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Connellsville falls short in WPIAL Class AAA wrestling quarterfinals

By Jason Black
Connellsville battled to earn an opportunity to compete in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling playoffs Wednesday at Franklin Regional. But once in ...
Franklin Regional swimmers, divers eye big performances at WCCA meet
By Michael Love
Last year, eight individual or relay meet records were broken by swimmers at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships at Derry High School. The WCCA began keeping track of records in 2005, and the area swimmers continued to set high standards in the pool. Franklin Regional graduate Nick Whiteman was one of ...
Franklin Regional cheer team takes third at state competition
By Michael Love
The WPIAL owned the top spots of the small varsity division at the PIAA Competitive Spirit Championships on Friday and Saturday in Hershey. Pine-Richland won the title, Butler placed second, and Franklin Regional took third. “It was pretty awesome to see,” Franklin Regional head coach Cassie Armstrong said. “The WPIAL teams are ...
Franklin Regional on cusp of clinching Class A playoff berth
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional is as close to clinching a playoff spot as a team can get. Any combination of one win in their last six games, or one loss for Serra Catholic in its final six games will put the Panthers in the 12-team PIHL Class A playoffs. The top two teams from ...
Hip to flip: WPIAL wrestlers find tumbling skills translate well on mat
By Bill West
Seconds after he won a PIAA Class AAA title in 2013, then-senior Jake Hart of Hampton executed a perfect backflip on the center of the ...
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 ...
Franklin Regional sophomore Solomon enjoying breakout season
By Michael Love
Gus Solomon said he learned a lot in his freshman season, despite a nagging shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery and kept him from competing ...
Franklin Regional bowlers roll strong games in losses to Hempfield
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional boys and girls bowling teams found it tough sledding against Hempfield in Week 5 action last week at the Export Moose, but despite the losses, there were some strong games thrown by Panthers bowlers. The Hempfield boys improved to 5-0, while Franklin Regional fell to 1-4 with the ...
Franklin Regional divers hoping to improve on WPIAL finishes
By Michael Love
Andrew Sederholm and Kevin Schon each dove at WPIALs last year as sophomores. Sederholm took sixth and qualified for states, while Schon placed 14th. Both were named ...
High school wrestling notebook: Section tournaments to help determine WPIAL’s top seeds in AAA, AA
By Paul Schofield
When the WPIAL wrestling committee meets Thursday to set up the team tournament brackets, there will be a lot of debate on what the seedings ...
Franklin Regional competitive spirit team qualifies for PIAA championships
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional competitive spirit team is making its third straight trip east to Hershey after a strong performance at the WPIAL championships Saturday at ...
Franklin Regional’s Zanotto earns defensive MVP honors at all-star game
By Michael Love
January is the month for regional and national high school all-star football games, and a collection of some of the best seniors in the country ...
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 ...
HS highlight reel: Franklin Regional leads WCCA field
By Tribune-Review
Defending champion Franklin Regional holds a narrow lead over Kiski Area after Day 1 of competition at the 62nd annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling ...
Upsets reign during Day 1 of Westmoreland County wrestling tournament
By Paul Schofield
There were more upsets than usual during Day 1 of the 62nd annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament Friday at Franklin Regional. The biggest were ...
Franklin Regional’s Shields bumps up for WCCA
By Paul Schofield
The only surprise heading into the 2015 Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament was the move by Franklin Regional senior Josh Shields. The pairings were announced Thursday and Shields, a three-time WCCA champion, moved up from 160 to 170 pounds. He’s looking for better competition after missing the Ironman Tournament ...
HS highlight reel: Weekend wrestling tourneys on tap
By Bill West
Friday and Saturday will offer three entertaining options for high school wrestling fans. The 18-team Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament will be held at Franklin Regional, with Saturday’s finals around 7 p.m. The 22-team Tri-County tournament will be held at Ringgold. The finals will be around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. And the 13-team ...
Franklin Regional swimmers return to pool after holiday break
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional boys and girls swimming and diving teams completed the December portion of their schedules 4-0 overall and opened Section 1-AAA action with a sweep of Norwin. After a series of challenging workouts over the holiday break, the Panthers are ready to get back to action. The teams will swim ...
Franklin Regional hopes to build on winning streak
By Michael Love
Two days before Christmas, Franklin Regional made a trip east to Johnstown to take on Bishop McCort at the Johnstown War Memorial. The Panthers scored a ...
Franklin Regional grapplers gunning for Westmoreland County three-peat
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional wrestling team won it’s first-ever Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament title two years ago, ending the two-year reign of Latrobe. The Panthers made ...
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 ...
Franklin Regional wrestling team tops Kiski Area, 48-21
By Doug Gulasy
Unlike last season, bonus points didn’t decide Saturday’s wrestling match between Franklin Regional and Kiski Area — but there were still plenty of them to ...
Franklin Regional senior wrestler Kemerer, a 3-time PIAA runner-up, has sights set on elusive prize
By Paul Schofield
The holiday season is a time for giving. For many, it’s a time to exchange gifts between friends and family. But the gift that Franklin Regional ...
Latrobe junior wrestler gets edge again at Powerade Tournament
By Paul Schofield
PIAA champions and close friends squared off in the 132-pound finals of the 48th annual Powerade Tournament Tuesday at Canon-McMillan. Latrobe junior Luke Pletcher and ...
Prestigious Powerade tourney is year-round process
By Doug Gulasy
Tommy Dolde has plenty of good memories of the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament. As a wrestler at Connellsville during the 1980s, Dolde placed three times at ...

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