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VND High school football notebook: Local flavor enhances Penn Hills, other playoff teams

By Bill Beckner Jr.
If Penn Hills looks a little like the Springdale teams of the late 2000’s when it snaps the football, it’s no  accident. The Indians (7-2), …
VND spotlight athletes: Alex Herman and Rachel Valotta
By Alex Novickoff
Alex Herman School: Deer Lakes Sport: Cross country Class: Junior Report card: Herman, who runs independently for Deer Lakes, qualified for the PIAA meet in …
Plum athletic greats to be enshrined at Nov. 13 event
By Michael Love
The Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame celebrates its 10th induction class this year, and the Class of 2014 will be enshrined Nov. 13 at Edgewood Country Club. Joining Mustangs athletic greats from the previous nine classes are Dave Blotzer, Craig Cooley, Joe Dello Stritto, Michael John Kovalchick, Joe …
Plum golf’s Reynolds caps career with strong showing at PIAA tournament
By Michael Love
Andrew Reynolds concluded his Plum varsity golf career last week, and he came away from his first PIAA Class AAA championship experience happy with his performance over the two rounds of 36 holes at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Reynolds, tied for third after the first day with a …
Plum girls soccer team battles through to reach quarterfinals
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity girls soccer team dealt with the adversity of a midseason coaching change and then the spector of possibly missing the WPIAL playoffs …
Plum girls volleyball falls in three sets in first round at Baldwin
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity girls volleyball team had a tall task last week as it drew No. 2 seed Baldwin in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. The Mustangs went into the game hoping to spring an upset and snap a long string of first-round playoff exits. However, …
Plum duo punches tickets to states
By Michael Love
Jake Susalla said he has been looking forward to Saturday’s opportunity at the PIAA Class AAA championships in Hershey since injury scuttled his hopes at …
Plum begins Quad-A playoffs with familiar foe in Penn Hills
By Michael Love
Plum head football coach Matt Morgan knows what it’s like to beat Penn Hills in the WPIAL playoffs. As a sophomore lineman in 1996, he …
Plum golfer changes commitment
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Plum senior golf standout Andrew Reynolds changed his college commitment on Monday, turning down Division II Gannon to accept a scholarship to Division I La Salle in Philadelphia. Reynolds, who tied for a career-best sixth (73-77) at the PIAA Class AAA championship in York, said he heard from La Salle …
Valley News Dispatch WPIAL football notebook: Plum draws rival Penn Hills in 1st round
By Doug Gulasy
Plum, which is in the WPIAL football playoffs for the first time since 2010, will have a little extra motivation in its first-round game. No. …
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 …

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