Author: William Whalen


Leechburg’s Chace Wadsworth plays in a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Senior-heavy Leechburg expects to take next step after .500 campaign
August 20, 2019
There was a ton of positive energy and momentum surrounding the Leechburg when last season wrapped up.

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Wilmington Area’s Junior McConahy and Noah Hunt take down Steel Valley’s NiJhay Burt during the 2A PIAA semifinal Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at Ambridge High School.
Steel Valley adjusts to new coach, shorthanded roster
August 19, 2019
Maroon and gold is the new blue and gold for new Steel Valley coach Ray Braszo as the long-time coach will once again walk the home sideline at Ironmen Stadium.

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Leechburg’s Alex Stramaski practices Aug. 17, 2019, at Leechburg.
Leechburg searching for right combination at middle linebacker
August 18, 2019
The human heart has two ventricles. One side pumps blood into the lungs, and the other pumps blood into the aorta.

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Woodland Hills’ Joshua Rawlings - Trib HSSN preseason Kennywood Top 25 football team
Woodland Hills focused on fast start to season
August 16, 2019
There’s an old saying among WPIAL coaches when it comes to playing Woodland Hills during the season: You never want to get the Wolverines late, you want them early.

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Canon-McMillan senior quarterback Jon Quinque during a July 30, 2019 preseason practice at Canon-McMillan High School.
Canon-McMillan must make up for loss of more than 20 graduates
August 15, 2019
Almost on a daily basis, Canon-Millan coach Mike Evans will get stopped by people and asked the big question.

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Marc Bentley was hired as the Springdale girls soccer coach in July 2019.
Springdale girls soccer hopes new coach is a hit
July 29, 2019
A lot of hit songs have come out of Liverpool, England. Bands like the Beatles, A Flock of Seagulls and 1980’s sensation Rick Astley all claim the city as home.

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North Allegheny junior Richard Mihm competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Swim clubs offer valuable offseason training for high school standouts
July 20, 2019
WPIAL gold medals in swimming might be won in early March, but they are earned during the offseason.

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Leechburg’s Cole Villa on the Isaly’s Junior Golf Tour: “There’s a lot of good competition. ... The golf courses we play are really nice, and it’s a really good opportunity.”
Isaly’s summer-time tour big hit with junior golfers
July 12, 2019
From chipped-ham sandwiches to sand-wedge chips, the Isaly’s Junior Golf Tour has carved its niche on the Western Pennsylvania junior golf scene by attracting top talent and playing at some of area’s most prestigious courses.

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Penn-Trafford’s Faith Anthony has committed to play for the Franklin Pierce University women’s hockey team.
Penn-Trafford’s Faith Anthony eager to play collegiate hockey at Franklin Pierce
July 5, 2019
The Franklin Pierce women’s hockey team hasn’t been around long. Just like every fledgling sports program, the Ravens took it on the chin the first few years but have built a winning program over the past seven seasons.

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Greensburg Central Catholic football coach Bret Colbert
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Colbert puts offseason focus on fundamentals
July 2, 2019
It’s been nearly six months since Bret Colbert was hired to lead the Greensburg Central Catholic football team to its next era of gridiron glory.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Seaman (right) high-fives Mathew Fitzmaurice after they scored against Cathedral Prep during their PIAA Class 5A first-round game June 3. Franklin Regional won 13-4.
Brotherly bond helps create special season for Franklin Regional baseball
June 14, 2019
The Franklin Regional baseball team found its inspiration when players showed up one day for practice, and a dead frog was in the dugout.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mario Disso celebrates his RBI base hit during the third inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Pine-Richland Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Penn-Trafford baseball reflects on historic season of success
June 8, 2019
Five years ago, Penn-Trafford baseball coach Dan Miller went through an interview process with the message that the Warriors were three to five years away from competing for a WPIAL title. Miller wasn’t lying.

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Knoch short stop Monica Gourley fields a ball hit by Greensburg Salem’s Kayla Gaughan during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
After falling in PIAA 1st round, Knoch reflects on special softball season
June 5, 2019
A young team, a new head coach and more question marks than players, the 2019 Knoch softball team had no idea what was in store this season.

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North Allegheny volleyball beats Bethel Park again, this time in PIAAs
June 4, 2019
It was a WPIAL finals rematch the Bethel Park boys volleyball team waited 12 days for and one WPIAL and defending PIAA champion North Allegheny knew was coming. It wasn’t if — the only question was where it would be held.

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Grove City during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Knoch softball bows out of PIAAs with loss to Grove City
June 3, 2019
The Knoch softball team made its first trip into the PIAA softball playoffs Monday. The weather was near perfect, and the Knights’ confidence was at an all-time high as they looked to rebound from their semifinal loss and make a deep run in the state playoffs.

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Never Fear’s Terry Smith avoids Different’s Battle Creek during the NFBD All Star game Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Couples Stadium.
Late score lifts Team Different past Never Fear in NFBD all-star football game
June 2, 2019
Touchdown celebrations mandatory, 18-minute running clocks and a dee jay set up on the sidelines — it was all fun and football at Cupples Stadium in the South Side Sunday night.

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL girls 4-A consolation game at Seton Hill University.
Knoch softball embraces underdog role in PIAA playoffs
If there’s one softball team in the PIAA Class 4A bracket flying under the radar, it has to be Knoch.

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Norwin pitcher Sydney Lokay (right) stands on the mound with Leah Yoder after giving up a three-run home run to North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Norwin softball team reflects on special season
May 31, 2019
The Norwin softball team belted out its last rendition of the school alma mater as the team bus climbed the steep hill to reach campus following the Knights’ WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal loss to North Allegheny.

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Penn Trafford’s Madison Forsythe beats the tag attempt by Franklin Regional’s Mariah DeRiggi during WPIAL girls 5-A consolation game at Seton Hill University.
Franklin Regional softball vows to be back in contention next season
Last Tuesday was a wild day. Torrential downpours, lightning and even tornado warnings all made the day much more unpredictable. Another thing that seemed a little off was the Franklin Regional softball team’s bus ride from the Murrysville campus to Seton Hill — the site of the WPIAL Class 5A third-place consolation game.

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Knoch’s Brynnae Coe scores against Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL girls 4-A consolation game at Seton Hill University.
Knoch takes down Thomas Jefferson to reach PIAA Class 4A softball playoffs
May 28, 2019
There was plenty of weather swirling around Seton Hill’s softball field Tuesday afternoon. Spotty showers showed up for a few minutes, and a random lightning strike suspended play for 30 minutes.

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Freeport’s Zach Allen
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Freeport’s Zach Allen, Deer Lakes’ Kiera Cutright
Zach Allen

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Gateway’s Jaired Lehman tags out Shaler’s Nick Rispoli during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game May 21.
Despite loss in WPIAL quarterfinals, Gateway baseball celebrates successful season
May 24, 2019
There are 20 baseball teams in WPIAL Class 5A, and if all but one those teams measured success by winning a championship, there wouldn’t be much to play for.

