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Norwin win key in race for WPIAL playoff spot

By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys tennis team almost assured themselves of a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA team playoffs out of Section 1 with its 4-1 victory Friday at Norwin. The Mustangs’ win over the Knights was their fourth in a row after a pair of tough losses to section ...

Cal turns to PIAA in tennis forfeit appeal
By Jeff Oliver
The WPIAL upheld its ruling that California Area’s boys’ tennis team must forfeit four matches for using a female player earlier this season. The school will now appeal the decision to the PIAA, said California Area athletic director Chris Minerd. On Tuesday, the WPIAL ruled that the Trojans, who had been undefeated, ...
Sewickley Academy tennis standout makes most of time spent in Florida
By Karen Kadilak
Sewickley Academy sophomore Luke Ross expects to increase his standing as a potential college tennis player after spending three months at a renowned training facility ...
Franklin Regional duo battles at WPIAL tourney
By Michael Love
After claiming gold at the Section 1-AAA doubles tournament last week on their home court at Franklin Regional, the Panthers duo of juniors Connor Warwick ...
Mars, Sewickley Academy duos capture WPIAL doubles titles
By Gary Horvath
Mars juniors Josh Raymundo and Aaron Gruber found redemption on multiple levels when they defeated Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann of North Allegheny to win ...
WPIAL: Cal must forfeit tennis wins
By Jeff Oliver
The WPIAL ruled Tuesday that California Area’s boys’ tennis team must forfeit four section matches from this season for using a female player. An appeal meeting is set for Thursday, according to athletic director Chris Minerd. Under PIAA rules, if a school offers a sport for both boys and girls — which ...
Popular Kiski Area team manager gets his chance on tennis court
By Doug Gulasy
Stephen Winkle spends a lot of time on the sidelines at Kiski Area athletic events as a student manager, but before last week he wondered ...
Step up in class no problem for Mars tennis team
By Joe Sager
This season has posed a new challenge for the Mars boys tennis team — playing in WPIAL Class AAA. Runners-up in WPIAL Class AA the ...
Sauter embracing new role as Sewickley Academy’s top singles player
By Gary Horvath
You might have trouble recognizing Sam Sauter just from watching him last year. Not only did the Sewickley Academy sophomore tennis player grow roughly six inches ...
Plum doubles team earns WPIAL spot
By Michael Love
Two weeks ago, Plum senior Carson France, as the No. 2 seed, won three out of his four matches at the Section 1-AAA singles tournament, ...
Franklin Regional duo on way to WPIAL championships
By Michael Love
Two weeks ago, Franklin Regional junior Rochan Ramesh, as the No. 3 seed, won three out of his four matches at the Section 1-AAA singles tournament. He made it to the championship match before falling to No. 1 seed Chad Kissell from Latrobe. The performance also earned him a spot in the ...
Carlynton’s Phillips relishes WPIAL singles title
By Nathan Smith
For some, a WPIAL title would be the peak of an athlete’s career. For Carlynton’s Luke Phillips, it is just fuel to the fire. The sophomore claimed ...
HS highlight reel: SA doubles teams out to defend titles
By Tribune-Review
For the past five seasons – and six of the past seven — a pair of Sewickley Academy boys tennis players have claimed the WPIAL Class AA doubles championship. The Panthers have a shot at a sixth straight. Sewickley Academy’s first and second doubles pairings advanced to the finals of ...
Greensburg Salem tennis preps for tough stretch
By Kevin Ritchart
At the midway point of the 2015 season, the Greensburg Salem boys tennis team is holding its own. The Golden Lions fell to 3-3 overall Monday with a loss to Thomas Jefferson and are 2-1 in Section 1-AA action. Greensburg Salem had a pair of early section matches postponed, which will ...
Latrobe’s Kissell, Carlynton’s Phillips capture WPIAL singles titles in tennis
By Nathan Smith
Chad Kissell felt destined to win a WPIAL championship. The Latrobe senior is part of a family tennis dynasty. Older sisters Michaela, Joelle and Stacia all ...
Kelley leading young Baldwin boys tennis team
By Jennifer Goga
The Baldwin boys’ tennis team is rebuilding, as head coach Dave Hayden has just one senior player on the 2015 squad. The Highlanders lost a ...
Despite roster turnover, Sewickley Academy focused on 11th straight WPIAL tennis title
By Gary Horvath
It’s been a season of change so far for the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team, but not enough to change the goals of the team. Of ...
Mt. Pleasant’s Cenkner looking for WPIAL tennis success
By Jason Black
Noah Cenkner was one set win away from claiming the Section 1-AA individual boys tennis championship at Greensburg Racquet Club last week. But that’s when ...
