Author: Shawn Annarelli


Norwin’s Tyler Bilinsky shoots against Baldwin’s Connor Gitzen (right) and Dorien Ford during a game at the annual Mike Rettger Tournament.
Franklin Regional’s Mike Rettger Tournament keeps alumnus’ memory alive
December 15, 2019
Steve Scorpion looked up to the late Mike Rettger, who was five years older and a co-captain on Franklin Regional’s basketball team.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Luke Brandner dunks during a scrimmage against Brownsville Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant boys put foot down, set sights on playoff berth
November 27, 2019
The players are mostly the same, which is what coach Allan Bilinsky is counting on for change.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lexi Stanek works out during practice last season.
Young roster ready to start rebuilding project for Mt. Pleasant girls
Scott Giacobbi has experienced a lot in 15 years at the helm of Mt. Pleasant’s girls basketball team, and he’s gearing up for another rebuild with a youthful roster.

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After colliding with Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter, New Hope goalkeeper Kyle Campbell scrambles for the ball during their PIAA Class AA boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2019 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Reiter brothers help write Hollywood ending to Quaker Valley soccer season
November 24, 2019
Dom Reiter will replay the final moments from the PIAA Class AA championship game in his head over and over like a viral video.

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Jax Miller scores twice, Avonworth pulls away from New Brighton late
November 8, 2019
Avonworth turned to its workhorse running back, Jax Miller, to try to advance in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. Miller delivered, rushing for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the Antelopes defeated New Brighton, 38-13, on Friday night.

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Gateway’s Jordan Stancovich carries the ball during a preseason practice.
Jordan Stancovich relies on football instincts to set Gateway tackles record
Football highlights often feature pinpoint passes, dazzling runs and spectacular catches, but not when senior Jordan Stancovich is on the field.

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Quaker Valley’s Michael Aspiotes stiff-arms Hopewell’s Jay’Von Jeter on Oct. 18.
Quaker Valley keeps the faith during trying football season
The record doesn’t tell the whole story. It rarely does.

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North Catholic’s Jayden Sharpless celebrates after scoring the winning goal in double overtime next to Yough defenders during the girls WPIAL Class AA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Jayden Sharpless nets free kick to give North Catholic first WPIAL girls soccer title
November 2, 2019
The WPIAL Class AA girls soccer championship game needed a hero, and North Catholic sophomore Jayden Sharpless stepped up in double overtime on an indirect free kick.

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North Allegheny coach Art Walker Jr. congratulates Khalil Dinkins on a touchdown earlier this season. Dinkins caught three touchdown passes Friday night.
North Allegheny routs Canon-McMillan, earns rematch with Pine-Richland
November 1, 2019
Canon-McMillan’s football team looked like it was in a horror movie, and it didn’t have much in the way of answers against nemesis North Allegheny.

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Gateway cross country focused on positives after difficult WPIAL meet
Gateway’s cross country team couldn’t check off the top item on its list of goals this season — having a runner qualify for the PIAA meet.

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The Penn-Trafford field hockey team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Latrobe, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class AA field hockey final Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Penn-Trafford wins fourth straight field hockey championship
October 29, 2019
It’s hard to stay on top, but Penn-Trafford’s field hockey dynasty showed again that it can’t be toppled.

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Shady Side Academy’s Zoe Conomikes hoists the championship trophy with her teammates after defeating The Ellis School in the WPIAL Class A field hockey final Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Shady Side Academy wins 15th WPIAL field hockey title
There are many Western Pennsylvania fall sports traditions, not the least of which is 15 consecutive years of Ellis School or Shady Side Academy winning a WPIAL championship in field hockey.

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Seniors on the Greensburg Salem football team celebrate the program’s 699th victory after defeating Indiana on Oct. 25, 2019 at Offutt Field.
Greensburg Salem QB Trent Patrick torches Indiana
October 25, 2019
Greensburg Salem quarterback Trent Patrick had a senior night to remember, accounting for six touchdowns and leading the Golden Lions to a 48-7 win over Indiana and a third-place finish in the Class 4A Big 8 Conference.

