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Boys Tennis: WPIAL doubles debut brief for Central Valley pair

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Central Valley made its first-ever appearance in the WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament when Max Servick and Jack Shearer pushed through and finished second to Jacob Belcastro and Nate Heidengren of Blackhawk in the Section 2 tournament.

Unfortunately, their first foray into the WPIAL finals wasn't as momentous as some other Warriors debuts as they drew the No. 9 seed and were ousted in the first round by Jake Stock and Bryan Ochs of Thomas Jefferson.

Still, it wasn't a bad first run. There were other veteran teams in both classifications that were shut out by their first-round opponent. That just means Central Valley might have something to look forward to next year.

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Track: Central Valley’s White hangs with WPIAL elite

Written by Brad Everett on .

In a field that included one of the best throwers in the country and a few of the other top throwers in the WPIAL, Central Valley junior Jake White didn't back down one bit.

White shined at last Friday's Butler Invitational, finishing third in the discus with a throw of 154-4.

The only two athletes to post better throws than White were Knoch phenom Jordan Geist (182-10) and Greensburg Salem's Lawson Monta (162-1). Knoch's Brennan McTighe (147-6) came in fourth. Geist won last year's WPIAL Class AAA title, while McTighe place fifth and Monta sixth.

White's throw wasn't his best this season. He placed first at the Beaver County Championships after a throw of 167-3.

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Boys Tennis: Central Valley wants to make its mark

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Central Valley has only been in existence since 2010, but has made an impact with WPIAL championships in several sports including football and girls golf.

Now the Warriors will have an opportunity to make their mark on the tennis court.

For the first time in their brief history, Central Valley will send a twosome to the WPIAL Class AA tennis finals as senior Max Servick and junior Jack Shearer will make the trek to Shady Side Academy for Monday's opening day of the tournament.

Servick and Shearer finished second to Jacob Belcastro and Nate Heidengren in the Section 2 tournament.

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Track: Central Valley’s Yankello shines at Beaver County Championships

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Maiah Yankello had already gotten off to a great start this season.

She took that success to another level last Saturday.

The Central Valley senior put together an exceptional performance at the Beaver County Championships, claiming gold medals in three events in the meet held at Riverside. Yankello placed first in the 200, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. She was the only girl to win three individual gold medals.

Yankello has proven to be fully recovered from a torn ACL that forced her to miss her junior season. She won the 300 hurdles title at the Warrior Classic on April 2, and then came her "triple" at the Beaver County Championships.

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Track: Central Valley hurdler claims Warrior Classic title

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After a knee injury ended her junior season prematurely, Central Valley's Maiah Yankello is hoping her senior season goes much smoother.

Her performance at the Warrior Classic could be a sign of things to come.

Yankello defended her home track by winning the 300 hurdles title at last Saturday's invitational. She finished with a time of 46.23, which beat out a strong group of competitors that included Sewickley Academy's Summer Thorpe (47.17) and Hickory's Heather Grober (47.18), who took second and third, respectively. Thorpe placed third at last year's PIAA Class AA championships and Grober came in fourth.

Yankello finished third in the 100 meter hurdles at the Warrior Classic with a time of 16.23. Thorpe (15.20) took first and Grober (15.91) second.