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Cheswick Christian coach Clinton Blazevich works with his team Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Cheswick Christian Academy.
Cheswick Christian girls playing inspired basketball
January 20, 2020
Veteran experience, team balance and ongoing inspiration from its former head coach are just a few things, first-year Cheswick Christian Academy girls basketball coach Jacque Willis said, that have contributed to the team’s strong start.

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Clairton’s Isaiah Berry (4) hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with teammates after defeating Sto-Rox in the Class A final Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL reveals football conference alignment for 2020, 2021 seasons
Not all WPIAL football conferences are equal but they are more geographically friendly.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abigail Sharp competes in the girls’ 100 butterfly against Belle Vernon on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at the Greensburg YMCA.
Greensburg Salem girls swimmers have depth to stay afloat
The Greensburg Salem girls swimming team has faced the difficult task of replacing its top performer from last season, but depth has kept the Golden Lions afloat.

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Woodland Hills’ Peyton Pinkney (4), Akirrah Sewell (15), Tatiana Vasquez (24) and Nya Morris (1) celebrate after beating Penn Hills Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Woodland Hills girls turn program around, emerge as WPIAL title contenders
Woodland Hills has been a team on the rise the last two seasons, but after their past seven days, the Wolverines look like contenders to reach a WPIAL final.

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Aquinas Academy freshman Vinnie Cugini is averaging almost 35 points per game.
Trib HSSN boys basketball player of the week — Week ending Jan. 18, 2020
Last year, he wasn’t even in high school yet and his team was not a member of the WPIAL.

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Trib HSSN boys basketball team of the week — Week ending Jan. 18, 2020
A new coach and winning basketball has electrified Alumni Hall this winter.

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Lincoln Park’s Andre Wilder scores against Aliquippa’s Michael Dawkins during their game Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Midland.
Fox Chapel, Lincoln Park, Vincentian remain No. 1 in Trib HSSN boys hoops state rankings
As we hit Mid-January with only a few weeks left in the regular season, the elite basketball teams in the state are starting to flex their muscles.

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Pennsylvania and Maryland watch the coin toss during the Big 33 Football Classic between Pennsylvania and Maryland on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Hersheypark Stadium. Pennsylvania won 26-14.
Big 33 sees 3 alumni reach Super Bowl, extends streak to 54 years
January 19, 2020
The Big 33 Football Classic’s Super Bowl streak continues with help from a former WPIAL athlete.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending Jan. 19, 2020
Ringgold came into the 2019-20 season with lofty expectations, and for good reason. Last year, the Rams avenged being eliminated in the previous postseason by Burrell by beating the Bucs in the Division 2 championship game.

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High school scores, schedules for Jan. 19, 2020
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Trib HSSN PIHL PLayer of the Week: Week ending Jan. 19, 2020
Last season, Montour won the Class A Penguins Cup.

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Belle Vernon’s Jenna Dawson goes up for a shot as Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula defends Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.
Wrestling team sectionals, 2nd half of basketball section play heats up on Trib HSSN
The WPIAL wrestling postseason begins with team sectionals, and the high school basketball section second half kicks into full gear this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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East Allegheny’s Tyler Padezan
East Allegheny wide receiver Tyler Padezan commits to Duquesne
East Allegheny’s Tyler Padezan, who earned all-conference honors at wide receiver and defensive back, committed Sunday to Duquesne.

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Latrobe’s Nick Byrd gets a shot on Penn-Trafford goalie Jackson Kerrigan during their Jan. 16 game. Latrobe is undefeated and atop the PIHL Class AA Southeast Division.
PIHL high school hockey standings through Jan. 19, 2020
Here are the latest PIHL standings through Jan. 19.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell drives past Moon’s Sofia Mancini during their game Jan. 9. Chartiers Valley remained atop the Trib HSSN girls state basketball rankings.
OLSH in, Winchester Thurston out in latest HSSN state girls hoops rankings
A week after big changes in the Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings, all was quiet as the elite throughout Pennsylvania took care of business.

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WPIAL to approve, release realigned conferences for fall sports Monday
There has been a lot of discussion, speculation and debate.

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WPIAL Girls Basketball Team of the Week: Week ending Jan. 18
There were two big tests on the Woodland Hills girls basketball team’s midterm report.

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Latrobe goalies Vinny Amatucci, left, chats with fellow goalie Greg Irons, right, between periods while playing Penn-Trafford on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg.
Irons, Amatucci thriving in goal for Latrobe hockey
Most hockey teams are fortunate to have one all-star goaltender.

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WPIAL Girls Basketball Player of the Week — Week ending Jan. 18
When most people think about Sunday, they ponder things that are fun and relaxing.

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Penn State names former Purdue standout Stubblefield new wide receivers coach
Taylor Stubblefield set Big Ten and national records as a wide receiver at Purdue, and he now hopes to lift Penn State’s receiving corps to similar lofty heights.

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