeling of familiarity. Ligonier Valley and Richland are 12-0. Both are nicknamed the Rams, and the teams are mirror images offensively and

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Scouting Derry in advance of WPIAL Class 3A final
DERRY Player to watch Onreey Stewart Senior, 5-8, 155, RB/DB Stewart missed numerous games with a shoulder injury but has recovered to play a key role in the offense. He's 16 yards shy of reaching 1,000 rushing yards (984), and he's coming off a 203-yard performance against North Catholic. He's

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WPIAL Class 3A final preview: Derry set to face perennial contender Aliquippa in title-game debut
One team is one of the most decorated football programs in WPIAL history. The other is attempting to make history. That's whats's on tap for the WPIAL Class 3A championship game, set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Heinz Field when perennial power Aliquippa, seeded No. 1, battles No. 2 Derry.

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Scouting Aliquippa in advance of WPIAL Class 3A final
ALIQUIPPA Player to watch Solvauhn Moreland Senior, 6-3, 305, OL/DL The senior is a disruptive force on defense for the Quips. He has 66 tackles, 18 for a loss, as well as six sacks. Opponents lost 103 yards on his tackles. He has made a verbal commitment to Ball State.

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Belle Vernon’s Joll commits to WVU
November 11, 2018
Belle Vernon senior Scott Joll was the 170-pound WPIAL Class AAA champion and placed fifth in the PIAA tournament last season. As Joll prepares for his final season in high school, he decided on his future. He's going to be a Mountaineer. Joll said Sunday on Twitter he will attend West

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Ligonier Valley to face Richland in D6 title game Friday
The PIAA District 6 football committee announced Sunday sites and times for its playoff games. The District 6 Class 2A championship between defending two-time champion Ligonier Valley (12-0) and Richland (12-0) will be played 7 p.m. Friday at Altoona's Mansion Park. It will be a battle of Rams, the nickname

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Comeback win creates special moment for Derry football team
The scene Friday at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium after Derry's improbable comeback against North Catholic in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals was surreal. The 'Blue Wave' that overwhelmed North Catholic during the final 17 minutes, engulfed the field as players, cheerleaders, band members and fans celebrated Derry's crazy 36-29 win that

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Comeback win creates special moment for Derry football team
The scene Friday at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium after Derry's improbable comeback against North Catholic in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals was surreal. The 'Blue Wave' that overwhelmed North Catholic during the final 17 minutes, engulfed the field as players, cheerleaders, band members and fans celebrated Derry's crazy 36-29 win that

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Ligonier Valley headed back to D6 title game
November 10, 2018
JOHNSTOWN -- Ligonier Valley's ground game was held in check by Bellwood-Antis in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A semifinals Saturday. But that was OK because Ligonier Valley, behind the 314 yards passing of senior John Caldwell, went to the airways and rolled to a 34-7 victory against Bellwood-Antis to

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Derry scores 21 in final quarter to rally past North Catholic
November 9, 2018
Things looked bleak for Derry midway through the third quarter of Friday's WPIAL Class 3A semifinal at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Derry (11-1) trailed Big East Conference rival North Catholic by three touchdowns, and its season was slipping away in the cold, damp night. But the Trojans didn't blink and pulled

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Ligonier Valley football taking show on the road again in District 6 semifinals
November 8, 2018
As the Ligonier Valley football team prepared for Saturday's District 6 Class 2A semifinal against Bellwood-Antis, one of coach Roger Beitel's defensive assistants chided one of the players for not studying the opponent's game film that was sent to the players over the weekend. He wanted the player and the

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North Catholic looks to avenge regular-season loss to Derry
November 7, 2018
Don't expect North Catholic to look past Derry this time around. That's because North Catholic learned a valuable lesson on Sept. 21 when Derry won 27-0 in a first-place showdown in the WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference. andquot;We gained a lot of respect on how they play,andquot; North Catholic

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Ligonier Valley moves District 6 semifinal game to Johnstown
November 5, 2018
Ligonier Valley won't be playing Saturday's PIAA District 6 semifinal game against Bellwood-Antis at Weller Field. Because of poor playing conditions, the Rams moved the game and will play at Greater Johnstown Stadium at 7 p.m. Last week, the Rams played their quarterfinal round game against Marion Center at Offutt

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Fox Chapel cross country pair finishes fifth
November 3, 2018
HERSHEY -- Fox Chapel junior Christian Fitch and senior Sarena Seeger took fifth place at the PIAA Class AAA cross country championships Saturday at the muddy Parkview course. andquot;I just tried to get out fast and maintain like I did all year,andquot; Seeger said. andquot;I tend to run well when

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Greensburg Salem boys cross country makes history with state title
HERSHEY -- How do teams celebrate titles Some Super Bowl champions go to Disney World. The Greensburg Salem boys cross country team, after winning the PIAA Class AA team title Saturday at the Parkview cross country course, went to nearby Hersheypark for some thrilling adventures. Nothing was more thrilling than

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Penn-Trafford runs over North Hills
November 2, 2018
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane was sitting in his office after Friday's WPIAL Class 5A first-round game with his feet on his desk. When your football team turns in the type of performance his did, there was a reason the coach felt that way. Ruane was looking for a solid

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Greensburg Salem cross country has PIAA gold in their sights
October 31, 2018
Runners participating in the annual PIAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Hershey will face a new challenge: a revised course. The PIAA decided to make changes to the Parkview Course near Giant Center because of abundant wet weather. Runners will encounter a flatter course along some of the old

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for opening round of playoffs
Anthony Bertram Belle Vernon, Sr., WR/OLB The Leopards senior has six catches for 66 yards and three touchdowns and rushed four times for 17 yards. He had 39 tackles and 11 tackles for losses from his linebacker spot. Josh Cheplick Penn-Trafford, Jr., LT/NT The Warriors junior is an outstanding blocker

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Penn-Trafford, North Hills set to reignite postseason rivalry
Pat Carey can't remember how many times North Hills and Penn-Trafford have met in a football game. But the North Hills coach said it started to become laughable for a stretch when the teams squared off in the opening round. Counting Friday's WPIAL Class 5A first round contest at Warrior

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Derry again draws Central Valley in opening round of WPIAL football playoffs
October 29, 2018
There were a few surprises that came out of the WPIAL football playoff pairings on Monday at the Double Tree Hotel in Green Tree. But one thing that wasn't a shock was who Derry will play in the opening round on Friday. The Trojans, seeded No. 2 in Class 3A,

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Jeannette hoping to move playoff game to Hempfield
October 28, 2018
Pending approval from the Hempfield adminstration on Monday, Jeannette school district could use Spartan Stadium for its WPIAL Class A first-round football playoff game. The game should be played Friday. Jeannette coach Roy Hall said because of poor playing conditions at McKee Stadium, school officials asked Hempfield if Spartan Stadium

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Ligonier Valley steamrolls Shade for third Appalachian Bowl title
October 27, 2018
WINDBER - Ligonier Valley football players were eager to see if they could slow down the high-powered Shade offense led by senior quarterback Brady Fyfe. The Shade quarterback is having another record-setting season, having thrown for 2,723 yards and 38 touchdowns, and the Panthers were outscoring teams from the WestPAC

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No. 1 Jeannette slips past No. 2 Clairton in wet, muddy showdown
October 26, 2018
Since Jeannette had dropped to Class A and been placed in the Eastern Conference in 2014, the Jayhawks never beat Clairton during the regular season. That ended on a rainy and messy Friday night at McKee Stadium. Playing in a steady rain that made the turf a quagmire, No. 1

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Franklin Regional’s McCann commits to wrestle at American
October 24, 2018
Franklin Regional senior wrestler Zach McCann made a verbal commitment to American University on Wednesday. andquot;It's a good choice, a good school for Zach and I'm sure he'll do well,andquot; FR coach Matt Lebe said. McCann was 32-12 at 132 pounds last season and finished second in the Section 1-AAA

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Five things to watch at the WPIAL cross country championships
The annual WPIAL Class AAA, AA and A boys and girls cross country championships will be held Thursday at Cal (Pa.). It is a new venue for the next two years after Cooper's Lake Campground decided it no longer wanted to host the event. The event begins at 12:45 a.m.

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 9
Justin Cramer Jeannette, Jr., T/LB The 6-foot, 299-pound junior leads the Jayhawks with 101 tackles. He and Drake Petrillo have put a lot of heat on opposing quarterbacks. He's also a good blocker on offense. Dillon Ferretti Hempfield, Jr., TE/LB The 5-foot-11, 225-pound junior is having a fantastic season for

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Rivals Clairton, Jeannette to again battle for Eastern Conference crown
Does Clairton have a chip on its shoulder If you ask Jeannette coach Roy Hall, he feels the Bears do. And in some ways, so does Clairton coach Wayne Wade. andquot;I guess a lot of people had written us off because we lost three games last year and lost to

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North Allegheny, GCC girls, Central Catholic boys all win PIAA golf titles
YORK -- What would provoke girls golfers from Greensburg Central Catholic and the Central Catholic boys to jump in a lake on a blustery Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort They were celebrating PIAA golf titles. WPIAL teams won three of the four titles at the state tournament. The North

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Three WPIAL golfers capture state championships
October 23, 2018
YORK -- On the back of Palmer Jackson's golf cap is an umbrella pin to honor legendary golfer Arnold Palmer. The Franklin Regional senior was named after the golf great, and he feels there is a connection between them. andquot;It's like I'm related to him,andquot; Jackson said after winning his

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Forty years ago, Hempfield shocked football fans nationwide, upset No. 1 Penn Hills
The Hempfield football program has seen better days since its merger in 1961. There was the 1966 team that lost to Mt. Lebanon, 18-14, in the WPIAL Class AA title game and the 12 other teams WPIAL playoff qualifiers, including the 1997 team, which was the only one to win

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Franklin Regional’s Jackson, North Allegheny’s Wrigley lead at PIAA Class AAA golf tournament
October 22, 2018
Franklin Regional senior Palmer Jackson and North Allegheny senior Caroline Wrigley are atop the leaderboard after Monday's opening round of the PIAA golf championship. Jackson shot a 2-over par 73 and is tied with Central Bucks East senior Patrick Sheehan and Harriton junior Andrew Wallace in the Class AAA boys

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Five things to watch at the PIAA golf championships
October 21, 2018
The PIAA Class AAA and AA boys and girls individual golf championships will be held Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. The team tournament is Wednesday. North Catholic junior Maddie Smithco (Class AA girls) and Holy Ghost Prep senior Liam Hart (Class AAA boys) are returning

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McKeesport tops FR, sets up showdown with Gateway
October 19, 2018
McKeesport coach Matt Miller called the final two games of the regular season as revenge games. That's because during the 2017 season, Franklin Regional and Gateway were the only teams to defeat his Tigers. One down and one to go for McKeesport after it dominated Franklin Regional, 36-16, on senior

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Runners get to test ‘The Hill’ at Tri-State Coaches cross country meet
October 18, 2018
Thursday's annual Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championships at Cal (Pa.) served as a preview for the WPIAL championships, set for Oct. 25. Since the WPIAL was asked not to return to Cooper's Lake Campgrounds after the 2017 season, district officials decided to take the championship event to Cal for

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for Week 8
October 17, 2018
Tanner Krevokuch Norwin, so., TE/LB The 6-foot-4, 208-pounder has caught 17 passes for 208 yards from junior quarterback Jack Salopek. He's becoming one of Salopek's go-to receivers. He also has 18 tackles, 16 solo, and one interception return of 38 yards. Kenny Shea Greensburg Salem, sr., RB/LB The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder

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Franklin Regional, McKeesport set to battle for playoff positioning
There is a lot on the line Friday when Franklin Regional and McKeesport tangle in a WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference battle. The final two weeks of the regular season will be big for both teams. While they already have secured playoff berths, finishing in first place is still

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Franklin Regional’s Jackson fires 66 to take medalist honors at PIAA West Region tournament
October 15, 2018
After Palmer Jackson came up short of winning the individual title at the WPIAL Class AAA golf championship, he vowed to change his approach at the PIAA championship. That new approach began Monday at the PIAA West Region tournament at Chestnut Ridge Resort's Tom's Run course. The Franklin Regional senior,

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Hempfield’s Orie commits to DePaul track program
October 13, 2018
When MacKenna Orie was a freshman, she thought her athletic future in college would be in either lacrosse or soccer. By the end of her sophomore year at Hempfield, she knew it would be in track and field, mainly in the field events. Orie announced Saturday that she will continue

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Ligonier Valley wins 3rd Heritage Conference title in a row
October 12, 2018
They waged the Battle of Fort Ligonier 260 years ago to the day. It was a time when the British forces fended off the French and Indians warriors. On Friday night, Ligonier Valley defended its turf at Weller Field in a first-place showdown against Northern Cambria, the top Class A

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Kiski Area’s Shreffler finishes second at WCCA’s
October 11, 2018
Kiski Area senior Kierra Shreffler knew she needed a strong start if she wanted to win the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country championship on Thursday. She got a strong start, but her effort wasn't enough to keep Greensburg Central Catholic freshman Corinn Brewer from taking the top honor.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brewer, Greensburg Salem boys make their mark at WCCA meet
If you don't know Corinn Brewer, that's about to change. The Greensburg Central Catholic freshman captured the girls' race at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet at soggy Westmoreland County Community College on Thursday in Youngwood. She's one of the top Class A runners in the WPIAL.

