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Swimming: West Feature Athlete - Jarod Kehl, West Allegheny

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Jarod Kehl
High School: West Allegheny
Grade: 12
Sport: Swimming

Background: Jarod Kehl emerged on the WPIAL swimming scene four years ago as one of the fastest distance freestylers in the state while at Montour. Two years later he transferred to West Allegheny and he has continued to build his reputation as one of the best swimmers in the area. Next year he will move on again, this time to the University of Kentucky where he recently committed.

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Swimming: West Allegheny feels right at home in Class AAA

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The West Allegheny girls moved up to the WPIAL's highest classification this season and in their first meet of the season it looked very much like, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The Indians easily defeated Class AAA Bethel Park 107-79. In addition to the dominating win, West Allegheny had no trouble reaching WPIAL qualifying times. Six girls qualified for WPIALs already in the very first meet of the season and all three relays, the 200 and 400 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay, also qualified.

If there was ever a year to move up a classification, this might be it for West Allegheny. Nearly the entire roster returns from last season, headlined by junior Hannah Charlton, senior Casey Tokarski and sophomores Jessica Wasek and Kaylee Musiol.

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Girls Basketball: West Allegheny starts out with two victories

Written by Joe Koch on .

Partisans associated with the West Allegheny girls basketball program couldn't be blamed if they were shaking their heads when it was revealed the Indians would be competing on the Class AAAA level for at least the next two seasons.

There may be long days ahead for the team, but the 2014-15 season began under optimistic circumstances for the Indians following victories over Ellwood City, 55-32, and Cornell, 60-47, in the South Side Beaver tournament. Granted, those programs are competing in the Class AAA and Class A levels, respectively. But wins were a rare commodity for the Indians in 2013-14 with an overall record of 5-16 and a Section 2-AAA mark of 2-10.

This week, the Indians find out where they stand with a non-section game against neighborhood rival before opening Section 4-AAAA play with a game at Bethel Park.

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Hockey: Indians looking to go over .500

Written by Keith Barnes on .

West Allegheny (4-4-0) has an opportunity tonight to move over .500 for the first time since winning its season opener against a one-win Chartiers Valley squad.

On paper it might seem like an easy task. After all, the Indians opponent, Latrobe (2-4-1) has been struggling throughout the season and will enter the 8:30 p.m. game at the Airport Ice Arena coming off a one-goal loss to Hampton in its final matchup before Thanksgiving.

Latrobe, though, has been showing signs of improvement, including a 7-2 victory against defending Penguins Cup champion Bishop Canevin.

West Allegheny, though will counter with an offense led by Matt Rohm, who has a team-leading 11 points, and five goals from Mason Carlisle.

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Football: West Allegheny's try for a 'three-peat' ended by a rival

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Craig Meyer profiles the West Allegheny football team.

2014 1127 WestAllegheny Football(Photo: West Allegheny's Terence Stephens carries as he gets by Central Valley's Maurice Sims in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Heinz Field last Friday. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"The dream of a "three-peat" that lingered in the back of the minds of anyone involved with West Allegheny football for nearly a year disappeared in a matter of seconds on a perfectly executed post corner route.

There would be no third-consecutive WPIAL championship for the Indians, as they fell last Friday to Central Valley in the Class AAA championship game at Heinz Field, 35-28, on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Warriors quarterback John George with 19 seconds remaining.

For much of this season, the possibility of a third championship in as many years hovered around West Allegheny. At times, it was a source of inspiration, a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. In other moments, though, it created a sense of pressure that had to weigh heavily on the shoulders of 17- and 18-year-old kids.

Through it all, the team found a way to excel and even though it didn't end with another title, it was difficult for Indians coach Bob Palko to look back on the season without a strong feeling of fondness."