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March 19, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Undefeated and undeterred

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Gorman: Undefeated wrestlers Lee, Teasdale share common goal

TribHS highlight reel: Monessen to forfeit four football victories

Penn Hills' Te'Shan Campbell

Penn Hills’ Te’Shan Campbell

Penn Hills’ Campbell joins elite group of state champion wrestlers for Indians, by Ed Phillipps.

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Keaton Hanna and his Mars teammates celebrate winning the PIHL Penguins Cup Class A title

Keaton Hanna and his Mars teammates celebrate winning the PIHL Penguins Cup Class A championship

Canon-Mac, Cathedral Prep, Mars face tall tasks Saturday against Flyers Cup champions, by Joe Sager.

#TribCup: Allderdice reflects on fairy tale season, by Brian Graham.

ON THE DIAMOND

South Fayette first baseman Logan Sharp

South Fayette first baseman Logan Sharp

South Fayette hoping new tech brings edge, by Gary Horvath.

Thomas Jefferson pitcher Lacie Lautner

Thomas Jefferson pitcher Lacie Lautner

Thomas Jefferson softball opens season as defending WPIAL Class AAA champion, by Ray Fisher.

Lady Highlanders looking to compete for WPIAL title, by Ray Fisher.

Greensburg Salem softball chasing fifth straight section title, by Kevin Lohman.

NET GAINS

Fox Chapel boys volleyball aims to continue playoff streak, by Marty Stewart.

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March 18, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Four advance to PIAA finals

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Seton Blackhawk girls

Gorman: Bishop Canevin and Seton-La Salle a rivalry like none other

Seton-La Salle girls beat Bishop Canevin to reach PIAA title game, by Nathan Smith.

#TribHS roundup: Blackhawk girls return to PIAA title game

Norwin Vincentian girls

Vincentian girls headed back to PIAA finals, by Karen Price.

Norwin girls upended in PIAA West Region final, by Dave Mackall.

Aliquippa boys

Motivated by pregame speech, Aliquippa ‘rings’ up victory, by Chris Harlan.

BACK WITH BUCS

Former assistant Bellinotti named new Burrell head coach, by Bill Beckner Jr.

ON THE DIAMOND

Southmoreland's Michael Baird

Southmoreland’s Michael Baird

Southmoreland baseball prepared for jump in classification, by Jason Black.

Latrobe's Meredith Carr

Latrobe’s Meredith Carr

Latrobe softball focusing on fundamentals, by Kevin Ritchart.

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March 15, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

One step closer to Hershey

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Quips

Allderdice earns first PIAA semifinal berth since 1987 with victory over Harrisburg, by Chris Harlan.

Undefeated Aliquippa proves too much for Redbank Valley, by George Guido.

GCC boys

Greensburg Central Catholic boys squander early lead, bow out of state playoffs, by Paul Schofield.

North Catholic girls’ rally falls short in PIAA loss to Blairsville, by George Guido.

PIAA basketball roundup: Blackhawk girls edge Chartiers Valley in overtime

ON THE ICE

PIHL

PIHL championship roundup: Canon-McMillan blanks Butler for Class AAA title, by Matt Grubba and Gary Horvath.

Armstrong hockey looks to next year after PIHL final loss, by Matt Grubba.

IN THE POOL

WPIAL boosts medal haul at PIAA with three more golds, by Dave Mackall.

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March 14, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Norwin wins again

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HS hoops

Norwin girls beat North Allegheny again, reach PIAA semis, by Paul Schofield.

Experienced Cathedral Prep tops young Mars boys squad, by Chris Harlan.

Monessen's Justice Rice (12) gets fouled by Kennedy Catholic's Andrew Magestro (10)

Monessen’s Justice Rice (12) gets fouled by Kennedy Catholic’s Andrew Magestro (10)

Monessen loses to Kennedy Catholic in PIAA Class A quarterfinals, by Ed Phillipps.

#TribHS basketball roundup: Bishop Canevin girls advance to PIAA semifinals against rival Seton-La Salle

Redbank Valley's Jake Dougherty

Redbank Valley’s Jake Dougherty (10)

Redbank Valley eager to take on undefeated Aliquippa in PIAA Class AA quarterfinals, by Matt Grubba.

