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Knoch’s Stobert commits to successful Florida junior college

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Alex Stobert went to his grandparents’ house Friday for a visit and to announce — to those who didn’t already know — where he is ...

Florida trip a learning curve for West Mifflin’s Saus
By Dave Mackall
When Cory Saus arrived at the Florida Baseball Academy in Jacksonville on a two-month stint to play for its 18U showcase team, it didn’t take long to feel homesick. Talk about the ultimate distraction. “It surprised me how much I missed home,” said Saus, who will be entering his senior year at ...
Elizabeth Forward pitcher Martell builds momentum as prospect
By Dave Mackall
First there was J.J. Hoover. Then came Dan Altavilla. Could Garrett Martell be the next Elizabeth Forward pitcher to move up in the ranks? “Of all the players I’ve coached, I’ve seen the biggest transformation in him,” said Frank Champ, who has coached all three players during his 10 seasons as Warriors ...
Ringgold still looking for girls basketball, baseball, softball coaches
By Jeff Oliver
The “Help Wanted” sign for coaches at Ringgold is getting dusted off yet again and is on display as the district is still seeking new coaches for girls’ basketball, baseball and softball. The district will be advertising for a third time to find a girls’ basketball coach to replace Laura ...
Mt. Pleasant baseball coach Hudzema resigns
By Jason Black
Tom Hudzema, who coached the Mt. Pleasant baseball team since 2009, resigned the position over the weekend. Hudzema coached the Vikings for seven seasons, compiled a record of 68-67 and led the team to playoff appearances in 2010 and ‘12. “It’s time,” Hudzema said. “My wife has put up with ...
Spisak hired to coach Yough baseball
By Paul Schofield
Craig Spisak has been around youth baseball for most of his life. He spent the past 16 years as an assistant baseball coach at Yough (13 years), Belle Vernon (1 year) and Mt. Pleasant (2 years). He also coached football at Yough. Now the 46-year-old West Newton resident, a trooper with the ...
Kittanning’s Keibler, Freeport’s Kelley named Leader Times Baseball, Softball Players of the Year
By Gary Horvath
Kittanning’s Keibler and Freeport’s Jess Kelley have been selected as the Leader Times Baseball and Softball Players of the Year PLAYER OF THE YEAR ...
Central Catholic’s DeRenzo named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Chris Harlan
PLAYER OF THE YEAR DOMENIC DERENZO Central Catholic, Senior, Catcher When Central Catholic’s season ended, Domenic DeRenzo hurried off to Martha’s Vineyard for a ...
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Liberatore named Greensburg Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Paul Schofield
PLAYER OF THE YEAR COLLIN LIBERATORE Greensburg Central Catholic, senior, pitcher/First baseman Collin Liberatore was a big reason why Greensburg Central Catholic won its ...
Knoch’s Shinsky named Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year
By Doug Gulasy
Player of the Year Cole Shinsky KNOCH, JR., P/1B Despite making all kind of program history this spring, the Knoch baseball ...
California Area duo selected for junior all-star game
By Jeff Oliver
California Area baseball players Louden Conte and K.C. Zajicek have been selected to participate in a Juniors Showcase Game at Consol Park in Washington, Pa. The ...
Freeport grad Gearhart finds home in South Carolina as coach
By Jerin Steele
Dennis Gearhart’s intention after graduating from Waynesburg University in 2007 was to take a teaching job in the south for a couple of years and ...
Steel Valley’s Donovan focused on college baseball career
By Dave Mackall
Brandon Donovan is growing up in a hurry. Just weeks removed from his senior year, the Steel Valley product already was acting like a college riser. ...
Knoch’s title-winning season will impact program’s future
By Doug Gulasy
Knoch coach George Bradley frequently cites teams like Blackhawk, Shaler and West Allegheny as the model baseball programs in the WPIAL because of their longstanding ...
Steel Valley’s Vickers named Daily News Coach of the Year
By Dave Mackall
About that lineup overhaul at Steel Valley. Following a 2014 baseball season in which the Ironmen captured a WPIAL championship and earned a spot in the ...
State champion Knoch traces success to players backing up teammates
By Doug Gulasy
To Knoch sophomore center fielder Dom Bucko, his decision to dive for Tyler Ksiazek’s line drive in the bottom of the fourth inning of the ...
Knoch wins 1st PIAA baseball championship
By Doug Gulasy
UNIVERSITY PARK — For once, Knights will wear a crown. Knoch put the finishing touches on a historic season, winning the first state title in school ...
Fraschetti K’s 11 to give Neshannock its second state title
By Chris Harlan
UNIVERSITY PARK — Neshannock’s Frank Fraschetti threw a three-hit shutout in Friday’s state championship. He struck out 11 in the hot afternoon sun, a dominant ...
