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NA doubles, Latrobe’s Kissell win state tennis titles

By Jeff Dewees
HERSHEY — One of the toughest accomplishments in high school tennis is to win at the highest level for the second consecutive year while plugging ...

WPIAL players take control of early rounds at PIAA tennis tournament
By Jeff Dewees
HERSHEY — Friday’s opening-round action in the PIAA singles and doubles tennis tournament proved successful for WPIAL players. The WPIAL placed three of the final four entrants in the Class AAA singles tournament and the same number in doubles. It has continued the trend of recent seasons in wrestling control away ...
Western Pa. teams blanked at PIAA team tennis championships
By Jeff Dewees
HERSHEY — The WPIAL was well represented at the PIAA team tennis championships at Hershey Racquet Club, with three of the final eight teams across both classifications hailing from the region. But a championship eluded all of them. Upper St. Clair got the furthest. The Panthers reached Saturday’s Class AAA championship match ...
Mars tennis adapts to Triple-A competition
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys tennis team’s first venture into WPIAL Class AAA was a successful one. After finishing as team runner-up the past two seasons in Class ...
USC, Mt. Lebanon, Sewickley earn spots in PIAA semifinals
By Staff Report
Neighboring rivals Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair will square off in a boys tennis match more than 200 miles from home Saturday morning, battling for a berth in the PIAA Class AAA championship match. The WPIAL champion Panthers defeated District 1’s Council Rock North, 3-2, in the quarterfinals Friday, ...
Hopewell tennis team finds success after tragedy
By Kevin Lohman
In any context, the season the Hopewell boys tennis team has put together has been special. The Vikings are 16-2 and finished third in their first WPIAL Class AA team tournament in 25 years. They qualified for the PIAA tournament for the first time in program history. Yet, when putting perhaps the ...
Sewickley Academy boys tennis wins 12th straight WPIAL title
By Gary Horvath
The Sewickley Academy tennis team faced more adversity on its way to a 12th consecutive WPIAL Class AA team title than its perfect 5-0 scores ...
Upper St. Clair tennis dethrones 3-time defending WPIAL champion
By Karen Price
Wednesday’s WPIAL Class AAA boys team tennis championship came down to the No. 2 doubles match, and ended with Upper St. Clair dethroning defending champion Shady Side Academy, 3-2. The Indians, who had won the last three WPIAL team titles and four of the last five, won at No. 3 singles ...
Plum boys tennis team ends strong season with WPIAL tourney appearance
By Michael Love
Plum varsity boys tennis head coach Rosemarie Stashko said she wasn’t sure when the last time a Plum boys team qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA team playoffs. It had been a while, and she was pleased with the effort this year’s team, with five seniors in the starting lineup, showed ...
Franklin Regional tennis looks forward to next portion of ‘two-year cycle’
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys tennis team concluded its season last week with a tough 5-0 loss to North Allegheny in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA team playoffs. Despite the loss, head coach Howard Fisher said his young team, which featured only one senior starter and a pair ...
Penn-Trafford freshmen push each other on tennis court
By Alex Oltmanns
Kevin Lee and Turner Price could not be more different on the tennis court. With Lee exhibiting a more reserved playing style and Price the more outgoing and emotional player, the styles of the two Penn-Trafford freshmen are certainly opposite. But when they team up as doubles partners, their styles are the ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...