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Josh Bell, Colin Moran power Pirates past Reds

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:13 p.m.
Josh Bell topped 100 RBIs for the first time in his major league career, hitting a three-run homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates routed the Cincinnati Reds, 14-0, on Saturday night. After Colin Moran gave the Pirates a 7-0 lead with a pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning, Bell lined...
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Defending WPIAL Class A champ OLSH rallies past City League’s Westinghouse

Ashley Chase
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:57 p.m.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart dealt the deciding blow in a game of momentum swings as the Chargers defense put a stop to Westinghouse’s shot at victory in the final minute to secure a 33-30 win in the Western Pa. Everyone Classic at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek. Chargers...

Penn-Trafford’s dynamic duo becoming a trio

Paul Schofield
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:41 p.m.
It was only one game, but a new name is emerging as a potential star on the Penn-Trafford football team. It’s junior Ethan Carr. The two players drawing most of the attention in the preseason were senior quarterback Gabe Dunlap and senior running back Caleb Lisbon. Both put on a...
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5 takeaways from Week Zero of high school football action

Chris Harlan
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:30 p.m.
Two hundred yards is a good night for any WPIAL passer, but nowadays that’s not enough for some quarterbacks. Thomas Jefferson’s Shane Stump, Washington’s Zack Swartz and Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer all topped the 200-yard passing mark while also rushing for more than 100 in Week Zero victories Friday night. They’re...
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Small roster not dimming enthusiasm for Knoch girls soccer

Jerin Steele
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:22 p.m.
Knoch girls soccer already was low on players, but three season-ending injuries before the first practice made the roster even thinner. The Knights have only 14 healthy players going into the season, but the player shortage hasn’t dampened spirits around the team. Players say it brought them closer together, and...
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Monessen boys soccer embarks under 1st new coach in 14 years

Andrew John
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:15 p.m.
For the last decade and a half, Sam Perry played a crucial role in building a successful boys soccer program at Monessen. After 14 seasons, Donnie Caterino will take over for Perry as coach. Perry, who resigned during the offseason, led Monessen to two section championships and made 11 trips...
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New coach, new outlook for Monessen girls soccer team

Andrew John
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:02 p.m.
The Monessen girls soccer program wants to replicate what Sam Perry built during his decade-plus as coach of the Greyhounds’ boys soccer program before resigning during the offseason. This season, the Monessen girls have a new coach, just like the boys do. Bill Phillips, who coached Monessen’s middle school team...
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George Will: Trade war shows reality of ‘America First’ in action

George Will
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:00 p.m.
WASHINGTON In a trade war, as in a real one, people are wounded by friendly fire from their side. Consider some casualties in Donald Trump’s “easy to win” — his promise — trade war. Begin with the company whose green machines bear the name of the blacksmith who, in the...

UPDATE: Six injured in lightning strike that halts PGA Tour Championship

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:49 p.m.
ATLANTA — Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain, Atlanta police said. The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and...
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Djokovic not worried about blisters as he prepares to defend U.S. Open title

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:37 p.m.
NEW YORK — During a break in practice two days before opening his U.S. Open title defense, Novak Djokovic pulled off his blue shoe and white sock so a trainer could look at his right foot. Did it again a little while later. And then, toward the end of Saturday’s...
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Reynolds: US basketball seems vulnerable for World Cup

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:34 p.m.
The U.S. men’s basketball team had never lost to Australia. It had gone nearly 13 years without losing a game with an NBA-stocked roster. It was in the midst of the longest winning streak in team history. Until Saturday. The Americans went Down Under, and went down. Australia beat the...
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Hikes sometimes lead to interesting old cemeteries

Everybody Adventures | Bob Frye
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:29 p.m.
There are two seeming miracles here, really. The first is that the Chess family found ground flat enough, even relatively speaking, to build a cemetery. We were hiking in extreme southwestern Pennsylvania, fewer than a dozen miles from the border of the West Virginia panhandle. It’s a land of coal...
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Althea Gibson honored with statue at site of U.S. Open

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:18 p.m.
NEW YORK — Althea Gibson basked in a ticker-tape parade in New York a decade before Arthur Ashe won the 1968 U.S. Open. Gibson won 11 majors in three years from 1956-58, including the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles. She integrated two sports — tennis and golf...
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Steelers defensive backs raving about Teryl Austin’s impact on secondary

