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Hockey: Senior keeps North Hills in the hunt

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles North Hills hockey player Brett Berner.

"North Hills coach Brandon Dudt-Mulzet is a long time fixture for the North Hills Indians hockey team.

Not only has he been their head coach for seven years, but 15 years ago he was a goalie the team could ride to the 2001 Penguin Cup semifinals.

This season the Indians may have another such player, senior forward Brett Berner.

Berner leads Class AA with 25 goals. Heading into Monday night's game against Chartiers Valley he was tied with Armstrong's Christian Miller with 42 points for the classification lead."

 

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Boys Basketball: North Hills turning its season around

Written by Brad Everett on .

In the 2008-09 season, North Hills got off to a dismal start in section play before getting hot and making a deep postseason run.

Six seasons later, the Indians might be in the process of doing the same.

North Hills fell to 4-6 overall and 1-3 in Class AAAA Section 3 after a loss to Shaler on Jan. 6. Then came the turnaround. The Indians have won five straight section games – and five of six overall – to up their record to 9-7, 6-3, and put them in third place behind only North Allegheny and Pine-Richland (both 6-2) in the section standings. The Indians beat both teams during their win streak, handing North Allegheny its first loss of the season.

North Hills is looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009. That season, coach Buzz Gabos' squad won their final seven section games and 10 straight overall before falling to Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL semifinals. The Indians went on to win a PIAA playoff game for the first time in school history. The Indians have not made the playoffs since, making them one of only two Class AAAA teams (Albert Gallatin is the other) who have not qualified for the postseason in any of the past five seasons.

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Boys Basketball: Focused North Hills driving

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles the North Hills boys basketball team.

"The "one game at a time" adage is Coachspeak 101. It often deflects attention away from over-achieving season goals or serves as a reminder to players that the only thing they can truly control is the game in front of them.

But as North Hills basketball coach Buzz Gabos puts it, his players don't need to hear such messages.

"These guys just seem to keep fighting as difficult as it is some times," Gabos said. "They seem to be able to put it behind them the next day and move on to the next game and keep competing. That says a lot just about the kids and their character and work ethic and the desire that they have."

Gabos credits the players' short-term memory loss to missed postseason berths in years past, and now that the Indians (7-7, 4-3) are again chasing a playoff bid it helps to not get too high on wins or too low on close losses."

 

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Alumni Update - John Wanner (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SALEM, Va. -- Washington & Jefferson senior center John Wanner ended his career with All-AmericaWanner WJ honors from D3football.com, announced the organization.

Wanner, a North Hills graduate, was one of just three Presidents' Athletic Conference student-athletes to receive the accolade, being named an Honorable Mention selection. The senior was one of four centers in the country recognized.

Previously, Wanner was chosen as a First Team All-South Region honoree from D3football. Additionally in his senior campaign, he was a First Team All-PAC pick after starting all 12 games as the Presidents advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs following the program's 24th league title.

He was the anchor up front of an offensive unit that was one of the most prolific in the country at 504.3 yards per game.

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Hockey: Berner notches his third four-goal game

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Brett Berner is having a senior season to remember for North Hills.

The all-star forward netted four more goals Monday night to lead the Indians to a 7-5 victory against Plum. The win improved the Indians to 6-5 on the season and gave Berner is third four-goal of the season.

Berner continues to lead Class AA in goals (21) and points (37) and is tied for the league lead in assists (16). He is closing in his marks from last season, when he finished 11th in the classification in scoring with 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists).