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Gorman: Conflict for WPIAL Hall of Fame

#TribHS roundup: North Allegheny edges No. 2 Shaler

#TribHS highlight reel: Sewickley Academy doubles teams out to defend titles

Monessen's Joshua Kucmeroski

Monessen’s Joshua Kucmeroski

Monessen stuns Jeannette in seventh, by Jeff Oliver.

Greensburg Tribune-Review roundup: Monessen comes from behind to top Jeannette

McKeesport Daily News roundup: South Allegheny stays unbeaten

Yough's Hannah Bach slides safely into home while Southmoreland catcher Makenna Myers catches a throw

Yough’s Hannah Bach slides safely into home while Southmoreland catcher Makenna Myers catches a throw

Southmoreland softball takes step back in section after loss to Yough, by Jason Black.

Connellsville Daily Courier roundup: Latrobe tops Falcons in Section 2-AAAA matchup

Kittanning Leader Times roundup: Apollo-Ridge baseball wins section opener

Alle-Kiski notebook: New track meet coming to Freeport, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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Montour star picks LSU

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Montour pitcher Vietmeier commits to Louisiana State, by Chris Harlan.

#TribHS roundup: Extra-inning homer propels Hopewell past Blackhawk

Connellsville Daily Courier roundup: Southmoreland baseball edges Mt. Pleasant

Leechburg's Miranda Reesman

Leechburg shortstop Miranda Reesman

Leechburg shortstop Reesman has aggressive attitude forged from hockey, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Knoch's Abbie Thrower

Knoch’s Abbie Thrower

Softball is all in the family for Knoch’s Thrower, by William Whalen.

ON THE TRACK

Mt. Lebanon's Kelsey Potts won the girls 1,600-meter run

Mt. Lebanon’s Kelsey Potts won the girls’ 1,600-meter run at the Tri-State Championships

North Allegheny boys, Mt. Lebanon girls win Tri-State Championship track titles, by Dave Mackall.

West Mifflin's Kevin Garbark

West Mifflin’s Kevin Garbark (center)

West Mifflin sprinter Garbark returns to top form after battling back from injury, by Dave Mackall.

AT THE NET

Plum's Khaynen Yocca bumps the ball to teammate Max Flowers

Plum’s Khaynen Yocca bumps the ball to teammate Max Flowers

Senior-heavy Plum volleyball off to fast start, by Doug Gulasy.

A-K Valley roundup: Host Fox Chapel edges Central York to claim volleyball invitational

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For the record

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Connellsville’s Wiltrout continues to better javelin marks, by Paul Schofield.

A-K Valley roundup: Kiski Area runner shines at Latrobe Invitational

Quaker Valley coach Gene Klein

Gene Klein was honored for winning his 500th game last fall

#TribHS notebook: Klein retiring after 29 seasons as Quaker Valley soccer coach, by Kevin Gorman and Gary Horvath.

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Hall call

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North Allegheny’s Failla headlines newest WPIAL Hall of Fame class, by Jerry DiPaola.

A-K Valley flavor to WPIAL Hall of Fame class, by George Guido.

Marc Marotta

Marc Marotta

Former Central Catholic standout Marotta dies at 52, by Tony Raap.

Gorman: Marotta’s death a ‘tragic’ loss

#TribCup: Upper St. Clair volleyball in search of complete game, by Brian Graham.

Plum softball coach Jim McGrath congratulates Hannah Adamski

Plum softball coach Jim McGrath congratulates Hannah Adamski

Plum softball getting coach McGrath back after heart attack scare, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Hempfield's Sean Winters sets for a pass

Hempfield’s Sean Winters sets up for a pass

Hempfield boys volleyball rebounds from slow start, by Devon Moore.

McKeesport Daily News roundup: West Mifflin baseball, softball teams victorious

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Baseball’s best rally

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Anthony Alexander

Serra Catholic’s Anthony Alexander

The story of Anthony Alexander and how Serra’s rally around his injury ‘restores faith’ is one that shows the strength of the human spirit.

Lou and Melissa Alexander, Anthony’s parents, are a hard-working couple from North Versailles. He works as a caretaker at St. Joseph Cemetery; she is a paraprofessional at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind by day and a shifts as a server at Denny’s by night. They helped with the fundraising efforts to send their son on the spring training trip to Alabama with the Serra Catholic baseball team.

Only to receive a horrifying phone call that Anthony was being flown by helicopter to a hospital.

The Alexanders are thankful for Serra assistant coach Bill Hartnett, who accompanied Anthony to the hospital; to Serra coach Brian Dzurenda, who refused to allow the team’s charter bus to leave Chattanooga until the Alexanders arrived at Anthony’s bedside; and to Pisgah (Ala.) baseball coach Dwight Griffith for offering his assistance, from providing rides to directions to housing accommodations.

“I have no words to explain,” Melissa Alexander said. “We didn’t know half of those people. It’s just amazing to us.”

