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Track: Washington’s Heim has high hopes

Written by Brad Everett on .

Ben Heim was one of the top middle distance runners in WPIAL Class AA last season.

Now a little more seasoned, Heim is hopeful to achieve even more this season.

Heim, a junior at Washington, last season placed fourth in the 800-meter run at the WPIAL championships, which qualified him for the PIAA championships. Two of the three runners ahead of him return, one being Beaver Falls star Dom Perretta, a Penn State recruit who is the two-time defending PIAA champion in the 800 and 1,600.

In his first invitational of the season, Heim finished second in the 800 at the Warrior Classic at Central Valley. He ran a time of 2:04.58. Perretta won the race with a mark of 1:59.69. Heim also competed in the 1,600 and placed ninth after posting a time of 4:49.25. Perretta won that event also, running 4:28.90.

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Boys Basketball: Washington hopes to continue playoff run

Written by Brad Everett on .

After losing in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals, Washington had to win a play-in game to earn a spot in the PIAA playoffs.

Now that the Little Prexies are in the bracket, they appear as if they'd like to stick around for a while.

Washington (20-7) hopes to build off its first PIAA playoff win since 2010 when it faces WPIAL runner-up Lincoln Park (23-4) in a second-round game Wednesday at Peters Township. The winner will play the Greensburg Central Catholic-Quaker Valley winner in Saturday's quarterfinals.

Washington lost to eventual champion Aliquippa, 49-36, in the WPIAL quarterfinals, but the Little Prexies responded by winning a pair of play-in games -- they beat Seton-LaSalle and Quaker Valley -- followed by a 53-39 triumph against District 10 champion Greenville. Nate Swart led the Little Prexies with 20 points, while Markel Pulliam added 16 and Matt Popeck 11.

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Boys Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Washington's Matt Popeck

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Name: Matt Popeck
High School: Washington
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Point guard

Background: Popeck, a 6-foot point guard, is helping Washington put together another strong season. Popeck is a two-year starter who played shooting guard last season before transitioning to point guard this season. He leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game. Popeck was named all-section last season when he averaged 15.8 points per game. Washington is 7-5 overall and tied for second in Class AA Section 3 with a 5-1 record. The Little Prexies host Burgettstown tonight and travel to rival Seton-LaSalle on Friday. Popeck scored 28 points in the first meeting with the Rebels.

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Boys Basketball: Difficult non-section schedule should benefit Washington

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When putting together its non-section schedule, Washington surely didn't cut any corners.

The Little Prexies have taken their lumps against some bigger schools and some very good teams, but they head into the new year in the same position as they began the season -- as a section title contender.

Washington is 5-5 overall and 3-1 in Class AA Section 3. The Little Prexies are tied for second place with Seton-LaSalle, while Bishop Canevin (4-0) holds the section lead. The Little Prexies will be favored in both of their games this week against Chartiers-Houston (1-3) tonight and at Carlynton (2-2) on Friday. They then host Burgettstown (1-3) next Tuesday.

Washington's losses have come to Class AAAA teams Latrobe, Pine-Richland and Canon-McMillan, and two strong Class AA teams, Avonworth and Bishop Canevin. Latrobe is undefeated. Bishop Canevin handed the Little Prexies their only section loss, 67-62, on Dec. 18.

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Football: Washington OK with flying under the radar

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Drew Karpen profiles the Washington football team.

"There are certain teams in each classification that are expected to not fold under playoff pressure. South Fayette and Aliquippa are two in Class AA that pose as a WPIAL championship threat.

But they aren't the only two.

The Washington Prexies are possibly the least talked about undefeated team in the WPIAL. After a 42-7 home win against McGuffey in Week 9, the Prexies completed their second consecutive undefeated regular season, capturing the Interstate Conference championship.

"We don't mind flying under the radar," Washington coach Mike Bosnic said. "If anything, it helps us. We are capable of playing and beating anybody.""