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H.S. Picks hunting for perfect costume

By H.s. Picks
This is the best time of the year for H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review’s high school football prognosticator. Picks loves Halloween, and he’s been busy deciding what costume he’s going to wear Friday for the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. Picks, who is trying to avoid candy this holiday, was …
Franklin Regional prepares for new look Belle Vernon
By Paul Schofield
When Franklin Regional opened the season with a loss at Knoch, coach Greg Botta thought his team was in trouble. After graduating 20 players from …
Franklin Regional grad, a Syracuse lineman, fares well in marquee matchup
By Michael Love
Sean Hickey, an anchor of the Syracuse offensive line at left tackle, briefly left Saturday night’s game at Clemson with an ankle injury. The Franklin Regional graduate went out in the second quarter, but he returned to the lineup less than two series later and was on the field for …
Franklin midget football team advances to title game
By Michael Love
The Franklin Area Panthers (ages 11 and 12) Midget football team remained undefeated and punched its ticket to the championship game in the Big East Youth Football League with a 33-14 victory over Kiski Area. The Panthers jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half. Zach Gordon’s running …
Franklin Regional graduate completes marathon feat
By Dave Schrecengost
Molly Zalewski’s love affair with running began when she joined the track team as a freshman at Franklin Regional High School. “I did it to …
Franklin Regional’s Trottier headed to state XC meet
By Michael Love
Brett Trottier was on a mission after last year’s WPIAL championships, and his return to the Cooper’s Lakes Campground course was a culmination of the …
Murrysville girl competes at racquetball world championships
By Michael Love
Julia Stein likes racquetball competition, whether it’s in and around her hometown of Murrysville, at a national-level tournament or at an international event. Last week, …
Franklin Regional boys golf coach impressed with squad in section-title season
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional varsity boys golf head coach Jeff Traphagen said the 2014 season was a special one for some individual golfers and the team as …
Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon to clash in first round
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional football team’s mission was pretty cut and dry Friday evening. A win over Gateway would secure second place in the Greater Allegheny …
Penn-Trafford earns No. 2 seed, will play Fox Chapel in 1st round of WPIAL playoffs
By Paul Schofield
Undefeated Penn-Trafford was rewarded the No. 2 seed by the WPIAL football committee Monday at the annual pairings meeting. The WPIAL announced the first-round pairings …
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 …

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