IN THE POOL

Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman

Chartiers Valley’s Maria Lohman

Chartiers Valley’s Lohman captures third straight PIAA diving title, by Doug Gulasy.

Latrobe’s Sowinski swims to bronze at PIAA meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Norwin’s Painter places fourth at PIAA meet, by Doug Gulasy.

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March 13, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Galbreath’s WPIAL influence

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Longtime college coach’s influence is felt in WPIAL basketball ranks, by Chris Harlan.

#TribCup: North Allegheny girls roll into PIAA quarterfinals, by Alex Oltmanns.

#TribHS highlight reel: O’Connor resigns as Bethel Park coach

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PIHL Penguins Cup Preview: Butler chasing first title, by Bill Hartlep.

Gorman: Quaker Valley’s Quinn big on shorty

Armstrongs Christian Miller (58) fights his way past Plum defenseman Ryan Loebig (96)

Armstrongs Christian Miller (58) fights his way past Plum defenseman Ryan Loebig (96)

Armstrong hockey team looks to make ‘prehistory,’ by Matt Grubba.

IN THE POOL

Quaker Valley boys capture PIAA Class AA swimming and diving title, by Doug Gulasy.

Highlands’ Bonnett strikes PIAA gold in 500 freestyle, by Doug Gulasy.

Yough juniors finish strong at PIAA meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Uniontown diver places eighth at PIAA championships, by Doug Gulasy.

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March 12, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Another Lebo upset? No ‘Dice

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Allderdice's Lamone Dixon Jr. defends on Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Ehland during their PIAA Class AAAA playoff game

Allderdice’s Lamone Dixon Jr. defends on Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Ehland during their PIAA Class AAAA second-round game

Allderdice uses late run to overtake Mt. Lebanon, by Chris Harlan.

Sebastiani’s hot shooting leads GCC boys to PIAA victory, by Paul Schofield.

Beaver's Paie Ziggas (left) and Bella Posset defend on Chartiers Valley's Karley O'Keefe during a PIAA Class AAA playoff game

Beaver’s Paige Ziggas (left) and Bella Posset defend on Chartiers Valley’s Karley O’Keefe during a PIAA Class AAA playoff game

Chartiers Valley girls top Beaver, advance to PIAA quarterfinals, by Karen Price.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic calls checkmate for Trojans, by Jeff Oliver.

Blairsville’s trapping defense seals trip to PIAA quarterfinals, by Ed Phillipps.

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#TribHS roundup: Aliquippa cruises past Fairview

Gorman: Walsh’s shot a ‘perfect dream’

#TribHS highlight reel: Area rollers set for region tournament

IN THE POOL

Four WPIAL standouts capture gold on first day of PIAA championships, by Doug Gulasy.

Yough’s Cochran places fourth at PIAA, by Doug Gulasy.

Derry divers again secure PIAA medals, by Doug Gulasy.

Freeport’s Pawlak earns first medal at PIAA championship meet, by Doug Gulasy.

St. Joseph’s Bowman takes silver in 100 fly for second straight season, by Doug Gulasy.

Laurel Highlands boys team posts strong start at PIAA meet, by Doug Gulasy.

ON THE ICE

Quaker Valley's Connor Quinn outskates Hempfield's Andrew Koziara to score the game-winning goal in overtime during the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup semifinals

Quaker Valley’s Connor Quinn outskates Hempfield’s Andrew Koziara to score the game-winning goal in overtime during the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup semifinals

Defending champion Quaker Valley reaches PIHL final again, by George Guido.

Deer Lakes' Mitchell Rupprecht shoots past Mars defenseman Ian Houk-Graves during the first period of a Class A Penguins Cup semifinal

Deer Lakes’ Mitchell Rupprecht shoots past Mars defenseman Ian Houk-Graves during the first period of a Class A Penguins Cup semifinal

Deer Lakes knocked off by Mars in overtime, by George Guido.

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March 11, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Beating the buzzer

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Boys bkb 3-11

New Castle defeats Indiana for seventh straight PIAA tournament victory, by Chris Harlan.

Monessen wakes up to beat Portage, by Jeff Oliver.

Seton-La Salle stuns Greensburg Central Catholic on buzzer-beating 3, by Paul Schofield.

