Author: Steve Nagler


Nazareth Prep’s Marcus Johnson (24) looks to block Vincentian’s Alex Griggs (5) during a Class A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 24, 2020 at North Allegheny High.
Vincentian Academy boys avenge loss to Nazareth Prep, advance to Class A title game
February 24, 2020
The top-seeded Vincentian Academy Royals had revenge on their minds.

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South Side boys keep playoff hopes alive with win over Burgettstown
February 7, 2020
The South Side boys basketball team came into its final section game needing a win and some help to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.

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Avonworth wins game, Freedom clinches playoff spot
February 6, 2020
The Freedom Bulldogs came into their last section game controlling their playoff destiny. And while the game against Avonworth resulted in a 41-38 loss, Freedom (14-7, 8-6) ended the night having clinched at least a tie for fourth place in Section 1-3A due to a Neshannock loss to Mohawk.

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Seneca Valley girls stop Fox Chapel in section showdown
February 3, 2020
Seneca Valley got 19 points from junior Jaden Davinsizer as the Raiders defeated Fox Chapel, 51-47, in a Section 1-6A showdown Monday night.

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Rochester races to big lead, holds on to clinch section title
January 30, 2020
Rochester opened the game with an 18-2 run and held off Vincentian Academy down the stretch Thursday night in a 56-49 victory.

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The Laurel (foreground) and OLSH girls basketball teams line up for their game Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.
Laurel girls’ freshmen guide way to big home victory, tie for section lead
January 27, 2020
On a late January night in Lawrence County, the Laurel freshmen grew up.

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Montour’s Alex Boyden had 21 points and 12 rebounds Tuesday night.
Montour avenges loss to Trinity
January 21, 2020
Exactly five weeks ago, Montour squandered a 14-point fourth-quarter lead in a three-point overtime loss to Trinity on the road.

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Laurel players huddle up during a victory voer Shenango on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.
Laurel bounces back with rivalry win over Shenango
January 14, 2020
The Shenango Wildcats came into Tuesday’s rivalry game against Laurel as one of the hottest teams in the WPIAL. Conversely, Laurel had lost four of its last five games.

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Aliquippa and South Park prepare for their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Aliquippa tops South Park to reach 12th WPIAL title game in row
November 8, 2019
There are a few certainties in life: death, taxes and Aliquippa appearances in the WPIAL championship game.

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Moon players warm up before their game against Franklin Regional on Nov. 1, 2019 at Moon.
Moon slams Franklin Regional, gets back in playoff win column
November 1, 2019
In its first playoff appearance since 2014, fourth-seeded Moon cruised to a 35-7 victory over Franklin Regional in the opening round of the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs Friday night.

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The Cornell and OLSH football teams prepare for their matchup Oct. 25, 2019, at Moon Stadium.
Cornell dominates second half to put down OLSH
October 25, 2019
Cornell scored the final 20 points and forced five second-half turnovers Friday night to defeat Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 22-14, and finish in a virtual tie atop the Big Seven Conference with Sto-Rox.

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Cornell rallies past Laurel as QB Harrison surpasses 5,000-yard mark
October 11, 2019
After a slow start, Cornell caught fire late in the first half and went on to defeat Laurel in a pivotal Big Seven game, 33-21, on Friday night.

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North Catholic players take a knee after defeating Elizabeth Forward on Oct. 4, 2019.
North Catholic beats Elizabeth Forward to preserve conference mark
October 4, 2019
Third-ranked North Catholic stayed unbeaten in Class 3A’s Big East Conference by defeating Elizabeth Forward, 12-7, in front of a home crowd.

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Big night from Aiden Wardzinski helps Brentwood run past South Side
September 27, 2019
Aiden Wardzinski rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another to lead Brentwood to a 28-13 road win over South Side.

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Wilson-led Sto-Rox stays perfect with tight road win over Cornell
September 13, 2019
Eric Wilson threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns as Sto-Rox remained undefeated as the Vikings beat Cornell, 28-25, on Friday night.

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North Hills’ Tim Suto (15) makes a catch against Fox Chapel August 30, 2019 at North Hills.
North Hills rallies past Fox Chapel to win conference opener
August 30, 2019
North Hills scored three touchdowns in an eight-minute span in the second half and got a late stop on defense to defeat Fox Chapel 35-28 in the Northern Conference opener for both teams at Martorelli Stadium on Friday night.

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Moon gets defensive in Week Zero victory over Montour
August 24, 2019
Moon sacked Montour quarterback Luke Persinger 11 times and forced two Spartans turnovers en route to a 14-10 victory in a nonconference game Friday night.

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Mars’ junior starting pitcher Joey Craska throws against Shaler on May 3, 2019.
Craska leads Mars to playoff berth after win over Shaler
May 3, 2019
When it mattered the most Friday afternoon, Mars junior starting pitcher Joey Craska came through, shutting down Shaler en route to a playoff-clinching 3-0 victory in Section 2-5A.

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Chartiers-Houston softball takes down McGuffey
April 24, 2019
It had been six days since Chartiers-Houston last played a softball game. But, it didn’t take the Bucs long to shake off any rust that had settled into their game as they defeated section foe McGuffey, 10-0, in five innings.

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West Mifflin freshman Emily Buchleitner competes against Belle Vernon on April 17, 2019, at West Mifflin.
West Mifflin tops Belle Vernon, sweeps season series
April 18, 2019
Prior to the 2019 season, the West Mifflin softball team suffered seven straight defeats at the hands of Belle Vernon.

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Baldwin teammates celebrate with Allie Tagg after she homered against Mt. Lebanon on April 8, 2019, at Baldwin.
Tagg lifts Baldwin softball past Mt. Lebanon
April 8, 2019
Addie Tagg had a day.