Kevin Gorman
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin believes it’s “much too early” to judge Teryl Austin’s impact secondary coach, given that they have yet to play a regular-season game. “We’re just getting started,” Tomlin said. “We haven’t been in enough battles to make those types of judgments on any one particular add....
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Living the dream as a professional angler takes commitment

Everybody Adventures | Bob Frye
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:05 p.m.
It’s not just about fishing. Austin Aikins is good at that. The senior at Central Catholic is one of two Pennsylvanians on the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team. It’s a collection of 62 of the best, most well-rounded anglers from around the country. Sponsors nominate teens based on...
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Pitt running backs don’t mind trying to clear high hurdles

Jerry DiPaola
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:05 p.m.
The names Qadree Ollison and Darren Hall still resonate loudly throughout the halls and fields of Pitt’s practice facility. And, really, Todd Sibley Jr. doesn’t mind. “We know those two guys are really, really good,” said Pitt’s sophomore running back. “It’s hard to replace two 1,000-yard rushers.” But Sibley believes...
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Peter Morici: Economy will drag on Trump’s re-election hopes

Peter Morici
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
The U.S. economy is delivering bad news to the White House. Second-quarter growth was only 2.1% and is not likely to return to 3% on a sustained basis. Significant wage increases, booming corporate profits, and double-digit stock grains SPX, -1.22% are not likely in the months leading up to the...

S.E. Cupp: Bashing press becomes a bipartisan affair

S.E. Cupp
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Among the many consequences of Donald Trump’s ascendancy in modern American politics is a renewed and deepened hostility for the press, not only among his far-right base, but within the general electorate. In recent decades, trust in media has plummeted from a high of 72% who had a great deal...

Joseph Sabino Mistick: Hard work no longer enough to make it in America

Joseph Sabino Mistick
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
When Luigi Sabino left Treglia, a tiny farming village in the hills outside of Caserta, Italy, he was 17 years old. Somehow he gained passage on the S.S. Kaiser Wilhelm II and made it to America. The Sabinos were farmers, but in Southern Italy in the late 19th century, families...

Ray Regan: Words do count, and they can save lives

Ray Regan
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
We use anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 of the 171,476 basic words that make up the English language. Language entertains us. We use it to share joy, to express anger, to influence, to appreciate, or just to enjoy an idle chat. Words are like food; we need them to live....

A tip for the trail and other outdoor extras

Everybody Adventures | Bob Frye
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:46 p.m.
Gear of the week Gear name: Throwdown Company: Ameristep (everybodyshops.com/ameristep-throwdown-hunting-blind.html) Gear type: Hunting blind Product description: Concealment is key in so many hunting situations, whether it be chasing spring gobblers, calling in wily predators or sitting for white-tailed deer. But what if you’re a public-land hunter, without the ability to...
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High school football helps wildfire-ravaged Paradise gain sense of normalcy

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:42 p.m.
PARADISE, Calif. — It’s hard to recognize Paradise. It is heaps of melted metal. It is scorched pine trees. It is a place where things used to be, before a fire destroyed nearly 19,000 structures and killed 86 people last November. But, on Friday night, Paradise looked like home again....
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Latrobe’s Bryan Grejtak looks to defend county senior golf title

Paul Schofield
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:11 p.m.
Bryan Grejtak had just turned 50 when he won the Westmoreland County Senior Amateur last year. Now he has a bull’s eye on his polo as he attempts for a repeat title Sunday at the Latrobe Elks. Grejtak of Latrobe finished the 27-hole event by shooting a 3-under-par 105. He...
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Police investigating Youngwood crash with several injuries

Bob Bauder
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:59 p.m.
State police from the Greensburg station were on the scene of an accident Saturday afternoon on Silvis Farm Road in Youngwood. A state police dispatcher said several people were injured in the crash. Other details were unavailable....

