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High school notebook: Franklin Regional coach, wrestlers honored nationally

By Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Eric Mausser on Tuesday was named the All-USA Wrestling Coach of the Year by USA Today. The eighth-year coach led the Panthers to a second straight PIAA title. He also coached five state finalists, including All-USA first-team selections Spencer Lee and Michael Kemerer and ...
Franklin Regional rallies past Foxes in section matchup
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional assembled a 4-2 record through its first six Section 2-AAAA games with wins over Penn Hills and Woodland Hills, as well as a doubleheader sweep of Allderdice. The Panthers also suffered losses to Plum and Gateway, and Friday’s key matchup at Fox Chapel was crucial for them to win ...
High school notebook: Lombardi discusses 6 classes, heat acclimatization at WPIAL meeting
By Paul Schofield
PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Lombardi addressed principals and athletic directors Tuesday at the annual WPIAL meeting at the Double Tree in Green Tree. Lombardi discussed several items going on with the state’s athletics governing body, but the two topics that concerned the audience were the proposed six football ...
FR falls to Plum in Section 4 diamond clash
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional will get its second crack at Plum in a Section 4-AAAA game next week. But before the Panthers can focus on avenging Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Mustangs in a matchup of teams that were both 4-0 in section play, they have some other business to tend to in ...
Plum triumphs in meeting of section leaders
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity baseball team won its first four Section 4-AAAA games over Gateway, Brashear, McKeesport and Allderdice by a combined 43-4, but Mustangs head ...
WCCA football showcase returning for third year
By Nathan Smith
High school football combines have been gaining momentum in recent years as a way for high school athletes to get their names out to college coaches. Westmoreland County is no different as the Westmoreland County Coaches Association will present its third annual showcase. For WCCA president Larry Sellito, the important word ...
Distance relay sets Franklin Regional record at invite
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional girls 4x800-meter relay has had its share of strong performances this season, but at the Butler Invitational on Friday, the quartet of ...
Franklin Regional duo battles at WPIAL tourney
By Michael Love
After claiming gold at the Section 1-AAA doubles tournament last week on their home court at Franklin Regional, the Panthers duo of juniors Connor Warwick ...
Franklin Regional splits games on eastern trip
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys lacrosse team split a pair of games on its weekend trip to the eastern side of the state, and head coach Dave Alexander said he liked the effort from his players in both contests. The Panthers defeated Nazareth, 8-3, on Friday before a tough 16-4 loss ...
Franklin Regional’s Childs to play football at Cal U
By Michael Love
Colin Childs was a big part of the Franklin Regional varsity football team’s game plan for several seasons, both as a deep threat at wide ...
Franklin Regional duo on way to WPIAL championships
By Michael Love
Two weeks ago, Franklin Regional junior Rochan Ramesh, as the No. 3 seed, won three out of his four matches at the Section 1-AAA singles tournament. He made it to the championship match before falling to No. 1 seed Chad Kissell from Latrobe. The performance also earned him a spot in the ...
Franklin Regional softball seeking wins as section race heats up
By Michael Love
The race for the four WPIAL softball playoff qualifiers from Section 2-AAAA is starting to take shape, and a key game in the section will ...
Franklin Regional track fares well in section sweep of Plum
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional boys and girls track and field teams broke out the brooms last week in their Section 5-AAA opener against Plum at home. Numerous ...
Franklin Regional shows potential vs. Bethel Park
By Michael Love
A combination of strong pitching, hitting and defense in last week’s 8-4 nonsection victory over Bethel Park was another example, Franklin Regional head baseball coach ...
Franklin Regional girls lacrosse rebounds from tough start to season
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity girls lacrosse team brought the hammer down in road contests against Hampton and North Allegheny after tough losses to undefeated Fox Chapel and Shaler to open the season. Head coach Eric Barnabei said he liked the way his team didn’t get down on themselves after the ...
Franklin Regional grad Hickey continues to prepare for NFL Draft
By Michael Love
Sean Hickey was 8 when he started playing organized football. Almost immediately, he dreamt about one day suiting up for an NFL team and getting to ...
Franklin Regional grad dives to 2nd NCAA title
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional graduate Samantha Pickens is back on top in the NCAA. The redshirt senior at Arizona placed first in the women’s 1-meter diving event March 19 at the Division I national championships, taking the title for the second time in three seasons. Pickens, who missed a majority of last season, including ...
Franklin Regional girls lacrosse senior excited to sign with Walsh Jesuit
By Michael Love
Alex Hodowanec has high hopes for this year’s Franklin Regional girls lacrosse team. The Panthers senior wants to help turn around the fortunes of the squad ...
Franklin Regional's Ramesh clinches WPIAL spot
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional junior Rochan Ramesh qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA singles championships last year, and he came up clutch in the consolation final contest ...
Offense and defense combine for dominant 20-0 victory
By Michael Love
Cold temperatures, falling snow and a change of venue didn’t stop the Franklin Regional varsity girls softball team from collecting their first Section 2-AAAA victory ...
Nominees announced for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete awards
By Paul Schofield
Westmoreland County Senior Judge John J. Driscoll can still see Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Sid Bream sliding home to defeat the Pirates in the 1992 National League Championship Series. It was gut-wrenching loss for him and many Pirates fans. The manager of that Pirates team, Jim Leyland, who also managed ...
Franklin Regional’s Lee named Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
By Paul Schofield
Franklin Regional wrestler Spencer Lee did something this year that many in his shoes might not have — wrestled at a higher weight so his ...
Key contributors return for Franklin Regional track teams
By Kevin Ritchart
The Franklin Regional track and field team is right on schedule, but sometimes it doesn’t feel that way to coach Jim Passarelli from one day ...
Franklin Regional baseball chasing WPIAL title 1 game at a time
By Alex Oltmanns
Franklin Regional baseball coach Robert Saddler admits that his ultimate goal is probably the same as most other coaches, to win a WPIAL championship. But until ...
Franklin Regional softball team scores 3 victories during trip to Florida
By Kevin Lohman
After struggling to score runs on the way to a 3-13 finish last season, the Franklin Regional softball team kicked off its 2014-15 season by ...

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