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Thomas Jefferson’s Dan Deabner catches a long pass undefended during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Thomas Jefferson runs into nemesis Cathedral Prep again
November 20, 2019
Round 4.

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Clinton Blazevich talks to the Cheswick Christian Academy girls basketball team at practice last season.
Cheswick Christian girls dedicate season to former coach in need of heart transplant
Jacque Willis thought she might become a basketball coach someday, but she never expected it to be just a few months after she graduated college.

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Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe cuts back on the Apollo-Ridge defense on the way to a touchdown Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Avonworth High School.
Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe seeks court injunction to play in WPIAL Class 2A football final
Turned away by both the WPIAL and PIAA, Avonworth senior Kyros Thorpe has taken his eligibility battle to court.

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Trib HSSN power rankings are shuffled following WPIAL finals at Heinz Field
With four WPIAL championship games in the books, the final 10 teams in HSSN’s weekly power rankings are now set.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Nov. 19, 2019
November 19, 2019
Football

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High school roundup for Nov. 29, 2019: Josh Bemis nets hat trick for Quaker Valley
Josh Bemis completed his hat trick with the game-winning goal in the first minute of the third period, leading Quaker Valley to a 4-3 victory over Penn-Trafford in PIHL hockey Tuesday night.

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Avonworth in, Pine-Richland, Penn-Trafford, Aliquippa, Sto-Rox out of state rankings
Of the 30 Trib HSSN state-ranked teams from a week ago, eight tasted defeat, were bounced from the top five and saw their seasons end.

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Coach Gene Brisbane during basketball practice at Derry Area High School, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
Veteran coach brings new ideas to Derry girls program
New coach Gene Brisbane was talking to his players as the first day of girls basketball practice at Derry drew to a close.

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George Guido: Wrestling rules committee addresses injuries, stalling
In a move to address safety, additional time will be given to evaluate head and neck injuries when an appropriate health-care professional is present at a wrestling match.

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Mars girls soccer players celebrate during their PIAA playoff win over West Allegheny on Nov. 9, 2019, at Chartiers Valley.
Mars climbs in national rankings after state championship victory
The Mars girls soccer team has had an exciting past couple of days.

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Derry Area’s Aidan Bushey scores over Blackhawk’s Ryan McClymonds during a playoff game last season.
Derry boys installing up-tempo offense
Coming off its first winning season since 2001 and its first WPIAL playoff trip since 2008, the Derry boys basketball team has the experience and senior leadership to make another postseason push.

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Burrell’s Ally Fisher competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 16, 2019.
Young Burrell girls roster has room to grow
Youth will be served on the Burrell girls basketball team this season.

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Burrell coach Mike Fantuzzo works with the Bucs varsity team during a recent practice Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
With new coach in place, Burrell boys building from ground up
There’s nothing like starting with a clean slate.

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High school roundup for Nov. 18, 2019: Vince Abel’s third-period goal leads North Allegheny past Upper St. Clair
November 18, 2019
Vince Abel scored the game-winning goal with less than four minutes left in regulation to lead North Allegheny to a 5-4 victory over Upper St. Clair in a PIHL Class AAA hockey matchup Monday night.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Nov. 18, 2019
Football

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week for Nov. 18, 2019
For the first time this season, Class B, formerly Division 2 in the PIHL, has a forward as the TribLIVE HSSN PIHL Player of the Week.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week — Nov. 18, 2019
One sign of a good program is sustaining success even after taking hits from graduation, and Thomas Jefferson has managed just that.

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Belle Vernon’s Rachel Wobrak drives past Keystone Oaks’ Erin Feeney (left) and Isabela Bogdan during a WPIAL playoff game last season.
Belle Vernon girls have skill, drive to compete for section title
Coach Ronnie Drennan learned a lot in his first season at the helm of the Belle Vernon girls basketball team.

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Belle Vernon’s Thomas Hepple leaps for a shot during a five-on-five practice game at the boys’ varsity basketball practice on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Belle Vernon Area High School.
Belle Vernon boys looking for momentum to carry over
The beginning of Joe Salvino’s tenure as the Belle Vernon boys basketball coach was not ideal.

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield wins Moe Rosensteel Award
Ellie Coffield played a pivotal role in leading Mars to an unbeaten season complete with WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships.

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