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Quaker Valley chasing 4th straight hockey title

By Bill Hartlep
For the past three seasons, members of the Quaker Valley hockey team have hoisted the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup championship trophy on the ice ...
Former gymnast Hockenberry taking star turn on diving board for Mars
By Karen Kadilak
After setting a WPIAL record, Mars sophomore Taylor Hockenberry thinks she can do even better at the PIAA Class AA girls diving championship meet March ...
Folz adds to Mars’ swimming hardware
By Joe Sager
Mars standout Francis Folz added some gold to his medal collection with his performance at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships. Folz captured the WPIAL title ...
Highlands falls to Mars for 3rd time
By George Guido
Highlands keeps coming close, but the Golden Rams can’t quite overtake Mars. For the third time this season, the Planets held off Highlands on Tuesday night in a PIAA Class AAA play-in game at Moon. Mars built a 15-point lead in the third period, only to see the lead sliced to one ...
Boys, girls teams double the fun for Mars basketball
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys and girls basketball teams enjoyed the regular season. Both teams won section championships and were among the WPIAL’s top Class AAA squads. ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
By Joe Sager
Christian Schmitt School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Schmitt helped Mars wrap up an undefeated section championship and the top seed for ...
Seeding fuels South Park upset of Mars
By Bill West
All signs pointed toward playoff-performance regression for South Park’s girls basketball team, which set an incredibly high standard by reaching the WPIAL Class AAA finals ...
Mars diver Hockenberry captures WPIAL title with record score
By Karen Price
Mars sophomore Taylor Hockenberry is no longer a rising star in WPIAL Class AA diving. On Wednesday, she established herself as the one to beat for ...
Mars teams up with nemesis Quaker Valley in PIHL event
By Joe Sager
The Mars hockey team is in an intense competition with Quaker Valley for the PIHL Class A lead. That’s nothing new. The two teams have dominated ...
Section 1 runner-up Hampton earns No. 3 seed over 3 section champs in Class AAA
By Chris Harlan
South Fayette coach Rich Bonnaure wasn’t sure why his boys basketball team worked so hard for a No. 7 seed. “We might as well play ...
HS highlight reel: Decision time for WPIAL committee
By Tribune-Review
The pieces of the WPIAL basketball pairings puzzle will fall into place Tuesday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Green Tree. Who deserves to sit in those top-seeded spaces will be a subject of much debate in several classifications. For the boys, Aliquippa (21-0) and Mars (21-1) are logical choices in ...
Class AAA No. 1 Mars holds off No. 2 Hampton for section title
By Chris Harlan
With an unfriendly crowd in a fervor, Mars coach Rob Carmody witnessed his team’s youth at times in Friday’s nervous final minutes. He saw a ...
Mars girls basketball team goes on defensive
By Joe Sager
The Mars Area girls basketball team sits atop the WPIAL Section 1-AAA standings. While the Fightin’ Planets hope to close the year with an undefeated championship, ...
Upset win strikes confidence in Mars bowlers
By Joe Sager
Mars Area bowling coach Ralph Jockel has lofty goals for his girls team this season. The Fightin’ Planets showed their capability on Jan. 21 when ...
Mars’ Gruber twins follow in athletic footsteps of sister, brother
By Karen Kadilak
Inspired by their sister’s achievements as a college swimmer, Mars juniors Aaron and Alex Gruber are enjoying success of their own as members of the ...
Opinions differ on more classifications for high school football
By Chris Harlan
A couple of years from now, Seneca Valley, North Allegheny or Hempfield might celebrate a WPIAL Class AAAAAA football championship. Too many A’s? Maybe ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
By Joe Sager
Parker Faix School: Seneca Valley Year: Senior Sport: Hockey Claim to fame: Faix, an alternate captain, helped Seneca Valley to an 8-7 record through its ...
Mars fighting for PIHL Class A top seed
By Joe Sager
The race is on for the PIHL Penguins Cup Class A top seed. Four teams are within striking distance of first place, but Mars has a ...
Mars ends Ford City’s win streak
By William Whalen
Riding a nine-game winning streak, Ford City traveled to Mars poised to knock off the No. 2-ranked Planets on Friday night, but the Sabers seemed to play tense from the outset and never really challenged Mars in a 55-39 loss in Section 1-AAA. “We came out a little sloppy,” Ford City ...
Mars boys basketball team makes most of Vegas vacation
By Joe Sager
The Mars Area High School boys basketball team took a Vegas vacation during its Christmas break. And the experience was positive for the Fightin’ Planets. Not ...
Mars’ tough defense rocks Knoch in 59-35 victory
By George Guido
While Hampton, Indiana and New Castle received much of the early hype in Class AAA, Mars has been putting together a stellar season. Knoch got a ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Jan. 4, 2015
By Joe Sager 5:30 p.m.
C.J. Campbell School: Butler Year: Senior Sport: Hockey Claim to fame: Campbell, Butler’s captain, helped the Golden Tornado to a tie for third in ...
Deer Lakes rally falls just short against Mars
By Jerin Steele
Deer Lakes rallied from a four-goal deficit but fell just short and saw its eight-game winning streak end with a 5-4 loss to Mars on Monday at Ice Connection. Trailing late, the Lancers received a power play when Mars Goalie Tyler Spreng tripped a Lancer in front of the net. ...
Defensive play fueling Mars boys basketball team
By Joe Sager
With two consistent starters back, the Mars boys basketball team has plenty to learn. Playing defense is one thing the Fightin’ Planets already know. Mars was ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
By Joe Sager
Ryan Giallonardo School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Giallonardo, a guard, helped Mars earn wins in its first five games to start ...

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