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Powerade wrestling tourney welcomes biggest field ever

By Bruce Wald
Now in its 48th year, the 2014 Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament will feature a record-high, 48-team field from a tourney-most 11 different states. Only teams from Pennsylvania competed in the initial Powerade tourney in 1967. This year’s field will feature teams from California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia ...
5 Franklin Regional wrestlers place at Ironman Tournament
By Kevin Ritchart
Things are coming together for the Franklin Regional wrestling team, according to coach Eric Mausser. A mix of youth and experience is helping the defending ...
Franklin Regional boys weather tough losses
By Kevin Lohman
Coming off of back-to-back agonizing losses in which his team lost in the final minutes, Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Brad Midgely isn’t dwelling on the results. Instead, Midgely is looking at the big picture and how challenges like these losses will force his team to develop. “All this stuff that ...
Franklin Regional girls looking for consistency
By Kevin Lohman
The Franklin Regional girls basketball team has found success early on this season by setting out to play fast on offense and aggressive on defense. Coach ...
Dryland training boosts Franklin Regional swimmers’ performances
By Andrew John
The Franklin Regional swim season has started the way the coaches and athletes expected with nonsection victories for both the girls and boys teams over Seneca Valley and Blackhawk. As the coaching staff starts to increase the intensity in practice, there are hopes a change in their day-to-day routine will pay ...
Wrestling notebook: Top-ranked Franklin Regional hosts elite duals
By Paul Schofield
It is only three weeks into the season, but a preview of the WPIAL Class AAA team semifinals could take place Saturday at Franklin Regional. The ...
Franklin Regional’s Roberge, Penn-Trafford’s Aunkst named Greensburg Tribune-Review Soccer Players of the Year
By Bill West
Franklin Regional’s Jake Roberge and Penn-Trafford’s Casey Aunkst have been selected as the Greensburg Tribune-Review Soccer Players of the Year. Boys player of the year ...
Franklin Regional set for loaded Ironman Tournament
By Michael Love
Spencer Lee won the 113-pound title at last year’s Ironman Tournament at Walsh-Jesuit High School in Akron, Ohio. He also earned the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler award, ...
Franklin Regional bowlers battling again in competitive Section 1
By Dave Schrecengost
Competing in the WPIBL’s Section 1 has not been an easy road for Franklin Regional’s bowling teams. Hempfield’s teams have been among the best in the state for years. The Hempfield boys won state championships in 2010 and 2011 and were second in 2014. Hempfield’s girls won state crowns in 2009 ...
Young Franklin Regional boys team challenged at opening tourney
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys basketball team returned only two players with past varsity experience for the 2014-15 season — senior guard Jake Roberge and junior forward Todd Summers — and the curtain opened last Friday for a number of players making their varsity debuts. The relatively inexperienced Panthers squad faced ...
Franklin Regional girls split tournament games; Klimchock wins 300th
By Michael Love
An emotional night on Friday produced a big victory over Jeannette, and on Saturday afternoon, the Franklin Regional varsity girls basketball team was not as ...
Defending wrestling champs Franklin Regional seek to repeat
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional wrestling team had a historic 2013-14 season. The Panthers recorded a 23-1 dual-meet record, captured the Powerade tournament championship and took home ...
Franklin Regional swimmers set for individual, team quests
By Michael Love
Veteran Franklin Regional swim coach Vic Santoro said his boys and girls team members are looking forward to a season full of big performances, both ...
7 Franklin Regional players named 1st team Greater Allegheny
By Michael Love
Several Franklin Regional football players recently were named to the Greater Allegheny Conference all-star team in a vote of the conference coaches. Seven Panthers were selected to the first team: junior Charlie Mazon (defensive line), senior Brett Zanotto (running back and linebacker), senior Jordan Kestler (defensive back), junior Santino Birty (punter ...
High school notebook: All-state soccer teams announced
By Staff Reports
The Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association announced its all-state teams, and several players from the WPIAL and City League were recognized. For the boys, 12 players were honored, including the state’s player of the year, Abe Kouyate from Obama Academy. The Penn State recruit and Upper St. Clair’s Robbie Mertz (Michigan) ...
Franklin Regional’s Painter signs with Findlay lacross
By Michael Love
For several years, Annie Painter had a goal of playing lacrosse in college while advancing her education. On Monday, during the National Letter of Intent early ...
Franklin Regional volleyball’s Kane overcomes injuries, signs with George Washington
By Michael Love
Knee injuries that stole two of her varsity seasons didn’t keep Franklin Regional senior Gillian Kane from realizing a dream to play college volleyball. Kane put ...
Franklin Regional’s Mortimer taking swimming talents to Ohio State
By Michael Love
Austin Mortimer is known for his endurance in long swim events in competition at different levels. The Franklin Regional senior has made his mark for the ...
Quartet of Franklin Regional wrestlers celebrate college decisions
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional senior wrestlers Josh Maruca, Michael Kemerer, Devin Brown and Josh Shields all are listed high on Flowrestling’s recent national high school rankings. Each have ...
Syracuse senior ready for homecoming trip to Heinz Field
By Michael Love
Sean Hickey has at least two more games left in his Syracuse football career, with a January all-star game a major possibility as well. The Franklin ...
Murrysville senior softball team competitive in 2014
By Michael Love
The Murrysville senior softball team completed its 2014 season in the Western Pennsylvania Senior Citizens Softball League. The team, which consisted of players 59 years of age and older, finished fourth in a competitive regular season with 10 wins and 13 losses. In the championship playoffs, Murrysville defeated Penn-Trafford in the first ...
Franklin Regional grad Smith dominant for Bucknell in wrestling debut
By Michael Love
Tyler Smith made his mark as one of the best performers in the history of Franklin Regional wrestling, and now, as a freshman at Bucknell ...
Franklin Regional’s WPIAL run stopped in quarterfinals
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional started Friday’s WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal game against West Allegheny as well as it could’ve hoped. On the strength of a 7-yard run by ...
No. 3 West Allegheny uses wrinkle in quarterfinal win over Franklin Regional
By Bill West
With a coach as wily as Bob Palko in charge, there’s no telling what West Allegheny will run on offense from week to week. On ...
Halloween takes a bite out of H.S. Picks
By Hs Picks
The first week of the high school playoffs went so-so for H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review’s high school football prognosticator. Picks got bit, not by a Halloween vampire, but from a couple upsets. He missed on seven of 40 games. Beth-Center and Frazier from the Tri-County South Conference dropped games along with Beaver, ...

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