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Greensburg Salem’s killer B’s return as favorites at annual WCCA meet
October 10, 2018
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the Killer B's in football: Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. The Greensburg Salem boys cross country team has its own version of the Killer B's -- senior Cameron Binda, Mark Brown and Dylan Binda. That trio has led the Golden Lions the past three

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Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 7
Zach Beitel Ligonier Valley, sr., WR/DB The senior has intercepted three passes and knocked down four others this season for the unbeaten andamp;#0010;Rams. He also had two tackles for loss and scored a touchdown on a hook-and-lateral against Penns Manor. Isaiah Beltram Monessen, so., RB The sophomore has more than

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Northern Cambria running game to provide test for Ligonier Valley
This game has been circled on the schedules for the Ligonier Valley and Northern Cambria football teams since it was released in the spring. And it's the game fans of the District 6 Heritage Conference have been waiting for. They want to know if Northern Cambria, the team two Heritage

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Upper St. Clair’s Slinger commits to wrestle at George Mason
October 8, 2018
Upper St. Clair senior Jake Slinger made a verbal commitment to wrestle at George Mason on Monday. Slinger picked George University over offers from Pitt, West Virginia and North Carolina State. He will compete in the heavyweight class. Slinger was 36-5 in 2017-18 while competing at 220 pounds. He placed

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No. 1 Gateway clobbers Franklin Regional in 1st-place showdown
October 5, 2018
Brendan Majocha waited patiently for his shot to direct the Gateway football team. Playing behind Brady Walker for the past three years, Majocha saw limited in mop-up roles during the season. He was a starter on defense. Majocha put on quite a show Friday in leading WPIAL 5A No. 1

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Ligonier Valley’s Tutino approaching state record for career touchdown receptions
October 3, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Aaron Tutino has put together an illustrious high school career. Now the 5-foot-10 receiver is closing in on a state record for

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Top-ranked Gateway, undefeated Franklin Regional set for Big East Conference clash
Gateway coach Don Holl isn't totally surprised Franklin Regional is tied for first place with his Gators in the WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference. And he knows his top-ranked Gators, who haven't been tested since Week 1 against Penn-Trafford, will have to play well to remain on top of

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Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 6
Caleb Domenick Latrobe, sr., G/DE The Wildcats' 5-9, 200-pound captain is the starting right guard and defensive end. He has 32 tackles, 10 solo, two

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Central Catholic’s Meyers crowned WPIAL Class AAA boys golf champion
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September 28, 2018
Belle Vernon honored the 2018 WPIAL softball championship team before the game. Winning a WPIAL title of their own is the football team's goal. And

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Derry opened Friday's WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference first-place showdown against No. 2 North Catholic by recovering an onside kick. The No. 4-ranked Trojans

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September 19, 2018
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Riverside junior Justin Hand had a round of a lifetime on Wednesday at the Midwestern Athletic Conference golf championship. Hand shot 9-under par 63 to

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Tom Brush has coached basketball at various high schools, most recently as an assistant girls coach at Franklin Regional. Hempfield Area school board members voted

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September 13, 2018
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September 12, 2018
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August 29, 2018
Nick Leopold Franklin Regional, sr., WR/SS Leopold was injured in Game 2 last season. He returns for his senior season and would like to have

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Motivated Ligonier Valley thumps Homer-Center
August 24, 2018
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August 22, 2018
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Jack Salopek wasn't totally surprised when he received an offer the play football at Pitt. In fact, he was kind of expecting it. But Pitt

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August 17, 2018
Aaron Tutino's statistics are eye-popping - 55 catches in each of the past two seasons for a combined 2,213 yards and 34 touchdowns. He's attended

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August 11, 2018
When Franklin Regional opens football camp Monday, a veteran presence will behind center. Senior Adam Rudzinski returns at quarterback to lead the Panthers. He completed

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August 10, 2018
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July 31, 2018
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July 22, 2018
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July 10, 2018
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July 9, 2018
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No one walked away from Hempfield Area High School with a team trophy Friday after the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Shootout. But coaches and

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June 17, 2018
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June 16, 2018
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Hempfield's Emma Hoffner drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Parkland Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
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June 4, 2018
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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Ringgold coach Don Roberts knew his team would have its hands full with St. Marys pitcher Nate Beimel. Beimel, the nephew of former

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Franklin Regional seniors Matt Busche and Tyrese Kohlman earned bronze medals at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships May 26 at Shippensburg. Busche,

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May 31, 2018
Good things came in threes for the West Greene softball team Thursday. The top-seeded Pioneers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning

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May 30, 2018
Hopewell was seeded No. 10 in the Class 4A playoffs by the WPIAL baseball committee, but the Vikings sure didn't play like, especially with Joey

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South Side Beaver catcher Nate Statler hit an inside-the-park grand slam to highlight a six-run sixth inning of the WPIAL Class 3A consolation game, and

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Seneca Valley thrower Zach Gehm finishes as PIAA champion
May 26, 2018
SHIPPENSBURG — Seneca Valley senior Zach Gehm saved the best for last. The Youngstown State recruit broke his personal best by throwing 194 feet, 8

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SHIPPENSBURG — Franklin Regional seniors Matt Busche and Tyrese Kohlman earned bronze medals Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships. Busche, the

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Avonworth-Northgate's Hunter Robinson wins the Class AAA girls 400 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Hunter Robinson wins 2 more gold medals at PIAA meet
SHIPPENSBURG — Avonworth/Northgate senior Hunter Robinson was a double winner at the PIAA track championships for the second consecutive season. Robinson defended her 200-meter title

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Derry hurdler Broadway breaks school record on way to silver medal at states
SHIPPENSBURG — Derry senior Shawn Broadway capped off his season with a record performance in the Class AA 300-meter hurdles at the PIAA track and

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SHIPPENSBURG — Brownsville sophomore Gionna Quarzo decided go for it with one lap remaining in the Class AA 3,200-meter run on Saturday at the PIAA

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Franklin Regional's Jacob Shedd competes in the Class AAA boys triple jump Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
PIAA track and field notebook: Franklin Regional’s Shedd sets school triple jump record
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Hempfield's Mackenna Orie competes in the Class AAA girls shot put Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Hempfield’s DeBone overcomes injuries to finish 8th in pole vault at PIAA meet
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Aliquippa's Marlin Devonshire edges out Shady Side Academy's Michael Tomlin in the boys 100m dash Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
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May 23, 2018
Here are five WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA in Class AA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Shawn Broadway, Derry,

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens runs away with the boys high hurdles in record time Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
5 WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships
Here are five WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Matt Busche, Franklin Regional,

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, Oakland Catholic's Jayla Ellis edges out Hempfield Area's Bailey Traczynski in the girls 100m hurdles Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
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Here are five WPIAL girls to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Casey Burton, North Allegheny,

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South Park's Maddie Raymond wins the girls 100m dash Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
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Will this be the year the Greensburg Salem track and field program returns from the PIAA championships with a gold medal Juniors Cameron Binda and

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Wrestling coach DeAugustine leaves Hempfield for Norwin
May 22, 2018
Vince DeAugustine said it was one of the toughest decisions he's had to make, resigning as Hempfield's wrestling coach and taking over at Norwin. DeAugustine

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Greensburg Central Catholic overcomes Eden Christian rally for quarterfinal win
May 21, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic didn't panic after Eden Christian Academy rallied to tie the score in the top of the sixth inning. The Centurions turned to

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Cunningham helps Jeannette reach Class A baseball semis with extra-inning win
Tre Cunningham wasn't about to let the Jeannette baseball team lose in Monday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal-round game at Fox Chapel. While he didn't pick

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Westmoreland track and field notebook: William Huss sets Derry 400 mark
May 18, 2018
Since Derry senior William Huss was a freshman, he has been eyeing the 400-meter school record owned by Andrew Downey. Downey doesn't own it any

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Westmoreland track notebook: Greensburg Salem’s Binda claims gold in 1,600
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Cameron Binda continued to pull away from the pack in the 1,600-meter run. The Greensburg Salem junior won his first WPIAL Class AAA track and

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3 Hempfield girls claim WPIAL track and field titles
Hempfield's Mackenna Orie and Molly DeBone were expected to win WPIAL gold medals at the track and field championships Thursday. Rebecca Pyo had tougher odds

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Relays in spotlight at WPIAL championships
May 16, 2018
While many eyes will be focused on certain individuals at the WPIAL Class AA and AAA track and field championships Thursday at Baldwin, some of

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Avonworth Northgate's Hunter Robinson wins the girls 100 meter dash final at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
5 athletes to watch at Thursday’s WPIAL track and field championships
Here are five athletes to watch at Thursday's WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin. Mackenna Orie, Hempfield, junior This rising star has a chance

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Wicker shines on mound, at plate as Greensburg Salem tops South Park in 1st round
May 15, 2018
It had been six years since the Greensburg Salem baseball team won a playoff game. That drought ended Tuesday in the opening round of the

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Westmoreland track notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Arnone, Ankney top Heritage Conference
May 13, 2018
Avery Arnone and Mack Ankney won two individual titles each to help the Ligonier Valley boys track and field team win another Heritage Conference title.

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Yough softball has plenty in reserve
May 9, 2018
Karlie Clark didn't flinch when Yough softball coach Dutch Harvey handed her the ball in a key Section 2-4A game Tuesday against rival Belle Vernon.

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Yough hires Jim Nesser as boys basketball coach
May 8, 2018
Who said you can't go back home Yough hired Jim Nesser, who first started coaching in 1988 at the school, as its boys basketball coach.

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Yough blanks Belle Vernon behind senior pitcher Karlie Clark
There is usually a lot on the line when the Yough and Belle Vernon softball teams meet. And while the Cougars already clinched the Section

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North Allegheny boys, Butler girls roll to WPIAL track championships
May 7, 2018
The North Allegheny boys and Butler girls track and field teams were favorites to capture the WPIAL Class AAA team titles this season. On Monday

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GCC’s Maloney signs with Pepperdine
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Keeley Maloney must be tired of the horrible spring weather in Western Pennsylvania. Her mom, Lori, isn't sure that was the

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

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Baldwin Invitational notebook: Norwin’s Kolesar claims triple jump title
May 4, 2018
Norwin junior Jessica Kolesar is one of those athletes who can excel in numerous events. She's a sprinter and a jumper for the Knights, and

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Penn-Trafford's Robbie Buck dives into first base under the tag of Norwin's Tanner Mahofski during their game Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Hempfield has big day at Baldwin Invitational.
MacKenna Orie didn't play lacrosse this spring to concentrate on throwing events with the Hempfield track and field team. Her decision is starting to pay

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Track and field notebook: Hempfield’s Traczynski shares WCCA record
May 3, 2018
It turns out Hempfield senior Bailey Traczynski wasn't the first four-peat winner of an event at Saturday's Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Track and Field Championships.

