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Playoff streak motivates Avella

By Ed Phillipps 8:40 p.m.
Streaks have been coming to an end lately at Avella. But what the Eagles really want is to keep one going. The Eagles have had two long droughts come to a halt in recent seasons. In 2013, Avella made the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in 37 years. And then ...
Geibel girls, boys basketball teams beat Avella as playoffs loom
By Jason Black
It was a big night of basketball Tuesday at Geibel. The boys and girls teams honored senior players and took care of business against visiting Avella. The ...
Frazier finds its offense in win over Avella
By Jeff Oliver
Going into Friday’s Tri-County South Conference opener against visiting Avella, Frazier football coach Mike Steeber was a little worried about his offense. That’s because in two ...
Avella seeking back-to-back playoff trips
By Andrew John
After waiting 37 years to return to the WPIAL playoffs, Avella will look to make it back-to-back appearances. The Eagles will look to senior quarterback Santino ...
North Hills football great Kasperowicz part of WPIAL’s 2014 hall class
By Jerry DiPaola
Eric Kasperowicz remembers every detail. The down, the distance — even the wind-chill (30-below) at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. “That’s in my head like ...
Kittanning’s Jason Nolf named Trib Total Media wrestler of the year
By Bill West
When he had a few free minutes before or after his high school wrestling practices, Kittanning senior Jason Nolf sometimes wandered across the hallway outside ...
Led by Kittanning’s Nolf, 3 locals win Class AA state wrestling titles
By Bill West
HERSHEY — A force on the mat like few to ever come through the WPIAL, Kittanning senior Jason Nolf showcased one of his other great ...
Burrell’s Edwards 1 of 4 WPIAL wrestlers to reach PIAA Class AA finals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — In a dream he had one night early this season, Burrell senior 152-pounder Steve Edwards watched himself win a state wrestling championship and ...
9 WPIAL wrestlers hope to finish season unbeaten
By Bill West
Not all that different from their peers, nine particular WPIAL wrestlers begin the PIAA individual championships Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center with their minds set ...
Southmoreland junior avenges WPIAL finals loss to claim Class AA regional title
By Bill West
JOHNSTOWN — During the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling championship’s Parade of Champions Saturday evening, three WPIAL champs — Jefferson-Morgan’s John Demaske, South Park’s ...
Burrell sends 4 to PIAA semifinals
By Bill West
Burrell junior heavyweight Al Beattie advanced to the semifinals of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional Championships without wrestling for even a second Friday at ...
Geibel’s Ewing scores career-high 28 points in key section win
By Jason Black
With four Section 3-A losses already on its record, the Geibel boys basketball team knew beating Avella at home Friday night was of utmost importance ...
HS Buzz: WPIAL wrestling Century Club getting crowded
By Staff Reports
Fourteen WPIAL wrestlers entered this season with more than 100 wins. Eight more joined the Century Club before this weekend’s tournaments — Waynesburg’s AC Headlee (101 wins), North Hills’ Jonathan Avon (102), South Fayette’s Grant Fetchet (103), Chartiers-Houston’s Richie McGinnis (106), Canon-McMillan’s Dalton Macri (108), Valley’s Pat Dewitt (108) and ...
Gorman: Avella’s Eagles are finally soaring
By Kevin Gorman
When the final second ticked off the scoreboard, it set off a Super Bowl-worthy celebration. As the Avella Eagles stood at midfield, the school band ...
High school football notebook: For some, playoff fate can be sealed with win
By Chris Harlan
The playoff scenario is simple for a number of WPIAL teams. Win and they’re in. “It’s a lot nicer knowing you control your own destiny instead of counting on someone else to get you in there,” said Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel, whose team would secure the fourth spot in the Class ...
Frazier grounds previously-unbeaten Avella
By Jason Black
Throughout the course of the season, the Frazier football team has built a reputation as a team that can rack up big totals through its ...
Gorman: This Avella streak is no pigskin punchline
By Kevin Gorman
Now that Clairton finally has been beaten, the longest active winning streak in the WPIAL belongs to ... You won’t believe this. The Avella Eagles. Seriously. Once a pigskin punchline, Avella has won five straight games, dating to a Week 10 win over Bentworth last season. That’s one more than anyone else in ...
Despite shorthanded roster, Avella vying for playoff berth
By Kevin Ritchart
Avella coach Ryan Cecchini enters the season with a roster of just 20 players, but his key contributors from last season are back to make a run at a WPIAL playoff berth. The Eagles have a legitimate game-breaker in senior wide receiver Zach Thompson, who accounted for more than 1,000 total ...
Heinle lifts St. Joseph past Avella
By Bill Beckner Jr.
St. Joseph girls basketball coach Dan Slain is no stranger to metaphors when it comes to describing his team’s play. On Saturday, he pulled a new one out of the garage. “Sometimes, we have slow starts,” Slain said. “We’re like a car on a January morning. Chug, chug, chug. Once we get ...
Gorman: Chartiers-Houston experiencing a flip-side to Avella storyline
By Kevin Gorman
Avella is the most amazing reversal-of-fortune story in Western Pennsylvania this season, going from 0-9 last year to 5-0 for the first time since 1994. Almost as incredible is the circumstances of Chartiers-Houston. Only one team has played Clairton closer during its 52-game winning streak than the Bucs did in a ...
Small rosters impact Class A football teams Geibel, Avella
By Doug Gulasy
Ninety minutes before kickoff Saturday in Connellsville, Geibel’s defensive starters hunkered down at the line of scrimmage for warmups. At the shout of the word “Go!” ...
Avella hoping to find new beginning in Tri-County South
By Meredith Qualls
A new conference could pump life into Avella. This season, the Eagles will switch from the Black Hills to the Tri-County South  Conference, where they have the chance to put last year’s winless season in the past with a fresh start. Since 2003, Avella has only won five games. “This ...
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