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Springdale’s Mike Mitchell
Chris Mitchell’s OT goal carries Springdale into WPIAL Class A semifinals
October 23, 2019
The bond between two brothers was enough to send Springdale’s boys soccer team into the semifinals of the WPIAL Class A playoffs.

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Kiski Area players celebrate after defeating Mars on Oct. 18, 2019, at Mars.
Kiski Area rides workhorse back Kenneth Blake to win over Mars
October 18, 2019
The Kenneth Blake Show hit the road to Mars, and he turned in a winning performance with his offensive line’s help to keep Kiski Area’s playoff hopes alive.

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Gateway cross country on comeback trail after midseason car crash
Gateway’s cross country team was picking up steam at the midpoint of the season until a car crash injured three runners.

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Quaker Valley’s Frankie Fernandez participates in drills during soccer practice at the hgih school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Quaker Valley brings high-scoring offense into boys soccer playoffs
History was on Quaker Valley’s side at the start of the boys soccer playoffs.

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Shady Side Academy’s Gabby Hill-Junke (19) celebrates her second goal with Nina Singh and Callie Davis next to Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jessie Nemeth during their game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side Academy roars into WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 15, 2019
Callie Davis, Melissa Riggins and Gabby Hill-Junke are a nightmare to make saves against, Shady Side Academy goaltender Molly Skvorak said.

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North Allegheny outscores Hempfield in 6A shootout
October 11, 2019
Hempfield showed that North Allegheny’s defense can be vulnerable, but it couldn’t keep up with the Tigers playmakers.

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Banner season for West Allegheny girls soccer team fulfills grade school promise
October 8, 2019
Juniors Mackenzie Taranto and Morgan Shansky sat together six years ago in West Allegheny’s high school gymnasium and scanned the rafters for every section, WPIAL and PIAA banner.

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Persistent Fox Chapel solves Connellsville defense
October 4, 2019
Fox Chapel’s offense took its time bending Connellsville’s defense until broke.

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Tried of near misses, Penn-Trafford hockey sets sights on playoff berth
Ryan Mickey will be one of Penn-Trafford’s top scorers this season, but the only goal that really matters to him is making the playoffs.

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Gateway hockey program continues ascent, will play JV again
Rebuilding Gateway’s hockey program will continue to be a slow, difficult process.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Hannah Nelson for the ball during their game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side Academy tops Greensburg Central Catholic in girls soccer showdown
October 3, 2019
The latest installment of the Shady Side Academy versus Greensburg Central Catholic rivalry had a little bit of everything.

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) celebrates his third touchdown against Hampton Sept. 27, 2019 at Hampton.
Kiski Area staves off Hampton comeback for section victory
September 27, 2019
Down four points with 54 seconds left, Hampton turned to running back Luke Lindgren in a fourth-and-3 situation at Kiski Area’s 9-yard line.

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Penn-Trafford girls tennis teammates dream of “sweep” in graduating class
Ruby Chen has two part-time jobs, plays two instruments, volunteers at Forbes Hospital, is on the tennis team and still finds time for one of the fullest course loads at Penn-Trafford.

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Norwin’s Brandon Grimes (10) looks to tackle Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer (4) September 20, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
No. 1 Pine-Richland cruises past Norwin
September 20, 2019
Pine-Richland’s offense operates at a speed nearly as fast as Formula One race cars.

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Gateway cross country giving foes run for their money
Gateway’s cross country teams are showing more cohesiveness heading into second half of the season, coach Tom LaBuff said, which has resulted in improved times.

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Mike Aspiotes is learning on the job as the quarterback for Quaker Valley, which lost its first three games.
Quaker Valley football eagerly awaits reinforcements
Quaker Valley’s football team entered the season with a disclaimer attached: Its thin roster had to be healthy to compete.

