Author: Ray Fisher


Quaker Valley’s Chase Merkel
With doubles teams leading the way, Quaker Valley tennis competes with state’s best
June 16, 2024
Quaker Valley’s boys tennis team hit the daily double in 2024.

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Eden Christian pitcher Noah Emswiler lays down a bunt single in the third inning of a PIAA Class A semifinal against Saegertown on June 10 at Slippery Rock.
‘Courage and grit’ propel Eden Christian to baseball season to remember
The Eden Christian Academy baseball season escalated from outstanding status to an awesome experience June 6 with the Warriors’ 11-4 playoff win over Avella in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals at Ross Memorial Park at the Washington & Jefferson Sports Complex.

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Sewickley Academy athletic director Mike Scerbo
New athletic director impressed with zeal for sports at Sewickley Academy
June 9, 2024
Sewickley Academy announced the hiring of Mike Scerbo as the school’s new director of athletics March 4. He is currently assisted by Heather Border and Kelly Carioto.

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Quaker Valley senior Ellie Cain sets the pace in the girls 800-meter run at the MAC invitational April 24, 2024, at Shenango.
Versatile runner leaves unique legacy with Quaker Valley track program
Ellie Cain recently wrapped up a distinguished four-year career in the Quaker Valley track and field program.

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Fox Chapel grad Jessica Jing McCann finished third in the hammer throw at the 2024 PSAC championships.
As a hammer thrower or metalsmith, Fox Chapel grad shines at Cal (Pa.)
June 8, 2024
Jessica Jing McCann illustrates what it means to be a preeminent student-athlete.

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Quaker Valley’s Davin Gartley takes sixth in the 110-meter hurdles during the PIAA Class 2A Track and Field Championship on May 25 at Shippensburg University.
Quaker Valley brings back medals from state track meet
June 2, 2024
One Quaker Valley relay team placed third at the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships; another secured seventh.

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WPIAL Class 2A boys singles tennis champion Severin Harmon of Sewickley Academy
Tennis season to remember for Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley builds to WPIAL finals matchup
The Sewickley Academy boys tennis team had its season-long goal of a WPIAL playoff run firmly entrenched.

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Quaker Valley junior Davin "Macky" Gartley (left) and sophomore Mia Gartley hold up WPIAL championship trophies May 7, 2024, at Peters Township.
Gartleys lead another golden effort for Quaker Valley at WPIAL track meet
May 26, 2024
Mia Gartley is only a sophomore at Quaker Valley.

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Mike Iuzzolino coached eight years at Robert Morris.
Mike Iuzzolino takes over Sewickley Academy boys basketball program
Altoona native Mike Iuzzolino’s has had a distinguished basketball career.

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Ray Fisher | For TribLive
                                The Baldwin girls 3,200-meter relay of, from left, sophomore Molly Gorman, senior Kenzie Hirt, sophomore Jules Ott and sophomore Kenzie Bowen competes at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3, 2024, at Baldwin.
Girls relay team uses home-track advantage to win at Baldwin Invitational
May 19, 2024
The girls 3,200-meter relay team’s performance at the 50th annual Baldwin Invitational is one senior Mackenzie Hirt won’t soon forget.

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Thomas Jefferson junior Addie Arndt competes during a 2023 gymnastics meet.
Thomas Jefferson senior makes impact in diving, gymnastics
Addison Arndt, a two-sport standout at Thomas Jefferson, is attending Penn State in the fall.

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Sewickley Academy senior Libby Eannarino celebrates May 7, 2024, with her lacrosse teammates after she reached the 200-goal milestone in career scoring.
Sewickley Academy’s Libby Eannarino surpasses 200-goal milestone
Sewickley Academy senior midfielder Libby Eannarino needed three scores at home against Quaker Valley on May 7 to reach 200 career goals in girls lacrosse.

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Quaker Valley freshman Jonah Montagnese won the 3,200-meter run at the WPIAL Class 2A team track and field championships May 7.
Quaker Valley track shows depth with large crop of WPIAL qualifiers
As the reigning WPIAL Class 2A team champion, the Quaker Valley track and field program was well-represented at the WPIAL individual championships.

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Hampton’s Alan Danner works to escape the grasp of Quaker Valley’s Marcus Richey in the seventh-place match at 152 pounds during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling tournament Feb. 24, 2024, at Chartiers Valley.
Fisher’s Files: Quaker Valley coach in favor of new wrestling rules
The National Federation of State High School Associations has made new rule changes for wrestling in the offseason.

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Oakland pitcher Mason Miller works against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning May 1.
Bethel Park baseball community takes pride in electric Oakland A’s closer Mason Miller
May 18, 2024
Mason Miller is the pride of the Bethel Park baseball community.

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Bethel Park’s Belinda Bova scores past Penn-Trafford pitcher Allyson Paulone during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Monday, May 13, 2024, at West Mifflin.
Fisher’s Files: Bethel Park spring athletes earn high marks
Keaira Griffiths and Julia Hoppe are just two of the many integral athletes on the Bethel Park girls track and field team.

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Bethel Park’s Jenna Lang (left) helped the girls 1,600-meter relay take first at the Baldwin Invitational.
Bethel Park relay builds momentum after 1st-place finish at Baldwin Invitational
Bethel Park’s girls 1,600-meter relayers waited patiently all day.

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Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras is a junior on the 2024 baseball team.
Northwestern recruit Ryan Petras leads Bethel Park baseball into WPIAL playoffs
Football and baseball are the two main sports for Bethel Park’s junior super athlete Ryan Petras.

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Hempfield’s Ava Hickman competes on the bars in a meet during the 2023-24 gymnastics season.
Gymnasts Olivia Kovach, Ava Hickman look forward to defending WPIAL titles
May 13, 2024
They say good things come in small packages.

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Sewickley Academy poses after defeating Quaker Valley for the WPIAL Class 2A boys team tennis title May 8.
Sewickley Academy celebrates 25th WPIAL boys tennis title
May 12, 2024
Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley are located just a few miles apart.

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Kaityln Hayden and the Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team competes against Seneca Valley on April 29, 2024, at Nichols Field.
Talented group of seniors leads dangerous attack for Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse
Kendall Sykes is a talented, multiple-sport athlete at Sewickley Academy.

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Quaker Valley boys display the WPIAL Class 2A trophy after winning at the team track and field title May 7.
Group effort guides Quaker Valley boys, girls track teams to WPIAL titles
Both Quaker Valley track and field teams ended their regular season as undefeated section champions.

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Quaker Valley junior goalkeeper Emily Reiner recorded her 400th career save in her team’s 15-4 win May 6, 2024, at home against Knoch.
Quaker Valley girls lacrosse goalkeeper stacks save after save
Emily Reiner racked up her 400th career save for the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team May 6 against Knoch.

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Quaker Valley football players work out at MindFire Fitness in Sewickley. They have been training there two days a week since April and will continue throughout the summer of 2024.
Quaker Valley football team bolsters offseason workouts with CrossFit training
The third week in May is an important time for the Quaker Valley football team.

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WPIAL Class 2A boys singles tennis champion Severin Harmon of Sewickley Academy
Sewickley Academy boys tennis pushing to be the best
May 5, 2024
Sewickley Academy won its second consecutive section title in boys tennis and 27th in school history this season.

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Sewickley Academy boys lacrosse roster loaded with underclassmen keeps moving forward
Sewickley Academy’s boys lacrosse team is extremely young. It may be the youngest squad in the WPIAL.

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Quaker Valley’s Oumou Thiero averaged 19.2 ppg this season.
Fisher’s Files: Quaker Valley’s Oumou Thiero caps season with all-state honor
Kudos to Quaker Valley sophomore Oumou “Mimi” Thiero for being named third team all-state in Class 4A girls basketball.

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Quaker Valley girls celebrate their ninth WPIAL Class 2A Track and Field championship last season.
Quaker Valley track sets sights on WPIAL team championships
April 28, 2024
The athletes in the Quaker Valley track and field program have the dates May 1 and May 7 circled on their spring calendars.

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Sewickley Academy’s Libby Eannarino (2) competes last season.
Fisher’s files: Senior captain sees growth in Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team
Libby Eannarino’s distinguished three-sport career at Sewickley Academy continues.

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Sewickley Academy’s Tejas Mitra plays against Montour during the AA WPIAL doubles tennis championship Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at North Allegheny High School.
Sewickley Academy doubles teams find success in section, WPIAL tournaments
The top four doubles competitors in Section 4-2A boys tennis this season proved to be Sewickley Academy athletes.

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After strong start in Myrtle Beach, Thomas Jefferson baseball keeps rolling
April 21, 2024
The Thomas Jefferson baseball team began the season with three wins and a 29-run outburst at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach.

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Baldwin track and field coach Ed Helbig was inducted into the Baldwin Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 12.
Fisher’s Files: Baldwin track coach Ed Helbig surprised by hall of fame honor
Baldwin coach Ed Helbig has been battling serious health issues since June.

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Sewickley Academy track team collecting medals
The Sewickley Academy track team kicked off its 2024 schedule April 4 in a seven-team meet at Hampton.

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Quaker Valley sophomore Jay Olawaiye competes last season.
Momentum keeps building for Quaker Valley girls track team
The Quaker Valley track and field program is thriving.

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Daysaun Spencer, Meghan Schruben display athleticism for Brentwood track and field
Youth is being served this season in the Brentwood track and field program.

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Bethel Park’s Artemis Conaboy won the 400 meters at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet on April 13 at West Mifflin.
Bethel Park’s Artemis Conaboy picks up where she left off last season
April 20, 2024
Artemis Conaboy’s favorite track and field event is the 400-meter dash.

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Bethel Park’s Edward Cebula serves against Penn-Trafford during their match on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras, Eddie Cebula make early season impact
Bethel Park athletes Ryan Petras and Eddie Cebula recently were cited as players of the week on back-to-back days in their respective sports.

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WPIAL Class 2A boys singles runner-up Jackson Gillespie of Aquinas Academy and champion Severin Harmon of Sewickley Academy
After claiming WPIAL singles title, Severin Harmon, Sewickley Academy tennis turn attention to team success
April 14, 2024
Severin Harmon has been the top singles player for the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team for three seasons.

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Quaker Valley singles players Chase Merkel and Joe Veeck
Experienced Quaker Valley boys tennis team ready for prime time
The 2023 season was viewed as a dress rehearsal for 2024 for the Quaker Valley boys tennis team.

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Steel City Selects team members that represented Quaker Valley at the 2024 USA Hockey national championships this season included, from left, senior Sydney Hewitt, seventh-grader Grace Keisel, freshman Isabel King and junior Emily Reiner.
4 Quaker Valley girls hockey players compete in national championships
Four Quaker Valley girls advanced with their teams to the 2024 USA Hockey national championships in various cities across the country.

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Young Quaker Valley boys lacrosse lineup looks to build on playoff season
April 7, 2024
Quaker Valley’s boys lacrosse team proved to be a tough nut to crack in the second half of last season.

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Sewickley Academy midfielder Libby Eannarino is a senior on the girls lacrosse team.
Libby Eannarino, Ashley Close return as team leaders for Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse
Sewickley Academy’s girls lacrosse team should have an outstanding one-two punch this season in Libby Eannarino and Ashley Close, both senior midfielders and co-captains.

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Quaker Valley’s Joey Coyle prepares to shoot in a 2023 WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game against Belle Vernon.
Fisher’s Files: Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy players picked for Roundball Classic
Three Sewickley area athletes have been named to participate in the annual Roundball Classic basketball games, set for May 22-26 at North Allegheny.

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Katie Blackmer is a senior on the 2023-24 Quaker Valley swimming and diving team.
Medal-winning Quaker Valley diver taking talents to Idaho
March 31, 2024
The University of Idaho is located in the city of Moscow in the North Central region of the state.

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Veteran lineup looks to lead Quaker Valley baseball back to playoffs
The Quaker Valley baseball team is looking for a return to the postseason.

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                                Thomas Jefferson senior Vinnie Heller poses with Scott Breisinger (left) and Jim Breisinger at the 2023-24 TJ football banquet. Heller is the winner of this year’s Breisinger Award.
Vinnie Heller earns Thomas Jefferson’s prestigious Breisinger Award
March 24, 2024
His statistics are not gaudy.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Noah Prosser goes to the hoop as Moon’s Caden Schmidt defends in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.
Thomas Jefferson boys reflect on special season
It ranks as one of the best basketball seasons in school history.

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Sewickley Academy baseball expects excitement on diamond
It appears the Sewickley Academy baseball team will have a nice mix of experience and talented underclassmen this spring.

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Quaker Valley’s Emily Connors competes in the girls 100 butterfly during the 2022 WPIAL championships.
Quaker Valley swimmers find success in postseason pools
Two Quaker Valley girls, senior Emily Connors and junior Margaret Getty, qualified for the PIAA Class 2A championships in four events.

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                                Maddox Shaw of Thomas Jefferson wrestles Dalton Perry for the 139-pound title at the PIAA wrestling championships March 9 at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Maddox Shaw’s PIAA title highlights decorated season for Jaguars
A two-time WPIAL champion, Thomas Jefferson’s Maddox Shaw advanced to the PIAA Class 3A tournament in Hershey again this year where he took first place in the 139-pound weight division.

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Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan beats Connellsville’s Kai Vielma in the 133-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships March 2.
Mason Kernan caps Bethel Park career as WPIAL champion, PIAA bronze-medalist
March 23, 2024
Mason Kernan ended his four-year reign on the mats at Bethel Park with a 124-18 record.

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Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras (right) celebrates after scoring against West Allegheny during a 2022 PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal.
Decorated senior class moves on, but Bethel Park baseball expects to contend again
Bethel Park has won two PIAA baseball championships and two WPIAL runner-up trophies over the last three years.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas takes down Burgettstown’s Parker Sentipal at 133 pounds during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Feb. 24, 2024, at Chartiers Valley.
Pair of Quaker Valley wrestlers hit 40-win mark, make states
March 17, 2024
One is a senior and the all-time leader in wins at Quaker Valley; the other is a sophomore star who displayed his mettle all season.

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New Quaker Valley softball coach Kaci Hott
New coach eager to help Quaker Valley softball keep moving in right direction
Quaker Valley softball coach Kaci Hott has a new title but is not new to the program.

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Quaker Valley’s Jacob Keisel was selected to play in the 2024 PIHL all-star game.
Playoff loss stings Quaker Valley hockey after brilliant regular season
Quaker Valley captured first place in the PIHL Class A Gold Division during the regular season.

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Mike Scerbo was hired as the new Sewickley Academy athletic director on March 4, 2024.
Mike Scerbo named new athletic director at Sewickley Academy
March 10, 2024
Mike Scerbo knows he has big shoes to fill.

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Sewickley Academy junior Nolan Donnelly (33) blocks a shot of Jeannette sophomore Noah Sunder during a WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Feb. 20.
Sewickley Academy boys proud of accomplishments during difficult season
A winning season.

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Quaker Valley’s Jay Olawaiye displays her triple jump medal at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor state championships Feb. 25, 2024 at Penn State.
Quaker Valley track team takes pride in showing at prestigious indoor state meet
Five of the top athletes in the Quaker Valley track and field program displayed their resolve during the 2023-24 indoor season.

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Quaker Valley junior Adlan Hifri competes during the 2023-24 swimming season.
Adlan Hifri making a splash with Quaker Valley swimming in 1st year in United States
March 3, 2024
It’s been a succession of firsts for Quaker Valley swimmer Adlan Hifri.

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Quaker Valley divers, from left, Ruby Olliffe, Ruby Krotine and Katie Blackmer competed at the WPIAL Class 2A championships Feb. 23, 2024, at North Allegheny.
Quaker Valley divers fill podium at WPIAL meet
Two, three and five.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas maintains control of the leg of McGuffey’s Lucas Barr in the 121-pound finals of the 2023 WPIAL tournament.
Quaker Valley wrestlers show postseason mettle in section tournament
February 25, 2024
Quaker Valley coach Austin Heinl was thrilled if not ecstatic with his team’s performance at the WPIAL Class 2A Northern Sectional wrestling tournament.

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Courtesy of Jaclyn DeNardo
                                Thomas Jefferson sophomore Joey Nix rolled the first 300 game in school history Jan. 17 at Spins Bowl in West Mifflin.
After 5 brushes with perfection, Thomas Jefferson bowler bags elusive 300 game
Thomas Jefferson bowler Joey Nix tied the school record five times in practice.

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                                Baldwin grad Maddi Sgattoni led Navy in kills in each of her four seasons.
Hockey, volleyball teams headline Baldwin sports hall of fame Class of 2024
The Baldwin Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2024 consisted of one athlete, four coaches and three teams.

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                                “My routines have gotten cleaner and have improved. A fourth WPIAL title is my goal for next year. I’m thinking about working hard over the summer leading up to the season in order to prepare,” Baldwin gymnast Abby Rexrode said.
Baldwin gymnast Abby Rexrode savors 3rd WPIAL gymnastics title, eyes unprecedented 4th
Much like the luminosity displayed by a three-carat diamond, Baldwin junior Abby Rexrode has had a brilliant three-year gymnastics career.

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Quaker Valley’s Marcus Zhan swims the 500 yard freestyle during a meet at Beaver on Jan. 31.
Sewickley Herald notebook: Quaker Valley swimmers show grit
Quaker Valley’s boys swim team competed with just seven athletes on its roster in 2023-24.

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Bethel Park’s Trent Powell competes during the 2023-24 season.
Bethel Park junior swimmer sweeps her way into WPIAL meet
February 24, 2024
Bethel Park junior Cally Edner made a big splash in the pool again this year.

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Bethel Park’s Ethan Cooley competes during the 2023-24 season.
Bethel Park hockey battling hard at end of regular season
The Bethel Park hockey team found itself in a battle for a PIHL Class 3A playoff spot coming down the stretch in the regular season.

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Bethel Park’s Sadie Orie
Late-season surge has Bethel Park girls excited about program’s future
Bethel Park’s girls basketball team ended its season in a most positive way — with six consecutive victories.

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Mia Hrabovsky is a senior swimmer in the Class of 2024 at Quaker Valley.
Inspirational Quaker Valley swimmer motivates teammates
February 18, 2024
The Quaker Valley swim program honored its seniors Feb. 8 at the Sewickley Valley YMCA.

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Blackhawk’s Quinn Borroni and Piper Romigh pressure Quaker Valley’s Oumou “Mimi” Thiero last season.
Quaker Valley basketball teams reach playoff goals
Oumou “Mimi” Thiero was a dominant force for the Quaker Valley girls team during the 2023-24 regular season.

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Fans watch the PEVA 17 Premier play PEVA 17 Elite in the 17 Open bracket semifinals of the Steel City Freeze tournament at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The 17 Premier girls won the first game 25-19; the 17 Elite team captured the second and third games by scores of 28-26 and 15-12.
Club volleyball team with WPIAL stars finds immediate chemistry, success
February 11, 2024
It’s club volleyball season and one team loaded with talented WPIAL athletes already has brought home a tournament championship.

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Lindsay Gledhill is a a senior rower at Quaker Valley.
Quaker Valley senior drawn to energy of Rutgers rowing team
Quaker Valley’s Lindsay Gledhill, a senior rowing afficionado, took a scientific approach to choosing a college.

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Members of the Sewickley Academy administration, from left, Jim Miller, Director of Buildings and Grounds; Heather Border, Interim Athletic Director; Dr. Ashley Birtwell, Head of School; Dave DeNardo, Chief Financial and Operations Officer; and Kelly Carioto, Interim Athletic Director, display a rendition of Win Palmer Court.
Sewickley Academy dedicates basketball court for late coach, athletic director Win Palmer
February 4, 2024
It was a gratifying yet somewhat sad day at Sewickley Academy.

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Sewickley Academy basketball teams set sights on playoff berths
January 28, 2024
The Sewickley Academy boys and girls basketball teams are heading into the season’s stretch run. Here’s a look at both teams and where they stand:

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Courtesy of Lisa Lorang
                                Quaker Valley’s Jacob Keisel was selected to play in the 2024 PIHL all-star game.
Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy teams well-represented at PIHL all-star games
January 27, 2024
Although in different PIHL divisions, they would jointly make up a formidable starting lineup.

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                                Thomas Jefferson graduate Gary Gomolak.
Thomas Jefferson great recalls memorable tryout with Steelers
January 21, 2024
Gary Gomolak is a big-time name in Thomas Jefferson football lore.

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                                Thomas Jefferson’s Evan Berger sinks a free throw to become the school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball, girls or boys, in a game against Bethel Park on Jan. 12.
Fisher’s Files: Evan Berger reaches goal, becomes school’s all-time leading scorer
Notebook items from around the South Hills:

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The top competitors on the 2023-24 Quaker Valley wrestling team include Bruce Anderchak (from left), Isaac Maccaglia, Jack Kazalas, MArcus Richey, Jack Diemert, Matthew Danna and Aris Haniotes.
Deep Quaker Valley wrestling lineup racking up wins
Quaker Valley already has four wrestlers in its 20-win club for 2023-24.

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Quaker Valley’s Mike Mastroianni leads a huddle against Montour on Jan. 16 at Montour.
Narrow losses help prepare Quaker Valley boys for 2nd half of section play
Players on the Quaker Valley boys basketball team said “enough is enough.”

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                                Thomas Jefferson quarterback Chase Winovich carries for a first down past West Mifflin’s Tyler Bornak during a 2013 game.
West Jefferson Hills hall of fame set to induct 24 in Class of ’24
There’s a nice symmetry.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Maddox Shaw celebrates beating Bethlehem Catholic’s Cael Mcintyre 1-0 during the 133-pound semifinal during the PIAA 3A championships March 11, 2023, at the Giant Center in Hersey.
Trio of Thomas Jefferson juniors rises to top of rankings ahead of postseason tournaments
Three of the top wrestlers in the WPIAL — Maddox Shaw, Bode Marlow and Shepard Turk — attend Thomas Jefferson.

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Bethel Park senior Mason Kernan, at right, placed seventh in the 139-pound weight division at the Powerade holiday tournament Dec. 29-30, 2023, at Canon-McMillan.
Senior joining 100-win club highlights strong season for Bethel Park wrestlers
January 20, 2024
Mason Kernan, a senior at Bethel Park, came away from the star-studded Powerade holiday wrestling tournament with a seventh-place finish at 139 pounds.

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Bethel Park’s Zach Mazzacone (10) and Ethan Cooley compete during the 2023-24 season.
Trio of PIHL all-stars helps Bethel Park remain in contention in Class 3A standings
Three Bethel Park hockey players — forwards Ethan Cooley and Anthony Karner and defenseman Zach Mazzacone — earned all-star status this season.

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Quaker Valley senior Rena Gilligan will continue her swimming career at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. She plans to major in astronomy and physics.
Before embarking on future in astronomy, physics at Stonehill, Rena Gilligan has goals to meet for Quaker Valley swimming
January 14, 2024
Stonehill College is a private Catholic institution founded in 1948 and located in Easton, Mass.

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Quaker Valley goalie Landon Buterbaugh dives to poke-check a puck away from Fox Chapel’s Quentin Miske during a playoff game last season.
Quaker Valley hockey playing strong defense, stacking up wins
The Quaker Valley hockey team started 2024 similarly to 2023.

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Quaker Valley’s Madison Chapman works against Blackhawk’s Kassie Potts during a game last season.
Quaker Valley girls shake off growing pains, get in win column
Patience and perseverance finally prevailed for the Quaker Valley girls basketball team, as the Quakers kept plugging away through the first four weeks of the season.

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After strong start, Sewickley Academy boys look ahead to section play
January 7, 2024
Sewickley Academy’s boys basketball team closed out the month of December most impressively.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas is awarded his first-place medal after winning the 121-pound finals of the WPIAL individual championships at Chartiers Valley High School on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023.
Fisher’s Files: Quaker Valley’s Bruce Anderchak, Jack Kazalas among WPIAL’s best wrestlers early on
Notebook items from Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy athletics:

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Quaker Valley swimmers, Margaret Getty (left) and Emily Connors, were medalists at last year’s Midwestern Athletic Conference championships held Feb. 4 at West Allegheny.
Quaker Valley swimmers again have high expectations for 2023-24 season
January 2, 2024
Quaker Valley’s Emily Connors is widely recognized as one of the blue-ribbon swimmers in the WPIAL.

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Quaker Valley freshman Trey Dunlap (bottom) wrestles during the 2023 season.
Freshmen show potential for Quaker Valley wrestling
December 17, 2023
Quaker Valley wrestlers Aris Haniotes and Trey Dunlap had a night they soon won’t forget.

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Quaker Valley’s Will Watson
Quaker Valley hockey out to start new winning streak
Time to kick-start another winning streak.

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Quaker Valley’s Vanessa Pickett blocks the shot of Burrell’s Isabella Greenwald during a 2022 WPIAL Class 2A first-round playoff match.
Fisher’s Files: Quaker Valley volleyball players earn all-state honors
Two Quaker Valley girls — Annica Kagle and Vanessa Pickett — were chosen to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association all-state team in the Class 2A division.

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Sewickley Academy boys basketball coach Jim Dudas leads his team during the 2023 Carlynton tip-off tournament.
Sewickley Academy boys basketball looks to show growth during challenging times
December 10, 2023
There’s only one direction the Sewickley Academy boys basketball team wants to go in 2023-24.

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The 2023 all-section selections on the Quaker Valley girls volleyball team consisted of, from left, Annica Kagle (first team), Katelyn Clark (first team), Nora Hammond (second team), Molly MacDonald (first team), Vanessa Pickett (first team), Mia Gartley (third team), Lucy Auth (third team) and Carmen Forsythe (third team). Kagle and Pickett were also first-team All-WPIAL picks, while MacDonald (second team) and Clark (third team) also earned All-WPIAL honors.
Quaker Valley volleyball players scoop up awards after memorable season
Talk about a landslide vote.

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Quaker Valley’s Oumou “Mimi” Thiero works against Blackhawk’s Quinn Borroni last season.
Mimi Thiero provides spark for young Quaker Valley girls basketball roster
Oumou “Mimi” Thiero is a still-growing 6-foot-4 sophomore guard/forward who was an all-section selection last year.

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Quaker Valley guard Joe Coyle is back for his senior year in the boys basketball program.
Senior guard Joe Coyle, Quaker Valley boys start season on right foot
Joe Coyle is back for his senior year in the Quaker Valley boys basketball program.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Hammond was an all-section selection this season.
Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy athletics did you know?
December 3, 2023
Went up to the attic and pulled this column idea out of the dusty cedar chest:

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Senior 3-sport standout leads young Sewickley Academy girls basketball roster
Libby Eannarino is a preeminent three-sport standout at Sewickley Academy.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas celebrates victory in the 121-pound finals of the WPIAL individual championships and his 100th career win at Chartiers Valley High School on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023.
Quaker Valley wrestling aims to reach new milestones
The strong just keep getting stronger.

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Quaker Valley’s Jace Vasbinder is a sophomore member of the 2023-24 hockey team.
Sophomore trio helps Quaker Valley hockey team to 8-0 start
Let’s tag them as sophomore sensations.

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Blackhawk’s Alena Fusetti battles Quaker Valley’s Oumou Thiero for a rebound during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Thiero, Chapman hope to guide Quaker Valley girls basketball back to WPIAL playoffs
There will be several new players in the Quaker Valley girls basketball lineup this season.

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Senior Laekyn Flinn sets standard for Thomas Jefferson girls basketball
One of the team leaders for the TJ girls basketball team is 5-foot-9 senior guard/forward Laekyn Flinn, who will continue her career after high school at Frostburg State.

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Jeff Helsel | Mon Valley Independent
                                Thomas Jefferson’s Noah Prosser brings the ball up court against Fox Chapel in a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game last season.
With 4 starters back, Thomas Jefferson boys poised for big season
Thomas Jefferson’s boys basketball team has experience on its side for 2023-24.

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Behind veteran frontcourt, Brentwood girls in position to contend
The Brentwood girls basketball team’s recipe for success includes a little height mixed in with a solid dose of experience.

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Veteran Brentwood boys roster aiming for bounce-back season
The 2022-23 season was an anomaly for the Brentwood boys basketball program.

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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review 
                                Baldwin’s Nate Richards drives past Bethel Park’s Colton Pfeuffer last season.
Baldwin boys making strides toward breakout season
Baldwin boys basketball wrapped up the 2022-23 season above .500 with a 12-11 record.

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Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan takes down Seneca Valley’s Tyler Chappell in the 127-pound fifth place match at the 56th Annual Powerade Wrestling Tournament last season.
Lineup loaded with WPIAL qualifiers breeds confidence for Bethel Park wrestling
December 2, 2023
Nine members of the Bethel Park wrestling program have been WPIAL qualifiers in their careers.

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1st-year coach ushers in new era for Bethel Park girls basketball
There’s a new face on the bench and a new system on the floor.

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Bethel Park coach Dante Calabria talks with Nick Brown during a game against Peters Township last season.
Boasting lineup with size, experience, Bethel Park boys expect successful season
Height isn’t an issue for the Bethel Park boys basketball team.

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The 2023 Quaker Valley girls soccer team finished 11-6-1 overall.
Playoff season builds excitement for future of Quaker Valley girls soccer
November 26, 2023
Quaker Valley’s girls soccer team finished as a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinalist this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Andrew Vescio (left) and Tanner Schultz celebrate after Nick Allan scored during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Camp Hill on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Quaker Valley boys add to school’s soccer legacy with WPIAL, PIAA championship appearances
Quaker Valley boys soccer is one of the most renowned programs in WPIAL history, thanks to 10 WPIAL and nine PIAA championships.

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Sewickley Academy’s Gwyneth Belt returns a volley during the WPIAL Class 2A championship match against Knoch on Oct. 18 at Washington & Jefferson.
Sewickley Academy girls tennis season highlighted by section title, state playoff berth
November 19, 2023
Sewickley Academy had little difficulty defeating District 5 champion Bedford in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A girls tennis playoffs.

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Sewickley Academy’s Libby Eannarino competes during the 2023 girls soccer season.
Sewickley Academy girls soccer makes playoffs with young roster, looks to bright future
The Sewickley Academy girls soccer team landed in the WPIAL playoffs once again in 2023.

