High School Boys Volleyball Notebook (Apr. 29, 2016)

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Ken Wunderley has this week's High School Boys Volleyball Notebook. Read his story below.

2016 0429 SenecaValley BVolleyball(Photo: Seneca Valley's Matt Gagnon, a junior outside hitter, eludes the block attempts of two North Allegheny defenders in a match March 29. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

The Seneca Valley boys volleyball team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA title match last year with a senior-dominated team. The Raiders lost eight seniors from that squad to graduation, including seven who had a starting role.

With that in mind, many were questioning whether Seneca Valley would be a serious contender in this year's race for WPIAL gold. Raiders coach Dan Follett was not one of the doubters.

"I'm not surprised at all," Follett said. "I knew we had a talented group of 11 seniors who were ready to pick up where last year's seniors left off."

Seneca Valley entered Thursday night's match against Shaler Area with a 6-2 record in Class AAA Section 2. The Raiders moved up to No. 3 in the WPIAL rankings with a 3-0 sweep of North Allegheny April 21, but then dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 9 Pine-Richland Tuesday. North Allegheny, a 3-2 winner against Seneca Valley in the first half, leads the section with a 7-1 record.


Wrestling: Top high school wrestlers land at Iowa

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Ken Wunderley profiles Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee and Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale. Read his story below.

2016 0429 JeffersonMorgan Wrestling(Photo: Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale, top, has committed to Iowa. Sean Simmers/ via Associated Press)

Spencer Lee and Gavin Teasdale often joked about going to the same college to continue their athletic and academic careers, but neither took the idea seriously.

So both were a bit surprised when they revealed to each other that the University of Iowa was their choice.

Lee is a junior at Franklin Regional who has won three WPIAL Class AAA titles, three PIAA titles and two World titles. He has a 109-0 record in high school competition.

"Gavin and I are very close," Lee said. "We work out every day at Young Guns [Wrestling Club]. It was great to hear that he picked the same school as I did."


Move is made to bring PIAA championships to Pittsburgh

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Mike White reports on the future of the WPIAL and PIAA championships.

"The WPIAL recently announced championship sites for the next school year in a number of sports and the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center won a bid to play host to the basketball championships for the third consecutive year.

But for The Pete's sake, it isn't stopping at winning the rights for the WPIAL finals. Pitt officials believe the place is also a stately home.

The Petersen Events Center has put in a bid to host the state (PIAA) basketball championships for the next four years. Scott Michaels, general manager of the Petersen Center, said the bid is a serious attempt to bring the PIAA games to Pittsburgh. Michaels said also was involved in the bid process.

"We worked with the university and to try to get the city to help us out some to make this bid as competitive as some of the other sites," said Michaels. "I think it would be fantastic to showcase our university, our city and our basketball facility to the rest of the state.""


Xtra Points (Apr. 29, 2016)

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Mike White has this week's Xtra Points column.

"The kid had never wanted to be a pitcher in the first place. So when he tried it for the first time years ago and lost in the final inning, he was just being Frank with everyone.

"I think I was 9 years old and I came off the field and yelled 'I'm never pitching again. I hate it,'" said Frank Fraschetti.

Flash ahead nine years and the kid who never wanted to be a pitcher is on the cusp of pitching his way into WPIAL history.

Fraschetti, a senior right-hander at Neshannock High School in New Castle, has a career record of 28-4. With two more wins, he would become only the fifth pitcher in WPIAL history known to have won 30 or more games. The previous was star Brendan McKay, a 2014 Blackhawk graduate."


High School Baseball Notebook (Apr. 29, 2016)

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Brian Batko has this week's High School Baseball Notebook.

2016 0429 Hempfield Baseball(Photo: Hempfield's Matt Tarabek has been a leader on the field and at the plate this season. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Hempfield has played well enough to leave itself plenty of wiggle room in the Class AAAA Section 2 race, but that doesn't mean a letdown was expected.

After a 10-game winning streak, Saturday's 9-3 loss to sub-.500 Armstrong was a bit of a wake-up call.

"We just played a really bad game. We didn't pitch well, we didn't play well defensively and we struggled hitting," said Hempfield coach Tim Buzzard. "We just had our worst game of the year in all three phases at once, and Armstrong played well, got some momentum and we couldn't dig ourselves out of the hole."

Fortunately for the Spartans, that performance was the exception to the rule."