Police: Bus driver electrocuted despite warning from passing motorist

Bob Bauder
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:36 p.m.
A bus driver with hearing problems might not have heard another motorist’s shouted warnings Friday before he got out of his wrecked school bus on a rural Beaver County road and was electrocuted, an official said. Timothy VanKirk, 60, of Ellwood City died instantly from the live high-voltage electrical wires...
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Lightning strike at Tour Championship causes fan injuries

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:35 p.m.
ATLANTA — Five people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship, showering the area with debris, Atlanta police said. The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and fans were...
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8-year-old killed, 3 others injured in St. Louis shooting

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:02 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — Police say an 8-year-old girl has been killed and three others injured in a shooting near a high school in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the shooting happened about 8 p.m. Friday outside Harold’s Chop Suey restaurant in the city’s Academy neighborhood. Police Chief John...
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Kids enjoy sun, horses, helicopter at East Deer community celebration

Bob Bauder
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:00 p.m.
Sandy Galie had her hands full Saturday keeping track of five grandkids — including two sets of twins — at the East Deer Township Summer Celebration in the Park. Galie, of East Deer, was helping four of them enjoy the seesaws at the township’s Memorial Park in Creighton. “They’re loving...

Powerful, obscure law is basis for Trump ‘order’ on trade

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:44 p.m.
President Donald Trump is threatening to use the emergency authority granted by a powerful but obscure federal law to make good on his tweeted “order” to U.S. businesses to cut ties in China amid a spiraling trade war between the two nations. China’s announcement Friday that it was raising tariffs...
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Outdoors notices for Aug. 25, 2019

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:30 p.m.
Notices Outdoors RIFLE/TRAP LEAGUES There were 130 shooters who competed in the Twi-Night Trap League on Thursday, and 14 managed perfect 25 straights. Connellsville finished in first place with a score of 199 targets. East Huntingdon (194), Hecla (193), Ruffsdale (187) and Youngwood (185) rounded out the scoring. Connellsville (107)...
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National Christian Academy rolls past Imani Christian

George Guido
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:10 p.m.
In just its sixth year of football, National Christian Academy has designs on becoming a national powerhouse. The Eagles could be well on their way to that status with a resounding, 70-6 victory Saturday in the Western PA vs. Everyone Showcase at Turtle Creek’s Wolvarena. After a fumble in its...
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Editorial: Vaccination info should be epidemic

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:01 p.m.
Disease is not political. It doesn’t have an ideology. It doesn’t practice religion. It doesn’t espouse an opinion. Disease just wants to grow and spread. And it’s usually pretty good at it. So political arguments about vaccinations don’t faze diseases. The mumps couldn’t care less if you don’t believe your...
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3rd locally transmitted dengue fever case confirmed in Miami-Dade County

Miami Herald
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:30 p.m.
MIAMI — The third locally transmitted case of dengue fever this year has been confirmed in Miami-Dade County, the Florida Department of Health announced Friday. The first case of the mosquito-borne ailment was confirmed in March. The second came earlier this month. The three cases don’t seem to be related,...
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Russian capsule carrying robot fails space station docking

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 2:31 p.m.
A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station. A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure on Saturday was because of problems in the docking system. It said the space station itself and the six-person crew...
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Former Penn State fraternity house manager sentenced to 2 years probation

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 2:24 p.m.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The former house manager of a now-defunct Penn State fraternity where a pledge fell during a night of hazing and drinking and later died has been placed on two years’ probation on a hindering apprehension conviction. Braxton Becker, 23, of Niskayuna, New York, was also ordered to...
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Football victory a salve for devastated California town

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:59 p.m.
PARADISE, Calif. — It’s hard to recognize Paradise. It is heaps of melted metal. It is scorched pine trees. It is a place where things used to be, before a fire destroyed nearly 19,000 structures and killed 86 people last November. But on Friday night, Paradise looked like home again....
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Virginia marks 400th anniversary of slave ship arrival

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:56 p.m.
HAMPTON, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Saturday a new state commission to review educational standards for teaching black history in the state, as officials observed the arrival of enslaved Africans to what is now Virginia 400 years ago. Northam, who noted “we are a state that for too...
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Sounding off: What is ‘supremacy’?

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:21 p.m.
I offer this opinion at the risk of being labeled, but I believe that it’s important that the term “supremacy” deserves greater scrutiny. I first heard the term years ago. It gradually and ultimately disappeared as a result of the civil rights movement begun in the ’60s. The left has...