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Quaker Valley student-athletes attended the 14th annual WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship held Nov. 8, 2023, at the Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Representing Quaker Valley were, from left, Taylor Cupelli (lacrosse), Madison Chapman (basketball), Katelyn Clark (volleyball), Gavin Fallgren (baseball), Zach Djedid (football, basketball, track and field) and Bennett Haas (soccer).
Quaker Valley athletes focus on sportsmanship at WPIAL summit
Quaker Valley athletics was in vogue at the 14th annual WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship held Nov. 8 at the Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

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Thomas Jefferson seniors, from left, Zoe Krizan (Drexel, softball); Evan Berger (Edinboro, men’s basketball); Laekyn Flinn (Frostburg State, women’s basketball) sign national letters of intent on Nov. 8, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Thomas Jefferson’s Evan Berger, Zoe Krizan, Laekyn Flinn sign with college programs
November 18, 2023
The NCAA early signing day for high school athletes took place Nov. 8.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Sean Sullivan makes a touchdown catch as Kiski Area’s Terry Martin defends in a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game Friday, Nov. 3, 2023.
Despite loss in WPIAL quarterfinals, Thomas Jefferson had another statistically strong season
Thomas Jefferson and Aliquippa have qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for 29 consecutive years.

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Bethel Park’s Cami Fisher returns a serve against North Allegheny during the WPIAL Class 3A team tennis championship on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, at Washington & Jefferson College..
Bethel Park girls tennis makes history during championship season
Expectations were soaring through the roof for the Bethel Park girls tennis team this year.

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Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras scores under Mt. Lebanon’s Ezra Heidenreich on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park football sets foundation for future, makes playoffs in successful season
The Bethel Park football team advanced to the WPIAL playoffs for the third consecutive season.

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Quaker Valley’s Kirsten Close competes for the 2023 girls tennis team.
Quaker Valley junior spearheads charity to benefit women in El Salvador
November 12, 2023
Kirsten Close is not your average transfer student.

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Shady Side Academy’s Meriwether McCargo wins the WPIAL Class 3A singles championship Sept. 19 at North Allegheny.
Shady Side Academy freshman bursts onto WPIAL tennis scene
November 11, 2023
Shady Side Academy freshman Meriwether McCargo upset the apple cart.

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PIAA qualifiers from Quaker Valley are from left, assistant coach Ron Graf, senior Ellie Cain, head coach Ryan Kelly, senior Ollie Graham, sophomore River Capek, senior Matt Cohen, sophomore Tyler Bell, junior Jackson Pethel, junior Clark LaLomia and freshman Jonah Montagnese.
Quaker Valley cross country teams accomplishing goals in postseason
November 5, 2023
It’s been a sweet season for the Quaker Valley boys cross country team.

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Quaker Valley’s Tabitha Bemis wins a 110-meter hurdle semifinal during the WPIAL Class AA qualifying meet May 11, 2010, at South Side.
Quaker Valley greats gather for 2023 hall of fame induction weekend
The celebratory Sports Hall of Fame weekend returned to Quaker Valley this fall after a three-year pause due to the covid pandemic.

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Members of the Quaker Valley girls volleyball team qualified for the 2023 WPIAL playoffs.
Quaker Valley junior’s coat drive, other efforts help new arrivals to Western Pa.
October 29, 2023
Quaker Valley junior Molly MacDonald combines her athletic skills with a strong sense of altruism.

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Quaker Valley’s Ethan Dai plays in the WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championship Oct. 2 at Butler Country Club.
Quaker Valley golfer enjoys breakthrough junior season
Quaker Valley junior Ethan Dai took his golf game to the next level in 2023.

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Avonworth goalkeeper Alexander Rowe makes a save under Quaker Valley’s Kiril Grin on Sept. 26.
Fisher’s Files: Quaker Valley athletes enjoy fantastic fall
Eight varsity sports teams.

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Quaker Valley’s Carter Turk heads the ball over Avonworth’s Abdul Shuaib on Sept. 26.
Dominant regular season sends Quaker Valley boys soccer into playoffs
October 22, 2023
The numbers 42 and 28 stand out for the Quaker Valley boys soccer program this season.

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The 2023 section-winning Thomas Jefferson girls soccer team.
Thomas Jefferson girls soccer hits playoffs in stride after back-to-back section titles
The Thomas Jefferson girls soccer team was expecting a banner year on the pitch in 2023.

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Brayden Miller competes for the Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team during the 2023 season.
Thomas Jefferson boys overcome injuries to reach WPIAL playoffs
Michael “Doc” Kulish performed a juggling act this year as head coach of the Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team.

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Sewickley Academy’s Maria Sirianni returns a serve during the WPIAL Class 2A championship match against Knoch on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, at Washington & Jefferson College.
Sewickley Academy tennis looks ahead to PIAA tournament after WPIAL runner-up finish
Sewickley Academy was looking to win its ninth WPIAL championship in girls tennis.

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The Bethel Park girls tennis team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North Allegheny in the Class 3A final on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, at Washington & Jefferson College..
Doubles team’s WPIAL championship highlights special season for Bethel Park tennis
October 21, 2023
Both are talented tennis players. One is a freshman at Bethel Park. The other’s a senior.

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Bethel Park senior MF/D Henry Gaston (22), who was named co-player of the year in Section 3-3A, competes against Thomas Jefferson on Aug. 29, 2023, at Bethel Park.
After winning Section 3 title, Bethel Park boys look forward to postseason run
Bethel Park didn’t lose a section game in boys soccer this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Clark LaLomia, Tyler Bell, Jackson Pethel, Jonah Montagnese, River Capek and Oliver Graham celebrate a first-place finish in Class 2a at the Bald Eagle Invitational.
Quaker Valley cross country teams enjoying special season
October 15, 2023
The Quaker Valley cross country program is having a magical season.

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The 2023 Quaker Valley girls volleyball team.
Quaker Valley volleyball looks to carry momentum into postseason
The Quaker Valley girls volleyball team picked up where it left off last season.

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The 1993 Quaker Valley boys soccer team was inducted into the Quaker Valley Athletics Hall of Fame in the Class of 2023.
State championship soccer team takes center stage at Quaker Valley hall of fame induction
Quaker Valley held its celebratory sports hall of fame weekend for the first time since 2019.

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Sewickley Academy’s Katherine Varghese competes during the 2023 season.
Trio of captains leads young Sewickley Academy girls soccer roster to promising season
October 8, 2023
The captain’s role on the Sewickley Academy girls soccer team has proven invaluable for the younger players this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Joyce Olawaiye competes for the 2023 girls tennis team.
Quaker Valley girls tennis team comes together to capture 1st section title since 2010
It had been more than a decade since Quaker Valley won a section title in girls tennis.

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Quaker Valley’s 1988-89 boys basketball team included, in front, from left, Chris Zacharias, Tony Carpenter, Felton Martin, Dave Wick, Brian Smith, Robert Bosh, Mike Hayes, Eric Sisak and Reggie Owes. In back are assistant coach Mike Mastroianni, Jim Seymour, Reggie Bledsoe, Jeff Gaca, Phillip Hall, Andrew Farrington, Neil Sisak, Melvin Meade, Fenny Fairfield, Patrick South, Mark Dhuy, Jon Stanley, Aaron Vescio, Ken Lauffer and coach John Gaetano.
Basketball team that laid foundation for program’s success joins Quaker Valley hall of fame
John Gaetano took over as Quaker Valley’s boys basketball coach in 1987-88.

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The 2023 Quaker Valley boys golf team, coached by Greg Vecchi, tied with Eden Christian as co-champion of Section 9-2A.
After section showdown, Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy golfers go on to postseason success
October 1, 2023
Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy have well-established golf programs and traditions.

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Quaker Valley grad Christa Rogers-Pettie will be inducted into the Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2023.
3-sport star completes family trifecta in Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame
The covid-19 pandemic in 2020 delayed Dr. Christa Rogers-Pettie’s entrance into the Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

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Seniors on the 2023 Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team include, in front, from left, Gabrielle Breisinger, Charlotte Rockwell, Tirli Abercrombie, Eliah Lippincott, Mia Fox; in back, Mckenna Haggerty, Alexa Albin Abigail Ondo, Rylie Sippey and Bailey Spell.
With senior-loaded lineup, Thomas Jefferson in position to claim another section title
September 24, 2023
Thomas Jefferson has won 25 section titles in girls volleyball in school history.

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Submitted by Jim Smoyer
                                Thomas Jefferson’s Jim Smoyer in 1987.
Advance scout Jim Smoyer, an ‘invaluable’ part of Thomas Jefferson’s football program
Thomas Jefferson football aficionado Jim Smoyer is like most high school fans.

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Mike Darnay | Mon Valley Independent
                                Injuries can’t slow TJ boys soccer team
                                Sam Wessel competes for the Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team during the 2023 season. With a talented roster stacked with 10 returning starters from last year’s WPIAL quarterfinalist, the Jaguars — despite the injuries — won six of their first seven games and were 4-1 in Section 3-3A behind Bethel Park (6-0) and Ringgold (5-1). <strong> Story, Page 26</strong>
Thomas Jefferson boys soccer overcomes injuries to get off to strong start
Thomas Jefferson, expected to be a contender for a section title in boys soccer, found itself reeling from injuries in the first month of the season.

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Sewickley Academy’s Andrew Caridad is a senior member of the Panthers this season.
Despite graduation losses, Sewickley Academy boys soccer off to fast start
The 2023 season would be considered a time to rebuild for most soccer programs after losing nine seniors to graduation.

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Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) talks to referee Furman South (13) during a stoppage in play against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Newark, N.J.
Furman South honored to be 1st Quaker Valley hockey player inducted into school’s hall of fame
Furman South’s brilliant hockey career has been filled with a series of firsts.

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Bethel Park’s Gabby Gealey (24) is a senior member of the girls volleyball team.
Bethel Park volleyball ‘young but competitive’ so far this season
September 23, 2023
Bethel Park was a veteran girls volleyball squad in 2022 with eight seniors and three juniors. The Black Hawks finished 10-6 overall and 6-4 in Section 2-4A as Peters Township and Canon-McMillan tied for first at 9-1.

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Adam Thompson is a returning starter for the 2023 Bethel Park boys soccer team.
Strong start fuels Bethel Park boys soccer toward postseason run
If the first month of the season was any indication, the Bethel Park boys soccer team was looking at a fantastic finish in 2023.

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Justin Shegog (10) from Quaker Valley High School fouls Shady Side Academy’s Maurio Medley with 1:43 left in the fourth quarter of the Quakers’ 50-38 loss to the Indians at Ambridge High School. This foul was Shegog’s fifth and final foul of the game.
New Quaker Valley hall of famer Justin Shegog raised basketball program’s profile
September 17, 2023
Justin Shegog was a mover and a shaker in the gym as well as for the entire Quaker Valley boys basketball program.

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Quaker Valley’s Nick Allan battles 
Sewickley Academy’s Thomas Varghese 
for possession during a game last season.
Senior standouts set tone for Quaker Valley soccer
Two of the stars on last year’s boys soccer team at Quaker Valley are back for their senior season.

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Sewickley Academy’s Severin Harmon watches his tee shot on a playoff hole against Belle Vernon during the 2022 WPIAL team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Sewickley Academy golfers look to carry on culture created by late coach Win Palmer
September 10, 2023
The 2021 season was an aberration for the Sewickley Academy boys golf program.

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Dr. Jeff Mulholland (right), a member of the Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023, is shown in discussion with now-deceased Dr. James Pitcavage. Dr. Mulholland is one of six individuals and two teams voted into the HOF this year.
Trusted to get athletes back to health, Dr. Jeff Mulholland to join Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame
He has received the highest of praise and is considered one of the best in his profession.

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Quaker Valley’s Logan Richey, ties up Seagertown’s Owen Hershlman at the state tournament last year.
6 athletes from Quaker Valley Class of 2023 playing in college
September 3, 2023
Six former Quaker Valley students — all 2023 graduates — are continuing their athletic careers at the next level, including Nora Johns, who will compete in basketball and track and field at Ohio Wesleyan.

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Quaker Valley grad Dean Cvitkovic (right) will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame in the Class of 2023. He is pictured riding his horse alongside his granddaughter, Anna Cvitkovic.
Former football standout Dean Cvitkovic took unusual path to Quaker Valley Hall of Fame
Dean Cvitkovic graduated from Quaker Valley almost 50 years ago.

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Quaker Valley girls soccer hopes gradual improvements pave path to playoffs
Quaker Valley’s girls soccer team finished with an 8-7-2 record in 2022, a slight improvement from its 7-9-2 mark the season before.

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Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer celebrates with the Panthers after winning the WPIAL Class 2A team golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Longtime Sewickley Academy athletic director Win Palmer, who also coached 3 sports, dies at 65
September 1, 2023
One of the best ways many describe Win Palmer is that he was a gentleman’s gentleman.

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Mike Darnay | Mon Valley Independent
                                Thomas Jefferson’s Natalie Lamenza plays the ball as Latrobe’s Cali Dyche defends last season.
Fast, experienced roster has Thomas Jefferson girls soccer thinking big
August 27, 2023
Thomas Jefferson’s girls soccer team has great expectations for the 2023 season.

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Quaker Valley grad Tabitha Bemis
Multi-sport Quaker Valley athlete brings giant medal collection into school’s hall of fame
To say Tabitha Bemis was a multiple medalist at Quaker Valley would be a vast understatement.

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Quaker Valley junior Ethan Dai took first place in his age division Aug. 14, 2023, at the Wildwood Invitational at Wildwood Country Club.
Quaker Valley golfers motivated by near-miss at WPIAL team tournament
One shot made all the difference for the Quaker Valley boys golf team last season, as the Quakers placed third in the WPIAL Class 2A tournament by the narrowest of margins.

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Harry Gaston is a senior midfielder for the 2023 Bethel Park boys soccer team.
Bar set high for Bethel Park boys soccer
August 26, 2023
Last season may be difficult to match for this year’s Bethel Park boys soccer team.

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Carlynton’s Jadin McKnight goes through drills during a practice last season.
Carlynton hoping for turnaround season under new coach
August 23, 2023
The Class A Black Hills Conference wasn’t a friendly environment for Carlynton last season.

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Brentwood head coach Nick Caponi watches his team during practice on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, in Brentwood.
New coaching regime looks to get Brentwood back to playoffs
August 19, 2023
Brentwood’s football team finished 2-4 in the Class 2A Century Conference last season and 3-7 overall.

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Seton LaSalle’s O’Malley Daly catches a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, at Seton LaSalle.
Seton LaSalle rebuilds roster after winless campaign
August 15, 2023
Tim Storino is hoping the 2022 season was a valuable learning experience for the Seton LaSalle football team.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Diemert works out during practice on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley determined to develop a winning mentality
The 2022 season appeared promising in the early going for the Quaker Valley football team.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Sean Sullivan catches a pass on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Jefferson.
Star receiver back to provide spark to Thomas Jefferson offense
August 13, 2023
Veteran coach Bill Cherpak has seen his share of talented wide receivers at Thomas Jefferson.

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Quaker Valley’s Tabitha Bemis wins a 110-meter hurdle semifinal during the 2010 WPIAL Class AA qualifying meet at South Side.
Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame returns from covid hiatus with Class of 2023
August 12, 2023
It’s back.

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The Dukes took first place at the inaugural Queens of the ‘Burgh girls volleyball tournament held Aug. 4-6, 2023, at the All American Field House in Monroeville. The championship team consisted of, front, from left, Aliyah Angelici, Kennady Martindale (Most Valuable Queen), Avery Koontz; back, from left, Elle Visco, Ally Schepner, Elysia Smith, Becca Feczko, coach Maggie Colenbrander and Victoria Huffmyer.
Queens of the ‘Burgh volleyball event shines spotlight on top WPIAL players in fun setting
Avonworth girls volleyball coach John Skarupa believes it is the first of many to come.

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Avonworth coach John Skarupa poses with Quaker Valley’s Molly MacDonald, a 5-foot-10 junior outside hitter and Queens of the ‘Burgh participant.
Quaker Valley volleyball’s Molly MacDonald lends helping hand
Quaker Valley volleyball player Molly MacDonald certainly is an enterprising sort.

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Baldwin head coach Dana Brown, Jr. watches practice on Aug. 2, 2023, in Baldwin.
Baldwin’s new coach Dana Brown seeks out multi-sport athletes
August 9, 2023
Dana Brown knows the task he and his staff face.

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Bethel Park head coach Phil Peckich watches his team work out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Bethel Park.
New head coach vows to maintain standard at Bethel Park
August 8, 2023
Continuity.

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Quaker Valley softball player Gemma Wiegand will be a sophomore in 2023-24.
Quaker Valley sophomore softball standout shows skills at All American Games
August 5, 2023
Gemma Wiegand recently experienced a once-in-a-lifetime type of opportunity.

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Quaker Valley coach Gene Klein talks with midfielder Andrew Delie during a 2011 game.
Late coach Gene Klein’s long list of accomplishments won’t soon be forgotten at Quaker Valley
It was a no-brainer when former boys soccer coach Gene Klein was inducted into the Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Quaker Valley coach Gene Klein talks with senior midfielder Andrew Delie on the sideline during a game Sept. 15, 2011, at South Fayette.
Longtime Riverhounds, Quaker Valley soccer coach Gene Klein dies after battle with brain cancer
July 24, 2023
Gene Klein did not have just an iconic, hall-of-fame coaching career.

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Brentwood’s Carter Betz was awarded the district’s Mark Reider award for the 2022-23 school year.
Multi-sport athletes takes home top honors for 2022-23 school year at Brentwood
July 23, 2023
The announcement of the Mark Reider award and Booster Athlete award winners is eagerly anticipated at the end of every school year at Brentwood.

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Dublin Parnell shows off her state medal.
As girls wrestling grows, Quaker Valley looks to build program
The date May 17 is historic and highly significant in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as the WPIAL.

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Back for their senior season in 2023 at Bethel Park are, from left, Gabby Gealey (24), Brooke Kessler (28) and Essa George (23).
Bethel Park girls volleyball building foundation for upcoming season
July 22, 2023
Excuse the members of the Bethel Park girls volleyball team if they occasionally sneak a peek at HGTV.

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Ray Altmeyer was a member of Bethel Park baseball’s accomplished Class of 2023.
Senior class leaves unprecedented mark on Bethel Park baseball program
It was a tremendous three-year run for the Bethel Park baseball program, particularly for the seniors on the 2023 club.

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Sewickley Academy’s Lauren Retzlaff competes during the 2023 season.
Sewickley Academy lacrosse defender delivers important message about mental health
July 15, 2023
Lauren Retzlaff, a sophomore defender on the 2023 Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team, will be campaigning for a serious cause during the upcoming school year.

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Sewickley Academy 3-sport athlete eager to fill expanded role on diamond next season
Jordan Smith is filled with inspiration for his 2023-24 senior year at Sewickley Academy.

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Sewickley Academy’s Libby Eannarino (2) competes during the 2023 season.
Sewickley Academy rising seniors Libby Eannarino, Ashley Close look forward to promising ’24 lacrosse season
July 8, 2023
They are key midfielders on the Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team.

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Quaker Valley’s Ben Carlson (right) was an all-section selection in ’23.
Senior all-section honorees helped lead Quaker Valley to boys lacrosse playoffs
A trio of seniors wrapped up their Quaker Valley boys lacrosse careers by being named all-section in Class 2A.

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Quaker Valley’s Annica Kagle blocks the shot of Burrell’s Avery Bain during WPIAL 2A first-round volleyball action Oct. 26 at Avonworth High School.
Quaker Valley girls volleyball looks ahead to promising ’23 season
July 2, 2023
Quaker Valley’s girls volleyball team ended up 15-3 in the 2022 regular season and won 12 times by 3-0 scores.

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Quaker Valley’s Mia Gartley competes during the 2023 track and field season.
Gartley siblings find success with Quaker Valley track and field
Mia Gartley of Quaker Valley is a 5-foot-2 dynamo of an athlete.

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Thomas Jefferson starting pitcher Kendall Pielin throws against Plum during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game May 15.
Stock rising for Thomas Jefferson softball after playoff season
June 25, 2023
Thomas Jefferson’s softball team won five of its final six regular season games to clinch a WPIAL Class 5A playoff berth this spring.

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Quaker Valley’s Bennett Haas (4) celebrates after scoring with Sutton Hoehl during their game against Sewickley Academy on Oct. 4, 2022, at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley athletes make headlines during successful 2022-23 school year
Quaker Valley has established a staunch winning tradition over the years.

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Quaker Valley freshman midfielder Lucy Roig (24) competes against Sewickley Academy during the 2023 season.
Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse players pick up postseason awards
Several area girls lacrosse athletes have been honored with postseason plaudits.

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Thomas Jefferson boys volleyball in good position after strong season with young team
Will Stewart stands out in a crowd.

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Bethel Park’s Evan Holewinski makes a catch in right field against Chartiers Valley on May 10.
Bethel Park baseball faces adversity, comes through with solid season
June 24, 2023
It didn’t end with a state championship celebration like the previous two seasons did, but Bethel Park’s baseball team was able to boast of a strong 2023.

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Quaker Valley’s Jackson Pethel passes the baton to Clark LaLomia behind the handoff by Winchester Thurstan’s Charlie Routledge to Eli DeSimone in the boys 4x800-meter relay at the WPIAL Class 2A track and field championships May 17, at Slippery Rock University.
WPIAL runner-up finish caps strong season for Quaker Valley boys track
June 18, 2023
Quaker Valley’s boys track and field team emerged from the shadow of its counterpart girls squad this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns brings the ball upcourt during a game against Montour on Jan. 12, 2022.
Quaker Valley 3-sport standout Nora Johns picks Ohio Wesleyan
Quaker Valley’s loss is Ohio Wesleyan’s gain.

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Goaltender Braidee Blackburn, making a save on East’s Cora Williams during last year’s PIHL girls finals, stepped in and made 41 saves to help a short-handed Southeast roster win the 2023 championship game.
Successful 2nd season for PIHL girls league ends with Southeast on top
June 17, 2023
In the second season of PIHL girls hockey, the Southeast team enjoyed a playoff bonanza.

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Sewickley Academy sophomore Severin Harmon serves in the semifinal round of the 2023 WPIAL boys tennis tournament.
Sewickley Academy’s ‘skillful seven’ made it a tennis season to remember
June 11, 2023
It’s not Murderer’s Row. That’s an old phrase coined for the then-dreaded 1927 New York Yankees.

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Quaker Valley girls celebrate their ninth WPIAL Class 2A track and field team championship.
Quaker Valley runs it back with WPIAL girls team championship repeat
It was a celebratory rerun of 2022.

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Sewickley Academy’s Adin Zorn
Sewickley Academy baseball hit stride in season’s 2nd half
June 4, 2023
A month into the WPIAL baseball season, Sewickley Academy finally found its groove.

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Quaker Valley sophomore Jay Olawaiye competes during the 2023 season.
Surging sophomore leads Quaker Valley track team at states
Sophomore sensation Jay Olawaiye made the biggest impact for Quaker Valley at the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University.

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Sewickley Academy defeated Winchester Thurston for the WPIAL Class 2A team tennis title Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
Sewickley Academy players pleased with another successful tennis season
May 28, 2023
Sewickley Academy left little doubt as to why it was the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 2A boys tennis tournament.

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Quaker Valley girls 3,200-meter relay runners, from left, Ellie Cain, Kate Hines, Elizabeth Szuba and Cecilia Montagnese, won a 2023 WPIAL gold medal.
Going the distance: Quaker Valley’s success continues in 3,200 relay
Three juniors and a sophomore have proven to be a dynamic 3,200-meter girls relay unit at Quaker Valley.

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The 2023 Quaker Valley girls track and field team.
Quaker Valley track teams set gold standard in WPIAL postseason
Suffice to say, Quaker Valley has become the preeminent WPIAL track and field program in Class 2A.

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The 2023 Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse team. The Colts finished 8-3 in the section and 11-5 overall, tying Quaker Valley for third place behind perennial powers Mars and Blackhawk.
Defending girls lacrosse champion Chartiers Valley relished being the hunted
May 21, 2023
A year ago, the Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse team finished in third place in its section, but put together a golden run in the WPIAL playoffs to win a district championship.

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Quaker Valley track athletes (from left) sophomore Vanessa Pickett, junior Spencer Elliott and sophomore Sarah Minard pose with the WPIAL Class 2A championship trophy won by the QV girls track and field team this season. The QV girls have won back-to-back WPIAL team titles.
Led by record-setting performances, Quaker Valley girls defend WPIAL team track title
It wasn’t even close.

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Quaker Valley boys lacrosse heats up at right time to earn playoff berth
Quaker Valley’s boys lacrosse team found success by winning at an important time of year.

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Bethel Park junior Jenna Lang poses with her 2023 Baldwin Invitational medal with coach Scott Staranko.
Jenna Lang ‘a great motivator’ for Bethel Park track and field team
May 20, 2023
Bethel Park junior Jenna Lang has had her thought process firmly entrenched on her running abilities.

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The 2023 Quaker Valley boys tennis team.
Chase Merkel, Joseph Veeck guide Quaker Valley boys tennis to solid season
May 14, 2023
There is a new award on the high school tennis scene.

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Quaker Valley’s Shannon Von Kaenel has 42 goals and 20 assists this season.
Quaker Valley girls lacrosse eyes postseason run
Quaker Valley’s girls lacrosse team is playoff bound.

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Valley senior Nick Bussard serves during warmups for a Section 1-2A match with Indiana on April 10.
New award honors WPIAL tennis players for exceptional sportsmanship
May 13, 2023
There is a new award on the high school tennis scene.

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Quaker Valley’s Ellie Kane wins the 800 meters during the WPIAL Class 2A team track and field championships last year.
Quaker Valley boys, girls track teams run away with section titles
May 7, 2023
The Quaker Valley track and field program hit the daily double against section opponents this season.

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Sewickley Academy junior midfielder Libby Eannarino competes during the 2023 girls lacrosse season.
Junior midfielder finds perfect fit on Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team
Libby Eannarino has made quite the impact in her first year at Sewickley Academy.

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Hampton’s Ava Vitiello won the 800 and 1,600 at the South Fayette Invitational.
Hampton track teams set for ‘fun part of the season’
May 6, 2023
Hampton’s girls track and field team qualified for the WPIAL playoffs out of Section 4-3A.

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Hampton senior pitcher Ryan Apaliski had 59 strikeouts in 32 innings through the end of April.
Hampton baseball hopes up-and-down season ends with playoff success
Hampton hoped to wrap up a WPIAL playoff berth in the final days of high school baseball regular season.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns works against Blackhawk’s Ava Davis during their game Jan. 12 in Leetsdale.
WPIAL scholar-athlete award shines spotlight on Nora Johns’ remarkable Quarter Valley career
April 30, 2023
Nora Johns’ high school resume is exemplary.

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East’s Cara Williams (44) and Kira Florek celebrate with Kylie Mckenzie after McKenzie’s game winning goal to beat Central in overtime in the PIHL Girls Division Championship Saturday, June 11, 2022 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
Title contenders face off as PIHL girls division’s 2nd season begins
Opening-week action in the PIHL’s second season sponsoring a girls division took place April 18-20.

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Hampton’s Gabe Harris plays against Fox Chapel on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Fridley Field in Hampton.
                                Hampton goalie Kaden Hoolahan has a 57% save percentage this season.
Strong start has Hampton boys lacrosse primed for playoff run
April 29, 2023
Hampton has proven to be one of the elite boys lacrosse teams in Section 2-2A of the WPIAL.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Elias Lippincott rounds the bases during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game against Latrobe on May 17, 2022 at Hempfield.
Thomas Jefferson baseball looking to smooth rough edges, peak at playoff time
April 23, 2023
Thomas Jefferson’s baseball team rebounded nicely from a slow start to the 2023 season.

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Brentwood’s new head football coach, Nick Caponi
Brentwood grad, longtime assistant excited to take reins of football program
Nick Caponi has worn an assortment of hats in his coaching career.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ryan Lawry intercepts a pass to end the game against McKeesport on Oct. 28, 2022.
Thomas Jefferson football’s Ryan Lawry makes impact with hard work, dedication
He may be a bit small in stature, but he was a big-time player for the Thomas Jefferson football team.

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Sewickley Academy sophomore Severin Harmon serves in the semifinal round of the 2023 WPIAL boys tennis tournament.
Sewickley Academy’s Severin Harmon shines in WPIAL singles tournament
A budding WPIAL tennis rivalry took place April 12 at the Class 2A singles tournament held at Bethel Park.

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Quaker Valley baseball chasing section championship
Quaker Valley was in a three-way battle for second place in Section 1-3A when the season’s second half commenced.

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Bethel Park’s Artemis Conaboy broke a 49-year-old record in the girls 400-meter dash with a time of 58.15 on April 1, 2023, at the Mt. Lebanon Invitational.
Bethel Park sprinter shattering school records in breakout season
April 22, 2023
Bethel Park coach Mark Jacobs had high hopes for junior Artemis Conaboy in the outdoor track and field season.

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Bethel Park’s Meghan Krapp (27), a senior attacker, competes during the 2023 season.
With roster loaded with underclassmen, Bethel Park girls lacrosse looks to learn, grow
It’s been tough sledding for the Bethel Park girls lacrosse team.

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Bethel Park’s Luke Henderson (25), a senior midfielder, competes during the 2023 season.
Despite roster turnover, Bethel Park boys lacrosse remains in contention
Luke Lewis moved from defensive coordinator into the leadership position of head coach this year in the Bethel Park boys lacrosse program.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski delivers against Selinsgrove during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on June 17 at Penn State.
Bethel Park ready to defend back-to-back PIAA baseball championships
The players on the Bethel Park baseball team have had big shoes to fill this season.

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With rebuilt roster, Sewickley Academy softball eyes improvement
April 16, 2023
Small steps.

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Quaker Valley sophomore volleyball players (from left) Nora Hammond, Vanessa Pickett and Molly MacDonald during the 2022 season.
4 Quaker Valley volleyball players headed to national tournaments
Quaker Valley’s girls volleyball program is receiving national attention.

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<strong>Sea dragons advance to state</strong>
                                Three members of the Sewickley Valley YMCA Sea Dragons swim team advanced to the state meet this season after qualifying at the district championships. Logan Monyok (from left), Amelia Suhayda and Luke Monyok are the 2023 state qualifiers. <strong>See full story, Page 18.
Sewickley Valley YMCA swimmers cut times, advance to state meet
April 9, 2023
Three members of the Sewickley Valley YMCA Sea Dragons swim team advanced to the state meet this season after qualifying at the district championships.

