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Motivated by last season, Mt. Lebo girls lacrosse off to 10-0 start

By Gary Horvath
There’s no confusion among the Mt. Lebanon girls lacrosse team as to what this season is about. “Every year we sit down with the seniors …
Mt. Lebanon boys lacrosse team reboots for title defense
By Gary Horvath
After winning the WPIAL Division I title last season, Mt. Lebanon starts its title defense by emulating another champion that shares the Blue Devils’ name. …
North Allegheny swimmers sweep WPIAL championships
By Jason Mackey
The Upper St. Clair boys may have won the battle, but North Allegheny, as has become its custom, won the war. Ryan Dudzinski powered the …
North Allegheny girls again favored to win WPIAL swimming championship
By Jason Mackey
Jacquelyn Du wants the North Allegheny girls swimming and diving team to focus on its own times during Thursday and Friday’s WPIAL championships. With as …
Penn-Trafford girls basketball team foils Mt. Lebanon with defense
By Doug Gulasy
Penn-Trafford girls basketball coach John Giannikas expected a few raised eyebrows around the WPIAL after his team dispatched Mt. Lebanon in the Class AAAA quarterfinals Friday. He and his team won’t share in the astonishment. “I know what these kids bring every night,” Giannikas said after the seventh-seeded Warriors (18-6) …
Hempfield snaps playoff losing streak by topping Mt. Lebanon
By Paul Schofield
The playoff losing streak for the Hempfield boys basketball program is finally over. The sixth-seeded Spartans ended the streak of WPIAL Class AAAA first-round losses …
High school roundup: Gateway, Ambridge, Bentworth hire football coaches
By Staff Reports
Gateway School Board members officially hired Tom Nola as the district’s varsity football coach Wednesday night, selecting the longtime Clairton coach to replace Donnie Militzer, …
‘Big advantage’ carries No. 2 Mt. Lebanon past Gateway in 1st round
By Jason Mackey
Preparing for one 6-foot-1 player would frustrate most girls basketball coaches. Gateway’s Cornelius Nesbit had twice the fun readying his team for Mt. Lebanon’s down-low duo of 6-1 seniors Christine Ehland and Madeleine Collins. Ehland and Collins dominated the paint during the second half of the second-seeded Blue Devils’ 63-46 …
32 WPIAL players headed to Division I-FBS schools
By Tribune-Review
Thirty-two WPIAL players and one from the District 6 Heritage Conference have accepted football scholarships from FBS schools. WR Troy Apke Mt. Lebanon, Penn State DE Rori Blair Upper St. Clair, Pitt TE Alec Bloom Ligonier Valley, UConn OL Alex Bookser Mt. Lebanon, Pitt DT Brock Boxen Beaver Falls, Akron …
Bethel Park shoots past Mt. Lebanon
By Chris Harlan
A combined five 3-pointers by Bethel Park’s R.J. Pfeuffer and Josh Krafczynski built a first-half lead that the Black Hawks never lost in 52-47 victory …
Connellsville finishes 4th at Section 2-AAA tournament
By Ed Phillipps
The problem for the Connellsville wrestling team wasn’t that it finished fourth at the Section 2-AAA team championship. The issue for the Falcons (15-6) is they knew they could do better. “I know one thing after all the years I’ve been coaching,” Connellsville coach Tommy Dolde said, “it’s that hard …
2nd-place finish at Allegheny County Tournament prepares Mt. Lebanon for postseason
By Gary Horvath
Mt. Lebanon has started checking off some of its team goals. After a sixth-place finish last year, the Blue Devils took second out of 39 …
Mackey: Mt. Lebanon’s Apke may be 1st of many prominent PSU recruits from area
By Jason Mackey
It took Penn State football coach James Franklin just 48 hours to begin trying to “dominate the state,” as he said repeatedly during his introductory …
No practice makes perfect, Mt.Lebanon rolls past Upper St. Clair
By Jason Mackey
Every night in this section is a battle, Mt. Lebanon girls basketball coach Dori Oldaker insisted. Maybe. But not like this. Despite having zero practices …
Former Mt. Lebanon stars find success at college level
By Jeff Vella
Winning programs seem to follow Madison Cable. After winning back-to-back-to-back PIAA girls basketball titles at Mt. Lebanon from 2009-11, she now is part of a …
Gorman: WPIAL recruits send message to Pitt
By Kevin Gorman
Pitt football recruiting has come to this: When a WPIAL star has a news conference to announce his college choice, Panthers fans automatically believe it’s …
Mt. Lebo star commits to Pitt
By Jerry Dipaola
Pitt continued to keep the best big men home Wednesday night when coach Paul Chryst received a verbal commitment from four-star Mt. Lebanon offensive lineman …
Mt. Lebanon native Catanzariti to play tennis at Texas A&M
By Karen Kadilak
A.J. Catanzariti of Mt. Lebanon took a hard look into the future before signing a letter of intent with the Texas A&M University men’s tennis …
Class AAAA girls basketball preview: Mt. Lebanon seniors hope to end careers the way they started, as champions
By Jason Mackey
Margie McCaffrey doesn’t want to sound cocky or conceited. The Mt. Lebanon girls basketball team’s senior point guard also doesn’t want to get complacent. Despite …
Gorman: Pitt takes advantage of Notre Dame atmosphere
By Kevin Gorman
An hour before kickoff at the Pitt-Notre Dame game Saturday, there was no better place for a prospect to be than on the home sideline at Heinz Field. High school football players started arriving early just for that opportunity to feel the grass beneath their feet and watch both teams …
Pine-Richland’s Bridgham, Fox Chapel doubles team win PIAA tennis titles
By Daniel Paulling
HERSHEY — For years, Pine-Richland’s Marlys Bridgham heard how wonderful the girls state tennis tournament was. Early losses in the WPIAL tournament, however, kept her from qualifying. She always faced older opponents — Bridgham lost in consecutive years in the WPIAL tournament to Upper St. Clair’s Megan Adamo, who would …
North Allegheny duo reaches PIAA semifinals
By Daniel Paulling
HERSHEY — North Allegheny girls tennis coach Michelle Weniger thought her team’s season ended Tuesday. She made the decision then that Anna Li couldn’t compete in the PIAA Class AAA doubles tournament because of an ankle injury suffered three days earlier. But North Allegheny athletic director Bob Bozzuto called with …
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 …
Trib Cup: Mt. Lebanon volleyball used to overcoming adversity
By Brian Graham
Mike Switala has had quite a few obstacles to battle in his first year at the helm for the Mt. Lebanon girls volleyball team. While awaiting final construction of the school’s new gym that is set to be complete in November and replacing five graduated seniors — including the top …
Fox Chapel’s Ethan Martin, Shaler’s Schwartz win Tri-State meet titles
By Gary Horvath 11:26 p.m.
There wasn’t much out of the ordinary at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Cross Country Championship at Cooper’s Lake in Slippery Rock on Thursday. While …

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