Author: Paul Schofield


Spencer Lee celebrates with family after defeating Thomas Gilman to win the men’s freestyle 57 kg division during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Penn State on April 20.
Franklin Regional grad Spencer Lee ready to ‘put on show’ for U.S. wrestling at Paris Olympics
June 16, 2024
There is one thing that has never changed about Spencer Lee since he began wrestling when he was 8.

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Palmer Jackson chips on No. 17 at Hannastown Golf Club during the 2023 West Penn Amateur.
Murrysville’s Palmer Jackson fires 63 to move into contention at Sunnehanna Amateur
June 14, 2024
They call the third round of a golf tournament “moving day.” It’s a day when golfers try to put themselves in contention to win a championship.

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Liberty University and Mt. Pleasant graduate Heather Gardner will swim the 100 breaststroke at the US Olympic trials.
Mt. Pleasant duo eager to compete with best at U.S. Olympic swimming team trials
When the U.S. Olympic team trials begin Saturday, two girls from the Mt. Pleasant swimming program will be competing for a trip to Paris in August.

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Eden Christian’s Brady Hull rounds third and heads home on an RBI double by Caleb Emswiler in a PIAA Class A semifinal Monday at Slippery Rock.
Eden Christian rallies past Saegertown to head back to PIAA Class A final
June 10, 2024
Clutch hitting and a calm sophomore pitcher carried the Eden Christian baseball team back to the PIAA Class A baseball championship game.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski eyes up a birdie putt during the 2023 WPIAL Class 3A championship.
Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski has busy summer planned
June 8, 2024
Most high school seniors would rather goof around, hang out with friends or go on vacation before heading to college in the fall.

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Pittsburgh Passion set for matchup with 5-time defending league champs
June 7, 2024
It’s the football game the Pittsburgh Passion players have circled all season.

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Penn-Trafford left fielder Carmen Metcalfe celebrates an RBI double during Thursday’s PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal against Hollidaysburg.
Penn-Trafford comes up short; future still bright
All of the Penn-Trafford baseball team’s goals were met this season except for one: advancing further in the PIAA playoffs and, maybe, playing for a PIAA title.

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Burrell coach Josh Shields talks with his team during a 2022 practice.
3 prominent WPIAL wrestling schools looking for new coaches
Three prominent wrestling schools are looking for new coaches.

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Penn-Trafford second baseman Brayden Stone turns a double play, forcing Hollidaysburg’s Keagan Hockey, during a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal Thursday, June 6, 2024.
After controversial call in 7th inning, Penn-Trafford’s PIAA playoff run ends with loss to Hollidaysburg
June 6, 2024
JOHNSTOWN — This wasn’t the way the Penn-Trafford baseball team wanted to end its season, especially on a questionable call in the top of the seventh inning.

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Franklin Regional coach Bob Saddler addresses the team after a loss in the PIAA Class 5A playoffs Monday, June 3, 2024, at Hollidaysburg.
Franklin Regional’s season ends with loss to Hollidaysburg in PIAA playoffs
June 3, 2024
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Missed opportunities by one team and timely hitting by the other was the difference in a PIAA Class 5A first-round baseball game Monday.

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Darin Kowalski, winner of the Tri-State Amateur at Hannastown Golf Club last month, is scheduled to play in the Tri-State Section PGA Open Championship.
Tri-State Section PGA Open Championship begins Monday
June 2, 2024
The last two winners of the annual Tri-State Section PGA Open Championship have been amateurs — Rick Stimmel in 2023 and Bret Young in 2022.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Max Bernadowski fires a pitch in the WPIAL Class 5A third-place game May 29, 2024.
Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional ready for PIAA baseball playoffs to begin
The Penn-Trafford and Franklin Regional baseball teams have never won a PIAA title. One of them is hoping to break through this year.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Ian Temple carries the WPIAL championship trophy from the field after the Warriors defeated Bethel Park in the Class 5A final on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Westmoreland County PIAA baseball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, June 3, 2024
PIAA baseball playoffs

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Penn-Trafford’s Matt Sarnowski takes third in the boys discus during the PIAA Class 3A track and field championship Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Shippensburg University.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Matt Sarnowski caps high school career with state bronze
June 1, 2024
Senior Matt Sarnowski was hoping to end his high school track and field career with a PIAA gold medal.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Max Bernadowski has an earned run average of 2.70 with 20 walks and 60 strikeouts in 46<sup>2</sup>⁄<sub>3</sub> innings. He also contributes at the plate. He’s hitting .318 with 21 hits and 14 RBIs.
Bernadowski pitches Franklin Regional into PIAA tournament
May 31, 2024
When the PIAA Class 5A baseball playoffs begin Monday, there is a good chance senior Max Bernadowski will be on the hill.

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Frankin Regional third baseman Blake Bertucci tags out West Allegheny runner Logan Lambert in the fourth inning of the WPIAL Class 5A third-place game Wednesday at Ross Memorial Park in Washington.
Franklin Regional beats West Allegheny on clutch Luke Williams hit in Class 5A 3rd-place game
May 29, 2024
Sometimes missed opportunities can come back and haunt a team.

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Penn-Trafford head coach Lou Cortazzo gets doused with the water cooler by Tyler Freas and Zach Feldman after defeating Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Timely hitting, squeeze bunt helped Penn-Trafford claim 1st WPIAL baseball title
When opportunities were presented Tuesday, the Penn-Trafford baseball team capitalized on them in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game at Wild Things Park.

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The Penn-Trafford baseball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Bethel Park in the Class 5A final on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Penn-Trafford gets past Bethel Park in Class 5A final to capture 1st WPIAL baseball title
Penn-Trafford used a four-run fourth-inning rally to claim its first WPIAL baseball title Tuesday, defeating Bethel Park, 4-3, in the Class 5A championship game at Wild Things Park.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Septak rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Fox Chapel during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Gateway.
Penn-Trafford out to capture elusive WPIAL baseball title as Bethel Park stands in the way
May 27, 2024
When Lou Cortazzo inherited the Penn-Trafford baseball team in 2023, he walked into a program that was ready to become dominant.

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Bethel Park’s Noah Lejeune celebrates with Kaden Flambard (2) and Ethan Stanhoff after defeating Trinity, 11-1, in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
2024 WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship preview: Penn-Trafford vs. Bethel Park
2024 WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship

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                                Penn-Trafford’s boys 1,600-meter relay of, from left, Thomas Cheplick, Jake McGhee, Ekoulus Lett and Michael Cheplick, qualified for the 2024 PIAA track and field championships.
Penn-Trafford track and field teams cap successful season at PIAA championships
May 26, 2024
In Eric Reger’s 14 years as track coach at Penn-Trafford, the program has made steady progress.

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Laurel’s Tori Atkins runs in the Class 2A 200 meters Saturday at the PIAA Track and Field Championship at Shippensburg University. She was sixth in the 200 and took gold in the 400.
With ‘perfect’ combination of speed, stamina, Laurel sprinter wins 400-meter gold
May 25, 2024
SHIPPENSBURG – Laurel junior Tori Atkins had a busy but productive Saturday at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.

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East Allegheny’s Lorenzo Fancher won gold in the Class 2A triple jump at the PIAA track championships Saturday, May 25, 2024.
Senior triple jumper wins East Allegheny’s 1st PIAA track gold medal
SHIPPENSBURG — East Allegheny senior Lorenzo Fancher entered the PIAA Track and Field Championship seeded No. 1 in Class 2A triple jump.

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Shady Side Academy’s Chelsea Hartman wins the girls 3,200 during the PIAA Class 2A Track and Field Championship on Saturday at Shippensburg University.
WPIAL track stars dominate girls 3,200-meter runs at PIAA meet
SHIPPENSBURG – How dominant were Shady Side Academy senior Chelsea Hartman and Mt. Lebanon senior Logan St. John Kletter in the PIAA 3,200-meter races?

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Hempfield’s Peyton Murray won a second consecutive title in the discus at the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships Saturday.
Hempfield’s Peyton Murray returns to top of podium in PIAA Class 3A discus
SHIPPENSBURG — This time, it was Peyton Murray’s turn to shine.

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New Castle’s Jaden Kirkwood takes fourth in the boys shot put during the PIAA Class 3A Track and Field Championship on Friday at Shippensburg University.
WPIAL medalists from Day 1 of the PIAA track championships Friday, May 24, 2024
May 24, 2024
This is a list of WPIAL placewinners from Day 1 of the 99th annual PIAA Track and Field Championship at Shippensburg University.

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Derry’s Sophia Mazzoni wins the girls javelin during the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships Friday, May 24, 2024, at Shippensburg University.
Sophia Mazzoni wins PIAA javelin title, bringing home Derry’s 1st girls state gold medal
SHIPPENSBURG — It didn’t take Derry junior Sophia Mazzoni long to win the Class 2A javelin at the PIAA track and field championships Friday.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins the girls 1,600 meters during the PIAA Class 3A Track and Field Championships Friday, May 24, 2024, at Shippensburg University.
Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter adds 1,600-meter title to gold medal collection
SHIPPENSBURG — Mt. Lebanon senior Logan St. John Kletter completed track’s version of the Triple Crown on Friday morning by winning the Class 3A 1,600-meter run at the PIAA track and field championships.

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Penn-Trafford’s Matthew Sarnowski is the WPIAL Class 3A champ in the discus.
Discus champs from Penn-Trafford, Hempfield to meet again at states
May 23, 2024
Hempfield senior Peyton Murray and Penn-Trafford senior Matt Sarnowski have battled all season to see who will be the best discus thrower in the state.

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Penn-Trafford players celebrate their win over Franklin Regional in the WPIAL Class 5A baseball semifinals Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Gateway.
Big inning carries Penn-Trafford past Franklin Regional to WPIAL championship game
May 21, 2024
This game came down to which team took advantage of its opportunities.

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Seneca Valley’s Owen Malak beats the tag of Hempfield catcher Caden Biondi during Monday’s WPIAL 6A quarterfinal-round game.
Reliever shuts down Hempfield, boosts Seneca Valley into Class 6A semifinals
May 20, 2024
Seneca Valley coach Eric Semega stunned pitcher Zach Tkatch when the coach summoned him to the mound in the third inning.

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Seton Hill baseball coach Marc Marizzaldi will lead his team against IUP with a spot in the NCAA Division II World Series on the line.
Seton Hill baseball team earns berth in Atlantic Super Regional against IUP
May 19, 2024
A team from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division will be heading to the NCAA Division II World Series.

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Hempfield’s Colin Polechko tags out Norwin’s Nolan Ryan at second base during a May 2 game. Hempfield faces Seneca Valley in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland WPIAL baseball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, May 20, 2024
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Logan Kerstetter wins the Class 3A discus during the WPIAL track and field championships May 15 at Slippery Rock University.
Penn-Trafford throwers grab gold at WPIAL championships
Penn-Trafford senior Matt Sarnowski seems to throw his best when he goes against Hempfield senior Peyton Murray.

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Franklin Regional’s Nathan Kociela competes in the Class 3A 3200-meter run at the WPIAL Track abd Field Championship May 16, 2024 at Slippery Rock.
Franklin Regional sends 2 runners to state track meet
May 18, 2024
Franklin Regional coach Bob Ralston joked that he can retire after his son Eryk qualified for the PIAA track and field championship on May 24-25.

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel oversees a preseason practice last year.
Ligonier Valley, Latrobe, Jeannette coaches eager for East/West All-Star game
May 17, 2024
For Ligonier Valley’s Roger Beitel, Latrobe’s Ron Prady and Jeannette’s Tommy Paulone, being selected to coach in Sunday’s East/West All-Star games at Cumberland Valley is a tremendous honor.

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Darin Kowalski chips onto the green at No. 3 at Hannastown Golf Club at the Tri-State Amateur.
South Hills CC’s Darin Kowalski wins Tri-State Amateur
May 16, 2024
Darin Kowalski shot a 4-under par 66 in the second round Thursday to capture the Tri-State PGA Amateur Championship at Hannastown Golf Club.

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Canon-McMillan’s Colton Dean (right) edges Hempfield’s Caleb Prola (far left) to win the Class 3A 200-meter dash Thursday at the WPIAL championships.
Mt. Pleasant’s Garn, Hempfield’s Prola take WPIAL silver
SLIPPERY ROCK — Mt. Pleasant junior Jarret Garn and Hempfield senior Caleb Prola would have rather run Wednesday at the WPIAL track and field championships.

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Penn-Trafford’s Matt Sarnowski wins the discus during the WPIAL track and field championships Wednesday at Slippery Rock University.
Penn-Trafford senior knocks off state champ in discus showdown at WPIAL championships
May 15, 2024
SLIPPERY ROCK – Penn-Trafford senior Matt Sarnowski seems to throw his best when he goes against Hempfield senior Peyton Murray.

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Canon-MacMillan’s Rose Kuchera wins the girls 100-meter hurdles at the 2023 Baldwin Invitational.
WPIAL track and field leaders through May 14, 2024
May 14, 2024
Class 3A boys

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Greensburg Central pitcher Tyler Samide celebrates with Ethan Brody after defeating Washington, 3-2, in their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Tuesday.
Greensburg Central Catholic fends off Washington in Class 2A 1st round
Sophomore Tyler Samide drove in two runs and earned a save to lead No. 5 Greensburg Central Catholic to a 3-2 victory over No. 12 Washington in a WPIAL Class 2A first-round baseball game Tuesday at Gateway.

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Hempfield’s Peyton Murray is the reigning WPIAL Class 3A champion in the discus.
17 champions looking to defend titles at WPIAL track and field championships
It’s the day track and field athletics have had circled all season.

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Burrell’s AJ McLafferty celebrates after he hit a two-run triple and scored on an error against Mt. Pleasant during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Tuesday at Gateway.
14th-seeded Burrell baseball stuns Mt. Pleasant in 1st round of WPIAL Class 3A playoffs
Any team wanting to be successful in the WPIAL playoffs should follow Burrell’s recipe Tuesday at Gateway.

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Franklin Regional’s Cole Brinker has 14 hits, and half of them are doubles.
Westmoreland baseball playoff capsules: Games for Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Class 5A

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Brody Chismar and his Greensburg Salem teammates will take on Avonworth in the WPIAL playoffs Monday.
Westmoreland high school baseball playoff preview capsules for May 14, 2024
May 13, 2024
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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Penn-Trafford catcher Mackenzie Keenan tags out Franklin Regional’s Toryn Fulton in the second inning Monday, April 8, 2024 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors softball seeded 4th for WPIAL playoffs
May 12, 2024
The Penn-Trafford softball team was seeded fourth for the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs when the brackets were released May 9.

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After narrowly missing out on section title, Penn-Trafford girls lacrosse turns attention to playoffs
One of the goals for the Penn-Trafford girls lacrosse team this season was to win a section title.

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Latrobe catcher Louie Amatucci tags out Hopewell’s Lucas Arrington at home plate during the 2023 WPIAL Class 4A championship game.
Latrobe gets WPIAL finals rematch with Hopewell in Class 4A 1st round
May 10, 2024
It shouldn’t be hard for Latrobe baseball coach Matt Basciano to get his team up for its WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game.

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Hempfield’s Peyton Murray is the reigning PIAA discus champion.
‘Last Chance’ to qualify for WPIAL track and field championships
May 8, 2024
With the WPIAL track and field championships set for Wednesday at Slippery Rock University, athletes have one last opportunity to qualify.

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Derry junior Sophia Mazzoni is the top-ranked javelin thrower in the state.
Top PIAA track & field performances as of May 8, 2024
Here are the top running times, throwing distance and jumping distances in Pennsylvania this season. Also included are the top three WPIAL and City League athletes and their rankings in the state.

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Quaker Valley sophomore Aidan Dwyer clears 6-foot-2 in the high jump at the WPIAL Class 2A team track and field championships Tuesday, May 7, 2024.
Quaker Valley boys, girls sweep WPIAL 2A track championships
May 7, 2024
It was a day of redemption and fulfilling a dream for the Quaker Valley track and field teams Tuesday at the WPIAL Class 2A championships.

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Alex Turowski sinks a birdie on No. 11 at Hannastown Golf Club during the final round of the 123rd West Penn Amateur last summer.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Alex Turowski headed to NCAA regional
May 5, 2024
Penn-Trafford grad Alex Turowski, a junior at Fairmont State University, was selected to compete at the NCAA II Atlantic/East regional golf tournament on May 9-11.

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Franklin Regional’s junior varsity hockey team captured the PIHL’s Tier I JV championship March 25 with a victory over Mt. Lebanon at Ice Castle. The Panthers, who were 2-11-3 in the regular season, went on a run in the playoffs, beating Pine-Richland in the quarterfinals and North Allegheny in the semifinals to reach the finals.
Franklin Regional junior varsity hockey goes on amazing underdog run
May 4, 2024
The Franklin Regional junior varsity hockey team struggled during the regular season in the PIHL’s Tier 1.

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Norwin junior Brandi Brozeski (left) leads South Fayette’s Delaney Schumaker and wins the 100-meter hurdles at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3, 2024.
Norwin’s Brandi Brozeski pulls off stunner at Baldwin Invitational
May 3, 2024
Norwin junior Brandi Brozeski pulled off a stunner in the 100-meter hurdles Friday at the 50th Baldwin Invitational.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jake McGhee goes to the outside to edge Norwin’s Luke Simpson, Kiski Area’s Justin Gross and Norwin’s Isaiah Francis in the boys 800-meter run during the WCCA track and field championships April 25, 2024, at Memorial Stadium.
Penn-Trafford boys track team advances to WPIAL finals after mistake corrected
May 2, 2024
Penn-Trafford track and field coach Eric Reger had just put his children to bed about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when he got a text from team captain Matt Sarnowski.

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Norwin’s Ryan Schiller wins the boys 110 hurdles followed by Penn Trafford’s Aidon Lett during the WCCA track and field championships April 25.
WPIAL track notebook: Depth key in Norwin’s success
May 1, 2024
The Norwin boys and girls track and field teams are headed back to the WPIAL Class 3A team championship Tuesday at West Mifflin.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith leads after two laps in the Hartman mile during the Butler Invitational on April 19.
Top WPIAL track & field performances as of May 1, 2024
Here are the top running times, throwing distance and jumping distances in Pennsylvania this season. Also included are the top three WPIAL and City League athletes and their rankings in the state.

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Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion takes down Reagan McCullough of Central Bucks East at the state tournament March 7.
3-point takedown, rule changes to promote offense coming to high school wrestling
When the National Federation of State High School Associations announced rule changes in wrestling last week, official Tom Manns was thrilled.

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Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Award winners Peyton Murray of Hempfield and Eliza Miller of Kiski Area stand with judge Michael Stewart on Tuesday.
Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller, Hempfield’s Peyton Murray win scholar-athlete Excellence Award
April 30, 2024
Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller and Hempfield Area’s Peyton Murray have set numerous records during their high school careers.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mackenzie Keenan is a nominee for the 2024 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award, sponsored by Judge Michael Stewart.
A closer look at 2024 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete honorees
April 28, 2024
Winners of the annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award, sponsored by Judge Michael Stewart, will be announced at a banquet Tuesday, at Ferrante’s Lakeview.

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Penn-Trafford’s Patton Graziano is a nominee for the 2024 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award, sponsored by Judge Michael Stewart.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Patton Graziano, MacKenzie Keenan named Scholar-Athlete Award nominees
Penn-Trafford seniors Patton Graziano and MacKenzie Keenan were the school’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award and awere among 12 finalists.

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Penn-Trafford’s Logan Kerstetter wins the boys javelin during the WCCA Track and Field championships on April 25 at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Penn-Trafford junior aims high in javelin
Talk about making a huge leap.

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Hempfield events coordinator Tom Evans holds the American flag for the national anthem before Hempfield plays Mifflin County in a PIAA first-round softball game June 5, 2023, at Robert D. Kalp Field at Hempfield Area High School.
Longtime teacher, athletic director Tom Evans named 2024 Ferrante Award winner
Tom Evans retired as a teacher and athletic director from the Yough School District in 2020.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Eva Davis edges Norwin’s Melani Schmidt in the girls 100 during the WCCA Tack and Field Championships on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at Memorial Stadium.
Norwin’s Melani Schmidt shines at WCCA track & field championship
April 25, 2024
Norwin junior Melani Schmidt had a great day at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field championship Thursday at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.

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Hempfield’s Peyton Murray wins the shot put at the Wildcat Invitational earlier this season.
Throwers in spotlight for Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Track and Field Championship
April 23, 2024
While throwers headline the 2024 Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Track and Field Championship on Thursday, there are numerous athletes entered who could be at Shippensburg in more than a month vying for PIAA medals.

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Derry Area junior Sophia Mazzoni has the best javelin throw in the state.
State and WPIAL track and field leaders as of April 23
Following are the top running times, throwing distance jumping distances in Pennsylvania. Also listed are the top three WPIAL and City League athletes with their state rankings in parenthesis.)

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Burrell left fielder Trey Coury slides into third base with a triple as Derry’s Collin Bush applies late tag Monday.
Burrell baseball keeps pace in section with victory over Derry
April 22, 2024
Only three games separate first-place Shady Side Academy and last-place Freeport in Section 3-3A.

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Hempfield readies to take the field against Greensburg Salem on Aug. 25. The teams will not play this year.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Football rivalry games put on hold this season
April 21, 2024
High school football season isn’t scheduled to begin until Aug. 23, but fans might be disappointed to know two long-time neighborhood clashes are being put on hold.

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Penn-Trafford’s Matthew Sarnowski won the discus throw and competes in the shot put at the Wildcat Invitational Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors boys track looks to build off Wildcat Invitational win
Penn-Trafford’s boys track and field team hopes winning the Wildcat Invitational on April 13 propels the Warriors to a second consecutive trip to the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

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Mark Jollie is one of Penn-Trafford’s captains.
Penn-Trafford boys lacrosse coming together
It took the Penn-Trafford boys lacrosse team a month to find its groove.

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Kittanning graduate Jason Nolf (blue) wrestles Kyle Dake at Madison Square Garden in 2022.
Spencer Lee, Jason Nolf advance to Olympic wrestling trial finals
April 19, 2024
The Summer Olympic dreams of Franklin Regional graduate Spencer Lee and Kittanning grad Jason Nolf are still alive following wins Friday at the United States Olympic Trials at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.

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Penn-Trafford shortstop Kylie Anthony awaits throw as Armstrong’s Emma Paul (5) steals second base Friday, April 19, 2024.
Armstrong pounds out 14 hits to avenge loss to Penn-Trafford
When the Penn-Trafford softball team defeated Armstrong a month ago in Kittanning, the weather was cold.

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Derry junior Sophia Mazzoni has the best javelin throw in the state.
Westmoreland track and field notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Sarnowski, Hempfield’s Murray jockey for best
April 18, 2024
When Penn-Trafford senior Matt Sarnowski won the discus Saturday at the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational with a personal record of 179 feet, 3 inches, he defeated Hempfield senior Peyton Murray, the reigning PIAA and WPIAL Class 3A champion.

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Hempfield junior shortstop avoids the tag by Canon-McMillan junior catcher Ben Peterson on Monday.
Beeman helps Hempfield rally to stay perfect, beat Canon-McMillan
April 15, 2024
Hempfield senior Ethan Minerva said earlier this season that this year’s baseball team was special, and anyone could step up big.

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                                Lineman Luke Graham is a member of the Penn-Trafford football hall of fame Class of 2024.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Football hall of fame class announced
April 14, 2024
The 2024 Penn-Trafford Warrior Football Hall of Fame Class was announced and it features five former players, a coach, team and contributor.

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Annabelle Aquino is a midfielder for the Penn-Trafford girls lacrosse team.
After program’s 1st playoff berth last year, Penn-Trafford girls lacrosse keeps growing
The Penn-Trafford girls lacrosse team qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in 2023.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ekoulus Lett wins the boys 110 hurdles at the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational on Saturday.
Penn-Trafford’s Lett, Hempfield’s Prola get unexpected wins at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
April 13, 2024
It was a strange start to the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational on Saturday at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.

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                                Luke Stephens is the Franklin Regional boys lacrosse coach while Anna Stephens Lauer, his sister, coaches the Panthers girls team.
Lacrosse a family affair for coaching staffs at Franklin Regional
Anna Stephens Lauer is in her first season as head coach of the Franklin Regional girls lacrosse team.

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Derry freshman Molly Ray won the triple jump with a new personal best of 31 feet, 3 inches Wednesday, April 10, 2024.
Derry track and field teams creating excitement
April 10, 2024
There is excitement around the Derry Area School District and community about the track and field team.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith wins the boys 3,200 during the 2023 WPIAL Class 3A team championships at West Mifflin.
WPIAL track notebook: Butler’s Drew Griffith, Ringgold’s Ryan Pajak break state 3,200 record
It was quite a performance turned in by a trio of WPIAL runners Saturday at the Arcadia Invitational in Arcadia, Calif.

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Penn-Trafford’s track and field team features five sets of twins. In front, from left, are Hannah and Olivia Weishaar and Justine and Joe Jackson; in back are Tommy and Michael Cheplick, Aidon and Ekoulus Lett and Josh and Justin Martin.
                                Submitted by Eric Reger
5 sets of twins help bolster Penn-Trafford track and field teams
April 7, 2024
Opponents of the Penn-Trafford track teams will be seeing double this season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Amelia Barilla takes second during the girls WCCA cross country championships on Oct. 11, 2023, at Westmoreland County Community College.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Matt Sarnowski, Amelia Barilla make college plans
Penn-Trafford seniors Matt Sarnowski and Amelia Barilla have selected their future schools.

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Central Catholic senior Payton Wehner holds the Willie Thrower Award near a photo of Thrower on Saturday.
Central Catholic QB Payton Wehner wins Willie Thrower Award
April 6, 2024
Central Catholic senior Payton Wehner was the only finalist for the fourth annual Willie Thrower Award who was honored in 2022.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Abigail Paterline (left) edges Norwin’s Casey Rose Colcombe in the 100 meter hurdles during the Lady Spartan Wildcat Invitational last year.
Despite roster changes, Franklin Regional track teams set sights on section titles
Franklin Regional track coach Bob Ralston was surprised when he heard sophomore Monroe Law, who was a freshman sensation, transferred to Class 2A Winchester Thurston before the season.

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Bushy Run’s Carmen Metcalfe rips a double in the first inning of the District 31 American Legion championship in July.
Derry, Lower Burrell, Trafford, Yough join District 31 Legion
April 4, 2024
District 31 American Legion baseball doesn’t start until May 20, but the league has made offseason noise by expanding to 14 teams.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence pins West Greene’s Colin Whyte in the 215-pound finals of the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Feb. 24.
Frazier’s Rune Lawrence set for anticipated rematch at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 29, 2024
Rune Lawrence’s senior season almost ended in the semifinals of the Ironman Tournament in December.

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Canon-McMillan’s Valarie Solorio (top) wrestles Neshaminy’s Grace Nesbitt in the 100-pound finals of the PIAA Girls Wrestling Championship on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN 2024 girls wrestling all-stars: Canon-McMillan’s Valarie Solorio makes history
March 24, 2024
Girls Wrestler of the Year

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Senior catcher Mackenzie Keenan is one of Penn-Trafford’s top returning players this season.
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Penn-Trafford softball in position to climb back toward top
Penn-Trafford reached the WPIAL finals and PIAA semifinals in 2022.

