Top 19 of ’19: Trib HSSN breaks down the top stories of the year — No. 18
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 7:47 PM
The 2019 high school sports season is nearly in the books.
While we anxiously look ahead to 2020, let’s reflect on the district high school sports scene over the last 12 months.
Here is a look back at the top 19 stories from around the WPIAL in 2019.
HSSN Top 19 in ’19: No. 18 — Near perfect on the pitch
On a mid-September Saturday evening, the Mars girls soccer team hosted defending WPIAL Class AAAA champion Seneca Valley in a nonsection battle of Class AAA and AAAA powers.
The match ended in a 3-3 tie and turned out to be the only blemish on the Fightin’ Planets record.
Three state playoff wins later, the Fightin’ Planets were in Hershey winning PIAA gold with another shutout, 1-0 over Villa Joseph Marie.
Mars was dominant — it won 20 of 22 matches by multiple goals, with the two exceptions coming in the state finals and a season-opening 2-1 victory over Gateway.
Here’s a look at the rest of the top stories of the year:
No. 19 — Big Ben strikes often
More High School Soccer Girls• Canon-McMillan girls soccer coach David Derrico resigns after 2 decades
• Trib HSSN June Madness semifinal: Amani Johnson, East Allegheny vs. Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny
• Mars’ Ellie Coffield named Gatorade Pa. Girls Soccer Player of the Year
• Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny vs. Nikki Doria, South Park
• Amani Johnson recalls busy East Allegheny athletics career