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North Allegheny’s Sava Toich taps the ball over Bethel Park’s Autin Cortopassi and Mason Bussard (21) during the WPIAL AAA boys volleyball championships Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
North Allegheny sweeps Bethel Park for 20th WPIAL Class AAA volleyball championship
May 23, 2019
Bethel Park marched into Fox Chapel gymnasium Thursday night feeling confident that after three cracks at North Allegheny in past Class AAA title games, the Black Hawks might come out victorious against the two-time defending WPIAL and reigning state champion Tigers.

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Ambridge Area’s Dorien Priddy blocks Seton LaSalle’s Chris Sigg’s spike during the WPIAL AA boys volleyball championships Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Ambridge tops Seton LaSalle to win 10th WPIAL Class AA volleyball title
It’s tough to buck a trend when that trend is a 6-foot-6 outside hitter and sends high-speed laser-like kills across the net.

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Valley tennis player Michael Odrey is competing at the PIAA singles tournament May 24-25, at Hershey Racquet Club.
Valley’s Odrey hopes experience pays off at PIAA singles tournament
After two years, the list might be getting longer but the candy orders have been placed.

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Blackhawk baseball advances to Class 4A final with walk-off win over New Castle
May 22, 2019
With the score tied at 3-3 and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Blackhawk baseball coach Bob Amalia offered some words of advice to junior infielder Marco Borello before he left the dugout.

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Logan Parker, Plum
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Logan Parker and Kelli Galbraith
May 21, 2019
Logan Parker

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Beaver shuts out No. 14 Highlands in Class 4A quarterfinals
May 20, 2019
Monday’s WPIAL playoff game won’t go down as one of the best games Highlands played this season, but the 2019 season will go down in the record books as the best season of the new millennium.

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Freeport’s Garrett Schaffhauser (5) competes against Hampton April 30, 2019 at Hampton.
Freeport boys lacrosse going ‘crazy’ in WPIAL Class AA playoffs
May 19, 2019
The Freeport football team has had its share of success. The soccer and basketball programs are postseason regulars and not enough can be said about the girls volleyball team with its four WPIAL titles and 2017 state championship.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Brett Marabito smiles while coaching his team against Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL baseball on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Ligonier Valley baseball looks to steal win against perennial power Mount Union
May 18, 2019
Success can be measured a number of different ways in baseball. Of course, there’s wins and losses. Batting average, RBIs and runs scored are others. The Ligonier Valley baseball team measures success 90 feet at a time.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley softball energized after ‘long cold wait’ for this year’s playoffs
With laser-like focus and precision, the Ligonier Valley softball team did exactly what they set out to do in the Heritage Conference this season — beat everybody.

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Evan Kircherand the Plum baseball team finished 8-12 for its first losing season since 2006.
Plum baseball team misses playoffs for 1st time in 13 seasons
May 17, 2019
It was a matter of when, not if, and everyone knew it had to end some day. Nobody wanted it to happen on their watch. But for the first time in 13 seasons, the Plum baseball team did not show up in a WPIAL postseason bracket.

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Zac Kuniak, Highlands
Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: Highlands’ Zac Kuniak, Plum’s Jillian Durst
May 14, 2019
Zac Kuniak

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Franklin Regional pitcher Andrew Muraco throws against Gateway Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional baseball expecting deeper playoff run this season
May 10, 2019
The road to Wild Things Park has been a short one for the Franklin Regional baseball team over the past few years. It’s not like the Panthers know some kind of special short cut. It’s all highway.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lizzie Cermak places in the 100 meter dash during the Wildcat Invitational Track Meet held at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Penn-Trafford track and field uses county championships as WPIAL tune-up
May 9, 2019
The Penn-Trafford track and field team isn’t much of an invitational team.

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Jack Henderson, Burrell
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Burrell’s Jack Henderson and Knoch’s Amanda Fischer
May 7, 2019
Jack Henderson

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Gateway’s Adusepoku among WPIAL’s top sprinters
May 3, 2019
The annual Butler Invitational is known for having a deep and talented field of athletes, which is why it’s one of the most anticipated track and field events of the season.

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CJ Thimons, Highlands
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: CJ Thimons and Marleen Meyer
April 30, 2019
CJ Thimons

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Jane Garver channels inner ‘Eugene’ in leading Ligonier Valley softball to 12-0 record
April 29, 2019
Longtime Ligonier Valley softball coach Mark Zimmerman doesn’t randomly had out nicknames to his players — there’s a lot of though that goes into it.

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Plum catcher Ethan Kircher (4) talks to pitcher Jared Hoener (15) during a time out against Gateway April 18, 2019 at Gateway.
No margin for error as Plum baseball seeks 13th straight playoff berth
April 26, 2019
It has been an up-and-down season for the Plum baseball team.

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker is batting .378 with 10 RBIs this season.
Norwin’s Walker ahead of schedule, key to Knights’ chances
Norwin baseball standout Jayden Walker readily admits he was nervous stepping up to the plate last season as a freshman starter, but the 6-foot-3, 220-pound slugger sure didn’t look it.

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Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson participates in a relay at the Wildcat Invitational Track Meet held at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Greensburg Salem athletes to use familiarity to their advantage at WCCA championships
April 24, 2019
When the Greensburg Salem track and field team steps off the bus Saturday morning at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium to compete in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field championships, the Golden Lions will be entering familiar territory.

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Elizabeth Clark, Burrell
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Burrell’s Elizabeth Clark, Leechburg’s Cameron Curfman
April 23, 2019
Elizabeth Clark

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Penn Trafford’s Connor Bannias celebrates his double next to Norwin’s Jaylen Walker during their game Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
New philosophy has Penn-Trafford baseball excelling at plate
April 19, 2019
In the lead up to the 2019 season, Penn-Trafford baseball coach Dan Miller was preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

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Aubry Skeel, Leechburg
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Deer Lakes’ Josh Probst, Leechburg’s Aubry Skeel
April 16, 2019
Josh Probst

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Plum outside hitter Alex Vidas prepares for the 2019 season March 13, 2019 at Plum High.
Winless Plum boys volleyball team strives to reach potential
April 14, 2019
The Plum boys volleyball team held its annual invitational tournament Saturday. For a team that has yet to win a set in section play, the tourney acted as a midseason break, an opportunity to get out of section play and try new things against some of the WPIAL’s top teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Mike Klingensmith scores on a wild pitch past Fox Chapel pitcher Noah Marks next to Tommy Kegerreis during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
‘Instant offense’ sparks Franklin Regional baseball to 6-1 start
April 9, 2019
There’s a new after-school work program for Franklin Regional high school students. Once the final bell rings and classes let out, 15 students head to the ball field and start swinging bats at the aluminum factory.

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Ryan Rametta, Kiski Area
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Kiski Area’s Ryan Rametta, Apollo-Ridge’s Kylee Wynn
Ryan Rametta

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A relay baton is seen at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Thin Gateway track and field roster still boasts plenty of talent
April 5, 2019
When it was all said and done last season, longtime Gateway track and field coach Tom LaBuff felt good when he looked ahead to the 2019 season.

