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Girls Basketball: 2017 South Season Recap

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Class 6A: If there is one thing that can be said about the quality of girls basketball on the 6A level in the South Hills is that the sport is on solid ground.

Two of the four teams that qualified for the WPIAL Class 6A tournament from Class 6A, Section 3 played well enough to qualify for the PIAA tournament.

Mt.Lebanon won the section with a 9-1 record, and the Blue Devils were 19-7 overall. Peters Township and Canon-McMillan also advanced to the tournament. The Indians finished second with an 8-2 record and were 14-9 overall. And Canon-McMillan was in survival mode by finishing four in the section with a 4-6 record and were 8-15 overall. The Big Macs were eliminated in the first round by Hempfield, 65-47, and Peters Township earned a 55-41 first-round victory over Seneca Valley only to be ousted by eventual PIAA fourth-place qualifier Penn Hills in a 58-55 heart-breaking loss.

But the real success story in the section was the effort turned in by Bethel Park.

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Girls Basketball: 2017 South Photo Recap

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

2017 0303 ChartiersHouston GBasketball(Photo: Chartiers-Houston teammates celebrates their win over Vincentian in the WPIAL Class 2A championship Thursday at the Petersen Events Center. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

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Girls Volleyball: 2016 South Season Recap

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Baldwin and Bishop Canevin made a return trip to the WPIAL finals, but both had to settle for a silver medal.

Baldwin fell short in its attempt to win a third consecutive title. The No. 8 seeded Highlanders surprised everbody by making a return trip to the finals, but No. 2 seed Seneca Valley was too much to handle in the Class 4A final.

Seneca Valley claimed its second title and first since 2011 by sweeping Baldwin in straight sets, 27-25, 25-22, 25-21.

"It's exactly five years since our first title," Seneca Valley coach Karen Martini said. "We won on Nov. 5, 2011. I'm so proud of my girls."

Bishop Canevin advanced to the WPIAL Class 1A title match for the sixth time in seven years. The Crusaders lost to Greensburg Central Catholic in straight sets, 25-14, 25-10, 25-8.

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Girls Volleyball: 2016 South Photo Recap

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

2016 0923 UpperStClair GVolleyball(Photo: Upper St. Clair junior outside hitter Isabelle Walsh goes up for a kill during the Mt. Lebanon tournament Sept. 3. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

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Field Hockey: 2016 South Season Recap

Written by Joe Koch on .

In recent seasons, the Peters Township High field hockey team has come within a whisker of advancing to the WPIAL Class 3A championship game.

Had that happened this season, a PIAA 3A tournament game was in the offing as the statewide organization awarded a berth to not only the WPIAL 3A champion, but also to the runner-up.

The Indians finished second in Section 2 with record of 10-2. Two close losses to eventual WPIAL champion Fox Chapel by margins of 2-1 and 3-1 prevented the Indians from winning a section title.

Against the remaining teams in Section 2, Peters Township had a perfect record of 10-0, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 65-6. That meant they averaged 6.5 goals per game in games not involving Fox Chapel, and they yielded 0.6 goals per game.