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California girls prep for playoffs

By Zach Brendza
The California girls basketball team didn’t replicate its 21-1 section-title winning season this year, but the 2015-16 campaign has been far from a failure. While California coach Chris Minerd expects the Trojans to win the section every season, he said the team has performed well. The team had only two returning ...
Despite lopsided loss to Monessen, California boys remain among top defensive teams
By Dave Mackall 7:01 p.m.
After passing its first five section tests, the California boys basketball team was dreaming Wednesday night of upsetting top-seeded Monessen. All of a sudden, the Trojans awoke. Visiting California stayed close to the star-powered Greyhounds for one half, trailing by a point after the first quarter and by just 11 …
Warriors nip Trojans at cfsbank tourney
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Elizabeth Forward used late pressure defense Monday to secure a 41-36 victory over California Area at the cfsbank Holiday Tournament at Charleroi. In a back-and-forth ...
New look Cal girls adjusting on the fly
By Jeff Oliver
Going into the girls’ basketball season, there was probably no team with a more different look than California Area. After all, the Trojans were missing a ...
BV Area falls to Uniontown, 55-46
By The Valley Independent
The Belle Vernon Area Leopards employed an up-tempo style of play the first two seasons under coach Kyle DeGregorio. Year three has been a little tougher ...
California Area boys look to keep pace in Section 3-A
By Rick Bruni Jr.
There’s a fine line between fighting the good fight and ignoring reality. California Area boys’ basketball coach Bruno Pappasergi straddles that line as his Trojans – ...
New look on tap for California Area girls
By Bill Hughes
A year ago, the California Area girls’ basketball team went 25-3, won 22 straight games and aced four postseason contests. But after losing six players to ...
Second-half surge lifts Frazier over California
By Jeff Oliver
Since he took over the football program at Frazier, Mike Steeber has seen marked improvement. The first year, the Commodores barely missed the playoffs, but the ...
No. 7 Frazier caps undefeated regular season with rout of California
By Jeff Oliver
Since he took over the football program at Frazier, Mike Steeber has seen marked improvement. The first year, the Commodores barely missed the playoffs, but ...
Valley Independent roundup: Mapletown ‘Rushes’ past California
By The Valley Independent
California fell behind Mapletown 24-7 in the first half and bowed in the Tri-County South game, 24-14, Friday night. The host Trojans (2-6, 2-5) got two touchdowns from K.C. Zajicek on a pair of 1-yard runs, but it wasn’t enough to offset the Maples’ Rush brothers. Matt Rush scored a pair of ...
Valley Independent roundup: California Area blows out West Greene
By The Valley Independent
California Area scored 28 points in the second quarter of a 55-0 rout of West Greene in a Tri-County South Conference contest Friday. The Trojans (2-5, 2-4) got three touchdown passes from T.J. Troutman to Collin Phillips covering 18, 18 and 11 yards. Cal’s Jonathan Wood had 139 yards rushing on ...
Valley Independent roundup: Bentworth’s Tush scores 6 TDs in win over California
By Tribune-Review
Bentworth needed a 28-point fourth quarter Friday to pull away from pesky California Area, 49-27, in a Tri-County South Conference contest. The Bearcats (5-1, 5-1) got ...
Bentworth gets healthy against Avella, 65-8
By The Valley Independent
If the Bentworth Bearcats were feeling sick after last week’s heart-breaking 7-3 loss to Frazier, then Avella was just what the doctor ordered. Bentworth (3-1, 3-1) rolled over the Tri-County South Conference foe Eagles (0-3, 0-3), 65-8. The Bearcats erupted for 51 points in the first half as Ethan Tush had a ...
Cal’s Huffman transfers to CW North Catholic
By Jeff Oliver
A year ago, California Area’s girls’ basketball team had one of the tallest front courts in all of the WPIAL, let alone Class A, with ...
Statewide high school football notebook: Meadville-DuBois produces multitude of records
By Staff Reports
Meadville and DuBois played one of the wildest games in Pennsylvania high school football history last Friday. Meadville defeated DuBois, 107-90. That’s not a misprint. Meadville junior Journey Brown ran for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns on 30 carries. His 722 yards is a single-game state record by more than 200 yards. ...
Gorman: The 8-touchdown game no one talks about
By Kevin Gorman
As soon as Casey Zajicek entered California’s locker room, teammate Colin Phillips told him about this score: Meadville 107, DuBois 90. Just his luck. “Those ...
Cal Area ’s Zajicek Player of the Week
By Jeff Oliver
On Friday night, Casey Zajicek did something that “probably” no other California Area football player had ever done. He scored eight touchdowns. In one game. Playing against Avella, ...
Valley Independent roundup: Zajicek scores 8 TDs in California’s rout of Avella
By The Valley Independent
Casey Zajicek had the kind of game every kid dreams about when tossing a football in the air in his backyard. The California Area running back ...
Clairton picks up where it left off, rout California, 72-0
By Dave Mackall
Here we go again. Clairton’s football team opened its 2015 schedule Friday night with the type of electrifying performance that had the Bears claiming their 11th ...
Dillow hoping to rebuild California Area
By Bill Hughes
When Darrin Dillow was hired as California Area’s new football coach, he was entering a rebuilding program. The Trojans went just 1-9 in 2014. One positive is ...
California Area football players fall ill
By Chris Buckley
Four California Area football players were hospitalized with dehydration symptoms Monday during the team’s first two-a-day practice session. All four were taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, one by emergency medical helicopter. First-year coach Darrin Dillow said the latter player was injured previously and was not in pads when ...
California Area duo selected for junior all-star game
By Jeff Oliver
California Area baseball players Louden Conte and K.C. Zajicek have been selected to participate in a Juniors Showcase Game at Consol Park in Washington, Pa. The ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: California’s Nate Luketich, Hempfield’s Madison Stoner
By Andrew John
Nate Luketich School: California Sport: Baseball Year: Sophomore Claim to fame: Luketich drove in three runs to lead California (20-3) to a 10-0 win over ...
BVA, California enjoyed deep playoff runs
By Jeff Oliver
The last two area spring season teams to pack away their uniforms for next year have done so. But fans won’t soon forget the seasons that ...
Trojans’ season ends with 9-inning defeat
By Bill Hughes
California Area and Juniata Valley combined for 16 runs and 23 hits in Thurday’s PIAA playoff game. But unfortunately for the WPIAL runner-up Trojans (20-3), their ...
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