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McKeesport’s Kemon Spell runs for a first down against Montour in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 at West Mifflin.
2024 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: McKeesport’s Kemon Spell
July 22, 2024
If McKeesport football coach Matt Miller is looking for a leader this season, sophomore Kemon Spell is ready to tackle the role.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields pumps his fist after defeating Hempfield, 3-1, on Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Mt. Lebanon.
Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields signs with Kansas City Royals, forgoes college baseball
Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields is turning pro.

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Norwin’s George Bunovich celebrates after scoring the winning goal in penalty kicks during the 2023 WPIAL Class 4A championship game against North Allegheny.
Notable changes to the 2024-25 WPIAL boys soccer alignment
The WPIAL released new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall. This summer, TribLive will break down changes for each of the WPIAL sports.

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The Knoch girls tennis team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Sewickley Academy in the Class 2A final on Oct. 18 at Washington & Jefferson College.
Notable changes to the 2024-25 WPIAL girls tennis alignment
The WPIAL released new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samir Crosby runs against Clairton in their game Sept. 29, 2023, at Clairton.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samir Crosby set to take control of offense
Samir Crosby could have a special season in store for the Greensburg Central Catholic football faithful.

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Mark Goetz finished at 21-under, tied for third, at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship.
Greensburg’s Mark Goetz has best finish in Korn Ferry Tour
July 21, 2024
Greensburg native Mark Goetz began the final round of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship tied for the lead.

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Upper St. Clair lineman Nate Stohl earned all-conference honors for both offense and defense last season.
2024 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Upper St. Clair’s Nate Stohl
As an all-conference lineman committed to an Ivy League school, Nate Stohl’s coaches could talk at length about the senior’s football skills.

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Quaker Valley’s Davin Gartley wins the WPIAL Class 2A 110-meter hurdles during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on May 15 at Slippery Rock University.
Track teams highlight year filled with championship gold at Quaker Valley
Quaker Valley ended the 2023-24 school year with eight WPIAL champions in Class 2A, including two team, four individual and two relay titlists.

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Sewickley Academy golfer Emily Milanovich
Sophomore golfer eager for return of Sewickley Academy girls team for 2024 season
Emily Milanovich cannot wait for the fall sports season to begin.

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Chartiers Valley’ Julius Best catches a pass during a 7-on-7 competition at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Signal Item notebook: Chartiers Valley football to open season Aug. 23
Chartiers Valley’s varsity football team will open its season with a nonconference Week Zero matchup at neighborhood rival South Fayette on Aug. 23.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Morgan Alisesky (1) celebrates with teammates after defeating Pittston Area in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at Penn State.
After school’s 1st girls state title, Thomas Jefferson softball has summer to celebrate
It’s been a summer like no other for the Thomas Jefferson softball program.

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Brentwood softball player Gemma Stypula is a 2024 graduate.
Adventurous Baldwin softball alum to spend year in Thailand
Gemma Stypula has been dreaming of this trip for what seems like forever.

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Baldwin graduate Austin Bechtold poses with 93.7 The Fan hosts Joe Starkey and Paul Zeise
Baldwin grad making name for himself in sports broadcasting
There appears to be no limit to what Austin Bechtold can accomplish in his professional career.

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Sewickley Herald notebook: Freshman makes all-section for Panthers lacrosse team
The Sewickley Academy boys lacrosse team was led in 2024 by freshman Nick Neavin, who was rewarded for his season-long efforts by being named first team all-section.

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Pine-Richland wrestlers helped teach the sport to the visually impaired at a series of clinics at Penn State Behrend.
Pine-Richland wrestlers help teach sport to the visually impaired
July 20, 2024
Owen Long loves wrestling and appreciates any opportunity he can to share his passion with others.

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Plum’s Will Beckner handles the ball while coach Dave Pucka and Anthony Klipa look on during an open gymn workout.
Plum using summer basketball to build foundation
The Plum boys basketball team had five or six open-gym workouts in May with new coach Dave Pucka before jumping right into the Pittsburgh Basketball Club summer league at Central Catholic and Gateway high schools.

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Pitcher Noah Czajkowski, a Norwin grad, has entered the transfer portal after two seasons with St. Bonaventure.
Norwin grads climbing college baseball ladder via transfer portal
A pair of former Norwin baseball players from the class of 2022 are changing college programs.

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North Hills will host Hempfield for its 2024 season opener Aug. 23.
North Hills notebook: Indians football team to open season Aug. 23
The North Hills varsity football team will open its season with a nonconference Week Zero matchup with Hempfield on Aug. 23, at Martorelli Stadium. It will be youth night.

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Hampton’s Isabella McNutt (right), who will be a freshman at Gannon in the fall, placed sixth at 120 pounds at the USA Wrestling Northeast Regional Championships on May 10-12 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Hampton girls wrestling alum ramps up aggressiveness with college on horizon
Hampton’s Isabella McNutt is becoming a little bit McNasty.

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Fox Chapel coach Chris Olbrich said he thinks it will take a while for teams to become comfortable with the idea of new electronic devices used to send signals to catchers.
New technology approved for high school softball, but Fox Chapel isn’t buying in just yet
Fox Chapel softball coach Chris Olbrich doesn’t anticipate being among the first teams to use the one-way communication devices given the go-ahead nationally.

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