Sports

Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno finishes her round at the 2020 WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championship at Allegheny Country Club.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 22, 2021: Girls golf moves into sectional spotlight
September 21, 2021
After most of the individual boys golf sectionals here held earlier this week, it’s time for the girls to tee it up in three sections.

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Central Valley running back Landon Alexander works out during practice on Aug. 9.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Sept. 21, 2021
While there were no changes at the top, six teams lost their grip and dropped out of the latest edition of the Trib HSSN state football rankings.

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Greensburg Central Catholic players gather after their 11-2 victory over Jeannette on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 at GCC.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer too much for Jeannette
A confident expression turned to one of wounded surprise as Jeannette watched Greensburg Central Catholic fire goal after goal into the back of the net.

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Burrell goalkeeper Ali Hughes makes a save during a game against Mt. Pleasant on Sept. 8, 2021, at Burrell High School.
Burrell girls soccer team picks up where it left off
A youthful Burrell girls soccer team navigated through all of the covid-related changes last fall, won eight out of 12 games and finished 7-2 in Section 2-AA play.

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Covid protocols force Derry, Norwin, Woodland Hills to cancel Week 4 football games
A pair of Westmoreland County high school football teams had to cancel their Week 4 games Tuesday.

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Mason Fabean is a member of the 2021 Greensburg Central Catholic soccer team.
Westmoreland County boys athlete of the week: GCC’s Mason Fabean
Mason Fabean

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Derry girls volleyball aims to continue long run of postseason berths
Call Derry girls volleyball coach Brock Smith a perfectionist of sorts, though it’s far from a flawless setting.

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Leaders for the 2021 Ligonier Valley girls volleyball team include, from left, Taylor Meier, Paige Hickman, Sarah Sheeder and Haley Stormer.
Ligonier Valley girls volleyball talks the talk, walks the walk
Following a successful first season in the WPIAL, Ligonier Valley volleyball coach Emily Daugherty easily could identify some areas for her team to improve over the summer.

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Freeport’s Garrett Risch heads the ball to himself past Armstrong’s Nolan Hielman on the way to a goal on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at Freeport Area High School.
Under new coach, Freeport boys soccer changes approach, sees some results
Tahlon Kirkland knew he was in for a challenge when he took over the Freeport boys soccer coaching job.

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Highlands’ Jrake Burford (11) breaks in to the end zone as Valley’s Chuck Perkins (33) attempts to defend during the second half Sept. 3, 2021, at Valley Memorial Stadium.
Team-first mentality helps Highlands football to 4-0 start
The Highlands football team fans cheer for on Friday nights isn’t the product of just a week’s worth of practice.

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Plum’s Lucas Pittman is a junior on the 2021 boys soccer team.
A-K Valley boys athlete of the week: Plum’s Lucas Pittman
Lucas Pittman

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Sept. 20, 2021
September 20, 2021
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Fox Chapel’s Adeline Piper celebrates her goal with Sydney Schutzman during their game against Latrobe on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at Fox Chapel Area High School. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
High school roundup for Sept. 20, 2021: Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti wins section golf title
Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti shot a 2-under 70 at Murrysville GC to take medalist honors at the Section 4-3A boys golf tournament Monday.

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Latrobe’s Ella Bullava (center) celebrates her goal with Ava Yurko (17) and Maddy Petruzzi during the second half against Fox Chapel on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at Fox Chapel Area High School. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Latrobe girls soccer in position for breakout season
It’s just about fall, so it’s pumpkin spice season. The Latrobe girls soccer team prefers a different flavor: nutmeg.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 21, 2021: South Hills soccer showdown
Even though the pendulum has swung due north with Seneca Valley and North Allegheny winning the four of the last five WPIAL boys soccer championships in the highest classification, there was a time when gold could be found in a four-mile radius of Route 19 in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

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Hempfield’s Daniel Sierk rips through a banner as he leads the team onto the field ahead of a game against Greensburg Salem on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Hempfield.
Hempfield’s Daniel Sierk commits to Bucknell
If you have seen Hempfield play this season, then you’ve watched No. 50 blow up opposing plays for the Spartans.

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Union quarterback Tyler Staub throws a pass during practice on Aug. 4.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Sept. 20, 2021
In 30 all-time meetings on the football field, Rochester has dominated Class A Big Seven Conference foe Union. The Rams are 25-5 overall.

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WPIAL sets covid-19 cancellation policy, won’t require vaccinations for officials
A regular-season contest canceled because of covid-19 can be declared a “no-contest” rather than a forfeit, but first the WPIAL intends to make sure teams aren’t bending the rules to avoid an opponent.

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Freeport’s Amber Shirey digs the ball in a match with Highlands on Sept. 9, 2021, at Highlands High School.
Volleyball coaches association releases Week 3 WPIAL girls rankings
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its WPIAL girls top-10 poll for Week 3 on Monday, and there is a change at the top in Class 3A.

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Southmoreland senior soccer player Taylor Klingensmith
Westmoreland County senior spotlight: Southmoreland’s Taylor Klingensmith
Southmoreland has blossomed into one of the more potent offensive girls soccer teams in the WPIAL.

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