#TribHS preview: WPIAL softball playoffs

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Breaking down the 2016 WPIAL softball playoffs, by Bill Hartlep.

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Gorman: South Allegheny pitching on Pribanics

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Alayna Derzak

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Alayna Derzak

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic softball rides 13-game winning streak into playoffs, by Joe Sager.

Trib Cup: California baseball looks forward to WPIAL playoffs, by Alex Oltmanns.

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Belle Vernon forfeits end WPIAL softball reign

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Belle Vernon's Bailey Parshall

Bailey Parshall and Belle Vernon will miss the playoffs after winning the WPIAL Class AAA title last year

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Forfeits force Belle Vernon softball to miss postseason, by Paul Schofield.

Gorman: Belle Vernon needs an AD

A stuffed teddy bear has provided inspiration to the Franklin Regional varsity softball team this season. The bear is made from the coaching shirt of the late Dave Barnhart

A stuffed teddy bear has provided inspiration to the Franklin Regional varsity softball team this season. The bear is made from the coaching shirt of the late Dave Barnhart, a Panthers varsity assistant who died right before Thanksgiving. The team members have dedicated their season to Barnhart, as well as Jeff Behr, the father of sophomore player Jocelyn Behr. Jeff Behr passed away in an accident a week before the start of the 2016 season

Recent tragedies motivate Franklin Regional softball to section championship, by Michael Love.

Deer Lakes' Danielle Huffman (16) is congratulated by Brittany Dengler after recording an out against Burrell

Deer Lakes’ Danielle Huffman (16) is congratulated by Brittany Dengler after recording an out against Burrell

Defending WPIAL champion Deer Lakes softball adjusts on the run, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS roundup: Mt. Pleasant shuts out section rival Greensburg Salem

AT THE NET

Sewickley Academy captures 13th straight tennis title, by Jasper Wilson.

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Central Catholic has a D-1 Offensive Line

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Gorman: Central Catholic has a fine O-line

ON THE DIAMOND

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Quaker Valley baseball readying for playoff run, by Kevin Lohman.

Laurel Highlands coach Scott DeBerry (left) speaks with Hudson Novak, after Novak safely made it to third base during Laurel Highlands' game at Latrobe

Laurel Highlands coach Scott DeBerry (left) speaks with Hudson Novak, after Novak safely made it to third base during Laurel Highlands’ matchup against Latrobe

Laurel Highlands seeking high seed for WPIAL Class AAA tournament, by Paul Schofield.

Pittsburgh roundup: Baldwin clinches second straight Section 4 title

Westmoreland roundup: Southmoreland shuts out top-ranked Yough

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Pittsburgh athletes of the week: Mars’ Isaiah Johnson, Seton-La Salle’s Raja Rutherford

Westmoreland athletes of the week: Norwin’s Ryan Weaver, Mt. Pleasant’s Kayla Queer

AT THE NET

Baldwin's Mike Goga

Baldwin’s Mike Goga

Volleyball, basketball combination a slam dunk at Baldwin, by Ray Fisher.

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Continuing their reign

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Hempfield girls, North Allegheny boys maintain reign as WPIAL track and field champions, by Paul Schofield.

Freeport's Dylan Hochbein wins the 100-meter high hurdles during the WPIAL Class AA team championship

Freeport’s Dylan Hochbein wins the 100-meter high hurdles during the WPIAL Class AA team championship

Freeport boys cruise to first WPIAL title since 2010, by Doug Gulasy.

ON THE DIAMOND

Freeport's Josh Beale (15) takes off after a hit against Hampton to help clinch the WPIAL AAA Section 5 playoff spot

Freeport’s Josh Beale (15) takes off after a hit against Hampton to help clinch the WPIAL AAA Section 5 playoff spot

Extra-inning heroics send Freeport to WPIAL playoffs, by Jerin Steele.

Deer Lakes' Danielle Huffman celebrates a home run

Deer Lakes’ Danielle Huffman celebrates a home run

Deer Lakes earns share of fifth straight section title, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS roundup: South Fayette secures WPIAL playoff berth

Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp

Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp

#TribHS highlight reel: Hempfield honors softball coach Kalp

ON THE HARDWOOD

Gorman: Carney fits at Vincentian Academy

RECRUITING

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Reversing the Curse

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Pine-Richland pitching carries Rams to third straight Section 1 title, by Andrew Erickson.

Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher J.P. Pellis

Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher J.P. Pellis

Defending WPIAL Class A baseball champion GCC eyes long playoff run, by Paul Schofield.

Freeport's Ally DeJidas

Freeport’s Ally DeJidas

Freeport softball’s DeJidas having stellar freshman season, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS Highlight reel: Journey to Baldwin pays off big for Brown

RECRUITING

Steelers cornerback Artie Burns Jr.

Steelers cornerback Artie Burns Jr.

Gorman: Steelers’ top pick will bring his brother

Neshannock tight end Sear commits to Temple, by Bill Hartlep.

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RIP, GARF

Vaccaro: Howard Garfinkel helped make summer basketball beautiful

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#TribHS recap of Baldwin Invitational

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Knoch's Jordan Geist wins the discus at the Baldwin Invitational

Knoch’s Jordan Geist won the discus at the Baldwin Invitational

Knoch's Jordan Geist wins the shot put at the Baldwin Invitational

Knoch’s Jordan Geist won the shot put at the Baldwin Invitational

Gorman: Knoch’s Geist takes aim at records

Rain doesn’t slow standouts at Baldwin Invitational, by Andrew Erickson.

#TribHS roundup: Central Catholic upsets No. 3 Chartiers Valley with seventh-inning rally

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Quips can’t snap streak

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INSTANT RELAY: Central Catholic’s record-setting 400 relay sets sights on state title, by Andrew Erickson.

