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Latrobe girls use section success to prepare for postseason

By Andrew Erickson
Latrobe girls basketball coach Mark Burkhardt came into his first season at the helm of the Wildcats with two goals for his new team. The ...
Latrobe boys, Norwin girls earn top seeds for WPIAL playoffs
By Paul Schofield
Latrobe basketball coach Brad Wetzel had never been in this position before. As he sat at the WPIAL basketball pairings meeting Tuesday at the Green Tree ...
WPIAL awards Latrobe top seed in ‘wide open’ Class AAAA bracket
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL had to choose between this season’s sensation and last year’s champion. Latrobe or Chartiers Valley, who deserved the No. 1 seed in the ...
Latrobe’s Miller sets sights on diving championships
By Karen Kadilak
Latrobe sophomore Taylor Miller expects to contend for the WPIAL Class AAA girls diving title after strong showings in two 11-dive meets last month. Miller, 16, ...
Kiski Area wrestling team parlays spate of pins into Section 1-AAA title
By Paul Schofield
It has been four years since the Kiski Area wrestling team won a section title. But on Wednesday, the second-ranked Cavaliers (16-0) showed why they are ...
Third-quarter surge helps Norwin upset No. 1 Latrobe
By Nathan Smith
Norwin boys basketball coach Lynn Washowich knew his team was capable of big things this season. Now the rest of the WPIAL knows, too. The Knights scored ...
Gorman: One way to find the best in Western Pa.
By Kevin Gorman
It’s an innocent question but one, at least for this season, with a complicated answer: Who’s the best boys basketball team in Western Pennsylvania? Typically, we would start in WPIAL Class AAAA. But this isn’t your typical season. No. 1 Latrobe, which lost to Norwin Tuesday, has scored 100 ...
Records expected to fall at WCCA swim meet
By Karen Kadilak
If recent history is any indication, records probably will fall at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming and diving championship meet Friday and Saturday at ...
Both 17-0, Norwin girls are No. 1 in the state while Latrobe boys seek respect
By Bob Cohn
The Norwin girls basketball team was largely an unknown quantity to most outsiders at the start of last season. “We weren’t really on the radar ...
Latrobe hockey focused on ‘small things’ in quest for another title
By Andrew Erickson
The Latrobe hockey team doesn’t talk about its 2013 state championship. The silence comes in part because it’s a distant memory for most on the ...
No. 1 Latrobe rallies past Penn-Trafford, improves to 15-0
By Paul Schofield
For the second consecutive game, Penn-Trafford had Latrobe in a deep hole. And for the second consecutive meeting, Latrobe used a big second half to pull ...
Move to shooting guard boosts scoring for Latrobe’s Graytok
By Kevin Ritchart
Laura Graytok may have come into this season with a new coach, a new position and a new offensive system to learn, but she’s handling ...
Despite graduation loss, Latrobe girls swimmers finding success
By Karen Kadilak
The Latrobe girls swimming team is off to an impressive start despite losing one of its top competitors from last season. The Wildcats were undefeated after their first four meets, including a Section 1-AAA victory over Armstrong. Monica Sowinski — the WPIAL champion in the girls 200-yard freestyle in 2014 …
Derry’s Phillippi edges Latrobe’s Pletcher for 1st WCCA wrestling title
By Paul Schofield
Derry Area senior Micky Phillippi didn’t really celebrate after his first victory against Latrobe senior Luke Pletcher. He gave a slight clinched fist after the match, ...
HS wrestling notebook: Trio of champs out for WCCA tournament
By Paul Schofield
There are three returning Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association champions who won’t be competing in the 63rd annual wrestling tournament beginning Friday at Franklin Regional. Franklin Regional juniors Spencer Lee, a two-time champion, and Gus Solomon, as well as Belle Vernon senior Austin Bell were forced out with injuries. Lee is ...
Annual WCCA tournament to again feature some of state’s top wrestlers
By Paul Schofield
There are many storylines that can come out of the 63rd annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Franklin Regional. The ...
Resilient, battle-tested Latrobe boys prepared for heart of Section 1 play
By Brian Graham
Latrobe coach Brad Wetzel has had his sights set on what his Wildcats can accomplish after the Christmas break. That time has arrived and top-ranked Latrobe ...
Latrobe senior Pletcher wins his 4th Powerade tourney championship
By Paul Schofield
Latrobe senior Luke Pletcher joined an elite group Wednesday at the 49th Powerade Wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan. With his 3-1 victory against friend and rival Micky ...
Powerade wrestling notebook: Belle Vernon starts strong
By Doug Gulasy
Belle Vernon watched Franklin Regional parlay championships at the Powerade Wrestling tournament into WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles each of the past two seasons. The ...
Top-ranked wrestlers Pletcher, Phillippi bring out best in each other
By Paul Schofield
When Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher lost to Waynesburg’s A.C. Headlee in the PIAA Class AAA 132-pound final in March, Derry’s Micky Phillippi was watching from the ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Jeannette’s Mike Pompei, Latrobe’s Madison Kollar
By Andrew John
Mike Pompei School: Jeannette Sport: Basketball Year: Junior Claim to fame: Pompei, who is averaging 19.5 points, connected on seven 3-pointers and scored 33 points ...
Trio of Division I recruits to lead Latrobe wrestling team
By Kevin Ritchart
Luke Pletcher loves to hunt. The Latrobe senior grappler recently took a couple of weeks away from the mat to spend time in the woods, but ...
HS highlight reel: 4 WPIAL wrestlers capture KOM titles
By Paul Schofield
Penn-Trafford junior Cameron Coy and sophomore Job Chishko were among four WPIAL wrestlers to capture titles at the King of the Mountain tournament at Central ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Austin Butler, Laurel Highlands’ Ashley Galderisi
By Andrew John
Austin Butler School: Latrobe Sport: Basketball Year: Junior Claim to fame: Butler, who is averaging 28.8 points this season, scored 22 points to lead Latrobe ...
Latrobe girls basketball confident they can compete with elite teams in Section 1
By Kevin Ritchart
With the start of the 2015-16 season approaching, the Latrobe girls basketball team is hoping to reap the benefits of an attitude adjustment. “The question I ...
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