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Plum boys basketball tops Franklin Regional, surges into playoffs

By Paul Schofield
Plum made sure the Franklin Regional boys basketball team had an anxious Friday night. The Mustangs hit some timely 3-pointers in the first half, played well defensively and rolled to a 54-41 Section 4-AAAA victory at home. Plum, which went 5-1 in the section during the second half of the season, will ...
Pittsburgh athletes of the week: Plum’s Rob Deemer, Trinity’s Sierra Kotchman
By Alex Oltmanns
Rob Deemer School: Plum Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: The senior forward scored 14 points, including a basket with 1.8 seconds left, to ...
Plum bowlers continue to raise games ahead of playoffs
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys and girls bowling teams reached new heights in their Week 8 matches with Redeemer Lutheran last week at Nesbit’s Lanes in Plum. Both squads were 8-0 in Section 3 heading into a match with Penn Hills on Wednesday, and they hope to wrap up the regular season ...
Plum wrestlers to test mettle at Buckeye Local tournament
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity wrestling team continues to prepare for the Section 3-AAA individual tournament later this month, and that preparation includes its annual trip west to the Buckeye Local tournament Saturday in Rayland, Ohio. The tournament has become an annual February tradition for the Mustangs, and strong finishes there have become ...
Plum inline hockey team hopes to keep up late-season surge
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity inline hockey team was slow out of the gate with only two wins and a tie over its first nine games. But the ...
Plum’s Amato wins 2 events at TSTCA meet
By Michael Love
Plum senior Ashley Amato was in the lineup for Friday evening’s section girls basketball game against Penn Hills at Plum High School. She then turned her attention to the track as she kicked off Tri State Track Coaches Association indoor competition at Edinboro University. The first TSTCA meet was to be on ...
Plum trio takes to ice for Class AA all-star game
By Michael Love
Normally teammates pushing for the same cause, Plum junior forward Anthony Borriello and senior goaltender Nathan Puhala found themselves on opposite benches from Mustangs senior ...
Dramatic win clinches playoff spot for Plum boys
By Michael Love
During its 13-game winning streak, the Penn Hills boys basketball team averaged 72.3 points per game. The streak included a game where it tallied 101 points ...
Plum’s Zummo, DiNinno capture Allegheny County titles
By Michael Love
Plum seniors Tommy Zummo and Tony DiNinno had come close in past Allegheny County Tournaments, but they both hadn’t able to get over the hump ...
Plum hockey team hopes to move up in conference standings
By Michael Love
With only five games left in its regular season, the Plum varsity ice hockey team has its sights set on moving up in the PIHL Class AA standings The Mustangs are 10-5-2, and with 22 points, they began the week tied for third in the Eastern Conference with Hampton (11-6-0) and ...
Gateway win keeps Plum boys basketball team in hunt for section title
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys basketball team has weathered a few storms in Section 2-AAAA play this year, and last Thursday’s 46-34 triumph at Gateway, which was close and played in the mid 20s halfway through the third quarter, was one of those such storms. The game, moved up a day because ...
Gateway girls topples Plum in rematch
By Michael Love
Last Friday’s 46-38 loss to rival Gateway in a Section 2-AAAA game at Gateway’s Furrie Sports Complex damaged, but didn’t permanently squash, the WPIAL playoff hopes of the Plum girls basketball team. The Gators entered the week 6-4 and in the fourth and final playoff position. They completed a season sweep ...
Plum competitive cheer team continues to make strides
By Michael Love
The Plum competitive cheer team still is in the early stages of participation at invitationals and championship meets since it came together last year, and ...
Plum wrestling team set for Allegheny County tournament
By Michael Love
Championships and medals will be on the line this weekend as Plum wrestlers will be in the mix at the annual Allegheny County tournament at Fox Chapel High School. That is, if Mother Nature permits. Weather forecasts are calling for several inches of snow Friday and Saturday, and participating schools and tournament ...
Plum swim teams sweep 2nd conference opponent in new year
By Michael Love
The Plum boys and girls swim teams have taken care of business in section action in the new year, and head coach Shawn Haupt hopes to continue to see strong swims from up and down the lineup over the next month before WPIALs. Last Thursday’s section sweep of Allderdice at Plum ...
Plum lands 4 on Class AA all-star hockey list
By Michael Love
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League will host its 2016 all-star event Jan. 31 at Brady’s Run Ice Arena in Beaver, and several players from Plum, Franklin Regional and Gateway will be a part of the day of games. Representing Plum in the Class AA game will be senior defenseman Stephen Shields, ...
Plum ice hockey eyes key AA rematch with Latrobe
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity ice hockey team started its season in mid October with a 5-3 loss to Greater Latrobe at Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg. The Mustangs led that game 3-1 heading into the third period before the Wildcats scored four times over the final 17 minutes to stun the ...
Plum rifle team starts new year with split
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity rifle team split a pair of matches last week as Section 3 competition began in conjunction with the start of the new year. The Mustangs topped Indiana, 784-39x to 769-27x. Ten shooters compete for each team, and the top eight scores are combined to arrive at the team score. Sheldon ...
Plum football seniors getting college offers, attention
By Michael Love
The Plum football team turned around its fortunes the past couple of years, and this year’s senior class played a big part in the resurgence. They were 1-9 as sophomores, but they helped Plum go a combined 10-6 in Quad-East play in 2014 and 2015, produce a 12-9 overall mark and ...
Plum boys and girls bowling teams keep rolling in WPIBL play
By Michael Love
In the past week, the Plum boys and girls bowling teams handed opponents their first losses of the season. The Plum boys upended Burrell, 7-0, last week in a matchup of undefeated teams, while the Mustangs girls squad shut out Penn Hills in a makeup match Monday involving 4-0 teams at ...
Plum rematch looms with surging Woodland Hills
By Michael Love
Plum varsity boys basketball head coach Ron Richards is certain Woodland Hills has improved since an early-season matchup on Dec. 11 at Plum High School. On ...
Win over Armstrong keeps Plum girls basketball team in playoff hunt in Section 2-AAAA
By Michael Love
At 1-4 in Section 2-AAAA play, the Plum varsity girls basketball team was searching for a victory that would get them back on track and ...
Section grind awaits WPIAL playoff hopefuls
By Michael Love 10:00 a.m.
A five-week grind to the end of Section 2-AAAA play awaits the Plum, Gateway and Franklin Regional boys basketball teams, and Mustangs coach Ron Richards, ...
A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Plum’s Nolan Puhala, Highlands’ Gabbi Rapp
By William Whalen
Nolan Puhala School: Plum Class: Junior Sport: Hockey Report card: In his first year as a starter, Puhala leads Plum (8-4-1) with 21 points, 13 ...
Plum athletes celebrate All-WPIAL honors
By Michael Love
Plum boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball athletes celebrated the latter part of 2015 with selections to All-WPIAL teams that honored their performances for the 2015 season. Cooper Myers, a junior defenseman on the Mustangs boys soccer team, had a solid season in the back, and he was voted to ...
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