Author: Robert Scott


North Allegheny players warm up prior to their WPIAL playoff game against Seneca Valley on Oct. 30, 2020, at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny tops Seneca Valley, reaches WPIAL Class 6A championship
October 30, 2020
It was by no means easy, but top-seeded North Allegheny showcased its versatile offense in a 21-7 victory over fourth-seeded Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals Friday night at Newman Stadium in Wexford

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Springdale coach Anthony Pototo celebrates with Brianna Thompson after she scored during their game against St. Joseph Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Kotecki Memorial Park.
Springdale softball hopes to use last season as springboard to more success
March 18, 2020
It was a season to remember for Springdale’s softball team.

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Springdale first baseman Garrett Apuzzo batted .367 last season.
Springdale baseball searching for arms after 2-win season
Springdale players, led by third-year coach Brett Burger, are looking to shift the current trends of the Dynamo baseball team.

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Junior pitcher and infielder Hannah Yorty is one of Monessen’s top returning players.
Monessen softball team will play under another new coach
March 15, 2020
For the second time in as many seasons, the Monessen softball team has a new coach.

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Monessen’s Cam Frolo led the baseball team in batting average (.533) and hits (32) last season.
Despite turnover, Monessen baseball expect to keep playoff streak intact
Youth will be relied upon to supplement the few veteran bats remaining for the Monessen baseball team after losing a nine-player senior cast last season.

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Gateway outfielder Luke Jackson prepares for the 2020 season March, 10, 2020.
Memory of playoff loss motivates Gateway baseball
March 14, 2020
Gateway’s baseball team is not letting the taste of bitter defeat leave its memory.

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Deer Lakes softball coach Rick Cerra watches his team work out Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Deer Lakes High School.
New Deer Lakes softball coach Cerra hopes to build on program’s success
March 8, 2020
For the first time in 15 years, the Deer Lakes softball team will begin a season with a new coach.

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Deer Lakes Trey Darrah prepares for the 2020 season March 7, 2020.
Deer Lakes baseball wants to carry bigger bats into season
It all starts at the plate.

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Gateway girls basketball coach Curtis Williams guided his team to the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals.
Gateway girls basketball sees potential for growth
March 6, 2020
The Gateway girls basketball players ended the season waiting and hoping.

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Greensburg Salem’s Shamar McCoy keeps the ball from Gateway defense including William Kromka (23) and Bonzi Parks on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 during WPIAL boys’ basketball at Greensburg Salem High Schooll.
Gateway boys basketball eager to build off WPIAL playoff appearance
Progress is defined by movement toward a destination, and despite an early exit from the WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball playoffs, Gateway’s season can be defined by growth.

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Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competes in the girls 200 individual medley during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Indiana swimmers make impact at WPIAL Class AA meet
February 27, 2020
It may take over an hour to travel from Indiana Area High School to Pitt’s Trees Pool, but the defending boys champions and girls runners-up in WPIAL Class AA each got their miles’ worth.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner won the WPIAL Class AA 50-yard freestyle championship for a third consecutive season.
Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner defend WPIAL swimming gold
The WPIAL Class AA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool saw several defending champions do just that Thursday — defend their gold medals from vying challengers.

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Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko celebrates his win in the boys 50 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Norwin’s Tulenko captures pair of gold medals at WPIAL championships
After sitting out all of last year to compete in club swimming, Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko is a two-time WPIAL gold medalist after the first day of the WPIAL Class AAA championships.

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Central Catholic coach Brian Urso celebrates with Ben Sarson (24) after beating Fox Chapel in the WPIAL quarterfinals Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
Central Catholic boys upset No. 2 Fox Chapel in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 22, 2020
Central Catholic boys basketball first-year coach Brian Urso never doubted his team Saturday afternoon.

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston competes against Plum on Feb. 13, 2020, at Plum.
Gateway’s Olivia Livingston eyes history at WPIAL swimming championships
February 20, 2020
In her fourth and final performance at the WPIAL individual swimming championships, Gateway’s Olivia Livingston has a chance to again make history in the WPIAL and PIAA.

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Brentwood’s John Milcic (11) pulls down a rebound during the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals Feb. 15, 2020, at Fox Chapel.
Brentwood boys basketball team edges Apollo-Ridge in WPIAL 1st round
February 15, 2020
Brentwood’s Chase Rosing may not have started the game, but that does not mean attending fans will forget his performance.

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Gateway’s Evan Whiteside (right) has a 25-6 record this season with 23 pins.
Whiteside leads hopeful Gateway contingent into section wrestling tourney
February 14, 2020
Led by senior Evan Whiteside, seven Gateway wrestlers enter the Section 1-AAA tournament Feb. 22 at Kiski Area with medal-winning aspirations.