WPXI’s Damany Lewis moving on to Charlotte

Samson X Horne
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:02 p.m.
After almost five years in Pittsburgh, WPXI reporter Damany Lewis is headed south. The veteran news man posted the announcement on Facebook on Saturday morning stating that he will become a Monday through Friday anchor for WSOC, an ABC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C. It wasn’t immediately clear when his last...

Donte Moncrief among 5 players to watch for Steelers in 3rd preseason game

Joe Rutter
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:29 p.m.
This is dress rehearsal week around the NFL, and that term takes on an extra meaning for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not only is it the third preseason game, when coach Mike Tomlin gives his starters extended playing time, the contest against the Tennessee Titans will be showcased nationally on NBC....
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Kevin Gorman: Teryl Austin looking for bounce-back season with Steelers

Kevin Gorman
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:40 a.m.
Teryl Austin can joke about how coaching for the Pittsburgh Steelers has fixed friendships but fractured the family that has followed his 15-year NFL career from Seattle to Arizona to Baltimore to Detroit to his short stay in Cincinnati. “I got a lot of friends that are talking to me...

At least 4 injured, 1 flown for treatment in Derry Township crash

Jeff Himler
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:37 a.m.
A man was airlifted to a trauma center and at least three other motorists were taken by ambulance to an area hospital following a two-car crash Saturday morning in Derry Township, according to firefighters. The collision occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Route 217 and Pizza Barn Road, shutting down traffic...

‘Red flag laws’ offer tool for preventing some gun violence

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:02 a.m.
After a white supremacist discussed plans on Facebook for a mass shooting at a synagogue, police in Washington used a new law to quickly seize his 12 firearms, long before he was convicted of any crime. But when a Tennessee father became alarmed about his son after receiving a suicidal...
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Letter to the editor: Left’s gun-control propaganda

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 a.m.
It is August, and as they say, “make hay while the sun shines.” Democratic presidential hopefuls have been doing just that, known to take advantage of every opportunity to use whatever advantage that is afforded them to win an election and gain power. To date this year, 1,636 people have been shot, and 306 have died in Chicago, from gun violence, and it usually does not even make national news. Blacks killing blacks in Chicago

Letter to the editor: Killers deserve swift, final justice

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 a.m.
Recently two Jewish leaders from Squirrel Hill announced they have petitioned U.S. Attorney General William Barr to seek a plea deal to spare the life of Robert Bowers, the killer of 11 Jewish worshippers in Squirrel Hill in October 2018 (“Dor Hadash, New Light leaders urge AG to accept life in prison for accused Tree of Life gunman,” Aug. 16, TribLIVE). Their idea is to give him life in prison so he can reflect on

Letter to the editor: Now’s not the time to restrict guns

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 a.m.
At a time in the history of our country when we have seen massive undocumented immigration, now is not the time to pass legislation restricting the rights of Americans to obtain and utilize guns for protection. Jackie Frazier Bellevue

Tourist may have brought measles to Southern California

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:32 a.m.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland and other Southern California tourist spots last week brought along more than just her luggage. She brought measles. Public health officials in Los Angeles and Orange counties issued a warning Friday that people may have been exposed to the...
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Pittsburgh crash into guardrail leaves motorcyclist in critical condition

Jeff Himler
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:28 a.m.
A motorcyclist was in critical condition after a crash reported early Saturday near St. Michael’s Cemetery in Pittsburgh, city police said. The crash happened at about 1:45 a.m. at South 18th and Mt. Oliver streets in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood. According to police, first responders found the male driver had apparently...

Man suffers critical burns in backyard fire in Pittsburgh’s West End

Jeff Himler
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:30 a.m.
A 34-year-old man suffered burns over 75 percent of his body in a backyard fire Friday night in Pittsburgh’s West End. The fire and an explosion were reported about 10:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Oakglen Street when the man apparently poured a large container of gasoline on a...

