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Neshannock again hopes to contend for WPIAL title

By Dave Schrecengost
Neshannock has been one of the best teams in Class A in recent years, reaching the semifinals of the WPIAL playoffs in the past two …
Canon-McMillan’s Olivia Lorusso named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Softball Player of the Year
By Jason Mackey
Player of the Year OLIVIA LORUSSO CANON-MCMILLAN, SENIOR, THIRD BASE Olivia Lorusso has done it all. In four years at Canon-McMillan, the Robert Morris recruit …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Seneca Valley’s Matt Rafferty, Neshannock’s Madison Shaffer
By Brian Graham
Matt Rafferty School: Seneca Valley Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Rafferty went 2 for 3 with a sacrifice and drove in one run …
WPIAL softball teams learn pitching trumps all in deep playoff runs
By Jason Mackey
Shaler softball coach Skip Palmer was eating breakfast at Eat ‘n Park with his assistant coaches Tuesday morning when talk turned to a topic many …
Late rally not enough for Neshannock in PIAA semifinals
By Jason Mackey
When No. 9 hitter Jenna DeLuca crushed a game-tying, three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday, Neshannock softball coach Tracy Kimmel …
Morgan, Greensburg Salem softball team are thriving in postseason
By Paul Schofield
Greensburg Salem softball coach Jody Morgan admits she’s a little surprised her team has advanced to Monday’s PIAA Class AAA  semifinals. But she’s not complaining. …
HS buzz: Baseball stars set to face off Sunday
By Staff Reports
Many of the area’s top players will take the field at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler on Sunday for the annual WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association All-Star doubleheader. At 1 p.m., a team of Class A all-stars will play a group from Class AA, and the Class AAAA vs. Class AAA …
Neshannock softball advances to state semis with win over Burgettstown
By Jason Mackey
Marissa DeMatteo doesn’t consider herself a power hitter. Sure, she has some pop, but the Neshannock softball team’s junior second baseman bats at the top of the order for one reason — and it’s not putting the ball over the fence. “That’s definitely a big thing. The leadoff batter should …
Baseball, softball teams look to regroup after WPIAL playoff letdowns
By Jason Mackey
Give Blackhawk baseball coach Bob Amalia a choice, and the decision is easy. WPIAL or PIAA championship? Amalia’s taking the latter. “If you’re out of state and you told someone you won your district, they might think that’s good, but they don’t know how many teams are in your district,” …
Neshannock rallies to win 2nd straight WPIAL Class A softball title
By George Guido
A one-hour, 26-minute rain delay wasn’t enough to stop a five-run Neshannock rally in the fifth inning of Thursday’s WPIAL Class A softball title game. …
Breaking down the WPIAL softball championships
By Compiled By Jason Mackey
Class AAAA Canon-McMillan vs. Shaler 7 p.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.) No. 1 Canon-McMillan (18-3) Coach: Michele Moeller No. Name Pos. Yr. 0 Linda Rush SS So. 34 Brittney Crawford LF Fr. 13 Abby McCartney CF Jr. 8 Olivia …
Breaking down the WPIAL baseball playoffs
By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA THE FAVORITE Hempfield won Section 2, likely the strongest Class AAAA section this season, with an offense led by OF Joey DeFloria, 1B …
Breaking down the WPIAL softball playoffs
By Bill Hartlep
Class AAAA DEFENDING CHAMPION  Canon-McMillan THE FAVORITE Canon-McMillan has averaged more than 11 runs per game and if the bats continue to produce — the …
Softball coaches finding keys to championship success
By Gary Horvath
Riverside softball coach Pam McCarty didn’t miss a beat when asked the secret to building a winning program. “If you surround yourself with the right …
Breaking down the PIAA boys basketball playoffs
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: New Castle (26-0), Hampton (22-4), Kiski Area (17-6), North Allegheny (21-4), Bethel Park (18-6), Allderdice (21-4). Around the state: Philadelphia’s Roman …
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 …
Several area girls basketball teams enjoying sudden success
By Jason Mackey
Laura McGowan has scanned the stands at the Brentwood girls basketball team’s games this season and noticed a few unfamiliar faces, mainly opposing coaches videotaping …
Trib Cup: Neshannock boys riding early wave of success
By Brian Graham
The Neshannock boys basketball team is riding a wave of success this season as the Lancers enter 2014 on a six-game winning streak. Led by coach John Corey, the Lancers sit atop Section 2-AA with an 8-1 overall record and 3-0 mark in section play. The early success is nothing …
Ford City suffers loss in test vs. Neshannock
By Matt Grubba 2:38 p.m.
Ford City challenged itself by hosting one of Class AA’s top teams, and the Sabers got a good look at why Neshannock is so highly regarded. After a slow start offensively, Neshannock dominated after halftime and left Ford City with an 87-45 nonsection win Monday night. Matt McKinney scored 22 …
High school notebook: Seton-La Salle football coach Perry resigns
By Kevin Gorman and Chris Harlan
Greg Perry resigned as Seton-La Salle’s football coach Monday after 20 years on the staff, including the past nine as head coach. “I appreciate the …
North Catholic football team earns trip to Heinz Field
By Ed Phillipps
In the school’s last year at its Troy Hill location, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic football team earned its first trip to a WPIAL title game with a 27-14 victory over Neshannock on Friday night at Mars. The second-seeded  Trojans (12-0) advanced to Heinz Field, where they will face top-seeded …
WPIAL Class A semifinals preview: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic vs. Neshannock
By Tribune-Review
class A Semifinals No. 2 Cardinal Wuerl N. Catholic (11-0)  vs. No. 6 Neshannock (9-2)   7:30 p.m. Friday at Mars North Catholic and Neshannock …
Heinz Field uncharted territory for 4 WPIAL football semifinalists
By Chris Harlan
An old church bell hung inside North Catholic’s gym rings when one of its teams wins a WPIAL championship. It’s been rather quiet in the …
Neshannock eliminates Monessen for 2nd straight year
By Rick Bruni
A handful of Monessen players strutted and pranced onto the field Friday, drawing a personal foul penalty for taunting Neshannock before the opening coin toss. But …
North Catholic holds off Neshannock, keeps perfect season intact
By Brian J. Duermeyer
North Catholic’s magical season continued Friday night at J.C. Stone Field in North Park as the second-ranked Trojans edged  No. 3. Neshannock, 21-14, in a thrilling, late-season nonconference matchup of Heinz Field hopefuls. The Eastern Conference champion Trojans (8-0, 7-0) are a Week 9 victory over Leechburg away from securing …

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