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Trib Cup: Monessen softball had year of firsts

By Alex Oltmanns
It was a year of firsts for the Monessen softball team. Not only did the Greyhounds qualify for the WPIAL postseason for the first time in program history, but they also won their first playoff game and compiled their most wins in a single season. That’s certainly impressive, but for a team ...
Big start fizzles as Greyhounds get ousted, 9-1
By Bill Hughes
On the first pitch of Monessen’s WPIAL Class A softball quarterfinal game against top-seeded Chartiers-Houston at Canonsburg Tuesday, senior shortstop Cara Grogan gave the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead with an opposite field home run over the right field fence. Unfortunately for Monessen (11-4), Grogan’s homer would account for the lone Greyhound ...
Mother Nature wins against Monessen, Frazier
By The Valley Independent
Mother Nature wreaked havoc with some WPIAL playoff games Monday, including having immediate effect on Monessen and Frazier. Monessen’s WPIAL Class A quarterfinal softball game against ...
Golden showings by Gaul, Sitton
By Jeff Oliver
The area didn’t return home empty-handed from Thursday’s WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin. Belle Vernon Area and Monessen both saw athletes come away with ...
Monessen rallies for historic playoff win
By Jeff Oliver
The first softball playoff game in Monessen High history was bound to be memorable enough. But the never-give-up Greyhounds made sure fans would never forget Tuesday’s ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Derry’s Devin Siko, Monessen’s Dana Vatakis
By Andrew John
Devin Siko School: Derry Sport: Baseball Year: Junior Claim to fame: Siko, who is batting .317 with a team-high 14 RBIs and eight runs scored, ...
Monessen ready for first-ever ‘second season’
By Jeff Oliver
When Monessen takes on Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 3 p.m. today in a WPIAL Class A first round softball playoff game at Baldwin, the most ...
Oliver: Gladys more than a coach
By Jeff Oliver
I had just finished up my work for the night and was about to call it a day when a message came that cut like a knife. “Mr. Gladys passed away earlier today.” That message from a friend caught me totally off guard. I had known Joe Gladys was ...
BVA gets top seed in AAA
By Jeff Oliver
On April 15, Belle Vernon Area and Yough squared off in an attractive nonsection softball game that the Leopards pulled out by a 3-2 score. You ...
BVA qualifies 16 for AAA track championships
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area will be well represented at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships May 14 at Baldwin. Sixteen Leopards qualified Thursday at the ...
Monessen coaching legend dies
By Jeff Oliver
Monessen lost one of its true icons Thursday with the passing of Joe Gladys. Gladys, who served as football coach at Monessen from 1960 to 1982, ...
Monessen softball tops Charleroi, makes first-ever WPIAL playoffs
By Jeff Oliver
On one side of the softball diamond, a team celebrated not only winning 10 games for the first time in school history, but also its ...
Monessen makes softball playoffs for first time
By Jeff Oliver
Bo Teets stood there for a moment or two, looking a little emotional. The sixth-year Monessen softball coach just watched his team clinch the first-ever WPIAL ...
Monessen’s Bolton sprints to MVP honors at WCCA track meet
By Paul Schofield
When you run track at a small school, you look forward to competing against athletes from larger ones. That’s what happened to Monessen junior ...
Big inning carries Frazier in statement game
By Jeff Oliver 7:16 a.m.
In the first inning of a showdown between the top two team in Section 2-A softball, Frazier coach Paul Harvey couldn’t believe what he was ...
Serra rolls over mistake-prone Monessen
By Jeff Oliver
In the bottom of the first inning, with two outs and runners on first and third, Monessen successfully pulled off a delayed double-steal to take ...
BVA, Monessen girls pick up big softball wins
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area remained a half-game behind Trinity in the race for first place in Section 3-AAA softball with an 11-2 win over host Thomas ...
Monessen throws parade to honor WPIAL title, other athletic achievements
By Jeff Oliver
The warm sun came out and so did Monessen as the community honored the school’s WPIAL boys’ Class A championship basketball team and boys’ soccer ...
Pacak deserved an answer
By Jeff Oliver
I would never argue that the Monessen School Board does not have the right to open up any employee’s job in the district. That IS the right of any elected official, as it is with any company that I know of. But there are two things about the opening of Andy ...
Monessen opens football coach’s job
By Rick Bruni Jr.
The dean of Mid-Mon Valley varsity football coaches may be out of a job. In a surprise move, the Monessen School Board Tuesday opened the position ...
Monessen stuns Jeannette in seventh
By Jeff Oliver
There’s an old saying in sports that proclaims the game isn’t over until it’s over. On Monday, Monessen showed it was true with an unlikely, controversial, ...
Monessen prepares for Vasquez Day, parade
By Jeff Oliver
A year ago, when the city honored Sammy Vasquez Jr. with a day in his honor on April 18, Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis said he would like April 18 to be celebrated as Sammy Vasquez Jr. Day annually. And for the second Sammy Vasquez Jr. Day festivities planned for next weekend, ...
Area players part of first Undergrad Challenge
By Jeff Oliver
Approximately 10 years ago, when Allen Deep picked up the ball and ran with the Roundball Classic All-Star basketball games, he said every year he ...
WPIAL Hall of Fame calls Monessen’s Gina Naccarato
By Jeff Oliver
Gina Naccarato blazed a lot of trails during her athletic career at Monessen High School. She led the school to its first-ever WPIAL girls’ basketball title, ...
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 ...

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