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Guido: Friday nights provide many storylines

By George Guido
The start of the area’s 116th high school football season is just two days away, and here’s a little primer on what to expect: • Many already know this will be the last season for the area’s two oldest programs — Ford City and Kittanning. The rivals will meet for …

Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant girls top Derry in Section 1-AA golf
By Staff Reports
Ashley Cairns and Megan McCalmont each shot a low round of 52 to lead the Mt. Pleasant girls golf team to a 215-271 victory Tuesday over host Derry in a Section 1-AA match. Lauren Czerniak recorded a 54. Aubrie Beranek and Gabbi Keefer each fired a 57 for the Vikings …
Norwin field hockey team’s potential intrigues new coach
By Doug Gulasy
Because she was hired a week after preseason camp officially began, Kiley Morgan’s first impression of the Norwin field hockey team came during the squad’s …
HS highlight reel: Mt. Lebanon coach wins gold medal
By Tribune-Review
Success seems to follow Dori Oldaker, no matter where she is coaching — even in China. Mt. Lebanon’s highly-successful girls basketball coach led Team USA’s …
High school notebook: Wrestler ruled ineligible; injury to sideline Quaker Valley’s Jackson
By Chris Harlan Gary Horvath and Paul Schofield
Southmoreland wrestler Austin Griffiths, a three-time state qualifier, could miss his senior season. After reviewing paperwork submitted by Southmoreland, the WPIAL Board of Control found …
HS highlight reel: Comcast announces game of the week schedule
By Tribune-Review
Comcast announced Monday its weekly football schedule for its 12th season of Xfinity High School Sports Game of the Week. Broadcasts can be found the …
CDC roundup: Gators top Falcons for 1st win of year
By Staff Reports
Anthony Lovat fired a low round of 42 and Matthew Emerson shot 47 as the Geibel boys golf team defeated Connellsville, 240-280, in a nonsection match Monday. Geibel earned its first win of the season during the match at Pleasant Valley Country Club. John-Luke Tlumack carded a 48 and Bailey …
Alle-Kiski high school notebook: No more ‘follow-the-winner’ for PIAA basketball playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Some teams that lose in the WPIAL basketball playoffs won’t have to depend on others to drag them into the PIAA playoffs. Starting next season, …
Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant golfers top Geibel
By Staff Reports
Andy Bloom shot a low round of 41, and Jake Hostetler was next with a 42 as the Mt. Pleasant boys golf team defeated Geibel, 217-293, in a Section 2-AA match at Norvelt Golf Club on Friday. Ray Hynek tallied a 44. Nathan Irgang and Greg Holzer each shot a …
Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant girls golfers beat EF in opening match
By Staff Reports
Aubrie Beranek shot a low round of 46 to help the Mt. Pleasant girls golf team post a season-opening victory over Elizabeth Forward, 201-218, in a Section 1-AA match Thursday at Norvelt Golf Club. Ashley Cairns scored a 48. Gabbi Keefer carded a 52, and Megan McCalmont checked in with …
Alle-Kiski Valley HS notebook: Toy returns to coach Kiski Area volleyball
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Ellen Toy has no stomach. Don’t tell her she has no guts. Toy is back on the sidelines at Kiski Area a year after resigning …
Central Catholic rowers reach finals at world event
By Karen Kadilak
Three Central Catholic boys were on U.S. boats that reached the finals of the World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany, this month. Michael Grady, …
Quaker Valley boys lacrosse coach Marcotte goes out on a high note
By Gary Horvath
After 10 years as coach of the Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team, Bill Marcotte is stepping away. Three months after claiming the school’s first WPIAL Division 2 title, Marcotte announced last week that he would not be returning as coach. “It’s bittersweet, but it’s a happy farewell,” Marcotte said. “I …
Daily Courier roundup: Southmoreland golf tops Geibel
By Staff Reports
Phil Lockhart and Corey Schafer carded 42s to lead the Southmoreland boys golf team to a Section 2-AA win over Geibel, 224-242, at Pleasant Valley Country Club on Wednesday. Brock Grabiak and Zach Stefan shot 46, and Josh Redding followed with a 48 for the Scotties (2-0, 2-0). Anthony Lovat …
Guido: New athletic director puts meddling parents in their place
By George Guido
The new high school sports season is barely underway, and I have a hero already. His name is Jeremy Flores, the new athletic director at …
Leechburg replaces veteran softball coach Oberdorf
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Leechburg parted ways with its most successful coach in school history Tuesday night, opening the position of softball coach, naming a replacement and relieving Jim …
Daily Courier roundup: Southmoreland golfers edge Mt. Pleasant
By Staff Reports
Zach Stefan shot a 40 and Phil Lockhart, Noah House and Josh Redding each tallied a 41 to lead the Southmoreland boys golf team to a Section 2-AA victory over Mt. Pleasant, 206-217, at Timber Ridge Golf Course on Tuesday. Corey Schafer notched a 43 for the Scotties (1-0, 1-0). …
New faces abound on Penn-Trafford cross country team
By Doug Gulasy
Penn-Trafford cross country coaches Paul Conrad and Patty Arzenti saw a lot of new faces at their first team workouts this summer. With more than …
Daily Courier roundup: Laurel Highlands golf team knocks off Connellsville
By Staff Reports
Harrison Laskey shot a low round of 35, and Cole Phillis followed with a 40 as the Laurel Highlands golf team defeated Connellsville, 220-243, in a Section 2-AAA match Monday at Duck Hollow Golf Club. Jerrod Sutton carded a 43, followed by John Ek with a 46 and Olivia Soom …
High school notebook: Latrobe soccer challenges rest of WPIAL
By Staff Reports
What started as a team bonding exercise has developed into much more for the Latrobe boys soccer team. First-year coach Tom Kennedy asked his players …
Belle Vernon golfer Lubriani wins Fayette County tournament
By Staff Reports
Many area golf teams officially started the 2014 season by participating in the annual Fayette County Coaches Association Tournament on Friday at Uniontown’s Duck Hollow Golf Club. The top 10 finishers earned all-county honors for the  18-hole event. Leading the field was Belle Vernon’s Mike Lubriani, who finished with a …
Alle-Kiski Valley HS notebook: Highlands sophomore guard comes home
By Bill Beckner Jr.
