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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 ...
Rush, Slagus named AP All-State
By Jeff Oliver
Monessen junior Lavalle Rush and Belle Vernon Area senior Kaitlyn Slagus were named to the Associated Press All-State teams for boys’ and girls’ basketball. Rush was ...
Southmoreland scores early, often, routs Monessen 10-1
By Jason Black
The Southmoreland and Monessen baseball teams played through some rain and wind Tuesday as each club took the nonsection game as an opportunity to identify ...
Monessen softball setting lofty goals
By Bill Hughes
The last two seasons, Monessen coach Bo Teets has seen his softball team flirt with a winning record as it finished 8-9 both years, coming ...
Monessen beats Charleroi in 8 innings
By Jeff Oliver
A year ago, Monessen won five straight games at the end of the season to earn a second straight WPIAL Class A playoff berth. Meanwhile, the ...
HS highlight reel: Monessen football forfeits 4 victories
By Tribune-Review
The 2014 football campaign was far from a banner season for Monessen. The team didn’t make the WPIAL Class A playoffs and finished under .500. And Monday, it got worse. The WPIAL informed the school that it had to forfeit all four of its wins from the season after using two ineligible players. ...
Monessen to forfeit 4 football victories
By Jeff Oliver
The 2014 football campaign was far from a banner season for the Monessen Greyhounds. The team didn’t make the WPIAL Class A playoffs and finished under .500. And on Monday, it got a little worse. The WPIAL informed the school district that it had to forfeit all four of its wins from the ...
Kennedy Catholic ends Monessen’s season in PIAA quarterfinals
By Jeff Oliver
A disastrous second quarter proved to be the undoing of Monessen’s march to a state crown Friday as the Greyhounds were ousted from the PIAA ...
Monessen boys basketball team loses to Kennedy Catholic, 81-63, in PIAA Class A quarterfinals
By Ed Phillipps
Thirteen proved to be the unlucky number for Monessen on Friday night when the Greyhounds fell to Kennedy Catholic, 81-63, in a PIAA Class A boys basketball quarterfinal at Moon. It started in the first quarter, when Luke Beveridge hit a shot that was originally called a 3-pointer to ...
Greyhounds’ biggest foe: the grind
By Jeff Oliver
Basketball is one of the longest seasons for a high school athlete. The rigors of practicing daily and playing more than 20 games is grueling. The ...
Kennedy Catholic can be a nasty defensive nemesis
By Jeff Oliver
Over the years, Monessen and Kennedy Catholic have crossed paths several times in the state basketball playoffs. So, it should be no surprise that the District ...
Monessen wakes up to beat Portage
By Jeff Oliver
With 1:46 left in the first quarter, Monessen basketball coach Joe Salvino must have thought he was in a nightmare. His heavily favored Greyhounds were trailing ...
Monessen-Portage: a David vs. Goliath battle
By Jeff Oliver
When District 6 runner-up Portage lines up against Monessen in a PIAA Class A second-round game at Hempfield Area tonight at 7, the matchup will ...
Salvino irked about Monessen’s play in PIAA win over Venango Catholic
By Jeff Oliver
If Monessen basketball coach Joe Salvino’s demeanor after his Greyhounds rolled over Venango Catholic, 76-41, in a PIAA Class A first round game Friday night ...
Is Monessen basketball ready for another golden run?
By Jeff Oliver
Monessen has had a week to bask in the glow of winning the WPIAL Class A basketball title. Coach Joe Salvino is hoping his players have ...
Venango earned rare trip to PIAA playoffs
By Jeff Oliver
Since Venango Catholic’s current players were in middle school, varsity boys’ coach Ed McIntyre saw something special in them. That group was groomed for success over ...
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 ...

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