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Alle-Kiski roundup: St. Joseph freshman Edgar hits for cycle

By Staff Reports
Serena Edgar made her varsity pitching debut Monday, but she made her biggest impact in the batter’s box. The freshman hit for the cycle, finishing 5 ...

Leader-Times roundup: Freeport softball prevails over Valley
By Staff Reports
The Yellowjackets are back on track in their quest for second place. Karlie Hill’s two-run double and Kristie Radvan’s two-run single highlighted a four-run fourth inning, which propelled Freeport to a 9-4 win over Valley in a Section 3-AA game at home Monday. Alyssa Obringer hit a solo home run, and ...
Alle-Kiski Valley notebook: Plum baseball leans on deep pitching staff
By Bill Beckner Jr.
As Plum baseball rises in the rankings, its team ERA keeps getting lower. Plum (14-1), off to its best start since 2007, has eight pitchers, and ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Highlands baseball team wins at PNC Park
By Staff Reports
Highlands baseball team didn’t get to play a full game at PNC Park on Sunday, but the Golden Rams were glad to return home with a win. Highlands (2-10) got offensive contributions from several players in an 11-1, five-inning win over Ford City (2-5) in a nonsection game. Highlands scored seven runs ...
Daily Courier roundup: Salopek, Biller win events for Mt. Pleasant at WCCA Inivtational
By Staff Reports
Mt. Pleasant’s Trevor Salopek finished first in the triple jump (44 feet, 5 inches) and second in the long jump (20-7) to highlight the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Invitational on Saturday at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. Southmoreland’s Brandon Hernley finished tied for second in the pole vault (13-0). The Vikings placed ...
High school notebook: WCCA showcase returns
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A football recruiting platform that worked well the past two years is back for another year. The third annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Underclassmen Showcase, which features the county’s incoming sophomore and junior players, will begin  9 a.m. May 16 at Hempfield. The showcase — organizers stop short of calling it ...
VND high school roundup: Kiski Area’s Kennedy named track MVP at WCCA championships
By Staff Report
Kiski Area sophomore Eric Kennedy picked up a pair of wins and was named track MVP at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field ...
New coach, familiar results for Mars lacrosse team
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys lacrosse team has a new head coach this year in Ed Monahan, but the Fightin’ Planets picked up right where they left ...
BV Area holds annual athletic awards banquet
By For The Valley Independent
Seventy-five Belle Vernon Area School District senior athletes representing 16 varsity sports and cheerleading were honored at the annual awards banquet at the Willow Room ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: April 26, 2015
By Joe Sager
Corbin Kessler School: Seneca Valley Year: Junior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: The third baseman helped the Raiders climb to the top of the Section ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Knoch sophomore Geist wins shot put at Penn Relays
By Staff Reports
Knoch sophomore Jordan Geist earned a gold watch Friday at the prestigious Penn Relays. It’s all coming clear: Now is his time. Geist won the shot put in the boys high school division at the 121st Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field. Geist won with a personal-best throw of 67 ...
Daily Courier roundup: Malone’s 1-hitter leads Connellsville to victory
By Staff Reports
Jimmy Malone tossed a one-hit shutout, Brock Bonadio hit a two-run homer and the Connellsville baseball team defeated host Penn-Trafford, 2-0, on Friday in a Section 2-AAAA game. Bonadio’s homer came in the third inning, and Malone made it stand up. He recorded five strikeouts and gave up one walk. The ...
Leader Times roundup: Kittanning baseball wins 5th straight game
By Staff Reports
Kittanning only needed five innings to have its winning streak hit five. Michael Lhote was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored, and the Wildcats pulled away for a 14-4 win over Greensburg Salem in Section 2-AAA play Friday at Kittanning Community Park. Eli Hickman, Zane Dudek, Sam Keibler ...
VND high school roundup: Burrell uses 16-hit attack to turn away Freeport
By Staff Reports
Burrell’s offensive performance even surprised its coach Thursday. Freshman catcher Ashley Pometo’s three-run homer highlighted a 16-hit effort as the Bucs (3-4, 3-4) beat Freeport, ...
Leader Times roundup: Late 2-run single helps Kittanning softball avoid upset
By Staff Reports
Breanna McGaughey’s late hit kept Kittanning in control in the playoff chase. McGaughey came through in a tied game with a two-out, two-run single in the ...
GCC boys lacrosse chasing section title
By Andrew John
The will to exert all effort can make up for the lack of numbers. This is what the Greensburg Central Catholic boys lacrosse team is experiencing for a second year in a row. The Centurions’ roster has 17 players, including one injured player and seven seniors. Even with the small numbers, ...
VND high school notebook: Valley softball team going through tough season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The season has not gone as planned for Valley’s softball team, which returned some key players and had higher hopes. But with their pitcher back, the Vikings plan to stage a strong finish. Desperately needing to get back on track, Valley picked up a 12-1 win over Ford City on ...
Daily Courier roundup: Wiltrout takes second in javelin at Penn Relays
By Staff Reports
Connellsville sophomore Madison Wiltrout threw 168 feet, 5 inches to finish in second in the high school girls javelin competition at the Penn Relays on Thursday in Philadelphia. Her toss was the longest in WPIAL history, surpassing Knoch grad Jenny Crouch (165-9). Wiltrout came just a few feet short of ...