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Franklin Regional track teams reload after heavy graduation losses
Most high school track and field programs would not only struggle to survive, but also struggle to compete if they were to lose a senior class of more than 20 athletes from the year before.

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Latrobe’s Carolina Walters (27) runs the ball down field during girls’ lacrosse against Greensburg-Salem on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Young players bolster lineup for Latrobe girls lacrosse
April 4, 2019
It was a long and quiet bus ride back to campus from Sewickley Academy last May for the Latrobe girls lacrosse team. The Panthers handed Wildcats a 23-3 shellacking in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. Egos were bruised, and the Wildcats were humbled.

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Jarrett Heilman, Freeport
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Springdale’s Alexis Hrivnak, Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman
April 2, 2019
Jarrett Heilman

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Franklin Regional pitcher Angalee Beall prepares for the upcoming 2019 season during practice March 7, 2019, at Franklin Regional.
Beall having a ball for Franklin Regional softball
April 1, 2019
Franklin Regional softball standout Angalee Beall has never been one to show off. It’s not her style. The senior pitcher prefers to let her play do the talking.

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Norwin’s Nathan Pogue (9) and Cameron Polczynski defend against Plum during boys’ volleyball on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Norwin Senior High School.
Talented Norwin boys volleyball still playing like underdogs
March 29, 2019
The Norwin boys volleyball team is hoping to end the season the way it began, and there’s a good chance that could happen.

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The East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars, 66-64, in the Cager Classic at Highlands High School.
Johnson, Sharrow pace East girls to Cager Classic win
March 23, 2019
The West might be the best, but the beast is still the East.

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Senior captain Matt Harris will play No. 1 singles for Gateway.
Gateway boys tennis sets eyes on WPIAL playoff spot
It’s been nine seasons since the Gateway boys tennis team showed up in a WPIAL Class AAA postseason bracket and, for the Gators, that’s long enough.

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The East and West teams wait to compete during the skills competition at the annual Cager Classic March 22, 2019 at Highlands High School.
Valley’s Carter sweeps Cager Classic skills competition
March 22, 2019
It was never a secret Valley senior Nyjewel Carter was one of the top shooters the Vikings had this season; now he can stake his claim as one of the top shooters in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Valley coach Jim Basilone prepares his team for the 2019 season March 19, 2019 at Valley High
Young Valley lineup looks to maintain momentum from trip to quarterfinals
Valley coach Jim Basilone trotted his Vikings off Washington & Jefferson’s Ross Memorial baseball field following a gut-wrenching, 6-5 loss to Brownsville in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals and delivered his most important speech of the season.

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Outfielder Mackenzie Booker returned to the Vikings after not playing last season.
Valley softball ready to take next step toward success
Nine years have passed since Valley won the WPIAL softball title; it’s been eight years since the Vikings made an incredible run through the state bracket and captured a PIAA Class AAA title.

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Renewed optimism for Gateway boys volleyball team
Three new coaches in three seasons, temporary leadership and a lack of consistency took their toll on the Gateway boys volleyball program.

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Mars coach Dana Petruska and Deer Lakes coach Dave Petruska share a laugh during practice of the annual Cager Classic March 21, 2019 at Highlands High School.
It will be mom vs. son as Petruskas face off in Cager Classic All-Star game
March 21, 2019
No one ever picked up an easy win around the Petruska household, and those who were lucky enough to do so know they earned it.

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Vincentian Academy’s Nate Cullo looks to get past Monessen’s Darnel Howell during their WPIAL playoff game Feb. 25, 2019, at Peters Township.
Vincentian Academy boys ready for PIAA finals matchup against Sankofa Freedom Academy
March 20, 2019
When the ball goes up in the air at Hershey’s Giant Center at 2 p.m. Thursday for the start of the PIAA Class A boys championship game, a team from the North Hills and the other from North Philly will add to the state’s already rich sports rivalry between East and West.

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OLSH uses 3rd quarter surge to top Ridgway in PIAA quarterfinals
March 17, 2019
The Our Lady of the Scared Heart boys basketball team has been playing with emotion all season. The Chargers found themselves in a fast-paced, up-and-down the floor game against District 9 champ Ridgway, and it hit a fever pitch in the final seconds of the first half.

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North Catholic routs Villa Marie, rolls into PIAA Class 4A semifinals
March 16, 2019
Even with all of its success, WPIAL Class 4A champion North Catholic girls basketball team has been in search of its most complete game of the season, and it seemed like a scare from Blackhawk on Wednesday in the PIAA second round did the trick.

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The Norwin bowling team captured the Western Regional title March 9 at North Versailles Bowl.
Tough loss at WPIBL championships helped spark victory at regional for Norwin bowlers
March 15, 2019
One lousy pin. That’s how the Norwin boys bowling team ended its season last year, falling one pin short at the Western Regionals and being denied a spot in the state tournament.

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                                The Penn-Trafford girls bowling team won the Western Regional title at North Versailles Bowl. The team includes: front (from left), Abby and Emmy Veychek; back (from left), Madison Trainer, Taylor Sathornkich, Mikayla Uranker, Megan Booher, Julianne Beene, coach Rick Moreland, Madison Shank, Dallys Clark and coach Bud Cummins.
Penn-Trafford girls bowlers show improvement with regional tournament victory
Every coach wishes for the best and wants his or her team to do well, but Penn-Trafford bowling coach Bud Cummins never thought his girls bowling team would wind up being one of the best in the state when the season started.

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Plum boys lacrosse to field one of most talented teams in program history
After six years of being a varsity sport, dropping in WPIAL classification, getting a feeder program in place that is starting to churn out young talent, the Plum boys lacrosse team is finally poised to deliver a little payback and start winning some matches.

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Monessen infielder Sydney Caterino practices March 13, 2019, at Monessen.
Monessen softball team takes aim at return trip to WPIAL final
To say the Monessen softball team still hasn’t moved on from last season’s heartbreaking loss to rival West Greene in the WPIAL Class A championship game is a gross understatement. The wounds from that game have turned into scars, but the fire in the bellies of the Greyhounds continues to rage.

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Monessen’s Cam Frolo practices March 13, 2019, at Monessen.
Monessen baseball motivated by postseason defeats
Tough losses can do one of two things, divide a team or bring a team together.

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Oakland Catholic girls edge rival Penn Hills in PIAA Class 5A 2nd round
March 13, 2019
No team wants to see a section rival in the postseason, but that’s what happened Wednesday night at Fox Chapel. Section 3-5A foes Oakland Catholic and Penn Hills laced them up one last time this season in a rubber match.

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North Catholic girls rally past Blackhawk in PIAA Class 4A 2nd round
It wasn’t how North Catholic girls basketball coach Molly Rottmann drew it up, but she’ll take it.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Coy celebrates a win in the 138-pound championship bout against Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler at the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament finals March 2.
For Penn-Trafford’s Coy, journey to Hershey is a trip down memory lane
March 8, 2019
It’s tough not to crack a smile and imagine the possibilities when someone rolls up for a road trip driving a shiny new black Chevy Suburban, but Penn-Trafford wrestler Nick Coy jumped in anyway.

