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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.


Hockey: Golden Eagles on 6-game slide

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Keystone Oaks started the season with a 7-4 victory against Greensburg Salem. Since then, however, it’s been tough sledding for the Golden Eagles.

Keystone Oaks has lost six consecutive games, getting outscored 42-8 in the process, and is in third place in the Class A Tier 2 Western Conference.

Eugene Barilla (four goals, three assists) and Matthew Brestensky (two goals, five assists) lead the team in scoring.

Jonathan Mead has stopped 284 of the 321 shots he’s faced in goal. 


Hockey: Despite scoring drought, Blue Devils above .500

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Out of 12 teams in Class AAA, Mt. Lebanon is tied for ninth in goals scored and has lit the lamp just once in the past three games.

But the Blue Devils have still won more games than they’ve lost.

Behind the solid play of goaltenders Joe Kirschner and Ryan Wessbecher, Mt. Lebanon is 4-3-1. Kirschner has started five times, going 2-3 with a shutout, a 3.00 goals-against average and .877 save percentage. Wessbecher is 2-0-1 and has stopped 82 of 89 (.921) shots. He is coming off a 1-0 shutout of Butler Monday.

Offensively, George Farrell and Reed Farber each have five goals and eight assists to lead the way.


Brad Everett's South High School Football Notebook (Nov. 20, 2014)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here's this week's edition of Brad Everett's South High School Football Notebook.

"The WPIAL doesn't hand out individual awards to top players or coaches, so it's ultimately left up to fans, coaches, players and media to debate who are the best in the area each season.

That's where "The Bradleys" come into play. They are given out to honor the best of the best of the 2014 WPIAL football season among South Xtra schools.

Unfortunately for the honorees, a trophy or plaque won't be coming your way. There isn't an awards dinner and the distinction holds no monetary value. Nonetheless, a Bradley is rich in tradition and does earn the winners a hefty amount of bragging rights."



Football: Clairton responds to challenge

Written by Jordan Greer on .

Jordan Greer profiles the Clairton football team.

"Clairton came into last Friday night's WPIAL Class A semifinal game undefeated, having won every game this season by at least 44 points. So Bears fans may have been more than a little bit surprised when Neshannock took control early with a 14-6 lead in the first quarter.

"Going into the game, Neshannock, we knew, was probably the best team we've seen all year," Clairton coach Wayne Wade said. "Very well coached, great offensive and defensive lines, and that's where the game starts. As far as their skill guys, they were very skilled as well. So we knew it would be a good matchup.""



Hockey: Canon-McMillan finds life at the top is good

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Canon-McMillan hockey team.

"When Terry Virtue took over the reins as Canon McMillan's head coach prior to last season, he stated his goal was to have the Big Macs hockey team compete for state championships every season.

Reasonable enough. The Big Macs were Penguins Cup champions in 2010 and were coming off a respectable 11-6-4 regular season as well as one playoff victory in 2012-13.

Although Virtue doesn't want to start bragging on his team just yet, the Big Macs are 6-2 this season going into tonight's game against Upper St. Clair (2-4)."



Boys Soccer: Peters Township takes championship

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the Peters Township boys soccer team.

"Less than 24 hours after winning the PIAA Class AAA boys soccer title, the support for the team started to pour in from former players and alumni.

"I think there was 84 texts on my phone after the game," coach Bob Dyer said. "A lot of former players reached out. A lot from before I played all the way to some from last year."

The Indians captured their fourth PIAA title and first since 2007 with a 2-1 victory against Great Valley at Hershey.

"They all feel really good and all significantly different," Dyer said. "This team was something special. They were fun to work with. They always wanted to get better and always supported each other.""



Girls Soccer: State title game loss tough for Canon-McMillan

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Canon-McMillan girls soccer team.

2014 1120 CanonMcMillan GSoccer(Photo: Members of the Canon-McMillan team react to the 2-1 loss to Central Bucks West in the PIAA Class AAA girls championship game. Bradley C. Bower/Special to the Post-Gazette)

"It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes in sports two teams can share a championship.

Such an event is not without precedent in Pennsylvania girls high school soccer. In 2007, for instance, South Park and Villa Joseph Marie were declared PIAA Class AA co-champions after playing the state final to a scoreless tie.

This lesson in soccer history is due to Canon McMillan's impressive run in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs, which ended in a 2-1 overtime loss to Central Bucks West in Hershey on Saturday.

Though seeded 10th in the state playoffs, the Big Macs (19-5-1) held a 1-0 lead before allowing a tying goal with 5:50 left in regulation, then lost in overtime, 2-1."


Soccer: Seton-LaSalle grad solid in net for Dayton

Written by Rick Davis on .

Rick Davis profiles Seton-LaSalle graduate Heather Betancourt, who is a standout soccer player at Dayton.

"Redshirt junior goalkeeper Heather Betancourt finally made it onto the soccer field at the University of Dayton, and she made the most of it.

After battling a back injury and leg injury since transferring from Washington & Jefferson after her freshman year, Betancourt was put into action with four games remaining in the regular season this year and has been virtually unstoppable.

The secret to her success? Stay out of the weight room.

A graduate of Seton-LaSalle High School who lives in Brentwood, Betancourt tore ligaments in her back while lifting weights during her sophomore season and did not heal until the following June. She managed to stay relatively healthy last year but a week before this season began, she dropped 150 pounds on her left quad while working out once again and did not play until Oct. 19."



