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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Sept. 22, 2020
September 22, 2020
Cross Country

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South Side’s Jayson Crooks battles Sewickley Academy’s Sean Donahue for a header during their game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Nichols Field in Edgeworth.
High school roundup for Sept. 22, 2020: Peters Township blanks Upper St. Clair
Andrew Massucci scored twice and Derek Ligouri recorded the shutout as Peters Township (3-0-1, 2-0-1) stayed unbeaten with a 2-0 boys soccer victory Tuesday over Upper St. Clair (2-1, 2-1) in Section 2-4A.

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Greensburg Salem’s Wyatt Ramer warms up before the Knoch game Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Which WPIAL football team will reach a milestone next?
History was made in Week 2 of the WPIAL football season as two district teams picked up milestone victories.

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Pine-Richland’s Charlie Mill celebrates his touchdown during the third quarter Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at Upper St. Clair.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Sept. 22, 2020
It was another relatively quiet week with more and more teams starting to kick off the 2020 high school football season across the state.

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Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman works against Fox Chapel’s Carly Barnett during last year’s WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Norwin tackling tough section schedule
Norwin girls soccer coaches and players were not altogether thrilled when the WPIAL two-year realignment cycle brought some change to their section.

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Southmoreland sophomore Olivia Cernuto keeps an eye on the ball while dribbling between teammates Tuesday at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland the surprise of WPIAL girls soccer
Southmoreland is by no means a girls soccer powerhouse.

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A limited number of spectators watch the Upper St. Clair football game against Pine-Richland on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Gov. Wolf: Gathering limits for school sports voluntary ‘at least for the moment’
Gov. Tom Wolf would prefer schools adhere to his gathering limits at sports events, but acknowledged Tuesday they’re not legally binding “at least for the moment.”

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The Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg
Bill freezing pay for Pa.’s legislators, judges, top executive branch officials heading to Gov. Wolf’s desk
Pennsylvania lawmakers this year likely will be spared the grief that often accompanies the annual automatic pay raise that state law authorizes them to receive.

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WPISL teams gearing up for stretch run
With four weeks of action left in the regular season, the varsity teams in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League are preparing for the stretch run to the playoffs.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Sept. 21, 2020
September 21, 2020
Field hockey

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Freeport’s Kaylin Greiser battles Deer Lakes’ Ashley McAdams for a header during their game on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at Freeport.
High school roundup for Sept. 21, 2020: Peters Township girls soccer edges Mt. Lebanon
Irene Doleno scored 12 minutes into the second half and Emma Sawich recorded the shutout to lead No. 4 Peters Township (3-0, 3-0) to a 1-0 victory over Mt. Lebanon (1-1, 1-1) in Section 2-4A girls soccer Monday.

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Freeport’s Aleah Parison celebrates after scoring past Deer Lakes goalkeeper Aby Cacurak during their game on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at Freeport.
Freeport starts fast, tops rival Deer Lakes in girls soccer section clash
The Freeport girls soccer team came up empty in a 4-0 loss to defending Section 2-AA champion Burrell in its season opener last Thursday.

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Trib HSSN Team of the Week for Week 2
Last fall, Peters Township enjoyed one of the best football seasons in school history. The Indians finished 12-2 and lost in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game to Gateway, 21-20.

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Kiski Area opens season with wild comeback win over Connellsville
Kiski Area opened its season Monday night with a thrilling 36-35 victory over Connellsville on a last-minute touchdown by Calvin Heinle.

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Norwin athletic director Brandon Rapp takes a phone call during the Norwin-Hempfield game last season.
New Westmoreland County athletic directors working to keep high school sports humming
The athletic director carousel hasn’t stopped turning in Westmoreland County this year with new faces at new places and newcomers to the position tackling the daily grind of safety protocols and schedule-crunching during covid-19 times.

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Kiski Area High School students, Eliza Miller, Jordan Fairman, and Lizeth Sesmas, run during a cross country practice on Sept. 4, 2020.
WPIAL chooses alternate site for cross country championships
Cross country runners who competed last week in the Red, White and Blue Classic got an early look at the WPIAL championship course.

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Fox Chapel’s Britta Lagerquist (4) scores her first goal against Penn-Trafford last Tuesday.
WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings for Sept. 21, 2020
WPIAL soccer rankings

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Pennsylvania Lottery officials warn players about new phone scam
Lottery officials are warning Pennsylvanians of a phone scam that claims commonwealth contestants have won a prize — they just have to pre-pay taxes or processing costs, though the cash never comes.

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Students sit one to a table during a physical therapist assistant clinical practicum course class at Elgin Community College.
Colleges become reservoirs of covid-19 threatening to spill over
College administrators and government officials summoned students back to campus. Now, they are presiding over viral reservoirs poised to release a flood of infected undergraduates at Thanksgiving — if they make it that far.

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Top-ranked girls volleyball teams keep positions in coaches rankings
WPIAL girls volleyball competition turns to Week 2, and section races are heating up in the four classifications.

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