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Baseball: Steel Valley hunting for another section title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Steel Valley won its first section title in 19 years last season.

The wait for the next one might not take nearly as long.

New season, similar results for Steel Valley (6-0 overall, 4-0 in the section), which leads Class AA Section 4 after Monday's 6-2 win against Shady Side Academy. Every other team in the section has at least one section loss.

After earning non-section wins against Carlynton (16-6) and Chartiers Valley (7-6), Steel Valley began section action by defeating East Allegheny (13-0) and South Allegheny (4-1).

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Baseball: Steel Valley enters season hungry

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the Steel Valley baseball team.

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"It is amazing what winning a section championship can do for a program.

Last year, Steel Valley got the monkey off their back by winning its first baseball section title since 1994.

"It seems like there is a better work ethic this year," Ironmen coach Tim Vickers said. "We have been preaching non-stop about avoiding complacency. They seem to have really bought into it this time.

"I thought last year was more of a transition to that mindset and they understand it this year. They know what to expect this year.""

 

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Alumni Update - Katey Potopenko (Waynesburg)

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Katey Potopenko had one of the greatest individual weeks in program history during a 2-1 stretch for thePotopenko Waynesburg Yellow Jackets. She went six-for-10 with a double, three home runs, 10 RBI and five runs scored, most of which came in one of the most dominant single games in the Waynesburg record books.


Potopenko, a Steel Valley graduate, went five-for-five with a double, two home runs, nine RBI and four runs scored in the Jackets’ 19-5 win at Franciscan on March 19.


Her performance earned her PAC Hitter of the Week.

 

(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)

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Boys Basketball: Steel Valley earns darkhorse tag in WPIAL playoffs

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Stephen Catanese profiles the Steel Valley boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

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"On Feb. 4, the Steel Valley boys basketball team, undefeated at home all season, had visiting Section 4-AAA foe Thomas Jefferson in as good of a position as it could've hoped for.

The first-place Jaguars were down six points with less than half a minute left in the fourth quarter.

Chances for the Ironmen to win the section title were slim, but a win over a strong team such as Thomas Jefferson would've been a psychological boost heading into the WPIAL playoffs. Not to mention it would have been a nice dose of revenge weeks after an uncharacteristically heavy 84-57 defeat to the Jaguars on Jan 10.

But vengeance wasn't to be."

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Boys Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Dom Keyes, Steel Valley

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Dom Keyes
School: Steel Valley
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: In just his second year of playing basketball, Keyes has had a breakout season for Steel Valley, which has gotten off to a 7-1 start. Keyes, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, leads the Ironmen in scoring (14 points per game) and rebounds (13 per game). He's scored in double figures in every game and has helped lead a balanced offense – all five starters average in double figures – that ranks second in Class AAA (70.4 points per game).