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Improvement a goal for Bentworth this season

By Bill Hughes
When Ron Skiles was hired as Bentworth football coach shortly before the 2014 season, he was back in familiar territory. After all, it is his third ...
Opening day for football in the Mon Valley
By Jeremy Sellew
After a long summer of 7-on-7 tournaments and a week of heat acclimation practices, local football teams have entered the next phase of their seasons. Camp ...
McCombs’ near no-hitter leads Serra to victory
By Ed Phillipps
While warming up for Tuesday’s WPIAL Class A first-round baseball game, Serra Catholic’s Cole McCombs bounced a few pitches in the dirt and fired a couple more high and away. When it came time to play ball, McCombs could hardly miss. The Eagles’ ace left-hander came within an out of ...
Homers propel California to comeback win over Bentworth
By Jeff Oliver
One thing about these California Area Trojans: They have a knack for doing things in dramatic fashion. That was the case Friday in a battle between ...
Move to Canon-McMillan means less travel for wrestlers headed to Southwest Regional
By Bill West
Bentworth junior 126-pounder Hunter Neely considers the site of this season’s PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling championships, Canon-McMillan High School, a mixed blessing. Sure, he ...
Bentworth 126-pounder Neely wins Class AA individual honors
By The Valley Independent
Bentworth wrestler Hunter Neely spent nearly a week battling the flu earlier this month. On Saturday, the 126-pound junior battled his way to a WPIAL Class ...
Frazier, Beth-Center lead Tri-County South football squad
By Jeff Oliver
Frazier and Beth-Center dominated the Tri-County South All-Conference Team with nine and 10 players selected, respectively. It should come as no surprise that the two teams ...
Trib Cup: Bentworth volleyball striving for perfection again
By Alex Oltmanns
Hayley Wilson was a senior at Bentworth the last time the Bearcats girls volleyball team finished the regular season with an undefeated record in 2008. Now, as the second-year head coach of the Bearcats, Wilson had guided her alma mater to a perfect 12-0 record and a first-place finish in WPIAL ...
Skiles has Bentworth headed in right direction
By Jeff Oliver
The good news for Bentworth is if the Bearcats win their final game of the season at home, they should find themselves in the WPIAL Class A playoffs. The bad news? The Bearcats (3-5, 3-4) play host to Beth-Center (8-0, 7-0). All the Bulldogs have done this season, aside from running ...
Valley Independent roundup: California picks up 1st win at West Greene
By The Valley Independent
California Area broke a seven-game losing streak Friday, picking up its first win of the season with a 20-0 shutout of West Greene. K.C. Zajicek and James Bongiorno combined for 272 yards on the ground for the Trojans (1-6, 1-5). “It feels good to get one under our belts,” Trojans coach ...
Bentworth stays alive with 13-6 win
By The Valley Independent
Bentworth kept its playoff hopes alive in the Tri-County South Conference with a hard-earned 13-6 win over host California Area. The Bearcats (3-3, 3-3) took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when Ethan Tush scored one a 1-yard run. California (0-6, 0-6) made it 7-6 before halftime when K.C. Zajicek scored ...
Monessen gets spark, beats Bentworth
By Jeff Oliver
The last four games, Monessen’s boys’ soccer team went a disappointing 2-1-1 and Greyhound coach Sam Perry made no bones about a big reason why ...
Geibel boys secure 4th straight shutout victory
By Jason Black
Eight games into the season, the Geibel boys soccer team appears to have everything necessary to be a force in Class A. The Gators have ...
Frazier’s defense dominant in shutout of Bentworth
By Dave Stofcheck
Frazier’s defense bullied Bentworth quarterback Josh Hughes play after play during the first half of Friday’s Tri-County South game. The Commodores sacked Hughes four times, returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown and knocked the sophomore out of game on the half’s final play in a 42-0 victory. Frazier built a ...
Frazier shuts out Bentworth
By Jeremy Sellew
The resurgent Bentworth Bearcats are among the surprise teams in Class A’s Tri-County South Conference. But Frazier reminded them who is at the top of the ...
Schoolboy pick of the week: Frazier
By Jeff Oliver
I’ve been writing this high school football prediction column for a very long time. And I can’t ever remember the key game involving Bentworth. Welcome back, Ron Skiles. Skiles, in his third stint at his alma mater, is quick to tell anyone that the Bearcats “are in a hole” when it ...
Frazier not looking past ‘much improved’ Bentworth
By Jeff Oliver
The first thing that jumps out when scouting Bentworth’s football team is that the Bearcats (1-1, 1-1) are not 0-2 with two lopsided defeats. The next ...
Bentworth passes over W. Greene
By The Valley Independent
Bentworth gave coach Ron Skiles his first win of the season in a big way Friday as the Bearcats hammered visiting West Greene, 35-6, in ...
Rams cruise as soccer launches section play
By Bill Hughes
Most of the Mon Valley’s boys’ soccer teams opened up section play Tuesday. One coach added a milestone win while Monessen will have to wait a ...
Three of a kind: Football coaches who took different routes
By Jeff Oliver
Ron Skiles. Nick Milchovich. Donnie Militzer. They are the new head football coaches at Bentworth, Ringgold and Charleroi, respectively. While all will be coaching their first games at their ...
Skiles hopes 3rd time’s a charm at Bentworth
By Donnie Tasser
When Ron Skiles accepted the coaching position at Bentworth for the third time, he knew there was a lot of work to be done. The Bearcats went 1-8 last season, with their lone win over Geibel, which no longer fields a football program. But Skiles is optimistic the initial steps ...
Bentworth again turns to Skiles to head football program
By Bruce Wald
For the third time in 33 years, Bentworth School Board has hired alumnus Ron Skiles as its head varsity football coach. The 70-year-old Skiles’ first head coaching stint with the Bearcats was from 1981-88. He compiled a 53-26 record in those eight seasons. The 1984 Bearcats won 10 games and won ...
Bentworth’s Rothka on familiar ground
By Bill West 10:29 a.m.
Bentworth senior Jake Rothka fought his way through a consolation bracket in the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional championships last season to secure a spot ...
Skiles back at Bentworth again
By Jeff Oliver
Perhaps, for Ron Skiles and Bentworth, the third time will be the charm. Skiles was hired Tuesday night to coach the struggling Bearcats football program. This ...
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, ...

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