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North Allegheny’s Tyler Putnam (right) was selected for the 2020 PIHL all-star game.
North Allegheny hockey team loaded with PIHL all-stars
January 16, 2020
Six players who had North Allegheny hockey sitting atop the PIHL are among selections for the league’s Class AAA All-Star game Sunday at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.

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Deer Lakes’ Ryan Butler scores over Summit Academy’s Kysheem Woods during the Saint Joseph’s tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Saint Joseph’s.
Deer Lakes leaning on experience, defense heading into 2nd half of season
Entering the second half of section play, the Deer Lakes boys basketball team is in a position it didn’t expect to be.

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Latrobe’s Michael Noonan drives toward a shot on net against Norwin in WPIAL basketball on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Norwin Senior High School.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Latrobe shakes off losses
Latrobe is experiencing a down season. Those are words you don’t hear very often coming from the Wildcats’ program.

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Brothers Adam Bilinsky (1) and Ty Bilinsky (5) listen to coaching instruction during a time-out against Latrobe in WPIAL basketball on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Norwin Senior High School.
Westmoreland County rosters loaded with basketball brother combos
Things got a little heated, Norwin junior basketball player Ty Bilinsky said while recalling a run-in with his younger brother.

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Plum’s Connor Moss (2) competes against Mars on Jan. 7, 2020 at Plum High School.
A-K Valley Boys Basketball Notebook: Local scorers putting up big numbers
Several players from the A-K Valley have been among the WPIAL’s highest scorers this season.

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Moon senior Nicholas Settembrine is a WPIAL favorite this year in the Class AAA boys 100-yard backstroke.
Trib HSSN boys swimmer of the week: Moon’s Nicholas Settembrine
Nicholas Settembrine collected four medals — two individual and two in relays — at last year’s WPIAL Class AAA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Hallie Findlan won WPIALtop-five medals last year in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles.
Trib HSSN girls swimmer of the week: Thomas Jefferson’s Hallie Findlan
Thomas Jefferson junior Hallie Findlan owns the top time in the Class AA girls 50-yard freestyle, according to the qualifying lists recently posted at WPIAL.org.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc wrestles an upside down Carter Dibert of Franklin Regional in the 113-pound weight class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
WPIAL team wrestling sectional matches set
The WPIAL team wrestling regular season is complete.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Jake Hoffman celebrates with Danny Simboro (13) and Andy Sapp after defeating Pine-Richland Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Knoch, North Catholic boys join Trib Ten power rankings
We’ve hit the midway point of section play in WPIAL hoops heading into this edition of the Trib Ten boys and girls basketball power rankings.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Jan. 15, 2020
Basketball

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WPIAL football future finalized, girls hoops tip off 2nd half of season Thursday
The much discussed landscape of WPIAL football for the next two years will be finalized Thursday when the district football steering committee meets to map out the conferences for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

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High school roundup for Jan. 15, 2020: Connellsville clinches first place with comeback win
Jared Keslar (145) won by technical fall to give his team the lead for good and George Schultz (152) clinched the victory with a pin as Connellsville rallied past Thomas Jefferson for a 35-29 win in a battle of unbeatens to claim the Section 2A-AAA title Wednesday night.

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Steel Valley’s Camden Polak scores past Clairton’s Wayne Wade III during their game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Clairton High School.
Steel Valley’s Camden Polak likes making noise in the library
January 15, 2020
Many high school students go to the library to check out a book for their next homework assignment, but Steel Valley senior Camden Polak goes there for a different reason.

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Hempfield wrestlers and coaches cheer on their team as they gain points on Greensburg-Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at Greensburg-Salem High School.
Hempfield wrestling puts it all together in rout of rival Greensburg Salem
Hempfield wrestling coach Tommy Dolde couldn’t ask for a better performance from his Spartans heading into the WPIAL Class AAA Section 1 tournament Jan. 22.

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Fox Chapel’s Ellie Schwartzman is pressured by North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar during their game Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
A-K Valley girls basketball notebook: Big game with Butler up next for Fox Chapel
The Fox Chapel girls basketball team opens the second half of Section 1-6A play Thursday at Butler in a game head coach Marty Matvey called crucial for its chances at a WPIAL playoff spot.

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Qitarah Hardison averages a double-double for the Monessen girls basketball team.
Monessen girls bringing storied program back to prominence
Monessen has a long, proud girls basketball history filled with WPIAL and state titles, but the past decade was a lean one for the Greyhounds.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty is averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: GCC’s Scala making impact
Gia Scala sat out with an injury and waited to get cleared to return to basketball at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Riverview’s Alyssa Cappa shoots a three-pointer against Springdale Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Oakmont.
Improving Riverview girls excited to tackle second half of section schedule
With a collection of experienced varsity players returning for this season, Riverview girls basketball coach Keith Stitt voiced an optimistic tone throughout preseason practices and scrimmages.

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West Allegheny senior baseball player Austin Hendrick practices Jan. 13, 2020, at West Allegheny.
West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick next WPIAL standout who could join MLB ranks
West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick tells a story about hitting baseballs two years ago with Neil Walker, the former Pine-Richland player and first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Jan. 14, 2020
Basketball

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