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Bethel Park’s Gianni Magnotti celebrates with Ryan Petras after turning a double play against Chartiers Valley on May 10, 2023.
Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras wraps up highly decorated junior year
July 20, 2024
The postseason accolades have been pouring in for Bethel Park superstar athlete Ryan Petras.

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Franklin Regional’s Austin Kerns takes down Hempfield’s Daniel Katonka on Oct.14, 2022.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Pair of players earn camp honors
Two local football players were named most valuable players at the 2Tenths Speed & Agility Top 150 Camp last weekend at Shady Side Academy.

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Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras returns a punt for a touchdown against Mt. Lebanon on Sept. 1, 2023.
2024 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras
The recruiting process can be a stressful time for top high school athletes as they try to determine which college to choose to continue their academic and athletic careers.

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Trafford crushes unbeaten Saint Marys at Junior American Legion regional
July 19, 2024
Trafford extended its winning streak to 16 games by handing Saint Marys its first loss of the season in the Junior American Legion Western Regional on Friday at Homer City.

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Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch carries past Aliquippa’s Beno Williams during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Nov. 10, 2023.
2024 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch
Alex Tatsch essentially has more stars in his recruiting rating (four) than he does years of high school football.

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Aliquippa’s Brandon Banks, Tikey Hayes and Quentin Goode celebrate after defeating Dallas to win the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Appellate judge denies PIAA request, keeping Aliquippa in Class 4A football
July 18, 2024
The injunction keeping Aliquippa in Class 4A football remains in place after a Commonwealth Court judge denied a PIAA request for a stay.

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Latrobe’s John Wetzel defends against Penn-Trafford’s Jessie Lisbon during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 on Thursday.
Penn-Trafford wins WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament
The championship plaque and the balance of power at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 football passing tournament are back in the hands of Penn-Trafford.

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Aliquippa defensive back Larry Moon
2024 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Aliquippa’s Larry Moon III
Aliquippa cornerback Larry Moon III’s stock continues to rise through the offseason.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble dribbles past Serra Catholic’s Bri Battles on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, in Carbon.
WPIAL releases 2024-25 basketball schedules, updates section alignment for girls teams
The WPIAL released basketball schedules for the upcoming season Thursday and revealed an updated section alignment for girls that moved Greensburg Central Catholic to Class 3A.

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Armstrong quarterback Colt Sprankle throws during a 7-on-7 competition last summer.
Knoch transfer Colt Sprankle earns postseason eligibility after PIAA board overturns WPIAL
The PIAA board overturned a WPIAL decision and granted postseason eligibility to Knoch junior Colt Sprankle, a football-playing transfer from Armstrong.

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The North Allegheny volleyball team hoists the state championship trophy after defeating Unionville, 3-0, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA board favors 6 classes for girls volleyball, rejects plan to expand track to 3
July 17, 2024
STATE COLLEGE — The PIAA wants to increase girls volleyball to six classifications, but a request to expand track and field to three was rejected by the board.

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New Apollo-Ridge coach Raevaan Mottley watches players during an open gym Wednesday, July 17, 2024.
Apollo-Ridge girls basketball making strides as it transitions to new coach Raevaan Mottley
Even before Raevaan Mottley arrived at Apollo-Ridge as the new varsity girls basketball head coach in late May, his players were taking part in open gyms.

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The PIAA Class 6A football championship trophy sits on the field on Dec. 9, 2023, at Chapman Field at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA endorses potential changes to competitive-balance rule, could allow appeals on health and safety grounds
STATE COLLEGE — The PIAA board wants to remove some much-maligned words from its competitive-balance rule: those that have prohibited health and safety as grounds for an appeal.

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Imani Christian’s Dayshaun Burnett committed to Penn State on Feb. 7, 2024, at a ceremony at the school.
2024 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Imani Christian’s Dayshaun Burnett
A four-star linebacker committed to Penn State, Dayshaun Burnett is one of the premier recruits in the WPIAL entering the 2024 season.

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Trafford defeated 14th Ward to the win the Westmoreland County Junior League title Tuesday, July 16, 2024.
Trafford wins Junior title; West Point advances to finals
July 16, 2024
Dom Delio took a perfect game into the seventh inning Tuesday to lead Trafford to a 6-1 victory against 14th Ward (Woodland Hills) in the Westmoreland Junior League Championship.

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Jim Holtgrieve (left), captain of the U.S. team, hugs Nathan Smith on the 15th hole after Smith clinched the Walker Cup for his team in 2013.
Nathan Smith receives exemption in U.S. Mid-Amateur
Brookville native and Pittsburgh resident Nathan Smith received an exemption into the 43rd U.S Mid-Amateur.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating McKeesport in the Class 4A final on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
PIAA asks appellate court to lift injunction that keeps Aliquippa in 4A football
A Commonwealth Court judge must decide whether there was a proper basis for a lower court’s ruling that kept the Aliquippa football team in Class 4A.

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Central Valley’s Jance Henry Jr. carries for a touchdown past West Allegheny’s Derek Curry on Oct. 19, 2023.
2024 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Central Valley’s Jance Henry Jr.
A breakout season might be in the making for Jance Henry Jr. in 2024.

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Attending a luncheon are front (left to right) Gene Matsook, Tom Nola, George Smith, Jim Render, Dick LeBeau, Don Yannessa, Jack McCurry and Joe Hamilton; back row (left to right) Bill Cherpak, Dan Matsook, Pat Monroe, George Novak, Kevin Colbert, John Banaszak, Mike Zmijanac and Eric Kasperowicz.
Former Steelers assistant Dick LeBeau shares wisdom with group of legendary high school football coaches
July 15, 2024
Former Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was the guest speaker at the annual gathering of current and former WPIAL football coaches Monday at Grandview Golf Course in North Braddock.

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West Point’s Jayelyn Luft threw a no-hitter against Pittston on Monday.
Luft twins lead West Point to win, spot in Pa. Little League Softball final
Jayelyn Luft tossed a no-hitter, twin sister Jocelyn Luft drove in four runs and West Point moved into the Pennsylvania Little League Softball Major Championship with a 12-1 win Monday against Pittston.

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