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Daily Courier High School Roundup: Mt. Pleasant uses big inning to be Albert Gallatin

By Staff Reports 9:48 p.m.
Paige Hertzog had four hits, including two doubles and Amanda Golkosky tripled, doubled and singled as the Mt. Pleasant softball team scored seven runs in the sixth inning to record a 9-3 Section 4-AAA win over visiting Albert Gallatin on Thursday. Maddie Kromer had three hits and Kayla Queer connected …

Valley News Dispatch Spotlight Athletes: Fox Chapel’s Brandon Mitchell, Burrell’s Melissa Mazzei
By Tribune-Review
Brandon Mitchell Class: Senior School: Fox Chapel Sport: Track and field Report card: At the Butler Invitational last week, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Mitchell took home …
Leader Times roundup: Ford City edges Valley on walk-off single
By Staff Reports
Wednesday was a day for walk-off wins by Ford City. Lexi Myers delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give Ford City a 3-2 win over Valley in a Section 3-AA game. Winning pitcher Jess Jubec threw a complete game and allowed seven hits while giving …
Moon lacrosse off to fast start
By Alex Oltmanns
In just its fourth year fielding a varsity program and its second as an officially sanctioned WPIAL team, the Moon boys lacrosse team has landed atop the WPIAL Division II Section 2 standings. Commitment has been key in ascending through the standings. “I think this year the kids are a …
WPIAL grants Steel Valley basketball player 5th year of eligibility
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL granted a fifth year of eligibility for Steel Valley’s Dom Keyes, a standout basketball player for the Ironmen. Keyes, a fourth-year junior, attended a hearing Monday at the WPIAL office in Green Tree. Executive director Tim O’Malley revealed the board’s decision Tuesday. A 6-foot-6 center, Keyes averaged 15 …
Sewickley Academy’s Jackson O’Neill excells in goal for soccer, lacrosse teams
By Nathan Smith
Jackson O’Neill’s start as a goalie in two sports came from circumstance. The sophomore began playing lacrosse in fifth grade and eventually took over the spot when there was no one else to fill the role. Several years later, a similar set of circumstances happened on the soccer field. “No …
FC grad helps push lacrosse team to 10-0 start
By Marty Stewart
As a freshman midfielder, 2013 FC grad Jessie Thiessen led the Allegheny soccer team and the North Atlantic Coast Conference in goals with 11 and …
Gators avenge season-opening loss to Warriors
By Michael Love
In the season opener at Penn-Trafford on March 22, the Gateway varsity boys lacrosse team jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half but was unable to hold on as the Warriors rallied and won in two overtimes, 10-9. On Saturday, the Gators had a chance to avenge …
Daily Courier roundup: Latrobe edges Connellsville, 4-3
By Staff Reports
Latrobe baseball scored runs in the top of the sixth and seventh to secure a 4-3 win over Connellsville in Section 2-AAAA play Wednesday afternoon. Josh Keefe had a triple for the Wildcats (5-5, 3-2). Aaron Hall doubled for Connellsville (6-7, 2-5), which had seven hits and committed four errors. …
Daily News spotlight athletes: Clairton’s Harrison Dreher, West Mifflin’s Alyssa Cairns
By Robert Stinner
Harrison Dreher School: Clairton Class: Sophomore Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Dreher went  4 for 4 and struck out six in four innings to help …
Another honor for Springdale soccer icon
By George Guido
Next stop for decorated soccer coach Dave Meloni — the WPIAL Hall of Fame. Meloni, who won nine WPIAL socccer titles in a 15-year span …
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: California’s Josh Luko, Norwin’s Maddy Miller
By Andrew John
Josh Luko School: California Sport: Baseball Year: Senior Claim to fame: Luko, who is 5-0 with a 0.33 ERA, threw a no-hitter to lead California …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Serra Catholic’s Cole McCombs, West Mifflin’s Paige Flore
By Brian Graham
Cole McCombs School: Serra Catholic Year: Freshman Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Combs tossed a no-hitter and struck out 14 to lead the Eagles to …
Franklin Regional stabbing victim reunites with rugby teammates
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Less than a week after an 8-inch knife plunged into the side of his chest, puncturing his lung and forever changing his once-unguarded perception of …
Franklin Regional reschedules events following tragedy
By Doug Gulasy
Schools around the WPIAL typically reschedule numerous sports contests each spring because of rain or other weather-related reasons. Last week’s stabbing incident at Franklin Regional broke completely new ground. Franklin Regional postponed or canceled nearly two dozen athletic events scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday of last week after the stabbings …
Roundup: Steel Valley shuts out West Shamokin volleyball
By Tribune-Review
Midway through the section season, West Shamokin boys volleyball ventured on a long nonsection road trip. Brendon Glover had seven kills and six blocks for the Wolves, who fell 3-0 to Steel Valley on Tuesday in Munhall. Adam Crise had 17 assists and 11 service points for West Shamokin (2-5). …
Motivated by last season, Mt. Lebo girls lacrosse off to 10-0 start
By Gary Horvath
There’s no confusion among the Mt. Lebanon girls lacrosse team as to what this season is about. “Every year we sit down with the seniors …
Now more advanced in fundamentals, Hempfield lacrosse team making strides
By Gary Horvath
