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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 …
Plum ready for opening faceoff of new season
By Kevin Lohman
Heading into this season, the Plum varsity ice 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. …
Win over Falcons sets up big battle with Tigers
By Michael Love
Plum and McKeesport last played in 2009, and the nonconference game in week two that year was very good for the Tigers and not so …
Plum junior runner claims Grove City title
By Michael Love
At last year’s Grove City Invitational, Plum junior Jake Susalla placed third with a time of 16:30 and finished behind the Grove City 1-2 punch of Aaron Benka and Ryan Budnik. Benka and Budnik went on to take first and second, respectively, at the District 10-AA championships and later were …
Plum slow-pitch takes pair of victories from Hampton
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity slow-pitch softball team swept a doubleheader from Hampton on Saturday and has won four in a row to improve to 7-3 on the season. The Mustangs led 10-2 after four innings of game one. Hampton tried to rally, but Plum added on and won with the 10-run …
Section 3-AAA playoff chase coming down to the wire
By Michael Love
After Monday’s three girls soccer games in Section 3-AAA, the top two teams were set for the playoffs in Franklin Regional at 11-1-1 and Fox …
Plum gallops past mistake-prone Connellsville
By Jason Black
Neither Plum nor Connellsville was able to take care of the ball during the opening quarter of Friday’s Quad East football game at Connellsville Stadium. …
Kiski Area girls soccer gives boost to playoff hopes
By Doug Gulasy
With time winding down in a key Section 3-AAA game at Plum on Wednesday night, the Kiski Area girls soccer team needed one goal to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Cavaliers did one better than that. Alexis Moyer scored a tying goal in the 30th minute of the second …

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