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Mix of veterans, newcomers fuels Franklin Regional squads

By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional girls swimming and diving team captured its second straight section championship last year. It was their ninth overall since 2005. The Panthers boys ...
Franklin Regional football team ends its season one win short of Heinz Field
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional football team lost two games in the regular season. The Panthers bounced back both times with impressive victories. They ran off six straight wins ...
Thomas Jefferson humbles Franklin Regional, sprints into WPIAL Class AAA title game
By Dave Mackall
After starting 0-2 for the first time in Bill Cherpak’s 21 seasons as coach at Thomas Jefferson, who would have guessed this? The Jaguars are ...
Franklin Regional has something to prove against TJ
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Regional followed similar paths to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal round. Thomas Jefferson (Big 10) and Franklin Regional (Greater Allegheny) did not ...
WPIAL Class AAA semifinal capsule: Franklin Regional vs. Thomas Jefferson
By Ray Fisher
class AAA semifinal No. 6 THOMAS JEFFERSON (9-2)  vs. NO. 7 FRanklin regional (9-2)   7:30 p.m. Friday at Hempfield Thomas Jefferson and Franklin ...
Franklin Regional skates past Serra while continuing to seek improvement
By Michael Love
Cameron Huffman scored two goals within the first five minutes of Franklin Regional’s PIHL Class A game against Serra Catholic on Monday at Center Ice ...
Thomas Jefferson stands in Franklin Regional’s path to Heinz Field
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional head coach Greg Botta, in recalling recent matchups between his Panthers teams and Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL playoffs, said, with a chuckle, ...
Franklin Regional pulls away from Belle Vernon for a WPIAL AAA quarterfinal victory
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional head football coach Greg Botta said his team needed a spark to separate itself from Belle Vernon in Friday’s WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal ...
Franklin Regional pulls away from Belle Vernon, reaches Class AAA semifinals
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional and Belle Vernon were locked in a 7-7 tie at halftime of their WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal Friday night at Norwin. The No. 7 ...
Playoff success rate motivates H.S. Picks
By H.s. Picks
The opening round of the WPIAL playoffs pretty much went as expected, and H.S. Picks benefited because of his years of knowledge about high school football. The Tribune-Review’s veteran football prognosticator correctly picked 35 of 40 games and improved his record to an impressive 341-59. He only missed three playoff games: Beaver ...
Franklin Regional moves to WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals after rout of West Mifflin
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional shut out Belle Vernon, 20-0, in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round game last year at Franklin Regional High School. The Leopards lost their leading ...
Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional athletes selected to soccer, volleyball section all-stars
By Michael Love
The Section 3-AAA Finest 15 boys soccer team has been released, and Franklin Regional, Gateway and Plum players are among the 15 voted in by the section’s seven coaches. Section champion Fox Chapel had five players voted to the team, while Franklin Regional had four, and Penn Hills had three selected. Gateway, ...
Franklin Regional’s Provenzo takes 20th at PIAA Class AAA cross country championships
By Michael Love
Mark Provenzo ran at the PIAA Class AAA cross country championships for the first time Saturday. The Franklin Regional junior set a number of goals for himself in his final race of the 2015 season. One of those goals was to earn a state medal. When it was all said and done ...
Franklin Regional has no trouble with Greensburg Salem in a PIHL Class A hockey contest
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity ice hockey team plowed through its first four games, winning the contests over Bishop McCort, Gateway, Kiski Area and Westmont Hilltop by a combined 31-6. The Panthers hoped to keep things going in an early-season showdown Friday against Freeport for first place in the Eastern Conference of ...
Pivotal play shifts momentum as Franklin Regional routs West Mifflin
By Wes Crosby
A sudden shift of momentum turned a close game between Franklin Regional and West Mifflin into a 49-7 blowout in favor of No. 7 Franklin Regional (8-2, 6-2) in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs on Friday night. On third-and-goal from the West Mifflin 1-yard line, the ...
H.S. Picks eager to get playoffs rolling
By H.s. Picks
H.S. Picks had a great time last weekend masquerading at Halloween parties. The Tribune-Review’s high school football guru collected a lot of candy, which he gave to his nieces and nephews, and gift cards for his great costume; a grumpy, old sportswriter. Picks, who was 32-8 last week, was asked by ...
Underdogs prepare for 1st-round challenges of the WPIAL playoffs
By Paul Schofield
When McGuffey football coach Ed Dalton prepares for an opponent, he has his players do a homework assignment. “We give them a player on the opposing ...
Plum’s Susalla, Valotta gearing up for PIAA cross country championships
By Michael Love
Plum senior Jake Susalla made his cross country season debut at the Division I, Section 4 championship meet Oct. 7 at Schenley Park, and he ...
Franklin Regional cross country’s Provenzo ready for next stop after 3rd place showing at WPIAL meet
By Michael Love
After a successful performance at WPIALs, Franklin Regional junior Mark Provenzo is gearing up to battle the best runners in the state at Saturday’s PIAA ...
Injury forces Franklin Regional’s Perry to miss PIAA AAA singles tournament
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional senior Natalia Perry will not be able play in this weekend’s PIAA Class AAA singles tennis tournament in Hershey. Perry suffered a forearm tendon injury during play at the WPIAL singles tournament in late September, Franklin Regional head coach Howard Fisher said. Fisher said her doctor believes the injury ...
Franklin Regional football team turns focus to WPIAL first-round game against West Mifflin
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional football team had to regroup after Friday’s 15-12 loss to rival Gateway. The Panthers had their sights set on claiming at least a ...
Franklin Regional boys soccer team concludes season in WPIAL AAA quarterfinals
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys soccer team defeated section rival Fox Chapel in the stretch run of the regular-season. The 2-1 victory was a part of a key three-game stretch that also included a 2-1 win over Kiski Area in the section finale and a 2-0 triumph on senior night over ...
Gateway tops No. 5 Franklin Regional but still misses playoffs
By Michael Love
Gateway was in must-win mode as it faced Franklin Regional on Friday. The Gators needed to beat the No. 5 Panthers to stay alive in the mix for the WPIAL Class AAA wild card. Gateway (5-4, 4-4) got the victory it needed, as it forced five Franklin Regional turnovers and made several ...
Fox Chapel gets revenge, ousts Franklin Regional from playoffs
By Kevin Lohman
After being handed its only loss of the regular season by Franklin Regional, the Fox Chapel boys soccer team gained vengeance against its Section 3-AAA ...
Franklin Regional soccer concludes season with tough first-round playoff battle
By Michael Love 1:15 p.m.
The Franklin Regional varsity girls soccer team drew the No. 16 seed for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs and matched up with No. 1 Norwin ...

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