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Valley Independent roundup: Ringgold falls to South Park, Cal Area dominates

By The Valley Independent
The Ringgold baseball team started out with a bang Friday as Nick Fowkes slugged a solo homer in the first inning. But that would be the ...
Woodburn, California shut down rival Carmichaels
By Jeff Oliver
Before the start of the baseball season, California Area coach Nick Damico said that if pitcher Garitt Woodburn could harness his control, he had the ...
Defending WPIAL champ California again off to impressive start at 8-1
By Paul Schofield
When players put on a maroon and gold baseball uniform at California High School, they wear a sense of pride. California baseball has been a staple ...
Today’s California Area-Carmichaels game moved
By Tribune-Review
California Area’s Section 1-A baseball showdown with Carmichaels has been moved to California. Today’s game will start at 4:15 p.m. ...
Mt. Pleasant hammers California, 19-8
By Jeff Oliver
Don’t anoint California as the kings of WPIAL Class A baseball again this season just yet. The Trojans were brought back to earth with a thud ...
Cal boys’ tennis team may forfeit over using girl
By Jeff Oliver
As of today, California Area’s boys’ tennis team is undefeated and has a stranglehold on the rest of its section competitors. However, by April 23, that could all change. California has been told by the WPIAL that it must forfeit four matches in which a girl participated at the start of the ...
Cal Area overwhelms Charleroi
By Jeff Oliver
If California Area baseball coach Nick Damico had one wish, it might be that the Trojans’ first four games of the season were section contests. On ...
California: What will Trojans do for an encore?
By Jeff Oliver
Nick Damico will have to come up with one heck of an encore in his second season as baseball coach at California Area. A year ago ...
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 ...

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