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Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
May 2, 2018
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Frey’s gem cut short, but Franklin Regional wins
May 1, 2018
It's a shame the high school pitch count spoiled Franklin Regional senior Alex Frey's bid for a no-hitter. But when Frey struck out Laurel Highlands

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Kiski Area's Kierra Shreffler competes in the girls' 1600 meter run in the finals during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association track and field championships Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium.
WCCA notebook: All in the family for Huss boys
April 28, 2018
So who was the best Huss on Saturday at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Track and Field Championship That honor goes to Norwin sophomore Logan

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Hempfield's Bailey Traczynski competes in the finals of the 100 meter hurdles during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association track and field invitational Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium.
Spartans senior 4-peats in hurdles
Did Hempfield senior Bailey Traczynski pull off a first when she won her fourth consecutive 100-meter hurdles title at Saturday's Westmoreland County Coaches' Association track

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Derry football coach Tim Sweeney (Red team) and Jeannette football caoch Roy Hall (Blue team) will lead teams in the second annual Foothills Football Classic, set for 7 p.m. June 15, 2018, at Hempfield.
Talented quarterbacks highlight WCCA Foothills Football Classic rosters
April 26, 2018
Robert Kennedy led Jeannette to WPIAL and PIAA Class A football titles last fall. So when his coach, Roy Hall, was selecting the Blue team

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The 2018 Derry track and field teams have been led by, from left, Shawn Broadway, Danielle Mullen and Will Huss.
WCCA meet to test Derry track and field athletes
Derry's boys and girls track and field teams just completed the regular season by winning a second consecutive section title. While that was a goal,

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Ligonier Valley head coach Todd Hepner talks with his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter against Bellwood-Antis on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Ligonier Valley High School. Bellwood-Antis won 73-57.
Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach Hepner resigns
April 25, 2018
Ligonier Valley athletic director Corey Turcheck said Wednesday that boys basketball coach Todd Hepner resigned after going 73-45 in five seasons. Turcheck said the school

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Derry's Isaac Buterbaugh
Derry’s Buterbaugh possibly out for season after being hit by pitch
Derry senior baseball player Isaac Buterbaugh possibly had his season end Monday after he was hit in the head with a pitch against Deer Lakes.

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Infielder Chelsea Bisi, works on her swing during softball practice, in Derry Area High School, on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Knee injury could sideline Derry’s Bisi for season
April 24, 2018
Chelsea Bisi's high school softball career maybe over. The Derry senior injured her right knee while hitting a home run Monday at home against Uniontown.

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Judge John J. Driscoll (left) poses with the 2018 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Award winners Bailey Parshall from Bell Vernon and Robby Patrick from Ligonier Valley at a banquet April 24, 2018, at Ferrante's Lakeview.
Belle Vernon’s Parshall, Ligonier Valley’s Patrick receive Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
One throws a fastball in the 60 mph range. The other is a quick worker on the wrestling mat. But more than that, the future

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Canon-McMillan's Brendan Furman reacts after beating Lockport's Ronald Tucker during the 285-pound championship of the 2016 Powerade Wrestling Tournament at Canon-McMillan High School on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
Field strengthens for annual Powerade Wrestling Tournament
Every year, the Powerade Wrestling Tournament draws some of the top teams and wrestlers from around the country to Western Pennsylvania. The 2018 tournament, the

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Penn-Trafford ends Hempfield softball’s 46-game win streak
April 22, 2018
It had been almost two years since the Hempfield softball team lost a game. That was to Shaler on April 27, 2016. After that loss,

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Belle Vernon's Bailey Parshall
Thirty-six seniors up for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
April 21, 2018
Here's a look at the 36 seniors who are in the running for the annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award. A male and female winner

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Hempfield's coach Robert Kalp is embraced by his players after winning the PIAA 6A softball championship against Hazleton on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in State College.
Hempfield softball coach Kalp to be honored with Ferrante Memorial Award
The Ferrante family has honored an individual with an award for his or her achievements and contributions to high school athletics since 1984. The award

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Franklin Regional's Jacob Shedd competes in the boys long jump final at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
Franklin Regional’s Shedd nears target distance with gold medal jump at Butler Invitational
April 20, 2018
Franklin Regional senior Jacob Shedd has the number 48 written on his track shoes. That's the mark in feet he would like to reach in

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Latrobe's Sarah Blair throws back a catch against a Norwin base runner during WPIAL softball at Greater Latrobe High School in Latrobe, on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Latrobe softball team eager to return to field
April 19, 2018
It was back to the gym for the Latrobe softball team Thursday afternoon thanks to another snowy and cold spring day. Since they defeated Fox

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Shaler long distance runners Eddie Sheets (left) and Dalton Kalbaugh work out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Butler Invitational draws top teams, athletes from Western Pa.
When the Butler and Shaler track teams battled Tuesday, they ran the gamut of weather conditions. andquot;It went from ice balls to sun to 2

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Ligonier Valley's Robert Patrick wrestles against Susquenita's Dalton Group in the 170 pound semifinal bout for class 2A during the PIAA state championships Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Patrick won the semifinal and moves on to the state championship final.
Heritage Conference announces winter all-conference teams
April 17, 2018
Members of the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team and senior wrestler Robby Patrick headlined the Heritage Conference winter all-conference teams, which were released Tuesday. Patrick,

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

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Kiski Area's Emily Schrag races in the girls' 1600 meter relay with teammate Mia Hartman during the 27th Hempfield Area Lady Spartan and 16th Greater Latrobe Wildcat Track and Field Invitational at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe, on Friday, April 13, 2018.
Kiski Area’s Starr claims javelin title, 3 medals at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
Kiski Area junior Jean Starr learned a valuable lesson after a successful freshman season. It's a lesson she is using as motivation this season. andquot;I

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

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens clears the last hurdle to set a state record and win the gold medal in the Boy's Class AAA 110 hurdles at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Eight WPIAL athletes to compete at Penn Relays
At least eight athletes from WPIAL schools will participate in the 2018 Penn Relays on April 28-30 at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Heading the

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YWCA Westmoreland County honors Sportswomen of the Year
April 10, 2018
A recurring theme at the 24th annual YWCA Westmoreland Sportswomen of the Year Awards banquet Tuesday was the hard work and dedication of all the

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Nicholas Ruggeri works the batting cage, during baseball practice at Greensburg Central Catholic, in Hempfield, on Monday, March 12, 2018.
Greensburg Central Catholic baseball game moved to Seton Hill
April 9, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic has moved today's WPIAL Class A Section 2 baseball game against Jefferson-Morgan from Hempfield Park to Seton Hill University. The time of

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale is announced the winner of the 126 pound semifinal bout after defeating Athen's A.J. Burkhart in the class 2A wrestling semifinals during the PIAA state championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale named 2018 Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year
March 31, 2018
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale used a loss at the Powerade tournament as motivation to win his fourth PIAA Class AA title and finish his career

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Ligonier Valley's Robert Patrick wrestles against Colin Fegley of Mahonoy in the 170 pound weight class quarterfinal in 2A wrestling during the PIAA championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick hadn't been forced to go the distance in a match until the PIAA Class AA semifinals. He won that match,

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Laurel Highlands' Travis Sankovich (9) throws too late to first base as Latrobe's Antonio Noble beats the throw in the fourth inning against Latrobe on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township. Latrobe won 6-5.
Laurel Highlands shortstop Sankovich participates in Arizona showcase
March 28, 2018
Laurel Highlands senior shortstop Travis Sankovich competed with the Langley Blaze, a team from British Columbia, Canada, at their annual Arizona Pro tour spring trip

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The Norwin boys track and field team's 1,600-meter relay team includes, from left, Ian Brown, Logan Huss, Brady Schmitt, Zeke Houser and Gianni Rizzo. Matt Federovich also runs on the relay.
Norwin boys mile relay team aims to defend title
Norwin junior Gianni Rizzo said he still gets chills watching the video of the 1,600-meter relay final at Shippensburg last May. Rizzo ran the anchor

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Latrobe's Jason Armstrong (right) grabs a rebound in front of Norwin's Jacob Williams (25) during the first quarter on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
Nominees announced for Westmoreland County’s Judge Driscoll Scholar-AthleteAward
March 27, 2018
As retired Westmoreland County Judge John J. Driscoll addressed the county high school athletic directors and a school representative at his annual luncheon to decide

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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps takes the mat before facing Coatesville's Brennan McBride in the 106 pound semifinal bout during the PIAA state championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps moves on to the state final in class 3A.
WPIAL wrestling trio finishes high at national event
March 25, 2018
Pine-Richland freshman Cole Spencer, Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps and Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho placed high at the National High School Coaches Association championships this

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Greensburg Salem's Jesse Quatse battles against Owen J. Roberts' Jason Zollers in the 170 weight class bout for the 3A individual matches during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Greensburg Salem wrestler Quatse chooses Penn
Greensburg Salem senior Jesse Quatse has selected to continue his academic and wrestling career at the University of Pennsylvania. Quatse placed fourth in the PIAA

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Yough's Kierra Waywood pitches in the first inning against Southmoreland on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Southmoreland High School.
Deep lineup returns for Yough softball team
March 22, 2018
What do the Yough and Mt. Pleasant softball teams have in common The obvious answer is both are from Westmoreland County. Besides that, they each

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Yough's Nate Wikens competes against Norwin during a scrimmage game Monday, March 19, 2018, at Norwin.
Yough baseball looking to build with young players
It would be easy to think the Yough baseball team is building for the future. But that future might not be to far away. Yough

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Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale wrestles against Saucon Valley's Joshua Jones for the 126-pound state championship title during the PIAA state championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Teasdale defeated Jones and earned his fourth PIAA gold medal.
WPIAL wrestlers selected to compete at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 13, 2018
Four WPIAL wrestlers, including state champions Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson-Morgan, Logan Macri of Canon-McMillan and Isaac Reid of Kiski Area, headline the Pennsylvania squad that

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Quaker Valley's Conner Redinger is lifted by Benton's Gable Strickland in the 106 pound quarterfinal bout in class 2A during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Quaker Valley’s Redinger finishes 3rd at PIAA tournament
March 12, 2018
HERSHEY — Quaker Valley freshman Connor Redinger fell short of his goal at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Saturday. Redinger wanted to be the

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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps struggles against Seneca Valley's Alejandro Herrera in the 106-pound 3A championship final during the PIAA state wrestling championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps lost 1-0 to Herrera in the final.
Westmoreland wrestlers suffer tough losses at PIAAs
March 10, 2018
HERSHEY — The sweetest place on Earth turned sour for Westmoreland County wrestlers at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday. Three close losses, including

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick denied in state wrestling finals again
HERSHEY — Sometimes your best isn't just good enough. Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick and Derry junior Dom DeLuca can attest to that. Patrick and

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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps celebrates a win over Coatesville's Brennan McBride in the 106 pound semifinal bout during the PIAA state championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps moves on to the state final in class 3A.
Norwin’s Phipps, Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon get rematch in PIAA Class AAA finals
HERSHEY — When Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps won his second WPIAL Class AAA title last week with a 1-0 victory against Seneca Valley freshman Alejandro

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale reaches backwards to get a position on Athen's A.J. Burkhart in the 126 pound semifinal in class 2A during the PIAA state championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale on cusp of history
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY — Jefferson Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale is one victory away from making PIAA wrestling history. But Teasdale said he's not thinking too much about

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick earns rematch with nemesis for state wrestling crown
HERSHEY – Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick has been waiting 363 days for another shot at Susquehanna Township junior Edmond Ruth. He gets that shot Saturday

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho cruises into PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho had a close call in his opening-round match at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Thursday at Giant

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Connellsville's Nate Ansell is congratulated by coaching staff after winning the 195 pound quarterfinal against Blue Mountain's Nate Stine in class 3A during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Twenty WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — The WPIAL proved again why it is one of the toughest wrestling regions in the state. Twenty wrestlers advanced to Saturday's semifinals at

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Greater Latrobe's Gabe Willochell attempts to maintain an offensive position over Owen J. Roberts' Connor Quinn in the 126 pound class 3A bout during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Willochell, Hempfield’s Burkholder post upsets at PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
March 8, 2018
HERSHEY — After Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell won his preliminary-round match Thursday at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships, his coach Mike Ciotti predicted his

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Southmoreland senior pair advances to PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — This is the last hurrah for Southmoreland seniors Tyler Griffiths and Jaden Datz. They are closing in on the conclusion of their high

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Five things to watch at the PIAA wrestling tournament
March 7, 2018
Pennsylvania's biggest stretch of high school wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday with the PIAA individual championships at Giant Center in Hershey. There will

