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.


Swimming: Penn Hills sprinter eyeing a PIAA medal

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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.""



Photo Journal: Girls Basketball PIAA First Round Playoffs - Penn Hills vs. Obama Academy (March 6)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Taylor Allderdice was the venue for the PIAA First Round Playoffs, Friday, March 6, 2015.  In the first game of the night, Penn Hills girls faced Obama Academy. The game had a slow start, but picked up to within reach for both teams in the second half. Penn Hills however maintained it's steady lead and brought home a victory defeating Obama 39-26. Penn Hills (17-10) will face North Allegheny (20-6), Tuesday, March 10, in the next round of the playoffs.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Girls Basketball: Penn Hills bounces back from final's loss

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It didn't take long for Penn Hills to recover from its disappointing loss to Norwin in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. Then again, the Indians really didn't have time to sulk as the potential for a state title is very real.

Instead, the Indians began their trek toward being the last team standing with a decisive 39-26 won against City League champion Obama Academy on Friday in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA tournament at Allderdice. But things will get a lot tougher for Penn Hills (17-10) in the second round on Tuesday when they take on WPIAL third-place finisher North Allegheny (23-3) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Plum.

North Allegheny rolled to a 47-point victory over District 10 champion Central Tech in the first round of the state playoffs and also defeated Penn Hills, 51-43, on Jan. 10.



Girls Basketball: East Feature Athlete - Penn Hills' Jade Ely

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Name: Jade Ely
High School: Penn Hills
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: An outstanding player both inside and outside, she makes the Indians offense click. Finished as one of the top scorers in the WPIAL during the regular season, averaging nearly 18 points per game. Along with sophomore Desiree Oliver, the comprise what might be the best backcourt in the WPIAL. Might have a bit of a chip on her shoulder after scoring only four points in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game against Norwin.