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Breen, North Catholic top West Mifflin

By Staff Reports
Sam Breen scored 32 points and had 17 rebounds to lead Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic to a 64-46 win over West Mifflin at the Hoops for a Cure Runnin’ & Gunnin’ tournament at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic on Sunday. Kiki Palmer added 10 points for the Trojans (12-4). Miranda Ferguson had 17 ...

VND high school notebook: Longtime volleyball coach Toy steps aside
By Doug Gulasy
Ellen Toy spent nearly 30 years on the sidelines at volleyball matches, but that won’t be the case next fall. She might be in the stands, ...
Eden Christian’s Ehms ready to tackle links at college level
By Jerry Clark
When it came to choosing a college, Eden Christian Academy’s Carter Ehms has the kind of intangibles schools are seeking. “Carter comes from a strong ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Jan. 25, 2015
By Joe Sager
Matt Zanella School: Knoch Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Zanella is Knoch’s leading scorer. He had 21 points in a win over Freeport ...
Daily Courier roundup: Ice Miners, Kossoff blank Springfield
By Staff Reports
Nick Kossoff made 26 saves and posted a shutout as the Keystone Ice Miners blanked visiting Springfield, 4-0, in NAHL action on Friday. It is the fourth win in a row for the Ice Miners (20-15-3). After a scoreless first period, Keystone tallied three goals in the decisive second period. Noah ...
VND high school roundup: Burrell free throws help spark comeback victory
By Staff Report
Burrell found itself in a 19-point hole at halftime of its Section 1-AAA game Friday night at Deer Lakes. The Bucs dug themselves out with some strong free-throw shooting. Burrell (9-8, 3-7) shot 27 of 30 from the free-throw line, including 19 of 20 in the fourth quarter and overtime, to rally ...
Leader Times high school roundup: Kittanning boys fall to No. 1 Indiana
By Staff Reports
It was the wrong day for Kittanning to face Class AAA No. 1 Indiana. Riley Stapleton scored 21 points, and Kevin Jack added 19 for the Indians, who picked up a 67-51 Section 3-AAA win in Kittanning on Friday. Indiana (15-1, 10-0), which was coming off its first loss of the season ...
Leader Times roundup: West Shamokin girls post key section win
By Staff Reports
Needing something major to get back into playoff the hunt, the West Shamokin girls basketball team picked off one of their section’s top three. Olivia Fusaro scored 17 points, and Lizzy Cornish added 13 for the Wolves, who rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to top visiting Shady Side Academy, 49-42, ...
Valley News Dispatch local roundup: Leechburg girls record 8th victory of season
By Staff Reports
Leechburg’s freshmen girls basketball players barely were in grade school the last time the varsity team won eight games in a season. But after a 51-39 victory over Westinghouse on Thursday night, the current group has that many wins. Behind freshman guard Mikayla Lovelace’s 20 points and nine rebounds, Leechburg (8-8) ...
Hempfield bowlers off to fast start
By Alex Oltmanns
After spending the better part of two decades coaching one of the Hempfield bowling team’s section rivals, Rich Gockel is returning to his alma mater. A Hempfield graduate, Gockel worked as an assistant coach on Greensburg Central Catholic’s staff for 16 years before getting the call from the Spartans in August, ...
Greensburg Salem bowlers focused on individual succcess
By Andrew John
In the past two seasons, the Greensburg Salem boys bowling team has experienced more individual success compared to the team’s triumphs the two seasons prior. The Golden Lions (2-3), who are in third place in Section 1, haven’t been able to rebound from the departure of the senior class of 2013, ...
Daily Courier high school roundup: Mt. Pleasant, Frazier girls gain victories
By Staff Report
Alexa Szelong scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team to a Section 3-AAA win over visiting Uniontown, 56-28, on Thursday. The Vikings (11-5, 8-2) outscored Uniontown, 33-11 in the first half. Arielle Winfrey had 12 points, and Khai Harris scored 11 for the Red Raiders ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Cameron Davies, Deer Lakes’ Zack Luniewski,
By William Whalen
Cameron Davies School: Leechburg Class: Freshman Sport: Basketball Report card: Davies is one of the eight rising freshmen who have injected new life into ...
Leader Times roundup: Kittanning boys basketball team snaps 5-game losing streak
By Staff Reports
Noah Spang had the last touch of the game, and with it came the end of Kittanning’s five-game losing streak. Spang tipped in a lob pass ...
A-K Valley roundup: Freeport uses 10 3s to sink Ford City
By Staff Reports
Freeport isn’t far from Ford City, but the Yellowjackets dialed long distance against the Sabers on Wednesday night. Freeport connected on 10 of 15 shots from behind the 3-point arc and held off Ford City, 56-51, in a boys basketball nonsection game in Buffalo Township. Josh Beale led Freeport (11-6) with 20 ...
Hard work pays off for Highlands spirit squad
By Jerin Steele
Competitive cheerleading has been a staple at Highlands for at least two decades, so when the PIAA announced in 2012 that it was sponsoring competitive ...
Baldwin cheer squad aiming for sweet success
By Jennifer Goga
A last-minute decision to combine the Baldwin varsity and junior varsity competitive cheerleading squads for the PIAA qualifying meet paid off for the Lady Highlanders. Despite ...
Thomas Jefferson’s Marcheleta, Porter have been terrific in WPIBL action
By Ray Fisher
Nicco Marcheleta and Dylan Porter, both seniors, have provided a solid performance at the top of the lineup for the Thomas Jefferson boys’ varsity bowling team this season. Marcheleta owned a 210 average for the Jaguars through four weeks of WPIBL competition, with Porter next-in-line with a 207 average. Marcheleta’s high three-game ...