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Area wrestlers look to make history at PIAA championships
March 6, 2018
Four victories. That's all that stands between Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale, North Hills sophomore Sam Hillegas and all the seeded wrestlers from making history at

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High school wrestling notebook: Fayette County 4 seeking gold at PIAA tournament
When the PIAA wrestling championships begin Thursday in Hershey, four Fayette County wrestlers will be looking to bring home gold medals. All are returning state

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High school wrestling rankings for week of March 5, 2018
Individual Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin (36-0); 2. Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (42-8); 3. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (30-8); 4. Brady Sherback, Latrobe

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Southwest Pa. Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees announced
March 5, 2018
The Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame announced its 2018 class on Monday. The group includes NCAA champion Nico Megaludis of Franklin Regional/Penn State, four-time

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WPIAL wrestling notebook: Canon-McMillan’s Macri finally stands atop of the podium
March 3, 2018
Canon-McMillan senior Logan Macri was so tired of finishing second at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA wrestling championship that he leaped atop the podium at

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Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps wins 2nd WPIAL wrestling title
Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps wasn't happy with how he earned his second WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA title Saturday at Canon-McMillan. Phipps was awarded a penalty

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Kiski Area’s Blumer upsets top-seeded Kemerer in WPIAL quarterfinals
Kiski Area sophomore wrestler Jack Blumer made a prediction Friday night after his quarterfinal victory and backed it up Saturday afternoon in the WPIAL Class

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WPIAL wrestling tournament notebook: Former Shaler, Hampton coach Siar remembered
March 2, 2018
When Fox Chapel wrestling coach Ron Frank started coaching, two former opposing coaches helped him. One was late North Allegheny coach Gus DeAugustino and the

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Latrobe sophomore wrestler Willochell highlights opening day of Southwest Regionals
Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell can put himself in dangerous positions at times during his matches. But that funky style makes him dangerous on the wrestling

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Zero upsets during fast opening round of WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament
If fans were hoping for upsets in the opening rounds of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships Friday afternoon, they were disappointed because there

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Ligonier Valley's Marrek Paola attempts a layup against Purchase Line defender Dominque Campbell during the Heritage Conference Championship basketball game on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Ligonier valley’s long wait to play in District 6 final finally over
February 28, 2018
It has been 31 years since Ligonier Valley played in the District 6 finals. They were called the Mounties back then and played in Class

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Latrobe's Brady Sherback and Norwin's Kurtis Phipps face off in neutral during the 106 weight class final Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association's 2018 wrestling tournament. Phipps won, coming in first place in the 106 class.
Five things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament
There are storylines galore that will unfoled Friday and Saturday at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA tournament at Canon-McMillan. Albert Gallatin senior Tim Wallace and

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High school wrestling notebook: Albert Gallatin’s Wallace, Waynesburg’s Morris seek 3rd WPIAL titles
February 27, 2018
Albert Gallatin senior Tim Wallace and Waynesburg senior Caleb Morris will look to make history at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA tournament this weekend. Both

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Penn-Trafford's Nick Coy (left) and Job Chishko will vie for WPIAL Class AAA titles Saturday, March, 3, 2018, at Canon-McMillan.
Brothers of successful wrestlers, Penn-Trafford’s Coy, Chishko have hopes of own golden moment
It can tough being the sibling of a successful wrestler. Just ask Shaler's Taylor Letters, who followed his older brother Troy, a two-time PIAA champion,

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Burrell's Ian Oswalt squares off with Blairsville's Jack Bruce in the third-place match in the 113-pound weight class during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional finals.
Tribune-Review high school wrestling rankings: Week of Feb. 27, 2018
Individual rankings Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin (32-0); 2. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (26-7); 3. Brady Sherback, Latrobe (27-5); 4. Alejandro Herrera, Seneca

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

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Derry's Tyler Cymmerman competes mid-air in neutral with Saint Joseph Catholic Academy's Zach Witmer in the 120 weight class match for first place during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling finals at the Kovalchick Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Redinger 1 of 7 to win SW Regional titles
February 24, 2018
It was quite a final day for wrestlers from the WPIAL Class AA at the PIAA Southwest Regional. Seven walked away with titles, and 39

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Derry's Shawn Broadway battles for first place against Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale during the 126 weight class final in the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling finals at the Kovalchick Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
Teasdale, Patrick become 4-time PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional champs
There haven't been many four-time champions in the 32 years of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament. That list of six grew by two

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale gains positioning on Derry's Shawn Broadway in the 126 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale, Ligonier Valley’s Patrick roll into regional finals
The stage is set for Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale and Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick. The duo is chasing history as they try to become

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Derry's Ty Cymmerman
With his late father on his mind, Derry’s Cymmerman advances to Southwest Regional semifinals
February 23, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he needs to yell at freshman Ty Cymmerman during a match to get him to wrestle well. It would

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Carlton Haselrig coaches his Johnstown wrestlers during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional Feb. 23, 2018, at IUP.
Southwest Regional wrestling notebook: Elizabeth Forward, South Park lightweights earn redemption
Before Friday night, Elizabeth Forward sophomore Ryan Michaels and South Park freshman Joey Fischer had never beaten their quarterfinal opponents. That all changed at the

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Freedom, McGuffey, Quaker Valley wrestlers advance to regional quarterfinals
Freedom advanced five of eight wrestlers to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex on Friday.

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale gains positioning on Derry's Shawn Broadway in the 126 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Five things to watch at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament
February 22, 2018
The PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament is set to begin at 2 p.m. Friday at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex. There are

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Ligonier Valley's Michael Marinchak runs the ball on offense against Penns Valley during District 6 Class 3A boys' basketball playoffs Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Marinchak sparks No. 2 Ligonier Valley boys to quarterfinal win
February 21, 2018
Michael Marinchak is similar to the Energizer bunny. Once he gets started, he's hard to slow down. Penns Valley found that out Wednesday during a

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Trinity ousts Greensburg Salem boys in WPIAL 1st round
February 20, 2018
Trinity found itself in a huge hole to begin the fourth quarter against underdog Greensburg Salem. But the experienced Hillers found their game and avoided

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Hempfield's Luke Kemerer works against Burrell's Noah Linderman during their 145 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School. Hempfield inadvertently used an ineligible wrestler against Seneca Valley in the Class AAA team tournament on Jan. 31, which means the Spartans will not face Canon-McMillan in the semifinals.
Hempfield wrestlers change weight classes in advance of section tournament
When Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine was winning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles, there was no internet to help wrestlers figure out what weight

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Penn-Trafford wrestler Brett Ginther (left) competes during the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
High school wrestling notebook: Realignment to alter sections in Class 3A, 2A
When WPIAL wrestling chairman Frank Vulcano Jr. discussed changes in the sections for the next two seasons, he hoped coaches would be pleased. He said

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West Mifflin's Gerald Brown works against North Allegheny's Derek Devine during the 285-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 19, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 19, 2018: Individual rankings Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin

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Franklin Regional's Nate Smith attempts to maintain control over Greensburg Salem's Ian Ewing in the 145 weight class bout Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 during WPIAL wrestling at Franklin Regional High School.
WPIAL wrestling teams learn new section opponents for next 2-year cycle
February 19, 2018
The WPIAL board of directors approved the new realignment in wrestling for the next two seasons. There are 46 teams in Class AAA, down two

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Jeannette Head Coach Roy Hall celebrates his team's win against Imani Christian for the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Jeannette’s Hall, Derry’s Sweeney to coach in Foothills Football Classic
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association announced Monday that Jeannette coach Roy Hall and Derry coach Tim Sweeney will lead teams at the annual Foothills Football

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Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick (right) wrestles Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152-pound championship at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Ligonier Valley wrestler Robby Patrick among top seeds for PIAA Southwest Regional
February 18, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick received a No. 1 seed at 170 pounds for the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday and Saturday at

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Ligonier Valley pair advance to wrestling regional
February 17, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior wrestlers Robby Patrick and Alex Caldwell captured PIAA District 6 Class AA titles Saturday at Altoona. Both recorded falls in the finals.

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Hempfield's Molly DeBone competes in the girls Class AAA pole vault at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Friday, May 26, 2017.
Hempfield, Greensburg Salem, Latrobe athletes win TYTCA indoor titles
Hempfield senior Molly DeBone and junior MacKenna Orie captured Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor titles Saturday at Edinboro University. DeBone cleared 11 feet, 4 inches

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Conner Redinger of Quaker Valley gains positioning on South Park's Joseph Fischer in the 106 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wins 4th WPIAL wrestling championship
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale probably doesn't like to see two losses on his record this season, but what's important is winning titles. Teasdale became the

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Hempfield adds slow-pitch softball as varsity club sport
February 16, 2018
The Hempfield Area School Board voted to accept slow-pitch softball as a club sport. Players will be eligible to earn a school letter and be

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

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Derry, Burrell wrestlers adjust focus to sectionals
If wrestlers from Burrell and Derry want to return to Hershey on March 8, they can't afford a letdown this weekend. The Class AA individual

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 12, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 12, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School, Rec., Pvs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls rewarded for strong finish
February 13, 2018
Late season's success has Greensburg Central Catholic coach Joe Eisaman and Hempfield first-year coach Lindsy Muchnock excited about the upcoming WPIAL girls basketball playoffs. The

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Jeannette athletes enjoy support of alumni, community during winning runs
February 12, 2018
What the Jeannette sports teams have accomplished over the years doesn't need much praise. That's because excellence on the field or court is expected from

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Kiski Area takes second at PIAA Class AAA wrestling team tournament
February 10, 2018
HERSHEY — Kiski Area needed more than an extraordinary effort to win its first PIAA Class AAA team title. The Cavaliers got a great team

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

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Derry wrestling defeated at PIAAs
HERSHEY — Derry coach Mike Weinell couldn't believe what he was watching Friday at the PIAA wrestling championships. As he sat in his chair, he

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Burrell wrestling rallies past Brookville to stay alive in state tournament
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields couldn't hide his excitement after the Bucs' match with Brookville. Burrell (13-6) advanced in the consolation bracket of

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Kiski Area wrestling takes down defending champ Nazareth in PIAA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Kiski Area wrestling coach Chris Heater told his team this weekend's trip to the PIAA Class AAA team tournament wasn't a three-day vacation,

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Burrell stays alive, Derry eliminated in PIAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — WPIAL Class AA champion Burrell stayed alive in the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championship consolation round Friday morning by defeating District 1 champion

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Chestnut Ridge too much for Derry at PIAA tournament
February 8, 2018
HERSHEY — Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell knew his team faced a big challenge in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA team tournament.

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Burrell drops controversial match to Muncy at PIAA tournament; Kiski Area advances
HERSHEY — There have been times the Burrell wrestling team hasn't competed at a level expected of them by their coaches at the PIAA team

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High school wrestling notebook: Changes ahead for section alignment
February 6, 2018
Major changes are coming to the section alignment for the next two wrestling seasons, starting in 2018-19. According to Canon-McMillan athletic director Frank Vulcano Jr.,

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Derry wrestling aims to make annual Hershey trip for PIAA tournament
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell hopes his team's first trip to the PIAA tournament is a memorable one. He also hopes it won't be the

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 5, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 5, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School, Rec., Pvs.