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Franklin Regional senior Laura DiNunzio (middle) competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA championships Feb. 28 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Franklin Regional swim team basks in WPIAL meet success
At the start of the swim season, Franklin Regional coach Vic Santoro was wondering what kind of team he had.

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Allderdice boys fall short against state’s top-ranked team in Class 6A, Kennedy Catholic
March 2, 2019
Allderdice boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky gave his team a bit of a break this past week. Light practice is hardly the conventional wisdom going into a matchup against the No. 1-ranked Class 6A team in the state.

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Neshannock’s Brianna Dean (left) and Isabella Burrelli hoist the WPIAL Class 3A championship trophy after defeating Shady Side Academy Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Top-seeded Neshannock girls defeat Shady Side Academy for 1st WPIAL title
Every team needs a little luck while making a championship run. Unfortunately, for Shady Side Academy, Neshannock’s luck came in the form of a late time out by the Indians.

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Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold gets around Moon’s Donovan Johnson during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game.
Franklin Regional boys begin prep for PIAA basketball playoffs
Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Steve Scorpion felt a little conflicted last Tuesday night.

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Mars’ Andrew Recchia scores between Chartiers Valley’s Louie Kearney (5) and Jared Goldstrom during their WPIAL Class 5A boys semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Past 2 WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball champions Moon, Mars set to play for title
February 28, 2019
It’s the title game that will have astronomers’ eyes on Pitt’s Petersen Events Center and not up against a telescope pointed skyward.

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Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo (in blue cap) won the 50-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships.
Mayo, Shahan, Gardner take gold on 1st day of WPIAL swimming
Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo isn’t swimming for North Carolina yet. The All-American standout is still mining for WPIAL gold as he won the 50-yard freestyle Thursday afternoon at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool

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North Allegheny junior Richard Mihm competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
North Allegheny boys, girls in control after Day 1 of WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
The North Allegheny boys and girls swim teams didn’t waste any time showing WPIAL opponents why there are the favorites to continue their domination of Class AAA.

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Brashear boys look to dethrone 4-time defending City League champion Allderdice
February 22, 2019
When longtime rivals Allderdice and Brashear take to the court Saturday afternoon and play for the City League boys basketball championship, there will be no secrets or surprises, just straight-up basketball.

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Allderdice girls ready to defend City League title against rival Obama Academy
When Allderdice third-year coach Ellen Guillard walks her team onto the hardwood floor of Pitt’s Petersen Events Center Saturday to face Obama Academy in the City League girls basketball championship game, things will have come full circle for her and the Dragons.

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Deer Lakes girls pull away from Seton LaSalle in Class 3A 1st round
February 20, 2019
Western Pennsylvanians saw nearly every form of precipitation Wednesday: snow, ice, sleet and rain.

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Mars girls persevere in 1st-round win over Woodland Hills
February 19, 2019
The postseason has a way of exposing both the good and bad in teams, and Tuesday night was no exception for Mars girls basketball.

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Carlee Hummel, Burrell
A-K Valley Athletes of the Week: Leechburg’s Connor McDermott, Burrell’s Carlee Hummel
Connor McDermott

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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’s Smith bowls pair of 300 games in 879 series
February 18, 2019
Alex Smith knows how to draw a crowd. The Franklin Regional High School junior and standout bowler figured out all he needs to do is roll strikes.

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First-quarter run carries North Catholic over Valley in WPIAL 3A playoffs
February 16, 2019
Valley believed it a good chance knock off No. 3 seed North Catholic in the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

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Franklin Regional’s Mason Fishell finished second in 1-meter diving at the WCCAs.
Franklin Regional swim team enjoys surprise success
February 14, 2019
Longtime Franklin Regional swimming coach Vic Santoro was expecting this season to be a rebuilding year. Until it wasn’t.

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Leechburg’s Jake Blumer scores over Bishop Canevin’s Aidan Logan Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Leechburg boys pull away from Bishop Canevin after halftime
Leechburg boys basketball coach Corey Smith walked his team onto the floor after halftime, turned around, removed his charcoal gray sport coat and said, “I’m feeling it.”

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North Allegheny shuts down Seneca Valley in Section 1-6A victory
January 11, 2019
It's never easy following up one of the top girls teams in the WPIAL but the North Allegheny boys basketball had no choice. The Tigers took the prime-time slot following the top-ranked girls blowout win over Butler Friday night at North Allegheny High School and didn't disappoint. Led by a

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Penn-Trafford bowlers looking to snap postseason drought
December 8, 2018
It's been a while since the Penn-Trafford bowling team has reached the postseason. To be exact, the girls have been absent since 2011 and the boys haven't graced a bracket since the debut of the iPhone. andquot;This has been a building process with this team,andquot; said Penn-Trafford coach Bud Cummins,

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Cheswick Christian Academy girls feature experience, potential
November 21, 2018
Getting banged up and bruised along the way are the necessary scars a team must accumulate during a championship run. The Cheswick Christian Academy girls basketball team limped into the 2017 Southwestern Christian Athletic Conference postseason with a young team, even younger bench, and down three starters to injury. It's

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Gateway boys soccer looks forward to promising future
October 26, 2018
Car dealerships and all their 15- and 20-point inspection offers have nothing on the Gateway boys soccer. When second-year coach Bernie Stiles holds his season-ending performance review with his players, it's enough make a Consumer Reports evaluation look incomplete. andquot;We have 94-point performance evaluation,andquot; Stiles said. andquot;The objective for (the

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Central Valley girls volleyball uses tough nonsection slate to prepare for playoffs
September 16, 2018
There's right around five weeks until the start of the WPIAL girls volleyball postseason, which leaves plenty of time for Central Valley girls volleyball coach

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Franklin Regional baseball’s strong season stops short
June 1, 2018
There are 22 teams in WPIAL Class 5A baseball, and every one starts the season with the same goal: to win a championship. But only

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A-K Valley athletes of the week: Kiski Area’s Megan Andree, Leechburg’s Corey Kerecz
May 2, 2018
Megan Andree School: Kiski Area Class: Junior Sport: Softball Report card: Andree epitomized Kiski Area's perfect 3-0 week last week, capping the final week of

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Freedom's Lyndsee Monac controls the ball in front of Waynesburg's Jillian Kijowski during the second half of the girls WPIAL Class AA championship game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Waynesburg girls knock off top-seeded Freedom to earn WPIAL Class AA title
November 4, 2017
Leave it to a Raider to dethrone the defending WPIAL Class AA champions and bring to a halt an impressive 39-game WPIAL winning streak. Waynesburg

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Plum football hopes to bounce back at Armstrong
September 25, 2017
Matt Morgan the football coach is superstitious. The 6-foot-6 Plum coach didn't say he was that way as a player, but he has begun to

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Kiski's Sid Palla runs drills during practice on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Kiski High School.
Kiski Area girls soccer puts last year’s playoff loss behind them
August 26, 2017
The climb to the top is a brutal one and is often paved with tears and heartbreak. Last October's bus ride from Gibsonia following Kiski

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Leechburg’s Chace Wadsworth plays in a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Senior-heavy Leechburg expects to take next step after .500 campaign
August 20, 2019
There was a ton of positive energy and momentum surrounding the Leechburg when last season wrapped up.