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Sewickley Academy’s Nick Straka, left, and Jordan Smith talk with assistant coach Anthony Garofalo last season.
With deep group of returning lettermen, Sewickley Academy baseball poised for success
Sewickley Academy’s baseball home opener could not have gone any smoother.

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QVYWA members, from left, Ireland Parnell, Patrick Bulger, Dublin Parnell.
Quaker Valley girls wrestlers making statewide splash in youth competition
Quaker Valley Wrestling Association was well-represented at the Keystone State youth championships this past season.

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The Quaker Valley softball team gathers for a postgame talk.
Freshmen provide spark for growth of Quaker Valley softball
April 2, 2023
Quaker Valley football coach Jason Cappa doubles his duties as coach of the Quakers softball team.

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<strong>buzzer beater</strong>
                                Quaker Valley girls basketball lost a 40-37 decision to Harbor Creek in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A tournament as Georgia Weber hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Huskies, who improved to 20-6 with the win. <strong>See full story, Page 18.</strong>
Before buzzer-beating finish, Quaker Valley girls basketball season filled with highlights
A last-second buzzer beater.

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Thomas Jefferson junior Addie Arndt competes during a 2023 gymnastics meet.
Thomas Jefferson junior dives headfirst into 2-sport winter schedule
March 26, 2023
Addison Arndt literally dives headfirst into her winter athletic schedule at Thomas Jefferson.

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Jacob Keisel
Quaker Valley hockey players to play in national championships
Many of the skaters in the PIHL maintain their time on the ice as members of local club teams.

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Quaker Valley’s Ben Carlson celebrates his second goal with Jace Vasbinder during a PIHL Class A quarterfinal against Fox Chapel at Alpha Ice Complex.
Optimism abounds for Quaker Valley hockey after playoff season
The PIHL regular season is a long grind, beginning in October and running into February.

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Quaker Valley’s Hunter Doherty celebrates as he scores during a WPIAL Class 4A playoff game against Highlands last season.
New-look Quaker Valley lineup aims to bring aggressiveness, hard work to diamond
Quaker Valley’s baseball team suffered massive graduation losses last year.

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Kefimba Cisse finishes ahead of Plum’s Connor Pivirotto in the 1,600 last season.
Hurdler, distance runner among returning standouts for Gateway track team
One of the leading returning competitors in the Gateway track and field program this season is junior hurdler Kierra Pitts.

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Gateway’s Mallory Brown swims in practice last season.
Relay team leads Gateway swimmers at WPIAL, PIAA meets
The Gateway girls 400-yard freestyle relay team was handed the fifth seed at the PIAA Class 2A swim championships at Bucknell.

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Former Thomas Jefferson athletes were honored at the West Jefferson Hills School District’s first Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as part of the Class of 2022-23, on March 4, 2023, at Georgetown Center.
Sports luminaries highlight long-awaited West Jefferson Hills Hall of Fame inductions
West Jefferson Hills announced it was starting the Hall of Fame program during the 2019-20 school year, but the first class never was recognized due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode competes at the WPIAL gymnastics championships Feb. 11, 2023, at Moon.
Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode remains 2nd to none in WPIAL gymnastics
Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode has made an indelible imprint on WPIAL gymnastics.

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Bethel Park assistant athletic director Laura Grimm, a Serra Catholic and Colgate graduate, will be inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.
Bethel Park assistant AD headed to WPIAL Hall of Fame for storied Serra Catholic basketball career
March 25, 2023
Laura Grimm is a relatively new face in the Bethel Park athletic department.

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Bethel Park’s Trent Powell competes at the WPIAL swimming championships March 2-3, 2023, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Bethel Park swimmers hit lifetime bests, collect medals at WPIAL meet
He’s only a sophomore, but he stood out as a team leader for Bethel Park.

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Bethel Park’s Gavin Moul catches a pass Oct. 7 at Upper St. Clair.
‘Emotional leader’ Gavin Moul caps Bethel Park career with Big 33 appearance
Gavin Moul’s high school football career is not over just yet.

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Gateway’s Kaleb Pryor drives past Woodland Hills’ Chaz Cobbs during WPIAL boys 5A first-round action Feb. 17 at Gateway High School.
Gateway players disappointed in finish but relish ‘amazing performance’ throughout season
March 19, 2023
It’s not the way the Gateway boys basketball team wanted to end the season.

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Quaker Valley’s Logan Richey beats Catasauqua’s Gavin Fehr, 4-3, at 145 pounds in the preliminary round during the PIAA wrestling championships March 9 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Quaker Valley sees pair of wrestlers hit 100-win milestone
It doesn’t often happen that a high school wrestling team has two 100-win grapplers in one season.

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Quaker Valley’s Joey Coyle brings the ball upcourt past Belle Vernon’s Deaubre Lightfoot in a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game Feb. 20, 2023.
Quaker Valley boys will bring plenty back after 2nd straight section title
Quaker Valley’s boys basketball team has a chance to make a little history in 2023-24.

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Plum’s Dani Pici singles against Kiski during a game on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Crew of returning starters ready to lead Plum softball to success in Section 1-5A
It was termed as an up-and-down season for the Mustangs.

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Quaker Valley swimmers at their home pool on Feb. 16, 2023.
Girls relay teams push pace for Quaker Valley swimmers
March 12, 2023
The stars of the show for the Quaker Valley swim program were the girls relay teams. All three relay units were medalists at the WPIAL Class 2A championships March 3-4 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Quaker Valley’s Maria Helkowski is pressured by Blackhawk’s Ava Davis pressures during their game Jan. 12 in Leetsdale. The Quakers finished runner-up to Blackhawk in Section 2-4A.
Senior scorer steps up during Quaker Valley playoff run
Maria Helkowski had a memorable run in the WPIAL playoffs for the Quaker Valley girls basketball team.

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Quaker Valley’s 2023 WPIAL diving medalists (from left) sophomore Ruby Krotine, sophomore Ruby Olliffe and junior Katie Blackmer.
Ruby Olliffe, Quaker Valley divers have strong showing at WPIAL meet
March 5, 2023
Quaker Valley’s Ruby Olliffe repeated as the WPIAL Class 2A runner-up in girls diving.

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Quaker Valley’s Noah Jordan puts up a shot against Belle Vernon in a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game Feb. 20.
Quaker Valley boys see remarkable season end with playoff loss to Belle Vernon
The section champion Quaker Valley boys basketball team had a tough draw in the first round of the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs.

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Hempfield’s competitive spirit team took first place in the Super Varsity Division I game day category at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships Feb. 10-12, 2023, in Orlando.
Hempfield spirit squad ‘performed better than ever’ in winning national title
February 27, 2023
Diligence and dedication help define the Hempfield competitive spirit cheer program. Hard work, determination and desire also prove valuable.

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The Quaker Valley swimming and diving senior class for 2023.
Seniors help Quaker Valley girls swim team capture 4th straight section title
February 26, 2023
Nine seniors were recognized Feb. 16 for their contributions and dedication to the Quaker Valley swim program.

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Quaker Valley’s Oumou Thiero works against Blackhawk’s Quinn Borroni during their game on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley girls look forward to playoff test against Knoch
February 23, 2023
There’s no knocking Quaker Valley’s quarterfinal-round playoff opponent.

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Renee Ruggeri has coached gymnastics for nearly 40 years.
Delmont coach shares her love of gymnastics
February 20, 2023
Renee Ruggeri, the original and sole owner of Ultimate Gymnastics in Delmont, has devoted almost her entire life to the sport she loves.

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Renee Ruggeri has coached gymnastics for nearly 40 years.
Baldwin Hall of Fame gymnast Renee Ruggeri shares her love of the sport through coaching
February 19, 2023
Renee Ruggeri, the original and sole owner of Ultimate Gymnastics in Delmont, has devoted almost her entire life to the sport she loves.

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Baldwin grad Taylor Dadig competes for George Mason’s softball team.
Father-daughter duos take over Baldwin softball program
The timing is ideal.

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Quaker Valley’s Logan Richey looks to gain dominant position during a scramble in the 145-pound finals of the Allegheny County wrestling championships Jan. 21 at Fox Chapel.
Quaker Valley wrestler Logan Richey joins elite company
Quaker Valley senior Logan Richey joined an elite group of wrestlers at his school Feb. 1 with his performance at the WPIAL Class 2A team tournament.

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Quaker Valley’s Braedan Steffey.
Quaker Valley bounces back from skid in time for Penguins Cup playoffs
Quaker Valley’s youthful hockey team snapped out of its funk Feb. 9 with an impressive 8-4 win against North Catholic.

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The Carter family poses for a photo in 2017. From left are dad Bob (who is deceased), mom Peg, Emily and brother Alan.
WPIAL Hall of Fame induction a bittersweet moment for Bethel Park’s Emily Carter
February 18, 2023
Emily Carter seems like a humble person.

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Bethel Park’s Freddy Mach was runner-up at the WPIAL rifle championships Feb. 9 at Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club in Canonsburg.
Bethel Park sophomore earns high marks at WPIAL rifle championships
Bethel Park’s Freddy Mach proved to be a top marksman at the WPIAL rifle championship Feb. 9 at the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club in Canonsburg.

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Hempfield’s competitive spirit cheerleading squad repeated as state champion on Jan. 28, 2023, in Hershey.
Group effort helped Hempfield competitive spirit team defend PIAA title
February 13, 2023
It was another stirring performance for the Hempfield competitive spirit cheerleading squad.

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Quaker Valley’s Katie Blackmer took first place in the girls diving competition at the 2023 MAC championships. Ruby Olliffe and Ruby Krotine took fifth and sixth, respectively.
Returning coach helps Quaker Valley divers reach new heights
February 12, 2023
Quaker Valley diving coach Becca Kirby witnessed their extraordinary potential years ago.

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Quaker Valley’s Joey Coyle is a junior on the 2022-23 boys basketball team.
Junior sharpshooter Joey Coyle helps keep Quaker Valley boys among WPIAL elite
Joey Coyle has helped maintain the winning tradition in the Quaker Valley boys basketball program.

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Leechburg softball players celebrate with Anna Cibik after her grand-slam against Greensburg Central Catholic in the second inning during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game Thursday, May 19, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Larry Troutman finds ‘perfect situation’ with Leechburg softball program
February 6, 2023
Larry Troutman believes he is in an ideal situation.

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Mt. Pleasant freshman gymnst Olivia Kovach is a Level 9 competitor for Ultimate Gymnastics
Olivia Kovach is 1st Mt. Pleasant gymnast to make WPIALs in a decade
February 5, 2023
The last time Mt. Pleasant was represented in gymnastics, Olivia Kovach was an infant. Brittany Ruggeri was a WPIAL medal winner for Mt. Pleasant in 2011 and ’12.

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Quaker Valley’s Maria Helkowski takes a 3-point shot against Blackhawk on Jan. 12 in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley girls coming together for stretch run
After a sluggish start, the Quaker Valley girls basketball team quickly picked up steam this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Ruby Olliffe (left) and North Catholic’s Maggie Foley  are among the top contenders for the WPIAL diving title this winter.
Quaker Valley divers preparing for WPIAL, PIAA championships
A trio of skillful Quaker Valley divers has laid the foundation for a potentially prodigious high school career.

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Quaker Valley coach Mike Mastroianni watches from the bench during the 2022 PIAA Class 4A championship game against Neumann-Goretti.
Quaker Valley boys exceed expectations to challenge for section title
A section title still was within grasp of the Quaker Valley boys basketball team in games at the end of January.

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees Greg Meisner (left) and Tom Pipkins, both former Valley althletes, fist bump during the hall of fame announcement at the Heinz History Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023.
Candid Close-up Q&A with WPIAL Hall of Fame inductee Tom Pipkins
January 29, 2023
Tom Pipkins was a fearless performer when he hit the basketball court during his heyday at Valley, and later Duquesne University.

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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
Behind 2 Allegheny County champions, Quaker Valley wrestlers continue strong season
Two highly skilled Quaker Valley athletes shared the winner’s spotlight at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Jan. 20-21 at Fox Chapel.

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The 2022-23 Thomas Jefferson competitive spirit squad.
After WPIAL runner-up finish, Thomas Jefferson spirit squad ready for states
January 22, 2023
The Thomas Jefferson cheerleaders took it up a notch this season.

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Thomas Jefferson boys soccer coach Doc Kulish has 417 career wins.
Longtime Thomas Jefferson soccer coach earns postseason honors
His career coaching stats are indeed impressive.

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The Baldwin competitive spirit squad competes at the WPIAL championships Jan. 7, 2022, at Hempfield.
Baldwin spirit squad pleased with WPIAL performance, looks forward to state meet
The 2022-23 season has been a learning experience for many of the girls on the Baldwin competitive spirit cheerleading squad.

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Quaker Valley’s Emily Connors competes in the girls 100 butterfly during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships March 3, 2022, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Quaker Valley swimmers off to strong start, look forward to championship meets
Two up and two down.

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Quaker Valley’s Ben Carlson
5 all-stars have Quaker Valley hockey firing on all cylinders
Five members of the Quaker Valley hockey team have been chosen to participate in the PIHL all-star showcase this year.

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Bethel Park coach Brian DeLallo looks on during a 7-on-7 tournament in July.
Bethel Park notebook: Brian DeLallo gets coach of year award as parting gift
January 21, 2023
Bethel Park’s Brian DeLallo was named coach of the year in the Class 5A Allegheny Six football conference.

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Bethel Park senior Christian Strang was named the PIHL Class 3A player of the month for November.
Senior captain leads way as Bethel Park hockey looks to make playoff push in season’s 2nd half
It was a month to remember for Bethel Park hockey player Christian Strang.

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Quaker Valley’s Nick Allan celebrates his first goal against Sewickley Academy on Oct. 4, 2022 at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale. QV won, 3-1.
Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy soccer standouts pick up postseason honors
January 15, 2023
Four Quaker Valley athletes were named Section 4-2A boys soccer all-stars in 2022, led by player of the year Nick Allan, a junior defensive specialist.

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Quaker Valley’s Jakub Pickett catches a pass on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at Chuck Knox Stadium.
Quaker Valley wide receiver Jakub Pickett recognized for strong senior season
Quaker Valley senior Jakub Pickett has made a name for himself on the football field.

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Quaker Valley senior rower Ellie Graham, who has committed to Brown University.
Quaker Valley senior commits to storied Brown University rowing program
January 8, 2023
Ellie Graham, a senior at Quaker Valley, has opted to extend her rowing career at Brown University of the Ivy League.

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Quaker Valley’s Brandon Krul wrestles Plum’s Antonino Walker during the quarterfinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships at Fox Chapel last season.
Quaker Valley wrestlers learn from Powerade experience, set sights on WPIAL repeat
A select group of Quaker Valley athletes did some big-time wrestling over the holiday break.

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Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel retired following the 2022 season, his 39th with the Brentwood football program.
Brentwood’s Kevin Kissel retires after 40 years on sideline
December 30, 2022
Kevin Kissel is considered a Brentwood institution, particularly in the high school football program.

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The Thiero family, with Almamy, his wife Mariam with their four children: Adou, Oumou (aka Mimi), Yassa Kande and Nana Kadidjatou.
Phenomenal 6-4 freshman Oumou Thiero carries on family tradition with Quaker Valley girls basketball
December 18, 2022
Basketball is a staple in the Thiero family. As is height.

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The 2022-23 Sewickley Academy varsity cheerleaders
Sewickley Academy cheerleaders bring spirit to winter sports programs
When it pertains to school spirit, Sewickley Academy cheerleaders Nikki Golestan and Alex Cordle rise above the crowd.

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Quaker Valley’s Alex MacDonald will throw for the Amherst College track and field team.
Quaker Valley thrower’s dedication carries him to Amherst track team
By all indications, Quaker Valley senior Alex MacDonald is a humble guy.

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Aquinas Academy’s Vincent Cugini scores past Leechburg’s Tyler Foley on Dec. 13.
Lightning-quick Aquinas Academy guard Vinnie Cugini threatening WPIAL all-time scoring record
December 17, 2022
Any mention of the Aquinas Academy boys basketball team starts with 6-foot-2 guard Vinnie Cugini.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas wrestles Burrell’s Calio Zanella in the 113-pound bout during WPIAL Class 2A team final Feb. 5 Chartiers-Houston.
Quaker Valley plans encore after breakthrough season
December 11, 2022
It most definitely was a season to remember.

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Quaker Valley’s Emily Connors competes in the girls 100 butterfly during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships March 3 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Emily Connors, Quaker Valley swimmers set goals high
Emily Connors has experienced much success in her two years in the Quaker Valley pool.

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                                Brentwood’s Jenna Lee (1) competes during the 2021-22 basketball season.
South Hills Record girls basketball preview: Teams look to continue to build
December 4, 2022
Basketball season is underway. Here’s a look at the three girls teams in the South Hills Record coverage area:

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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
                                Baldwin’s James Wesling passes the ball next to Woodland Hills’ Austin Wells last season.
South Hills Record boys basketball preview: Baldwin boys thinking big
Basketball season is underway. Here’s a look at the three boys teams in the South Hills Record coverage area:

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Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer looks for a call during a 2017 state playoff game.
Sewickley Academy boys look to compete in tough section
The Sewickley Academy boys basketball team is a member of Section 1-2A again this season, but the section itself has a different feel to it.

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Quaker Valley’s Daniel Bartels scores against Lincoln Park last season.
Quaker Valley boys flying under radar after massive graduation losses
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team faces a tall order in 2022-23.

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Bethel Park coach Samantha Loadman encourages her team during a Section 2-6A game against Upper St. Clair last season.
Expectations high for ‘underestimated’ Bethel Park girls
December 3, 2022
Optimism is abundant in the Bethel Park girls basketball program.

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Ben Guffey is the lone returning starter for Bethel Park.
New coach Dante Calabria working with youthful roster at Bethel Park
Seven seniors. Count ‘em, seven.

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Sewickley Academy’s Rinnie Jardini (15) and Aliquippa’s Islynn Lawson (3) go up for a rebound last season.
New coach expects Sewickley Academy girls to adopt defensive identity
November 27, 2022
The Sewickley Academy girls basketball team has a new head coach. She is not new to the program, however.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns brings the ball upcourt during a game against Montour last season.
Returning contributors have Quaker Valley girls in position to make noise
Last season was a learning experience for the coaches and players on the Quaker Valley girls basketball team.

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Justin Walther is Plum’s new boys basketball coach.
New coach aims to make game fun again for Plum boys basketball
November 24, 2022
Justin Walther, a familiar face around WPIAL circles, is the new coach of the Plum boys basketball team.

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Plum’s Megan Marston is pressured by Hampton’s Claire Rodgers last season.
Expectations rising for Plum girls basketball
Expectations have been raised for the second year of the Rich Mull coaching tenure at Plum.

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                                Thomas Jefferson’s Keira Krebs swings in front of North Catholic’s Sydnei Jones during the WPIAL Class 3A girls volleyball semifinals Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball caps season in PIAA semifinals
November 20, 2022
Thomas Jefferson’s girls volleyball team placed third in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs, earning a berth in the PIAA tournament.

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the 300 mark
                                Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak holds the game ball after defeating Latrobe in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal playoff game Nov. 11 for his 300th career win. <strong>Story, Page 19</strong>
Thomas Jefferson peaks in time for playoffs, gives coach Bill Cherpak his 300th win
The list of awards and honors bestowed upon Thomas Jefferson football coach Bill Cherpak over the years is a long one.

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Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close competed at the 2022 PIAA girls tennis singles championships Nov. 5, 2022, in Hershey.
Sewickley Academy tennis players wrap up strong season by placing at states
Sewickley Academy tennis standout Ashley Close closed out her junior season Nov. 5 in Hershey as the PIAA Class 2A runner-up.

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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
                                Quaker Valley’s Jakub Pickett set a school record with 163 receiving yards 163 yards in a win over Seton LaSalle.
Quaker Valley football out to raise program’s expectations after trying season
The exit interviews have been taking place within the Quaker Valley football program.

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Bethel Park seniors Sophie Puzausky (8) and Grace Lejeck (11)
Senior duo sparks Bethel Park volleyball team to successful season
November 19, 2022
Best friends Grace Lejeck and Sophie Puzausky proved to be a dynamic force for the Bethel Park girls volleyball team.

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Bethel Park’s Austin Caye (24) carries against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Stung by injuries, Bethel Park ends remarkable season with WPIAL semifinal loss
Bethel Park’s banner football season came to an end in the rain Nov. 11 at Canon-McMillan in the semifinal round of the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Quaker Valley’s Vanessa Pickett and Katelyn Clark block the shot of Burrell’s Isabella Greenwald during WPIAL Class 2A first-round volleyball action Oct. 26.
State playoff berth caps solid season for Quaker Valley girls volleyball
November 13, 2022
To the surprise of virtually no one associated with the program, the Quaker Valley girls volleyball team landed a spot in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs.

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Quaker Valley’s Nick Allan battles Sewickley Academy’s Thomas Varghese for possession Oct. 4.
Quaker Valley notebook: Junior midfielder develops knack for clutch goals
Game-winning goal scoring is becoming part of Nick Allan’s soccer repertoire.

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Sewickley Academy sophomore Adin Zorn waits for a pitch during a game against St. Joseph last season.
Sewickley Academy baseball standout Adin Zorn takes team-first approach to Penn State
The long-awaited day for the Zorn family finally arrived.

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Hampton’s Jacob Bonnar races Quaker Valley’s Matthew Otto to the finish line in the Class 2A boys race during the TSTCA cross country championships Oct. 20 at Cal (Pa.).
Back-to-back WPIAL cross country titles put Hampton in elite company
November 12, 2022
Hampton’s boys cross country team is working on mini-­dynasty status.

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A.J. Schaaf and the Deer Lakes hockey team compete against Wilmington on Oct. 3<ins>, 2022,</ins> at Alpha Ice Complex.
Deer Lakes hockey team off to strong start in return to PIHL
November 7, 2022
Varsity hockey has returned to Deer Lakes High School this season.

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Sewickley Academy’s Michael DiSantis moves the ball upfield against Beaver County Christian during a WPIAL Section 1-A game on Sept. 1.
Sewickley Herald notebook: DiSantis hits milestone for Sewickley Academy soccer
November 6, 2022
Sewickley Academy senior forward Michael DiSantis eclipsed the 50-goal mark in career scoring earlier this season and was pushing 60 career goals prior to the start of the playoffs.

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Sewickley Academy’s Lucas Mendonca controls the ball against Beaver County Christian during a WPIAL Section 1-A game on Sept. 1.
Senior midfielder brings flair to Sewickley Academy boys soccer team
Sewickley Academy’s Lucas Mendonca knocked in the game-winning goal to lift the Panthers past Springdale in this year’s WPIAL Class A quarterfinals.

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Kiski Area’s Lexiann Colaianni is a member of the 2022 girls tennis team.
Kiski Area tennis players relish trip to WPIAL playoffs
November 1, 2022
Kiski Area girls tennis made some waves this season as the Cavaliers qualified for the WPIAL Class 3A team playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

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Quaker Valley’s Vanessa Pickett hits against Burrell during WPIAL 2A first round volleyball action Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, at Avonworth High School.
Quaker Valley girls volleyball parlays talent, hard work into playoff berth
October 30, 2022
Quaker Valley veteran girls volleyball coach Mike Vavrek knew his team was talented this season.

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Sewickley Academy’s Severin Harmon watches his tee shot on a playoff hole against Belle Vernon during the WPIAL team golf championships on Oct. 13 at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Sewickley Academy punctuates golf season with top 3 finish at states
Sewickley Academy was a PIAA finalist in boys golf for the seventh time in nine years.

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Freeport’s Tyler Lang posted a 3.06 goals-against average last season.
Freeport hockey to lean on large group of underclassmen
October 24, 2022
The Freeport hockey program knows success.

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Thomas Jefferson’s girls cross country team took first place at the 2022 Big South Conference race held at Mingo Creek Park in Monongahela.
Thomas Jefferson cross country teams run to breakout season
October 23, 2022
The Thomas Jefferson girls cross country team claimed the Big South Conference championship this season in a close race with Ringgold.

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                                TJ soccer success
                                Thomas Jefferson’s Natalie Lamenza (2) celebrates her goal with teammates during their game against Elizabeth Forward on Oct. 12. For the first time in school history, the boys and girls TJ soccer teams captured a section title in the same season. <strong>Story, 17</strong>
Thomas Jefferson soccer teams double up as section champs
Back-to-back.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Elias Lippincott stiff-arms Belle Vernon’s Adam LaCarte on Sept. 23.
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Lippincott twins thrive on Thomas Jefferson volleyball court, football field
One competes in volleyball in the fall; the other plays football.

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Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer celebrates with the Panthers after winning the WPIAL Class 2A team golf championship Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Sewickley Academy thrives in pressure-packed playoffs to win WPIAL team golf title
Sewickley Academy’s boys golf team captured its 12th WPIAL title since 2006 in a thrilling sudden-death playoff with Belle Vernon.

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Sewickley Academy goalkeeper Cooper Wentz makes a save against OLSH on Oct. 6.
Sewickley Academy boys soccer looks to cap solid season with playoff success
The Sewickley Academy boys soccer team finished in a tie with Eden Christian atop the Section 1-A standings this season.

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Bethel Park’s Austin Caye (24) takes a handoff from Tanner Pfeuffer during their game against Upper St. Clair on Oct. 7 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Once unheralded, Bethel Park now dominates Class 5A football in WPIAL
October 22, 2022
Bethel Park’s football team was unranked and seemingly unnoticed at the start of the 2022 season.

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Strong senior class helps Bethel Park boys soccer have year to remember
Offseason workouts have paid big dividends for the Bethel Park boys soccer team.

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Quaker Valley’s Cam Diggins battles Sewickley Academy’s Luca Peluso for a header during their game on Oct. 4 at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley notebook: Quakers prevail in rivalry showdown
October 16, 2022
It was a highly emotional and intense game, to say the least.

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LaNiya Ward (left) and Ellery Robertson are members of the 2022 Hampton JV girls tennis team.
Future of Hampton tennis program in good hands with successful JV squad
October 15, 2022
The building blocks appear to be in place.

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Quaker Valley goalkeepers and siblings, from left, senior Isaac Waller and junior Grace Waller during the 2022 season.
Brother-sister combo patrols net for Quaker Valley soccer
October 9, 2022
Both have been involved in Quaker Valley soccer since their freshman season.

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger hits her tee shot on Hole 17 during the WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, at Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray.
Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger overcomes challenging set-up to claim 4th WPIAL girls golf title
Eva Bulger is a uniquely talented golfer.

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Quaker Valley junior Katelyn Clark is a 5-foot-11 middle hitter on the 2022 girls volleyball team.
Quaker Valley girls volleyball lays groundwork for special season
October 2, 2022
Quaker Valley’s girls volleyball team has been dominant in the first half of the season.

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Quaker Valley’s Jackson Bould watches his tee shot on No. 17 during the 2021 WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championship	at Allegheny Country Club.
Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy golfers dot WPIAL leaderboards
Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy have dominated play in Section 9-2A boys golf this season.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Eliah Lippincott is a member of the 2022 girls volleyball team.
Loaded lineup keeps expectations high for Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team
September 25, 2022
Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball coach Ron Kelly didn’t shy away from offering his expectations for this year’s team.

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Thomas Jefferson’s boys soccer team competes during the 2022 season.
Thomas Jefferson soccer teams start season on right foot
Thomas Jefferson’s boys soccer team has been near unbeatable in 2022.

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Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close (left) and Kirsten Close are members of the 2022 tennis team.
Led by Close sisters, Sewickley Academy girls tennis in prime position
Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close took the first step toward what’s expected to be another compelling playoff run this season.

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Rower Ellie Graham is a member of Quaker Valley’s 2022-23 senior class.
Quaker Valley senior makes waves on national rowing scene
There was little if any doubt she’d be chosen.

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Bethel Park coach Brooke Muraco discusses strategy with her team Sept. 13, 2022, during a timeout against Peters Township.
Coach brings wealth of knowledge to Bethel Park girls volleyball team
September 24, 2022
Brooke Muraco is in her fifth season coaching the Bethel Park girls volleyball team.

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Bethel Park midfielder Eva Blatz (3) is a member of the 2022 girls soccer team.
Experienced Bethel Park girls soccer team off to strong start
The Bethel Park girls soccer team has climbed into WPIAL elite territory this season.

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Sewickley Herald notebook: Quaker Valley cross country team shines at White Oak Park
September 18, 2022
Quaker Valley’s boys cross country team celebrated in style at the 20th annual Red, White & Blue Classic on Sept. 9 at White Oak Park.

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Sewickley Academy’s Michael DiSantis moves the ball upfield against Greensburg Central Catholic on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Leetsdale.
Senior-heavy Sewickley Academy boys soccer team chasing another section title
Sewickley Academy has traditionally been a significant force in boys soccer.

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Quaker Valley goalkeeper Isaac Waller has helped the Quakers to a 5-2 record.
Waller, defense help Quaker Valley secure 4 early-season shutouts
The respect is well-earned for the Quaker Valley boys soccer team.

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Quaker Valley girls volleyball team has high hopes after strong start
September 11, 2022
Quaker Valley’s girls volleyball appears to be on the upswing.

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Quaker Valley coach Jason Cappa works with his team during a preseason practice.
Quaker Valley football making strides during rocky start to season
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Quaker Valley football team in the early part of the season.

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Sewickley Academy’s Joey Mucci putts at the 2020 WPIAL championship tournament.
Sewickley Academy golf team set for another excellent season
September 4, 2022
One of the standards of the Sewickley Academy boys golf program is its “commitment to excellence.”

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New-look Quaker Valley girls tennis lineup eager to compete
Despite losing seven players from last year’s playoff team, Quaker Valley girls tennis coach Christi Hays believes the Quakers will be a viable contender for a section title this season.

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Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close helped the Panthers capture a WPIAL championship in 2021.
Sewickley Academy girls tennis aims to defend WPIAL Class 2A crown
August 28, 2022
Expect the dynasty to continue this season for the Sewickley Academy girls tennis program.

