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Plenty of reason for optimism in Jeanette team’s disappointing baseball season

By Brian Knavish
Now it’s time to focus on the future. The Jeannette Senior American Legion Baseball team stumbled to a disappointing 4-16 record this season. The reasons for the poor play are varied — from injuries to pitching depth to a compressed schedule. But some of it was just bad baseball, said …
Jeannette junior Legion season comes to a close
By Dave Moio
Marcus Clarkson is like any other head coach of a competitive sports team in that he wants to win. Winning, however, is not the only …
Jeannette senior team battled injuries, inexperience this season
By Brian Knavish
Season in Review  Part one of three Sometimes a record is misleading. Sometimes a good record is the result of luck rather than talent. And sometimes a bad record is deceiving and a team’s play isn’t accurately reflected in the number. There’s no sugarcoating this season, however. It was a …
Jeanneatte junior Legion to learn post season fate on Saturday
By Dave Moio
Jeannette junior Legion finished its regular season schedule last week and may have done enough to play their way into the postseason tournament. Playoff pairings …
Out of playoffs, undermanned Jeannette senior Legion endures more losses
By Brian Knavish
As injuries mount and inexperience shows, the season is slipping away from the Jeannette senior American Legion baseball team. After dropping four games last week, Jeannette entered this week with a 4-12 record and is now out of playoff contention in Westmoreland County American Legion Baseball, District 31. “It’s not …
Jeannette senior Legion knows playoff window is closing
By Brian Knavish
The window is closing. Jeannette senior American Legion baseball coach Jules Ponterio knows that there is precious little margin for error the rest of the …
Coach: Jeannette junior Legion team needs to improve batting
By Dave Moio
Maybe the best thing that happened to Jeannette junior American Legion last week was the rain. Jeannette dropped a pair of games to the Police …
Coach: Best games ahead for Jeannette junior Legion team
By Dave Moio
Jeannette junior Legion followed a script in both of last week’s games, but the script was not exactly the one the team would ideally like …
Jeannette senior Legion team enters second half optimistic
By Brian Knavish
The Jeannette senior American Legion baseball team entered the week with a 4-6 record, an impressive pitching staff, bats that are waking up and plenty …
Jeannette junior Legion team is improving
By Dave Moio
Jeannette junior Legion must have a thing for nostalgia, or at least recent history. For the second consecutive season, Jeannette began the season struggling through …
Jeannette senior Legion battles through pitching injuries
By Brian Knavish
Entering the season, Jeannette senior American Legion baseball coach Jules Ponterio pointed to his duo of experienced starting pitchers, Rob Duffy and Nick Spangler — …
Jeannette grad proud of DI baseball career at St. Bonaventure
By Brian Knavish
It’s no surprise that Brian Weightman will look back fondly on his days as a college baseball player; most former college athletes treasure the time …
Stellar softball career comes to a close for Jeannette grad Cortazzo
By Brian Knavish
There were two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied 2-2 in a post-season playoff …
Pitchers, hitters look strong for Jeannette senior Legion team
By Brian Knavish
As he discussed his roster just days before there start of the season, there was a sense of optimism in the voice of Jules Ponterio, manager of the Jeannette senior American Legion baseball team. “This is probably the strongest pitching staff that we’ve had here in the four years that …
Jeannette grad sees ‘nice ride’ end with Bethany baseball
By Brian Knavish
Jordan Ault was behind the plate one last time Saturday. When the Bethany College baseball team lost to Penn State Behrend 8-2 in the NCAA …
Bishop Canevin’s Sonson stymies Jeannette in 1st-round win
By Gary Horvath
Jeannette’s high-powered offense was held at bay Monday, as Bishop Canevin upset the Jayhawks, 2-1, in the first round of the WPIAL Class A softball playoffs at Hampton. The Crusaders will play Jefferson-Morgan in the quarterfinals Tuesday at 4 p.m. at California (Pa.). After averaging more than 10 runs per …
Jeannette seniors sign letters of intent to play collegiate sports
By Kristie Linden
This spring, three Jeannette High School seniors signed their intentions to play sports at the collegiate level. Michael Wise signed this month and will play …
Jeannette softball ready for postseason run
By Dave Moio
Regular season success gives a team one thing in high school sports — opportunities. The Jeannette Lady Jayhawks have opportunities thanks to an 11-1 run …
Jayhawks close out season 1 win shy of playoff berth
By Dave Moio
Moral victories might be good for the soul, but they are not very good for playoff contenders. Actual victories are much more useful in that …
Jeannette grad Weightman a leader in St. Bonaventure clubhouse
By Brian Knavish
Brian Weightman’s contributions to his baseball team extend far beyond what you see in the box score. Weightman, a Jeannette High School graduate, has been …
Jeannette grad helps Bethany baseball to postseason
By Brian Knavish
The ride isn’t over just yet for Jordan Ault. The Jeannette High School graduate is a senior catcher on the Bethany College baseball team, which …
Jeannette grad pushes Gannon to softball playoffs yet again
By Brian Knavish
It’s no coincidence. Jeannette High School graduate Kirstie Cortazzo has been with the Gannon University Softball team for four years and the team has now …
Jeannette keeps pace in Section 4-AA
By Gary Horvath
At the start of the season, Jeannette baseball coach Markus Clarkson didn’t know what to expect from Zack Altieri, or the rest of the team …
Harlan: Jam Fest puts bounce in Western Pa. basketball talent
By Chris Harlan
An all-star lineup from Los Angeles traveled across the country this week for the Pittsburgh Jam Fest, an AAU basketball event that drew hundreds of out-of-state teams to gyms around this area. The California team’s roster included a son of Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew. Yet, miles from home, the …
Jeannette softball remains perfect in section play
By Dave Moio
Any starting pitcher knows that the second time through a lineup is typically more difficult than the first. Hitters make adjustments, all of a pitcher’s …

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