Area trio named top scholar athletes
By Jeff Oliver
For three area athletes, the satisfaction of being acknowledged for not only their success on the field of competition, but also in the classroom, has ...
Leader Times roundup: Freeport duo earns WPIAL Student-Athlete Award
By Staff Reports
Two Freeport athletes brought home one of the WPIAL’s top honors. Seniors Andrew Romanchak and Grace Ward were two of the 20 winners of the WPIAL ...
Meyer offensive catalyst for Baldwin girls’ lacrosse team
By Ray Fisher
The Baldwin girls’ lacrosse team remains committed to making it to the postseason. The Lady Highlanders kicked off this week with a 3-2 record in section play, good for third place and in contention for a possible WPIAL playoff berth. “In order to achieve our goal of making ...
Gateway boys lacrosse still in WPIAL playoff mix
By Michael Love
It took more than a week, and then a couple of overtime periods on top of that, but the Gateway varsity boys lacrosse team’s WPIAL ...
Plum boys lacrosse coach seeing improved play in 1st WPIAL season
By Michael Love
Plum varsity boys lacrosse head coach Tom Wesolowski said his team, despite its 0-7 record and a couple of lopsided results at the start of ...
Franklin Regional splits games on eastern trip
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys lacrosse team split a pair of games on its weekend trip to the eastern side of the state, and head coach Dave Alexander said he liked the effort from his players in both contests. The Panthers defeated Nazareth, 8-3, on Friday before a tough 16-4 loss ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Leechburg’s Morgan Pierce, Deer Lakes’ Mark Febinger
By William Whalen
Morgan Pierce School: Leechburg Class: Freshman Sport: Softball Report card: The 5-foot-2 pitcher began the season with a 6-1 record with her only loss ...
Leader Times roundup: Kittanning baseball moves into first place
By Staff Reports
A Kittanning team that started 1-3 is now a first-place baseball club. Andy Fennell struck out eight and tossed a four-hit shutout to lead the Wildcats to a Section 2-AAA win over first-place Indiana, 4-0, on the road Tuesday. Speed on the basepaths paid off again for Kittanning (5-3, 4-2). Donovan Wichowski ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Freeport baseball team downs 1st-place Deer Lakes
By Staff Reports
Freeport junior Nathan Pastorek did everything but sell programs at the gate Tuesday at Deer Lakes. “He had one heck of a day,” Freeport baseball coach ...
Gorman: Recruitment was on the fly for Carlier
By Kevin Gorman
If Aidan Carlier was a WPIAL quarterback committing to a top-25 program, his recruiting story would be big news. Instead, the Fox Chapel senior plays the fly-half, the rugby equivalent to a signal caller. Rugby is a club sport at all but about 20 colleges, so Carlier wasn’t seeking a scholarship. ...
High school notebook: Lombardi discusses 6 classes, heat acclimatization at WPIAL meeting
By Paul Schofield
PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Lombardi addressed principals and athletic directors Tuesday at the annual WPIAL meeting at the Double Tree in Green Tree. Lombardi discussed several items going on with the state’s athletics governing body, but the two topics that concerned the audience were the proposed six football ...
Guido: Leechburg softball on verge of tying record
By George Guido
Leechburg High School softball is on the verge of tying a WPIAL record for most consecutive playoff appearances. The Blue Devils could, in the next several days, qualify for the WPIAL playoffs for the 29th consecutive season, tying the mark set by Sto-Rox two years ago. Soon after its 29th playoff ...
Latrobe boys lacrosse makes fresh start
By Kevin Lohman
Before the season, the Latrobe boys lacrosse team became an officially recognized varsity program, an upgrade from club sport status. This season also marks Pete Cuda’s first year as coach of a young Wildcats team that includes 11 sophomores and four freshmen. All in all, this season serves as an opportunity ...
Daily News spotlight athletes: South Allegheny’s Brandon Ruffing, Steel Valley’s Krista Bayus
By Robert Stinner
Brandon Ruffing School: South Allegheny Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Ruffing pitched a nine-strikeout complete game to help the Gladiators (6-1, 3-1) get ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Vincentian’s Christian Fedko, Shaler’s Lauren Miller
By Alex Oltmanns
Christian Fedko School: Vincentian Academy Year: Sophomore Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: The shortstop had an outstanding week at the plate for the Royals, reaching ...
Daily Courier high school roundup: Falcons rally to take down Colonials
By Staff Reports
Derek Orndorff walked with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to force in proved to be the game-winning run as the Connellsville baseball team rallied from a 4-0 deficit to earn a 5-4 victory over visiting Albert Gallatin in a Section 2-AAAA game on Tuesday. Jimmy Malone had two ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: California’s Aaron Previnsky, Norwin’s Christiana Skrabak
By Andrew John
Aaron Previnsky School: California Sport: Baseball Year: Senior Claim to fame: Previnsky, a Seton Hill recruit, hit a home run, two doubles and drove ...