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Quaker Valley’s Jackson Bould watches his tee shot on No. 17 during the 2021 WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championship at Allegheny Country Club.
Veteran lineup makes Quaker Valley a team to beat in WPIAL Class 2A golf
Four seems to be the magic number for the Quaker Valley boys golf team.

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North Allegheny’s Chris Hoffman competes during the 2021 boys golf season.
Veteran lineup returns as North Allegheny golfers chase WPIAL gold
August 27, 2022
There were only four freshmen able to land a spot in last year’s WPIAL Class 3A individual golf championships.

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Brentwood’s Daelinn Drew catches a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Brentwood.
Back in Century Conference, Brentwood looks to return to playoffs
August 21, 2022
Welcome back, Brentwood.

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Matt Episcopo steps into new role leading Brentwood girls volleyball
August 20, 2022
The Brentwood girls volleyball team will be facing some tall orders this season.

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Sewickley Academy’s Joey Mucci chips onto the green on No. 9 during the WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championship at Allegheny Country Club last year.
Sewickley Academy golfers look to start another WPIAL championship streak
Sewickley Academy won eight consecutive WPIAL 2A titles in boys golf from 2013-2020.

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Bethel Park girls volleyball sets sights on section title
Bethel Park’s girls volleyball team plans to “hit the ground running” this season.

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West Mifflin quarterback Tayshaun McMillan throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp in July at Valley High School.
Big, strong offensive line makes West Mifflin a team to watch in Class 3A
August 16, 2022
West Mifflin has been a fixture in WPIAL Class 4A football, but due to realignment, the Titans are competing in 3A for the next two seasons.

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Seton LaSalle’s Ty Tamborino works out in the rain on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at Merrick Field.
After graduations, transfers, coaching change, Seton LaSalle moving in all new direction
Tim Storino appears to be in the right place at the right time.

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Quaker Valley head coach Jason Cappa works with his team on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at Chuck Knox Stadium.
Quaker Valley begins building project under new coach
Jason Cappa, who comes from a family of coaches and educators, was hired in April as Quaker Valley football coach.

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Thomas Jefferson aiming to regain championship mojo
August 15, 2022
The 2021 season was not a customary prize-winner for the Thomas Jefferson football team.

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With deep senior class, Quaker Valley girls soccer in position for successful season
August 14, 2022
Maggie Behun and Rachel Loudermilk are soccer aficionados.

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Bethel Park’s Dinari Clacks works out on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Bethel Park.
With slew of starters returning, expectations soaring at Bethel Park
August 10, 2022
Bethel Park coach Brian DeLallo can count on an impressive list of returning players for the 2022 edition of his football team.

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Baldwin’s Keith Mincin carries the ball during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Baldwin.
Baldwin moves into Class 5A looking to regain confidence
Although Baldwin has taken a step down from Class 6A to 5A this season, its 2022 schedule still can be considered a grind.

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Sewickley Academy girls soccer coach Dale Giovengo
Former Mars coach takes over Sewickley Academy girls soccer program
August 7, 2022
The Dale Giovengo coaching era begins this season in the Sewickley Academy girls soccer program.

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Pittsburgh Grass Open repeat champions, from left, Emmy Schrom of Hampton and Kyra Schmidt of North Allegheny
Hampton, North Allegheny standouts form unstoppable grass volleyball duo
August 6, 2022
Emmy Schrom is a talented 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter at Hampton.

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                                The senior members of the Quaker Valley girls volleyball team are, from left, Shayna Cunnard (3), Hannah Lubert (17) and Kathryn Karwoski (11). <span class='IDappliedStyle' title='InDesign: SemiBold'>Story, page 16.</span>
Tide rising for Quaker Valley girls volleyball team
July 31, 2022
The Quaker Valley volleyball team has it — the first full week of the season, that is — circled on the calendar.

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Goalkeeper Isaac Waller is among the returning players for Quaker Valley this season.
Quaker Valley boys soccer reloading after championship season
July 24, 2022
Quaker Valley’s boys soccer team has the toughest of acts to follow in 2022.

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Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode won WPIAL and state gold as a freshman.
Freshman phenom leads group of versatile athletes on Baldwin gymnastics team
She is beyond being a freshman prospect.

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Bethel Park’s Tori Krapp (13) competes against Upper St. Clair on April 21.
Senior core made a difference for Bethel Park girls lacrosse
July 23, 2022
They were mainstays in the Bethel Park girls lacrosse program for four years.

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Bethel Park’s David Kessler celebrates his double against Selinsgrove during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game June 17 at Penn State.
Seniors leave championship legacy with Bethel Park baseball program
The seniors on the 2022 Bethel Park championship baseball team enjoyed tremendous success in their varsity careers.

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Sewickley Academy’s Michael Disantis moves the ball upfield next to Beaver County Christian’s Jaiden McDade last season.
Loaded with seniors, Sewickley Academy boys soccer roster looking forward to season
July 17, 2022
Sewickley Academy’s Michael DiSantis has modest individual goals for the boys soccer season.

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger putts on Hole 17 during the WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Hannastown Golf Club.
Quaker Valley’s Bulger set to begin quest for 4th WPIAL golf title
July 10, 2022
High school golf starts in a month.

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The Quaker Valley boys soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North Catholic, 5-0, in the Class 2A final on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Quaker Valley athletics celebrates banner year of championship success
July 9, 2022
Quaker Valley athletics is synonymous with success.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns earned three medals at the 2022 PIAA championship meet in Shippensburg.
Competitive fire burns bright for Quaker Valley 3-sport star Nora Johns
July 3, 2022
Nora Johns is a natural.

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Sewickley Academy baseball player Adin Zorn with coach Anthony Garofalo during the 2022 season.
Penn State recruit Adin Zorn sets standard for Sewickley Academy baseball program
Adin Zorn’s baseball acumen runs the gamut, from A to Z.

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Quaker Valley’s Mike Sirianni prepares to play a backhand.
Sirianni twins make unforgettable impact on Quaker Valley tennis program
June 26, 2022
They formed a firm foundation for the Quaker Valley boys tennis program the past four years.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember is pressured by Mars’ Carson Tomcik during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on May 26 at Robert Morris.
1st state playoff victory headlines Quaker Valley boys lacrosse season
Quaker Valley’s boys lacrosse season started early and ran late.

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Bethel Park girls lacrosse players celebrate against Upper St. Clair on April 21, 2022, at Bethel Park.
Decorated senior class leads Bethel Park girls lacrosse to memorable season
June 25, 2022
Four seniors on the Bethel Park girls lacrosse team were honored as all-section selections this season.

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The Bethel Park baseball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Selinsgrove, 5-0, in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Penn State.
Bethel Park turns PIAA double play with back-to-back championships
The similarities are uncanny.

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Bethel Park’s Troy Volpatti (27) competes against Mt. Lebanon on April 13, 2022, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park boys lacrosse team found plenty of bright spots despite roster challenges
Bethel Park’s boys lacrosse team had big designs for the 2022 season.

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East goaltender Corinne Brunetto makes a save on Central’s Delaney Howard during the PIHL girls championship game June 11 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Impact players made season successful for PIHL girls league runners-up
The inaugural season of the highly anticipated PIHL girls division has been completed. One of the top squads in the league was Team Central, which finished as PIHL runner-up with an 8-4 record.

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Baldwin athletic director Anthony Cherico
Baldwin’s Cherico gains perspective, makes plans in 1st year as AD
Anthony Cherico was appointed this spring as athletic director in the Baldwin-Whitehall school district.

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Quaker Valley’s Will Sirianni prepares for a forehand during practice May 4 in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley boys tennis team takes pride in state semifinal berth
June 19, 2022
Quaker Valley’s boys tennis team ended its banner 2022 season on a high note coated with a bit of disappointment.

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Quaker Valley’s Mike Sirianni prepares to play a backhand.
Quaker Valley tennis seniors leave lasting legacy
There wasn’t a single “unsung hero” on the 2022 Quaker Valley boys championship tennis team.

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Sally Ackerman coached the St. Joseph girls basketball team for five years.
Sally Ackerman returns to St. Joseph, this time in a new role
June 13, 2022
Sally Ackerman coached the girls basketball team at St. Joseph for five years from 2013-14 to 2017-18.

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Sewickley Academy assistant coach Anthony Garofalo, Jordan Smith (21) and Nick Straka (catcher) during the 2022 season.
Sewickley Academy baseball collected wins, valuable experience during strong season
June 12, 2022
Sewickley Academy approached the WPIAL baseball playoffs with a “one game at a time” attitude.

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The seniors on the 2022 Quaker Valley baseball team were, from left, Declan Haas (32), Andrew Glas (2), Zeke Hendricks (7), Adam Tanabe (10), Michael Giles (38), Tommaso Floro (39), Gordon Merriman (8), Jack Gardinier (5) and Ethan Faris (1).
Coach steps down after another playoff appearance for Quaker Valley baseball
The big news circulating out of the Quaker Valley baseball program is that veteran coach Dean Owrey has resigned.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns wins the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles at the PIAA track and field championships May 28 at Shippensburg University.
Quaker Valley hurdler Nora Johns 2nd to none for 2nd straight season
June 5, 2022
Quaker Valley’s celebrated three-sport athlete Nora Johns didn’t just repeat as the PIAA Class 2A girls 300-meter hurdles champion.

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Sewickley Academy mental performance coach Donato Fanelle
Mental performance coach helps Sewickley Academy athletes train their brains
Donato Fanelle’s goal as mental performance coach at Sewickley Academy essentially is to work himself out of a job.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns anchors the 1,600 relay to victory during the WPIAL Class 2A team track and field championships on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Peters Township.
Quaker Valley athletes shine at WPIAL team, individual track championships
May 29, 2022
Quaker Valley’s girls track and field team offered cogent proof as to why it was able to claim its first WPIAL title since 2007.

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Baldwin, TJ players among trailblazers in PIHL girls hockey league
May 22, 2022
Team Central of the PIHL is playing not only for today but for the future as well.

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The Quaker Valley girls track and field team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Class AA team finals on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Peters Twp.
Quaker Valley boys tennis, girls track teams celebrate WPIAL daily double
It’s being acclaimed as “Championship Wednesday” at Quaker Valley.

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PIHL girls league’s West team coming together, racking up wins
One social aspect of the newly established PIHL girls division is the camaraderie among the teams.

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Baldwin’s Grace Schumacher is mobbed by teammates after hitting a home run during their WPIAL Class 6A first round playoff game against Norwin on Monday, May 16, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Baldwin baseball team showed potent offense
The Baldwin baseball team was an offensive juggernaut this spring.

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Southwest’s Cameran Evans, a Bethel Park senior, celebrates a goal during a game against Southeast on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon.
Bethel Park senior makes impact during inaugural Western Pa. girls high school hockey season
May 21, 2022
Bethel Park’s Cameran Evans is making the most of her chances in the inaugural season of the PIHL girls division.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski delivers during a 2021 WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against Shaler.
Bethel Park baseball, softball teams strive to reach programs’ high standards
The Bethel Park baseball team had a tough act to follow.

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Quaker Valley boys lacrosse gears up for playoffs coming off dominant regular season
May 15, 2022
Quaker Valley’s performance this season in boys lacrosse has been off the charts.

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Sewickley Academy’s Adin Zorn bumps fists with coach Andrew Petruska during a game last season.
Sewickley Academy baseball meets lofty expectations with solid season
The Sewickley Academy baseball team had a firm foundation to build upon this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns competes in the 300 meter hurdles at the 2021 WPIAL Class 2A track and field championships.
Quaker Valley runners collect medals during strong season
May 8, 2022
Kadin Johnson is the fastest athlete at Quaker Valley this school year.

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Sewickley players on the 2022 PIHL West girls hockey team include, from left, Lindsey Shurmatz, Emily Reiner, Sydney Shurmatz and Elizabeth Bowers.
Sewickley-area players thrilled to compete in PIHL girls league
Elizabeth Bowers is honored to be playing for the West team in the newly formed PIHL girls division.

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Gateway’s Will Kromka
Will Kromka aims to cap family’s legacy at Gateway with volleyball success
May 1, 2022
The Gateway Gators have adopted many of the principles of the “Kromka-way.”

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<strong>Above:</strong> The 2022 Sewickley Academy boys tennis team ended the regular season with a 6-1 section record. <strong>Left:</strong> Team co-captains are, from left, junior Jonathan Varghese and senior Rohan Shah.
                                photos: Courtesy of SA tennis
Sewickley Academy boys tennis looks forward to WPIAL playoffs
Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder had not met freshman Severin Harmon before this season.

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Young Quaker Valley softball team gaining experience in limited action
Quaker Valley’s softball team hopes the 2022 season ends up being a good learning experience.

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Thomas Jefferson senior Anthony Sparta (left) poses with Heather Kabala, Saint Vincent College Director of Admissions.
Thomas Jefferson tennis player aces academic competition, wins Saint Vincent scholarship
April 24, 2022
Thomas Jefferson senior Anthony Sparta doesn’t necessarily cause a racket on the tennis court.

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St. Gabriel’s comes together to win Diocese of Pittsburgh girls hoops crown
St. Gabriel’s girls CYO basketball team peaked at the perfect time.

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Quaker Valley’s Mike Sirianni plays in the boys Class 2A WPIAL singles tennis championship match against North Catholic’s Nicolas Scheller on April 13.
Quaker Valley’s Mike Sirianni navigates tough draw to make 2nd straight WPIAL final
Quaker Valley senior standout Mike Sirianni repeated as a silver medalist at the WPIAL Class 2A boys singles tournament held April 12-13.

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Quaker Valley football coach Jason Cappa was the first all-state football player at Riverview High School.
Cappa looks to build on ‘solid foundation’ with Quaker Valley football
It’s time. Actually, it’s his time.

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Bethel Park teammates, from left, Caitlyn Schultz (12) and Averie Moul (1) compete against Moon on March 26, 2022, at Bethel Park HS Stadium.
Bethel Park girls lacrosse aims to defend section championship
April 23, 2022
More of the same.

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Bethel Park’s Troy Volpatti (27) fights off a Peters Township opponent on March 20, 2022, at Bethel Park HS Stadium.
Senior-heavy Bethel Park boys lacrosse ready to make postseason run
Bethel Park’s boys lacrosse team placed third in Section 1-3A at 6-2 last season, behind only Mt. Lebanon (8-0) and Upper St. Clair (7-1).

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Sewickley Academy’s Adin Zorn throws to first base during a game against Riverview last season.
Adin Zorn, Sewickley Academy tackle baseball season with confidence
April 17, 2022
Heightened optimism reigns in the Sewickley Academy baseball program.

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Quaker Valley center fielder Jack Gardinier makes a running catch in the outfield against Montour during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal last season.
Quaker Valley baseball team works to contend in tough section
Quaker Valley’s baseball team advanced to the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal round a season ago.

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Richard Kriston will be inducted into the A-K Valley Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022.
A-K Valley Sports Hall of Fame inductee was top Fox Chapel wrestler before PSU football career
April 16, 2022
Rich Kriston is recognized as one of the best heavyweights in the storied history of the Fox Chapel wrestling program.

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Moon’s boys volleyball team competes during the 2022 season.
Moon boys volleyball searching for playoff berth
April 11, 2022
The Moon boys volleyball team is focused on one purposeful goal.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero blocks a shot by Hickory’s Joey Fazzone during their PIAA Class 4A first round state playoff game March 8 in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley write final chapter in storybook careers
April 10, 2022
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team made a gallant effort in its quest to win a PIAA title, taking a 27-0 record into the state finals.

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Quaker Valley senior tennis player Will Sirianni
Quaker Valley boys tennis aims to defend WPIAL Class 2A title
Quaker Valley’s boys tennis team is the defending WPIAL Class 2A champion.

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Talented young goalie backstops Quaker Valley hockey to memorable season
April 3, 2022
Landon Buterbaugh stepped in as Quaker Valley’s starting goalkeeper from Day 1 of his freshman year.

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Quaker Valley’s Thomas Fuener competes in the boys 100 butterfly during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships March 3 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Quaker Valley swim teams seeing results
John Nemeth recently completed his second season as Quaker Valley’s swim coach.

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Baldwin’s Morgan Altavilla competes during a 2021-22 basketball game at Baldwin.
Altavilla leaves legacy in Baldwin girls basketball program
March 27, 2022
Athleticism is deeply rooted in her family.

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Quaker Valley’s girls 200-yard freestyle relay team, consisting of (from left) Kwilai Karto, Emily Connors, Paige Juliano and Ella Fuehner, placed sixth at the PIAA Class 2A finals March 18 at Bucknell.
Quaker Valley swimmers, divers produce medal-winning performances
Quaker Valley swimmer Emily Connors ended her superb sophomore season as a triple medalist at the PIAA Class 2A girls championships held at Bucknell.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Gardinier drives past Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26 at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Quaker Valley’s Gardinier garners career-high 36 in PIAA second round
One of the most impressive performances of the year was turned in by Jack Gardinier in the PIAA Class 4A second round.

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Brian Finnerty of Thomas Jefferson holds down Cole Weightman of Belle Vernon to win the 215-pound PIAA championship Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Hersey’s Giant Center.
With PIAA title, Thomas Jefferson’s Finnerty finishes 44-1
Thomas Jefferson’s wrestling team didn’t have a great season, but it was a good year for the Jaguars.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Joe Lekse is the 2021-22 Breisinger Award winner. He is pictured with TJ coach Bill Cherpak.
Thomas Jefferson’s Lekse looks to past for inspiration
Joe Lekse, this year’s Breisinger Award winner, had his eye on the prize throughout his entire varsity career.

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The Bethel Park softball team celebrates Sandra Soltes’ grand slam during the first inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game last June.
Bethel Park softball has reason for celebration, confidence
March 26, 2022
Bethel Park’s softball team reveled in a banner 2021 campaign, winning a WPIAL title and outright section crown for the first time in school history.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski allowed three earned runs last season and returns to anchor the pitching staff again in 2022.
Defending baseball champ Bethel Park looks formidable
Bethel Park won the big prize in Class 5A last season, defeating Red Land, 4-2, in the PIAA baseball championship game at Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember defends against a takedown attempt of Hadyn Packer of Jersey Shore at 189 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships March 12 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Quaker Valley wrestling enjoys sweet finish to season with 4 medals in Hershey
March 20, 2022
Quaker Valley wrapped up the best wrestling season in school history with four individual medalists at the PIAA Class 2A championships March 12 at Giant Center in Hershey.

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Quaker Valley’s Emily Connors competes in the girls 100 butterfly during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships March 3, 2022, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
3rd-place finish at WPIALs gives glimpse of future for Quaker Valley girls swimming
Quaker Valley’s girls swim team made another strong bid for a WPIAL championship at this year’s finals March 3-4 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Hampton’s Ben Sheets is seen emerging from the water while competing in the boys 100 backstroke during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships Friday, March 4, 2022, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Hampton shatters expectations while winning back-to-back WPIAL swim titles
March 19, 2022
Four individuals — Will Retsch, Ben Sheets, Chris Belch and Zach Sutterlin — and all three boys relays at Hampton qualified for the PIAA Class 2A swimming championships, as did Pax Carslaw, a diving specialist.

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Hampton’s Kayla Hoehler shoots a 3-pointer during the Talbots’ Section 2-5A opener against Plum on Dec. 16, 2021.
After rounding out game, Hampton’s Hoehler headed to Pitt-Greensburg
Hampton’s Kayla Hoehler has been playing basketball for more than half of her life.

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Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer praised the team’s four seniors this season.
Sewickley Herald notebook: Seniors lead way for Sewickley Academy
March 13, 2022
Although the Sewickley Academy boys basketball team finished with just three wins and sat out the WPIAL 2A playoffs, it nonetheless was a memorable time for the players on the squad.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero celebrates with head coach Mike Mastroianni after defeating Montour in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Quaker Valley players feel relief, resolve after WPIAL championship game win
Adou Thiero was not going to be denied.

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Hampton’s Adam Dembowski (7) checks Franklin Regional’s Chase Williams (62) on Oct. 1, 2019 at Center Ice Arena.
Win total shows growth of Hampton hockey
March 12, 2022
The PIHL season can be a long five-month grind.

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Hampton’s Biz Watson celebrates a 3-pointer during their Section 2-5A opener against Plum on Dec. 16, 2021.
Hampton maintains level of success during strong girls basketball season
The Hampton girls basketball team rang up one of the best regular seasons in school history.

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Apollo-Ridge baseball wants program’s 1st section title in more than 2 decades
March 11, 2022
Apollo-Ridge qualified for the WPIAL baseball playoffs last year for the first time since 2014.

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Apollo-Ridge center fielder April Earnest is one of eight returning starters this season.
New coach, same goals for Apollo-Ridge softball
The Apollo-Ridge softball team has a new coach but the same goal.

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Almamy Thiero and his wife Mariam with their four children: Adou, Oumou aka Mimi, Yassa Kande and Nana Kadidjatou.
From Mali to Memphis, assistant coach brings basketball knowledge to Sewickley Academy
March 6, 2022
Sewickley Academy assistant basketball coach Almamy Thiero grew up in Mali, West Africa. His full name is Almamy Seny Amadou Yattabary Thiero, and he has nine brothers and sisters.

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Quaker Valley’s Maria Helkowski (23) and Lauren Blackmer defend against Montour’s Olivia Persinger during their Section 2-4A game Jan. 12.
Quaker Valley girls basketball finds success in season of change
This season, Quaker Valley’s girls basketball team continued its recent tradition of advancing to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Hampton’s Liam Mignogna fights for a rebound with Kiski’s James Pearson and Logan Johnson (3) during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Feb 21, 2022 at Hampton High School.
Sophomore steps up for Hampton boys basketball team
Liam Mignogna stands above the crowd in most instances.

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Steve Sciullo has been hired to lead the Hampton football program, taking over for Jacque DeMatteo who resigned this winter.
Steve Sciullo takes over Hampton football program
March 1, 2022
Steve Sciullo had a Hall of Fame playing career.

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Hampton’s Ben Sheets competes in the boys 200 yard medley relay during the 2021 WPIAL swimming championships at Upper St. Clair.
Hampton swim team primed for WPIAL title defense
February 27, 2022
Hampton swim coach Morgan Zweygardt indicated early in the 2021-22 season that the defending WPIAL Class 2A champion Talbots have not rested on their laurels.

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Hampton’s Liam Mignogna grabs a rebound over Kiski Area’s Isaiah Gonzales during WPIAL Class 5A playoff action on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Hampton High School.
Hampton boys bolstered by WPIAL playoff victory
First, some good news:

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember beats Mt. Pleasant’s Noah Gnibus in the 189-pound bout during the 2A WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championship on Feb. 19, 2022 at Canon-McMillan.
Pair of WPIAL champs lead way for Quaker Valley wrestling team
They are two of the premier seniors in WPIAL Class 2A wrestling.

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Quaker Valley’s Wil Dunda celebrates a 3-pointer during a Section 2-4A game against Lincoln Park on Jan. 21.
Pieces come together for Quaker Valley in dream season
Quaker Valley’s boys basketball team played 20 regular season games without a loss.

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The top five finishers in the WPIAL advanced division consisted of Thomas Jefferson’s Kaylee Rehak (fourth), Freedom’s Daisy Lewis (second), Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode (first) and Mia Dougherty (third), and Moon’s Lauren Hoff (fifth). The WPIAL gymnastics championships took place at Moon over the Feb. 11-12 weekend.
Hard work pays off for Baldwin freshman at WPIAL gymnastics championships
February 20, 2022
Baldwin’s coaching staff was confident in freshman Abby Rexrode’s chances going into the WPIAL gymnastics individual championship meet.

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Sewickley Academy players, from left, Olivia Jackson (33) and Des Nance (32) compete against Aliquippa on Jan. 27, at Sewickley Academy.
Sewickley Academy girls basketball comes together during challenging season
After reaching the WPIAL semifinals the past two seasons, the Sewickley Academy girls basketball team hoped to make another strong run in the playoffs this year. But the SA girls team, much like the SA boys, had to replace five starters from 2020-21.

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Sewickley Academy senior Josh Chico (4) is shown shooting the ball with junior Colin Helbling (12) and freshman Quentin Gibbs-Green (21) looking for a possible rebound.
Second-half improvement makes tough season ‘enjoyable’ for Sewickley Academy boys
It was a rough year for Sewickley Academy basketball.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Brian Finnerty (left) wrestles Aidan Buggey of North Allegheny in the 215-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament.
‘Undermanned’ Thomas Jefferson wrestling team finds ways to win
Heavy graduation losses deemed it a rebuilding year for the Thomas Jefferson wrestling team.

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Brentwood coach Dan Thayer discusses strategy with his team during a timeout against Charleroi on Dec. 17, 2021, at Brentwood.
Baldwin, TJ, Brentwood boys make strides during playoff seasons
Here is a rundown on the 2021-22 regular season for boys basketball teams in the South Hills:

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Pine-Richland’s Dominic Ferraro wrestles Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan in the 120-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Bethel Park wrestlers look forward to individual postseason
February 19, 2022
Bethel Park’s wrestlers were hoping to make some noise in the postseason.

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Bethel Park’s Emma Dziegowski drives past Upper St. Clair’s Samantha Prunzik during their Section 2-6A game on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Bethel Park basketball teams power through ups, downs to earn playoff berths
Both teams at Bethel Park qualified for the WPIAL basketball playoffs. Here is a rundown of their 2021-22 regular seasons:

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember celebrates after pinning Burrell’s Cole Clark in the 215-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championship on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Clutch performances helped carry Quaker Valley to 1st WPIAL wrestling title
February 13, 2022
Patrick Cutchember ignited the engine; Justin Richey drove the Quakers over the finish line.

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Quaker Valley’s Ella Fuener competes in the 100-yard freestyle at the WPIAL championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
Quaker Valley swimmers hitting peak as WPIAL meet approaches
The Quaker Valley girls swim team opened the 2021-22 season with a nonsection loss at Northgate. Since then, the Quakers won six of seven meets to go to 6-2 overall.

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Quaker Valley hockey rebounds from 3-game skid, looks forward to postseason
Quaker Valley’s hockey team stopped the bleeding.

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Vinnie Cugini reached the 2,000-point mark in his 55th game.
Led by high-scoring Vinnie Cugini, Aquinas Academy having historic season
February 12, 2022
Aquinas Academy’s boys basketball team has emerged on the WPIAL radar this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Amelia Herrmann scores during a Section 2-4A game against Montour on Jan. 12.
Quaker Valley girls basketball team coming together in season’s home stretch
February 6, 2022
The Quaker Valley girls basketball team is resilient if nothing else.

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank (13) takes the free throw line next to Adou Thiero late in their Section 2-4A game against Lincoln Park on Jan. 21.
Quaker Valley duo taking WPIAL by storm
January 30, 2022
Quaker Valley basketball players Adou Thiero and Markus Frank have established themselves as one of the top tandems in Western Pennsylvania.

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Heather Border has served as assistant athletic director at Sewickley Academy since 2001.
Assistant AD a driving force for Sewickley Academy sports
Heather Border and athletics go hand in hand.

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Highlands’ Caliel Long pressures Hampton’s Eric Weeks during their game Dec. 21.
Much improved from last season, Hampton boys basketball still has work to do
January 29, 2022
After treading water through the first half of their Section 4-5A basketball schedule, the Hampton Talbots were looking to make a big splash and strong playoff push down the season’s home stretch

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Greensburg Salem’s Luke Shevchik bowled a perfect 300 game against Latrobe on Jan. 7.
Rolling 300 game an ‘amazing feat’ for Greensburg Salem’s Luke Shevchik
January 24, 2022
It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Greensburg Salem junior Luke Shevchik.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas, top, wrestles Bethel Park’s Aiden Bench in the 113-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 15, 2022 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Quaker Valley wrestling crowns pair of county champs
January 23, 2022
Quaker Valley wrestlers Mason Diemert and Jack Kazalas displayed their tenacity and mettle at the Allegheny County championships held Jan. 14-15 at Fox Chapel.

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Quaker Valley’s Max Quinn (21) moves up ice against Moon on Oct. 3, 2019 at Alpha Ice Complex.
Quaker Valley hockey looks to shake off midseason slump
It was an inauspicious start to the new year for the Quaker Valley hockey team.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman tries to drive past Armstrong’s Aubrey Burns during a 2020 playoff game.
Hitting 1,000-point milestone a dream come true for Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman
It was a much-anticipated night at Thomas Jefferson.

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Baldwin’s Nathan Richards drives to the basket past Woodland Hills’ Amere Brown Dec. 13 during their game at Franklin Regional High School.
Baldwin, Brentwood boys basketball teams in playoff hunt
The Baldwin boys basketball team registered one of its biggest wins in recent memory, socking host Bethel Park, 86-66, on Jan. 18 in a pivotal Section 2-6A game.

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The Bethel Park softball team celebrates after defeating Canon-McMillan, 9-2, in the 2021 WPIAL Class 6A championship game.
Fisher’s Files: Bethel Park athletic department, students deserve praise
January 22, 2022
Bethel Park athletics is a top-level organization.

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Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan escapes from Pine-Richland’s Dominic Ferraro in the 120-pound final during the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 15.
Kernan leads way for improving Bethel Park wrestling team
Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan kept his sensational sophomore season intact at the Allegheny County championships held Jan. 14-15 at Fox Chapel.

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Bethel Park’s Ben Guffey (13) competes during the 2021-22 season.
Depth, height help Bethel Park boys basketball to strong start
Bethel Park’s tall and talented boys basketball team made noise on the court early and often in the first half of the 2021-22 season.

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Burrell assistant coach Diane Swigart offers instructions to a group of swimmers during the 2021-22 season.
Burrell swimmers take aim at WPIAL qualifying times
January 18, 2022
The Burrell swim teams still are recovering from last year’s pandemic.

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Sewickley Academy’s Desirae Nance (32) battles for a rebound during a game against OLSH last season.
Strong leaders have Sewickley Academy girls basketball on right track
January 16, 2022
Desirae Nance and Rinnie Jardini have something in common.

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Quaker Valley wrestlers celebrate after winning the MAC tournament.
5 champions lift Quaker Valley to MAC tournament title
Quaker Valley dominated the 16-team field at this year’s Ed Driscoll MAC wrestling tournament.

