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Greensburg Central Catholic tops Monessen in nonsection opener
December 7, 2018
Mistake- and foul-filled action made it evident it was the first game of a long basketball season Friday at Monessen High School. In the end, though, it was Greensburg Central Catholic coming out on top with a 63-59 win in the coaching debuts of the Centurions' Greg Bisignani and Greyhounds'

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Penn Hills’ Daequan Hardy has ‘Revis-like’ performance in PIAA championship victory
HERSHEY -- Fifteen years have passed since Darrelle Revis played here, and tales continue to be told about his incredible day at Hersheypark Stadium. Fifteen years from now, they'll still talk about Daequan Hardy's. The Penn Hills senior returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in Friday night's 36-31

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Franklin Regional rides balanced attacked to win over Belle Vernon
Franklin Regional was in a giving mood in its season opener Friday night. It might be holiday time, but the boys basketball team's caring-is-sharing approach had a lot more to do with its unselfishness and ability to spread the ball as the Panthers took care of business. They used crisp

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Hempfield girls win opener with new coach; will play Greensburg Salem
Another coaching change at Hempfield didn't appear to affect the Spartans in their season-opening girls basketball game, a 52-36 victory over Mt. Pleasant on Friday night at the Greensburg Salem Tip Off Tournament. Jessica Persin scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and Sarah Liberatore added 16 in Tom Brush's coaching

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Diggs, McKeesport too much for Jeannette
Jeannette boys basketball coach Adrian Batts said he didn't know much about McKeesport or Deamontae Diggs before Friday's season opener. He sure does now. Diggs, a 6-foot-7 forward junior, was a difficult matchup for Jeannette, and so were the Tigers. He scored 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to

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Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys basketball teams begin seasons in tournament action
The WPIAL high school basketball season begins Friday in gyms all over the region, and the Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys teams open with tournament play. The Quakers will play at the Moon Tournament against Brashear on Friday at 7 p.m. Vincentian and Moon also will be in action.

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Coach/engineer/PhD Jon LeDonne returns missing swagger to Penn Hills football
Jon LeDonne graduated as his high school's valedictorian, owns a PhD in engineering from Carnegie Mellon and works for a secured research laboratory that supports the nuclear Navy. Yet, many folks probably know him as the high school football coach with a lumberjack beard who wears shorts on the sideline

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High school basketball tip-off tournament schedules for Nov. 7, 2018
December 6, 2018
High schools Basketball Boys Friday's schedule Aquinas Academy tournament First Baptist vs. Cornerstone Prep, 7 p.m.; Neighborhood Academy at Aquinas Academy, 8:30 p.m. Armstrong tournament Blackhawk vs. OLSH, 3 p.m.; Knoch at Armstrong, 7:30 p.m. Avonworth tournament Sto-Rox vs. Perry, 6 p.m.; Summit Academy at Avonworth, 8 p.m. Baldwin/Peters Township

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Shaler notebook: Girls bowling team makes statement
The Shaler girls bowling team announced its intentions to the rest of the WPIBL on opening night. The Titans (1-0) bear Butler, who are the defending section, WPIBL and Western Regional champions, 4-3. Shaler was led by Bella Pilyih, who rolled a 620 series with a high game of 219.

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Penn Hills’ Perkins sets sights on PIAA tournament berth
After qualifying for the WPIAL wrestling tournament the first three years of his high school career, senior Justin Perkins will look to make his final season at Penn Hills count as he has his sights on a trip to Hershey for the state tournament. Last season, Perkins (14-8) lost both

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Carlynton, Bishop Canevin, Chartiers Valley boys teams ready to get on winning track
Of the three area boys basketball teams, only Carlynton made the playoffs in 2017-18. But all three, Chartiers Valley, Bishop Canevin and the Cougars, had losing records in their respective sections and overall. New coaches at Char Valley and Bishop Canevin will try to rectify that, and at Carlynton, Mike

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Young North Hills girls basketball team looks to display growth
Last season's 6-16 record and a 1-9 finish in Section 1-6A might not have been the end result the North Hills girls basketball team had set out to achieve, but that does not mean there weren't accomplishments. For a solid chunk of their 2017-18 campaign, the Indians were rolling with

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North Allegheny girls motivated to win PIAA title
Setting new program benchmarks has become standard for the North Allegheny girls basketball team's senior class. Over the previous three years, they helped the Tigers compile an 81-8 record. North Allegheny collected the program's first two WPIAL Class 6A championships, had three playoff runs reach the PIAA semifinals and finished

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Hampton wrestling out to build upon last season’s success
The Hampton wrestling team is ready for its second act, and nearly all the main characters are returning. The Talbots were a surprise last season, posting a 20-3 record and sending eight wrestlers -- all underclassmen -- to WPIAL qualifiers. andquot;We're still really young,andquot; second-year coach Chris Hart said. andquot;We're

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Hampton’s Joyce to play college soccer
Sammy Joyce is a team player. Naturally, she was looking for a college choice that had a strong team dynamic. Joyce, who agreed to play a more defensive role for the better of her high school soccer team in its run to the state playoffs, recently signed a letter of

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WPIAL basketball, wrestling begin in 3 things to watch Friday in high school sports
While you hear a lot about this being 'The most wonderful time of the year,andquot; this weekend is the busiest time of the year for district high school basketball. The 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season begins this weekend with plenty of boys' and girls' tip-off tournaments. During the regular season, most

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Aliquippa looks to maintain WPIAL success in PIAA Class 3A title games
Call it a hunch, but Middletown coach Brett Myers was confident that WPIAL champion Aliquippa would reach Hershey this year. Just consider the past two years. In 2016, Middletown made its first trip to Hershey and lost to WPIAL champion Beaver Falls. Middletown battled its way back to Hersheypark Stadium

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A-K Valley basketball top storylines, players, teams to watch
The 2017-18 basketball season ended with six Alle-Kiski Valley teams in the PIAA playoffs, highlighted by the Highlands boys' run to the Class 5A quarterfinals. Record-breaking players and senior classes took their final bows. Then, the offseason, as it always does, brought change. Those seniors graduated, leaving roster holes that

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Westmoreland County basketball’s top storylines to follow
5 storylines to follow Remember me -- Coaches who resign or leave the game often mention in parting that they'll probably surface later on, that it's not the end of the road. In some cases, they even return to the same program. That is the case with four area boys

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Westmoreland County basketball teams to watch
5 teams to watch Boys Belle Vernon -- Longtime Monessen coach Joe Salvino switched Mon-Valley programs to take over the Leopards and has some talent with which to work. Junior guard Cam Nusser (14 ppg) pilots an experienced group that made the PIAA playoffs last year for the first time

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