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March 3, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Weekend to remember for McConnells

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Matty McConnell celebrates with sister Megan and father Tim winning WPIAL title

Chartiers Valley’s Matty McConnell celebrates winning the WPIAL Class AAAA championship with his sister, Megan, and father, Colts coach Tim McConnell.

Gorman: McConnells owned ‘Pete’ this past weekend

Blackhawk girls celebrate winning their second consecutive WPIAL Class AAA championship

The Blackhawk girls basketball team celebrates winning their second consecutive WPIAL Class AAA championship

#TribHS notebook: Attendance up at WPIAL basketball title games, by Chris Harlan and Paul Schofield.

#TribHS highlight reel: PIAA spring sports season underway

Freeport forward Hunter Kepple scores on Bishop McCort goaltender John Bradley

Freeport forward Hunter Kepple scores on Bishop McCort goaltender John Bradley

Freeport rolls past Bishop McCort for opening-round win, by Matt Grubba.

Connellsvile's Louis Mauro attempts to turn Montour's Zach Jablonski in their 285-pound third-place consolation bout during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships

Connellsvile’s Louis Mauro attempts to turn Montour’s Zach Jablonski in their 285-pound third-place consolation bout during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships. Mauro won by a 6-2 decision.

Connellsville wrestlers show resilience, punch tickets to Hershey, by Paul Schofield.

Southmoreland's Kaylie Robaugh takes batting practice

Southmoreland’s Kaylie Robaugh takes batting practice on the first day of softball season

Spring teams make most of indoor practices until weather breaks, by Jason Black.

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March 2, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Milestone moment

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Norwin’s Drew Phipps battles North Allegheny’s Zach Smith in their 152-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships

Norwin’s Drew Phipps battles North Allegheny’s Zach Smith in their 152-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships

WPIAL title a milestone for Norwin’s Phipps, by Doug Gulasy.

West Branch's Reynold Maines reacts after beating Kittanning's Jacob Robb during their 220-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan

West Branch’s Reynold Maines reacts after beating Kittanning’s Jacob Robb during their 220-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament. Maines won by a fall at 5:11.

Kittanning’s Robb plans to learn from Southwest Regionals loss, by Bill West.

Burrell's Al Beattie wins third Southwest Regional tittle

Southmoreland’s Jacob Beistel reached the Southwest Regional Class AA 285-pound final before losing to Burrell’s Al Beattie, 7-3

Southmoreland junior still learning amid success, by Bill West.

ON THE ICE

Quaker Valley's Adam Pilewicz

Quaker Valley’s Adam Pilewicz

Quaker Valley chasing fourth straight hockey title, by Bill Hartlep.

PIHL playoff capsules

Seneca Valley's Austin Herrmann

Seneca Valley’s Austin Herrmann played forward until being switched to the blue line as a junior

Defense first for Seneca Valley’s Herrmann, by Jerry Clark.

ON THE TRACK

North Allegheny runners capture indoor titles

ON THE DIAMOND

Valley's Anthony Guzzo

Valley’s Anthony Guzzo takes batting practice at the school’s gymnasium

Under new coach, Valley baseball taking different approach, by Doug Gulasy.

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March 1, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Championship call

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Chartiers Valley's Matty McConnell celebrates his halfcourt shot at the third-quarter buzzer

Chartiers Valley senior Matty McConnell celebrates sinking a half-court shot at the third-quarter buzzer against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship

McConnell’s 34 points fuels Chartiers Valley’s sixth WPIAL title, by Chris Harlan.

Quips column

Undefeated Aliquippa downs Seton-La Salle for WPIAL Class AA title, by Dave Mackall.

Gorman: McGinnis’ move has perfect ending

WPIAL hoops

Vincentian girls dominate rival Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic for fourth straight WPIAL title, by George Guido.

Blackhawk girls top South Fayette to repeat as WPIAL Class AAA champs, by Ed Phillipps.

Norwin girls celebrate first WPIAL title

The Norwin girls celebrate winning the first WPIAL basketball title in school history

Norwin girls capture first WPIAL title, by Kevin Gorman.

Allderdice boys advance to PIAA tournament

Redbank Valley boys claim first District 9 title since 1980, by Matt Grubba.

Karns City girls win second consecutive District 9 Class AA title, by Matt Grubba.

