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Swimming: South Feature Athlete - Lindsey Choate, Upper St. Clair

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Lindsey Choate
High School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 11
Sport: Swimming

Background: Upper St. Clair junior Lindsey Choate gives the Panthers plenty of versatility with what she is able to do in the pool. She showcased her versatility last year as a sophomore in the WPIAL Class AAA championships when she finished 11th in the 200 yard individual medley. She cracked the top ten at WPIALs last year when she finished eighth in the 100 backstroke. She also swam on her team's 200 and 400 freestyle relay. In a recent dual meet against Baldwin, Choate tried her hand at the 100 butterfly and she took second place at the meet, swimming a time of 1:01.51.

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Swimming: Upper St. Clair boys showcase top-level talent in dual meet win against Baldwin

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Upper St. Clair is gearing up for a WPIAL Class AAA championship showdown with North Allegheny in a few weeks. In the meantime Upper St. Clair continues to take care of business in dual meets. The Panthers showcased their depth in placing first and second in the 200 medley relay. The strongest relay was comprised of Martin Bacik, Kevin Liu, Jake Johnsen and Tomas Williams that swam the event in 1:37.81.

WPIAL title hopeful Ryan Dudzinski dominated the field in the 200 freestyle, swimming the event in 1:43.42. No other swimmer was within 21 seconds of him. Another title hopeful, Fynn Minuth, won the 200 IM by over 19 seconds with a time of 1:53.39. Minuth was ill and missed Upper St. Clair's December dual meet against North Allegheny, the Panthers's lone loss this season. Liu and Daven Frauen finished 1-2 in the 50 freestyle with times of 21.77 and 24.58 respectively. Braedon Wong and Brandon Novak gave Upper St. Clair another 1-2 finish in the 100 butterfly. They swam the event in 51.65 and 1:01.78 respectively.

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Swimming: Baldwin junior earns dual meet win against Upper St. Clair

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

As championship season approaches, Baldwin junior Jillian Pritchard is peaking at the right time so to speak. A returning WPIAL qualifier, Pritchard has her sights set on a possible state qualification this season. Last year she took 12th in the 200 freestyle and 17th in the 100 freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA championships. The top eight finishers are guaranteed a trip to states. In a recent dual meet against a tough Upper St. Clair team, Pritchard shined in her premier event, the 200 freestyle. She won the 200 freestyle by nearly two seconds over another returning WPIAL qualifier, Upper St. Clair's Maddie Yoos. Pritchard swam the event in 2:03.24.

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - Chartiers Valley vs. Lincoln Park The PBC High School Classic (Jan. 25)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

In the most talked about match up of the day, Chartiers Valley and Lincoln Park meet in the PBC High School Classic, Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Montour High School. Both teams played their game and play was fast and physical. Chartiers Valley took the lead and hung on to it, defeating Lincoln Park 89-72.

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

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - Monessen vs. Aliquippa The PBC High School Classic (Jan. 25)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Monessen and Aliquippa are paired in the PBC High School Classic, Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Montour High School.  It was a highly physical game and even though Aliquippa went up early, Monessen fought to the end.  Final score, Aliquippa 95, Monessen 71.

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

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Hockey: Plenty contribute in Colts’ second win

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Chartiers Valley entered last Thursday night’s game against West Allegheny having lost seven straight games since its lone win of the season on Nov. 13 against Norwin.

But behind a group effort, the Colts rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Indians, 6-3.

Daniel Bigley led the way with two goals as nine different Colts scored at least one point. Alexander Evans (three assists), Derek Falcioni (one goal, two assists) and Raymond Lindow (one goal, two assists) led the way with three points apiece.

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Hockey: Back-to-back blowout wins for Eagles

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Following a loss to Franklin Regional in a battle of the leaders of their respective Tier 2 Class A Conferences, South Park has bounced back well the past two games.

The Eagles have notched back-to-back 12-0 victories over Wheeling Park and South Fayette.

In both cases, the Eagles got balanced scoring, with no player scoring more than two goals in a single game. In fact, in the win over South Fayette, 10 different players lit the lamp.

