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Football: South Top Games - Week 4 (2016)

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Here's a look at three of the top games involving South teams in Week 4.

Beaver (3-0) at Keystone Oaks (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m. - The Post-Gazette's Game of the Week is a matchup of ranked Class 3A teams that feature standout quarterbacks. Top-ranked Beaver is led by Darius Wise, who has been brilliant in the early going. Wise helped the Bobcats stun Aliquippa in Week 2 and has rushed for 506 yards and eight touchdowns. Keystone Oaks' Alex Smith isn't a gamebreaker as a runner, but he does put up big numbers throwing the ball. He's thrown for 774 yards and eight touchdowns. There should be plenty of points, as these are the top two scoring teams in 3A. Keystone Oaks averages 47 points per game and Beaver averages 38.

Bethel Park (2-1) at Pine-Richland (3-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m. - Speaking of standout quarterbacks, there is arguably none better in the WPIAL than Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec. The junior has passed for 1,180 yards and nine touchdowns. Jurkovec surprisingly didn't have a touchdown pass in last week's 52-21 rout of Penn Hills. Instead, it was Jordan Crawford's night. Crawford rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns. Pine-Richland averages 43 points per game, but Bethel Park allows only 13.7 a game, which ranks first in Class 6A. Cole Rogers threw for two touchdowns in last week's 27-13 win at Norwin. Bethel Park's only loss was at North Allegheny in Week 1.

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Football: South Stat Leaders - Week 3 (2016)

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Here are the leaders in rushing, passing and receiving among South area players in Week 3, as reported to the Post-Gazette.

TOP RUSHERS
333 -- Joey Koroly, Trinity
260 -- Lionel Deanes, Seton-LaSalle
228 -- Khalil Smith, Serra Catholic
143 -- Jaron Youngblood, Monessen
137 -- Geavonie Love, South Fayette
134 -- Noah Hamlin, Clairton
134 -- Quinton Hill, Thomas Jefferson
119 -- Thomas Vissman, Upper St. Clair
117 -- Mike Fine, Belle Vernon
117 -- DeWayne Murray, Steel Valley
112 -- Lamont Wade, Clairton
105 -- Justin Vigna, Thomas Jefferson
104 -- Devin Thomas, Keystone Oaks

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Boys Soccer: Belle Vernon, Ringgold to play for Class 3A Section 3 lead

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The Ringgold and Belle Vernon football teams met in a key game last Friday (Belle Vernon won that one).

Now the boys soccer teams from those schools will square off tonight with the Class 3A Section 3 lead on the line.

Belle Vernon (5-1, 3-0) hosts Ringgold (3-2, 2-0) at 7:30 p.m. They are the only two remaining unbeaten teams in the section. It's a rematch of a WPIAL 2A first-round game from last season. Ringgold beat Belle Vernon, 2-0.

Belle Vernon has won three straight - all section games - since suffering its only loss of the season, a 4-1 setback to 4A power Canon-McMillan. Since then, the Leopards have outscored Laurel Highlands, Uniontown and Trinity by a 9-1 score. Markello Apodiakos scored two goals against Laurel Highlands and one against both Uniontown and Trinity.

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Basketball: Upper St. Clair to host alumni tournament

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High school basketball teams from the South Hills have gotten together for some spirited games over the years.

Some of their alumni will soon reunite for a good cause.

Upper St. Clair High School will host an alumni basketball tournament Nov. 5-6. Proceeds from the event will benefit Casey's Clubhouse and the Miracle League of South Hills. Casey's Clubhouse is an organziation founded by Upper St. Clair graduate and ex-major leaguer Sean Casey that allows individuals with special needs to play baseball.

While the event will ultimately benefit people playing baseball, the focus of the two-day tournament will be basketball. Alumni teams from eight schools will be participating: Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, Chartiers Valley, Bethel Park, Peters Township, Baldwin, Thomas Jefferson and South Fayette. Each team will play at least four games. Round-robin pool play will take place Saturday and playoff games will be played Sunday.

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Sports Town South Week in Review (Sept. 11-17)

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