Blairsville boys claim District 6 title, by Matt Michelone.

ON THE MAT

Waynesburg senior Headlee defeats nation’s top ranked at 132 to win WPIAL Class AAA title, by Paul Schofield.

Kiski Area’s Worthing wins second WPIAL Class AAA title, by Doug Gulsay.

Burrell's Al Beattie wins third Southwest Regional tittle

Burrell heavyweight Al Beattie wins his third consecutive Southwest Regional title

Burrell heavyweight Beattie claims third Southwest Regional title, by Bill West.

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February 28, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Dream sequence

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Indiana wins

Indiana

It was another thrilling WPIAL finals finish involving Beaver Falls, but Riley Stapleton scored the game winner on a layup with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift Indiana to its first WPIAL basketball championship, by Chris Harlan.

Monessen wins

Monessen downs Jeannette to win WPIAL Class A championship, by Karen Price.

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Gorman: A victory for small-town teams

Oliver: It takes a lot to be a Greyhound

Seton-La Salle girls defeat rival Bishop Canevin to win seventh WPIAL title, by Nathan Smith.

ON THE MAT

Wrestling

Kiski Area heavyweights advance to WPIAL Class AAA semifinals, by Doug Gulasy.

Pine-Richland's Hunter Baxter battles Kiski Area's Noah Levett in their 113-pound quarterfinal bout during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships

Pine-Richland’s Hunter Baxter battles Kiski Area’s Noah Levett in their 113-pound quarterfinal bout during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships. Baxter won, 1-0.

Lower seeds take down 16 top-four wrestlers at Day 2 of WPIAL championships, by Doug Gulasy.

Hempfield’s Kemerer, Logan capture unexpected wins to qualify for WPIAL semifinals, by Paul Schofield.

Overtime takedown vaults McKeesport’s Ingram into WPIAL semifinals, by Doug Gulasy.

Kiski Area's Joe Blumer battles Central Catholic's Vincenzo Rauso in their 126-pound opening round bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships.

Kiski Area’s Joe Blumer battles Central Catholic’s Vincenzo Rauso in their 126-pound opening round bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Feb. 26, 2015 in Penn Hills. Blumer won by fall.

Kiski Area freshman closes in on PIAA berth, by Doug Gulasy.

Burrell's Corey Christie turns away from a shot by Burgettstown's Austin McDermitt during their 120-pound quarterfinal match during the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament

Burrell’s Corey Christie turns away from a shot by Burgettstown’s Austin McDermitt during their 120-pound quarterfinal match during the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Canon-McMillan. McDermitt won 5-0.

Burgettstown senior seeks role reversal at Class AA regionals, by Bill West.

Burrell freshman Christie aided by bracket change, by Bill West.

Kittanning’s Robb hoping for rematch with West Branch’s Maines in final, by Bill West.

Southmoreland freshman Tyler Griffiths

Southmoreland’s Tyler Griffiths takes a breath while working loose from Penns Valley’s Darren Yearick during their 106-pound quarterfinal match at the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan. Griffiths won by a fall at 4:03.

Southmoreland freshman Griffiths aims to take heed of brother’s advice, by Jason Black.

Yough's Tom Sever pushes down Mount Union's Mason Hockenberry during their 220-pound first round match during the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament

Yough’s Tom Sever pushes down Mount Union’s Mason Hockenberry during their 220-pound first round match during the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan High School. Sever won 6-3.

Yough’s Sever qualifies for PIAA tournament, by Jason Black.

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February 27, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

WPIAL hoops finals preview

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Listen to a WPIAL Basketball Championship Preview of the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio here.

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BACKCOURT BOOST: WPIAL finalists feature skilled scorers, playmakers on perimeter, by Kevin Gorman.

North Allegheny's Cole Constantino

North Allegheny senior guard Cole Constantino

Gorman: Constantino clutch for North Allegheny

WPIAL BOYS’ BASKETBALL FINALS PREVIEW

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Sophomore stars carry Beaver Falls to third WPIAL finals appearance in four years, by Chris Harlan.

Fueled by comeback victories, Class A finalists Jeannette, Monessen set for showdown, by Ed Phillipps.

WPIAL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL FINALS PREVIEW

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Late-blooming Penn Hills girls restoring WPIAL championship glory, by Bill West.

