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Track: East Feature Athlete - Mount Pleasant's Macey White

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Macey White
High School: Mount Pleasant
Grade: 11
Sport: Track and field
Event: 3,200

Background: White is a first-year track and field participant after previously playing softball. She took second in the 3,200 at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships with a personal best of 11:51. White has placed in every major invitational thus far. She's only lost one dual meet. Academically, the junior is an honors student at Mount Pleasant.

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Track: Hempfield boys, girls claim WCCA titles

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Hempfield dominated at the 94th Westmoreland County Coaches Association Invitational last week. Both the boys and girls teams won the event and had several individual gold medalists and MVPs.

Hayden Fox was the field MVP for his double win in the pole vault (14 feet) and javelin (198-3). He set the meet record in the javelin.

Gabby Holmberg took the overall MVP title. She won the 200-meter dash (25.83) and took second in the triple jump (37-5). She anchored the winning 400 relay team (4:08.88) of Rachel Reese, Taylor Straka and Rianna Miedel.

Miedel went on to take first in the 100 (12.85), second in the 400 (1.00.72), and was also part of the winning 1,600 relay team.

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Track: Penn Hills flexes muscles at South Fayette Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Penn Hills had several medalists at the South Fayette Invitational last week.

Jayla Ellis started the rally with a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.63. She went on to take second in the 300 hurdles (46.40).

Lillia Allen grabbed gold in the discus and shot put. Brianna Pawlowski took fourth in the same event.

For the boys, Alex Trower took top honors in the 100 (11.30). He went on to take third in the 200 with a time of 23.14. Brennon Hill won the 400 in 49.45. Isaiah Bailey added to the tally by running 1:59.15 in the 800.

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Track: Greensburg Salem teams fare well at invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Greensburg Salem had a strong showing at the 94th Westmoreland County Coaches Association Invitational. The girls team grabbed third place, while the boys finished fourth.

Julia Howard was a driving force for Greensburg Salem as she broke the meet record in the triple jump, won the long jump, placed fourth in the high jump and helped her team to a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter relay. The senior jumped 38 feet, 8 inches for the triple jump record and the honor of being named the MVP for field events.

Riley Kwiatkowski won the girls 3,200 with a time of 11 minutes, 15.28 seconds. Hope Creamer took second in the 100, crossing the line in 13:08. Malia Anderson grabbed second in the 800 with a time of 2:24.30.

Lawson Monta set a meet record of 60-9 in the shot put and placed second in the discus with a throw of 177-11 ½. Frankie King also grabbed gold, running 2:01.45 in the 800.

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Boys Tennis: East Feature Athlete - Winchester Thurston's Nathan Moss

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Nathan Moss
High School: Winchester Thurston
Grade: 10
Sport: Tennis

Background: Moss is the No. 1 player for Winchester Thurston this season and one of the main reasons why the team is back in the WPIAL Class AA team playoffs. Moss moved into the top spot for the first time this season and played in both the WPIAL singles and doubles championships. He will take on Keystone Oaks senior Lucas Fievet in today's first round.

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Boys Tennis: Winchester Thurston doesn't have an easy path

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Winchester Thurston made it to the WPIAL Class AA team finals last season before it lost to Sewickley Academy, 5-0, in the finals.

This year, the team's path will be a little rockier.

Winchester Thurston heads into the postseason as the No. 6 seed and will have a tough opening draw against Keystone Oaks. With a win, it will take on either No. 3 Hopewell, a PIAA qualifier last season, or an upset-minded Mount Pleasant squad that always seems to play well in the postseason.

Mount Pleasant has a solid top of the lineup with seniors Jacob Chovanec and Robbie Bailey and could make things hard on a Hopewell team that pulled off an upset of its own last season against Blackhawk to make it to the semifinals.

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Baseball: East Feature Athlete - Kiski Area's John Bowser

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: John Bowser
High School: Kiski Area
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Outfielder

Background: Bowser, a senior right-hander and Cal (Pa.) recruit, has been dominant on the mound for Kiski Area, which has clinched a playoff spot in Class AAAA Section 3. Bowser was 5-1 with a 0.77 ERA heading into Monday's action. In 36 ⅓ innings, Bowser had struck out 40 and walked six while giving up only six runs (four earned). Opponents were batting .208 against him. Offensively, Bowser, a three-year starter, was batting .261. The Cavaliers are 10-5 overall and 5-5 in section play.

