Hockey: Talbots, Titans to meet for regular-season title

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The Class AA Eastern Conference regular-season title will be on the line Friday night when Hampton meets Shaler at Bladerunners-Harmarville at 8:30 p.m.

The Titans (15-3 currently lead the conference by one point over Hampton (14-3-1). Shaler had an opportunity to clinch the title Monday, but fell to Armstrong, 8-5. Alexander Ficorilli had three goals and two assists in the loss.

Hampton, meanwhile, won its fourth straight game, a 7-0 victory over Plum. Sam Commendatore stopped 22 shots for his second shutout of the season, while Michael Stritzinger Jr. recorded a hat trick.

Hampton and Shaler met back in November, with the Titans prevailing, 6-4.


Sports Town North Week in Review (Feb. 15-21)

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Swimming: Mars to face stiff test from Quaker Valley at WPIALs

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The WPIAL championship run the Mars Area boys swim team went on last season was an unexpected one for such a small team. Now the Planets will try to catch lightning in a bottle once again this year. To do so, they must replace the championship contributions of two graduates, Christopher Georgiadis and Thomas Pierre.

Georgiadis was a perfect four-for-four last year at WPIALs, capturing four gold medals. Pierre won two golds and one silver. First-year head coach Hans Bergh, a 2008 Butler graduate, takes over for Heidi Brandon. Bergh was an assistant under Brandon last year when Mars went on its incredible run. Georgiadis and Pierre, staples in the Planet's lineups the past four years, are gone, but Bergh has plenty of weapons. The Mars boys qualified six boys for WPIALs and states last year. This year eight of the nine boys on the team have qualified.


Brad Everett's North High School Basketball Notebook (Feb. 20, 2015)

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Here's this week's edition of Brad Everett's North High School Basketball Notebook.

"The WPIAL's version of the "Big Dance" continues this weekend with the quarterfinal round, and two North Xtra schools need no introduction.

It's as if Vincentian and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic have lifetime invitations, as both the boys and girls teams from each school have once again advanced to the Elite Eight. It marks the 10th season in a row that both girls' teams have reached the quarterfinals, and the sixth consecutive season both boys' teams have done it.

The Vincentian girls (22-1) are the No. 1 seed in Class A, while North Catholic (18-5) is No. 2. The two have combined to win the past six Class A titles. The Royals have won four of those titles, including the last three. North Catholic has won a record 16 WPIAL championships.

On the boys side, Vincentian (15-8) is seeded third in Class A and North Catholic (14-8) fourth. The Royals and Trojans have combined to win four WPIAL titles the last six seasons (North Catholic won Class AA championships in 2009 and 2010)."



Wrestling: Attrition weakens Section 3

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Ken Wunderley previews the WPIAL Class AAA Section 3 wrestling tournament. Read his story below.

Fans attending Saturday's Class AAA Section 3 Tournament at Fox Chapel will find that several key wrestlers will not be participating. And injuries are not the only reason.

"We're limping into the section tournament," North Allegheny coach Jamie Kyriazis said. "Half of our lineup may be backups."

And he wasn't kidding.

Luke Landefeld and A.J. Boeh are out with injuries. Landefeld, last year's Section 3 champ at 113 pounds, is out with a shoulder injury. Boeh, a fourth-place finisher at 138 last year, is also on the injured list. Landefeld would have been at 126, Boeh at 138.