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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars captures 2nd PIAA title with win over Villa Joseph Marie
November 16, 2019
HERSHEY — During a preseason workout, Mars girls soccer coach Blair Gerlach told his players they would need to get a little bit stronger because Hershey’s chocolate is pretty heavy.

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Central Valley’s Stephon Hall (25) and Hunter Mitchell celebrate after stopping Aliquippa on a two-point conversion in overtime during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Central Valley stops Aliquippa in overtime in tense WPIAL title game
On the first play of overtime, Michael Barbuto was pushing toward the goal line when he felt something strange happen.

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Penn Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap gains yardage against Peters Township in the first half during the 5-A WPIAL semifinal Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 at West Mifflin High School.
Penn-Trafford QB Gabe Dunlap stands tall after playoff loss to Peters Township
Penn-Trafford football players filed out of the locker room at West Mifflin on Friday night, their collective demeanor one of sadness and frustration.

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Pine Richland’s Cole Spencer tries to avoid Central Catholic’s AJ Beatty Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at CMU.
WPIAL Class 6A football finals primer: Central Catholic vs. Pine-Richland
WPIAL Class 6A championship

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Winchester Thurston’s Alex Hauskrecht tries to make a move around Moravian Academy’s Nikhel Mhatre during their PIAA state championship matchup at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Moravian Academy tops Winchester Thurston in PIAA Class A boys soccer final
HERSHEY — At the beginning of the season, the Winchester Thurston boys soccer team set out on a journey to make an appearance in the state championship game and bring home the title.

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Clairton’s Brendan Parsons eludes Sto-Rox’s Jamill Williams during the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class A final notebook: Brendan Parsons, Kenlein Ogletree play starring roles for Clairton
It was another spectacular day for Clairton quarterback Brendan Parsons, who passed for 201 yards and ran for 94 yards. On the season, he has thrown for 1,885 yards and 23 touchdown passes and has run for 999 yards and 11 TDs.

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Clairton players celebrate with fans in the stands after defeating Sto-Rox in the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Clairton conquers Sto-Rox to win 14th WPIAL championship
It’s a good bet, in recent years, that if Clairton reaches the WPIAL championship game, it’s going to win.

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Shady Side Academy coach Mary Lynch presents goalie Molly Skvorak with her runner-up medal and gives her a hug during the postgame ceremony.
District 3 champ Camp Hill blanks Shady Side Academy to capture first PIAA title
HERSHEY — The Shady Side Academy girls soccer team was on a mission to capture a second PIAA title in school history, but when the Indians stepped onto the field at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, they were met by a team equally as motivated.

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Gateway’s Tui Faumuina-Brown celebrates with teammates Derrick Davis (8) and Chamor Price (9) after scoring against McKeesport in WPIAL Class 5A football semifinal Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Gateway’s defense uses 4th-down stands to edge McKeesport in WPIAL semifinals
McKeesport’s Devari Robinson sprinted forward on fourth-and-4, colliding with Gateway linebacker Jay Johnson, who dragged him to the Offutt Field turf.

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Washington receiver Zahmere Robinson makes a catch during practice.
Washington leans on Zahmere Robinson to stop upset-minded Brentwood
November 15, 2019
After Washington’s Zahmere Robinson fumbled for the first time this year in a third quarter that saw Brentwood surging, he went to the sidelines and told his teammates he’d make up for it.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller scores past Riverside’s Calvin Hughes during their WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at West Allegheny High School.
Avonworth stops Riverside’s run, reaches WPIAL Class 2A final
While Avonworth has relied on a powerful offense that averages 37 points per game, two key stops by the Antelopes defense were crucial in Friday’s first half.

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Penn Trafford’s Ethan Carr caught nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s loss to Peters Township.
Peters Township’s dynamic defense downs top-seeded Penn-Trafford in Class 5A semis
It wasn’t the offensive explosion last year’s quarterfinal was, but defense stole the show this time for Peters Township in a playoff rematch with Penn-Trafford.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller scores the Lopes’ first touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA semifinal against Riverside Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at West Allegheny High School.
Top performers in passing, rushing, receiving in WPIAL Class 5A, 2A semifinals
Top performers for Week 12 high school football in Western Pennsylvania.

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High school scores, summaries, schedules for Nov. 15, 2019
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Ligonier Valley running back Kyrie Miller (29) looks for running room behind the blocking of guard Mike Petrof (54) during the first quarter against Richland in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Ligonier Valley trails 14-0 at halftime.
Richland again takes down Ligonier Valley in District 6 title game
ALTOONA — This is not how the Ligonier Valley football team wanted its final game in District 6 to end.

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Belle Vernon’s Nolan Labuda runs against Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
Belle Vernon ‘a different team’ since lopsided loss to Thomas Jefferson in September
For Belle Vernon’s football team, it doesn’t matter what you call them heading into Saturday’s WPIAL Class 4A championship game against conference rival Thomas Jefferson.

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Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak reacts during a WPIAL Class 4A playoff game against Montour.
5 things to watch in Week 12 of high school football: TJ’s Cherpak draws Belichick comparisons
Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak chuckles at the comparison, but maybe it’s too not farfetched?

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Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree (25) runs the ball around Cornell’s Raequan Troutman during the WPIAL Class A semifinals Nov. 8, 2019, at Chartiers-Houston.
WPIAL Class A football finals primer: Clairton vs. Sto-Rox
WPIAL Class A championship

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett (38) celebrates withGwen Howell after defeating Plum in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA Class AAA girls soccer finals primer: Mars vs. Villa Joseph Marie
Villa Joseph Marie (21-2-1) vs. Mars (21-0-1)

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Aliquippa’s Antonio Quinn runs against Clairton’s Isaiah Berry (left) and Jonte Sanders (12) on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.
WPIAL Class 3A football finals primer: Central Valley vs. Aliquippa
WPIAL Class 3A championship

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