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Baseball: North Hills expects to win

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the North Hills baseball team.

"The expectations this season are slightly different than in years past for the North Hills High School baseball team.

After qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in seven years last year, the Indians are expecting to build upon that success, and are off to a good start this season.

"It was a great feeling, but it was just the start," Indians coach Randy Miller said about last year's playoff appearance. "It shouldn't be a surprise anymore. That should be the goal. We want to start competing for WPIAL titles and state playoff games."

The Indians were scheduled to play four section games in four days this week. They were 6-3 overall and 1-2 in section play through Tuesday. They lost their section opener to Butler Area, 11-3, last Saturday."

 

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Baseball: North Feature Athlete - North Hills' Brendan Burke

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Name: Brendan Burke
School: North Hills
Grade: 11
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Shortstop

Background: A 6-foot, 190-pound right-handed pitcher, Burke has played a key role in the Indians' early-season success. After earning a 1-0 win against Archbishop Wood during the team's spring trip to Myrtle Beach, Burke picked up his second victory March 30 against Mars. He struck out 10 batters in six innings as North Hills (5-1, 0-1) rolled past the Planets, 6-0.

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Baseball: Pitching key ingredient for North Hills

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Randy Miller knew he was going to welcome back a strong core of returning starters this season. The third-year varsity baseball coach at North Hills, though, also understood he would have to work on developing a quality pitching staff.

"We brought back seven seniors, so we have some experience on this team," Miller said. "However, none of those starters returning were pitchers. We're relying on depth and arms but none of them had experience in the past years.

"We're emphasing on thrown strikes and staying down in the zone. Our outfield is built with speed, so we're going to be able to run down balls."

Junior pitcher/shortstop Brendan Burke, junior pitcher Andrew Toplak and junior infielder/pitcher Alek Tesla have been the Indians' top hurlers this spring and have helped North Hills (5-1, 0-1) jump out to a promising start. As of April 13, Burke and Tesla each recorded a pair of wins. Burke held Archbishop Wood scoreless during a 1-0 shutout victory March 22 down in Myrtle Beach. He followed up with a 10-strikeout performance against Mars.

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Boys Volleyball: North Hills hopes to build under Beavers

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the North Hills boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Jeff Beavers is cred­ited with start­ing two of the best boys high school pro­grams in the WPIAL. Now he's tak­ing on the chal­lenge of re­build­ing North Hills, a pro­gram that has strug­gled in the WPIAL's stron­gest sec­tion.

Beavers is a 1975 graduate of Penn Hills High School who began his volleyball career with the Indians. He moved on to Pitt and started three years for the Panthers.

Pitt started its varsity program during Beavers' sophomore year, before the Panthers played in the Big East. He was a two-time team MVP and earned All-American honors his senior year."

After graduating from Pitt, Beavers began his coaching career as an assistant at Steel Valley. After two years, he took on his first head coaching gig.

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Track: North Hills hits the relays strong

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

North Hills fared well in the relay events at the 2nd Annual Knoch Relays on Saturday.

The girls 4x100-relay (Shaniece Blackburn, Taylor Horsley, Nicole Polaske and Lauren Wiles) and 800 sprint medley (Wiles, Blackburn, Polaske and Emma Bagnato) both took gold.

The 4x800-meter relay team (Olivia Gall, Brianna Witherel, Bagnato and Sabrina Palmieri) took third. Bagnato and Palmieri formed the second-place distance medley team with Carlie Seibert and Megan Bush.

The 4x100-meter hurdle team of Katherine Craig, Molly Evans, Kailey Spade and Amberly Valeriano took second.

On an individual level, Sierra Ungerman grabbed silver in the shot put.