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Derry softball moves forward under new coach

By Ed Phillipps
The Derry softball team began practice April 3 with Tim Kozusko as head coach. By the end of practice, Kozusko had been relieved of his duties and assistant Pat Meloy took over as interim head coach. The turn of events happened because as the Trojans were practicing that evening, Derry’s …
Derry boys volleyball team establishes lofty goals
By Justin Criado
Derry outside hitter Matt Vasinko remembers all too well how the past two seasons ended. Twice defeated by Ambridge in the WPIAL  Class AA championship, …
Top high school wrestlers set for Flonationals at IUP
By Paul Schofield
One of the biggest postseason high school wrestling tournaments, the Flonationals, will begin Friday at IUP’s Kovalchick Athletic and Convention Center. Some of the top wrestlers from across the country will converge on Indiana County, including Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher, Hempfield’s Sam Krivus, Derry’s George Phillippi, Waynesburg’s A.C.  Headlee, North Hills’ …
Derry baseball ‘something to talk about’
By Ed Phillipps
Whether they are walking the halls of the high school, sitting in the cafeteria or hanging out in the locker room, members of the Derry …
Derry’s Brownlee has busy, successful day at PIAA swimming, diving finals
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — Outside of perhaps the PIAA officials working the meet or the public address announcer, nobody was busier Saturday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium than Derry freshman Allison Brownlee. They couldn’t have been. A day after swimming in the 200-yard freestyle relay consolation finals, Brownlee began Saturday with morning …
Greensburg C.C. junior takes fifth in 100 butterfly at PIAA meet
By Jason Mackey
LEWISBURG — First, West Mifflin’s Brad Kolesar noticed it. Then, Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brian Uhrin turned his head and saw the same thing. Early in the boys 100-yard butterfly race at Friday’s PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships, Kolesar and Uhrin spotted Corry Area’s Brent Benedict way ahead of …
High school wrestling notebook: WPIAL wrestlers set records
By Paul Schofield
The high school wrestling season came to an end Saturday in Hershey, and it turned out to be another fantastic year for WPIAL wrestlers. There …
Derry quarterback picks Lock Haven
By Gary Horvath
Derry senior Kyle Holmes recently signed a letter of intent to play football for Lock Haven University next season. “I like the overall campus and atmosphere,” Holmes said. “All the sports stick together and support each other, and I really liked the coaching staff a lot.” Holmes will play quarterback …
Latrobe, Derry swimmers, divers set for PIAA championship meet
By Karen Kadilak
The Latrobe girls swimming team expects strong relays to pay off at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet Wednesday and Thursday at Bucknell University. The …
Derry’s Phillippi upset in PIAA quarterfinals
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Micky Phillippi’s dream of winning a second PIAA wrestling title ended Friday morning in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals at Giant Center. Phillippi, …
Burrell’s Edwards 1 of 4 WPIAL wrestlers to reach PIAA Class AA finals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — In a dream he had one night early this season, Burrell senior 152-pounder Steve Edwards watched himself win a state wrestling championship and …
For Class AA heavyweights, redemption at states
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Allan Beattie and Jake Beistel didn’t have fond memories of the 2013 PIAA Class AA wrestling championships. Both heavyweights went 0-2 and were …
Derry’s Brownlee boasts top-3 seeds for WPIAL swimming, diving
By Karen Kadilak
Allison Brownlee has been busy as a freshman on the Derry girls swimming and diving team. Brownlee is seeded third in the 100-yard freestyle (54.75 …
Kittanning wrestler Nolf wins 4th WPIAL individual crown
By Bill West
The crowd of at least 1,500 at Chartiers Valley High School roared louder than at any other point Saturday night as the PA announcer rattled …
Southmoreland’s Superman Beistel chasing Class AA wrestling title
By Bill West
Smack in the middle of Southmoreland sophomore heavyweight Jake Beistel’s broad chest sat a Superman-style “S” Friday at Chartiers Valley High School during the first …
Derry swimmers, divers prepare for WPIALs
By Karen Kadilak
Planning to taper soon for the WPIAL championships, members of the Derry boys and girls swimming teams will be getting some well-deserved rest, coach Jeff …
WCCA Hoopfest set for Saturday
By Staff Report
Eight girls basketball teams will cap off the regular season Saturday at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Hoopfest at Greensburg Salem. Play begins at 2 p.m. with Mt. Pleasant vs. Burrell. Derry plays Jeannette at 3:30, Belle Vernon takes on Greensburg Central Catholic at 5 and Greensburg Salem hosts …
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Norwin’s Curtis Perz, Derry’s Allison Brownlee
By Andrew John
Curtis Perz School: Norwin Sport: Basketball Year: Junior Claim to fame:Perz scorded 20 points to lead Norwin (11-8, 5-5), who is battling for third place …
Hempfield, Latrobe swimmers collect county titles
By Gary Horvath
The Hempfield boys swimming team celebrated victories in the first and last events of the day and went home as the Westmoreland County Coaches Association …
Annual WCCA swimming championships help prepare teams for WPIAL meet
By Gary Horvath
Although the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming and diving championships are not on the same level of competition as next month’s WPIAL championships, the event …
After finishing 1st in sub-section, Derry set to host Section 2-AA tournament
By Paul Schofield
When the high school wrestling season began in December, Derry coach Mike Weinell had no idea what to expect from his team. Since the days …
Derry girls basketball team still has shot at postseason
By Kevin Ritchart
For the Derry girls basketball team, wins have been hard to come by this season. The Trojans entered the week 3-9 overall with a 1-6 mark in Section 3-AAA, but with a handful of section games remaining, the team still hopes to make a run at the WPIAL playoffs. To …
Derry hires Sweeney to helm football team
By Greg Reinbold
Derry’s search for a new football coach is officially over after the district’s school board approved hiring Tim Sweeney to the position at its meeting Thursday night. Sweeney replaces Al Gaiardo, who resigned in November citing personal reasons. The Trojans went 3-25 over Gaiardo’s three seasons. Sweeney was one of …
PIAA champs Smith, Pletcher win WCCA titles
By Paul Schofield
It’s a rarity when state champions match up during the regular season in wrestling. But four state champions squared off in two finals at the …
Derry names Sweeney head football coach
By Greg Reinbold
Tim Sweeney, a multisport standout at Derry in the early 1980s and played for the school’s lone Keystone Conference championship team, was named the Trojans football coach Thursday. Sweeney replaces Al Gaiardo, who resigned in November for personal reasons. The Trojans went 3-25 in Gaiardo’s three seasons. Sweeney played at …

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