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Highlands’ Carter Leri blocks a shot by Mars’ Anthony Vargo during their game on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at Mars Area High School.
Winter sports season heats up this week on Trib HSSN
January 17, 2021
The TribLive High School Sports Network will spend the second half of January on the basketball court, the ice, the mats and the pool.

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Hopewell’s Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 and 2013 Female Athlete of the Year.
Hopewell’s Shatori Walker-Kimbrough featured in Trib HSSN Best of the Century podcast series
Through the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, the Rebel Yell podcast will feature chats with some of the top WPIAL athletes from the first 20 years of this century.

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Gateway boys basketball head coach Alvis Rogers calls a timeout against Shaler during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game Feb. 17, 2020, at North Hills.
Gateway’s Rogers eager to return to basketball court after recovery from heart bypass surgery
Being away from the basketball court for any length of time normally is a foreign concept for Alvis Rogers.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman fights for the ball with Sto-Rox’s Alicia Young Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at Penn Trafford High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford, Norwin girls to square off
Covid-19 can muck up schedules, but it can’t take away rivalries.

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Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta talks to his team during workouts Aug. 13, 2020.
Franklin Regional faces difficult task in replacing Greg Botta, 2 other coaches
Greg Botta won 177 games in 27 seasons at Franklin Regional. He ranks third all time in Westmoreland County in football wins behind legendary coaches Dick Dilts of Kiski Area (214) and Joe Mucci (184), who led teams at Jeannette and Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Latrobe’s Allen Rider works past Penn-Trafford’s Carter Scholze during their game on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
PIHL standings through Jan. 17, 2021
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday.

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Bishop Canevin’s Savanah Abbott drives to the hoop against Ellis during a WPIAL playoff game last season.
Savanah Abbott leads Bishop Canevin girls basketball into new era
Two program icons that helped Bishop Canevin win the WPIAL Class 2A championship last year, as well as titles in their freshman and sophomore seasons in 2017 and 2018, are playing college ball now.

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This Dec. 25, 2018, photo shows bowling balls at the Back Bowl bowling alley in Eagle, Colo. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
Gateway boys bowlers leaning on experience
Experience is the calling card for the Gateway boys bowling team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman is fouled by Sto-Rox’s Asia Harper on Dec. 11.
Off to good start, Penn-Trafford girls basketball in middle of tough stretch of schedule
When Penn-Trafford girls basketball coach John Giannikas talked about his team prior to the start of season Dec. 9, he felt confident his squad could compete in Section 1-6A.

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Baldwin senior gymnasts Bailey Harding (left) and Leah Revo return for the 2020-21 season.
Baldwin gymnasts ready to defend championship
The tag “defending state champion” provides awe-inspiring incentive for the Baldwin gymnasts in 2020-21.

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Quaker Valley’s Bailey Garbee moves upcourt during a game against Keystone Oaks last season.
Quaker Valley girls basketball hopes to build on signature win over section rival
The Quaker Valley girls basketball team has great expectations this year.

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Gateway’s David Clark, the team’s only senior, won nine matches last season.
Gateway wrestlers making up for lost time
Gateway wrestlers and their coaches were looking forward to the start of official practices Nov. 20 when the school district closed its buildings and moved to online learning for a couple of weeks to handle covid concerns and issues.

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Penn Hills makes strong commitment to masks for athletes
The athletes in the Penn Hills community just want to find a way to play sports during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Anna Weber competes during a meet Jan. 13, 2020, at All-Star Athletics.
Thomas Jefferson gymnasts happy to compete, aim to defend WPIAL title
The Thomas Jefferson gymnastics program has climbed quickly to elite status.

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Shaler’s Jacob Bacasa competes in the 500-yard freestyle during last year’s WPIAL meet.
Shaler swimming gets creative to navigate unusual season
There was no perfect way for the Shaler swim team to restart its season following the state-mandated three-week layoff for covid-19 precautions.

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Sewickley Academy’s Jack Gordon led the team with 21 goals last season.
Sewickley Academy hockey team starts season on right foot
The Sewickley Academy hockey team may have a small roster made up of just 13 players, but they make up for their lack of depth with hard work and talent, and they have gotten off to a hot start this season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nate Loughner celebrates a goal Nico Martucci (93) and Ryan Crombie (18) during their game against Latrobe on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Penn-Trafford hockey set to return after long layoff
It’s been more than a month since the Penn-Trafford hockey team played a game, but the Warriors (4-1) were scheduled to be back on this ice this week against Franklin Regional.

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Shaler hockey players work out during a preseason conditioning session.
Freshman goalie playing key role for Shaler hockey team
Shane Ciganik never planned on seeing so much time on the varsity team.

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Senior forward confident South Fayette hockey can heat up after slow start
The 2020 portion of this high school hockey season was not kind to South Fayette.

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Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds runs up court after hitting a 3-pointer against West Allegheny last season.
High school roundup for Jan. 16, 2021: Chartiers Valley boys continue sizzling start
January 16, 2021
Brayden Reynolds scored 25 points and Chartiers Valley stayed undefeated with an 88-81 victory over North Allegheny in a nonsection matchup of top WPIAL teams Saturday night in the MLK Showcase at North Allegheny.

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