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Plum’s turnovers spell doom in loss to McKeesport

By George Guido
McKeesport coach Gerald Grayson knew his team would have to interrupt Plum’s offensive flow in order to avenge a loss to the Mustangs last month. And the Tigers were able to make the most out of Plum’s 14 turnovers in a 65-55 Section 2-AAAA victory Friday night at Neenie Campbell Gym. A ...
Plum’s Zezza gets milestone in loss
By Tribune-Review
Plum senior Courtney Zezza reached a milestone Friday night, but the Mustangs fell short in a battle for first place in Section 2-AAAA. Zezza broke the 1,000-point barrier in a 70-66, triple-overtime loss to McKeesport. Zezza, a St. Francis (Pa.) recruit, led the Mustangs (9-8, 5-3) with 27 points before fouling ...
Plum bowling teams continue dominant performances
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys and girls bowling teams continued their roll, as both improved to 5-0 on the season with 7-0 wins over St. Joseph last week. The boys squad shot a season-best 3,079 score for the three games as four individual bowlers — �Jackson Rogers (653), Franklin Mercurio (605), Jake ...
Several Plum swimmers close to WPIAL qualifying cuts
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys and girls swim teams are at the middle point of their January schedule, and head coach Shawn Haupt said he hopes ...
Plum hockey team to unveil new jerseys
By Doug Gulasy
Plum reached into the past before creating its future hockey jerseys. The Mustangs will debut new purple-and-gold jerseys at its Senior Night game against Norwin at ...
Fox Chapel’s Kopco fights his way to county wrestling final
By Bill West
The crusted blood around his mouth and elsewhere on his face suggested Fox Chapel’s Andrew Kopco took a beating this weekend at the Allegheny County ...
Plum’s Edwards grows into one of area’s top scorers
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When James Edwards transferred to Plum from Hampton about two years ago, Mustangs coach Ron Richards predicted the guard would be an impact player in ...
Plum boys rely on defense, patience to sink Fox Chapel
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With a slow-to-a-crawl pace causing yawns in the bleachers, some fans joked that they should have used peach baskets Friday night. The difference ended up being more Plum baskets. That and another heavy dose of chest-bumping defense, the trademark of one of the WPIAL’s stingier teams. Plum authored another physical ...
Valley News Dispatch high school basketball notebook: Plum boys defense puts clamps on offenses
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Plum is back to leading WPIAL Class AAAA boys basketball in fewest points allowed, which means the players are keeping the tradition alive. Plum (11-3, ...
Junior guard Edwards a consistent force for Plum boys
By Michael Love
Plum junior guard James Edwards is a main focal point of opposing teams’ game plan. He had a breakout sophomore season last year and helped the ...
Plans moving forward for Plum girls lacrosse team
By Michael Love
Two years ago, a Plum varsity boys lacrosse team took the field for games against other area schools. They battled through a schedule of JV opponents. Last year, numbers increased, and the returning players upped the level of competition to include varsity games against Gateway and Penn-Trafford while playing JV contests ...
Plum bowling kicks off new year with sweep of Valley
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys and girls bowling teams returned to action after a two-week holiday break, and both improved to 4-0 in Section 3 after 7-0 victories over Valley. The Plum boys shot the highest team game in the section this season (1,083) and had the highest series (3,005). The ...
Plum wrestler Turchick bounces back from early-season losses
By Doug Gulasy
Plum’s Nate Turchick experienced a wake-up call during the first weekend of the wrestling season. The 182-pound senior wrestled Belle Vernon’s Milton Kobaly twice during ...
Plum senior earns honor from Pennsylvania Football News
By Michael Love
Plum senior defensive back Nick Robb was a key component of a stingy and quick Mustangs defensive unit in 2014. The defense helped Plum earn a 5-3 record in the Quad-East Conference and a 6-5 overall mark. That record included a 17-6 victory over No. 4 Penn Hills at the home of ...
High school wrestling notebook: Allegheny County event awaits big field
By Doug Gulasy
The Allegheny County High School Wrestling Championships perhaps won’t have quite as many high-profile wrestlers as last weekend’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament. But what the Allegheny County tournament might lack in big names, it makes up for in sheer size. Nearly 40 teams from across the county will participate in this ...
Spread offense seals Plum win over Gateway
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Plum got the lead back to double figures, it went to its finishing move. Plum spread into a four-corners offense late in Friday night’s game ...
Section leaders Plum, Gateway boys set for 1st clash
By Michael Love
At the season-opening Plum Tournament, the Mustangs varsity boys basketball players and coaches got a good look at the new-look Gateway squad. The Gators began the ...
Plum, Gateway girls set to renew rivalry
By Michael Love
Last year, the Plum and Gateway girls basketball teams split a pair of Section 2-AAAA contests. The Mustangs earned a hard-fought 42-36 victory over the Gators ...
Plum wrestlers gain momentum at West Mifflin Tournament
By Michael Love
Plum won the team title at the 2013 West Mifflin Tournament, and the Mustangs hoped to repeat that performance at this year’s event Dec. 29 ...
Plum senior wrestler bouncing back from early season losses
By Doug Gulasy
Plum’s Nate Turchick experienced a wake-up call during the first weekend of the wrestling season. The 182-pound senior wrestled Belle Vernon’s Milton Kobaly twice during ...
Look, no hands: New rules result in tempered aggressiveness on the hardwood
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Hands off. That’s the directive game officials are sending to defenders on the basketball court this season because of some significant rule changes made by the ...
VND high school roundup: Vivino, Edwards lead Plum past Falcons
By Staff Reports
Taylor Vivino connected on five 3-pointers and scored 16 points, and James Edwards finished with a game-high 20 points to lead Plum to a 61-37 victory over Connellsville in the Coaches vs. Cancer Hoops for a Cure Backyard Brawl on Saturday at Seton Hill. Mike McGuire added 11 points for the ...
Plenty of big moments impacted 2014 Plum sports scene
By Michael Love
Plum and Franklin Regional face each other in almost every sport, and the matchups between the neighboring rivals often are competitive and intense. The athletes know ...
Plum swim teams gearing up for stretch
By Michael Love
When the Plum varsity boys and girls swim teams return to action Jan. 8 against Section 3-AAA newcomer Brashear at 6 p.m. at Plum High School, head coach Shawn Haupt said he hopes to see his swimmers use the experience from the five December meets to their advantage. He also wants ...
Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Freeport’s Zoe Soilis, Plum’s Tommy Zummo
By William Whalen
Zoe Soilis School: Freeport Class: Junior Sport: Basketball Report card: Freeport’s leading scorer averaged 16.6 points through five games. The 5-foot-6 guard-forward came up two points shy ...

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