This weekend around Sewickley: game time

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:01 a.m.
Happening this weekend around Sewickley: Saturday, Aug. 24 • Stop by the Sewickley Public Library’s Children’s Department any time from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and play some good, old-fashioned board games. The library will provide classic games. Sunday, Aug. 25 • Take in a film at the Tull Family...
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High school scores, summaries, schedules for Aug. 23, 2019

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:08 a.m.
High Schools Football Friday’s results WPIAL Western Pa. vs. Everyone Showcase At North Allegheny Erie 51, Theodore Roosevelt (D.C.) 8 North Allegheny 21, Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) 0 At the Wolvarena, Turtle Creek Avalon (Md.) 26, Baldwin 7 Central Catholic 42, York William Penn 7 Nonconference Apollo-Ridge 28, Leechburg 12...
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Florida man convicted in parking lot shooting of black man

Associated Press
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:56 a.m.
A white Florida man who told detectives he had a “pet peeve” about illegal parking in handicapped spots was convicted late Friday of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store. Six jurors deliberated for six hours before convicting Michael Drejka for the July...
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Week Zero’s top performers in passing, rushing, receiving

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:55 a.m.
Top performers for Week Zero high school football in Western Pennsylvania. Passing 350 - Naman Alemada, South Fayette (31 of 49) 321 - John Milcic, Brentwood (26 of 40) 311 - Dylan Cook, Leechburg (18 of 28) 294 - Shane Stump, Thomas Jefferson (11 of 24) 269 - Aris Hasley,...
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Davis, Venanzio power Gateway football team past Mt. Lebanon

Josh Rowntree
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:49 a.m.
Bob Palko’s debut as Mt. Lebanon’s coach quickly turned into the Derrick Davis show. Davis, Gateway’s highly touted junior running back and safety, scored four times, racking up 277 yards of total offense, leading Class 5A No. 1 Gateway (1-0) to a 46-20 victory over Mt. Lebanon (0-1). “He’s special....
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Cernuto, Harper lift Southmoreland past Mt. Pleasant

Jamie Rankin
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:49 a.m.
Zach Cernuto passed for 168 yards, and Colt Harper churned out 86 yards on 21 carries, scoring four touchdowns, and hauled in a pair of receptions as the Southmoreland football team recovered from a shaky start Friday to open its season with a 27-14 nonconference win at Mt. Pleasant. “I’m...

Central Catholic defense strong in rout of York William Penn

James Dotson
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:45 a.m.
After losing the final two games of the 2018 season, Central Catholic saw its 2019 season start off a little rocky. After a three-and-out to start the game Friday night, the Vikings gave up a long scoring drive to fall behind early. Central Catholic responded with 42 unanswered points to...
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High school football roundup: Stump shines in Thomas Jefferson’s Week Zero win

| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:42 a.m.
Shane Stump threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 120 yards and an 80-yard score to lead Class 4A No. 1 Thomas Jefferson to a 54-10 win against Class 6A Canon-McMillan (0-1) in a Week Zero nonconference football game Friday night. Preston Zandier caught four passes for...
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Moon gets defensive in Week Zero victory over Montour

Steve Nagler
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:27 a.m.
Moon sacked Montour quarterback Luke Persinger 11 times and forced two Spartans turnovers en route to a 14-10 victory in a nonconference game Friday night. It was the second year in a row the Tigers defeated Montour (0-1) to begin the season. Persinger was pressured all night, especially in the...
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Latrobe edges crosstown rival Derry in overtime

Dave Mackall
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:21 a.m.
As backyard brawls go, this one went overtime. Branden Crosby’s 27-yard screen pass to Logan Gustafson gave Latrobe the go-ahead touchdown in the extra session, and the Class 5A Wildcats came away with a 20-14, season-opening road victory over Class 3A No. 5 Derry on Friday night. The victory ended...
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Late touchdown lifts Springdale past Deer Lakes

George Guido
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:18 a.m.
The first football game between Springdale and Deer Lakes in 26 years proved to be a memorable one. A 27-yard touchdown pass from Legend Ausk to Demitri Fritch with 53 seconds to go lifted the Dynamos to a 29-27 victory over the neighboring Lancers. The game truly went down to...
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Pirates farm report: Games of Aug. 23, 2019

Staff Reports
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:11 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS (Triple-A, 63-67) won 5-2 over Louisville (Reds). The Indians led 4-0 after four innings. RHP James Marvel (5-0, 2.72) earned the victory in a seven-inning outing with six strikeouts and two runs allowed on six hits. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (.260) went 4 for 5 with an RBI, a run...
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Defense carries Serra Catholic over Yough

Jeremy Tepper
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:06 a.m.
As Serra Catholic and Yough took the field for a Week Zero matchup, both did so facing similar questions. Youth and inexperience abound for both teams, especially on offense, as both are breaking in new quarterbacks. Similarly, both teams have a bit more talent and experience on defense. Those predicted...
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Few split over love of banana treats at Latrobe festival

Jeff Himler
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Latrobe’s annual Great American Banana Split Celebration has plenty of attractions — live music, classic cars, games and a magic show — even for those who don’t fancy the titular treat. But for many who attended Saturday, the second of the event’s three days, the split that Latrobe has claimed...

