Nick Tolomeo's feature on the West Mifflin softball team:
"Five years ago when coach Casey Phillips arrived at West Mifflin Area, there was no offseason conditioning program for the softball team ... there were no expectations either.
Oh and by the way, there had not been a playoff appearance since the Clinton Administration.
Now in his fifth season at the helm of the Titans, there is an offseason conditioning program, there are expectations and now finally, there is a playoff berth, the first one since 1998."
(Photo: Paige Floire is one of two juniors who have been dependable pitchers for West Mifflin this season. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette.)