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PIAA Champions! Vincentian Academy baseball, Hempfield softball win state titles

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Vincentian Academy's Mark Cyterski (left) and Nick Kempa hoist the trophy following their 5-2 win over Meyersdale in the PIAA Class A state championship

Vincentian Academy’s Mark Cyterski (left) and Nick Kempa hoist the trophy following their 5-2 win over Meyersdale in the PIAA Class A championship

Vincentian Academy captures first PIAA baseball title, by Chris Harlan.

Pastor’s sacrifice fly lifts Hempfield to PIAA softball championship, by Paul Schofield.

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ON THE GRIDIRON

Damar Hamlin

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin

Central’s Hamlin ready for healthy return in Big 33 Football Classic, by Chris Harlan.

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PIAA Championships: Yough softball wins; Plum baseball, West Greene softball lose

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Plum’s Jason Maltese throws his bat after he struck out against Boyerstown in the last out during the Class AAAA PIAA championship

Plum’s Jason Maltese throws his bat after he struck out against Boyerstown in the last out during the Class AAAA PIAA championship

Boyertown topples Plum for PIAA Class AAAA championship, by Michael Love.

Pearce’s RBI double gives Yough softball school’s first PIAA championship, by George Guido.

Williams Valley tops West Greene in PIAA Class A title game, by George Guido.

PIAA postpones championship games involving Vincentian baseball, Hempfield softball

ON THE LINKS

Check out my column on a former WPIAL star playing in the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont…

Mike Van Sickle

Mike Van Sickle

Gorman: Van Sickle lives U.S. Open dream

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PIAA finalists: Plum, Vincentian baseball; Hempfield, Yough, West Greene softball

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Alex Kirilloff (left) beats the tag as he scores in the first inning in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal game with Marple Newtown

Alex Kirilloff (left) beats the tag as he scores in the first inning in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal game with Marple Newtown

Plum baseball team plows into PIAA Class AAAA title game, by Lindsey Smith.

Alex Kirilloff embraces his father, Dave, after being drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the 15th overall draft pick in the Major League Baseball draft

Alex Kirilloff embraces his father, Dave, after being drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the 15th overall draft pick in the Major League Baseball draft

Kirilloff’s roots grew throughout A-K Valley, by Doug Gulasy.

Cyterski throws one-hitter to lead Vincentian to first PIAA title game, by Doug Gulasy.

Riverside run ends in PIAA semifinals, by Dave Mackall.

Hempfield batter Alexa Pastor acknowledges Taylor Hoffman after she drove Jordan Sterling home to score the eventual winning run against Chambersburg

Hempfield batter Alexa Pastor acknowledges Taylor Hoffman after she drove Jordan Sterling home to score the eventual winning run against Chambersburg in their PIAA Class AAAA semifinal playoff game

Shutout puts Hempfield softball in PIAA Class AAAA title game, by Paul Schofield.

Yough second baseman Aubrie Mance jumps into the arms of right fielder Olivia Miller after they beat Donegal, 1-0, in their PIAA Class AAA semifinal playoff game

Yough second baseman Aubrie Mance jumps into the arms of right fielder Olivia Miller after they beat Donegal, 1-0, in their PIAA Class AAA semifinal playoff game

Yough softball team gets historic win, by Paul Schofield.

West Greene softball team downs DuBois Central Catholic, earns state title-game berth, by George Guido.

South Park softball team’s prolific attack stymied by Moniteau, by Alaina Getzenberg.

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2016 WPIAL Hall of Fame induction

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2016 wpial hall of fame class

The 2016 WPIAL Hall of Fame inductees pose for a photo at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree on Friday, June 10, 2016. The class includes, seated, from left, Jonna Huemrich-Burke, Joe Mucci, Pat Tarquinio, Art Walker (2004 Central Catholic football coach), Jim Bruni, Gus D’Augustino, Ray Fioroni, Meg Bulger. Standing are Chris Mary, John Miller (1992 Blackhawk boys basketball coach), Luke Blanock, Jerry Koller, T.J. McConnell, Dorin Dickerson, Bill Sinning and Ethan Virgili (husband of Rachel Rohanna). New Castle football player Rick Razzano is not pictured.

2004 Central Catholic football team

2004 Central Catholic football team

1992 Blackhawk boys basketball team

1992 Blackhawk boys basketball team

Caring for players keeps WPIAL Hall of Fame coach Tarquinio going, by Jerry DiPaola.

AT THE NET

Ambridge boys volleyball falls short in state championship match, by Matt Martell.

ON THE DIAMOND

Chris Graczyk

Chris Graczyk

After 22 years, Graczyk resigns as Freeport baseball coach, by Bill Beckner Jr.

GOING CAMPING

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Plum’s Kirilloff goes to Twins at No. 15

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Plum’s Kirilloff, Pitt’s Zeuch drafted in first round, by Doug Gulasy.

Listen to a podcast of The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring an interview with Plum baseball star Alex Kirilloff:

Hempfield's Nick Schade (bottom) dives safely back to second base under the tag attempt of Plum's Tommy Zummo (3) on a pick-off play during a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal game

Hempfield’s Nick Schade (bottom) dives safely back to second base under the tag attempt of Plum’s Tommy Zummo (3) on a pick-off play during a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal game

Plum shuts out Hempfield to reach PIAA semifinals, by Michael Love.