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Ligonier Valley beats West Shamokin in Heritage Conference semifinal
February 5, 2018
Ligonier Valley trailed only once in Monday's Heritage Conference semifinal against West Shamokin. And while the Rams struggled offensively and were not able to put

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Injured Canon-McMillan wrestler recovering after injury in WPIAL final
Canon-McMillan junior Skyler Adams was in school Monday, according to athletic director Frank Vulcano, two days after suffering an injury during the WPIAL Class AAA

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Kiski Area’s Reid prays with Canon-McMillan wrestling team after scary injury
February 3, 2018
Kiski Area heavyweight Isaac Reid knows adversity. A blood clot in his lung prevented him from wrestling until two weeks ago. On Saturday, Reid helped

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Kiski Area wrestlers outlast Canon-McMillan, defend WPIAL Class AAA title
Canon-McMillan fans were on their feet when Zack Rohaley and Kiski Area senior Danny Starr took the mat in the finals of the WPIAL Class

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Jeannette’s ‘fire and ice’ duo lead crucial victory over Serra Catholic
February 2, 2018
Jeannette basketball coach Adrian Batts described his senior duo of Tre Cunningham and Robert Kennedy as andquot;Fire and Ice.andquot; He couldn't have been more correct

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Derry wrestling looks to make program history in WPIAL semifinals
The Derry wrestling team could make history with a victory against Freedom in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at noon Saturday at Chartiers-Houston. A win

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Seneca Valley's Jason Geyer celebrates after pinning Hempfield's Jared Brean during a WPIAL Class AAA team quarterfinal Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Jackson.
Seneca Valley to replace Hempfield in WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tournament
February 1, 2018
Seneca Valley wrestling coach Kevin Wildrick gave his team a day off after the Raiders lost to Hempfield in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday

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Seneca Valley to replace Hempfield in WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tourney
Seneca Valley wrestling coach Kevin Wildrick gave his team a day off after the Raiders lost to Hempfield in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday

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Hempfield's Dillon Feretti works to defeat Seneca Valley's Nick Funovits during their WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Jackson.
Hempfield edges Seneca Valley on criteria to reach WPIAL semifinals
Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine knew advancing to the WPIAL Class AAA team semifinals would be a challenge. He didn't know it would take a

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Franklin Regional wrestling ousted in WPIAL 1st round
January 31, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Matt Lebe knew it would take a superb effort to knock off No. 4 Seneca Valley in Wednesday's first round of the

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Water main break forces WPIAL to move McGuffey wrestling site to Canon-McMillan
Because of a water main break at McGuffey High School, Wednesday's WPIAL Class AA wrestling tournament matches have been moved to Canon-McMillan. No. 4 seed

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Belle Vernon's Brock Godzin works against Derry's Trey Weinell during their 152 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 29
Tribune-Review wrestling rankings Week of Jan. 29, 2018 Team Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 7-0 1 2. Kiski Area 13-1 2 3. Hempfield 16-1 3 4. Waynesburg 12-2 4 5. Seneca Valley 12-1 7 6.

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Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley yells out during the 152-pound bout during a dual meet against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg.
High school wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem coach approaching milestone
The next time the Greensburg Salem wrestling teams wins a dual meet, which could be Wednesday against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA team

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Franklin Regional's Nate Smith attempts to maintain control over Greensburg Salem's Ian Ewing in the 145 weight class bout Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 during WPIAL wrestling at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional, Hempfield, Derry wrestlers aim for success in WPIAL team tournament
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe called his team together after the Panthers rallied to defeat Moon on Monday in a WPIAL Class AAA team

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Forfeits doom Belle Vernon against Armstrong in WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 29, 2018
It's been a weird wrestling season at Belle Vernon. A team with high hopes and talented wrestlers was beset by injuries, which is a reason

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

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Southmoreland football coach Dave Keefer poses at the school's stadium on Jan. 26, 2018.
Southmoreland 1st-year coach Keefer puts emphasis on improving feeder system
January 28, 2018
Dave Keefer felt it was the right time to become a head football coach. So when Mark Adams resigned after the 2017 season, Keefer said

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Derry's Dominic DeLuca battles Mt. Pleasant's Ian Forsano in neutral during the 220 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 17, 2018 in WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Ligonier Valley’s Alex Caldwell, Derry’s Dom DeLuca reach milestones
January 27, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Alex Caldwell and Derry junior Dom DeLuca reached the 100-win plateau this week with wrestling victories. Caldwell (20-2 this season, 100-40 overall)

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Reed Fenton’s big night leads Latrobe boys over Norwin
Latrobe couldn't afford a letdown against Norwin on Friday in a key Section 3-6A game. Thanks to a career night from junior guard Reed Fenton,

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Burrell's Daniel McCarthy (right) wrestles South Fayette's Dalton Hirt during their 152 lb. match on Wed. Jan. 24, 2018 at Burrell High School.
Canon-McMillan, Burrell awarded top seeds for WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 25, 2018
The Canon-McMillan and Burrell wrestling teams earned the No. 1 seeds for the WPIAL team tournament which begins Monday with four preliminary-round matches at Franklin

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Derry's Kace Sabedra grapples in neutral with Elizabeth Forward's Freddie Howard in the 113 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 at Derry Area High School.
Hempfield, Derry coaches prepare for WPIAL team tournament
Some coaches might have felt the WPIAL wrestling committee slighted their teams. Don't count Hempfield's Vince DeAugustine or Derry's Mike Weinell among that group. They

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Hempfield's Ethan Berginc works against Kiski Area's Sammy Starr during their 106-pound final in the Section 1 championship Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Hempfield High School.
Kiski Area edges Hempfield to capture Section 1 championship
The Kiski Area wrestling team wears sweatshirts with TEAM on the front. That exemplifies the way they approach the WPIAL team tournament. andquot;It takes more

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Hampton's Justin Hart works against Thomas Jefferson's Max Shaw during the 182-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
High school team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 21
January 24, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 21, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 5-0 1

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Hempfield's Luke Kemerer works against Burrell's Noah Linderman during their 145 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
High school wrestling notebook: Intriguing matchups possible during section tournaments
The start of the postseason team wrestling tournaments got underway Tuesday with Trinity defeating Ambridge, 72-3, in the Section 4-AAA fifth-place match. The rest of

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Derry's Jason Baker attempts to put a hold on Mt. Pleasant's Alex Miscovich in the 132 weight class bout on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 during WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Miscovich aims to learn from mistakes
Things didn't look good for Mt. Pleasant senior wrestler Al Miscovich in a recent bout against Derry junior Jason Baker. He trailed 3-0 early in

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss carries for a first down past Middletown'sGage Radabaugh during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Kennedy, Jurkovec, Guss, Hooker among Mr. Pa. Football finalists
January 22, 2018
Four WPIAL quarterbacks are finalists for Mr. Pa. Football. Pine-Richland senior Phil Jurkovec, a Notre Dame recruit, and New Castle senior Marcus Hooker, a Ohio

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Latrobe's Joe Piper competes at a Tri-State Track and Field Coaches Association indoor meet Jan. 20, 2018, at Edinboro.
Latrobe duo sets school records during indoor meet
Three Latrobe athletes set school records at the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor meet of the season Saturday at Edinboro. Sydney Mizikar set a

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Hampton's Justin Hart works against Thomas Jefferson's Max Shaw during the 182-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
Two returning champions defend titles at Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament
January 21, 2018
Defending a title isn't easy, just ask Moon senior Frankie Bonura and Baldwin senior Gehrig Hutchison. But for Moon senior Nick Acuna and Mt. Lebanon

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Fox Chapel's Donovan Cutchember fends off Upper St. Clair's Jake Slinger during the 220-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
Strong showing at Allegheny County tourney for Fox Chapel wrestler Cutchember
January 20, 2018
For Fox Chapel sophomore Donovan Cutchember, the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament did not end how he planned, with a win in the finals. But Cutchember

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Hempfield head coach Rich Bowen brings his team together before playing Mt. Lebanon on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at Hempfield.
Westmoreland WPIAL football coaches disappointed, dealing with new alignment
Not everyone likes what the PIAA did to high school athletics the past two years by expanding the classifications from four to six classes in

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West Mifflin's Gerald Brown talks with coaches and officials during Day 1 of the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 19, 2018, at Fox Chapel.
Quaker Valley’s Kazalas, West Mifflin’s Brown make quick work of foes at Allegheny County tournament
John Rocco Kazalas and Gerald Brown are ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in their weight classes by the Tribune-Review. They also are highly ranked

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Hempfield's Justin Sliwoski (11) looks for an open receiver against Greensburg Salem in the second quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Hempfield’s Sliwoski, Jeannette’s Kennedy to play in all-star game
Hempfield senior Justin Sliwoski and Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy are among a group of Western Pennsylvania football player who have accepted invitations to play in

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Fox Chapel’s Cutchember reaches semifinals at county tournament
January 19, 2018
Fox Chapel sophomore Donovan Cutchember was the lone A-K Valley wrestler to advance to the semifinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Friday. Cutchember

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Derry's Gannon Lenhart wrestles in neutral against Mt. Pleasant's Zac Presock in the 160 weight class bout Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Derry to be shorthanded for section tournament
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell feels his second-ranked Trojans can compete with anyone in Class AA when healthy. But when the team tournament begins Wednesday,

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Derry's Dominic DeLuca battles Mt. Pleasant's Ian Forsano in neutral during the 220 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 17, 2018 in WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Derry wrestling defeats Mt. Pleasant, will host Section 2 tournament
January 17, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell gave his team a stern talk after Wednesday's Section 2B match against Mt. Pleasant. Even though the Class AA No.

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Latrobe upsets Class 6A No. 2 Penn Hills
This was a gut check for the Latrobe basketball team. After an embarrassing loss at Fox Chapel on Friday, the Wildcats were down 10 points

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Derry's Jason Baker wrestles Elizabeth Forward's Mike Kiester in the 132 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 at Derry Area High School.
High school team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 15
January 16, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 15, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 4-0 1

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Kiski Area's Noah Levett pins Southmoreland's Devin Brubacher during their 138 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Wrestling notebook: Section tournament berths up for grabs Wednesday
There is a lot on the line Wednesday for the final wrestling section matches in the WPIAL. Section titles and section team tournament berths are

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

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Shaler wrestler Jake Pollak takes second place in overtime against Mt. Lebanon's Luke Stout in the 152-pound weight class Jan. 21, 2017, at the Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel.
Mt. Lebanon’s Stout set to defend title at Allegheny County wrestling tournament
During the 16-year history of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship, only four wrestlers have become four-time champions. While no one is in line to capture

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Penn-Trafford's Mackenzie Aunkst maneuvers around Plum's Mackenzie Lake on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 in the Penn-Trafford Warriors Holiday Showcase at Penn-Trafford High School.
Knee injury to sideline Penn-Trafford’s Aunkst for season
January 13, 2018
The Penn-Trafford girls basketball team has been dealing with injuries all season. But the latest player to be sidelined will be hard to replace. Senior

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Penn-Trafford's Tyler Campbell dribbles down court as Hempfield's Shawn Wilson defends Friday Jan. 12, 2018 during boys' basketball at Penn-Trafford High School.
Strong start vaults Penn-Trafford boys past rival Hempfield
January 12, 2018
Penn-Trafford senior Sean Kelly set the tone for Friday's boys basketball game early and often. He scored six points in the opening quarter, including a

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Derry wrestling gets key section win over Elizabeth Forward
January 10, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he was a little concerned about Wednesday's first-place battle against Elizabeth Forward. The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in Class

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Penn-Trafford’s Coy cleared to wrestle
Penn-Trafford junior Nick Coy has been cleared to resume wrestling, according to his coach, Rich Ginther. Coy sustained a neck sprain in the 132-pound final

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Longtime Geibel basketball coach Misiak dies at 81
Ken Misiak began his basketball coaching and teaching careers at Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville in the late 1950s. After 49 years, he left

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 8
January 9, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 8, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 4-0 1

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Derry’s DeLuca eyes spot among Trojans’ elite wrestlers
Hanging on the wall in the Derry wrestling room are singlets of five Trojans wrestlers who won state titles. It's a constant reminder for the

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High school notebook: WCCA could consider change to invitational
Should the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association change its wrestling tournament to an invitational Opinions varied at the 65th annual WCCA tournament this past weekend. Because

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Another Just takes over Laurel Highlands football program
When Laurel Highlands football coach Zach Just resigned to take a principal position at South Allegheny, the Laurel Highlands school board didn't have to look

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Southmoreland officials hope to hire new football coach soon
Southmoreland athletic director Charlie Swink said Tuesday that he'll know better after Thursday's school board planning session what direction the district will take on hiring

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Ligonier Valley wide receiver Tutino selected for All-World game
January 8, 2018
Ligonier Valley junior wide receiver Aaron Tutino, a two-time Tribune-Review Terrific 25 honoree, was selected to participate in the National Underclassman All-World football game, Feb.

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WCCA awards college scholarships to county athletes
Prior to the finals of the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling championship Saturday at Norwin, the association awarded scholarships to seven 2017 graduates

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Hempfield’s Kemerer, Franklin Regional’s Camacho win 3rd WCCA titles
January 7, 2018
Three wrestlers had a chance to join an elite club Saturday at the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Wrestling Tournament at Norwin. Hempfield senior

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Kiski Area in position to claim 3rd straight WCCA wrestling title
January 6, 2018
Kiski Area put itself in position to capture its 11th Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament title and third in a row with a solid

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Norwin freshman Alteri upsets No. 2-seeded Gaul to highlight 1st day of WCCA wrestling tournament
January 5, 2018
The opening night of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament always seems have a surprise winner. And the 65th annual championship had its shocker.