More amazing is that people have donated upwards of $7,500 to help defray Anthony’s medical costs. If you want to help, you can donate here or send donations to the Anthony Alexander Medical Fund at Huntington Bank in White Oak.

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ON THE COURT

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Latrobe’s Kissell, Carlynton’s Phillips capture WPIAL singles tennis titles, by Nathan Smith.

Freeport AD O’Shell to resign at end of school year, by Bill Beckner Jr.

ON THE TRACK

Burrell's Lizzie Weimer and Nikki Scherer

Burrell’s Lizzie Weimer and Nikki Scherer

Burrell track and field sophomores make fast friends, by Doug Gulasy.

Penn Hills javelin thrower on right track to succeed, by Ed Phillipps.

Chartiers Valley track and field teams contending for section titles, by Nathan Smith.

Keystone Oaks' Madison Morrow

Keystone Oaks’ Madison Morrow

Keystone Oaks returning batch of talent, by Nathan Smith.

ON THE DIAMOND

Penn-Trafford pitcher Dom Coconcelli

Penn-Trafford pitcher Dom Conconcelli

Penn-Trafford has live arm in Conconcelli, by Kevin Lohman.

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Mav on the move?

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Maverick Rowan

Maverick Rowan

After dominating the WPIAL for two years at Lincoln Park, Maverick Rowan did the same in Florida. The 6-foot-7 junior led Cardinal Gibbons to its first-ever state championship and was named Class 5A-4A-3A-2A player of the year by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Now, it’s no surprise that Rowan is ready to make the jump to college and is looking to reclassify so he can graduate early.

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Blackhawk’s Joe Campagna, West Greene’s Bailey Bennington, by Brian Graham.

Knoch junior Cole Shinsky

Knoch junior Cole Shinsky

Knoch junior pitcher Shinsky back to full strength, by William Whalen.

#TribHS roundup: Norwin opens section play with convincing victory

McKeesport baseball hopes to bounce back in section play, by Alex Oltmanns.

McKeesport Daily News roundup: West Mifflin coasts to Section 4 victory

Norwin's Brian Brozeski

Norwin’s Brian Brozeski

Norwin’s Brozeski named McKeesport Daily News girls basketball coach of the year, by Bill Hartlep.

West Mifflin's Lance Maha

West Mifflin’s Lance Maha

West Mifflin’s Maha named McKeesport Daily News boys basketball coach of the year, by Ed Phillipps.

Defending state champ Wiltrout shines in loss to Uniontown, by Jason Black.

Connellsville Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant’s Cenkner moves closer to state tennis tourney

Kittanning Leader Times roundup: Leechburg softball stays unbeaten in section

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Eye on Kentucky

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Mt. Lebanon's Jonny David

Mt. Lebanon’s Jonny David

For the past four years, Jonny David has made an annual pilgrimage to Lexington, Kentucky.

For the next four years, the Mt. Lebanon star plans to call the University of Kentucky home.

Thanks to a couple of coaching connections and a willingness to work for playing time at one of the nation’s premier programs, Kentucky is in David’s sight. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard will join the Wildcats as a walk-on next season.

Yes, the same Kentucky that won its first 38 games this season before falling to Wisconsin in the Final Four.

“I know that it will be a very difficult task, but I’m up for it,” Jonny said. “It’s not like I’m going there for four years just to be a part of it. The goal is to be there and play for four years. I know I’m up for it.”

Jonny’s father, Mt. Lebanon coach Joey David, played for Pitt when Kentucky coach John Calipari was a Panthers assistant. Another Pitt connection, Orlando Antigua, started his coaching career as an assistant to Joey David at Lebo before becoming an assistant at Pitt, then joining Calipari’s staffs at Memphis and Kentucky. Antigua is now head coach at USF, where Justin David (Jonny’s older brother) is a sophomore walk-on.

Calipari knew Jonny David not only as Joey’s son but as one of the top players in the WPIAL, and offered him a chance to walk-on before the season. Calipari told Jonny he had until March to decide, and responded within minutes with a “welcome to the family” text message after Jonny took him up on the offer.

Jonny had a strong senior season, averaging 18.5 points a game to earn Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 10 honors, and twice outperformed Trib player of the year Matty McConnell, a Robert Morris recruit. That gives Jonny confidence that he can compete at Kentucky, despite a roster filled with McDonald’s All-Americans and future NBA lottery picks.

“I definitely believe I can play against D-I players,” Jonny David sad. “There’s always going to be people who are going to say, ‘There’s no way he can play there.’ I could have played 10 times better this season and people would still say that. I’m looking to prove them all wrong. That’s my goal.”

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Derry volleyball

After three straight WPIAL runner-up finishes, Derry volleyball ready to take next step, by Kevin Lohman.

#TribHS highlight reel: Boys tennis champs set to be crowned

Mt. Pleasant's Noah Cenkner

Mt. Pleasant’s Noah Cenkner

Mt. Pleasant’s Cenkner looking for WPIAL tennis success, by Jason Black.

