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Valley Independent roundup: California Area comes out hitting — again

By The Valley Independent
If the first two games of the season mean anything, Malden Yards will be the place to be for baseball this spring. California Area (2-0) rolled ...
California Area softball to stay patient with young team
By Bill Hughes
California Area softball coach Earl Doman and his team are coming off of a winless season, and he is realistic about expectations. “We are very young and are going to take some bumps and bruises,” he said. “The young girls are going to get experience and that will help build for ...
Checkmate for Trojans
By Jeff Oliver
A funny thing happened when California Area and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic met for a PIAA Class A second-round playoff game at Canon-McMillan Tuesday night. A ...
Cal ready for a tall task from CWNC
By Jeff Oliver
A year ago, when California Area defeated Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 45-43, in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal playoff game, the Trojans did an outstanding ...
California advances to rematch with C.W. North Catholic
By Jeff Oliver
Next up for California Area’s girls’ basketball team in the PIAA Class A playoffs will be a meeting with a familiar face: Cardinal Wuerl North ...
Cal braces for District 9 champs
By Jeff Oliver
When California Area and Venango Catholic collide in a PIAA Class A girls’ first round playoff game at Clarion University 5:30 p.m. Saturday, they will ...
Cal saw both sides of WPIAL’s ‘play-in bracket’
By Jeff Oliver
When the WPIAL announced at its pairings meeting that it was trying a new system to determine the final seeds in the various classes for ...
Monessen boys, Cal Area girls each draw Venango Catholic
By Jeff Oliver
The opponents and sites have been set for three area teams participating in the PIAA playoffs. WPIAL boys’ Class A champion Monessen (20-6) will face Venango ...
Big start carries Cal into state playoffs
By Jeff Oliver
If it is true that one man’s treasure is another man’s trash, then the start of Thursday night’s WPIAL Class A play-in bracket final between California Area and Serra Catholic was Bill Cleary’s nightmare and Chris Minerd’s fantasy. That’s because Cleary’s Eagles had an awful start to the game while Minerd’s ...
Trojans a win away from going to states
By Jeff Oliver
When California Area’s girls’ basketball team was eliminated by Riverview in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class A playoffs, Trojan coach Chris Minerd said he ...
Cal Area girls stay alive
By The Valley Independent
The California Area girls kept their season alive Tuesday, but the boys’ team could not. Playing in respective WPIAL Class A play-in bracket games at Peters ...
Riverview girls basketball squeaks past California, 42-38, in overtime
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There’s something about Riverview and the WPIAL Class A girls basketball quarterfinals. The last time the Raiders played in Class A — the girls spent the ...
Cal Area, EF girls in quarterfinal games
By Jeff Oliver
The WPIAL rarely postpones basketball playoff games due to inclement weather. However, Saturday’s big storm that blanketed the Pittsburgh area with close to eight inches of ...
Monessen crushes California Area again
By Jeff Oliver
Monessen is in the WPIAL basketball semifinals for the fifth time in seven years after defeating California Area, 73-38, in the Class A quarterfinals Friday ...
Third time the charm for California?
By Jeff Oliver
Most coaches believe one of the toughest tasks in sports is defeating a team three times in the same season. Don’t tell that to California Area ...
California rolls in playoff debut
By Jeff Oliver
California Area ran its winning streak to 22 straight Wednesday as the Trojans beat Sewickley Academy, 63-37, in a WPIAL Class A first round contest ...
Taylor’s late basket lifts California over Union
By Jeremy Sellew
As Kass Taylor raced to the basket, he didn’t think he had a clear path to the hoop. The 6-4 sophomore elevated, got bumped twice ...
WPIAL releases Tuesday, Wednesday sites
By Jeff Oliver
The WPIAL released its playoff sites for Tuesday and Wednesday first round playoff games with Monessen heading off to Norwin for its encounter with St. Joseph. The Greyhounds (16-6) will face St. Joseph (10-12) 8 p.m. Tuesday at Norwin in a boy’ Class A game. Also on Tuesday, California Area (16-5) ...
Monessen boys seeded 2nd; Cal girls 3rd
By Jeff Oliver
In 31 years of going to the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting, Joe Salvino often came home with mixed feelings. However, that’s not how the successful ...
California’s Campbell to compete independently in wrestling postseason
By Bill West
James Campbell’s curiosity about the history of California wrestling led him to the high school library, where he came across old yearbooks. The California junior came ...
Monessen overwhelms California, 92-38
By Jeff Oliver
The pairings have yet to be announced for the WPIAL Class A playoffs, but if California Area coach Bruno Pappasergi had to pick a champion, ...
Valley Independent roundup: California girls trounce Monessen
By The Valley Independent
If there is a team hotter than the California Area girls’ basketball team in Class A going into the playoffs, it would be hard to ...
HS highlight reel: PIAA approves Clairton sanctions
By Tribune-Review 10:30 p.m.
Clairton football coach Wayne Wade will miss one game next season and his team will be on probation for a year as part of a punishment approved by the PIAA Board of Directors on Wednesday. As proposed by the school district, Wade will be suspended for the first game after ...
With early-season injuries mostly in the past, California girls looking to contend for title
By Ed Phillipps
After a long-awaited breakthrough season featuring a team full of underclassmen in 2013-14, the California girls basketball squad was expected to be a strong contender ...
California pounds Monessen, 45-10, in 3-A
By The Valley Independent
California Area had no problem with visiting Monessen in a Section 3-A girls’ basketball contest Monday, routing the Greyhounds, 45-10. California (14-0, 7-0) moved out to ...

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