ON THE COURT

#TribHS roundup: Mt. Lebanon boys oust Hempfield

TribCup: South Park girls look ahead to PIAA tournament, by Brian Graham.

ON THE MAT

Shoulder injury sidelines top-seeded 126-pounder at WPIAL Class AAA tournament, by Paul Schofield.

Move to Canon-McMillan means less travel for wrestlers headed to Southwest Regional, by Bill West.

West Mifflin’s Bonacci making up for lost time, by Doug Gulasy.

JUST FOR LAUGHS…

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February 26, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Pointed to the Pete

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Aliquippa's Jordan Jassir

Aliquippa’s Jordan Jassir scores against Greensburg Central Catholic

Aliquippa boys run away from Greensburg Central Catholic in semifinals, by Paul Schofield.

Seton-La Salle's Cletus Helton scores past Quaker Valley's Amos Luptak during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals

Seton-La Salle’s Cletus Helton scores over Quaker Valley’s Amos Luptak in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals

Third-quarter run helps defending champion Seton-La Salle return to title game, by Karen Price.

Pinpoint free-throw shooting carries North Allegheny to first WPIAL final since 1999, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS roundup: No. 2 Chartiers Valley earns another trip to WPIAL finals

Elizabeth Forward's Abigail Sporio reacts at center court after a loss to South Fayette in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal

Elizabeth Forward’s Abigail Sporio reacts at center court after a loss to South Fayette in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal

South Fayette girls top Elizabeth Forward to reach first WPIAL title game, by Dave Mackall.

As the Trib’s Bill Beckner calls it, a Wuerl-wind finish thanks to a Hail Mary: Late 3-pointer sends Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls to WPIAL final.

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Gorman: Indiana’s run high on heart

Elizabeth Forward hires Collodi as new football coach, by Patrick Cloonan.

In recruiting news, Woodland Hills junior tailback Miles Sanders (a Penn State recruit) received an interesting scholarship offer Wednesday:

ON THE MAT

Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (top) battles Belle Vernon's Brock Godzin in their 126-pound match in the WPIAL Class AAA Team Championships. Lee won by a 20-9 major decision.

Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee (top) battles Belle Vernon’s Brock Godzin in their 126-pound match in the WPIAL Class AAA team championships. Lee won by a 20-9 major decision as Franklin Regional came from behind to defeat Belle Vernon, 33-27

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10 Franklin Regional wrestlers qualify for WPIAL tournament, by Michael Love.

Mt. Pleasant's Alex Miscovich battles Kittanning's Brendon Malia in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships Feb. 20, 2015, at South Fayette.

Mt. Pleasant’s Alex Miscovich battles Kittanning’s Brendon Malia in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships Feb. 20, 2015, at South Fayette. Miscovich won by a 8-4 decision. Miscovich is one of seven Mt. Pleasant wrestlers who will be competing in the PIAA Southwest Regional at Canon-McMillan.

Southmoreland, Mt. Pleasant wrestlers chase PIAA berths, by Jason Black.

Dom Devine is the first Thomas Jefferson wrestler to win a section title in nine years

Dom Devine is the first Thomas Jefferson wrestler to win a section title in nine years

Thomas Jefferson’s Devine pins way to coveted section championship, by Ray Fisher.

Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders

Jeannette’s Gio Vonne Sanders

Jeannette’s Sanders has his eye on a state title, by Kristie Linden.

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February 25, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Return engagement

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Fans celebrate Beaver Falls' win over New Castle

Clutch 3-pointer lifts Beaver Falls to third consecutive WPIAL final, by Chris Harlan.

Monessen's Lavalle Rush scores against Vincentian

Monessen’s Lavalle Rush scores against Vincentian

Rush scores 31 as Monessen returns to WPIAL title game, by Bill West.

Monessen Rushes past Vincentian, into finals, by Jeff Oliver.

Healthy Jeannette tops Eden, gets rematch with Monessen, by Paul Schofield.

#TribHS roundup: Indiana boys top Ambridge to reach first WPIAL final

Norwin clinches first WPIAL finals berth, by Dave Mackall.

Bishop Canevin knocks off No. 2 seed Burrell, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Cal Area girls stay alive, boys bow out

Serra Catholic girls advance to fifth-place game

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Gorman: Title pattern for South Park’s Bulsak cousins

Penn Hills star wrestler has No. 1 seed in WPIAL, no stomach pains, by Bill West.