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                                Penn Trafford’s Gavin Paterson (center) talks with goaltender Tyler Funk after surrendering a goal to Thomas Jefferson on March 18 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Penn-Trafford playoff run ends with loss in Penguins Cup finals
It was a great run while it lasted, but the Penn-Trafford hockey team’s quest for the Class 2A Penguin Cup championship ended with a hard-fought loss to Thomas Jefferson.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence takes a moment to himself before competing in the 215-pound finals of the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Trib HSSN 2024 wrestling all-stars: Frazier’s Rune Lawrence joins state’s most exclusive club
March 23, 2024
Wrestler of the Year

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Norwin’s Landon Sidon celebrates after defeating Curtis Nelson of Ridley in the 114-pound final at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships March 9.
Trib Westmoreland 2024 wrestling all-stars: Norwin freshman Landon Sidun as good as advertised
Wrestler of the Year

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack pins Kiski Area’s Travis Shearer on Dec. 13, 2023.
Valley News Dispatch 2024 wrestling all-stars: Burrell’s Cooper Hornack fights through injury to win WPIAL gold
Wrestler of the Year

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Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Knight celebrates with Tyler Held after Held’s game-winning goal to beat Greensburg Salem in overtime during the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup championship game Tuesday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Chartiers Valley stings Greensburg Salem in overtime to win Class A Penguins Cup
March 19, 2024
Sometimes you just need a bounce.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Brian Spencer (left) Andrew Oliver celebrate after receiving the 2024 Penguins Cup trophy Monday, March 18, 2024, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Thomas Jefferson captures 5th Penguins Cup title with big 2nd period
March 18, 2024
It took Thomas Jefferson a while to find the mark in the PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup championship game Monday, but once it did, a feisty Penn-Trafford squad couldn’t keep up.

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Penn-Trafford’s Bryce Kropczynski (left) takes a shot during a PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup semifinal March 12, 2024.
Penn-Trafford looks to finish off improbable Penguins Cup run with title
March 17, 2024
Penn-Trafford stumbled into the 2024 PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup tournament, losing seven of its final eight games.

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Norwin’s Dom Constantino (16) is stopped by Penn-Trafford goalie Tyler Funk with some help from Chase Bonson (68) during the PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup semifinals March 12.
                                Paul Schofield | TribLive
Penn-Trafford hockey heats up in Penguins Cup playoffs
Penn-Trafford’s hockey team didn’t end the regular season on a high note.

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Norwin’s Kendall Berger beats Spring-Ford’s Kareena Preuss to the basket during Friday’s PIAA Class 6A semifinals.
Norwin girls eliminated in PIAA quarterfinals
March 15, 2024
STATE COLLEGE — When the Spring-Ford girls basketball team defeated Norwin in third game of the season, the Rams got off to a quick start.

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Penn-Trafford’s Chuck Fontana celebrates his double against Shaler during their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal last season.
Westmoreland County baseball preview: Penn-Trafford, Latrobe hope to repeat playoff success
March 14, 2024
Penn-Trafford and Latrobe are coming off memorable seasons.

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Greensburg Salem forward Luke Dieter (55) beats Shaler goalie Shane Ciganik on a penalty shot during a PIHL Class A Penguins Cup semifinal Wednesday.
Greensburg Salem upsets Shaler, heads to Penguins Cup final vs. Chartiers Valley
March 13, 2024
Greensburg Salem gave up eight goals in each of its previous two meetings against Shaler in the PIHL Class A regular season.

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger drives upcourt against McKeesport on Dec. 21, 2023.
‘Impressive’ list of 2024 Westmoreland County Scholar/Athlete nominees announced
“What an impressive group.”

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Penn-Trafford’s Jack Blank (17) chips a shot over Norwin goalie Owen Brunmeister and the net while Parker Toth (77) looks on during the PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup semifinals Tuesday.
Underdog Penn-Trafford uses 4-goal flurry to set up Penguins Cup 2A final matchup with Thomas Jefferson
March 12, 2024
Penn-Trafford’s hockey team didn’t end the regular season on a high note.

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Penn-Trafford’s boys 200-yard freestyle relay of, from left, Conner Alexander, Patton Graziano, Aaron Burdell and Nick Marucci, finished fourth at the WPIAL Class 3A championships Feb. 29, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Penn-Trafford swimmer Patton Graziano looking to finish senior season strong
March 10, 2024
Penn-Trafford senior Patton Graziano is hoping to end high school career on a good note.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence wrestles Austin Johnson in the 215-pound finals at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Frazier’s Rune Lawrence becomes 4-time PIAA wrestling champion
March 9, 2024
HERSHEY – Frazier senior Rune Lawrence surprised many when he stuck the landing on a backflip after his final match Saturday at the Giant Center.

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Joe Makara, a Burrell graduate and PIAA wrestling champion, referees at the PIAA wrestling championships Friday at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Burrell’s Joe Makara giving back to sport; three from A-K Valley earn medals
HERSHEY — Even though Burrell didn’t have a wrestler in the PIAA wrestling championship finals, it did have a former two-time PIAA champion roaming the mats as an official.

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Norwin’s Landon Sidun wrestles Curtis Nelson of Ridley at 114 pounds match for the PIAA wrestling championship Saturday.
Norwin’s Landon Sidun keeps Westmoreland County streak alive by winning PIAA title
HERSHEY — Thanks to Norwin freshman Landon Sidun, the streak of PIAA wrestling champions from Westmoreland County has reached 30 consecutive years.

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Franklin Regional’s Max Rutkowski gets ready to fire a shot during a PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup game March 4, 2024.
After struggling at end of regular season, Franklin Regional advances in Penguins Cup playoffs
It didn’t matter that the Latrobe hockey team had beaten Franklin Regional in both regular-season meetings this season.

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Connellsville’s Nolan Rice attempts to control Cedar Cliff’s Aiden Herndon at 107 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Friday at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Frazier’s Rune Lawrence ready for showdown as he tries for 4th state wrestling title
March 8, 2024
HERSHEY – The PIAA Class 2A showdown between returning state champions is set.

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Kiski Area’s Cooper Roscosky works at pinning Michael Spielman of Strath Haven during their 189-pound bout Friday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Cooper Roscosky, Burrell’s Cam Baker fall in PIAA semifinals
HERSHEY — All Kiski Area sophomore Cooper Roscosky wanted from the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championship was his best performance.

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Franklin Regional’s Tyler Kapusta takes down Quakertown’s Mason Ziegler in their 121-pound match during the PIAA Class 3A championships Friday, March 8, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional wrestler Ty Kapusta believes it’s his time in state finals
HERSHEY – Franklin Regional senior Ty Kapusta is having the tournament of his life and he’s not surprised.

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Canon-McMillan’s Andrew Binni controls McKaden Speece of Wilson West Lawn in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals Friday at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Norwin’s Landon Sidun, Latrobe’s Hunter Snyder unfazed at PIAAs, reach semifinals
HERSHEY – There doesn’t seem like anything fazes Landon Sidun and Hunter Snyder.

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Frazier’s Jackson Angelo holds Derry’s Brady Brown from escaping in their 189-pound match during the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals March 8, 2024, at at Hershey Giant Center.
8 WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class 2A semifinals
HERSHEY — Eight wrestlers from the WPIAL have reached the semifinals at the PIAA Class 2A tournament at the Giant Center following wins in the quarterfinals Friday morning.

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Frazier senior Rune Lawrence battles Greenville’s Teague Calvin during a 215-pound match Thursday at the Giant Center.
As quest for 4th PIAA Class 2A title begins, Frazier’s Rune Lawrence records 100th pin
March 7, 2024
HERSHEY — Frazier senior Rune Lawrence began his quest of being the next four-time PIAA champion by recording the 100th pin of his career.

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Landon Sidun of Norwin is tied up with Penn Manor’s Travis Clawson at 114 pounds Thursday during the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Norwin freshman Landon Sidun gets back on track in PIAA Class 3A 1st round
HERSHEY – Norwin freshman Landon Sidun couldn’t wait to be back on the mat after falling short in the Class 3A WPIAL tournament March 2.

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Derry’s Brady Brown avoids a takedown by Bishop McDevitt’s Lucas Lawler in the 189-pound match during the first round of the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Derry freshmen make statement with upset wins in PIAA Class 2A wrestling
HERSHEY — For those in the wrestling community who didn’t know anything about Derry freshmen Mason Horwat and Brady Brown before Thursday, they do now after the opening round of the PIAA Class 2A tournament at Giant Center.

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Burrell’s Cam Baker controls Sierra Chiesa of North Western in the 107-pound match during the first round of the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships March 7, 2024, at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Burrell’s Cam Baker, Cooper Hornack advance to PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals
HERSHEY — This is the first year the PIAA has decided to sponsor a girls wrestling tournament.

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Canon-McMillan’s Valarie Solorio (top) wrestles Montour’s Kristen Walzer in the 100-pound championship match at the PIAA Girls West Regional on Saturday.
WPIAL contenders ready to compete in 1st PIAA girls wrestling championship
March 6, 2024
HERSHEY – When Canon-McMillan senior Valarie Solorio strolled into the Giant Center on Wednesday, she was listening to “Empire State of Mind” and checking out the size of the arena.

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Hempfield’s Eli Carr is looking to cap his wrestling career with a PIAA championship.
Hempfield wrestling coach Santia knows what it takes to be a state champion
March 5, 2024
Few are better than Hempfield Area wrestling coach Steve Santia when it comes to talking about what it takes to be an underdog and win a PIAA title.

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Canon-McMillan’s Valarie Solorio beats Montour’s Kristen Walzer in the 100-pound final during the WPIAL girls wrestling championship Feb. 17.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for March 5, 2024
WEEK 12

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Latrobe’s Colton Goodlin (6) keeps the puck away from Franklin Regional’s Shawn Sinclair (86) during a PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup game Monday.
Shawn Sinclair’s 2nd goal lifts Franklin Regional past Latrobe
March 4, 2024
Franklin Regional dropped both regular-season hockey games to Latrobe this season, and things didn’t look good for the Panthers after the first period.

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Seton Hill baseball knocks off nation’s No. 1 team
Christian Zilli (Hempfield) pitched a scoreless 11th inning to earn his third save of the season and Noah Sweeney (Greensburg Salem) drove in the winning run on a ground out as No. 11 Seton Hill handed No. 1 Tampa its first loss of the season, 6-5, Monday in a battle of top-ranked NCAA Division II teams.

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Penn-Trafford rifle’s Carlee and Emily Valenta
Penn-Trafford notebook: Emily Valenta places 3rd in state rifle competition
March 3, 2024
Penn-Trafford junior Emily Valenta ended up placing third in the state in the high school individual rifle competition.

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Butlers’ Santino Sloboda celebrates after beating Norwin’s Landon Sidun in the 114-pound final during the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan.
Butler’s Santino Sloboda stuns top-ranked wrestler to win WPIAL Class 3A crown
March 2, 2024
Very few people at the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan gave Butler sophomore Santino Sloboda a chance at beating the No. 1 wrestler in the country at his weight class.

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Kiski Area’s Cooper Roscosky takes down Norwin’s Nathan Campbell in overtime to win in the 189-pound title during the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Kiski Area’s Cooper Roscosky wins WPIAL title; pair from Plum headed to states
Kiski Area sophomore Cooper Roscosky has one-upped his brother, Braydon.

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell celebrates beating Franklin Regional’s Tyler Kapusta in the 121-pound final during the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Latrobe’s Luke Willochell claims 3rd WPIAL title; Hempfield’s Eli Carr his 2nd
No one said winning a title would be easy, but Latrobe junior Luke Willochell found a way Saturday at the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan.

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Latrobe junior Luke Willochell pins Ringgold junior Nico Bove with a cradle during a 121-pound match at the WPIAL 3A wrestling championships Friday.
Latrobe’s Luke Willochell survives scare, stays on track for 3rd WPIAL title
It wasn’t easy, but Latrobe junior Luke Willochell survived a scare in the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling semifinals Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

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Franklin Regional senior Juliano Marion battles Norwin’s Bill Petko on Jan. 17.
                                Paul Schofield | TribLive
Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion keeps hot streak going, wins section title
When Franklin Regional senior Juliano Marion lost to Ringgold junior Jake Conroy on Jan. 3, he used it as a learning experience.

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Latrobe freshman Hunter Snyder looks up during a cradle on Plum senior Jack Tongel during a 172-pound quarterfinal at the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Friday.
Latrobe freshman thrives under bright lights of WPIAL Class 3A tournament
March 1, 2024
Latrobe freshman Hunter Snyder has been on the big stage before.

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Kiski Area junior Mark Gray takes down Thomas Jefferson senior Brady Fitz during a 172-pound first-round match at the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championship Friday.
Kiski Area’s Roscosky, Plum’s Walker reach WPIAL wrestling semis
Kiski Area senior Cooper Roscosky achieved something Friday that he missed out last year: advancing to the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals.

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Penn-Trafford junior Hayden Coy, shown during a match in January, won the 145-pound title at the Hickory Invitational.
Penn-Trafford wrestler Coy ready to make a run at WPIALs after injury-hampered season
February 29, 2024
Hayden Coy’s senior season hasn’t gone quite as planned.

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Jeannette sophomore Kymon’e Brown is fouled by Bishop Canevin sophomore Daiveon Taylor during a WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Wednesday.
Bishop Canevin holds off Jeannette for 5th place in Class 2A
February 28, 2024
Jeannette basketball coach Adrian Batts said anytime his young Jayhawks are still playing games at this time of the year, it’s a good thing.

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell (top)is the only wrestler in this weekend’s WPIAL Class 3A championships with a shot at becoming a three-time winner. No. 2 seed Tyler Kapusta, a Franklin Regional senior, is one of the wrestlers at 121 pounds hoping to upend him.
Latrobe junior Luke Willochell looks to join impressive list
February 27, 2024
Before Latrobe junior Luke Willochell can think about joining Frazier senior Rune Lawrence as the next four-time WPIAL champion, he has to take care of business Friday and Saturday at the WPIAL Class 3A championships.

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Connellsville’s Nolan Rice beats Trinity’s Jacob Wright at 114 pounds during the WPIAL Class 3A team wrestling championships Feb. 3.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for Feb. 28, 2024
WEEK 11

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Franklin Regional’s Fin Hutchison goes to the hoop against Shaler’s Kaden Orga during the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Monday.
Franklin Regional boys roll over Shaler in WPIAL semifinals
February 26, 2024
It took Franklin Regional overtime to defeat Shaler in a nonsection game back on Jan. 19.

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                                Penn-Trafford junior Patton Graziano takes his mark for the championship final of the Class 3A boys 100-yard backstroke during the PIAA swim championships last year.
Penn-Trafford swimmer Patton Graziano searching for more gold
February 25, 2024
Penn-Trafford senior Patton Graziano is the reigning WPIAL Class 3A champion in the 100 freestyle.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Zach Tomosovich tries to drag down Norwin’s Tristyn Taberes last season.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Lineman Zach Tomosovich named to Big 33 roster
Penn-Trafford offensive lineman Zach Tomosovich was one of eight players from the WPIAL selected to play in the 67th Big 33 Football All-Star game May 26 at Cumberland Valley High School.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence reacts to pinning West Greene’s Colin Whyte in the 215-pound finals of the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Frazier wrestler Rune Lawrence becomes 32nd 4-time WPIAL champion
February 24, 2024
When Frazier senior Rune Lawrence began his high school career, his goal was to become a four-time champion.

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Derry’s Anthony Mucci is presented with his first-place medal after he won the 114-pound title at the WPIAL Class 2A 
wrestling championships Saturday at Chartiers Valley.
Trifecta for Derry at WPIAL 2A wrestling championships
It was a day of perfection for the Derry wrestling team at the WPIAL Class 2A championship Saturday at Chartiers Valley.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack looks to reverse position against Burgettstown’s Gaven Suica at 139 pounds at the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Feb. 24, 2024, at Chartiers Valley.
Burrell duo claim WPIAL 2A titles, including gold No. 3 for Cooper Hornack
Winning a WPIAL wrestling title is not easy. Just asked Burrell senior Cooper Hornack.

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The 2023-24 Franklin Regional swimming and diving teams had 20 athletes advance to the WPIAL championship meet. The boys team went 11-0 to win the section title.
After sweeping section titles, Franklin Regional swimmers speed into WPIAL meet
It’s been quite a season for the Franklin Regional swimming teams.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Greg Shaulis attempts to take Montour’s Danny Brandl to his back at the WPIAL championships.
Mt. Pleasant’s Greg Shaulis breaks out, reaches WPIAL wrestling semifinals
February 23, 2024
When the Mt. Pleasant wrestling team was mentioned the past few seasons, Dayton Pitzer, Jamison Poklembo and Dylan Pitzer stole the headlines.

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Derry’s Brady Angus drives against Neshannock’s Ashton Allison during the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs Thursday.
No. 3 Neshannock holds off No. 12 Derry in WPIAL quarters
February 22, 2024
For more than three quarters of Thursday’s WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal, Derry’s defense kept Neshannock sophomore David Kwiat in check.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence wins by fall over General McLane’s Magnus Lloyd in the 189-pound semifinals at the state tournament last year.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Frazier’s Rune Lawrence looking to make history
February 21, 2024
History could be made Saturday at the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships at Chartiers Valley.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Shepard Turk wrestles Mt. Lebanon’s Ben Lloyd in a 285-pound bout Jan. 21 at the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship at Fox Chapel.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for Feb. 21, 2024
WEEK 10

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Jeannette sophomore Noah Sunder (24) hits a layup despite the defensive effort of Sewickley Academy junior Nolan Donnelly (falling) and senior Alex Wang (12) in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs Tuesday.
No. 6 Jeannette rallies to beat Sewickley Academy, avoid 1st-round upset
February 20, 2024
It took No. 6 Jeannette more than two and a half quarters to find its groove, but once it did, the Jayhawks found their first playoff win since 2021.

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Kiski Area junior Colin Keller hits a layup against Peters Township junior Mickey Vaccarello during WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Monday.
Kiski Area upsets No. 5 Peters Township in WPIAL Class 5A playoffs
February 19, 2024
During halftime of Monday’s WPIAL Class 5A playoff game at Peters Township, Kiski Area athletic director John Peterman said watch out for No. 20.

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Penn-Trafford rifle’s Carlee Valenta, left and Emily Valenta, right, with coach Diana Cholock
Penn-Trafford’s Valenta sisters on target at WPIAL rifle championships
February 18, 2024
When Penn-Trafford senior Carlee Valenta won the school’s first WPIAL rifle title, she did it while facing difficult obstacles.

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Norwin’s Octavia Walker hugs her father, Robert Walker, after beating Cannon-McMillan’s Audrey Calgaro in the 170-pound bout during the WPIAL girls wrestling championships Saturday.
Norwin girls wrestling boasts 2 WPIAL champs in inaugural event
February 17, 2024
It was quite a day for the Norwin girls wrestling program Saturday at the first WPIAL girls wrestling championship at North Allegheny.

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Plum’s Alaina Claassen beats Southmoreland’s Zoey Murphy in the 235-pound bout during the WPIAL girls wrestling championships Saturday.
At WPIAL girls wrestling, Plum’s Claassen sisters keep promise to grandmother
Plum’s Claassen sisters kept their promise Saturday.

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Canon-McMillan’s Valarie Solorio beats Montour’s Kristen Walzer in the 100-pound bout during the WPIAL girls wrestling championships Saturday.
‘It means we belong:’ WPIAL girls celebrate inaugural wrestling tournament
It was a day of firsts at the WPIAL girls wrestling championships Saturday at North Allegheny.

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Franklin Regional’s Ethan Cartwright gets a pin with a cradle against Boiling Springs’ Gage Hughes Feb. 9, 2024, in Hershey.
Freshmen stood tall during Franklin Regional’s run to PIAA wrestling tournament
Franklin Regional wrestling ended the team portion of the season Feb. 10 on the mats at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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Montour’s Kaleb Platz (24) attempts a shot against Southmoreland on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at Montour.
Montour boys pull away to defeat Southmoreland in WPIAL 4A 1st round
February 16, 2024
Montour coach Bill Minear said his team works on end-of-the-quarter possessions.

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Latrobe junior Lili Maxwell stretches before practice Wednesday.
Latrobe duo among wrestlers eager to hit mat for 1st WPIAL girls tournament
February 15, 2024
Latrobe junior Lili Maxwell didn’t start wrestling until two years ago.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack (right) and coach Josh Shields are looking forward to another individual wrestling postseason run.
High school wrestling notes: Athletes begin individual journeys
February 13, 2024
As Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields was addressing his team in the locker room at the PIAA team championship at Giant Center on Feb. 8 in Hershey, he talked about how one chapter of the season was closing and a new one was beginning.

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Canon-MacMillan’s Geno Calgaro takes down Waynesburg’s Brody Evans during the 215-pound bout at the 2023 WPIAL Class 3A team wrestling championships.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for Feb. 13, 2024
WEEK 9

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Boss (1) drives past Latrobe’s Darius Davis on Feb. 6.
Penn-Trafford boys look to carry momentum into playoffs
February 11, 2024
When the Penn-Trafford boys basketball team entered the final two weeks of the regular season, its WPIAL playoff hopes were on thin ice.

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Trinity’s Zane Garner controls Connellsville’s Landon Lynn during their 121-pound match Feb. 10, 2024.
WPIAL wrestling teams finish among top eight at PIAA tournament
February 10, 2024
HERSHEY — When WPIAL Class 3A wrestling teams Connellsville, Trinity and Franklin Regional qualified for the PIAA championships, they weren’t ranked high in the state.

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Franklin Regional’s Chase Smith takes down Latrobe’s Austin Laidacker on Jan. 31.
                                Paul Schofield | TribLive
Franklin Regional wrestling makes states to end dual meet season on high note
When the Franklin Regional wrestling team opened the season by winning the Hampton Dawg Duals, Panthers coach Matt Lebe wasn’t surprised.

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Trinity’s Thomas Allison is fired up after his pin at the PIAA Class 3A team championships Friday in Hershey.
Trinity sets up WPIAL finals rematch with PIAA Class 3A consolation win
February 9, 2024
HERSHEY – Trinity rebounded from a tough loss to Bethlehem Catholic in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals at the team championship by trouncing District 12 champion La Salle College, 45-23.

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Burgettstown’s Darius Simmons works on top to defeat Montoursville’s Brody Bower in their 114-pound bout Friday at the PIAA Class 2A tournament.
Burgettstown outgunned, falls to Montoursville at PIAA tournament
HERSHEY — For the second consecutive day at the Giant Center, Burgettstown allowed too many pins and was eliminated from the PIAA Class 2A team tournament Friday.

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Franklin Regional’s Ethan Cartwright gets a pin with a cradle against Boiling Springs’ Preston Warner on Friday at the PIAA Class 3A tournament in Hershey.
Franklin Regional stays alive at PIAA Class 3A team wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — There must be something about the Giant Center for the Franklin Regional wrestling team.

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Connellsville freshman Tommy Gretz tries to take Cathedral Prep’s Will English to his back during their 114-pound match at the PIAA Class 3A tournament Friday in Hershey.
Connellsville knocks off top-ranked team to stay alive in Class 3A consolation bracket
HERSHEY – Connellsville continued its comeback at the PIAA Class 3A team championship by knocking out District 1 champion and No. 1-ranked Council Rock South on Friday in Round 2 of consolations at the Giant Center.

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Burrell junior Isaac Lacinski takes down Reynolds’ Colton Tupper during their 189-pound match Friday.
Burrell wrestling season comes to disappointing end at PIAA tournament
HERSHEY — It wasn’t the end to the dual-meet season the Burrell wrestling team was looking for Friday at the PIAA Class 2A team championship.

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Franklin Regional senior Troy McClelland dominates the 215-pound match against Council Rock South’s Aryn Valeriano on Thursday at the PIAA Class 3A team wrestling tournament.
Franklin Regional wrestling pushes No. 1 Council Rock South to brink before losing
February 8, 2024
HERSHEY — Three close losses proved to be the difference in Franklin Regional’s first-round loss to No. 1 Council Rock South at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling team championships Thursday at Giant Center.

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Trinity’s Bodie Morgan gets a pin at 172 pounds against Selinsgrove’s Luke Smith on Thursday.
Trinity bounces back from WPIAL loss, routs Selinsgrove in state tournament
HERSHEY — WPIAL Class 3A runner-up Trinity won 10 of 13 matches and had eight pins in an easy 54-14 first-round win against District 4 champion Selisngrove at the PIAA team championships Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Connelsville’s Evan Petrovich lifts the leg of Wilson’s Dominic Delgado during the 145-pound match Thursday at Hershey.
Wilson knocks off WPIAL champ Connellsville in PIAA Class 3A 1st round
HERSHEY — WPIAL champion Connellsville came up short during the first round of the PIAA Class 3A team championship Thusday at the Giant Center.

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Burettstown’s Dylan Slovick has Bryndin Chamberlain on his back during the 127-pound match Thursday during the PIAA Class 2A team tournament in Hershey.
Key pin sparks Clearfield past WPIAL runner-up Burgettstown in PIAA wrestling 1st round
HERSHEY — District 9 champion Clearfield (16-1) used six pins and a forfeit to defeat WPIAL runner-up Burgettstown, 42-27, during the first round of the PIAA Class 2A team championship Thurday at the Giant Center.

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Burrell sophomore Cam Baker lifts Honesdale’s Reese Dennis durng their 107-pound match at the PIAA Class 2A team championships Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell wrestling starts fast, buries Honesdale in 1st round of PIAA team tournament
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields couldn’t have been happier with his team’s performance during the first round of the PIAA Class 2A team championships Thursday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Freas (4) drives to the hoop against Latrobe’s Ian DeCerb on Tuesday.
Penn-Trafford secures playoff berth with win over Latrobe
February 6, 2024
The Penn-Trafford boys basketball team clinched a spot in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs Tuesday by holding off Latrobe, 71-61, in a key Section 3-5A battle at home.

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Franklin Regional’s Sal Nassif wrestles Bethel Park’s Colton Fisher in the 121-pound bout during the WPIAL 3A team consolation match Feb. 3.
Wrestling notebook: Franklin Regional to face PIAA tournament favorite
The Franklin Regional wrestling team advanced to Thursday’s second round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament by rolling over City League champion Obama Academy, 69-6.

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Connellsville’s Tommy Gretz pins Trinity’s Mickey Horne in the 107-pound bout during the WPIAL 3A wrestling team championship.
TribLive HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings: Week of Feb. 5, 2024
WEEK 8 2023-24

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Highlands’ Jocelyn Bielak drives to the basket against Greensburg Salem on Monday.
Highlands girls hold off Greensburg Salem comeback bids, build resume
February 5, 2024
The Highlands and Greensburg Salem girls basketball teams had the same agenda Monday in their Section 1-4A showdown.

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Franklin Regional’s Sal Nassif survives against Bethel Park’s Colton Fisher in the 121-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling team consolation match Saturday, at Peters Twp. High School.
WPIAL, City League teams set for preliminary round matches in PIAA wrestling tournament
February 4, 2024
Three WPIAL teams and one City League program will begin the PIAA wrestling tournament with preliminary-round matches Monday. Trips to Hershey later this week will be on the line.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple drives to the basket against Latrobe on Jan. 15.
Penn-Trafford basketball teams set for season’s stretch run
It’s crunch time for the Penn-Trafford girls and boys basketball teams.

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Paul Schofield | TribLive
                                Penn-Trafford’s Samantha Wolfe performs a dive at the WCCA championships Jan. 26 at Derry.
Penn-Trafford’s Patton Graziano wins 2 gold medals at WCCA meet to lead Water Warriors
Penn-Trafford senior swimmer Patton Graziano turned in another top performance at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet Jan. 27.

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Connellsville’s Nolan Rice beats Trinity’s Jacob Wright in the 114-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 3A team wrestling championship Saturday at Peters Township.
WPIAL team wrestling results for Feb. 3, 2024
February 3, 2024
Class 3A

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Connellsville celebrates beating Trinity in the WPIAL Class 3A team championship Saturday.
Connellsville edges Trinity for 8th WPIAL team wrestling title
It’s been 15 years since the Connellsville wrestling program celebrated a WPIAL Class 3A title.

