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Football: 2014 South Fabulous 22

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Below are the top 22 players from the South as chosen by the Post-Gazette scholastic sports staff.

Lamont Wade
Clairton
RB/DB, 5-10, 185, Soph.
The designation "sophomore" preceded his name, but Wade played like a superstar senior. Wade rushed for 2,765 yards, the most of any player in the WPIAL not only this season, but all-time. He also scored a WPIAL-best 47 touchdowns and led Clairton to its seventh WPIAL Class A title in nine seasons and a PIAA runner-up finish.

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Wrestling: It's holiday tournament time for South teams

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley previews the holiday wrestling tournaments. Read his story below.

The South Park wrestling team could have returned to the Steve DeAugustino Holiday Classic at West Mifflin Area High School and been the favorites in at least three weight classes.

Instead, coach Walt Karrenbauer wanted a bigger challenge for his Eagles squad. He accepted an invitation to participate in the prestigious Powerade Christmas Tournament, which has been touted as the strongest regular-season tournament in the state.

"I don't think South Park has ever appeared in the Powerade Tournament," Karrenbauer said. "I wanted to challenge my kids and see how they do against some of the top teams in country."

The 48th chapter of the tournament's history will be written Monday and Tuesday at Canon-McMillan High School.

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Boys Basketball: South Weekly Watch (Dec. 23-29)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here are a few South games to keep an eye on this week:

Tuesday – Upper St. Clair at Chartiers Valley, 7:30 p.m. – Upper St. Clair (6-2, 1-1), the defending Class AAAA Section 4 champion, will look to avoid its second consecutive section loss when it takes on section co-leader Chartiers Valley (7-1, 2-0). The Panthers will try to cool down Chartiers Valley star Matty McConnell, who is coming off back-to-back 34-point outings. The Colts (82.9 points per game) lead Class AAAA in scoring, while Upper St. Clair (46 ppg) boasts the third-best defense.

Tuesday – Bethel Park at Mt. Lebanon, 7:30 p.m. – These teams, along with Chartiers Valley, are tied for the Class AAAA Section 4 lead. Mt. Lebanon (5-2, 2-0) is off to a fine start, but the Blue Devils have also been a bit snake-bitten, losing on buzzer beaters against North Allegheny and Pine-Richland. Jonny David is averaging better than 20 points a game for Mt. Lebanon, while Bethel Park (4-1, 2-0) has been led by Joey Mascaro. The Black Hawks' lone loss was to Allderdice on Dec. 6.

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Sports Town South Week in Review (Dec. 14-20)

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Boys Basketball: West Mifflin edges rival Steel Valley

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett covered Friday's boys basketball game between West Mifflin and Steel Valley.

"West Mifflin plays what its coach calls a chaotic style.

The Titans even have the word "chaos" on the back of their warm-ups jerseys.

A game Friday night against rival Steel Valley was as chaotic as they come, but West Mifflin sprinkled in a bit of calmness, too.

After his team blew a 16-point fourth-quarter lead, West Mifflin's Tony Hill coolly sank two free throws with 26 seconds left to help the Titans defeat visiting Steel Valley, 70-69."