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Boys Tennis: Section 1 teams hope to surprise in WPIAL tournament

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Section 1 really didn't get much respect from the WPIAL when the tournament pairings were announced.

Then again, considering that the last time a team from the section won a title was Gateway in 1988 and that, since shifting from divisions to classifications in 2000, no team has made it to the semifinals, the section has a lot to prove to the committee.

Franklin Regional was the highest seed from the section this year and the No. 7 Panthers pulled No. 10 Allderdice in the first round. The Dragons have a solid player at No. 1 in sophomore Marcus Mitchell, who will give senior Rochan Ramesh a run for his money in the opening match.

Penn-Trafford's two sophomores, Turner Price and Kevin Lee will lead the Warriors into the tournament as the No. 11 seed and will take on a Mt. Lebanon team with Charlie Strohl and Christian Vietmeier, the WPIAL Class AAA third-place doubles team, at the top of its lineup.

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Sports Town East Week in Review (Apr. 24-30)

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Baseball: East Stat Leaders (Apr. 26, 2016)

Written by Brad Everett on .

The Post-Gazette published statistical leaders last Thursday. Here are the top performers among East area schools. Statistics are through Apr. 17.

BATTING
(Minimum 22 at-bats)
Name, School - AB - H - Avg
Tommy Pellis, Greensburg C.C. - 26 - 20 - .769
Alex Kirilloff, Plum - 26 - 16 - .615
Zack Skatell, Greensburg C.C. - 27 - 15 - .556
Nick Sabers, Greensburg Salem - 22 - 12 - .545
Ben Hertzog, Greensburg C.C. - 23 - 12 - .522
Josh Brammell, Penn-Trafford - 23 - 12 - .522
Alex Terrell, Plum - 25 - 13 - .520
Jared Kollar, Latrobe - 38 - 19 - .500
Zach Kokoska, Latrobe - 36 - 18 - .500
Taylor Vivino, Plum - 20 - 10 - .500
Ethan Winesburgh, Plum - 27 - 13 - .481
Matthew Klim, Central Catholic - 20 - 9 - .450

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Softball: Crucial Section 1-AAAA matchup on tap for Tuesday

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Hempfield is trying to run away with the Section 1-AAAA title. The Spartans may very well take all the drama out of the section title race with a 9-0 mark in section play. There is plenty of drama behind Hempfield, though, and that may come to a head this week when Penn-Trafford meets Connellsville for the second time. Penn-Trafford (10-2, 7-2), Latrobe (8-3, 6-2), Norwin (6-3, 4-3) and Connellsville (5-5, 5-4) are all vying for two playoff spots. The Warriors edged out an 8-7 win at Connellsville earlier this season. Now they host Connellsville Tuesday at 4 p.m.

"They have a very nice pitcher and she is a great hitter, that is what we have to look forward to," Penn-Trafford coach Monica Cox said of Connellsville. "Our section is the toughest there is every year. Connellsville is no slouch, they are another tough team. We are taking it one game at a time."

Cox may not be looking past Tuesday's critical fray, but the Warriors have another big showdown on Thursday when they visit Latrobe.