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Alumni Update - Aaron Morgan (California University of Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The California University of Pennsylvania men's track & field team won three individualMorgan CalU events and seven entries for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships improved their qualifying marks on Saturday at the 12th-annual Paul Kaiser Classic hosted by Shippensburg.


Junior Aaron Morgan, a Yough graduate, won the 400-meter hurdles by over 1.6 seconds and set a personal record with a time of 54.25 seconds.


He now holds the second-fastest time in the league in the event this year, while improving her personal best by over three-tenths of a second.

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pa.)

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Baseball: Hempfield wins fourth straight section title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Another season, another section title for Hempfield.

The Spartans are champions of Class AAAA Section 2 for the fourth season in a row. They clinched a share of the title with a 2-1, 15-inning win against Connellsville last Friday and then clinched the outright title Monday by winning at Albert Gallatin, 4-3. The victory improved the Spartans to 10-1 in section play and 14-4 overall.

Hempfield has won 14 of 15 games since an 0-3 start. It's only section loss was against Armstrong on April 23. The Spartans finish up their section schedule Wednesday against Latrobe.

The Spartans are now 41-4 in section play dating back to the 2013 season. They'll try to get over the hump in the playoffs after losing in the first round each of the last two seasons. They reached the semifinals in 2013.

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Baseball: Greensburg C.C. goes extra innings to pick up big win

Written by Brad Everett on .

Heading into Saturday, Serra Catholic was the only team standing in the way of Greensburg Central Catholic winning another Class A Section 2 title.

It took the Centurions extra innings to do it, but they took down Serra Catholic just like they have every other WPIAL foe this season.

WPIAL batting leader Tommy Pellis had three hits and defending WPIAL Class A champion Greensburg Central Catholic erased an early three-run deficit to defeat host Serra Catholic, 6-5, in nine innings. The win clinched the Centurions the outright section title for the second year in a row. However, the Centurions saw their 23-game section winning streak come to an end after losing to Jeannette, 4-3, on Monday. The loss dropped them to 12-2 overall and 9-1 in the section.

Pellis, a Penn recruit, continues to sizzle. The Penn recruit came into the week batting .750 (33 of 44) with 26 RBIs and 31 runs scored. Fellow senior Zack Skatell is batting .477 with a team-high 30 RBIs and junior Jack Liberatore is batting .425 with 21 RBIs.

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Baseball: Kiski Area seizes postseason spot

Written by Brad Everett on .

Kiski Area is headed to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The Cavaliers (10-5) grabbed a playoff spot in Class AAAA Section 3 with a 5-5 record. Shaler won the title, Fox Chapel was the runner-up, and the Cavaliers and Woodland Hills tied for third.

Two section wins late last week turned out to be the difference between Kiski Area extending its season or seeing it come to an end when the regular season concluded. Kiski Area fell to 3-4 in section play after an 8-6 loss against Shaler last Monday, but the Cavaliers responded with a 3-2 win at Central Catholic on Wednesday and a 10-9 triumph against Penn Hills on Friday. The Cavaliers lost to Fox Chapel, 5-1, yesterday.

A season ago, coach Joe Culler's team came up just short of reaching the postseason after placing fourth in the section with a 4-6 record. The section's three playoff qualifiers all went on to have successful postseasons. Central Catholic won the WPIAL title, Shaler reached the WPIAL and PIAA semifinals, and Fox Chapel advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals.

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Softball: Penn-Trafford wins wild game over Latrobe

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Entering Thursday's critical Section 1-AAAA tilt with Penn-Trafford, Latrobe was undefeated in games when it scored multiple runs. So when the Wildcats scored 12 runs against the Warriors, they should have been feeling pretty comfortable. Except you can expect the unexpected in Section 1-AAAA. It was the Warriors winning a wild 13-12 game after scoring seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.

The game was of critical importance in the hotly-contest Section 1-AAAA where Hempfield (11-2, 10-0) has a commanding lead over Penn-Trafford (12-3, 8-3), Latrobe (9-4, 7-3), Connellsville (6-5, 6-4) and Norwin (7-4, 5-4). Not only was the Warriors win big to vault themselves into section place, but it also creates separation with fourth- and fifth-place Connellsville and Norwin who remain in contention.

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Softball: East Feature Athlete - Plum's Abbey Froehlich

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Abbey Froehlich
High School: Plum
Grade: 9
Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher

Background: Freshman Abbey Froehlich made a solid first impression with the varsity team during fall ball. When the games really counted in the spring, Froehlich continued to perform. She has taken over the starting pitching role and has the Mustangs in second place in Section 2-AAAA.

