Sports

Freeport players take the field before a game against Derry last season.
State Rep. Mike Reese, Republican lawmakers take on governor on high school sports
August 11, 2020
A recommendation from Gov. Tom Wolf can easily turn into a mandate, said state Rep. Mike Reese, who wants the legislature to act before that happens with youth sports.

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The Mudcats are Daily News League 2020 champions.
Mudcats edge Snappers in Game 3 to win 2020 Daily News League championship
August 10, 2020
Eric Fairman may have been at the top of the Mudcats batting order, but on Monday night in the third and deciding game of the 2020 Daily News League championship series, the Thomas Jefferson grad was in the middle of his team’s two rallies.

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Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Monday backed Gov. Tom Wolf’s recommendation that high schools sports be delayed until January.
As high school sports debate continues, Levine stands firm, Republicans plan legislation
State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine stood firm Monday on delaying youth sports until next year, and two state legislators announced plans to join the debate over high school athletics.

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Seneca Valley’s Elise Riley (20) collides with Peters Twp.’s Hannah Stuck during the WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer championship game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Highmark Stadium.
WPIAL calls Gov. Wolf’s recommendation ‘uncalculated, inconsistent and unfair’
The WPIAL strongly supports playing high school sports this fall despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s recommendation they be postponed until January.

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Players on the baby blue team in coach pitch baseball compete during Lower Burrell Little League night on Monday at the Lower Burrell Little League ball fields.
‘Let Our Kids Play in PA’ rally in Harrisburg to advocate for youth sports
Julie Wagner Burkart never realized how important sports were to her children until the covid-19 pandemic upended their athletic schedules.

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2 waive preliminary hearings in Greater Latrobe hazing case
Two former Greater Latrobe Junior High School wrestling coaches waived their rights to preliminary hearings Monday on allegations related to hazing incidents. One of them could enter a probationary program.

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Mudcats starting pitcher Greg Frederick prepares to throw in Game 2 of the Daily News League championship series Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020.
Mudcats walk past Snappers to even Daily News League championship series
August 9, 2020
After dropping the opener of the best-of-three Daily News League baseball championship series, the Quinn Construction Mudcats treated the bottom of the first inning of Game 2 like a walk in the park.

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The Yough American Baseball League team took third at the Region 7 Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020.
Yough baseball finishes 3rd at Region 7 tournament
Yough American Baseball League coach Craig Spisak said he couldn’t have been happier about his team’s effort at the Region 7 tournament this weekend.

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New Ligonier Valley athletic director Wesley Siko
New Ligonier Valley AD eager to oversee transition to WPIAL
Wesley Siko always knew he wanted to work in sports.

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In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania speaks at a news conference at Pennsylvania Emergency Management Headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa.
John Steigerwald: High school athletes don’t need Gov. Wolf to keep them safe
Let’s see what happens in Sturgis.

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Snappers pitcher Josh Lapiana works in the Daily New League championship game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.
Defending champion Snappers come back to beat Mudcats in Game 1 of DNL Finals
August 8, 2020
Brandon Whitfield had three hits and drove in four runs as the defending champion Snappers knocked off Quinn Construction Mudcats, 7-3, in Game 1 of the best-of-three Daily News League championship series.

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Yough stays alive in Region 7 tournament; Latrobe, Bushy Run eliminated
Yough stayed alive in the Region 7 American Baseball League tournament Saturday at Hollidaysburg by splitting its games.

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Plum senior Max Matolcsy announced Saturday a football verbal commitment to the University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League
Plum’s Max Matolcsy verbally commits to Penn
Max Matolcsy wanted to wait until his birthday to announce his college decision.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brad Ford runs for yardage as Franklin Regional’s Justin Johns (1) pursues during an Oct. 25, 2019 game at Franklin Regional.
WPIAL football changes scuttle marquee matchups for Westmoreland County teams
Week Zero, as a name, never seemed to carry much clout in the WPIAL. The moniker was met with a lukewarm reaction and did not make sense to many people when it became a thing several years ago.

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Bushy Run falls short in Region 7 baseball tournament
August 7, 2020
Bushy Run failed to hold an early lead and dropped a 6-3 decision to Bedford in the Region 7 American Baseball League Tournament at Hollidaysburg.

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If PIAA shuts down, AAU teams, other private programs could flourish
Western Pa. Bruins basketball director John Tate jokes that his doctor recommends he eat fewer salt and vinegar chips. In many ways, he views Gov. Tom Wolf’s newest sports recommendation that same way.

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Latrobe stumbles in Region 7 baseball opener
For the third time in four games, the Latrobe pitching staff has allowed 10 or more runs.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel talks to his team following their 34-6 loss to Richland in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Ligonier Valley has extra challenge moving to WPIAL
Jude Grzywinski, Jr., the latest hulking lineman looking to make his mark at Ligonier Valley, just wants an opportunity to play football this season.

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Former Kiski Area football assistant coach Frank Morea discusses strategy with one of his players.
Frank Morea, pillar of Kiski Area football program, dies at age 90
Richard “Dick” Dilts and Frank Morea were opponents on the football field in high school in the mid 1940s.

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Yough opens regional tournament with walk-off win
Yough walked off with a win to open Region 7 baseball action Friday at Hollidaysburg.

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