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Girls Basketball: Penn Hills aiming for playoff berth

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Penn Hills has found wins difficult to come by outside of Section 2-AAAA. The Indians are, in fact, 2-7 in games outside of the section, including losses in all three games in the Battle of the Counties, a tournament they hosted.

Yet put them on the floor against a team in their section, and they look like a WPIAL playoff squad.

Penn Hills (6-9, 4-2) has overcome a slow start and won its last four section games to move from the basement and into fourth place, which would be good enough to qualify for the postseason. Part of the reason for that improvement has been the play of junior Jade Ely, who is averaging 15 points per game.

That streak, however, will be put to the test Tuesday at 6 p.m. when Penn Hills travels to first place Gateway (9-5, 6-1). The Gators already defeated Penn Hills, 44-35, in their first meeting on Dec. 16.

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Swimming: Penn Hills native a contributor at Pitt

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A former four-year WPIAL qualifier for Penn Hills, Gabe Larson is now contributing to the University of Pittsburgh men's swim team as a sophomore. Larson is a versatile swimmer who specializes in the breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley. This season he placed seventh in the 50 freestyle in meets against Duke and Georgia Tech/Georgia Southern. He posted a fourth place finish in the same event against St. Bonaventure and improved to third in the 50 freestyle against Bucknell. Larson was the workhorse of the event against Bucknell, also swimming the 200 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. He finished fifth in the 200 breast and fourth in the 100 back. At the Pitt Invitational, he reached the bonus finals in all four of his events and won them all to place 17th overall. His events at the Pitt Invite were 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

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Alumni Update - Barry Smith (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University men's basketball didn't leave any doubt in the outcome of Saturday's KIAC home game with IU Kokomo as the Pioneers raced to a 21-point halftime lead and eventually won, 107-93.

The Pioneers (10-6, 2-2 KIAC) were ahead by 31 points, 102-71, when they pulled their starters with five minutes remaining. IU Kokomo (7-10, 1-1 KIAC) made the final score closer with a 22-5 run versus Point Park's backups, but the Pioneers had already put the game away with its offense.

Forward Barry Smith, a 6-6 native of Penn Hills, finished with 22 points and a team-high nine rebounds, which helped Point Park control the boards, 38-32.

 

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Girls Basketball: Penn Hills focuses on section play

Written by Keith Barnes on .

There is little doubt Penn Hills can't wait to get back to playing section games and forget all about tournaments.

Though the Indians were the host team for the Battle of the Counties Tournament, they were rolled over in all three games they played as Penn-Trafford, Hempfield and Norwin all posted wins against them. Penn Hills also lost the championship game of the North Allegheny tip-off making the school 1-4 in tournaments this year.

Penn Hills is 2-3 in all other games this season, including a 2-1 mark in Section 2-AAAA play. The Indians will be back in action in section play tonight against a Plum (6-4, 2-1) squad that had a five-game winning streak snapped against Upper St. Clair in its final game of the Battle of the Counties.

Penn Hills will have a busy week as it will play at Plum and host McKeesport on Thursday and North Allegheny on Saturday.

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Wrestling: Penn Hills senior has a plan for success

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Penn Hills wrestler Te'Shan Campbell. Read his story below.

2014 1218 PennHills Wrestling(Photo: Penn Hills senior Te'Shan Campbell wins, 9-4, against Belle Vernon's Austin Bell in the 170-pound final of the Eastern Area Invitational. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Penn Hills wrestler Te'Shan Campbell learned the hard way that their's more to weight training than lifting, running and drilling.

"I've learned that eating the right foods and hydrating correctly are just as important," said Campbell, a senior and three-year starter for the Indians. "I didn't realize that what I ate and drank could make such a difference."

Campbell finished sixth in the WPIAL Class AAA tournament at 160 pounds last year. He advanced to the semifinals before defaulting during overtime of a semifinal match against North Hills' Jonathan Avon.

"I drank a red Powerade before the bout and it upset my stomach," said Campbell, who suffered significant stomach discomfort during the overtime and defaulted after running out of injury time.