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Wrestling: Latrobe's Pletcher works to make dream reality

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Latrobe wrestler Luke Pletcher. Read his story below.

It's two down and two to go for Greater Latrobe wrestler Luke Pletcher.

Pletcher has reached the halfway point in his trek to achieving the ultimate goal in Pennsylvania wrestling: winning four PIAA titles.

"My ultimate goal is to win four PIAA titles," Pletcher said. "Reaching that goal is within my grasp, but I still have a long way to go. I just have to keep working hard."

Only 12 wrestlers have reached the pinnacle of PIAA wrestling by winning four PIAA titles. And three joined the elite club in the past three years.

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Softball: For Latrobe, offseason will have better feel

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Latrobe softball team.

"An entirely different offseason experience can be expected this summer, fall and winter around the Greater Latrobe softball program.

A year ago Latrobe entered the WPIAL playoffs with a 15-4 record and the No. 2 overall seed in the WPIAL Class AAAA field.

They entered the offseason quickly after a one-and-done performance, losing to Peters Township, 1-0, in the WPIAL quarterfinals.

This season the Wildcats entered the playoffs with slightly less fanfare and they made plenty more noise. They finished 13-4 in the regular season and shared the Section 1-AAAA title with two other teams, Norwin and Penn-Trafford."

 

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Softball: East Feature Athlete - Latrobe's Meredith Carr

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Meredith Carr
High School: Latrobe
Grade: 9
Sport: Softball

Background Info: Latrobe coach Alexa Bryson knows a thing or two about pitching. A 2008 Latrobe graduate, Bryson was one of the top pitchers in WPIAL history. She was named Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year during her senior season when she led the Wildcats to their second consecutive PIAA championship. Now in her first season as Latrobe coach, Bryson turned to a freshman to pitch this season. And that freshman did not disappoint. Carr led Latrobe to the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA quarterfinals.

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Softball: Latrobe's season comes to an end in PIAA quarterfinals

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A strong defense that had helped carry it to the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA quarterfinals was nowhere to be found on Thursday. Latrobe fell to District 9 champion DuBois (19-3) 9-5. The Wildcats fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and were down 8-0 in the third. As they did so many times this season, Latrobe refused to give up and the team battled back. Shelby Noel hit three doubles and scored a run. She helped spark a six-hit four run sixth inning that saw Latrobe climb back into the game. The Wildcats tacked on another run in the seventh inning but they were unable to close the gap further. Jenna Adams, Ashley Perillo, Maddie Stein and Jenna Raccor drove in runs for Latrobe. Lexie Zoppetti scored two runs. The Wildcats were the last WPIAL Class AAAA team standing.

"I think it is definitely something to take pride in," Latrobe coach Alexa Bryson said of being the district's last team standing in the largest classification. "The WPIAL is notorious for being a great softball area to come from. It is a real honor to still be a part of Latrobe softball. It is just as sweet to be successful as a coach as I was as a player. This is really just a great group."

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Softball: After WPIAL playoff loss, Latrobe bounces back in PIAA playoffs

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Latrobe softball team.

"The high school game of softball has changed since 2008 when former Greater Latrobe pitcher Alexa Bryson was tormenting WPIAL hitters.

Six years later the game is more about offense than ever before, thanks to a rule change moving the pitching circle back 3 feet to 43 feet from the pitcher's rubber to home plate.

That's not to say the game has passed Bryson by.

Rather than leading her team to success in the pitching circle, she is doing so from the dugout in her first year as head coach at Latrobe."