HS highlight reel: Boys tennis champs set to be crowned
By Tribune-Review
Latrobe’s Chad Kissell was a WPIAL Class AAA runner-up last season at the boys singles tennis tournament. Tuesday, he’ll chase the title that has eluded him the past three seasons. The four-time Section 1 champion is the top seed in this year’s WPIAL tournament. A Valparaiso recruit, he also finished fourth at ...
Hempfield tennis team under new direction
By Andrew John
A new era begins for Hempfield boys tennis as Ray McCanna takes over the program for Jerry Way, who will still remain involved as a volunteer coach. The Spartans, who finished 7-5 in Section 1-AAA last season, return only one starter and have just one senior on the team. Luke Persin, ...
Cal boys’ tennis team may forfeit over using girl
By Jeff Oliver
As of today, California Area’s boys’ tennis team is undefeated and has a stranglehold on the rest of its section competitors. However, by April 23, that could all change. California has been told by the WPIAL that it must forfeit four matches in which a girl participated at the start of the ...
Thomas Jefferson boys tennis team young with potential
By Jennifer Goga
The Thomas Jefferson boys’ tennis team is young this year, but according to veteran head coach Chuck Correll, they show a lot of potential. With just two seniors in the starting lineup, there are several underclassmen gaining valuable varsity experience for the Jaguars. Junior Jake Stock is in the No. 1 singles ...
Plum’s France punches ticket to WPIAL singles tournament
By Michael Love
After several years of frustrating finishes at the section singles tournament, Plum senior Carson France has broken through to the WPIAL championships. France, the No. 2 ...
Franklin Regional's Ramesh clinches WPIAL spot
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional junior Rochan Ramesh qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA singles championships last year, and he came up clutch in the consolation final contest ...
Latrobe tennis team off to 4-0 start
By Kevin Ritchart
The Latrobe boys tennis team is having fun. With a 4-0 overall record and a 3-0 mark in Section 1-AAA coming into this week, who can blame them? The Wildcats are on a roll thanks to a senior-laden lineup that’s used to taking care of business every time they take the ...
Fox Chapel tennis in rebuilding mode to start season
By Marty Stewart 7:21 p.m.
The Fox Chapel boys tennis team finished with a 12-6 record overall and ended up in second place in the section with an 11-3 mark last year. Coach Dave Prevost must replace four graduates from that team, but he is looking forward to another strong season. The Foxes will return junior ...
Shady Side Academy tennis out to defend titles
By Marty Stewart 7:21 p.m.
The Shady Side Academy boys tennis team will be hard-pressed to top last year’s achievements. The team won section, WPIAL and PIAA championships. Coach Tom Mercer said this year’s team has what it takes to provide a repeat performance. “I think we have a good chance to do it again,” he ...
Quaker Valley tennis roster still in flux with missed practice opportunities
By Gary Horvath 7:21 p.m.
While much about the season is up in the air, one thing is for sure. The Quaker Valley boys tennis team is a lot younger ...
New coach looking to put Penn-Trafford boys tennis back on top
By Kevin Ritchart
The Penn-Trafford boys tennis team is looking to get back on top. The Warriors finished third in Section 1-AAA in 2014 after winning the section title the previous three seasons. After a handful of years away from the team, coach Jane Debone returns to lead a Penn-Trafford squad that lost to ...
New Norwin tennis coach benefiting from senior presence
By Katie Foglia
The Norwin boys tennis team is starting off the 2014-15 season with some returning senior starters, a few freshman additions as well as a new head coach. First-year coach Katie Garrity said the senior leadership from the three singles starters – Nate Alford, Mitch Atkins and Jordan Walk – has helped ...
Southmoreland tennis gets new look
By Paul Paterra
There will be a lot that will be new for the Southmoreland boys tennis team this season. The lineup will feature four new starters due to ...
New section will be a test for Mt. Pleasant boys tennis team
By Dave Stofcheck
If you follow the Mt. Pleasant boys tennis team, it shouldn’t take long to spot a few key changes heading into Section 1-AA play. After serving as a longtime assistant under Tony Splendore, Matt Gross has taken over as head coach. He will be tasked with guiding the Vikings through ...
Returning experience fuels optimism for Plum boys tennis
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity tennis team begins a new venture this spring, and it is one that head coach Rosemarie Stashko hopes brings it success and ...
Southmoreland boys team confident despite key losses
By Jason Black
For the past four seasons, the Southmoreland boys tennis team has been the measuring stick in Section 1-AA. The Scotties won outright or shared the ...
Franklin Regional boys tennis squad eyes back-to-back section titles
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys tennis team returned to the top of the section mountain in 2014, as it won a share of the Section ...
New Gateway tennis players will get varsity chance
By Michael Love
Mother Nature hasn’t been too kind to area boys tennis teams, as snow and cold temperatures had the squads scrambling for inside space to start ...