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California victim of Clairton’s ‘statement’

By Bill Hughes
First-year Clairton coach Wayne Wade was looking for his team to make a statement in his first game. Consider it made. The Bears scored early …
WPIAL teams value hard-to-come-by nonconference games in Week 1
By Bill West
Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny might wonder if there’s a sadist among the people responsible for making the WPIAL football regular-season schedules. That theory would …
California Area younger, hopefully better
By Donnie Tasser
Second-year California head football coach Bo Teets had an up-and-down first season at the helm. The Trojans missed the playoffs, but finished a respectable 4-5 …
California heads back to Tri-County South
By Jeremy Sellew
Second-year coach Bo Teets isn’t quite sure what to expect from his California team this season, although he does expect them to compete for a …
Salvino will be coaching at California — as football aide
By Jeff Oliver
Joe Salvino is going to be coaching at California Area this season. However, Monessen basketball fans can relax because he isn’t leaving to coach the …
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Chris Harlan
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Brendan McKay Blackhawk, senior, pitcher Crowds gathered whenever Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay pitched, with high school baseball fans and pro scouts eager …
Norwin’s J.J. Matijevic named Greensburg Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Paul Schofield
PLAYER OF THE YEAR J.J. Matijevic Norwin, senior, shortstop It was quite a senior season for Norwin shortstop J.J. Matijevic. He finished as the WPIAL’s …
‘WPIAL hangover’ dooms baseball teams going into state tourney
By Jason Mackey
Following a 5-2 loss to Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game Thursday, May 29, Baldwin baseball coach Dan Caponi called practice for …
Loss won’t define Trojans’ amazing season
By Jeff Oliver
Here’s a little food for thought to help get you over the hump: • Although the California Trojans didn’t survive Black Monday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs, that certainly doesn’t take away from the season the team and first-year coach Nick Damico enjoyed. California saw its perfect …
WPIAL champion California’s 1st loss ends season
By Jason Mackey 11:00 p.m.
Third baseman Ronnie Baron wasn’t about to celebrate the California baseball team’s 2-1 loss to Cranberry on Monday in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Burkett Sports Complex. But the sting was lessened a bit for Baron and his teammates knowing pretty much every Class A team in the …
Good things come to Trojans who wait
By Donnie Tasser
In the end, the wait was worth it. After a more-than-40-hour delay to finish the final four innings of a weather-suspended game, California Area defeated …
Undefeated California pulls away to win WPIAL Class A baseball title
By Jason Mackey
Jake Columbus wrapped his left arm around the WPIAL Class A championship trophy so tightly that it seemed more likely to come apart at the …
Extra day no help for Mikes, Lawless
By Jeff Oliver
It now appears that even though the WPIAL pushed back all of Wednesday’s baseball and softball playoff action until today, Carmichaels ace Brandon Lawless still …
Cal, Carmichaels don’t settle a thing
By Donnie Tasser
The California Area baseball team will have to wait another day to compete for a Class A WPIAL championship. The undefeated and top-seeded Trojans (19-0) …
Losing coin toss gives Cal edge
By Jeff Oliver
Arguably the two best pitchers in WPIAL Class A were in the midst of a pitchers’ duel as each was battling to lead his team to the title. However, because of regulations on rest for a pitcher, Carmichaels’ Brandon Lawless and California Area’s Josh Luko won’t get to settle their …
WPIAL Class A baseball final pushed to Wednesday
By Jason Mackey
When it comes to WPIAL Class A baseball, few teams have seen more success than Carmichaels and California, who met for this year’s championship game …
Clancy claims 2nd straight PIAA championship
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Kailyn Clancy might not look the part of a shot put ace. At 5-foot-9, the Iowa State recruit admits she’s normally among the smaller throwers …
Breaking down the WPIAL baseball championships
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA Baldwin vs. Seneca Valley 5 p.m. Wednesday, Consol Energy Park No. 2 Baldwin (16-2) Coach: Dan Caponi No. Name Pos. Yr. 21 Nick Bernick SS Sr. 24 Morgan Schmitt 1B Jr. 9 Tom …
Familiar foes California, Carmichaels set to meet in Class A title game
By Jeff Oliver
When long-time rivals California Area and Carmichaels take the field Tuesday at Consol Energy Field for the WPIAL Class A title, the Trojans will be …
Trojans are true ‘boys of spring’
By Jeff Oliver
There’s something about the boys in the California Area School District when spring time and baseball season rolls around. And that something is magical. These ‘boys of spring’ punched their second WPIAL Class A championship ticket in three years with an impressive 16-5 win over Sewickley Academy in six innings …
California dreamin’ ... back to finals
By Donnie Tasser
California Area’s offense rebounded and in a big way. Just four days after recording just three hits and two runs in a quarterfinal win over …
No. 1 California rolls into WPIAL finals with victory over Sewickley Academy
By Paul Schofield
California baseball coach Nick Damico switched up his lineup for Monday’s semifinal-round game against Sewickley Academy, and the move worked perfectly. Damico moved Jake Columbus …
Cal’s Clancy sweeps WPIAL titles again
By Trib Total Media
Kailyn Clancy’s domination of the Class AA girls’ throwing events continued Thursday at the WPIAL Track and Field Championships. Weather was a factor at Baldwin High School as heavy rains hampered most events. Several were postponed until 10 a.m. Saturday, including some running events, the pole vault and a portion …
Top-seeded California eliminates North Catholic in WPIAL Class A playoffs
By Donnie Tasser
It wasn’t pretty, but the undefeated and top-seeded California baseball team earned a 2-0 win over eighth-seeded Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic on Wednesday in Class …
Monessen game pushed back to today
By Jeff Oliver
Much like it did with the regular season, rain has already wreaked havoc with the WPIAL baseball and softball playoffs. Monessen’s WPIAL Class A first …

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