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Pittsburgh athletes of the week: Chartiers-Houston’s A.J. Myers, Mars’ Tai Johnson

By Alex Oltmanns 12:05 a.m.
A.J. Myers School: Chartiers-Houston Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Myers scored a career-high 39 points, including eight 3-pointers, to reach the 1,000-career point ...
Led by young trio, Mars girls stay humble while chasing Section 1 title
By Devon Moore
With the WPIAL playoffs on the horizon and a guarantee to finish no lower than second in its section, the Mars girls basketball team is ...
Allderdice holds off challenge from Mars
By Andrew Erickson
Since a Dec. 19 loss to Kennedy Catholic, there have been few true challenges on the court for Allderdice. Entering Sunday night, the Dragons ...
PIAA’s proposed brackets could force WPIAL to split football title games
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL likely won’t hold all six of its football championships on the same day next season. The PIAA Board of Directors revealed updated state playoff brackets Wednesday that have the WPIAL champions from the three largest classifications (6A, 5A, 4A) entering in the state quarterfinals. The three smallest (3A, ...
Castello’s double-double helps Mars to 14th straight win over Highlands
By Bill Beckner
Playing against Mars has been a frustrating exercise in futility for Highlands. That will happen when a team has your number. Senior John Castello scored a ...
Gorman: One way to find the best in Western Pa.
By Kevin Gorman
It’s an innocent question but one, at least for this season, with a complicated answer: Who’s the best boys basketball team in Western Pennsylvania? Typically, we would start in WPIAL Class AAAA. But this isn’t your typical season. No. 1 Latrobe, which lost to Norwin Tuesday, has scored 100 ...
Despite move to Class AA, Mars hockey continues to play at winning level
By Brian Graham
The Mars hockey program has won four Penguins Cup titles and finished second three times in the past nine years in Class A. So it would ...
Mother gets best of son as Mars girls take down Deer Lakes
By Doug Gulasy
Mars coach Dana Petruska hugged all of Deer Lakes’ assistants immediately after the Planets’ Section 1-AAA victory over the Lancers on Monday night. She saved the ...
Sizzling start helps Mars to 89-57 win over Highlands
By George Guido
After spending the weekend in Las Vegas for a three-game series, Mars showed no signs of jet lag Tuesday night. The Planets hit nine of their first 11 shots from the field and rolled to an 89-57 victory over Highlands in Section 1-AAA action. Christian Schmitt led Mars with 20 points, and ...
PIAA football finals could be played over 3 days in 2016
By Chris Harlan
The state football championships would expand to three days next season under a tentative plan discussed this week by the sport’s PIAA steering committee. If approved by the PIAA Board of Directors, the PIAA in 2016 would hold one state final Thursday (7 p.m.), two Friday (1 p.m., 7 ...
WPIAL Class AAA boys basketball preview: Experienced lineup has Mars among title contenders
By Joe Sager
Mars has many required elements for a WPIAL Class AAA championship this season. The Fightin’ Planets are loaded with talent as numerous players have drawn interest ...
Central Valley edges Mars in Class AAA semifinal slugfest
By William Whalen
Senior quarterback Chris Callaghan threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 1 Central Valley past No. 4 Mars, 48-41, in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game at Ambridge on Friday night. “That was a great football game and (Mars wasn’t) going away,” said Central Valley coach Mark ...
WPIAL Class AAA semifinal capsule: Central Valley vs. Mars
By Karen Price
class aaa SEMIFINAL NO. 1 CENTRAL VALLEY (10-1)  vs. NO. 4 MARS (10-1)   7:30 p.m. Friday at Ambridge Defending WPIAL champion and top-seeded ...
South Park beats Mars, advances to PIAA semifinals
By Karen Price
Early in the second half of its PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game against Mars on Saturday, the South Park boys could only watch and listen ...
Mars’ Schmitt looks forward to role at D-I Furman
By Dvonya Sedlacko
The planets seem to be aligning for Mars basketball standout Christian Schmitt. The 5-foot-11 senior point guard for the Fightin’ Planets accepted a preferred walk-on ...
Mars returns to glory, claims 5th Class AA girls soccer title
By John Krysinsky
After a two-year hiatus, Mars returned to the top in WPIAL Class AA girls soccer with a 2-1 win over South Park on Saturday at ...
South Fayette secures 1st WPIAL soccer title
By John Krysinsky
South Fayette senior forward Jordan Smith’s goal 8 minutes into the first overtime led Lions to a 3-2 win and their first WPIAL boys ...
Previewing the 2015 WPIAL soccer championships
By Bill Hartlep
CLASS AAA BOYS No. 4 Canon-McMillan vs. No. 2 Fox Chapel When: 8 p.m. Friday Records: Canon-McMillan (17-3), Fox Chapel (17-1-1) How they got here: ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Mars’ Spencer Hnath, Charleroi’s Kyra Watkins
By Alex Oltmanns
Spencer Hnath School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Hnath scored the game-winning goal in the Planets’ 4-3 overtime win in the WPIAL ...
No. 2 Mars blanks Thomas Jefferson to reach WPIAL boys soccer finals
By Kevin Ritchart
Having watched his team surrender 15 goals all season, Mars boys soccer coach Chris Knauff is no stranger to witnessing stifling defensive efforts. The No. 2 Planets (18-2-1) registered their ninth shutout of the season, beating Thomas Jefferson, 3-0, on Monday night at Moon to advance to this weekend’s WPIAL Class ...
Gorman: WPIAL pairings meeting a tradition like no other
By Kevin Gorman
Once a year, in a sight to behold, hundreds of oversized men pack a hotel ballroom to find out the WPIAL football playoffs pairings. We all leave wondering how in the world the WPIAL came to its seedings, whether it’s just a blindfolded game of darts. The answers don’t help. “It was ...
Breaking down the WPIAL soccer playoffs
By Bill Hartlep
Class AAA boys Defending champion: Peters Township Top seeds: 1. Seneca Valley (13-1-1), 2. Fox Chapel (14-1-1), 3. North Allegheny (13-1-3), 4. Canon-McMillan (14-3) ...
WPIAL announces soccer playoff pairings
By Tribune-Review
The WPIAL released the playoff pairings for its boys and girls soccer tournaments, which will get underway Saturday with preliminary- and first-round games. The top seeds ...
Missed opportunities, big plays cost Knoch in loss to Mars
By Doug Gulasy
Knoch’s game at Mars on Friday night came down to big plays: The Fightin’ Planets got them when they mattered, and the Knights didn’t. Isaiah Johnson rushed for 271 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yarder and a highlight-reel 1-yarder, as Class AAA No. 6 Mars beat Knoch, 21-0, ...
HS highlight reel: Mars soccer teams primed for playoffs
By Bill Hartlep
A lot was expected from the Mars girls soccer team, especially after the Fightin’ Planets finished second to Montour in last year’s WPIAL Class AA ...
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