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Norwin’s Kendall Berger fights for a loose ball with North Allegheny’s Lyida Betz last Thursday.
WPIAL clinched: Girls basketball playoff qualifiers through Jan. 30
January 31, 2023
The 2023 WPIAL girls basketball regular season is winding down and the playoff field is starting to grow.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Jan. 30, 2023
January 30, 2023
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High school roundup for Jan. 30, 2023: Avonworth girls win battle for 1st place
Becca Goetz scored 24 points to lead Avonworth to a 50-39 victory over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in a battle for first place in Section 2-3A girls basketball Monday night.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jake Lang rolls Kiski Area’s Clayton Cramer on his head during the 114-pound match in the WPIAL Class 3A team championship preliminary round Monday.
WPIAL team wrestling roundup: Penn-Trafford takes down Kiski Area; Fox Chapel gets dramatic win
Penn-Trafford stunned wrestling fans a week ago when it defeated Norwin to create a three-way tie in Section 3-3A.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble shoots a jumper against Serra Catholic on Monday.
Serra Catholic shuts down Greensburg Central Catholic to earn season split
After a near miss in Round 1, the Serra Catholic girls basketball team handled business in Round 2 against first-place Greensburg Central Catholic, handing the Centurions their first section loss of the season and thrusting itself back in line for a share of the Section 3-2A title.

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Yough’s Autumn Matthews drives past Charleroi’s Bella Carroto in the first quarter Monday.
Yough girls impress with rout of Charleroi
Yough is chasing its first WPIAL playoff berth in more than a decade.

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Highlands’ Kalleigh Nerone scores against Freeport last season.
Highlands girls pull away from Freeport, clinch spot in playoffs
The Highlands girls basketball team knew a victory over rival Freeport in Monday’s Section 1-4A matchup would give it an official berth to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Aquinas Academy’s Vincent Cugini scores between Leechburg’s Jaden Floyd and Braylan Lovelace on Dec.13, 2022.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 31, 2023: Aquinas Academy star Vinnie Cugini on verge of breaking WPIAL scoring record
We could be closing out the month of January with a little history Tuesday.

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Hampton’s Peter Kramer scores over Highlands’ Jordyn Tavarez on Friday.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Jan. 30, 2023
The Hampton boys basketball team has found a groove. The Talbots are a well-oiled machine that after two more wins last week, sits atop their section thanks to a nine-game winning streak.

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Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine celebrates with Cruce Brookins in the final seconds of a 70-62 win over Seton LaSalle in a 2022 WPIAL Class 3A playoff game.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 30, 2023
In two weeks, couples will celebrate the mid-February tradition of Valentine’s Day.

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Allderdice’s Abby Walsh makes an attack against Faith Kellogg from Pine-Richland during a match Jan. 27, 2023, at Peters Township High School.
Allderdice girls remain undefeated in Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association competition
The Allderdice girls fencing team remained undefeated in Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association meets with a pair of wins last Friday during competition at Peters Township.

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Greensburg Salem senior Colten Humphrey
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Greensburg Salem’s Colten Humphrey
Some teams just give off a vibe that a certain season could be special.

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Latrobe’s Reid West celebrates his hat trick goal against Mars during their game on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Kirk Nevin Arena.
After closed-door meeting, Latrobe hockey joins hunt with Class 2A contenders
It’s been a far-from-perfect scenario since the Latrobe hockey team held a closed-door meeting in early November following a pair of uninspired losses that produced just two goals and dropped the Wildcats’ record to .500 after just four games. Despite his team having outscored its first two opponents by a combined 13-3, coach Josh Werner had seen enough. So had his staff, his captains and presumably everybody else.

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Kiski senior Ethan George
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Kiski Area’s Ethan George
In October, the Kiski hockey team dropped its first two games of the season to Fox Chapel and Greensburg Salem. But that wasn’t a sign of things to come. In fact, it was quite the opposite.

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Deer Lakes’ AJ Schaaf is a senior captain for the 2022-23 hockey team.
Deep lineup helps Deer Lakes hockey contend with Division 2 leaders
A winning hockey team possesses discipline, outstanding puck movement and team chemistry through all lines and defensemen pairings. Deer Lakes appears to have that winning formula in the PIHL’s Division 2.

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco drives past Highlands’ Ava Nitowski and Shelby Wojik in the second half Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at Highlands High School.
WPIAL girls basketball playoff clinchings through Jan. 29, 2023
January 29, 2023
The 2022-23 WPIAL girls basketball regular season is winding down and the playoff field is starting to grow.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Tanner Donati scores against Upper St. Clair on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
WPIAL boys basketball playoff clinchings through Jan. 29, 2023
The 2022-23 WPIAL boys basketball playoff field is starting to take shape with two weeks left in the regular season.

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Trib HSSN girls basketball player of the week for Jan. 29, 2023
It was just another week at the office for one of the top 10th graders in WPIAL girls basketball.

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Plum’s Zach Miller celebrates his hat trick goal with teammates during their game against Fox Chapel on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, at Alpha Ice Arena in Harmar.
PIHL standings, playoff clinchings through Jan. 29, 2023
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings and postseason clinchings through Sunday:

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio fights for a rebound with North Allegheny’s Kellie McConnell Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN girls basketball team of the week for Jan. 29, 2023
Since coming to North Allegheny prior to the 2017 season as the girls basketball coach, Spencer Stefko and his Tigers have won…a lot.

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