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North Hills uses balanced approach to handle Hampton
September 13, 2019
North Hills won against Hampton, 35-14, the only way it knows how Friday night — with a selfless effort.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo (left) took first place in the combined girls Class A and AA race at the Red, White and Blue Classic on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, and sister Jolena Quarzo finished second.
Red White and Blue Classic crowns cross country winners
September 7, 2019
The 17th annual Red, White and Blue Classic crowned winners that were among the favorites and a newcomer who never had run the course.

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Hampton’s Max Smith (42) looks to get by Shaler’s Luke Cignetti (33) September 6, 2019 at Hampton.
2nd-half kickoff return sparks Hampton victory over Shaler
September 6, 2019
Hampton topped Shaler, 31-28, on Friday in a showcase of old-school football in the Northern Conference.

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Norwin’s Amanda Lee (4) returns sever against Plum September 3, 2019 at Norwin.
New faces lead way for Norwin volleyball
Norwin’s volleyball team was back to its winning ways in its first section game of the season against Plum.

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Gateway volleyball seeks improvement, playoff berth
Coming off of a 2-12 record in Section 1-3A last year, Gateway’s girls volleyball team hopes the rough road it endured has set the stage for a bounce-back season.

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Shaler ground game breaks out in win over Kiski Area
August 30, 2019
A Shaler rushing attack that struggled in Week Zero made a statement in the Titans’ first Northern Conference game against Kiski Area.

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Gateway girls soccer coach Kelly Bender prepares her team for the 2019-2020 season August 30, 2019.
Gateway girls soccer aims for deep playoff run
Gateway’s seniors know too well how difficult it is make the playoffs and how challenging it is to stay there.

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Valley’s Jordan Kirkwood (right) brings playing experience to Valley’s midfield.
Young Valley girls soccer team ‘on the right track’
August 29, 2019
The Valley girls soccer team has the foundation for a bright future in Section 2-AA.

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Valley’s Evan McGinnis heads a ball during practice Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in New Kensington.
New coaching staff inspires Valley boys soccer team
Optimism can be hard to come by following an 0-16 season, but a new coaching staff has rejuvenated the hopes of players in Valley’s boys soccer program.

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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.

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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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Norwin’s Tyler Bilinsky shoots against Baldwin’s Connor Gitzen (right) and Dorien Ford during a game at the annual Mike Rettger Tournament.
Franklin Regional’s Mike Rettger Tournament keeps alumnus’ memory alive
December 15, 2019
Steve Scorpion looked up to the late Mike Rettger, who was five years older and a co-captain on Franklin Regional’s basketball team.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Luke Brandner dunks during a scrimmage against Brownsville Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant boys put foot down, set sights on playoff berth
November 27, 2019
The players are mostly the same, which is what coach Allan Bilinsky is counting on for change.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lexi Stanek works out during practice last season.
Young roster ready to start rebuilding project for Mt. Pleasant girls
Scott Giacobbi has experienced a lot in 15 years at the helm of Mt. Pleasant’s girls basketball team, and he’s gearing up for another rebuild with a youthful roster.

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After colliding with Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter, New Hope goalkeeper Kyle Campbell scrambles for the ball during their PIAA Class AA boys soccer championship Nov. 15, 2019 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Reiter brothers help write Hollywood ending to Quaker Valley soccer season
November 24, 2019
Dom Reiter will replay the final moments from the PIAA Class AA championship game in his head over and over like a viral video.

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Jax Miller scores twice, Avonworth pulls away from New Brighton late
November 8, 2019
Avonworth turned to its workhorse running back, Jax Miller, to try to advance in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. Miller delivered, rushing for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the Antelopes defeated New Brighton, 38-13, on Friday night.

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Gateway’s Jordan Stancovich carries the ball during a preseason practice.
Jordan Stancovich relies on football instincts to set Gateway tackles record
Football highlights often feature pinpoint passes, dazzling runs and spectacular catches, but not when senior Jordan Stancovich is on the field.

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Quaker Valley’s Michael Aspiotes stiff-arms Hopewell’s Jay’Von Jeter on Oct. 18.
Quaker Valley keeps the faith during trying football season
The record doesn’t tell the whole story. It rarely does.

