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Baseball: North Allegheny, Seneca Valley revive rivalry

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

After battling four times last year,‭ ‬including the WPIAL Class AAAA championship,‭ ‬the North Allegheny and Seneca Valley baseball teams needed extra frames to get through‭ ‬their first regular-season meeting.

North Allegheny‭ (‬5-2,‭ ‬3-1‭) ‬scored five runs in the‭ ‬12th inning to earn a‭ ‬6-1‭ ‬win last week over Seneca Valley‭ (‬3-6,‭ ‬2-2‭)‬.‭

‬North Allegheny‭'‬s Mitch Machi started the game and struck out seven in seven innings.‭ ‬Machi,‭ ‬a right-hander and University of Buffalo recruit,‭ ‬surrendered just one run off three hits.‭ ‬Jon Dignazio pitched five shutout innings in relief for the Tigers.‭ ‬Dignazio got out of a bases-loaded situation in the top of the‭ ‬12th inning.

Entering this week,‭ ‬North Allegheny has won four of its last five games and trailed Butler‭ (‬6-2,‭ ‬3-0‭) ‬by one game in the Section‭ 1-AAAA standings.‭

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Boys Basketball: 2014 North Fabulous Five

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

Matt D'Amico
Fox Chapel Area
Guard, 6-3, Sr.
D'Amico is on the North Xtra Fabulous Five team for the second year in a row after averaging 22.6 points per game, the second-best mark in Class AAAA. ... D'Amico was the top vote-getter in all-section balloting in Section 2. He scored more than 30 points four times and became Fox Chapel's all-time leading scorer in a win against Woodland Hills. A four-year starter, D'Amico finished his career with 1,437 points. ... D'Amico is considering a few Division II schools.

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Girls Basketball: 2014 North Fabulous Five

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

Sam Breen
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Forward, 6-1, Fr.
It's rare that a freshman is selected to the Fabulous Five team, but Breen's excellent rookie season made her an exception. ... Breen was not intimidated one bit by the step up to varsity competition, helping the Trojanettes to a 16-8 record. In fact, she was often the one doing the intimidating as she typically had her way in the low post. Breen averaged 17.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. She was held to single digits only three times and scored a season-high 29 points against Imani Christian.

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Softball: Only one unbeaten remains in Class AAAA Section 3

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Three section games into the season and only one team remains unbeaten in Section 3-AAAA, and it is a team who did not even qualify for one of the three playoff spots last season in the section. Seneca Valley (3-0, 3-0) a team with all of its starters back has raced out of the gate and taken the top spot in the Section 3-AAAA with wins over Fox Chapel, North Allegheny and Shaler. There is a log jam in second place with North Allegheny (5-1, 2-1), Pine-Richland (2-2, 2-1) and North Hills (2-2, 2-1) while no one is ready to count out Shaler (3-2, 2-2). Butler (1-3, 1-3) and Fox Chapel (0-5, 0-4) round out the section standings.

"You can't ever count out Shaler, they are a little young this year but by the end of the season they will be tough and battling for a playoff spot," Seneca Valley coach George Trew said. "North Allegheny is solid, they are really, really good. They have almost everyone back like we do. Pine-Richland is playing well, North Hills upset Shaler and Butler is much better than they were last year. Any of those teams can beat you if you are not ready to go."