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Softball: Grand slam helps Penn-Trafford knock off Norwin

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Penn-Trafford's bats could not have picked a better time to come alive. The Warriors blasted Norwin 12-2 in six innings in a Section 1-AAAA showdown. The upset win against No. 2 Norwin was fueled by senior shortstop Ashley Yanniruberto. Yanniruberto hit a grand slam. It was a big win for Penn-Trafford considering the opponent and considering that just two days earlier the team lost a heartbreaker, 7-6, at Hempfield.

Latrobe earned a crucial section when at home against Hempfield on Thursday. Latrobe pitcher Meredith Carr fired a complete-game one-hitter, striking out five.

The upset win by Penn-Trafford and added to what should be an exciting race in the second half of the season for the section crown and three playoff berths. Latrobe (6-1, 4-1) and Norwin (5-1, 4-1) remain tied for first place with Penn-Trafford (6-2, 4-2) and Hempfield (3-2, 3-2) in contention with nobody ready to count out Connellsville (2-3, 2-3).

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Sports Town East Week in Review (Apr. 6-12)

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Girls Lacrosse: Hempfield, Latrobe meet for section lead on Tuesday

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Not only are Hempfield and Latrobe rated among the top 10 teams in Laxpower.com's ratings, the two schools sit atop the standings in Division 2, Section 1. After Tuesday -- when the Wildcats visit Hempfield -- there will be a clear-cut leader as the Spartans lead the standings with a record of 5-0 and have an overall mark of 6-0.

Latrobe is right behind at 4-0 against section rivals, and the Wildcats are 7-1 overall. Latrobe's only loss came against Quaker Valley, a Division 1 team which ran its record to 8-0 with a 14-3 victory over Oakland Catholic on Friday.

In the latest ratings, Hempfield is ranked No. 8. Latrobe is one spot behind the Spartans at No. 9.

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Boys Basketball: 2014 East Fabulous Five

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Below are the Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five boys basketball players from the East.

Kason Harrell
Hempfield Area
Guard, 6-3, Jr.
Harrell averaged a team-best 23.4 points per game, putting him among the top 10 scorers in the WPIAL and City League. ... He never scored fewer than 16 points in a game this season and had at least 20 in 19 of his team's 24 games. ... A member of the daily Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five, he was the only junior to receive the honor. ... Helped lead the Spartans to a 21-3 record, the program's highest win total since the 2002-03 season, and the Section 1-AAAA title.

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Girls Basketball: 2014 East Fabulous Five

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Below are the Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five girls basketball players from the East.

Sydney Bordonaro
Burrell
Guard, 5-7, Jr.
A three-year starting guard, Bordonaro led Burrell (28-2) to an undefeated regular season, a section title, a WPIAL silver medal and a spot in the PIAA semifinals. It was the first WPIAL finals appearance in program history. A Pepperdine recruit, Bordonaro topped 1,000 career points in January and was named first-team all-state in Class AA. In the regular season she led her team in scoring, averaging 15.7 points. ESPN ranks her as the No. 45 guard nationally in the Class of 2015.