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North Catholic’s Jayden Sharpless celebrates after scoring the winning goal in double overtime next to Yough defenders during the girls WPIAL Class AA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Jayden Sharpless nets free kick to give North Catholic first WPIAL girls soccer title
November 2, 2019
The WPIAL Class AA girls soccer championship game needed a hero, and North Catholic sophomore Jayden Sharpless stepped up in double overtime on an indirect free kick.

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North Allegheny coach Art Walker Jr. congratulates Khalil Dinkins on a touchdown earlier this season. Dinkins caught three touchdown passes Friday night.
North Allegheny routs Canon-McMillan, earns rematch with Pine-Richland
November 1, 2019
Canon-McMillan’s football team looked like it was in a horror movie, and it didn’t have much in the way of answers against nemesis North Allegheny.

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Gateway cross country focused on positives after difficult WPIAL meet
Gateway’s cross country team couldn’t check off the top item on its list of goals this season — having a runner qualify for the PIAA meet.

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The Penn-Trafford field hockey team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Latrobe, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class AA field hockey final Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Penn-Trafford wins fourth straight field hockey championship
October 29, 2019
It’s hard to stay on top, but Penn-Trafford’s field hockey dynasty showed again that it can’t be toppled.

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Shady Side Academy’s Zoe Conomikes hoists the championship trophy with her teammates after defeating The Ellis School in the WPIAL Class A field hockey final Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Shady Side Academy wins 15th WPIAL field hockey title
There are many Western Pennsylvania fall sports traditions, not the least of which is 15 consecutive years of Ellis School or Shady Side Academy winning a WPIAL championship in field hockey.

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Seniors on the Greensburg Salem football team celebrate the program’s 699th victory after defeating Indiana on Oct. 25, 2019 at Offutt Field.
Greensburg Salem QB Trent Patrick torches Indiana
October 25, 2019
Greensburg Salem quarterback Trent Patrick had a senior night to remember, accounting for six touchdowns and leading the Golden Lions to a 48-7 win over Indiana and a third-place finish in the Class 4A Big 8 Conference.

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Springdale’s Mike Mitchell
Chris Mitchell’s OT goal carries Springdale into WPIAL Class A semifinals
October 23, 2019
The bond between two brothers was enough to send Springdale’s boys soccer team into the semifinals of the WPIAL Class A playoffs.

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Kiski Area players celebrate after defeating Mars on Oct. 18, 2019, at Mars.
Kiski Area rides workhorse back Kenneth Blake to win over Mars
October 18, 2019
The Kenneth Blake Show hit the road to Mars, and he turned in a winning performance with his offensive line’s help to keep Kiski Area’s playoff hopes alive.

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Gateway cross country on comeback trail after midseason car crash
Gateway’s cross country team was picking up steam at the midpoint of the season until a car crash injured three runners.

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Quaker Valley’s Frankie Fernandez participates in drills during soccer practice at the hgih school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Quaker Valley brings high-scoring offense into boys soccer playoffs
History was on Quaker Valley’s side at the start of the boys soccer playoffs.

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Shady Side Academy’s Gabby Hill-Junke (19) celebrates her second goal with Nina Singh and Callie Davis next to Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jessie Nemeth during their game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side Academy roars into WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 15, 2019
Callie Davis, Melissa Riggins and Gabby Hill-Junke are a nightmare to make saves against, Shady Side Academy goaltender Molly Skvorak said.

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North Allegheny outscores Hempfield in 6A shootout
October 11, 2019
Hempfield showed that North Allegheny’s defense can be vulnerable, but it couldn’t keep up with the Tigers playmakers.

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Banner season for West Allegheny girls soccer team fulfills grade school promise
October 8, 2019
Juniors Mackenzie Taranto and Morgan Shansky sat together six years ago in West Allegheny’s high school gymnasium and scanned the rafters for every section, WPIAL and PIAA banner.

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Persistent Fox Chapel solves Connellsville defense
October 4, 2019
Fox Chapel’s offense took its time bending Connellsville’s defense until broke.