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Peters Township wrestling hosting Match for a Marine
January 4, 2018
Peters Township High School will hold its sixth annual Match for a Marine when it wrestles Mt. Lebanon at home next Wednesday night. The match

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WCCA wrestling tournament to go on as planned Friday
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament will be held as scheduled Friday despite frigid temperatures across the county that canceled classes at every high

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Petko takes over as Jeannette athletic director
Jeannette High School has a new athletic director. Acting high school assistant principal Bill Petko, a 1995 Connellsville graduate, replaced Anthony DeNunzio on Jan. 1.

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Greensburg Salem wrestlers use quick start to get past Franklin Regional
This was a classic case that Wednesday's WPIAL Class AAA Section 1-B wrestling match started perfectly for Greensburg Salem. Because high school wrestling picks the

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 1, 2017
January 3, 2018
The Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 2, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 3-0 1 2. Kiski Area 7-1 2 3.

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Jeannette, Hempfield baseball players to compete in All-American tournament
Three high school baseball players from Westmoreland County have been invited to participate in the 2018 Under Armour All-American Pre-Season tournament at Sloan Park, the

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Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen flashes potential
Nobody at the prestigious Powerade Christmas Tournament wrestled more than Ryan Weinzen. The Norwin sophomore took part in nine matches, winning six, over the two-day

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Focus on 106-pound weight class for Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tourney
The pairings meeting for the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament isn't until Thursday, but the deepest and most competitive weight class will

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Jefferson-Morgan wrestler Teasdale moves on from stunning defeat
When Franklin Regional senior Spencer Lee lost in the final seconds in the PIAA Class AAA final, people were stunned. They were just as stunned

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

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Jefferson-Morgan star wrestler Teasdale handed 1st high school loss in Powerade final
There won't be another four-time undefeated PIAA champion this season. That's because Wyoming Seminary sophomore Beau Bartlett used two takedowns — the winning with 26

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A-K Valley wrestlers earn medals at prestigious Powerade tournament
December 30, 2017
Burrell and Kiski Area didn't return from the prestigious Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament with any team titles or individual champions, but Bucs coach Josh Shields

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho enters Powerade tournament brimming with confidence
December 27, 2017
Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho has had a pretty good Christmas so far. But there is still one present within his grasp, and that gift

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Burrell freshmen Ian Oswalt, Aaron Edwards and A.J. Corrado sit together before wrestling practice Monday, Dec. 19, 2017, at the high school.
WPIAL wrestling rankings: Dec. 17, 2017
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Dec. 17, 2017: Team rankings Class AAA 1. Canon-McMillan

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Penn-Trafford wrestler Brett Ginther (left) competes during the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
Wrestling notebook: Penn-Trafford struggling with low numbers
It's unusual for Penn-Trafford to have trouble fielding a wrestling team considering the success of the program. But the 2017-18 season isn't going as planned.

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Wrestling notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Patrick claims Holiday Classic title
December 20, 2017
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick won the 2017 Sheetz Holiday Wrestling tournament for the second consecutive year over the weekend. He defeated Shamokin's Jacob Carpenter,

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Hempfield's Kyle Burkholder wrestles on a top position over Greensburg Salem's Nico Williams on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in the 113-pound weight class bout at Greensburg Salem gymnasium. Hempfield won in the Crosstown Cup overall 42-21.
Team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 17, 2017
December 19, 2017
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Dec. 17, 2017: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Kiski

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy celebrates his second touchdown during the second quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette’s Kennedy named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Football Player of the Year
December 16, 2017
Player of the Year Robert Kennedy, QB/WR/DB Jeannette, Sr., 5-10, 175 One of the things coaches like about Robert Kennedy is his coolness under pressure.

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Greensburg Salem's Luke Ewing attempts to maintain control as Hempfield's Dallyn Wood looks for an opportunity on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in the 170-pound weight class bout at Greensburg Salem gymnasium. Hempfield won in the Crosstown Cup overall 42-21.
Lightweights score key wins as Hempfield takes back Crosstown Cup from Greensburg Salem
December 13, 2017
Early on in Wednesday's wrestling match, Greensburg Salem looked like it would retain the Crosstown Cup trophy for the third consecutive year. But No. 6-ranked

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Jeannette Head Coach Roy Hall yells out to his team during play against Clairton in a WPIAL Class A semifinal game on Friday Nov. 17, 2017 at Elizabeth Forward.
Homer-Center coach reaches out to Jeannette’s Roy Hall
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall, who was honored at a Coaches Corner Luncheon along with the other WPIAL championship coaches Tuesday, received a text message

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

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Greensburg Salem’s DaJuan Hertzog wrestles Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho at 126 during a dual meet Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg.
Wrestling notebook: Hempfield, Greensburg Salem to battle for Crosstown Cup
Former Hempfield coach Rick Shaheen felt Westmoreland County wrestling needed a jolt back in 1999. So Shaheen and Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley created the

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

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Penn-Trafford’s Job Chishko reacts after losing 6-4 to Seneca Valley’s Louis Newell in their 106-pound championship bout at the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship at Penn Hills High School on Saturday March 05, 2016, in Penn Hills.
WPIAL Class AAA loaded with returning PIAA qualifiers
December 7, 2017
Returning PIAA Class AAA qualifiers 106: Kurtis Phipps, So., Norwin (36-5) andbull; WPIAL champ finished seventh at PIAA tournament. 106: Darren Miller, Jr., Kiski Area

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WPIAL Class AAA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AAA wrestling rankings 1. Kiski Area (24-1) 2. Canon-McMillan (13-4) 3. Waynesburg (12-4) 4. Greensburg Salem (12-4) 5. Connellsville (11-7) 6. Hempfield (13-4)

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson kisses the PIAA Class A championship trophy next to Jalen Jones after defeating Homer-Center, 42-12, in the state final Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette sticks to motto, never quits in run to PIAA championship
HERSHEY — Midway through the third quarter of Thursday's PIAA Class A football championship game, Jeannette coach Roy Hall felt pretty happy. There was a

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Hempfield senior Luke Kemerer won a WPIAL Class AAA championship last season.
Hempfield’s Kemerer wants 1 thing: PIAA wrestling gold
Luke Kemerer is a two-time PIAA placewinner in wrestling. He placed third in 2016 and fifth in '17. But the Hempfield senior and Pitt commit

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall gets doused with the water cooler on the sideline near the conclusion of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette cruises past Homer-Center to claim 2nd PIAA football championship
HERSHEY — Early in the second quarter of Thursday's PIAA Class A football championship, Jeannette found itself trailing Homer-Center. It didn't take long for senior

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Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick (blue) connects with teammate Kyrie Miller for a take down during varsity wrestling practice Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Ligonier Valley’s Patrick eyes elusive PIAA wrestling crown
December 6, 2017
There isn't a day that goes by when Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick doesn't think about winning a PIAA wrestling title. Patrick is a two-time

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Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Wrestling notebook: Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale set to chase 4th PIAA title
Western Pennsylvania wrestling fans found out last March that nothing is guaranteed on the mat. No one expected Franklin Regional senior Spencer Lee to lose.

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Burrell’s Ethan Awes and Trent Bechtold work out during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.
Numerous PIAA wrestling qualifiers return in Class AA
Returning PIAA Class AA qualifiers 106: Trent Valovchik, So., Burrell (35-13) andbull; WPIAL champion finished sixth at Southwest Regional and went 1-2 at PIAA tournament.

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Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields works with his varsity team during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.
WPIAL Class AA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AA wrestling rankings 1. Burrell (13-7) 2. Derry (21-3) 3. South Fayette (18-4) 4. Freedom (14-6) 5. McGuffey (17-4) 6. Burgettstown (9-2) 7.

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Homer-Center's Mike McCracken (35) runs the ball against Ligonier Valley in the fourth quarter on Friday Oct. 06, 2017 at Homer-Central.
Homer-Center riding momentum after upset victories
Homer-Center football coach Greg Page said it has been a little crazy around Homer City and Center Township in Indiana County the past few weeks

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Ligonier Valley's Rachel Horrell poses for a photo Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 during girls' basketball practice at Ligonier Valley. Horrell is a top returning player for the girls' varsity team.
Optimism abounds for Ligonier Valley girls basketball
December 5, 2017
Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach Tim Gustin knows winning the District 6 Heritage Conference title will be difficult, but he believes putting together a winning

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Michael Marinchak started as a freshman at Ligonier Valley last season.
Ligonier Valley boys to start year short-handed
Ligonier Valley will start the boys basketball season against Greensburg Salem on Friday short-handed. That's because two starters — Jackson Daugherty and Aaron Tutino —

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy scores past Farrell's Tyrie Hammonds during the second quarter of their PIAA Class A state semifinal Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
Jeannette football team looks to finish sweet run in PIAA championship
December 3, 2017
The silver things raining down on the Jeannette football team Friday night weren't ice pelts. They were Hershey Kisses thrown by excited Jayhawks fans. That's

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Jeannette's Justin Cramer holds a Hershey's chocolate bar as he celebrates with teammates after after defeating Farrell in their PIAA Class A state semifinal Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
Jeannette shuts down Farrell to advance to PIAA Class A title game
December 1, 2017
It took Jeannette almost a half to get its offense started Friday, but once it did, Farrell didn't have a prayer. Jeannette's defense forced four

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Monessen's Natalie Holmes works out during practice Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Monessen High School.
Monessen girls rebuilding under veteran coach Corley
November 29, 2017
When Major Corley first took over the Monessen girls basketball team back in the 1980s, he built a program that produced three WPIAL championships, six

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Monessen's Lyndon Henderson brings the ball upcourt during a scrimmage against Greensburg Salem Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Monessen High School.
Monessen boys aim to stay consistent
If there is one thing that remains consistent in Monessen athletics, it is the play of the boys basketball team. The Greyhounds, during Joe Salvino's

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

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Jeannette coach Adrian Batts throws passing balls with A.J. Sharp (right) and other teammates Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette boys prepare for season while waiting for reinforcements
The Jeannette boys basketball season is currently on hold, and that's OK with coach Adrian Batts. Like most fans who follow Jeannette athletics, Batts is

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Ligonier Valley's Aaron Tutino leaps from a host of Cambria Heights defenders to score a touchdown Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Ligonier Valley in WPIAL playoff football.
PIAA football notebook: Injuries to standout receivers foil Ligonier Valley’s game plan
November 26, 2017
HERSHEY — No one would have predicted what happened to the Ligonier Valley football team Saturday against Dunmore in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal-round playoff

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan practices Friday Nov. 24, 2017, at Greensburg Salem.
Greensburg Salem boys look to rebound after tough season
November 25, 2017
The Greensburg Salem boys basketball team hasn't had a winning season since 2012. And the Golden Lions hit a low point last season with a

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Greensburg Salem varsity players Shaleena Garner (right) watches teammate Megan Kallock (left) during a coaching Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 during girls' basketball practice at Greensburg Salem High School.
Veteran coach Klimchock set to guide Greensburg Salem girls basketball
Rick Klimchock has been coaching high school basketball for more than 20 years. He coached the Jeannette boys for 14 seasons and the Franklin Regional

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Hobbled Ligonier Valley bounced from state football playoffs
HERSHEY — Ligonier Valley could have rolled over and quit Saturday against Dunmore in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals at Hersheypark Stadium. The Rams were

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty (12) scores with 1:36 remaining in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game against Bishop McCort on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Ligonier Valley won 19-12.
Ligonier Valley preps for another challenge in PIAA quarterfinals
November 23, 2017
One thing the Ligonier Valley football team does to prepare for an opponent is head to the classroom. There, the coordinators set up the game

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Ligonier Valley players celebrate after the Rams beat Bishop McCort 19-12 in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Defenses pave way for victories by Jeannette, Ligonier Valley
November 19, 2017
To win high school football games at this time of the season, it's important for defenses to come up big. It was the defense that

