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Edwards leads Deer Lakes softball into WPIAL title game

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Few softball moments have come close to rivalling the one Deer Lakes’ Tiffany Edwards experienced in 2012. She joined her teammates in a vibrant celebration ...

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, ...
Moniteau defeats Karns City in District 9 softball championship game
By George Guido
Base hits continue to be hard to come by against Moniteau pitcher Kennedy DeMatteis. The sophomore right-hander pitched her second straight one-hitter, this time against Karns ...
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. ...
Deer Lakes outfield a ‘great mix’ of speed, arm strength
By Bill Beckner Jr.
You could argue that Deer Lakes’ outfield is the glue that holds an airtight defense together. “We’re not the glue,” left fielder Maria Taliani said. “It’s ...
Trinity derails Southmoreland softball’s dream of making state playoffs
By Jason Black
The Southmoreland softball team had a season like no other in the program’s history. The 13th-seeded Scotties picked up two playoff wins against higher-seeded opponents ...
Bishop Canevin uses 3-run home run to top Frazier in consolation game
By Jason Black
It only took one big play to make the difference between a trip to states and a season-ending loss for the Frazier softball team in ...
Seton-La Salle edges Steel Valley in extra innings to advance to PIAA tourney
By George Guido
Seton-La Salle pitcher Lauren Zola said she has no plans on becoming a trapeze artist. But she put on quite a high wire act in Tuesday’s ...
High school roundup: Seton-La Salle top Steel Valley in 8th inning
By Staff Reports
Seton-La Salle scored twice in the top of the eighth to secure a 5-3 win over Steel Valley in the WPIAL Class AA consolation game ...
Moniteau stands between Karns City and D-9 softball title
By Matt Grubba
If Karns City is to win a District 9, Class AA softball title, it will have to do something no District 9 team has done ...
Young Gators team makes strides in ’15
By Michael Love
An 11-1 loss in five innings to Baldwin in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Quad-A softball playoffs last week brought Gateway’s season to an abrupt end. But head coach Andy Popojas would rather focus on all of the positive happenings from his players throughout the nearly two months of action. After the ...
Penn-Trafford softball finishes season in WPIAL quarterfinals
By Alex Oltmanns
After winning a playoff game in each of the last three seasons, along with claiming the Section 1-AAAA title last year for the first time ...
Lady Rams conclude season
By Peter Turcik
The Stingers blanked the Lady Rams 5-0 in the second round of the District 6 AA playoffs. Marion Center earned only two runs on six hits. ...
Southmoreland, Frazier softball teams eye chance at PIAA tournament
By Jason Black
The Southmoreland and Frazier softball teams have played exceptionally well throughout the 2015 playoffs. However, both the Scotties and the Commodores came up one ...
Scotties fall as top-seeded Belle Vernon notches walk-off win
By Jason Black
Taking down two higher seeds in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs is something the members of the Southmoreland softball team can be proud of this ...
Steel Valley softball gets 3rd try at Seton-La Salle
By Kevin Lohman
To get this far in the WPIAL Class AA softball playoffs, Steel Valley has had to overcome difficult tests. The 12th-seeded team pulled off upset ...
Deer Lakes softball team seeking 2nd WPIAL championship in 4 years
By Bill Beckner Jr.
The sting of back-to-back championship game losses still resonates with the Deer Lakes softball team. But another torrid regular season and playoff run has the ...
Mars softball team looks to bright future
By Joe Sager
The Mars softball team took a step back in this year’s postseason. Next season, though, the Fightin’ Planets hope to make a huge leap forward. ...
Allegheny County cutting ties with Corizon Health after deaths of 2 inmates at county jail
By Michael Hasch
The unexplained deaths this week of two more inmates in the Allegheny County Jail are not the only reason County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says a decision was made to cut ties with Corizon Health Inc., a nationally known but controversial provider of health care services at the lockup. “We were probably ...
Spring really sprung for Mid-Mon Valley sports teams
By Jeff Oliver
An argument could be made that 2015 has been the best season ever in the Mid-Mon Valley for spring sports, particularly softball and baseball. Softball rivals ...
