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Boys Lacrosse: 2016 Division 2 Championship Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

On paper, it would seem that the Division 2 boys championship game between Mars and Hampton would be a bit one-sided as the Planets own a 21-9 regular-season non-section victory over the Talbots.

But this is the WPIAL championship that takes place at 6 p.m. Friday at Highmark Stadium, and it will be the final game for both teams as there is no statewide tournament for Division 2 teams. At this stage, no one can take anything for granted.

It's hard, though, to ignore what the Planets have done en route to an 18-1 record that was blemished by an 11-8 regular-season loss to Division 1 semifinalist Pine-Richland.

Mars has won 15 games by double-digit margins heading into the title game. But they have showed the ability to win close games, the most recent the Planets 15-11 victory over Moon in the Division 2 semifinal on Monday night.

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Baseball: North Stat Leaders (May 24, 2016)

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The Post-Gazette published its final regular-season statistical leaders last Friday. Here are the top performers among North area schools.

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(Minimum 35 at-bats)
Name, School - AB - H - Avg
Kyler Fedko, Vincentian 72 44 .611
Xavier Rowsey, Northgate 57 29 .509
Turner Grau, Avonworth 49 24 .490
John Nagel, Sewickley Acad. 43 21 .488
Derrick Littlefield, Sewickley Acad. 41 20 .488
Zach Lubick, Deer Lakes 58 28 .483
Josh Beale, Freeport 56 26 .464
Jordan Van Thiel, St. Joseph 46 21 .457
Anthony Barbarino, Northgate 55 25 .455
Dave Anderson, Mars 64 29 .453
Alex Osborn, Avonworth 42 19 .452
Jake McCaskey, Deer Lakes 60 27 .450

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Lacrosse: Shady Side Academy meets North Allegheny in Division 1 boys semifinal

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Two teams quite familiar with each other will meet up once again with a berth to the WPIAL Division 1 boys championship at stake. That's the task facing Shady Side Academy and North Allegheny high schools. The two teams meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Seneca Valley High School. The winner will get a firsthand look at its opponent for the WPIAL champion as the other semifinal between Mt. Lebanon and Pine-Richland follows at 8 p.m.

The championship game will be played on Friday at Highmark Stadium.

Both teams are coming off crucial one-goal decisions in their respective first-round games this past Thursday night. Shady Side edged Bethel Park, 7-6.

Shady Side coach Dan Usaj said his team had a solid first quarter, and led 4-1.