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Track: Penn Hills sophomore hopes to peak

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles Penn Hills track standout Isaiah Bailey.

"The sport of running is a marathon, not a sprint.

That's maybe a more obscure twist on the old adage, but what Penn Hills track coach Lee Zelkowitz explained is that runners must build their way toward adding mileage throughout the season in hopes of peaking at the right time, which in this case is the WPIAL and, hopefully, the PIAA championships, and that means sometimes not officially running a certain event until later in season.

That's the case with sophomore runner Isaiah Bailey.

He may be one of Class AAA's top 800-meter runners, but he hasn't officially recorded a time in the event, something that will change tonight at the Butler Invitational, according to Zelkowitz."

 

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Baseball: Penn Hills struggling in the early going

Written by Brad Everett on .

With some key performers back from a team that came up just short of making the playoffs last season, Penn Hills entered this spring with plenty of optimism.

Unfortunately for the Indians, positive results have not yet come.

Penn Hills has gotten off to a 1-4 start. Its only win came against McKeesport, 13-3. The Indians have been outscored, 48-11, in their losses.

The Indians haven't played a game in Class AAAA Section 3 play. They are scheduled to travel to Central Catholic today for the opener.

If the Indians are to turn their fortunes around, senior outfielder-pitcher Mason Murray-McDonough will likely be leading the way. Murray-McDonough made the all-section team last season when the Indians went 9-8 overall and 6-4 in the section. The Indians fell one win shy of reaching the playoffs.

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Track: Penn Hills off to a solid start

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Penn Hills was strongly represented on the field at the South Hills Classic on Saturday.

Team captain Seraya Steward placed third in the long jump with a leap of 16-01.5. Brionna Nelson landed in sixth place with a distance of 15-11.75.

Jasmine Baxter and Brianna Pawlowski made headway in the discus, placing third and fourth, respectively. Baxter went on to win gold in the javelin. The senior out-threw her competition by two feet with a distance of 106-09.

Isaiah Bailey took action on the track. He finished third in the 800-meter run, while Isaiah Jones took third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Bailey joined Denzel Beeman, Marshall Murray and Duwon Terrell on the winning 3,200-meter relay team.

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Swimming: Penn Hills' Gregory hoping to break through to championship finals

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Last year at states as a sophomore Norman Gregory just made the cut for the consolation finals in one event and just missed the cut for consolation finals in his other event. This year his sights are set far beyond consolation finals.

Gregory qualified for states in both his individual events, the 50 and 100 freestyle, where is aiming to make the championship finals for the first time in his career. The top 16 preliminary swims make it to the evening sessions at the PIAA Class AAA championships that start Friday at Bucknell. Among the top 16 times, the top eight compete in the championship final where all are guaranteed to medal with a top eight finish.

"He wants medals, that is his goal for this year," coach Jennifer Price said. "Top eight will get him a medal, but I know he has his sights set higher."

At WPIALs, Gregory tied the school record and beat everyone else in the pool in the 50 freestyle to capture his first WPIAL gold medal finishing ahead of Kiski Area senior Nolan Pepka who had a time of 21.43.

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Swimming: Penn Hills sprinter eyeing a PIAA medal

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Penn Hills swimmer Norman Gregory.

"With a swimmer such as Norman Gregory in the water, Penn Hills swim coaches are always well aware that records are within reach.

At the WPIAL Class AAA championships three weeks ago at Pitt, Gregory's coaches knew the Penn Hills school record in the 50-yard freestyle. The record was 21.07.

When Gregory touched the wall at Pitt after his freestyle sprint, the scoreboard showed a familiar time, 21.07.

"When you have a swimmer like Norman, he is always aiming for a record," Penn Hills coach Jennifer Price said. "So it is always something that I and the other coaches try to keep track of for his sake. It is really exciting when he gets something in his mind and goes for it.""