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Burrell’s Calio Zanella wins his 152-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 2A team championship Saturday.
Burrell ends drought, wins WPIAL Class 2A wrestling title
The drought is over.

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Franklin Regional senior Juliano Marion has helped the team to the WPIAL semifinals.
Franklin Regional wrestling team looking to finish WPIAL deal
February 2, 2024
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe said at the beginning of the season he was excited to see his team grow.

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Franklin Regional senior Juliano Marion has his hand raised after winning a heavyweight match Jan. 17, 2024.
WPIAL Class 3A team wrestling championship capsules: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024
WPIAL Team Championships

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Mt. Pleasant’s Stephen Predajna maintains dominant position on Latrobe’s Bradan Bronson during the WCCA championships Jan. 6.
WPIAL Class 2A team wrestling championship preview capsules: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024
WPIAL Team Championships

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Franklin Regional’s Ty Kapusta tries to get control of Latrobe’s Jacob Braun in the 127-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.
Franklin Regional moves on to 3A wrestling semis with pair of convincing wins
January 31, 2024
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe paced back-and-forth in front of his match early in his team’s WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal-round showdown against Latrobe.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack celebrates after winning the 127-pound title at the PIAA Class 2A tournament March 11, 2023, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
                                Burrell’s Cooper Hornack celebrates after winning the 127-pound title at the PIAA Class 2A individual wrestling championship Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Wrestling notebook: PIAA announces interesting changes to championship schedule
January 30, 2024
The PIAA recently released the time schedule for the individual wrestling championships March 7, 8 and 9 at Giant Center in Hershey with some interesting changes.

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Hempfield’s Eli Carr tries to turn Pine-Richland’s Grant Pillar during their match Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Carr is ranked No. 1 at 145 pounds in Class 3A.
TribHSSN WPIAL Wrestling rankings: Week of Jan. 29. 2024
Trib HSSN Live.com

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Kiski Area’s Evan Artman celebrates a pin of moon’s Kaiden Kessler at 172 pounds Monday.
WPIAL team wrestling championships: Kiski Area beats Moon to move into 1st round
January 29, 2024
All Kiski Area senior Evan Artman had to do during the final bout of the match against Moon was win.

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Paul Schofield | TribLive
                                Penn-Trafford’s Dylan Barrett controls Norwin’s Luca Butera at 107 pounds Jan. 24.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Wrestlers look ahead to postseason tournaments
January 28, 2024
After falling to Norwin on Jan. 24 in the regular-season finale, coach Larry Hohman brought the Penn-Trafford wrestling team together and laid out the game plan for the rest of the season.

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Bill Beckner Jr. | TribLive
                                Penn-Trafford senior Joe Enick won the fourth Bill Fralic Memorial Award.
Former Penn-Trafford lineman Joe Enick transfers to St. Francis
Former Penn-Trafford center Joe Enick, who attended Central Michigan in the fall, recently transferred to St. Francis (Pa.) to continue his football career.

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Derry’s Ella Silvis captured the girls diving title at the WCCA championships Friday.
Derry divers sweep gold during Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships
January 26, 2024
It was quite night for the Derry divers Friday during Day 1 of the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lily King is a four-time PIAA individual champion.
Mt. Pleasant coach expects tight competition at county swim championship
January 25, 2024
As Mt. Pleasant swimming coach Sandy Felice prepares her team for the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet Friday and Saturday at Derry, she told them to be prepared for a battle.

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Burgettstown’s Parker Sentipal has his hand raised after a victory at 114 pounds at the WPIAL Class 2A team wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Trinity, Burgettstown awarded top seeds for WPIAL wrestling tournament
The WPIAL wrestling committee didn’t waste much time setting up the team tournament.

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Norwin’s Landon Sidun takes down Penn-Trafford’s Luke DeSantis during the 121-pound bout Wednesday.
Norwin wrestling team looks strong in thumping Penn-Trafford
January 24, 2024
Norwin prepped for the WPIAL Class 3A team tournament with an impressive performance against rival Penn-Trafford on Wednesday.

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Luke DeSantis (top) and his Penn-Trafford teammates will battle Norwin for second place in Section 3-3A on Wednesday.
Wrestling notebook: Team playoff picture will clear up with big matches Wednesday
January 23, 2024
Wednesday will be interesting for wrestling fans as teams try to secure a spot in the upcoming WPIAL and PIAA tournaments.

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Highlands’ Javeon Chambers celebrates a pin against Knoch on Jan. 10, 2024, at Highlands Middle School.
WPIAL wrestling rankings: Week of Jan. 22, 2024
Trib HSSN Live.com

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Uniontown’s K’Adrian McLee shoots over Southmoreland’s Wyatt Richter on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.
Uniontown pulls away to defeat Southmoreland
January 22, 2024
When you play one of the top basketball teams not only in the WPIAL but the state, you better bring your “A” game.

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Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan beats Baldwin’s Ramil Islamov, 5-0, in the 133-pound bout Sunday, Jan. 21, 2014, during the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship at Fox Chapel High School.
Thomas Jefferson’s Marlow claims 3rd Allegheny County wrestling title
January 21, 2024
Thomas Jefferson junior Bode Marlow became the 13th wrestler to win three times at the 22nd Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament.

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Members of the Penn-Trafford spirit squad compete at the WPIAL Class 3A competitive spirit championships Jan. 6 at Chartiers Valley.
                                James Dotson | For triblive
Penn-Trafford spirit headed back to Hershey for PIAA championships
Penn-Trafford’s competitive spirit team qualified for the PIAA championships at the Giant Center in Hershey after a fourth-place finish at the WPIAL meet.

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Penn-Trafford junior Cam Kiste (22) snaps off a shot Oct. 3.
                                Paul Schofield | TribLive
Penn-Trafford notebook: Thomas Jefferson trips up hockey team
Thomas Jefferson scored three goals in the second period and skated to a 5-1 victory against Penn-Trafford on Jan. 16, ending the Warriors’ two-game winning streak.

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Fox Chapel junior Landon Funk pins Highlands junior Dajamire Suber during their 114-pound match Jan. 20, 2024, at the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament.
Fox Chapel wrestlers, amid breakthrough season, look to make noise at county tournament
January 20, 2024
Fox Chapel wrestling coach Michael Frank wasn’t even born the last time the Foxes won a section title.

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Paul Schofield | TribLive
                                Franklin Regional senior Juliano Marion battles Norwin’s Bill Petko during a heavyweight match Jan. 17, 2024.
Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion wins consecutive tournaments; Coach to be inducted into HOF
Franklin Regional senior Juliano Marion didn’t let a loss to Ringgold senior Jake Conroy get him down earlier this month.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Bode Marlow gets set to pin Gateway’s Jakob Williams in a 152-pound match at the 2023 Allegheny County Wrestling Championshis at Fox Chapel.
Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament moved to Saturday, Sunday
January 18, 2024
Fox Chapel athletic director Michael O’Brien alerted teams competing in the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament of a schedule change.

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Franklin Regional senior Tyler Kapusta pins Norwin’s Matthew Smethwick at 139 pounds Wednesday.
Franklin Regional wrestling rallies to defeat Norwin, clinch section title
January 17, 2024
The Franklin Regional wrestling team used a late surge to stay unbeaten and win the Section 3-3A title Wednesday by defeating Norwin in a first-place showdown.

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Norwin senior Noah Wilson (13) puts up a shot over Hempfield senior Caden Biondi (21) on Tuesday.
Norwin outlasts Hempfield to snap losing streak, earn 1st section win
January 16, 2024
Norwin sophomore Alex Graney had struggled scoring in recent games.

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Ringgold’s Jake Conroy (left) and Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion battle at 215 pounds Jan. 3, 2024.
Wrestling notebook: Franklin Regional’s Marion claims Mid-Winter Mayhem title again
Franklin Regional senior Juliano Marion rebounded from a loss to Ringgold senior Jake Conroy by winning his second consecutive tournament title at IUP on Jan. 13.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Stephen Predajna reacts to winning the 160-pound WCCA final Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for Jan. 16, 2024
Trib HSSN wrestling rankings

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Luke DeSantis controls the arm of Kiski Area’s Aiden Burley during their 121-pound match Jan. 5 at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament.
Penn-Trafford wrestling getting healthy, looking to make a run
January 14, 2024
It’s been a while for the Penn-Trafford wrestling team, but the Warriors were on track to be at full strength for the first time this season at Mid-Winter Mayhem at IUP on Jan. 13.

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Franklin Regional’s Max Williams skates with the puck against Norwin on Jan. 8, 2024, in Delmont.
Franklin Regional hockey looking to finish strong after slow start
January 13, 2024
Franklin Regional’s hockey team has made runs at the PIHL Class 2A titles the past few seasons, and the Panthers have their eyes set on another trek to the postseason.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner is guarded by Clairton’s Bryant Blair on Friday.
Greensburg Central Catholic runs past Clairton in section play
January 12, 2024
Local fire departments descended on Greensburg Central Catholic after Friday’s basketball game.

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell gets back points with a leg cradle against Connellsville’s Zach Franks during their 121-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024.
No. 2 Connellsville too much for Latrobe wrestlers
January 10, 2024
Connellsville 44, Latrobe 25

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Valley’s Charles Perkins (left) attempts to reverse position on Latrobe’s Hunter Snyder in the WCCA tournament on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Freshmen stand out at WCCA wrestling tournament
January 9, 2024
Even though the 71st Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament was minus one of the top freshmen in the state, there still were many youngsters who shined.

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Derry freshman Mason Horwat attempts an arm bar against Freedom’s Ryan Kredel during the 145-pound final at the Southmoreland Holiday Classic on Dec. 28.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for Jan. 9, 2024
Team rankings

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Norwin’s Dom Costantino (16) battles Franklin Regional’s Marc Gray (77) for the puck Monday night.
In a very different rematch, Franklin Regional hockey tops Norwin again
January 8, 2024
When Franklin Regional and Norwin battled on the ice Nov. 14, the Knights were short-handed and the Panthers breezed to an easy victory.

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Submitted by Brenda Valenta
                                Penn-Trafford’s Carlee Valenta signs to compete with the UTEP rifle team. She was joined by her parents, Brenda and Jamie and sister, Emily.
Penn-Trafford senior Carlee Valenta signs with UTEP rifle team
January 7, 2024
Penn-Trafford senior Carlee Valenta said she was 12 years old when her grandfather, John Malazich, taught her how to shoot a rifle in his backyard.

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Members of the Penn-Trafford rifle team display their championship trophies and plaques from the 2022-23 season.
                                Courtesy of Diana Cholock
Penn-Trafford rifle team ready to defend title
Penn-Trafford rifle coach Diana Cholock isn’t making any bold predictions for this season.

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Burrell’s Cam Baker reacts to winning the 107-pound WCCA final Saturday.
Kiski Area’s Roscosky, Burrell’s Baker claim WCCA titles
January 6, 2024
When Kiski Area sophomore Cooper Roscosky was in eighth grade, he mentioned his goal was to be a four-time Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association champion.

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Penn-Trafford’s Luke Desantis (left) attempts to escape from Latrobe’s Luke Willochell in the WCCA tournament Saturday.
Trio of wrestlers become 3-time WCCA champions
There were no surprises in the finals of the 71st Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament Saturday at Greensburg Salem.

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Franklin Regional’s Nico Sarnic tosses Valley’s Josue Martinez during their 133-pound quarterfinal bout Jan. 5, 2024 at the Westmoreland Couty Coaches’ Association tournament.
Stunning results highlight 1st day of WCCA wrestling tournament
January 5, 2024
There were a few stunners during the opening day of the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament Friday at Greensburg Salem.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack pins Kiski Area’s Travis Shearer on Dec. 13.
Burrell’s Cooper Hornack to miss WCCA tournament; finals moved up
January 4, 2024
Burrell senior Cooper Hornack will not get a chance to win a second Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling title.

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Franklin Regional’s Cohen Buccicone puts Ringgold’s Andrew Barkey on his back during their 139-pound match Wednesday.
Quick start sparks Franklin Regional wrestling to win over Ringgold
January 3, 2024
A quick start was the perfect recipe for the No. 4 Franklin Regional wrestling team in its Section 3-3A first-place showdown against Ringgold on Wednesday.

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Franklin Regional coach Matt Lebe talks strategy with Tyler Kapusta on Dec. 29 at the Powerade Tournament.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Dual meet season heating up
January 2, 2024
Now that we’ve begun a new year, wrestling’s dual meet season will heat up over the next four weeks.

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Connellsville’s Evan Petrovich (right) battles St. Edwards’ Ryan Bennett is a 145-pound match Dec. 29, 2023, at the Powerade Tournament.
WPIAL wrestling rankings: Week of Jan. 1, 2024
WEEK 3 2023-24

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Latrobe sophomore Luke Willochell locks in a cradle in a 114-pound quarterfinal against Moon’s Cael Yanek during the WPIAL Class 3A tournament March 3, 2023.
Trio looking to join elite list at WCCA wrestling tournament
Three wrestlers have the opportunity to become part of an elite group with victories this weekend at the 71st annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament.

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Norwin freshman Landon Sidun (right) battles Notre Dame Green Pond senior Ayden Smith during the 114-pound title match at the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023. Sidun won a 6-1 decision.
Norwin’s Sidun wins Powerade title, keeps WPIAL’s streak of champions alive
December 30, 2023
Persistence and hard work in the wrestling room were big reasons why Norwin freshman Landon Sidun won the 114-pound weight class Saturday at the Powerade Wrestling Tournament.

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Norwin freshman Landon Sidun takes down Cranberry’s Dalton Wenner during a 114-pound match Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, at the Powerade Tournament.
4 WPIAL wrestlers reach semifinals at Powerade Wrestling Tournament loaded with talent
December 29, 2023
Connellsville wresting coach Bill Swink has been coming to the Powerade Wresting Tournament since his dad brought him when he was in elementary school and the event was held at Hamer Hall at Cal (Pa.).

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Derry freshman Brady Brown puts Beth-Center senior Jake Layhue on his back during the 189-pound final at the Southmoreland Holiday Classic on Thursday.
Derry freshmen shine at Southmoreland Holiday Wrestling Classic
December 28, 2023
Two Derry freshmen turned in quite a performance at the 2023 Southmoreland Holiday Wrestling Classic on Thursday.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack pins Kiski Area’s Travis Shearer on Dec. 13.
WPIAL team and individual wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 25, 2023
December 26, 2023
Team rankings

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Wrestling notebook: Girls ready to take big stage at Powerade
The seeds for the first Powerade Girls Wrestling tournament were released, and only two girls from the WPIAL — Laurel senior Alexis Brua (124 pounds) and Canon-McMillan junior Natalie Rush (190) — earned top seeds.

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Norwin freshman Landon Sidun is 20-1 this season.
Norwin wrestler Landon Sidun looking to make noise in Powerade Tournament
The name is Landon Sidun.

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Central Catholic’s Andres Hurksman breaks up a double play as Hempfield’s Dylan Firmstone throws to first last season.
Hempfield’s Dylan Firmstone commits to Penn State baseball
December 20, 2023
A good summer playing baseball for Flood City Elite helped Hempfield junior Dylan Firmstone get seen and receive a scholarship offer from Penn State.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Bode Marlow (right) celebrates victory over Pine-Richland’s Mac Miller (left) during the 152-pound finals of the 2023 Allegheny County wrestling championships.
Trib HSSN team and individual wrestling rankings for Dec. 19, 2023
December 19, 2023
Team rankings

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Plums’ Sam Snyder will defend his title at the Southmoreland wrestling tournament.
Wrestling notebook: Southmoreland tournament getting bigger, better
While the Powerade Wrestling Tournament continues to bring in nationally ranked teams and receives top attention, the Southmoreland Holiday Classic continues to grow and get stronger.

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Derry’s Mason Horwat grabs the forehead of Latrobe’s Braden Bronson during the 160-pound match Monday.
Derry wrestlers rally from early deficit to knock off rival Latrobe
December 18, 2023
It might have just been a nonsection wrestling match Monday at Derry, but for the Trojans, beating neighboring rival Latrobe meant a lot.

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Spencer Lee was a three-time PIAA Class 3A champion and a three-time NCAA Division I and five-time NCAA All-American at Iowa.
Lee defeats Megaludis to win Senior National Freestyle title
December 17, 2023
It was a battle of Franklin Regional High School graduates Sunday in the finals of the Senior National Men’s Freestyle Championship in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Penn-Trafford’s Patton Graziano placed second in the Class 3A boys 100-yard backstroke during the 2023 WPIAL championships.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford swimmers off to strong start
Penn-Trafford’s swimming teams are off to a good start to the 2023-24 season.

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Southmoreland’s Da’sjon Craggette (5) looks for room to run against Knoch on Sept. 15.
2023 TribLive Westmoreland County high school football all-stars
December 16, 2023
First team

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Derry’s Nate Papuga
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Derry’s Nate Papuga, Greensburg Salem’s Kaitlyn Mankins
Nate Papuga

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Franklin Regional’s Holden Thomas finished third in the WPIAL Class 3A boys 100-yard backstroke during the 2023 WPIAL championships.
Franklin Regional swimming team has new coach, youthful squad
Franklin Regional has a new swimming coach, and he’s inherited a young team.

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Southmoreland heavyweight Jacob Govern (right) attempts to escape the grasp of Frazier’s Conner Reams on Wednesday.
Frazier grabs win vs. Southmoreland without state champ Lawrence
December 13, 2023
Frazier won a wrestling match Wednesday and did it without three-time PIAA Class 2A champion Rune Lawrence.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack, who won the PIAA Class 2A championship last season at 127 pounds, was one of three Bucs to win during a tournament in Tennessee over the weekend.
High school wrestling notebook: Burrell has 3 champions, finishes 2nd in Tennessee
December 12, 2023
Burrell completed in the McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.) Invitational and returned home with three champions and a second-place team finish.

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Burgettstown heavyweight Joey Baronick pins Honesdale’s Evan Funk in the PIAA Class 2A team championship first round last season.
WPIAL wrestling rankings for the week of Dec. 11, 2023
Class 3A Top 10

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin kisses the state championship trophy with teammates after winning the title.
Belle Vernon football team celebrates 2nd straight state title, looks ahead to possible 3-peat
December 10, 2023
Belle Vernon returned home from Mechanicsburg on Saturday night after winning its second PIAA Class 3A title and partied one last time this year at “The Beach” (James Weir Stadium).

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Penn-Trafford baseball boosters
                                The Penn-Trafford baseball team won the 2023 West Penn Fall League championship.
Penn-Trafford baseball making strides in offseason, wins fall league title
With the graduation of the team’s top two pitchers, Nolan Marasti and Dylan Grabowski, Penn-Trafford baseball coach Lou Cortazzo knew he had to get some younger pitchers some work.

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Penn-Trafford senior Antolena Damico putts on No. 9 at Greensburg Country Club on Aug. 29.
                                Paul Schofield | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford’s Antolena Damico hitting all the right notes for future in golf, dentistry
Things are starting to line up for Penn-Trafford senior Antolena Damico.

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Belle Vernon’s Anthony Crews, who returned the opening kick for a score, hoists the state championship trophy with teammates.
Fast start leads Belle Vernon to 2nd straight state championship
December 9, 2023
MECHANISBURG — There was no suspense in this year’s PIAA Class 3A championship.

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Franklin Regional’s Max Rutkowski has signed to play with the Oklahoma Warriors. Rutkowski said he’ll head to Oklahoma after his high school and club seasons are over.
                                “Some of the things that I will continue to work on are a more consistent game.”
                                Submitted by Max Rutkowski
Led by NAHL-bound Max Rutkowski, Franklin Regional hockey turns things around
After beginning the season 1-4, the Franklin Regional hockey team has turned things around.

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Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert celebrates a touchdown during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Nov. 24 at Acrisure Stadium.
Belle Vernon ready to finish job in state championship vs. Northwestern Lehigh
December 7, 2023
After Northwestern Lehigh rallied to defeat Wyomissing in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals, Tigers coach Josh Snyder told his team “Why not us.”

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Hempfield’s Terrance Vaughns carries the ball as Connellsville’s Kace Shearer pursues Friday, Sept. 1, 2023.
Connellsville school board decides to opt out of WPIAL football schedule, play as an independent
December 6, 2023
Another Fayette County school district has decided not to accept a football schedule from the WPIAL.

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Valley’s Ryan Long celebrates a pin against Greensburg Salem’s Jordan Anker on Wednesday.
Pin in final match gives Valley win over Greensburg Salem
They needed the rulebook to decide Wednesday’s WPIAL Class 2A Section 6 match between Greensburg Salem and Valley.

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Penn-Trafford junior Hayden Coy, shown during a match in January, won the 145-pound title at the Hickory Invitational over the weekend.
Wrestling notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Barrett, Coy win titles at Hickory tournament
December 5, 2023
Penn-Trafford sophomore Dylan Barrett (114) and senior Hayden Coy (145) captured titles at the Hickory Invitational on Dec. 2.

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Burgettstown’s Joseph Baronick has his hand raised after securing victory at heavyweight during the WPIAL Class 2A team wrestling championships in February.
WPIAL wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 3, 2023
Class 3A Top 10

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Jim Schall coached the Penn-Trafford girls volleyball team for the past 26 years.
Jim Schall steps down as girls volleyball coach at Penn-Trafford
December 3, 2023
There will be a new person coaching the Penn-Trafford girls volleyball team next year.

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Franklin Regionals’ Juliano Marion competes against Northern’s Cole Bartram at 185 pounds during the PIAA Class 3A individual wrestling championships March 9 at the Giant Center in Hersey.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional wrestling building toward future
December 2, 2023
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe said he has a good feeling about his team, especially when it counts once January begins.

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Jim Schall coached the Penn-Trafford girls volleyball team for the past 26 years.
Jim Schall steps down as girls volleyball coach at Penn-Trafford
There will be a new person coaching the Penn-Trafford girls volleyball team next year.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin cuts around Hickory’s Tylon Cousins on the way to a second-quarter touchdown during the PIAA Class 3A semifinals Friday.
Belle Vernon runs over Hickory, headed back to PIAA title game
December 1, 2023
Belle Vernon football coach Matt Humbert said he preached to his players not to look ahead.

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Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert talks with quarterback Braden Laux during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Avonworth on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
Belle Vernon faces Hickory with a trip to the PIAA Class 3A championship game on the line
November 29, 2023
PIAA Class 3A WEST REGIONAL

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jamison Poklembo maintains control of Montour’s Peter Chacon during the 133-pound final at the WPIAL Class 2A championships last season.
Mt. Pleasant wrestler Jamison Poklembo has a full trophy case, but something’s missing
Mt. Pleasant senior Jamison Poklembo has succeeded at almost every level of wrestling.

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Senior Charles Perkins (top) is one of 10 returning starters for Valley.
WPIAL Class 2A section breakdowns for 2023-24 season
Section 1

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack is the defending WPIAL and state champion.
WPIAL Class 2A wrestlers to watch for 2023-24 season
Class 2A Wrestlers to Watch

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Burrell’s Calio Zanella attempts to escape from Burgettstown’s Dylan Slovick at 127 pounds at the WPIAL Class 2A team wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Chartiers-Houston High School.
WPIAL Class 2A preseason Top 10 for 2023-24 wrestling season
Preseason Top 10

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Hempfield’s Eli Carr tries to take Pennridge’s Sam Kuhns to his back during the 139-pound match Feb. 9, 2023, at the PIAA Class 3A team championships.
Hempfield wrestler Eli Carr looking for more during senior season
November 28, 2023
Hempfield wrestler Eli Carr had quite a junior season.

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Senior Hayden Coy (top) is one of two returning PIAA qualifiers at Penn-Trafford.
WPIAL Class 3A section breakdowns for 2023-24 season
Section 1

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Senior Andrew Binni is one reason Canon-McMillan is considered a top team this season.
WPIAL Class 3A preseason Top 10 for 2023-24 wrestling season
Preseason Top 10

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West Allegheny’s Shawn Taylor took second in the state last season at 160 pounds.
WPIAL Class 3A wrestlers to watch for 2023-24 season
Class 3A Wrestlers to Watch

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple drives past McKeesport’s Malina Boord and Savannah Blosser during a PIAA Class 5A second-round game last season.
Penn-Trafford girls hungry for more playoff success
November 25, 2023
The Penn-Trafford girls basketball team made a run in the 2023 WPIAL and PIAA postseason.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Freas grabs a rebound against Greensburg Central Catholic during Hempfield’s tip-off tournament last season.
Penn-Trafford boys look to build off late-season success
A late-season surge, which included close wins against McKeesport and Latrobe, has Penn-Trafford boys basketball coach Doug Kelly excited about the upcoming season.

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Belle Vernon’s Dominic Ghilani (6) celebrates with Luke Bryer after recording a safety during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Avonworth on Friday at Acrisure Stadium.
Motivated Belle Vernon defense delivers shutout of Avonworth
November 24, 2023
Belle Vernon got tired of all the negative talk this season, especially from Avonworth.

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Beaver Falls’ Da’sean Anderson catches a touchdown pass, as Steel Valley’s Deshaun Johnson defends during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
Perfect 10: Beaver Falls wins WPIAL title as double-digit seed, beating Steel Valley in dramatic final
The magic playoff run continued for Beaver Falls.

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Max Butler is part of an experienced Latrobe team this season.
Latrobe boys basketball wants to restore playoff tradition
November 20, 2023
Latrobe didn’t make the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs for the second consecutive season in 2022-23.

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Latrobe’s Elle Snyder shoots a 3-pointer over Woodland Hills’ Jhalynn Wilson on Jan. 20, 2022.
New Latrobe girls basketball coach Mackenzie Livingston stressing defense
When Mackenzie Livingston was hired as a physical education teacher at Latrobe, she was excited to learn the district was looking for a new girls basketball coach.

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Penn-Trafford’s Hayden Coy is one of three returning state qualifiers for the Warriors in 2023.
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Penn-Trafford wrestling looking to take another step forward
November 19, 2023
There is a change at the top of the Penn-Trafford wrestling program, but it’s only temporary.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Tasso Whipple celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Franklin Regional on Oct. 27.
Penn-Trafford notebook: 8 Warriors named to all-conference 1st team
The Penn-Trafford football team didn’t win the Big East Conference, but the Warriors did dominate the first team all-conference team with eight players selected by conference coaches.

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Peters Township celebrates with the trophy after beating Pine-Richland in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 at Norwin High School.
Peters Township routs defending 5A champ Pine-Richland for 1st WPIAL football title
November 18, 2023
Peters Township would not be denied this time.

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Central Clarion’s Brady Quinn (28) is tackled by Westinghouse’s Shane Carter for a short gain in a PIAA Class 2A playoff game Friday, Nov. 17, 2023.
Westinghouse’s quick-strike attack downs Central Clarion in PIAA 1st round
November 17, 2023
CLARION – Westinghouse continued its march in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs by outscoring high-scoring Central Clarion, 46-30, Friday at PennWest-Clarion.

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Greensburg Salem’s Kaitlyn Mankins battles North Catholic’s Anna Waskiewicz for a rebound last season.
Greensburg Salem girls to test opponents with height, experience
When the Greensburg Salem girls basketball team takes the floor this season, it will present veteran coach Rick Klimchock some options.

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Greensburg Salem coach Cam Auld (center) talks to his team during a game last season.
Greensburg Salem looks to make a huge leap in coach’s second season
It’s been a while since the Greensburg Salem boys basketball team has had a winning season.

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Belle Vernon’s Braden Laux hands off to Jake Gedekoh during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal against Deer Lakes last Friday.
With ‘nothing to lose,’ East Allegheny set to take its best shot at No. 1 Belle Vernon
November 15, 2023
The last time East Allegheny reached the WPIAL semifinals was in 1992, when the Wildcats were Class 2A champions.