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Nazareth Prep’s Marcus Johnson (24) looks to block Vincentian’s Alex Griggs (5) during a Class A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 24, 2020 at North Allegheny High.
Vincentian Academy boys avenge loss to Nazareth Prep, advance to Class A title game
February 24, 2020
The top-seeded Vincentian Academy Royals had revenge on their minds.

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South Side boys keep playoff hopes alive with win over Burgettstown
February 7, 2020
The South Side boys basketball team came into its final section game needing a win and some help to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.

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Avonworth wins game, Freedom clinches playoff spot
February 6, 2020
The Freedom Bulldogs came into their last section game controlling their playoff destiny. And while the game against Avonworth resulted in a 41-38 loss, Freedom (14-7, 8-6) ended the night having clinched at least a tie for fourth place in Section 1-3A due to a Neshannock loss to Mohawk.

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Seneca Valley girls stop Fox Chapel in section showdown
February 3, 2020
Seneca Valley got 19 points from junior Jaden Davinsizer as the Raiders defeated Fox Chapel, 51-47, in a Section 1-6A showdown Monday night.

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Rochester races to big lead, holds on to clinch section title
January 30, 2020
Rochester opened the game with an 18-2 run and held off Vincentian Academy down the stretch Thursday night in a 56-49 victory.

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The Laurel (foreground) and OLSH girls basketball teams line up for their game Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.
Laurel girls’ freshmen guide way to big home victory, tie for section lead
January 27, 2020
On a late January night in Lawrence County, the Laurel freshmen grew up.

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Montour’s Alex Boyden had 21 points and 12 rebounds Tuesday night.
Montour avenges loss to Trinity
January 21, 2020
Exactly five weeks ago, Montour squandered a 14-point fourth-quarter lead in a three-point overtime loss to Trinity on the road.

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Laurel players huddle up during a victory voer Shenango on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.
Laurel bounces back with rivalry win over Shenango
January 14, 2020
The Shenango Wildcats came into Tuesday’s rivalry game against Laurel as one of the hottest teams in the WPIAL. Conversely, Laurel had lost four of its last five games.

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Aliquippa and South Park prepare for their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Aliquippa tops South Park to reach 12th WPIAL title game in row
November 8, 2019
There are a few certainties in life: death, taxes and Aliquippa appearances in the WPIAL championship game.

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Moon players warm up before their game against Franklin Regional on Nov. 1, 2019 at Moon.
Moon slams Franklin Regional, gets back in playoff win column
November 1, 2019
In its first playoff appearance since 2014, fourth-seeded Moon cruised to a 35-7 victory over Franklin Regional in the opening round of the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs Friday night.

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The Cornell and OLSH football teams prepare for their matchup Oct. 25, 2019, at Moon Stadium.
Cornell dominates second half to put down OLSH
October 25, 2019
Cornell scored the final 20 points and forced five second-half turnovers Friday night to defeat Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 22-14, and finish in a virtual tie atop the Big Seven Conference with Sto-Rox.

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Cornell rallies past Laurel as QB Harrison surpasses 5,000-yard mark
October 11, 2019
After a slow start, Cornell caught fire late in the first half and went on to defeat Laurel in a pivotal Big Seven game, 33-21, on Friday night.

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North Catholic players take a knee after defeating Elizabeth Forward on Oct. 4, 2019.
North Catholic beats Elizabeth Forward to preserve conference mark
October 4, 2019
Third-ranked North Catholic stayed unbeaten in Class 3A’s Big East Conference by defeating Elizabeth Forward, 12-7, in front of a home crowd.

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Big night from Aiden Wardzinski helps Brentwood run past South Side
September 27, 2019
Aiden Wardzinski rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another to lead Brentwood to a 28-13 road win over South Side.

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Wilson-led Sto-Rox stays perfect with tight road win over Cornell
September 13, 2019
Eric Wilson threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns as Sto-Rox remained undefeated as the Vikings beat Cornell, 28-25, on Friday night.

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North Hills’ Tim Suto (15) makes a catch against Fox Chapel August 30, 2019 at North Hills.
North Hills rallies past Fox Chapel to win conference opener
August 30, 2019
North Hills scored three touchdowns in an eight-minute span in the second half and got a late stop on defense to defeat Fox Chapel 35-28 in the Northern Conference opener for both teams at Martorelli Stadium on Friday night.

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Moon gets defensive in Week Zero victory over Montour
August 24, 2019
Moon sacked Montour quarterback Luke Persinger 11 times and forced two Spartans turnovers en route to a 14-10 victory in a nonconference game Friday night.

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Mars’ junior starting pitcher Joey Craska throws against Shaler on May 3, 2019.
Craska leads Mars to playoff berth after win over Shaler
May 3, 2019
When it mattered the most Friday afternoon, Mars junior starting pitcher Joey Craska came through, shutting down Shaler en route to a playoff-clinching 3-0 victory in Section 2-5A.

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Chartiers-Houston softball takes down McGuffey
April 24, 2019
It had been six days since Chartiers-Houston last played a softball game. But, it didn’t take the Bucs long to shake off any rust that had settled into their game as they defeated section foe McGuffey, 10-0, in five innings.

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West Mifflin freshman Emily Buchleitner competes against Belle Vernon on April 17, 2019, at West Mifflin.
West Mifflin tops Belle Vernon, sweeps season series
April 18, 2019
Prior to the 2019 season, the West Mifflin softball team suffered seven straight defeats at the hands of Belle Vernon.

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Baldwin teammates celebrate with Allie Tagg after she homered against Mt. Lebanon on April 8, 2019, at Baldwin.
Tagg lifts Baldwin softball past Mt. Lebanon
April 8, 2019
Addie Tagg had a day.

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