Schools look to novel strategies to fill substitute teacher needs

Deb Erdley
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Low pay, an economy approaching full employment and dramatic decreases in enrollment in teacher education programs at colleges have produced something few ever thought they’d see in Pennsylvania: a teacher shortage, specifically a shortage of substitute teachers. Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, said the...

Report finds Pennsylvania entry-level teachers fare well

Deb Erdley
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.
That first day of school may have been rough, but chances are new teachers are doing comparatively better in Pennsylvania than just about anywhere else in the nation. A study by business.org that looked at average teacher starting salaries across the nation and then calculated the pay gap between that...

Penn State’s new weather data collection system to gather localized information

Stephen Huba
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.
When it comes to Western Pennsylvania’s recent weather woes, forewarned is forearmed. Those warnings might get a little more accurate and timely with a new Penn State project to install a series of mini weather stations across the state. The Pennsylvania Mesonet — short for mesoscale network — will eventually...
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Here’s a look at 5 top high school football teams in Westmoreland history

George Guido
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Westmoreland County has been blessed with many outstanding high school football teams since the sport was introduced in the 1890s. Here’s a top 5: 1927 Mt. Pleasant Hurst Hurricanes One of the most dominant teams in WPIAL history, the Hurricanes outscored the opposition 615-0. But it wasn’t enough to win...
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Matriarch of The Driftwood made it the place to be in Ligonier Township

Stephen Huba
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Growing up with Eliza Bacher as one’s mother was a little like growing up with one’s boss. Mrs. Bacher owned and operated The Driftwood in Ligonier Township with her husband, Fred, for more than 60 years. Together, they attracted a following of faithful local customers, as well as travelers on...
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Who’s No. 1 in Westmoreland football history? A debate for the ages

Jason Cato
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.
With more than 100 years of high school football in the books, Westmoreland County has nurtured its fair share of champions, Cinderellas and dynasties. Picking the best of them is anything but easy. “In this day and age, there were some great teams,” said Howard “Huddie” Kaufman, 91, of Greensburg....

Gregerson takes helm as president of Pitt-Greensburg as the new semester begins

Deb Erdley
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Robert Gregerson is still in awe of the lush greenery that surrounds the grounds of the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus. It’s a world away from the sandy beaches of Fort Myers, Fla., where he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University prior...
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The Week: North Hills

Tony LaRussa
| Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Here are some of the recent Tribune-Review news and features from the North Hills. For more details on these and other stories, follow the links below or see Triblive.com. • North Allegheny STEM camp combines fun, learning • North Hills School District introduce compostable trays, straws, napkins • McCandless mulls...
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Riverview band boosters celebrate annual Pie Night with songs and sweets

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, August 23, 2019 11:50 p.m.
There were pies and spirits in the sky at a Riverview Band booster fundraiser Friday. Hundreds of apple, pecan, blueberry and other slices of pastries were served at the seventh annual Pie Night at Riverside Park in Oakmont. “The weather’s perfect,” said Wendy Wilton, band booster president and event coordinator....
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GCC hangs on against Monessen to give Bret Colbert his 1st coaching win

Zack Zeigler
| Friday, August 23, 2019 11:48 p.m.
Week Zero presents a chance for some of the top teams across the WPIAL to play nonconference games as they prepare for their conference schedules. Greensburg Central Catholic coach Bret Colbert will remember Friday’s opener against Monessen as his Centurions held off a late rally to earn a 21-18 win....

Apollo-Ridge defeats rival Leechburg in Week Zero matchup

Michael Love
| Friday, August 23, 2019 11:44 p.m.
The Apollo-Ridge football team had payback on its mind after Leechburg won last year’s meeting to snap the Vikings’ eight-game winning streak in the rivalry series. Led by the hard running — and opportunistic defense — of Logan Harmon, Apollo-Ridge scored a 28-12 victory over the Blue Devils on Friday...

