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Football: South Week 5 Stat Leaders (2014)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here are the leaders in rushing, passing and receiving among South area players in Week 5, as reported to the Post-Gazette.

Rushing (yards)
279 -- DiAngelo Mitchell, West Mifflin
217 -- Austin Kemp, Thomas Jefferson
215 -- Jake Meyers, Elizabeth Forward
179 -- Adam Staudt, South Park
178 -- Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport
166 -- Alex Minton, Bethel Park
165 -- James Duchi, McGuffey
159 -- Steve Mayernik, Elizabeth Forward

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Boys Soccer: Serra Catholic nearing first-place showdown

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Serra Catholic (10-2, 6-1) hosts Winchester Thurston (11-0, 7-0) today and few games in the WPIAL will have as much at stake.

Serra Catholic has only one blemish on its section record, a 2-0 loss on the road first place Winchester Thurston.

Now, if the Eagles are to have any realistic chance of capturing they're third consecutive section title, they'll need to secure a victory against the Bears.

Serra Catholic had won six-straight against Winchester Thurston before their early-season setback. Since that loss, the Eagles have gone 5-0 in the section, outscoring opponents 26-1.

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Boys Soccer: South Feature Athlete - South Park's Steve Girgash

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Name: Steve Girgash
School: South Park
Grade: 12
Sport: Soccer

Background: Undefeated South Park (13-0, 9-0) has torn through its Class AA slate thus far. While the Eagles' offense has been typically potent, the defense, led by Girgash, has been equally important to the team's success. South Park has only allowed three goals all season, and never more than one in a game.

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Boys Soccer: McGuffey fighting for playoff spot

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

McGuffey earned the first playoff win in school history last year when it knocked off Quaker Valley in the opening round of the Class AAA WPIAL playoffs.

This year, the Highlanders are in a dogfight to reach the postseason.

With record of 6-6 overall and 5-4 in Section 6-AA, McGuffey is tied with Laurel Highlands for the final playoff spot in the division with three games to play. If both teams end the season tied, they'll each qualify for the playoffs.

Coincidentally, they'll meet in their final section game of the season on Oct. 7, a game that could have everything on the line.

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Video: Mt. Lebanon Girls Soccer 2014 Clips

Written by Cara De Carlo on .

We've got a fresh set of WPIAL girls' soccer videos on this Sports Town girls soccer Monday. In these clips, check out the Quaker Valley girls soccer team off to a good start in 2014.

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Girls Soccer: South Park hangs with Class AAA competition

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

In the past, Class AA powerhouse South Park has routinely played competition from Class AAA. This year, even with one of her smaller teams (size-wise), South Park coach Shelly Thropp was not about change her scheduling habits. The Eagles opened the season in the South Hills Classic, playing Class AAA programs Mt. Lebanon and State College. South Park shutout Mt. Lebanon 1-0 and defeated State College 3-2.

"First of all the biggest thing you see is their physicality," Thropp said of playing Class AAA teams. "The game is so different, a lot of times you worry about them not being strong and not being able to play and compete against those teams. That is one thing you are pleasantly suprsied about, they can handle the size."

On Wednesday, South Park stayed unbeaten when it tied Class AAA Bethel Park 1-1. The games help the Eagles get ready for the postseason. They still play at Chartiers Valley and at Upper St. Clair later this season.

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Girls Soccer: South Feature Athlete - South Park's Jordyn Minda

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Jordyn Minda
High School: South Park
Grade: 9
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: Just a freshman, Minda has emerged as one of the top young goal scorers in the WPIAL. Paired with senior forward Jenny Vietmeier, Minda has been afforded the opportunity to play alongside an experienced and talented player while not garnering all the attention of the opposing defense. Minda scored two goals in an 8-0 win against East Allegheny and four goals against South Fayette, South Park's toughest competition in Section 5-AA. Minda leads the Eagles with 12 goals.

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Girls Soccer: Belle Vernon nears section title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Belle Vernon could become the first section champion in the WPIAL on Monday if it wins against Brownsville. The Leopards have dominated play in Section 4-AA and opened up a significant lead in the section. They put their closest competitors behind them with back-to-back one-goal wins against Ringgold and McGuffey. The Leopards blanked Ringgold 1-0 when Baylie Campbell scored the lone goal of the contest in the first half when she collected a direct goal and scored a goal. Kaity Watson was in net for the shutout. Two nights later the Leopards went on the road and won 2-1 at McGuffey to improve to a perfect 9-0 in Section 4-AA ahead of Ringgold (5-2), Elizabeth Forward (5-2-1) and McGuffey (4-4). A win over Brownsville (1-7) will ensure Belle Vernon of at least a share of the section title. To complete the section schedule unscathed, Belle Vernon would also have to defeat Waynesburg (3-4-1) and Elizabeth Forward.

