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HS highlight reel: WPIAL girls singles players seeing double

By Bill West
There’s an abundance of double doses in the WPIAL Class AA girls tennis singles tournament, which begins Wednesday at Shady Side Academy. Headlined by Greensburg Central Catholic’s Kluska sisters, three sets of siblings qualified for the Class AA tournament. Junior Alyvia and sophomore Michaela Kluska advanced after meeting in the …

Hempfield girls tennis out to defend section title after 13-1 seasons
By Brian Graham
Jerry Way has led the Hempfield girls tennis team to three section titles in four years, including last season when the team went 13-1. But …
Defending WPIAL champion GCC tennis under new leadership
By Brian Graham
Tony Splendore has a lot of tennis left in the tank. The first-year Greensburg Central Catholic coach embarks on a new journey after heading the Mt. Pleasant tennis program for 39 years. Taking over for the defending Class AA WPIAL champions is enough fuel for Splendore to add to his …
New coach hopes to help Greensburg Salem tennis grow
By Ed Phillipps
Don’t get her wrong, Greensburg Salem girls tennis coach Megan McIntyre was pumped for her first season to begin. But she’s even more excited to see how it ends. McIntyre and her young squad sat at 0-4 after Thursday’s loss to Washington, but high hopes remained. “I think we’re going …
Norwin looking for success at section singles tournament
By Nathan Smith
Things couldn’t have started any better for the Norwin girls tennis team.The Lady Knights compiled an impressive 7-0 overall record through last week, while going 4-0 in Section 1-AAA play. But for the team, success was an expectation. “We have a lot of experience,” Norwin coach Ryan Hornick said. “The …
Thomas Jefferson girls tennis team gearing for share of section title
By Jennifer Goga
The Thomas Jefferson girls’ tennis team looks strong this season. With a 7-1 record, the Lady Jaguars are well on their way to securing a …
Carlynton's Phillips looking to claim another section title
By Nathan Smith
Carlynton’s Hannah Phillips will have a target on her back at the Section 4-AA singles tennis tournament this week. After winning her first section title …
Valley tennis team motto no joke for opposition
By Doug Gulasy
During preseason conditioning workouts this summer, the Valley girls tennis team joked about a potential team motto for the 2014 season. While talking about the …
HS highlight reel: Girls tennis takes over at center court this week
By Staff Reports
Tournament season gets started for girls tennis this week, as section singles tournaments will be held Tuesday and Wednesday across Western Pennsylvania. The top three players from each section will qualify for the WPIAL singles tournament Sept. 17-18. Section doubles tournaments will be Sept. 23-24. Week 3 football game moved …
Fox Chapel girls tennis replacing 5 starters
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel girls tennis team finished 15-4 and made it to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL team tournament last season. Coach Alex Slezak lost …
Franklin Regional girls ready to host Section 1-AAA singles
By Michael Love
The high school tennis season only is a couple of weeks old, but players from the nine schools in Section 1-AAA are getting ready to …
Sewickley Academy girls tennis expects lineup to be fluid
By Gary Horvath
With the school year set to begin Wednesday, Sewickley Academy girls tennis coach Whitney Snyder doesn’t expect his team to be in playoff form just yet. With five starters graduating from last year’s WPIAL Class AA runner-up squad, the Panthers are still trying to figure out which players will be …
Penn-Trafford girls tennis hopes to shake off slow start
By Doug Gulasy
The Penn-Trafford girls tennis team’s bid for its seventh straight WPIAL playoff appearance got off to a rocky start, but the Warriors believe the rest …
Growing Jeannette tennis team flush with girls interested in playing the game
By Dave Moio
Jeannette girls tennis has to do things in a non-traditional way. Flourishing high school girls tennis programs have a steady influx of players who have …
New look for Mars girls tennis team
By Joe Sager
When Jordan Seles decided to play on the Mars girls tennis team, the Fightin’ Planets were more than happy to bring her aboard. With the …
Mt. Pleasant girls tennis features new coach, lineup
By Dave Stofcheck
The Mt. Pleasant girls tennis team has a new coach and a new singles lineup. That’s why a season-opening victory was an important morale booster. …
Southmoreland eyes another successful girls tennis season
By Dave Stofcheck
Graduation has forced Southmoreland girls tennis coach Jim Kessler to shuffle his lineup, while realignment has given the Scotties a new list of teams to …
Talented Plum girls tennis team improving through competition
By Ed Phillipps
