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Foothills Football Classic postponed for 2019
April 19, 2019
Logistical issues left the Foothills Football Classic committee with no choice. So, they punted.

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Sewickley Academy’s Alyssa Winters swings at a ball against Bishop Canevin during their rgame April 15, 2019, at Sewickley Academy.
After head coach steps down, Sewickley Academy softball team keeps rolling
Sewickley Academy’s softball team didn’t have much time to process the news that Win Palmer was stepping down after 14 seasons as coach.

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Penn Trafford’s Connor Bannias celebrates his double next to Norwin’s Jaylen Walker during their game Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
New philosophy has Penn-Trafford baseball excelling at plate
In the lead up to the 2019 season, Penn-Trafford baseball coach Dan Miller was preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

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Thomas Jefferson track and field athletes Molly Wagner (left) and Zach Wagner.
Victory at Tri-State meet helps Thomas Jefferson’s Wagner build toward WPIALs
Fresh off her banner basketball season at Thomas Jefferson, junior Molly Wagner exploded out of the gate to start the outdoor track and field season.

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Norwin’s Alexandra Dillner smiles as she rounds the bases after her second home run during a game against Pine-Richland Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin softball hopes to continue momentum into second half of season
Norwin’s softball team opened the season with a tough 1-0 section loss at Seneca Valley.

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Norwin’s Jakob Bindas serves the ball against Plum during boys’ volleyball on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Norwin Senior High School.
Knights hit growth spurt
There are many ways for a coach to measure success. For Norwin volleyball coach Nick Fallone, it comes down to how much has his team grown.

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Pine Richland’s Halley Snyder competes in the 4 X 100 relay against Fox Chapel Area on April 9, at Fox Chapel. Louis Raggiunti l For the Tribune-Review - Copy
Pine-Richland field athletes showing promise
There is plenty of talent taking over the field events for the Pine-Richland track and field team. And while the team’s hurdlers, sprinters and long-distance runners have been performing well this season, so have the throwers.

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Pine-Richland’s Josh Scherer was hitting .389 with five doubles through the early stages of the season.
Hot bats power Pine-Richland baseball team on winning streak
After battling to a hard-fought 5-4 win over North Allegheny, the Pine-Richland baseball team is unbeaten in its last seven games. Prior to the win the over rival Tigers, the Rams had outscored their opponents 41-4 in the previous five games.

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Coming off a shoulder injury, Sarah Corrie hopes to return to competition at Friday’s Mars Invitational.
Gateway throwers Jones, Corrie set sights on WPIAL, PIAA success
Shelly Jones and Sarah Corrie both earned throwing medals at last year’s WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships.

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Sewickley Academy’s Victoria Keller (9) competes during a girls lacrosse match in 2019.
Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team looks to take final step
After coming close last season, the Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team (6-1, 4-0 in Section 2-AAA) looks forward to its first WPIAL title.

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Gateway’s Jaired Lehman (6) strecthes to get Plum’s Chandler Yocca (10) April 18, 2019 at Gateway.
Gateway baseball making run at Section 3-5A title
Gateway baseball coach Mark Wardzinski said at the start of the season his relatively young team had the pieces in place to make a run at the Section 3-5A championship and qualify for the WPIAL playoffs for the fourth year in a row.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alex Territ (15) competes against Baldwin on April 8, 2019, at Baldwin.
South Hills notebook: Thomas Jefferson’s Territ named player of the week
Notebook items from around the South Hills:

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Fox Chapel’s Timothy Johnston
The Herald Spotlight Athlete: Fox Chapel’s TJ Johnston
TJ Johnston, a senior on the Fox Chapel baseball team, has helped the team to a 5-2 start this season. Johnston, who plays shortstop and has been on the varsity for three years, also played on the FC football team. He will attend Penn State Behrend and continue to play baseball there. He hopes to major in engineering with a minor in business.

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Kindleberger, Coker break Franklin Regional track and field records
When Bob Ralston took over as coach of the Franklin Regional track and field program seven years ago, he set a goal for his athletes: perform above and beyond the expectations past athletes had set for the program.

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The Shady Side Academy baseball team started the 2019 season with a spring training trip to Florida.
Shady Side Academy baseball team confident in core
The Shady Side Academy baseball team recently returned from a spring training trip to Florida Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports with hopes of improving on last year’s 8-10 record that included a 5-5 section record and a second-round loss in the WPIAL playoffs.

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In issue of separating public, private schools, PIAA wants time
The PIAA administration is watching closely as a state legislator wades into the public vs. private debate, but it would rather see its own competitive-balance efforts given time to work.

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A-K Valley high school notebook: Section 1-3A softball race promises to be entertaining
If the second half of the Section 1-3A softball season resembles the first in any way, expect plenty of entertainment value in the coming weeks.

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Westinghouse’s Dayon Hayes adds Penn State offer, drawing recruiters to City League
Westinghouse junior Dayon Hayes is becoming the hottest City League football recruit in years.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson competes against South Allegheny on April 18, 2019, at South Allegheny.
Southmoreland softball team on home run tear
Back up your outfielders, Southmoreland softball has a knack for hitting the long ball.

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Yough “strikeout cancer” game set
The Yough softball team will have another “Strike Out Cancer” game May 8 when the Cougars host Frazier in Herminie.

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