Girls bkb 3-11

North Allegheny girls advance with win over Penn Hills, by Karen Price.

Norwin girls beat Bethel Park for sixth straight postseason win, by Dave Mackall.

Despite Bordonaro’s career-high 36, Burrell girls defeated in PIAA playoffs, by Bill Beckner Jr.

PIAA basketball roundup: Mars boys oust Beaver Falls in overtime

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Gorman: Fox Chapel finds a winner in Loughran

#TribHS highlight reel: Swimmers earn top seeds for PIAA meet

PIHL playoffs roundup: No. 6 Butler upsets second-seeded Peters Township

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March 10, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Redeeming quality

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Penn Hills' Jade Ely

Penn Hills junior Jade Ely

Penn Hills girls basketball coach John Tate said he moped over the 20-point loss to Norwin in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game for two days, then decided that if the Indians could win 12 consecutive games to get there they were capable of winning four more to reach the PIAA final.

Tate knew that Penn Hills needed Jade Ely to do it.

After playing her worst in the biggest game, scoring only four points in the WPIAL final, Ely now plays for redemption.

“We all had the same goal,” Ely said. “I know they expect a lot from me, and that I couldn’t produce it was rough. It was mental for me, the crowd and the gym, and I didn’t handle it real well. Knowing I had so much on my shoulders, it was a lot. Everyone could tell it was getting to me because I didn’t have my best game. It wasn’t even close to my best game. There was a lot of pressure and stress, and I didn’t handle it well during the time.”

Tate saw it as a sign that Ely was scared of the spotlight, and he understood why. Ely doesn’t have the deep background with basketball that many of the WPIAL’s top players do. She didn’t play organized basketball until the seventh grade, and didn’t play AAU basketball until the eighth grade.

“This is my personal opinion: She’s the best player around. When she’s right, she’s putting up numbers as well as anyone in Quad A,” Tate said. “She didn’t practice well the day before. She was fooling around, which to me was a sign of nerves. It was a huge stage for her, a huge stage for us. I just thought the moment was too big for her.
Of all the elite players in the area, she’s probably played the least amount of everyone.”

That didn’t stop Ely from developing into one of the district’s most dangerous scorers, one who averages 18 points a game and had 23 points against Mt. Lebanon in the first round, 21 against Penn-Trafford in the quarterfinals and 17 against Bethel Park in the semifinals. She had a strong bounce-back game from the WPIAL final, scoring 23 against Obama Academy in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. Penn Hills plays North Allegheny Tuesday.

“I knew I was talented, just from previous games and AAU,” Ely said, “but this year it really hit me, just knowing that my team depends on me, the way I play can determine the win or loss of the game. I try not to let it get to my head.”

But Penn Hills is hoping she takes it to heart.

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#TribHS notebook: Penn Hills senior overcomes sprained knee ligament at PIAA wrestling tourney, by Bill West.

#TribHS highlight reel: Roundball Classic set for April 18

IN THE POOL

Carlynton junior Nicole Stengel

Carlynton junior Nicole Stengel

Carlynton junior Stengel competing in two races at state championships, by Nathan Smith.

Knoch’s breaststroke specialists ready for state meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Mt. Pleasant swim duo’s hard work pays off with PIAA berths, by Jason Black.

ON THE ICE

Deer Lakes' Vincent Casale celebrates a goal against Montour

Deer Lakes’ Vincent Casale celebrates a goal against Montour

Deer Lakes strives to seize spot in PIHL Class A title game, by Jerin Steele.

Armstrong wins in overtime, earns spot in PIHL final, by Matt Grubba.

PIHL playoffs roundup

ON THE COURT

Valley's Josh Denham

Valley senior Josh Denham, the only returning singles player, warms up with a ball control drill, during tennis practice

State berth whets Valley’s tennis team appetite, by Doug Gulasy.

COACHING HIRINGS

New Elizabeth Forward football coach ‘ready for the challenge,’ by Dave Mackall.

COACHING FIRINGS

East Allegheny board opens boys basketball jobs, by Patrick Cloonan.

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March 8, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Fifteen WPIAL wrestlers win PIAA championships

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TribHS wrestling

Franklin Regional crowns four PIAA wrestling champions, by Paul Schofield and Bill West.

