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Spring is season of champions in A-K Valley

By Bill Beckner Jr. 1:06 p.m.
They’ll be cleaning confetti for a while after a trophy-raising spring in the A-K Valley. This season will be one to remember with the area producing ...

A-K Valley high school notebook: Big Deer Lakes linemen drawing attention
By Bill Beckner Jr.
In the past, if college football coaches stopped at Deer Lakes, it might have been to ask for directions to other A-K Valley schools that ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Knoch’s Asa Adams, Deer Lakes’ Sarah Blinn
By William Whalen
Asa Adams School: Knoch Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: A two-year starter at catcher for the WPIAL Class AAA champion Knights, Adams knocked in ...
Central Catholic alums shine at Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Men’s Sprints
By Karen Kadilak
As a member of the Central Catholic rowing team, David McFall won many medals, including gold as a scholastic national champion in 2013. But none, he ...
6 Gateway boys lacrosse players earn all-section accolades
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity boys lacrosse team, in its second season of full membership in the WPIAL, picked up six spots on this year’s Division 2, Section 2 all-star team. The six all-section players equals the six players that earned all-section recognition in 2014. Named to the team are senior attackers Carman Palermo ...
Three Rivers Junior rowers qualify for nationals
By Karen Kadilak
For the third consecutive year, a boys pair from the Three Rivers Junior Rowing team has qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships, to be ...
Ultimate teams gearing up for state tourney
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional boys Ultimate Frisbee team earned the No. 2 seed for the Pittsburgh High School Ultimate League’s Division I playoffs and beat Upper ...
Meyer, Reckley spur Baldwin girls to first playoff win
By Ray Fisher
The 2015 season proved to be historic for the Baldwin girls’ lacrosse team. Baldwin qualified for the WPIAL Division II playoffs, then compiled a 1-1 record ...
Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse finds success in jump to Division I
By Gary Horvath
It didn’t take long for the Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse team to prove it belongs. After reaching four consecutive WPIAL Division II championship games, the Colts ...
Fox Chapel crew members find success
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel crew team competed in Zanesville, Ohio on May 9-10 at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association’s Championship Regatta. Rowing against 42 teams from ...
Porter rocks and rolls through his senior year at Thomas Jefferson
By Ed Phillipps
Dylan Porter spent his senior year at Thomas Jefferson rocking, rolling and doing just about everything else in between His guitar solo in the key of A, not to mention some fancy fretwork taking place when he played part of it behind his back, won the talent show. The rolling part ...
Karabinos first gymnast to win Baldwin’s Bress Award
By Ed Phillipps
After wrapping up a one-of-a-kind career as a Baldwin gymnast, it’s fitting that Josie Karabinos added one more first to her resume before graduating. Karabinos ...
Altavilla lands Bress Award as top male senior student-athlete at Baldwin
By Jennifer Goga
Doug Altavilla already has accomplished many goals as an 18-year-old student-athlete. At the recent Baldwin senior athletic awards banquet, he accomplished another by winning the Bress ...
Latrobe’s hopes of unbeaten season comes to close in WPIAL semifinals
By Kevin Ritchart
The Latrobe girls lacrosse team shared a lot this season. They shared in the pride of an undefeated regular season, in the journey to a ...
Guido: PIAA classification proposals miss larger point
By George Guido
The PIAA’s six-classfication football idea passed its first hurdle, albeit in an unusual way. The PIAA Board of Directors last week forwarded eight proposals dealing with expanding the number of football classifications. All eight six-class proposals passed on the first reading and were forwarded to a planning committee that will decide ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Mt. Lebanon’s Dan Lee, Quaker Valley’s Hannah Bablak
By Alex Oltmanns
Dan Lee School: Mt. Lebanon Year: Junior Sport: Lacrosse Claim to fame: The junior scored the game-winning goal, his third of the game, with 6 ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: GCC’s Collin Liberatore, Hempfield’s Taylor Blevins
By Andrew John
Collin Liberatore School: Greensburg Central Catholic Sport: Baseball Year: Senior Claim to fame: Liberatore, a Campbell recruit, drove in a run to lead Greensburg Central ...
Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse moves on to PIAA tourney
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team lost to Quaker Valley, 17-10, on May 21 in the semifinals of the WPIAL Division I playoffs. The loss dropped the Indians’ record to 10-4 but it didn’t end their season. They faced off against Chartiers Valley on May 21 in a consolation game ...
Seniors led Quaker Valley girls lacrosse to WPIAL championship redemption
By Gary Horvath
Aubrey Bouchard couldn’t help but let her emotion show. The Quaker Valley junior high-stepped and fist-pumped her way across the field after each of her three ...
