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Young Blackhawk team gunning for postseason

By Kevin Ritchart
One win was all that stood between Blackhawk and a WPIAL playoff berth last season. The Cougars finished with a 3-6 overall record and a …
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Chris Harlan
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Brendan McKay Blackhawk, senior, pitcher Crowds gathered whenever Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay pitched, with high school baseball fans and pro scouts eager …
Blackhawk’s McKay focused on CWS games
By Jason Mackey
Brendan McKay has a decision to make. He has a much-needed diversion, too. Louisville, the school McKay could play baseball for next season, opened the College World Series on Saturday night against Vanderbilt, and McKay, a senior left-hander at Blackhawk, was planning to watch intently. “It’s fun to see all …
Baseball, softball teams look to regroup after WPIAL playoff letdowns
By Jason Mackey
Give Blackhawk baseball coach Bob Amalia a choice, and the decision is easy. WPIAL or PIAA championship? Amalia’s taking the latter. “If you’re out of state and you told someone you won your district, they might think that’s good, but they don’t know how many teams are in your district,” …
Blackhawk star pitcher McKay has innings total adjusted
By Chris Harlan
The scoreless innings streak built by Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay was actually a little longer than first thought. When Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia reviewed last season’s scorebook Friday morning, he found an additional two-thirds of an inning that had been overlooked, increasing McKay’s scoreless total to 721⁄3 innings. That ties …
West Allegheny upsets star pitcher McKay, Blackhawk for title
By Jason Mackey
Pitcher Brendan McKay’s scoreless-innings streak ended with a thud. Same for the Blackhawk baseball team’s hopes of winning a third WPIAL Class AAA title, as …
Breaking down the WPIAL baseball championships
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA Baldwin vs. Seneca Valley 5 p.m. Wednesday, Consol Energy Park No. 2 Baldwin (16-2) Coach: Dan Caponi No. Name Pos. Yr. 21 Nick Bernick SS Sr. 24 Morgan Schmitt 1B Jr. 9 Tom …
Blackhawk’s McKay tosses no-hitter, drives in 5 in victory
By Dave Mackall
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay showed he can hit, too. While McKay’s usual dominant pitching was on display for the top-seeded Cougars, it was overshadowed by his offense during a 15-0 rout of West Mifflin on Thursday night at North Allegheny in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game called in the bottom …
West Mifflin baseball team preparing to face Blackhawk ace McKay
By Dave Mackall
The West Mifflin baseball team’s trip into unchartered territory was delayed Wednesday by the threat of rain, but the Titans figure they’re likely to face …
Blackhawk ace Brendan McKay has pro scouts swooning in advance of June draft
By Chris Harlan
Each with a radar gun in hand, a half dozen professional scouts squeezed into the press box at Chippewa Park while others waited on the …
Breaking down the WPIAL baseball playoffs
By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA THE FAVORITE Hempfield won Section 2, likely the strongest Class AAAA section this season, with an offense led by OF Joey DeFloria, 1B …
High school notebook: Hampton’s Luther edges New Castle’s Hooker in all-state player of the year voting
By Chris Harlan
Despite four head-to-head losses, Hampton senior Ryan Luther was chosen over New Castle’s Malik Hooker as the state’s Class AAAA boys basketball player of the …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Blackhawk’s Cody Bain, Seneca Valley’s Nikki Matz
By Brian Graham
Cody Bain School: Blackhawk Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Bain pitched a no-hitter and struck out 15 batters to help the Class AAA …
Trib Cup: North Allegheny, Blackhawk, Seton-La Salle, Vincentian lead winter standings
By Brian Graham
The temperature may not indicate that the winter is over, but the second portion of the WPIAL high school calendar has changed with four of the top districts climbing the ranks of the Trib Total Media/WPXI High School Sports award standings. North Allegheny (Class AAAA), Blackhawk (Class AAA), Seton-La Salle …
Blackhawk girls nab PIAA Class AAA title
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Blackhawk junior guard Chassidy Omogrosso felt the momentum change early in the third quarter. Her team was trailing the entire game to District …
Trib Cup: Blackhawk girls set to make history
By Brian Graham
The Blackhawk girls basketball team is one win away from doing something the program hasn’t done in 14 years. The Cougars will look to win …
Breaking down the PIAA basketball finals
By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA New Castle vs. La Salle College 8 p.m. Saturday, Giant Center New Castle (30-0) Coach: Ralph Blundo No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. 3 Drew Allen G 6-0 Sr. 5 Jake McPhatter G/F 5-11 Sr. 22 Anthony …
Standout WPIAL pitchers learn importance of changing speed
By Bill West
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay broke onto the WPIAL baseball scene three seasons ago with a curveball that baffled and two fastball variations that zoomed past all …
Breaking down the PIAA basketball semifinals
By Compiled By   Tribune-Review
Class AAAA New Castle (29-0) vs. Abington (25-5) 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chambersburg Winner plays: The winner of Chester (25-5) vs. La Salle College (22-6) How they got here: WPIAL champion New Castle defeated Bethel Park, 71-64, in the first round; North Allegheny, 64-54, in the second round; and Hampton …
Blackhawk girls hang on to defeat Hickory
By George Guido
Undefeated Hickory was looking to upset a WPIAL powerhouse for the second time in 48 hours in Saturday afternoon’s PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal. Instead, WPIAL champion Blackhawk held on to defeat the Hornets, 48-45, at Butler. After defeating defending PIAA champion South Park on Thursday night with a buzzer-beater, a …
Blackhawk fights past sloppy 1st half to beat Mercyhurst
By Ed Phillipps
For the first two quarters of the Blackhawk girls’ PIAA Class AAA first-round game against Mercyhurst Prep, the Cougars didn’t look like a playoff-caliber team. …
Breaking down the PIAA girls basketball playoffs
By Compiled By Jason Mackey
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: Penn-Trafford (20-6), Hempfield (17-9), Fox Chapel (19-5), North Allegheny (22-2), Mt. Lebanon (16-6), Obama Academy (14-6) Around the state: Three of …
No. 1 Blackhawk downs South Park for 6th WPIAL championship
By Gary Horvath
Halle Denman is a girl of few words, both on and off the court, so she let her play do the talking Saturday. The Blackhawk …
Breaking down the WPIAL basketball finals
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA New Castle vs. Hampton 7 p.m. Saturday, Palumbo Center New Castle (25-0, No. 1 seed) Coach: Ralph Blundo No., Name, Pos., Ht., Yr. …
No. 1 Blackhawk uses late run to edge West Mifflin in WPIAL semifinals
By Gary Horvath
Blackhawk coach Steve Lodovico said before the season even started that this year his team was on a mission to finish. The Cougars (22-2) are now just one step away from completing that mission after a 68-57 win in their WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game against No. 12 West Mifflin …

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