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Despite losses, Mt. Pleasant looks for success
By Jason Black
It’s a familiar story for Mt. Pleasant. Each year, the Vikings lose high-caliber players in key positions, yet they still find ways to win. Mt. ...
Mt. Pleasant boys expect more success on the links
By Jason Black
With four starters lost to graduation, the Mt. Pleasant boys golf team may be challenged to duplicate last season’s performance in which the playoff-bound Vikings ...
Mt. Pleasant tennis optimistic despite graduating top 2 players
By Jason Black
The Mt. Pleasant girls tennis team had to do everything it could to qualify for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs last season. In a revamped ...
Deflategate puts pressure on high school football coaches to follow rules
By Chris Harlan
Every football at North Allegheny must pass the squeeze test before it’s ready for Friday night. It’s often the defensive line coach who inflates the footballs, ...
Mt. Pleasant girls golf poised for more success
By Jason Black
When the Mt. Pleasant girls golf team rolled to a Section 1-AA championship with an undefeated record and advanced all the way to the WPIAL ...
Mt. Pleasant, other area teams begin PIAA-mandated acclimatization period
By Jason Black
Throughout the course of the summer, high school football teams do their best to prepare for the season. Many teams take advantage of summer conditioning and ...
Mt. Pleasant baseball coach Hudzema resigns
By Jason Black
Tom Hudzema, who coached the Mt. Pleasant baseball team since 2009, resigned the position over the weekend. Hudzema coached the Vikings for seven seasons, compiled a record of 68-67 and led the team to playoff appearances in 2010 and ‘12. “It’s time,” Hudzema said. “My wife has put up with ...
Bilinsky excited for role as Mt. Pleasant athletic director
By A.J. Panian
As Mt. Pleasant’s new athletic director, Allan Bilinsky said he understands the district’s standard of sporting excellence. “You see ‘MP,’ you know it’s Mt. Pleasant,” said ...
Mt. Pleasant tandem falls in PIAA quarterfinals
By Staff Report
The Mt. Pleasant doubles tandem of Noah Cenkner and Alex Temple started out well before bowing out of the PIAA Class AA doubles tournament Friday at Hershey Racquet Club. Playing as the third-place team from the WPIAL, Temple, a senior, and Cenkner, a junior, began the state tournament with a 6-4, ...
Connellsville’s Wiltrout sets WPIAL championship record in javelin
By Jason Black
One week after breaking a national high school record in the girls javelin with a throw of 185 feet, 8 inches, Connellsville sophomore Madison Wiltrout ...
Mt. Pleasant softball storms past Highlands in WPIAL playoff game
By Jason Black
Falling behind by three runs in the first inning was not how the Mt. Pleasant softball team planned to start the playoffs. However, after a ...
Three Connellsville-area teams qualify for softball playoffs
By Jason Black
On Thursday, the WPIAL released its softball playoff pairings, and the members of three local teams now know the path they must take in order to win a championship. Frazier, Southmoreland and Mt. Pleasant all qualified for the postseason, and each team will be in action next week. Mt. Pleasant (7-10) will ...
Penn-Trafford softball scores 11 runs in a row, pounds Mt. Pleasant
By Jason Black
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren Shaheen likes to use games her team plays as a learning tool. Friday’s nonsection game against visiting Penn-Trafford offered her ...
Mt. Pleasant, Frazier seniors to play in Roundball Classic
By Jason Black
When Mt. Pleasant’s Alexa Szelong and Frazier’s Cassidy Guiser walked off the court at the end of the 2014-15 high school basketball season, both seniors ...
Mt. Pleasant’s Cenkner looking for WPIAL tennis success
By Jason Black
Noah Cenkner was one set win away from claiming the Section 1-AA individual boys tennis championship at Greensburg Racquet Club last week. But that’s when ...
Southmoreland softball remains unbeaten after win over Mt. Pleasant
By Jason Black
For the first three innings of Thursday’s Section 4-AAA softball game between Mt. Pleasant and visiting Southmoreland, everything went the way of the home team. ...
Mt. Pleasant baseball team hopes to win with pitching
By Dave Stofcheck
Coach Tom Hudzema believes his Mt. Pleasant baseball squad’s strength lies in a deep, talented group of starting pitchers. The Vikings will compete in Section ...
Nominees announced for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete awards
By Paul Schofield
Westmoreland County Senior Judge John J. Driscoll can still see Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Sid Bream sliding home to defeat the Pirates in the 1992 National League Championship Series. It was gut-wrenching loss for him and many Pirates fans. The manager of that Pirates team, Jim Leyland, who also managed ...
Connellsville baseball wins W.Pa. opener after Southern trip
By Jason Black
Following a successful spring trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Connellsville baseball team remained hot in their first game of the season in Western Pennsylvania. The ...
Mt. Pleasant track teams full of confidence
By Jason Black
As with most local spring sports teams, the members of the Mt. Pleasant track program have had to battle the elements in an effort to ...
New section will be a test for Mt. Pleasant boys tennis team
By Dave Stofcheck
If you follow the Mt. Pleasant boys tennis team, it shouldn’t take long to spot a few key changes heading into Section 1-AA play. After serving as a longtime assistant under Tony Splendore, Matt Gross has taken over as head coach. He will be tasked with guiding the Vikings through ...
Young Mt. Pleasant lineup features promising prospects
By Jason Black
In her second year as coach of the Mt. Pleasant softball team, Lauren Shaheen can’t help but be excited about the future of the program. ...
Laurel Highlands boys team posts strong start at PIAA meet
By Doug Gulasy
Logan Knoyer was just hoping for a spot in the championship finals on the first day of the PIAA swimming championships, but the Laurel Highlands junior did better than that. Knoyer finished fourth in the boys 50-yard freestyle, earning his first career state medal, at the PIAA Class AA meet Wednesday ...

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