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High school notebook: Plenty to play for in GAC in Week 9

By Chris Harlan and Bill Hartlep
Just 11 of 64 possible WPIAL football playoff positions remain open heading into the final week of the regular season, and many teams have plenty …
Mars girls golf team using season as building block
By Joe Sager
The Mars girls golf team can’t wait for next season. After all, the Fightin’ Planets return every member of the squad, which competed this fall …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
By Joe Sager
Nic Leone School: Butler Year: Sophomore Sport: Golf Claim to fame: Leone led the Golden Tornado this season and advanced to WPIAL Class AAA individual …
Mars grad’s consistency invaluable for Grove City golf team
By Joe Sager
There are a lot of variables in a round of golf. One thing the Grove City College men’s team can count on, though, is Christian …
Knoch upsets No. 10 Mars to end 4-game losing streak
By Dave Yohe
Knoch coach Mike King knew his team was capable of big wins. His squad proved that again Friday night, knocking off No. 10 Mars, 14-7, in a Greater Allegheny matchup at Knoch Knights field. It marked the Knights’ second win this season over a ranked opponent and also ended their …
Different look, same results for Mars girls soccer powerhouse
By Joe Sager
The Mars girls soccer team continues to win in impressive fashion, which is nothing new. However, the Fightin’ Planets have a different identity after graduating …
HS highlight reel: Central Catholic’s Joseph commits to PSU
By Tribune-Review
Given a choice between NCAA wrestling perennial powerhouses, Central Catholic senior Vincenzo Joseph sided with the program that includes more familiar faces. Joseph committed to Penn State Monday, less than 72 hours after visiting Iowa, his other top option. The senior also made official visits to Virginia Tech, Cornell and …
Mars grad returns from injury, shines for Kent State women’s soccer
By Joe Sager
Karli Paracca couldn’t wait to get back on the soccer field and prove she was at full strength. The Mars High School graduate left no …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
By Joe Sager
Ori Rinaman School: Mars Year: Senior Sport: Football Claim to fame: Rinaman rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns in Mars’ 44-6 win over Greensburg …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Cole Ferguson School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Ferguson has been one of the top offensive producers for Mars, which started the …
Mars soccer team off to hot start thanks to stingy defense
By Joe Sager
Good luck scoring on the Mars boys soccer team. After Mars posted shutouts in six of its first seven matches, teams seemingly need a bulldozer …
Mars girls extend section win streak to 62
By Doug Gulasy
The players keep changing, but Mars’ Section 2-AA undefeated run keeps going. Class AA No. 4 Mars (7-1, 6-0) extended its section unbeaten streak to …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sept. 14, 2014
By Tribune-Review
Damien Pickett School: Butler Area Year: Junior Sport: Football Claim to fame: Pickett rushed for 276 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in Butler’s …
Mars girls volleyball team finds early success in Triple-A
By Joe Sager
Mars’ girls volleyball team is in a different galaxy this year. The Fightin’ Planets moved up to Class AAA this season after establishing themselves as …
Franklin Regional ‘resilient’ in victory over Mars
By Bill West
Franklin Regional junior running back/defensive back Jacob Ross took the brunt of a couple bad breaks during the second half of Friday night’s road game …
Young Mars golfers hoping for success
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys and girls golf teams are loaded with young talent. Now, they hope to experience success. On the boys side, the Fightin’ Planets …
Seneca Valley QB one of several stepping in for injured stars in Week 2
By Bill West
When the Seneca Valley coaching staff told him to get ready to go in at quarterback late in the season opener, junior Corbin Kessler still …
Mars RB Schultheis could be out for season
By Tribune-Review
One of the area’s top running backs could be out for the season. Mars senior Josh Schultheis, who ran for 1,645 yards as a junior, suffered a leg injury in the first quarter of Friday night’s Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference season opener at Indiana. Coach Scott Heinauer said Schultheis …
New look for Mars girls tennis team
By Joe Sager
When Jordan Seles decided to play on the Mars girls tennis team, the Fightin’ Planets were more than happy to bring her aboard. With the …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Mars’ Josh Schultheis
By Bill West
Even by Planetary standards, Mars senior running back Josh Schultheis creates quite the gravitational pull. More often the not, wherever the 6-foot, 225-pound ball carrier …
Double trouble: Cress twins bolster Clarion offensive line
By Joe Sager
As identical twins, Cameron and Shane Cress have gone through a lot together. This year, the Mars products hope they can help Clarion University’s football …
Mars hopes to make another run to postseason
By Joe Sager 8:55 p.m.
Offense was no problem for Mars last season. The Planets led WPIAL Class AAA teams in scoring at 40.4 points per game. This year, though, …
Class AAA breakdown: With perennial contender Gateway joining Greater Allegheny, trend of championship Parkway teams could be challenged
By Jason Mackey
West Allegheny coach Bob Palko doesn’t deny that Gateway dropping down from Quad-A and shifting into the WPIAL Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference has improved …
Mars graduate Miele on the move at Slippery Rock
By Joe Sager
It’s a new year and a new position for Austin Miele. The Slippery Rock University senior moved from free safety to linebacker this season. He …
HSFB preview by position: Star tailbacks develop early
By Chris Harlan
It doesn’t take long to recognize a talented running back. The sophomore season is often enough. Woodland Hills’ Miles Sanders became the team’s starter as …

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