If Mitch Dezort is going to become the next Micah Mason like he hopes, it would seem much more appropriate that he does so in …
Penn-Trafford field hockey team motivated after missing playoffs in 2013
By Doug Gulasy
After winning the WPIAL championship in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in 2012, the Penn-Trafford field hockey team found itself in an unfamiliar spot …
Baldwin coach begins 25th year of unique running streak
By Ray Fisher
Rich Wright, co-head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Baldwin High School, has had a lifetime of milestones. Wright recently completed …
Norwin cross country teams target section titles
By Doug Gulasy
After winning its first section championship in four years last season, the Norwin girls cross country team is looking for a repeat in 2014. The …
Franklin Regional cross country teams aiming for section titles
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional boys cross country team enters the 2014 season looking to continue its section dominance, while the girls team has the potential to …
Frazier features small but dedicated group of runners
By Jason Black
Heading into the middle of August, Frazier cross country coach Joe Turek is hoping to see something from his team in the next few weeks. …
Guido: Longtime officials honored by PIAA
By George Guido
Two local officials received their 35-year service pins from the PIAA. Natrona Heights native Gary Gallagher and Buffalo Township’s Joe Hoffman were among those recognized for their service to scholastic sports at the annual officials convention in Harrisburg. Others honored from the region Aug. 2 included Michael Dobos, William Heidkamp …
HS notes: Hempfield hires Swan as basketball coach
By Paul Schofield
It didn’t take Hempfield long to find a new boys basketball coach. Less than three weeks after Mark Marino resigned after one season as coach, the school board hired former coach Bill Swan by a 7-0 vote Monday. Swan coached Hempfield from 2001-09, compiling a 117-76 record and three section …
VND high school notebook: Rugby club eyes trip to Ireland
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kiski Valley Rugby Club is feeling lucky. The team is in the early stages of planning a trip to Ireland in 2016 and thinks it …
ACL injuries a growing problem for high school athletes
By Doug Gulasy
Angelina Gambino’s potential moment of triumph turned into one of pain instead. While participating in the floor exercise during her gymnastics club’s “parents watch day,” …
Montour suspends athletic director, equipment manager
By Kevin Gorman
The Montour School District has placed athletic director Lou Cerro and equipment manager Tony Rippole on administrative leave, superintendent Donald Boyer confirmed Monday. Cerro, however, …
High school notebook: Former Valley coach bridges rivalry
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Chad Walsh will get to experience life on both sides of the bridge. Valley’s football coach for the past two seasons, Walsh is now serving as an assistant at Highlands. Although they haven’t met since 2011, Valley and Highlands play the “Battle for the Bridge” game — the winner gaining …
Steel City rowers shine at USRowing Club nationals
By Karen Kadilak
After a strong showing nationally, members of the Steel City Rowing Club in Verona will take on an international field at the Royal Canadian Henley …
1974 track team won Quaker Valley’s first WPIAL title
By Gary Horvath
The 1974 Quaker Valley track and field team forever will be remembered as the school’s first WPIAL team champion. But remembering that championship year really involves remembering an era of winning. Back in the 1970s, the WPIAL wasn’t structured as it is now with various sections making up each of …
Leader Times high school notebook: Freeport junior LB impresses at WVU
By Matt Grubba
Logan Thimons added his name to the growing list of Armstrong County’s Division I football prospects. Thimons, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker and rising junior at Freeport, received his first D-I scholarship offer from West Virginia after attending the Mountaineers’ prospect camp Saturday. West Virginia assistants Tom Bradley and Tony Gibson …