Author: Ray Fisher


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 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
February 13, 2022
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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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
Patrick Cutchember ignited the engine; Justin Richey drove the Quakers over the finish line.

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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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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
January 23, 2022
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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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
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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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.
                                Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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 Chase Rosing (12) competes during the 2019-20 season.
Brentwood, Thomas Jefferson, Baldwin boys basketball teams look to develop chemistry
December 13, 2020
Here’s a look at boys basketball teams in the South Hills Record coverage area:

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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
Here’s a look at the high school girls basketball teams for 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 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 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
February 13, 2022
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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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
Patrick Cutchember ignited the engine; Justin Richey drove the Quakers over the finish line.

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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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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
January 23, 2022
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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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
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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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.
                                Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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 Chase Rosing (12) competes during the 2019-20 season.
Brentwood, Thomas Jefferson, Baldwin boys basketball teams look to develop chemistry
December 13, 2020
Here’s a look at boys basketball teams in the South Hills Record coverage area:

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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
Here’s a look at the high school girls basketball teams for 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.