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Veteran coach Gene Brisbane is in his fifth year overseeing the Derry girls program, and he has high hopes for this season because of improved roster numbers.
Increased roster numbers have Derry girls coach Brisbane optimistic about season
November 14, 2023
Gene Brisbane has been on the bench for 49 seasons, and his passion for coaching high school girls and boys never has wavered.

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Derry’s Brady Angus (right) averaged 10 points last season.
Derry boys looking to make noise like section foe Deer Lakes did last season
Derry boys basketball coach Tom Esposito isn’t making any brash predictions about the upcoming season, but after watching section opponent Deer Lakes make a stellar run last year, he often thinks, “Why not us?”

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Penn-Trafford’s Ben Grabowski beats Norwin’s Luke Denny for a fourth-quarter touchdown Sept. 29.
With lofty expectations, Penn-Trafford football team expects more in ’24
November 12, 2023
When you have recently won the WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A football titles, expectations for future remain high.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Kyle Dupill (24), Ayden Hudock (16), Juliano Marion (56) and Hunter Reinhardt (55) celebrate during a game against Latrobe on Sept. 1.
After 3rd straight playoff season, Franklin Regional football wants to take next step
November 11, 2023
Franklin Regional football coach Lance Getsy spent Nov. 6 collecting equipment and doing exit interviews with his players.

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Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch holds up the football after a pass from John Wetzel was ruled incomplete late in the fourth quarter against Aliquippa during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Friday at Heinz Field.
Aliquippa fends off furious upset bid from Latrobe in WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal
November 10, 2023
Aliquippa football coach Mike Warfield, his team and fans took a deep breath at the end of Friday’s WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal at Heinz Field.

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Latrobe’s John Wetzel runs against West Allegheny in the first half during WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff action Friday at West Allegheny High School.
Latrobe faces stiff challenge from Aliquippa in WPIAL quarterfinals
November 8, 2023
Latrobe surprised football fans with its dominating performance against West Allegheny in the first round of the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs last week.

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Penn-Trafford sophomore Caeley Simon passes the ball beyond a Manheim Central defender during a PIAA Class 2A first-round playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023.
Manheim Central gets off to fast start, prevents Penn-Trafford from claiming 1st PIAA field hockey win
November 7, 2023
During Manheim Central’s three-hour ride to its PIAA Class 2A field hockey playoff game against WPIAL champion Penn-Trafford, Baron coach Morgan Briggs talked to her team about starting fast.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ava Hershberger gets past Oakland Catholic’s Caroline Miller during a WPIAL playoff game last season.
                                Penn-Trafford’s Ava Hershberger gets past Oakland Catholic’s Caroline Miller during WPIAL 2A girls field hockey semifinal action Thursday, Oct.27, 2022 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford field hockey in search of elusive PIAA victory
November 6, 2023
The late Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince used the saying “hidden vigorish” to describe a player who was in a batting slump and was due for a hit.

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                                Penn-Trafford senior Ella Dindak was a first-team all-section selection this season.
After quarterfinal loss, Penn-Trafford volleyball hopes to reload for future
November 5, 2023
Penn-Trafford girls volleyball coach Jim Schall would have rather been coaching a semifinal-round match than being at home watching the World Series.

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Penn-Trafford senior Chase Bonson (68) is a returning defenseman. He watches a play during a game Oct. 3, 2023.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors hockey team of to 1-3 start
Penn-Trafford’s ice hockey team opened the season by defeating Norwin.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith wins the PIAA cross country championship Saturday.
WPIAL shines at PIAA cross country event with 4 champions
November 4, 2023
Cross Country is alive and well in the WPIAL.

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Latrobe’s John Wetzel runs against West Allegheny in the first half in the WPIAL Class 4A first round Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, at West Allegheny High School.
Latrobe, Wetzel punish West Allegheny in playoffs
November 3, 2023
Maybe the WPIAL committee gave the Parkway Conference too much credit and not enough to the Big Seven.

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Norwin sophomore Tristyn Tavares
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2023 Week 10
November 1, 2023
Player of the week

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West Allegheny quarterback Brock Cornell throws a pass under pressure from Central Valley’s Tyler Ondrusek on Oct. 20.
Led by do-it-all QBs, 1st-round foes Latrobe, West Allegheny are mirror images
When the WPIAL football committee released the Class 4A first-round pairings Saturday, all Latrobe coach Ron Prady could do was shake his head in disappointment when he saw his team was traveling to West Allegheny.

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Hempfield senior Jamaar Pritchett wears a protective neck guard during a game against Armstrong last season at Belmont Sports Complex in Kittanning.
After death of former Penguin, focus turns to neck protection in youth hockey
October 31, 2023
Penn-Trafford coach Chris Cerutti will be keeping an extra-close eye on his players as they take the ice for their next game against Armstrong.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Jake Lang beats Franklin Regional’s Roman Vollero at 107 pounds in a dual meet last season.
Penn-Trafford shuffles up wrestling coaching staff for this season
October 29, 2023
Larry Hohman coached the Penn-Trafford wrestling program from 2007-2013. He’s been an assistant and a youth coach since.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Amelia Barilla edges North Allegheny’s Erin McGoey for fourth place at the TSTCA cross country championships Oct. 19 at White Oak Park.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Barilla qualifies for state cross country meet
Penn-Trafford senior Amelia Barilla achieved her goal Oct. 26 at the WPIAL Class 3A Cross Country Championship at White Oak Park.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner avoids Jeannette’s Lonnie Green on Oct. 13.
WPIAL football playoff pairings surprise some Westmoreland County teams
October 28, 2023
When the WPIAL football committee announced the pairings for the upcoming playoffs Saturday, some coaches were surprised at their opening-round opponents.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tasso Whipple looks for space to run against Franklin Regional on Friday.
Lovre comes through in clutch as Penn-Trafford outlasts Franklin Regional
October 27, 2023
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said before Friday’s second-place showdown in the WPIAL Class 5A Big Conference game at Franklin Regional that junior quarterback Jonny Lovre was making huge strides in his game.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins the Class 3A race at the WPIAL Cross County Championships on Thursday at White Oak Park.
Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins 2nd WPIAL girls cross country title
October 26, 2023
Mt. Lebanon senior Logan St. John Kletter was a little surprised that Kiski Area senior Eliza Miller went out fast.

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Derry senior Ahmad Ward
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October 25, 2023
Player of the week

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Penn-Trafford’s Tasso Whipple is part of a two-pronged rushing attack for the Warriors that also features Ben Grabowski.
Playoff berth on the line when Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional collide
The WPIAL playoffs don’t officially begin until Nov. 3.

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McKeesport’s Anthony Boyd tries to take down Latrobe’s John Wetzel during their game Oct. 20, 2023.
Westmoreland County high school football matchups for 2023 Week 9
Class 5A Big East Conference

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Butlers’ Drew Griffith wins the Class 3A boys TSTCA cross country championship Oct. 19, at White Oak Park.
4 runners looking to defend WPIAL cross country titles
Butler senior Drew Griffith set a course record during the Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championship a week ago at White Oak Park.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski chips onto the 18th green during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship Oct. 2 at Valleybrook Country Club.
Nick Turowski wraps up Penn-Trafford career with 2nd-place finish at states
October 22, 2023
Penn-Trafford senior Nick Turowski finished his high school career Oct. 17 with a second-place finish at the PIAA Class 3A championship.

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                                Penn Trafford’s Mia Williams places second in the WPIAL Class 3A girls singles championship Sept. 19, at North Allegheny High School.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Williams looks to rebound at state tournament
Mia Williams was the favorite to win her second WPIAL Class 3A singles tennis championship last month.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lily King swims the anchor leg of the 400 freestyle relay during the WPIAL Class 2A girls swimming championship on March 3 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Mt. Pleasant swimmer Lily King commits to N.C. State
October 21, 2023
Mt. Pleasant junior swimmer Lily King announced on Instagram on Friday that she is not changing her colors.

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Franklin Regional senior wrestler Ty Kapusta was a WPIAL runner-up last season.
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Franklin Regional’s Tyler Kapusta looking to be a King of the Mat
Franklin Regional senior Tyler Kapusta missed the Super 32 Wrestling Tournament on Oct. 21 because he was in the school’s homecoming court hoping to be crowned King.

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Ligonier Valley players take the field before their game with Imani Christian on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023.
Imani Christian cruises, eliminates Ligonier Valley from playoff contention
October 20, 2023
Imani Christian Academy didn’t play a perfect game Friday at Ligonier Valley, but the No. 4-ranked Saints had enough firepower to pull out a victory on the road.

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Latrobe junior John Wetzel
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October 18, 2023
Player of the week

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Latrobe’s John Wetzel beats Hempfield’s Dom LoPinto to the end zone for a third-quarter touchdown Sept. 8, at Spartan Stadium.
Latrobe looks to overcome past history against McKeesport
With the recent history between McKeesport and Latrobe being so one-sided, one might think the No. 2-ranked Tigers could be looking ahead to their Week 9 showdown with No. 5 Thomas Jefferson.

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Peters Township won the PIAA Class 3A girls team championship Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023.
Peters Township has historic day, sweeps PIAA golf titles
It took a record performance, but the Peters Township golf program won that elusive PIAA championship and made history in doing so.

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Butler’s Hunter Swidzinski, with coach Travis Shingleton, won the PIAA Class 3A golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023.
Butler’s Hunter Swidzinski wins PIAA golf title in all-WPIAL playoff
October 17, 2023
Butler senior Hunter Swidzinski figured he had nothing to lose heading into the final round of the PIAA Class 3A golf championship Tuesday. All he did was shoot the best round of his life.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski eyes up his birdie putt on No. 15 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship Oct. 2 at Valleybrook Country Club.
Penn-Trafford’s Turowski likes his position, Plum’s Lorish leads after Day 1 of PIAA golf
October 16, 2023
After shooting himself back into contention at the PIAA Class 3A golf championships on Monday, Penn-Trafford senior Nick Turowski headed to Colyer Lake to try his luck at catching fish.

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Penn-Trafford’s Amelia Barilla takes second during the girls WCCA cross country championship Oct. 11, 2023, at Westmoreland County Community College.
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Penn-Trafford’s Amelia Barilla achieves personal record, takes 2nd place at WCCA meet
October 15, 2023
Penn-Trafford senior Amelia Barilla’s plan during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet was to stay with Kiski Area senior Eliza Miller and hopefully out kick her at the end.

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Alex Turowski sinks a birdie on No. 11 at Hannastown Golf Club during the final round of the 123rd West Penn Amateur on July 11, 2023.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Turowski places 3rd at All-Mountain East tournament
Fairmont State junior Alex Turowski placed third overall and earned All-Mountain East Conference golf tournament team honors after shooting 5-over in the conference tournament at Avalon Lakes Golf Course in Warren, Ohio.

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Franklin Regional’s Nathan Kociela takes second in the boys WCCA cross country championship Oct. 11, 2023, at Westmoreland County Community College.
Franklin Regional’s Nathan Kociela, Caroline Shirley shine at WCCA championships
October 14, 2023
There was nothing but smiles on the faces of Franklin Regional cross country runners Oct. 11 following their finishes at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association cross country championships.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner gets away from Jeannette’s Carmine DeAnnuntis in the second quarter Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at McKee Stadium.
GCC, Jeannette resident Crosby spoil Jayhawks’ homecoming
October 13, 2023
Jeannette celebrated homecoming Friday, but it was a Jeannette resident who spoiled the party.

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Members of the Peters Twp. boys golf team celebrate with the WPIAL championship trophy after winning the Class AAA titles on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Peters Township boys, girls golfers sweep WPIAL Class 3A team titles
At the WPIAL Class 3A team golf championships Thursday at Cedarbrook GC, it was a clean sweep by Peters Township.

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Izzy Aigner (left) and the Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after winning the Class AA title Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Izzy Aigner leads Greensburg Central Catholic girls to 9th straight WPIAL title; Belle Vernon boys win 1st
October 12, 2023
Izzy Aigner missed the WPIAL Class 2A individual golf tournament, an event she might have won.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller takes the early lead and never looks back as she wins the girls WCCA Cross Country Championship on Wednesday.
Kiski Area’s Miller, Plazio win WCCA titles; Norwin boys, girls sweep 3A team trophies
October 11, 2023
As Eliza Miller headed toward the finish line during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Cross Country Championship on Wednesday, she turned it on.

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Jeannette’s Payton Molter runs past Frazier’s Chase Fulmer on Sept. 15.
With Jayhawks back on track, Jeannette-GCC rivalry gets reheated
How big is Friday’s WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference matchup between Jeannette and Greensburg Central Catholic?

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Franklin Regional senior Ayden Hudock
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2023 Week 7
Player of the week

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Saint Vincent men’s soccer team set for 1st night game under new lights
October 9, 2023
Let there be light for Saint Vincent College athletic teams.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cam Kiste (22) is among the returning players for the Warriors.
Penn-Trafford hockey could be in store for exciting season
October 8, 2023
If the Penn-Trafford hockey season turns out to be like the thrilling season opener, Warriors fan should be in for an exciting season.

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Franklin Regional celebrates a goal on its way to an 8-3 victory over Greensburg Salem last season.
Young, quick Franklin Regional hockey roster has high hopes for season
October 7, 2023
Despite dropping the opener to Latrobe, Franklin Regional hockey coach John Winebrenner is excited about the upcoming season.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Brady Poole leaps over Elizabeth Forward’s Connor Fleming in the fourth quarter Friday.
Elizabeth Forward holds off Mt. Pleasant in 1st-place showdown
October 6, 2023
Elizabeth Forward was forced to show its mettle for the second consecutive week.

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Franklin Regional’s Kyle Dupill is a member of the 2023 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2023 Week 6
October 4, 2023
Player of the week

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Mt. Pleasant running back Jackson Hutter looks for an opening against Freeport on Sept. 22.
Mt. Pleasant’s potent ground game faces toughest test yet in Elizabeth Forward defense
It’s been seven years since Mt. Pleasant started the season 5-1.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski pumps his fist after winning the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, at Valleybrook Country Club.
Penn-Trafford’s Turowski captures second WPIAL Class 3A golf title
October 2, 2023
Nick Turowski was so relaxed during the final round of the WPIAL Class 3A golf championship Monday at Valley Brook Country Club he laid down on the 17th fairway waiting for the green to clear.

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Penn-Trafford senior Nick Turowski hits a drive on No. 17 at Latrobe Country Club on Sept. 25, 2023, during the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A golf championship.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Nick Turowski, Antolena Damico advance in WPIAL golf tournament
October 1, 2023
Penn-Trafford senior Nick Turowski was one step closer to winning his second WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship after shooting an even-par 72 at Latrobe Country Club on Sept. 25 to lead the tournament after the first round.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Dylan Mauser competes at the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championships Sept. 25 at Latrobe Country Club.
Franklin Regional’s Dylan Mauser advances at WPIAL golf championships
September 30, 2023
Franklin Regional sophomore Dylan Mauser nervously stood near the scorer’s table at Latrobe Country Club during the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championships hoping he’d be one of the 36 golfers to advance to the finals.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ben Grabowski takes off on a first-quarter touchdown run against Norwin on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Norwin High School.
Penn-Trafford pulls away late to defeat Norwin behind freshman RB’s 4 TDs
September 29, 2023
There was a fireworks display Friday night in North Huntingdon after the Penn-Trafford and Norwin football game.

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Derry athletic director Brett Miller resigns
September 28, 2023
The Derry Area school board accepted the resignation of athletic and transportation director Brett Miller on Thursday.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jackson Hutter is a member of the 2023 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2023 Week 5
September 27, 2023
Player of the Week

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Norwin coach Mike Brown, then the quarterback at Penn-Trafford, runs against Upper St. Clair during a 2008 game.
Coach rejoins spirited rivalry between Norwin, Penn-Trafford
Mike Brown is very familiar with the rivalry between Penn-Trafford and Norwin.

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Norwin senior Alex Graham hits a shot from the bunker on No. 15 at Latrobe Country Club during the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A Golf Championship on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023.
Penn-Trafford’s Turowski doesn’t hold back, leads Class 3A golf championship
September 25, 2023
Penn-Trafford senior Nick Turowski wasn’t just trying to qualify for the final round of the WPIAL Class 3A Golf Championship on Monday. He played the first round like it was the final round.

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Alex (left) and Nick Turowski compete at the Palmer Cup on Sept. 14 at Latrobe Country Club.
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Turowski family
Penn-Trafford’s Turowski brothers help amateur team win Palmer Cup
September 24, 2023
When the Turowski brothers play, they usually are battling against each other.

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                                Penn-Trafford junior Ella Dindak (16) sets the ball against North Allegheny in the 2022 WPIAL Class 4A semifinals.
Penn-Trafford volleyball looking good after challenging early season schedule
Penn-Trafford dropped two nonconference girls volleyball matches early this season to Pine-Richland and North Catholic.

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                                Franklin Regional junior nose guard/running back Jude Gentile beats a blocker at practice Sept. 20.
Size disadvantage not a problem for Franklin Regional nose guard Jude Gentile
September 23, 2023
When you think of a nose guards on a football team, former Steeler Casey “Big Snack” Hampton comes to mind.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Garrett Eicher (11) finds a hole in the Freeport defense and avoids the tackles of Sean Sellinger (5) and Dawson Gaillot (23) during Friday’s game.
Hutter brothers lead Mt. Pleasant in big 2nd-half rally to beat Freeport
September 22, 2023
Things didn’t look good for the Mt. Pleasant football team late in the third quarter of their nonconference game against Freeport.

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Belle Vernon’s Gabriella Dusi won the WPIAL Class 2A singles championship Thursday.
5th seed from Belle Vernon, freshman from Shady Side Academy claim WPIAL tennis titles
September 21, 2023
Belle Vernon doesn’t have a girls tennis team, but it does have a WPIAL champion.

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Jeannette senior Payton Molter
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2023 Week 4
September 20, 2023
Player of the week

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a punt for a touchdown against Thomas Jefferson last season.
Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson to square off with undefeated records on the line
Don’t think for one moment that Friday’s nonconference game between Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon is meaningless.

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Southmoreland volleyball enjoying great season under coaching of Kurtz
September 17, 2023
Tom Kurtz was working at a volleyball match last year when he noticed how well the Southmoreland girls were playing.

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Franklin Regional senior Ellen Liu returns shot in the section singles semifinals at Franklin Regional.
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Franklin Regional girls tennis team eyes another section title
September 16, 2023
When Franklin Regional celebrates Senior Day on Friday (Sept. 22), Ellen Liu will be the only one honored.

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Belle Vernon running back Quinton Martin (25) breaks free as teammate Alonzo Wade (4) leads the way Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.
Belle Vernon beats Penn-Trafford in battle of champions
September 15, 2023
Belle Vernon and Penn-Trafford have won WPIAL and PIAA championships the past two seasons — Belle Vernon in 2022 and Penn-Trafford in 2021.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Ava Hershberger has scored more than 100 goals in her career.
Penn-Trafford field hockey off to strong start as team eyes 8th straight WPIAL title
September 14, 2023
Penn-Trafford field hockey coach Cindy Dutt hadn’t missed a match since she started coaching until her team played Pine-Richland on Sept. 12.

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Southmoreland quarterback Kadin Keefer throws during the WCCA 7-on-7 competition at Greater Latrobe High School.
Knoch, Southmoreland square off in battle of unexpected unbeatens
September 13, 2023
Some might be surprised by the Southmoreland and Knoch football teams starting the 2023 season at 3-0. Their coaches certainly aren’t among that group.

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Penn-Trafford junior Tasso Whipple
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2023 Week 3
Player of the week

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Franklin Regional’s Gianna Johnson
Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Gianna Johnson, Mt. Pleasant’s Luke Rivardo
September 9, 2023
Gianna Johnson

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Hempfield’s Keiran Lippmann is taken down by Latrobe’s John Wetzel in the first half Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, at Spartan Stadium.
Latrobe gallops to win over Hempfield
September 8, 2023
Hempfield’s marching band played the fan favorite “The Horse” during its pregame performance.

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Franklin Regional’s Gianna Johnson watches her drive on No. 7 at Champion Lakes on Thursday during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament. Johnson shot a 40 and won her first career title.
Franklin Regional’s Johnson captures WCCA title with personal-best round
September 7, 2023
When Franklin Regional girls golf coach Kane Daignault was talking to Ali Boyle about her play during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament Thursday, she told him she didn’t think the team would win the title.

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Derry junior running back/linebacker Ahmad Ward
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2023 Week 2
September 6, 2023
Player of the week

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Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch carries the ball for a touchdown during a game against Franklin Regional on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
Rivals Hempfield, Latrobe look to rebound as they meet for 50th time
Latrobe and Hempfield enter Week 2 of the high school football season trying to rebound from their first losses.

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Penn-Trafford senior Antolena Damico watches her second shot on No. 6 on Aug. 29, 2023 at Greensburg Country Club.
Successful season shaping up for Penn-Trafford girls golf team
September 3, 2023
Ed Herbst has been coaching the Penn-Trafford girls golf team since 2004.

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                                Penn-Trafford senior Nick Turowski watches his drive during a match Aug. 28 at Greensburg Country Club.
New Penn-Trafford boys golf coach has same goals
New Penn-Trafford boys golf coach Jeff Newsom was once the girls coach when the program started in 1999.

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Franklin Regional’s Liam Copeland hits on 18 during the WCCA golf championship Aug. 30 at Latrobe Elks Golf Club.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Young Franklin Regional boys golf team shows depth with key victories
September 2, 2023
How deep is the Franklin Regional boys golf team’s lineup?

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Franklin Regional’s Jamal V carries the ball as Latrobe’s Sawyer Butina closes in Friday at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
Franklin Regional’s goal-line stands turn back Latrobe
September 1, 2023
Two goal-line stands and two third-quarter touchdown runs by Kyle Dupill helped Franklin Regional defeat Latrobe, 28-21, in a heart-thumping nonconference battle Friday at Memorial Stadium.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski watches his putt on No. 10 bend toward the hole during the WCCA team championship Thursday at Latrobe Elks Lodge Golf Club.
Penn-Trafford golfer Nick Turowski claims 2nd WCCA title
August 31, 2023
Golfers will say there are just some courses that fit their game the best.

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Southmoreland’s Da’sjon Craggette
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2023 Week 1
August 30, 2023
Player of the week

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Latrobe quarterback John Wetzel throws during the WCCA 7-on-7 competition at Greater Latrobe High School.
Franklin Regional, Latrobe coaches want to see improvement in Week 1 matchup
High school football coaches contend that the week between the first game of the season and the second is when they see the most improvement from their players.

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                                Penn-Trafford sophomore Mia Williams, the returning WPIAL Class 3A singles champion, practices at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford tennis star Mia Williams back for more after brilliant freshman year
August 27, 2023
Penn-Trafford sophomore Mia Williams can make history if things go as expected over the next three years.

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Hempfield’s Brady Ewing dives into the end zone past Greensburg Salem’s Keegan Young on Friday at Spartan Stadium.
Rogan Katchur, special teams lead Hempfield to win against Greensburg Salem
August 25, 2023
Two special teams plays and a three-touchdown performance by junior Rogan Katchur helped make new Hempfield coach Nick Keefer smile.

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Yough’s Antonio Marra makes a catch during the WCCA 7-on-7 competition at Greater Latrobe High School.
Antonio Marra looking for injury-free season at Yough
August 24, 2023
Antonio Marra’s high school football career at Yough has not gone as planned.

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Yough’s Raidon Kuroda
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2023 Week Zero
August 23, 2023
Here’s a look at four Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week Zero:

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Hempfield quarterback Keiran Lippmann (12) runs a play during practice Aug. 22, 2023.
New coaches add spark to Hempfield-Greensburg Salem rivalry
Ty George was a sophomore at Hempfield the last time Greensburg Salem was victorious in this historic series.

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Penn-Trafford’s Carmen Metcalfe (left) will play safety for the Warriors this season.
Senior Metcalfe set to lead Penn-Trafford football team
August 22, 2023
It seems like every year Penn-Trafford has a senior football player step up to make a name for himself.

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Belle Vernon head coach Matt Humbert during a 7-on-7 competition at Mt. Lebanon High School.
2023 WPIAL Class 3A football breakdown: Belle Vernon heavily favored to repeat
August 20, 2023
If you ask any coach which team is considered the best in WPIAL Class 3A, the unanimous choice is returning WPIAL and PIAA champion Belle Vernon.

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Neal Shipley observes the green while golfing in the 121st U.S Amateur Championship on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 at Oakmont Country Club.
Central Catholic grad Neal Shipley reaches U.S. Amateur semifinals
August 18, 2023
Central Catholic graduage and Ohio State grad student Neal Shipley has reached the semifinals of the 123rd annual United States Golf Association’s Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in New Jersey.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sam Caldwell (middle) participates in a drill during practice Aug. 7 at Weller Field in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley junior lineman Sam Caldwell assumes leadership role
Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel smiled when he learned what junior center Sam Caldwell said about himself and the upcoming season.

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Yough quarterback Raidon Kuroda throws during the WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 20, 2023, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Yough aims to build on positives from last season
August 17, 2023
Ben Hoffer was part of a Yough football team that won three conference titles and compiled 24-15 record.

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Ligonier Valley’s John Jablunovsky (left) defends on Maxx Oberley during a drill in practice at Weller Field in Ligonier on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023.
With young roster, Ligonier Valley works to come together quickly
Since Roger Beitel became football coach at Ligonier Valley 20 years ago, he has taken his squad to a team camp at Shippensburg University in July.

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Hempfield quarterback Keiran Lippmann throws against Keystone Oaks during a 7-on-7 competition at Mt. Lebanon.
Hempfield senior quarterback takes on leadership role
August 15, 2023
If there is one player that Hempfield first-year football coach Nick Keefer is relying on this season, it’s senior quarterback/safety Keiran Lippmann.

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Hempfield quarterback Keiran Lippmann (12) looks to deliver a shovel pass to Brady Ewing (2) during practice Monday.
Westmoreland football coaches pleased with Day 1 work
August 14, 2023
Uneventful but productive is how four high school football coaches described the state of football practice Monday.

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Franklin Regional lineman Andrew Devola works out last season.
Franklin Regional lineman Andrew Devola itching to get season started
August 12, 2023
Andrew Devola has been champing at the bit to get the football season started.

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Penn Trafford Carmen Metcalfe makes a catch during WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 19 at Latrobe.
Penn-Trafford to rely on returning linemen in search for consistent play
August 9, 2023
Things didn’t go as planned for the Penn-Trafford football team in 2022.

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Franklin Regional quarterback Chase Lemke throws during WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 19 at Latrobe.
Franklin Regional out to defend Big East Conference title
Franklin Regional surprised many by winning the WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference title in 2022.

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Hempfield quarterback Keiran Lippman directs traffic during against Keystone Oaks during 7-on-7 competition July 17 at Mt. Lebanon.
Hempfield hopes to regain buzz under 1st-year head coach
August 8, 2023
For the first time in years, there was a buzz surrounding the Hempfield football program in 2022.

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Pine-Richland lineman Ryan Cory works out during practice last season.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Pine-Richland’s Ryan Cory
August 1, 2023
Pine-Richland football coach Jon LeDonne describes Ryan Cory as an old-school type of player.

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Penn-Trafford advances to semifinals of Junior Legion state tournament
July 30, 2023
It was the Ethan Septak show for the Penn-Trafford Junior baseball team Sunday at the Pennsylvania Junior Legion state tournament.

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West Point Little League, Penn-Trafford Junior Legion teams post state wins
July 29, 2023
West Point’s 11-year-old girls softball team and the Penn-Trafford Junior Legion baseball team were victorious Saturday in state tournament action.

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Keystone Oaks’ Clinton Robinson had more than 800 yards from scrimmage last season.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Keystone Oaks’ Clinton Robinson
July 26, 2023
Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a series of 25 profiles of the members of the Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team.

