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South Allegheny looking for bounce-back season

By Dave Mackall
A year after making its first WPIAL playoff appearance in 26 seasons, expectations at South Allegheny dwindled when the Gladiators were hit with injuries to …
South Allegheny hoping to reverse course, start winning
By Dave Mackall
As his football team prepared to meet West Mifflin in its second preseason scrimmage Friday night, South Allegheny coach Pat Monroe was reminded of an …
Daily News spotlight athletes: Elizabeth Forward’s Luke Padezan, South Allegheny’s Julia Giannandrea
By Robert Stinner
Luke Padezan School: Elizabeth Forward Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Padezan pitched a six-inning complete game, racking up nine strikeouts last week in …
Lisi’s labor of love paying off for South Allegheny track and field program
By Dave Mackall
It was another dark and quiet drive home to the east end of Westmoreland County for South Allegheny track and field coach Michael Lisi. He’s used to it, mind you, living in the rural Four-Mile Run area southwest of Ligonier. Lisi doesn’t worry about gas money. He’s more concerned about …
Daily News spotlight athletes: South Allegheny’s Tyler Ellwood, Steel Valley’s Maddie Cotter
By Robert Stinner
Tyler Ellwood School: South Allegheny Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Ellwood went 3 for 3 and knocked in three runs to help South …
All-Star football game helps Franklin Regional move on in wake of school stabbings
By Dave Mackall
If Greg Botta could have been at Franklin Regional on Sunday to witness a football practice, he likely would have been there early and stayed …
Steel Valley’s Cotter lifts Ironmen to win
By Dave Mackall
Steel Valley scored just one run Tuesday, but it was all the Ironmen softball team needed to take over sole possession of first place in Section 4-AA. Maddie Cotter pitched a two-hitter as visiting Steel Valley beat South Allegheny, 1-0, to move a half-game ahead of idle Charleroi for the …
South Allegheny southpaw dominates Charleroi
By Dave Mackall
Brenna Pribanic nearly was flawless. The South Allegheny sophomore left-hander pitched a one-hitter on Tuesday as the Gladiators shut down visiting No. 5 Charleroi 2-0 in a WPIAL Section 4-AA softball game, the Cougars’ first loss. Jordan Swarmer’s fourth-inning triple was the only Charleroi hit off Pribanic, who struck out …
South Allegheny baseball looks to change losing trend
By Mark Kaboly
After six consecutive losing seasons with the last two being four-win, last-place finishes, South Allegheny baseball coach Mark Suckfiel isn’t into promising anything — especially when it comes to competing for a playoff spot. “I don’t want to say that,” Suckfiel said about possibly making a run at the third …
South Allegheny softball has similar look of 2011 PIAA qualifier
By Mark Kaboly
They aren’t quite Hal’s Gals yet. But Hal Minford’s South Allegheny softball team could be heading down the path of the team of three years  ago affectionately known as ‘Hal’s  Gals’ that advanced to the WPIAL semifinals and qualified for the state  playoffs for the first time in school history. …
Norwin’s Phipps advances to PIAA quarterfinals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Norwin sophomore 195-pounder Drew Phipps doubled his efforts to improve his conditioning after he returned to wrestling following an injury recovery period that …
South Allegheny wrestler brings his ‘chip’ to Hershey
By Dave Mackall
Now the goal has shifted to the PIAA wrestling podium for South Allegheny junior Seth Hitchens. A state championship probably isn’t within his grasp, though. “We’re both realistic,” South Allegheny coach Tony DiGiorgio said. “We don’t expect him this year to be a state champion. He believes he can place. …
South Allegheny’s Hitchens focuses on his goal
By Bill West
When South Allegheny  junior Seth Hitchens studied the results from his weight class Friday night at the PIAA Class AA  Southwest Regional championships, he noticed …
Unbeaten Norwin sophomore Phipps one of 26 area wrestlers set for Southwest regional
By Dave Mackall
Norwin sophomore Drew Phipps appears to be making the most of his abbreviated wrestling season, taking an unbeaten record into the PIAA Class AAA Southwest …
Yough sends 2 wrestlers to semifinals
By Staff Report
A pair of Yough wrestlers kept their WPIAL title hopes alive Friday night at the Class AA wrestling championships at Chartiers Valley. Clay Waldron defeated …
South Allegheny wrestlers have lofty goals
By Mark Kaboly
South Allegheny wrestling coach Tony DiGiorgio is adamant when he says its team first and individual second. That philosophy helped South Allegheny to a third-place finish in its fourth consecutive WPIAL team tournament last month. Now it’s the time to look out for No. 1. Six South Allegheny wrestlers qualified …
Frazier boys basketball team boots South Allegheny from postseason
By Mark Kaboly
Sure, it was South Allegheny’s first playoff game in more than a decade. And sure, the Gladiators exceeded expectations by putting a decade of disappointment — a 59-165 record and no winning seasons — behind them. But that’s something that second-year coach Tony DiCenzo and South Allegheny will be proud …
Serra Catholic boys exact revenge on South Allegheny
By Dave Mackall
It was payback time Friday night for Serra Catholic. In a reversal of roles from almost a year ago, the Eagles defeated playoff-bound South Allegheny, 59-47, in a one-sided WPIAL Section 3-AA boys basketball game at a packed Serra Catholic gym. “It was 364 days ago that we went went …
South Allegheny boys make long awaited return to postseason
By Mark Kaboly
If there is one team that can relate to playing meaningless basketball over the final week of the season, it’s South Allegheny. The Gladiators are …
Burrell wrestling team routs Ellwood City in playoff opener
By George Guido
The Burrell wrestling team took its first step toward an unprecedented eighth consecutive WPIAL Class AA team title with a 66-9 quarterfinal victory over Ellwood …
Baldwin to recognize pair of local gymnasts
By Ray Fisher
Area gymnasts Carly Biddle and Hallie Perozich will be lauded Friday as part of Baldwin’s senior recognition night at Premier Gym and Cheer. There are …
South Allegheny takes 3rd at Section 3-AA wrestling tournament
By Matt Grubba
Kittanning again was a roadblock for South Allegheny wrestling, but this time, the Gladiators were able to bounce back. South Allegheny took third place at …
Cook leads Gladiators to victory
By Dave Mackall
Until this season, Ty Cook had never played high school basketball. To watch him perform, you’d think he’d been playing all along. Cook avoided two potential serious injuries and scored 23 points to lead South Allegheny past visiting Serra Catholic, 51-33, in a WPIAL Section 3 game on Tuesday night. …
South Allegheny boys continue climbing Section 4 ladder
By Mark Kaboly
South Allegheny basketball coach Tony DiCenzo wasn’t particularly thrilled that his team let Riverview cut a 14-point first-half lead in half near the end of …
McKeesport Daily News Dynamic 33
By Daily News Staff
In a high school football season when Clairton’s monumental winning streak was stopped and McKeesport welcomed back legendary coach George Smith, there were quite a …

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