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Apollo-Ridge bowling teams off to strong start
January 11, 2022
The Apollo-Ridge bowlers enjoyed the holiday break thanks to their five wins in six decisions in December.

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Quaker Valley’s Ben Carlson had 19 points in the first nine games of the season.
Quaker Valley hockey bounces back into title contention
January 9, 2022
Quaker Valley finished with a 6-11 record in the PIHL Varsity A Southwest Division last season.

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Isabella DeGori will play softball at Carlow.
Leetsdale softball standout follows diamond dreams to Carlow
Dreams, whether big or small, do come true.

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Kiski Area girls bowling notches historic 1st win
January 4, 2022
The date will be etched into Kiski Area bowling annals.

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Burrell soccer players, from left, McKenna Miller, who is in seventh grade, and Miley Kariotis, a freshman at the high school, are taking part in a tournament in Spain.
Burrell soccer players head to Spain for international tournament
January 3, 2022
The trip has been in the planning stages since the summer months.

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Freeport freshman bowler Colin Cummings takes part in a match during the 2021-22 season.
Freeport bowlers look to defend section titles
December 27, 2021
Freeport bowling is synonymous with winning, as both the girls and boys teams captured section titles last year.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember helps Burgettstown’s Shane Kemper from the mat after winning the 189-pound title during last season’s WPIAL Class 2A individual wrestling championships.
Led by 3-sport standout Cutchember, Quaker Valley wrestling sets goals high
December 19, 2021
Quaker Valley’s wrestling goals for 2021-22 are three-fold.

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Quaker Valley’s Rena Gilligan competes in the 100 breaststroke at last year’s WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair.
Quaker Valley swimmers excited to carry on last season’s success
The 2020-21 season proved to be a banner year for the Quaker Valley swimming and diving program.

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Kiski’s Eliza Miller leads the pack during the WCCA girls cross country championships Oct. 13 at Westmoreland Community College.
Kiski Area runner Miller caps season with All-American honors at Nike meet
December 13, 2021
Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller capped her successful cross country season with a bold exclamation point.

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Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer is looking to replace eight seniors this season.
Inexperience, early road games to present challenge to Sewickley Academy boys basketball
December 12, 2021
Sewickley Academy’s road gear is firmly in place.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns battles Blackhawk’s Kassie Potts for a loose ball last season. Johns is a PIAA track champion.
With new coach, revamped lineup, Quaker Valley girls basketball looks for smooth transition
Last season, the Quaker Valley girls basketball team, seeded No. 2, qualified for the WPIAL finals for the first time before losing to No. 1 Beaver, 44-29.

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North Allegheny’s Emma Fischer scores against Penn-Trafford last season. A senior, Fischer has played varsity since her freshman season.
North Allegheny girls basketball team reloads after epic season
Lizzy Groetsch and Paige Morningstar led North Allegheny’s girls basketball team to a season for the ages in 2020-21.

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Hempfield cheerleaders compete at a competition Nov. 20, 2021, at IUP.
Hempfield spirit team starts strong with 4 1st-place finishes
December 6, 2021
Hempfield’s competitive cheerleading team appears to be a heavy favorite to repeat as WPIAL Class 3A Large Division champion in 2021-22.

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Bethel Park’s Lily Gaston (35) competes during the 2021 soccer season.
Bethel Park girls soccer continues resurgence with another playoff season
December 4, 2021
The turnaround began last year and continued into the 2021 season.

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Sewickley Academy’s Desirae Nance (32) battles for a rebound next to Hailey Drutarosky and OLSH’s Kara Bridge during their game on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at Sewickley Academy.
With new starting lineup, Sewickley Academy girls look to return to WPIAL semifinals
Sewickley Academy girls basketball advanced to the WPIAL semifinal round the past two seasons.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero works past Lincoln Park’s Dakari Bradford during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Quaker Valley High School.
Thiero, Frank among veteran returning starters set to lead Quaker Valley
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team has two important characteristics: The Quakers are talented and experienced.

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Thomas Jefferson outside hitter honored for ‘outstanding’ season
Thomas Jefferson captured the Section 3-3A championship with an unblemished 12-0 record this season.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Bryan reacts after losing to Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Nov. 19.
Thomas Jefferson football ends solid season with unusually short playoff run
Heinz Field had become a second home for the Thomas Jefferson football team in recent years.

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Bethel Park senior guard Emma Dziezgowski sports a 4.36 GPA and plans to play at Wheeling University.
New coach walks into great situation with talent-rich Bethel Park girls basketball program
There’s a new look to the Bethel Park girls basketball program.

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Quaker Valley goalkeeper Zach Buhr makes a save against Lewisburg during the PIAA Class 2A championship game.
Defense forms backbone of Quaker Valley soccer’s state title team
November 28, 2021
They say defense wins championships in football.

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Quaker Valley seniors celebrate with their gold medals after defeating Lewisburg to win the PIAA Class 2A final.
Quaker Valley reflects on memorable run to another PIAA boys soccer title
Quaker Valley’s soccer legacy climbed a notch higher this season.

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Bethel Park quarterback Max Blanc is wrapped up by Moon’s Ben Bladel during their game Oct. 21.
Bethel Park football completes remarkable turnaround, sets stage for future
November 21, 2021
Bethel Park’s football team won five games this season and qualified for the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs after experiencing a rare winless campaign in 2020.

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Thomas Jefferson boys soccer coach Doc Kulish leads his team during the 2021 season.
Strong season for Thomas Jefferson boys soccer gets milestone win for veteran coach
He is one of the esteemed deans among WPIAL soccer coaches.

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Playoff win, 2nd-half surge highlight Quaker Valley girls soccer season
Quaker Valley strung together a winning record in the second half of the girls soccer season.

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Quaker Valley’s Rowan Kriebel had 32 goals and 19 assists during the regular season.
Kriebel cousins make mark on Quaker Valley soccer programs
They are two of a kind.

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Sewickley Academy’s Ashley (left) and Kirsten Close pose with the PIAA runner-up trophy after their team competed on Oct. 30, 2021, in Hershey.
Sister combos lead Sewickley Academy girls tennis to championship season
November 14, 2021
The Close sisters are not just close. The Sewickley Academy athletes are best of friends.

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Quaker Valley head coach Ron Balog talks with his team during practice on the first day of heat drills on Aug. 9, 2021, in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley football builds on positive strides taken during 2021 season
Quaker Valley’s football team finished fifth in the rugged Class 3A Northern Six Conference this season, behind Central Valley (5-0), Avonworth (4-1), Keystone Oaks (3-2) and Ambridge (2-3).

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The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team finished second at the PIAA Class 2A championships Oct. 30 in Hershey.
Sewickley Academy girls tennis team caps super season with trip to state finals
November 7, 2021
WPIAL champion Sewickley Academy finished the girls tennis season with honors, ending up as PIAA runners-up.

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The Fox Chapel field hockey team finished as the WPIAL Class 2A runner-up.
Fox Chapel field hockey team relishes another trip to WPIAL finals
November 2, 2021
Fox Chapel secured the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL Class 2A field hockey playoffs for the second year in a row.

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Quaker Valley volleyball team gains experience, shows improvement
October 31, 2021
Call it a “near-miss” for the Quaker Valley girls volleyball team.

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Quaker Valley’s Max Quinn was named the team MVP last season after producing 13 goals and 13 assists.
Senior sparks Quaker Valley hockey team with high-energy game
Max Quinn is known for his hard-charging, high-energy attitude on the ice.

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Megan Kang returned to the Hampton tennis team this season and played at No. 1 singles.
Hampton girls tennis takes step forward
October 30, 2021
There was only one way to go for the Hampton girls tennis team this season.

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Freeport’s Ben Perka will compete at Thursday’s WPIAL championship meet.
Freeport runners ready to compete at WPIAL championships
October 27, 2021
Cross country runners across Western Pennsylvania have been gearing up for the WPIAL championships set for Thursday at Cal (Pa.).

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Thomas Jefferson tennis coach Chuck Correll plans to retire after the 2021-22 school year.
Longtime Thomas Jefferson tennis coach savoring final season
October 24, 2021
There is a major news flash brewing in the Thomas Jefferson tennis program.

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The Baldwin girls volleyball team gets set to play Bethel Park on Sept. 28 at Baldwin.
Thomas Jefferson, Baldwin, Brentwood volleyball teams cap regular season
To say the players on the Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team have clicked would be more than accurate.

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Quaker Valley girls soccer pleased with trip to postseason
The Quaker Valley girls focused firmly on one thing this soccer season.

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Sewickley Academy goalkeeper Cooper Wentz makes a save against Beaver County Christian School during a game on Sept. 7, 2021, in Chippewa.
Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley boys soccer teams look forward to postseason
Sewickley Academy’s boys soccer team eked out a section championship by the narrowest of margins this season.

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Strong finish lifts Bethel Park into WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 23, 2021
The turnaround began last year and continued into this season.

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Quarterback Max Blanc has led Bethel Park’s resurgence this season.
Bethel Park writing remarkable bounce-back tale
After shaking last year’s winless record, Bethel Park’s football team played its way to a WPIAL playoff berth with four impressive midseason victories.

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Springdale’s August Tabacheck celebrates his goal against Aquinas Academy during a game on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Hampton.
Springdale boys soccer ready to make another run through WPIAL playoffs
October 19, 2021
The Springdale boys soccer team clinched a WPIAL playoff berth with a 1-0 section win Oct. 11 at Carlynton.

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Quaker Valley’s Wil Dunda celebrates after scoring during a game against North Catholic on Sept. 23, 2021, at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley boys soccer team tears through section, preps for playoffs
October 17, 2021
Quaker Valley already has claimed one championship this fall.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember catches a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Leetsdale.
Patrick Cutchember leads way for improving Quaker Valley football team
Not only was it his best effort this season, it was the top individual performance of his football career.

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Hampton junior Dan Venture putts on No. 18 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Oct. 5, at Nemacolin Country Club.
Hampton junior shoots for success on golf course, hockey rink
October 16, 2021
Dan Venture capped his 2021 golf season as a WPIAL finalist.

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Valley’s boys golf team will compete in the WPIAL team championship event Tuesday.
Deeper lineup helps Valley boys golfers reach WPIAL playoffs
October 11, 2021
The Valley boys golf team successfully checked off a couple of goal-oriented boxes this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Anna Cohen is a member of the 2021 cross country team.
Quaker Valley runners Cohen, Otto stay ahead of the pack
October 10, 2021
One is a senior. One is a sophomore.

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Quaker Valley’s Luke Flowers (right) scored 11 goals last season, tied for second on the team.
Quick start, experienced roster boost Quaker Valley hockey team
After one game, the Quaker Valley hockey team already was ahead of last year’s pace.

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Knoch’s Maddie Boyer is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Knoch’s Boyer earns spot at WPIAL girls golf championships in 1st season
October 5, 2021
Maddie Boyer made school history in qualifying for the WPIAL Class AA girls individual golf final.

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Sewickley Academy golfers, from left, Severin Harmon, Will Duggan, Joey Mucci and Nick Straka, qualified for the 2021 WPIAL championships.
Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley golfers shine at section qualifier
October 3, 2021
Section 9 was well represented at the WPIAL Class AA boys individual golf final Sept. 30 at Allegheny County Club.

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Thomas Jefferson’s AJ Getsy competes against Laurel Highlands on Sept. 9, 2021, at Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson soccer teams looking to make playoff noise
September 26, 2021
Thomas Jefferson ended up third in Section 3-3A boys soccer last year behind co-champs Belle Vernon and Trinity.

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The 2021 Brentwood boys soccer team.
Brentwood soccer chasing 4th straight playoff trip
Brentwood has strung together three straight WPIAL playoff appearances in boys soccer, advancing to the quarterfinals each season.

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Sewickley Academy’s Michael DiSantis battles Beaver County Christian School’s Dan Thoman for possession during their game on Sept. 7 in Chippewa.
Michael DiSantis shows scoring touch for Sewickley Academy boys soccer
Welcome to the “Michael DiSantis Show,” which played to excellent reviews at Sewickley Academy early this season.

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Young Quaker Valley volleyball team gaining experience, momentum
Quaker Valley is in the midst of a rebuilding project in girls volleyball this season.

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Hampton’s Kai Herchenroether was lauded Sept. 13 as a Class 3A player of the week by the Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association.
Strong start in section, tournament play helps Hampton volleyball vault to No. 1 ranking
September 25, 2021
Hampton opened its section schedule in girls volleyball with a pair of impressive victories, blanking Highlands and Knoch by 3-0 scores in early September.

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Bethel Park graduates inducted Sept. 17, 2021, into the Bethel Park Athletic Hall of Fame included, from left, Alan Smith (1969), Doug Michalke (1971), Danielle Gratton (2005) and Adam Lazenga (2010). Missing from the photo are Van Richardson (1982) and Wes Richardson (1989).
Bethel Park honors Athletic Hall of Fame inductees
Five decades covering a span of 41 years were represented at this year’s Bethel Park Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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Bethel Park golfers, from left, senior Riley Miller and junior Olivia Willig are members of the 2021 team.
Trio of returning letter winners among Bethel Park golfers gaining experience
Adam Triscila, coach of the Bethel Park girls golf program, offered an open invitation.

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Sewickley Academy’s Rinnie Jardini heads the ball next to Isabella Capito during their game against Winchester Thurston on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Edgeworth.
Despite roster turnover, Sewickley Academy girls soccer chasing another playoff berth
September 19, 2021
Sewickley Academy is a fixture in the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs.

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Quaker Valley’s Chase Kriebel possesses the ball during a 2019 practice.
Quaker Valley girls soccer poised for postseason return
Quaker Valley’s soccer teams were absent from the WPIAL playoffs last season because of coronavirus protocols.

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Veteran lineup returns for WPIAL field hockey runner-up Fox Chapel
September 18, 2021
Fox Chapel was a WPIAL finalist in field hockey in 2020.

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Kiski Area High School student, Lizeth Sesmas, poses for a portrait prior cross country practice on Sept. 4, 2020.
Kiski Area cross country teams set goal of improving as season progresses
September 15, 2021
Kiski Area coach Tom Berzonsky advocates a fundamental approach to the 2021 cross country season for his runners.

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Sewickley Academy’s Andrew Carida heads the ball next to Beaver County Christian School’s Rocco DeSarbo during their game on Sept. 7, 2021, in Chippewa.
Sewickley Academy boys soccer aims to maintain winning standard under new coach
September 12, 2021
Sewickley Academy experienced a productive season in boys soccer a year ago, advancing to the WPIAL semifinals and finishing 10-2-1 overall.

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Quaker Valley’s Rowan Kriebel moves the ball in open space during a game against Ambridge last season.
After untimely end to last season, Quaker Valley boys soccer driven to reign again
Quaker Valley boys soccer is synonymous with success.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Breitkreutz dives for the ball defending against DuBois on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 in girls’ volleyball at Franklin Regional High School.
New look Franklin Regional girls volleyball maintains lofty expectations
September 5, 2021
A new chapter in the Franklin Regional girls volleyball program will be written in 2021 following a season unlike any other.

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Hampton’s Madison Hurst plays against Armstrong last season.
Strong core looks to keep ball rolling for Hampton girls soccer
September 4, 2021
The Talbots are hoping for more of the same in 2021.

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Hampton’s Michael Belch competes during the 2020 season.
Hampton boys cross country under the radar, on the upswing
Hampton’s top three competitors at last year’s WPIAL Class 2A cross country finals were Nathan Garrett, Dale Hall and Michael Belch.

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Bethel Park’s Max Blanc looks to make a pass during a 7 on 7 high school football tournament July 18 at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park QB Max Blanc plans for college career at Youngstown State
August 28, 2021
Max Blanc is a student of the game, particularly at the quarterback position.

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Bethel Park’s Brendan Ridge competes during a 2020 soccer game, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park boys soccer eyes WPIAL playoff berth
Small steps.

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West Mifflin head coach Rod Steele looks on during work outs at West Mifflin High School.
West Mifflin to rely on punishing ground attack
August 24, 2021
There are various ways to describe the West Mifflin football team.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Brody Evans throws a pass during practice on Aug. 23, 2021, in Jefferson.
Cupboard anything but bare for powerful Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson repeated as WPIAL and state titlists in Class 4A last season, finishing 10-1 overall.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Shane Stump (4) celebrates with Jake Pugh after defeating Dallas, 46-7, in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
South Hills notes: Thomas Jefferson grads team up at Duquesne
August 22, 2021
Notebook items from around the South Hills:

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Thomas Jefferson grad Lexi Dadig will play basketball at Saint Vincent.
Thomas Jefferson grad Lexi Dadig set to play basketball at next level
Lexi Dadig graduated with honors from Thomas Jefferson this spring.

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Bethel Park head coach Brian Delallo looks on during a 7 on 7 high school football tournament Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park football to feature deep group of receivers, linemen
A quick dose of Bethel Park football, by the numbers:

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Brentwood senior quarterback Jase Keib.
Defense, passing game to lead Brentwood
August 21, 2021
There’s a significant number of new faces in the Brentwood lineup this season.

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Seton LaSalle head coach Chris Siegle reacts during a 7 on 7 high school football tournament Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Seton LaSalle looking for stability, improvement after coaching shuffle
Interim coach Chris Siegle is hoping to restore stability to the Seton LaSalle football program.

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Bethel Park’s Max Blanc looks to make a pass during a 7 on 7 high school football tournament on Wednesday, July 18, 2021 at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park aims to rebound from rare winless season
August 17, 2021
Bethel Park has been a perennial WPIAL playoff contender on the gridiron.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier scores past Jersey Shore’s Cam Allison during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Preston Zandier takes TJ championship memories to Youngstown State
August 15, 2021
Alphabetically, Preston Zandier normally is listed last because of his last name.

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Cindy Obiero is a 2021 graduate of Thomas Jefferson.
TJ tennis player honored for positivity
Cindy Obiero was not just a reliable doubles player at Thomas Jefferson.

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Former Brentwood running back Aiden Wardzinski
Brentwood notebook: Wardzinski joins ex-Spartans on Marietta football team
Aiden Wardzinski is continuing his football career as a freshman running back at Marietta, where he joins two other Brentwood products: senior QB Michael Trent and senior WR Austin Veatch.

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Bethel Park boys lacrosse goalkeeper Owen Peters
Bethel Park notebook: College lacrosse coach impressed with Peters in goal
August 14, 2021
Notebook items from around the Bethel Park High School campus:

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Frank Visnikar is a senior on the 2021 golf team at Bethel Park.
New-look Bethel Park golf roster looking to embrace team concept
Golfers keep track of their score on individual scorecards, but Bethel Park coach Jay Kreigline promotes golf as a team sport.

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Baldwin’s Evan Lavelle works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in Baldwin.
Baldwin continues ‘work in progress’ under 2nd-year coach Tim Sweeney
August 13, 2021
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview at least one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 27.

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Brentwood graduate Heran Pradhan (7) was lauded as the soccer team’s "most outstanding team member" during the 2020-21 school year.
Soccer a way of life for Brentwood’s Heran Pradhan, a native of Nepal
August 7, 2021
Soccer isn’t just a sport to Brentwood graduate Heran Pradhan.

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Bethel Park middle hitter Chloe McDaniel will be a senior in 2021.
Bethel Park girls volleyball has section title in its sights after near miss last year
Bethel Park came close to winning a section title in girls volleyball last season.

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Baldwin senior forward Meghan Dryburgh (23) competes during the 2020-21 season.
Baldwin’s Dryburgh ready to continue basketball career in college
August 1, 2021
Meghan Dryburgh enjoys a good challenge.

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Baldwin’s Brookelle Holby was a Big 56 first-team all-section selection as a junior.
Baldwin’s Brookelle Holby shares passion for softball, horses
Baldwin senior Brookelle Holby has been playing softball for most of her life.

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Bethel Park players enter the field, led by Anthony Celletti (52), Jason Nuttridge (9) and Gavin Moul (35) against Moon on Oct. 23.
Bethel Park rising seniors look ahead to final HS football season
July 31, 2021
Early potential candidates as “unsung” senior players on Bethel Park’s football team this year include WR/SS Cody Geddes, RB/DL Luke Helfrich and OL/DL Mark Pesci and Mark Sigafoos.

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Bethel Park junior goalie Owen Peters (1) competes against Penn-Trafford on April 9.
Bethel Park lacrosse goalkeeper Owen Peters makes Division I commitment
July 25, 2021
Bethel Park goalkeeper Owen Peters has been looking to advance his lacrosse career to the next level.

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Bethel Park girls lacrosse coach Becky Luzier has more than 100 career victories.
Longtime girls lacrosse coach helps game grow at Bethel Park
It’s a baker’s dozen for Bethel Park coach Becky Luzier.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Hunter Fairman competes against South Park on Jan. 27, 2020 at the Ice Castle.
Thomas Jefferson hockey standout picked by Johnstown Tomahawks in NAHL draft
July 24, 2021
Thomas Jefferson coach John Zeiler has inherited a team that finished 17-2-1 and advanced to the PIHL Class AA semifinals in 2020-21.

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Baldwin grad Alina Stahl competes for West Virginia women’s soccer during the 2021 season.
Baldwin grad Alina Stahl looks forward to senior season at WVU
July 18, 2021
Alina Stahl has been an accomplished student-athlete since her freshman year at Baldwin.

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Bethel Park senior shortstop Reagan Milliken competes against Shaler on March 26 at Bethel Park.
With postseason honors in tow, Bethel Park’s Milliken ready to embark on collegiate career
July 17, 2021
Bethel Park graduate Reagan Milliken will be taking a loaded resume with her to the Ohio State softball program in the fall.

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Bethel Park starting pitcher Eric Chalus celebrates after shutting down Red Land High School in the sixth inning during the PIAA Class 5A Baseball Championship on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Medlar Field in State College, Pa.
Bethel Park’s Chalus brothers relish final high school season together
The Chalus brothers can almost be considered mirror images.

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Bethel Park junior outfielder Abby Quickel (20) competes during the 2021 softball season.
Speed, versatility help Abby Quickel play key role for Bethel Park softball
July 10, 2021
Yes, Bethel Park’s Abby Quickel, as her surname suggests, is quick.

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Bethel Park boys lacrosse junior goalkeeper Owen Peters
Bethel Park notebook: Owen Peters named U.S. Lacrosse All-American
Owen Peters, a junior goalkeeper on the 2021 Bethel Park boys lacrosse team, was lauded as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American following the spring season.

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Brentwood senior Riley Brendel competes against Eden Christian on March 26.
Brentwood’s Brendel makes impact on diamond, court, classroom
July 4, 2021
Riley Brendel was not just an outstanding dual-sport athlete at Brentwood. The recent graduate also hit the books with passion.

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Baldwin seniors Beatrice Cook, Lindsay Bonetti and Olivia Los
Senior trio makes impact on Baldwin softball program
There were only three seniors — Beatrice Cook, Lindsay Bonetti and Olivia Los — on the Baldwin softball team this year.

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Bethel Park’s Gianna Sciullo scores on a wild pitch past Pine-Richland pitcher Gabriella Aughton during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on May 26.
Large crop of Bethel Park baseball, softball players headed to college diamonds
July 3, 2021
The senior class on Bethel Park’s PIAA championship and WPIAL runner-up baseball team will be well represented on college diamonds next spring.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski delivers during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against Shaler on May 21.
State championship might be just the beginning for Bethel Park baseball
Eric Chalus, the winning pitcher in the 2021 PIAA Class 5A championship game, was one of three seniors in Bethel Park’s starting lineup along with center fielder Shane Hamel and first baseman Zack Sackett.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Bryan
TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Nick Bryan, Thomas Jefferson
June 29, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Bryan (56) committed to Kent State on Saturday.
Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Bryan commits to Kent State
June 27, 2021
After a frenzied five-month recruiting stretch, Thomas Jefferson senior lineman Nick Bryan offered a verbal commitment to Kent State on Saturday.

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Bethel Park junior infielder Cody Geddes (12) hits against Baldwin on April 9.
Bethel Park closer Cody Geddes wraps up state title with clutch performance
Bethel Park’s Eric Chalus and Evan Holewinski proved to be one of the most dynamic pitching tandems in the state this season.

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Bethel Park’s David Kessler <strong>(left)</strong> and starting pitcher Eric Chalus compete against Red Land during the PIAA Class 5A baseball championship game June 17 at Medlar Field in State College.
Bethel Park baseball checked all boxes en route to a state championship
The foundation of a state championship high school baseball team is an outstanding pitching corps, paced by a strong one-two punch.

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Baldwin’s Lindsay Bonetti competes in a game during the 2021 season.
South Hills Record notebook: Senior sees potential in Baldwin softball squad
June 25, 2021
Catching up with some notebook items from the grounds of the Baldwin and Thomas Jefferson athletic programs:

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Brentwood’s Steve Bakowski competes against Fort Cherry on April 19, 2021, at Brentwood.
2-sport standouts named Brentwood’s top athletes
Nine seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and one freshman landed individual or team honors in 2020-21 at Brentwood.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman competes during the 2021 season.
Thomas Jefferson softball learns from move up in classification
June 20, 2021
Thomas Jefferson’s softball team moved up one classification — from 4A to 5A — in 2021, and seemed to pay for the price of admission.

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Thomas Jefferson senior lineman Alby Breisinger poses with his grandmother, Lois, in the Thomas Jefferson auditorium after he was presented the 2021 Breisinger Award.
Thomas Jefferson lineman Alby Breisinger honored with award named for his uncle
He’s a natural.

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Bethel Park’s Anthony Chiccitt runs with the ball during a game against Moon on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park grad Chiccitt honored with Courage Award from WPIAL Hall of Fame
June 19, 2021
Bethel Park product Anthony Chiccitt has determination chiseled in granite, as well a firm dose of patience.

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Bethel Park pitcher Delaney Nagy delivers against Canon-McMillan during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on June 3 at California University.
Bethel Park softball reflects on historic season
Bethel Park’s softball team enjoyed a historic run through the 2021 season, winning a WPIAL title in softball for the first time ever at the school.

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Bethel Park’s Nick Kwiatkoski with a second quarter run against Woodland Hills on Nov. 20, 2009, at West Mifflin High School.
Bethel Park alum, NFL player Nick Kwiatkoski helps give football locker room facelift
Nick Kwiatkoski hasn’t forgotten his roots.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Marco Gambino competes during a 2021 scrimmage at West Field in Munhall.
Thomas Jefferson baseball achieved goal of daily improvement
June 13, 2021
Thomas Jefferson’s baseball team advanced to the WPIAL playoffs in 2021.

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Baldwin’s Fletcher Hindman (4) celebrates his home run with Colton Brain during their game against Mt. Lebanon on April 27.
Quality wins provided plenty of highlights for Baldwin baseball
All in all, Baldwin first-year coach Steve Bucci termed his team’s 2021 season as successful.

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The Bethel Park softball team celebrates after defeating Canon-McMillan, 9-2, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at California University.
Banner season peaks with WPIAL title for Bethel Park softball
June 12, 2021
Bethel Park’s softball team ended its WPIAL season on the highest of high notes.

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Bethel Park’s Zack Sackett drives in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against West Allegheny on May 25.
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Playing at Wild Things Park gives Bethel Park baseball a taste of pro game
While WPIAL football championship hopefuls often talk about making it to Heinz Field or basketball players dream of playing at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center, the district’s baseball players aspire to play at Wild Things Park in Washington.

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All-section selections, playoff win highlight Thomas Jefferson boys volleyball season
June 6, 2021
Five members of the Thomas Jefferson boys volleyball squad were rewarded for their performance this season by being named all-section.

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Baldwin’s Lindsay Bonetti competes in a game during the 2021 season.
Baldwin softball hopes to learn from rebuilding year
Baldwin advanced to the WPIAL softball playoffs in 2021 for an 11th consecutive season, although the youthful Highlanders were able to win only four games all year.

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Bethel Park sophomore Megan Krapp (27) and Baldwin senior Taylor Mincin (26) compete during the 2021 girls lacrosse season.
Bethel Park girls lacrosse sees effort pay off with 1st section title in 9 years
June 5, 2021
What goes around comes around.

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Bethel Park pitcher Eric Chalus delivers against Franklin Regional during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
‘Championship atmosphere’ made WPIAL finals memorable for Bethel Park baseball
WPIAL Class 5A runner-up.

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Baldwin’s Lena Barakat won the 800-meter run at the 2021 WPIAL championships.
Baldwin senior peaks at WPIALs, wins gold in 800
May 30, 2021
Lena Barakat is one of the smaller athletes in the Baldwin girls track and field program.

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Baldwin’s C.J. Lucas took fifth at the pole vault at the 2021 WPIAL championships.
Section title caps successful season for Baldwin boys track
Baldwin’s boys track and field team capped its spring season by winning the Section 6-AAA championship in nail-biting fashion.

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Owen Peters and Bethel Park compete against Butler on March 26, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park boys lacrosse looks forward to promising future
May 29, 2021
Bethel Park’s boys lacrosse team ended the regular season in third place in Section 1-AAA at 6-2, behind only Mt. Lebanon (8-0) and Upper St. Clair (7-1) and ahead of Peters Township (5-3) and Canon-McMillan (4-4).

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Bethel Park’s Megan Malecki won the 2021 WPIAL pole vault title.
Bethel Park senior turns focus to pole vault, reaches new heights
Megan Malecki gave up the hurdles this season to concentrate on her pole vaulting career.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Trevor Turkovich tags out Baldwin’s Colton Brain during their game on April 27.
Fisher’s Files: Between rain, covid shutdowns, ADs had tough job this spring
May 23, 2021
Nobody watches the daily weather report in the spring months moreso than high school athletic directors.

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Brentwood senior pitcher/infielder Brenden Wertz (11) competes during the 2021 season.
Brentwood softball, baseball teams reflect on highlights from unusual season
Brentwood’s softball team hit the reset button and was able to end the season with an impressive six-game winning streak.

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Baldwin boys tennis team members in 2021 were, from left, Owen Garofalo, Braden Yokopenic, Hunter Kozlowski, Sergej Stojanovic, David Werner and Danny Khalil.
Baldwin boys tennis program shows growth under new coach
Emily Maerz is a new fixture in the Baldwin athletic program.