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Ligonier Valley players celebrate after the Rams beat Bishop McCort 19-12 in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Ligonier Valley football tops Bishop McCort for District 6 title — again
November 18, 2017
ALTOONA — When Ligonier Valley wins a football game, the team likes to hear the song andquot;Rocky Top.andquot; It was blaring loud and clear Saturday

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Jeannette players celebrate their 18-7 win against Clairton in a WPIAL Class A semifinal game Friday Nov. 17, 2017, at Elizabeth Forward.
Jeannette tops rival Clairton to reach 3rd straight WPIAL title game
November 17, 2017
When Clairton trounced Jeannette in the final game of the regular season three weeks ago, Bears coach Wayne Wade felt his team took it to

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty (12) gains 10 yards after a bobbled snap before being stopped by Berlin Brothersvalley's Drew Boyer (51) and Cole Glessner (53) in the first quarter of the Appalachian Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley leads 28-0 at halftime.
Daugherty, Tutino carry Ligonier Valley into title game
November 15, 2017
Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel chuckled when asked if he had nicknames for Jackson Daugherty and Aaron Tutino. andquot;Probably some you can't print,andquot; Beitel

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (3) runs the ball against Clairton in the second quarter on Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Clairton.
Jeannette aims to match Clairton’s swag in rematch
November 14, 2017
When Clairton defeated Jeannette on Oct. 27, the game turned sour for the Jayhawks when they had a 29-yard field-goal attempt blocked and returned for

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Keeley Maloney blocks a shot by Shady Side Academy's Nina Singh during the second half of the WPIAL Class A championship game Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Berth to PIAA final on the line as Greensburg C.C., Shady Side Academy rekindle rivalry
November 13, 2017
There will be few secrets or unknowns during the PIAA Class A girls soccer semifinal Tuesday. It will be the fourth meeting of the season

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Jeannette's Seth Howard (8) avoids Monessen's Thaddeus King (81) and scores on a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Jayhawks a 20-0 lead late in the first quarter in a WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette.
Change at QB ignites Jeannette offense with Clairton looming
November 12, 2017
There was a time during Friday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal when things looked bleak for Jeannette. Rochester was in control with its running game, and

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Freshman Felder lifts GCC over Windber in PIAA soccer playoffs
November 11, 2017
SOMERSET – Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer coach Ashley Davis said she wasn't too concerned her team was locked in another close battle Saturday. The

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Jeannette's Isaiah Winters catches the winning touchdown pass next to Rochester's Elijah Goosby late in the fourth quarter of their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Peters Township.
Jeannette football scores late for WPIAL quarterfinals victory
November 10, 2017
Seth Howard wasn't on the Jeannette team at the start of the season. But Jeannette coach Roy Hall was glad he joined after the first

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Belle Vernon's Brandon Roche celebrates as time expires in the Leopards' 21-17 victory over Thomas Jefferson Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Thomas Jefferson’s, Belle Vernon’s coaches break down WPIAL Class 4A semifinal matchup
Thomas Jefferson will look to avenge a 21-17 regular-season loss to Belle Vernon when the teams meet Friday night with a berth in the WPIAL

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

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Ligonier Valley's Aaron Sheeder (42) takes a 4-yard pass from John Caldwell and scores in front of Berlin Brothersvalley's Tyler Custer (21) with 17 seconds left in the second quarter in the Appalachian Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley leads 28-0 at halftime.
Ligonier Valley prepares for different Cambria Heights team
November 6, 2017
The Ligonier Valley football team has walked off the field disappointed only one time over the past two seasons — at the PIAA Class 2A

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Fox Chapel girls edge Manheim Township by one to win PIAA Class AAA cross country title
November 4, 2017
HERSHEY — Fox Chapel senior Caelan Miller usually is the top runner her team. Saturday, her teammates picked her up, and Fox Chapel left the

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Winchester Thurston senior Tristan Forsythe won the Class A title at the PIAA cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Hershey.
Greensburg Salem boys place pair in top 20 at PIAA cross country championships
HERSHEY — You don't always have to win to be satisfied with your race result. Greensburg Salem juniors Mark Brown and Cameron Binda didn't win

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Quaker Valley's Isaiah McNair catches a touchdown pass, as Derry's Justin Huss defends during the second quarter of their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley QB Guss too much for Derry defense
November 3, 2017
Quaker Valley senior quarterback Ricky Guss had a game to remember. He was more than a handful for the Derry defense, which struggled to corral

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Norwin's John Piekut
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 10
November 1, 2017
John Piekut Norwin, sr., OL/LB Piekut (5-10, 2015) made a one-handed interception and returned it 2 yards for a TD to help Norwin defeat Hempfield,

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Mt. Pleasant's ball carrier Michael Govern is brought down by Derry defenders Onreey Stewart (4) and Justin Huss on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 during WPIAL football at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Upset by No. 7 seed, Derry looks to upset No. 2 Quaker Valley
As Derry coach Tim Sweeney talked to his team after practice Tuesday, he spoke about the lack of respect he felt the WPIAL gave his

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Penn-Trafford's Cameron Suman (15) is dragged down at the end of a run against Armstrong in the first quarter on Friday Oct. 13, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
After Week 9 losses, P-T, FR, Jeannette focus on playoffs
October 30, 2017
When the WPIAL playoffs begin Friday, three Westmoreland County teams — Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional and Jeannette — will be trying to erase Week 9 losses

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Ligonier Valley dominates in Appalachian Bowl win
October 28, 2017
Not even heavy rain Saturday could slow down the fifth-ranked Class 2A team in the state, Ligonier Valley. Despite the damp and muddy conditions, Ligonier

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Video: Clairton tops Jeannette in Eastern Conference finale
Coaches from Jeannette and Clairton discuss the Bears' 40-6 victory in the WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference.

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Jeannette's Isaiah Winters (1) celebrates a defensive stop against Clairton in the first quarter on Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Clairton.
Jeannette still can’t solve Clairton as Bears roll to 40-6 victory
October 27, 2017
Clairton football coach Wayne Wade said he didn't think his team sent a message Friday night. But the No. 5 Bears' 40-6 win against No.

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Greensburg Salem's Mark Brown and Indiana's Kendall Branan sprint to the finish line to take second and third place during the WPIAL boys Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Cooper's Lake Campground.
Greensburg Salem boys cross country headed to PIAAs
October 26, 2017
Greensburg Salem cross country coach Nathan Snider was both happy and sad Thursday at the WPIAL cross country championships at Cooper's Lake Campground. Glad the

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Jeannette's Imani Sanders (9) goes 56 yards for a touchdown on a reception from Robert Kennedy during the second quarter of a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game with Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
Video: No. 1 Jeannette aims to take down Clairton
No. 1 Jeannette battles No. 5 Clairton for the Eastern Conference title on Friday. Jeannette is 0-5 the past three years against the Bears.

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Hempfield's Braden Brose
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 9
October 25, 2017
Shawn Broadway Derry, sr., RB Broadway (5-10, 140) carried the ball nine times for 162 yards and three touchdowns (59, 36, 65 yards) in a

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NA girls, Sewickley Academy boys, girls claim PIAA golf titles
YORK — It was another dominant year for WPIAL golfers at the PIAA team championships Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. The North Allegheny girls

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (3) is brought down by Greensburg Central Catholic's Zach Dlugos (32) after picking up a first down during the first quarter of a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
Jeannette looks to end streak of losses to rival Clairton
No one has to tell the Jeannette football players what their record is against Clairton. It's 0-5 the past three seasons, and two of those

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Video: WPIAL golfers capture PIAA championships
October 24, 2017
Pine-Richland's Lauren Freyvogel and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Maddie Smithco discuss winning their first PIAA girls golf championships.

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Pine-Richland's Lauren Freyvogel won the PIAA Class AAA golf title Oct. 24, 2017, at Heritage Hills Resort in York.
Pine-Richland’s Freyvogel, CWNC’s Smithco claim PIAA girls golf titles
YORK — It was a great day for WPIAL girls at the PIAA golf championships Tuesday. Pine-Richland junior Lauren Freyvogel and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

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Greensburg Salem's Mark Brown competes in the Class AA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Cooper's Lake Campground. Brown finished fourth with a time of 16:55.
Greensburg Salem boys aim to defend WPIAL cross country title
Greensburg Salem junior Mark Brown finished fourth at the WPIAL AA cross country championships in 2016. Among returning runners, he was the highest finisher. But

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WPIAL golfers in position for PIAA titles after Day 1 of state tournament
October 23, 2017
It was a good day for WPIAL golfers in Round 1 of the PIAA golf championships Monday at Heritage Hills Resort in York. The WPIAL

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Trinity's Jared Embert puts a hit on Greensburg Salem's Aaren Putt in the first quarter Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Offutt Field.
Trinity tops Greensburg Salem, gains leverage toward playoff spot
October 20, 2017
One team played like it was headed to the WPIAL playoffs and the other must wait at least another year. Trinity virtually clinched a berth

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Video: Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball wins section title
October 19, 2017
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team captured the Section 4-A title Thursday after defeating Trinity Christian, 3-1.

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

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Video: Greensburg Salem prepares for Week 8 battle with Trinity
October 18, 2017
The Greensburg Salem football team will try to close in on a WPIAL playoff berth with a victory over Trinity on Friday night.

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Nick DiAndreth - Hempfield
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 8
Nick DiAndreth Hempfield, sr., WR The senior had two touchdown grabs in Hempfield's near upset of Penn Hills last week. DiAndreth (5-foot-6, 162 pounds) has

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Greensburg Salem's Tyler Williams tackles West Mifflin's Keyrjon Sampson at the 1-yard line during their game Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Offut Field in Greensburg.
Greensburg Salem, Trinity in hunt for Big 9 playoff berths
The WPIAL playoffs officially start Nov. 3. But Trinity (4-3, 3-3) and Greensburg Salem (3-5, 3-3) are getting an early start Friday. Both teams, along

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WPIAL board approves Imani Christian eligibility requests
October 17, 2017
The WPIAL Board of Directors announced Tuesday that is has scheduled two hearings for Nov. 1. The first hearing at 3 p.m. is with Imani

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Franklin Regional's Palmer Jackson watches his tee shot on Hole 1 during the PIAA Class AAA boys Western Regional golf tournament Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at Tom's Run Golf Course in Balirsville.
GCC’s Zambruno, Franklin Regional’s Jackson advance to PIAA golf tournament
October 16, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic junior Abby Zambruno is a two-time PIAA qualifier in golf. Now that her sister, Olivia, is a freshman at Penn State, Abby

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Altoona makes pitch to WPIAL Board of Directors to join District 7 in all sports
The WPIAL Board of Directors on Monday listened to a proposal by officials from Altoona School District who are interested in joining the WPIAL in

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Video: Belle Vernon upsets No. 1 Thomas Jefferson
October 14, 2017
Belle Vernon remained undefeated after defeating No. 1 Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 13, 2017, in a Big 9 Conference game. Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert

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Belle Vernon's Anthony Bertram holds up the ball after intercepting a pass under Nolan Labuda intended for Thomas Jefferson's Noah Palmer during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
No. 3 Belle Vernon stuns top-ranked Thomas Jefferson
October 13, 2017
Every team in the WPIAL Class 4A Big 9 Conference strives to be like the Thomas Jefferson program. Belle Vernon took a step at closing

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Kiski Area's Kierra Shreffler trails race leader Greater Latrobe's Maria Cawoski during the WCCA cross country championships on Thursday Oct. 12, 2017 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Video: Hear from the top finishers at the WCCA cross country meet
Greensburg Salem runners captured the top three spots at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet on Thursday.