Neshannock's Jason Swope (right) is tagged out at home on a potential game tying run by Bishop McCort catcher Logan Wade in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game

Neshannock’s Jason Swope (right) is tagged out at home on a potential game tying run by Bishop McCort catcher Logan Wade in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game

Defending state champ Neshannock ousted in PIAA quarterfinals, by George Guido.

Big inning leads Serra Catholic to PIAA semifinals, by Alaina Getzenberg.

PIAA roundup:
Riverside posts sixth postseason shutout

Ryan homers, knocks in four runs to lead Hempfield back to PIAA semifinal, by Paul Schofield.

Fast start powers Yough to PIAA quarterfinal victory, by Dave Mackall.

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Bridgers reach PIAA volleyball final

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Members of the Ambridge volleyball team celebrate after defeating Saegertown

Members of the Ambridge volleyball team celebrate after defeating Saegertown

Ambridge volleyball rallies to reach PIAA final, by William Whalen.

Coach Jim Schall and the Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team

Coach Jim Schall and the Penn-Trafford Warriors

Schall’s dedication has built Penn-Trafford volleyball into a champion, by Josh Rizzo.

ON THE DIAMOND

PIAA baseball roundup: Plum advances, Blackhawk loses

WITH THE STICKS

Mt. Lebanon falls short to Conestoga in PIAA girls lacrosse semifinals, by Lindsey Smith.

ON THE GRIDIRON

ON THE HARDWOOD

RECRUITING

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Hempfield knocks out WPIAL champ Norwin

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Hempfield first baseman Branson Auckerman fist bumps pitcher Zayne Zalich after they registered an out in the 7th inning against Norwin in a PIAA Class AAAA playoff game

Hempfield first baseman Branson Auckerman fist bumps pitcher Zayne Zalich after they registered an out in the 7th inning against Norwin in a PIAA Class AAAA playoff game

Hempfield again gets best of rival Norwin to win first PIAA playoff game, by Paul Schofield.

Serra Catholic’s Zachary Bowen is lifted by Serra Catholic’s Ryan Anselmino as Serra Catholic’s Jake Eged celebrates their win over Portage in a PIAA Class A playoff

Serra Catholic’s Zachary Bowen is lifted by Serra Catholic’s Ryan Anselmino as Serra Catholic’s Jake Eged celebrates their win over Portage in a PIAA Class A playoff

Walk-off squeeze bunt leads Serra Catholic into PIAA quarterfinals, by Doug Gulasy.

PIAA baseball roundup: Fedko’s double in 13th leads Vincentian to win

Hempfield outfielder Jordan Sterling runs toward home plate during the first round of PIAA playoffs against Latrobe

Hempfield outfielder Jordan Sterling runs toward home plate during the first round of PIAA playoffs against Latrobe

Bottom of lineup leads Hempfield softball past Latrobe in PIAA first round, by George Guido.

PIAA softball roundup: West Allegheny holds off Punxsutawney

ON THE GRIDIRON

Bonislawski named football coach at Riverview, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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Hempfield repeats; Mt. Pleasant, Ellwood City, West Greene cruise to WPIAL softball titles

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Hempfield defends WPIAL Class AAAA softball title, by Paul Schofield.

Mt. Pleasant cruises to first WPIAL softball championship, by Dave Mackall.

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Ellwood City shuts out South Park for WPIAL Class AA title, by Alaina Getzenberg.

West Greene tops Chartiers-Houston for first WPIAL softball title, by George Guido.

Listen to a podcast of The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, talking PTFCA all-state teams, WPIAL baseball and softball and an interview with Joe Butler of Metro Index Scouting:

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#TribHS Preview: WPIAL softball championships

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Gorman: For WPIAL, a roll of the dice

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Previewing the 2016 WPIAL softball championships, by Bill Hartlep.

Baldwin senior 2B Ashley Brady

Baldwin’s Ashley Brady

Hempfield, Baldwin clash for WPIAL Class AAAA softball championship, by Ray Fisher.

South Park's Cassie Scanlon

South Park’s Cassie Scanlon

South Park looks to end Ellwood City’s unbeaten run, by Alaina Getzenberg.

RECRUITING

North Allegheny's Griffin Sestili

North Allegheny’s Griffin Sestili

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North Allegheny tight end Sestili commits to Temple, by Kevin Gorman.

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AT THE NET

Penn-Trafford's Zach Werksman (13) and Adam Lane (14) try to block Bethel Park's Caleb Pierson during the WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball championship

Penn-Trafford’s Zach Werksman and Adam Lane

Trib Cup: WPIAL champion Penn-Trafford volleyball exceeds expectations, by Alex Oltmanns.

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#TribHS WPIAL Baseball: Norwin stuns Plum; Serra Catholic tops GCC

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Fast start vaults Norwin past Plum, to first WPIAL title since 1960, by Nathan Smith.

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Serra claims third WPIAL title by topping rival Greensburg Central Catholic, by Paul Schofield.

Serra Catholic’s Jason Cerniglia reacts after a run against Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class A championship game

Serra Catholic’s Jason Cerniglia reacts after scoring a run against Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class A championship game

Gorman: Serra Catholic’s Cerniglia gets redemption

#TribHS roundup: Mars, KO advance to PIAA tournament

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