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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 …
West Allegheny tops Woodland Hills in battle of No. 1 teams
By Chris Harlan
Rarely does a nonconference win draw this much emotion. Yet when West Allegheny’s D.J. Opsatnik made a game-winning extra point in overtime, just after a …
Pride on line between top-ranked Woodland Hills, West Allegheny
By Chris Harlan
Woodland Hills coach George Novak visited West Allegheny on Wednesday and left praising the school’s football success. “They have a lot of trophies and championships,” …
West Allegheny extends WPIAL winning streak to 26 games in victory over Montour
By Wes Crosby
It wasn’t easy, but the West Allegheny Indians extended the longest winning streak in the WPIAL to 26 games. West Allegheny (5-0, 5-0), ranked first in Class AAA, used a late touchdown to push past the No. 8-ranked Montour Spartans (3-2, 3-2) for a 21-14 Parkway Conference win at Thomas …
WPIAL high school football coaches address issue of lopsided wins
By Bill West
Clairton coach Wayne Wade shakes his head at the speculation that he’s comfortable with crushing players’ spirits by running up the score. Wade wants all …
West Allegheny sees scoring as secret to WPIAL title defense
By Bill West
West Allegheny senior forward Michael Cummings ends many of his soccer-related tweets with the phrase “#StayHungry.” What the senior craves is a second consecutive WPIAL …
WPIAL champions wall unveiled at Heinz Field
By Andrew Erickson
North Catholic football coach Bob Ravenstahl and a former North Catholic player flanked a commemorative Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic jersey in the West main concourse …
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 …
West Allegheny chasing WPIAL championship 3-peat
By Chris Harlan
West Allegheny’s Armand Dellovade appreciates the effort needed to win a WPIAL football title. His senior class already owns two. “It really does take a …
Class AAA breakdown: With perennial contender Gateway joining Greater Allegheny, trend of championship Parkway teams could be challenged
By Jason Mackey
West Allegheny coach Bob Palko doesn’t deny that Gateway dropping down from Quad-A and shifting into the WPIAL Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference has improved …
HSFB preview by position: Size isn’t the only measure of LBs’ talent
By Chris Harlan
North Allegheny’s Layne Skundrich was the leading tackler on a Class AAAA state championship team, but Alabama won’t be calling him. West Allegheny’s Armand Dellovade, …
HSFB preview by position: Versatility key for tight ends
By Chris Harlan
The best tight end in the WPIAL doesn’t actually play tight end. At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Kittanning’s Nick Bowers has ideal size for the position. …
HSFB preview by position: Star tailbacks develop early
By Chris Harlan
It doesn’t take long to recognize a talented running back. The sophomore season is often enough. Woodland Hills’ Miles Sanders became the team’s starter as …
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 10:24 p.m.
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 …

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