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New coach hopes to end rough stretch at Derry

By Andrew Erickson
Derry football has had a trying last two years, but first-year coach Tim Sweeney once again is trying to make things competitive. The Trojans have …
Derry girls soccer continues to show improvement
By Alex Oltmanns
The Derry girls soccer team’s record over the past two seasons might not show it, but the Trojans are a program on the rise. With just one win last season after a two-win season in 2012, Mark Curcio’s team is looking ahead to continued improvement in his fourth year at …
Lots of excitement for 1st-year coaches at Derry, Latrobe, Norwin
By Paul Schofield
You don’t have to be a high school football player to be excited about the start of the season. It also was a big day …
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Derry’s Ethan Huston, Latrobe’s Shelby Noel
By Andrew John
Ethan Huston School: Derry Sport: Volleyball Year: Senior Claim to fame: Huston recorded 16 kills for Derry (12-2) in a 3-1 loss to Ambridge in …
Derry volleyball coach reflects on Trojans’ special season
By Kevin Ritchart
When the season started, Derry boys volleyball coach Shawn Spencer knew what kind of team he had. He just didn’t know how far the team …
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Derry’s Matt Vasinko, Greensburg Salem’s Melissa Wagner
By Andrew John
Matt Vasinko School: Derry Sport: Volleyball Year: Senior Claim to fame: Vasinko, a Juniata recruit, recorded 12 kills to lead Derry to a 3-0 victory …
Ambridge volleyball gets best of Derry again in PIAA semifinals
By Ed Phillipps
With Tuesday’s volleyball match between Ambridge and Derry deadlocked at a game apiece, the Bridgers’ Lee Smith told his teammates during a timeout: “We got …
North Allegheny, Ambridge again claim WPIAL volleyball championships
By Alex Oltmanns
The North Allegheny boys volleyball team completed what seems like an annual spring ritual Thursday night at Baldwin — winning the WPIAL Class AAA title. …
North Allegheny, Ambridge facing familiar title-game foes
By Alex Oltmanns
If recent history is any indication, the fact the North Allegheny and Ambridge boys volleyball teams are playing for a WPIAL championship should come as no surprise. That trend will continue Thursday, as the top-seeded Tigers take on Norwin at  8 p.m. in the Class AAA final, and the Bridgers …
Derry volleyball advances in playoffs
By Kevin Lohman
In each of the last two seasons, the Derry boys volleyball team found itself coming up just one victory short of accomplishing its yearlong goal …
Despite using different lineups throughout season, Derry boys volleyball finding success
By Kevin Ritchart
“A lot.” That was the answer to a question Derry boys volleyball coach Shawn Spencer posed to his players at practice last Wednesday. The question …
Derry freshmen excel at WCCA meet
By Alex Oltmanns
The Derry track and field program could use plenty of excuses whenever its boys or girls squad doesn’t excel during a meet, but you won’t …
Derry baseball team holding out hope for playoff berth
By Kevin Ritchart
Over the course of a season, some losses hurt more than others. For the Derry baseball team, last Thursday’s 7-6 defeat at Mt. Pleasant hurt …
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 …

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