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HSFB preview by position: Special talent for area kickers

By Chris Harlan
Count Hempfield among the WPIAL teams that can score without ever reaching the end zone. With senior kicker John Domit, the Spartans must only approach …
Upper St. Clair’s inexperienced lineup shows potential
By Chris Harlan
In his decades as coach, Upper St. Clair’s Jim Render doesn’t remember a situation quite like this. His team returns only one starter. “I don’t …
Gorman: Life lessons from high school football
By Kevin Gorman
Danny Cafaro lives in Midland, the west Texas town near the setting for Friday Night Lights, the book that begat a hit television show and …
HSFB preview by position: Division I O-line recruits have something to prove
By Chris Harlan
Baldwin’s Sterling Jenkins and Hempfield’s Tony Pilato are both highly rated offensive linemen according to the national recruiting websites. The seniors are coveted for their …
USC volleyball standout commits to Duke
By Kevin Lohman
Upper St. Clair volleyball star Sam Amos has made the decision to continue her volleyball career as a Blue Devil. Panther fans can rest easy it’s not the Blue Devils of perennial rival Mt. Lebanon that the sophomore multi-sport standout has committed her future to, but the Blue Devils of …
Youth leagues, coaching spark lacrosse’s growth in Western Pa.
By Gary Horvath
In the world of high school athletics, it’s no secret that football and basketball are at the top of the pecking order. But no sport …
Trib Cup: USC volleyball a work in progress under new coach
By Brian Graham
First-year head coach Josh Ficorilli knows his way around the bench, but it’s the behind the scenes things that caught him by surprise. Ficorilli replaced Jack Zebo as the Upper St. Clair boys volleyball coach after serving as an assistant to the 15-year veteran for the last five seasons. “There …
North Hills football great Kasperowicz part of WPIAL’s 2014 hall class
By Jerry DiPaola
Eric Kasperowicz remembers every detail. The down, the distance — even the wind-chill (30-below) at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. “That’s in my head like …
USC lacrosse relies on team play after injury to leading scorer
By Gary Horvath
One game jumps off the page when looking at the Upper St. Clair boys lacrosse schedule. The Section 1 title could come down to the …
Mt. Lebanon boys lacrosse team reboots for title defense
By Gary Horvath
After winning the WPIAL Division I title last season, Mt. Lebanon starts its title defense by emulating another champion that shares the Blue Devils’ name. …
Upper St. Clair’s Dudzinski sets new state record with gold medal swim
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Upper St. Clair’s Ryan Dudzinski would look at the PIAA record for Class AAA boys 100-yard butterfly and cringe. That’s because it was set in 2011 by Andrew Kosic of WC Henderson — whom Ryan’s older brother, Kyle, finished third to that year. After Ryan Dudzinski’s blistering 100 …
North Allegheny swimmers sweep WPIAL championships
By Jason Mackey
The Upper St. Clair boys may have won the battle, but North Allegheny, as has become its custom, won the war. Ryan Dudzinski powered the …
Class AAA swimmers knock off 6 records in WPIAL championships
By Jason Mackey
First came the North Allegheny girls, a few minutes into the WPIAL swimming and diving championships. Then it was Upper St. Clair, equally as dominant …
North Allegheny girls again favored to win WPIAL swimming championship
By Jason Mackey
Jacquelyn Du wants the North Allegheny girls swimming and diving team to focus on its own times during Thursday and Friday’s WPIAL championships. With as …
Healthy Gateway comes alive to advance to basketball quarterfinals
By Chris Harlan
This Gateway lineup certainly didn’t resemble a No. 12 seed. Delvon Randall scored 21 points, and teammates Thomas Kromka and Shomari Thomas each had 17 …
Hempfield girls topple No. 5 Upper St. Clair
By Paul Schofield
Hempfield senior guard Monica Burns sported a bloody lip after Tuesday’s WPIAL Class AAAA first-round game at Bethel Park, and she was smiling about it. …
Tough choices in AAAA as WPIAL announces hoop playoff pairings
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL had little trouble with the first three seeds in the Class AAAA boys basketball bracket. Just like last season, the spots were awarded …
32 WPIAL players headed to Division I-FBS schools
By Tribune-Review
Thirty-two WPIAL players and one from the District 6 Heritage Conference have accepted football scholarships from FBS schools. WR Troy Apke Mt. Lebanon, Penn State DE Rori Blair Upper St. Clair, Pitt TE Alec Bloom Ligonier Valley, UConn OL Alex Bookser Mt. Lebanon, Pitt DT Brock Boxen Beaver Falls, Akron …
Upper St. Clair native Mendelson to join Penn State hockey program
By Brian Graham
Matt Mendelson woke up in his bedroom in his parents’ Upper St. Clair home over the holiday break surrounded by his sister’s Penn State women’s hockey clothing. It was a sign for him to sign a letter of intent to play for the Nittany Lions’ hockey team in 2015 … …
High school notebook: WPIAL says GCC must suspend coach or miss playoffs; Big 33 roster announced
By Chris Harlan
The Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team will be banned from this season’s playoffs unless the school suspends coach Greg Bisignani for three regular season …
Adjusting to college life becoming priority No. 1 for recruits
By Jason Mackey
Justin King’s arrival at Penn State was hardly routine. For one, King chose to graduate from Gateway early and enroll for the 2005 spring semester. …
Mascaro scores 26 points as Bethel Park routs Upper St. Clair
By Jason Mackey
Asked to explain Tuesday’s 72-48 dismantling of Upper St. Clair, a game that saw Bethel Park convert 12 3-pointers, Joe Mascaro and Josh Krafczynski offered …
No practice makes perfect, Mt.Lebanon rolls past Upper St. Clair
By Jason Mackey
Every night in this section is a battle, Mt. Lebanon girls basketball coach Dori Oldaker insisted. Maybe. But not like this. Despite having zero practices …
Kiernan, Alexander named Pittsburgh Trib soccer players of the year
By Jason Mackey
2013 soccer players of the year Troye Kiernan | Senior, Midfielder, Upper St. Clair There were times when the Upper St. Clair boys soccer team …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Upper St. Clair’s Doug Hapeman, Central Valley’s Carolina Lucci
By Brian Graham
Doug Hapeman School: Upper St. Clair Year: Junior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Hapeman scored once for Upper St. Clair in a 3-0 win over …

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