Defense costs Ringgold in extra-inning loss to Thomas Jefferson

#TribHS roundup: Ambridge softball edges Blackhawk

McKeesport Daily News roundup: Thomas Jefferson tops McKeesport in bottom of eighth

Connellsville Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville baseball loses to Hempfield

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Trib Total Media basketball all-stars

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PTR Terrific 10

Chartiers Valley, Vincentian stars lead Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 10 basketball all-stars, by Chris Harlan.

GTR Terrific 10

Hempfield, Norwin stars lead Greensburg Tribune-Review Terrific 10 basketball all-stars, by Bill Hartlep and Paul Schofield.

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Plum, Burrell stars lead Valley News Dispatch basketball all-stars, by Bill Beckner Jr.

West Mifflin's Karlyn Garner is contested by Thomas Jefferson's Zane Zandier

West Mifflin’s Karlyn Garner

West Mifflin’s Garner named McKeesport Daily News boys basketball player of the year, by Ed Phillipps.

McKeesport Daily News Fabulous 15 boys basketball all-stars

Norwin's Alayna Gribble

Norwin’s Alayna Gribble

Norwin’s Gribble named McKeesport Daily News girls basketball player of the year, by Bill Hartlep.

McKeesport Daily News Fabulous 15 girls basketball all-stars

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Omogrosso, Wise head all-state teams

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Chassidy Omogrosso

Blackhawk’s Chassidy Omogrosso

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Vincentian’s Brenna Wise

Blackhawk’s Omogrosso, Vincentian’s Wise named state’s players of the year

Monessen's Lavalle Rush

Monessen’s Lavalle Rush

Rush, Slagus named AP all-state, by Jeff Oliver.

Valley News Dispatch notebook: Abbott takes over Highlands track and field programs, by Bill Beckner Jr.

West Mifflin’s Garner named McKeesport Daily News player of the year, by Ed Phillipps.

The McKeesport Daily News Fabulous 15 basketball all-stars:

Senior girls had special seasons

Senior standouts highlight boys team

ON THE GRIDIRON

Former Valley football coach ‘Whizzer’ White dies at 78, by George Guido.

ON THE DIAMOND

Southmoreland's Kylee Wisilosky slides into second as Mt. Pleasant's Kayla Queer (left) catches the ball

Southmoreland’s Kylee Wisilosky slides into second as Mt. Pleasant’s Kayla Queer (left) catches the ball

Southmoreland softball remains unbeaten after win over Mt. Pleasant, by Jason Black.

#TribHS roundup: Yough stymies No. 2 Greensburg Salem

#TribCup: South Side Beaver sets sights on section title, by Brian Graham.

Mt. Pleasant baseball hammers California, by Jeff Oliver.

ON THE TRACK

Baldwin's Kadin Hinish

Baldwin’s Kadin Hinish

Baldwin’s Hinish heats up track, by Ray Fisher.

Quaker Valley track and field is history in the making, by Gary Horvath.

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Spring sports underway

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Burrell's Al Beattie

RECRUITING

Burrell’s Al Beattie (left)

Burrell state champion wrestler Beattie picks Pitt-Johnstown

Fox Chapel's Megan McCrady

Fox Chapel’s Megan McCrady

Fox Chapel lacrosse standout commits to Georgetown, by Marty Stewart.

ON THE COURT

Joe Grodz

Joe Grodz

Grodz resigns as Charleroi girls coach, by Jeff Oliver.

McKeesport Daily News Fabulous 15: Senior standouts highlight all-star team

ON THE DIAMOND

Derry's Josh Bauer

Derry’s Josh Bauer

Young Derry baseball team developing under fourth-year coach, by Devon Moore.

Mt. Pleasant baseball team hopes to win with pitching, by Dave Stofcheck.

East Allegheny’s protracted losing streak continues, by Dave Mackall.

Southmoreland first baseman Doug Leighty (28) tags out Monessen's Cory Fleming on a pickoff play

Southmoreland first baseman Doug Leighty (28) tags out Monessen’s Cory Fleming on a pickoff play

Southmoreland scores early, often in rout of Monessen, by Jason Black.

Fox Chapel's Callie Zwenkowski

Fox Chapel’s Callie Zwenkowski

Fox Chapel softball team off to hot start, by Marty Stewart.

#TribHS roundup: Zola’s no-hitter leads Seton-La Salle to win

Greensburg Tribune-Review roundup: Penn-Trafford edges Connellsville on walk-off

McKeesport Daily News roundup: Cartia leads Elizabeth Forward past Thomas Jefferson

A-K Valley roundup: Knoch baseball topples Hampton

Connellsville Daily Courier roundup: Southmoreland softball blanks Cal to stay undefeated

AT THE NET

Fox Chapel's Max DePellegrini passes to teammate Jack Reese

Fox Chapel’s Max DePellegrini passes to teammate Jack Reese

Fox Chapel volleyball stays all business, by Doug Gulasy.

Youthful West Shamokin no match for Steel Valley in opener, by Matt Grubba.

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