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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. …
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 …
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. …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Scott Fox, Greensburg Salem’s Mary Markle
By Andrew John
Scott Fox School: Hempfield Year: Senior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Fox, who has 11 goals this season, scored three goals to lead Hempfield (5-7, 3-4) to a 9-0 Section 1-AAA win over Albert Gallatin on Sept. 25. Fox’s strongest performance was a four-goal game goal against Albert Gallatin on …
Connellsville loses to Hempfield, damaging playoff hopes
By Jason Black
The Connellsville girls volleyball team hopes to qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs this season. But Tuesday, the Falcons certainly didn’t help themselves in …
McKeesport’s quick-strike attack routs Hempfield
By Mark Kaboly
Hempfield coach Rich Bowen spent all week preparing for McKeesport’s flexbone offense, and the veteran coach was excited with what he saw. “We looked pretty …
Hempfield QB pushing himself to improve
By Kevin Ritchart
Daniel Walters is his own biggest critic. Despite accounting for more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns through the first four weeks, Hempfield’s junior quarterback …
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Fisher Bagiatis, Penn-Trafford’s Isabel Siergiej
By Andrew John
Fisher Bagiatis School: Hempfield Year: Senior Sport: Golf Claim to fame: Bagiatis, who is averaging 37.1 strokes per nine holes, won the Westmoreland County Coaches’ …
Connellsville girls soccer team loses to Hempfield, 2-1
By Jason Black
The Connellsville girls soccer team went into Monday’s Section 1-AAA home game against Hempfield needing a win in order to get back into the playoff …
Gorman: Hempfield’s Harrell finds home at IPFW
By Kevin Gorman
Kason Harrell had his heart set on playing Division I basketball, so the Hempfield star almost had it broken. The University of North Carolina-Wilmington offered …
Numbers down, but WPIAL teams boast top-notch golfers
By Paul Schofield
Sasha Lobel grew up learning how to play golf at Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh. The Allderdice senior is now turning …

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