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Index to 2015 Major & Minor League Updates

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(Over the next two weeks, Sports Town will feature updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

July 1 - J.J. Hoover, Elizabeth Forward, Cincinnati Reds
July 1 - Don Kelly, Mt. Lebanon, Miami Marlins
July 2 - Adam Liberatore, Blackhawk, Los Angeles Dodgers
July 2 - Neil Walker, Pine-Richland, Pittsburgh Pirates
July 3 - Josh Wilson, Mt. Lebanon, Detroit Tigers
July 3 - Jordan Jankowski, Peters Township, Class AAA Fresno (Astros)
July 4 - Blake Lalli, Pine-Richland, Class AAA (Diamondbacks)
July 4 - Tommy Shirley, Norwin, Class AAA Fresno (Astros)

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Volleyball: District club teams face tests on a national level

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Ken Wunderley reports that multiple volleyball teams from Western Pennsylvania are competing in national tournaments this summer. Read his story below.

Dan Schall, Jim Schall and Shawn Spencer have coached at the Junior National Boys Volleyball Championships many times before.

But this year is much different for this Western Pennsylvania coaching trio. All three have sons playing for the Pittsburgh Volleyball Club on the 12-and-under club team, which began last Saturday and concludes this Sunday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Dan Schall, the head boys coach at North Allegheny High School, has two sons on the team.

"Caleb is 11 and Owen is 9," said Dan Schall, who along with his brother, Jim, are serving as coaches for the team. "It's a neat experience to see your kids learn the game at a different level and compete against national competition."

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Diving: Two former WPIAL stars to compete in World University Games

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Eleven of the nation's top divers have taken the trip to South Korea to compete in the World University Games.

Two of them are from the Pittsburgh area.

Samantha Pickens and JB Kolod are among the athletes representing the U.S. National Diving Team in the event held July 3-14 in Gwangju City, South Korea. Pickens is a Franklin Regional graduate, and Kolod a Fox Chapel graduate.

Pickens will compete in the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions. She was the 2015 NCAA champion in the 1-meter while at the University of Arizona. Kolod will take part in the 3-meter event. He was an All-American in 2015 at the University of Virginia.

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Girls Volleyball: Four area teams competing at Junior National Tournament

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Two area volleyball clubs have teams entered in the 2015 Girls Junior National Championships, which begin June 23 in New Orleans. The Renaissance Volleyball Club has three teams entered, while Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball has one team entered. Below are rosters and schedules for the 4 teams.

Renaissance 18 National  
Begor, Brian - Head Coach
Palmer, Shawn - Assistant Coach
Vitti, Peter - Assistant Coach
1 - Kline, Liz (Shaler)
2 - Savisky, Tara (West Allegheny)
3 - Amos, Samantha (Upper St. Clair)
4 - Goodsel, Brooklyn (Corry)
5 - Pavlick, Alexa (Mt. Lebanon)
6 - Vitti, Rosa (Obama Academy)
7 - Martini, Sydney (Seneca Valley)
8 - Morningstar, Meg (North Allegheny)
9 - Burchesky, Natalie     (Canon-McMillan)

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All Around Sports Town Week in Review (June 21-27)

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