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Softball: Crucial week looms for North teams in Class AAA Section 5

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

It seems as if this coming week is a big week in all the sections in the WPIAL and it is no different in Section 5-AAA where the top four teams are all tied for first place, with many on a collision course to meet this week. Mars (5-1, 3-1) has the fewest losses in the section while Knoch (6-3, 4-2), Highlands (4-2, 4-2) and Hampton (4-3, 4-2) all have identical section records.

Mars has somewhat of an advantage as the Planets have yet to play a home game and will close out their season playing almost entirely at home. This week Mars hosts Highlands on Tuesday in its first home game of the season. Two days later it will host Hampton. The Planets will likely need to win both if it wants to keep its dream alive of a third consecutive section title.

"A lot is going to happen this week," Mars coach Michelle Goodworth said. "We will know a lot more by the end of the week. Whoever shows up and is mentally prepared and doesn't make mental mistakes will be winners."

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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.