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High school notebook: WCCA showcase returns

By Bill Beckner Jr.
A football recruiting platform that worked well the past two years is back for another year. The third annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Underclassmen Showcase, which features the county’s incoming sophomore and junior players, will begin  9 a.m. May 16 at Hempfield. The showcase — organizers stop short of calling it ...
Ex-Freeport star dealing with ‘scary’ ailment returns to Mercyhurst baseball team
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The third out came and went in unremarkable fashion and the college baseball teams switched sides. Mercyhurst reclaimed the field in between innings at Johnstown’s ...
No. 1 Deer Lakes breezes past Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Teammates say Rachel Tanilli can run like the wind. But she also can use the wind to her advantage. The Deer Lakes junior right fielder ...
Freeport track team excels at 1st-year meet
By Doug Gulasy
The Section 7-AA track and field championships were a success for Freeport in more than one way. Not only did the first-year event, hosted by ...
Alle-Kiski roundup: Freeport baseball team downs 1st-place Deer Lakes
By Staff Reports
Freeport junior Nathan Pastorek did everything but sell programs at the gate Tuesday at Deer Lakes. “He had one heck of a day,” Freeport baseball coach ...
A-K Valley spotlight athletes: Valley’s Jesse Iellimo, Freeport’s Grace Ward
By William Whalen
Jessie Iellimo School: Valley Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Report card: Iellimo, who committed to play baseball at Point Park, is a full-time catcher, part-time ...
Knoch continues hot streak in section play, beats Freeport 4-2
By Doug Gulasy
An important week for Knoch is off to a good start. The Knights (6-1, 4-1) won their second Section 5-AAA game in as many days Tuesday afternoon, dispatching Freeport, 4-2, at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler. With another key game remaining Friday against Mars, Knoch is looking for a strong finish ...
Alle-Kiski high school notebook: New track meet coming to Freeport
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Local track and field athletes in WPIAL Section 7-AA can look forward to a new championship meet at the end of this month. Section coaches agreed ...
A-K Valley flavor to WPIAL Hall of Fame class
By George Guido
Of all the great football teams Kiski Area has had, the one that wasn’t expected to have much success is headed to the WPIAL Hall ...
Freeport AD O’Shell to resign at end of school year
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport on Wednesday night accepted the resignation of athletic director Todd O’Shell, who is leaving to take a position with ABC Transit, a bus company in Etna. O’Shell, 45, was the Yellowjackets’ athletic director for five-plus years. He’ll serve as AD until June 30. O’Shell has worked as a transportion director for ...
Freeport shows passion for lacrosse
By Doug Gulasy
It took longer than Jarvis Lindsay expected, but lacrosse is catching on at Freeport. A year after Freeport fielded a high school boys team for ...
Freeport wins innings, game against Kittanning, 7-3
By Matt Grubba
The Freeport softball team bounced back from its first loss by handing Kittanning its first defeat. Yellowjackets pitcher Jess Kelley struck out seven and helped her own cause with a two-run triple to give Freeport a 7-3 Section 3-AA win over Kittanning on Wednesday at Jud Field. Morgan McCarthy went 4 ...
Freeport’s Pawlak finds home at Loyola
By Doug Gulasy
Zoe Pawlak looked at a lot of colleges for volleyball, but she kept coming back to Loyola (Md.). It stood out as the school she ...
VND high school roundup: Freeport routs Ford City, 10-1, in Section 3-AA opener
By Staff Reports
Freeport trailed by a run entering the bottom of the third inning of its Section 3-AA opener against Ford City, but the Yellowjackets broke out ...
Area baseball teams relying on pitching to achieve ultimate goal
By Matt Grubba
If there’s a common thread between most of the county’s baseball teams, it is experience on the mound. Whether it is the title contenders or the ...
Freeport’s Otwell achieves best finish at state meet
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — In her final high school race, Bria Otwell came close to her ultimate goal of a top-three finish at the PIAA championships. Although the Freeport senior came up short, her fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle marked her best placement in four trips to the state meet. Otwell finished ...
Highlands’ Bonnett strikes PIAA gold in 500 freestyle
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Bailey Bonnett wanted to set a new personal record in the 500-yard freestyle at the PIAA championships Thursday. She did more than that. Bonnett, a Highlands sophomore, won her first career state gold medal, swimming a career-best 4 minutes, 52.89 seconds to claim the 500 free title on the second ...
St. Joseph’s Bowman takes sliver in 100 fly for 2nd straight season
By Doug Gulasy
Sabrina Bowman finished in the same spot she did last season, but she still moved up. Bowman placed second in 56.71 seconds in the girls 100-yard butterfly on the first day of the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships Wednesday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. Villa Joseph Marie’s Alexa Fabbri ...
Freeport’s Pawlak earns 1st medal at PIAA championship meet
By Doug Gulasy
Zoe Pawlak won her first state swimming medal Wednesday, but she already has a pretty good idea of where she’s going to put it. “(I’ll) probably put it with my collection of WPIAL medals,” Pawlak said. “I have a room where I keep all of my medals and ribbons and stuff ...
Mars’ persistence pays off in 7-0 victory over Freeport
By George Guido
Freeport withstood a barrage of first-period shots from Mars in Wednesday’s PIHL Penguins Cup quarterfinal. But the Planets broke through with three goals in the second period and rolled to a 7-0 victory at BladeRunners in Warrendale. Paul Maust and Beau Heakins scored two goals each and Mars goaltender Tyler Spreng stopped ...
Alle-Kiski PIHL capsules
By Doug Gulasy
Wednesday’s games Class AA first round • E -3 Armstrong (14-4-1) v s. W-2 Moon (13-6) 8:30 p.m. , Airport Ice Arena Winner plays: North Hills/Shaler winner Players to watch: Armstrong: Christian Miller (39 goals, 23 assists); Moon: Nick Hart (7 goals, 14 assists) One-timers: For ...
Freeport hockey rolls past Bishop McCort for opening-round win
By Matt Grubba
Freeport’s offense took time to get rolling, but once it did, the Yellowjackets scored in bunches. Mickey Frazetta scored two goals, and the Yellowjackets recovered from ...
PIHL playoff capsules
By Tribune-Review
Class AA E-5 Fox Chapel (8-9-2) vs. W-4 North Hills (9-10) 8:30 p.m. Monday at Bladerunners-Warrendale Winner plays: E-1 Shaler (15-3), 7 p.m. on ...
Alle-Kiski teams learn opponents for PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr/
Four Alle-Kiski hockey teams will open the PIHL postseason this week. The league released its playoff brackets on Saturday. In Class AA, Fox Chapel (8-9-2) will play North Hills (9-10) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at BladeRunners in Warrendale in a play-in game. In the first round, Armstrong (14-4-1) will play Moon ...
Freeport senior Otwell changes routine, but success persists
By Doug Gulasy
Bria Otwell changed her training regimen in advance of the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, but her success stayed the same. Otwell, a Freeport senior and Towson recruit, qualified for the PIAA championships in a second event Saturday Pitt’s Trees Pool when she placed second in the 500-yard freestyle. She also ...

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