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Tried of near misses, Penn-Trafford hockey sets sights on playoff berth
Ryan Mickey will be one of Penn-Trafford’s top scorers this season, but the only goal that really matters to him is making the playoffs.

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Gateway hockey program continues ascent, will play JV again
Rebuilding Gateway’s hockey program will continue to be a slow, difficult process.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Hannah Nelson for the ball during their game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side Academy tops Greensburg Central Catholic in girls soccer showdown
October 3, 2019
The latest installment of the Shady Side Academy versus Greensburg Central Catholic rivalry had a little bit of everything.

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) celebrates his third touchdown against Hampton Sept. 27, 2019 at Hampton.
Kiski Area staves off Hampton comeback for section victory
September 27, 2019
Down four points with 54 seconds left, Hampton turned to running back Luke Lindgren in a fourth-and-3 situation at Kiski Area’s 9-yard line.

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Penn-Trafford girls tennis teammates dream of “sweep” in graduating class
Ruby Chen has two part-time jobs, plays two instruments, volunteers at Forbes Hospital, is on the tennis team and still finds time for one of the fullest course loads at Penn-Trafford.

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Norwin’s Brandon Grimes (10) looks to tackle Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer (4) September 20, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
No. 1 Pine-Richland cruises past Norwin
September 20, 2019
Pine-Richland’s offense operates at a speed nearly as fast as Formula One race cars.

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Gateway cross country giving foes run for their money
Gateway’s cross country teams are showing more cohesiveness heading into second half of the season, coach Tom LaBuff said, which has resulted in improved times.

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Mike Aspiotes is learning on the job as the quarterback for Quaker Valley, which lost its first three games.
Quaker Valley football eagerly awaits reinforcements
Quaker Valley’s football team entered the season with a disclaimer attached: Its thin roster had to be healthy to compete.

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North Hills uses balanced approach to handle Hampton
September 13, 2019
North Hills won against Hampton, 35-14, the only way it knows how Friday night — with a selfless effort.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo (left) took first place in the combined girls Class A and AA race at the Red, White and Blue Classic on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, and sister Jolena Quarzo finished second.
Red White and Blue Classic crowns cross country winners
September 7, 2019
The 17th annual Red, White and Blue Classic crowned winners that were among the favorites and a newcomer who never had run the course.

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Hampton’s Max Smith (42) looks to get by Shaler’s Luke Cignetti (33) September 6, 2019 at Hampton.
2nd-half kickoff return sparks Hampton victory over Shaler
September 6, 2019
Hampton topped Shaler, 31-28, on Friday in a showcase of old-school football in the Northern Conference.

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Norwin’s Amanda Lee (4) returns sever against Plum September 3, 2019 at Norwin.
New faces lead way for Norwin volleyball
Norwin’s volleyball team was back to its winning ways in its first section game of the season against Plum.

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Gateway volleyball seeks improvement, playoff berth
Coming off of a 2-12 record in Section 1-3A last year, Gateway’s girls volleyball team hopes the rough road it endured has set the stage for a bounce-back season.

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Shaler ground game breaks out in win over Kiski Area
August 30, 2019
A Shaler rushing attack that struggled in Week Zero made a statement in the Titans’ first Northern Conference game against Kiski Area.

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Gateway girls soccer coach Kelly Bender prepares her team for the 2019-2020 season August 30, 2019.
Gateway girls soccer aims for deep playoff run
Gateway’s seniors know too well how difficult it is make the playoffs and how challenging it is to stay there.

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Valley’s Jordan Kirkwood (right) brings playing experience to Valley’s midfield.
Young Valley girls soccer team ‘on the right track’
August 29, 2019
The Valley girls soccer team has the foundation for a bright future in Section 2-AA.

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Valley’s Evan McGinnis heads a ball during practice Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in New Kensington.
New coaching staff inspires Valley boys soccer team
Optimism can be hard to come by following an 0-16 season, but a new coaching staff has rejuvenated the hopes of players in Valley’s boys soccer program.

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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.

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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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