Hempfield offense, pitching deliver in WPIAL semifinal victory
By George Guido
After missing the WPIAL softball playoffs for the first time in 32 years last season, Hempfield is on its way to the Class AAAA finals. Hempfield ...
Deer Lakes’ own field of dreams — North Allegheny
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Her face framed in a vibrant smile, Deer Lakes junior Maria Taliani put her team’s fondness for North Allegheny’s softball field in picture-this form. “You ...
Trib Cup: Monessen softball had year of firsts
By Alex Oltmanns
It was a year of firsts for the Monessen softball team. Not only did the Greyhounds qualify for the WPIAL postseason for the first time in program history, but they also won their first playoff game and compiled their most wins in a single season. That’s certainly impressive, but for a team ...
High school roundup: Big inning carries Yough to title game
By Staff Reports
Yough sent 11 batters to the plate and scored five runs in the fifth inning to secure a 10-1 victory over Trinity in the semifinals ...
Top-seeded Belle Vernon rallies for walk-off win over Southmoreland
By Jason Black
Taking down two higher seeds in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs is something the members of the Southmoreland softball team can be proud of this ...
Deer Lakes softball reaches WPIAL Class AA title game after routing Steel Valley, 10-0
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Deer Lakes’ softball season started at the beach. Now, the Lancers are California dreaming — again. Another big offensive output propelled the team to its fourth ...
BVA rallies to earn spot in title game
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area freshman Bailey Parshall is already one of the WPIAL’s top pitchers, landing a scholarship to Penn State before she ever fired a ...
Late explosion carries Yough to finals
By Bill Hughes
All season, Yough’s offense picked up as games went on and its lineup got a second look at pitchers. That’s exactly what happened at Cal U’s ...
Deer Lakes senior Gozzard delivers when it counts
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Katie Gozzard is fine with somebody using the ‘S’ word to describe her performance in the batter’s box earlier this season. It is no secret. Shhh ...
Gorman: Shaler aces pitching test
By Kevin Gorman
Skip Palmer had a problem at pitcher, one that should make him the envy of every softball coach in the WPIAL. It didn’t look that way for the defending WPIAL Class AAAA champions in the opener, when Shaler ace Brianna Dobson pulled a muscle in her rib cage. The backup ...
Strong finish motivates young Penn Hills softball team
By Ed Phillipps
The Penn Hills softball team had just put together its best back-to-back effort of the season, outscoring Kiski Area and Woodland Hills by a combined ...
Heavy-hearted Jefferson-Morgan uses 5 home runs to top No. 2 Frazier
By Jason Black
Playing with heavy hearts, the members of the Jefferson-Morgan softball team turned into heavy hitters in Wednesday’s WPIAL Class A semifinal against Frazier at Cal ...
Plum softball coach pleased with team’s progress
By Michael Love
Despite a four-game losing streak to end the season, including a 5-2 loss to Penn-Trafford in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, Plum varsity softball head coach Jim McGrath said he was happy with the progress his young team made over the course of the 2015 campaign. Plum ...
No. 3 Baldwin stops Gateway in quarterfinals
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity softball team outlasted Bethel Park, 5-3, in nine innings last week to advance to Tuesday’s quarterfinal matchup against third-seeded Baldwin at California University of Pennsylvania. The Gators’ quest to stay alive in the WPIAL Quad-A tournament met a sudden end in the form of the Highlanders and pitcher ...
A-K Valley softball playoff capsule: No. 1 Deer Lakes vs. No. 12 Steel Valley
By Bill Beckner Jr.
WPIAL Class AA softball SEMIFINALS No. 1 Deer Lakes (19-1) vs. No. 12 Steel Valley (9-6) 4 p.m. Thursday, North Allegheny • Winner plays:  No. 2 Mohawk (15-0)/No. 3 Seton-La Salle (15-0)  winner in championship game May 28 at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field. • Extra bases: Deer Lakes ...
Gorman: Jefferson-Morgan’s Dugan plays for her father
By Kevin Gorman
Camryn Dugan crushed a three-run homer to right center, and all the Jefferson-Morgan junior wanted to know is whether her dad heard the call. ...