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Frazier’s Turek a 50-year fixture as local cross country, track coach

By Rachel Basinger
When you love something, it’s hard to give it up. At least that’s the case for Joseph Turek. At 71, Turek is celebrating his 50th …

Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville boys soccer team blanks Albert Gallatin
By Staff Reports
Jacob Rice scored three goals to help the Connellsville boys soccer team blank Albert Gallatin, 5-0, on Saturday in a Section 1-AAA match. Griffin Prinkey and Michael Sledge also scored for the Falcons (5-4, 2-3). Sledge and Alex Shultz combined to record the shutout in goal. NAHL hockey Keystone 4, …
Valley News roundup: Kiski Area tops FR; Kittanning breaks streak
By Staff Reports
Kiski Area’s boys soccer team likes to play Saturdays. The Cavaliers improved to 3-0-1 in Saturday games with a 2-0 victory over Franklin Regional in a Section 3-AAA game at Kiski Area. Dakota Lange and Ian Moorhead netted goals for Kiski Area (6-3-1, 4-2), which handed the Panthers  (5-3, 5-1) …
High school notebook: Kiski Area tabs Jones as softball coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Maggie Jones played high school softball at Leechburg in the mid-2000s and was the starting shortstop on three WPIAL runner-up teams. She remembers playing teams …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Cole Ferguson School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Ferguson has been one of the top offensive producers for Mars, which started the …
Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant knocks off Waynesburg
By Staff Reports
Nathan Pieszak completed 16-of-23 passes for 236 and two touchdowns as the Mt. Pleasant football team (4-0, 4-0) rallied for an Interstate Conference win over host Waynesburg, 28-27, on Friday. Pieszak hit Brian Prinkey on a crucial two-point conversion to lift the Vikings to victory. Pieszak hit Trevor Salopek on …
Leader Times roundup: Kittanning volleyball stays unbeaten at home
By Staff Reports
Kittanning maintained its perfect home record ahead of a big girls volleyball trip to Ford City. Emily Klingensmith had nine kills, and Casey Harkleroad added five to help the Wildcats knock off Southmoreland, 3-0, in a Section 3-AA match on Thursday. Leah Wilson added four kills, and Maggie McCanna had …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Burrell boys soccer team knocks off Derry
By Staff Reports
Corey Mazary netted a hat trick, and Burrell overcame an early deficit to top Derry, 4-2, in a Section 1-AA game Thursday night. Burrell (5-3, …
Hempfield runners off to strong start
By Alex Oltmanns
The Hempfield boys and girls cross country teams head into the start of Division I Section I meets this week after competing in the Slippery …
GCC field hockey hit hard by graduation
By Andrew John
After making the playoffs for the first time in school history a season ago, the Greensburg Central Catholic field hockey team will look to rebuild without the eight graduates who were part of a special season. The Centurions (0-5, 0-3), who lost 3-0 to Winchester-Thurston in the WPIAL Class AA …
Hempfield field hockey continues to improve under 2nd-year coach
By Alex Oltmanns
In her second year as coach of the Hempfield field hockey team, Michelle Fischer is hoping to bring stability to the program. Fischer was hired …
Daily Courier roundup: Uniontown earns cross country victory
By Staff Reports
Braden Carei (17:38) finished first overall, and Paul Klatt (17:58) and Patrick Hager (17:59) took third and fourth, respectively, to help the Uniontown boys cross country team secure wins over Connellsville, 18-41, Albert Gallatin, 15-50, West Mifflin, 20-39, and McKeesport, 15-50 in a Section 2-AAA meet at Connellsville on Thursday. …
Valley News Dispatch roundup: Freeport’s Clawson reaches WPIAL Class AA golf championship
By Staff Reports
Freeport junior Audrey Clawson advanced to the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship for the third straight time after finishing second at the Section 1-AA tournament Wednesday at Norvelt Golf Club. Clawson, the top scorer this season for Freeport, shot 4-over-par 76. She made three birdies. Clawson took fourth in …
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Kiski Area Megan Aller, Riverview’s Cole Wilson
By Alex Novickoff
Cole Wilson School: Riverview Sport: Soccer Class: Senior Report card: Wilson, a four-year starter and team captain, helped the Class A No. 2 Raiders to …
Leader Times roundup: Freeport’s Clawson returns to WPIAL golf final
By Staff Reports
It’s back to the finals for Audrey Clawson. Clawson, a Freeport junior and two-time state qualifier, reached her third straight WPIAL girls golf championship by shooting a 4-over-par 76 in the Section 1-AA qualifier on Wednesday at Norvelt Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant. Clawson finished with two birdies, four bogeys …
Daily Courier local roundup: Ice Miners fall in shootout
By Staff Reports
The Keystone Ice Miners dropped the first of their four games at the NAHL showcase in Blaine, Minn., losing to Topeka, 3-2, in a 12-round shootout Wednesday. Scott Donahue scored the tying goal with just more than five minutes left in regulation for the Ice Miners (1-0-1). Garrett Halford scored …
Defending WPIAL cross country champ South Fayette running on young legs
By Gary Horvath
After graduating six seniors from its 2013 WPIAL Class AA boys championship team, the rest of the league expected South Fayette to be in a …
Chartiers Valley runners ready to put in the work
By Gary Horvath
By its coaches’ standards, the Chartiers Valley cross country team had a good summer, which means they were hard at work. The season kicked off Sept. 6 at the Red, White and Blue Invite at the Schenley Park Oval, and the coaches were excited about the team’s debut. “It’s early …
