Softball: North Allegheny nears playoff berth

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If North Allegheny wants to defend its section title from a year ago, it will need help. The Tigers have two section losses and they trail Seneca Valley in the Section 3-AAAA standings. The Raiders are 6-0. North Allegheny has a major section showdown Tuesday at home against the Raiders but they would need to win there and need another Seneca Valley slip up to at least create the possibility of a shared section title. But more importantly for North Allegheny, a playoff berth is all but theirs thanks to a three-game winning streak with section wins against North Hills, Pine-Richland and Butler.

Senior pitcher Sami Beining tossed a complete-game three-hitter against Butler, in a 2-1 win. Senior third baseman Mary Funderlich knocked in junior courtesy runner Olivia Schweiger for North Allegheny's first run. The winning run came across the plate when junior right fielder Anna Sardon came through with a two-out single to drive in designated player Casey Ginocchi who led off the fourth inning with a double.


Tennis: Goth returns for North Allegheny

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Kevin Goth didn’t win Tuesday afternoon. But the fact that he was back on the court was a big plus for North Allegheny.

Goth, a senior, made his season debut Tuesday in a match against North Hills. He had been out with an injury for the entire season up until Tuesday.

Goth lost at No. 1 singles to Pablo Morcate, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

If Goth can regain his top form by the WPIAL team tournament, it would be a huge boost to the chances of the Tigers to make it to Hershey for the second consecutive season.

Goth is a two-time Class AAA Section 2 singles champion and was a WPIAL singles semifinalist in 2012.


Girls Lacrosse: North Allegheny getting solid effort from freshman goalie

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She might not have expected to be the starting goalie, but four games into the 2014 season, that's exactly where North Allegheny freshman Katie Shideler finds herself.

"We're happy to have her with us," said Tigers' co-coach Molly Lepish. "She started playing on (the junior varsity), and when our other goalie wasn't with us for a couple of games, she stepped right up and she's kept her head straight. She's starting to play with some confidence. She's talking to her defense, and she's made some big saves for us."

Shideler will get a true test when the Tigers visit Mt. Lebanon at 3:30 p.m. today. Mt. Lebanon is's top-ranked team with an 8-0 record, and the Blue Devils have won four of their eight games by double-digit margins. Following that game, the Tigers visit Pine-Richland on Tuesday.


Tennis: Isaacs falls in first round

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Playing in the WPIAL Class AAA boys singles tournament for the first time, North Allegheny senior Kylie Isaacs fell in the first round to Latrobe’s Chad Kissell, 10-4.

Kissell went on to finish second in the WPIAL tournament.

Isaacs was a three-time WPIAL Class AAA girls qualifier, but did not play high school girls tennis this season.

She has been playing No. 1 singles for the Tigers and placed third in last week’s Class AAA Section 2 singles tournament, beating her brother, Jared, by default in the consolation final. 


Track: North Feature Athlete — North Allegheny's Madeleine Davison

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Name: Madeleine Davison
School: North Allegheny
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and Field

Background: Davison finished second at WPIALs at 11th at PIAAs in the 3,200 meters last season. At the indoor state championships in early March, she placed fourth in the one mile run. Then on Saturday at the TSTCA Championships at West Mifflin, she won the 3,200 meters by more than 20 seconds. Davison also runs cross country, where she took fifth in the WPIAL and 27th in the state in the fall.

North Allegheny coach John Neff: “She had a great indoor season and she has really improved where she was last year. Her goal is to finish higher in the state this season.”