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High school notebook: Quaker Valley’s Jackson picks Pitt for football

By Chris Harlan
After a morning tour of campus, Cornell senior Dane Jackson committed Tuesday to play football at Pitt. Yet, his decision had been made awhile ago. …
‘WPIAL hangover’ dooms baseball teams going into state tourney
By Jason Mackey
Following a 5-2 loss to Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game Thursday, May 29, Baldwin baseball coach Dan Caponi called practice for …
Champion West Allegheny baseball team bought into team concept
By Jason Mackey
As the West Allegheny baseball team posed for pictures and traded hugs while celebrating its WPIAL Class AAA championship late Thursday night, Blackhawk’s players stood …
West Allegheny upsets star pitcher McKay, Blackhawk for title
By Jason Mackey
Pitcher Brendan McKay’s scoreless-innings streak ended with a thud. Same for the Blackhawk baseball team’s hopes of winning a third WPIAL Class AAA title, as …
Breaking down the WPIAL baseball championships
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA Baldwin vs. Seneca Valley 5 p.m. Wednesday, Consol Energy Park No. 2 Baldwin (16-2) Coach: Dan Caponi No. Name Pos. Yr. 21 Nick Bernick SS Sr. 24 Morgan Schmitt 1B Jr. 9 Tom …
No. 10 West Allegheny baseball earns spot in WPIAL Class AAA final
By Alex Oltmanns
Behind some timely two-out hitting and strong pitching, No. 10 West Allegheny (17-4) downed Hampton, 3-1, in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal matchup Friday at West Mifflin. West Allegheny got on the board first in the second inning as Nick Wiethorn’s two-out double brought home Nic Daigle. After Hampton tied …
Rugby teams find success on state championship pitch
By Kevin Lohman
Three months ago, the members of the West Allegheny Rugby Club were strangers to the sport. Now, they are the RugbyPA league state champions. The …
Catcher’s late-game heroics lead Greensburg Salem to comeback win
By Jason Mackey
As the Greensburg Salem softball team’s catcher, sophomore Lauren McLaughlin’s top two priorities are to handle pitcher Melissa Wagner and direct the Golden Lions’ defense. …
Fast start carries No. 10 West Allegheny past Laurel Highlands
By Paul Schofield
West Allegheny baseball coach Bryan Cornell knows the importance of scoring first in a WPIAL playoff game. The veteran West Allegheny coach couldn’t have asked for a better start to Tuesday’s Class AAA first-round game against Laurel Highlands at Washington & Jefferson’s Ross Memorial Park. No. 10 West Allegheny (15-4) …
West Allegheny outslugging opponents in race for Section 2 title
By Ed Phillipps
After every practice, West Allegheny softball players and coaches huddle to recite in unison their mantra for the season. First-year coach Raquel Rugani asks, “What’s …
West Allegheny rugby gaining steam in 1st season
By Kevin Lohman
There’s a new athletics team at West Allegheny High School, and it’s attracting some of the best talent the school has to offer. Mark Davis, a varsity football assistant coach and middle school math teacher in West Allegheny, had always wanted to start a rugby club, and after reading a …
Mars boys win PIAA Class AA swimming title
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — The Mars boys didn’t need a dramatic win or even a top-three finish. That didn’t stop the Planets from delivering the signature moment of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. Mars came from behind to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3 …
West Allegheny, Mars swimmers win PIAA titles
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Jarod Kehl had been working for this. Perhaps at a cost for the West Allegheny junior, too. But who cares now, right? Kehl tapered for the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships, ceding the WPIAL title to Chartiers Valley’s Drew Damich. On Friday at Bucknell University’s Kinney …
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 …
Armstrong hockey team displays scoring prowess in victory
By Matt Grubba
With a chance to lock up the No. 3 seed in the Class AA playoffs, high-scoring Armstrong showed it can get things done in its own zone. The Riverhawks took 15 total penalties but finished 12 for 12 on the penalty kill to pick up a 6-3 win over West …
Thomas Jefferson boys race past West Allegheny in Class AAA opener
By Mark Kaboly
Dom DeCicco wasn’t particularly happy with what he was seeing, so the Thomas Jefferson coach swung around to the bench and ordered his starters back onto the court. Now, if the worst thing that happened in a first-round playoff game was that the junior varsity players weren’t performing very well …
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 …
Gorman: Ross at center of West A’s success
By Kevin Gorman
West Allegheny coach Bob Palko loves to keep opponents guessing, so you never know who is going to take snaps under center. It could be …
Cathedral Prep again eliminates West Allegheny from PIAA playoffs
By Chris Harlan
This was an ending with a familiar feel. For the second consecutive year, West Allegheny’s season ended with a loss to Erie’s Cathedral Prep in …
PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals preview: West Allegheny vs. Erie Cathedral Prep
By Tribune-Review
PIAA AAA QUARTERFINALS WEST ALLEGHENY (13-0)  vs. ERIE CATHEDRAL PREP (12-0)   7 p.m. Friday at North Allegheny The Rematch has become reality. Moments after …
For 3 WPIAL champions, past greatness provides motivation for PIAA playoffs
By Jason Mackey
For three of the four WPIAL football teams still playing, there’s a readily available blueprint to follow, teams who’ve recently won WPIAL titles then enjoyed …
West Allegheny’s defense makes the difference in title game
By Jason Mackey
Asked what it would be like to play the Central Valley football team a second time, West Allegheny coach Bob Palko’s response drew a laugh. …
Gorman: North’s title a ‘thrill’ for Rooney
By Kevin Gorman
North Catholic’s most famous alumnus shook hands with and congratulated the Trojans on winning the first WPIAL football championship in school history. That they won …
West Allegheny defends WPIAL Class AAA title
By Chris Harlan 8:37 p.m.
West Allegheny defended its WPIAL title, and Bob Palko became the first coach to win seven championship games with Saturday night’s 16-6 victory over Central …

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