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Softball: West Allegheny coach, players mesh

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the West Allegheny softball team.

"When the West Allegheny softball job reopened this past offseason, it was an easy decision for former coach Mindi McFate to apply.

A mother of two toddlers, McFate decided to retire from coaching after the 2013 season, her 11th consecutive on the job.

She continued to teach at West Allegheny but when the job unexpectedly reopened again, McFate could not resist.

She was familiar with nearly the entire roster. Considering the talent returning for the Indians this season most coaches would not resist. What drove McFate back though was not just the player's talent."

 

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Baseball: West Allegheny to finally have section opener

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After an impressive WPIAL championship win last season as the Indians handed Blackhawk's Brendan McKay (now turning heads in college baseball at Louisville), West Allegheny finally gets another chance to play a game that matters.

The Indians host South Fayette, a school that has a successful athletic legacy of its own, today in the Section 3-AAA opener for both teams. West Allegheny has a 3-2 record in non-section play so far but, with a veteran group, the level of play will undoubtedly be ratcheted up a bit with games that matter.

Weather permitting, the Indians will play three times this week, after hosting South Fayette (1-1), West Allegheny will visit Trinity (1-3), and then host Beaver (0-3 but a WPIAL champion just two years ago) in a non-conference game.

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Track: West Allegheny girls led by pair of PIAA qualifiers

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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.

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Baseball: West Allegheny eyes return trip to playoffs

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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."

 

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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."