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St. Joseph's Heinle enjoys productive summer

| Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, 5:38 p.m.

Mallory Heinle will be one of the area's top post players when girls basketball season tips off this winter. The St. Joseph junior has spent her summer playing against some of the top players in the country.

Heinle, a 6-foot forward, played on the Drill 4 Skill Wildcats team, which took third in the 10th-grade division of the AAU National Tournament played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

The team, coached by longtime Blackhawk coach John Miller, finished with a 39-9 record. The Wildcats went 82-14 the past two seasons. They played up and won the Drill 4 Skill Tournament at Slippery Rock and the Tucker Neal Summer Exposure Tournament at La Roche College.

Last year at St. Joseph, Heinle averaged 13.5 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Golf playoff

Riverview and St. Joseph almost needed car headlights to finish their golf match last week.

The nine-hole match lasted nearly five hours, ending around 8:15 p.m., after the teams went to a six-hole playoff. They tied at 234 in regulation at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course.

In the event of a tie, WPIAL rules allow each team to choose two players to compete in an aggregate, two-hole playoff. After two holes, the match goes to sudden death.

Riverview's Anthony Malky and Dom Conte held off David Schnur and Nick Pleus by one stroke in the playoff to seal the win.

Highlands replays

Highlands football games will be replayed again this season, but on a different channel. The games will re-air at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays on channel 190, not channel 13, as in the past.

Hot doggin'

Valley and Burrell will renew their intense conference football rivalry Friday in Lower Burrell, and some players already have an appetite for competition.

Just as they've done in years past, the teams will have a food-eating contest — this time, they'll eat hot dogs — in a challenge from Burrell to Valley.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mogie's in Lower Burrell.

The event is somewhat of a tradition, but it happens sporadically. In years past, the teams have challenged one another to ice cream and wing-eating contests.

West Deer hockey night

After a year hiatus, Deer Lakes is set to return to the ice this winter with a PIHL varsity hockey team.

Deer Lakes, which saw a decline in participation, struggled mightily leading up to the program's rift. It won just 14 games during a five-year span.

There is hope for a bright future, however. The freshman team in March won the PIHL title with a 15-0-1 record.

Shaler native Todd Luniewski will coach the varsity.

Quick hits

Springdale's football team debuted a much different offense than it's used to Friday, using a no-huddle look in a 48-12 win over West Shamokin. ...Valley senior Bill Clark took second in the Westmoreland County Coaches golf tournament Friday, shooting a 77 to force a playoff against Latrobe standout Will Wears. Clark's round included three double-bogeys. ... Springdale boys tennis coach Brett Slezak was named tennis coach at Chatham University.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-224-2696 or bbeckner@tribweb.com.

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