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Norwin pitcher Brookelyn Kotch delivers against Pine-Richland during their WPIAL Class 6A playoff game on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Gateway.
Norwin uses additional day to prepare for WPIAL Class 6A softball title game
May 30, 2024
As some dust kicked up from a light breeze, Norwin softball coach Brian Mesich sent a pop fly to shallow center field.

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Armstrong seniors hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Thomas Jefferson in the Class 5A final on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Cal (Pa.).
Home runs by Madison Baker, Abigail Bauer lift Armstrong to 2nd WPIAL softball title in 3 seasons
Madison Baker had allowed three runs and her team trailed by one in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday. With one swing, the Armstrong pitcher changed momentum and helped secure a 9-3 victory for the River Hawks.

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Neshannock’s Gabby Perod (right) celebrates with her teammates as they hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Bentworth in the Class 2A final Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Cal (Pa.)
Neshannock shuts out Bentworth to claim 3rd straight WPIAL Class 2A softball title
Addy Frye tossed a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts, Gabby Perod drove in a pair of runs and top-seeded Neshannock claimed its third consecutive WPIAL softball championship Thursday, beating No. 2 Bentworth, 3-0, in the Class 2A title game at Cal (Pa.).

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OLSH’s Quinn Santelli is tagged out by Riverview’s Miles Duncan during a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal game May 20.
Riverview baseball team reflects on WPIAL playoff run
Riverview baseball coach Bill Gras said the mood was somber — as would be expected — after his team’s 1-0 loss to No. 2 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals May 20 at Seneca Valley.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for May 29, 2024
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Seton LaSalle’s Roman LoNero makes a running catch in shallow right field against Serra Catholic during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA 1st-round opponents set for WPIAL baseball qualifiers
The 2024 WPIAL baseball playoffs are in the books with six champions crowned Tuesday and Wednesday at Wild Things Park in Washington.

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North Allegheny pitcher David Posey hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with his teammates after pitching a no-hitter to defeat Mt. Lebanon in the Class 6A final on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
North Allegheny’s David Posey turns tables, no-hits Mt. Lebanon for WPIAL Class 6A baseball title
May 29, 2024
David Posey wasn’t the starting pitcher drawing no-hit talk before the WPIAL finals, yet the North Allegheny senior walked off the mound at Wild Things Park with a zero on the scoreboard.

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Frankin Regional third baseman Blake Bertucci tags out West Allegheny runner Logan Lambert in the fourth inning of the WPIAL Class 5A third-place game Wednesday at Ross Memorial Park in Washington.
Franklin Regional beats West Allegheny on clutch Luke Williams hit in Class 5A 3rd-place game
Sometimes missed opportunities can come back and haunt a team.

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North Catholic pitcher Tommy Schafale (26) hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with his teammates after defeating Indiana in the Class 4A final on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
North Catholic surges past Indiana to claim WPIAL Class 4A baseball crown
After hitting a one-out triple in the second inning, North Catholic’s Josef Safar flexed his right bicep and pointed at it while staring at his teammates in the dugout.

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Bryce Wright gets ready to throw during a WPIAL Class A first-round game against Springdale on May 14.
High school roundup for May 29, 2024: Avella claims state playoff spot in Class A baseball
Winning pitcher Bryce Wright allowed one hit and no earned runs and struck out seven in 6⅔ innings while adding a single, double and two runs scored to lead No. 6 Avella to a 6-2 victory over Carmichaels in the WPIAL Class A baseball third-place game Wednesday.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Arianna Swanson
2024 WPIAL Class 4A softball championship preview: Elizabeth Forward vs. Hampton
2024 WPIAL Class 4A softball championship

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Bentworth freshman Sydney Gonglik struck out 14 in the semifinals.
2024 WPIAL Class 2A softball championship preview: Neshannock vs. Bentworth
2024 WPIAL Class 2A softball championship

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Retired Kiski Area football coach Dick Dilts performs the coin toss Aug. 24, 2018, at the new stadium on the school campus that bears his name. Dilts coached the Cavaliers from 1962-93. His Kiski Area teams won 214 games.
Longtime Kiski Area football coach Dick Dilts, remembered for lifelong impact, dies at 93
There was no greater compliment Tony Despotakis could pay Richard “Dick” Dilts than to compare him to Vince Lombardi. The former Kiski Area football coach shared many similarities to one the NFL’s greatest coaching minds.

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Seton LaSalle pitcher Mark Weber (38) hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with his teammates after defeating Serra Catholioc in the Class 2A final on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Underdogs from Seton LaSalle top Serra Catholic again to repeat as WPIAL Class 2A baseball champs
Nothing could stand in Seton LaSalle’s way of repeating as WPIAL Class 2A champion.

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Penn-Trafford head coach Lou Cortazzo gets doused with the water cooler by Tyler Freas and Zach Feldman after defeating Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Timely hitting, squeeze bunt helped Penn-Trafford claim 1st WPIAL baseball title
When opportunities were presented Tuesday, the Penn-Trafford baseball team capitalized on them in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game at Wild Things Park.

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The Armstrong softball team mobs Emma Paul after Paul hit a walk-off home run against Penn-Trafford to end their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Gateway.
2024 WPIAL Class 5A softball championship preview: Armstrong vs. Thomas Jefferson
2024 WPIAL Class 5A softball championship

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A wall at Veterans Memorial Field in Springdale is gradually leaning toward the stadium and away from Lincoln Avenue.
Springdale to play home football games at Burrell, Freeport in 2024 season
Without a home field this season, Springdale’s high school football team is planning to play two home games at Freeport’s football field and a pair of games at Burrell’s Buccaneer Stadium.

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South Park’s Kaitlyn Polk rounds second base with a smile after hitting a home run against Ligonier Valley on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Penn-Trafford High School.
WPIAL postpones Wednesday’s softball championship games
Because of the forecast of rain at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field, Wednesday’s Class 6A, 3A and 1A softball champ­ionship games were postponed and moved to Friday.

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Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields celebrates with teammates at the dugout after scoring against Seneca Valley during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
2024 WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship preview: Mt. Lebanon vs. North Allegheny
2024 WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship

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The Penn-Trafford baseball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Bethel Park in the Class 5A final on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Penn-Trafford gets past Bethel Park in Class 5A final to capture 1st WPIAL baseball title
Penn-Trafford used a four-run fourth-inning rally to claim its first WPIAL baseball title Tuesday, defeating Bethel Park, 4-3, in the Class 5A championship game at Wild Things Park.

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