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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Serra Catholic’s Cole McCombs, West Mifflin’s Paige Flore

By Brian Graham
Cole McCombs School: Serra Catholic Year: Freshman Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Combs tossed a no-hitter and struck out 14 to lead the Eagles to …
Serra Catholic freshman hurls 1-hitter in victory
By Mark Kaboly
“The ol’ Wichita pickoff play” is real, even though it could easily be mistaken for a scene out of a poorly thought out and clichéd baseball movie. Still, that didn’t prevent Serra Catholic coach Brian Dzurenda to give the unusual trick play (a fake pickoff attempt at second base where …
Serra pitcher no-hits Hounds
By Dave Mackall
For a high school freshman, Cole McCombs is looking like an upperclassman. And a pretty good one, at that. McCombs pitched a no-hitter Wednesday to …
Serra freshman tosses no-hitter to down Monessen
By Dave Mackall
For a high school freshman, Cole McCombs is looking like an upperclassman. And a pretty good one, at that. McCombs pitched a no-hitter Wednesday to lead No. 4 Serra Catholic to a 4-0 victory over visiting Monessen in a WPIAL Section 2-A game. McCombs (2-1) struck out 14 and walked …
Serra softball looking to take next step in postseason
By Dave Mackall
Mike Elko came to Serra Catholic in 2010 with the plan of jump-starting a softball program that hasn’t advanced past the second round of the …
Allderdice blanks sloppy Serra Catholic in baseball opener
By Mark Kaboly
Knowing Brian Dzurenda’s passion for baseball, you can imagine how difficult it was for the Serra Catholic coach to have the season-opener postponed three times …
Roundball Classic rosters loaded with Daily News area players
By Staff Reports
The Roundball Classic All-Star basketball game will have a distinct local flavor this year. Six girls and seven boys have been selected to take part in the annual event scheduled for April 12 at Geneva College. Thomas Jefferson’s Charlie Scharbo, Steel Valley’s Ajan Smith, Elizabeth Forward’s Jaquaun Davidson and West …
Fabulous 15: PIAA qualifiers Serra, Elizabeth Forward well-represented
By Mark Kaboly
It wasn’t really a banner year for girls basketball in the area when considering the storied past of the sport in the Mon-Yough area. There …
Freshman ace leads Serra Catholic baseball team with high hopes
By Mark Kaboly
It just doesn’t seem fair. No high school baseball program should be blessed with a once-in-a-lifetime pitcher twice, let alone two years apart, but freshman …
Daily News spotlight athletes: Elizabeth Forward’s Kameron Faychak, Serra Catholic’s Hannah Schorr
By Robert Stinner
Kameron Faychak Year: Senior School: Elizabeth Forward Sport: Swimming Claim to fame: Faychak finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke at the WPIAL Class AA finals …
Serra loses heartbreaker in PIAA second round
By Mark Kaboly
JOHNSTOWN — Layups, midrange jumpers, 3-pointers — it didn’t matter what type of shots Serra Catholic attempted in its PIAA Class A second-round game against …
Elizabeth Forward, Mt. Pleasant set for rematch in PIAA playoffs
By Dave Mackall
On Jan. 15, in a WPIAL nonsection girls basketball game, Elizabeth Forward led visiting Mt. Pleasant by a single point inside the 3-minute mark of …
Serra Catholic’s PIAA path and foe familiar
By Dave Mackall
If this all looks too familiar to the Serra Catholic girls basketball team, it is. For a second consecutive season, the Eagles opened the PIAA …
Breaking down the PIAA girls basketball playoffs
By Compiled By Jason Mackey
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: Penn-Trafford (20-6), Hempfield (17-9), Fox Chapel (19-5), North Allegheny (22-2), Mt. Lebanon (16-6), Obama Academy (14-6) Around the state: Three of …
Serra Catholic turns page after WPIAL title-game loss
By Mark Kaboly
Bill Cleary has coached nearly 700 girls basketball games at Serra Catholic. Six have come in the first round of the state playoffs after losing …
Vincentian claims 3rd straight WPIAL Class A girls title
By Mark Kaboly
Danielle Dindak’s 3-pointer and Katie Sieg’s 12-foot jumper 30 seconds apart to start the third quarter pulled Serra Catholic within two points of top-seeded Vincentian …
Top-seeded Vincentian stands in way of Serra Catholic girls’ goal
By Mark Kaboly
Serra Catholic beat Clairton by 61 and 58 points earlier in the year. The Eagles held Monessen to 12 and 15 points the two times the longtime rivals played. In January, Serra invoked the mercy rule in eight of its 10 games and won nine of those by an average …
Breaking down the WPIAL basketball finals
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA New Castle vs. Hampton 7 p.m. Saturday, Palumbo Center New Castle (25-0, No. 1 seed) Coach: Ralph Blundo No., Name, Pos., Ht., Yr. …
Serra Catholic girls down California in WPIAL semifinals
By Mark Kaboly
Serra Catholic’s Megan Sieg looked at the scoreboard early in the second quarter, and something just didn’t look right. The state-of-the-art scoreboard at Baldwin for …
Daily News spotlight athletes: East Allegheny’s Brian Fox, Serra Catholic’s Nicole Pero
By Robert Stinner
Brian Fox School: East Allegheny Year: Sophomore Sport: Swimming Claim to fame: Fox placed first in the 50-meter freestyle race at Elizabeth Forward last week, clocking in at 23.38 seconds, his best time of the season. The sophomore placed second in the 100 freestyle at 50.87 seconds, and will compete …
Serra Catholic girls roll, edge closer to goal
By Mark Emery
The Serra Catholic Eagles are on a quest to avenge their WPIAL title game defeat from a season ago. Aliquippa found itself in the way of that mission Saturday, and the result wasn’t pretty for the Quips. Serra dominated the WPIAL Class A girls basketball quarterfinal game from start to …
Defense paves way as TJ routs Serra Catholic
By Mark Kaboly
Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Crousey has made it known for the past few weeks that a home playoff game is very important to his hockey team. It’s important, but nowhere near as important as something else — team defense. “One will lead to the other,” Crousey said. That rang true …
Serra Catholic boys exact revenge on South Allegheny
By Dave Mackall
It was payback time Friday night for Serra Catholic. In a reversal of roles from almost a year ago, the Eagles defeated playoff-bound South Allegheny, 59-47, in a one-sided WPIAL Section 3-AA boys basketball game at a packed Serra Catholic gym. “It was 364 days ago that we went went …
Trib Cup: Serra Catholic girls preparred for another deep playoff run
By Brian Graham
The Serra Catholic girls basketball team has shown it has the talent and experience needed to return to the WPIAL championship this season. Last season, …
Westmont Hilltop sends Serra hockey to seventh straight loss
By Dave Mackall
It has been rare of late, but Serra Catholic had its full hockey team in uniform Thursday night. It certainly seemed to make a difference for the struggling Eagles, even in a one-goal loss. Ian Campbell’s third-period goal from close range at the 2:29 mark was the difference for Westmont …

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