Balance has been a theme all season for South Park, as eight different players have at least 20 points, led by Kirk Zandier’s 47.

With 26 points, South Park (13-5) has already clinched the Tier 2 Western Conference title. 

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Hockey: South Feature Athlete – Keystone Oaks’ Jonathan Mead

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Matthew Brestensky
School: Keystone Oaks
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey

Background: Mead, the Golden Eagles’ lone PIHL all-star, had his first shutout Tuesday night in Keystone Oaks’ 3-0 victory against Erie McDowell. It was the second straight win for Mead, who leads all PIHL Class A goaltenders 529 saves, 42 more than the next closest goaltender. He’s also fifth in the class among goaltenders who have played in at least half of their teams’ games with a .891 save percentage.

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Brad Everett's South High School Basketball Notebook (Jan. 29, 2015)

Written by Brad Everett on .

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

"West Mifflin is off to one of the best starts in school history, beginning the week 14-2 and tied for the Class AAA Section 4 lead.

Karlyn Garner is a big reason why.

"He's as good a guard as there is in our league and just as good as any in Triple-A," West Mifflin coach Lance Maha said.

Garner, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard, has been outstanding, leading the Titans in scoring at 18 points per game. The Titans have several talented guards and are generally balanced offensively, but Garner is the team's undisputed "go-to" player."

 

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Boys Basketball: Despite tough losses, Steel Valley stays in section title chase

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Steel Valley boys basketball team.

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"When Drew Schifino became the boys basketball coach at Steel Valley High School before the start of the 2014-15 season, he wasn't quite sure what to expect from his Ironmen.

But with an overall record of 10-6 and a Section 4-AAA record of 8-2 heading into Monday's non-section game with South Allegheny and a section game Tuesday at Elizabeth Forward, he has received everything he had hoped for from his team.

"These guys work hard during practice and in games," said Schifino, who was 6-16 in his first year as Waynesburg Central High School's boys basketball coach a year ago. "They are hard-working, blue-collar people who never give up. They are hard-nosed players."

The Ironmen suffered a tough 67-65 loss to neighborhood rival and Class AAA, Section 4 co-leader West Mifflin Area this past Friday, the second time this season the Titans pulled off some late-game magic to defeat Steel Valley."

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Boys Basketball: Chartiers-Houston senior scores

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles Chartiers-Houston basketball standout Alec Ferrari.

"There is always a mixed school of thought when a point guard is the leading scorer on a basketball team.

The team is thankful for the points, but a point guard who is a team's leading scorer is something like a quarterback who is the team's leading rusher. Isn't the primary duty of the position to give his teammates the ball?

Chartiers-Houston senior point guard Alec Ferrari is the Buccaneers' leading scorer, averaging 22.5 points per game (through Monday) on a team fighting for a playoff berth. This average was aided considerably on Jan. 13 when Ferrari set a Chartiers-Houston record by scoring 45 points in a 69-56 victory at home against Fort Cherry, breaking the decade-old mark of 44 held by Brendan Cypher.

But you won't hear any complaining from Bucs coach Eugene Briggs. After graduation attrition transformed Chartiers-Houston from a veteran post-orientated team to an inexperienced one with four guards this season, he encouraged Ferrari to improvise."

 

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Hockey: Mt. Lebanon facing a decisive stretch run

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Mt. Lebanon hockey team.

"The Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils hockey team began 2015 with three consecutive victories to give themselves an 8-7-1 record before losing to powerhouse North Allegheny, 5-2, Monday.

While the record may go hand-in-hand with the tag "good but not great," it is an accomplishment of note considering the traditionally strong Mt. Lebanon program only won 11 games the past two seasons.

It seems the first part of second-year coach Yuri Krivokhija's rebuilding plan is coming together under senior forwards George Farrell and Reed Farber.

Now with a game last Monday against Class AAA leading North Allegheny followed by four of their final games against teams with superior point totals, the time has come to see how good this pair, and the Blue Devils, really are."

