Track: West Allegheny girls led by pair of PIAA qualifiers

Written by Justin Criado on .

West Allegheny is one of the top WPIAL Class AAA contenders this season.

The Indians feature two PIAA qualifiers from a year ago in sprinter/hurdler Lauren Costa and distance runner Alexis O'Shea.

Costa took second in both the 100 and 200 at the WPIAL Class AAA championships. She advanced to the PIAAs and finished fifth in the 100. O'Shea grabbed gold in the 800 at WPIALs.


Baseball: West Allegheny eyes return trip to playoffs

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the West Allegheny baseball team.

"The outcome of last year's Class AAA WPIAL baseball title game may have come as a surprise to many. With pitching phenom Brendan McKay on the mound, Blackhawk was the clear-cut favorite to come out on top.

West Allegheny had other plans. The Indians ended McKay's scoreless-inning streak at 72⅓ innings when they defeated him at Consol Energy Park, 5-3.

"It was one of the best feelings ever," coach Bryan Cornell said. "I have been a part of 10 WPIAL champions as a player and coach. That last one was absolutely the best. No one thought we had a chance to win going up against McKay. When you get into the playoffs in our system, anything can happen."

Now with the cast of talent returning for the Indians, they will be one of the favorites to return to the WPIAL title game. Leading the group is senior pitcher and infielder, Colin Claus."



Swimming: West Allegheny senior wins gold

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles West Allegheny swimmer Jarod Kehl.

"Through three years of high school, West Allegheny's Jarod Kehl had already established himself as one of the top distance freestyle swimmers in the state.

He had two PIAA gold medals, one PIAA silver medal and three WPIAL silver medals all in his premier events, the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.

But at the end of May, Kehl came down with an illness that would keep him out of the pool for nearly three months.

Nobody would be able to take away Kehl's medals but the break from training took a lot away from Kehl."



Hockey: West Feature Athlete – West Allegheny’s Anthony Dominik

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Anthony Dominik

School: West Allegheny

Grade: 11

Sport: Hockey


Background: One of the top goaltenders in the area, Dominik was selected to play in the PIHL Class AA all-star game this year. Finished the regular season with a 7-9-2 record with a 3.47 goal-against average and helped the team to the playoffs for the first time since winning the Penguins Cup in 2012. He posted one shutout this season. Dominik made 21 saves in a postseason loss to perennial contender Latrobe.


Alumni Update - Ashley Gerhart (Robert Morris)

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Clearwater, Fla. – The Robert Morris University softball team rallied to take the lead after it had trailed 4-0 after four innings, but theGerhart RMU Colonials would fall in the seventh as Seton Hall came away with a 7-6 victory in each team's final game at the USF Under Armour Showcase on a very warm and sunny Sunday afternoon at the Eddie C. Moore complex.


RMU out-hit an opponent for the third time in the tournament as it tallied 10 hits to the Pirates' eight. Furthermore, five of Seton Hall's base hits did not leave the infield while eight of the Colonials' touched the outfield landscape.


Junior Ashley Gerhart, a West Allegheny graduate, led RMU offensively as she reached base safely in three of her four plate appearances by going 1-for-2 with a triple, two walks, a RBI, a steal and a run scored.

It was her second three-bagger of the tournament and the third of her career.


(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)