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Baldwin’s Trevor Belak (right) celebrates his second goal during the Class AA state championsip game against Haverford on April 24.
Seniors took Baldwin hockey program to remarkable heights
The seven seniors on the Baldwin hockey team have a combined 87 years of experience on the ice.

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Bethel Park’s Tori Krapp competes against Latrobe on April 6, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park girls lacrosse celebrates 1st section title since ’12
May 22, 2021
Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair battled for first place in Section 1-AAA in girls lacrosse all season.

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Bethel Park softball coaches for 2021 are, from left, Heather Semplice-Scott, Geana “Gee” Scott, Carly Schoenstein and Donna DeCarlo.
Mother-daughter duos coach Bethel Park softball to spectacular season
The Bethel Park coaching staff is unique in WPIAL softball.

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Los Angeles Kings right winger John Zeiler warms up before facing the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009.
Thomas Jefferson hockey bids farewell to coach Bill Crousey, welcomes former NHL player
May 16, 2021
Bill Crousey’s legacy as Thomas Jefferson’s hockey coach is firmly cemented.

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Brentwood senior hurdler Cesia Garcia competes against Fort Cherry on April 19at Brentwood.
Hurdles a natural fit for Brentwood multi-sport standout Cesia Garcia
Cesia Garcia has hurdled her way to a rewarding career in the Brentwood track and field program.

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Bethel Park’s Isaac Nirella competes at the Baldwin Invitational on May 7, 2021, at South Fayette.
Bethel Park pole vaulter Nirella continues to raise the bar
May 15, 2021
Isaac Nirella, a junior at Bethel Park, has made great strides in just his second year of pole vaulting competition.

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Bethel Park’s Megan Malecki competes during the 2021 season.
Bethel Park’s Malecki, Underwood vaulting to personal best marks
It takes a unique type of high school athlete to compete in the pole vault event.

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Baldwin’s Fletcher Hindman (4) celebrates his home run with Colton Brain during their game against Mt. Lebanon on April 27, 2021, in Baldwin.
South Hills notebook: Injuries pile up for Baldwin baseball
May 11, 2021
Baldwin’s baseball team has been stung hard by the injury bug this season.

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Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski (left) and Carter Betz compete against Fort Cherry on April 19, 2021, at Brentwood.
Brentwood track and field making ‘huge strides’
May 9, 2021
The Brentwood track and field athletes, guided by veteran coach Mike Cramer, are a goal-oriented group.

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Bethel Park senior shortstop Reagan Milliken competes against Shaler on March 26, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park softball pleased with strong start but aims to improve
May 8, 2021
Bethel Park’s softball team was perfect in the first month of the season. The Black Hawks improved to 10-0 with a 10-7 win at home April 27 against South Fayette.

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Bethel Park junior attack Alex Greene (7) competes against Penn-Trafford on April 9, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park boys lacrosse chasing section title
Bethel Park’s boys lacrosse team is trying to make up for lost time.

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Bethel Park baseball players hold a conference on the mound against Baldwin on April 9, 2021, at Bethel Park’s Purkey Field.
Strong pitching, clutch hitting bolsters Bethel Park baseball
Bethel Park’s baseball squad ended the month of April with an exclamation point.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Drew Dimidjian is a junior on the 2021 boys tennis team.
Dimidjian, Thomas Jefferson tennis team find success after missed season
May 2, 2021
Despite having only one senior, the Thomas Jefferson boys tennis squad posted a 6-1 record in Section 1-AA this spring.

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Baldwin goaltender Eddie Nowicki skates with the Pennsylvania Cup after defeating Haverford, 3-1, in the Class AA state championsip game Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Defense, goaltending key Baldwin’s run to state hockey championship
Baldwin’s varsity hockey team recently wrapped up an amazing two-year run with an appearance in the state championship game at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

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Bethel Park’s Lucia Coccagno competes against Latrobe on April 6, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park girls lacrosse trending in championship direction
May 1, 2021
The Bethel Park girls lacrosse team has all the makings of a powerhouse unit.

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Bethel Park’s Alexa Psotka is a senior on the 2021 track and field team.
Bethel Park’s Psotka sets sights on WPIAL javelin title
Under normal conditions, Bethel Park’s Alexa Psotka would be striving this year for her fourth consecutive appearance at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field finals.

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Senior members of the 2020-21 Baldwin girls basketball team are, from left, Abby Marzina, Taylor Walker, Meghan Dryburgh, Nina Dongilli, Anna Lucarelli, Lexi Bernotas, Sydney Carr and Kayla Radomsky.
Baldwin basketball trio headed to Chatham as package deal
April 25, 2021
It’s not uncommon for the best of friends to be teammates in a particular sport.

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Seton LaSalle’s Dan Boehme celebrates his RBI triple with head coach Mike Wagner during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Serra Catholic Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Baseball, softball coaches suggest changes to improve high school game
The games of baseball and softball have many nuances — many rules and regulations, many intangibles.

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Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal drives to the basket against Upper St. Clair’s Sam Prunzik and Kate Moore during their game on Feb. 18 at Bethel Park High School.
Bethel Park’s Westphal looks forward to future at Duquesne
Olivia Westphal is recognized as one of the best Bethel Park basketball players in school history.

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Baldwin’s Trevor Belak (right) celebrates his first goal with Nelson Buys and Logan Picchi during the Class AA state championship game against Haverford on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Baldwin beats Haverford, wins Class AA state championship
April 24, 2021
It was only fitting the two Class AA hockey heavyweights clashed in the state championship game Saturday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

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The 2021 Bethel Park baseball team.
Bethel Park chasing another section baseball title and more
April 23, 2021
Bethel Park baseball is striving for a banner season in 2021.

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The 2021 Bethel Park softball team.
Led by lineup loaded with Division I recruits, Bethel Park off to strong start in Class 6A
The Bethel Park softball team is one of the favorites this year to reach the WPIAL Class 6A championship game.

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The 2021 Thomas Jefferson boys volleyball team
Stocked with height, athleticism, Thomas Jefferson volleyball team has high hopes
April 18, 2021
With seven starters returning from 2019, the Thomas Jefferson boys volleyball team has high hopes for the 2021 season.

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Former Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino is the assistant to the WPIAL executive director.
Ex-Baldwin AD enjoys new role in WPIAL office
Former Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino joined the WPIAL staff July 1, 2020, assuming the full-time position of assistant to the executive director.

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Baldwin sophomore outside hitter Niraj Thapa goes high above the net against Canon-McMillan on April 8, 2021, at Baldwin.
Young Baldwin boys volleyball lineup gaining experience
The 2019 boys volleyball season proved to be a true learning experience for then-rookie coach Milan Yekich at Baldwin.

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Thomas Jefferson baseball to gain experience on the fly
April 11, 2021
Thomas Jefferson’s baseball roster is a bit misleading.

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Brentwood’s Kevin McCleary pitches against Eden Christian on March 26, 2021.
Brentwood baseball knocking off rust
The Brentwood Spartans experienced a rocky start on the diamond, losing their first three games including back-to-back section defeats to Fort Cherry.

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Baldwin baseball rebuilding project making progress
As Dorothy says repeatedly in the iconic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” there’s no place like home.

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Penn Hills’ Jonah Silverman is a member of the 2021 baseball team and track and field team.
Penn Hills’ Silverman is a student-athlete for all seasons
April 10, 2021
Jonah Silverman is a unique two-sport athlete at Penn Hills.

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Penn Hills’ Anthony Sciulli throws against Riverview on March 17, 2021 at Wild Things Park.
Penn Hills’ Anthony Sciulli healthy, ready to anchor pitching staff
Anthony Sciulli represents a blueprint for perseverance and overcoming obstacles.

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The 2021 Thomas Jefferson softball team.
Young Thomas Jefferson softball lineup looks to surprise in Class 5A
April 4, 2021
There is no mystery behind the success of the Thomas Jefferson softball program.

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Paige Miller is a senior on the 2021 Brentwood softball team.
                                Paige Miller is a senior on the 2021 Brentwood softball team.
Experience in middle of field strengthens Brentwood softball squad
Despite the cancellation of the 2020 softball season because of covid-19 restrictions, Brentwood still has four returning starters back.

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The 2021 Baldwin softball team
Baldwin finding balance as unusual softball season kicks into gear
Baldwin softball coach Gina Fuchs is counting on junior shortstop Maleah Pacella to be the team’s linchpin this season, both offensively and defensively.

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Penn Hills volleyball player Joe Mitlo poses with his dad and coach, Jay Mitlo.
Father-son duo forms backbone of Penn Hills volleyball program
Joe Mitlo has latched onto several integral roles this year on the Penn Hills boys volleyball team.

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Penn Hills senior captains for 2021 are, from left, Anthony Sciulli, Josh Zambito and Josh Gerken.
Penn Hills baseball team follows 2-sport captains into battle
A trio of co-captains who play two sports but excel on the diamond — Josh Zambito, Anthony Sciulli and Josh Gerken — will lead the Penn Hills baseball team into this season.

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Gateway catcher Emma Kennedy is the lone senior on the team.
Gateway softball seeing where pieces fit after canceled season
March 28, 2021
Gateway’s softball team has taken a basic approach to the 2021 season, homing in directly on the game’s fundamentals.

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Baldwin senior forward Meghan Dryburgh (23) competes during the 2020-21 season.
3 Baldwin girls basketball seniors to take games to next level
Anna Lucarelli proved to be a rarity in the Baldwin girls basketball program.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Aidan Kelly reaches for a loose ball next to Laurel Highlands’ Caleb Palumbo on Feb. 19.
Bar set high for Thomas Jefferson boys, girls basketball programs
There is a sunny disposition in both Thomas Jefferson basketball programs heading into 2021-22.

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Penn Hills’ Irlynn Richardson is a senior on the 2021 softball team.
Penn Hills senior shortstop excited for return to diamond
March 27, 2021
Improvement is a key word in the Penn Hills softball program.

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Penn Hills’ Josh Zambito celebrates with Josh Gerken (r) against Riverview on March 17, 2021 at Wild Things Park.
Penn Hills baseball works toward ultimate goal of return to playoffs
The Penn Hills baseball coaches promote a family atmosphere in their program.

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Jeannette’s Emilio Huerta works out on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Buster Clarkson Field.
Jeannette baseball will lean on pair of veteran players
March 25, 2021
Jeannette baseball has been a perennial playoff contender in recent years under the guidance coach Marcus Clarkson.

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Jeannette pitcher Sydney Matijevic works out on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at the high school.
Jeannette softball team to rely on youth
A priority early for the Jeannette softball team was a high-alert search for players at the high school.

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Middle hitter Joe Mitlo (right) will play a key role for the Penn Hills volleyball team this season.
Penn Hills volleyball hopes to make up for lost time
March 21, 2021
The Penn Hills boys volleyball team is glad to be back in the gym and is looking forward to competing in 2021.

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Penn Hills track team ready for anything after canceled season
The 2021 track season at Penn Hills will be filled with many unknowns.

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Taylor Davis is a senior guard on the 2020-21 Brentwood girls basketball team.
Brentwood basketball seasons started strong, ran out of steam
Brentwood’s basketball season started with a bang but fizzled out at the end.

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Baldwin’s Connor Gitzen saw considerable playing time as a junior this season.
Building blocks in place for Baldwin basketball
The potential is there for a big 2021-22 season for the Baldwin boys basketball team.

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Upper St. Clair head coach Danny Holzer celebrates with John Sukernek after defeating Pine-Richland, 56-53, in the Class 6A final on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Peterrs Township High School.
Upper St. Clair basketball coach Danny Holzer talks WPIAL titles, his successful career, son’s hockey exploits
March 16, 2021
It was a great week of sports for the Holzer household.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Johnson won the WPIBL boys singles title Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.
TJ bowler completes quick climb to top with school’s first WPIBL singles title
March 15, 2021
Nick Johnson has been bowling competitively for only three years.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Luke Pletz is a senior swimmer for the 2020-21 Jaguars.
Thomas Jefferson senior closes curtain on family swimming dynasty
And then there was one.

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Baldwin/Thomas Jefferson volunteer gymnastics assistant Kristen Weber with her daughter Anna, a senior gymnast at Thomas Jefferson.
Gymnasts from Baldwin, Thomas Jefferson form special bond with coaching moms
There definitely was a family feel to the Premier Gym high school gymnastics program.

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Penn Hills junior Angelo Allen practices for indoor shot put.
After offseason in gym, Penn Hills junior smashing shot put records
Hard work and dedication in the weight room have paid off handsomely for Penn Hills junior Angelo Allen.

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Penn Hills’ Amoni Blackwell drives past Fox Chapel’s Ally Hager during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Fox Chapel High School.
Penn Hills girls basketball to have different look but same expectations
The Penn Hills girls basketball team will have a new look to its lineup for 2021-22.

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Baldwin’s Joey Starzynski competes against Canon-McMillan on Feb. 23, 2021, at Baldwin.
Senior comfortable in starring role for Baldwin boys basketball
March 7, 2021
Joey Starzynski has been on center stage in the Baldwin basketball program for the past two years.

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Baldwin senior defenseman Robbie Aranos (72) competes against South Fayette junior forward Joseph Trinkala (53) on March 1, 2021, at Ice Castle.
Balance of hockey power in South Hills shifts to Thomas Jefferson, Baldwin
One corner of the South Hills has become prime property for high school hockey aficionados.

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Thomas Jefferson’ quarterback Jake Pugh rolls out to throw a touchdown pass during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Aliquippa on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Thomas Jefferson quarterback-receiver combo set for one last game together
Thomas Jefferson’s Jake Pugh and Ian Hansen proved to be a near-unstoppable aerial combination last fall.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier celebrates after the Jaguars defeated Jersey Shore, 21-14, in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game Nov. 28, 2020.
Preston Zandier joins list of Thomas Jefferson Big 33 players
February 28, 2021
Preston Zandier has joined an exclusive club as a senior member of the Thomas Jefferson football program.

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Senior members of the 2020-21 Baldwin girls basketball team are, from left, Abby Marzina, Taylor Walker, Meghan Dryburgh, Nina Dongilli, Anna Lucarelli, Lexi Bernotas, Sydney Carr and Kayla Radomsky.
Baldwin girls basketball honors senior class that has seen it all
They have been friends and teammates throughout their high school careers, sticking together through thick and thin.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Michael Zacur looks to escape from Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher in a 152-pound bout at the Powerade wrestling tournament on Jan. 29.
Senior duo builds impressive resumes for Thomas Jefferson wrestling
February 21, 2021
Thomas Jefferson wrestlers Kale Buckiso and Michael Zacur burst onto the scene as freshmen in 2017-18.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jake Pugh (12) handles the ball against West Allegheny last season.
Hard-nosed approach carries Thomas Jefferson boys to strong season
Hard work does have its benefits.

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TJ swimmer Hallie Findlan is a senior on the 2020-21 team.
Thomas Jefferson swimmers maintain success through pandemic protocols, coaching change
February 14, 2021
Thomas Jefferson’s first-year coach is a familiar figure to the many members of the swim program.

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Baldwin’s Abbey Herrle is a junior diver on the 2020-21 team.
Baldwin junior dives into 5-sport schedule
Baldwin junior Abbey Herrle doesn’t have time to waste.

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Hampton’s Eric Weeks drives to the basket during a game at Fox Chapel on Dec. 11, 2020.
Hampton eager to compete in open WPIAL basketball playoffs
February 13, 2021
WPIAL Hall of Fame basketball coach Joe Lafko’s 25th season at Hampton has been like no others.

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Hampton’s Richie Donato competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Hampton boys head into WPIAL swim championships with great expectations
It’s official. The WPIAL swim finals will take place March 6-7.

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Chase Rosing (12) is Brentwood’s leading scorer.
Led by senior duo, Brentwood boys surge into first place
February 7, 2021
The Brentwood boys basketball team flourished in January, posting a 7-1 record, including a perfect 5-0 run in Section 4-3A.

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Senior Dylan Stokes is a returning WPIAL qualifier for Baldwin.
Numbers up, enthusiasm abounds for Baldwin swim teams
Baldwin swim coach Kim Klinger basks in optimism, in and out of the pool.

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Brentwood freshman guard Bobbie Wardzinski competes against Keystone Oaks on Jan. 19, 2021, at Brentwood.
Brentwood’s Mallory Daly, other freshmen make instant impact
January 31, 2021
Mallory Daly has had a major effect on the Brentwood girls basketball team.

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Baldwin’s 2020-21 senior competitive cheerleaders include, i front, from left, Grace Hampton, Emma Kuskie; back, Taylor Mincin, Bayleigh Bartic and Lexi Utzig.
Baldwin competitive cheer squad pivots to virtual routine, makes nationals
The Baldwin competitive cheerleaders have entered the land of the unknown.

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Thomas Jefferson junior wrestler Brian Finnerty (top) competes during the 2020-21 season.
Thomas Jefferson’s Finnerty off to strong start with tournament titles
January 24, 2021
Months of painstaking preparation and grueling practice proved beneficial for Thomas Jefferson junior Brian Finnerty.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman handles the ball as Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan defends in a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Feb. 26, 2020.
Thomas Jefferson set for another rivalry matchup with Chartiers Valley girls
The rivalry continues.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Anna Weber competes during a meet Jan. 13, 2020, at All-Star Athletics.
Thomas Jefferson gymnasts happy to compete, aim to defend WPIAL title
January 17, 2021
The Thomas Jefferson gymnastics program has climbed quickly to elite status.

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Baldwin senior gymnasts Bailey Harding (left) and Leah Revo return for the 2020-21 season.
Baldwin gymnasts ready to defend championship
The tag “defending state champion” provides awe-inspiring incentive for the Baldwin gymnasts in 2020-21.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Riley Holzer competes against South Park last season.
Thomas Jefferson hockey making strides against tougher competition
January 10, 2021
Thomas Jefferson’s hockey team is on the rise.

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Baldwin senior forward Dylan Belak (30) competes against Armstrong on Dec. 7, 2020, at Ice Castle.
Baldwin in prime position for another shot at Penguins Cup championship
The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on the Baldwin hockey team.

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Brentwood’s Paige Miller (33) competes during the 2019-20 season.
Thomas Jefferson, Baldwin, Brentwood girls basketball teams have playoff ambitions
December 13, 2020
Here’s a look at the high school girls basketball teams for the South Hills Record coverage area:

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Brentwood’s Chase Rosing (12) competes during the 2019-20 season.
Brentwood, Thomas Jefferson, Baldwin boys basketball teams look to develop chemistry
Here’s a look at boys basketball teams in the South Hills Record coverage area:

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Jeff Ackermann talks with an official during a game against Butler on Jan. 28, 2020, at Pine-Richland. Ackermann was hired by Baldwin during the offseason.
Baldwin basketball teams take fresh approach
December 6, 2020
Location, location, location.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier celebrates after the Jaguars defeated Jersey Shore, 21-14, in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Senior class helps Thomas Jefferson football add to overflowing trophy case
Two PIAA championships, three WPIAL titles, three conference crowns.

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Thomas Jefferson’s DeRon VanBibber celebrates his touchdown next to Jersey Shore’s Connor Davis during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Thomas Jefferson football A to Z: Another special season for Jaguars
An anatomy of a state champion, or it takes a village to build a successful football program.

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North Allegheny’s Keeley Misutka leads a pack of runners, followed by Bethel Park’s Jenna Lang, and Baldwin’s Gina Bolla, while competing in the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships at White Oak Park on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.
Baldwin’s Gina Bolla leaves lasting mark on cross country program
November 28, 2020
Gina Bolla entered the Baldwin cross country program in 2017 as a quiet, unassuming freshman.

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Thomas Jefferson’s McClain Flinn celebrates his touchdown with Ian Hansen during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Aliquippa on Nov. 14.
Thomas Jefferson’s McClain Flinn shows flair for dramatic
It was an emotionally charged atmosphere at North Allegheny.

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The Thomas Jefferson football team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Aliquippa, 35-28 in overtime, in the Class 4A final on Nov. 14.
Second straight WPIAL title continues long run of winning football for Thomas Jefferson
November 22, 2020
The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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Baldwin’s Connor Lavelle had 28 catches for 334 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Senior defensive backs brought physicality to Baldwin football
Two undeniable stalwarts on the Baldwin football team this season were senior standouts Connor Lavelle and C.J. Robbins.

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Brentwood’s Sidney Wuenschell competes during a 2020 match.
Jump to Class 2A had benefits for Brentwood volleyball
November 15, 2020
Records can sometimes be deceiving.

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Baldwin’s girls volleyball team competes in a match during the 2020 season.
Baldwin volleyball shows competitiveness during difficult season
It was a season unlike any others in the Baldwin girls volleyball program.

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Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski ran for 795 yards and 13 TDs this season.
Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski leaves lasting mark on program
November 8, 2020
Aiden Wardzinski will be missed in the Brentwood football program.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier tries to escape the grasp of Mars’ Jacob Wooldridge in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals Oct. 30.
Successful Thomas Jefferson football season not without its hiccups
Nightmarish is defined as “frightening or unpleasant.” Exasperating is another word that comes to mind.

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Baldwin’s Kameron Allen competes against Norwin on Oct. at Norwin.
Condensed season proved challenging for Baldwin football
November 1, 2020
One word that perhaps aptly defines the Baldwin football season is “condensed.”

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Joey Moeller scored two goals in Baldwin’s 2-0 playoff win over Central Catholic.
Playoff berth caps successful season for Baldwin boys soccer
The Baldwin boys soccer team compiled a 6-2-1 regular-season record to clinch a WPIAL Class 4A playoff berth for a second consecutive season.

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Hampton’s Kate Hovanec plays against Freeport Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at Hampton High School.
Hampton girls volleyball continues recent run of success
October 31, 2020
New coach. New section. New adjustments.

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Hampton’s Christian Liberto (26) and Joe Liberto (24) helped the Talbots football team reach the 2020 WPIAL playoffs.
Liberto brothers boost Hampton football into playoffs
The Hampton football team made a valiant playoff push down the season’s home stretch.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Emily Kane competes against Baldwin on Oct. 17, 2020, at Baldwin.
Thomas Jefferson girls ride momentum into WPIAL soccer playoffs
October 24, 2020
Thomas Jefferson posted a sparkling 10-2 record in league play in Sean Richter’s first season as head coach.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jack Sella competes against Greensburg Salem on Sept. 14, 2020, at Thomas Jefferson.
Scoring surge lifts Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team into WPIAL playoffs
Thomas Jefferson’s boys soccer team exudes confidence. One reason behind it is the offensive punch displayed by the Jaguars in 2020.

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Greater Latrobe’s Carolina Walters returns a volley during the WPIAL Class AAA girls team tennis championship against Upper St. Calir on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Bethel Park High School.
Latrobe sweeps singles, beats Upper St. Clair for WPIAL girls team tennis title
October 22, 2020
The distance from Latrobe to Bethel Park is around 50 miles.

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Thomas Jefferson tennis players, from left, Shannon Day, Katie Sonnett, Christine Rossi and Sydney O’Connell, competed at the section doubles tournament Sept. 30, 2020.
Thomas Jefferson girls tennis players look forward to future of program
October 18, 2020
Thomas Jefferson recently wrapped up a winning 2020 season in girls tennis.

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Baldwin senior quarterback Colton Brain (10) scrambles out of the pocket in a conference game Oct. 2 at Norwin.
Brain power: Baldwin quarterback among WPIAL’s top passers
Baldwin’s starting quarterback is a brainiac, for sure.

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The 2020 Baldwin boys soccer team
Baldwin boys soccer facing challenges, staying in playoff contention
October 11, 2020
The Baldwin boys soccer team has had its share of issues to contend with the past two years.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Elana Kondos competes during a 2020 game.
New-look Thomas Jefferson girls soccer team building momentum
The Thomas Jefferson girls soccer program has enjoyed notable success in recent years.

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Riley Wirth is a senior winger for Brentwood.
Brentwood boys soccer aiming to remain among section’s elite
October 4, 2020
The Brentwood boys soccer team has become accustomed to hitting double digits in the win column in recent seasons.

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Thomas Jefferson celebrates after defeating South Fayette in the WPIAL semifinals last year.
New-look Thomas Jefferson volleyball squad out to keep section title streak going
Thomas Jefferson has won eight consecutive section championships in girls volleyball.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier collides with Trinity’s Anthony Phillips in Week 2.
Thomas Jefferson football notebook: Dynamic seniors lead receiving corps
September 27, 2020
Seniors Preston Zandier, a Youngstown State commit, and Ian Hansen, along with Rex Miller and Shultz Reinhart and junior McClain Flinn, lead the Thomas Jefferson receiving corps this season.

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Baldwin’s Adriana Marina (10) competes against Thomas Jefferson last season.
Baldwin girls soccer looks to improve in season unlike any other
Baldwin second-year coach Tom Dongilli is looking for continued growth by the girls soccer team.

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The senior class on the 2020 Brentwood girls volleyball team includes, from left, Sidney Wuenschell (24), Keara Torrelli (10), Cesia Garcia (7), Taylor Davis (26), Abbey Czerwien (4), Hanaa Ghassa (30) and Calli Kammermeier (12).
Seniors energize Brentwood volleyball team
September 20, 2020
Two impact players on the Brentwood girls volleyball team are seniors Sidney Wuenschell and Calli Kammermeier.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Luke Giger (35), a sophomore forward (at right), attempts to block the pass of a Baldwin opponent on Sept. 7, 2019, during a nonsection game at TJ.
Thomas Jefferson boys soccer to rely on depth, defense in move to Section 3-3A
September 10, 2020
The overriding factor in all facets surrounding the Thomas Jefferson boys soccer program — as at all area schools — is the coronavirus pandemic.

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Baldwin’s Heidi Johnston (6) competes during a match in 2019.
Chapla, Johnston return to lead Baldwin girls volleyball
Two mainstays in the Baldwin girls volleyball team are Alexa Chapla and Heidi Johnston.

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Hampton’s Kai Herchenroether (18) competes against Franklin Regional in August 2019 during a scrimmage.
New coach set to lead Hampton girls volleyball
The 2020 season will be most memorable for Hampton coach Annie Bozzo.

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Hampton’s first doubles team Lindsey Schwarzbach (left) and Ella Hilton take the court against Shaler August 28, 2019 at Hampton.
Newcomers step into key roles for Hampton girls tennis
The coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic effect on the Hampton girls tennis program.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Shane Stump celebrates with teammates after scoring against Blackhawk in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Thomas Jefferson football program honors accomplished senior class
March 20, 2020
The senior class racked up astonishing numbers in the Thomas Jefferson football program.

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Riverview starting pitcher Alyssa Cappa throws against Apollo-Ridge on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Riverview Park.
Riverview softball team wants to continue playoff streak
March 17, 2020
(Editor’s note: The PIAA has postponed the start of the spring sports season because of concerns over the covid-19 pandemic.)

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Riverview’s Mark McClelland tries to score during a 2019 practice at Riverview High School in Oakmont.
Riverview aims to contend in challenging Section 3-2A
(Editor’s note: The PIAA has postponed the start of the spring sports season because of concerns over the covid-19 pandemic.)

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Senior shortstop Mariah DeRiggi is one of Franklin Regional’s returning players.
Franklin Regional softball blending youth, experience
March 7, 2020
Franklin Regional’s softball team is hoping to carry its momentum from last season.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Connor Helm delivers against Cathedral Prep during a PIAA Class 5A first round state playoff game Monday, June 3, 2019, at Neshannock High School. Franklin Regional won, 13-4.
After winning section title a year ago, Franklin Regional baseball has bigger goals
The Franklin Regional baseball team sailed into uncharted waters in 2019.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Hallie Findlan competes in the girls 100 freestyle during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Thomas Jefferson’s Findlan claims 1st WPIAL swimming title in program history
March 6, 2020
Hallie Findlan has been rewriting the Thomas Jefferson record book in girls swimming for three years.

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Thomas Jefferson senior Nathan Werderber poses with the Breisinger Award with Lois Breisinger. In back are, from left, Keith Miller, Bob Breisinger, Joe Kenney, TJ football coach Bill Cherpak and Ryan Inks. Miller (1992), Bob Breisinger (1989) and Inks (1995) are former award winners.
Thomas Jefferson’s Werderber honored with Breisinger Award
Thomas Jefferson senior Nathan Werderber officially enlisted Dec. 30 with the U.S. Marines Corps.

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The 2019-20 Baldwin gymnastics team.
Baldwin gymnasts earn 9th state championship
Baldwin can add another year on the state championship banner for gymnastics in its high school gym.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner (5) defends against North Allegheny during their game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at Norwin High School.
Norwin girls focus on season’s highlights after playoff exit
February 28, 2020
Norwin has a well-respected history in girls basketball.

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Brentwood junior guard Chase Rosing (12) attempts a free throw against California on Jan. 7, 2020, at Brentwood.
Youth movement leads to optimism in Brentwood basketball program
The Brentwood boys basketball program, stacked with seven seniors, will suffer heavy graduation losses this year.

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Penn-Trafford’s Bella Long scored 1,104 points and made a school-record 171 3-pointers during her varsity career.
Tough playoff loss can’t dampen strong season for Penn-Trafford girls basketball
Penn-Trafford’s girls basketball team experienced a two-tone finish to the season.

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The Norwin girls 800 relay of, from left, Kayla Singer, Nataiah Robinson-Dutrielle, Brianna Hatok and Jocelyn Boyd competed at the Tri-State indoor championships Feb. 22, 2020, at Edinboro.
Norwin athletes shine at Tri-State indoor championships
Norwin’s boys distance medley relay unit stepped into the spotlight Feb. 22 at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor championship meet.

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Thomas Jefferson senior Natalie Moore received a 10.0 from one of the judges on the vault event at the WPIAL individual gymnastics finals held Feb. 15, 2020, at Moon.
TJ gymnast Moore writes perfect ending with 10 on vault at WPIAL meet
February 21, 2020
Thomas Jefferson senior gymnast Natalie Moore capped her career with rare perfection — a 10.0 score on the vault from one of the judges at the WPIAL championships.

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Baldwin’s Noah Fischer (52) competes against Armstrong on Jan. 27, 2020 at Ice Castle. Baldwin won 9-4.
Dominant Baldwin hockey team gearing up for playoffs
One of the magic numbers for the Baldwin hockey team this season is “15.”

