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Track: Monessen’s Bolton bolts to outstanding performance

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There's just something about the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Championships that brings out the best in Monessen senior Andrey Bolton.

For the second consecutive year, Bolton was named meet MVP. Bolton won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and placed second in the long jump at the invitational held last Saturday at Latrobe.

Bolton ran times of 11.50 in the 100 and 22.63 in the 200. His leap of 21-1 ½ in the long jump was second to only Franklin Regional's Jacob Ross, who jumped 21-2 ½.

Bolton was one of only two boys to win two individual events. The other was Hempfield's Hayden Fox, who won the javelin and pole vault.

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Track: Monessen hurdler mining for more gold

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Raymond Sitton last year became the the first Monessen track athlete to win a WPIAL gold medal since 2011. A year later, Sitton could very well be golden once again.

Sitton, a senior, is the reigning WPIAL Class AA champion in the 110 hurdles. He ran a 15.05 at last year's championships and then finished fifth at the PIAA championships after running a 14.95. He's been even faster this season. He claimed titles in both the 110 and 300 hurdles at the Monessen Invitational held on April 16 after running personal records of 14.66 and 41.00. He was named boys MVP.

Sitton isn't the only Monessen athlete with high hopes. Fellow senior Andrey Bolton placed fifth in the 200 and seventh in the 100 at last year's WPIAL championships. Sitton and Bolton run on Monessen's 1,600 relay team that also includes seniors Demond Jordan and Matt Taylor. Bolton won the 100 at the Monessen Invitational and Taylor claimed the title in the 400.

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Boys Basketball: Monessen’s season ends earlier than expected

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Up until two weeks ago, Monessen was widely considered the heavy favorite to win the WPIAL Class A championship and one of the primary contenders to win the PIAA title.

Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, that outlook darkened very quickly.

Monessen saw it's once sensational season come to an end with a 44-37 loss to Farrell in a PIAA first-round game last Friday. Just over a week earlier, the Greyhounds were upset by eventual champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 79-77, in overtime in the WPIAL semifinals.

The Greyhounds, who won the WPIAL title a season earlier, finished with a 21-5 record, giving them their third consecutive season of 20 or more wins and their fifth in the past six seasons. Still, some will view the end result as being a big disappointment considering how dominant the Greyhounds appeared to be for most of the season. They had won 14 games in a row prior to the loss against North Catholic and their three previous losses were all against Class AAAA teams. The Greyhounds averaged 90.3 points per game, which led the WPIAL by a large margin.

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Boys Basketball: Monessen draws District 10 power in first round of PIAA tournament

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Monessen entered the postseason ranked No. 2 in the state in Class A and District 10 power Farrell was just behind at No. 3.

The teams meeting in the PIAA playoffs seemed like a distinct possibility ... just not in the first round.

In what could be the best first-round game in any class, Monessen (21-4) plays Farrell (19-6) Friday at Slippery Rock University. Farrell is one of two outstanding teams from District 10. The other is Kennedy Catholic, which defeated Farrell, 73-65, in the district final. Farrell was the PIAA runner-up last season, while Kennedy Catholic beat Monessen in the quarterfinals.

Monessen was the heavy favorite to win the WPIAL championship, but was stunned in the semifinals by eventual champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. If Monessen had won the title, the Greyhounds would have avoided playing either of the District 10 powers until the quarterfinals. Instead, they'll play one of them right away.

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Boys Basketball: Dominant Monessen sets WPIAL playoff scoring record

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If legendary sports statistician Deuce Skurcenski were still around, he would have likely uttered this line more than a handful of times the past few months.

"Monessen is like butter ... They're on a roll." (His "Aww Yeah" would then soon follow)

The Greyhounds entered the season expected to successfully defend their WPIAL Class A title. But, really, did anyone expect them to be this dominant?

Coach Joe Salvino's team punched their ticket to the WPIAL semifinals with a 112-62 triumph against Union in the quarterfinals. It was the most points scored by a team in WPIAL playoff history. The lopsided win improved the Greyhounds (21-3) to 16-0 against Class A foes, all but one by double digits. They've won 15 games in a row overall. All three of their losses have come to Class AAAA teams.