Tag: Franklin Regional

2015 WPIAL Scholar Athletes
May 22, 2015
The Class of 2015   On Monday, May 18th, twenty (20) student athletes were recognized by the WPIAL for their extraordinary achievements - both academically and athletically - throughout their high school careers.  This years scholarship recipients are listed below, including brief bios on each  (as provided by the WPIAL).      

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Scholastic Notebook – 03/06/2015
March 6, 2015
Chassidy Omogrosso is Blackhawk’s Energizer bunny. The senior guard on the Blackhawk girls basketball team seemingly never stops on the court. Her motor is stuck on overdrive. While Comcast has bundle deals for cable television, Blackhawk has a bundle full of energy in Omogrosso. Omogrosso’s “run” through the recent WPIAL tournament was one to behold. She was close to unstoppable in the Class AAA playoffs, leading the Cougars to a second consecutive WPIAL title last Saturday at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center. No one has records for what is the greatest playoff run – scoring wise – for WPIAL girls basketball. But Omogrosso has to be somewhere near the top.

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Franklin Regional Repeats as PIAA AAA State Wrestling Champs
February 7, 2015
Last weekend at the WPIAL Championships, Franklin Regional had to win both of their matches by winning the last bout. At the PIAA Championships in Hershey, it wasn’t the last bout of the night, but it still took a pair of tight wins for the Panthers to repeat as PIAA Champs. After defeating Spring Ford 49-18 and Council Rock South 45-13, Franklin Regional, ranked #2 in the state, would take on the #1 ranked team in Bethlehem Catholic in the semi-finals. After jumping out to a 9-4 lead, Franklin Regional would get upset at 152 pounds. Senior Josh Maruca would drop a 3-2 decision to Michael Labriola. Although Josh Shields would come out to pickup a technical fall win, the loss by Maruca kept the marginal lead to seven at 14-7.

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2015 PIAA Team Wrestling Playoffs Results
For only the second time in history, a WPIAL team has repeated as team state wrestling champions. Following in the footsteps of the 2012 and the 2013 Canon-McMillan teams, Franklin Regional followed up their 2014 state title with another PIAA Class AAA crown with a slim victory over District 3 champion Cumberland Valley. The Panthers are only the sixth team from District 7 to win a PIAA team wrestling championship in the 17 years of the event. North Allegheny picked up four wins over two days to advance to the Class AAA Consolation Finals where they fell big to Bethlehem Catholic. In Class AA, District 3 champion Boiling Springs captured their first ever team wrestling state gold Saturday afternoon at the GIANT Center in Hershey.

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2015 National Letter of Intent Day – Division I-A Football Players from WPIAL
February 4, 2015
Here are the seniors from the WPIAL or Pittsburgh City League who have signed to make their verbal commitments to Division I-A colleges. High school seniors could not sign a binding letter of intent until Wednesday, February 4th. PITT Ben DiNucci, Pine-Richland (QB, 6-3, 192) Dane Jackson, Quaker Valley (QB-DB, 6-1, 180) Alex Paulina, Canon-McMillan (OL-DL, 6-3, 280) Tony Pilato, Hempfield (OT-DL, 6-7, 290) Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge (WR-DL, 6-1, 175) Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley (RB-DB, 6-0, 195)

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Franklin Regional Repeats as WPIAL AAA Wrestling Champion
January 31, 2015
A match that Franklin Regional would never lead came down to the last match of the night before the Panthers took the bout that would award them their second straight WPIAL Championship. (Left:  Franklin Regional sidelines celebrate after clinching title over Belle Vernon) The match would start at 182 pounds, where Belle Vernon would jump out to a 21-0 lead. The big win during this win streak was at 285, where Billy Korber of Belle Vernon rode Jake Pickup of Franklin Regional during the :30 second ultimate tiebreaker overtime period to win the bout 3-2.

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2015 WPIAL TEAM WRESTLING PLAYOFFS RESULTS
The calendar may have changed, but the results did not. The 2015 District 7 team wrestling champs are the same as the 2014 title winners. In fact in Class AA, they are the same as 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and in 2007 and the Burrell Buccaneers kept their golden mat dynasty in tact with a ninth straight Class AA crown. Meanwhile, it's two in a row in Class AAA for the Franklin Regional Panthers after they edged North Allegheny in the Semifinals and Belle Vernon in the Finals. Meanwhile both North Allegheny in AAA and South Fayette in AA have earned spots in next weeks PIAA Team Wrestling Playoffs with Consolation match victories. Here are ALL of the results from the 2015 WPIAL Team Wrestling Playoffs.

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PIHL Notebook – 2014-2015 Class A Preview
October 20, 2014
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook” as we continue our comprehensive preview of the 2014-15 high school hockey season. Today we take a look at the teams vying for the Class A championship. Class A has the most complex breakdown of the new alignment, split into two tiers with two conferences in each. Tier 1 is, fittingly, the more stacked of the two. Three of last year’s final four will compete in the Western Conference, including defending champion Quaker Valley, while McDowell and Montour join from the Open Division and Class AA respectively. The Eastern Conference includes Chiefs Cup finalist Hempfield, the “other” member of last year’s Class A final four in Freeport, and another Open transplant in Gateway.

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Chicks Picks – Week Eight – 2014
October 16, 2014
Welcome to Week 8 of the high school football season. The Stretch Run continues this week as we near the end of the regular season.  Each year at this time, Chick’s Picks likes to celebrate the Stretch Run by seeking out the latest fitness trend and planning a group activity involving it with all of Team MSA.  This year, her activity of choice was Aerial Yoga. Aerial Yoga is a new way to practice traditional yoga, which involves the use of fabric hammocks suspended from the ceiling.  Participants use the hammocks to explore fluid, floating poses, rather than classic mat yoga poses.

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Chicks Picks – Week Six – 2014
October 2, 2014
Welcome to Week 6 of the high school football season. We have reached the mid-way point in the season—a critical point where some teams make it or break it, step on the gas, or are comfortable setting the cruise control for the remainder of the season.  Chick’s Picks spent some time reflecting on her own first half performance, along with other recent halves of distinction—most notably the Steelers regular season opener against the Browns. The Steelers built a seemingly solid 27-3 lead over the Browns going into halftime.  Battling back, though, the Browns tied the game late in the fourth quarter before the Steelers eventually closed the door with a game-winning field goal.

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