Hockey: With a new coach, Tigers remain title contenders

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Jim Black led the North Allegheny program to new heights in his eight years as coach, winning Penguins Cup and Pennsylvania Cup titles in 2007 and 2013.

But Black resigned prior to this season to take over the PIHL commissioner duties. In his place is Mike Bagnato, formerly the coach of rival Pine-Richland.

Bagnato, who took the Rams to the PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup final in 2013, has the Tigers playing well at the start of this season, as North Allegheny has won four of its five contests.


Football: Memo to playoff foes: Don't forget North Allegheny

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the North Allegheny football team.

"If it's ever possible for an Art Walker-coached North Allegheny team to enter the WPIAL playoffs "under the radar," this may be the year.

It was only two years ago that the Tigers were celebrating their third consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA title at Heinz Field.

But last year they were knocked out of the WPIAL playoffs in the quarterfinals. Teams started to forget about the Tigers.

Even more forgot about them when they were decimated by graduation after last season."



Golf: Beloved educator, coach Dede Rittman retires as North Allegheny boys coach

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Dede Rittman thought for a moment and chuckled.

"I turn 62 next month and I've taught and coached for more than half of my life," said the longtime North Allegheny High boys golf coach.

Rittman now refers to both careers in the past tense. After retiring from teaching in 2011 to look after her husband Scott who subsequently died from colon cancer, Rittman continued to coach the Tigers' boys golf team for an additional three seasons.

Her last official act as coach was addressing her team and the players' parents and relatives at the golf team's banquet this past Tuesday night.


Girls Tennis: North Allegheny looking for back-to-back titles

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Last season, North Allegheny was a tiebreak away from leaving the PIAA tournament in the quarterfinals.

But the Tigers’ top player in 2013, Maddy Adams, prevailed at No. 1 singles to give North Allegheny a 3-2 victory over Conestoga, and the Tigers went on to win their next two matches to notch the program’s second state championship.

North Allegheny will head back to Hershey this weekend with an undefeated record and the knowledge of what to expect at states.