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Football: West Allegheny pair enjoying the Big 33 experience

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Keith Barnes profiles recent West Allegheny graduates Andrew Koester and Armond Dellovade, who will play in Saturday's Big 33 Classic.

"West Allegheny has had its fair share of players selected to play in the annual Big 33 football all-star game.

So, when Armand Dellovade was chosen this year, the Indians Bob Palko, a coaching alumnus from the 2005 game, decided to have a little fun with his player.

"It was kind of out of the blue because I was sitting in first period [class] one day and Coach Palko called me down to the weight room and I had no idea why," Dellovade said.

"He started messing with me and asking me what I did wrong and acting like I did something bad and he had to discipline me and I just asked him what he was talking about and then he told me he was just messing with me and told me I got a spot on the Big 33 and I was ecstatic.""

 

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Baseball: Seniors leave legacy at West Allegheny

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Drew Karpen profiles the West Allegheny baseball team.

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"As the adage goes: "All good things must come to an end," and that's exactly what the senior class on the West Allegheny baseball team was — a good thing.

In their final two seasons, the Indians seniors made it to back-to-back WPIAL Class AAA championship game appearances, winning the title a year ago.

"There's only one Class AAA champion," Indians coach Bryan Cornell said. "We didn't achieve that [this year], but what these guys have done throughout their careers is remarkable. They accomplished a lot. We didn't accomplish our ultimate goal, but it was a great career for them."

Although they didn't win a section championship, the senior class consisting of 11 players, including team leaders Tyler Amedure and Colin Claus, picked up 27 wins in section play over the past four seasons."

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Baseball: After loss in WPIAL final, West Allegheny rebounds

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Drew Karpen profiles the West Allegheny baseball team.

2015 0605 WestAllegheny Baseball(Photo: West Allegheny's Tyler Eritz pitches against Knoch in the WPIAL Class AAA baseball championship at Consol Energy Park. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"It was a flipped script from last year's postseason for West Allegheny. After winning the WPIAL title a year ago, the Indians exuberance was short-lived with a loss to Punxsutawney in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

A week ago, the Indians came into the WPIAL championship game as the No. 1 seed but lost, 5-1, to Knoch.

"We didn't see ourselves as a favorite," West Allegheny coach Bryan Cornell said. "Knoch is a very good team. They deserved it. We thought we had a chance to win the playoff game. I thought we were on an equal playing field."

On Monday, the Indians redeemed their first-round PIAA loss from a year ago by defeating Bellefonte, 8-1, at Philipsburg-Osceola."

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Track: West Allegheny junior thrower is state runner-up

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Keith Barnes profiles West Allegheny javelin thrower Skyler Mason.

"Skyler Mason only competed in one event at the two-day PIAA Class AAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

Because that particular event, the javelin, didn't get started until Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Mason, a junior at West Allegheny, had a lot of time to kill before his first throw.

"I thought it was fun sitting around all day Friday and watching the running events because I never get to do that and then we went mini-golfing," Mason said.

"But on Saturday I went out and watched the girls throw in the morning, then it got real nerve-wracking.""

 

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Track: West Allegheny's Costa doubly good

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Drew Karpen profiles West Allegheny sprinter Lauren Costa.

2015 0522 WestAllegheny GTrack(Photo: "West Allegheny's Lauren Costa wins the Class AAA 100-meter dash at the WPIAL track championships May 14 at Baldwin. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"In her four-year career at West Allegheny, sprinter Lauren Costa accumulated four WPIAL Class AAA championships, but none was better than her senior year.

Last week, Costa captured her third gold medal in the 100-meter dash and her first in the 200-meter dash in the WPIAL championships at Baldwin High School.

"That was the third time she won the 100-meter dash in Class AAA," West Allegheny coach Jim Hamilton said. "That always helps her program. That is pretty hard to do. The 200 is just gravy. She really likes the 100 but we want her to do better in the 200.

"We try not to over-train so we peak at the right time. She is going to get more competition.""