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Boys Basketball: Allderdice junior has golden effort in World Maccabiah Games

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Joe Bendel profiles Allderdice basketball player Jackson Blaufeld.

"Moments after Jackson Blaufeld delivered a gold-medal performance at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel last week, he found his mother, Rachel, celebrating at Romema Arena.

"I ran up and hugged her," said Blaufeld, a junior at Allderdice High School. "It was crazy. We were jumping around, enjoying the moment. It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life."

Blaufeld scored a team-high 21 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Maccabi USA under-18 basketball team to a 92-80 comeback victory against host Israel in the championship game of an event known as the "Jewish Olympics."

The gold-medal ceremony, according to this 6-foot-2 sharpshooting guard, was surreal."

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice coach adds another team to resume

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles Allderdice boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky, who will coach a team of former Pitt players in a tournament next month.

"Buddy Valinsky has been on a tremendous run as the coach at Allderdice High School, guiding the Dragons to 92 wins, four City League titles and an appearance in the PIAA final over the past four seasons.

Next week, Valinsky will find himself coaching a team consisting of former college stars and names familiar to local basketball fans.

On the line? Oh, just a measly $2 million.

Valinsky will coach Zoo Crew, a Pitt alumni team competing in The Basketball Tournament, a single-elimination tournament with a winner-take-all prize of $2 million. The tournament, which is in its fourth year, continues to grow in popularity and will have its games televised on the ESPN family of networks. Zoo Crew includes former Pitt stars Levance Fields, Ashton Gibbs and Chevy Troutman, and will play its opening game July 8 at Philadelphia University. Ticket information and the full bracket can be found at www.thetournament.com." 

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Track: Allderdice freshman has a golden performance

Written by Brad Everett on .

Allderdice's Sophia North may only be a freshman, but that didn't stop her from making a big impact at last week's City League championships.

North shined at the event held at Oliver High School, taking top honors in the high jump and triple jump. She was one of only two freshmen -- boys or girls -- to win an individual title and one of three girls to win multiple titles.

North leaped 4-7 in the high jump. Allderdice teammate Gianna Griffin placed second with a jump of 4-6. North's winning triple jump was 29-4 ¾. Allderdice's LaiJour Knight was second after jumping 28-10 ¾. North also competed in the long jump and finished fourth. Brashear's Rayshell Brown claimed the win.

 

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Alumni Update - Matt Gayda (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Thiel College baseball team dropped a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) 9-inningGayda Thiel game against the 17th-ranked Washington & Jefferson College Presidents Sunday afternoon. Thiel fell 7-5 to W&J.

The Tomcats jumped out to a four run lead on five hits and two fielding errors by the Presidents in the first.

Starter Matt Gayda, an Allderdice graduate, kept the explosive President offense in check as he pitched 5.2 innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits. Gayda picked up a no-decision.

 

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)

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Track: Allderdice’s Diallo golden … again

Written by Brad Everett on .

In what might sound like a broken record by now, Allderdice distance standout Amadou Diallo had another outstanding showing at a local invitational.

Diallo continued his excellence last Saturday when he won the title in the 1,600-meter run at the South Fayette Invitational. Diallo finished in 4:28.49. That topped a field that included runner-up Isaiah Bailey of Penn Hills, who ran a 4:29.41.

Diallo also ran the 800, and finished seventh after running a 2:03.04. Bailey (1:58.75) won that race.

It's been a golden senior season for Diallo, who also won gold medals at the South Hills Classic and Warrior Classic. He won the 3,200 at the South Hills Classic and the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Warrior Classic. He was named boys track MVP at the Warrior Classic.