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Returning Avonworth players have something to prove

By Gary Horvath
Avonworth very well could have been the second-best Class A team in PIAA football last year. The Antelopes’ only two losses came against eventual PIAA …
Class A breakdown: WPIAL realignment shakes up conferences
By Paul Schofield
There will be a new look for the WPIAL’s smallest classification in 2014. Numerous changes had the WPIAL move teams around to new conferences in …
Defensive pressure carries Avonworth past Frazier in first round
By Jason Black
The Frazier boys basketball team had a solid season, but Wednesday, the Commodores ran into an Avonworth team that was on top of all aspects …
Avonworth boys looking for consistency during unbeaten start
By Kevin Ritchart
Dan Bradley has a clear understanding of the values he’s trying to instill in his players, no matter the sport. “We teach organization, discipline, fundamentals and commitment,” Bradley said. “We’re teaching the values of life, and the kids are starting to grasp that.” In the fall, Bradley imparts these values …
No. 2 North Catholic, Fulmore edge Avonworth
By Brian J. Duermeyer
Versatile playmaker P.J. Fulmore scored a 1-yard touchdown with 4:08 left in the fourth quarter as No. 2 seed North Catholic came from behind to defeat Eastern Conference foe Avonworth, 14-7, in a  Class A quarterfinal at Hampton’s Fridley Field. The victory moved North Catholic (11-0) back into a semifinal …
High school football notebook: WPIAL quarters bring rematches for 8 teams
By Chris Harlan
For the second time in two months, Penn-Trafford will see McKeesport’s tricky-to-stop triple-option offense. Four rematches made the WPIAL playoff schedule for Friday night, including a Class AAAA quarterfinal between the Quad East foes. When they met Week 4, McKeesport won, 34-14, behind the rarely seen flexbone offense favored by …
Shaler’s Schwartz sets course record, defends title at WPIAL championships
By Gary Horvath
Her countless days of training, no matter the weather, have paid off. Shaler junior Brianna Schwartz battled through near-freezing temperatures and ran the best race …
West Shamokin’s girls volleyball team uses defense to advance
By Matt Grubba
To advance to the WPIAL quarterfinals, West Shamokin’s volleyball team got defensive. The sixth-seeded Wolves controlled play at the net despite a height disadvantage to earn a win over No. 11 Avonworth, 3-0, in the first round of the WPIAL Class A tournament Wednesday at Shaler. Senior Amanda Wensel and …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Central Catholic’s Ryan Sproule, Avonworth’s Thanna Oddo
By Brian Graham
Ryan Sproule School: Central Catholic Class: Junior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Sproule scored four goals in a 5-0 win over Allderdice on Oct. 8 …
Avonworth runs over Springdale
By Wes Crosby
Coming off its first loss of the season, Avonworth got back on track with an emphatic 39-0 win over Springdale on Friday night at Veterans’ Memorial Field. The Antelopes (6-1, 5-1 Eastern Conference) took just three plays to score as quarterback Matt Donovan faked a handoff to Luke Bauer and …
Trib Cup: Avonworth girls soccer on the rise
By Brian Graham
The Avonworth girls soccer team’s stock is trending upward. With back-to-back-to-back trips to the WPIAL playoffs to their credit, the Antelopes have established themselves as a contender for a WPIAL Class A title. “I definitely think we are on the rise and that’s because we have a lot of committed …
North Catholic QB bounces back, keys victory over Avonworth
By Jason Mackey
Adam Sharlow couldn’t let that cost his team a shot at the Eastern Conference title. Despite botching a punt that went for a loss of …
Guido: Pick 6 football games to watch
By George Guido
Half of the high school football season has elapsed — or 56 percent if you want to be exact. One takeaway thus far is the …
No. 8 Avonworth outruns No. 4 Apollo-Ridge
By Bill West
Those who seek anxiety-inducing entertainment might want to start putting the  Avonworth/Apollo-Ridge showdown on their list of things to watch. One year after their overtime …
Birdie looks for best student sections
By The Birdie
The Birdie is looking for a few good students. Well, more like hundreds. The VND’s football specialist wants to recognize the Alle-Kiski Valley’s best student sections. “When I was an adolescent peep at Molting Valley High, I was the ring-leader of our section,” Birdie said. “Between my time as editor …
Avonworth, Apollo-Ridge could provide offensive fireworks in Eastern Conference matchup
By Bill Beckner Jr.
For four weeks, Apollo-Ridge and Avonworth have made their points — lots of them. When they meet Friday night, one of them will make a …
West Shamokin handed first loss of season
By Matt Grubba
Much of the hype this year has been around North Catholic and Apollo-Ridge, but Avonworth sent a signal that it is a contender in the …
Unbeaten West Shamokin football readies for No. 6 Avonworth
By Matt Grubba 3:51 p.m.
Three teams remain unbeaten in Class A’s Eastern Conference. That number will drop Friday. Undefeated teams will meet when Class A No. 6 Avonworth (3-0, …
HS notes: Avonworth girls soccer thinking big
By Staff Reports
Avonworth girls thinking big Last Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Vincentian at Highmark Stadium gave No. 3 Avonworth a taste of what the WPIAL finals could feel like. Figure more victories such as Monday’s 2-1 defeat of Bishop Canevin, and a trip to Station Square may become more than a dream. …
Avonworth proves to be too much for Blue Devils
By Dave Yohe
Despite another loss Friday night, Leechburg coach Mark George was pleased with his team’s performance. “I think we played the first part of the game. I think the score was evident. We played some pretty good defense at the beginning of the game, but we have to play all 48 …
Efficient Avonworth tops Riverview
By R.A. Monti
Riverview couldn’t get its offense in motion Friday in a 44-6 Eastern Conference loss to Avonworth. The No. 9 Antelopes held the Raiders (0-2, 0-2) to just 98 yards. “Avonworth is a great football team and they did a lot of great things,” Raiders coach Todd Massack said. “I told …
Consistent Antelopes have high expectations
By Justin Criado
Duke Johncour and his Avonworth players remember all too well how last season ended. Each of the past three seasons, the Antelopes’ postseason ended with …
Dixon’s big second half leads Steel Valley to preliminary-round win
By Keith Barnes
Avonworth came up with a solid game plan to contain Steel Valley senior CeCe Dixon when the two teams faced off Friday in the preliminary round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. Well, for a half anyway. Dixon, the Ironmen’s leading scorer, scored 21 of her game-high 23 points in …
DeMeo inks with Pitt
By Jerry Clark
Chase Rowe is the coach for La Roche College baseball, but the coach also spends a lot of time with area athletes to get them prepared to make the jump to the college game. Another one of Rowe’s players has made that jump, as P.J. DeMeo has committed to play …
Avonworth wrestling eyes WPIAL tourney
By Chris Adamski
Darion Trimmer is one of the central figures of an up-and-coming Avonworth wrestling team that enters the WPIAL Class AA team tournament Wednesday on the …

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