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Quaker Valley junior Adlan Hifri competes during the 2023-24 swimming season.
Adlan Hifri making a splash with Quaker Valley swimming in 1st year in United States
March 3, 2024
It’s been a succession of firsts for Quaker Valley swimmer Adlan Hifri.

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Quaker Valley divers, from left, Ruby Olliffe, Ruby Krotine and Katie Blackmer competed at the WPIAL Class 2A championships Feb. 23, 2024, at North Allegheny.
Quaker Valley divers fill podium at WPIAL meet
Two, three and five.

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Penn-Trafford rifle’s Carlee and Emily Valenta
Penn-Trafford notebook: Emily Valenta places 3rd in state rifle competition
Penn-Trafford junior Emily Valenta ended up placing third in the state in the high school individual rifle competition.

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                                <span class='IDappliedStyle' title='InDesign: Light'>“When coach Packer, all the coaches and everyone believed in me, I felt like I was starting to get better,” Penn Hills senior Julian Lavender said.</span>
Dedication pays off with trip to WPIAL tournament for Penn Hills wrestler
Penn Hills wrestling coach Jeremy Packer couldn’t help but admire Julian Lavender’s desire to make his senior year a special one.

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Penn Hills track team builds toward spring at state indoor meet
Mackenzie McIntyre has been slowly building toward bigger accomplishments.

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Pine-Richland coach Jon LeDonne celebrates with Ryan Cory during the 2022 PIAA Class 5A championship game.
Pine-Richland notebook: Realignment puts Rams in conference with Aliquippa
Pine-Richland football coach Jon LeDonne will face his alma mater, Aliquippa, next fall.

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Union’s Kylie Fruehstorfer fights for a loose ball with Riverview’s Katerina Tsambis during the WPIAL Class A semifinals Feb. 26, at North Allegheny High School.
Riverview girls turn attention to PIAA playoffs
“It almost was a Cinderella story.”

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Plum’s Owen Proskin won two TSTCA medals at the meet Feb. 17 at Edinboro.
Plum, Riverview athletes benefit from indoor track and field season
Owen Proskin finished as one of the top scorers for the Plum boys basketball team this season.

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Franklin Regional’s Drew Devola attempts a shot with pressure from Gateway’s Mykel Bruce-McCrommon on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, at Norwin.
Gateway boys earn berth to PIAA tournament
The Gateway boys basketball team faced a do-or-die scenario for a trip to the PIAA playoffs.

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Chris Vargo of Bentworth (top) controls Jax Forrest of Bishop McCort in their 127-pound bout at the PIAA Class 2A Southwest Region Tournament on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Altoona High School.
Bentworth’s Chris Vargo pulls huge upset at 2A wrestling Southwest Regional
March 2, 2024
ALTOONA — Ask Bentworth senior Chris Vargo what it means to win four regional wrestling championships, and the response might seem surprising.

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Butlers’ Santino Sloboda celebrates after beating Norwin’s Landon Sidun in the 114-pound final during the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan.
Butler’s Santino Sloboda stuns top-ranked wrestler to win WPIAL Class 3A crown
Very few people at the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan gave Butler sophomore Santino Sloboda a chance at beating the No. 1 wrestler in the country at his weight class.

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Kiski Area’s Cooper Roscosky takes down Norwin’s Nathan Campbell in overtime to win in the 189-pound title during the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Kiski Area’s Cooper Roscosky wins WPIAL title; pair from Plum headed to states
Kiski Area sophomore Cooper Roscosky has one-upped his brother, Braydon.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for March 2, 2024
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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell celebrates beating Franklin Regional’s Tyler Kapusta in the 121-pound final during the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Latrobe’s Luke Willochell claims 3rd WPIAL title; Hempfield’s Eli Carr his 2nd
No one said winning a title would be easy, but Latrobe junior Luke Willochell found a way Saturday at the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan.

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Moon’s Michael Santicola celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Franklin Regional during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Friday, Mar. 1, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
73 WPIAL boys, girls basketball teams seeded for PIAA play
With the Path to the Pete now history, the focus turns to the Road to Hershey and the start of the 2024 PIAA basketball postseason.

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The Upper St. Clair basketball team celebrates after defeating Baldwin in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Saturday, Mar. 2, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
Upper St. Clair ends Baldwin’s storybook WPIAL run with resounding victory in Class 6A final
“Let’s go dance,” Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer told his players, guiding them back to their Petersen Events Center locker room where they bounced and sang along to “Y-M-C-A.”

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Canon-McMillan’s Valarie Solorio (facing) wrestles Montour’s Kristen Walzer in the 100-pound championship match at the PIAA Girls West Regional on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Canon-McMillan.
Canon-McMillan dominates girls 2A wrestling regional; Norwin advances 4
In the first PIAA girls Western Regional championships, held at Canon-McMillan High School, schools from around the WPIAL had solid representation in the final matches.

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Gateway won the Western Pennsylvania Regional boys team bowling championship Saturday, March 2, 2024.
Gateway tops rival Franklin Regional for regional boys bowling title
Gateway turned in a dominant performance at the Western Pennsylvania Regional boys team tournament Saturday at AMF Noble Manor Lanes, finishing atop the field in qualifying and going undefeated in the step-ladder finals en route to the title.

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Norwin’s Kendall Berger celebrates scoring against North Allegheny on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at Norwin.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week for the week ending March 3, 2024: Kendall Berger and David Mutter
Kendall Berger

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South Fayette’s Erica Hall celebrates with Lainey Yater after defeating Armstrong in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday at Petersen Events Center.
South Fayette beats Armstrong to complete 3-peat in WPIAL Class 5A
Experience matters for the South Fayette girls basketball team.

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