Norwin’s Drew Phipps (top) battles Penn-Trafford’s Matt McGillick

Norwin’s Drew Phipps (top) battles Penn-Trafford’s Matt McGillick

Norwin’s Phipps chasing elusive WPIAL Class AAA wrestling title, by Paul Schofield.

Wrestlers hope to benefit from numbers increase at PIAA championships, by Doug Gulasy.

Burrell's Jason Roberts

Burrell’s Jason Roberts

#TribHS wrestling notebook: Roberts’ switch to wrestling has gone swimmingly, by Doug Gulasy.

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February 24, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Upset specials

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Gorman: Upset puts Eden Christian on the map

Elizabeth Forward girls play ‘complete game’ in win over McGuffey, by Dave Mackall.

TribHS highlight reel: Big crowd expected Tuesday at Geneva for Beaver Falls-New Castle

North Allegheny's Keegan Philips (right) hugs Cole Constantino after Constantino hit the game winning shot to beat Bethel Park

North Allegheny’s Keegan Philips (right) hugs Cole Constantino after Constantino hit the game winning shot to beat Bethel Park

North Allegheny’s last-second shot stuns Bethel Park, by Chris Harlan.

Fox Chapel's Billy Urso (left) and Hempfield's Kason Harrell chase a loose ball

Fox Chapel’s Billy Urso and Hempfield’s Kason Harrell chase a loose ball

Fox Chapel moves on after pulling another upset against Hempfield, by Paul Schofield.

Sebastiani leads Greensburg Central Catholic with clutch second-half play, by Bill West.

Riverview players cheer on their teammates

Riverview girls squeak past California in overtime, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Quigley Catholic girls take down Serra Catholic, by Ed Phillipps.

#TribHS roundup: Quaker Valley boys upset Lincoln Park

Valley News Dispatch roundup: Cheswick Christian wins conference title

Burrell girls healthy for WPIAL Class AA semifinal, by George Guido.

Hounds, Royals ready to run it again, by Jeff Oliver.

Play-in games provide second chance for WPIAL quarterfinals losers, by Bill Beckner Jr.

ON THE MAT

Bentworth’s Hunter Neely (left) battles South Allegheny's Justo Hernanadez in the 126-pound championship bout at the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

Bentworth’s Hunter Neely (left) battles South Allegheny’s Justo Hernanadez in the 126-pound championship bout at the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

Wrestlers turn focus to PIAA regional tournaments, by Paul Schofield.

IN THE POOL

Norwin's Kathryn Painter swims the 500-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA championships

Norwin’s Kathryn Painter swims the girls 500-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA championships

Norwin’s Painter defends both her WPIAL swimming titles, by Doug Gulasy.

Freeport senior Otwell changes routine, but success persists, by Doug Gulasy.

Zimcosky leads successful weekend for Connellsville swimmers, by Kevin Lohman.

ON THE SLOPES

Geibel senior DiBiase defends Governor’s Cup championship, by Jason Black.

IN THE LANE

Armstrong boys, girls bowling teams make quick ascent into WPIBL powers, by Matt Grubba.

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February 22, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Good as gold

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South Fayette’s Walker becomes 25th four-time WPIAL wrestling champion, by Bill West.

Jeannette sophomore Sanders makes decisive last-second move to win WPIAL title, by Paul Schofield.

Burrell big bodies Beattie, Scherer win WPIAL titles, by Bill West.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

It’s not every day you see the son of one of your old friends from Baldwin win a WPIAL championship.

Kiski Area wrestler flex muscles in section finals, by William Whalen.

#TribHS roundup: Franklin Regional sends 10 to WPIAL tourney

ON THE COURT

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Allderdice boys defend City League championship, by Ed Phillipps.

Porter scores 18 points to lead Obama Academy girls to second straight City title, by Ed Phillipps.

WPIAL basketball playoffs postponed until Monday

IN THE POOL

North Allegheny's Casey Melzer swims the boys 100-yard breaststroke at the 2015 WPIAL Class AAA championships

North Allegheny’s Casey Melzer swims the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke at the WPIAL Class AAA championships

North Allegheny teams again pull off double dip at WPIAL swimming championships, by Doug Gulasy.

Highlands sophomore Bonnett golden once again, by Doug Gulasy.

Derry girls take second at WPIAL meet, by Kevin Lohman.

