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Franklin Regional downs Gateway, wraps up 2nd place in Greater Allegheny Conference

By Michael Love
Franklin Regional knew it would steer clear of playoff-scenario craziness in the Greater Allegheny Conference by taking care of business Friday against Gateway. The Panthers did just that. Franklin Regional compiled more than 400 yards of offense, and the Panthers defense forced five turnovers in a 35-10 victory. No. 8 …
Franklin Regional girls tennis coach happy with team’s progress
By Dave Schrecengost
Franklin Regional’s girls faced a daunting challenge heading into the tennis season. The Lady Panthers graduated 11 players from last year’s WPIAL playoff team, and their top singles player — junior Natalia Perry —would miss the season after having shoulder surgery. Coach Howard Fisher’s team rose to the occasion, qualifying …
Franklin Regional runners ready to make impacts at WPIALs
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional boys and girls cross country teams combined rest and specified workouts since the Westmoreland County meet, and head coach Jim Passarelli said …
Franklin Regional, Gateway renew rivalry
By Michael Love
Neighboring rivals Franklin Regional and Gateway will be on the same field Friday for a varsity football game for the first time since 2003. That …
Thomas Jefferson beats Franklin Regional, remains undefeated
By Michael Love
Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Regional met in the playoffs four times between 2005 and 2012, and Jaguars coach Bill Cherpak said Friday’s nonconference game had …
Franklin Regional closes section slate at Kiski Area
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional’s girls are hoping to close out their volleyball season with a strong showing this week. The Lady Panthers hosted Latrobe on Senior Night Tuesday and finish up their Section 1-AAA schedule at Kiski Area Thursday. Results from Tuesday’s match were not available in time for publication. Franklin Regional …
FR girls top Kiski, capture section crown
By Michael Love
In 2011, the Franklin Regional varsity girls soccer team won a section championship, and several seniors on this year’s Panthers squad were starters or significant …
Franklin Regional boys win first section championship since 2008
By Michael Love
The math was simple, but the battle on the field between the Franklin Regional and Kiski Area boys soccer teams was anything but easy. The …
Franklin Regional duo benefits from preseason QB competition
By Michael Love
Senior Andrew Brncic and junior Santino Birty battled in the offseason and during preseason camp to see who would be the one to replace the …
Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Franklin Regional’s Santino Birty
By Bill West
Just as defenses began to devise schemes to slow down Franklin Regional star running back Brett Zanotto, a not-so-little Birty learned to let it fly …
Franklin Regional blanks Greensburg Salem to clinch playoff berth
By Les Harvath
Franklin Regional clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs with a 35-0 win over Greensburg Salem on Friday night at Offutt Field in Greater Allegheny action. No. 8 Franklin Regional (5-2, 5-2) set the tone with a game-opening 77-yard, 18-play drive that chewed up 8:05 of the first …
Southmoreland’s Bickerton, Kiski Area’s Aller sprint to WCCA titles
By Paul Schofield
When Southmoreland’s Ben Bickerton and Kiski Area’s Megan Aller crested the final hill at Seton Hill University’s cross country course Thursday and saw the finish …
Section 3-AAA title, WPIAL playoff spot comes down to final evening of action
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional and Fox Chapel girls soccer teams were in contention for the Section 3-AAA title Wednesday evening, and Gateway, Kiski Area and Plum fought for the third and final WPIAL playoff spot as a competitive section schedule came to an intense close. The Panthers controlled their own destiny …
Brown third D-I commit from Panthers
By Michael Love
After several summers spent at West Virginia wrestling camps, Franklin Regional senior Devin Brown became too much of a Mountaineers fan to pass up an …
Franklin Regional opens ice campaign Thursday
By Kevin Lohman
It’s a new season in a newly aligned section for the Franklin Regional varsity ice hockey team, and now that second-year head coach Brian Kurtz has had his first full offseason to work with his players, he and his team believe this season could mark the beginning of a new …
Franklin Area youth football squads stay undefeated
By Michael Love
The Franklin Area Cubs (ages 7 and 8) and Panthers (ages 11 and 12) each improved to 6-0 and remained in first place in the Big East Youth Football League with convincing wins against Norwin over the weekend. The Little Panthers flag team (ages 5 and 6) upped its record …
Franklin Regional boys runners wrap up 3rd straight section title
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys cross country team didn’t let Mother Nature’s rain affect them Monday afternoon at Bushy Run Park, as the Panthers won …
Franklin Regional boys battle for section title in big final week of play
By Michael Love
At the beginning of the season, the Franklin Regional varsity boys soccer team set a few goals, and making the WPIAL playoffs and capturing the Section 3-AAA title was at the top of the list. The Panthers entered this week 8-2 in the section and firmly in the WPIAL playoff …
Franklin Regional girls making their point(s) in section play
By Kevin Richart
The Franklin Regional varsity girls soccer team made its point — actually points, and a lot of them — in Section 3-AAA play this season. …
Talbots top Panthers in heavyweight battle
By Bill West
Franklin Regional shook off a week-one loss to Knoch and reeled off four straight Greater Allegheny Conference victories to keep pace with undefeated Hampton atop …
FR wrestler Kemerer, Mt. Lebanon’s Stout make college choices
By Paul Schofield and Bill West
Franklin Regional senior Michael Kemerer, one of the top wrestlers in Pennsylvania, will continue his career for one of the top college teams in the …
Franklin Regional girls tennis, boys golf come up short in WPIAL team playoffs
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity girls tennis team suffered a 3-1-1 loss to Montour in a WPIAL Class AAA play-in match Tuesday afternoon at The Club in Monroeville. The match originally was scheduled for Franklin Regional High School, but the threat of wet weather forced the players indoors. Sophomore Alison Simpkins …
Franklin Regional girls soccer team looks to lock up Section 3-AAA
By Kevin Ritchart
The Franklin Regional girls soccer team enters Wednesday night’s home game against Kiski Area with a section title in its sights. A win would secure …
Rech’s 3 touchdowns lift unbeaten Hampton over Franklin Regional, 28-21
By Bill West
There’s no warning about heavy machinery at Hampton’s Fridley Field, but Friday night, a wrecking ball rolled through to help the Talbots remain undefeated. Hampton’s …
Franklin Regional, Hampton share passion for physical football
By Bill West
There’s nothing futuristic about the way Hampton and Franklin Regional play football as both embrace a throwback approach. Still, Talbots coach Jacque DeMatteo offered a …

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