Track: South Fayette’s Helbling remains undefeated in the 400

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Rachel Helbling entered last week's WPIAL track championships as the defending champion in the 400-meter dash and unbeaten against WPIAL competition.

She left with a second title and continued her perfect season.

Helbling won the 400 for the second year in a row after finishing in 56.54 seconds. Her closest competitors were Butler's Alexis Leach (57.64), Gateway's Aiyanna Crawford (57.97) and Baldwin's Alaina Stahl (58.62).

Helbling's time was the second-fastest in the WPIAL this season and topped last year's winning finish of 57.19.


Baseball: South Fayette keeps playoff hopes alive

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A team in dire need of a win got just that Monday, and they did it against one of the top teams in Class AAA.

South Fayette was in desperation mode against Chartiers Valley, and the Lions answered the bell by pulling out a 1-0 win against the visiting Colts in a key Section 3 game. Tristan Tinney and Spencer Barber were the stars. Tinney fired a three-hitter and Barber smacked a double in the fifth inning that drove in the game's only run.

South Fayette's win muddled the playoff picture in the section. Montour (7-2) owns the section lead, but Chartiers Valley (6-3), West Allegheny (5-3) and South Fayette (5-4) are in hot pursuit. Montour has clinched at least a share of the section title. The Spartans play their section finale Wednesday at West Allegheny. Chartiers Valley hosts West Allegheny today. South Fayette visits McGuffey (2-7) Wednesday.


Track: South Feature Athlete - South Fayette’s Rachel Helbling

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Name: Rachel Helbling
High School: South Fayette
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and field
Events: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600 relay, 3,200 relay

Background: Helbling won the WPIAL Class AAA 400-meter dash title as a freshman and is the favorite to repeat a year later. Helbling has only lost the event once during her high school career, that coming at the PIAA championships. Her time of 57.19 at last year's WPIALs set a school record and remains a personal best. She won the 400 at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Championships held April 16 at West Mifflin with a time of 59.29. She'll compete at Saturday's South Fayette Invitational.


Track: South Fayette athletes earn gold medals at TSTCA Championships

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A trio of South Fayette athletes grabbed gold medals at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Championships last Saturday.

Rachel Helbling, Tori Valachovic and Luke Meindl all finished first in the meet held at West Mifflin.

Helbling, a sophomore, won the 400 with a time of 59.29. The defending WPIAL Class AAA champion edged Gateway's Aiyanna Crawford (59.87).

Valachovic topped the field in the 300 hurdles. A senior, Valachovic finished in 46.70. Runner-up Logan Ferrucci of Shenango posted a time of 48.34. Valachovic placed fifth in the 100 hurdles.


Photo Journal: Softball - South Fayette at Chartiers Valley (April 14)

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Chartiers Valley was the home team hosting South Fayette, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in a WPIAL AAA, Section 2 softball game. South Fayette's bats were busy earning 17 runs to Chartiers Valley 6.  Here are some photos of the game.

click here to see video highlights of the game

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


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