Boys Basketball: Section champ Latrobe takes aim at WPIAL title

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Latrobe had an improbable run to a share of the Class 6A Section 3 title. The Wildcats had to run the table in the second half of the season and had to cap it off with wins against both Fox Chapel and Penn Hills, the two teams that defeated them earlier in the season.

Not only was Latrobe (19-3) able to pull of the improbable, it gave a look at what might be the improbable – the school winning its first WPIAL title since 1985.

On Monday, the Wildcats closed out their regular season with an impressive 86-76 home victory over Kennedy Catholic. Though the Hermitage school out of District 10 might be only in Class 1A, it is the defending state champion and defeated Allderdice last year when the Dragons were among the top teams in the state's highest classification.

It also might be enough to get Latrobe the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL playoffs behind Pine-Richland, especially after Central Catholic hammered Fox Chapel (19-3), 81-59, on Monday night.


Wrestling: All-Time Teams - Latrobe

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Southwestern Pennsylvania has been a hotbed for high school wrestling since the WPIAL held its first tournament in 1936. The Sports Town website will honor the WPIAL's best wrestlers of all-time during the 2016-17 season. Wrestling Historian Ken "Stats" Wunderley, with the help of former Mt. Lebanon coach Bill Lewis, will pick an All-Time Team for 72 high schools from the WPIAL.

The All-Time Teams will feature the best wrestlers from those schools. We will feature 6-7 high schools each Wednesday on Sports Town for 11 weeks during the season. The All-Time lists reflect high school accomplishments only. College and international accomplishments were not considered.


Boys Basketball: Latrobe controls own destiny in hunt for section title

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Fox Chapel did Latrobe a favor last week when it knocked off Penn Hills in a key Class 6A Section 3 showdown.

With the Foxes win, the Wildcats (14-3, 8-2) are back in control of their own destiny and can win at least a share of the section title.

Though Latrobe has games this week against Hempfield and Plum, teams it defeated by 17 and 11, respectively, the first time they met, wins in those games would set up a critical final week for the orange and black. On Tuesday, they host Fox Chapel, which it lost to, 84-82, in their first meeting and wrap up the regular season on Feb. 10 against Penn Hills, to whom they dropped am 87-71 decision on Jan. 17.


Alumni Update - Kayla Owens (Duquesne)

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The Duquesne swimming team defeated Xavier (171-90) and fell to Ohio U (160-97) Saturday morning in aOwens Duq dual meet hosted by Ohio U in Athens, Ohio.


The 400 Yard Medley Relay team of Abby Watson, Abigail Stauffer, Kayla Owens and Carson Gross opened the event with a second place finish with a time of 3:55.30.

Additionally the Dukes saw second and third place finishes in the 200 Yard Backstroke from Stauffer (2:23.96) and Owens, a Latrobe graduate (2:24.43), and Owens (58.61) also claimed second place in the 100 Yard Butterfly.


(photo courtesy Duquesne University)


Alumni Update - Karley Owens (California Pa.)

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CALIFORNIA – The California University of Pennsylvania swimming team won all 17 events and captured theOwens CalU invitational title over the weekend while hosting the California Invitational at Hamer Hall.


The Vulcans totaled 811 points at the two-day event with seven swimmers winning at least one individual event. Lock Haven placed second in the team standings with 660 points and Juniata finished with 553 points to place third overall.


Freshman Karley Owens also earned three wins while competing at the home event. She registered a time of 1:04.24 to win the 100 backstroke and finished with a time of 2:16.57 to earn the victory in the 200 backstroke.

The Latrobe product claimed the win in the 200 IM after finishing the race in 2:17.72.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pa.)