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Frazier begins WPIAL volleyball playoffs with sweep of Fort Cherry

By Jason Black
With a perfect regular season complete, the Frazier girls volleyball team came into Thursday’s first-round WPIAL Class A playoff match against Fort Cherry to take the first step toward a WPIAL title. The seventh-seeded Commodores accomplished their mission, knocking off the 10th-seeded Rangers, 25-13, 26-24, 25-19, at Canon-McMillan. Frazier advanced to the ...
Experience key for Fort Cherry
By Devon Moore
Fort Cherry coach Jim Shiel is hoping a little experience can flip his team’s fortunes for the better. With eight starters back on offense and ...
Defense fuels Riverview win over Fort Cherry
By Doug Gulasy
It took some time for Riverview’s offense to get going Wednesday night, but the Raiders’ defense more than made up for it. No. 6 Riverview forced 26 turnovers and held Fort Cherry without a field goal for more than 16 minutes, allowing the Raiders to run away with a 47-28 ...
Cold-shooting Monessen suffers costly loss to Fort Cherry
By Jeff Oliver
Some losses are tough. For Monessen’s girls’ basketball team, Tuesday’s defeat could be tougher than any the program suffered in the last quarter century. Monessen bowed to ...
Second-half surge carries Brentwood past Fort Cherry
By Andrew Erickson
It took Brentwood just three big plays to steal a win. For the Spartans, the first half of the Class A Ohio Valley Conference showdown with Fort Cherry yielded little: just three completions and 37 total yards rushing. But Brentwood fought back, riding two second-half touchdowns and a late fourth-quarter ...
Fort Cherry needs to fill key offensive positions
By Ed Phillipps
How do you replace someone who accumulated 3,000 yards and averaged more than two touchdowns per game? Most likely, you don’t. After going 10-2 and advancing to the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals a year ago, Fort Cherry graduated many of the key players that led to that success, including leading rusher, ...
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 ...
Clairton rallies from 1st-half deficits to beat Fort Cherry
By Dave Mackall
Clairton and Fort Cherry couldn’t seem to score fast enough, but by the time their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game ended, Clairton had poured it on. Sophomore Harrison Dreher rushed for 116 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead fourth-seeded Clairton past 12th-seeded Fort Cherry, 52-35, on Friday night at Elizabeth ...
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 coach ...
Piecing together WPIAL football pairings not an easy process
By Chris Harlan
It’s too early for March Madness, but longtime athletic director Randy Rovesti will use this weekend to fill out brackets. Instead of Kentucky and Kansas, ...
No. 7 Fort Cherry routs Serra Catholic, 86-19
By Gary Horvath
The No. 7-ranked Fort Cherry Rangers cruised to their most lopsided victory of the year, 86-19, over Serra Catholic on Friday in a Class A Black Hills game. Fort Cherry (6-1, 6-1) poured it on early, scoring 67 points in the first half and 46 in the first quarter. The ...
Clairton gets back to winning ways, edges Fort Cherry
By Josh Yohe
It wasn’t pretty; it wasn’t clean. And it most certainly wasn’t efficient. But it was just what Clairton needed. The battered Bears, one week removed from losing their nation-long 66-game winning streak, were impressive throughout offensively and held on to beat previously undefeated Fort Cherry, 36-28, on Friday. “I wouldn’t say it was ugly,” ...
High school football notebook: Bishop Canevin finds Week 1 opponent
By Chris Harlan
After searching in Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia, Bishop Canevin found a last-minute opponent in Indiana County to replace Imani Christian Academy. The Crusaders will visit District 6’s United on Saturday afternoon. United had an open date on its schedule when Week 1 opponent Rockwood folded its football program. “They ...
Young, yet experienced Fort Cherry flying under the radar
By Justin Criado
Fort Cherry coach Jim Shiel admits his team is young, but what might surprise people is how much experience is returning for the Rangers. “I ...
WPIAL athletes fare well on final day of state track meet
By Paul Schofield
SHIPPENSBURG — No athlete from the WPIAL claimed a gold medal during the first day of the PIAA track and field championships. It was a different ...
Dixon leads Steel Valley over Fort Cherry
By Mark Kaboly
Sometimes C.C. Dixon spells her first name without any periods. Other times she uses periods between the Cs. Even her senior poster hanging on the ...
Serra Catholic grounded yet again
By Justin Criado
Serra Catholic’s struggles this season continued Friday night at Fort Cherry, where the Eagles lost, 41-6. But their biggest loss yet came at the start of the second quarter, when starting quarterback Zac Quattrone went down with what coach Jamie Eckles called a medial collateral ligament or posterior cruciate ligament injury. Jason ...
No. 1 Clairton wins 52nd in a row
By Josh Yohe
Fort Cherry coach Jim Shiel’s strategy entering Friday’s Black Hills Conference at Clairton was to have his offense wait until one second remained on the play clock, shortening the game in an attempt to avoid a blowout. Staying at home instead of making the 30 mile-trip to Neil C. Brown Stadium ...
Coaches showing optimism for new-look Fort Cherry
By Doug Gulasy
The Fort Cherry football team will look quite a bit different this year. Three-year starting quarterback Tanner Garry, who accounted for 36 touchdowns last season, ...
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