Penn-Trafford competitive spirit squad qualifies for states
By Nathan Smith
Ask the members of the Penn-Trafford competitive spirit squad and they will tell you what they do is more than a past time. It may ...
Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championships provide break from winter training
By Karen Kadilak
Youth and scholastic rowers look forward to competing for the first time this winter at the Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championships Jan. 31 at the Kingsley Association in East Liberty. About 500 to 600 entries are expected in 46 events, including youth, high school, open and masters, said Megan Kuehm, race director ...
Plum bowling teams continue dominant performances
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys and girls bowling teams continued their roll, as both improved to 5-0 on the season with 7-0 wins over St. Joseph last week. The boys squad shot a season-best 3,079 score for the three games as four individual bowlers — �Jackson Rogers (653), Franklin Mercurio (605), Jake ...
Baldwin sophomore Hoydick an ‘inspirational’ team member
By Ed Phillipps
Jordan Hoydick does a little bit of everything for the Baldwin gymnastics team. The sophomore has piled up points in all four disciplines to help the ...
Franklin Regional bowlers roll strong games in losses to Hempfield
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional boys and girls bowling teams found it tough sledding against Hempfield in Week 5 action last week at the Export Moose, but despite the losses, there were some strong games thrown by Panthers bowlers. The Hempfield boys improved to 5-0, while Franklin Regional fell to 1-4 with the ...
Daily Courier roundup: Frazier boys pull out victory over Jefferson-Morgan
By Staff Reports
Five players scored in double-digits to help Frazier to a 72-69 victory over Jefferson-Morgan in a nonsection boys basketball matchup Wednesday night. Joshua Cox led Frazier (8-8) with 18 points, Damon Louis was next with 16 points. Alvin Ross added 15 points in the win. Reece Henneman led all scorers with ...
A-K Valley roundup: Ford City tops Shady Side Academy
By Staff Reports
Ford City’s offense struggled in the fourth quarter, but the Sabers defense paved the way for a Section 2-AA victory. Noah Nulph stole an outlet pass and scored the go-ahead layup with six seconds left, lifting Ford City (9-6, 4-4) to a 38-37 victory over Shady Side Academy (10-5, 6-2) ...
Leader Times roundup: Ford City boys basketball team sneaks past Shady Side Academy
By Staff Reports
Noah Nulph scored the biggest basket of the night, and Shady Side Academy is probably sick of seeing Ford City. Nulph’s steal and layup with 6.4 seconds remaining was the winning basket, and the Sabers copied their football team’s biggest win of the year by upsetting Shady Side Academy, 38-37, in ...
Big 33 to be represented in Super Bowl again
By George Guido
The fake field-goal attempt by Seattle on Sunday in which tackle-eligible Garry Gilliam caught a 19-yard touchdown pass turned out to be the first step ...
Daily Courier high school roundup: Connellsville swimmers earn split with Derry
By Staff Reports
Collin Mastowski won the 200 individual medley with a WPIAL-qualifying time of 2:09.92 and finished first in the 100 butterfly (58.04) as the Connellsville boys swim team defeated visiting Derry, 97-86, in a nonsection meet Tuesday. Noah Barczyk was first in the 500 freestyle (5:22.55) and the 200 freestyle (2:01.40). ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: North Hills’ Gage Curry, Carlynton’s Conor Richardson
By Alex Oltmanns
Gage Curry School: North Hills Year: Junior Sport: Wrestling Claim to fame: Curry claimed his third straight Allegheny County Wrestling Championships title Saturday ...
Daily News spotlight athletes: West Mifflin’s Josh Long, McKeesport’s T.T. Burke
By Robert Stinner
Josh Long School: West Mifflin Class: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Long scored a game-high 27 points to help the Titans (11-2, 7-1) take ...
KLT high school roundup: Hinterliter becomes all-time leading scorer at Redbank Valley
By Staff Reports
Brooke Hinderliter now is the top dog. The Redbank Valley junior became the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer after posting 20 points in a 62-19 win over Clarion-Limestone in a KSAC nondivision game on Monday. Hinderliter has 1,245 points in her career, which surpasses the old mark of 1,228 set in 1994 by ...
VND high school roundup: Freeport hockey remains hot, scores 4 unanswered goals to beat Mars
By Staff Report
The Freeport hockey team continued its hot streak Monday night by picking up its biggest victory of the season. Stone Haberstroh and Hunter Kepple scored two ...
Daily Courier roundup: Frazier girls basketball team edges Charleroi
By Staff Reports
Cassidy Guiser scored 11 points to help the Frazier girls basketball team pull out a 39-37 victory over host Charleroi on Monday. Frazier outscored ...
Serra Catholic boys plan to field varsity cross country team
By Dave Mackall
As a first-year club team in 2014, Serra Catholic sent a cross country runner to the WPIAL championships, where junior Noah Kinser finished the course just 20 seconds off the PIAA qualifying time. Overall, coach Brian Dzurenda said the Class A Eagles did well in eight races, including a second-place finish ...
Daily Courier roundup: Four Southmoreland wrestlers win individual titles at Burgettstown Invitational
By Staff Reports
Tyler Griffiths (106 pounds), Cole Lambie (113), Evan Myers (138) and Jake Beistel (heavyweight) each brought home individual championships for Southmoreland on Saturday at the Burgettstown Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Griffiths scored a 6-2 decision over Elizabeth Forward’s Alex Lukart in the finals. Lambie won a 12-3 major decision over Freedom’s ...
Notebook: Kittanning’s Bowers not ruling out Pitt
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Pitt still may be it for Kittanning senior tight end Nick Bowers. Bowers, who said he needed more time to make his college decision after initially ...