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Brentwood’s C.J. Ziegler competes during the 2019-20 season.
Brentwood’s Ziegler reaches scoring milestone
February 14, 2020
C.J. Ziegler recently enlisted in an exclusive club at Brentwood.

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Seton LaSalle seniors, from left, Sarah Merlina (24), Vanessa Hudson (11) and Chloe Lestitian (15) are members of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Senior captains drive Seton LaSalle girls to successful season
Seton LaSalle’s girls basketball team has been driven by the force of three seniors in its lineup this season.

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Baldwin’s Jenna Lutz competes against Hempfield on Feb. 3, 2020.
Sole senior Jenna Lutz energizes Baldwin girls basketball program
It has been a frustrating yet gratifying senior season for Baldwin hoopster Jenna Lutz.

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Derry head coach Gene Brisbane coaches his players against Deer Lakes during girls’ WPIAL basketball at Derry Area High School on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Derry.
Derry girls basketball team makes sure history doesn’t repeat
February 12, 2020
History was not going to repeat itself. The Derry girls basketball team saw to that.

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Seton LaSalle’s Daniel Boehme (23) competes against Carlynton on Feb. 4, 2020, at Seton LaSalle.
Seton LaSalle boys bolstered by all-senior starting lineup
February 11, 2020
Veteran coach Mark Walsh is a staunch Seton LaSalle advocate, and is fully committed to the boys basketball program.

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South Park’s Kierra Moelber pressures Seton LaSalle’s Chloe Lestitian during their game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Seton LaSalle High School.
Seton LaSalle girls ‘hungry’ to get back on track as playoffs start
February 10, 2020
It wasn’t the finish the Seton LaSalle girls basketball team anticipated.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Riley Holzer competes against South Park on Jan. 27, 2020 at Ice Castle.
Players from basketball families star for Thomas Jefferson hockey team
February 7, 2020
Both families have rich histories in Western Pennsylvania high school basketball, particularly in the South Hills.

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The 2019-20 Thomas Jefferson competitive spirit team.
Dedication pays off for Thomas Jefferson competitive spirit team
Dedication and determination are just two of the traits that drive the West Jefferson Hills School District cheer program.

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Baldwin’s 2019-20 senior competitive cheer team captains are, from left, Abby Zuder, Alaina Wodarek and Paige Young.
Captains help Baldwin competitive spirit team find championship form
Outstanding teams require exceptional leadership.

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Brothers Adam Bilinsky (1) and Ty Bilinsky (5) play against Latrobe on Friday, Jan. 10.
Building blocks in place for Norwin boys basketball
Norwin’s boys basketball team bolted out to a 6-0 record and won eight of its first nine games this season.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alex Bobak comeptes against Baldwin on Jan. 14, 2020, at Thomas Jefferson.
New pool, new attitude for Thomas Jefferson swim team
January 31, 2020
The Thomas Jefferson swimming and diving program is thriving, thanks in large part to the school’s beautiful new 25-yard pool.

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Thomas Jefferson coach John Penn and Peters Township assistant Ryan Fagan guide their teams during a meet Jan. 21, 2020, at Thomas Jefferson.
New pool at Thomas Jefferson gets visit from old friend Ryan Fagan
Thomas Jefferson’s new state-of-the-art pool had a distinguished visitor Jan. 21 when the Jaguars met Peters Township in a nonsection meet.

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Moon head coach Jody Powell talks with Emma Theodorsson during a game against Chartiers Valley on Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Moon girls basketball trying to keep pace in rugged Section 1-5A
January 29, 2020
The Moon girls basketball team lost twice in December, and twice in January.

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From left, Thomas Jefferson girls basketball coach Lisa Fairman, Alyssa DeAngelo and TJ assistant Skylar Meier recognize DeAngelo for scoring her 1,000 career point Jan. 16, 2020, against Moon.
TJ notebook: Alyssa DeAngelo hits 1,000-point milestone
January 28, 2020
Thomas Jefferson senior Alyssa DeAngelo scored her 1,000th career point Jan. 13 in a section game at Trinity.

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Thomas Jefferson wrestler Brendan Finnerty competes at the Allegheny County championships Jan. 18, 2020, at Fox Chapel.
Brendan Finnerty leads successful TJ contingent at county mat tournament
January 24, 2020
Brendan Finnerty didn’t just win the 160-pound weight class while representing Thomas Jefferson at the recent Allegheny County wrestling championships.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Sinclair competes during a meet Jan. 13, 2020, at All-Star Athletics.
Thomas Jefferson, Baldwin gymnasts working toward WPIAL goals
One team is the defending WPIAL and state champion, and has emerged as a powerhouse in girls gymnastics in just three years.

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Franklin Regional girls basketball coach Anthony Kobus fields a roster with one senior and 10 freshmen.
WPIAL playoff spot remains in reach for Franklin Regional girls basketball team
“Young” is the word encircling the Franklin Regional girls basketball program this season.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman competes against Moon’s Sofia Mancini on Jan. 16, 2020, at Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson basketball teams score signature wins
January 18, 2020
The Thomas Jefferson basketball teams know how to make a good first impression.

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Baldwin’s Dylan Belak competes against Upper St. Clair last season.
Balanced Baldwin climbs to top of PIHL standings
Baldwin wrapped up the 2019 portion of its PIHL season with an 8-0 record.

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Brentwood senior guard/forward A.J. McPherson (13) battles under the basket against California on Jan. 7, 2020, at Brentwood.
Veteran roster has Brentwood boys off to scorching start
January 12, 2020
Brentwood’s boys basketball team is well on its way to having one of the best seasons in school history.

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The Baldwin competitive spirit team captured the WPIAL Class AAA championship on Jan. 4, 2019, at Hempfield.
Baldwin competitive cheer squad reaches championship goal
Drive, determination, hard work, no fear of failing and a strong dose of patience are among ingredients necessary to claim a WPIAL championship.

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The Norwin competitive spirit team includes in front, from left, Alivia Jarusinsky, Ava Imro, Emma Guldin, Gabby Guldin, Katie Black, Kendra Rabo; and in back, Gabby Andrykovitch, Maddy Beisler, Jenna Varney, Rylan Breen, Hannah Patalsky, Laiken Burmeister, Makenzie Turkowski, Macie Daugherty, Gracie Rady, Kassidee Scalise. Kalea Armstrong also is part of the team.
Norwin competitive spirit team makes states for eighth straight year
Norwin’s competitive spirit squad loves the taste of chocolate.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ian Hansen celebrates his touchdown against Lampeter-Strasburg during their PIAA Class 4A state semifinal Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
Thomas Jefferson football program in good hands with talented underclassmen
January 4, 2020
The Thomas Jefferson football team has the toughest of acts to follow in 2020.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Will O’Brien competes against Wheeling Central Catholic on Dec. 17, 2019, at Wesbanco Arena.
Thomas Jefferson hockey looks to maintain high-scoring pace down stretch
That offensive explosion heard and seen around the PIHL this season has been launched by Thomas Jefferson Jaguars.

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Senior Danielle Mullen is among Derry’s returning starters.
Derry girls basketball stays above .500, seeks playoffs
January 1, 2020
It was a nail-biter in the truest sense of the term.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier (2) prepares to take the field with his teammates at the start of the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Dallas Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Thomas Jefferson notebook: Zandier brothers share memorable day on gridiron
December 27, 2019
The Zandier family will remember the date — Nov. 29 — for a long time.

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Brentwood senior forward Ian Thomas (32) competes against Northgate on Dec. 6, 2019.
C.J. Ziegler, Zach Keib spark Brentwood boys in December
Brentwood coach Dan Thayer was pleased, as expected.

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Baldwin junior guard Anna Lucarelli (22) competes against Connellsville senior forward Lauren Bubarth (20) on Dec. 19, 2019, at Baldwin.
Baldwin notebook: Seven Highlanders make college choices
Seven Baldwin High School athletes participated in national signing day last month.

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Girls’ basketball head coach Anthony Kobus watches during practice drills on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional girls relying on underclassmen early on
Franklin Regional’s girls basketball team is one of the youngest in Class 5A, if not the WPIAL.

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Hempfield swim teams pool their talent
December 21, 2019
The Hempfield swimming program is more than a pool experience.

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Thomas Jefferson senior FB/LB Nathan Werderber (34) competes against Central Valley on Oct. 4, 2019.
Thomas Jefferson football star Nathan Werderber set to join Marines
December 20, 2019
Thomas Jefferson senior Nathan Werderber fulfilled a lifelong goal with his teammates in 2019.

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Brentwood senior WR/DB Michael Silvio (4) competes for the 2019 football team.
Senior Michael Silvio plays inspirational role for Brentwood football team
Michael Silvio quietly but effectively worked hard, went about his business and enjoyed an outstanding season on the Brentwood football team.

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Brentwood senior libero Jaden Schwartz (9) competes during the 2019 season.
Brentwood’s Schwartz nabs pair of postseason awards
Brentwood’s Jaden Schwartz was a double award-winner after the girls volleyball season.

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Baldwin sophomore Logan Picchi tries out a golf simulator at the newly renovated Baldwin golf room Nov. 23, 2019, at the Wallace Building.
Baldwin celebrates reopening of indoor golf practice room
It has been a labor of love for former Baldwin golf coach Jim Stanko.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Shane Stump (4) celebrates with Jake Pugh after defeating Dallas, 46-7, in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Thomas Jefferson caps dream season with program’s 4th PIAA football title
December 15, 2019
The last time Thomas Jefferson advanced to the PIAA football championship, this season’s seniors were in first grade.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Mackenzie Zang competes during the 2019 season.
7 Thomas Jefferson athletes make college choices
Seven Thomas Jefferson athletes representing five sports officially made college commitments Nov. 13 on national signing day.

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Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch returns a volley against Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James during the WPIAL Class AAA championship match this season.
Baldwin tennis standout Bethany Yauch leaves lasting legacy
Not only was Bethany Yauch a four-year starter at Baldwin, she ended her outstanding career knowing she is the best female tennis player in school history.

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Baldwin senior Matt Fediaczko competes for the 2019 golf team.
Pair of golfers provides Baldwin boys team ‘solid 1-2 punch’
Baldwin’s golf team was led this year by a talented tandem at the top of its lineup: senior Matt Fediaczko and junior Connor Woods.

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The Thomas Jefferson volleyball team celebrates after defeating South Fayette in their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Thomas Jefferson volleyball team proud of section title, playoff run
December 7, 2019
Chalk up yet another successful season for the Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball program.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Shane Stump gains yardage past Cathedral Prep’s Michael Lupo during a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal Nov. 22.
Thomas Jefferson notebook: Seniors lead Jaguars on both sides of ball
The Thomas Jefferson football program keeps reloading.

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Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski (20) competes during the 2019 season.
Brentwood seniors proud of playoff run
November 30, 2019
Brentwood wrapped up a banner football season, making a semifinals appearance in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.

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Penn Trafford’s Mackenzie Powell (center) competes during practice for the 2019-20 season Nov. 29, 2019.
Penn-Trafford girls expect late-season momentum to carry over
November 29, 2019
Penn-Trafford’s girls basketball team ended last year by going 7-2 down the season’s home stretch.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dylan Mallozzi stretches into the end zone to score past Belle Vernon’s Nolan Labuda during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Thomas Jefferson to meet gutsy Lampeter-Strasburg squad in state semifinals
November 27, 2019
Thomas Jefferson is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A with a glittering 14-0 record.

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Senior members of the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team include in front, from left, Sarah Nguyen, Megan Giesey, Alexis Buzzard; in back, Hayley Grunberg, Haley Hofmeister, Christina DeLuca and Emma Rain.
Senior class put stamp on Penn-Trafford girls soccer program
November 23, 2019
Sarah Nguyen, Megan Giesey and Emma Rain are familiar faces in the Penn-Trafford girls soccer program.

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Thomas Jefferson head coach Bill Cherpak gets doused with the water cooler after defeating Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Memorable moments from a championship night for Thomas Jefferson
November 22, 2019
The Thomas Jefferson football team won its fourth WPIAL title in five years with a 41-7 victory over Belle Vernon in the Class 4A championship game Nov. 16 at Heinz Field. Here’s a chronological look from the sidelines at the game’s most memorable moments.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dan Deabner shows off the WPIAL championship trophy to fans after defeating Belle Vernon in the Class 4A final Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Thomas Jefferson makes itself at home at Heinz Field
Heinz Field has become a second home for the Thomas Jefferson football program.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dan Deabner catches a long pass undefended during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Thomas Jefferson runs into nemesis Cathedral Prep again
November 20, 2019
Round 4.

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Brett Powers (14) competes for the Brentwood soccer team during the 2019 season.
South Hills soccer, volleyball coaches praise unsung heroes
November 15, 2019
There usually is at least one of these athletes on every team.

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Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski is a key member of the 2019 football team.
South Hills notes: Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski has memorable playoff opener
Brentwood junior Aiden Wardzinski was a one-man wrecking crew in his first taste of the WPIAL playoffs.

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Don Yanessa led the Baldwin football team for 14 seasons.
Baldwin’s 1999 football team remembered for heart, toughness
The groundwork for the conference championship was laid at preseason camp at Slippery Rock.

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Brentwood’s John Milcic competes against South Allegheny on Aug. 30, at Glassport Stadium.
Washington faces challenge from surging Brentwood in Class 2A semis
November 14, 2019
Washington, a regular fixture in the WPIAL playoffs for the past nine years, has been on a mission in 2019.

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Baldwin’s Teddy Boehm competes at the PIAA cross country championships Nov. 2, 2019, in Hershey.
Three Baldwin runners finish season as state cross country qualifiers
November 8, 2019
Three top runners in the Baldwin cross country program — senior Teddy Boehm, junior Gina Bolla and sophomore Dominick Ditoro — qualified for the PIAA finals held Nov. 2 in Hershey.

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Baldwin quarterback Mason Stahl (6) cracked the 1,000-yard mark this season.
A by-the-numbers look at Baldwin’s football season
Several players on the Baldwin football team enjoyed outstanding statistical seasons.

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Penn-Trafford goalkeeper Sam Doherty makes a save on Latrobe’s Megan Brackney during the WPIAL Class AA field hockey championship game Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Penn-Trafford field hockey savors championship season, looks to keep program growing
Penn-Trafford’s field hockey team has been a dominant force in the WPIAL Class AA ranks.

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Norwin’s Jack Salopek is the leading passer in Westmoreland County football history.
Norwin closes book on record-breaking career of QB Jack Salopek
Norwin’s highly touted senior quarterback Jack Salopek ended his high school career as the all-time leading passer in Westmoreland County history.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nina Bowling scores past Latrobe goalkeeper Marissa Novak during the WPIAL Class AA field hockey championship game Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Penn-Trafford field hockey hopes to continue surge
November 4, 2019
Penn-Trafford’s field hockey team saved its best for last.

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Thomas Jefferson wideout Dan Deabner (11) hauls in a long touchdown pass Oct. 25, 2019, as West Mifflin’s Marcus Crawford defends on the play in the first half.
Thomas Jefferson football’s dominance by the numbers
November 1, 2019
The beat goes on.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Shane Stump (4) launches a pass Oct. 25, 2019, despite pressure from West Mifflin’s Duronte Smedley (51).
Thomas Jefferson football notes: QB Shane Stump comes to appreciate coach Bill Cherpak
Now that he’s a senior, Thomas Jefferson quarterback Shane Stump understands the method behind veteran coach Bill Cherpak’s madness.

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Shashak Gurung (10) competes for the Brentwood soccer team during the 2019 season.
Shashak Gurung, a native of Nepal, shatters Brentwood soccer scoring records
He’s No. 1, and by a wide margin

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Penn-Trafford’s Emma Rain (9) celebrates her goal with Haley Hofmeister (7) and Malia Kearns during their game against Hempfield Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Penn-Trafford School.
Penn-Trafford girls soccer program a model of consistency
The Penn-Trafford girls soccer team is an annual WPIAL playoff qualifier.

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Penn-Trafford field hockey coach Cindy Dutt prepares her team for the 2019-2020 season August 21, 2019.
Penn-Trafford, Latrobe meet again for WPIAL Class AA field hockey title
October 27, 2019
Penn-Trafford is looking to maintain its dynasty status.

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Gateway’s Eden Batt (18) moves up field past Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger (26) during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game October 21, 2019 at Plum High.
Gateway girls soccer finishes solid season with near-upset in playoffs
October 25, 2019
Gateway’s girls soccer team almost pulled off a stunner.

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Gateway soccer coach Bernie Stiles prepares his team for the 2019-2020 season August 19, 2019.
Gateway boys soccer comes up short of playoffs but makes strides
The 2019 season wasn’t what the Gateway boys soccer team expected.

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Thomas Jefferson’s, from left, Cathryn Rossi, Christine Rossi, Katie Sonnett and Shannon Day are members of the 2019 girls tennis team.
TJ girls tennis looks to build on playoff season
It proved to be a goal-achieving season for the Thomas Jefferson girls tennis team.

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Thomas Jefferson junior Ava Lutz (13) competes against Baldwin senior Darryn Sleeman (20) on Sept. 14, 2019 at TJ Stadium.
Baldwin girls soccer takes first steps on path to winning program
The month of October wasn’t kind to the Baldwin girls soccer team.

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Baldwin midfielder Zack Stewart was among a large group of junior starters for the Baldwin boys soccer team.
Baldwin boys soccer celebrates end of long playoff drought
The postseason drought is over for the Baldwin boys soccer program.

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Mt. Lebanon field hockey players, from left, Annika Ohrman (11), Georgia Eson (15) and Emilia Krakora (21) compete during a 2019 match.
Mt. Lebanon field hockey speeds into playoffs after reaching elusive regular-season goal
October 22, 2019
The directional arrow for the Mt. Lebanon field hockey team pointed skyward this season.

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South Park’s Gianna Girol (right) chases Thomas Jefferson’s Isabella Vozar on Sept. 28, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson soccer teams keep building playoff tradition
October 18, 2019
For the past half-decade, it’s been a given both Thomas Jefferson soccer teams would clinch a spot in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Baldwin’s Joe Moeller kicks the winning field goal in double overtime to lift the Fighting Highlanders past Bethel Park.
Joey Moeller’s OT field goal against Bethel Park will go down in Baldwin football lore
It is a kick that long will be remembered in Baldwin football history.

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Plum’s Gina Proviano (14) competes against West Mifflin September 18, 2019.
Plum girls soccer reaches section championship goal
What can Plum coach Jamie Stewart do for an encore?

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Upper St. Clair’s Carson Bogan controls the ball in front of Moon’s Kylee Evans during their game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at Upper St. Clair. Moon won, 1-0, in overtime.
Perennial power Upper St. Clair set for another girls soccer playoff run
October 16, 2019
There is one constant in the Upper St. Clair girls soccer program: The Panthers annually advance to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Seton LaSalle’s Paige Kuisis controls the ball in front of Carlynton’s Audrey Robb during their game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at Seton LaSalle High School.
Seton LaSalle girls soccer moves into playoff mode after dominating section play
October 15, 2019
Seton LaSalle’s girls soccer team was nearly flawless against section opponents this season.

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The senior class on the 2019 Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team is represented by, in front, from left, Natasha Yanief, Tanner Patrick, Tyler Turk, Jenna Kisner, Ashleigh Haines; in back, Anna Janosko, Abby Chalovich, Julia Putignano, Kaitlyn Urbanowicz and Isabella Regna.
Thomas Jefferson volleyball in midst of another successful season
October 11, 2019
Thomas Jefferson is closing in on its eighth consecutive section championship in girls volleyball.

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Sarah Livingston competes for the Brentwood girls volleyball team during the 2018 season.
Seniors spark Brentwood girls volleyball to another playoff appearance
Four senior athletes in the Brentwood girls volleyball program will be honored Thursday prior to the Spartans final home match against section rival Bishop Canevin.

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Baldwin’s Mia Hampsay (5) competes against Thomas Jefferson’s Tyler Turk (23) and Julia Palmer (16) on Oct. 7, 2019, at Baldwin.
Baldwin volleyball looking forward to Dig Pink fundraiser, postseason run
It has become an annual event on high school girls volleyball schedules, and it’s one of the highlights of the school year at Baldwin.

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Mt. Lebanon boys soccer leading section, proving doubters wrong
October 7, 2019
Mt. Lebanon’s boys soccer team has been nearly unstoppable this season.

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Section title, WPIAL playoff run in reach for Moon boys soccer
Moon is one the verge of clinching first place on the pitch in Section 2-3A.

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Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch is a Cleveland State recruit.
Baldwin ace Bethany Yauch commits to Cleveland State
October 4, 2019
Baldwin tennis whiz Bethany Yauch, a two-time WPIAL runner-up, recently signed a letter of intent with Cleveland State, a member of the NCAA Division I Horizon Conference.

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Q&A with 40-year South Hills Record sports reporter Ray Fisher
The 2018-19 school year marked my 40th year covering high school sports at the South Hills Record.

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Franklin Regional’s Nicole Currens (29) competes against Kiski Area Oct. 1, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional volleyball joins fight against breast cancer with Dig Pink event
The Franklin Regional girls volleyball players kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 1 with a Dig Pink fundraiser on their home floor.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dalaney Ranallo battles for possession with South Park’s Nora Ozimek (right) on Sept. 28, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
South Park girls soccer sets sights on section title, return trip to WPIAL finals
October 1, 2019
South Park is the defending section and WPIAL Class AA champion in girls soccer.

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Peters Twp.’s JillianMarvin heads the ball over Cece Scott and Upper St. Clair’s Jen McKenzie during their game Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Peters Township a force to be reckoned with in WPIAL girls soccer
Pat Vereb has been coaching in the Peters Township girls soccer program since 2007.

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Bishop Canevin freshman Geno Defrank (left) keeps up with Seton LaSalle senior Louie Maola during a game Sept. 17, 2019, at Seton LaSalle.
Under new coach, Seton LaSalle boys soccer remains section title contenders
September 30, 2019
There is new regime in place in the Seton LaSalle boys soccer program, as Nick Balzer has taken over as head coach.

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Baldwin-Whitehall’s stadium
Long drive helps Baldwin secure win against Woodland Hills
September 27, 2019
The Drive. Baldwin secured its 30-27 conference win Sept. 20 against visiting Woodland Hills thanks in large part to a crucial 18-play, 93-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Mason Stahl.

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Thomas Jefferson High School Principal Pete Murphy admires the details — like Thomas Jefferson’s signature and the detailed wall art — inside the new high school gymnasium.
TJ athletes give new facilities rave reviews
The Thomas Jefferson football and girls volleyball teams are talent-laden. Each finished as a WPIAL runner-up last season.

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Brentwood’s Luke Bauer (58) is the reigning Three Rivers Conference MVP.
Brentwood football lays foundation for special season with solid first half
The Brentwood football team is on the cusp.

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Franklin Regional running back Zac Gordon has a team-high 507 rushing yards this season.
Bye week helps Franklin Regional regroup, heal for Gateway game
Much like an NFL schedule, the Franklin Regional football slate includes a bye week.

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Hampton’s Gabe Viszlay (16) and Mars’ Luke Harvey (22) compete for a loose ball September 17, 2019 at Mars.
Mars boys soccer chasing 6th straight section championship
September 26, 2019
The beat goes on for the Mars boys soccer program.

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Franklin Regional’s Olivia Dorsch collides with Mars’ Taylor Hamlett during their game Monday, Sept.16, 2019, in Murrysville.
Highly successful Mars girls soccer team off to another fast start
September 22, 2019
Over the past decade, the Mars girls soccer program has experienced a tremendous run on the pitch.

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Hempfield tennis set to battle rival Latrobe for section title
The date is circled.

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Thomas Jefferson girls soccer captains in 2019 are, from left, are Dalaney Ranallo and Mia Maksin.
Pair of seniors lead Thomas Jefferson girls soccer in different ways
September 20, 2019
The Thomas Jefferson girls soccer team is dealing with a unique situation this season.

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Brentwood’s Shashak Gurung returns for the 2019 season.
Brentwood boys soccer program building momentum
The Brentwood boys soccer team is hoping to build off the success of 2018.

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Gateway golf teams enjoying successful seasons
September 13, 2019
Abigail Secrist is a four-year starter on the Gateway girls golf team.

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The senior class on the 2019 Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team is represented by, in front, from left, Natasha Yanief, Tanner Patrick, Tyler Turk, Jenna Kisner, Ashleigh Haines; in back, Anna Janosko, Abby Chalovich, Julia Putignano, Kaitlyn Urbanowicz and Isabella Regna.
Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball returns plenty of offense
Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball coach Ron Kelly exudes confidence, and with good reason.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Shane Stump competes against Belle Vernon on Sept. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
TJ, Brentwood show second half superiority
Two area football teams won huge Week 2 conference games, both on their home turf.

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Baldwin sophomore Colton Brain (10) competes against Butler on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Baldwin.
Baldwin’s Brain earns top marks in starting assignment
Colton Brain has stepped into a starting role at quarterback for the first time at Baldwin.

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Mandy Race is the only returning starter for the Brentwood girls volleyball team.
Brentwood volleyball hopes to contend with new lineup
The starting lineup for the Brentwood girls volleyball team will look different this season.

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Baldwin’s Adriana Marina takes part in a preseason workout to prepare for the 2019 campaign.
Baldwin girls soccer enters season with new coach, enthusiasm
September 6, 2019
Tom Dongilli has embraced a basic yet enthusiastic approach to his first year as coach of the Baldwin girls soccer team.

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Senior midfielder Pasi Oswald is one of Baldwin’s key returning players.
Baldwin boys soccer takes it step by step
Success for the Baldwin boys soccer team appears to be a step-by-step process.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Mac Duda takes part in practice Aug. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson football players reflect on legacy
August 30, 2019
The majority of athletes on the Thomas Jefferson football team — if not all of them — grew up dreaming of donning a Jaguars uniform.

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Big roster gives Thomas Jefferson girls soccer plenty of optimism
The Thomas Jefferson girls soccer team has lofty goals for 2019.

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The 2019 Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team.
TJ boys soccer returns plenty of experience for another run at PIAA playoffs
With 16 returning lettermen, the Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team has great expectations for the 2019 season after reaching the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA first round last year.

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Southmoreland’s Brendon Moore controls the ball in front of Latrobe’s Michael Shoemaker during a scrimmage Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Alverton.
Southmoreland boys soccer team expects bigger things
August 28, 2019
Last season was a learning experience for Jeremy Niemiec in his first year as Southmoreland boys soccer coach.

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Southmoreland girls soccer hoping to end playoff drought
Southmoreland has not qualified for the WPIAL postseason in girls soccer since a five-year playoff run from 2008-12.

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Derry’s Anthony Ditonto (2), keeps the ball from Ligonier’s Parkes Morford (19), during the scrimmage at Derry Area High School, on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
Derry boys, girls soccer squads combine forces
August 23, 2019
It definitely is a rebuilding season — in more ways than one — for the Derry boys soccer program.

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Bill Cherpak is in his 25th season as Thomas Jefferson’s coach.
Cherpak’s record at TJ speaks for itself
He is considered by many to be the Michaelangelo of high school football in Western Pennsylvania, if not the state.

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The senior members of the 2019 Brentwood football team are (front, from left) Josh Recker (1), Matthew Shy (55), Aidan Davis (24), Eddie Gomez (11), Matt Veatch (56); (back) Luke Bauer (58), Jayneil Latham (10), John Milcic (14), Ian Thomas (32) and Michael Silvio (4).
MVP lineman Bauer in leading role for Brentwood
August 19, 2019
The centerpiece of the Brentwood football team is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior lineman.

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Trinity looking to climb back into WPIAL football playoffs
August 17, 2019
Jon Miller is embarking on his fifth season as Trinity’s football coach.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dan Deabner takes part in practice Aug. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson focused on regaining title
New high school. New year. New rivalry.

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Baldwin’s Dorien Ford
Baldwin strong at skill positions
August 16, 2019
Their priority is to win, and keep winning.

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Thomas Jefferson notebook: Kulish coaches prep for boys soccer opener
August 9, 2019
News from around the Thomas Jefferson campus:

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Thomas Jefferson’s Julie Fiedor competes during the 2018 girls volleyball season.
Former Thomas Jefferson volleyball players recap busy summers
Three senior volleyball players at Thomas Jefferson from last season — defensive specialists Julia Fiedor, Mia Como and Julia Micklo — were lauded in April as Outstanding Young Citizens by Trib Total Media.

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Crew members work on the new track Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at Baldwin Stadium.
New turf, refurbished track part of renovations at Baldwin Stadium
August 2, 2019
It was time for a summer facelift.

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Baldwin’s Angelo Priore (27) competes against Upper St. Clair on Sept. 7, 2018, at Baldwin.
After narrowly missing out on postseason, Baldwin football is motivated
July 26, 2019
The Baldwin football team is highly motivated.

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Baldwin middle blocker Allison Murray competes against Upper St. Clair on Oct. 4, 2018, at Baldwin.
Baldwin girls volleyball sets sights on WPIAL championship
July 19, 2019
As sophomores, they captured a section title, advanced to the WPIAL second round and posted 12-2 record.

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Posing for the cameras at the West Jefferson Hills School Board meeting June 25 are TJ athletic director-football coach Bill Cherpak and retiring secretary Stephanie Campano.
As she retires, Stephanie Campano reflects on long career as TJ athletic secretary
For years, students entering the Thomas Jefferson athletic office were greeted by secretary Stephanie Campano.

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Brentwood’s Simon Accamando competes during the 2018-19 season.
Accamando and Winkowski named Brentwood scholar athletes of the Year
July 18, 2019
Sporting a 4.101 GPA and top-10 class rank while serving as Technology Student Association president, Simon Accamando wasn’t flummoxed by much during his 2018-19 senior year at Brentwood.

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Brentwood’s Julianna Winkowski competes during the 2018-19 season.
Scholar-athlete distinction surprises Brentwood’s Winkowski
July 5, 2019
Julianna Winkowski participated in two sports in high school.

