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Softball: McKeesport looks to regain title of section favorite

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

McKeesport went through Section 2-AAAA play unscathed last season. If the Tigers want to repeat as section champions, they are going to have to do so with a blemish on their record. McKeesport opened section play with a surprising 9-0 setback at Plum. Entering the season many though the Mustangs had the firepower to contend for a section title but the convincing win was a surprise to many. McKeesport bounced back with wins over Oakland Catholic, Woodland Hills, Allderdice, Gateway and Penn Hills to setup a showdown with No. 5 Plum on Thursday.

McKeesport responded like one would expect a defending champion to respond, with a gutsy 6-5 win to even things up atop the section standings between the two rivals both with matching 6-1 section records. The Gooden sisters rose to the occasion for the Tigers. Senior center fielder Kai was 3 for 3 with two triples and two runs while senior pitcher Mai knocked in two runs and earned the win, striking out seven.

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball Hempfield Tournament - McKeesport vs. Jeannette (Dec. 7)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

McKeesport and Jeannette play each other on the second day of the Round Robin Hempfield Tournament, Saturday, December 7, 2013.  This game close all the way to the buzzer.  McKeesport went home with the win defeating Jeannette 60-59.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Alumni Update - Bryan Neal (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

No pitcher in the history of Point Park baseball has won more games, pitched in more games or pitched more innings than Bryan Neal. A native of McKeesport, Pa., and a McKeesport High School graduate, Neal is tied for the school's all-time lead in career wins with 24 over four years from 1994-97. He is also the outright school record-holder in career appearances with 61 and career innings pitched with 233.2.

Neal spent most of his time as a starting pitcher, although he did total six career saves to rank tied for third in team history. He racked up 151 career strikeouts, which is sixth in the Point Park annals.

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McKeesport football team goes back to the future

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan writes about George Smith's return as head coach of the McKeesport football team. Click here to read the story.

2013 0822 McKeesport Smith(Photo: McKeesport coach George Smith walks quarterback David Queen through a play during preseason practice. Kelly Tunney/Post-Gazette)

"When Woodland Hills goes on the road for the first time in Week 2, Wolverines coach George Novak will see a familiar face staring back at him from the opposing sideline.

George Smith, who coached at McKeesport for 28 years before resigning after the 2009 season, is back as the head coach of the Tigers this season.

"It's going to be tough going against them," said Novak, Woodland Hills' coach since 1987, its first season. "It's his homecoming and they're bringing back their two state championship teams.

"But I'm excited for him.""