A little more than a year ago, a new sport invaded Hempfield High School, completely on a whim. Now in its second season, the Hempfield …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Percic leads Apollo-Ridge over Burrell
By Staff Reports
Mike Percic made sure the Apollo-Ridge baseball team’s runs-allowed average fell further toward zero Monday. The Vikings, who allowed 20 runs in their first three games, kept Burrell off the basepaths during a 4-1 win in Section 3-AA. Percic, who pitched 61⁄3 innings, held Burrell (3-5, 0-4) to two hits …
Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville baseball wins second straight
By Staff Reports
Evan Onusko and J.R. Blocker had a pair of hits each as the Connellsville baseball team won its second in a row, beating visiting Albert …
Apollo-Ridge baseball tops Burrell
By Staff Reports
The only WPIAL baseball game to be played locally Monday yielded a great pitching performance. Mike Percic tossed 61⁄3 innings of two-hit ball, and Austin Laird got the final two outs for the save to clinch a win for Apollo-Ridge, 4-1, at Burrell in a Section 3-AA game. Percic struck …
Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville baseball team gets 1st section win
By Staff Reports
Mike Parlak hit a solo homer, and Austin Puskar doubled and drove in a run as the Connellsville baseball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over host Kiski Area on Saturday in a Section 2-AAAA game. Jacob Wiltrout also ripped a double for the Falcons (5-6, …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Error helps Plum baseball in win
By Staff Reports
Plum’s Twitter account likes to use the hashtag #GiddyUp, especially after wins. Junior Brian Albert had some giddy-up in his step Saturday when a routine …
Butler County spotlight athletes: April 13, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Ori Rinaman School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Track and field Claim to fame: Rinaman swept the two sprints and two hurdles events in a meet …
Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Baseball teams set to play at PNC Park
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A trio of Alle-Kiski baseball teams will play games this weekend at PNC Park as part of the Pirates’ annual ticket fundraising program. Highlands will …
Mt. Pleasant tennis team blanks GCC
By Staff Report
The Mt. Pleasant boys tennis team swept all matches on its way to a 5-0 victory over Greensburg Central Catholic in a Section 1-AA contest played indoors at the Greensburg Racquet Club on Friday. Alex Temple, Jacob Trout and Jeremy Simms posted wins at first through third singles, respectively, for …
KLT roundup: West Shamokin wins on wild pitch
By Staff Reports
Just as its baseball counterparts did the day before, West Shamokin’s softball team came out as winners in walk-off fashion. Tristan Cribbs scored from third on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Wolves an 8-7 win in extra innings over visiting …
Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville track team earns sweep
By Staff Reports
The Connellsville track team posted a sweep over host Yough in a Section 2-AAA meet Thursday. Ashton Grimm won the 100, 200 and 400 meters as the Falcons (1-2, 1-2) won the girls meet 94-47. Lauren Herman picked up a win in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Kenzie Grenell …
Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Burrell softball comes from behind to top Valley
By Staff Reports
After helping Valley’s cause with five errors across the first two innings, Burrell’s softball team recovered nicely to post its fourth straight win 8-5 in …
Roundup: West Shamokin baseball teams earns 1st win of season
By Staff Reports
The West Shamokin baseball team walked its way into its first win of the season. Evan Nosal drew a bases-loaded, one-out walk in the top of the seventh to cap a comeback win for the Wolves, 4-3 over Apollo-Ridge in a Section 3-AA game Wednesday in Spring Church. Dave Ferrier …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Riverview’s Dom Conte, Burrell’s Lizzie Weimer
By D.j. Vasil
Dom Conte School: Riverview Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: Conte is a key player and team captain for the Raiders (6-0). As a pitcher …
TTOS announces list of honorees
By The Valley Independent
The 64th annual Toast To Our Stars Banquet has drawn WTAE-TV news reporter Sheldon Ingram as it keynote speaker. The event, which honors Charleroi Area students who participated in sports and reside in North Charleroi, will be held at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Charleroi Elks Club. The banquet …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Deer Lakes’ Petrone pitches 1-hitter, strikes out 18
By Staff Reports
In a Section 3-AA pitchers duel Wednesday, sophomore Ryan Petrone pitched a one-hitter and struck out 18 as Deer Lakes (4-2, 2-0) topped Summit Academy, …
North Hills football great Kasperowicz part of WPIAL’s 2014 hall class
By Jerry Dipaola
Eric Kasperowicz remembers every detail. The down, the distance — even the wind-chill (30-below) at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. “That’s in my head like …
High-scoring Quaker Valley boys lacrosse off to unbeaten start
By Nathan Smith
There was no denying the Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team would have a high-powered offense this season with the return of 90-goal scorer Jimmy Perkins …
Thomas Jefferson senior a multi-faceted, fun-loving student-athlete
By Ray Fisher
Tori Cotter enjoys this emcee-ing business. Cotter, a multi-talented senior student-athlete at Thomas Jefferson, served as co-emcee at the 24th annual talent show recently held …