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Girls Volleyball: Shaler has plenty of talent

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Shaler girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

Kris Ruppert has led the Shaler Area High School girls volleyball team to nine consecutive WPIAL Class AAA playoff berths.

During that stretch, the Titans have made seven appearances in the quarterfinals.

Last year, Shaler advanced to the semifinals before bowing to eventual runner-up Bethel Park. The Titans then dropped a 3-0 decision to Norwin in the third-place consolation match, thus failing to secure a PIAA berth. Seven starters are back from that squad, including four All-WPIAL players, which has earned Shaler the top spot in the WPIAL Class AAA rankings.

"This is the best team I've ever coached," Ruppert said. "If everybody stays healthy, we definitely have a shot at winning the title."

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Girls Volleyball: Host Titans win Shaler Tournament

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Shaler claimed the team title at the 18-team Shaler Tournament, held Sept. 6. The Titans placed second in their preliminary pool, then won the gold division playoffs.

Shaler Tournament

Gold Bracket Championship
Shaler 1, Fort LeBoeuf 0 (25-19)

Gold Bracket Round Robin
Pool A
Fort LeBoeuf 1, South Fayette 1
Fort LeBoeuf 2, Chartiers Valley 0
Chartiers Valley 2, South Fayette 0
Pool B
Norwin 2, Corry 0
Shaler 2, Corry 0
Shaler 2, Norwin 0

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Shaler 2014 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

First-year coach Jon LeDonne will undertake a rebuilding job at Shaler Area, a program that has posted back-to-back winless seasons.

Following a 5-5 playoff season in 2011 the Titans went 0-9 in 2012 and 2013.

LeDonne, a defensive coordinator at Gateway last season and a member of a WPIAL championship team as a player with Aliquippa in 2000, will try to snap the Titans' 22-game losing streak this season.

Senior linebacker Tim Nickel (6-0, 210) is a returning first-team all-conference selection. He will be the nucleus of the defense and the offense where he will start at running back.

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Baseball: Former Shaler standout gets Hall of Fame call

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Josh Axelrod profiles Dennis Colamarino, a Shaler graduate who will be inducted into Point Park University's Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame.

"Dennis Colamarino almost missed the call about his induction into Point Park University's Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame.

"I was at a work meeting, and my wife showed up with my baby," said Colamarino, a former Pioneers baseball standout. "I told her to answer the phone because I didn't recognize the number. There was a pause, and she said, this is about the Hall of Fame."

Colamarino will join basketball and softball double threat Beth Wertz-Brubach and basketball star Gavin Prosser in the school's 2014 Hall of Fame class.

"It was a little emotional," Colamarino said of the honor. "I had some tears in my eye. I was extremely happy when I was told I was in.""

 

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Football: New Shaler coach is ready for challenge

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles new Shaler football coach Jon LeDonne.

"Jon LeDonne is familiar with big challenges and how to overcome them.

He believes the lessons he's experienced in the classroom and on the football field will serve him well as the new head football coach at Shaler Area High School.

"This is a program that has experienced some hard times lately," said LeDonne, who succeeded Chris Siegle after he left Shaler to become an assistant at Duquesne University. "Shaler has had some successful teams in the past, and taking this job gives me the opportunity to rebuild the program.""