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Franklin Regional stabbing victim reunites with rugby teammates

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Less than a week after an 8-inch knife plunged into the side of his chest, puncturing his lung and forever changing his once-unguarded perception of …
Franklin Regional reschedules events following tragedy
By Doug Gulasy
Schools around the WPIAL typically reschedule numerous sports contests each spring because of rain or other weather-related reasons. Last week’s stabbing incident at Franklin Regional broke completely new ground. Franklin Regional postponed or canceled nearly two dozen athletic events scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday of last week after the stabbings …
Franklin Regional graduates part of top-10 IUP women’s lacrosse team
By Doug Gulasy
When Sarah Ward joined the IUP women’s lacrosse team before the 2011 season, the Crimson Hawks were coming off an 8-9 season and had just …
Franklin Regional looking to bounce back from losses
By Doug Gulasy
After beginning the season on a high note, the Franklin Regional baseball team finds itself in a bit of a rut. The Panthers dropped their …
Franklin Regional softball continuing to learn
By Doug Gulasy
The growing pains associated with counting on young players are continuing for the Franklin Regional softball team, but coach Jim Armstrong is seeing some progress. …
Top high school wrestlers set for Flonationals at IUP
By Paul Schofield
One of the biggest postseason high school wrestling tournaments, the Flonationals, will begin Friday at IUP’s Kovalchick Athletic and Convention Center. Some of the top wrestlers from across the country will converge on Indiana County, including Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher, Hempfield’s Sam Krivus, Derry’s George Phillippi, Waynesburg’s A.C.  Headlee, North Hills’ …
Franklin Regional’s Buleca commits to Point Park
By Doug Gulasy
Point Park women’s basketball coach Tony Grenek first saw Franklin Regional’s Baylee Buleca play during the summer before her freshman season, when he was an …
East-West game to provide showcase for Franklin Regional
By Doug Gulasy
Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta recently found himself making hotel reservations locally for nearly 70 of the top high school football players in Pennsylvania. …
Franklin Regional boys tennis targeting perfect second half
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional boys tennis team found itself on the wrong end of a pair of 3-2 decisions during the first half of section play. …
Kittanning’s Jason Nolf named Trib Total Media wrestler of the year
By Bill West
When he had a few free minutes before or after his high school wrestling practices, Kittanning senior Jason Nolf sometimes wandered across the hallway outside …
Freshman Chorba helps Norwin softball top Franklin Regional
By Dave Mackall
Norwin freshman Danielle Chorba homered on the first pitch of her first varsity at-bat and nearly launched another longball in the fifth inning of the Knights’ season-opening 6-1 softball victory over visiting Franklin Regional on Friday. Chorba’s first career homer — a three-run shot off Cara Markowitz over the left-field …
Banquet honors top prep players in Westmoreland County
By Paul Schofield
Some of the top student-athletes in Westmoreland County will be honored at the 58th annual awards banquet sponsored by county Judge John J. Driscoll on April 29 at Ferrante’s  Lakeview in Hempfield. The county’s 18 athletic directors, along with the Driscoll committee, reviewed this year’s candidates Thursday and voted on …
Franklin Regional softball looks to improve in 2014
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional softball team’s first season in the challenging Section 1-AAAA didn’t go as well as the Panthers hoped, as they finished in last …
Girls’ 2013 playoff appearance motivates Franklin Regional track and field
By Doug Gulasy
Before the 2013 season, the Franklin Regional girls track and field team hadn’t qualified for the WPIAL playoffs in any of the coaches’ recent memories. …
Franklin Regional boys lacrosse striving for more success
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional boys lacrosse team traditionally finds itself in postseason contention at the end of each year. This year, however, coach Dave Alexander wants …
Franklin Regional girls LAX looking for a return to glory
By Mark Emery
Eric Barnabei, the new coach of Franklin Regional’s girls lacrosse team, is unaccustomed to the futility that has characterized the program in recent years. He …
High school notebook: Franklin Regional to host East-West game
By Paul Schofield  and Chris Harlan
Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta, who serves as the WPIAL director for the Pennsylvania Football State Coaches Association, announced Monday that the annual East-West game will be played at 2 p.m. May 4 at Franklin Regional. The game, which rotates sites, features some of the top players in the …
Franklin Regional boys tennis team aims for section title
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional boys tennis team returned to the postseason in 2013 after a one-year absence, relying on a lineup full of younger players to …
Franklin Regional baseball aiming for loftier goals
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional baseball team wants more. After snapping a four-season postseason drought by qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs in 2012, the Panthers continued their …
High school wrestling notebook: WPIAL wrestlers set records
By Paul Schofield
The high school wrestling season came to an end Saturday in Hershey, and it turned out to be another fantastic year for WPIAL wrestlers. There …
Franklin Regional finishes season with strong performance at PIAA tournament
By Doug Gulasy
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Eric Mausser admitted it’s easy at times to “get greedy” in his position. The Panthers took six wrestlers up to the …
Franklin Regional wrestler backs up his words with 1st state title
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional freshman Spencer Lee made a bold declaration in early December while competing in the Ironman  Tournament. He wanted to be a …
Latrobe’s Davis scores upset, 4 Wildcats advance to PIAA quarterfinals
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Latrobe wrestling coach Tad Harbert said junior Dylan Davis puts on a good show, clowning around with teammates at the PIAA Class AAA …
9 WPIAL wrestlers hope to finish season unbeaten
By Bill West
Not all that different from their peers, nine particular WPIAL wrestlers begin the PIAA individual championships Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center with their minds set …
Franklin Regional hockey looks forward after season
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional hockey team finished its season last week without a victory for the third straight campaign. Despite the results, however, first-year coach Brian …

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