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Derry football coach proud of growth team showed this season

By Kevin Ritchart
When Tim Sweeney took over the Derry football program in January, his goals for the 2014 season had nothing to do with wins and losses. ...
Derry girls volleyball goes down swinging in WPIAL Class AA playoffs
By Kevin Ritchart
The Derry girls volleyball team had its share of ups and downs during the 2014 season. And despite being eliminated from the postseason last week, ...
Derry volleyball looks to bounce back
By Karen Kadilak
After a strong first half, the Derry girls volleyball team so far has struggled in the second part of the season. The Trojans (6-4 in Section 3-AA) dropped their last three matches through last week and entered this week’s matches in fourth place. They lost to West Shamokin for a second time ...
Multisport athletes help Derry cross country find success
By Kevin Lohman
Coming into this season, Derry cross country coach Joe Bundy expected his boys and girls teams to improve incrementally. The improvement that Bundy says he has seen so far hasn’t been incremental. The Trojans have improved by leaps and bounds. “Last year was a rebuilding year, the team was young. I ...
Derry tennis hitting stride in Section 3
By Kevin Lohman
The Derry girls tennis team opened up section play this season with a five-match winning streak; since then the Trojans (8-3, 7-1) have continued their warpath and now find themselves in second place in Section 3-AA. The red-hot start didn’t come as a total surprise to coach Tom Tatone, but he ...
Derry tops Charleroi to end losing streak
By Les Harvath
With 20 seconds remaining, first-year Derry coach Tim Sweeney saw it coming. With his Trojans upending visiting Charleroi, 35-6, Sweeney was on the receiving end of the ice bucket treatment, and it had nothing to do with charity. “I saw them coming out of the corner of my eye,” Sweeney smiled, ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Galen Kreutzberger, Derry’s Lauren Felix
By Andrew John
Galen Kreutzberger School: Penn-Trafford Year: Senior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Kreutzberger scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lead Penn-Trafford (2-0) ...
Experienced Derry volleyball team relying on senior class
By Alex Oltmanns
After going through last season without a single returning starter from the year before, the Derry girls volleyball team’s roster was composed of primarily inexperienced players. But as the team begins play in 2014, the Trojans are using the previous 6-7 campaign as a learning experience and now feature five returning ...
No. 10 Mt. Pleasant uses 4th-quarter outburst to pull away
By Les Harvath
Mt. Pleasant exploded for three touchdowns in a 90-second span early in the fourth quarter to break open a tight Class AA Interstate Conference game to defeat host Derry, 35-7, on Friday night. Trailing 14-7 at the half, Derry took the second-half kickoff and marched from its 20-yard line to ...
Former player set to lead Derry soccer
By Alex Oltmanns
Entering the 2014 season, Derry will look to one of its alums to help lead the boys soccer team to new heights. David Nicholson, a 1999 Derry graduate, ascends to the position after spending the last two years as a volunteer assistant on the Trojans sideline. “It’s kind of exciting for me ...
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 the ...
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 for ...
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 match ...
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 had nothing ...
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, Vasinko ...

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