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Wrestling: Pine-Richland's Baxter shines at Disney

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Pine-Richland wrestler Hunter Baxter. Read his story below.

Hunter Baxter had made previous trips to Disney World, but this time was quite a different experience.

Baxter, who recently completed his sophomore year at Pine-Richland High School, competed with the Young Guns Wrestling Club at the AAU Scholastic National Duals, which took place June 27 through July 2 in Kissimmee, Fla.

"I've been to Disney World two or three times with my family, but this was my first time at the Disney Duals," said Baxter, a two-year starter and two-time PIAA qualifier for the Rams.

The tournament, more commonly referred to as the Disney Duals, took place at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. Young Guns fielded three teams in the District Division, Black, White and Gold.

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Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Blake Lalli (Pine-Richland)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

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Blake Lalli is trying to work his way back to the major leagues as a catcher with the Arizona Diamondbacks' Class AAA Reno farm club in the Pacific Coast League.

The Pine-Richland graduate is hitting .243 in 44 games with four doubles, 16 RBIs, a .297 on-base percentage and a .271 slugging percentage. The 32-year-old has also pitched once in relief, working one scoreless innings.

Lalli appeared in a combined 22 major league games with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, hitting .128.

In 10 minor league seasons, he has batted .290 with 55 home runs.

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2015 North Female Athlete of the Year - Pine-Richland's Amanda Kalin

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Joe Koch profiles the North Xtra Female Athlete of the Year, Pine-Richland's Amanda Kalin.

"Cliff Foster believes he is one of the most fortunate high school basketball coaches in the WPIAL — that's what happens when your point guard is the multi-talented Amanda Kalin.

Kalin, who will be a junior when the next school year begins at Pine-Richland High School, was a third-team all-state selection in Class AAAA, averaging 20.8 points per game. But, as the advertising jingle says, there's more. She also scored 19 goals for the Rams' girls soccer team that finished second in Section 2-AAA with a record of 9-3 and finished with an overall record of 15-4.

Those accomplishments have earned her the Post-Gazette's North Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year for the 2014-15 school year.

"She's only going to be a junior and she works harder than any other kid I've met in both sports," Foster said. "When her friends are out on Friday night, she's going to [soccer] goalie clinics or meeting with one of our coaches to shoot baskets. She puts more time into each sport than some kids put into one sport.""

 

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Baseball: 2015 Major League Update - Neil Walker (Pine-Richland)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

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Neil Walker is coming off his best two-game stretch of what has been a disappointing season.

The second baseman from Pine-Richland doubled in the winning run in the 14th inning Tuesday night as the Pirates downed the Tigers 5-4 at Detroit. Wednesday night, he went 4-for-6 with a pair of home runs to lead the Pirates to a 9-3 win over the Tigers.

Walker, 29, is hitting .268 with six home runs and 27 RBIs in 69 games along with 19 doubles, two stolen bases, a .338 on-base percentage and a .410 slugging percentage.

"I'm not a huge home-run guy, and I know that," Walker said after Wednesday night's game. "But my job is to be a big part of our offense and produce runs, and I haven't been doing that. Maybe this will get something started."

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Baseball: Pine-Richland grad played key role for VCU

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Alex Woodin profiles Pine-Richland graduate Daane Berezo, who is now a standout baseball player at Virginia Commonwealth.

"Daane Berezo was born into a baseball family.

His father, Lalo, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1984 and played in the minor leagues for a year.

From a young age, Berezo knew that baseball was going to be a big part of his life.

"Baseball was my first love," Berezo said. "Being born into this family, I just learned to love it and I really think it's the greatest game out there.""