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High school scores, summaries and schedules for May 15, 2021
May 15, 2021
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High school roundup for May 15, 2021: Latrobe softball handles North Allegheny
Jordan Novak went 4 for 4 as Latrobe tuned up for the WPIAL softball playoffs with a 12-7 nonsection victory at North Allegheny on Saturday afternoon.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch drives to the basket during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Spring-Ford on March 26.
North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch caps high school career with Roundball Classic MVP
It’s been quite a past several months for North Allegheny senior Lizzy Groetsch.

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The Highlands softball team won its first section title since 2005 at its new field on the high school campus.
George Guido: Highlands softball team’s new field a hit
Highlands is celebrating its first section softball title since 2005, and the Golden Rams did it in the first year of their new field.

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Norwin’s Ryan Scavnicky (7) celebrates with Jayden Walker after scoring during their game against Penn-Trafford on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Norwin, Hempfield could meet in baseball, softball playoffs
Norwin and Hempfield could meet again in the WPIAL baseball and softball semifinals, and that could mean at least two local teams making the Class 6A finals.

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Fox Chapel’s Laura Carter leads the pack en route to winning the 1600 meter run during the Baldwin Invitational on May 8, 2021, at Baldwin High School.
Distance runners Carter, Miller ready for 1st crack at WPIAL girls championships
Fox Chapel’s Laura Carter and Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller first meet in competition in fall 2018 as seventh-grade cross country runners.

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Ligonier Valley junior Miles Higgins won the javelin at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet.
Ligonier Valley junior Higgins turning heads in the javelin
Ligonier Valley junior Miles Higgins turned some heads recently.

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North Catholic head coach Dave DeGregorio instructs his team against Quaker Valley during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, March 8, 2021, in Leetsdale.
North Allegheny ready to rehire Dave DeGregorio as boys basketball coach
North Allegheny’s next boys basketball coach already knows the program well.

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Butler’s Ally Morro edges out Norwin’s Jordyn Turcovski and North Allegheny’s Lola Akindele in the 100-meter dash during the WPIAL Class AAA Team Track and Field Championships on May 12 at West Mifflin Area High School.
North Allegheny girls pleased with runner-up finish at WPIAL team championships
Only a handful of schools reach the WPIAL team track championships each year, but the meet has become almost an annual tradition for the North Allegheny girls.

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North Journal notebook: North Hills softball finishes 2nd in Section 3
The North Hills softball team fell just short of a section title last week after falling to Shaler, 9-8, on May 11.

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Plum’s Ashley Polakovic makes a catch in front of Maura Marston during their game against Armstrong on Monday, May 10, 2021, at Armstrong High School.
Plum softball, baseball teams turn attention to WPIAL playoffs
The Plum softball team hadn’t played a game in nearly two weeks when it came back May 10 from a covid pause to face Section 1-5A foe Armstrong in a game crucial to each team’s goal of a section title.

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Bethel Park’s Isaac Nirella competes at the Baldwin Invitational on May 7, 2021, at South Fayette.
Bethel Park pole vaulter Nirella continues to raise the bar
Isaac Nirella, a junior at Bethel Park, has made great strides in just his second year of pole vaulting competition.

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Hampton boys lacrosse surges into postseason
Hampton senior defender Gus Wolf hopes history repeats itself in the WPIAL Class AA boys lacrosse playoffs.

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Norwin’s Madie Kessler rounds the bases after hitting her second home run against Hempfield on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin notebook: Kessler’s home run trot a familiar sight for Knights
Sophomore Madie Kessler wasn’t aiming for Route 30, but those who witnessed her towering home run against North Allegheny believe the ball might have landed on the highway below Norwin High School.

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Franklin Regional’s Carli Ranchandran rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Armstrong on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional softball team hits upswing as playoffs approach
After losing its first two games, the Franklin Regional softball has been a model of consistency. Sort of.

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Bethel Park’s Megan Malecki competes during the 2021 season.
Bethel Park’s Malecki, Underwood vaulting to personal best marks
It takes a unique type of high school athlete to compete in the pole vault event.

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Brothers-in-law face off for Riverview, Leechburg baseball
A few years ago, Bill Stoops and William Gras, who are brothers-in-law, were sharing the same bench as the head and assistant coach of the Gateway baseball program.

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Shady Side Academy senior Colin Gramley embraces a Shady Side coach after winning the decisive match of the WPIAL Class AAA boys tennis team title on May 12, 2021, at North Allegheny.
Shady Side Academy boys tennis celebrates 1st WPIAL title since ’14
All season, Shady Side Academy senior Colin Gramley was hoping at least one tennis match would come down to him.

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Hampton runners, from left, Corey Letterle, Joey Mayer, Gage Galuska and Matt DeMatteo, compete at the Butler Invitational on April 24, 2021, at Butler.
Hampton athletes sprint toward WPIAL track championship meet
The Hampton boys track and field team last month won its first section title in 36 years.

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High school scores, summaries and schedule for May 14, 2021
May 14, 2021
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