Shady Side Academy out to defend field hockey title
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy field hockey team finished with a deceiving 6-6-2 record last year. The Indians won the WPIAL Class AA championship and then lost in the first round of the PIAA championships. Coach Erin Weir lost four graduates from that team but is confident that her team will …
Herald roundup: Shady Side Academy girls soccer downs rival Springdale
By Marty Stewart
The Section 3-AAA singles tennis tournament was held Sept. 10-11 and Shady Side Academy’s Ananya Dua won the title. Fox Chapel and Shady Side Academy each placed two players in the semifinals. Fox Chapel’s Laurel Shymansky defeated West Mifflin’s Chelsea Page, 10-0, in the first round and then topped Julianna …
Slippery Rock race benefits Bishop Canevin squads
By Nathan Smith
The Slippery Rock Invitational is important for cross country teams in a number of ways. It gives runners experience in a large race that features teams from across the WPIAL and PIAA, giving teams insight on what they might see in future races. But most importantly, it is the same …
Plum boys’ Susalla running strong in early season
By Dave Schrecengost
Plum distance runner Jake Susalla keeps adding to his growing list of accomplishments. The Mustangs have competed in two cross country invitational races this season, …
Penn-Trafford field hockey offense in a groove
By Nathan Smith
The Penn-Trafford field hockey team knows how important strong offensive play can be. During the 2013 season, the Warriors were shutout by Pine-Richland and North …
Franklin Regional runners compete at deep Ohio invite
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional cross country teams ran at the annual Spartan Invitational on Saturday in Boardman, Ohio, and head coach Jim Passarelli said he was impressed with the boys team’s performance in a competitive field of runners. “We ran extremely well,” he said. “We finally had all five varsity members …
Gateway cross country teams gain experience at deep invitational
By Michael Love
The Gateway boys and girls cross country teams are familiar participants at the annual Spartan Invitational in Boardman, Ohio. Gators squads have run there for …
Greater Latrobe elevates lacrosse teams
By Stacey Federoff
Lacrosse players and parents applauded on Tuesday night when the Greater Latrobe school board approved a measure to recognize the boys and girls lacrosse club teams as fully funded sports. The official recognition will lift the financial burden for transportation, referees, equipment and uniforms off the team, and the school …
High school notebook: Lincoln Park seeking co-op for girls basketball
By Chris Harlan Paul Schofield and Dave Mackall
Lincoln Park will add a girls basketball team this winter, and already it’s drawing WPIAL scrutiny. The Midland charter school asked to form cooperative agreements in girls basketball, boys track, baseball and boys golf with Western Beaver, a small public school in nearby Industry. The WPIAL board on Monday approved …
Guido: Friday night lights brighter for Pirates
By George Guido
There was a time when the Bucs playing at home on a high school football night was a death knell to Pirates attendance. But that’s …
Valley roundup: Burrell’s Mazary scores twice in Buccaneers win
By Staff Reports
Burrell’s boys soccer team still has its sights set on back-to-back Section 1-AA titles. Corey Mazary fired in a pair of goals and assisted on one by Josh Wertkin to lead the Buccaneers to a 3-1 victory over Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday night in Lower Burrell. The win moves second-place …
Leader Times roundup: Kittanning girls rout St. Joseph, 10-2
By Staff Reports
There was no slowing down the Kittanning offense. Natalie Kreiss scored five goals, Kylie Hagofsky scored four and Ashley Bowser added one for the Wildcats, …
Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville volleyball knocks off Latrobe
By Staff Reports
Peyton Hileman connected for three kills and added three blocks as Connellsville beat visiting Latrobe, 28-26, 25-20, 29-27, in Section 1-AAA Tuesday. Kristen Domer had nine digs, and Megan Kirkpatrick added five kills for the Falcons (2-3, 2-3). Boys soccer Connellsville 3, Latrobe 2 e_SEmD Jacob Rice scored a pair …
Daily News spotlight athletes: West Mifflin’s Kyle Mack, South Allegheny’s Nina Tyszkiewicz
By Robert Stinner
Kyle Mack School: West Mifflin Year: Senior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Mack has scored six times, including two game-winners for the Titans, who are …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Shaler’s Ryan Landry, Mt. Lebanon’s Laura Pryor
By Alex Olmanns
Ryan Landry School: Shaler Year: Junior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Landry scored five goals on Saturday in a 6-3 win over Woodland Hills to …
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Mt. Pleasant’s Zackery Bednar, Norwin’s Maria Santilli
By Andrew John
Zackery Bednar School: Mt. Pleasant Year: Senior Sport: Soccer/football Claim to fame: Bednar netted four goals to lead Mt. Pleasant (3-2, 2-1) to a 5-0 …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Robertson’s goal lifts Knoch in OT
By Staff Reports
Saige Robertson tapped in her own rebound seven minutes into overtime as the Knoch girls soccer team defeated Burrell, 3-2, on Monday in Section 2-AA …
Kittanning high school roundup: Freeport volleyball topples North Allegheny
By Staff Reports
In a battle of last year’s WPIAL girls volleyball champions, Freeport grabbed another impressive win. Zoe Pawlak had 22 kills, and Morgan Ruppersberger added 15 kills of her own to lead top-ranked and defending Class AA champ Freeport to a win over defending Class AAA champ North Allegheny, 3-1, in …