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Jackson Pruitt led Jeannette with 12 points Friday night.
Jeannette holds on to beat Brentwood, run winning streak to 8
January 17, 2020
Two streaks continued Friday night at Jeannette.

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Plum’s Max Matolcsy looks for an open teammate against Armstrong on Jan. 17, 2020.
Plum starts second half of section play with win over Armstrong
A balanced offensive attack is something every coach hopes for, and on Friday night, it helped the Plum Mustangs kick off the second half of their Section 3-5A schedule on the right note.

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Central Catholic’s Eddy Tillman stiff-arms St. Joseph’s Prep’s Julian Talley during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal in November. As the PIAA considers changing its playoff pairings, Class 6A teams from the WPIAL and Philadelphia Catholic League might be on different halves of the bracket next season.
Important questions remain as WPIAL football realignment process continues
The WPIAL has already requested a weekend at Heinz Field for the football finals, but it’s too early to say which classifications will play their championships at the North Shore stadium.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout (top) corralls Keyshawn Frazier from Woodland Hills during their 195-pound match at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament on Jan. 17, 2020.
Allegheny County wrestling tournament notebook: Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout impresses in quest for fourth title
For the past three years, the Allegheny County tournament has been good to Mt. Lebanon senior Luke Stout.

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Penn-Trafford athletic director Kerry Hetrick received the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association Distinguished Coaching Educator Award.
Penn-Trafford AD Kerry Hetrick wins award
Kerry Hetrick started wearing glasses lately. While he isn’t quite comfortable with the change, his vision for Penn-Trafford athletics remains clear.

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Woodland Hills’ Jihaad Dennard competes against Penn Hills Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Woodland Hills basketball showcase draws teams from 7 states for anti-violence event
High school basketball teams from seven states are headed to Woodland Hills this weekend for the Martin Luther King Weekend Stand Against Violence Showcase, a four-day event that features 41 boys and girls varsity games.

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High school scores, summaries, schedules for Jan. 16, 2020
January 16, 2020
Basketball

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Woodland Hills’ Peyton Pinkney celebrates during the Wolverines 55-53 overtime victory over Oakland Catholic Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Oakland Catholic High School.
High school roundup for Jan. 16, 2020: Woodland Hills hits clutch shots to down Oakland Catholic
Peyton Pinkney and Joi Burleigh hit huge shots down the stretch to lead Woodland Hills to a 55-53 overtime victory over Oakland Catholic in a matchup of ranked teams Thursday night.

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Butler head coach Eric Christy during practice Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
Butler football skips independent route, joins District 10 as associate member
District 10 accepted Butler’s football team as an associate member Wednesday after the WPIAL endorsed the move.

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Apollo-Ridge coach Mike Monstrola talks strategy with his team in a timeout during a section matchup with Burrell on Jan. 16, 2020.
Apollo-Ridge rolls past Burrell for fourth straight victory
The Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team is about to embark on a crucial stretch of Section 1-4A games with matchups against North Catholic, Indiana, Knoch and Freeport.

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Second half of WPIAL section boys basketball tips off Friday
Penn Hills has a two-game lead at the midway point in Section 1-5A boys basketball.

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Hampton’s Lydia Quaglia competes in the 100 fly against Gateway Jan. 16, 2020 at Hampton.
Hampton girls swim team showing growth
The Hampton girls swim team may not be sending a lot of individuals to WPIALs this year, but the training and hard work have paid off.

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Hampton’s Drew Scheib competes in the 200 medley relay against Gateway Jan. 16, 2020 at Hampton.
Hampton boys swim team eyes record-breaking season
The Hampton boys swim team is enjoying perhaps its strongest season in recent memory, which could translate to a banner year at WPIALs at North Allegheny in February.

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Shaler Area’s Cam Mbalo competes in the boys Class AAA triple jump during the PIAA track and field state championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
Led by freshman sprinter, Shaler track team shattering records
Eloise Facher had a subdued reaction to Shaler Area track and field coach Shawn Ryan’s news.

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The Shaler competitive spirit team competed at the PIAA championships Jan. 11, 2020, in Hershey.
Shaler competitive spirit team relishes top-five finish at states
Members of the Shaler Area competitive spirit team didn’t get to the top of the PIAA small division field as they hoped they might.

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Bishop Canevin’s Alyssa Pollice takes part in practice Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Bishop Canevin High School.
Bishop Canevin’s Alyssa Pollice goes from role player to reliable scorer
When Alyssa Pollice transferred from Seton LaSalle to Bishop Canevin last season, she gave the Crusaders girls basketball team something every team needs: that player who does the dirty work. Defense, rebounding and intangibles that don’t show up in the scorebook were her calling card.

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Penn Hills grad Tim Smith sees greener pastures at Slippery Rock
When running back Tim Smith committed to Fairmont State during his senior season at Penn Hills, he knew he would have to compete for starting time with a crowded backfield.

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Penn Hills’ Kyree Hairston-Mitchell (2) looks to get by Woodland Hills’ Velton Kenney (1) Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Point guard Kyree Hairston-Mitchell leads Penn Hills into WPIAL title contention
After a rocky 5-2 start to the season, the Penn Hills boys basketball team put together a five-game winning streak. Senior point guard Kyree Hairston-Mitchell played a pivotal role in righting the ship through his consistent play.

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North Allegheny’s Nick Gorman won his match by default against North Hills Dec. 18, 2019 at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny wrestlers building foundation at individual tournaments
The North Allegheny wrestling team has taken full advantage of having more wrestlers at individual tournaments during the season.

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North Allegheny junior Katie Oates competes at the Bucknell Invitational on Jan. 4, 2020.
Cross-state meets give North Allegheny swimming, diving teams chance to grow
North Allegheny swimming and diving traveled across the state for two meets with mixed results.

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