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Belle Vernon’s Tessa Rodriguez dribbles as Southmoreland’s Elle Pawlikowsky defends Thursday.
Southmoreland seizes control of Section 3-4A with win against Belle Vernon
January 28, 2022
The road to then Section 3-4A title again will travel through Alverton after the Southmoreland girls pulled away from Belle Vernon on Thursday night.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele drives to the basket to score against Avonworth on Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 28, 2022: OLSH on brink of making history
On the final Friday night of high school basketball in January, 57- and 37-year-old WPIAL boys basketball records are in serious jeopardy of being smashed by a bolt of lightning.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Jan. 27, 2022
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High school roundup for Jan. 28, 2022: Statement wins for OLSH, South Fayette
Kyleigh Nagy scored 20 points and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart staked its claim as a WPIAL Class 2A contender with a 53-39 victory over No. 1 Neshannock in Section 1-2A girls basketball Thursday night.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio battles North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman for a loose ball during their game Thursday.
WPIAL girls basketball playoff clinchings for Jan. 27, 2022
January 27, 2022
Just over two weeks remain in section play in the WPIAL girls basketball regular season.

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Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Shootout at Seton Hill returns
Basketball showcase events went by the wayside last season as the covid pandemic stretched its long reach over high school and college sports.

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Keystone Oaks and Shady Side Academy stand at the free-throw line on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
Keystone Oaks beats Shady Side Academy to shore up playoff positioning
As play began on Thursday, there was a major logjam behind Avonworth in WPIAL Section 3-3A girls basketball. Five teams were separated by only two games with just over two weeks remaining.

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Norwin’s Alyssa Laukus celebrates with Lauren Palangio (33) after Palangio scored against North Allegheny on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Norwin High School.
Norwin girls easily drop No. 1 North Allegheny
Norwin had a “purple out” Thursday night as part of a fundraiser.

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Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo presides over a preseason workout in 2020.
Hampton hiring new football coach as Jacque DeMatteo ends 14-year stint
For the first time in 14 years, Hampton soon will have a new football coach.

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Valley’s Ben Aftanas brings the ball up court against Burrell on Dec. 18.
Valley boys basketball team learning how to win
The Valley boys basketball program is struggling through another difficult season.

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Belle Vernon’s Delaney Patterson competes in the 100 breaststroke at last year’s WPIAL swimming championships at Upper St. Clair. Patterson is seeded third in the 200 IM at the WCCA meet this weekend.
Fast times expected at Westmoreland County swim meet
The county’s top swimmers will converge at Derry this weekend for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming and diving championships.

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Yough sophomore basketball player Terek Crosby
Yough’s rising basketball star Crosby working to expand his game
Terek Crosby is a gifted athlete and a natural scorer on the basketball court.

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Dave Keefer coached at Southmoreland four seasons, going 19-19.
Keefer resigns as football coach at Southmoreland; Frazier hires Shannon
Southmoreland is looking for a new football coach after Dave Keefer resigned.

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Burrell’s Calio Zanella pins Mt. Pleasant’s William Shipley in the 113-pound bout during the Section 3-2A team wrestling championship on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Waynesburg, Burrell receive top seeds for WPIAL wrestling tournament
Defending WPIAL champions Waynesburg (Class 3A) and Burrell (2A) were seeded No. 1 by the WPIAL wrestling committee Thursday for the upcoming district team tournament, which begins next Wednesday.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Jan. 26, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson scores against Norwin during a Section 1-6A game on Jan. 3.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 27, 2022: North Allegheny, Norwin meet again
Traditional girls Class 6A powers prepare to battle one more time in the regular season Thursday when first-place North Allegheny visits second-place Norwin in a Section 1-6A showdown.

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North Hills’ Matt Seidl blocks a shot by North Allegheny’s Anthony Howard during the second half of their Section 1-6A game Jan. 7.
Trib 10: One unlucky team falls from WPIAL basketball power rankings
As the region dealt with snowy weather and cold temperatures this past week, the top boys and girls basketball teams in the district were able to avoid any stormy results.

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Allderdice’s Major Rainey works to score against Obama Academy during a City League game on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Squirrel Hill.
High school roundup for Jan. 27, 2022: Allderdice tops Obama in City League showdown
Major Rainey scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures as Allderdice defeated Obama Academy, 64-60, in a matchup of top teams in City League boys basketball Wednesday night.

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North Allegheny’s Casey Walker, shown wrestling Plum’s Rylen Campbell at the Allegheny County tournament on Jan. 15, sparked North Allegheny to a win over Butler on Wednesday night.
High school wrestling roundup for Jan. 26, 2022: North Allegheny tops Butler for section crown
January 26, 2022
Casey Walker (106 pounds) earned a 6-0 decision at 106 pounds that sparked a run of five wins in a row that helped North Allegheny to a 33-30 victory over Butler in the WPIAL Section 3-3A wrestling finals Wednesday night.

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Fast start fuels Latrobe wrestling to Section 2-3A championship
It took all of 22 seconds for the Latrobe wrestling team to seize momentum Wednesday in its WPIAL Section 2-3A tournament championship match against Connellsville.

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