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Butler’s Paul finishes bowling season with state championship

By Joe Sager
Megan Paul went out on top. The Butler senior wrapped up her high school bowling career with a girls singles state championship last weekend at ...

Butler County spotlight athletes: March 29, 2015
By Joe Sager
Francis Folz School: Mars Year: Senior Sport: Swimming Claim to fame: Folz captured gold medals in the 50 free and 100 free at the PIAA ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Kiski Valley routs North Park
By Staff Reports
Kiski Valley began its divisional rugby schedule in dominant fashion Friday. Tyler Worthing led the way with four tries as the Titans (2-1, 1-0) routed North ...
Daily Courier roundup: Frazier softball rallies past GCC
By Staff Reports
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Frazier softball team scored two runs to pull out a 3-2 victory over visiting Greensburg Central Catholic in a Section 2-A game on Friday. Kelsey Holp tied it at 2-2 with a solo homer before Hannah Kline scored the game-winning run ...
Trib Cup: North Allegheny, Blackhawk, Seton-La Salle, Vincentian lead winter standings
By Alex Oltmanns
More than just a recognition of marquee sports like football and basketball, the Trib Cup tabulates a collection of sports, acknowledging the success of Western Pennsylvania high school athletics. Entering the home stretch of this year’s prep sports calendar, four schools excelled during the winter season as the top point scorers ...
A-K Valley roundup: No. 1 Fox Chapel volleyball blanks North Allegheny
By Staff Reports
Fox Chapel is No. 1 in the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association rankings, and the Foxes continued to justify that lofty position Thursday night. Jaysen Zaleski had 10 kills, Matt Herrmann added eight and Andrew Tublin had six as visiting Fox Chapel (3-0, 3-0) knocked off eight-time defending WPIAL champion North Allegheny, ...
Daily Courier roundup: Livingston leads Laurel Highlands track
By Staff Reports
Chad Livingston finished first in the long jump (20-1⁄2), high jump (6-0) and triple jump (41-51⁄2) to lead the Laurel Highlands boys track team to a 93-48 victory over visiting Connellsville in a Section 2-AAA meet Thursday. Dontay Jacobs took the top spot in the 100 (11.5) and 200 (23.3) ...
Chartiers Valley boys lacrosse carries momentum into new season
By Nathan Smith
The Chartiers Valley boys lacrosse team is entering the season with a new focus. The Colts are coming off a 9-8 season that saw the team ...
Valley News Dispatch Spotlight Athletes: Plum’s Ethan Winesburgh and Deer Lakes’ Shae Robson
By Tribune-Review
Ethan Winesburgh School: Plum Class: Junior Sport: Baseball Report card: A 6-foot-2 outfielder and pitcher, Winesburgh came back from a season-opening road trip to St. ...
Fox Chapel girls lacrosse out to return to playoffs
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel girls lacrosse team finished with a 7-10 record and missed the playoffs by one game last year. After the season, FC ...
Norwin lacrosse looks for ‘Good’ season under new coach
By Nathan Smith
The Norwin boys lacrosse team started the season last week with a first for the program – a season-opening win. The young program got off to a strong start with a 12-2 win over Hempfield. It is a feat that first-year coach Chad Good hopes to see more this season. “We were ...
Penn-Trafford lacrosse jumping into WPIAL competition
By Nathan Smith
The Penn-Trafford boys lacrosse team now has more to play for. Despite playing a WPIAL schedule the last two seasons, the Warriors were considered a club team and were unable to quality for postseason play. Now a member of Section 1 of Division 2, Penn-Trafford could finish as one of the ...
Baldwin girls lacrosse goal is a WPIAL playoff berth
By Ray Fisher
The Baldwin girls’ lacrosse team is focused one thing this season. “We have one goal: to make the playoffs,” Rich Deemer, Baldwin’s head coach, said. “Every ...
Quaker Valley girls lacrosse fueled by loss in WPIAL championship last season
By Gary Horvath
After a 9-7 loss to Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL Division I championship last season, members of the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team struggled to ...
Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant softball hits 4 HRs in win
By Staff Reports
Kayla Queer doubled twice, tripled, homered and knocked in three runs to lead the Mt. Pleasant softball team to a 12-1 victory over host Laurel Highlands in five innings in a Section 4-AAA game Wednesday. Meadow Uncapher, Nikki Klejka and Adaline Kubaskey each homered, and Christiana Czegan tripled for the ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Canon-McMillan’s Austin Tonkovich, Vincentian’s Alexiss Griggs
By Brian Graham
Austin Tonkovich School: Canon-McMillan Year: Senior Sport: Hockey Claim to fame: The Big Macs’ captain scored the first goal in a 4-0 win over Butler ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Joe Ference, Latrobe’s Meredith Carr
By Andrew John
Joe Ference School: Penn-Trafford Sport: Diving Year: Junior Claim to fame: Ference captured his first Class AAA state title in 1-meter diving ...
Trout’s return from illness carries Hempfield to runner-up finish at bowling championships
By Alex Oltmanns
After finishing sixth at the WPIBL championships a month ago, the Hempfield boys bowling team needed a boost heading into the regional championships. With the return ...
Guido: Thumbs down to 6 class proposal
By George Guido
North Allegheny and North Hills have played each other in a conference football game every year since 1964 when the old West Penn Conference was ...