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Laurel Highlands’ Antwan Black caught 24 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns in 2022.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Laurel Highlands’ Antwan Black Jr.
July 20, 2023
Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of 25 profiles of the members of the Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team.

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Bushy Run stays unbeaten, Latrobe eliminated from Region 7 American Legion tournament
July 17, 2023
Bushy Run used a strong pitching performance from Robbie Andrews to finish Pool A play at the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 7 undefeated Monday.

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Norwin junior Aiden Kwiecinski takes a rip duing batting practice at the first Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association baseball showcase Monday at Westmoreland County Community College.
Inaugural WCCA baseball showcase draws larger turnout than expected
When the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association approached Mike Draghi about hosting a baseball showcase, he didn’t hesitate in saying yes.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Amatucci scores in the District 31 American Legion championship game July 12.
American Legion baseball teams vie for spots in state tournament in Latrobe
July 14, 2023
The Steelers aren’t the only team arriving in Latrobe this month.

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Penn-Trafford lineman Zach Tomosovich
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Penn-Trafford’s Zach Tomosovich
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of 25 profiles of the members of the Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team.

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Palmer Jackson is one of 16 Hannastown members in the field for the 2023 West Penn Amateur.
Hannastown Golf Club ready to host West Penn Amateur for 1st time
July 8, 2023
For the first time in the 123-year history of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Amateur Championship, Hannastown Golf Club in Greensburg will host the event.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary celebrates beating Canon-McMillan’s Andrew Binni to win the 127-pound weight class in the PIAA Class 3A individual wrestling championships Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the Giant Center in Hersey.
Latrobe wrestling champ Vinny Kilkeary selected Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Athlete of the Year
July 1, 2023
Vinny Kilkeary isn’t wasting any time getting started at Ohio State.

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Jeannette’s Eli Jones drives against Westmont Hilltop’s Jack Wesner (22) at the third annual Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament on Saturday.
Jeannette coach pleased with performance at Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament
June 25, 2023
There was no one better than Jeannette senior Tre Cunningham in 2018 when he was named the Tribune-Review’s Boys Athlete of the Year.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Dylan Grabowski delivers against Shaler during their PIAA Class 5A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Gateway.
Penn-Trafford’s Dylan Grabowski tabbed Tribune-Review Westmoreland Baseball Player of the Year
June 24, 2023
When Penn-Trafford baseball coach Lou Cortazzo was asked to nominate players for the Tribune-Review Westmoreland all-star team, his answer was “all of my players.”

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Nolan Shilling watches his drive on No. 17 at Latrobe Country Club on Thursday, June 22, 2023, during the Westmoreland County Golf Association Junior Championship.
Shilling captures Westmoreland County Junior tournament
June 22, 2023
Nolan Shilling just got done competing in the West Penn Open on Wednesday, facing fast, slick greens for three days at Edgewood Country Club.

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The Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament championship chain.
Schedule set for 3rd annual Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament
The third annual Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday at Jeannette.

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New Latrobe girls basketball coach Mackenzie Livingston
Latrobe hires Livingston as girls basketball coach
June 20, 2023
When Mackenzie Livingston interviewed for a teaching position in the Greater Latrobe School District, she was excited to learn the girls basketball coaching position was available.

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Jimmy Meyers places his ball on the green during the 2021 U.S. Amateur.
3-way tie atop West Penn Open 1st-round leaderboard
June 19, 2023
There was a three-way tie for the lead after Day 1 of the 120th West Penn Open on Monday at Edgewood Country Club.

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Burrell’s Calio Zanella takes down Brookville’s Antonio Thornton during the 2023 PIAA Class 2A team championships.
High school wrestling coaches take wait-and-see approach with 3-point takedown
June 18, 2023
There was a major shakeup in college wrestling earlier this month when the value of a takedown was changed from two to three points in a move meant to encourage more aggressive offense.

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                                Bushy Run’s Gavin Good rips a double in a District 31 American Legion playoff game at Murrysville last season.
Bushy Run American Legion looks to go to next level with trophy hunt
When Bushy Run coach Scott Peyman met with the team before the first game of the season June 9, he got a few looks when he told them it’s time to take it to another level.

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Bushy Run pitcher Peyton Bigler rips an RBI triple against Murrysville last season.
District 31 Legion teams catching up after success of high school programs
June 17, 2023
It is catch-up time for baseball teams in District 31 American Legion.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller reacts after giving up the only run of the game during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against North Penn on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
Hempfield sophomore pitcher Riley Miller stands tall in PIAA finals defeat
June 15, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK — She’s cool. She’s calm. She’s collected.

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Blue Mountain’s Victoria Konkus scores the winning run under Montour pitcher Kaitlin Molitoris during the bottom of the sixth inning of the PIAA Class 4A championship game Thursday at Penn State.
Late, 2-out rally by Blue Mountain denies Montour its 1st PIAA softball title
UNIVERSITY PARK — Montour could taste its first PIAA softball title.

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Sekne leads Sunnehanna Amateur
Because of rain Wednesday morning, Round 1 of the 82nd Sunnehanna Amateur was delayed by three hours and was completed Thursday morning.

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Hopewell’s Lucas Arington fouls a ball off his foot during a PIAA Class 4A playoff game against Bellefonte on Monday, June 12,, 2023 at Homer City. Arington hit a three-run home run during the fourth inning.
Hopewell baseball’s magical playoff run ends in state semifinals
June 12, 2023
HOMER CITY – Hopewell’s magical baseball season came to an end Monday in the PIAA Class 4A playoffs, one game shy of a trip to State College for the championship game.

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                                Bushy Run’s Gavin Good rips a double in the third inning to score Jason Sabol July 7, 2022, in a District 31 American Legion playoff game at Murrysville.
Bushy Run Legion baseball season delayed by Penn-Trafford run to state tournament
June 11, 2023
The Bushy Run American Legion season was supposed to begin June 5, but the success of Penn-Trafford’s varsity baseball team has delayed the start.

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                                Norwin High School’s Tim Tray clears a jump during the PIAA Class AAA pole vault competition May 24, 2003, at Shippensburg University. Tray finished third in the event with a vault of 14 feet, 6 inches.
Former WPIAL pole vault champion Tim Tray’s facility offers vaulters a chance to improve
June 10, 2023
When Tim Tray was in high school at Norwin, the school didn’t have an indoor facility to practice the pole vault.

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Hempfield freshman Lauren Howard is greeted at home plate after clubbing a third-inning home run in a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against Downingtown East on Thursday at Cumberland Valey High School.
Freshman slugger, sophomore ace power Hempfield into state semifinals
June 8, 2023
MECHANICSBURG — Hempfield rode the hot bat of freshman Lauren Howard and the spinning pitches of sophomore Riley Miller to a win Thursday in the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Nolan Marasti celebrates after an inning-ending strikeout against Plum on April 11.
After knocking off state’s No. 1-ranked team, Penn-Trafford baseball stares down WPIAL champs
June 7, 2023
Penn-Trafford coach Lou Cortazzo was a second baseman for the Warriors in 1981 when his team upset Greensburg Salem in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon celebrates winning in the 145-pound final during 2022 WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships.
Franklin Regional wrestling alum Finn Solomon transfers to Pitt from NC State
When Finn Solomon was at Franklin Regional, he never considered wrestling for Pitt.

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Mt. Pleasant wrestling coach Zach Snyder works with his wrestlers during a 2019 practice.
Zach Snyder resigns as Mt. Pleasant wrestling coach
Mt. Pleasant is looking for a new wrestling coach after Zach Snyder resigned last week to spend more time with his family.

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Penn-Trafford’s Dylan Grabowski forces out Plum’s Jake Dombkowski at second base on April 11.
Westmoreland PIAA baseball capsules: Games for Thursday, June 8, 2023
PIAA baseball playoffs

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Latrobe’s Dante Basciano is tagged out by Bellefonte second baseman Peyton Vancas trying to steal as shortstop Triston Heckman celebrates during a PIAA Class 4A baseball first-round playoff game Monday at Bellefonte.
Latrobe’s furious rally comes up short in 1st round of PIAA baseball playoffs
June 5, 2023
BELLEFONTE — Oh so close.

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Greensburg Central’s Macee Magill makes a catch against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 24, 2023, at Seton Hill.
Greensburg Central Catholic softball team ready to take on District 9 champ Cranberry in state playoffs
June 4, 2023
Greensburg Central Catholic softball coach Mike Gaffney has been coaching the Centurions for 12 seasons.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brady Lane celebrates after driving in the go-ahead runs against Plum on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford has unfinished business, opens state playoffs against Central Mountain
When Lou Cortazzo was named interim baseball coach at Penn-Trafford two weeks before the season began, people around the district were stunned at the timing.

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Latrobe’s Anthony Massari drives in a run during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Hopewell on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Westmoreland PIAA baseball capsules: Games for Monday, June 5, 2023
PIAA baseball playoffs

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Penn-Trafford’s Matt Sarnowski takes third in the boys discus throw during the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships May 26 at Shippensburg University.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford’s Matt Sarnowski caps season with 3rd-place finish at PIAA meet
It doesn’t happen often, but two of the top discus throwers in Pennsylvania reside in Westmoreland County and live less than 10 miles apart.

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Franklin Regional’s Owen Sinclair hits a game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning May 8 at Haymaker Park.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
North Allegheny AD Bob Bozzuto looking to revive Murrysville American Legion baseball
June 3, 2023
Bob Bozzuto loves baseball. He’ll talk all day about the game he loves.

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Belle Vernon’s Alexa Daniels, Maren Metikosh and Olivia Kolowitz celebrate with the trophy beating Montour in the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship game Wednesday at Lilley Field at Cal (Pa.).
Belle Vernon senior’s memorable day helps team dedicate WPIAL-title win to coach
June 2, 2023
Belle Vernon senior Alexa Daniels had quite an eventful WPIAL Class 4A softball championship game Wednesday.

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The Trinity softball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Armstrong in the Class 5A final Thursday at Lilley Field.
Trinity outhits Armstrong to win 1st WPIAL softball title
June 1, 2023
Trinity found the right formula to defeat one of the best hitting teams in the WPIAL: outhit them.

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Belle Vernon celebrates beating Montour in the WPIAL softball Class 4A championship May 31, 2023, Lilley Field at Cal U.
Belle Vernon holds off Montour to win WPIAL Class 4A softball title in wild finish
May 31, 2023
It might have been the wildest finish to a WPIAL softball championship game in years.

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Seton LaSalle’s DiMaggio LoNero celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy on the dugout with teammates after defeating Serra Catholic in the Class 2A final on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Seton LaSalle beats defending champion Serra Catholic to claim 3rd WPIAL baseball title
May 30, 2023
Seton LaSalle pitcher Brian Reed was asked if he knew his record was this season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jake McClintock works against Hampton’s Jacob Krempasky during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game May 24 at RMU.
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After deep playoff run, Penn-Trafford boys lacrosse continue to grow
May 28, 2023
Before the season, Penn-Trafford coach Charlie Hach and his players set goals of making the playoffs, winning a playoff game and reaching the Final Four.

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Biondi gymnasts Isabella Biondi (left) and Capriana Biondi
Biondi Gymnastics competitors add to medal collection during successful season
When Alison Biondi began Alison Biondi Gymnastics, LLC in Penn Township, she had five gymnasts.

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OLSH’s Antonio Votour celebrates winning the boys 110 hurdles during the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University.
OLSH’s Antonio Votour claims state gold in 110 hurdles
May 27, 2023
SHIPPENSBURG – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart senior Antonio Votour came into the PIAA track and field championships coming off a record performance at the WPIAL championships May 17.

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Waynesburg’s Andrew Layton celebrates after clearing 15 feet, 3 inches to win the boys pole vault during the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Waynesburg’s Andrew Layton fights through pain to win PIAA Class 2A pole vault
SHIPPENSBURG – Talk about a gutsy performance at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.

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Hempfield’s Peyton Murray wins the boys discus throw during the PIAA Class 3A track & field championships Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Shippensburg.
Hempfield’s Peyton Murray gives dad a special gift, a gold medal in PIAA discus
SHIPPENSBURG — Father’s Day isn’t until June 18, but Peyton Murray gave his dad and coach the best present ever.

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Hampton’s Dale Hall edges Butler’s Drew Griffith to win the boys 1,600-meter run during the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships Friday at Shippensburg University.
Hampton junior pulls off dramatic, shocking win in PIAA 1,600 meters
May 26, 2023
If it had been a horse race, the PIAA Class 3A boys 1,600-meter run would have needed a photo finish to decide the winner.

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Hempfield’s Liz Tapper won the shot put at the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships for the second time Friday.
Hempfield’s Liz Tapper looking to make history after defending PIAA shot put title
SHIPPENSBURG — In the history of great throwers at Hempfield, only Rachel Serafin (2011-13) was a multiple state champion in an event, winning three discus titles.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht sets the school record in pole vault at the WPIAL championships.
Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht makes huge leap in the pole vault
May 24, 2023
Before this spring, Greensburg Salem senior Cody Rubrecht was known as an outstanding football player.

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North Allegheny’s Jeremiah Satcho (0) dives for a ball Tuesday, May 23, 2023, against Penn-Trafford in a WPIAL Class 3A semifinal.
North Allegheny boys volleyball too much for Penn-Trafford
May 23, 2023
North Allegheny has built a dynasty in the WPIAL in boys volleyball.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nolan Marasti pitches to Peters Township during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal Monday, May 22, 2023 at West Mifflin.
Nolan Marasti, Penn-Trafford avenge last season’s playoff loss to Peters Township
May 22, 2023
Penn-Trafford senior pitcher Nolan Marasti waited all season to pitch again in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Hempfield third baseman Maxwell Short scoops up a ball hit by Norwin’s Chris Slatt in the fourth inning Thursday May 4, 2023, at Norwin High School. The Spartans face Pine-Richland in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland WPIAL baseball capsules: Games for Monday, May 22, 2023
May 21, 2023
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Matthew Sarnowski takes second in the boys discus at the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships May 17 at Slippery Rock University.
Penn-Trafford’s Matt Sarnowski qualifies for PIAA championships
Penn-Trafford junior Matt Sarnowski picked a great time to soar up the state track and field rankings.

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Plum eighth-grader Haley Leiendecker wrestles during a match against Fox Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, at Plum High School.
WPIAL girls wrestlers excited about PIAA stamp of approval
May 20, 2023
When Connellsville’s Jayanah Nobles qualified for the My House Pennsylvania Girls Wrestling Championship in March, she was disappointed it wasn’t held at Giant Center in Hershey.

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Franklin Regional’s Abigail Paterline set a school record in the 100-meter hurdles this season.
Franklin Regional’s Abigail Paterline, Monroe Law continue banner track seasons
The future is certainly bright for sophomore Abigail Paterline and freshman Monroe Law.

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Yough’s Zach Foster steals second base as Keystone Oaks’ Ty Serakowski can’t handle the throw during WPIAL Class 3A baseball playoff action Thursday at Norwin.
Yough uses powerful offense to rout Keystone Oaks in 3A baseball playoffs
May 18, 2023
Carson Pasinski picked a great time to earn his first victory on the mound.

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Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper won the girls discus at the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships Wednesday.
Hempfield’s Liz Tapper collects 2 more titles, 4 others from Westmoreland County win WPIAL gold
May 17, 2023
When you’re ranked No. 1 in the state, anything less than your best could be considered unacceptable.

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Yough’s Jack Sampson slides into third base against Greensburg Salem on May 9, 2023.
Westmoreland WPIAL baseball playoff capsules: Games for Thursday, May 18, 2023
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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Derry’s Ashton Beighley slides into home during a WPIAL Class 3A preliminary round game against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.
Derry’s bats come alive in Class 3A win over Mt. Pleasant
May 16, 2023
First-year Derry coach Doug Kelly avoided getting drenched with water after his first WPIAL playoff win.

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Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper is the top shot put and discus thrower in the state, despite her struggles with a Lisfranc injury.
7 Westmoreland County athletes seeded No. 1 at WPIAL Track and Field Championship
There are seven individuals from Westmoreland County headed to the WPIAL track and field championships on Wednesday at Slippery Rock University seeded No. 1 in their events.

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Kiski Area’s Jacob Bucci drives in a run against Hampton on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at Hampton.
Westmoreland WPIAL baseball playoff capsule: Game for Wednesday, May 17, 2023
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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Latrobe starting pitcher Kayla Williams throws against Western Beaver during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game Monday at Gateway High School.
Latrobe softball pulls away from Western Beaver in Class 5A playoff opener
May 15, 2023
It took three innings before the Latrobe batters could solve Western Beaver sophomore pitcher Emma Bogacki.

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Gee, Van Sickle advance to U.S. Open qualifier
Oakmont head pro Devin Gee and Pine-Richland grad Mike Van Sickle were among the four golfers to advance to the U.S. Open Sectional from The Club at Nevillewood on Monday.

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Luke Nicotera is one of Mt. Pleasant’s top pitchers and hitters.
Westmoreland WPIAL baseball playoff capsule: Game for Tuesday, May 16, 2023
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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Sewickley Academy grad Li advances to U.S. Open Sectional
May 14, 2023
Sewickley Academy graduate Jason Li became the fourth player from the Pittsburgh area to qualify for the United States Golf Association Sectional qualifiers in late May and early June.

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Penn-Trafford baseball players celebrate their 10-9 victory over Franklin Regional on May 8 to clinch a share of the WPIAL Section 1-5A title in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Baseball team clinches section title
Midway through the baseball season, Penn-Trafford team was sitting at 3-3 in Section 1-5A and in danger of missing the WPIAL playoffs.

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                                Sohta Miyagawa performs as Prince Eric in the Penn-Trafford production of “The Little Mermaid.”
Foreign exchange student makes his mark on stage, court at Penn-Trafford
When Sohta Miyagawa arrived at Penn-Trafford for his junior year, little was known about his talents.

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                                The 2023 Franklin Regional boys lacrosse team.
Strong start helps propel Franklin Regional boys lacrosse into WPIAL playoffs
May 13, 2023
Franklin Regional boys lacrosse coach Luke Stephens is familiar with the Panthers program.

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Latrobe’s Louis Amatucci rounds third during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game against Thomas Jefferson last season.
Latrobe looks to recapture playoff magic as Westmoreland County baseball teams learn their seeds
May 12, 2023
When the Latrobe baseball team won the WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A championship in 2017, the Wildcats did it with strong pitching and timely hitting.

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys celebrate their first WPIAL Class 2A track and field championship Tuesday at Peters Township.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys capture WPIAL Class 2A title; Quaker Valley girls repeat
May 9, 2023
When the Greensburg Central Catholic boys track team was riding home from the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A track and field championship, coach Mike Brewer’s athletes told him that, next year, they were coming back for a ring.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence reacts after defeating Beth-Center’s Jake Layhue in the 189-pound finals of the WPIAL tournament at Chartiers Valley High School on Feb. 25.
3-time state champ Rune Lawrence of Frazier picks West Virginia
One of the top wrestlers in the WPIAL will be headed south to continue his wrestling career.

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Greensburg Salem coach Anthony Manley hugs Peyton Chismar (12) after the Golden Lions’ dramatic comeback Monday.
Greensburg Salem uses dramatic comeback to beat Yough, stay in section title hunt
May 8, 2023
Greensburg Salem baseball coach Anthony Manley said he didn’t say much to his team heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Derry sophomore Sophia Mazzoni won the javelin throw in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals.
Derry girls eyeing 1st WPIAL track and field championship
Whatever the outcome for the Derry girls track and field team at the WPIAL Class 2A championship Tuesday, it will be a historical moment for the program.

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                                Penn Trafford’s Kate Schall won the 2023 WCCA title in the 400 meters in a time of 58.9 seconds.
Penn-Trafford’s Kate Schall wins WCCA title, eyes school record in 400
May 7, 2023
If Penn-Trafford senior Kate Schall wanted to pursue a track and field career at Penn State, her high school coach Eric Reger believes she would continue to find success.

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Penn-Trafford’s Dylan Grabowski is a member of the 2023 baseball team; and Franklin Regional senior Gwen Shilling.
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: P-T’s Dylan Grabowski and Franklin Regional’s Gwen Shilling
May 6, 2023
Dylan Grabowski

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Franklin Regional’s Gwen Shilling competes against Hampton on April 11, 2023, at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional girls lacrosse progressing ahead of WPIAL playoffs
Regan McComb has seen steady progress since she took over the Franklin Regional girls lacrosse program in 2021.

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Yough assistant coach Casey Teagarden watches his team play McGuffey on Friday.
Yough locks up at least a tie for section title
May 5, 2023
Yough baseball coach Dan Palm said he couldn’t have been happier with his team’s start Friday against McGuffey.

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Plum pitcher Colin Watson walks from the mound after getting a strikeout to end the top of the sixth inning against Franklin Regional on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Plum.
Colin Watson comes through for Plum in comeback win over Franklin Regional
May 4, 2023
Plum baseball coach Carl Vollmer usually uses junior Colin Watson in save situations.

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Derry boys volleyball coach Shawn Spencer talks with his team during a match against Deer Lakes last season.
Derry boys volleyball to celebrate program’s 50th anniversary with reunion
May 2, 2023
The Derry boys volleyball program is celebrating its 50th season with a reunion in July.

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Penn-Trafford’s Matthew Warnowski takes second in the boys discus during the Wildcat Invitational on April 14 at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford boys track team earns trip to WPIAL semifinals
April 30, 2023
The Penn-Trafford track and field program is trending up under fifth-year coach Eric Reger, who has been with the program for 12 seasons.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brayden Stone drves a ball to the gap for a double Apri 25, 2023, against Penn Hills.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors get needed sweep in baseball
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Penn-Trafford baseball team couldn’t afford a split in the two-game series against last-place Penn Hills if the Warriors hoped to qualify for the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Franklin Regional’s Monroe Law sets a record to win the 100-meter dash during the WCCA meet Thursday.
Franklin Regional freshman sprinter makes headlines with WCCA meet record
April 27, 2023
There was only one meet record set Thursday at the 100th Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field championship at Latrobe, but there were a lot of good performances.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller takes it home for third in the girls 3,200-meter relay during the WCCA meet Thursday.
Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller adds to medal collection with 2 WCCA track titles
Kiski Area junior Eliza Miller has collected a bunch of medals from Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association this year.

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Yough third baseman Kaylin Ritenour appears to tag out Southmoreland junior Gwen Basinger, but umpires ruled Basinger safe Wednesday.
Southmoreland close to clinching Section 3 softball title
April 26, 2023
The Southmoreland softball team all but wrapped up the WPIAL Section 3-3A title Wednesday.

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Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper wins the shot put at during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational on April 14.
Norwin teams, Hempfield throwers among athletes to beat as WCCA meet hits milestone
The Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association is celebrating its 100th boys track and field championship Thursday at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.

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Penn Hills’ Chyno Spearman (13) is tagged out by Penn-Trafford shortstop Brayden Stone attempting to steal Tuesday at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford gets needed sweep, improves playoff position
April 25, 2023
If the Penn-Trafford baseball team had any hope of making the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs this season, a sweep of last-place Penn Hills was mandatory.

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Norwin’s Nataiah Robertson finishes ahead of Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ella Zambruno and Penn-Trafford’s Kate Schall in the girls 100-meter dash during the Westmoreland County Track and Field Championships on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Norwin looking to clinch section titles
April 23, 2023
First place in WPIAL Section 1-3A track and field will be on the line Tuesday when Hempfield visits Norwin.

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Penn-Trafford coach Charlie Hach talks to his team between quarters of a boys’ lacrosse match April 17, 2023 at Baldwin.
Penn-Trafford boys lacrosse riding 5-game winning streak
When Charlie Hach took over the Penn-Trafford boys lacrosse program, his first year was a short one because of the covid-19 pandemic that shuttered spring sports in 2020.

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Kiski Area senior LeBryn Smith unleashes a pitch against Highlands on Thursday.
Good pitching, solid defense lead Kiski Area to sweep of Highlands
April 20, 2023
Baseball, at times, can be a simple game.

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East Allegheny second baseman Traynor Janosko (20) turns a double play in the second inning by avoiding the slide of Burrell’s Kwade Kirchatrz (5) on Wednesday.
East Allegheny pounces on Burrell mistakes to take Section 3-3A series opener
April 19, 2023
Burrell baseball coach Mark Spohn wasn’t in a talkative mood Wednesday after his team’s Section 3-3A game at East Allegheny.

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Norwin’s Adam Bilinsky (left) and Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper (right) display their awards with Judge Michael J. Stewart II.
Hempfield’s Tapper, Norwin’s Bilinsky win Scholar Athlete Excellence Awards
April 18, 2023
During Judge Michael J. Stewart II’s first year as sponsor of the Westmoreland County Scholar Athlete banquet, 2023 winners of the Excellence Award were picked from an outstanding group of finalists.

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Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta beats Abington Heights’s Brian Heard, 5-3, during a 152-pound bout in the round of 16 at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships March 9 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Wrestling notebook: Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta picks Lock Haven; Gabe Willochell transfers
When Hempfield senior Lucas Kapusta visited Lock Haven last summer, he made a connection with assistant coach Nate Carr.

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Norwin’s Madelynn Kessler is a 2023 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award nominee.
A closer look at 2023 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete honorees
April 16, 2023
Belle Vernon

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Hempfield’s LaRoyal Wilson is the the 2023 Mike and John Ferrante Memorial Award winner.
Hempfield assistant coach LaRoyal Wilson selected as Ferrante Memorial Award winner
If you ever attend a Hempfield track and field practice, you would swear the coach conducting calisthenics was a U.S. Marine Corps officer.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Nolan Marasti delivers against Plum on April 11 in Harrison City. He pitched into the seventh and struck out five to earn the win.
Penn-Trafford boys track team breaks 51-year drought with win over Hempfield
Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield in a boys track and field dual meet for the first time in 51 years April 12.

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Freshman Georgia Vislocky is one of the top scorers on the Penn-Trafford girls lacrosse team.
Penn-Trafford girls lacrosse having its best season
The Penn-Trafford girls lacrosse team dropped two tough matches April 11-12, but that hasn’t cast a shadow on what has been accomplished.

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Hempfield junior Carson Shuglie
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Carson Shuglie, Franklin Regional’s Monroe Law
April 15, 2023
Carson Shuglie

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Kiski Area’s Justin Tucker hands off to Samuel Plazio to run the anchor leg en route to winning the boys 3,200-meter relay during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational on Friday.
Kiski Area wins relay with personal-best time at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
April 14, 2023
The Kiski Area boys 3,200-meter relay team came into Friday’s Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational looking to improve.

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Hempfield’s Peyton Murray wins the discus during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational on Friday.
Hempfield’s Peyton Murray, Franklin Regional’s Monroe Law shine at invitational
Hempfield junior Peyton Murray and Franklin Regional freshman Monroe Law had strong performances Friday at the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational at Memorial Stadium.

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Greensburg Salem’s returning starters are (from left) Owen Tutich, Ethan Wilson and Peyton Chismar.
Greensburg Salem baseball team riding hot start
April 10, 2023
When Greensburg Salem baseball coach Anthony Manley huddled with his team after practice Monday, they talked about the job in front of them.

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Derry sophomore Sophia Mazzoni lets loose a throw Wednesday.
Derry sophomore Mazzoni breaks school javelin record
April 9, 2023
Derry sophomore Sophia Mazzoni was a catcher playing softball up until eighth grade.

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                                Penn-Trafford senior Kate Schall plays the ball against North Allegheny in the 2022 WPIAL Class 4A semifinals.
Penn-Trafford’s Schall, Tarabrella nominated for county scholar/athlete award
One of the rights of spring is the annual Westmoreland County Scholar/Athlete Awards dinner.

