Hockey: Indians looking to get to .500

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West Allegheny has rebounded from a bit of a tough start and has an opportunity, with a win Friday at 8:15 p.m. at Center Ice Arena in Delmont against Norwin to reach the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 22.

So far, the Indians (3-4-0) have stayed in the middle of the pack in the Class AA Western Conference thanks in large part to a solid defense that has held opponents to just 29 goals against in seven games, a solid 4.14 goals-against average seventh-fewest in the classification.

Offensively, however, the Indians are still struggling, having netted just 18 goals (2.6 per game), led by Ryan Rohal with four. Ryan Rohm is the team’s leading scorer with eight assists and 10 points.

Only one other player, defenseman Bailey Foy, has scored at least three goals.

Goaltender Anthony Dominick has been fair in the net with a 3-3-0 record in six starts.


Football: West Allegheny ready for title-game rematch

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Drew Karpen profiles the West Allegheny football team.

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"It wouldn't seem right to picture the WPIAL Class AAA title game without West Allegheny.

Luckily, no one has to do that.

The Indians will be making their third consecutive trip to Heinz Field after their 41-7 beat-down of Thomas Jefferson in the semifinals last Friday.

"We shocked ourselves," WA coach Bob Palko said. "We have nothing but respect for those guys and what they do. I don't have an answer for it to be honest. I am just glad we get to move on."



Alumni Update - Jared Buck (Slippery Rock)

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Jared Buck compiled 315 yards of total offense against the PSAC's top rated defense, leading Slippery Rock to a 28-26 winBuck SRU over Bloomsburg in the PSAC Championship Game.  

Named MVP of the contest, Buck completed 17 of 26 passes for 256 yards and two scores, and added 59 yards and another touchdown on the ground before a third-quarter injury forced him to leave the game.  

The win marked Slippery Rock's first PSAC title since 2000 and its first Championship Game victory since the 1974 season.

The West Allegheny graduate earned PSAC West Co-Offensive Player of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Alumni Update - Morgan Seybold (Clarion)

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LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – It's a clean sweep of the four major PSAC West postseason awards for the PSAC West championSeybold Clarion Clarion University women's volleyball team.


Thursday saw senior setter Laura Subject named the PSAC West Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, junior Libero Morgan Seybold named the Defensive Player of the Year, freshman middle hitter Gabrielle Olson named the Rookie of the Year and head coach Jennifer Mills named the Coach of the Year for the second straight season and for the third time in the last five years. The awards are voted on by the conference coaches.


Clarion, which has won back-to-back PSAC West titles, is the first PSAC school (West or East) to sweep all four major awards since the Defensive Player of the Year award was created in 2011, and it is the first PSAC West school to sweep all of the major award since IUP took home Coach of the Year, Athlete of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2002.

In addition to the major awards, Subject and Seybold are first-team All-PSAC West.


Seybold, a West Allegheny graduate, leads the PSAC for the second straight year in digs and ranks fourth in the country with 6.37 per set.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)


Football: West Allegheny cranks it up to stop its foes from scoring

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John D'Abruzzo profiles the West Allegheny football team.

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"During halftime last week, Bob Palko decided to make a change.

Despite owning a 23-14 advantage in a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal game against Franklin Regional, the longtime West Allegheny coach opted to revamp the Indians' defensive game plan.

"We just needed to let our guys play," Palko said. "We were doing a little too much as a coaching staff. Our guys needed to play and they ended up doing great."

Palko's move paid off as his Indians shut out the No. 6-seeded Panthers in the second half en route to cruising to a 37-14 victory."