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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Mike Rettger tournament to feature top matchups in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
December 10, 2018
The format is the same for most WPIAL boys and girls basketball teams. Open the season in a tip-off tournament, play a nonsection tune-up or two and then jump into section play for three or four games before the holidays. However, for four boys hoops teams, it has become a

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Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy hockey teams hit the ice for Monday matchups
The Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy hockey teams are part of a busy PIHL schedule Monday evening. Sewickley Academy hopes to build on last week's win over Blackhawk as it takes on West Allegheny in Varsity A action at 8:30 p.m. at the Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale. The Panthers

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A-K Valley notebook: Fox Chapel boys flash early potential
December 9, 2018
Zach Skrinjar said Saturday night he pays more attention to the numbers directly after a team's name than the ones directly in front. By that criteria and more, the Fox Chapel boys basketball coach came away pretty pleased with his team's showing at the season-opening Plum tournament. Fox Chapel upended

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Dec. 10, 2018
Monday Girls basketball andamp;#8226; Burrell and Deer Lakes shared a section in most seasons, but they split up after the PIAA went through realignment in the offseason. Still, they will meet for a nonsection game at Burrell. Senior Kaylen Sharrow leads the way for Burrell (1-1) after scoring in double

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wickstrom takes over Monessen softball
December 8, 2018
Monessen has made significant strides in the softball postseason the last few years. If the Greyhounds are going to continue their upswing, however, they will do so with a new coach. And a young coach at that. The school recently named Carlee Wickstrom coach after Bo Teets' resignation last month.

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Baldwin competitive cheerleaders on a roll
Baldwin's competitive cheerleaders are defined by their diligence and zeal. Plus, their talent. The Highlanders have been on a roll this season; they are near-undefeated in their last four competitions over the past few weeks. andquot;We are so excited with how our season has started and are really looking forward

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Rocco returns to lead Gateway boys bowling team
Despite losing four starters to graduation from last year's playoff bowling team in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League, Gateway senior captain Dom Rocco feels this season's Gators boys squad can develop into one that can make it back to the postseason. andquot;It's pretty exciting to get into competition,andquot; Rocco

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Expectations remain high for Plum girls bowling team
Brianna Pilyih made her Plum bowling debut in the 2015-16 season, and as a freshman, she helped the Mustangs girls to the state championship. She learned that year from some of the top performers in the history of Plum bowling. Three from that team -- Meghan Christman, Sarah Kirkpatrick and

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Penn-Trafford bowlers looking to snap postseason drought
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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Murrysville teen Julia Stein captures international racquetball title
Adam Stein was his daughter Julia's first coach. Her brother Thomas Carter, plays professionally. And though she grew up emulating them, she has surpassed each in at least one way. The junior at Serra Catholic recently won the International World Junior Racquetball Championship's girls 14 doubles title, making her the

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Norwin boys bowlers look to take next step
The tone for the 2018-19 Norwin bowling team's season was set last March at the team's end-of-year banquet. Shortly after the Knights, their friends and families knocked down a ton of pizza at Turtle Creek's Shelly Pie, Norwin coach Ed Lundy delivered a plate of humble pie for dessert. Lundy

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Franklin Regional boys bowlers set to contend for third straight WPIBL title
Spend any length of time around the Franklin Regional boys bowling team, and one wouldn't even guess the Panthers are the two-time defending Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League champions. The Panthers aren't impressed with their recent success because they want more. andquot;They don't talk about last year as much as

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Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys basketball teams begin seasons in tournament action
December 7, 2018
The WPIAL high school basketball season begins Friday in gyms all over the region, and the Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys teams open with tournament play. The Quakers will play at the Moon Tournament against Brashear on Friday at 7 p.m. Vincentian and Moon also will be in action.

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Shaler notebook: Girls bowling team makes statement
December 6, 2018
The Shaler girls bowling team announced its intentions to the rest of the WPIBL on opening night. The Titans (1-0) bear Butler, who are the defending section, WPIBL and Western Regional champions, 4-3. Shaler was led by Bella Pilyih, who rolled a 620 series with a high game of 219.

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George Guido: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis last WPIAL product left
December 4, 2018
And then there was one. With the surprise firing of Green Bay Packers coach and Bishop Boyle High School graduate Mike McCarthy, it means Fort Cherry's Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals is the only current NFL head coach from a WPIAL school. Since Brentwood's Joe Schmidt was named coach

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A-K Valley high school look-ahead: Week of Dec. 3, 2018
December 2, 2018
Monday Hockey andamp;#8226; Burrell can run its season-opening winning streak to 10 games if it can beat Connellsville in a Division II game at Pittsburgh Ice Arena. The Bucs lead the Division II standings by two games, outscoring their opponents 63-21. andamp;#8226; After a lopsided loss to West Allegheny, Fox

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WPIAL soccer players named to All-America, All-Region teams
November 29, 2018
The WPIAL received substantial recognition from the United Soccer Coaches -- the former National Soccer Coaches Association of America -- on Thursday. Four players from the district were lauded as All-Americans, and five more were named to All-Region II East teams. West Allegheny senior midfielder Nathan Dragisich and Butler senior

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Southmoreland’s Miller headed to RMU
November 28, 2018
Pipe dreams can come true. Just look at the Southmoreland softball program. The once-struggling Scotties won a WPIAL championship last spring. For decades, getting players to the Division I college level seemed nearly as improbable. But things sure have changed in Alverton. You just need Faith. Junior Faith Miller, a

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Alle-Kiski valley high school notebook: Kiski Area grad faces Steelers
November 21, 2018
The man who will try to slow down the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense Sunday hails from the Alle-Kiski Valley. Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods, a 1988 Kiski Area graduate, will call the plays Sunday as the Steelers visit Broncos Field at Mile High at 4:25 p.m. A longtime defensive backs

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George Guido: No rules changes for basketball but some for wrestling
November 20, 2018
No real rules changes took place in high school basketball during the offseason. One clarification was made, however, on deflected balls near midcourt. Now, a deflected ball by a defender in the frontcourt re-enters the backcourt, the ball may be recovered by the offensive player. The rules committee for the

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