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Daily News spotlight athletes: Clairton’s Harrison Dreher, West Mifflin’s Alyssa Cairns

By Robert Stinner
Harrison Dreher School: Clairton Class: Sophomore Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Dreher went  4 for 4 and struck out six in four innings to help …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Serra Catholic’s Cole McCombs, West Mifflin’s Paige Flore
By Brian Graham
Cole McCombs School: Serra Catholic Year: Freshman Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Combs tossed a no-hitter and struck out 14 to lead the Eagles to …
West Mifflin’s Olasz no-hits South Park
By Mark Kaboly
A lot of times, A.J. Olasz’s reputation precedes him. When it came to West Mifflin’s Section 4-AAA showdown for first place against South Park on …
Daily News spotlight athletes: West Mifflin’s Kevin Garbark, Elizabeth Forward’s Jessica Cartia
By Robert Stinner
Kevin Garbark School: West Mifflin Sport: Track Class: Junior Claim to fame: Garbark won the 200-meter dash and placed second in the 100 meters Saturday …
Pitching catapults Southmoreland over West Mifflin
By Jason Black
Southmoreland’s softball team is making a statement in Section 3-AAA. On Tuesday, the Scotties picked up their fourth section victory in as many tries with …
West Mifflin’s DeVaughn makes discus her thing
By Jason Mackey
Maybe Deilona DeVaughn has the right idea. The West Mifflin senior hates track spikes and instead throws the discus in tennis shoes. After her performance …
West Mifflin routs Carrick to continue hot start
By Mark Kaboly
The word Jeff Smith came up with to describe the first couple of weeks as West Mifflin’s baseball coach was “awkward.” Smith couldn’t have chosen …
Daily News spotlight athletes: Elizabeth Forward’s Andrew Jacobs, West Mifflin’s Crystal Cook
By Robert Stinner
Andrew Jacobs School: Elizabeth Forward Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Jacobs pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits while recording …
Former West Mifflin star Hester notches double-double in D-II championship defeat
By Dave Mackall
In a tense national championship game, where the lead never was more than five points until the final 20 seconds — and where there were …
Elizabeth Forward softball tops West Mifflin in early section showdown
By Mark Kaboly
Harry Rutherford loves Florida. The Elizabeth Forward softball coach is a big fan of Myrtle Beach, S.C., as well, and Friday’s Section 3-AAA opener against …
Roundball Classic rosters loaded with Daily News area players
By Staff Reports
The Roundball Classic All-Star basketball game will have a distinct local flavor this year. Six girls and seven boys have been selected to take part in the annual event scheduled for April 12 at Geneva College. Thomas Jefferson’s Charlie Scharbo, Steel Valley’s Ajan Smith, Elizabeth Forward’s Jaquaun Davidson and West …
West Mifflin’s Stephenson named Daily News girls basketball coach of the year
By Dave Mackall
After just one glorious season as girls basketball coach at West Mifflin, Scott Stephenson says he has no plans to leave the program anytime soon. …
Daily News Fabulous 15: Local boys basketball blessed with versatile stars
By Mark Kaboly
You had big guys. You had guys who could shoot lights-out. You had guys who could take it from one end of the court to …
Standout WPIAL pitchers learn importance of changing speed
By Bill West
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay broke onto the WPIAL baseball scene three seasons ago with a curveball that baffled and two fastball variations that zoomed past all …
West Mifflin plans to continue softball revival
By Mark Kaboly
A share of the section title, a trip to the semifinals, a game shy of qualifying for the state playoffs and a 17-win season is, …
Tapering for WPIALs proves too tough for Kolesar to overcome
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — To make it past the WPIAL meet, West Mifflin’s Brad Kolesar insisted he and others had to taper for the 100-yard backstroke, a testament to how competitive the race was. Cutting off training to rest and get his best time might have been reflected in Kolesar’s WPIAL title, …
West Mifflin senior finishes 2nd in 100-yard butterfly
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Tough deal for Brad Kolesar. The West Mifflin senior lowered his WPIAL record in the 100-yard butterfly at Friday’s PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships, yet Kolesar, who finished in 50.66 seconds, wasn’t awarded a gold medal. That went to Corry Area’s Brent Benedict, who missed the …
West Mifflin ponders late breakdowns in PIAA playoff loss
By Mark Kaboly
Within a span of just over a minute in the fourth quarter and during the most critical point of Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA first-round playoff …
Staying out of foul trouble key as West Mifflin opens state playoffs
By Dave Mackall
West Mifflin’s decided advantage in athleticism worked against the Titans in their WPIAL Class AAA girls basketball semifinal loss to eventual champion Blackhawk, and Titans …
Breaking down the PIAA girls basketball playoffs
By Compiled By Jason Mackey
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: Penn-Trafford (20-6), Hempfield (17-9), Fox Chapel (19-5), North Allegheny (22-2), Mt. Lebanon (16-6), Obama Academy (14-6) Around the state: Three of …
Daily News spotlight athletes: West Mifflin’s Brad Kolesar, Norwin’s Kathryn Painter
By Robert Stinner and Andrew John
Brad Kolesar Year: Senior School: West Mifflin Sport: Swimming Claim to fame: Kolesar won both the 100-meter backstroke and the 100-meter butterfly at the WPIAL …
West Mifflin’s Kolesar nets 2nd title with late surge
By Jason Mackey
For the first 75 yards of the 100 backstroke, West Mifflin’s Brad Kolesar couldn’t see Hopewell’s Logan Palochak. Kolesar caught up with Palochak with about …
West Mifflin’s Kolesar wins 3rd WPIAL butterfly title
By Jason Mackey
Shaving had multiple meanings for West Mifflin’s Brad Kolesar. Wednesday night before the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, Kolesar shaved his beard, head, legs and …
No. 1 Blackhawk uses late run to edge West Mifflin in WPIAL semifinals
By Gary Horvath
Blackhawk coach Steve Lodovico said before the season even started that this year his team was on a mission to finish. The Cougars (22-2) are now just one step away from completing that mission after a 68-57 win in their WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game against No. 12 West Mifflin …
Unbeaten Norwin sophomore Phipps one of 26 area wrestlers set for Southwest regional
By Dave Mackall
Norwin sophomore Drew Phipps appears to be making the most of his abbreviated wrestling season, taking an unbeaten record into the PIAA Class AAA Southwest …

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