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High school football camps are coming to a close and area teams are gearing up for the first game of their season. RB Isaiah Cameron (wearing #24) carries the ball during the Gateway Gators afternoon practice on Wednesday, August 16. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Gateway football team motivated by how its 2016 season ended
August 20, 2017
Five seconds. That's all that separated Gateway from last year's WPIAL 5A championship game at Heinz Field. But McKeesport's dramatic last-second Hail Mary touchdown in

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Shady Side Academy QB Skyy Moore runs ball during practice drills on Thursday afternoon August 24, 2017
Winless season in 2016 a positive for Shady Side Academy
The Shady Side Academy football team experienced an 0-9 season in 2016 with the final loss being a 2-0 forfeit because of a lack of

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Riverview's Billy Conley works out during the first day of practice Monday, Aug. 8, 2017.
Riverview football has big plans for transfer Conley
Riverview sophomore offensive lineman and defensive end Zach Hanlon said the young Raiders, with numbers in the low 20s, will need to overcome adversities this

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Fox Chapel tennis player Amanda Nord takes on Pine-Richland in the team's first match Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel girls tennis will have tougher path to playoffs in 2017
Coming off its deepest postseason run in a dozen years, Fox Chapel's chances at a repeat performance became more difficult. The Foxes, who advanced to

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Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
Western Pennsylvania once was the cradle of quarterbacks. Now, it more often is home to great defensive backs. From Aliquippa's Ty Law and Darrelle Revis

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sydney Ward heads a corner kick as she jumps over Vincentian Academy's Keely Aiken #9 in their WPIAL Class A Girl's Soccer Semifinal at Elizabeth Forward High School on Saturday Oct. 29, 2016, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic shut out Vincentian Academy 5-0.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer moves past sizable turnover
This season is bound to be different from the last few for the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team. After all, Bailey Cartwright has graduated

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Senior Breanna Murray practices drills Thrusday, August 17 at Apollo-Ridge high school.
Apollo-Ridge girls soccer keeps building
Three years ago, a group of girls set out on a journey to establish a soccer program at Apollo-Ridge. The foundation was set for future

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(Center) Jeannette's Anthony Johnson pushes the sled during practice in McKee Stadium on August 9, 2017.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class A Eastern
The favorite Clairton (14-1 overall, 7-0 Eastern Conference in 2016) It never is smart to bet against Clairton, even when the Bears lose program all-timers

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Penn-Trafford's Will Mayr runs drills at the Penn-Trafford Warrior's Stadium on August 8th, 2017.
Penn-Trafford senior lineman Mayr has Will to Win
As a third-year senior starter, Will Mayr knows his value to the Penn-Trafford football team will increase greatly as the Warriors stare down high expectations

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GCC girls seeking 3rd straight WPIAL golf title
With one of the greatest players in program history gone, you might expect Greensburg Central Catholic's girls golf team to walk the course with a

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The Jeannette Jayhawks come in together before practice at McKee Stadium on August 9, 2017.
WPIAL Class A breakdown: Jeannette, Imani Christian look to challenge perennial favorite Clairton
August 19, 2017
The buzz began in early July and created a perfect storm of curiosity and discord. A social media-fueled debate questioned whether Clairton, the three-time defending

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Plum coach Matt Morgan works with his Mustangs on Friday August 11, 2017.
Veteran linemen to help guide Plum offense
With four veterans to block and a few physical runners behind them, Plum has embraced its coach's roots. andquot;We should be able to run the

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no. 28 Jake Blumer, runs with the ball after recieving a hand-off during heat acclimation practice on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Underclassmen set for bigger roles with Leechburg football team
August 18, 2017
As Leechburg struggled toward a 1-9 finish last year, two underclassmen who seized the opportunity for playing time are ready to make their mark as

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Stiller, Karafa return to lead Penn Hills golf
Golf might not be one of the most popular sports at Penn Hills. However, the boys golf team comprises of a mixture of experience and

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Julian Major, wide receiver for the Penn Hills Indians, during football practice at the Fralic Center on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
Penn Hills makes quick transition to new coach
Even though Jon LeDonne was just named Penn Hills' football coach in June, the players have acclimated themselves to his schemes faster than expected. The

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2017 Brentwood football team
Brentwood has skill to contend in Eastern Conference
The starting lineup on the Brentwood football team is brimming with talented athletes. Nearly all the starters will play on both offense and defense. andquot;At

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Junior Jon Ruffing (back) practices with the Bishop Canevin football team Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.
Shorthanded Bishop Canevin looks to overcome roster turnover
It has been an offseason of attrition for the Bishop Canevin football team. The Crusaders lost a senior class of eight players from the 2016

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Chartiers Valley WR Ray Olkosky turns up field after catching a ball during practice Aug. 17, 2017, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Knause hopes to build Chartiers Valley into a winner
Dan Knause has been around Chartiers Valley High School only since April, when he took over as the Colts football coach. But he is well

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North Hills senior defensive tackle Lirion Murtezi competes during practice Aug. 15, 2017.
North Hills puts focus on Northern Seven Conference victories
Making the playoffs hasn't been a problem in Pat Carey's first four seasons as coach of the North Hills football team. The Indians have made

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North Allegheny senior quarterback Luke Trueman competes during practice Aug. 15, 2017, at North Allegheny.
Despite position question marks, North Allegheny expects to compete for Northern Seven title
Dylan Wall enters his second year as a starting offensive guard with a simple mindset. North Allegheny's linemen aren't going to add any points to

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