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Carlynton athletes ready for WPIAL track and field championships

By Nathan Smith
The Carlynton track and field team will be well represented at the WPIAL Class AA track and field finals. The Cougars will have seven athletes …
Monz ready to build Carlynton football
By Nathan Smith
Mauro Monz’s 17 years of coaching includes stops at college football programs of all sizes — including Pitt, Akron, Duquesne, Robert Morris, Youngstown State and …
Carlynton baseball escapes the ranks of the winless, focuses on finishing strong
By Nathan Smith
Entering last week, the Carlynton baseball team had one of the more dubious distinctions in the WPIAL. “I think we are the leaders in the most one-run losses,” first-year Carlynton coach Tim Miller said. “It has been frustrating. We have been in games late. It is not like we were …
Carlynton sprinter Thornton focusing on taking the next step
By Nathan Smith
Excitement was high for the Carlynton track and field team entering the season as the school installed a new track and an overall improved complex. …
Carlynton’s Phillips headed to PIAA singles tournament
By Nathan Smith
The success of Carlynton freshman tennis player Luke Phillips continues. A week after winning the Section 5-AA tournament – the first section singles tournament win …
Carlynton’s Phillips claims Section 5-AA singles tournament
By Nathan Smith
Heading into the section tennis tournaments, veterans of the WPIAL have a distinct advantage. In addition to being more mature in their games, seniors and …
Signal Item area track teams ready to continue success
By Nathan Smith
The 2013 track and field season was a standout year for the Signal Item area teams as Bishop Canevin, Carlynton, Chartiers Valley and Keystone Oaks …
Canevin, Carlynton baseball teams get ready to take the field
By Nathan Smith 9:00 p.m.
For Bishop Canevin baseball, a drop down to Class A was a perfect fit. The Crusaders made the drop last season and joined Section 2-A with Clairton, Frazier, Monessen, Geibel Catholic and Serra Catholic. Bishop Canevin finished 7-3 in section play last season, good enough for second place. “It really …
Bishop Canevin, Keystone Oaks softball look for a return to postseason
By Nathan Smith
Western Pennsylvania finally has started to thaw out, and the softball teams of the WPIAL are getting ready to take to the field. The Signal …
Carlynton girls basketball team hopes for 2nd chance
By Nathan Smith 9:00 p.m.
Despite falling to Greensburg Central Catholic, 63-61, in the second round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs, Carlynton girls basketball coach Tim Bonner had nothing …
GCC hangs on after squandering late lead to Carlynton
By Jason Mackey
It was another close game for Greensburg Central Catholic. Also another victory. The third-seeded Centurions nearly squandered a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead but survived and pulled out a 63-61 win over No. 6 Carlynton Friday in a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal at Baldwin. “We’ve been in a lot of situations like …
Carlynton swimming finds success
By Nathan Smith
The Carlynton swim team is playing a numbers game this season. The girls are 7-3, and the team has peaked at 10 swimmers — a high for Caitlyn McManus since she started coaching the Cougars five years ago. The boys roster has hit a new low as only three swimmers …
Carlynton senior Meredith provides heart of girls basketball team
By Nathan Smith
Carlynton girls basketball coach Tim Bonner said his squad’s box scores can be a bit deceiving. Sure, names like Conor Richardson and Jordan Melko are …
Injuries can’t derail Carlynton’s quest to resuscitate program
By Jason Mackey
Conor Richardson is back. The same can be said for the rest of the Carlynton girls basketball team. Despite a laundry list of injuries, the …
Richardson leading Carlynton girls basketball by example
By Nathan Smith
For Carlynton’s Conor Richardson, nothing is as bad as sitting on the bench. The junior guard missed her sophomore season after suffering an ACL tear …
Carlynton’s McKissick making the most of his senior season on the mat
By Nathan Smith
Carlynton’s Freddie McKissick knows what is on the line this season — get a taste of Hershey now or never. “I only get one more shot,” McKissick said. “This is it.” The 182-pound senior — ranked No. 1 in his weight class in Class AA by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review — …
Carlynton girls basketball hopes to learn from first loss of the season
By Nathan Smith
Two seconds. That is all that separated Carlynton girls basketball from being 7-0 and 6-1. But the Cougars felt the sting of some late-game heroics …
Carlynton athletics continued to improve during the 2013 seasons
By Nathan Smith
The Carlynton athletic programs had a noticeable increase in competitiveness in 2013. Several squads and athletes made their way into postseason play for the first …
Carlynton’s Melko selected for elite event
By Nathan Smith
Carlynton’s Jordan Melko’s ability on the softball field hasn’t been questioned in the WPIAL as she was an all-section selection as a freshman and sophomore. …
Carlynton girls basketball returning to glory
By Nathan Smith
Walk into the gymnasium at Carlynton, and you will see history. Banners celebrating the school’s past athletic accomplishments — including the last team title won …
Blend of experience, new faces to lead Signal Item-area boys basketball teams
By Nathan Smith
The boys of the hardwood will be returning this weekend. The WPIAL basketball season gets underway with dozens of preseason tournaments with teams hoping to …
Signal Item-area girls teams ready for return to hardwood
By Nathan Smith
It was a prime season for the area girls basketball teams in 2012-13 – all four made it into the WPIAL playoffs, two reached the …
Carlynton volleyball ready for first playoffs appearance
By Nathan Smith
The WPIAL Class A volleyball playoffs will be a new experience for the Carlynton — for the players and the coach. The postseason appearance will …
Carlynton boys soccer continues resurgence
By Nathan Smith
The resurgence for Carlynton boys soccer is far from over. After a lowly 1-14 record in 2011, first-year coach Charlie Dagnal led the squad to a 13-4-2 record and appearance in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals last season. The turnaround continued this season as the team finished the regular season …
Clinched: Carlynton girls soccer headed to playoffs
By Nathan Smith
Some coaches might be concerned when their first season leading a squad produces only two wins. But Carlynton girls soccer coach David Zinski knew his …

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