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 Mackall7:01 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 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, ...
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 ...
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 ...