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Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Yough’s Blake Kosor, Derry’s Rachel Garris

By Andrew John
Blake Kosor School: Yough Sport: Basketball Year: Senior Claim to fame: Kosor, who is averaging 19.7 points this season, scored 19 points to lead Yough ...
Derry wrestlers chasing Section 2-AA title
By Andrew John
The Derry wrestling team might be comprised of some young wrestlers, but that doesn’t deter the Trojans from reaching for the stars. The Trojans will ...
Records expected to fall at WCCA swim meet
By Karen Kadilak
If recent history is any indication, records probably will fall at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming and diving championship meet Friday and Saturday at ...
Derry’s Elrick hopes for return trip to PIAA meet
By Karen Kadilak
Talent, along with an unassuming nature, has made Derry senior Morgan Elrick a stalwart on the Trojans’ swimming and diving team. Elrick, 18, has reached the ...
Injuries slow progress of Derry girls swim team
By Karen Kadilak
Though key competitors return, the Derry girls swimming team does not expect to finish as strongly as it did last season, when it was second …
Derry freshman Roberts makes quick impact for Section 3-leading Trojans
By Dave Mackall
Her teammates might not think of it as such a big deal, but Derry freshman Destiny Roberts values their support. After all, Roberts, already having ...
Derry’s Phillippi edges Latrobe’s Pletcher for 1st WCCA wrestling title
By Paul Schofield
Derry Area senior Micky Phillippi didn’t really celebrate after his first victory against Latrobe senior Luke Pletcher. He gave a slight clinched fist after the match, ...
Annual WCCA tournament to again feature some of state’s top wrestlers
By Paul Schofield
There are many storylines that can come out of the 63rd annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Franklin Regional. The ...
Latrobe senior Pletcher wins his 4th Powerade tourney championship
By Paul Schofield
Latrobe senior Luke Pletcher joined an elite group Wednesday at the 49th Powerade Wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan. With his 3-1 victory against friend and rival Micky ...
Top-ranked wrestlers Pletcher, Phillippi bring out best in each other
By Paul Schofield
When Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher lost to Waynesburg’s A.C. Headlee in the PIAA Class AAA 132-pound final in March, Derry’s Micky Phillippi was watching from the ...
Derry girls basketball chasing elusive winning season
By Zach Brendza
Last season the Derry girls basketball team made the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in seven years. The Trojans finished fourth in Section 3-AAA with a 7-7 section record and were 9-13 overall. Heading into this year, coach Rich Zemba thinks the Trojans can build off their success and accomplish ...
Derry boys basketball hoping to change losing ways
By Zach Brendza
It’s been a long time since Derry’s boys basketball team made the playoffs. It’s been an even longer time since it had a winning season. “You gotta get over that hump,” coach Damon Rause said. “You gotta hope that you maintain a group that stays together and stays committed.” The Trojans last ...
Latrobe, Derry runners qualify for PIAA meet
By Zach Brendza
The Latrobe and Derry cross country teams competed in the WPIAL championships at Cooper’s Lake Campground last week with a few runners standing out from the pack. The meet was highlighted by Derry’s Micky Phillippi and Brian Harr qualifying for the PIAA championship in the Class AA boys race. Latrobe’s Maria ...
Derry volleyball bounced from WPIAL playoffs after building 2-0 lead on Montour
By Kevin Lohman
It’s been 16 straight seasons in the WPIAL playoffs for the Derry girls volleyball team, but none of those postseason appearances had a finish that ...
Derry shuts out Waynesburg but falls short in bid for playoff berth
By Karen Price
Derry entered the regular-season finale against Waynesburg on Friday knowing if it won and Brownsville defeated Burgettstown that it would advance to the WPIAL playoffs. The Trojans did their part, winning 26-0. After the game, however, the players learned Brownsville lost and their season was over. “We’re an emotional locker room right ...
Derry girls soccer team shows improvement in 6-11 season
By Kevin Ritchart
The record doesn’t always tell the whole story. The Derry girls soccer team wrapped up its 2015 season last week with a 6-11 overall record and ...
Tri-State meet offers test for area’s elite cross country runners
By Paul Schofield
The hill near the two-mile mark at the Cal (Pa.) cross country course can make or break a runner. It’s steep and long. Mt. Lebanon senior ...
Derry tennis caps season in 1st round
By Zach Brendza
The Derry girls tennis team ended the season on an all-too-familiar sour note. The Trojans lost 4-1 to Greensburg Central Catholic in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs to end the season. Last year, Derry lost to GCC in the same circumstances by a score of 5-0. Derry hasn’t won a ...
Strong defense, blocked punt return key for Derry in win over Brownsville
By Les Harvath
Derry defensive lineman Matt Marron blocked a Brownsville punt and returned the ball 20 yards for a touchdown with 2:50 remaining in the game to give the Trojans a 15-12 come-from-behind victory over visiting Brownsville in the Class AA Interstate Conference on Friday. The win was the fourth straight in ...
Latrobe, Derry teams prepare for WCCA meet
By Zach Brendza
Eleven schools will travel to Youngwood Thursday to compete in this year’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet. The Latrobe and Derry cross country teams expect solid results at the event, hosted by Westmoreland County Community College. Latrobe coach Todd Simpson said the Latrobe girls team is a strong contender to ...
Derry rallies to down Southmoreland
By Jason Black
Russ Grimm Field has hosted many football games over the years, but the one Friday between Southmoreland and visiting Derry likely will rank as one ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Derry’s Tyler Balega
By Karen Price
Derry safety Tyler Balega is one of the few returning defensive starters from last year when the Trojans went from allowing an average of 56 ...
Derry girls soccer closing competitive gap in Section 1-AA
By Kevin Ritchart
The Derry girls soccer team is working at closing the gap. The Trojans, under the guidance of coach Mark Curcio, are trying to put years ...
Derry girls volleyball looks to keep postseason streak alive
By Zach Brendza
Derry girls volleyball has grown accustomed to one thing over the years: the postseason. The Trojans have made the WPIAL playoffs every year since 2000 under ...
Early touchdown sets tone for Mt. Pleasant in rout of Derry Area
By Les Harvath
Kyle Halterman scored on an 80-yard touchdown run 45 seconds into the game to lead No. 8 Mt. Pleasant to a 42-7 Class AA Interstate ...
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