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Wilmington Area’s Junior McConahy and Noah Hunt take down Steel Valley’s NiJhay Burt during the 2A PIAA semifinal Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at Ambridge High School.
Steel Valley adjusts to new coach, shorthanded roster
August 19, 2019
Maroon and gold is the new blue and gold for new Steel Valley coach Ray Braszo as the long-time coach will once again walk the home sideline at Ironmen Stadium.

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Leechburg’s Alex Stramaski practices Aug. 17, 2019, at Leechburg.
Leechburg searching for right combination at middle linebacker
August 18, 2019
The human heart has two ventricles. One side pumps blood into the lungs, and the other pumps blood into the aorta.

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Woodland Hills’ Joshua Rawlings - Trib HSSN preseason Kennywood Top 25 football team
Woodland Hills focused on fast start to season
August 16, 2019
There’s an old saying among WPIAL coaches when it comes to playing Woodland Hills during the season: You never want to get the Wolverines late, you want them early.

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Canon-McMillan senior quarterback Jon Quinque during a July 30, 2019 preseason practice at Canon-McMillan High School.
Canon-McMillan must make up for loss of more than 20 graduates
August 15, 2019
Almost on a daily basis, Canon-Millan coach Mike Evans will get stopped by people and asked the big question.

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Marc Bentley was hired as the Springdale girls soccer coach in July 2019.
Springdale girls soccer hopes new coach is a hit
July 29, 2019
A lot of hit songs have come out of Liverpool, England. Bands like the Beatles, A Flock of Seagulls and 1980’s sensation Rick Astley all claim the city as home.

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North Allegheny junior Richard Mihm competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Swim clubs offer valuable offseason training for high school standouts
July 20, 2019
WPIAL gold medals in swimming might be won in early March, but they are earned during the offseason.

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Leechburg’s Cole Villa on the Isaly’s Junior Golf Tour: “There’s a lot of good competition. ... The golf courses we play are really nice, and it’s a really good opportunity.”
Isaly’s summer-time tour big hit with junior golfers
July 12, 2019
From chipped-ham sandwiches to sand-wedge chips, the Isaly’s Junior Golf Tour has carved its niche on the Western Pennsylvania junior golf scene by attracting top talent and playing at some of area’s most prestigious courses.

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Penn-Trafford’s Faith Anthony has committed to play for the Franklin Pierce University women’s hockey team.
Penn-Trafford’s Faith Anthony eager to play collegiate hockey at Franklin Pierce
July 5, 2019
The Franklin Pierce women’s hockey team hasn’t been around long. Just like every fledgling sports program, the Ravens took it on the chin the first few years but have built a winning program over the past seven seasons.

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Greensburg Central Catholic football coach Bret Colbert
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Colbert puts offseason focus on fundamentals
July 2, 2019
It’s been nearly six months since Bret Colbert was hired to lead the Greensburg Central Catholic football team to its next era of gridiron glory.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Seaman (right) high-fives Mathew Fitzmaurice after they scored against Cathedral Prep during their PIAA Class 5A first-round game June 3. Franklin Regional won 13-4.
Brotherly bond helps create special season for Franklin Regional baseball
June 14, 2019
The Franklin Regional baseball team found its inspiration when players showed up one day for practice, and a dead frog was in the dugout.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mario Disso celebrates his RBI base hit during the third inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Pine-Richland Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Penn-Trafford baseball reflects on historic season of success
June 8, 2019
Five years ago, Penn-Trafford baseball coach Dan Miller went through an interview process with the message that the Warriors were three to five years away from competing for a WPIAL title. Miller wasn’t lying.

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Knoch short stop Monica Gourley fields a ball hit by Greensburg Salem’s Kayla Gaughan during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
After falling in PIAA 1st round, Knoch reflects on special softball season
June 5, 2019
A young team, a new head coach and more question marks than players, the 2019 Knoch softball team had no idea what was in store this season.

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North Allegheny volleyball beats Bethel Park again, this time in PIAAs
June 4, 2019
It was a WPIAL finals rematch the Bethel Park boys volleyball team waited 12 days for and one WPIAL and defending PIAA champion North Allegheny knew was coming. It wasn’t if — the only question was where it would be held.

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Grove City during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Knoch softball bows out of PIAAs with loss to Grove City
June 3, 2019
The Knoch softball team made its first trip into the PIAA softball playoffs Monday. The weather was near perfect, and the Knights’ confidence was at an all-time high as they looked to rebound from their semifinal loss and make a deep run in the state playoffs.

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Never Fear’s Terry Smith avoids Different’s Battle Creek during the NFBD All Star game Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Couples Stadium.
Late score lifts Team Different past Never Fear in NFBD all-star football game
June 2, 2019
Touchdown celebrations mandatory, 18-minute running clocks and a dee jay set up on the sidelines — it was all fun and football at Cupples Stadium in the South Side Sunday night.

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL girls 4-A consolation game at Seton Hill University.
Knoch softball embraces underdog role in PIAA playoffs
If there’s one softball team in the PIAA Class 4A bracket flying under the radar, it has to be Knoch.

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Norwin pitcher Sydney Lokay (right) stands on the mound with Leah Yoder after giving up a three-run home run to North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Norwin softball team reflects on special season
May 31, 2019
The Norwin softball team belted out its last rendition of the school alma mater as the team bus climbed the steep hill to reach campus following the Knights’ WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal loss to North Allegheny.

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Penn Trafford’s Madison Forsythe beats the tag attempt by Franklin Regional’s Mariah DeRiggi during WPIAL girls 5-A consolation game at Seton Hill University.
Franklin Regional softball vows to be back in contention next season
Last Tuesday was a wild day. Torrential downpours, lightning and even tornado warnings all made the day much more unpredictable. Another thing that seemed a little off was the Franklin Regional softball team’s bus ride from the Murrysville campus to Seton Hill — the site of the WPIAL Class 5A third-place consolation game.

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Knoch’s Brynnae Coe scores against Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL girls 4-A consolation game at Seton Hill University.
Knoch takes down Thomas Jefferson to reach PIAA Class 4A softball playoffs
May 28, 2019
There was plenty of weather swirling around Seton Hill’s softball field Tuesday afternoon. Spotty showers showed up for a few minutes, and a random lightning strike suspended play for 30 minutes.

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Freeport’s Zach Allen
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Freeport’s Zach Allen, Deer Lakes’ Kiera Cutright
Zach Allen

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Gateway’s Jaired Lehman tags out Shaler’s Nick Rispoli during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game May 21.
Despite loss in WPIAL quarterfinals, Gateway baseball celebrates successful season
May 24, 2019
There are 20 baseball teams in WPIAL Class 5A, and if all but one those teams measured success by winning a championship, there wouldn’t be much to play for.

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North Allegheny’s Sava Toich taps the ball over Bethel Park’s Autin Cortopassi and Mason Bussard (21) during the WPIAL AAA boys volleyball championships Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
North Allegheny sweeps Bethel Park for 20th WPIAL Class AAA volleyball championship
May 23, 2019
Bethel Park marched into Fox Chapel gymnasium Thursday night feeling confident that after three cracks at North Allegheny in past Class AAA title games, the Black Hawks might come out victorious against the two-time defending WPIAL and reigning state champion Tigers.

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Ambridge Area’s Dorien Priddy blocks Seton LaSalle’s Chris Sigg’s spike during the WPIAL AA boys volleyball championships Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Ambridge tops Seton LaSalle to win 10th WPIAL Class AA volleyball title
It’s tough to buck a trend when that trend is a 6-foot-6 outside hitter and sends high-speed laser-like kills across the net.

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Valley tennis player Michael Odrey is competing at the PIAA singles tournament May 24-25, at Hershey Racquet Club.
Valley’s Odrey hopes experience pays off at PIAA singles tournament
After two years, the list might be getting longer but the candy orders have been placed.

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Blackhawk baseball advances to Class 4A final with walk-off win over New Castle
May 22, 2019
With the score tied at 3-3 and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Blackhawk baseball coach Bob Amalia offered some words of advice to junior infielder Marco Borello before he left the dugout.

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Logan Parker, Plum
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Logan Parker and Kelli Galbraith
May 21, 2019
Logan Parker

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Beaver shuts out No. 14 Highlands in Class 4A quarterfinals
May 20, 2019
Monday’s WPIAL playoff game won’t go down as one of the best games Highlands played this season, but the 2019 season will go down in the record books as the best season of the new millennium.

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Freeport’s Garrett Schaffhauser (5) competes against Hampton April 30, 2019 at Hampton.
Freeport boys lacrosse going ‘crazy’ in WPIAL Class AA playoffs
May 19, 2019
The Freeport football team has had its share of success. The soccer and basketball programs are postseason regulars and not enough can be said about the girls volleyball team with its four WPIAL titles and 2017 state championship.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Brett Marabito smiles while coaching his team against Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL baseball on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Ligonier Valley baseball looks to steal win against perennial power Mount Union
May 18, 2019
Success can be measured a number of different ways in baseball. Of course, there’s wins and losses. Batting average, RBIs and runs scored are others. The Ligonier Valley baseball team measures success 90 feet at a time.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley softball energized after ‘long cold wait’ for this year’s playoffs
With laser-like focus and precision, the Ligonier Valley softball team did exactly what they set out to do in the Heritage Conference this season — beat everybody.

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Evan Kircherand the Plum baseball team finished 8-12 for its first losing season since 2006.
Plum baseball team misses playoffs for 1st time in 13 seasons
May 17, 2019
It was a matter of when, not if, and everyone knew it had to end some day. Nobody wanted it to happen on their watch. But for the first time in 13 seasons, the Plum baseball team did not show up in a WPIAL postseason bracket.

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Zac Kuniak, Highlands
Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: Highlands’ Zac Kuniak, Plum’s Jillian Durst
May 14, 2019
Zac Kuniak

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Franklin Regional pitcher Andrew Muraco throws against Gateway Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional baseball expecting deeper playoff run this season
May 10, 2019
The road to Wild Things Park has been a short one for the Franklin Regional baseball team over the past few years. It’s not like the Panthers know some kind of special short cut. It’s all highway.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lizzie Cermak places in the 100 meter dash during the Wildcat Invitational Track Meet held at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Penn-Trafford track and field uses county championships as WPIAL tune-up
May 9, 2019
The Penn-Trafford track and field team isn’t much of an invitational team.

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Jack Henderson, Burrell
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Burrell’s Jack Henderson and Knoch’s Amanda Fischer
May 7, 2019
Jack Henderson

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Gateway’s Adusepoku among WPIAL’s top sprinters
May 3, 2019
The annual Butler Invitational is known for having a deep and talented field of athletes, which is why it’s one of the most anticipated track and field events of the season.

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CJ Thimons, Highlands
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: CJ Thimons and Marleen Meyer
April 30, 2019
CJ Thimons

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Jane Garver channels inner ‘Eugene’ in leading Ligonier Valley softball to 12-0 record
April 29, 2019
Longtime Ligonier Valley softball coach Mark Zimmerman doesn’t randomly had out nicknames to his players — there’s a lot of though that goes into it.

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Plum catcher Ethan Kircher (4) talks to pitcher Jared Hoener (15) during a time out against Gateway April 18, 2019 at Gateway.
No margin for error as Plum baseball seeks 13th straight playoff berth
April 26, 2019
It has been an up-and-down season for the Plum baseball team.

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker is batting .378 with 10 RBIs this season.
Norwin’s Walker ahead of schedule, key to Knights’ chances
Norwin baseball standout Jayden Walker readily admits he was nervous stepping up to the plate last season as a freshman starter, but the 6-foot-3, 220-pound slugger sure didn’t look it.

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Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson participates in a relay at the Wildcat Invitational Track Meet held at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Greensburg Salem athletes to use familiarity to their advantage at WCCA championships
April 24, 2019
When the Greensburg Salem track and field team steps off the bus Saturday morning at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium to compete in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field championships, the Golden Lions will be entering familiar territory.

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Elizabeth Clark, Burrell
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Burrell’s Elizabeth Clark, Leechburg’s Cameron Curfman
April 23, 2019
Elizabeth Clark

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Penn Trafford’s Connor Bannias celebrates his double next to Norwin’s Jaylen Walker during their game Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
New philosophy has Penn-Trafford baseball excelling at plate
April 19, 2019
In the lead up to the 2019 season, Penn-Trafford baseball coach Dan Miller was preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

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Aubry Skeel, Leechburg
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Deer Lakes’ Josh Probst, Leechburg’s Aubry Skeel
April 16, 2019
Josh Probst

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Plum outside hitter Alex Vidas prepares for the 2019 season March 13, 2019 at Plum High.
Winless Plum boys volleyball team strives to reach potential
April 14, 2019
The Plum boys volleyball team held its annual invitational tournament Saturday. For a team that has yet to win a set in section play, the tourney acted as a midseason break, an opportunity to get out of section play and try new things against some of the WPIAL’s top teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Mike Klingensmith scores on a wild pitch past Fox Chapel pitcher Noah Marks next to Tommy Kegerreis during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
‘Instant offense’ sparks Franklin Regional baseball to 6-1 start
April 9, 2019
There’s a new after-school work program for Franklin Regional high school students. Once the final bell rings and classes let out, 15 students head to the ball field and start swinging bats at the aluminum factory.

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Ryan Rametta, Kiski Area
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Kiski Area’s Ryan Rametta, Apollo-Ridge’s Kylee Wynn
Ryan Rametta

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A relay baton is seen at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Thin Gateway track and field roster still boasts plenty of talent
April 5, 2019
When it was all said and done last season, longtime Gateway track and field coach Tom LaBuff felt good when he looked ahead to the 2019 season.

