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Hempfield girls basketball team working to improve during season’s 2nd half

By Kevin Ritchart
At the outset of the 2014-15 season, Hempfield girls basketball coach Aaron Epps thought poor defense would be his team’s downfall. But it’s been inconsistent ...
Hempfield bowlers off to fast start
By Alex Oltmanns
After spending the better part of two decades coaching one of the Hempfield bowling team’s section rivals, Rich Gockel is returning to his alma mater. A Hempfield graduate, Gockel worked as an assistant coach on Greensburg Central Catholic’s staff for 16 years before getting the call from the Spartans in August, ...
Franklin Regional wrestling states case for No. 1 seed
By Paul Schofield
The Franklin Regional and Latrobe wrestling teams turned in quite a battle in the Section 1-AAA team tournament Wednesday at Franklin Regional. Returning PIAA and WPIAL ...
Hempfield swimmers return to pool, serve as each other’s ‘best therapists’ after teammates’ death
By Kevin Lohman
It’s been just over two weeks since the tragic death of Hempfield senior swim team captain Judson Shiffler. On Tuesday, the Spartans returned to the ...
Hempfield spirit squad qualifies for state championships for 1st time
By Alex Oltmanns
For the first time in its history, the Hempfield competitive spirit team is heading to Hershey. After finishing fourth in the small squad division and seventh ...
Hempfield hockey recovers from injuries
By Andrew John
The holiday break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Hempfield hockey team as injuries started to take a toll on the team’s performance. However, those tough times may pay huge dividends down the road. The Spartans (11-4), who started the season with nine wins in 10 games, lost ...
Hempfield stays hot, shuts down cold-shooting Latrobe
By Paul Schofield
Hempfield and Latrobe were locked in a close battle for the first 12 minutes of Tuesday’s Section 1-AAAA first-place showdown. Trib Total Media’s No. 2- ranked Spartans ...
Distracted Hempfield senior perseveres to capture 2nd WCCA title
By Paul Schofield
Moments after arriving home from the 62nd annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Saturday, Hempfield coach Vince DeAugustine received a text message from senior ...
Gorman: Hempfield’s race for Jud
By Kevin Gorman
Hempfield has learned that sometimes the loss is more profound than the victory. The school still is reeling from the death of star swimmer Judson Shiffler on Dec. 30 in an auto accident. The Spartans will pay tribute to Shiffler on Tuesday in their meet against Greensburg Salem — their ...
Franklin Regional rallies from 3rd place to earn WCCA tournament title
By Paul Schofield
Franklin Regional needed to be perfect and then some to win its third consecutive Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament title. The Panthers got the ...
Better defensive rebounding allows Hempfield to rally past Norwin, 57-53
By Bill West
To start its comeback midway through the third quarter, Hempfield’s boys basketball team cut down the number of second chances Norwin generated on offense. Better on ...
Gribble’s 16 2nd-half points lead Norwin past Hempfield, 49-25
By Dave Mackall
It took No. 2 Norwin until the second half Thursday night to shake loose from visiting Hempfield and post its 11th consecutive girls basketball victory. ...
Hempfield rifle team shooting for greatness
By Alex Oltmanns
The Hempfield rifle team opened its 2014-15 season against a familiar opponent. In a rematch of the last three WPIAL championships, the Spartans dropped a close decision to defending champion Woodland Hills. But for Hempfield, the loss actually is a sign of optimism. The Spartans lost despite shooting an excellent score if ...
Annual WCCA tourney to feature some of nation’s top high school wrestlers
By Paul Schofield
For years, the hotbed of high school wrestling in the WPIAL resided in Greene and Washington counties. Not any more. The hotbed shifted east to ...
Greensburg athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Kason Harrell, Indiana’s Jessica Stever
By Andrew John
Kason Harrell School: Hempfield Sport: Basketball Year: Senior Claim to fame: Harrell, an IPFW recruit, finished with 23 points to lead Hempfield (11-1, 4-0) to ...
Garner scores 35 as West Mifflin upsets No. 2 Hempfield
By Dave Mackall
Karlyn Garner can’t remember ever playing a game like he did on Tuesday. The West Mifflin junior surely never had scored so many points. Garner got ...
Premier competition fuels Hempfield wrestlers
By Alex Oltmanns 6:27 p.m.
Life in WPIAL Section 1-AAA wrestling isn’t easy. Featuring the likes of state powers Franklin Regional and Latrobe, along with strong squads such as Kiski Area, Norwin, Greensburg Salem and others, stellar team records are hard to come by. With that type of schedule, some coaches might ease up on their team’s ...
Hempfield offense leans on shooting to get past Connellsville
By Jason Black
During the first minute of Tuesday’s Section 1-AAAA boys basketball game between Hempfield and host Connellsville, a bank of lights went out as the Spartans ...
Barchetti’s pin rallies Hempfield wrestling team past Greensburg Salem
By Paul Schofield
Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine figured Tuesday’s match against rival Greensburg Salem would be tight. He had each team winning five matches, and he considered four ...
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 ...

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