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New coach hopes to end losing ways at Mohawk

By Zach Brendza
Mohawk went 2-7 last season and failed to make the playoffs. And that year isn’t an outlier. The program has been without a playoff appearance for almost a decade, missing the postseason for nine straight years. But change is coming for the Warriors. It already has with the coaching staff. ...
Taliani’s 3 homers propel Deer Lakes to 2nd WPIAL softball title in 4 seasons
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes softball coach Craig Taliani likes to pitch tiny, Great Northern Beans to his players during pregame batting practice, a trick he learned while ...
WPIAL Class AA softball championship capsule
By Bill Beckner Jr.
WPIAL Class AA softball championship No. 1 seed Deer Lakes (20-1) vs. No. 2 Mohawk (16-0) 2 p.m. Thursday at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field • Coaches: Craig Taliani, Deer Lakes (11th year, 154-52); Brad Hruska (1st year, 16-0). • Road to the finals: Deer Lakes: Defeated South Allegheny, 4-2, ...
Breaking down the 2015 WPIAL softball championships
By Bill Hartlep
Breaking down the 2015 WPIAL softball championships Class AAAA Hempfield vs. North Allegheny 7 p.m. Thursday, Cal (Pa.) No. ...
HS highlight reel: Familiar teams to compete for track titles
By Tribune-Review
Monday’s WPIAL team track and field championships will feature some familiar teams. On the boys side, two-time reigning Class AAA champ North Allegheny will try for a three-peat, while recent champs Hempfield, Canon-McMillan and Butler also will compete. The group has combined to win the past nine titles. In Class AA, ...
Trib Cup: Mohawk girls soccer chasing elusive section title
By Brian Graham
There are no girls soccer section championship banners in the Mohawk gymnasium. That observation made for passionate conversation between coach Lisa Kwolek and her team in the offseason. The result: an “all hands on deck” desire to win the program’s first section title in school history. “You ask about realistic goals, I ...
Replacing game-changer key for Mohawk
By Andrew John
For two straight seasons, New Brighton has kept Mohawk out of the WPIAL playoffs with a victory in the regular season finale. With eight starters returning, Mohawk is hoping to get over that proverbial hump. After going winless three seasons ago, Mohawk progressed in 2012 by going 2-7, 2-5 and last season ...
South Fayette’s Zombek, Mohawk’s Stelter defend WPIAL diving titles
By Kevin Lohman
Prior to his final dive, South Fayette senior Stephen Zombek stepped onto the diving board, looked to the crowd and flashed a smile in the direction of his parents and girlfriend. He knew he had the WPIAL Class AA boys diving title in the bag. “I knew going into my last ...
Eliminating mental mistakes key for Mohawk
By Adam Bittner
Heading into its season finale against New Brighton last season, Mohawk still had a chance to make the playoffs despite its 2-6 record. The Warriors lost, 35-28, but entering 2013, it’s a two-fold reminder that they can play meaningful football late in the season and improve to avoid that type ...
Mars’ Gruber wins fourth PIAA 100 fly title
By Keith Barnes
LEWISBURG — Margaret Gruber did what every swimmer does when she touched the wall at the end of the 100-yard butterfly at the PIAA Class AA championships at Bucknell. She looked at the clock. And though she wasn’t completely pleased with the time staring back at her, the Mars senior ...
Mohawk, South Fayette divers win WPIAL Class AA titles
By Keith Barnes
Once McKenzie Stelter finished her 11th and final dive at the WPIAL Class AA finals, she climbed out of the pool and realized her score of 43.20 was enough to move her into first place. Then the Mohawk junior spent an excruciating few minutes waiting for Moon’s Heather Lonkert to ...
Winless season provided experience for Mohawk underclassmen
By Meredith Qualls
Mohawk coach Joe Lamenza is ready to see results. “Last year, we were a young football team; we knew we were going to be building,” he said. In 2011, Mohawk’s lineup was composed mostly of  first-year starters, including four sophomores and one  freshman. Lamenza’s primary focus was building a foundation ...
Another chance pays off for Deer Lakes softball
By George Guido
After coming up short at the plate several times, Deer Lakes sophomore Sierra Sarver wanted one more shot. It came in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Sarver hit a single up the middle with the bases loaded to lift the Lancers to a 6-5 victory over Mohawk in the ...
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