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Football: West Allegheny's Koester picks a college

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Andrew Koester was the starting quarterback on West Allegheny's WPIAL championship teams the past two seasons.

When his senior year concludes, Koester will try to bring his winning ways to St. Francis.

Koester committed to St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa. earlier this week.

Koester (6-foot-4) is entering his third season as West Allegheny's starting quarterback. He led the Indians to a 25-3 record the past two seasons. The Indians topped West Mifflin in the 2012 WPIAL Class AAA title game and then Central Valley in last year's championship.

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Golf: West Allegheny golfer shows maturity

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Ryan Riordan profiles West Allegheny golfer Jake Gazella.

"When Jake Gazella played on the Butler's Woodside Golf Course in 2013, he hit it into a bunker on the par-3 No. 15 hole and carded a triple bogey, destroying his round.

On June 10, Gazella again found himself in the bunker on No. 15 at a King's Junior Golf Series event. This time he scored a double bogey and followed with a bogey on No. 16.

"I thought, 'Great, here we go again,'" Gazella recalled.

But a year older and a year wiser, Gazella was able to regroup to finish out his round with two consecutive pars to not only win the event title for the 15-16-year-old age group by five strokes, but finish in a tie for first among all competitors (there is also a 17-18 age group)."

 

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Baseball: West Allegheny's title game upset one for the ages

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Drew Karpen profiles the West Allegheny baseball team.

"The Consol Energy Park grandstand was packed with spectators anticipating history with Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay on the mound last Thursday.

Rightfully so. McKay entered the game with a 69-inning scoreless streak and was looking to lead the Cougars to their second WPIAL Class AAA title in three years.

Not much chatter was spreading around the Cougars' opponent that night at the beginning of the game, but that wasn't the case three hours later. Who was that opponent? West Allegheny. Or as some people like to refer to them now, the 2014 WPIAL Class AAA champions.

"It truly is awesome," Indians coach Bryan Cornell said. "Just everything that went on in that game. That is the seventh time he pitched against us in his career and we never beat him.""

 

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Baseball: Unlikely pair led the way for West Allegheny's upset

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Hayes Gardner profiles West Allegheny baseball players Tyler Amedure and Nic Daigle.

"Sometimes the third time is the charm--no matter how uncharming the first two times are.

After being no-hit by Brendan McKay in their previous two meetings against him -- once this year and once last year -- the West Allegheny High School baseball team had a third chance to face the Blackhawk High School ace last week in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game.

Not only did the Indians register a hit this time, they also scored in the third inning, snapping his highly publicized scoreless streak at 721/3 innings, tied for the second most in high school baseball history. But, the Indians weren't done. The team scored five total runs off McKay to eventually win in extra innings, 5-3, and take the WPIAL crown last Thursday at Consol Energy Park."

 

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Baseball: West Feature Athlete - West Allegheny's Brandon Pouch

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Name: Brandon Pouch
High School: West Allegheny
Grade: 11
Sport: Baseball

Background Info: Not a protypical cleanup hitter, Brandon Pouch stepped into the role this year for the WPIAL Champion Indians and it has been a successful year. It was Pouch's leadoff single in the second inning in the WPIAL championship that turned into the first run of the season scored on Blackhawk's Brendan McKay. It wasn't Pouch that scored as Nic Daigle stepped in as the courtesy runner for the catcher but Pouch kept the courtesy runners busy as he reached base three times – two singles and a walk.