NINE WPIAL WRESTLERS were crowned PIAA champions, an all-time high

PIAA CLASS AAA MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: A.C. HEADLEE, WAYNESBURG

IN PIAA CLASS AA, six WPIAL wrestlers won state titles

South Fayette’s Carr one of six PIAA Class AA champions hailing from WPIAL, by Bill West.

PIAA CLASS AA MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: MICKY PHILLIPPI, DERRY

Derry junior Phillippi wins 132-pound PIAA crown, by Paul Schofield.

Burrell’s Beattie savors PIAA heavyweight title, by Bill West.

JEFFERSON-MORGAN FRESHMAN Gavin Teasdale completes perfect 46-0 season

SOUTH PARK crowns first two PIAA champions in school history

ON THE COURT

WPIAL Class AAAA champion Chartiers Valley ousted by Mt. Lebanon on last-second shot, by Karen Price.

Allderdice's Jordan Rawls (left) defends against Fox Chapel's Billy Urso (right)

Allderdice’s Jordan Rawls (left) defends against Fox Chapel’s Billy Urso (right)

Allderdice fends off pesky Fox Chapel in PIAA first round, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Brendan Urso fouls James Jackson

The game ended on a bad note, with Fox Chapel’s Brendan Urso committing a blatant intentional foul on Allderdice star James Jackson, who left the game with his wrist wrapped in a bandage after this cheap shot:

Greensburg Central Catholic humbles District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge, by Dave Mackall.

PIAA boys basketball roundup: North Allegheny tops rival North Hills

PIAA girls basketball roundup: Blackhawk downs South Park

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March 7, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Going for gold

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Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph at PIAA

Central Catholic’s Vincenzo Joseph scores on Scranton’s Kazim Bakhriyev in a 152-pound quarterfinal round bout at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships at Giant Center in Hershey. Joseph won by technical fall, 20-5

Penn State recruit Joseph to meet club pal, an Iowa recruit, in PIAA Class AAA semis, by Bill West.

WPIAL heavyweights take three spots in PIAA Class AA semis, by Bill West.

Penn-Trafford’s Coy, Franklin Regional’s Brown escape with close wins, by Paul Schofield.

South Park junior wants to win gold to honor friend’s memory, by Bill West.

Ligonier Valley’s Patrick earns spot in PIAA Class AA semis, by Paul Schofield.

ON THE COURT

Norwin guard Dominique Petach (22) drives between Pine-Richland's Megan Grzybek (24) and Caitlyn Byerly (2) during a PIAA Class AAAA first-round playoff game

Norwin guard Dominique Petach (22) drives between Pine-Richland’s Megan Grzybek (24) and Caitlyn Byerly (2) during a PIAA Class AAAA first-round playoff game Friday at Hempfield. Norwin won 52-51

Norwin girls outlast Pine-Richland in thriller, by Dave Mackall.

Redbank Valley bows to Carlynton in PIAA Class AA first-round game, by Matt Grubba.

Burrell girls beat physical Karns City in PIAA playoff opener, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS girls basketball roundup: Bethel Park takes down Altoona in first round

Beaver Falls' Donovan Jeter scores over Meadville's Shequon Lindsey during boys PIAA Class AAA first-round playoff game Frida at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Beaver Falls’ Donovan Jeter scores over Meadville’s Shequon Lindsey during boys PIAA Class AAA first-round playoff game Friday at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Beaver Falls bounces back, beats Meadville in PIAA Class AAA first-round game, by Chris Harlan.

Salvino irked over Hounds’ play in 76-41 win, by Jeff Oliver.

#TribHS boys basketball roundup: New Castle edges Strong Vincent

Farrell routs Jeannette in PIAA Class A first-round game, by George Guido.

Cheswick Christian advances to NCSAAC title game

AND, FINALLY…

Westmoreland Christian Academy’s Jacob Tomson broke his brother’s school record with a career-high 58 points against Champion Christian, and finished his illustrious career with 2,400 points. Joshua, Jeremy and Jacob Tomson are the only brother trio in Pennsylvania’s 2,000-point club, and the five brothers combined for more than 9,000 career points.

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