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Franklin Regional track teams reload after heavy graduation losses
Most high school track and field programs would not only struggle to survive, but also struggle to compete if they were to lose a senior class of more than 20 athletes from the year before.

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Latrobe’s Carolina Walters (27) runs the ball down field during girls’ lacrosse against Greensburg-Salem on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Young players bolster lineup for Latrobe girls lacrosse
April 4, 2019
It was a long and quiet bus ride back to campus from Sewickley Academy last May for the Latrobe girls lacrosse team. The Panthers handed Wildcats a 23-3 shellacking in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. Egos were bruised, and the Wildcats were humbled.

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Jarrett Heilman, Freeport
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Springdale’s Alexis Hrivnak, Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman
April 2, 2019
Jarrett Heilman

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Franklin Regional pitcher Angalee Beall prepares for the upcoming 2019 season during practice March 7, 2019, at Franklin Regional.
Beall having a ball for Franklin Regional softball
April 1, 2019
Franklin Regional softball standout Angalee Beall has never been one to show off. It’s not her style. The senior pitcher prefers to let her play do the talking.

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Norwin’s Nathan Pogue (9) and Cameron Polczynski defend against Plum during boys’ volleyball on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Norwin Senior High School.
Talented Norwin boys volleyball still playing like underdogs
March 29, 2019
The Norwin boys volleyball team is hoping to end the season the way it began, and there’s a good chance that could happen.

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The East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars, 66-64, in the Cager Classic at Highlands High School.
Johnson, Sharrow pace East girls to Cager Classic win
March 23, 2019
The West might be the best, but the beast is still the East.

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Senior captain Matt Harris will play No. 1 singles for Gateway.
Gateway boys tennis sets eyes on WPIAL playoff spot
It’s been nine seasons since the Gateway boys tennis team showed up in a WPIAL Class AAA postseason bracket and, for the Gators, that’s long enough.

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The East and West teams wait to compete during the skills competition at the annual Cager Classic March 22, 2019 at Highlands High School.
Valley’s Carter sweeps Cager Classic skills competition
March 22, 2019
It was never a secret Valley senior Nyjewel Carter was one of the top shooters the Vikings had this season; now he can stake his claim as one of the top shooters in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Valley coach Jim Basilone prepares his team for the 2019 season March 19, 2019 at Valley High
Young Valley lineup looks to maintain momentum from trip to quarterfinals
Valley coach Jim Basilone trotted his Vikings off Washington & Jefferson’s Ross Memorial baseball field following a gut-wrenching, 6-5 loss to Brownsville in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals and delivered his most important speech of the season.

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Outfielder Mackenzie Booker returned to the Vikings after not playing last season.
Valley softball ready to take next step toward success
Nine years have passed since Valley won the WPIAL softball title; it’s been eight years since the Vikings made an incredible run through the state bracket and captured a PIAA Class AAA title.

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Renewed optimism for Gateway boys volleyball team
Three new coaches in three seasons, temporary leadership and a lack of consistency took their toll on the Gateway boys volleyball program.

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Mars coach Dana Petruska and Deer Lakes coach Dave Petruska share a laugh during practice of the annual Cager Classic March 21, 2019 at Highlands High School.
It will be mom vs. son as Petruskas face off in Cager Classic All-Star game
March 21, 2019
No one ever picked up an easy win around the Petruska household, and those who were lucky enough to do so know they earned it.

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Vincentian Academy’s Nate Cullo looks to get past Monessen’s Darnel Howell during their WPIAL playoff game Feb. 25, 2019, at Peters Township.
Vincentian Academy boys ready for PIAA finals matchup against Sankofa Freedom Academy
March 20, 2019
When the ball goes up in the air at Hershey’s Giant Center at 2 p.m. Thursday for the start of the PIAA Class A boys championship game, a team from the North Hills and the other from North Philly will add to the state’s already rich sports rivalry between East and West.

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OLSH uses 3rd quarter surge to top Ridgway in PIAA quarterfinals
March 17, 2019
The Our Lady of the Scared Heart boys basketball team has been playing with emotion all season. The Chargers found themselves in a fast-paced, up-and-down the floor game against District 9 champ Ridgway, and it hit a fever pitch in the final seconds of the first half.

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North Catholic routs Villa Marie, rolls into PIAA Class 4A semifinals
March 16, 2019
Even with all of its success, WPIAL Class 4A champion North Catholic girls basketball team has been in search of its most complete game of the season, and it seemed like a scare from Blackhawk on Wednesday in the PIAA second round did the trick.

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The Norwin bowling team captured the Western Regional title March 9 at North Versailles Bowl.
Tough loss at WPIBL championships helped spark victory at regional for Norwin bowlers
March 15, 2019
One lousy pin. That’s how the Norwin boys bowling team ended its season last year, falling one pin short at the Western Regionals and being denied a spot in the state tournament.

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                                The Penn-Trafford girls bowling team won the Western Regional title at North Versailles Bowl. The team includes: front (from left), Abby and Emmy Veychek; back (from left), Madison Trainer, Taylor Sathornkich, Mikayla Uranker, Megan Booher, Julianne Beene, coach Rick Moreland, Madison Shank, Dallys Clark and coach Bud Cummins.
Penn-Trafford girls bowlers show improvement with regional tournament victory
Every coach wishes for the best and wants his or her team to do well, but Penn-Trafford bowling coach Bud Cummins never thought his girls bowling team would wind up being one of the best in the state when the season started.

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Plum boys lacrosse to field one of most talented teams in program history
After six years of being a varsity sport, dropping in WPIAL classification, getting a feeder program in place that is starting to churn out young talent, the Plum boys lacrosse team is finally poised to deliver a little payback and start winning some matches.

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Monessen infielder Sydney Caterino practices March 13, 2019, at Monessen.
Monessen softball team takes aim at return trip to WPIAL final
To say the Monessen softball team still hasn’t moved on from last season’s heartbreaking loss to rival West Greene in the WPIAL Class A championship game is a gross understatement. The wounds from that game have turned into scars, but the fire in the bellies of the Greyhounds continues to rage.

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Monessen’s Cam Frolo practices March 13, 2019, at Monessen.
Monessen baseball motivated by postseason defeats
Tough losses can do one of two things, divide a team or bring a team together.

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Oakland Catholic girls edge rival Penn Hills in PIAA Class 5A 2nd round
March 13, 2019
No team wants to see a section rival in the postseason, but that’s what happened Wednesday night at Fox Chapel. Section 3-5A foes Oakland Catholic and Penn Hills laced them up one last time this season in a rubber match.

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North Catholic girls rally past Blackhawk in PIAA Class 4A 2nd round
It wasn’t how North Catholic girls basketball coach Molly Rottmann drew it up, but she’ll take it.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Coy celebrates a win in the 138-pound championship bout against Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler at the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament finals March 2.
For Penn-Trafford’s Coy, journey to Hershey is a trip down memory lane
March 8, 2019
It’s tough not to crack a smile and imagine the possibilities when someone rolls up for a road trip driving a shiny new black Chevy Suburban, but Penn-Trafford wrestler Nick Coy jumped in anyway.

