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HS highlight reel: New members join WPIAL committees

By Tribune-Review
The WPIAL steering committees received a number of newcomers for this school year, a list that included five additions for the fall sports seasons. Knoch principal Todd Trofimuk (soccer), Carmichaels superintendent John Menhart (football), South Park coach Chuck Correll (tennis), Seneca Valley AD Heather Lewis (field hockey/girls lacrosse) and Norwin …
South Park has sights set on playoff payoff
By Jason Mackey 8:55 p.m.
A 5-5 record last season put South Park in the playoffs for the first time since 2005. For Eagles quarterback Nick Scholle, that changed everything. …
HSFB preview by position: Division I O-line recruits have something to prove
By Chris Harlan
Baldwin’s Sterling Jenkins and Hempfield’s Tony Pilato are both highly rated offensive linemen according to the national recruiting websites. The seniors are coveted for their …
Gorman: Podgorski to ‘punish’ foes
By Kevin Gorman
Ryan Podgorski has played every position on the offensive line, from left tackle to left guard to long snapper. The South Park star doesn’t have a preference on a position. “Wherever,” Podgorski said. “I’m versatile.” Where most colleges want him as a tackle, South Park coach Tom Loughran thinks Podgorski’s …
Elizabeth Forward baseball closes in on playoff berth
By Mark Kaboly
A week ago, it appeared to be an impossibility. Now it seems like a sure thing. Elizabeth Forward baseball coach Frank Champ didn’t buy it then and isn’t about to fall into that trap awaiting him Thursday. After winning three games in four days against some of the toughest competition …
South Park girls basketball coach Wells resigns
By Tribune-Review
After two WPIAL titles and one PIAA championship, Reggie Wells resigned Wednesday as girls basketball coach at South Park. Wells compiled a record of 176-62 over nine years. South Park won WPIAL titles in 2007-08 and 2012-13. The Eagles won a PIAA crown in 2012-13. — Staff reports …
Rainout makes playoff push difficult for Elizabeth Forward
By Mark Kaboly
Elizabeth Forward has a daunting enough task of needing to win its final four Section 4-AAA baseball games — within a span of a week — to qualify for the playoffs for the second straight year. Still, the Warriors and longtime coach Frank Champ felt the obligation to challenge the …
Mt. Pleasant softball team rocks South Park
By Jason Black
In Thursday’s nonsection softball game between Mt. Pleasant and South Park, the Vikings and the Eagles had plenty of opportunities to score runs. The difference …
West Mifflin’s Olasz no-hits South Park
By Mark Kaboly
A lot of times, A.J. Olasz’s reputation precedes him. When it came to West Mifflin’s Section 4-AAA showdown for first place against South Park on …
South Park takes advantage of miscues, gets timely hits in win over Thomas Jefferson
By Mark Kaboly
South Park baseball coach Steve Bucci quickly came to the realization that his team was going to need some help if it was going to …
Burrell’s Edwards 1 of 4 WPIAL wrestlers to reach PIAA Class AA finals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — In a dream he had one night early this season, Burrell senior 152-pounder Steve Edwards watched himself win a state wrestling championship and …
For Class AA heavyweights, redemption at states
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Allan Beattie and Jake Beistel didn’t have fond memories of the 2013 PIAA Class AA wrestling championships. Both heavyweights went 0-2 and were …
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 …
High school notebook: Lincoln Park looking forward to rematch with Johnsonburg
By Staff Reports
Lincoln Park wanted at some point this postseason a rematch with Johnsonburg, the team that ended last season’s playoff run. Well, here it is. WPIAL …
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. …
Noss leads South Park girls back to title game
By Dave Mackall
The South Park girls basketball team is headed back to Palumbo Center. In a rematch of the 2013 WPIAL Class AAA championship game, Lindsay Noss …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Chartiers Valley’s Jerrad Tuite, South Park’s Allison McGrath
By Brian Graham
Jerrad Tuite School: Chartiers Valley Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Tuite scored 24 second-half points and finished with 29, helping the Colts beat …
South Fayette’s Carr seeks to follow brothers’ footsteps at WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships
By Bill West
South Fayette’s Carr clan has placed itself firmly among the ranks of recent powerhouse wrestling families in WPIAL Class AA. Nick Carr, a 2011 South …
Young South Park wrestlers look to make impact at section championships
By Gary Horvath
After a 0-6 Class AA Section 1A team season that fell short of expectations, South Park is among the WPIAL teams eager to hit the …
South Park preps for WPIAL playoffs by routing EF
By Dave Mackall
No. 2 South Park’s big-game experience was on display on its home court from the start. Playing for the third time in four days, the defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA girls basketball champion ended the regular season with an impressive showing against  No. 3 Elizabeth Forward in a nonsection …
South Park reverses course, won’t open football coach’s job
By Jason Mackey
The South Park School Board called an audible. After initially saying 31-year veteran Tom Loughran’s job as head football coach would be opened at its …
Quaker Valley girls hoops team defense steps up
By Kevin Ritchart
It’s rare that a 13-point loss could be considered encouraging. But for the Quaker Valley girls basketball team, last Thursday’s 43-30 home loss to Section 5-AAA leader South Park was a sign of how far the team has come this season. On Dec. 19, Quaker Valley (6-9) traveled to South …
South Park to open longtime football coach Loughran’s job
By Jason Mackey
After 31 years and two PIAA Class AA championships, Tom Loughran may not return as coach of the South Park football team. The South Park …
South Park tandem eases loss of top player
By Jason Mackey
Reggie Wells expected the South Park girls basketball team to come back a little sluggish after winning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles last season. …

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