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Penn-Trafford’s Dylan Grabowski celebrates after turning a double play to end the game against Franklin Regional last season.
                                Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford notebook: Baseball team splits with Armstrong
Dylan Grabowski and Nolan Marasti had strong pitching performances against Armstrong the first week of April, but the lack of hitting left the Penn-Trafford baseball team with a split in Section 1-5A.

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Franklin Regional’s Aiden Bunker takes second in the WPIAL Class 3A boys 200 IM on March 2 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Franklin Regional’s Bunker, Todero up for scholar/athlete award
April 8, 2023
One of the passages of spring is the annual Westmoreland County Scholar/Athlete Awards dinner.

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21 Western Pa. youth wrestlers win junior state championships
April 7, 2023
The Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Youth State Championships were held recently at Petersen Events Center.

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Knoch catcher Cody Fike tags out Highlands’ Shawn Kramer in the fourth inning Tuesday.
Knoch baseball turns back Highlands in rematch
April 4, 2023
The Highlands baseball team was hoping to complete a two-game Section 4-4A sweep of Knoch after rallying Monday for a victory.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary celebrates beating Canon-McMillan’s Andrew Binni to win the 127-pound title at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships March 11.
Trib HSSN wrestling all-stars: Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary earns top honors with run to 3rd state title
March 26, 2023
Wrestler of the year

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Penn-Trafford players Brad Heinbaugh (15), Logan Swartz (gray shirt), Daniel Tarabrella (28), Andrew Kessler (32) and Patrick Schall (far right) celebrate a point during last year’s WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals at Hempfield.
Penn-Trafford volleyball looking to carry momentum from strong playoff showing
The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team came on strong in 2022 by qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs and coming within one victory of making the PIAA tournament.

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Penn-Trafford junior catcher Mackenzie Keenan shows her teammates how it’s done during practice Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
Penn-Trafford softball looking for new leaders to emerge
Penn-Trafford softball coach Denny Little had his team back at work March 21 after a nonsection loss at Mt. Pleasant.

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Chartiers Valley senior Dylan Evans attempts to take down Illinois’ Ethan Stiles in the 160-pound match at the 49th annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Saturday at Peters Township.
Ohio State recruits beat Penn State recruits, Pa. squad falls at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 25, 2023
Vinny Kilkeary and Rocco Welsh ended their high school careers with wins at the 49th annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Saturday at Peters Township.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack celebrates after winning the 127-pound title at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championship March 11.
Valley News Dispatch wrestling all-stars: Burrell’s Cooper Hornack gets top honor
Wrestler of the year

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary celebrates beating Canon-McMillan’s Andrew Binni to win the 127-pound title at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships March 11.
Westmoreland wrestling all-stars: Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary earns top honor
Wrestler of the year

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Norwin’s Kendall Berger (2) is fouled by Cedar Cliff’s Olivia Jones (44) during the second quarter of a PIAA Class 6A semifinal Monday, March 20, 2023.
Norwin’s playoff run ends in overtime against undefeated Cedar Cliff
March 20, 2023
ALTOONA – Norwin saw its run to the PIAA Class 6A championship game end Monday night at Altoona’s Field House.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lou Cortazzo talks to Matt Lichota about baserunning during a scrimmage against Butler last season.
Penn-Trafford baseball has new coach, same expectations
Lou Cortazzo may be the new baseball coach at Penn-Trafford, but the goals haven’t changed.

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Purdue’s Matt Ramos, left, competes against Iowa’s Spencer Lee during the 125-pound semifinals at the NCAA wrestling championships Friday.
Iowa’s Spencer Lee medically forfeits out of NCAAs, ending college career
March 18, 2023
After a stunning loss to Purdue’s Matt Ramos in the NCAA wrestling championship semifinals on Friday, Iowa redshirt senior Spencer Lee took a medical forfeit Saturday and will finish sixth.

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Franklin Regional’s Aiden Bunker takes seventh in the WPIAL Class 3A boys breaststroke Friday, March 3, 2023 at Trees Pool.
Strong medal haul at WPIAL meet boosts expectations for Franklin Regional swimmers
Franklin Regional swimming coach Vic Santoro went into the PIAA championships at Bucknell University on March 17 and 18 with great expectations that his team would add to its collection of medals.

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Norwin starters Lauren Palangio (left), Kendall Berger, Bailey Snowberger (3) and Ava Kobus (right) celebrate beating North Allegheny in a PIAA Class 6A girls quarterfinal Friday.
Norwin girls roll past North Allegheny, into PIAA semifinals
March 17, 2023
When North Allegheny junior Caroline Henderson banked in a half-court shot to end the third quarter, Norwin coach Brian Brozeski told his team not to worry.

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Jason Sabol is one of several returning players for new Penn-Trafford coach Lou Cortazzo.
Westmoreland baseball preview: Several new coaches in county dugouts
March 16, 2023
Lou Cortazzo was as shocked as anybody when Penn-Trafford athletic director Kerry Hetrick told him he was the new baseball coach.

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Kiski goaltender Evin Brice celebrates as time expires on his team’s 3-1 victory over Greensburg Salem in the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup semifinals at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
Fox Chapel defeats Norwin, Kiski beats Greensburg Salem in PIHL semis
March 15, 2023
Fox Chapel is hoping the third trip to the PIHL finals is a charm.

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Waynesburg’s Rocco Welsh beats Canon-McMillan’s Matthew Furman in the 172-pound final at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Ohio State recruits Vinny Kilkeary, Rocco Welsh headline Pittsburgh Classic rosters
Ohio State recruits Vinny Kilkeary of Latrobe and Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg headlined the WPIAL wrestlers named to the Pennsylvania wrestling team in the annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.

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Penn-Trafford heavyweight Joe Enick leaps into the arms of coach Travis McKillop after his win in the semifinals of the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling tournament against Pine-Richland’s Joey Schneck on March 4.
Penn-Trafford sends record number of wrestlers to states
March 12, 2023
Waynesburg assistant coach Scott Rhodes said he was surprised when he looked in the PIAA individual championship brackets and saw that Penn-Trafford qualified five wrestlers for the state tournament.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kikeary celebrates with coach Mark Mears and assistant coach Paul Snyder after winning the 127-pound PIAA title Saturday.
Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary wins 3rd PIAA wrestling title; 3 others from WPIAL claim championships
March 11, 2023
HERSHEY — You never know what type of celebration you’ll get from a wrestler after winning a PIAA title.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack celebrates by hitting an RKO on assistant coach Isaac Greeley after winning the 127-pound weight class during the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Cooper Hornack backs his guarantee with Class 2A state wrestling championship
HERSHEY — Sometimes guarantees don’t come true.

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Canon-McMillan’s Andrew Binni celebrates beating District 3 Hempfield’s Seamus Mack, 6-4, during a 127-pound semifinal during the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary, Waynesburg’s Mac Church to wrestle for 3rd PIAA 3A titles
HERSHEY – There are 65 wrestlers in the state of Pennsylvania that have won at least three PIAA titles.

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Franklin Regional junior Tyler Kapusta looks to the official asking for a two-point takedown against Seneca Valley junior Cooper Smith at the WPIAL tournament March 4. Waynesburg’s Mac Church, left, and Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary look on, seemingly agreeing with Kapusta.
Coach optimistic after Franklin Regional sends 3 wrestlers to states
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe said he didn’t know how many Panthers would qualify for the PIAA individual tournament this year.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack beats North East’s Cyrus Hurd, 7-4, during the 127-pound semifinal bout at the PIAA Class 2A individual championships Friday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Cooper Hornack gets back to PIAA wrestling finals where a fierce rival awaits
March 10, 2023
HERSHEY —When Cooper Hornack reached the finals at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships in 2021, he didn’t realize how big of a deal it was.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary beats Easton’s Benjamin Fanelli, 10-0, at 127 pounds in quarterfinal action during the PIAA Class 3A tournament Friday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary, Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta advance to 3A wrestling semifinals
HERSHEY — For Latrobe senior Vinny Kilkeary and Hempfield senior Lucas Kapusta, Friday’s quarterfinal-round matches at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships were like a business trip.

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Burrell’s Cam Baker scores back points on Muncy’s Gage Swank during the 107-pound bout in the quarterfinals during the PIAA Class 2A individual wrestling championships Friday, March 10, 2023, at the Giant Center in Hersey.
Burrell’s Cam Baker, Cooper Hornack reach PIAA Class 2A wrestling semifinals
HERSHEY — Muncy freshman Gage Swank learned a valuable lesson Friday during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships — don’t make Burrell freshman Cam Baker mad.

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Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta beats Abington Heights’s Brian Heard, 5-3, during a 152-pound bout in the Round of 16 during the PIAA Class 3A individual championships Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta, Penn-Trafford’s Joe Enick rally for 1st-round PIAA wrestling wins
March 9, 2023
HERSHEY — Hempfield senior Lucas Kapusta has been in a few tight overtime battles this season.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack beats Bermudian Springs’ Hayden Yacoviello-Andrus, 6-1, during a 127-pound bout in the Round of 16 at the PIAA individual wrestling championships Thursday, March 9, 2023, at Giant Center in Hersey.
Burrell’s Cam Baker, Cooper Hornack advance to quarterfinals in PIAA Class 2A wrestling
HERSHEY — You can never tell how a wrestler will perform the first time he competes during the PIAA individual championships at Giant Center. The venue can be intimidating even for the seasoned wrestlers.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht runs the ball against Hempfield on Aug. 26, 2022 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Westmoreland County Scholar/Athlete candidates revealed
March 8, 2023
There is a new sponsoring judge for the annual Westmoreland County Scholar/Athlete banquet.

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Waynesburg senior Mac Church (white headgear) is vying for his third PIAA title.
7 WPIAL wrestlers look for another state title
March 7, 2023
It’s time to lay it on the line for wrestlers from the WPIAL at the PIAA individual championships that begin Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.

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Hempfield junior Eli Carr is the Trib’s top-ranked wrestler at 139 pounds.
WPIAL individual wrestling rankings: March 8, 2023
Individual Rankings

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Washington & Jefferson pitcher/outfielder Tyler Horvat
Penn-Trafford grad looking for big season on mound, at plate for Washington & Jefferson
March 5, 2023
Tyler Horvat is beginning his final season for the Washington & Jefferson baseball team.

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Kiski Area senior Ryan Klingensmith turns into Chartiers Valley senior Brad Joling for a two-point reversal during the WPIAL Class 3A 121-pound final Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Canon-McMillan.
Kiski Area’s Klingensmith wins WPIAL Class 3A wrestling title
March 4, 2023
It turned out to be quite a weekend for the Kiski Area wrestling program.

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Latrobe senior Vinny Kilkeary tries to keep Canon-McMillan junior Andrew Binni from fleeing the mat in the 127-pound final Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the WPIAL Class 3A tournament at Canon-McMillan.
Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary, Waynesburg’s Mac Church win 3rd WPIAL titles
Latrobe senior Vinny Kilkeary and Waynesburg senior Mac Church joined an elite group Saturday at the WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional Class 3A wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan High School.

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Latrobe senior Nate Roth picks up Bethel Park’s Ethan Higgins in the 139-pound quarterfinal at teh WPIAL Class 3A wrestling tournament March 3, 2023, at Canon-McMillan.
Latrobe’s Nate Roth starts strong at WPIAL tournament
March 3, 2023
It’s been a long and difficult journey for Latrobe senior Nate Roth.

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Penn-Trafford coach Dan Miller congratulates Peters Township coach Rocky Plassio after their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal May 19, 2022 at West Mifflin High School.
Penn-Trafford makes baseball coaching change
March 1, 2023
Two weeks before the start of the baseball season, Penn-Trafford has named a new coach.

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Montour players celebrate a goal during the 2019 PIHL Penguins Cup Class A championship game.
Montour out of PIHL playoffs after ineligible player controversy
February 28, 2023
It looked like the Montour hockey team was in great position to make the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Penguins Cup playoffs two weeks ago.

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Latrobe’s Nate Roth (rear) can reach the state tournament with a strong performance this weekend.
Westmoreland high school wrestling notebook: Latrobe’s Roth looks for trip to Hershey
Latrobe senior Nate Roth might be the best wrestler in the WPIAL not to qualify for the PIAA individual championships.

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Central Valley’s Antonio Boni (top) reverses position during a WPIAL Class 2A championship win against Burrell’s Cam Baker.
WPIAL Individual Wrestling Rankings: March 1, 2023
Individual Rankings

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Laurel Highlands senior Rodney Gallagher (2) is closely guarded by North Catholic senior Max Rottman (24) and senior Andrew Maddalon (2) during a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Monday at Norwin.
North Catholic steps up, denies Laurel Highlands another trip to WPIAL finals
February 27, 2023
North Catholic denied Laurel Highlands its fourth consecutive trip to the WPIAL championship game by defeating the second-seeded Mustangs, 74-59, in the Class 4A semifinals Monday at Norwin.

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Penn-Trafford freshman Tyler Boss (10) drives past Peters Township sophomore Mickey Vaccarello (44) while Warriors sophomore Tyler Anthony (13) looks on during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Feb. 17, 2023.
Playoff defeat displayed how Penn-Trafford boys ‘grew as the season went on’
February 26, 2023
When Penn-Trafford’s boys basketball team hosted Peters Township in December, the Warriors were embarrassed, losing by 29 points (74-45).

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Penn-Trafford senior Xavier Solomon
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hockey team wins as regular season winds down
The Penn-Trafford hockey team had three players score goals in a 3-1 win over Meadville in the next-to-last game of its Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Class 2A schedule Feb. 20.

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Laurel’s Grant MacKay celebrates after defeating Carlynton’s Chase Brandebura in the 160-pound finals for his third title at the WPIAL individual championships at Chartiers Valley High School on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023.
2 wrestlers join exclusive 3-time champion club at WPIAL Class 2A tournament
February 25, 2023
During the 87 years of the WPIAL championships, only 31 wrestlers have won four titles, and 84 were three-time champions.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby (2) drives between Neshannock’s Anthony Bonner (2) and Nate Rynd (0) for a bucket during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Thursday at North Hills.
Neshannock keeps Yough stars in check in Class 3A quarterfinal win
February 23, 2023
Normally, a coach will be critical of his team’s offensive performance.

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Fox Chapel’s Will Siegel (12) is surrounded by North Hills’ Jayden Thomas (13) and Royce Parham (44) during the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals Wednesday.
Freshman Eric James scores 20 in 4th to help rally North Hills past Fox Chapel
February 22, 2023
North Hills freshman Eric James put on a show in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game against Fox Chapel.

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Jeannette’s Noah Sanders (2) drives down the lane between Northgate’s Stephen Goetz (10), Josh Williams (5) and Landon Lockett (1) during a WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Tuesday.
Northgate adds to breakout season with playoff win over Jeannette
February 21, 2023
It has been more than 10 years since Northgate won a WPIAL playoff basketball game, coach Cam Williams said.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary will be vying for his third WPIAL individual wrestling title.
Wrestling notebook: 6 wrestlers look to become 3-time WPIAL champions
During the 87 years of the WPIAL individual championships, only 31 wrestlers have won four titles and 84 three titles.

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Burrell’s Julian Bertucci (top) is No. 3 in the 114-pound rankings this week.
WPIAL Individual Wrestling Rankings: Feb. 22, 2023
Individual Rankings

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Deer Lakes’ Nate Litrun (4) and Ellwood City’s Nate Williams (2) battle for a rebound during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Monday.
Experienced Deer Lakes runs past Ellwood City in boys Class 3A first round
February 20, 2023
Experience in a WPIAL playoff game can be the difference between a win or loss.

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The Penn-Trafford rifle team finished second at the 2023 WPIAL team championship on Feb. 7, 2023, at Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club in Canonsburg.
Penn-Trafford wins state rifle championship
February 19, 2023
Diana Cholock described Penn-Trafford’s rifle season as crazy after her team captured the school’s first state title on Feb. 14.

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Penn-Trafford goalie Jackson Kerrigan (with now-injured defenseman Damian Dynys) has posted two shutouts this season.
Penn-Trafford hockey team heating up ahead of Penguins Cup playoffs
It’s been a roller-coaster type season for the 2022-23 Penn-Trafford hockey team.

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Burrell’s Niko Ferra (top) tries to control Highlands’ Aiden Burford during the 139-pound final Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023.
WPIAL Class 2A wrestlers begin postseason quest at section tournaments
February 18, 2023
Every wrestler who takes the mat wants to win. That doesn’t always happen, but this is the time of the season when individuals are in survival mode.

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Franklin Regonal swimmers Holden Thomas, Aiden Bunker and Ben Holm
Franklin Regional boys swimmers win 27th section title, turn focus to WPIALs
The Franklin Regional boys swimming team captured its 27th section title with a victory against Latrobe on Feb. 9.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Freas drives against Peters Township’s Mickey Vaccarello in the WPIAL Class 5A first round Friday.
Peters Township survives scare from Penn-Trafford in Class 5A first round
February 17, 2023
Those who thought No. 1 Peters Township would have an easy first-round game in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs forgot to tell No. 16 Penn-Trafford.

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Burrell’s Niko Ferra wrestles Burgettstown’s Logan Noyes during the 145-pound final of the WPIAL Class 2A team wrestling championships Feb. 4 at Chartiers-Houston High School.
High school wrestling notebook: Individual postseason starts Friday
February 14, 2023
There is no rest for the wrestlers in Class 2A.

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Seton Hill sophomore Brooklyn Fukushima slides past Wheeling catcher Madison George to score a run in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Seton Hill.
Seton Hill softball sweeps Wheeling in new coach’s debut
Pirates pitchers and catchers report to Bradenton on Wednesday, but the Seton Hill softball team already has two games under its belt.

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Waynesburg senior Rocco Welsh takes down Bethlehem Catholic’s Dario Cruz during a quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class 3A team tournament.
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The Penn-Trafford rifle team finished second at the 2023 WPIAL team championship on Feb. 7, 2023, at Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club in Canonsburg.
After WPIAL runner-up finish, Penn-Trafford turns attention to state rifle competition
February 12, 2023
Penn-Trafford coed rifle coach Diana Cholock said she had mixed feelings about the team’s second-place finish at the WPIAL team championships Feb. 7, at Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club in Canonsburg.

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Penn-Trafford goalie Jackson Kerrigan makes a save against Latrobe last season.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hockey team rebounds with pair of wins
The Penn-Trafford hockey team ended a three-game losing streak by posting two impressive victories.

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Canon-McMillan’s Tanner Mizenko locks in a cradle on Waynesburg’s Floyd Huff during a match at the PIAA Class 3A team tournament Saturday.
Canon-McMillan proves point with 4th-place finish at PIAA team wrestling tournament
February 11, 2023
HERSHEY – Canon-McMillan coach Brian Krenzelak said he doesn’t care about team rankings, but he did take notice that his Big Macs were ranked sixth in the WPIAL at the start of the season.

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Franklin Regional’s R.J. Kelley (59) skates away from trouble during an Oct. 3, 2022 game.
Franklin Regional hockey shakes off slow start, heats up in 2nd half of season
Franklin Regional hockey coach John Winebrenner said he knew the start of the 2022-23 season would be a test.

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Hempfield senior Lucas Kapusta trips Central Mountain’s Gino Serafini to the mat during the 160-pound match at the PIAA Class 3A team championship Friday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Last-second losses doom Hempfield in PIAA team tournament quarterfinals
February 10, 2023
HERSHEY – An unbelievable postseason came to an end Friday for the Hempfield Area wrestling team, but it was not from a lack of effort.

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Canon-McMillan’s Andrew Binni puts Spring-Ford’s Quinn Smith on his back during the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals on Friday.
Canon-McMillan, Burgettstown fall in PIAA team wrestling semifinals
HERSHEY – Winning a PIAA team championship is not easy.

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Burrell freshman Jacob Stewart reacts after winning his match Feb. 10, 2023 at the PIAA Class 2A Team Tournament.
After thrilling win, Burrell bows out at PIAA team wrestling tournament
HERSHEY – One win. That is all that stood between Burrell and advancement in the PIAA Class 2A team tournament.

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Hempfield’s Eli Carr tries to take Sam Kuhns to his back during the 139-pound match Thursday at the PIAA Class 3A team championships.
Hempfield, Waynesburg, Canon-McMillan move into PIAA Class 3A team wrestling quarterfinals
February 9, 2023
HERSHEY — The victory march continued for the Hempfield wrestling team Thursday during the first round of the PIAA Class 3A team championship at Giant Center.

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Burrell’s Julian Bertucci takes Brookville’s Jared Popson to his back during the PIAA Class 2A team championships Thursday.
Burrell comes up short at PIAA Class 2A team wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — When you compete on the big stage at Giant Center in the PIAA team wrestling championship, you better bring your “A” game.

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Burgettstown junior Gaven Suica takes down Honesdale senior Braden McLaughlin during the 133-pound match at the PIAA Class 2A team championship Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burgettstown gets WPIAL in win column at PIAA team wrestling championships
HERSHEY — Burgettstown ended a long streak for WPIAL Class 2A teams other than Burrell at the PIAA team championship Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Canon-McMillan’s Brandon Dami takes down Norwin’s John White during a 133-pound match in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Feb. 1.
A closer look at the 5 WPIAL entries in the PIAA team wrestling championship field
February 8, 2023
The PIAA team wrestling championship will begin with first-round matches Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Here is a closer look at the five WPIAL teams in the field.

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Hempfield senior Lucas Kapusta faces off against Latrobe’s Braden Bronson during a match Jan. 4<ins>,</ins><ins> 2023,</ins> at Hempfield. The Spartans will face Pennridge in a first-round PIAA Team Championship Class 3A match Thursday in Hershey.
5 WPIAL teams searching for PIAA gold
February 7, 2023
Winning a PIAA championship takes a special team.

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West Allegheny junior Shawn Taylor (top) gets into a scramble with Chartiers Valley senior Dylan Evans in the 160-pound third-place match at the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 30 at Canon-McMillan.
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Burgettstown’s Eric Kovach celebrates his victory at 152 pounds at the WPIAL Class 2A team wrestling championships Saturday at Chartiers-Houston.
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Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta puts a cradle on Allderdice’s Kaileb Wilkinson in the 160-pound bout Monday.
Hempfield wrestlers make quick work of Allderdice to earn trip to Hershey
February 6, 2023
It’s official: The Hempfield wrestling team will be headed to Hershey on Thursday to compete in the PIAA Class 3A tournament.

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Hempfield’s Eli Carr beats Connellsville’s Julian Ruggieri in the 145-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 3A team wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Peters Township High School.
3 WPIAL wrestling teams set to begin PIAA tournament with preliminary-round matches
February 5, 2023
Three WPIAL wrestling teams can earn a trip to Hershey if they can win preliminary-round road matches Monday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jake Lang rolls Kiski Area’s Clayton Cramer on his head during the 114-pound match Jan. 30, 2023 in the WPIAL CLass 3A preliminary round.
Penn-Trafford wrestlers end team season strong despite loss to Canon-McMillan
Penn-Trafford’s wrestling team can now focus on getting individuals ready for their part of the season after losing to Canon-McMillan in the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A team tournament Feb. 1.

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Penn-Trafford’s Patton Graziano won the 100-yard freestyle at the 2023 WCCA meet.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Patton Graziano wins county swimming title
Junior Patton Graziano captured the 100-yard freestyle title at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Swimming Championship Jan. 28 at Derry Area.

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Canon-MacMillan celebrates beating Waynesburg Central in the WPIAL Class 3A Team Wrestling Championships Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Peters Township High School.
Canon-McMillan edges Waynesburg on criteria to capture 10th WPIAL wrestling title
February 4, 2023
Waynesburg’s run as king of WPIAL wrestling ended Saturday at Peters Township.

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Franklin Regional senior Aiden Bunker competes in the 100-yard breaststroke at the WCCA swimming championships on Jan. 28 at Derry.
Franklin Regional boys swimmers check box with Westmoreland County title
During the preseason, Franklin Regional swimming coach Vic Santoro said one of the goals for his team was to win the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association title.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby (2) attempts a dunk over Mt. Pleasant’s Matt Shrum (35) during their game Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
Yough boys roll past Mt. Pleasant for 8th consecutive victory
February 3, 2023
It might have been expected if the Yough boys basketball had suffered a letdown after a huge victory earlier this week.

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Hempfield’s Eli Carr (top) maintains control of Franklin Regional’s Nathan Stone during the 139-pound final of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament Jan. 7.
Cinderella Hempfield heads into WPIAL team wrestling semifinals with confidence
When the Canon-McMillan public address announcer was announcing WPIAL Class 3A team championship scores from other sites Wednesday, fans took notice of two finals.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas (left) scores on a double-leg takedown against Chartiers Valley’s Brady Joling during the 121-pound finals of the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Fox Chapel High
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The Latrobe wrestling team surrounds heavyweight Wyatt Held to encourage him after he suffered an elbow injury Wednesday against Norwin.
Injury derails Latrobe against Norwin in WPIAL team tourney
February 1, 2023
The highly anticipated quarterfinal match between No. 2 Canon-McMillan and No. 7 Latrobe didn’t happen Wednesday night in the WPIAL Class 3A team tournament.

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Latrobe’s Wyatt Schmucker (left) is healthy again after missing matches earlier in the season. He and the Wildcats are chasing a WPIAL Class 3A team title.
Finally healthy, Latrobe ready for WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 31, 2023
When the 2022-23 high school wrestling season began, Latrobe was picked to be in the final four.

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North Allegheny’s Aiden Buggey (left) celebrates a victory over Carlynton’s Braiden Sudor (left) in the 215-pound finals of the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 31, 2023
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Highlands’ Jabari Lewis works to defeat Knoch’s Cameron Elliot at 139 pounds on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, at Knoch High School.
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Penn-Trafford’s Jake Lang rolls Kiski Area’s Clayton Cramer on his head during the 114-pound match in the WPIAL Class 3A team championship preliminary round Monday.
WPIAL team wrestling roundup: Penn-Trafford takes down Kiski Area; Fox Chapel gets dramatic win
January 30, 2023
Penn-Trafford stunned wrestling fans a week ago when it defeated Norwin to create a three-way tie in Section 3-3A.

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Penn-Trafford junior Hayden Coy scores back points on Norwin’s Jack White in the 127-pound match Jan. 25.
Penn-Trafford junior from wrestling family carving his own niche
January 29, 2023
Penn-Trafford junior Hayden Coy comes from a successful wrestling family.

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Top three girls medalists, from left, Latrobe’s Vanessa McMichael, Penn-Trafford’s Alyssa Balest and Hempfield’s Amelia Droste, display their medals after the WCCA girls bowling championship Jan. 21 at Hillview Lanes in Greensburg.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Balest wins 2nd county bowling title
Penn-Trafford’s Alyssa Balest took home her second consecutive Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association girls singles title at Hillview Lanes in Greensburg on Jan. 21.

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Latrobe sophomore Lauren Bell won the 100-yard butterfly at the WCCA Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at Derry Area.
Athletes set 7 records at WCCA swimming championships
January 28, 2023
It was another record day for swimmers at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association swimming and diving championships Saturday at Derry Area High School.

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Officials talk before a game between Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair on Jan. 10, 2023, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
PIAA working to solve shortage of sports officials
Greg Fenton recently had a rare Tuesday night off. The junior varsity basketball game he was scheduled to officiate was postponed.

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Franklin Regional’s Gavyn Beck Celebrates victory in the 160-pound final Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament at Greensburg Salem High School.
With county title secured, Franklin Regional senior looks to take next step
Franklin Regional senior Gavyn Beck knows what he has to do if he wants to achieve his goal this season: work harder.

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Parker Sentipal and the Burgettstown wrestling team earned the No. 1 seed for the WPIAL Class 2A tournament.
Waynesburg, Burgettstown awarded top seeds for WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 26, 2023
WPIAL wrestling committee members faced quite a challenge seeding the Class 3A tournament bracket Thursday morning.