Girls Volleyball: Baldwin completes a satisfying season

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

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

The Baldwin High School girls volleyball team saw its season come to an end in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals on Nov. 11, but the Fighting Highlanders turned in the program's best performance since 1995.

"The girls did way more than I ever expected," said first-year coach Chris Kelly, who served as an assistant coach the previous three years. "I knew we had a pretty good team, but never expected to make it this far. Our main goal was to make the [WPIAL] playoffs, since we hadn't qualified in a couple years.

"I never dreamed that we would win a WPIAL title and advance to the PIAA semifinals. It's certainly a season to remember."

Baldwin earned its postseason berth by winning the Class AAA Section 5 title, then recorded four victories in the WPIAL tournament, including a pair of exciting 3-2 victories against Seneca Valley in the semifinals and North Allegheny in the title match. It was Baldwin's first WPIAL title since 2003.


Alumni Update - Spencer Lynn (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CALIFORNIA – Senior offensive lineman Jack Abercrombie and senior linebacker Spencer Lynn were both recentlyLynn CalU selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


Lynn, a Belle Vernon graduate, led the team with 87 tackles and tied for fifth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with 8.7 tackles per game. He posted double-digit stops in four of the last five games of the season while starting all 10 games.

Lynn boasts a 4.00 GPA while pursuing a master's degree in business administration after earning his bachelor's degree in sport management with a 3.62 cumulative GPA.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Alumni Update - Mike Resnick (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Presidents suffered a 105-64 loss to Bridgewater State (Mass.) in theResnick WJ consolation game of the Lancaster Rotary Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Franklin & Marshall.

The Washington & Jefferson men's basketball team falls to 0-2 on the season while the Bears improve to 1-1.

Mike Resnik, a McKeesport graduate, led W&J for the second-straight day with game highs of 25 points (career high) and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

Following the championship game between host F&M and New Jersey City, Resnik was tabbed to the all-tournament team thanks to his 21 points and 7.5 rebound average.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Daniel Lis (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

W&J placed seven on the PAC Second Team, including senior cornerback Alec Schram, juniors tightLis WJ end Michael Giampole and wide receiver Daniel Lis, sophomores quarterback Pete Coughlin, right tackle Brandon Martuccio and defensive tackle Ryan Snedeker and freshman wide receiver Jesse Zubik (all purpose).

Lis, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, ranks first with 65 catches and is tied for first at 766 yards and second with seven scoring grabs.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Alex Schram (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

W&J placed seven on the PAC Second Team, including senior cornerback Alec Schram, juniors tightSchram WJ end Michael Giampole and wide receiver Daniel Lis, sophomores quarterback Pete Coughlin, right tackle Brandon Martuccio and defensive tackle Ryan Snedeker and freshman wide receiver Jesse Zubik (all purpose).

Each of the second-team selections were making their first appearance on the All-PAC teams. Schram, a Canon-McMillan graduate, leads the PAC in passes defended with 17.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Jared Pratt (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Highlighted by six first-team selections, the Washington & Jefferson football teamPratt WJ placed 18 players on the All-Presidents' Athletic Conference football teams and head coach Mike Sirianni earned his third-consecutive Coach of the Year award.

A pair of seniors in linebacker Jared Pratt and center John Wanner led the First-Team selections and were joined by a quartet of juniors in left tackle Zack Crossey, linebacker/safety Bryce Merrill, running back Ryan Ruffing and defensive end Jon Turner.

Pratt, a Bethel Park graduate, earned his second First-Team All-PAC award in his two seasons with the program after becoming just the third President in the last 10 years to record 100 or more tackles in a season. Entering postseason play, he sits at 103 stops in 10 games.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Stephanie Slater (Lehigh)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh volleyball head coach Bob Bertucci has been named the Patriot LeagueSlater Lehigh Coach of the Year while sophomore libero Mariah Brantley earned Patriot League Libero of the Year honors, the league announced Tuesday morning.


In addition to Bertucci and Brantley's major awards, senior Jade Van Streepen and juniors Amy Matula and Stephanie Slater were named first team All-Patriot League.


Slater emerged as one of Lehigh's most consistent offensive weapons this season as the right-side hitter tallied 253 kills and a .284 hitting percentage that ranks sixth in the league.

The South Fayette graduate recorded an impressive .337 hitting percentage and 3.21 kills per set in Patriot League play to help Lehigh to a second-place finish and 14-2 league mark. Strong defensively as well, Slater also contributed 40 total blocks and 65 digs in addition to eight service aces and seven assists.

This is the first All-League honor of Slater's career.


(photo courtesy of Lehigh University)


Alumni Update - Pete Coughlin (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

W&J placed seven on the PAC Second Team, including senior cornerback Alec Schram, juniors tightCoughlin WJ end Michael Giampole and wide receiver Daniel Lis, sophomores quarterback Pete Coughlin, right tackle Brandon Martuccio and defensive tackle Ryan Snedeker and freshman wide receiver Jesse Zubik (all purpose).

Coughlin, an Upper St. Clair graduate, leads the PAC in total offense with 3,231 yards (323.1 per game) and is third in the nation in completion percentage (.694).

The sophomore signal-caller is also 10th nationally in passing touchdowns (29) and 11th in yards (2,923), both tops in the conference.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)