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Tiffani Wilkerson averaged 154 for Gateway this season.
Gateway bowlers make strides to qualify for WPIBL singles championship
Gateway bowling’s regular season wrapped up Feb. 5, and the Gators failed to qualify for last week’s WPIBL team championship, but that wasn’t the end of the story.

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Members of the record-breaking Gateway relay team are, left to right, Ayva Harris, Morgan Holmes, Olivia Livingston and Summer Raymer.
Gateway girls relay team breaks 24-year-old pool record
February 7, 2020
The Gateway girls 200-yard medley relay set a pool record recently, snapping a mark that had lasted 24 years.

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Gateway’s Chamor Price scores past Archbishop Wood’s Ryan DiVergilis during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Gateway fall sports teams see significant changes with WPIAL realignment
The Gateway fall sports programs received a shakeup when WPIAL officials announced the district’s classification and sectional realignment Jan. 20.

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Gateway’s Tui Faumuina-Brown charges into the end zone for a touchdown against Franklin Regional during WPIAL football on Friday night, Oct. 4, 2019 at Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville.
Gateway’s Tui Brown looks ahead to career at UConn
January 31, 2020
Gateway’s Tui Brown did not always know where he would end up going to college to further his football career and education.

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Gateway’s Summer Raymer competes in the 200 IM against Hampton on Jan. 16, 2020 at Hampton.
Gateway swimmers in good position for post-Livingston era
January 24, 2020
For the last couple of years, the standard bearer of the Gateway swimming program has been Olivia Livingston.

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Gateway’s Will Kromka (left) defends Greensburg Salem’s Shamar McCoy during a game last season.
Family ties run deep in Gateway basketball program
January 18, 2020
Some may say once someone becomes a Gateway boys basketball team member, he is part of a brotherhood. For a couple of current and former players, however, brotherhood is suitable in the more literal sense of the word.

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Gateway bowlers rely on team concept
January 12, 2020
Through six matches, the Gateway bowling team is focused on turning the program into an efficient unit.

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Penn-Trafford competitive spirit team members, from left, Carly Daw, Sierra Morgan, Sophia Marturano and Katelynn Kopasko are lifted at the UCA Allegheny Regional at Slippery Rock in November.
Penn-Trafford competitive spirit earns WPIAL medium-squad title
It has been eight years since the PIAA officially held the first season of competitive spirit, and the past seven seasons have featured Penn-Trafford qualifying and competing for the PIAA medium division championship after participating in the WPIAL championships a week before.

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Penn-Trafford bowlers making steady progress
January 4, 2020
A month into the season, Penn-Trafford’s boys and girls bowling teams were completely even.

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Gateway’s Dynasty Shegog (right) competes during practice for the 2019-20 season Nov. 29, 2019.
Gateway girls embrace being Road Gators in early going
December 27, 2019
Gateway girls basketball coach Curtis Williams preaches to his team the three “E’s” — energy, effort and enthusiasm.

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Gateway’s RJ Stevenson (5) competes against Highlands Dec. 7, 2019 at Highlands High.
Early season schedule testing mettle of Gateway boys
December 20, 2019
It might be only three weeks into the season, but the Gateway boys basketball team has faced its fair share of quality opponents.

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston checks her time in the 200 freestyle against Hempfield Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at Gateway.
Gateway, Olivia Livingston set to make noise on WPIAL swim scene
December 15, 2019
The Gateway swim teams have started the new season with a new leader.

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Franklin Regional bowler Alex Smith threw a 879 series with two 300 games on Feb. 16, 2019, at Nesbits Lanes.
Franklin Regional bowling team faces new challenges in bid for WPIBL three-peat
So close yet so far away. That might be on the mind of Franklin Regional boys bowling team members.

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Gateway’s Floyd McKenna (left) competes in the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
Senior Evan Whiteside, Gateway wrestlers set sights on WPIAL success
December 7, 2019
Nine wrestlers are on the roster for Gateway coach Ryan Sula, entering his fourth season at the helm. In his 10th season overall at Gateway, Sula is not letting a small roster deter him from having championship hopes for his athletes.

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Gateway’s Dylan Cain competes during practice for the 2019-20 season Nov. 29, 2019.
Gateway boys shooting for turnaround season
Despite a tough season last year, the Gateway boys basketball team’s aspirations for this season are unfettered.

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Gateway’s Dynasty Shegog (right) competes during practice for the 2019-20 season Nov. 29, 2019.
Loaded Gateway girls roster out to right last season’s wrongs
December 1, 2019
The Gateway girls basketball team’s 2018-19 season was over in a flash.

