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Daily Courier roundup: Local teams start strong at FCCA soccer tournament

By Staff Reports
Local soccer teams competing in the Fayette County Coaches Association Tournament on Saturday — the Connellsville girls, Connellsville boys and Geibel boys — each improved to 2-0. Boys soccer Connellsville 11, Albert Gallatin 0 e_SEmD Alek Detwiler and Alex Peperak scored three goals each to lead Connellsville to a shutout …

VND roundup: Kiski Area wins boys soccer opener
By Staff Report
It didn’t take Sean Arnold long to get his first win as coach of the Kiski Area boys soccer team. Senior forward Dakota Lange scored with about five minutes left Saturday to give Kiski Area a 2-1 victory over North Allegheny in the season opener for both teams. Matthew Bisceglia …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Aug. 31, 2014
By Joe Sager
Devin Campbell School: Knoch Year: Sophomore Sport: Golf Claim to fame: Campbell averaged approximately a 38 to lead Knoch to a 3-1 record through its …
Daily Courier roundup: Pierce scores twice as Laurel Highlands wins
By Staff Reports
The Laurel Highlands football team made a pair of first-quarter touchdowns stand up as it posted a 14-13 home victory over Elizabeth Forward in a Class AAA Big 9 Conference game Friday. Pierce scored on runs of 44 and 63 yards and finished with 127 yards rushing on 12 carries …
WPIAL champions wall unveiled at Heinz Field
By Andrew Erickson
North Catholic football coach Bob Ravenstahl and a former North Catholic player flanked a commemorative Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic jersey in the West main concourse …
Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant tennis team edges Southmoreland
By Staff Reports
Kailee Gamrat and Madie Kromer won at second and third singles, respectively, to help the Mt. Pleasant girls tennis team earn a 3-2 victory over host Southmoreland in a Section 1-AA match Thursday. Kayla Queer and Michaela Krozel sealed the victory with a win at first doubles for the Vikings …
Daily Courier roundup: Southmoreland golfers improve to 4-1
By Staff Reports
Josh Redding was the low medalist with a 40 and Phil Lockhart connected for a 43 as the Southmoreland boys golf team picked up a Section 2-AA victory over Frazier, 225-239, Wednesday at Timber Ridge Golf Course. Corey Schafer shot a 46, followed by Zach Stefan with a 47 and …
Fox Chapel runners have big shoes to fill
By Marty Stewart
Last season was one to remember for the Fox Chapel cross country team. The boys compiled an 8-0 section record and finished second at the WPIAL meet. They also qualified for the PIAA meet. The girls went 7-1 in the section, and Mary Humphrey finished 14th at the WPIAL meet …
Baldwin runners to start season at Gateway Invitational
By Ray Fisher
The Gateway Invitational, which marks the start of the high school cross country season, will take place Saturday at Boyce Park in Monroeville. The Baldwin …
Norwin Knights to host alumni cheerleader game Sept. 5
By Tony LaRussa
Some of Sandy Daugherty’s fondest memories of attending Norwin High School in the 1960s were during her junior and senior years as a member of the cheerleading squad. The 1965 Norwin graduate and other former cheerleaders are about to get a chance to once again rouse fan spirits. The first …
Plum cross country teams open at Gateway Invite
By Michael Love
The Plum boys and girls cross country teams kick off their seasons Saturday at the annual Gateway Invitational at Boyce Park. Head coach Joe Ionta said he’s anxiously anticipating the meet and the chance to get a good look at this season’s squads in a quality competition setting. “It’s been …
Gateway runners hope preparation translates into success
By Michael Love
Workouts in the offseason, miles and miles of ground covered over the summer and team practices the past two weeks have prepared the 2014 version …
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 …