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Field Hockey: South Feature Athlete - Peters Township's Alexis Dailey

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Alexis Dailey
School: Peters Township
Grade: 11
Sport: Field hockey
Position: Midfield

Background: This is the fourth year Alexis has played field hockey and it is her third season with the Indians' varsty. Alexis also plays on the Indians' lacrosse team. She also is a members the SADD club (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

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Field Hockey: Mt. Lebanon earns huge victory

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mt. Lebanon field hockey team just won't go away.

In a season that has seen the Blue Devils earn some solid victories, the team recorded what likely was its biggest of the season with a 2-1 overtime victory over Peters Township on Thursday night.

The Blue Devils' Katie Trombetta scored the game-winner. Mt. Lebanon didn't have much time to celebrate its victory as the Blue Devils got on the bus on Saturday morning for a 10 a.m. game at Fox Chapel. The Blue Devils and Foxes meet again on Oct. 14 at Mt. Lebanon.

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Cross Country: South Fayette girls grab third-place finish

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The South Fayette girls cross country team placed third at the A.J. Everhart Invitational on Saturday.

The Lions had a tight pack with two runners finishing in the top 20. Maria DeCello crossed the line in 17th place with a time of 21:26.9. Morgan Gimigliano and Hannah Kenawell were close behind in 20th and 22nd, respectively. Natalie Hilton and Sydney Lerda also finished in the top 50.

North Hills and Laurel Highlands were the two teams to precede the Lions.

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Cross Country: Trinity competes in Carlisle Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Trinity boys cross country team finished 13th out of 51 teams in the 22nd Carlisle Invitational on Saturday.

Chase Drawbaugh was the first runner to place for Trinity in the Champion division. He took 17th with a time of 17:00. Matt Geisler (38th place) also finished in the top 50. He crossed the line in 17 minutes, 32 seconds.

The varsity girls team took 14th out of 55 teams in the Champion division. Becky August (34th place) and Shannon Quinn (35th place) both finished in the top 50.

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Golf: Canon-McMillan's Waller seeks to defend title Monday

Written by Joe Koch on .

One of the WPIAL's most-outstanding female golfers in recent memory is Canon-McMillan senior Lauren Waller. She has the opportunity to defend her 2013 WPIAL Class AAA championship on Monday at Willowbrook Country Club in Apollo.

But the challenge will be significant. Teeing off in the final Class AAA pairing at 10:12 a.m., Waller will be playing alongside Mars freshman Natalie Walsh and Central Valley junior Maddy McDanel.

Each had solid rounds in their qualifying events.

Waller shot 2-under-par round of 70 in the 4-AAA qualifier held at Pheasant Ridge Golf Club, six strokes ahead of Shady Side Academy sophomore Casey Morrow.

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Golf: Peters Township's Stopperich wins semifinal

Written by Joe Koch on .

Peters Township junior Alec Stopperich shot a 1-under-par round of 71 to take top honors at the WPIAL Class AAA boys qualifier held Tuesday at The Club of Shadow Lakes.

He finished three strokes ahead of Baldwin High senior Zack Taylor, who fired a 2-over-par round of 74. The pair will be joined at the WPIAL championship by 10 other qualifiers.

Both will be accompanied by teammates. Stopperich's teammates, Jake Sollon and Ben Morgret qualified with rounds of 75 and 78 to finish third and ninth, respectively.

Taylor's senior teammate, Alexx Suchy, placed fourth with a 3-over-par round of 75.

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Golf: South Fayette's Keeling places second, qualifies for Class AA Western Regional

Written by Joe Koch on .

South Fayette senior Wes Keeling finished in a second-place tie with a 6-over-par round of 78 at the WPIAL Class AA Individual Championship at Youghiogheny Country Club and qualified for the PIAA Western Regional at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville.

Several other South-area golfers will also make the trip to Blairsville on Oct. 14. They include Carmichaels sophomore Liam Shea, who placed seventh with an 81; Bishop Canevin junior Sam Smallhoover, who placed ninth with an 82; Beth-Center senior Tyler Kuntz, who placed 13th with an 82.