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North Allegheny players warm up prior to their WPIAL playoff game against Seneca Valley on Oct. 30, 2020, at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny tops Seneca Valley, reaches WPIAL Class 6A championship
October 30, 2020
It was by no means easy, but top-seeded North Allegheny showcased its versatile offense in a 21-7 victory over fourth-seeded Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals Friday night at Newman Stadium in Wexford

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Springdale coach Anthony Pototo celebrates with Brianna Thompson after she scored during their game against St. Joseph Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Kotecki Memorial Park.
Springdale softball hopes to use last season as springboard to more success
March 18, 2020
It was a season to remember for Springdale’s softball team.

Read More...

Springdale first baseman Garrett Apuzzo batted .367 last season.
Springdale baseball searching for arms after 2-win season
Springdale players, led by third-year coach Brett Burger, are looking to shift the current trends of the Dynamo baseball team.

Read More...

Junior pitcher and infielder Hannah Yorty is one of Monessen’s top returning players.
Monessen softball team will play under another new coach
March 15, 2020
For the second time in as many seasons, the Monessen softball team has a new coach.

Read More...

Monessen’s Cam Frolo led the baseball team in batting average (.533) and hits (32) last season.
Despite turnover, Monessen baseball expect to keep playoff streak intact
Youth will be relied upon to supplement the few veteran bats remaining for the Monessen baseball team after losing a nine-player senior cast last season.

Read More...

Gateway outfielder Luke Jackson prepares for the 2020 season March, 10, 2020.
Memory of playoff loss motivates Gateway baseball
March 14, 2020
Gateway’s baseball team is not letting the taste of bitter defeat leave its memory.

Read More...

Deer Lakes softball coach Rick Cerra watches his team work out Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Deer Lakes High School.
New Deer Lakes softball coach Cerra hopes to build on program’s success
March 8, 2020
For the first time in 15 years, the Deer Lakes softball team will begin a season with a new coach.

Read More...

Deer Lakes Trey Darrah prepares for the 2020 season March 7, 2020.
Deer Lakes baseball wants to carry bigger bats into season
It all starts at the plate.

Read More...

Gateway girls basketball coach Curtis Williams guided his team to the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals.
Gateway girls basketball sees potential for growth
March 6, 2020
The Gateway girls basketball players ended the season waiting and hoping.

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Greensburg Salem’s Shamar McCoy keeps the ball from Gateway defense including William Kromka (23) and Bonzi Parks on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 during WPIAL boys’ basketball at Greensburg Salem High Schooll.
Gateway boys basketball eager to build off WPIAL playoff appearance
Progress is defined by movement toward a destination, and despite an early exit from the WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball playoffs, Gateway’s season can be defined by growth.

Read More...

Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competes in the girls 200 individual medley during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Indiana swimmers make impact at WPIAL Class AA meet
February 27, 2020
It may take over an hour to travel from Indiana Area High School to Pitt’s Trees Pool, but the defending boys champions and girls runners-up in WPIAL Class AA each got their miles’ worth.

Read More...

Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner won the WPIAL Class AA 50-yard freestyle championship for a third consecutive season.
Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner defend WPIAL swimming gold
The WPIAL Class AA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool saw several defending champions do just that Thursday — defend their gold medals from vying challengers.

Read More...

Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko celebrates his win in the boys 50 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Norwin’s Tulenko captures pair of gold medals at WPIAL championships
After sitting out all of last year to compete in club swimming, Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko is a two-time WPIAL gold medalist after the first day of the WPIAL Class AAA championships.

Read More...

Central Catholic coach Brian Urso celebrates with Ben Sarson (24) after beating Fox Chapel in the WPIAL quarterfinals Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
Central Catholic boys upset No. 2 Fox Chapel in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 22, 2020
Central Catholic boys basketball first-year coach Brian Urso never doubted his team Saturday afternoon.

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston competes against Plum on Feb. 13, 2020, at Plum.
Gateway’s Olivia Livingston eyes history at WPIAL swimming championships
February 20, 2020
In her fourth and final performance at the WPIAL individual swimming championships, Gateway’s Olivia Livingston has a chance to again make history in the WPIAL and PIAA.

Read More...

Brentwood’s John Milcic (11) pulls down a rebound during the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals Feb. 15, 2020, at Fox Chapel.
Brentwood boys basketball team edges Apollo-Ridge in WPIAL 1st round
February 15, 2020
Brentwood’s Chase Rosing may not have started the game, but that does not mean attending fans will forget his performance.

Read More...

Gateway’s Evan Whiteside (right) has a 25-6 record this season with 23 pins.
Whiteside leads hopeful Gateway contingent into section wrestling tourney
February 14, 2020
Led by senior Evan Whiteside, seven Gateway wrestlers enter the Section 1-AAA tournament Feb. 22 at Kiski Area with medal-winning aspirations.

Read More...

Tiffani Wilkerson averaged 154 for Gateway this season.
Gateway bowlers make strides to qualify for WPIBL singles championship
Gateway bowling’s regular season wrapped up Feb. 5, and the Gators failed to qualify for last week’s WPIBL team championship, but that wasn’t the end of the story.

Read More...

Members of the record-breaking Gateway relay team are, left to right, Ayva Harris, Morgan Holmes, Olivia Livingston and Summer Raymer.
Gateway girls relay team breaks 24-year-old pool record
February 7, 2020
The Gateway girls 200-yard medley relay set a pool record recently, snapping a mark that had lasted 24 years.

Read More...

Gateway’s Chamor Price scores past Archbishop Wood’s Ryan DiVergilis during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Gateway fall sports teams see significant changes with WPIAL realignment
The Gateway fall sports programs received a shakeup when WPIAL officials announced the district’s classification and sectional realignment Jan. 20.

Read More...

Gateway’s Tui Faumuina-Brown charges into the end zone for a touchdown against Franklin Regional during WPIAL football on Friday night, Oct. 4, 2019 at Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville.
Gateway’s Tui Brown looks ahead to career at UConn
January 31, 2020
Gateway’s Tui Brown did not always know where he would end up going to college to further his football career and education.

Read More...

Gateway’s Summer Raymer competes in the 200 IM against Hampton on Jan. 16, 2020 at Hampton.
Gateway swimmers in good position for post-Livingston era
January 24, 2020
For the last couple of years, the standard bearer of the Gateway swimming program has been Olivia Livingston.

Read More...

Gateway’s Will Kromka (left) defends Greensburg Salem’s Shamar McCoy during a game last season.
Family ties run deep in Gateway basketball program
January 18, 2020
Some may say once someone becomes a Gateway boys basketball team member, he is part of a brotherhood. For a couple of current and former players, however, brotherhood is suitable in the more literal sense of the word.

Read More...

Gateway bowlers rely on team concept
January 12, 2020
Through six matches, the Gateway bowling team is focused on turning the program into an efficient unit.

Read More...

Penn-Trafford competitive spirit team members, from left, Carly Daw, Sierra Morgan, Sophia Marturano and Katelynn Kopasko are lifted at the UCA Allegheny Regional at Slippery Rock in November.
Penn-Trafford competitive spirit earns WPIAL medium-squad title
It has been eight years since the PIAA officially held the first season of competitive spirit, and the past seven seasons have featured Penn-Trafford qualifying and competing for the PIAA medium division championship after participating in the WPIAL championships a week before.

Read More...

Penn-Trafford bowlers making steady progress
January 4, 2020
A month into the season, Penn-Trafford’s boys and girls bowling teams were completely even.

Read More...

Gateway’s Dynasty Shegog (right) competes during practice for the 2019-20 season Nov. 29, 2019.
Gateway girls embrace being Road Gators in early going
December 27, 2019
Gateway girls basketball coach Curtis Williams preaches to his team the three “E’s” — energy, effort and enthusiasm.

Read More...

Gateway’s RJ Stevenson (5) competes against Highlands Dec. 7, 2019 at Highlands High.
Early season schedule testing mettle of Gateway boys
December 20, 2019
It might be only three weeks into the season, but the Gateway boys basketball team has faced its fair share of quality opponents.

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston checks her time in the 200 freestyle against Hempfield Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at Gateway.
Gateway, Olivia Livingston set to make noise on WPIAL swim scene
December 15, 2019
The Gateway swim teams have started the new season with a new leader.

Read More...

Franklin Regional bowler Alex Smith threw a 879 series with two 300 games on Feb. 16, 2019, at Nesbits Lanes.
Franklin Regional bowling team faces new challenges in bid for WPIBL three-peat
So close yet so far away. That might be on the mind of Franklin Regional boys bowling team members.

Read More...

Gateway’s Floyd McKenna (left) competes in the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
Senior Evan Whiteside, Gateway wrestlers set sights on WPIAL success
December 7, 2019
Nine wrestlers are on the roster for Gateway coach Ryan Sula, entering his fourth season at the helm. In his 10th season overall at Gateway, Sula is not letting a small roster deter him from having championship hopes for his athletes.

Read More...

Gateway’s Dylan Cain competes during practice for the 2019-20 season Nov. 29, 2019.
Gateway boys shooting for turnaround season
Despite a tough season last year, the Gateway boys basketball team’s aspirations for this season are unfettered.

Read More...

Gateway’s Dynasty Shegog (right) competes during practice for the 2019-20 season Nov. 29, 2019.
Loaded Gateway girls roster out to right last season’s wrongs
December 1, 2019
The Gateway girls basketball team’s 2018-19 season was over in a flash.

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