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Taliani’s 3 homers propel Deer Lakes to 2nd WPIAL softball title in 4 seasons

By Bill Beckner Jr. 6:33 p.m.
Deer Lakes softball coach Craig Taliani likes to pitch tiny, Great Northern Beans to his players during pregame batting practice, a trick he learned while …
WPIAL Class AA softball championship capsule
By Bill Beckner Jr.
WPIAL Class AA softball championship No. 1 seed Deer Lakes (20-1) vs. No. 2 Mohawk (16-0) 2 p.m. Thursday at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field • Coaches: Craig Taliani, Deer Lakes (11th year, 154-52); Brad Hruska (1st year, 16-0). • Road to the finals: Deer Lakes: Defeated South Allegheny, 4-2, ...
Edwards leads Deer Lakes softball into WPIAL title game
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Few softball moments have come close to rivalling the one Deer Lakes’ Tiffany Edwards experienced in 2012. She joined her teammates in a vibrant celebration ...
Breaking down the 2015 WPIAL softball championships
By Bill Hartlep
Breaking down the 2015 WPIAL softball championships Class AAAA Hempfield vs. North Allegheny 7 p.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.) No. ...
Deer Lakes outfield a ‘great mix’ of speed, arm strength
By Bill Beckner Jr.
You could argue that Deer Lakes’ outfield is the glue that holds an airtight defense together. “We’re not the glue,” left fielder Maria Taliani said. “It’s ...
Deer Lakes softball team seeking 2nd WPIAL championship in 4 years
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The sting of back-to-back championship game losses still resonates with the Deer Lakes softball team. But another torrid regular season and playoff run has the ...
Deer Lakes’ own field of dreams — North Allegheny
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Her face framed in a vibrant smile, Deer Lakes junior Maria Taliani put her team’s fondness for North Allegheny’s softball field in picture-this form. “You ...
Deer Lakes softball reaches WPIAL Class AA title game after routing Steel Valley, 10-0
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes’ softball season started at the beach. Now, the Lancers are California dreaming — again. Another big offensive output propelled the team to its fourth ...
Deer Lakes senior Gozzard delivers when it counts
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Katie Gozzard is fine with somebody using the ‘S’ word to describe her performance in the batter’s box earlier this season. It is no secret. Shhh ...
A-K Valley softball playoff capsule: No. 1 Deer Lakes vs. No. 12 Steel Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
WPIAL Class AA softball SEMIFINALS No. 1 Deer Lakes (19-1) vs. No. 12 Steel Valley (9-6) 4 p.m. Thursday, North Allegheny • Winner plays:  No. 2 Mohawk (15-0)/No. 3 Seton-La Salle (15-0)  winner in championship game May 28 at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field. • Extra bases: Deer Lakes ...
Deer Lakes softball advances to WPIAL semifinals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes senior pitcher Tiffany Edwards developed a leg cramp during the top of the seventh inning Tuesday and wasn’t able to push off like ...
Streaks on line for Deer Lakes, Burrell softball
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With a combined 26 consecutive wins, Deer Lakes and Burrell will have to come to terms with a humbling realization heading into their playoff meeting ...
A-K Valley playoff softball capsule
By Bill Beckner Jr.
WPIAL Class AA softball quarterfinals No. 9 Burrell (12-4) vs. No. 1 Deer Lakes (18-1) 4 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Chapel • Winner plays: No. 4 Ellwood City (13-3) or No. 12 Steel Valley (8-6). • Extra bases: Burrell has been one of the hottest offensive teams in the WPIAL, ...
A-K Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel baseball making history
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Fox Chapel was fortunate to get in the maximum 20 games during the WPIAL baseball regular season. And coach Mike Frank made sure his team ...
Deer Lakes boys volleyball bows out of WPIAL playoffs
By William Whalen
The Deer Lakes boys volleyball players didn’t know him by name coming into the match, but they knew his number. And the Lancers had no ...
Top-seeded Deer Lakes softball survives scare
By William Whalen
It wasn’t supposed to be easy, but it wasn’t supposed to be this tough, either. Top-seeded Deer Lakes opened the WPIAL Class AA softball playoffs with ...
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 ...
Top-seeded Fox Chapel boys volleyball team finds comfort zone
By Doug Gulasy
Fox Chapel’s seed in the WPIAL volleyball playoffs is new. Its position is entirely familiar. Although the Foxes were tabbed as the No. 1 seed for ...
A-K Valley WPIAL softball playoffs capsules
By Tribune-Review
Class AAA First round No. 15 Knoch (8-8) v s. No. 2 Yough (1 4-3) 4 p.m. Wednesday at Latrobe Winner plays: No. 7 ...
Deer Lakes volleyball set for 1st-round matchup
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL boys volleyball playoffs Class AA first round No. 6 Deer Lakes (7-3) vs. No. 11 Keystone Oaks (8-7) 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Deer Lakes Winner gets: No. 3 Beaver County Christian (8-2) Aces: This is a rematch from last season’s WPIAL first round, which Deer ...
A-K Valley WPIAL baseball playoff capsules
By Doug Gulasy
Class AAA First round No. 2 Knoch (15-2) vs. No. 15 Belle Vernon (9-7) 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Chapel Winner plays: ...
A-K Valley softball teams using 2 pitchers more often
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Unlike baseball, which has rest rules for pitchers, softball has no such restrictions. The same girl could throw every inning of every game. “If you ...
Alle-Kiski softball teams lack experience against out-of-section foes
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Riverview’s Sadie Buchser and Jess Kelley of Freeport are used to travel softball where teams can play an excess of 50 games in one summer ...
Breaking down the 2015 WPIAL softball playoffs
By Bill Hartlep
A preview of the 2015 WPIAL softball playoffs: CLASS AAAA Defending champion: Shaler The favorite: Hempfield topped No. 2 seed North Allegheny, 7-0, Wednesday night ...
HS highlight reel: WPIAL announces softball playoff pairings
By Tribune-Review
Hempfield (Class AAAA), Belle Vernon (AAA), Deer Lakes (AA) and Chartiers-Houston (A) earned the top seeds Thursday when the WPIAL released pairings for its postseason softball tournament. Play begins Monday with preliminary-round games and Tuesday and Wednesday with first-round games. All four WPIAL championship games are scheduled for May 28 at ...

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