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Softball: Plum looking to lock up second place against Franklin Regional

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Plum was able to avenge its first section loss of the season already. Now it hopes to avenge its second loss.

Through the first half of the section slate, Plum only lost to Gateway and Franklin Regional. On April 26, Plum defeated Gateway, 5-3, on the road. Now the Mustangs must go on the road Tuesday and visit Franklin Regional at 3:45 p.m. A win there would keep Plum in second place and keep their hopes alive for a shared section title.

Franklin Regional (10-2, 9-0) leads the section ahead of Plum (10-5, 7-2) and Fox Chapel (9-5, 7-3). Gateway (6-7, 5-4) is also vying for a playoff spot.

"It is a big game for us," coach Jim McGrath said. "If we win that one, we have second place sewn up. I know the girls were pretty excited about the second Gateway game. We were determined that we were going to beat them and the girls did. That was one of our notches in our belt that we wanted to accomplish."

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Lacrosse: Both Latrobe teams eye section perfection

Written by Joe Koch on .

The Latrobe lacrosse teams seem to be emulating the song "Anything You Do, I Can Do Better."

That's because the boys team enters next week with a Division 2, Section 1 record of 4-0 and an overall standard of 5-2.

The girls are 7-0 in Division 2, Section 1, and the Wildcats are 9-1 overall. There is disparity in section records as the boys only see their section opponents once a season while the girls play each opponent twice.

Both teams face big challenges this week. Following a 14-8 non-section setback to visiting Quaker Valley, the boys host Kiski Prep on Tuesday and visit Penn-Trafford on Wednesday. The Warriors are 7-3 overall, and they also are perfect in section play with a 3-0 record. Latrobe closes out section play on May 10 against visiting Indiana.

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Lacrosse: Franklin Regional has challenging path for playoffs

Written by Joe Koch on .

The playoffs are not out of the question for the Franklin Regional girls lacrosse team. But to get there, the Panthers must negotiate a challenging schedule with five games in 10 games.

Franklin Regional enters next week with a 3-4 section record, trailing Quaker Valley, Pine-Richland and Fox Chapel. The Panthers are 6-4 overall.

Their first game is at 5:30 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny. On the face of it, this should be a winnable game for the Panthers. But in the first meeting between the two teams at Franklin Regional on April 5, the Panthers eked out an 8-6 victory.

They stay on the road for a Tuesday game at Quaker Valley, which currently leads the section. The season wraps up with home games on May 5 and May 12 against Sewickley Academy and Seneca Valley, respectively, wrapped around a game at Pine-Richland on May 10.

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Lacrosse: Strong finish could pay off for Gateway

Written by Joe Koch on .

After losing its first three games, the Gateway boys lacrosse team has steadily improved and enters its final four games with an overall record of 5-5 and a Division 2, Section 2 record of 4-1.

Gateway's section victories have come against Allderdice, 12-0, Aquinas Academy, 14-3, Plum, 15-7 and Winchester Thurston, 12-5. Their section loss came against defending WPIAL Division 2 champion Hampton, 16-3.

The Gators close out the season with games against Indiana, Norwin, Hempfield and Plum.

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Alumni Update - Cameron Balego (Mercyhurst)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Mercyhurst baseball team scored 31 runs on Saturday as it swept California (Pa.), 12-2Balego Mercyhurst and 19-3, during Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division action.

The Laker offense had eight extra-base hits in the opener: Sabatino DiNardo III and Hank Morrison smacked home runs while Cameron Balego, Brendan Cox and Chris Gonzalez had two doubles apiece.

Balego, a Central Catholic graduate, batted 3-for-4 with two runs for the Lakers. 

 

(photo courtesy of Mercyhurst University)

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Alumni Update - Ashley Perillo (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Each week during the 2015-16 sports season, we will be selecting the Dino's Seton Hill Players of the Week. This week's winners arePerillo SHU Ashley Perillo, sophomore third baseman on the softball team and Patrick O'Connor, freshman jumper on the track and field team.

Perillo, a Latrobe graduate, was 11-22 (.500) for the Griffins over their final six games of the year. She helped keep the Griffins in the playoff race, winning their first four games of the week.  

She added a double, 3 homers and 9 RBI.  Perillo also added 5 runs scored.  

She had a 3-3 game with 3 RBI and a homer against Mercyhurst. Perillo also hit a solo homer and had 2 hits in the loss to Cal.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill)