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Hockey: South Feature Athlete – Peters Township’s Zachery Gielarowski

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Zachery Gielarowski
School: Peters Township
Grade: 11
Sport: Hockey

Background: Gielarowski plays on the Indians’ top defensive pairing with Carter Ekberg and is tied for the team lead in points with 12 (five goals, seven assists). The 12 points match his season total from last season, when he was a part of an Indians team that won both the Class AAA Penguins and Pennsylvania Cups.

Peters Township coach Rick Tingle: “He’s got a big shot and he’s using it. We’ve wanted him to take more shots for a while, but he was hesitant the past few years. But now he’s really coming into his own now.”


Hockey: Warriors off to strong start

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Elizabeth Forward started the season with two losses and a tie.

But since then, the Warriors have been unbeatable.

Elizabeth Forward carries a five-game winning streak into the Thanksgiving break, which puts the team in second place in Varsity Class C behind undefeated Carrick.


Football: State scoring record in reach for Clairton

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Clairton football team.

2014 1127 Clairton Football(Photo: Clairton running back Lamont Wade celebrates after scoring the team's first touchdown against Avonsworth in the first quarter of the WPIAL Class A Championship game at Heinz Field last Friday. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"For nearly a decade the Clairton football team has been on a record-setting pace in so many areas it's almost impossible to keep track.

There is the fact the Bears, with their 46-14 victory against Avonworth last week, became the first team in WPIAL history in any classification to win seven championships in nine years. From 2009-13 they won a state record 66 consecutive games that included four WPIAL and PIAA Class A titles.

Alumnus Tyler Boyd is the WPIAL's all-time leader with 117 career touchdowns. And, though no official records are available, it would be difficult to believe that someone else had more than the four interceptions in a WPIAL Class A title game that Lamont Wade came up with to help down the Antelopes.

There is one record, though, that Clairton (13-0) doesn't own. One number that the Bears have in their sights as they prepare to take on District 5 champion Berlin Brothersvalley at 7 p.m. Friday at Elizabeth Forward's Warrior Stadium."


Football: South Fayette impressive in title repeat

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the South Fayette football team.

2014 1127 SouthFayette Football(Photo: South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh gets a pass off against Aliquippa in the first half of the WPIAL Class AA championship game at Heinz Field last Friday. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"A talented South Fayette team stormed into Heinz Field last November and defeated perennial power Aliquippa to win a WPIAL title.

Last Friday, the Lions did it again.

It was a title repeat for South Fayette, which topped Aliquippa, 31-22, to win the WPIAL Class AA championship. It was the school's third title in five years and fifth overall. The other championships came in 1936, 1964, 2010 and 2013. The Lions have won 29 games in a row.

The title rematch between South Fayette (13-0) and Aliquippa (12-1) played out similarly to the previous meeting. South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh had a big day, the Lions got their run game going, and the team's defense did what they had to do to slow down one of the most potent offenses in Class AA."


Girls Basketball: McGuffey prepares for a step up in class

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the McGuffey girls basketball team.

"A new challenge awaits the McGuffey High School girls basketball team this season as it moves up to Class AAA.

Luckily for the Highlanders, they will be armed with one of the WPIAL's top players in senior Sammie Weiss.

Weiss is already the all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,651 points. A 5-foot-11 guard, Weiss averaged 23.4 points per game last season, tops in Class AA and No. 3 among the entire WPIAL. She was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press.

She topped 30 points on three occasions last season and scored 20 points or more 21 times."



Hockey: Senior captain sparks Upper St. Clair's turnaround

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles Upper St. Clair hockey player Austin Cassidy.

2014 1127 USC Hockey(Photo: Upper St. Clair's Austin Cassidy skates the puck up the ice during a game against Penn-Trafford earlier this season. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Upper St. Clair's ice hockey team was struggling.

Sporting just a single victory a month into the 2014-15 season on Nov. 10, the Panthers found themselves trailing, 3-0, five minutes into the third period against winless Penn Trafford at the Center Ice Arena in Delmont.