Demetris McKnight’s big game lifts New Castle over Shaler

Shawn Annarelli
| Friday, August 23, 2019 11:32 p.m.
In a tit-for-tat football game, New Castle coach Joe Cowart knew who had to get the ball with time ticking away. The call for a designed pass to Demetris McKnight shouldn’t have surprised anyone. McKnight scored on runs of 40 and 73 yards in the first half and had an...
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Penn-Trafford combo of Lisbon, Dunlap, Carr too much for Norwin

Paul Schofield
| Friday, August 23, 2019 11:25 p.m.
There weren’t many things that displeased Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane on Friday in his team’s season opener against rival Norwin. That’s because his team, though not flawless, dominated from the start in a 42-7 nonconference victory at Warrior Stadium. The trio of Caleb Lisbon, Gabe Dunlap and Ethan Carr turned...
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WPIAL football Week Zero results

Tribune-Review
| Friday, August 23, 2019 11:23 p.m.
TribLIVE’s sports reporters have you covered from Friday’s Week 0 high school football action. GAMES OF THE WEEK • PENN-TRAFFORD 42, NORWIN 7 Penn-Trafford’s Caleb Lisbon, a senior running back, rushed for 172 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns: 68- and 45-yard runs, and a 38-yard pass from...

Upper St. Clair defeats South Fayette in first game of post-Render era

Jim Equels
| Friday, August 23, 2019 11:13 p.m.
Mike Junko knew what the expectations were when he got the job as the football coach at Upper St. Clair. Not only was he inheriting a program that was a perennial power, he was replacing the legendary Jim Render, who walked the Panthers’ sideline for the previous 40 years. Not...

Pablo Reyes’ single brings Pirates home victory over Reds

Associated Press
| Friday, August 23, 2019 11:02 p.m.
Pablo Reyes hit a game-ending RBI single, driving in pinch-runner Joe Musgrove, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2, on Friday night. The Pirates won for just the ninth time in 39 games since the All-Star break by chipping away at Reds closer Raisel Iglesias (2-9)....
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Baldwin held in check against Avalon (Md.)

Sean Saputo
| Friday, August 23, 2019 11:01 p.m.
After fumbling the opening possession and allowing a touchdown just a few plays later, Avalon faced a 7-0 deficit. But the Black Knights took control from then on, defeating Baldwin(0-1, 0-0), 26-7, in a game that was part of the Western Pa. vs. Everyone Showcase at Woodland Hills’ Wolvarena. After...
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Plum gains momentum with Week Zero win over Highlands

Jerin Steele
| Friday, August 23, 2019 10:59 p.m.
Plum went into its Week Zero matchup at Highlands hoping to take some positive momentum into Class 5A Foothills Conference play and the Mustangs got it in all three phases of the game. The Mustangs produced a 70-yard punt return from Reed Martin, sprinkled in some big yardage plays on...
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Hempfield handles rival Greensburg Salem in opener

Bill Beckner
| Friday, August 23, 2019 10:52 p.m.
Hempfield’s big line played as advertised, getting a fairly strong push early. But the Spartans did something they hadn’t planned to do — at least not this much — in their season opener. They went to the air. With a gameplan that is, by all accounts, hell-bent on running the...

Pitt gets verbal commitment from offensive lineman Branson Taylor

Jerry DiPaola
| Friday, August 23, 2019 10:42 p.m.
Surrounded by his teammates on the Elyria Catholic football field, offensive lineman Branson Taylor made a verbal commitment to Pitt on Friday night. Taylor, rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, is the second offensive lineman in Pitt’s class of 2020, joining Michael Statham of Baltimore. He is the second Pitt...
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Burrell shuts out Valley to snap 6-game streak in ‘Battle of the Bypass’

Greg Macafee
| Friday, August 23, 2019 10:38 p.m.
Throughout the history of the “Battle of the Bypass,” Burrell and Valley have traded winning streaks. On Friday, Burrell ended Valley’s six-game win streak that started in 2013. Mike Scherer led the way on the ground, rushing for 124 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, and Central Catholic transfer...
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