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Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Jake Willochell, Belle Vernon’s Kaitlyn Slagus

By Andrew John and Kevin Lohman
Jake Willochell School: Latrobe Year: Senior Sport: Wrestling Claim to fame: He has a 9-1 record and reached the 145-pound finals at the King of the Mountain ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: GCC’s Romano Sebastiani, Hempfield’s Leah Knizner
By Andrew John
Romano Sebastiani School: Greensburg Central Catholic Sport: Basketball Year: Senior Claim to fame: Sebastiani, the lone returning starter for the WPIAL Class AA runners-up, finished ...
Hempfield boys basketball team subdues Greensburg Salem, 63-37
By Paul Schofield
Hempfield boys basketball coach Bill Swan probably hadn’t felt nervous before a game in a long time. But after not coaching at Hempfield for the past ...
WPIAL runner-up Hempfield taking aim at 1st-place finish this season
By Karen Kadilak
With most players returning from a squad that finished second a year ago, members of the Hempfield girls basketball team said they will be disappointed ...
Class AAAA boys basketball preview: After 1st playoff win since 2003, Hempfield boys hope to advance in postseason
By Paul Schofield
Kason Harrell remembers the good times and bad times of the 2013-14 basketball season. The good times included a 14-0 record in Section 1, a 21-3 ...
Hempfield football turns eye to future
By Alex Oltmanns
Faced with inexperience and a wealth of injuries, the Hempfield football team failed to reach the postseason for the first time in three seasons. But for ...
Hempfield girls fall short of championship goals
By Andrew John
The Hempfield girls volleyball team made another early exit from the WPIAL playoffs, something that came as a surprise to the players and coaches. The Spartans fell to Seneca Valley, 3-0, in the WPIAL quarterfinals Oct. 28, one year after losing to North Allegheny, 3-0, also in the quarterfinals. Even though they ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Luke Rosendale, GCC’s Leah Bisignani
By Andrew John
Luke Rosendale School: Hempfield Sport: Hockey Year: Sophomore Claim to fame: Rosendale, who leads the team with 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists), scored four ...
GCC boys cross country team makes PIAA meet
By Andrew John
The record-setting season for the Greensburg Central Catholic boys country team continued with a top-three performance at the WPIAL championship at Cooper’s Lake last week. The Centurions collected 123 points — nine ahead of OLSH (132), the fourth-place finisher — to place third at the WPIAL Class A championship Oct. 23. ...
Hempfield takes down Fox Chapel
By Tribune-Review
Justin Sliwoski threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead Hempfield (3-6, 2-6) to a 56-21 nonconference victory over Fox Chapel  (4-5, 3-4) in a WPIAL Class AAAA nonconference game Friday night. Hempfield’s Dante Luther scored touchdowns on a 34-yard interception return and a 59-yard kickoff return, and teammate ...
After preliminary-round win, Hempfield girls fall to Seneca Valley in 1st round
By Kevin Ritchart
The predominant theme for Jeff Palm in his first year coaching the Hempfield girls soccer team has been about finding ways to finish. Whether that ...
Led by new coach, Hempfield boys advanced to playoffs for 1st time since 2011
By Ed Phillipps
The hiring of Tom Sochacki as Hempfield’s boys soccer coach had the players hanging their heads. Not in disappointment, but rather to look down at their smartphones to do some sleuthing. “We didn’t know much about him when he first came to the school, so we kind of did a ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Kiski Area’s Tyler Young, Hempfield’s Keirsten VanHorn
By Andrew John
Tyler Young School: Kiski Area Sport: Soccer Year: Senior Claim to fame: Young, who finished the season with five goals and six assists, scored two goals and added an assist to lead Kiski Area (11-8-1) to a 5-1 win over Latrobe in the preliminary-round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs ...
Altoona tops Hempfield, secures spot in playoffs
By Paul Schofield
Altoona linebacker Nick Lytle gets overshadowed by Pitt recruit Kevin Givens and running back Eli Mencer, but the senior came up with the key play ...
Hempfield tennis caps special season
By Alex Oltmanns
Jerry Way has experienced a successful 14-year tenure as the Hempfield girls tennis coach, guiding the Spartans to four Section 1-AAA titles in the last ...
Hempfield runners tune up for finals with solid performance at WCCA meet
By Andrew John
The Hempfield cross country program always has been a factor in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet. This year was nothing different for coach Ron Colland ...
Playoff hopes hang in balance as Hempfield plays host to Altoona
By Paul Schofield
Altoona football coach John Franco has been coaching for the past 37 years, 29 as a head coach. He’s seen the game evolve numerous times. But ...
H.S. Picks hungry for more victories
By H.s. Picks
Whatever H.S. Picks ate before picking his games in Week 6 seemed to work, and that success continued in Week 7 as the Tribune-Review’s high school football guru posted his second consecutive 37-3 week. Now he has other high school football prognosticators calling him and texting him about what he ate ...
Hempfield surges in 2nd half past Latrobe
By Bill West
Hempfield coach Rich Bowen continues to wait for the week when his Spartans deliver a satisfying four-quarter performance, but he believes his team can build ...
Talented, deep lineup carries Hempfield volleyball to top of Section 1 standings
By Alex Oltmanns
The Norwin and Penn-Trafford girls volleyball teams have combined to win the last three Section 1-AAA championships, but there is a new team atop the ...
PIHL teams prepare for life outside Open division
By Bill West
New Baldwin hockey coach Craig Albert recalled that during his days as a Highlanders player in the late 1990s, the team typically started out 0-4. ...
Penn-Trafford eases past Hempfield
By Paul Schofield
If No. 3 Penn-Trafford wants to make noise in the upcoming WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs, it has some things to clean up by season’s end. ...
Greensburg Salem wins Hannastown Cup
By Sarah Rebitch
Last weekend, well-known PGA tour professionals played for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland. The weekend prior, a near-equally exciting match took place between rivals Hempfield and Greensburg Salem in a similar format. Alumni from both school districts hit the greens at Hannastown Golf Course for a Ryder Cup-style event, ...
Hempfield hockey makes jump to Class A
By Kevin Ritchart
After one season in the PIHL’s Open Division, the Hempfield hockey team is on the move. The Spartans — who posted a 17-3 regular-season record and ...
Hempfield’s Holmberg selects PSU
By Bill West
With a torn ACL in her right knee at the moment, Hempfield senior Maddie Holmberg can’t wow many people with her athletic versatility. Fortunately for ...

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