Team captain Austin Cassidy had to say something.

"We were shocked," Cassidy said. "Being the captain, I tried to make the point: 'We need to prepare like we're playing Peters Township or Bethel Park.'""


Wrestling: New Belle Vernon coach steps into good situation

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley previews Belle Vernon and the rest of the South Xtra teams competing in WPIAL Class AAA. Read his story below.

Mike Doppelheuer has moved from the youth program to the varsity program at Belle Vernon Area.

Doppelheuer, a 1997 graduate of Connellsville High School, has taken over as Belle Vernon's head coach, replacing Tyler Nauman who stepped down after one season.

Doppelheuer was a three-year starter at Connellsville and qualified for the PIAA tournament as a senior. He decided to play baseball in college, but a knee injury ended his baseball career during his freshman year at Edinboro University. He transferred to California University of Pennsylvania the following year to finish his degree."

Doppelheuer got married and started a family shortly after graduating from California.


Wrestling: 2014 Top returning South Class AAA wrestlers

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Top 15 returning Class AAA wrestlers from schools in the South Xtra area (listed in alphabetical order with school class year and career record in parentheses):

* Austin Bell, Belle Vernon Area (Jr., 74-16) -- A two-time WPIAL qualifier who won section and WPIAL titles last season at 160 pounds. Finished with a 39-7 record after his first appearance at Hershey.

* Nino Bonaccorsi, Bethel Park (Soph., 29-9) -- Made his varsity debut last season as a 132-pound freshman and placed second in the section. He fell one win short of a PIAA berth after placing fourth in the WPIAL and finished with a 29-9 mark.

* Paul Dunn, Bethel Park (Sr., 91-38) -- A Lehigh University recruit who has qualified for the WPIAL tournament the past two years. Last season, he placed second in Section 2, third in the WPIAL, and third in the PIAA. Won five consecutive matches at Hershey after losing in the first round and finished with a 38-10 record.


Football: Quarterback an added threat for Clairton

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett previews the PIAA Class AA and A quarterfinals.

"In what has been a common theme the past decade, a strong running game and dominant defense helped Clairton win a WPIAL championship this season.

Another player has had a hand in the success, too. And he has done it with his arm.

Ryan Williams isn't a household name when it comes to WPIAL quarterbacks, but he has been among the most productive players at his position this season. Williams introduced himself on the big stage in Friday's 46-14 win against Avonworth in the WPIAL Class A title game. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns.

"He made some great throws, but the thing is, he's been making plays all year," Clairton coach Wayne Wade said. "I think he's been overshadowed a bit. His poise and leadership has been outstanding.""



Video: South Fayette Hockey, early 2014-15

Written by Cara DeCarlo on .


Sports Town caught up with the South Fayette hockey club in an away game at Thomas Jefferson (Blade Runners, Bethel Park).



Football: South Fayette wins WPIAL Class AA title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Brett Brumbaugh threw three touchdown passes to lead South Fayette to a 31-22 win against Aliquippa in the WPIAL Class AA title game, Friday at Heinz Field.

South Fayette (13-0) claimed its third title in five years, with all three wins against Aliquippa. The Quips (12-1) were making their 25th WPIAL title appearance, and seventh in a row.

South Fayette opened the scoring with a 46-yard run by Hunter Hayes with 8:33 left in the first quarter. The Lions increased their lead to 14-0 two minutes later with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Brumbaugh to Dan Trimbur.


Football: Clairton wins WPIAL Class A title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Clairton High School Football team won its seventh WPIAL Class A title in nine years with a 46-14 win against Avonworth, yesterday at Heinz Field.

The victory marks the 11th WPIAL title for Clairton (13-0). Avonworth (11-2) was making its second title berth and first in 55 years.

Clairton was led by quarterback Ryan Williams and tailback Lamont Wade. Williams completed 16 of 24 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns. Wade rushed for 128 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns. Wade also intercepted four passes on defense.