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Taylor Dadig is a Baldwin grad.
South Hills notebook: Baldwin graduate Dadig dazzles as George Mason shortstop
July 3, 2019
Notebook items from around the Baldwin campus:

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Thomas Jefferson’s Lily Rockwell makes a lunging catch at first base in a WPIAL Class 4A playoff game against Yough. Rockwell batted .333 for a team that finished with a .330 batting average.
South Hills notebook: Zang, Karcher shined at plate for Thomas Jefferson softball
June 28, 2019
Notebook items from around the Thomas Jefferson campus:

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Thomas Jefferson senior Zach Wagner set a school record in the 200-meter dash at the WPIAL championship meet May 21, 2019, at Slippery Rock University.
Thomas Jefferson’s Wagner leaves mark with school record
Zach Wagner knows how to make a grandiose exit.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Julie Fiedor competes during the 2018 girls volleyball season.
Thomas Jefferson’s Fiedor honored for impact on, off the volleyball court
June 21, 2019
Julia Fiedor, a 2019 Thomas Jefferson graduate, embodies the definition of a positive athlete.

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Baldwin cheerleader Paige Ernst
Baldwin’s Ernst earns coveted Division I cheerleading scholarship
Baldwin’s loss is Morehead State University’s gain.

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Baldwin’s Eric Koenig, with his parents Cristi and Eric, was presented with a 2019 scholarship award from the Baldwin Whitehall Athletic Booster Association.
Hale, Koenig earn Baldwin athletic scholarship awards
June 14, 2019
Macy Hale and Jared Koenig appear to be two-of-a-kind.

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Max Shaw cements legacy as one of Thomas Jefferson’s best athletes
Team and individual MVP honors are not recognized at Thomas Jefferson at the end of a school year.

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Thomas Jefferson seniors planning to continue their athletic careers in college include, from left, Alex Weber, Josh Reynolds, Ridge Vlah, Dom Serapiglia, Sydney Moran, Haleigh Karcher, Jenna Clark, Alex Territ, Darius Barrett, A.J. Meshanko, Zach Wagner and Alexander Checcio. Missing from the photo is Max Shaw.
Thomas Jefferson athletes turn focus to collegiate sports
June 8, 2019
They’ve all experienced athletic success at the high school level.

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Brentwood’s Nick Czerwien earned second-team all-conference honors on the offensive line as a senior.
Czerwien was a man of all seasons for Brentwood
Add Nick Czerwien to the distinguished list of names of Mark Reider Award winners at Brentwood.

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Gateway senior Brendan Majocha (center) is joined by athletic director Randy Rovesti (left) and principal Justin Stephans (right) at the WPIAL scholar-athlete banquet May 13, 2019.
Gateway’s Majocha caps high school career with WPIAL award
May 31, 2019
Gateway’s Brendan Majocha has proven to be a class act on and off the field.

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Brentwood’s Abby Wolf competes during the 2019 season. She was a setter for the volleyball team, point guard in basketball and catcher in softball.
Wolf caps 3-sport Brentwood career with 9 letters
Abby Wolf packs a ton of talent into her 5-foot, 3-inch frame.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dom Serapiglia took part in the Big 33 Football Classic on May 27, 2019.
Big 33 Football Classic an ‘amazing experience’ for Thomas Jefferson’s Serapiglia
Perhaps it was only fitting that a four-year starter in the Thomas Jefferson football program capped his high school career at the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic.

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Brentwood’s Nick Czerwien snaps to John Milcic during practice Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at Brentwood Stadium.
Czerwien, Wolf honored by Brentwood boosters
Brentwood seniors Nick Czerwien and Abby Wolf won’t soon forget the 63rd annual Brentwood High Athletic Boosters all-sports banquet.

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Gateway boys lacrosse team lives up to motto
May 24, 2019
“Making History” was established early as the Gateway boys lacrosse team’s motto.

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                                Baldwin’s Bailey O’Malley (left) earned two medals at the WPIAL track and field championships, including gold in the shot put. Twin brother Brendan O’Malley earned four medals, including three golds.
Baldwin’s O’Malley twins combine for 6 medals at WPIAL championships
The O’Malley twins will be long-remembered in Baldwin track and field lore.

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Gateway softball falls short in Class 5A opening round
May 17, 2019
Gateway won four of its final five regular-season games to clinch a WPIAL softball playoff berth for the second year in a row.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Mackenzie Zang competes during the 2019 season.
Versatile Mackenzie Zang helps lift TJ softball into playoffs
Her name might be last on the alphabet chart, but her hitting style ranks first on her team.

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Thomas Jefferson senior Ryan O’Leary competes during the 2019 season.
South Hills notebook: Thomas Jefferson baseball excels under 1st-year coach
Notebook items from around the South Hills:

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Brentwood’s Brandon Griener delivers during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game against Summit Academy Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Griener leads Brentwood to 5th straight WPIAL playoff berth
Brandon Griener could be considered the “big man on campus” if he played a different position on the Brentwood baseball team.

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Baldwin pitcher Nick Dolan throws during the 2019 season.
Sopata a consistent force for Baldwin baseball
Andy Sopata proved to be Mr. Consistent for the Baldwin baseball program.

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Baldwin senior center fielder Molly Knezevich competes against Brashear on May 8, 2019, at Baldwin.
Baldwin softball keeps streak of section titles alive
May 10, 2019
Their drive for five came to fruition on the final day of the regular season.

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Coming off a shoulder injury, Sarah Corrie hopes to be back throwing javelin by next week. Corrie was unable to compete at the recent Gateway vs Plum meet on Tuesday, April 16.
Gateway track expects strong WPIAL meet
Gateway should be well-represented at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships May 16 at Slippery Rock.

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Thomas Jefferson senior Zach Wagner competes at the Baldwin Invitational May 3, 2019, at Baldwin.
Brendan O’Malley earns 4 medals in final Baldwin Invitational
Brendan O’Malley’s focus at the 46th annual Baldwin Invitational on May 3 centered around achieving a memorable performance.

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Norwin’s Emily Brozeski competes in the 300 hurdles at the WCCA championships April 27, 2019, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Norwin girls cruise to another county track title
May 3, 2019
The Norwin tracksters — particularly the girls team — shifted into cruise control April 27 at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships.

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United States’ Morolake Akinosun runs the last leg in a women’s 4x100-meter relay rerun after dropping the baton in the race in the morning during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Franklin Regional’s Todero leaps into spotlight at WCCA meet
Franklin Regional’s Rayna Todero leaped into the spotlight at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association outdoor championships.

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Thomas Jefferson junior Yash Maheshwari is a two-time section champion.
Thomas Jefferson’s Maheshwari looks forward to PIAA singles tournament
Yash Maheshwari, a talented junior athlete at Thomas Jefferson, repeated as a section champion and WPIAL finalist in boys tennis this season.

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Brentwood’s Brooke McQuillan competes during the 2019 season.
Brentwood track teams turn focus toward big-meet success
The Brentwood girls track and field team wrapped up its section season with a 6-2 record.

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Gateway pitcher Kayla Gratton prepares for the 2019 season March 13, 2019, at Gateway.
Gateway searches for consistency during WPIAL playoff push
April 26, 2019
It’s been a case of feast or near-famine for the Gateway softball team.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Bella Bucy throws during the 2019 season.
Thomas Jefferson softball recovers from mini-skid to win 3 straight
Thomas Jefferson’s softball team experienced a blip on their midseason radar, losing two games in section play.

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Thomas Jefferson’s baseball team competed during spring training March 22-24, 2019, at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Thomas Jefferson baseball heads into second half of section play on roll
Thomas Jefferson ended the first half of its section schedule as one of the hottest baseball teams in the WPIAL.

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Columbus’ scoring helps Norwin girls lacrosse to impressive start
Maura Columbus is a steady goal-scorer for the Norwin girls lacrosse team.

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Norwin’s Alexandra Dillner smiles as she rounds the bases after her second home run during a game against Pine-Richland Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin softball hopes to continue momentum into second half of season
April 19, 2019
Norwin’s softball team opened the season with a tough 1-0 section loss at Seneca Valley.

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Thomas Jefferson track and field athletes Molly Wagner (left) and Zach Wagner.
Victory at Tri-State meet helps Thomas Jefferson’s Wagner build toward WPIALs
Fresh off her banner basketball season at Thomas Jefferson, junior Molly Wagner exploded out of the gate to start the outdoor track and field season.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alex Territ (15) competes against Baldwin on April 8, 2019, at Baldwin.
South Hills notebook: Thomas Jefferson’s Territ named player of the week
Notebook items from around the South Hills:

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Emma Kennedy starts at catcher for Gateway.
Gateway softball competing for WPIAL playoff spot
April 12, 2019
Gateway softball was a member of Section 1-5A last year, going 8-7 and qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs.

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Gateway softball captains passionate about sport, duties
Their passion is softball.

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Baldwin’s Ethan Hoey competes at the South Hills Classic on April 6, 2019, at Baldwin.
Baldwin girls relay team dazzles at South Hills Classic
Lena Barakat, Kaylee Garofalo, Devon Schroeder and Gina Bolla are tireless distance runners on the Baldwin girls track and field team.

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Baldwin’s Brendan O’Malley competes at the South Hills Classic on April 6, 2019, at Baldwin.
Baldwin’s O’Malley takes 4 golds at South Hills Classic track and field meet
Brendan O’Malley is one of the most talented, dedicated and well-respected track and field athletes in the region.

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Fundamental approach pays off for Norwin girls lacrosse
Norwin’s girls lacrosse team worked diligently on fundamentals last year.

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Sopata, Dolan return to lead Baldwin baseball team
April 5, 2019
The Baldwin baseball team is aiming to make a stronger playoff push this season despite losing 10 seniors to graduation from last year’s club.

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Baldwin’s first-year boys volleyball coach, Milan Yekich
Yekich takes control of Baldwin boys volleyball program
Milan Yekich is in his first season as head coach of the Baldwin boys volleyball program.

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The 2019 Norwin boys and girls track and field teams.
Norwin track and field teams expecting another strong season
The Norwin girls have advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA final four in track and field in 13 of the past 14 years.

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Thomas Jefferson seniors planning to continue their academic/athletic careers in college include, in front, from left, Darius Barrett (Clarion), A.J. Meshanko (California, Pa.), Jenna Clark (Yale), Josh Reynolds (Pitt-Johnstown); back, Max Shaw (North Carolina), Alex Territ (Washington & Jefferson) and Dom Serapiglia (Tulsa).
Thomas Jefferson athletes sign letters of intent, break records
Notebook items in and around the Thomas Jefferson High School campus:

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jenna Clark celebrates next to Oakland Catholic’s Jayde Boyd during their WPIAL Class 5A girls semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
TJ girls basketball revels in historic season
March 29, 2019
March Madness for Thomas Jefferson meant a trip to the WPIAL girls basketball finals and historic run to the PIAA semifinals. It was the first time the team went that deep into the state playoffs.

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Thomas Jefferson baseball starts fresh with new coach
First-year coach Tim Vickers and his staff are looking to turn around the fortunes of the Thomas Jefferson baseball program.

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Catcher Abby Wolf, the lone senior on Brentwood, earned team MVP the past two seasons.
Brentwood softball team rebuilding on fly with 10 freshmen
Brentwood will field one of the younger high school softball teams in Western Pennsylvania this season.

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Senior members of the 2019 league champion Baldwin inline hockey team include, in front, from left, Johnny Valente, Ryan Butler, Andrew Lydon; and in back, Andrew Golvash, Nate Hobson, Brendan Ferrari and Jason Depretis.
Baldwin inline hockey team wins back-to-back titles
Back-to-back.

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Zane and Zoey Wilson were both swimmers at Hempfield.
Hempfield’s Zoey Wilson fought through injuries to carry on family swimming tradition
March 26, 2019
One of Zoey Wilson’s goals for this season was to follow in her brother’s footsteps, but her season was plagued by injuries.

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Thomas Jefferson softball team aiming high after reaching state semifinals
March 23, 2019
High expectations.

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Thomas Jefferson goaltender Luke Ripepi went 17-4 this season with a 3.16 goals-against average.
Thomas Jefferson hockey says goodbye to remarkable seniors
The seniors on the Thomas Jefferson hockey team wrung out heralded career numbers in their time.

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The WPIAL Class 2A runner-up Brentwood girls basketball team on Feb. 28, 2019, with their medals and team trophy at Petersen Events Center.
Brentwood girls basketball had history-making season
The reconstruction project continued — and flourished — for the Brentwood girls basketball program.

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Gina Fuchs, a former Pitt softball assistant coach, is the new head coach of the Baldwin softball team.
Baldwin softball ‘bigger and stronger than ever’
Baldwin has won four consecutive section titles in softball.

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Baldwin’s Paul Zmuda competes against Upper St. Clair’s John Ploeger March 4, 2019, at Ice Castle.
Plenty of positives for Baldwin hockey team
Slowly but surely, the Baldwin hockey program is climbing up the ranks in the PIHL.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Max Shaw wins in the 195-pound championship bout against Bethel Park’s Luke Montgomery at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Shaw, Weber cap special careers with Thomas Jefferson wrestling
March 16, 2019
It sounds like a distinguished law firm: Shaw, Weber & Co.

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Gateway senior Mykaila Jackson prepares for the 2019 season March 13, 2019, at Gateway.
Gateway softball looks to maintain momentum after playoff appearance
March 15, 2019
The Gateway softball team enjoyed a “turnaround season” of sorts in 2018.

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Gateway’s Ethan Frenchik (5) competes during a scrimmage game against Greensburg Salem March 13, 2019, at Gateway.
Trio of senior letterman lead Gateway baseball into ’19 season
The Gateway baseball team is seeking a quadfecta, as the Gators are looking to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

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Thomas Jefferson boys volleyball hopes to battle for section title
Thomas Jefferson’s senior-laden boys volleyball team ended up 5-5 in section play last season.

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Brentwood senior C/P Brandon Griener returns for the 2019 season.
Brentwood baseball team young but optimistic
Brentwood’s baseball team was hit hard by graduation last spring. Only one senior and two other starters return.

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Thomas Jefferson’s 2019 Breisinger Award winner, Gabe Dominick, displays the award with Lois Breisinger and Joe Kenny at the annual football banquet Feb. 24 at the Georgetown Centre.
Gabe Dominick receives TJ’s Breisinger Award
Gabe Dominick hopes to be a key member of the Thomas Jefferson boys volleyball team this season. A first-year defensive specialist/outside hitter, Dominick also made his mark as a starter on the Jaguars’ football team.

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Franklin Regional senior Michael Klingensmith prepares for the upcoming 2019 season during practice March 7, 2019, at Franklin Regional.
Expectations high for Franklin Regional baseball
March 9, 2019
Franklin Regional posted a solid 15-5 record last season with a young team.

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Franklin Regional softball coach Jim Armstrong talks with Mallory Halleck during practice March 7, 2019, at Franklin Regional.
Experienced Franklin Regional softball team eyes more success
Franklin Regional has strung together four consecutive winning seasons in softball.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm pulls down a rebound next to Thomas Jefferson’s Molly Wagner during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Thomas Jefferson girls made program history by reaching title game
March 8, 2019
The Thomas Jefferson and Chartiers Valley basketball teams clashed March 2 in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game at Pitt’s Peterson Events Center.

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Chartiers Valley’s Gabby Legister scores over Thomas Jefferson’s Dalaney Ranallo during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Rebounding, scoring struggles prove costly for Thomas Jefferson girls in WPIAL final
The bubble finally burst for the surging Thomas Jefferson girls basketball team.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Gabe Dominick blocks a punt by Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess on Sept. 7 in Rostraver.
Senior class lauded for success by Thomas Jefferson football coach Cherpak
The 60th annual Thomas Jefferson football banquet took place Feb. 24 at Georgetown Centre.

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Thomas Jefferson players celebrate as time expires in their WPIAL Class 5A girls semifinal victory over Oakland Catholic Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Team chemistry key for TJ girls basketball
Does winning spark good team chemistry, or does good team chemistry enhance winning?

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Chartiers Valley players watch the clock, as time expires in WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Thomas Jefferson Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley girls celebrate WPIAL championship
March 7, 2019
The Chartiers Valley girls basketball team held a love­fest March 2 at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center.

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OLSH’s Haley Hamilton drives past Brentwood’s Natalie Murrio during the WPIAL Class 2A girls championship game Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Silver lining for Brentwood girls basketball team
March 2, 2019
Playing for a WPIAL championship at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center was a dream-come-true for the Brentwood girls basketball team.

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Gateway junior Lexi Jackson (right) has offers from several Division I schools.
Gateway girls pleased with season despite falling short in title defense
Goal No. 1 was achieved by the Gateway girls basketball team.

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Fox Chapel coach Zach Skrinjar encourages some defense against Penn-Trafford Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Spotlight Q&A with Fox Chapel boys basketball coach Zach Skrinjar
March 1, 2019
Zach Skrinjar has been coaching at Fox Chapel for a decade.

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Baldwin’s competitive spirit squad competed at the national championship Feb. 9, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.
Baldwin cheerleaders finish 3rd at national competition
February 14, 2019
Baldwin’s Alaina Wodarek said it’s every cheerleader’s dream to finish among the top three teams nationally.

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The 2019 Thomas Jefferson girls swim team.
Senior leaders pace Thomas Jefferson swimming & diving team
February 13, 2019
Strong senior leadership is a trait of the Thomas Jefferson swimming and diving team.

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Baldwin’s Troy Lanier battles for a rebound with Canon-McMillan’s Luke Palma Feb. 2, 2019, at Baldwin.
Season was a ‘huge learning experience’ for Baldwin boys basketball team
February 12, 2019
Among the top 10 players on the Baldwin boys basketball team in 2018-19 were two seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.

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Baldwin senior swimmers celebrate senior recognition on Feb. 7, 2019.
Baldwin swimmers find success during season of rebuilding
Kim Klinger jumped back into the pool and immediately was faced with a somewhat daunting task.

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The Thomas Jefferson spirit team competed at the WPIAL and PIAA championships during the 2018-19 season.
Dedication, positivity keys to success for TJ competitive spirit cheerleading squad
Thomas Jefferson’s competitive spirit cheerleading squad experienced several “firsts” this season.

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Penn-Trafford girls battling for WPIAL playoff berth
January 30, 2019
The WPIAL playoff hopes for the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team may boil down to the final game of the regular season. The Warriors (10-9, 6-5) stand in fifth place in Section 3-5A, trailing Oakland Catholic (16-2, 10-1), Penn Hills (13-5, 9-2), Woodland Hills (10-8, 8-3) and Latrobe (11-5, 7-4). P-T

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Brentwood football hopes to rebound next season around ‘good nucleus’
November 23, 2018
It was a tough season for the Brentwood football team in 2018. The Spartans finished 3-4 in the Class 2A Three Rivers Conference and 4-6 overall. Brentwood's four victories were achieved against nonconference foe Carrick, 35-7, and conference opponents Fort Cherry, 28-7; South Side, 26-7; and Carlynton, 34-21. andquot;I

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Sophomore forward Moeller filling net for Baldwin boys soccer
October 1, 2018
Joey Moeller keeps churning out the goals. Moeller, a sophomore forward, poured in five goals in a recent section game against Brashear, leading the Baldwin

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Seven starters return to lead Baldwin girls volleyball
August 25, 2018
Baldwin volleyball coach Chris Kelly sticks to the basics. andquot;As always, I anticipate our strengths will be pressuring other teams with tough serving, being very

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South Hills football notes: Brentwood selects 4 captains
August 21, 2018
Notebook items from the WPIAL Class 2A football division: andamp;#8226; Four players will serve as co-captains of the Brentwood football team this season. The foursome

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Seton LaSalle's Jakob Richardson scores past Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's defenders during 3-A boys WPIAL semifinal Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Moon High School.
WPIAL Class 3A boys final preview: Seton LaSalle looking for revenge against No. 1 Lincoln Park
February 27, 2018
The two teams have been on a collision course all season. Top-seeded Lincoln Park (18-6) plays No. 2 Seton LaSalle (19-5) at 9 p.m. Thursday

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Baldwin high school sports notebook: Spirit team takes 4th at Hershey
January 28, 2018
Notebook Items from around the Baldwin-Whitehall sports landscape: • The Baldwin cheerleaders placed fourth in the medium squad division at the recent PIAA competitive spirit

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Quaker Valley’s Chase Merkel
With doubles teams leading the way, Quaker Valley tennis competes with state’s best
June 16, 2024
Quaker Valley’s boys tennis team hit the daily double in 2024.

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Eden Christian pitcher Noah Emswiler lays down a bunt single in the third inning of a PIAA Class A semifinal against Saegertown on June 10 at Slippery Rock.
‘Courage and grit’ propel Eden Christian to baseball season to remember
The Eden Christian Academy baseball season escalated from outstanding status to an awesome experience June 6 with the Warriors’ 11-4 playoff win over Avella in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals at Ross Memorial Park at the Washington & Jefferson Sports Complex.

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Sewickley Academy athletic director Mike Scerbo
New athletic director impressed with zeal for sports at Sewickley Academy
June 9, 2024
Sewickley Academy announced the hiring of Mike Scerbo as the school’s new director of athletics March 4. He is currently assisted by Heather Border and Kelly Carioto.

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Quaker Valley senior Ellie Cain sets the pace in the girls 800-meter run at the MAC invitational April 24, 2024, at Shenango.
Versatile runner leaves unique legacy with Quaker Valley track program
Ellie Cain recently wrapped up a distinguished four-year career in the Quaker Valley track and field program.

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Fox Chapel grad Jessica Jing McCann finished third in the hammer throw at the 2024 PSAC championships.
As a hammer thrower or metalsmith, Fox Chapel grad shines at Cal (Pa.)
June 8, 2024
Jessica Jing McCann illustrates what it means to be a preeminent student-athlete.

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Quaker Valley’s Davin Gartley takes sixth in the 110-meter hurdles during the PIAA Class 2A Track and Field Championship on May 25 at Shippensburg University.
Quaker Valley brings back medals from state track meet
June 2, 2024
One Quaker Valley relay team placed third at the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships; another secured seventh.

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WPIAL Class 2A boys singles tennis champion Severin Harmon of Sewickley Academy
Tennis season to remember for Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley builds to WPIAL finals matchup
The Sewickley Academy boys tennis team had its season-long goal of a WPIAL playoff run firmly entrenched.

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Quaker Valley junior Davin "Macky" Gartley (left) and sophomore Mia Gartley hold up WPIAL championship trophies May 7, 2024, at Peters Township.
Gartleys lead another golden effort for Quaker Valley at WPIAL track meet
May 26, 2024
Mia Gartley is only a sophomore at Quaker Valley.

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Mike Iuzzolino coached eight years at Robert Morris.
Mike Iuzzolino takes over Sewickley Academy boys basketball program
Altoona native Mike Iuzzolino’s has had a distinguished basketball career.

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                                The Baldwin girls 3,200-meter relay of, from left, sophomore Molly Gorman, senior Kenzie Hirt, sophomore Jules Ott and sophomore Kenzie Bowen competes at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3, 2024, at Baldwin.
Girls relay team uses home-track advantage to win at Baldwin Invitational
May 19, 2024
The girls 3,200-meter relay team’s performance at the 50th annual Baldwin Invitational is one senior Mackenzie Hirt won’t soon forget.

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Thomas Jefferson junior Addie Arndt competes during a 2023 gymnastics meet.
Thomas Jefferson senior makes impact in diving, gymnastics
Addison Arndt, a two-sport standout at Thomas Jefferson, is attending Penn State in the fall.

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Sewickley Academy senior Libby Eannarino celebrates May 7, 2024, with her lacrosse teammates after she reached the 200-goal milestone in career scoring.
Sewickley Academy’s Libby Eannarino surpasses 200-goal milestone
Sewickley Academy senior midfielder Libby Eannarino needed three scores at home against Quaker Valley on May 7 to reach 200 career goals in girls lacrosse.

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Quaker Valley freshman Jonah Montagnese won the 3,200-meter run at the WPIAL Class 2A team track and field championships May 7.
Quaker Valley track shows depth with large crop of WPIAL qualifiers
As the reigning WPIAL Class 2A team champion, the Quaker Valley track and field program was well-represented at the WPIAL individual championships.

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Hampton’s Alan Danner works to escape the grasp of Quaker Valley’s Marcus Richey in the seventh-place match at 152 pounds during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling tournament Feb. 24, 2024, at Chartiers Valley.
Fisher’s Files: Quaker Valley coach in favor of new wrestling rules
The National Federation of State High School Associations has made new rule changes for wrestling in the offseason.

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Oakland pitcher Mason Miller works against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning May 1.
Bethel Park baseball community takes pride in electric Oakland A’s closer Mason Miller
May 18, 2024
Mason Miller is the pride of the Bethel Park baseball community.

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Bethel Park’s Belinda Bova scores past Penn-Trafford pitcher Allyson Paulone during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Monday, May 13, 2024, at West Mifflin.
Fisher’s Files: Bethel Park spring athletes earn high marks
Keaira Griffiths and Julia Hoppe are just two of the many integral athletes on the Bethel Park girls track and field team.

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Bethel Park’s Jenna Lang (left) helped the girls 1,600-meter relay take first at the Baldwin Invitational.
Bethel Park relay builds momentum after 1st-place finish at Baldwin Invitational
Bethel Park’s girls 1,600-meter relayers waited patiently all day.

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Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras is a junior on the 2024 baseball team.
Northwestern recruit Ryan Petras leads Bethel Park baseball into WPIAL playoffs
Football and baseball are the two main sports for Bethel Park’s junior super athlete Ryan Petras.

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Hempfield’s Ava Hickman competes on the bars in a meet during the 2023-24 gymnastics season.
Gymnasts Olivia Kovach, Ava Hickman look forward to defending WPIAL titles
May 13, 2024
They say good things come in small packages.

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Sewickley Academy poses after defeating Quaker Valley for the WPIAL Class 2A boys team tennis title May 8.
Sewickley Academy celebrates 25th WPIAL boys tennis title
May 12, 2024
Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley are located just a few miles apart.

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Kaityln Hayden and the Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team competes against Seneca Valley on April 29, 2024, at Nichols Field.
Talented group of seniors leads dangerous attack for Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse
Kendall Sykes is a talented, multiple-sport athlete at Sewickley Academy.

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Quaker Valley boys display the WPIAL Class 2A trophy after winning at the team track and field title May 7.
Group effort guides Quaker Valley boys, girls track teams to WPIAL titles
Both Quaker Valley track and field teams ended their regular season as undefeated section champions.

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Quaker Valley junior goalkeeper Emily Reiner recorded her 400th career save in her team’s 15-4 win May 6, 2024, at home against Knoch.
Quaker Valley girls lacrosse goalkeeper stacks save after save
Emily Reiner racked up her 400th career save for the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team May 6 against Knoch.

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Quaker Valley football players work out at MindFire Fitness in Sewickley. They have been training there two days a week since April and will continue throughout the summer of 2024.
Quaker Valley football team bolsters offseason workouts with CrossFit training
The third week in May is an important time for the Quaker Valley football team.

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WPIAL Class 2A boys singles tennis champion Severin Harmon of Sewickley Academy
Sewickley Academy boys tennis pushing to be the best
May 5, 2024
Sewickley Academy won its second consecutive section title in boys tennis and 27th in school history this season.

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Sewickley Academy boys lacrosse roster loaded with underclassmen keeps moving forward
Sewickley Academy’s boys lacrosse team is extremely young. It may be the youngest squad in the WPIAL.

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Quaker Valley’s Oumou Thiero averaged 19.2 ppg this season.
Fisher’s Files: Quaker Valley’s Oumou Thiero caps season with all-state honor
Kudos to Quaker Valley sophomore Oumou “Mimi” Thiero for being named third team all-state in Class 4A girls basketball.

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Quaker Valley girls celebrate their ninth WPIAL Class 2A Track and Field championship last season.
Quaker Valley track sets sights on WPIAL team championships
April 28, 2024
The athletes in the Quaker Valley track and field program have the dates May 1 and May 7 circled on their spring calendars.

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Sewickley Academy’s Libby Eannarino (2) competes last season.
Fisher’s files: Senior captain sees growth in Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team
Libby Eannarino’s distinguished three-sport career at Sewickley Academy continues.

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Sewickley Academy’s Tejas Mitra plays against Montour during the AA WPIAL doubles tennis championship Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at North Allegheny High School.
Sewickley Academy doubles teams find success in section, WPIAL tournaments
The top four doubles competitors in Section 4-2A boys tennis this season proved to be Sewickley Academy athletes.

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After strong start in Myrtle Beach, Thomas Jefferson baseball keeps rolling
April 21, 2024
The Thomas Jefferson baseball team began the season with three wins and a 29-run outburst at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach.

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Baldwin track and field coach Ed Helbig was inducted into the Baldwin Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 12.
Fisher’s Files: Baldwin track coach Ed Helbig surprised by hall of fame honor
Baldwin coach Ed Helbig has been battling serious health issues since June.

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Sewickley Academy track team collecting medals
The Sewickley Academy track team kicked off its 2024 schedule April 4 in a seven-team meet at Hampton.

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Quaker Valley sophomore Jay Olawaiye competes last season.
Momentum keeps building for Quaker Valley girls track team
The Quaker Valley track and field program is thriving.

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Daysaun Spencer, Meghan Schruben display athleticism for Brentwood track and field
Youth is being served this season in the Brentwood track and field program.

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Bethel Park’s Artemis Conaboy won the 400 meters at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet on April 13 at West Mifflin.
Bethel Park’s Artemis Conaboy picks up where she left off last season
April 20, 2024
Artemis Conaboy’s favorite track and field event is the 400-meter dash.

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Bethel Park’s Edward Cebula serves against Penn-Trafford during their match on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras, Eddie Cebula make early season impact
Bethel Park athletes Ryan Petras and Eddie Cebula recently were cited as players of the week on back-to-back days in their respective sports.

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WPIAL Class 2A boys singles runner-up Jackson Gillespie of Aquinas Academy and champion Severin Harmon of Sewickley Academy
After claiming WPIAL singles title, Severin Harmon, Sewickley Academy tennis turn attention to team success
April 14, 2024
Severin Harmon has been the top singles player for the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team for three seasons.

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Quaker Valley singles players Chase Merkel and Joe Veeck
Experienced Quaker Valley boys tennis team ready for prime time
The 2023 season was viewed as a dress rehearsal for 2024 for the Quaker Valley boys tennis team.

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Steel City Selects team members that represented Quaker Valley at the 2024 USA Hockey national championships this season included, from left, senior Sydney Hewitt, seventh-grader Grace Keisel, freshman Isabel King and junior Emily Reiner.
4 Quaker Valley girls hockey players compete in