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Penn-Trafford senior Owen Ott puts Norwin’s Aiden Pham in a cradle during the 215-pound final Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, at Norwin.
Penn-Trafford wrestling tops Norwin, earns share of section title
January 25, 2023
Penn-Trafford senior Owen Ott got a little nervous Wednesday when the match against Norwin came down him.

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Norwin’s Jackson Huss takes Franklin Regional’s Luke Ankney to the mat last week.
High school wrestling notebook: Norwin on the rise
January 24, 2023
The future looks bright for the Norwin wrestling program.

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Carlynton’s Chase Brandebura celebrates his victory over Plum’s Antonino Walker at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 24, 2023
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Quaker Valley’s Brandon Krul pins Pine-Richland’s Dominic Ferraro during the 127-pound finals of the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Fox Chapel High School.
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Penn-Trafford heavyweight Joe Enick (right) reacts to the decisive call that led to a 3-2 overtime loss against Latrobe’s Wyatt Held in the final of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Jan. 7.
Behind champion Joe Enick, Penn-Trafford earns 3rd-place finish at Mid-Winter Mayhem
January 22, 2023
Penn-Trafford senior heavyweight Joe Enick said he was just looking to have fun and do his best at the Mid-Winter Mayhem on Jan. 13-14.

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Penn-Trafford hockey slumping after loss to Franklin Regional
It’s been a tough couple weeks for the Penn-Trafford hockey team.

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Plum’s Owen Campbell takes down North Allegheny’s Gus Stedeford during the 107-pound finals of the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Fox Chapel High School.
Plum wrestlers win team title at Allegheny County championships
January 21, 2023
It’s been quite a season for the Plum wrestling program.

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Thomas Jefferson sophomore Bode Marlow lifts up Gateway sophomore Jacob Williams in a 152-pound match Friday at the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship at Fox Chapel.
Thomas Jefferson sophomore making noise at Allegheny County wrestling tournament
January 20, 2023
When the topic is Thomas Jefferson competitors at the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship, the name everyone brings up is sophomore Maddox Shaw.

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Norwin’s Jackson Huss takes Franklin Regional’s Luke Ankney to the mat during the 145-pound match Wednesday. Huss won 8-1.
Norwin stuns Franklin Regional, clinches tie for section title
January 18, 2023
The Norwin wrestling team made a statement Wednesday in its Section 3-3A first-place showdown at Franklin Regional.

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Ligonier Valley’s Haden Sierocky floats to the basket past Derry Area’s Nathan Papuga (23) and Ashton Papuga (22) during a game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at Derry.
Derry boys make playoff statement with win over Ligonier Valley
The WPIAL takes the top four teams in each section for the playoffs next month.

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Butler’s Levi Donnel beats Latrobe’s Gabe Golden in the 145-pound bout during the 2022 WPIAL Class 3A team wrestling quarterfinals.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Injuries shake up Class 3A team race
January 17, 2023
A little more than a month into the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling schedule, things have been very unusual in the team portion of the season.

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West Allegheny senior Ty Watters (right) tries to escape from Kissimmee Osceola senior Cooper Haase in the 152-pound final at the 56th Annual Powerade Wrestling Tournament Dec. 30, 2022 at Canon-McMillan.
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Highlands’ Julius Saunders celebrates after recording a first-period pin at 160 pounds on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, at Knoch High School.
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Penn-Trafford’s Xavier Solomon had four goals and an assist against Butler.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Solomon leads Warriors hockey team past Butler
January 15, 2023
After opening 2023 with two consecutive losses, the Penn-Trafford ice hockey team found the winning touch Jan. 10 with a 6-1 victory against Butler.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tasso Whipple (black) blocks a reversal from Burrell’s Isaac Lacinski in the 172-pound final Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament at Greensburg Salem High School.
Penn-Trafford looks to build off 4th-place finish at WCCA tournament
The sign of a good wrestling team is improvement throughout the season.

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Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion (top) looks to turn Kiski Area’s Cooper Roscosky during the 189-pound final at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament Jan. 7 at Greensburg Salem.
After winning county title, Franklin Regional wrestler Juliano Marion wants more
January 14, 2023
Franklin Regional junior Juliano Marion captured his second Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling title on Jan. 6, and now he has his eye on becoming the next three-time county champion.

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Franklin Regional junior Cam Rowell shoots while teammate Max Leven and Gateway senior Tra Williams on Friday.
Gateway holds on to beat Franklin Regional in a first-place showdown
January 13, 2023
Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Jesse Reed took Friday’s loss hard.

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Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion pins Penn-Trafford’s Adam Hall in the 189-pound bout Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, at Franklin Regional High School.
Quick start carries Franklin Regional past Penn-Trafford
January 11, 2023
The Franklin Regional wrestling team stayed atop Section 3-3A by holding off rival Penn-Trafford in a first-place showdown Wednesday.

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It’s official: George hired at Greensburg Salem and Fazekas rehired at Mt. Pleasant
Greensburg Salem and Mt. Pleasant Area District school boards met Wednesday and hired and rehired football coaches.

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Jason Fazekas is 27-34 in six season as Mt. Pleasant’s head coach.
Mt. Pleasant expected to keep football coach Jason Fazekas
January 10, 2023
It looks like Jason Fazekas will be rehired as football coach at Mt. Pleasant.

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell (top) maintains control from the top against Franklin Regional’s Tyler Kapusta during the 114-pound final of the WCCA.
Westmoreland high school wrestling notebook: Latrobe won’t travel to Virginia
The Latrobe wrestling team was scheduled to participate in the Virginia Duals this weekend, but because of the health of concerns of Latrobe coach Mark Mears’ wife, Mary, who suffered a heart attack Dec. 30, the veteran coach decided to tend to his wife.

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell (top) maintains control from the top against Franklin Regional’s Tyler Kapusta during the 114-pound final of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023.
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Franklin Regional’s Nathan Stone (front) reverses position on Hempfield’s Eli Carr during the 139-pound final of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023.
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Franklin Regional’s Nathan Stone (front) reverses position on Hempfield’s Eli Carr during the 139-pound final of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Saturday.
Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary claims 3rd WCCA title; Wildcats win team crown
January 7, 2023
Mission accomplished by Latrobe senior Vinny Kilkeary.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Holden Thomas dives into the pool for the boys backstroke event during last year’s WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Roster smaller but expectations remain high for Franklin Regional swimmers
Vic Santoro has coached swimming at Franklin Regional for the past 31 years.

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Penn-Trafford freshman Logan Matrisch takes down Southmoreland junior Kashton Bish in a 133-pound first-round match at the 70th Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Greensburg Salem.
Penn-Trafford’s Logan Matrisch leads mighty group of freshmen at WCCA tournament
January 6, 2023
It seems like every year, something unexpected happens during the opening night of the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary works to escape Quakertown’s Mason Ziegler in the 120-pound match at the PIAA championships Friday, March 11, 2022, in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary gets chance to become 3-time champion at WCCAs
January 5, 2023
Latrobe senior Vinny Kilkeary returned to the Wildcats starting lineup Wednesday and will get a chance to be a Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association three-time champion.

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Latrobe freshman Brock Mears pumps his fists after pinning Hempfield senior Logan Wolfe on Wednesday.
Latrobe wrestlers bring home emotional win for Mears family
January 4, 2023
It’s been a tough week for the Latrobe wrestling team.

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Latrobe Vinny Kilkeary celebrates PIAA Class 3A semifinal round win against Manheim Township’s Kamdyn Williams March 12 at the Giant Center.
Kilkeary, Roth questionable for WCCA wrestling tournament
January 3, 2023
Latrobe senior Vinny Kilkeary has a chance to become the 58th wrestler in the 70 years of the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament to win three titles.

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Parkersburg South’s Gage Wright pulls in Waynesburg’s Rocco Welsh at 172 pounds at the Powerade wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022.
WPIAL individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 3, 2023
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Burrell’s Julian Bertucci works to pin Kiski Area’s Amari McNeil at 121 pounds during their match on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 3, 2023
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Phil Porterfield, recognized recently for 50 years of service as public address announcer, calls a WPIAL football game between South Allegheny and Mt. Pleasant on Oct. 21, 2022, in Mt. Pleasant Township.
50 years and counting: Phil Porterfield enjoys being ‘Voice of the Vikings’
January 2, 2023
When Phil Porterfield was in high school at Mt. Pleasant, he hoped to be a radio disc jockey.

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West Allegheny senior Ty Watters (right) tries to escape from Kissimmee Osceola senior Cooper Haase in the 152-pound final at the 56th Annual Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Friday at Canon-McMillan.
West Allegheny’s Ty Watters, Waynesburg’s Rocco Welsh only WPIAL wrestlers to win Powerade titles
December 30, 2022
Can the Powerade Wrestling Tournament get any tougher?

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Hempfield senior Lucas Kapusta trips Fort LeBoeuf’s Jackson Bowers to the mat during a 145-pound consolation match at the Powerade Wrestling Tournament Dec. 29, 2022 at Canon-McMillan.
Hempfield wrestlers have milestones in sight at Powerade
December 29, 2022
Winning 100 matches is a goal wrestlers set when they are freshmen. And if they’re good, that goal is reachable.

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Burgettstown’s Joey Sentipal wrestles Beth-Center’s Kyle McCollum in the 132-pound Class 2A WPIAL final last year.
WPIAL Team Wrestling Rankings for Dec. 27, 2022
December 27, 2022
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West Allegheny’s Ty Watters wrestles Wyoming Seminary’s Meyer Shapiro in the 145-pound final at last year’s Powerade tournament. This year, Watters is the top seed at 152 pounds.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Nation’s best geared up for Powerade tournament
It’s not easy to win a Powerade Wrestling Tournament title these days.

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Leechburg’s Marcus Cleveland (2) is surrounded by Jeannette’s Shane Mickens (10), Kymon’E Brown (5) and Jalen Bass during a drive to the basketball Dec. 20, 2022 at Jeannette.
Leechburg boys hold off Jeannette in section thriller
December 20, 2022
In a boys basketball game that looked like Leechburg would win easily, Jeannette turned it into a dogfight.

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Butler’s Kase Chopp beats Latrobe’s Jacob Braun in the 126-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 3A team quarterfinals last season.
High school wrestling notebook: Butler ends Waynesburg’s winning streak at 42
When Butler defeated Waynesburg, 40-32, in wrestling Saturday, it was the Raiders’ first loss to a WPIAL team in 42 matches.

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Mt. Pleasant players take the field before their game against East Allegheny on Nov. 4.
Mt. Pleasant advertising for football coaching job
Mt. Pleasant Area School District’s board has opened the football coach’s position, but that doesn’t mean Jason Fazekas is out of a job.

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Burrell’s Luke Boylan hushes the crowd after pinning Kiski Area’s Donavin Harbison at 215 pounds during their match on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
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Class 3A team rankings

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Latrobe’s Brady Cole (white singlet) looks for a takedown against Derry’s Zachary Panichelle at 152 pounds Dec. 19, 2022. Cole recorded a win.
Despite being shorthanded, Latrobe wrestling team still too much for Derry
December 19, 2022
Latrobe is one of the top wrestling teams in Class 3A. When and if they get healthy, the sixth-ranked Wildcats (4-1) hope to be one of the teams vying for the WPIAL title.

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Franklin Regional wide receiver Ayden Hudock (16) makes two Plum defenders miss Sept. 30.
2022 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Football All-Stars
December 17, 2022
Here’s a look at the 2022 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County football all-stars:

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates as time expires in the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Neumann Goretti on Dec. 10 at Cumberland Valley High School.
Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin adds Tribune-Review Westmoreland, Trib HSSN Player of the Year honors to brilliant resume
To win a PIAA or WPIAL title, it takes a team.

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Frazier junior Adam Kortina takes down Southmoreland’s Cam Lee during the 133-pound match Wednesday. Kortina won, 10-1.
Frazier wrestling team logs upset over Southmoreland
December 14, 2022
Frazier began a wrestling program in 2016, and Buck Watkins has been coaching the program for the past six seasons.

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Mac Church of Waynesburg takes on Matt Repos of Central Dauphin at 132 pounds during the state tournament last season.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Waynesburg stars win Ironman titles
December 13, 2022
Waynesburg seniors Mac Church and Rocco Welsh captured titles at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman on Saturday.

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Mt. Pleasant junior Jamison Poklembo pins Albert Gallatin’s Logan Holbert during a Dec. 7, 2022, match. Mt. Pleasant held at No. 4 in the Class 2A rankings.
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                                Penn-Trafford’s Conner Alexander competes in the boys 500 freestyle during the WCCA meet last season.
Penn-Trafford junior swimmers set for big season
December 11, 2022
Penn-Trafford’s swimming teams opened the season by defeating Greensburg Salem, getting off to a strong start to a season coach Dave Babik considers pivotal for the future of the program.

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Penn-Trafford’s Xavier Solomon celebrates a goal against Latrobe on Dec. 1, 2020.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hockey team hands South Fayette its 1st loss
Xavier Solomon scored three goals, and Penn-Trafford handed South Fayette its first loss of the season in PIHL Class 2A action Dec. 5.

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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
                                Franklin Regional’s Tyler Kapusta wrestles Council Work North’s Eren Sement at 106 pounds at the PIAA Championships last season.
Once healthy, Franklin Regional wrestling should be a team to beat
December 10, 2022
It may not happen in the month of December, but the Franklin Regional wrestling team could be a tough team to beat in early 2023.

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Burgettstown’s Parker Sentipal works for a pin in the 106-pound finals at the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A Individual Wrestling Championships.
WPIAL Team Wrestling Rankings for Dec. 6, 2022
December 6, 2022
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Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan escapes from Pine-Richland’s Dominic Ferraro in the 120-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Bethel Park, Plum headline Eastern Area Invitational
Bethel Park had one champion and 10 placewinners to grab the team title at the Eastern Area Invitational on Saturday at Gateway High School.

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Penn-Trafford wrestlers in good position with mix of youth, experience
December 4, 2022
When A.J. Brentzel took over the Penn-Trafford wrestling program in 2019, his goal was to rebuild the program.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nate Loughner, shown playing against Latrobe last season, scored twice in a win over Mars on Nov. 28.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Loughner stars for hockey team
Senior Nate Loughner scored two goals and had an assist as Penn-Trafford rallied to a 5-2 victory against Mars in a PIHL Class 2A game on Nov. 28.

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Pine-Richland wide receiver Andrew Mellis catches a touchdown pass over Cocalico defensive back Aaryn Longenecker at Mansion Park on Dec. 2, 20222 in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals.
Ryan Palmieri accounts for 4 TDs, leads Pine-Richland back to state championship game
December 2, 2022
ALTOONA — Pine-Richland football coach Jon LeDonne changed his philosophy for Friday’s PIAA Class 5A semifinal.

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Mt.Pleasant’s Jamison Poklembo controls Chestnut Ridge’s Mason Weyant at 138 pounds during last year’s state tournament.
Mt. Pleasant wrestlers plan to reload, compete for section title
November 30, 2022
Mt. Pleasant wrestling team missed its goal last season of winning a WPIAL Class 2A title.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence takes down Jake Jones of Saucon Valley at 172 pounds during last year’s PIAA tournament.
WPIAL Class 2A wrestlers to watch in 2022-23
WPIAL Class 2A wrestlers to watch:

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Burgettstown’s Parker Sentipal looks to escape from Aaron Seidel of North Lebanon at 106 pounds at the PIAA tournament last season.
WPIAL Class 2A wrestling preview: Burgettstown takes preseason favorite role
For the first time in 15 years, Burrell isn’t necessarily the wrestling team to beat in WPIAL Class 2A.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary controls Freedom’s Christian Horvvath in the 120-pound finals at the PIAA championships last year in Hershey.
Latrobe looking to take next step in quest for WPIAL Class 3A wrestling title
November 29, 2022
Latrobe wrestling coach Mark Mears had high hopes for his Wildcats in 2021.

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Dave Keefer coached at Greensburg Salem for 17 years.
Greensburg Salem football, baseball coaches resign
Being a high school coach has its rewards and drawbacks.

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Chartiers Valley’s Dylan Evans won his first PIAA title last season.
WPIAL Class 3A wrestlers to watch in 2022-23
WPIAL Class 3A wrestlers to watch:

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Mac Church is one of two returning state champs for WPIAL Class 3A favorite Waynesburg.
WPIAL Class 3A wrestling preview: Waynesburg still the team to beat
Waynesburg is looking for its fourth consecutive WPIAL Class 3A team title after overcoming numerous obstacles last season.

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Latrobe’s Kollin Stevens (right) celebrates with running back Robert Fulton after Fulton’s touchdown in overtime that provided the winning points in a first-round playoff win over Highlands. It was the Wildcats’ first playoff win since 1968.
Coach Ron Prady doesn’t want Latrobe football to be 1-hit wonder
November 27, 2022
Things couldn’t have gone much better for Latrobe football coach Ron Prady during his first season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple averaged 11 points last season.
Penn-Trafford girls shooting for more consistency on offense
November 26, 2022
Making open shots. That’s one of the biggest things the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team will be working on this season, veteran coach John Giannikas said.

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Penn-Trafford’s Andrew Kessler defends on Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner last season.
Young Penn-Trafford boys roster ready to tackle new challenges
Just because the Penn-Trafford boys basketball team dropped from Class 6A to Class 5A this season, it doesn’t mean things will be easier.

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The Steel Valley football team hoists the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Beaver Falls in theClass 2A final on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
Instant offense from Cruce Brookins leads Steel Valley past Beaver Falls in WPIAL Class 2A title game
November 25, 2022
Steel Valley football coach Ray Braszo got the proverbial monkey off his back Friday at Acrisure Stadium.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Brayden Caletri handles the ball as Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin defends last season.
Mt. Pleasant boys need to overcome big loss of top scorer
November 24, 2022
If the Mt. Pleasant boys basketball team wants to improve on its dismal 2021-22 season, it must do so without leading scorer Dante Giallonardo.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore shoots over Freeport’s Natalie Volek during a 2021 WPIAL Class 4A playoff game.
After regrouping, Mt. Pleasant girls ready to make inroads in Class 3A
Scott Giacobbi is beginning his 18th season as girls basketball coach at Mt. Pleasant.

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Ligonier Valley girls basketball looks to take a step forward
November 22, 2022
When Emily Daugherty was hired as the Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach, she inherited a program that was a mess.

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Ligonier Valley will count on senior Haden Sierocky for leadership this season.
Ligonier Valley boys to lean on Sierocky and Pleskovich
It could be an interesting season for the Ligonier Valley boys basketball program.

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Pitt-Greensburg’s Armend Karpuzi steals the ball from RMU’s Jackson Last Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at UPMC Events Center.
Pitt-Greensburg men’s basketball coach Klimchock excited about promising season
November 20, 2022
Chris Klimchock’s second season as head men’s basketball coach at Pitt-Greensburg is underway, and the Greensburg native is excited about the future.

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Penn-Trafford seniors, from left, Peyton Bigler (W&J), Brady Lane (Gannon), Jakob Haynes (Seton Hill) and Alyssa Balest (Mount St. Mary’s), signed with colleges on Nov. 9, 2022, at the high school.
Penn-Trafford seniors sign on with college programs
Three baseball players and a bowler from Penn-Trafford took advantage of the NCAA early signing period to ink their letters of intent Nov. 9.

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Belle Vernon’s Alonzo Wade tackles Freeport’s Ben Lane during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Belle Vernon shuts down Freeport in Class 3A to return to WPIAL championship game
November 18, 2022
Belle Vernon is headed back to the WPIAL championship game looking to reverse a trend.

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Greensburg Salem coach Cam Auld
WPIAL’s youngest coach leads Greensburg Salem boys into Class 4A
The youngest boys basketball coach in the WPIAL couldn’t wait to get started. He wants to bring energy to a struggling program that went 3-32 the past two seasons in Class 6A.

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Greensburg Salem’s Kaitlyn Mankins looks to make a pass during a game againt Kiski Area last season.
Greensburg Salem girls look to stay healthy, compete in new Class 4A section
Things were going well for the Greensburg Salem girls basketball team at the start of the 2021-22 season.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Rylin Bugosh plays the ball as General McLane’s Sophia Allison defends in a PIAA Class 2A girls soccer semifinal Wednesday.
Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team comes up short in PIAA semis
November 16, 2022
Mt. Pleasant’s dream run to the PIAA Class 2A girls soccer championship ended Wednesday at Slippery Rock.

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Roberto Clemente Jr. addresses students from area high schools Wednesday at the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit at the Heinz History Center.
Students learn leadership at 13th annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit
Becoming role models and difference-makers at your school and community was the theme of the 13th annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit on Wednesday at the Heinz History Center and Sports Museum.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores against East last Friday in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals.
Belle Vernon, Freeport ground games thrive in old-school football weather
It didn’t take Belle Vernon or Freeport long to shake off the rust after receiving a first-round bye in the WPIAL Class 3A football playoffs last Friday.

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Derry coach Gene Brisbane talks to his team during a 2020 game.
Derry girls basketball relying on team effort to replace star scorer
November 15, 2022
If the Derry girls basketball team is to have a successful season, the word “team” needs to be emphasized.

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Derry boys basketball team eyes step forward after down season
Things are looking up for the Derry boys basketball team.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Ava Hershberger gets past Oakland Catholic’s Caroline Miller during a WPIAL Class 2A field hockey semifinal Oct. 27.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Field hockey team falls in PIAA playoffs
November 13, 2022
A win in the PIAA playoffs is coming for the Penn-Trafford field hockey team.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Carmen Metcalfe pulls in a touchdown pass past Franklin Regional’s Chase Lemke on Oct. 28.
Penn-Trafford ends frustrating football season with playoff loss
High school football season at Penn-Trafford ended earlier than expected with a first-round loss to Pine-Richland in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs Nov. 4.

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Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak holds the game ball after defeating Latrobe in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 for his 300th career win.
Thomas Jefferson runs over Latrobe, gives coach Bill Cherpak 300th win
November 11, 2022
The remnants of Hurricane Nicole on Friday night forced Thomas Jefferson to go back to what it has done successfully under Bill Cherpak’s reign as coach: old-school football.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Marsillo runs by Berlin Brothersvalley’s Landon Uldersch (1) and Cody Kimmel (11) for a touchdown in the District 5-8 championship game Thursday in Somerset.
Westinghouse blows by Berlin Brothersvalley to claim region title
November 10, 2022
SOMERSET – The District 5-8 Class 2A Championship game was moved up a day to avoid the remnants and stormy weather of Hurricane Nicole.

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Latrobe running back Robert Fulton cruises into the end zone for the game-tying touchdown against Highlands Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Highlands Golden Rams Stadium.
Latrobe aims for different outcome in rematch with Thomas Jefferson
November 9, 2022
A lot has changed since Latrobe and Thomas Jefferson played Sept. 16.

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Coach Drew Vosefski and the Latrobe players huddle up during a PIAA Class 3A volleyball first-round playoff game against North Catholic on Tuesday.
North Catholic overcomes slow start to eliminate Latrobe from PIAA girls volleyball playoffs
November 8, 2022
When facing one of the top girls volleyball teams in the state, the goal is to put them on the defensive.

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Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt speaks with McKeesport’s Raymere Carter after talking with the team Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at McKeesport High School.
Steelers All-Pro LB Watt surprises McKeesport football team with visit to practice
It started out as a normal Tuesday practice for the McKeesport football team as it was preparing for Friday’s WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal game at Armstrong.

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Penn-Trafford junior Elle Dindak (16) sets teammate Kaelynn Loffredo (33) against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Nov. 1.
Penn-Trafford girls volleyball ends rewarding season
November 6, 2022
Penn-Trafford’s girls volleyball season came to an end Nov. 1 in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals when the Warriors dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 1 North Allegheny.

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Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo, shown winning the WPIAL Class 2A cross country championship race earlier this season, won the state title Saturday.
Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo, Pine-Richland’s Natalie McLean win PIAA cross country gold
November 5, 2022
Brownsville senior Jolena Quarzo can scratch winning a PIAA cross country title off her bucket list.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Tyler Reese runs against East Allegheny on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Cahill eases East Allegheny past Mt. Pleasant
November 4, 2022
East Allegheny coach Dom Pecora said earlier this week that junior quarterback Mike Cahill had to be great if the Wildcats were to defeat Mt. Pleasant on the road in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Cole Chatfield looks to pass against Belle Vernon on Oct. 14.
After reaching playoffs, Mt. Pleasant, East Allegheny set new goal: A postseason win
November 2, 2022
One of the goals for almost every high school football team is to qualify for the playoffs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic junior Da’sjon Craggette
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 10
Da’sjon Craggette

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Penn-Trafford’s Laylah McPherson hits through the block of North Allegheny’s Carissa Treser in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
North Allegheny girls volleyball sweeps Penn-Trafford, returns to WPIAL finals
November 1, 2022
The Penn-Trafford girls volleyball ran into a finely tuned machine Tuesday during the semifinals of the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs.

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                                Penn-Trafford goalkeeper Rease Solomon made more than 35 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss to top-seeded Mars in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.
Penn-Trafford girls soccer gives Mars a scare before bowing out of playoffs
October 30, 2022
Penn-Trafford’s girls soccer season ended Oct. 24, but not without a valiant effort.

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Penn-Trafford’s Damian Dynys celebrates with goalie Jackson Kerrigan after a win over Latrobe last season.
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Penn-Trafford notebook: Hockey team earns shootout win in rivalry game
Penn-Trafford improved to 2-1 in the PIHL by defeating Hempfield, 5-4, in a shootout.

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Penn-Trafford’s Daniel Tarabrella celebrates with Carmen Metcalfe after Metcalfe’s touchdown against Franklin Regional in the second quarter Friday.
Playoffs begin for real for reigning WPIAL champion Penn-Trafford, Westmoreland County teams
October 29, 2022
The WPIAL released the pairings for the upcoming football playoffs Saturday, but the playoffs had already started for Penn-Trafford with its huge win against Franklin Regional on Friday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Daniel Tarabrella celebrates with Carmen Metcalfe (2) after Metcalfe’s touchdown against Franklin Regional in the second quarter Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford rallies for overtime win, clinches playoff spot
October 28, 2022
Things didn’t look good for the Penn-Trafford football team midway through the fourth quarter Friday.

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Latrobe’s Josie Straigis scored the winning goal in overtime Thursday against Fox Chapel.
Penn-Trafford, Latrobe tangle for WPIAL field hockey title
The Latrobe field hockey team never has defeated Penn-Trafford in Jeff Giordan’s 13 seasons as coach.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class 3A boys cross country championship race on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal.
Drew Griffith takes baton from Butler teammate, wins WPIAL cross country crown
October 27, 2022
Last year, Drew Griffith helped make it a Butler 1-2 finish at the WPIAL Class 3A boys cross country championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Belle Vernon’s Luke Henderson finishes in 8th place during the WPIAL Class 2A cross country championship race on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal.
Belle Vernon has historic day at WPIAL cross country championships
It was an historic day for the Belle Vernon cross country team Thursday at the WPIAL championships.

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Southmoreland senior Bailey Kennedy
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 9
October 26, 2022
Bailey Kennedy

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Penn-Trafford’s Bryce Martin tries to break away from Hempfield’s Keiran Lippman on Sept. 23.
With eye on wild-card berth, Penn-Trafford faces Franklin Regional with ‘just win’ mindset
Late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis had a motto: Just win, baby.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins the Class 3A girls race during the TSCA cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, at PennWest California.
Trio of runners aim to defend titles at WPIAL cross country championships
The WPIAL cross country championships will be held Thursday at Cal (Pa.)’s Roadman Park.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Ava Hershberger scored two goals in a win against Hempfield.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Middle school football team has perfect season
October 23, 2022
The Penn-Trafford middle school football team finished the season 7-0 by defeating Norwin, 30-0, in the season finale on Oct. 19.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Ayden Hudock scoots into the end zone past Hempfield’s Keiran Lippman and Ian Tuffs (15) on Oct. 14.
With conference title clinched, Franklin Regional football exceeding expectations
October 22, 2022
The Franklin Regional football team played its best game of the season when it needed it the most.

