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Plum rolls past Latrobe, into playoffs

By Wes Crosby
Plum will enter the WPIAL football playoffs on the highest possible note. The Mustangs (5-4, 5-3) powered their way to touchdowns on each of their six first-half drives in a 42-7 win over Latrobe (1-8, 1-7) in a Quad East matchup at Mustang Stadium on Friday. The Mustangs took two …
Knoch’s boys, girls make program history at WPIAL meet
By Doug Gulasy
Knoch’s day at the WPIAL cross country championships got off to a strong start Thursday, but the Knights had an even better finishing kick. After …
Valley News Dispatch high school roundup: Plum girls soccer team falls short
By Staff Reports
The Plum girls soccer team came within inches of another WPIAL playoff upset. A disallowed goal and two near-misses sent No. 14 Plum (10-7-2) home …
Plum slow-pitch earns sweep in regular-season finale
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity slow-pitch softball team enters the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League playoffs Saturday with some momentum after a home sweep of Mt. Pleasant to close out the regular season. Game one went the way of the Mustangs, who rallied from an 8-4 deficit to score a 9-8 victory. …
Plum runners ready to tackle WPIAL finals course
By Michael Love
Plum junior Jake Susalla qualified for states as a freshman and a sophomore, and Thursday, he will try to accomplish a rare feat in the …
Plum volleyball tops rivals down stretch to earn another playoff berth
By Michael Love
Plum girls volleyball head coach Kory Flaherty said his team was in playoff mode early this season to be in the right mental frame of mind to battle down the stretch in Section 4-AAA play. For several weeks, the Mustangs battled with Fox Chapel and Gateway for the third and …
Plum staying focused on regular-season finale vs. Latrobe
By Michael Love
The WPIAL-playoff scenario is pretty much cut and dry for the Plum varsity football team. The Mustangs will finish fourth in the Quad East with …
VND roundup: Plum ends playoff drought
By Staff Reports
Plum’s girls soccer team spent extra time practicing penalty kicks last week. It’s a good thing, because the Mustangs needed four of them on Saturday to pull a WPIAL Class AAA first-round victory against No. 3 seed Norwin. Fifth shooter Alexa Ferchaw fired in the deciding goal as No. 14 …
Penn-Trafford holds off Plum, earns share of conference title
By Les Harvath
Even though Quad East opponents Penn-Trafford and Plum already had clinched playoff berths, a conference title and playoff seedings were on the line Friday night when the teams met at Warrior Stadium. No. 3 Penn Trafford (8-0, 7-0) clinched at least a share of the conference crown, eking out a …
A-K Valley roundup: Plum girls volleyball clinches playoff spot
By Staff Reports
Preparation was the key for the Plum girls volleyball team, which embraced a must-win situation and kept its season alive. Plum blanked visiting Gateway, 3-0, …
Standout kickers around the WPIAL offer valuable, reliable service
By Chris Harlan
Nobody at West Allegheny considers D.J. Opsatnik “only” a kicker. The sophomore made two field goals and all four extra-point tries last week, including the …
Plum hosts Gateway with playoff spot on line
By Michael Love
Plum girls volleyball head coach Kory Flaherty said his team has had a postseason approach over the past week or so as it fights for …
Plum, Gateway tennis teams battle in tough section
By Dave Schrecengost
When the WPIAL realigned its girls tennis sections for the 2014-15 school year, Plum and Gateway were moved from Section 3-AAA into Section 1-AAA. The new alignment brought the challenge of different opponents as well as a reduction in the number of section matches. Now, instead of playing each team …
Plum slow-pitch swept by North Hills, turns attention to regular-season finale
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity slow-pitch softball team suffered a pair of losses to North Hills on Sunday by scores of 3-2 and 8-6. The Mustangs now are 7-5 on the season. Game one was tied 2-2 after five innings, but North Hills scored once in the sixth and held on for …
H.S. Picks hungry for more victories
By H.s. Picks
Whatever H.S. Picks ate before picking his games in Week 6 seemed to work, and that success continued in Week 7 as the Tribune-Review’s high school football guru posted his second consecutive 37-3 week. Now he has other high school football prognosticators calling him and texting him about what he …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Seneca Valley’s Matt Saluga, Plum’s Ashley Amato
By Brian Graham
Matt Saluga School: Seneca Valley Year: Junior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Saluga scored a pair of goals to help the Raiders win 5-0 over …
Valley high school soccer notebook: Area coaches waiting to learn playoff fates
By Doug Gulasy
The WPIAL Soccer  Committee will release the playoff bracket Wednesday, and Alle-Kiski Valley coaches will be waiting to see who their teams draw in the first round. Eleven local teams qualified for the postseason: the boys teams from Burrell, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area, Knoch and Riverview, and the girls teams …
Questions loom for Plum hockey team
By Kevin Lohman
The Plum hockey team returns a roster full of talent and experience from last season’s Penguins Cup playoff team, yet coach Dave Stonebraker is cautious when providing an outlook for his Mustangs. “We have a lot of work to do yet with this team. We have some very good returning …
No. 5 McKeesport blitzes Plum to rally from halftime deficit
By Doug Gulasy
McKeesport’s offense didn’t perform up to its usual high-scoring standards Friday night. With the way the defense played, it didn’t matter. Class AAAA No. 5 …
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 …
Birdie rallies behind tangible motivation
By The Birdie
After reading last week’s story about teams’ motivational tools, the Birdie got to thinking about some that he’s used over the years. (And some that have been used against him). “I read where teams use sledgehammers, cinder blocks, chains and hard hats as rewards,” said the Birdie, who put together …
Alle-Kiski roundup: Amato scores 3 goals in Plum’s playoff-clinching win
By Staff Reports
Ashley Amato scored three goals, including the go-ahead tally with 30 seconds left in the first half, to lead Plum to a 7-1 victory over …
McKeesport offers no fond memories for Plum’s Morgan
By Dave Mackall
Matt Morgan remembers the McKeesport brand of football. How could the Plum coach and former Mustangs standout forget the Tigers’ tenacity? After all, they have …
Plum senior golfer headed to regional tournament
By Michael Love
Plum senior Andrew Reynolds is one of 14 golfers from Class AAA to qualify for the PIAA Western Regional at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville next Tuesday. But he admits a little frustration over the fact that he missed a chance to be close to …
Plum soccer duo earns training camp chances
By Michael Love
Plum students Cole Kelly and Tyler Kolankowski recently were invited to two regional soccer evaluation sessions. Both Kelly and Kolankowski were born in 2001 and …

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