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Burrell gets important victory over short-handed rival Valley
January 15, 2019
The Burrell-Valley rivalry always holds plenty of importance for both schools, but it felt especially crucial for Burrell on Tuesday. Burrell knew the reality of its situation as the midpoint of section play approached, and the Bucs realized they needed to take advantage of their opportunity against the Vikings. The

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Knoch boys take care of business vs. Freeport, stay on top
The Knoch boys basketball team has been on a roll since the middle of December, and it didn't let up Tuesday against Section 1-4A rival Freeport. The Knights, No. 5 in the Trib HSSN Class 4A rankings, won their ninth game in a row and maintained sole possession of the

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Leechburg rolls past St. Joseph behind raucous home crowd
In the days leading up to Tuesday's Section 3-A showdown with St. Joseph, Leechburg coach Corey Smith implored the community to come out and support the Blue Devils. The community responded and packed the home side of Lewis Hicks Gym with Thunderstix in hands. And the community liked what it

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High school roundup for Jan. 15, 2019: No. 3 Cornell defeats No. 1 Vincentian
Kaden Divito had 36 points as No. 3 Cornell knocked off No. 1 Vincentian Academy, 84-75, in a Section 1-A boys basketball game Tuesday night. Isaiah Langston added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Raiders (12-2, 5-1), who led 49-42 at halftime. Alex Griggs scored 23 points to lead

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Brentwood girls use hot perimeter shooting to defeat Vincentian Academy
The Brentwood and Vincentian Academy girls basketball teams put on a shooting clinic Tuesday night in a nonsection game at Brentwood. The two girls teams combined for 19 field goals from 3-point range, as the Spartans rallied past the visitors 53-50 thanks to a 17-9 offensive surge in the game's

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High school scores, schedules for Jan. 15, 2019
High schools Basketball Boys Tuesday's results WPIAL Class 6A Section 1 Butler 82, Seneca Valley 67 North Allegheny 75, North Hills 45 Pine-Richland 66, Central Catholic 63 Section 2 Baldwin 73, Bethel Park 67 Canon-McMillan 66, Peters Township 44 Mt. Lebanon 56, Upper St. Clair 46 Section 3 Fox Chapel

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Latrobe boys basketball survives hard-charging Hempfield
Hempfield played about as well as it can play against visiting Latrobe, the No. 1 team in WPIAL Class 6A. But instead of pulling an upset, the Spartans left upset Tuesday night in a foul-filled, 58-56 loss at Spartans Field House. Alex Bisignani made two free throws with four-tenths of

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Hilzendeger powers Ambridge past Quaker Valley
Aaron Hilzendeger racked up a game-high 32 points Tuesday night. However, it was one point he missed that stood out most for him in a 72-67 double-overtime win at Quaker Valley in a WPIAL Section 2-4A showdown. Trailing, 50-48, with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, Hilzendeger missed the first of

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OLSH wins Round 1 against section rival Sewickley Academy
One down, three to go Our Lady of the Sacred Heart freshman Jake DiMichele scored 21 points and senior Daren DiMichele added 20 in Tuesday night's 77-69 victory over Sewickley Academy in what could be the first of four matchups between the Section 3-2A rivals this winter. The two teams

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No. 4 Penn Hills uses team effort to top rival Woodland Hills in Section 1-5A matchup
Players leaving the Penn Hills boys basketball team should exit with a certificate for a skilled trade alongside their diplomas. No team in the WPIAL is better at creating and converting high-percentage shots. While playing for control of Section 1-5A Tuesday night at home, the Indians showed their efficiency doesn't

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No. 4 Mt. Lebanon boys take down No. 2 Upper St. Clair in Section 2-6A clash
There was no letdown. Fresh off a dramatic home victory Friday, the WPIAL Class 6A No. 4 Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils went on the road and defeated previously-unbeaten and second-ranked Upper St. Clair, 56-46, before a packed gym at Upper St. Clair High School Tuesday in Section 2 action. Mt.

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Serra Catholic defense sparks run in Section 2-2A win over Jeannette
Through one quarter of play, the Section 2-2A matchup between No. 5 Jeannette and No. 3 Serra Catholic was as hotly contested and closely fought as expected, with Jayhawks holding a three-point advantage. Then, the tables turned. The Jayhawks' offense stalled, and the Eagles' defense put the clamps down, helping

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Strong third quarter helps Penn-Trafford ice Norwin
Penn-Trafford played almost a perfect third quarter Tuesday at Norwin. The Warriors scored the first 11 points of the quarter, didn't miss a shot and pulled away for an impressive and needed 65-43 victory on the road in Section 3-6A. andquot;They're good,andquot; Norwin coach Lynn Washowich said after the game.

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A-K Valley athletes of the week: Knoch’s Scott Fraser and Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley
Scott Fraser School: Knoch Class: Junior Sport: Basketball Report card: A two-year starter, Fraser has been wearing out opponents this season. The 6-foot-2 swingman had a game-high 33 points in a Section 1-4A win over No. 5-ranked Highlands last week. Fraser then scored 21 points in last Friday's section win

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George Guido: Alle-Kiski Valley basketball teams face key games down stretch
The halfway point of the high school basketball section season was reached in the last two nights. Now gear up for section- half action beginning Thursday and Friday. A number of boys playoff races could go down to the wire, but it's a shame a number of Alle-Kiski girls teams

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Derry’s DeLuca eyes state title, not 150-win milestone
When Derry senior Dom DeLuca began his high school career, he never set out to win 150 matches. His goals were to qualify for the PIAA tournament, place in the tournament, win a state title and get 100 wins. DeLuca has already achieved three of his four goals. The only

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Valley aims to dethrone Burrell for section title
Part of Burrell's enormous WPIAL success over the past decade-plus includes a dominance of its section opponents. To wit: The Bucs have won 107 consecutive section matches since the 2002-03 season, claiming the regular-season championship every year since 2004. Although a long line of teams would enjoy the opportunity to

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Fox Chapel’s Jordana Matamoros to put her improvement on display
As much as Jordana Matamoros enjoyed wrestling in junior high, she didn't plan to continue with the sport once she came to high school. Then Fox Chapel coach Ron Frank began pestering her. andquot;I was in ceramics class and he was the jewelry teacher, so he came to my class

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High school wrestling notebook: Dolde to get 1st taste of Hempfield-Greensburg Salem rivalry
When Tommy Dolde coached wrestling at Connellsville, the Falcons really didn't have a rivalry match. Mt. Pleasant was the Falcons' rival for a few years when Rob Waller coached the Vikings in the late 1970s, and Uniontown was another rival in the early '80s. Connellsville then left Fayette County and

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Monessen’s Darnel Howell, Norwin’s Emily Brozeski
Darnel Howell School: Monessen Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Claim to fame: Howell scored 26 points to lead Monessen (6-5, 5-0) to a 84-23 win over Avella in Section 2-A action Jan. 8. andquot;We are playing together more as a team, rebounding better and getting a lot of easy buckets. Playing

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