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Jeannette quarterback Payton Molter attempts to evade pressure against Springdale on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.
Jeannette clinches playoff spot with victory over Springdale
October 21, 2022
Jeannette is headed back to the WPIAL Class A playoffs after a year absence.

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Hempfield’s Liz Tapper wins the girls Class 3A discus at the WPIAL track and field championships May 18 at Slippery Rock University.
Hempfield track star Liz Tapper picks Michigan
October 20, 2022
Hempfield senior Liz Tapper announced at volleyball senior night Thursday that she will be continuing her track career at the University of Michigan.

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Riverview’s Holden Deasy runs to a fifth place finish in the Class A boys race during the TSTCA cross country championships Thursday at PennWest California.
Riverview runners set stage for WPIALs with strong Tri-State showing
Riverview cross country coach Palma Ostrowski walked away from the annual Tri-State Coaches Association Invitational pleased with the team’s performance.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith cruises to victory in the Class 3A boys race during the TSTCA cross country championships on Thursday at PennWest California.
Butler’s Drew Griffith sets course record at Tri-State cross country event
Butler junior Drew Griffith was hoping to set the course record at Cal (Pa.) during the Tri-State Cross Country Invitational on Thursday.

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Central Catholic’s Connor Walker celebrates with teammates after finishing his round during the WPIAL team golf championships on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Rocco Salvitti fires 4-under par round to lead Central Catholic to PIAA Class 3A title
October 19, 2022
Central Catholic captured the team’s third PIAA Class 3A boys golf championship Wednesday at Penn State’s White Course.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lane Golkosky is a member of the 2022 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 8
Jake Gedekoh

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Southmoreland’s Kadin Keefer runs against South Allegheny on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
With playoffs on horizon, Southmoreland prepares for another test in No. 3 Belle Vernon
The WPIAL playoffs don’t begin for another two weeks, but for the Southmoreland football team, they started Oct. 14 with a victory over Greensburg Salem.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner hands off to Da’sjon Craggette against Clairton on Sept. 30.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 8
Class 5A Big East

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Central Catholic’s Salvitti places 2nd in PIAA golf tourney
October 18, 2022
The WPIAL golfers were shut out of first-place titles at the PIAA championships for a second consecutive year.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski is tied for fifth heading into the final round of the PIAA Class 3A golf championship at Penn State.
Central Catholic’s Salvitti and Penn-Trafford’s Turowski chasing PIAA golf gold
October 17, 2022
If Central Catholic senior Rocco Salvitti and Penn-Trafford junior Nick Turowski hope to capture PIAA Class 3A golf titles, they have work to do during the final round Tuesday.

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Penn Trafford’s Amelia Barilla takes second in the girls WCCA cross country championships Oct. 12 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Junior runner takes 2nd at WCAA cross country meet
October 16, 2022
There was no holding back by Penn-Trafford junior Amelia Barilla at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association girls cross country championships on Oct. 12.

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Franklin Regional’s Paityn Blakley
Franklin Regional runner pleased to improve finish at WCCA cross country meet
October 15, 2022
Franklin Regional senior Paityn Blakley improved on her finish from a year ago at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association cross country meet on Oct. 12 but not her time.

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Franklin Regional’s Nate Chiarizio (right) celebrates with Ayden Hudock after Hudock’s touchdown against Hempfield in the first quarter Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional trounces Hempfield to clinch at least a share of Big East title
October 14, 2022
Franklin Regional clinched at least a share of the WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference title Friday by playing nearly a perfect football game.

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North Allegheny’s Katie Rose Rankin watches her approach on No. 17 during the WPIAL Class 3A girls golf championship Oct. 4 at Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray.
Mt. Pleasant, North Allegheny girls added to PIAA golf tournament
The PIAA announced Friday that the WPIAL will be getting two additional girls qualifiers for the state team tournament Wednesday at Penn State.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Izzy Aigner hits her tee shot on Hole 1 during the WPIAL team golf championships on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls win 8th consecutive WPIAL Class 2A golf title
October 13, 2022
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team continued its dominance in the WPIAL championship.

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Boys winner Sam Plazio of Kiski Area runs during the WCCA cross country championships Wednesday at Westmoreland County Community College.
Kiski Area’s Sam Plazio, Eliza Miller claim WCCA cross country titles
October 12, 2022
It was quite a day for the Kiski Area cross country program.

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Hempfield’s Gino Caesar
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 7
Gino Caesar

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Franklin Regional’s Ayden Hudock (16) celebrates a pass breakup against Plum on Sept. 30.
Franklin Regional looks to stay on top, clinch conference title
What a difference two weeks have made in the high school football landscape across Westmoreland County.

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The Hempfield cross country program has six sets of brothers and sisters. Front row (from left): Margerette Dougherty, Noelle Dougherty, Cydney Blahovec, Abby Blahovec, Julia Snider and Luke Snider. Back row: Tatum Swope, Colin Swope, Alan Methven, Harrison Methven, Tyler Miller and Tessa Miller.
Hempfield cross country program is a family affair
October 11, 2022
When the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association cross country meet is run Wednesday, it will be a family affair for the Hempfield program.

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Penn-Trafford’s Xavier Solomon and Aiden Alberts are key returning players for the Warriors’ hockey team in 2022-23.
                                Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford hockey creating early-season buzz
October 9, 2022
There is a buzz swarming around the Penn-Trafford hockey team as it begins the season.

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Franklin Regional’s R.J. Kelley (59) skates away from trouble during a game Oct. 3.
Young Franklin Regional hockey team learning the ropes
October 8, 2022
It was a tough season opener for the Franklin Regional hockey team.

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Franklin Regional players take the field before facing Norwin on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
Big plays help Franklin Regional blank Norwin, set up showdown with Hempfield
October 7, 2022
Franklin Regional didn’t play a perfect game Friday at Norwin. But the Panthers made enough big plays to defeat the Knights, 35-0, spoiling their homecoming at Norwin Stadium.

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Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley Heights.
Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti wins elusive WPIAL golf title
October 6, 2022
When you’re considered the top golfer in the WPIAL, you’re always favored to win a title.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner is a member of the 2022 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 6
October 5, 2022
Zach Bewszka

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Mt. Pleasant’s Robbie Labuda is brought down by Freeport’s Jaxson Ford and Gavin Croney in the second half Friday Sept. 23, 2022,at Freeport High School.
Mt. Pleasant, Elizabeth Forward set to battle for top spot in Interstate Conference
No one should be surprised by the success of the Elizabeth Forward football team this season.

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Haden Sierocky leads Ligonier Valley against Burrell on Friday.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 6
Class 5A Big East

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger (right) talks with South Fayette’s Marissa Malosh after they won the WPIAL Class 2A and 3A girls golf championships on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, at Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray.
South Fayette’s Marissa Malosh, Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger repeat as WPIAL girls golf champions
October 4, 2022
It was repeat Tuesday at the WPIAL girls golf championships at Valley Brook Country Club.

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Penn-Trafford junior Nick Turowski watches his drive on No. 15 at Champion Lakes Golf Course in Bolivar on Sept. 27 during the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A golf championship. Turowski shot a 2-over par 73.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Nick Turowski in position to take shot at WPIAL repeat
October 2, 2022
Despite not putting his best, Penn-Trafford junior Nick Turowski put himself in great position to capture his second consecutive WPIAL Class 3A golf championship.

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Penn-Trafford girls soccer turning the corner into playoff contention
Penn-Trafford girls soccer used to be one of the top programs in the WPIAL.

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Franklin Regional grad Michael Krauza pitches for the Cleburne Railroaders during the 2021 season.
Franklin Regional grad Michael Krauza works his way to Double-A in Mets system
October 1, 2022
It’s been an adventurous summer for Franklin Regional grad Michael Krauza.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Robbie Labuda and Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht play Sept. 20, 2022, at Mt. Pleasant.
4th-quarter scoring spurt propels Mt. Pleasant past Greensburg Salem
September 30, 2022
Mt. Pleasant and Greensburg Salem were locked in a close battle early in the fourth quarter when Vikings junior linebacker Camden Moore came up with a clutch interception at his team’s 29-yard-line.

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Penn-Trafford junior Tommy Kalkstein
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 5
September 28, 2022
Here are Westmoreland County’s high school football players to watch for Week 5.

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Hempfield’s Elijah Binakonsky celebrates an interception in front of the Penn-Trafford bench Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at Spartan Stadium.
Unbeaten Hempfield faces another stern Big East test in No. 4 Gateway
Hempfield football coach Mike Brown said the goal for the 2022 Spartans was to play meaningful games at the end of the season.

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Mars senior Blake Bertolo hits from a sand trap on No. 14 at Champion Lakes Golf Course in Bolivar on Sept. 27, 2022 during the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A Golf Championship.
Ace for Mars’ Blake Bertolo highlights first round of WPIAL 3A golf championship
September 27, 2022
It was quite an exciting day for Mars senior Blake Bertolo at Champion Lakes Golf Course near Bolivar on Tuesday.

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Derry senior Hunter Jurica birdies No. 18 at Hannastown Golf Club on Monday during the first round of the WPIAL Class 2A championship. Jurica shot a 4-over-par 74 and shares the lead.
Derry’s Hunter Jurica shares 1st-round lead in WPIAL Class 2A golf championship
September 26, 2022
Derry senior Hunter Jurica likes the new way the WPIAL will determine the golf champion.

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                                Penn-Trafford’s Ella Spena deflects the ball back toward Derry during the Penn-Trafford volleyball tournament Saturday at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford girls volleyball working to learn what it takes to win
September 25, 2022
Penn-Trafford girls’ volleyball coach Jim Schall didn’t seemed bothered by his team’s start to the 2022 season.

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Hempfield takes the field to play Penn-Trafford on Friday.
Taking chances pays off as Hempfield knocks off Penn-Trafford
September 23, 2022
When you’re a football team trying to turn its fortunes around, you have to take chances.

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Penn-Trafford freshman Mia Williams hits a return in the WPIAL Class 3A girls singles tennis championship Sept. 22, 2022 at Bethel Park. She won the title, first in school history.
Penn-Trafford freshman Mia Williams, South Park senior Nicole Kempton capture WPIAL tennis titles
September 22, 2022
Penn-Trafford freshman Mia Williams and South Park senior Nicole Kempton did something Thursday that had never been done at their school: win a WPIAL girls tennis title.

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Hempfield quarterback Jake Phillips (11) throws a slant during the first quarter of the Spartans’ 48-7 victory over Shaler last Friday.
Unbeaten Hempfield readies for its biggest game in decades, a clash with Penn-Trafford
September 21, 2022
It’s one of the biggest questions asked by casual high school football fans in Westmoreland County: Why can’t Hempfield be a consistent winner?

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht throws a pass against Hempfield on Aug. 26.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 4
Class 4A Big Seven Conference

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Lonas is a member of the 2022 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 4
Adam Lacarte

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Penn-Trafford field hockey coach Cindy Dutt
Penn-Trafford notebook: Field hockey team scores 2 big wins
September 18, 2022
Penn-Trafford’s field hockey team opened section play by defeating Latrobe, 4-2, and Fox Chapel, 2-1.

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Penn-Trafford freshman Mia Williams hits a shot during the section singles semifinals at Franklin Regional on Sept. 14, 2022.
Freshman sensation boosts Penn-Trafford tennis team
Helped by a freshman sensation, the Penn-Trafford girls tennis team is having one of its best seasons.

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Franklin Regional junior Ellen Liu returns a shot in the section singles semifinals on Sept. 14, 2022 at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional girls tennis players eye section title
September 17, 2022
The Franklin Regional girls tennis team finds itself in a familiar spot as the regular season nears its midway point — atop Section 1-3A.

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Rubrecht scores 4 times to help Greensburg Salem turn away Deer Lakes
September 16, 2022
It took Greensburg Salem a few series before it found its rhythm against Deer Lakes on Friday. But, once it did, it rolled to a third-consecutive victory.

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Knoch’s Emily Greb plays in the Section 3-2A singles finals Thursday at Hampton Community Park.
WPIAL section singles tennis: Penn-Trafford freshman steamrolls to title
September 15, 2022
Penn-Trafford freshman Mia Williams celebrated the retirement of her favorite tennis player Roger Federer on Thursday by winning the Section 1-3A singles title.

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Hempfield’s Eli Binakonsky is a member of the 2022 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 3
September 14, 2022
Elijah Binakonsky

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Hempfield quarterback Jake Phillips breaks into the second level against Latrobe last Friday.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 3
Class 5A Big East

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Belle Vernon’s Braden Laux tackles Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher on Sept. 2.
Belle Vernon, Penn-Trafford ready for clash of Westmoreland County heavyweights
Don’t tell players from the Penn-Trafford and Belle Vernon football teams that Friday’s nonconference game isn’t important.

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Detroit Mercy’s DJ Harvey and Willy Isiani defend on Robert Morris’ Kahliel Spear on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022 at UPMC Events Center.
Robert Morris men’s basketball to open season at Ohio State
September 13, 2022
Robert Morris released its men’s basketball schedule for the 2022-23 season, and it features two trips to Ohio in November.

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Penn-Trafford junior Nick Turowski hits a drive on No. 17 at the Latrobe Elks during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament Sept. 2.
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Penn-Trafford notebook: Golfers place 2nd at WCCA tournament
September 11, 2022
The Penn-Trafford boys golf team finished second in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament Sept. 2 at the Latrobe Elks.

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                                Penn-Trafford junior forward Emma Young practices Sept. 7 before a game against Pine-Richland.
Penn-Trafford sets course to win another field hockey title
It’s been an unusual start of the field hockey season for Penn-Trafford coach Cindy Dutt.

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                                The undefeated Franklin Regional girls golf team includes, from left, Gianna Johnson, Cameron Alexander, Ali Boyle, Gwen Shilling and Mia Snyder.
Franklin Regional girls golfers sit atop Section 3 again
September 10, 2022
It would be understandable if the Franklin Regional girls golf team struggled at the start of the season after losing its top two players.

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Hempfield’s Elijah Binakonsky sticks the ball in the end zone over Latrobe’s Tim Myers on Friday.
Hempfield runs past Latrobe, gets off to 3-0 start
September 9, 2022
There were a lot of happy faces in the Hempfield locker room following Friday’s nonconference game at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.

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Southmoreland’s Ty Keffer
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 2
September 7, 2022
Here are Westmoreland County’s high school football players to watch for Week 2.

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Hempfield’s Jake Phillips (11), Tyson Gregory (7) and Gino Ceasar (2) take to the field to play against Greensburg Salem on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Hempfield, Latrobe football teams creating a buzz in Westmoreland County
The buzz around central Westmoreland County isn’t coming from honey bee hives.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Bewszka avoids Latrobe’s Kollin Stevens on the way to a third-quarter touchdown last Friday.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 2
Nonconference

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Penn-Trafford’s Ava Hershberger is a member of the 2022 field hockey team.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Hershberger scores twice as field hockey team opens with win
September 4, 2022
Penn-Trafford’s field hockey team opened the season with a 4-2 victory against Peters Township on Aug. 30.

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Penn-Trafford’s Taylor Kaminski chips onto the ninth green at Manor Valley Golf Course Aug. 31, 2022.
Experience benefits Penn-Trafford girls golfers
When the Penn-Trafford girls golf team began the season, veteran coach Ed Herbst had hope for success.

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Latrobe’s Robert Fulton avoids the tackle attempt by Franklin Regional’s Zach Bewszka for a touchdown in the second quarter Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 at Franklin Regional High School.
Robert Fulton scores 4 touchdowns as Latrobe beats Franklin Regional in 2OT
September 2, 2022
Robert Fulton scored on a 5-yard run in the second overtime, and Latrobe won its second game of the season by defeating Franklin Regional, 36-33.

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Derry senior Hunter Jurica watches his drive on No. 18 at the Latrobe Elks Golf Club at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament Friday.
Derry’s Hunter Jurica uses local knowledge to win WCCA boys golf title
There’s something to be said for home course advantage.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jake Otto is a member of the 2022 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week 1
August 31, 2022
Robert Fulton

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Bewszka works out under a rainbow during a preseason practice.
Latrobe-FR matchup to answer questions about game-scrimmage debate
Which is more beneficial for a high school football team in Week Zero: playing an actual game or participating in a scrimmage?

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Hempfield’s Keiran Lippman celebrates a touchdown with Daniel Katonka (8) against Greensburg-Salem on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Hempfield rolls past Greensburg Salem in game shortened by lightning
August 26, 2022
The only thing that slowed down the Hempfield football team’s offense Friday was a lightning delay at the end of the first half.

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Hydration important for athletes to compete in heat
Greensburg Salem junior wide receiver Cody Rubrecht was having the game of his life to open the 2021 football season against Hempfield.

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Hydration important for athletes to compete in heat
August 25, 2022
Greensburg Salem junior wide receiver Cody Rubrecht was having the game of his life to open the 2021 football season against Hempfield.

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Hydration important for athletes to compete in heat
Greensburg Salem junior wide receiver Cody Rubrecht was having the game of his life to open the 2021 football season against Hempfield.

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Hydration important for athletes to compete in heat
Greensburg Salem junior wide receiver Cody Rubrecht was having the game of his life to open the 2021 football season against Hempfield.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht throws a pass during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hydration important for athletes to compete in heat
Greensburg Salem junior wide receiver Cody Rubrecht was having the game of his life to open the 2021 football season against Hempfield.

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Arnie Cutrell wins 3rd Westmoreland Senior Amateur
August 24, 2022
You couldn’t have asked for a better finish to the Westmoreland County Golf Association’s Senior Amateur on Wednesday.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jackson Hutter is a junior on the 2022 football team.
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2022 Week Zero
Here are Westmoreland County’s high school football players to watch for Week Zero.

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Coach Mike Brown will lead Hempfield against Greensburg Salem in Week Zero on Friday.
Rivals Hempfield, Greensburg Salem to square off for 57th time
It’s only one game on the schedule, the first of the season.

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Penn-Trafford senior linebacker Daniel Tarabrella lifts weights before practice Monday.
Senior Daniel Tarabrella pushes Penn-Trafford to ‘keep climbing the ladder’
August 23, 2022
It was not a surprise to Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane that Daniel Tarabrella had a fantastic junior season, helping the Warriors win their first WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A titles.

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Mt. Pleasant senior captain Robbie Labuda rushed for 1,004 yards last season.
Mt. Pleasant senior Labuda looks to help 2 teams this fall
August 21, 2022
As if Robbie Labuda wasn’t busy enough.

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Penn-Trafford varsity players from left, Joe Enick, Conlan Greene, Jacob Otto, Tommy Kalkstein, and Daniel Tarabrella, pose for a group portrait on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Armed with championship lessons, Penn-Trafford captains ready for next chapter
August 20, 2022
It was quite a way for the 2021 Penn-Trafford football team to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary: winning its first WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A championships.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin works out during a preseason practice last year.
WPIAL Class 3A football breakdown: Belle Vernon leads new-look field of contenders
A changing of the guard in WPIAL Class 3A football will occur in 2022 and Belle Vernon, a Class 4A finalist last year, is favored to be the top team to replace three-time WPIAL champion Central Valley.

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The Ligonier Valley football team has five sets of brothers on the 2022 roster. Three sets were at practice Thursday. The three were (from left) Tony and Nick Lonas, Aidan and Logan Mulheren, and Boden and Schreyer. Missing were Bruce and Lucas Krieger, and Mark and John Jablunovsky.
Football’s a family business at Ligonier Valley this season
August 19, 2022
Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel is now the elder statesman of coaches in Westmoreland County with the retirement of Jeannette’s Roy Hall.

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Ligonier Valley’s Haden Sierocky throws during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Ligonier Valley aims to stay healthy, put offensive weapons to good use
Roger Beitel begins his 19th year as head football coach at Ligonier Valley, and he hopes the 2022 season isn’t as bizarre as 2021.

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Mt. Pleasant quarterback Cole Chatfield looks for a receiver during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Mt. Pleasant aims to build on WPIAL playoff experience
August 18, 2022
Mt. Pleasant’s starting quarterback from 2021 won’t be lining up behind center this season.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht throws a pass during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem puts offense in hands of skilled standout Cody Rubrecht
What do you do with the best athlete on your football team?

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger putts on the 17th hole during the 2021 WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championships at Hannastown.
WPIAL golf preview: Teams and players to watch and dates to circle
August 17, 2022
Class 3A boys

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Penn Trafford’s Nick Turowski hits his tee shot on No. 17 during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship at Nemacolin Country Club.
Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski commits to WVU, looks to defend WPIAL championship
Penn-Trafford junior Nick Turowski will be attempting to do something that has only been done eight times in 85 years of the WPIAL Class 3A golf championship: go back to back.

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Derry graduate Justin Huss has emerged as a dangerous kick returner for Washington & Jefferson.
Trio of Westmoreland County running backs poised for big things in PAC
August 16, 2022
When Kyrie Miller, Justin Flack and Justin Huss were playing football in high school in Westmoreland County, they torched opposing defenses.

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Greensburg Salem senior Jerome Wallish
Greensburg Salem senior Wallish provides huge heart
August 15, 2022
One thing a person can’t see is the size of a football player’s heart.

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Derry Area football players jog off the field after the first day of official practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.
Westmoreland County’s new football coaches breeze through Day 1 of practice
Westmoreland County’s five new high school football coaches had an uneventful first day of training camp.

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Penn-Trafford golfer Colt Kaminski watches a putt on No. 16 at Manor Valley Golf Course Aug. 11, 2022.
Penn-Trafford golfers look to take the next step
August 14, 2022
Penn-Trafford boys golf coach Andy Rizzardi said he’s set some lofty goals for his team.

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Franklin Regional receiver Ayden Hudock works out on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional’s Ayden Hudock looking for breakout season
August 13, 2022
Franklin Regional football coach Lance Getsy can’t wait to unveil junior Ayden Hudock on opposing defenses this season.

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Conlan Greene throws during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Penn-Trafford ready to tackle the challenge of staying on top
August 11, 2022
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane is faced with something he’s never encountered before: preparing a team to defend a WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A championship.

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Franklin Regional receiver Ayden Hudock works out on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional hopes last year’s learning experience benefits returning players
Injuries to two key players derailed Franklin Regional’s 2021 football season.

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Penn-Trafford Junior Legion players watch from the dugout during the regional tournament at Homer City on July 25.
Bushy Run, Penn-Trafford complete strong Legion seasons
August 7, 2022
If anything was learned about the Bushy Run American Legion and Penn-Trafford Junior American Legion programs in 2022, it’s that the future is bright and the programs remain strong.

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Abington rallies to win Little League 8-10 state title at West Point
August 1, 2022
Abington Little League bounced back Monday to defeat Morrisville and win the Pennsylvania Little League 8-10 state title at West Point.

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Bushy Run’s Gavin Good rounds third and scores on a double by Chuck Fontana during Game 1 of the District 31 semifinals July 9 at Penn-Trafford.
Strong season for Bushy Run Legion baseball ends 1 win from state tournament
July 24, 2022
When Bushy Run American Legion manager Scott Peyman talked about his team prior to the season, he did so glowingly.

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Latrobe grad Pevarnik looks to keep momentum going at Pa. Amateur
July 22, 2022
Brady Pevarnik is coming off the biggest victory of his career after winning the 122nd Western Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Butler Country Club. Pevarnik, a senior at Bowling Green and a 2019 Latrobe graduate, shot a 3-under-par, 217.

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Young Township second baseman Nicholas Reeping attempts to turn a double play in the District 31 American Legion semifinals against Bushy Run.
Latrobe, Young Township, Bushy Run open Region 7 tournament Saturday
July 15, 2022
After the District 31 American Legion Championship game on Wednesday, Latrobe coach Jason Bush and Young Township coach Ryan Staats both agreed that the title game was a tune-up for what they will face Saturday in the start of the Region 7 tournament.

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Latrobe players pose with the trophy after defeating Young Township in the District 31 American Legion baseball championship game Wednesday.
Latrobe blanks Young Township to repeat as District 31 American Legion baseball champs
July 13, 2022
Latrobe used strong pitching from Jake Albaugh and Adam Moreland and timely hits from Logan Short and Erick Batista to claim its second consecutive District 31 American Legion baseball title Wednesday at Legion-Keener Field.

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A championship game.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Ryan Sikora watches his shot on No. 16 during the final round of the Westmoreland County Amateur.
Kevin Fajt wins Westmoreland County Amateur in playoff
July 10, 2022
Kevin Fajt has played golf long enough to know you’re never out of a match even if things look bleak.

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Logan Divald chips from the trees on No. 17 at Greensburg Country Club during the first round of the Westmoreland County Amateur on July 9, 2022.
Ronald DeNunzio leads Westmoreland County Amateur
July 9, 2022
Greensburg Country Club member Ronald DeNunzio used his course knowledge and grabbed the first-round lead Saturday at the Westmoreland County Golf Association’s Amateur tournament.

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Bushy Run’s Tyler Freas scores a run in the third inning as Murrysville catcher Luke Dolan awaits throw from the outfield in a District 31 American Legion playoff game Thursday at Murrysville,
Semifinal schedules set for District 31 American Legion Baseball playoffs
July 8, 2022
District 31 American Legion Baseball playoffs are scheduled to resume Saturday with two semifinal round games.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski, shown last October, finished second at the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Junior tournament.
Western Pa. golf notebook: Nick Turowski places 2nd in state Junior event
Penn-Trafford rising junior Nick Turowski was disappointed with his performance in the Westmoreland County Golf Association’s Junior Tournament when he failed to defend his title.

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Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson played various positions on offense and defense last season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Burrell’s Travis McKillop (left) works to pin Chartiers-Houston’s Garrett Vulcano in the 160-pound match in the WPIAL Class AA Championshp held at Chartiers Valley High School on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. McKillop has been hired to coach the Penn-Trafford wrestling team.
Penn-Trafford names Travis McKillop as wrestling coach
July 5, 2022
When A.J. Brentzel decided to step down as Penn-Trafford’s wrestling coach, athletic director Kerry Hetrick knew who could be the school’s next coach.

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Dustin Coleman competes for Young Township Legion during the 2022 District 31 season.
Latrobe earns top seed in District 31 American Legion playoffs
July 4, 2022
American Legion and Junior Legion baseball playoffs in Westmoreland County get underway Tuesday with seven games.

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

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

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

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins carries past Serra Catholic’s Michael Schanck during their game on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in Munhall.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins
June 23, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Lindeman is a senior in the 2022 graduating class.
A closer look at 2022 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete honorees
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Jeannette coach Roy Hall celebrates his team’s win over Imani Christian in the 2017 WPIAL Class A title game.
Former Jeannette coach Roy Hall to be honored at Westmoreland County scholar-athlete banquet
Roy Hall learned a lot from the coaches who preceded him at Jeannette.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Burrell freshman Calio Zanella looks to pin Avonworth’s Mike Tabano at 113 pounds at the WPIAL Class 2A championships Feb. 18 at Canon-McMillan.
2022 Valley News Dispatch Wrestling All-Stars
March 26, 2022
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Franklin Regional’s Ty Kapusta works to control Council Work North’s Eren Sement at 106 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A tournament March 12 at the Giant Center.
2022 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Wrestling All-Stars
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Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer went 45-0 this season to finish 130-3 for his career.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer named Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Wrestler of Year for 3rd time
Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer finished off quite a wrestling career by becoming a three-time WPIAL and PIAA Class 2A champion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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