Seneca Valley swimmer Spencer Tretter stands in front of the Olympic rings at the U.S. Olympic Training Center

Seneca Valley’s Spencer Tretter stands in front of the Olympic rings at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Seneca Valley swimmer gets taste of Olympic experience, by Karen Kadilak.

ON THE MAT, WITH A TWIST

Sisters lead South Side Beaver to PA Classic gymnastics title

ON THE (INDOOR) TRACK

West Mifflin star shines at Tri-State meet

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February 21, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Upset specials

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Gorman: Perry grad McGhee takes NFL detour, signs with CFL’s BC Lions

On the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, former Perry Traditional Academy coach Bill Gallagher joined me to talk about Greg McGhee. Chris Harlan previewed the WPIAL basketball quarterfinals, where we discussed the Ambridge-Mars and Eden Christian-Sewickley Academy games. Both saw top seeds fall in upsets.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

#TribHS roundup: Three top seeds lose in quarterfinals

Highlands' Lavontae Martin (10) gets tangled up with Indiana's Riley Stapleton (23)

Highlands’ Lavontae Martin (10) gets tangled up with Indiana’s Riley Stapleton (23)

Indiana brushes past Highlands into semifinals, by Bill Beckner Jr.

New Castle continues playoff mastery of Hampton, by Chris Harlan.

Jeannette's Julian Batts celebrates the upset victory over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Jeannette’s Julian Batts celebrates his team’s comeback win over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Jeannette boys get past Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, by Ed Phillipps.

Monessen crushes California again, by Jeff Oliver.

Norwin girls pull away, oust Shaler, by Dave Mackall.

Burrell girls advance to WPIAL semifinals for third straight season, by George Guido.

Allderdice's Lamone Dixon Jr.

Allderdice’s Lamone Dixon Jr.

Title game rematches set in City League, by Chris Harlan.

ON THE MAT

McGuffey's Gage Nicolella (top) controls Valley's Sequawon Harris in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

McGuffey’s Gage Nicolella (top) controls Valley’s Sequawon Harris in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

McGuffey’s top-seeded Nicolella advances to WPIAL Class AA semifinals, by Bill West.

Burrell's Damon Greenwald reacts after pinning Freedom's Levi Bonzo at 159 of their 152-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships

Burrell’s Damon Greenwald reacts after pinning Freedom’s Levi Bonzo at 1:59 of their 152-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships

Burrell’s Greenwald returns to semifinals, by Bill West.

South Allegheny duo survives OT scares, advances to semifinals, by Paul Schofield.

Southmoreland, Mt. Pleasant stars set tone of success at WPIALs, by Jason Black.

Southmoreland 138-pound junior Myers eyes return to final, by Paul Schofield.

West Shamokin's Brenden Glover prepares to pin West Greene's Connor Main at 52 seconds of their 182-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

West Shamokin’s Brenden Glover prepares to pin West Greene’s Connor Main at 52 seconds of their 182-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

West Shamokin’s Glover gets to WPIAL Class AA semifinals for first time, by Bill West.

IN THE POOL

Swimmers start in the boys 200-yard medley relay for the 2015 WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Trees Pool

Swimmers start in the boys 200-yard medley relay for the 2015 WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Trees Pool

Records fall on opening day of WPIAL swimming championships, by Doug Gulasy.

Greensburg Central Catholic’s Uhrin claims WPIAL gold in butterfly, by Kevin Lohman.

Despite no team, Yough’s Cochran shines at WPIAL swim meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Sabrina Bowman of St. Joseph swims in the girls 100-yard butterfly at the 2015 WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Sabrina Bowman of St. Joseph swims in the girls 100-yard butterfly at the 2015 WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Highlands, St. Joseph swimmers defend WPIAL titles, by Doug Gulasy.

Bria Otwell of Freeport competes at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Bria Otwell of Freeport competes at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Freeport’s Pawlak, Otwell again qualify for PIAA meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Geibel's Emily Zimcosky (left) and Freeport's Zoe Pawlak shake hands after the 500-yard freestyle at the 2015 WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Geibel’s Emily Zimcosky (left) and Freeport’s Zoe Pawlak shake hands after the 500-yard freestyle at the 2015 WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Geibel’s Zimcosky claims second straight 50 freestyle title, by Kevin Lohman.

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