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Around the Fay West high schools

Paul Schofield
| Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009

Highlight

Events of the week

· WPIAL Class AAA Section 3 will be decided this week with numerous key games. Tonight, Greensburg Salem (16-3, 7-2) will host Laurel Highlands (15-5, 8-2) in a first-place showdown. The Golden Lions have won seven consecutive section games, including a 57-52 win Jan. 9 at Laurel Highlands. The Mustangs also will be on the road Friday at rival Uniontown (14-4, 7-3), while the Golden Lions have a key home game Saturday against Indiana (10-7, 6-4).

Who's who

Hempfield senior wrestler Jesse Reilly

What's the best part of wrestling?

Winning and helping your team and teammates get better.

What's the hardest part of wrestling?

The mental part is the toughest. The best wrestlers stay after practice and try to get better. Guys like Jake Kemerer and Jack Bachman put more time after practice than I do. It's something I'm trying to improve on.

What do you admire about Jake and Jack?

The extra work they put in. No one works harder than they do.

What were your thoughts when the Steelers fell behind in the Super Bowl?

When they started driving, I thought at least we had a chance to tie the score. But, Ben (Roethlisberger) hit Santonio (Holmes) for the touchdown, and I couldn't believe it. It's was the best and most thrilling end of a game that I saw.

What will you be doing in a year?

Hopefully wrestling in college and working on degree. I haven't decided on a college yet.

By the numbers

100 — The number of career victories Connellsville senior Jake Swink has. He picked up his milestone victory Saturday in the finals against Bethel Park.

14 — The number of times the Connellsville wrestling team has reached the WPIAL finals. The Falcons are 7-7.

2 — The number WPIAL teams to have won a PIAA title since the team tournament began in 1999. Those teams are Connellsville (2005) and Burrell (2008).

Keep an eye on

· Nick Novak and Corey Bellovich are waging an interesting battle for the WPIAL scoring title, with three games to go. Franklin Regional's Novak has 492 points, an average of 27.3 per game. Bellovich of Keystone Oaks has 500, (26.3). Franklin Regional (13-6, 7-4) concludes its Section 2-AAAA schedule tonight at Fox Chapel, but still has non-section games Saturday and Monday against Hempfield and Pine-Richland before the playoffs. Keystone Oaks (7-12, 3-7) has road games at West Allegheny tonight and Montour on Friday in its quest to reach the playoffs from 4-AAA. It concludes its regular-season schedule Saturday at home against Seton-La Salle in a non-section game.

· The Hempfield Spartans could earn a trip to Hershey with a victory against District 9 champion Clearfield at 7 tonight at Clarion High School. They earned a berth in the PIAA Class AAA team tournament by defeating Canon-McMillan, 39-31. Dom Testa's pin at 152 pounds, the final bout of the match, helped clinch the victory.

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