Plum makes progress in first full WPIAL year
By Michael Love
There were some growing pains through the first full year in the WPIAL for the Plum varsity boys lacrosse team. The Mustangs went 1-12 overall and 0-6 in Section 2 of Division 2, but head coach Tom Wesolowski said each game played, no matter the outcome, was a building block ...
Shady Side Academy boys advance to PIAA tournament
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy boys lacrosse team fell in the WPIAL semifinals May 19 in a game that went into three overtimes. The Indians lost to North Allegheny, 8-7. Max Jaffe led the Indians with three goals and four assists while Robby Woodings and Alec Bernstein each had a pair ...
Four senior athletes earn scholarships
By Michael Love
Four area student-athletes were honored May 18 at the culmination of the 12th annual scholarship golf outing hosted by the East Boros chapter of the ...
Krol tallied OT winner for Shady Side Academy boys lacrosse
By Marty Stewart
Shady Side Academy sophomore Clayton Krol, a 5-foot-11 attacker, scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the consolation game of the WPIAL Division I tournament ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: May 24, 2015
By Joe Sager
Connor Ollio School: Butler Year: Freshman Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Ollio was a key contributor and helped Butler reach the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs ...
Mt. Lebanon, Hampton capture WPIAL boys lacrosse titles
By Jerry Clark and Chris Harlan
For the fourth time in seven years, Mt. Lebanon is WPIAL champ. Blue Devils junior Dan Lee scored the winner with 6 seconds left ...
Mt. Pleasant tandem falls in PIAA quarterfinals
By Staff Report
The Mt. Pleasant doubles tandem of Noah Cenkner and Alex Temple started out well before bowing out of the PIAA Class AA doubles tournament Friday at Hershey Racquet Club. Playing as the third-place team from the WPIAL, Temple, a senior, and Cenkner, a junior, began the state tournament with a 6-4, ...
Shaler girls lacrosse wins 3rd straight title; Quaker Valley takes D-I
By Gary Horvath
Buoyed by senior Shannon Lynch’s three second-half goals, the No. 2 Shaler girls lacrosse team overcame a 4-3 halftime deficit to win its third consecutive ...
WPIAL powers Mt. Lebanon, NA to meet for boys lacrosse title
By Bill Hartlep
As WPIAL boys lacrosse powers, North Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon have engaged in their share of heated matchups. The top two seeds in this year’s WPIAL Division I tournament will meet in the championship game at 8 p.m. Friday at Highmark Stadium, and fans can expect another close contest. The past ...
Leader Times notebook: Armstrong’s spring teams heading south
By Matt Grubba
While many of the new school’s other teams will go west, Armstrong’s spring teams are headed south. The WPIAL unveiled sections for 2016 spring sports earlier this week, and the Riverhawks’ baseball and softball teams are scheduled for plenty of trips into and through Westmoreland County during their inaugural seasons. Armstrong baseball ...
Blackhawk girls set to face 2-time defending champ Shaler for title
By Bill Hartlep
After coming so close the past few seasons, the Blackhawk girls lacrosse team has finally reached the pinnacle of WPIAL competition. Losses to Chartiers Valley ...
PIAA officials mull football classifications
By Chris Harlan
Will there be four or six classifications for high school football? For now, that remains undecided. The PIAA Board of Directors examined eight separate proposals at Wednesday’s meeting and approved them all on a first-read basis, said WPIAL representative Scott Heinauer, Mars’ athletic director, clearing the way for more discussions. Half ...
Seton-La Salle’s Caragein chosen to play in national lacrosse tournament
By Jennifer Goga
Olivia Caragein has only been playing lacrosse since she was a freshman, but the Seton-La Salle junior already has accomplished a lot in three short ...
Baldwin’s Keiser, Teahan honored as ‘Positive Athlete’ award recipients
By Ed Phillipps
More than 1,000 athletes were nominated across numerous sports for the C. Harper Positive High School Athlete awards and scholarships. With such stiff competition, being able ...
Spotlight athletes: Fox Chapel’s Michael Bove, Ford City’s Blair Willyard
By William Whalen
Michael Bove School: Fox Chapel Class: Junior Sport: Track and Field Report card: Bove placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55 ...
Quaker Valley boys lacrosse season ends in loss to Hampton
By Gary Horvath
The Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team picked the worst time to turn in its worst performance of the season. The No. 2 seeded Quakers fell ...
Franklin Regional boys lacrosse squad caps season with spirited section win
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys lacrosse team was denied a trip to the WPIAL Division I playoffs based on their fifth-place finish in Section 2 ...