With the return of several players from last season’s starting lineup, it would be easy to assume that the Plum girls tennis team’s lineup for this year was a formality. However, the addition of a few young talents coupled with the development of others has cultured a healthy competition at …
Baldwin girls tennis team hosting Highlander Cup invitational
By Jennifer Goga
The inaugural Highlander Cup tennis tournament will be held today, Thursday, at the Baldwin High School courts. The tournament features girls’ singles and doubles match play. Tournament registration sold out the first day, as 10 members of the Baldwin, Moon, West Mifflin and Thomas Jefferson tennis teams will square off …
Franklin Regional hopes to move on without No. 1 singles player
By Doug Gulasy
The 2014 Franklin Regional girls tennis team will look quite a bit different than the squads that made the WPIAL playoffs each of the past …
Norwin girls tennis team ‘hungry for more’ in 2014
By Doug Gulasy
When Norwin girls tennis coach Ryan Hornick reviewed some old district yearbooks over the summer, he realized how significant his team’s achievements from the past …
Sister tandem returns to lead Greensburg C.C. tennis
By Andrew Erickson
The Kluska sisters of Greensburg Central Catholic admit they’re opposites, but they manage to complement each other well. In workouts like the Centurions’ Thursday practice …
Fox Chapel looks to fill big void at doubles
By Dave Yohe
Last season, Fox Chapel had the most accomplished local girls tennis players in Laurel Shymansky and Lacey Cohen. The duo won it all, earning a …
Falcons tennis team looking to learn on the fly
By Jason Black 7:21 a.m.
The Connellsville girls tennis team is much a work in progress, especially considering the team lost all seven of its regular starters from last year’s …
Gateway tennis to test mettle in new WPIAL section
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity girls tennis team made a move in the offseason, as the WPIAL reduced the number of Class AAA sections and increased the number of teams in each grouping. Gone are long-standing matchups against Woodland Hills, Penn Hills, Shaler, Shady Side Academy and Fox Chapel. The Gators say …
Mars tennis team ready to move up in 2015
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys tennis team proved it is one of the state’s best. And the Planets are ready to show it at the highest level …
TJ tennis coach’s 2014 season a global experience
By Jennifer Goga
Thomas Jefferson’s longtime tennis coach Chuck Correll guided the Jaguars to another winning season and a tie for the section title with Keystone Oaks this …
NA doubles team wins state title
By Jeff Dewees
HERSHEY – In all, it was a successful weekend of boys’ tennis for the WPIAL at the PIAA championships. Players from WPIAL schools competed in three of Saturday’s four finals at Hershey Racquet Club, including an all-WPIAL championship. North Allegheny’s Kevin Goth and Jared Isaacs toppled Shady Side Academy’s Chris …
WPIAL tennis players advance to PIAA semis
By Staff Report
Sewickley Academy freshman Luke Ross advanced to the semifinals of the PIAA Class AA singles tennis tournament Friday with a pair of straight-sets wins. The WPIAL champion defeated Eastern Lebanon County’s Adam Bahney, 7-6 (3), 6-3, in the quarterfinals. In Class AAA, Latrobe’s Chad Kissell and Central Catholic’s Adam Blasinsky, …
Shady Side Academy captures PIAA boys tennis title
By Jeff Dewees
HERSHEY — There were no pep talks beforehand, nor hand-wringing. Just a quiet confidence. Facing District 1 power Conestoga for the third consecutive year in the PIAA boys team tennis finals, Shady Side Academy stared down its tormentors and won state gold Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club with a tense …
Team-first mentality again plays key role for WPIAL champion Sewickley Academy tennis
By Nathan Smith
For some, high school tennis comes down to the individual; success is based on what happens during the WPIAL singles and doubles tournaments. But for …
Baldwin coach honored by U.S. Tennis Association
By Jennifer Goga
Dave Hayden, a 1976 Baldwin High School graduate, returned to his alma mater five years ago to take over as head coach of both the …
Q&A: Chris Grubbs leads Shady Side Academy to tennis titles
By Marty Stewart
Two weeks ago, Chris Grubbs teamed up with Michael Kann to win the WPIAL Class AAA doubles championship. It was his third consecutive doubles title. …
Franklin Regional boys tennis team looks forward after strong year
By Doug Gulasy 10:50 p.m.
Franklin Regional’s boys tennis team did its part to restore the program’s strong tradition this season, and the Panthers will now look to keep building …
PIAA Class AA boys tennis team tournament preview: Valley vs. Fairview
By Tribune-Review
PIAA boys tennis team tournament Class AA First round Valley (16-1) vs. Fairview (16-2) 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pennbriar Athletic Club, Erie Winner plays: District …