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Monessen’s Kinsey Wilson will be the starting point guard this season.
Hard-working Monessen girls basketball wants return to Class A prominence
December 1, 2021
The players on the Monessen girls basketball team know about the tradition, from the 2004 state championship to a pair of the WPIAL’s all-time leading scorers in Charel Allen and Gina Naccarato, the school’s athletic director.

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Dan Bosnic is beginning his fourth season as Monessen boys basketball coach.
Monessen boys basketball coach Bosnic finally gets building block
Surprisingly, it has taken four years, but Monessen boys basketball coach Dan Bosnic is experiencing a first this season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli breaks away from Moon’s Ryan Hazen to score during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday.
Birdie predicts state playoff ‘exet’ for last Westmoreland County team standing
Last week: 1-1 (50%)

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Maddie Mastalerz works out with the Blue Devils varsity team during a recent practice Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.
Leechburg girls working toward improvement this season
The West Leechburg steel mill is long gone, but fourth-year girls basketball coach Andre Carter has his team clocking in and clocking out.

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Dane Davies works out with the Blue Devils varsity team during a recent practice Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.
After nearly reaching WPIAL finals last season, Leechburg boys again have high expectations
Just 31 seconds.

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McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
Big Eight: Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd lead all-conference team
Thomas Jefferson was dethroned from its familiar spot atop the Big Eight this season, and two of the players most responsible received individual honors in all-conference voting.

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Hampton’s Christian Liberto straight-arms Greensburg Salem’s Christian Hosteler in the first half at Hampton High School on Friday, Oct 1, 2021.
Greater Allegheny: Hampton rewarded for conference title with 9 spots on 1st team
Hampton celebrated its first conference title since 2014, an achievement recognized in all-conference voting.

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Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark picks up a first down against Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock during the WPIAL Class 4A championship Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Parkway: Aliquippa leads all-conference voting with 14 players on 1st team
November 30, 2021
Aliquippa outscored Parkway opponents 237-40 this fall, a regular-season dominance that was reflected in voting for the all-conference team.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Nov. 30, 2021
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Ligonier Valley basketball.
After going winless, Ligonier Valley girls basketball showing improvement as season approaches
After a winless 2020-21 season, the only direction the Ligonier Valley girls basketball team can go is up.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matt Marinchak directs teammates during a scrimmage against Summit Academy on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley boys basketball hopes for smoother sailing in 2nd season back in WPIAL
Ligonier Valley’s return to the WPIAL saw a lot of ups and downs during the boys basketball season.

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson returns an interception past North Catholic’s Justin Smith during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Nov. 30, 2021
The 2021 football season has reached the final four in the PIAA.

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Pitt-Greensburg men’s basketball coach Chris Klimchock leads the team during the 2021-22 season.
Westmoreland campus clippings: Klimchock picks up 1st UPG win
After a slow start to his debut season, Chris Klimchock (Greensburg Salem) picked up his first win as men’s basketball coach at Pitt-Greensburg.

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Knoch’s Madilyn Boyer drives to the basket against Freeport’s Harley Holloway during their gamr Monday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Knoch High School.
Knoch girls basketball team motivated by unfinished business
Madilyn Boyer wants to help put a “2022” on a girls basketball section-championship banner in the gym at Knoch High School.

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Knoch’s Ryan Lang (left) drives to the basket past Mars’ Anthony Vargo last season.
Knoch boys basketball excited about improved depth alongside top scorer Ryan Lang
When asked what the biggest takeaway was from his team’s offseason of work, second-year Knoch boys basketball coach Alan Bauman pointed to the development of strong depth in the varsity rotation.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Aaron Alakson scored 12 touchdowns this season. He is one of 14 seniors on the team.
Mt. Pleasant looking to take next step after playoff win
Mt. Pleasant achieved a lot of its goals in the 2021 football season.

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Freeport’s Shane Jack cuts past Deer Lakes’ Jake Thimons on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at Lancer Stadium.
Deer Lakes football team begins drastic turnaround by nearly reaching playoffs
It’s quite a contrast to go from 0-7 to waiting around minutes after your final game to see if you made the playoffs.

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Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba lamented a season of injuries and illnesses.
After tough year, Apollo-Ridge focused on leadership, brotherhood
The deck was stacked against Apollo-Ridge quite a bit in 2021.

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Yough made the WPIAL playoffs in each of the 10 seasons Dann Appolonia was on the sidelines.
Yough girls soccer coach steps down after outstanding 10-year run
Dann Appolonia has four daughters.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Big East: Penn-Trafford lands 12 players, coach on all-conference football team
A dozen Penn-Trafford football players earned first-team all-conference honors from a Warriors team that went unbeaten in the Big East and won a WPIAL title Saturday.

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