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Tri-Valley’s Samantha Masser beats the tag attempt by West Greene catcher London Whipkey in the bottom of the seventh inning during the PIAA Class A softball championship Friday, June 18, 2021, at Beard Field in University Park.
Tri-Valley scores twice in bottom of 7th to defeat West Greene in PIAA Class A softball final
June 18, 2021
UNIVERSITY PARK — Tri-Valley scored two runs in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun WPIAL champion West Greene, 2-1, in the PIAA Class A softball championship game Friday at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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Shenango’s Cre Calabria is out at first by Schuylkill Haven’s Jacob Houtz (14) during the PIAA Class 2A baseball championship Friday, June 18, 2021, at Penn State University in State College.
Shenango’s rally falls 1 run short in PIAA Class 2A championship
UNIVERSITY PARK — Shenango nearly overcame an early five-run deficit Friday, but the Wildcats’ rally fell one-run short in the PIAA Class 2A baseball championship.

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Mauro Monz oversees Carlynton practice in 2014.
Facing 1-year suspension, Seton LaSalle football coach Mauro Monz resigns
June 17, 2021
Suspended football coach Mauro Monz, facing a one-year ban from the WPIAL over recruiting allegations, said he’s resigning at Seton LaSalle rather than continue to appeal.

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Ryan Hayden was named the Jeannette athletic director in July 2019.
Jeannette athletic director Ryan Hayden resigns
Ryan Hayden is stepping down as athletic director at Jeannette after two years on the job.

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High school scores, summaries and schedule for June 17, 2021
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West Greene starting pitcher Kiley Meek throws against Union during the WPIAL Class A softball championships on June 2.
PIAA Class A softball championship preview: West Greene vs. Tri-Valley
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Shenango’s Gabrial Yanssens drives in the winning run against Seton LaSalle during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on June 2.
PIAA Class 2A baseball championship preview: Shenango vs. Schuylkill Haven
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina visits with the student section while waiting on deck during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on June 2.
PIAA Class 4A baseball championship preview: New Castle vs. Wyoming Area
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates after defeating Hempfield, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on June 1.
PIAA Class 6A baseball championship preview: North Allegheny vs. La Salle College
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Armstrong’s Jesse Pugh hits a home run in the fifth inning against North Hills during the PIAA Class 5A softball semifinals on June 14.
PIAA Class 5A softball championship preview: Armstrong vs. Lampeter-Strasburg
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Bethel Park celebrates after beating Red Land to win the PIAA Class 5A baseball championship Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Medlar Field in State College.
Clutch pitching carries Bethel Park past star-studded Red Land to PIAA baseball title
UNIVERSITY PARK — Red Land has a future MLB first-rounder batting leadoff and some ex-Little League World Series stars behind him. So, Bethel Park staked its title hopes on an old adage that good pitching beats good hitting.

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Beaver’s Payton List (8) celebrates with the trophy after beating Tunkhannock in extra innings to win the PIAA Class 4A softball championship game Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Beaver finishes undefeated season with wild title-game win over Tunkhannock
UNIVERSITY PARK – Perfection.

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Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper pulls in a ball hit by Line Mountain’s Cassie Laudenslager during the PIAA Class 2A softball championship game Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Ligonier Valley softball marvels at community support after special season ends in state finals
UNIVERSITY PARK — It wasn’t the ending the Ligonier Valley softball team had hoped for, but the 2021 season was still memorable.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich (8) celebrates her home run with Hannah Gnibus during their PIAA Class 3A first-round playoff game against Bald Eagle Area on June 7.
PIAA Class 3A softball championship preview: Mt. Pleasant vs. Mid Valley
PIAA softball preview

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From left, Mt. Pleasant softball players Haylie Brunson, Courtney Poulich and Katie Hutter are three of the program’s most productive weightlifters and hitters.
Weight-training program powers Mt. Pleasant softball’s run to state finals
Each grapefruit the Mt. Pleasant softball team smashes out of the park seems to go farther than the last.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar jumps into her teammates after time expired in the PIAA Class 6A championship game against Spring-Ford on March 26.
North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar named top high school athlete in country
After leading North Allegheny to WPIAL and state championships in volleyball and basketball, Paige Morningstar received a prestigious honor Thursday.

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Halifax’s Carson Buffington is hit by the ball as he slides into second against Eden Christian Academy in the first inning during the PIAA Class A baseball championship game Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Slow start dooms Eden Christian baseball in 1st PIAA finals appearance
UNIVERSITY PARK — As a first-time state finalist, Eden Christian will remember Thursday’s game for years to come, even if they’d like to forget the first two innings.

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Line Mountain’s Brooke Barwick scores the winning run to beat Ligonier Valley during the PIAA Class 2A softball championship game on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Line Mountain finally pushes run across in 9th inning to top Ligonier Valley in state title game
UNIVERSITY PARK – To win a PIAA softball title, three things are important: strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense.

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North Allegheny’s Rick Mihm competes in the boys 500 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship.
North Allegheny grad Rick Mihm reaches finals in 200 IM at U.S. Olympic trials
The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials continued Thursday morning and local products Zoe Skirboll, Bailey Bonnett and Rick Mihm took to the pool in preliminary events in Omaha.

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Rick Kabbert was hired to coach the North Hills girls soccer team prior to the 2020 season.
North Hills girls soccer coach dies
The North Hills athletic community took a hit with the announcement of the sudden death of soccer coach Rick Kabbert.

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