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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco heads the ball toward net while competing against Trinity on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 at Franklin Regional High School.
DiFalco’s hat trick leads Franklin Regional past Trinity in 1st round of WPIAL 3A playoffs
October 23, 2021
Franklin Regional appeared in the past three WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer championships and has its sights set on making it four straight.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder had a hat trick against Eden Christian in a firat-round playoff game Saturday.
High school roundup for Oct. 23, 2021: Top-seeded GCC girls roll into quarterfinals
Riley Kerr and Sara Felder had three goals and two assists apiece to lead No. 1 Greensburg Central Catholic to a 9-0 girls soccer victory over No. 16 Eden Christian (4-8-2) in a WPIAL Class A first-round match Saturday at Franklin Regional. Alexia Graham added two goals and an assist for the Centurions (13-1), who will play Riverside in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

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Baldwin and Central Catholic square off Saturday, OCt. 23, 2021.
Central Catholic jumps on Baldwin quickly, cruises to 6A win
It took longer for Central Catholic to salute its 22 seniors before the game than it did for the Vikings to strike on their first three drives.

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Kiski Area head coach Chris Heater (right) and assistant coaches Chuck Tursky (left) and Matt Kiebler react during their 35-31 comeback victory over Cumberland Valley in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament championship at the Giant Center on Thursday Feb. 11, 2016, in Hershey.
George Guido: Pair of worthy Alle-Kiski Valley men bound for Hall
Two well-known area sports figures are headed for induction into the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Nate Dlugos looks to pass during a 7on7 game on July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: GCC’s Dlugos boys play with heavy hearts
“RWG Pap” was written in bold, black lettering on the tape wrapped around Nate Dlugos’ wrist.

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Brownsville leaving WPIAL football for independent schedule
Leaving WPIAL football was an idea Brownsville athletic director Scott Roebuck once was adamantly against, but now he agrees that drastic move is the best chance to save the program.

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Quarterback Max Blanc has led Bethel Park’s resurgence this season.
Bethel Park writing remarkable bounce-back tale
After shaking last year’s winless record, Bethel Park’s football team played its way to a WPIAL playoff berth with four impressive midseason victories.

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Plum’s Zach Miller (62) celebrates his goal with Travis Marks during their game against Wheeling Catholic on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Young lineup off to strong start for Plum hockey
The Plum varsity hockey team won just one game last year in a 2020-21 season that was unlike any other in the history of the PIHL with delays, restrictions and numerous changes overall because of the covid pandemic.

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Strong finish lifts Bethel Park into WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
The turnaround began last year and continued into this season.

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Hampton’s Sophie Kelly celebrates a penalty against Franklin Regional during a game on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at Frildey Field in Hampton.
Hampton 3-sport standout Kelly helps guide girls soccer team to WPIAL playoff berth
Sophia Kelly had a tough decision to make this past summer.

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Shady Side Academy players celebrate a goal by Drew McKim (second from right) during a game against 
Deer Lakes on Oct. 13.
Fox Chapel, Shady Side Academy soccer teams add to playoff legacy
High schools from the Lower Valley continue to experience soccer success.

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North Allegheny’s Sophia Palermo battles Seneca Valley’s Natalie Matthews for a header during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in McCandless.
North Allegheny notebook: Tigers girls soccer team earns top seed
The two-time defending champion North Allegheny girls soccer team again is the favorite to win the WPIAL Class 4A title after earning the No. 1 seed for the district playoffs.

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The North Allegheny girls volleyball team is the four-time defending PIAA champion.
Rare defeat helped North Allegheny girls volleyball players refocus
The winning streak had stood at 57 section victories when the North Allegheny girls volleyball team saw its unbeaten run stunningly end this season.

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North Hills’ Noah Benscoter returns for his sophomore season.
North Hills hockey hopes last year’s strong finish carries over
North Hills hockey was able to close out last year’s regular season as strong as any team in the PIHL’s Class A. But now the program wants more following a crushing ending.

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Franklin Regional’s Gwen Shilling plays against Penn-Trafford last season.
Franklin Regional notebook: Girls golf team wraps up another strong season
Based on the level of competition at the WPIAL Class 3A girls team golf finals, coach Kane Daignault was thrilled to see his Franklin Regional team card a top-five finish.

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Norwin’s Hunter Hardy plays against Greensburg Salem on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
Norwin hockey program moving in right direction
Norwin second-year hockey coach Mike Robinson lists his team’s strengths in this order:

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Oct. 23, 2021
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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo throws a pass during practice on Aug. 24, 2021, in Homewood.
Westinghouse blanks University Prep to reach City League final
Keyshawn Morsillo and Khalil Taylor ran for touchdowns as Westinghouse scored a 17-0 shutout over University Prep (2-5) in the City League semifinals Friday night.

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Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace avoids the tackle attempt of Bishop Canevin’s Keshawn Harris in the first half at Leechburg’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
WPIAL Class A roundup: Lovelace scores 6 TDs as Leechburg earns 1st playoff berth since ’88
Leechburg clinched its first playoff appearance since 1988 by earning a 66-6 victory over Imani Christian (2-6, 1-5) in the WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference on Friday night.

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Laurel running back Luke McCoy works out during practice on Aug. 4, 2021.
WPIAL Class 2A roundup: McCoy sets Laurel career rushing mark in win over Ellwood City
Luke McCoy ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns and became the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,711 career yards in leading No. 4 Laurel to a 54-13 win over Ellwood City (0-7, 0-6) in the WPIAL Class 2A Midwestern Conference on Friday night.

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