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Franklin Regional senior Laura DiNunzio (middle) competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA championships Feb. 28 at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Franklin Regional swim team basks in WPIAL meet success
At the start of the swim season, Franklin Regional coach Vic Santoro was wondering what kind of team he had.

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Allderdice boys fall short against state’s top-ranked team in Class 6A, Kennedy Catholic
March 2, 2019
Allderdice boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky gave his team a bit of a break this past week. Light practice is hardly the conventional wisdom going into a matchup against the No. 1-ranked Class 6A team in the state.

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Neshannock’s Brianna Dean (left) and Isabella Burrelli hoist the WPIAL Class 3A championship trophy after defeating Shady Side Academy Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Top-seeded Neshannock girls defeat Shady Side Academy for 1st WPIAL title
Every team needs a little luck while making a championship run. Unfortunately, for Shady Side Academy, Neshannock’s luck came in the form of a late time out by the Indians.

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Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold gets around Moon’s Donovan Johnson during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game.
Franklin Regional boys begin prep for PIAA basketball playoffs
Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Steve Scorpion felt a little conflicted last Tuesday night.

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Mars’ Andrew Recchia scores between Chartiers Valley’s Louie Kearney (5) and Jared Goldstrom during their WPIAL Class 5A boys semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Past 2 WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball champions Moon, Mars set to play for title
February 28, 2019
It’s the title game that will have astronomers’ eyes on Pitt’s Petersen Events Center and not up against a telescope pointed skyward.

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Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo (in blue cap) won the 50-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships.
Mayo, Shahan, Gardner take gold on 1st day of WPIAL swimming
Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo isn’t swimming for North Carolina yet. The All-American standout is still mining for WPIAL gold as he won the 50-yard freestyle Thursday afternoon at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool

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North Allegheny junior Richard Mihm competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
North Allegheny boys, girls in control after Day 1 of WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
The North Allegheny boys and girls swim teams didn’t waste any time showing WPIAL opponents why there are the favorites to continue their domination of Class AAA.

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Brashear boys look to dethrone 4-time defending City League champion Allderdice
February 22, 2019
When longtime rivals Allderdice and Brashear take to the court Saturday afternoon and play for the City League boys basketball championship, there will be no secrets or surprises, just straight-up basketball.

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Allderdice girls ready to defend City League title against rival Obama Academy
When Allderdice third-year coach Ellen Guillard walks her team onto the hardwood floor of Pitt’s Petersen Events Center Saturday to face Obama Academy in the City League girls basketball championship game, things will have come full circle for her and the Dragons.

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Deer Lakes girls pull away from Seton LaSalle in Class 3A 1st round
February 20, 2019
Western Pennsylvanians saw nearly every form of precipitation Wednesday: snow, ice, sleet and rain.

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Mars girls persevere in 1st-round win over Woodland Hills
February 19, 2019
The postseason has a way of exposing both the good and bad in teams, and Tuesday night was no exception for Mars girls basketball.

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A-K Valley Athletes of the Week: Leechburg’s Connor McDermott, Burrell’s Carlee Hummel
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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’s Smith bowls pair of 300 games in 879 series
February 18, 2019
Alex Smith knows how to draw a crowd. The Franklin Regional High School junior and standout bowler figured out all he needs to do is roll strikes.

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First-quarter run carries North Catholic over Valley in WPIAL 3A playoffs
February 16, 2019
Valley believed it a good chance knock off No. 3 seed North Catholic in the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

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Franklin Regional’s Mason Fishell finished second in 1-meter diving at the WCCAs.
Franklin Regional swim team enjoys surprise success
February 14, 2019
Longtime Franklin Regional swimming coach Vic Santoro was expecting this season to be a rebuilding year. Until it wasn’t.

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Leechburg’s Jake Blumer scores over Bishop Canevin’s Aidan Logan Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Leechburg boys pull away from Bishop Canevin after halftime
Leechburg boys basketball coach Corey Smith walked his team onto the floor after halftime, turned around, removed his charcoal gray sport coat and said, “I’m feeling it.”

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North Allegheny shuts down Seneca Valley in Section 1-6A victory
January 11, 2019
It's never easy following up one of the top girls teams in the WPIAL but the North Allegheny boys basketball had no choice. The Tigers took the prime-time slot following the top-ranked girls blowout win over Butler Friday night at North Allegheny High School and didn't disappoint. Led by a

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Penn-Trafford bowlers looking to snap postseason drought
December 8, 2018
It's been a while since the Penn-Trafford bowling team has reached the postseason. To be exact, the girls have been absent since 2011 and the boys haven't graced a bracket since the debut of the iPhone. andquot;This has been a building process with this team,andquot; said Penn-Trafford coach Bud Cummins,

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Cheswick Christian Academy girls feature experience, potential
November 21, 2018
Getting banged up and bruised along the way are the necessary scars a team must accumulate during a championship run. The Cheswick Christian Academy girls basketball team limped into the 2017 Southwestern Christian Athletic Conference postseason with a young team, even younger bench, and down three starters to injury. It's

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Gateway boys soccer looks forward to promising future
October 26, 2018
Car dealerships and all their 15- and 20-point inspection offers have nothing on the Gateway boys soccer. When second-year coach Bernie Stiles holds his season-ending performance review with his players, it's enough make a Consumer Reports evaluation look incomplete. andquot;We have 94-point performance evaluation,andquot; Stiles said. andquot;The objective for (the

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Central Valley girls volleyball uses tough nonsection slate to prepare for playoffs
September 16, 2018
There's right around five weeks until the start of the WPIAL girls volleyball postseason, which leaves plenty of time for Central Valley girls volleyball coach

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Franklin Regional baseball’s strong season stops short
June 1, 2018
There are 22 teams in WPIAL Class 5A baseball, and every one starts the season with the same goal: to win a championship. But only

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A-K Valley athletes of the week: Kiski Area’s Megan Andree, Leechburg’s Corey Kerecz
May 2, 2018
Megan Andree School: Kiski Area Class: Junior Sport: Softball Report card: Andree epitomized Kiski Area's perfect 3-0 week last week, capping the final week of

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Freedom's Lyndsee Monac controls the ball in front of Waynesburg's Jillian Kijowski during the second half of the girls WPIAL Class AA championship game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Waynesburg girls knock off top-seeded Freedom to earn WPIAL Class AA title
November 4, 2017
Leave it to a Raider to dethrone the defending WPIAL Class AA champions and bring to a halt an impressive 39-game WPIAL winning streak. Waynesburg

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Plum football hopes to bounce back at Armstrong
September 25, 2017
Matt Morgan the football coach is superstitious. The 6-foot-6 Plum coach didn't say he was that way as a player, but he has begun to

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Kiski's Sid Palla runs drills during practice on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Kiski High School.
Kiski Area girls soccer puts last year’s playoff loss behind them
August 26, 2017
The climb to the top is a brutal one and is often paved with tears and heartbreak. Last October's bus ride from Gibsonia following Kiski

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