 

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Wrestling: Upper St. Clair's Wilding nearing No. 100

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Upper St. Clair wrestler Brooks Wilding. Read his story below.

2015 0129 UpperStClair Wrestling(Photo: Upper St. Clair's Brooks Wilding, bottom, wrestles against South Park's Greg Bulsak in the 170-pound third-place match at the Allegheny County Tournament, which took place Jan. 17, 2015 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Bulsak won by a 7-3 decision. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Brooks Wilding remembers when his brothers, Austin and Corey, joined the WPIAL's Century Club.

"Austin got his 100th win in a dual meet against Peters Township [in 2012]," said Wilding, a senior at Upper St. Clair High School. "Corey won his 100th last season at the Chartiers Valley Duals."

Brooks Wilding is hoping to join his brothers in that elite "club," but will have to wait three more weeks. Wilding recorded five wins over the weekend at the Chartiers Valley Duals to improve his season record to 26-5 and his career mark to 96-41.

"Brooks needs four wins to join his brothers," Upper St. Clair coach Sean O'Rourke said. "We have two dual meets left against Gateway and West Allegheny. If he wins in those matches, he can reach 100 wins at the section tournament."

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Boys Basketball: South Feature Athlete - West Mifflin's Antonio Hill

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Antonio Hill
School: West Mifflin
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard-Forward

Background: Hill drained two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to give West Mifflin a 67-65 win at Steel Valley last Friday. What's interesting is that this wasn't the first time this season Hill has provided late-game heroics against Steel Valley. When the teams met Dec. 19 at West Mifflin, Hill converted the tying and winning free throws with 26 seconds remaining to lift the Titans to a 70-69 win. Hill, a 6-4 senior, is a starting guard-forward for the Titans and is averaging seven points and seven rebounds a game. The Titans are 14-2 overall and tied for the Class AAA Section 4 lead with a 9-1 record.

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Boys Basketball: South Weekly Watch (Jan. 27-Feb. 2)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here are a few South games to keep an eye on this week:

Tuesday – Chartiers Valley at Upper St. Clair, 7:30 p.m. – Class AAAA No. 2 Chartiers Valley (14-2, 8-1) fell to Section 4 rival Upper St. Clair (14-4, 7-3), 68-64, on Dec. 23. The Colts haven't lost since. Winners of seven straight, the Colts hope to ride WPIAL scoring leader Matty McConnell on their way to extracting revenge. Upper St. Clair has won four straight after losing two in a row. The Panthers have been excellent defensively, but must try to slow down a Chartiers Valley team that leads Class AAAA in scoring with 81.1 points per game.

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Boys Basketball: Monessen coasting through section play

Written by Brad Everett on .

Monessen will be tested by a Class A opponent at some point this season, but it's a good bet that it won't happen until the playoffs.

The Greyhounds (11-6, 8-0) have been absolutely dominant against Section 3 competition, winning their section contests by an average of 62 points per game, with the closest result being 49 points.

The biggest eye opener was last Friday's 101-11 win against Avella, one of the largest margins of victory by a WPIAL team in years. The Greyhounds led, 75-7, at halftime.

Monessen is 10-0 against Class A foes. The Greyhounds own double-digit wins against Jeannette and Clairton.

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Boys Basketball: South Scoring Leaders (Jan. 27, 2015)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here are the boys basketball scoring leaders from the South area through Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

Name, School G Pts Avg
Matty McConnell, Chartiers Valley 13 413 31.8
Alec Ferrari, Chartiers-Houston 16 360 22.5
Joe Satira, Serra Catholic 15 332 22.1
Dom Keyes, Steel Valley 14 282 20.1
Justin Gorny, South Park 16 314 19.6
Jonny David, Mt. Lebanon 16 303 18.9
Karlyn Garner, West Mifflin 14 257 18.4
George Prota, Elizabeth Forward 16 287 17.9
Dan Wanker, South Park 15 264 17.6
Khalil Perdue, McKeesport 12 211 17.6