Baseball: West Allegheny showing it can compete

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Drew Karpen profiles the West Allegheny baseball team.

"It wasn't that long ago that West Allegheny was the cream of the crop in Class AAA baseball.

The Indians won back-to-back WPIAL titles in 2007 and '08 under coach Bryan Cornell.

Cornell has returned for his 11th year as head coach at West Allegheny and is hungry to repeat last year's success.

The Indians were one step away from returning to the WPIAL title game, but lost, 4-0, to section rival Hopewell in the semifinals. With the loss, the Indians still had a chance to make the PIAA playoffs but fell, 1-0, in the third-place consolation game to Keystone Oaks."



Track: West Allegheny sophomore points for title

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Joe Koch profiles West Allegheny track standout Skyler Mason.

"When the Mason family gets together for a meal, the talk invariably centers around the track and field exploits of Skyler Mason.

Of course, that's with good reason. Mason, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound sophomore from Oakdale, is making quite a name for himself throwing the javelin.

Last week, at a meet that took place at Blackhawk High School, Mason turned in the top reported throw of the season to date with an effort of 186 feet, 11 inches. That effort broke the West Allegheny school record of 184-5 that was set in 2009 by Ben Simmen.

"When the season began, we were just hoping he'd throw the state meet qualifying standard which is 178 feet," said Mason's father, Rik Mason, who is in his seventh season on the West Allegheny coaching staff and also is Skyler's throwing coach."



Softball: Sixth-inning outburst helps West Allegheny knock off South Fayette

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Trailing, 3-0, entering the bottom of the sixth inning against unbeaten and No. 4-ranked South Fayette, the outlook was dim for West Allegheny. But the Indians were saving their best for their last at bats. West Allegheny came to life in the bottom of the sixth inning, plating all four of its runs to take a 4-3 lead. After recording three outs in the top of the seventh, the Indians would not even have to bat again. Junior pitcher Marla Kirkpatrick earned the win for West Allegheny, which now remains very alive and in contention for a section crown. South Fayette (6-1, 5-1) still leads the section ahead of Trinity (7-1, 3-1), West Allegheny (4-2, 4-2) and Montour (4-4, 3-2), with Ringgold (2-4, 2-4) not far behind.


Track: West Feature Athlete - Will Page, West Allegheny

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Name: Will Page
High School: West Allegheny
Grade: 12
Sport: Track
Events: 100, 200, 400, 800, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles


Background Info: Will Page is a four-year cross country, indoor track and outdoor track athlete. He has total commitment to the team and is the fastest kid at West Allegheny High School, yet he can also run distance and hurdle events if needed. Will finished eighth at the indoor track state championships at Penn State in the 400 this past February. Will also qualified for states in the 200 and 3,200 relay.


Baseball: West Allegheny the 'other' undefeated team in Class AAA Section 1

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With Brendan McKay drawing headlines as a potential high MLB draft pick, even the casual fan would have expected Blackhawk to be undefeated at this point. But the Cougars aren't the only team undefeated in the section and aren't even the team with the most wins.

West Allegheny has started the season with four wins (and five rainouts, but who hasn't been outscored by the weather this year) against no losses and have allowed just four runs in those four games. The closest margins in those four wins have been six runs – an 8-2 win at Bishop Canevin and a 7-1 home win over South Fayette.

In the lone game the Indians were able to get in last week, West Allegheny defeated Beaver – the defending WPIAL Class AA champion and PIAA runnerup – by a 7-0 score. Tyler Ertz struck out eight in pitching the shutout and Brandon Pouch had a two-run double. Weather permitting, West Allegheny would travel to Blackhawk on Wednesday.