Greensburg Central Catholic's Michelle Karabin

Greensburg Central Catholic’s Michelle Karabin

A WPIAL pole vault champion last year, GCC’s Karabin continues to raise the bar, by Paul Schofield.

Just in time for the Baldwin Invitational…

ON THE DIAMOND

The Aliquippa baseball team has a 104-game losing streak, which started just days after Clairton’s baseball team began a 48-game losing streak in April 2008. Eight years later, the Quips can’t snap their streak.

Clairton was riding a 47-game win streak in football and a 48-game losing streak in baseball when, all of all people, Tyler Boyd came to the rescue to end talk about the Bad News Bears.

Leechburg's Morgan Pierce delivers a pitch against St. Joseph

Leechburg’s Morgan Pierce delivers a pitch against St. Joseph

St. Joseph’s postseason hopes stifled by playoff-bound Leechburg, by George Guido.

#TribHS roundup: Vincentian’s Fedko hits for cycle

Trib Cup: Thomas Jefferson softball looking like 2014 title team, by Alex Oltmanns.

South Fayette puts late-season loss behind, refocuses for playoffs, by Chuck Curti.

RECRUITING

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Pause before you post it

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic softball reaps rewards of strong offense, by Joe Sager.

Gorman: Pause before you post it

Sewickley Academy track standout Summer Thorpe made a verbal commitment to Notre Dame

Sewickley Academy track standout Summer Thorpe made a verbal commitment to Notre Dame

#TribHS highlight reel: Trio of invitationals scheduled this week

Freeport's Justin Brestensky smiles after being hit by a pitch against Deer Lakes

Freeport’s Justin Brestensky smiles after being hit by a pitch against Deer Lakes

Freeport baseball keeps playoff hopes alive, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS roundup: Mars topples Knoch to clinch share of section title

Westmoreland roundup: Latrobe edges rival Hempfield in

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Can Yough Baseball Go from Worst to First?

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Yough's Shane Fajt delivers a pitch during Yough's match up against Southmoreland

Yough’s Shane Fajt delivers a pitch during Yough’s match up against Southmoreland

Yough baseball looking to go from worst to first in Section 2, by Paul Schofield.

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Gorman: Serra Catholic pitcher perfect twice

#TribHS roundup: South Park tops Steel Valley in eighth

Deer Lakes' Maria Taliani runs past newly installed banners after catching the game-ending ball against Burrell

Deer Lakes’ Maria Taliani runs past newly installed banners after catching the game-ending ball against Burrell

Deer Lakes softball avenges Burrell loss, moves into first place in Section 3-AA, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Pittsburgh athletes of the week: Peters Township’s Nick Wolk, Avonworth’s Kimmi D’Ottavio

Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Hayden Fox, Derry’s Chelsea Bisi

Four Ambridge transfers ruled eligible, by Chris Harlan.

RECRUITING

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Shaler streaking in lacrosse

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Shaler girls lacrosse on a winning run, by Josh Rizzo.

Penn-Trafford sophomore Cameron Laffoon defends against Franklin Regional

Penn-Trafford sophomore Cameron Laffoon defends against Franklin Regional

Penn-Trafford lacrosse chasing first playoff berth with tough defense, by Jasper Wilson.

ON THE DIAMOND

Burrell's Max Garda (22), is out at second base with the tag from Apollo Ridge second baseman Jayson Sowers

Burrell’s Max Garda (22), is out at second base with the tag from Apollo Ridge second baseman Jayson Sowers

Burrell baseball tops Apollo-Ridge to clinch playoff berth, by Jerin Steele.

#TribHS roundup: Serra Catholic’s Bowen throws second straight perfect game

Westmoreland roundup: Jeannette takes down No. 1 GCC

St. Joseph's Shelby Gogal (4) tags out Riverview's Alivia Acierno (27) at third base

St. Joseph’s Shelby Gogal (4) tags out Riverview’s Alivia Acierno (27) at third base

St. Joseph softball in hunt for first playoff berth, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Burrell's Paige Beattie (2) celebrates a double-play

Burrell’s Paige Beattie (2) celebrates a double-play against Freeport

Burrell, Freeport emerge as challengers to Deer Lakes for Section 3-AA title, by Bill Beckner Jr.

TRACK AND FIELD

Baldwin coach Rich Wright

Baldwin assistant track coach Rich Wright

Gorman: Getting race just Wright

Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard competes in the Girl's Long Jump at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Track Meet at Memorial Stadium on Saturday

Greensburg Salem’s Julia Howard competes in the Girl’s Long Jump at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Track Meet at Memorial Stadium on Saturday

Greensburg Salem’s Howard sets meet record, earns four medals at WCCA championships, by Paul Schofield.

Kiski Area's Jace Roundtree sprints to a first place finish in the Boy's 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.83 at the WCCA meet

Kiski Area’s Jace Roundtree sprints to a first place finish in the Boy’s 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.83 at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Track Meet at Memorial Stadium

Kiski Area’s Roundtree puts off college commitment to earn four medals at WCCA meet, by Paul Schofield.

ON THE GRIDIRON

West quarterback Brett Laffoon (10) looks for an open receiver on third down in the second half of the East-West all-star high school football game

West quarterback Brett Laffoon (10) of Penn-Trafford looks for an open receiver on third down in the second half of the East-West all-star high school football game

East edges West on last-second field goal in wild PSFCA all-star game, by George Guido.

RECRUITING

TJ's Zane Zandier

TJ’s Zane Zandier

Harlan: Thomas Jefferson’s Zandier in no rush to switch positions

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