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

Written by Brad Everett on .

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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Softball: South Fayette puts together string of narrow wins

Written by Brad Everett on .

After a 2-2 start, South Fayette reeled off three consecutive victories in a span of six days.

All three wins were significant and each of them came by narrow margins, something the team struggled to do at times last season.

South Fayette enters the week with a 5-2 record. More importantly, the Lions are 2-0 in Class AAA Section 2, making them the only unbeaten team in section play. The Lions split four games at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. When they returned home, they edged Class AAAA power Canon-McMillan, 6-5, in a non-section game, and then topped section foes Keystone Oaks and West Allegheny by scores of 3-2 and 5-3.

The three wins make South Fayette 3-0 in games decided by two runs or less. A season ago, they were 4-5 in such games.


Alumni Update - Tyler Godwin (Waynesburg)

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CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Waynesburg University baseball team wrapped up its Presidents' Athletic ConferenceGodwin Waynesburg (PAC) weekend series at Thomas More with a seven-inning doubleheader against the Saints. The Yellow Jackets dropped both contests by the final scores of 6-1 and 6-3.

Waynesburg (1-13, 0-3) fell behind 5-0 before breaking up the shutout in the top of the sixth inning. Sophomore left fielder Tyler Godwin singled in junior center fielder Josh Hausler for the tally. Thomas More (8-3, 3-0) homered in its half of the sixth to bring about the final score of 6-1.

Godwin, a South Fayette graduate, recorded both hits for the Jackets, one of which was a double.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)