Girls Basketball: 2017 North Season Recap

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Class 6A: There's plenty of speculation about the number of WPIAL titles North Allegheny's girls basketball team had won entering the 2017 tournament. Some say the WPIAL title won by the 1972 team should not be a part of the discussion. Regardless of sentiment, the Tigers ended all speculation by capturing a 50-39 victory over Bethel Park to win the 2017 WPIAL 6A championship on March 4 at Petersen Events Center.

That game was a frustrating experience for Bethel Park coach Jonna Burke, who used a carnival game to describe the difficulty of stopping North Allegheny, whose primary all season had been Rachel Martindale. And, she thought that Martindale would be the Tigers' go-to player in the championship game.

It certainly didn't work out that way.

"What went wrong for us was the same thing that was going wrong all night," Burke said. "If we cut [the lead], they had five guys that could come back and hurt you. We thought 'Martindale killed us in the first half,' so we tried to focus more on her in the second half. But if they needed a big bucket, here came Piper Morningstar, then came [Hailey] Zeise. It was like we were playing 'Whack-a-Mole.' You knock one down, and the next one pops up, and then the next popped up. That's what happened. We're used to getting big stops. What's gotten us through the past few games has been big stops. They just had too many weapons for us to continually get big stops."


Girls Basketball: 2017 North Photo Recap

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The following photos feature girls basketball teams from the area's North zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2016-17 season. 

2017 0305 NorthAllegheny GBasketball(Photo: North Allegheny teammates celebrate after defeating Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A championship Saturday at Petersen Events Center. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)


Girls Volleyball: 2016 North Season Recap

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Freeport was the only team to claim a second straight WPIAL title.

It was the fourth title in seven years for Freeport and featured an incredible comeback in the first set. With Beaver leading 24-18 and needing only one point to close out the set, Freeport scored 10 consecutive points to pull out a 26-24 victory.

"Many of our girls played in last year's championship match, so they knew what to expect," Freeport coach Tom Phillips said. "When we fell behind in the first set, the girls didn't panic."


Field Hockey: 2016 North Season Recap

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The 2016 field hockey season was one that brought about a season of accomplishment for the team from Fox Chapel High School.

Heavily favored to repeat after winning the 2015 Class 3A championship, the Foxes faced plenty of challenges as they prepared for the 2016 season.

But face those challenges they did, and they did so with a tremendous amount of gusto.

That started with the competition they faced in Section 2. That's where Fox Chapel once again swept their way against six section competitors with a 12-0 record. Not only did they win all of their section games, the Foxes nearly did so with a perfect slate as they outscored their section opponents by a 99-2 margin.