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Hockey: 2015 North Stellar Six

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Here is the Post-Gazette's 2015 North Stellar Six hockey team.

Mitchell Rupprecht, Deer Lakes, Forward, Sr., 5-11, 165. Became the first player in 11 years to break the 50-goal, 100-point plateaus in the regular season.

Brett Berner, North Hills, Forward, Sr., 5-8, 140. Three-time PIHL all-star selection finished second in Class AA with 34 goals and 56 points.

Ian Houk-Graves, Mars Area, Defenseman, Sr., 6-1, 160. Two-time PIHL Class A all-star scored eight goals and had 13 points in 13 regular-season games.

Joseph Hubert, North Allegheny, Goaltender, Jr., 5-9, 165. The last line of defense for team that allowed fewest goals (43) of any in the PIHL's top three classes.

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Softball: Section 3-AAAA gauntlet begins with close games, surprises

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Shaler and North Allegheny were the top two ranked teams in the Post-Gazette preseason WPIAL Class AAAA rankings. Considering what the top-ranked Titans and second-ranked Tigers returned from last season, that was no surprise. What was also no surprise to the teams was that the rankings would mean nothing once section play started. The defending champion Titans already have one section loss and North Hills is tied with them for second place. North Allegheny (3-0, 3-0), North Hills (3-1, 3-1), Shaler (3-1, 3-1) and Seneca Valley (2-1, 2-1) are atop the standings while newcomers Brashear (0-1, 0-1) and Moon (0-3, 0-3) and Butler (0-2, 0-2) and Pine-Richland (0-2, 0-2) are still seeking their first section wins.

Shaler trounced North Hills 14-7 to open section play and did the same to Moon, 15-0, and Brashear, 10-0, but then fell 4-3 at home against Seneca Valley. A major section showdown looms on Tuesday when Shaler visits North Allegheny. The Tigers have been perfect, blanking Moon and Seneca Valley and winning 10-2 at Butler. North Hills rebounded from the Shaler loss to edge Pine-Richland 6-5 and get past Butler, 12-5, and Moon, 13-3.