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Quartet of Sewickley Academy girls aims to return to WPIAL tournament
August 14, 2017
Small in number, the Sewickley Academy girls golf team has big ambitions this season. The Panthers have only four players, but all are veterans. Junior

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy throws a football during practice at Jeannette's McKee Stadium on August 9, 2017.
Kennedy could be Jeannette’s next great dual-threat quarterback
Robert Kennedy grew up watching Jeannette football games when Terrelle Pryor was bringing crowds to their feet and putting exclamation points on scoring drives for

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Shaler softball coach Skip Palmer in 2012.
Just-retired Shaler softball coach dies suddenly
Skip Palmer's way with words was something his Shaler softball players admired. In every situation, Palmer was able to disarm people with his tone. Sydney

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Seniors on the Fox Chapel girls golf team include, from left, Cara Levicoff, Toby Lazear, Sadye Miller and Hannah Conroy.
Fox Chapel girls golf counting on seniors at top of lineup
August 13, 2017
Last fall, the Fox Chapel girls golf team posted a 5-3 section mark but failed to make the WPIAL playoffs. The Foxes lost a pair

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Fox Chapel junior Jacob Miller keeps the ball in bounds during a game against Woodland Hills on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel boys soccer thinking playoffs
The Fox Chapel boys soccer team compiled a 9-9 record last year, and its season ended with an overtime loss in the playoffs to eventual

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Deer Lakes Colin Kadlick works out during a recent practices at Deer Lakes High School.Wednesday July 26, 2017.
Waiting game over for Deer Lakes’ Bender
Ethan Bender sat behind a pair of quarterbacks the last two years at Deer Lakes and picked up as much knowledge as he could. As

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Shaler's Lydia Valentine plays against Seneca Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at Seneca Valley.
With strong 1-2 singles players, Shaler girls tennis aiming for playoff spot
There's healthy competition throughout the varsity lineup for Shaler girls tennis coach Brian Duermeyer. In singles, there's a battle for the top spot. For doubles,

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Deeper, more experienced roster to carry Shaler girls golf
Caught in the sand or stuck under the tree doesn't require taking big risks. When Shaler girls golf coach Samantha Smyers works with her team,

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Competition heating up for Pine-Richland boys soccer
Last season, the Pine-Richland boys soccer team finished third in Section 1-4A, which was just enough to clinch a WPIAL playoff berth. From there, the

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Jordan Paskorz (94) parlayed his standout football career at Hampton into a scholarship to Michigan.
Jordan Paskorz joins brother in Hampton Athletic Hall of Fame
Being three years apart, there wasn't much time for the Paskorz brothers to terrorize opposing defenses together. Come September, they will line up side-by-side for

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CTK ’17 – 2017 WPIAL Class 3-A Players to Watch
Countdown to Kickoff 2017 continues with a six-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on NOMINATE TOP PLAYERS and submitting their name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2017 campaign in Class 3-A. OFFENSE: Quarterbacks: Nico Battisti - Central Valley Running Backs: Lionel Deanes - Seton-LaSalle Avante McKenzie - Aliquippa

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Pine-Richland senior Kenny White transferred from West Allegheny.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
One running back or two Not all high school coaches use the same approach when it comes to their backfield workloads. While some ride one

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Yough offensive guard/defensive end Kylie Roebuck
Yough girl Roebuck turning heads at defensive end
The ginger-haired pony tail gave her away as she turned her back during a heat-acclimatization workout. Freshman Kylie Roebuck blends in so well with her

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Belle Vernon lineman Blake Zubovic (facing) committed to Pitt and is one of the top returning players in the Class 4A Big 9 Conference.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 4A Big 9
The favorite Thomas Jefferson (12-1 overall, 8-0 Big 9 in 2016) Thomas Jefferson has become a regular visitor to Heinz Field, claiming seven WPIAL titles,

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Hempfield quarterback Justin Sliwoski looks for an opening against Norwin defenders during the championship 7-on-7 football game during the 7th annual WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament at Greater Latrobe Senior High School on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Keeping his cool key to success for Hempfield senior QB Sliwoski
Good luck trying to shake Justin Sliwoski. Can't be done, on or off the football field. The smooth-going Hempfield senior does not flinch. There was

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CTK ’17 – 2017 WPIAL Class 4-A Players to Watch
August 12, 2017
Countdown to Kickoff 2017 continues with a six-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on NOMINATE TOP PLAYERS and submitting their name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2017 campaign in Class 4-A. OFFENSE: Quarterbacks: Drew Saxton - South Fayette Running Backs: Joey Koroly - Trinity Garrett Reinke - Mars

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CTK ’17 – 2017 WPIAL Class 5-A Players to Watch
Countdown to Kickoff 2017 continues with a six-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on NOMINATE TOP PLAYERS and submitting their name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2017 campaign in Class 5-A. OFFENSE: Quarterbacks: Will Hirt - North Hills Brady Walker - Gateway Running Backs: Micah Morris - Fox Chapel Ross Greece - Kiski Area

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CTK ’17 – 2017 WPIAL Class 6-A Players to Watch
Countdown to Kickoff 2017 continues with a six-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on NOMINATE TOP PLAYERS and submitting their name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2017 campaign in Class 6-A. OFFENSE: Quarterbacks: Phil Jurkovec - Pine-Richland Troy Fisher - Pittsburgh Central Catholic Cam Tarrant - Penn Hills Justin Sliwoski - Hempfield James Stocker - Mount Lebanon

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Mark Redman (65) joins Springdale High School head coach Chuck Wagner in celebrating the Dynamos' 2003 WPIAL championship game victory at Heinz Field.
A-K Valley football teams looking to snap WPIAL title drought
One game from Springdale's 2003 WPIAL football championship season sticks out for Don andquot;Pappyandquot; Boulton, and it's not the Dynamos' Class A title-game win over

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Mark Redman (65) joins Springdale High School head coach Chuck Wagner in celebrating the Dynamos' 2003 WPIAL championship game victory at Heinz Field.
A-K Valley football teams looking to snap WPIAL title drought
One game from Springdale's 2003 WPIAL football championship season sticks out for Don andquot;Pappyandquot; Boulton, and it's not the Dynamos' Class A title-game win over

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