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Greensburg Salem's Mark Brown leads teammate Cameron Binda during the boys varsity race during the WCCA cross country championships on Thursday Oct. 12, 2017 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Greensburg Salem runners sweep top 3 spots at WCCA meet
October 12, 2017
Greensburg Salem runner Cameron Binda was trailing teammate Mark Brown coming through the woods at Westmoreland College on Thursday. That's when he decided to pick

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Greensburg Salem's Mark Brown competes at the annual Red, White and Blue ClassicSept. 9, 2017, at Schenley Park.
Greensburg Salem runners to face challenge at WCCA meet
October 11, 2017
Greensburg Salem junior Mark Brown is looking forward to the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet Thursday at Westmoreland County Community College. He

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Thomas Jefferson’s Justin Vigna (5) falls into the end zone for a touchdown against Greensburg Salem during the second quarter on Friday Sept. 15, 2017 at Offutt Field.
Revenge a factor for unbeaten rivals Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson
Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson high schools are separated by only 131⁄2 miles. When the unbeaten rivals square off Friday for first place in the

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Greensburg Salem's Kevin Braswell
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 7
Kevin Braswell Greensburg Salem, sr., DB Braswell (6-foot-1, 160 pounds) made the game-turning play at Albert Gallatin when he returned an interception 55 yards for

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Video: Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson to square off in battle of unbeatens
The Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon football teams have a long history that dates back into the mid 1960s. They've played some memorable games, including

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Video: Homer-Center, Ligonier Valley honor Neiderhiser
October 9, 2017
Ligonier Valley student Nicholas Neiderhiser was killed in a vehicle accident on the way to school Oct. 3. Before Friday's football game in Homer City,

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Greensburg Salem boys win Class AA title at Tri-State cross country meet
October 7, 2017
It was a big day for runners from smaller schools at the annual Tri-State Track Coaches Association cross country meet Saturday at Cal (Pa). Despite

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Video: Ligonier Valley wins one for Nick
Three days after the death of classmate and former teammate Nick Neiderhiser, members of the Ligonier Valley football team played in his memory and earned

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Penn-Trafford's Cam Laffoon (9) dives for a touchdown during their game against Franklin Regional in Murraysville on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Ligonier Valley honors late teammate with victory over Homer-Center
October 6, 2017
Sometimes football takes a backseat to life. It would have been easy for Ligonier Valley to have a letdown Friday after enduring a tough week

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Shaler's Tanner Grzegorczyk hits from the rough on Hole 17 during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
VIDEO: Shaler golfer Grzegorczyk battles broken ankle, qualifies for regional
October 5, 2017
Shaler golfer Tanner Grzegorczyk continues to play despite a broken ankle. He finished eighth after shooting 5-over-par 75 on Tuesday at the WPIAL Class AAA

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Ligonier Valley players run through a drill during a pre-season workout on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Ligonier Valley Stadium.
Homer-Center hopes to end Ligonier Valley’s dominant run
October 4, 2017
In eastern Westmoreland County, the Ligonier Valley has an historic fort, two renowned golf courses and second-to-none recreational attractions. It also features one of the

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VIDEO: Ligonier Valley football players discuss their passion for defense
Undefeated Ligonier Valley travels to undefeated Homer-Center for a clash in the District 6 Heritage Conference. The Ligonier Valley defense has allowed just six points

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VIDEO: Ligonier Valley looks to stay unbeaten at Homer-Center
Undefeated Ligonier Valley travels to undefeated Homer-Center for a clash in the District 6 Heritage Conference.

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Southmoreland's Jaden Datz
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 6
Jaden Datz Southmoreland, Sr., QB Despite playing behind an inexperienced and young offensive line that's been decimated by injuries, Datz (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) has become

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Video: Moon’s Sabol captures WPIAL Class AAA boys golf title in playoff with Latrobe’s Pevarnik
October 3, 2017
Highlights from the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship, which was won by Moon's Chris Sabol.

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Moon's Chris Sabol watches his fairway shot on a playoff hole during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
Moon’s Chris Sabol captures WPIAL Class AAA boys golf title in playoff with Latrobe’s Brady Pevarnik
Moon senior Chris Sabol wasn't on anyone's radar as a favorite to win the WPIAL Class 3A golf championship. But if you look at the

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Marlayna Verenna defends against Valley's Lauren Schrock on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 during girls' tennis at the Greensburg Racquet Club.
Westmoreland high school sports lookahead: Week of Oct. 2, 2017
October 1, 2017
MONDAY The WPIAL girls tennis team tournament continues with semifinals in Class 3A and 2A. In Class 2A, top seed Neshannock faces Knoch at Butler,

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Video: Penn-Trafford shuts out rival Gateway
September 30, 2017
Penn-Trafford took control in the Class 5A Big East Conference with a 28-0 victory over Gateway to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference

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Penn-Trafford's John Gay breaks away from Gateway defense to score a touchdown Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
No. 2 Penn-Trafford blanks No. 3 Gateway in showdown
September 29, 2017
One thing Penn-Trafford's opponents find out quickly is you better be ready for anything. Warriors coach John Ruane will empty the playbook to beat you,

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Video: Football rivalry between Penn-Trafford, Gateway ready to ignite
September 28, 2017
Unbeaten football rivals Penn-Trafford and Gateway are prepared to face off for the Victory Bell.

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Franklin Regional's Dominick DiFalco
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 5
September 27, 2017
Tre Cunningham Jeannette, sr., WR/DB/K Cunningham (6-foot-3, 165 pounds) booted two field goals, caught a 20-yard TD pass and finished with four catches for 74

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Penn-Trafford's John Gay (46) runs the ball for a touchdown against Plum in the third quarter of a WPIAL 5A conference game on Friday Sept. 08, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
Unbeaten rivals Penn-Trafford, Gateway to face off for Victory Bell
For whom will the bell toll on Friday when No. 3 Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford in a battle for first place in the WPIAL

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall talks with officials and security after an altercation during a game against Imani Christian on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
Jeannette beats Imani Christian in a game officials stop early because of safety concerns
September 23, 2017
Saturday's WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference first-place showdown between No. 2 Jeannette and high-scoring Imani Christian didn't end in a way befitting its start. With

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Franklin Regional's Blaze O'Block (24) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass in overtime against Armstrong on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional takes down Armstrong in overtime
September 22, 2017
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta didn't hesitate in overtime. Faced with fourth-and-goal at the Armstrong 3, Botta sent Domenick DiFalco on to attempt a 20-yard

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Latrobe's Nate Clair
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 4
September 20, 2017
Nathan Clair Latrobe, jr., K Clair (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) booted field goals of 27, 40 and 37 yards to help the Wildcats defeat Kiski Area

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Jeannette quarterback Robert Kennedy calls a play under center during a game against Riverview on Sept. 16, 2017, in Oakmont.
Jeannette, Imani to face off in early-season Eastern Conference clash
There was one good thing about Imani Christian's first loss of the season last week to California, according to Saints coach Ronnell Heard. It was

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Gateway boys basketball Mitch Adams watches from the bench during a game against McKeesport on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at McKeesport High School.
Former Gateway boys basketball coach Adams dies at 59
Former Gateway boys basketball coach Mitch Adams, 59, died Wednesday at UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville, because of complications after an operation. Adams, who lived

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Hempfield’s Luke Kemerer (right) wrestles Kiski Area’s Cam Connor during the finals at the WCCA tournament Saturday Jan. 7, 2017, at Franklin Regional.
Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer: ‘I always felt comfortable at Pitt’
September 19, 2017
Hempfield senior Luke Kemerer knew where he wanted to wrestle in college for a while: Pitt. Kemerer, along with Seneca Valley senior Louis Newell and

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Hempfield's Luke Kemerer wrestles Garden Spot's Gary Clark in the 138-lb bout during the consolations of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Friday March 10, 2017.
Hempfield wrestler Kemerer commits to Pitt
September 18, 2017
Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer, a 2017 WPIAL champion, made a verbal commitment to attend Pitt on Sunday. Kemerer has a 107-20 career record. He

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Zack Boot watches as Derry's Isaac Butterbaugh reacts after his putt on the 11th green at the WCCA tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
Derry golf has shot to end 43-year title drought
It was a historic season for the Derry football team in 2016. The Trojans had their first undefeated regular season and won a playoff game

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Norwin's Zach Begg drags Bethel Park's Aaron Beatty along Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Black Hawk Stadium.
No. 3 Bethel Park manhandles mistake-prone Norwin
September 15, 2017
Bethel Park senior Tanner Volpatti plays bigger than his size. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back-safety rushed for three touchdowns and 141 yards and recovered a

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik takes a practice swing on the fourth hole during the WCCA golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
Latrobe’s Pevarnik edges FR’s Jackson to claim WCCA title
September 14, 2017
When Brady Pevarnik sank a tricky downhill 15-foot putt on the 18th hole at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association golf tournament Thursday at Latrobe Elks

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Belle Vernon senior Derek Thomas, left, and sophomore Jared Hartman practice drills at Belle Vernon High School on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 3
September 13, 2017
Jared Hartman Belle Vernon, so., QB The 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and completed 4 of 7 passes for 71 yards and

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek eludes Penn-Trafford's Mitch Nedley during the first quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
Bethel Park linemen to pose challenge for Norwin defense
Norwin football coach Dave Brozeski told his players if they did a particular drill perfectly Monday, he would do a andquot;Bear Crawlandquot; across the field

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Mt. Lebanon's Michael Palmer forces a fumble during the first quarter against Hempfield Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
No. 5 Mt. Lebanon routs Hempfield behind defense
September 8, 2017
If you looked at the final score of Friday's Class 6A Southeastern Conference battle, a 31-0 Mt. Lebanon victory, you would assume the leading passer

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Cody Reese - Mount Pleasant
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 2
September 6, 2017
Marcus Barnes Jeannette, jr., WR/S Barnes (6-4, 180) was quarterback Robert Kennedy's top target last week against Chartiers-Houston, catching four passes for 73 yards and

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Hempfield quarterback Blake Remaley during practice on Tuesday Sept. 05, 2017 at Hempfield.
Backup quarterbacks step into spotlight for Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon
Justin Sliwoski spent Tuesday in the trainer's room getting his injured right shoulder tended to. It's not where the Hempfield senior wanted to be. Sliwoski

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Franklin Regional's Justin Johns celebrates after the Panthers recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter against McKeesport Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional upsets Class 5A No. 1 McKeesport
September 1, 2017
Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta conditioned his players a little harder the week prior to Friday's game against No. 1 McKeesport. Conditioning along with

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

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McKeesport running back Carlinos Acie dives past Gateway's Jeremiah Josephs for extra yardage on a run during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal game at Norwin Stadium on Friday, Nov. 9, 2016, in North Huntingdon. McKeesport beat Gateway, 41-38, scoring on the last play of the game.
Big East Conference heavyweights McKeesport, FR set to square off
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta spent most of Tuesday watching the McKeesport offense on video. Then he sat his defense down in front of a

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Hempfield's Colin Critchfield breaks free from the Greensburg Salem secondary and heads to the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Hempfield jumps to fast start, routs rival Greensburg Salem
August 25, 2017
One big concern of Hempfield coach Rich Bowen heading into the 2017 season was his young, inexperienced offensive line. It's only one game, but Bowen

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The Penn-Trafford football team runs drills at the Penn-Trafford Warriors Stadium on August 8th, 2017.
High school football teams adjust to NFHS rules changes
August 24, 2017
High school football season kicks off Friday, and the National Federation of State High School Associations has instructed officials to enforce two new safety rules:

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Greensburg-Salem's Jake Hoyle goes through a passing drill during practice on Friday Aug. 11, 2017 at Greensburg-Salem.
Hempfield, Greensburg Salem aim for fast start in Week Zero rivalry clash
There have been some interesting stories and games that have occurred when the Greensburg Salem and Hempfield football teams faced off. Friday at Bill Abraham

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week Zero
Jackson Daugherty Ligonier Valley, WR/DB, sr. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver caught 44 passes for 743 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing the first six

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Ligonier Valley works out Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Ligonier Valley Stadium.
Big offensive line looks to pave way for Ligonier Valley
August 16, 2017
Everyone knows the Ligonier Valley football team has a lot of skilled players returning. Back are wide receivers Aaron Tutino and Jackson Daugherty, who combined

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Greensburg Salem's Jake Hoyle practices Friday Aug. 11, 2017 at Greensburg-Salem.
Greensburg Salem QB Hoyle ready for more this season
August 12, 2017
Jake Hoyle didn't start out as a quarterback even though his father and older brother played the position in high school. He was a tight

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Franklin Regional's Bryce Lauer practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Franklin Regional.
Linebacker Lauer steps into the spotlight at Franklin Regional
August 10, 2017
Greg Botta has been coaching football at Franklin Regional since 1994, and he's mystified why senior Bryce Lauer hasn't received any NCAA Division I FBS

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Derry to use group of tailbacks to replace graduate Balega
August 9, 2017
Derry's offense in 2016 revolved around shifty tailback Tyler Balega, who led the Trojans to a conference title with an undefeated record and a trip

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