Plum, Gateway bowlers compete at state tournament
By Alex Oltmanns
For both the Plum and Gateway bowling teams, the Pennsylvania high school championships can be characterized by one word — inconsistency. For the Mustangs, sophomore Sara Kirkpatrick finished eighth in the qualifying round with a score of 1,225 for six games, while freshman Meghan Christman ended in 13th (1,193). Yet, the ...
VND high school roundup: Freeport routs Ford City, 10-1, in Section 3-AA opener
By Staff Reports
Freeport trailed by a run entering the bottom of the third inning of its Section 3-AA opener against Ford City, but the Yellowjackets broke out ...
Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville, Southmoreland split track meet
By Staff Reports
The Connellsville and Southmoreland track programs split a season-opening nonsection meet Tuesday at Connellsville Stadium. In the boys meet, Griffin Thompson won the long jump (17 feet, 7 inches) and triple jump (39-5) and Braden Hone took the top spot in the 100 meters (11.88 seconds) and 200 (24.85) to lead ...
Leader Times high school roundup: West Shamokin girls dominate Valley in opener
By Staff Reports
West Shamokin’s softball season opener was worth the wait. Steph Schrecengost went 4 for 5 with an RBI, Leah Baum drove in two runs, and the Wolves took advantage of eight Valley errors to pick up a 9-2 win on the road in a Section 3-AA game Tuesday. Mariah Kephart and Jaden ...
Quaker Valley boys lacrosse ready to silence doubters
By Gary Horvath
Before the start of the WPIAL boys lacrosse season, Quaker Valley senior defenseman Aaron Cunningham was already hearing the doubters. The Quakers are coming off their ...
Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse seeking improvement
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team finished with an 8-6 record last year. The Indians made it to the WPIAL semifinals before losing to Mt. Lebanon by one goal. Coach Emily Schaknowski is hoping to improve on that performance. “We lost three starters to graduation, but we’ll be returning nine ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Shoupe’s single lifts Kiski Area to extra-innings win
By Staff Reports
Korey Shoupe had three hits Monday, and he saved the biggest for last. Shoupe’s go-ahead single in the top of the eighth inning scored Michael Depanicis, ...
Daily Courier roundup: Scotties, Vikings win their respective openers
By Staff Reports
Briana Bunner doubled twice, Makenna Myers doubled and singled and the Southmoreland softball team opened the season with an 8-1 victory over host Uniontown in a Section 4-AAA matchup on Monday. Adeline Nicholson had a pair of singles and Katie Troisi-Clark doubled. Troisi-Clark struck out four and was the winning ...
Leader Times roundup: Deer Lakes baseball team lashes Kittanning in 6 innings
By Staff Reports
Kittanning’s offense started fast, but Deer Lakes responded in a big way. The Wildcats baseball team posted a three-run first inning, but host Deer Lakes retook the lead that inning and went on to win the nonsection game 13-3 in six innings Monday. Sam Keibler’s three-run triple accounted for the runs for ...
A-K Valley HS notebook: Burrell soccer coach excited for opportunity in WPIAL
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Crystal Heder never got to coach girls soccer in a WPIAL section in her three years at Kittanning because that program remained at the “club” level. With Kittanning closing to merge with Ford City and girls soccer numbers down, Heder decided not to apply for the girls job at soon-to-be-formed ...
Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville baseball tops Mars in South Carolina
By Staff Reports
Riley Anderson doubled to drive in a pair of runs in a three-run second inning as the Connellsville baseball team improved to 2-0 with a 3-2 exhibition win over Mars on Saturday at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. John Przybylinski also knocked in a run for the Falcons. ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Fox Chapel boys volleyball tops 16 teams, wins NA tournament
By Staff and Wire Reports
Fox Chapel bested a field of 16 teams to win the North Allegheny boys volleyball tournament on Saturday in McCandless. The Foxes, who went 8-1 in pool play, defeated Central York, 25-16, in the championship match. They defeated Plum in the quarterfinals and Derry in the semifinals. Baseball Plum 11, ...
Leader Times notebook: Burrell girls soccer coach Heder anxious for season to start
By Matt Grubba  and Bill Beckner Jr.
Crystal Heder never got to coach girls soccer in a WPIAL section in her three years at Kittanning because the program remained at the club level. With Kittanning closing to merge with Ford City and girls soccer numbers down, Heder decided not to apply for the girls job at soon-to-be-formed ...
Hempfield bowlers take 2nd at state tournament
By Staff Reports
Hempfield 2nd at state bowling tournament The Hempfield boys bowling team came close to winning a Pennsylvania high school championship Saturday at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata. In the end, it came down to 12 pins. Hempfield lost to Neshaminy, 2-1, in the championship match. The Spartans lost the first game ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, March 22, 2015
By Joe Sager
Marcus McCall School: Butler Year: Senior Sport: Hockey Claim to fame: McCall, an alternate captain, helped lead Butler to its first playoff win since 2004 ...
Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville baseball team begins season with shutout
By Staff Reports
The Connellsville baseball team started the season in explosive fashion, pounding out seven hits and posting a 12-0 victory in five innings over Church Farm School in an exhibition game Friday at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Corey Fogle belted a three-run homer and Austin Puskar had three singles ...
A-K Valley roundup: Plum baseball team opens with 2 wins
By Staff Reports
Plum’s baseball team opened the season with a two-game sweep in the Florida sunshine. The Mustangs (2-0) ripped Palmer Trinity (Fla.), 12-2, following a 3-2 victory over Loyola Blakefield (Md.) on Friday in St. Petersburg. Against Palmer Trinity, Alex Kirilloff and Ethan Winesburgh went 3 for 3 with a double, and Winesburgh ...