Gorman: Knoch baseball believed in Bucko
By Kevin Gorman
UNIVERSITY PARK — Cole Shinsky couldn’t believe his eyes when he watched Knoch centerfielder Dominick Bucko dive for a ball only to see it bounce ...
Shady Side Academy baseball team rises to occasion
By Marty Stewart
 Once again, the regular season ended with a trip to the WPIAL Class AA playoffs for the Shady Side Academy baseball team. Though the trek ...
PIAA Class AAA baseball championship notebook: Long wait over for Knoch assistant
By Doug Gulasy and George Guido
UNIVERSITY PARK — Knoch assistant coach Steve Hall was part of the school’s first baseball team in 1990 as a player. Now he has a championship team as a coach. That inaugural team finished 9-7. Knoch had three players taken in the MLB Draft before the school even sponsored a team. The program ...
Mars baseball team ready to reload
By Joe Sager
The WPIAL Class AAA baseball playoff brackets have not been kind to Mars lately. Two years ago, the Fightin’ Planets fell to Blackhawk and ace ...
Previewing the 2015 PIAA baseball and softball championships
By Compiled By  trib Total Media
Below is a look at the PIAA baseball and softball championship games involving WPIAL teams. Class AAA baseball Knoch vs. Abington Heights Noon ...
Title-hopeful Knoch baseball sticks to plan
By Doug Gulasy
One of Knoch’s season-long mantras reached a necessary conclusion Wednesday. All season long, the Knights preached the value of focusing on the next game — whether ...
PIAA Class AAA baseball championship capsule: Knoch vs. Abington Heights
By Tribune-Review
PIAA Class AAA baseball championship Knoch (22-2) vs. Abington Heights (18-3) Noon Friday, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, University Park Coaches: George Bradley, Knoch; ...
PIAA championship notebook: Valley state champs advise to ‘soak it up’
By Bill Beckner Jr.  and Doug Gulasy
Teams can get swept along by the hype of playing in their first state championship game, but the A-K Valley’s most recent softball state champions ...
Knoch advances to 1st PIAA title game with victory over Donegal
By Doug Gulasy
CRESSON — Knoch put two days worth of weather postponements to good use before its PIAA semifinal game Wednesday afternoon. “We basically hit a ton,” ...
Bench players step up to seal Knoch’s victory
By Bill Beckner Jr.
CRESSON — When Knoch junior pitcher Alex Stobert said “everybody” on the team played a part in Wednesday’s 8-2 win over Donegal in the PIAA ...
Gorman: Draft dodges Central Catholic’s DeRenzo
By Kevin Gorman
Dom DeRenzo listened to the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday during an 11-hour drive with his father to Martha’s Vineyard. ...
Quaker Valley baseball team credits attitude, experience for strong finsih
By Kevin Ritchart
The Quaker Valley baseball team hasn’t gotten this far by looking back. Since he took over the team three years ago, coach Todd Roble has implemented a philosophy of forward thinking that has resulted in both regular-season and playoff success. “We move on from every game,” Roble said. “We talk about ...
Knoch baseball team continues to play waiting game
By Doug Gulasy
By now, Knoch knows very well how much the weather can play havoc with a baseball schedule. So after the threat of thunderstorms forced the ...
Shaler baseball falls in PIAA semifinals
By Staff Report
Shaler pitcher Jake Potock allowed just three hits in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal baseball game Tuesday at Greene Township Park in Scotland. The last of those hits, however, proved to be a big one. Mike Christy belted a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to give ...
Games featuring Knoch baseball, Hempfield softball teams postponed again
By Tribune-Review
The Knoch baseball team and Hempfield softball team had their PIAA semifinal games postponed for the second straight day. Knoch (21-2) will play District 3’s Donegal (23-5) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Aloysius College in Cresson. Hempfield (20-2) will play District 3’s Cumberland Valley (23-4) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, also ...
Colucci powers Neshannock to win, berth in PIAA title game
By Chris Harlan
In between pitches, Neshannock coach Mike Kirkwood also tossed a few barbs at his cleanup hitter. Maybe senior Don Colucci would need a pinch hitter ...
PIAA postpones semifinal games
By Tribune-Review
Rain and thunderstorms forced the PIAA to postpone nine baseball and softball semifinal games Monday, including five involving WPIAL teams. The games were all moved to Tuesday. In baseball, Shaler (20-5) will play District 1’s North Penn (21-4) at 3 p.m. at Greene Township Park in Scotland. Knoch (21-2) will play ...
Deer Lakes softball, Knoch baseball rained out in PIAA semis
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Due to rain, the Deer Lakes-Cambridge Springs PIAA Class AA softball semifinal scheduled for Monday was postponed until 1 p.m. Tuesday at Slippery Rock. Meantime, the ...