Football: Central Valley gets top seed

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It seemed unlikely when Central Valley lost to Montour in the opening weekend of the season, but the defending WPIAL champion Warriors are the top-seed in this year's playoffs. Central Valley made the selection easier (second seeded Belle Vernon was undefeated, after all) by defeating West Allegheny Friday night.

Central Valley came from behind twice against West Allegheny, which only dropped to the third-seed with the loss, with the final go-ahead score coming on a 95-yard kickoff return by Kurt Reinstadtler. Reinstadtler has been a big play guy for the Warriors as he has averages almost 23 yards per reception as well.

Central Valley opens its title defense Friday night against Laurel Highlands with a potential rematch with Montour looming in the second round. Any chance of a rematch with West Allegheny will be limited to Heinz Field (where the teams met last year).


Girls Soccer: Central Valley set for rematch with Mars

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The teams were on a collision course last year when the WPIAL playoff pairings were announced and they were on a collision course this year, too. Central Valley fell to Mars, 1-0, in the WPIAL quarterfinals last season. This year their meeting will be in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals Monday night at Moon at 6 p.m. No. 4 Central Valley (16-0-1) and No. 1 Mars (15-2) are both undefeated against Class AA competition. Brooke Judy scored two goals and Cassie Pritt added an insurance goal for Central Valley in its 3-1 win over No. 5 Belle Vernon in the WPIAL quarterfinals.


Golf: Central Valley's McDanel finishes in fourth-place tie

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Central Valley senior Maddy McDanel finished a solid high school career by finishing in a tie for fourth place with two other golfers at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Championships this past Monday and Tuesday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

McDanel, the PIAA West Regional runner-up, shot rounds of 78 and 77 to finish with a two-day total of 155, 11 over par. She tied with Peters Township junior Mia Kness and Council Rock senior Madeline Herr. McDanel was the only West-area golfer to qualify for the PIAA Class AAA final.

Kirkwood third in Class AA final: PIAA West Regional champion Marissa Kirkwood concluded her high school career with a third-place finish at the PIAA Class AA Individual Championship with a two-day total of 164 that earned her third place.

Kirkwood shot rounds of 80 and 84 to compile a two-day total of 164. She finished 11 strokes behind Greensburg Central Catholic's Olivia Zambruno, who won her second PIAA Class AA girls title in a row.


Golf: Central Valley's McDanel qualifies for PIAA final

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Central Valley senior Maddy McDanel played a furious back nine at the PIAA Western Regional and finished second in a playoff at the event played at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville.

McDanel, a senior, tied with Hampton senior Marissa Balish at the end of regulation as her nine-hole total of 37 on the back nine earned her a scored of 80. Balish won the title in the playoff.

McDanel, though, will compete with five other qualifiers – all from WPIAL schools – at the PIAA Class AAA Girls Individual Championship that will be played on Monday and Tuesday at York's Heritage Hills Resort. Besides Balish and McDanel, the other qualifiers are North Allegheny's Caroline Wrigley and Megan Leto; Peters Township's Mia Kness and Pine-Richland's Lauren Freyvogel.


Golf: Title run comes to an end for Central Valley girls

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Over the past four seasons, the girls golf team from Central Valley High School has made a habit of hoisting a championship trophy at the WPIAL Girls Golf Team Championships.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Warriors earned the team title in the smaller schools' classification when it was first known as Division 2 and later as Class AA.

Last year, the Warriors moved up to Class AAA, and the success continued as the Warriors won both the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships.

Another title appeared within reach this past Thursday as the Warriors Maddy McDanel shot a stellar round of 70 at the WPIAL Class AAA girls team championship on Cedarbrook Golf Club's Red Course.