Author: Shawn Annarelli


New Castle’s Demetrius McKnight (2) ran for two touchdowns in the first half against Shaler August 23, 2019 at Shaler.
Demetris McKnight’s big game lifts New Castle over Shaler
August 23, 2019
In a tit-for-tat football game, New Castle coach Joe Cowart knew who had to get the ball with time ticking away.

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Gateway soccer coach Bernie Stiles prepares his team for the 2019-2020 season August 19, 2019.
Gateway boys soccer coach, players say it’s time to win
Forget that Gateway has won five of its last 22 conference games. Everyone in the boys soccer program believes the balance of power in Section 4-3A will start to tilt in their favor.

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Cornell quarterback Zaier Harrison throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Coraopolis.
Cornell learns from struggles, aims to make history
August 20, 2019
Zaier Harrison has endured hard times, but he hasn’t been alone.

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Matt Von Kaenel raises his helmet as the team breaks for water during Quaker Valley football practice at the high school Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.
Quaker Valley redesigns offense, keeps playoff goals intact
August 18, 2019
Quaker Valley was already going to have a thinner-than-usual roster this season, and then its starting quarterback moved to another state in July.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter controls the ball during the WPIAL Class AA boys soccer championship game against Shady Side Academy Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Highmark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dominic Reiter to play soccer at Pitt
June 28, 2019
Dominic Reiter was in disbelief, so he called his twin brother, Fritz, to share that Pitt soccer coach Jay Vidovich offered him a spot on the team.

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Quaker Valley boys lacrosse concludes trying season in PIAA 1st round
June 8, 2019
Quaker Valley’s boys lacrosse team entered the season with aspirations to win the WPIAL Class AA championship and make a lengthy PIAA run.

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Quaker Valley lacrosse teams lose in WPIAL semifinals
May 24, 2019
Quaker Valley’s lacrosse teams experienced deja vu Monday.

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Union’s Halaena Blakley scores behind Leechburg’s Kristen Knapp in the first inning during WPIAL A girls softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Hampton Coummnity Park.
Union defeats Leechburg to reach 1st WPIAL softball final
May 22, 2019
The shallow fly ball seemed to hang in the air for an eternity.

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Sewickley Academy’s Victoria Keller (front) competes during a girls lacrosse match in 2019.
Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse proud of accomplishments
May 17, 2019
Sewickley Academy’s last moments on the field this season were filled with celebration, just not the way they had envisioned it.

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Quaker Valley girls lacrosse aims for extended playoff run
May 10, 2019
Quaker Valley’s girls lacrosse team has been right on schedule with its goals this season.

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Sewickley Academy boys lacrosse fights through growing pains
April 26, 2019
With a young, small roster, Sewickley Academy boys lacrosse coach Trevor Adams has made this season all about executing fundamentals.

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Quaker Valley baseball hopes to build on recent hot streak
Quaker Valley’s baseball team has endured a season similar to Western Pennsylvania weather. One minute, it’s sunny and cheerful. The next, it’s raining and dreary.

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Franklin Regional girls lacrosse finding its stride as players gain experience
Franklin Regional junior midfielders Noelle Boyd and Christina Hodowanec believe they need to have fun to be successful.

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Sewickley Academy’s Alyssa Winters swings at a ball against Bishop Canevin during their rgame April 15, 2019, at Sewickley Academy.
After head coach steps down, Sewickley Academy softball team keeps rolling
April 19, 2019
Sewickley Academy’s softball team didn’t have much time to process the news that Win Palmer was stepping down after 14 seasons as coach.

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Quaker Valley boys lacrosse showing ‘grit’ during 3-1 start to season
April 12, 2019
“Grit” started as a motto for the Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team.

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Quaker Valley girls lacrosse feels stakes of season’s potential
April 5, 2019
Kristin Semones realized she had a problem early in her coaching tenure.

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Raelyn Boyer throws the ball during Quaker Valley softball practice on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Bell Acres.
QV, Sewickley Academy softball expecting to improve
March 29, 2019
With a wealth of returning starters, the Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy softball teams expect to improve.

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Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy looking for improvement this season
March 23, 2019
Count Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley among the baseball teams aiming for bounce-back seasons.

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Quaker Valley wrestlers Geoff Magin, left, and John Rocco Kazalas competed at the PIAA wrestling championships March 7-9, 2019, in Hershey.
Magin, Kazalas cap Quaker Valley careers on PIAA podium
March 15, 2019
At the beginning of the season, seniors Geoff Magin and John Rocco Kazalas weren’t ready to say Quaker Valley’s 3-year-old wrestling program had a tradition of excellence.

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Jeannette softball head coach Zac Karas brings his players in for a group talk at the end of team practice Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Jeannette High School.
Young Jeannette softball team ready to turn the corner
March 13, 2019
Jeannette softball won’t field a senior this season, but coach Zac Karas said the team has plenty of leaders.

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Jeannette’s Drake Petrillo celebrates on second base against Quigley Catholic during second round WPIAL Class A playoff action Monday, May 21, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Jeannette baseball ready for challenge in move up to Class 2A
Jeannette’s baseball team has eight returning seniors. The coaching staff has remained largely the same for the last 15 years. And everyone associated with the Jayhawks lives within two miles of each other.

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Hunter Mattie (left) and Quaker Valley face Franklin Regional in the playoff opener.
Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy hockey teams ready for playoffs
February 14, 2019
Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy will concentrate on the qualities that got them into the PIHL playoffs and leave their struggles in the rearview mirror.

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Matthew Haldukiewicz named Sewickley Academy athlete of the week
October 25, 2018
Matthew Haldukiewicz School: Sewickley Academy Sport: Hockey Class: Senior Claim to fame: Matthew Hajdukiewicz's most recent scoring spree came in seven-point fashion. The Sewickley Academy senior had four goals and three assists against Freeport, giving him 10 points through three games this season. A goal scorer at heart -- he'd

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New Castle’s Demetrius McKnight (2) ran for two touchdowns in the first half against Shaler August 23, 2019 at Shaler.
Demetris McKnight’s big game lifts New Castle over Shaler
August 23, 2019
In a tit-for-tat football game, New Castle coach Joe Cowart knew who had to get the ball with time ticking away.

Read More...

Gateway soccer coach Bernie Stiles prepares his team for the 2019-2020 season August 19, 2019.
Gateway boys soccer coach, players say it’s time to win
Forget that Gateway has won five of its last 22 conference games. Everyone in the boys soccer program believes the balance of power in Section 4-3A will start to tilt in their favor.

Read More...

Cornell quarterback Zaier Harrison throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Coraopolis.
Cornell learns from struggles, aims to make history
August 20, 2019
Zaier Harrison has endured hard times, but he hasn’t been alone.

Read More...

Matt Von Kaenel raises his helmet as the team breaks for water during Quaker Valley football practice at the high school Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.
Quaker Valley redesigns offense, keeps playoff goals intact
August 18, 2019
Quaker Valley was already going to have a thinner-than-usual roster this season, and then its starting quarterback moved to another state in July.

Read More...

Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter controls the ball during the WPIAL Class AA boys soccer championship game against Shady Side Academy Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Highmark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dominic Reiter to play soccer at Pitt
June 28, 2019
Dominic Reiter was in disbelief, so he called his twin brother, Fritz, to share that Pitt soccer coach Jay Vidovich offered him a spot on the team.

Read More...

Quaker Valley boys lacrosse concludes trying season in PIAA 1st round
June 8, 2019
Quaker Valley’s boys lacrosse team entered the season with aspirations to win the WPIAL Class AA championship and make a lengthy PIAA run.

Read More...

Quaker Valley lacrosse teams lose in WPIAL semifinals
May 24, 2019
Quaker Valley’s lacrosse teams experienced deja vu Monday.

Read More...

Union’s Halaena Blakley scores behind Leechburg’s Kristen Knapp in the first inning during WPIAL A girls softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Hampton Coummnity Park.
Union defeats Leechburg to reach 1st WPIAL softball final
May 22, 2019
The shallow fly ball seemed to hang in the air for an eternity.

Read More...

Sewickley Academy’s Victoria Keller (front) competes during a girls lacrosse match in 2019.
Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse proud of accomplishments
May 17, 2019
Sewickley Academy’s last moments on the field this season were filled with celebration, just not the way they had envisioned it.

Read More...

Quaker Valley girls lacrosse aims for extended playoff run
May 10, 2019
Quaker Valley’s girls lacrosse team has been right on schedule with its goals this season.

Read More...

Sewickley Academy boys lacrosse fights through growing pains
April 26, 2019
With a young, small roster, Sewickley Academy boys lacrosse coach Trevor Adams has made this season all about executing fundamentals.

Read More...

Quaker Valley baseball hopes to build on recent hot streak
Quaker Valley’s baseball team has endured a season similar to Western Pennsylvania weather. One minute, it’s sunny and cheerful. The next, it’s raining and dreary.

Read More...

Franklin Regional girls lacrosse finding its stride as players gain experience
Franklin Regional junior midfielders Noelle Boyd and Christina Hodowanec believe they need to have fun to be successful.

Read More...

Sewickley Academy’s Alyssa Winters swings at a ball against Bishop Canevin during their rgame April 15, 2019, at Sewickley Academy.
After head coach steps down, Sewickley Academy softball team keeps rolling
April 19, 2019
Sewickley Academy’s softball team didn’t have much time to process the news that Win Palmer was stepping down after 14 seasons as coach.

Read More...

Quaker Valley boys lacrosse showing ‘grit’ during 3-1 start to season
April 12, 2019
“Grit” started as a motto for the Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team.

Read More...

Quaker Valley girls lacrosse feels stakes of season’s potential
April 5, 2019
Kristin Semones realized she had a problem early in her coaching tenure.

Read More...

Raelyn Boyer throws the ball during Quaker Valley softball practice on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Bell Acres.
QV, Sewickley Academy softball expecting to improve
March 29, 2019
With a wealth of returning starters, the Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy softball teams expect to improve.

Read More...

Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy looking for improvement this season
March 23, 2019
Count Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley among the baseball teams aiming for bounce-back seasons.

Read More...

Quaker Valley wrestlers Geoff Magin, left, and John Rocco Kazalas competed at the PIAA wrestling championships March 7-9, 2019, in Hershey.
Magin, Kazalas cap Quaker Valley careers on PIAA podium
March 15, 2019
At the beginning of the season, seniors Geoff Magin and John Rocco Kazalas weren’t ready to say Quaker Valley’s 3-year-old wrestling program had a tradition of excellence.

Read More...

Jeannette softball head coach Zac Karas brings his players in for a group talk at the end of team practice Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Jeannette High School.
Young Jeannette softball team ready to turn the corner
March 13, 2019
Jeannette softball won’t field a senior this season, but coach Zac Karas said the team has plenty of leaders.

Read More...

Jeannette’s Drake Petrillo celebrates on second base against Quigley Catholic during second round WPIAL Class A playoff action Monday, May 21, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Jeannette baseball ready for challenge in move up to Class 2A
Jeannette’s baseball team has eight returning seniors. The coaching staff has remained largely the same for the last 15 years. And everyone associated with the Jayhawks lives within two miles of each other.

Read More...

Hunter Mattie (left) and Quaker Valley face Franklin Regional in the playoff opener.
Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy hockey teams ready for playoffs
February 14, 2019
Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy will concentrate on the qualities that got them into the PIHL playoffs and leave their struggles in the rearview mirror.

Read More...

Matthew Haldukiewicz named Sewickley Academy athlete of the week
October 25, 2018
Matthew Haldukiewicz School: Sewickley Academy Sport: Hockey Class: Senior Claim to fame: Matthew Hajdukiewicz's most recent scoring spree came in seven-point fashion. The Sewickley Academy senior had four goals and three assists against Freeport, giving him 10 points through three games this season. A goal scorer at heart -- he'd

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