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Versatility helps 2-time PIAA champ Blackhawk adjust to graduation loss

By Andrew Erickson
Chassidy Omogrosso, Courtney Vannoy and Bridgette Shaffer combined to take over the 2015 PIAA Class AAA championship game, leading Blackhawk to a 46-40 win over ...
HSFB preview: New coaches set to lead teams to victory
By Chris Harlan
There’s a first-year head coach in the WPIAL who’s leading a Class A program, but most everybody already knows his name. Meet coach Jason Gildon. ...
Gorman: An ‘honor’ to follow a legend
By Kevin Gorman
Joe Lamenza jokes that if he had a nickel for every time he was asked about following Joe Hamilton as Blachawk football coach, he’d be ...
New coach Lamenza brings change to Blackhawk
By Karen Price
For Joe Lamenza, the Blackhawk coaching job was more than a good fit. It was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. “It’s a destination for ...
Central Catholic’s DeRenzo named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Chris Harlan
PLAYER OF THE YEAR DOMENIC DERENZO Central Catholic, Senior, Catcher When Central Catholic’s season ended, Domenic DeRenzo hurried off to Martha’s Vineyard for a ...
Shaler girls lacrosse wins 3rd straight title; Quaker Valley takes D-I
By Gary Horvath
Buoyed by senior Shannon Lynch’s three second-half goals, the No. 2 Shaler girls lacrosse team overcame a 4-3 halftime deficit to win its third consecutive ...
Blackhawk girls set to face 2-time defending champ Shaler for title
By Bill Hartlep
After coming so close the past few seasons, the Blackhawk girls lacrosse team has finally reached the pinnacle of WPIAL competition. Losses to Chartiers Valley ...
Knoch baseball advances to semis for 1st time with win over Blackhawk
By William Whalen
Alex Stobert saved Knoch’s season. With Knoch down by a run with two outs in the sixth inning, the junior doubled to shallow center to put ...
High school notebook: WPIAL honors scholar-athletes
By George Guido
The vastly expanded WPIAL scholar-athlete luncheon Monday included 20 individuals who received $1,000 each in scholarship money to their chosen colleges. The program honored two or four athletes in its previous 23 years. Girls receiving scholarships at the Green Tree DoubleTree hotel were Maria Fleck (Mohawk), Madeline Holmberg (Hempfield), Victoria Kocsuta (Montour), ...
Trib Cup: Blackhawk baseball ready for postseason run
By Alex Oltmanns
Winning three of its last four regular season games by a lone run, the Blackhawk baseball team appeared ready for the close-natured games that playoff baseball typically brings. So when first-round opponent Deer Lakes mounted a late three-run rally, the Cougars were well-equipped to close out the game. After allowing three runs ...
Deer Lakes can’t get big hit against Blackhawk
By George Guido
Throughout Blackhawk’s 14-year WPIAL baseball playoff run, the common thread has been pitching. Even with record-setting pitcher Brendan McKay graduating last year and now turning heads at Louisville, the Cougars are back. On Tuesday, it was sophomore John Pence who struck out nine Deer Lakes batters in 52⁄3 innings and quelled several ...
Blackhawk hires Lamenza as football coach
By Tribune-Review
Blackhawk School Board hired Joe Lamenza as the district’s football coach Thursday night. Lamenza, who coached at Mohawk the past four seasons, replaces Joe Hamilton, who retired after last season after 39 years and a record of 295-155-8 with the Cougars. Lamenza also coached at West Mifflin and Slippery Rock High School ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Blackhawk’s Joe Campagna, West Greene’s Bailey Bennington
By Brian Graham
Joe Campagna School: Blackhawk Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Campagna hit a grand slam and had five RBIs for Blackhawk in a 14-0 ...
Blackhawk’s Omogrosso, Vincentian’s Wise named state’s players of the year
By Staff Report
Blackhawk’s Chassidy Omogrosso and Vincentian Academy’s Brenna Wise continue to defend their titles. Less than two weeks after they each helped their girls basketball teams ...
Trib Cup: North Allegheny, Blackhawk, Seton-La Salle, Vincentian lead winter standings
By Alex Oltmanns
More than just a recognition of marquee sports like football and basketball, the Trib Cup tabulates a collection of sports, acknowledging the success of Western Pennsylvania high school athletics. Entering the home stretch of this year’s prep sports calendar, four schools excelled during the winter season as the top point scorers ...
Gorman: We will miss Omogrosso
By Kevin Gorman
Chassidy Omogrosso laughed at the little white lie, the one that has her listed at 5-foot-5 on Blackhawk’s roster. “I’m a good 5-3½, maybe 5-4,” Omogrosso said with a smile. “I really try not to let my height get to me. If you want to score, you find a way ...
High school basketball notebook: Aliquippa motivated by loss in PIAA title game
By Kevin Gorman  and Chris Harlan
In the moments after its first loss in 30 games, Aliquippa’s junior-heavy lineup promised to find motivation in Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia’s Conwell-Egan Catholic in ...
Blackhawk girls beat Archbishop Wood, defend PIAA hoops title
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — Blackhawk senior Chassidy Omogrosso scored 23 points, senior Courtney Vannoy had 17 and the Cougars defended their state title with a 46-40 ...
Defending champs Blackhawk, Seton-La Salle, Vincentian to face familiar foes in PIAA title games
By Chris Harlan
When everyone else had eyes on the top-ranked girls team in the country, Neumann-Goretti turned its attention to Seton-La Salle. “We have some unfinished business from ...
HS highlight reel: Roundball Classic set for April 18
By Tribune-Review
The top scorers in the area will be on display April 18 at the Roundball Classic all-star games at Geneva College. Chartiers Valley’s Matty McConnell ...
Previewing the PIAA girls basketball tournament
By Compiled By  bill Hartlep
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: Norwin (21-4), Penn Hills (16-10), North Allegheny (22-3), Bethel Park (20-5), Pine-Richland (21-5), Obama (16-8). Around the state: Defending PIAA ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: South Fayette’s Mike Carr, Blackhawk’s Courtney Vannoy
By Ed Phillipps
Mike Carr School: South Fayette Year: Junior Sport: Wrestling Claim to fame: The 138-pounder has amassed a 40-0 record while claiming WPIAL and Southwest Regional ...
Blackhawk girls top South Fayette to repeat as WPIAL Class AAA champs
By Ed Phillipps
Fans of the Blackhawk girls basketball team showed up at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday in highlighter-bright T-shirts to cheer on their team. The ...
HS highlight reel: WPIAL releases football schedules, Blackhawk coach honored
By Tribune-Review
Armstrong will begin its inaugural football season with a home game Sept. 4 against Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference foe Hollidaysburg, according to the season schedule the WPIAL released. The Riverhawks will be comprised of players from the soon to be merged Kittanning and Ford City high schools. Practices officially begin ...
Gorman: Farewell to a classy coach
By Kevin Gorman
Of the zillion questions asked by his granddaughter, Allie, who was writing his autobiography for an English class, one stood out to Joe Hamilton. ...
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