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Girls Volleyball: Baldwin completes a satisfying season

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Baldwin girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

The Baldwin High School girls volleyball team saw its season come to an end in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals on Nov. 11, but the Fighting Highlanders turned in the program's best performance since 1995.

"The girls did way more than I ever expected," said first-year coach Chris Kelly, who served as an assistant coach the previous three years. "I knew we had a pretty good team, but never expected to make it this far. Our main goal was to make the [WPIAL] playoffs, since we hadn't qualified in a couple years.

"I never dreamed that we would win a WPIAL title and advance to the PIAA semifinals. It's certainly a season to remember."

Baldwin earned its postseason berth by winning the Class AAA Section 5 title, then recorded four victories in the WPIAL tournament, including a pair of exciting 3-2 victories against Seneca Valley in the semifinals and North Allegheny in the title match. It was Baldwin's first WPIAL title since 2003.

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Hockey: Defending Open Cup champion Highlanders struggling in Class AA

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Last season, Baldwin dominated the Open Class at a rate never seen before as the Highlanders set the scoring record for most goals per game.

But with the Open Class disbanded this season, Baldwin has moved to Class AA and is finding the competition much more of a challenge.

Baldwin is currently 1-6, the lone win coming against winless Chartiers Valley.

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Girls Volleyball: Baldwin tops North Allegheny for WPIAL crown

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Baldwin girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

2014 1106 Baldwin GVolleyball(Photo: Baldwin junior outside hitter Mac Voelker tries for a point as North Allegheny's Meg Morningstar and her sister, Piper, go for a block during the WPIAL Class AAA championship match last Saturday at Baldwin. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

It was a weekend to remember for the Baldwin High School girls volleyball team.

The Fighting Highlanders lived up to their nickname with a hard-fought five-set win against defending champion North Allegheny in Saturday's WPIAL Class AAA title match, which took place on their home court.

"NA is here every year," Baldwin coach Chris Kelly said. "I was worried about that, because we hadn't been to the playoffs in the last two seasons. And it had been 11 years since our last WPIAL championship.

"My girls had never been tested like this. For them to pull out this match and win the title, it's amazing. I feel blessed to coach a team like this. The girls were awesome. They stole the show."

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Golf: Baldwin's Taylor caps career with fourth-place finish

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Baldwin High senior Zack Taylor recorded two solid rounds of golf to finish in a fourth-place tie with Hershey's Jake Reilly at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Golf Championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort. Each shot 7-over-par totals of 149 for the two-day event. Taylor shot a 5-over-par total of 76 in the opening round. He came back a 2-over-par round of 73 on the second day. His total placed him three strokes behind the totals of 145 shot by Pennsbury's Vinay Ramesh and Manheim Township's Ryan Dornes. Ramesh defeated Dornes in a playoff.

Peters Township had two competitors in the state championship and Belle Vernon had one. Junior Alec Stopperich finished in an 18th-place tie with Belle Vernon sophomore Mike Lubrani and Allderdice senior Sasha Lobel. Each shot 17-over-par totals of 159.

Stopperich's senior teammate Ben Morgret placed 21st along with St. Joseph Prep junior Alex Butler. Both shot 19-over-par totals of 161.