Below is a review of the North posts that appeared Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, July 29.
North Allegheny set a PIAA Boys Volleyball record with its appearance in the Class AAA title match, June 10 at Penn State's Rec Hall, but the Tigers just can't beat Central York.
North Allegheny made its 15th appearance in the finals, breaking the record it shared with Peabody since 2104. Central York was making its 12th PIAA title appearance and claimed its seventh title with a 3-1 victory.
It was the fifth time North Allegheny and Central York faced off in a PIAA title match. The two teams also met in 1982, 1985, 2011, and 2014. Central York came out on top in all five matchups.
The following photos feature boys volleyball teams from the area's North zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2017 season.
(Photo: North Allegheny's Luke Visgitis is set up for a kill by M.J. Barton in Tuesday night's PIAA semifinal match against Central Dauphin. The Tigers won to advance to the PIAA championship)
In a season where goals were achieved, the end result yielded disappointment for the North Allegheny boys lacrosse team.
The only unbeaten team in Class 3A, Section 3 with a record of 6-0, the Tigers finished the season with a 15-4 overall record. And, entering the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs, the Tigers were the top seed.
The season had begun with a disappointing 5-3 loss to Mt. Lebanon in the season opener on March 24. Following that setback, the Tigers won eight games in a row before falling to Kiski Prep, 6-5. Kiski Prep plays mostly against prep schools, but does play some WPIAL teams on a regular basis. Following the loss to Kiski Prep, the Tigers then fell to WPIAL Class 2A champion Mars, 12-10, and then ran off seven more wins before falling to Mt. Lebanon, 9-6, in the first round of the WPIAL tournament.
Mt. Lebanon had an unsettled season, and the Blue Devils entered the WPIAL 3A tournament as the No. 8 seed. But Mt. Lebanon caught fire at the right time, and the Blue Devils rode that momentum all the way to the WPIAL final. That's where they lost to Peters Township, 12-11, in double-overtime. Then, they advanced to the PIAA semifinals before falling to Conestoga, 13-3.
There's nothing quite like winning a WPIAL championship. Especially the way the Pine-Richland Rams girls lacrosse team outlasted non-section rival Fox Chapel in a 12-11 decision in the championship game that wasn't decided until overtime.
For coach Brittany Adams and her Rams, the victory rewarded the hard work the team had exhibited in a season that started out with four successive wins and yielded several multiple-game winning streaks. The last started following a 15-12 regular-season loss to Fox Chapel and lasted seven games with the overtime victory over Fox Chapel continuing the streak.
Then came a first-round game with Manheim Township in the PIAA tournament. Manheim Townhip plays in District 3, and the Blue Streaks were that alignment's runner-up. They earned a 16-9 victory over the Rams, ending Pine-Richland's season at 17-5.
Of the 12 players starting for Pine-Richland in the WPIAL final, five were seniors. Marina Miller, who scored three goals in the WPIAL 3A championship game, returns.