Hockey: West Allegheny faces pivotal game

Written by Keith Barnes on .

As bad as things have been for West Allegheny this season, the Indians have a great shot at finishing in the top five in the Class 2A West Division and making the Penguins Cup playoffs.

That chance, though, might fly out the window if they lose their first game after the holiday break against Mars (3-7-1), the team ahead of them in the standings, on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Baierl Complex in Warrrrendale.

West Allegheny (2-10-0) is currently in last place in the division, has only scored 30 goals and is riding a four-game losing streak. But Mars, though it showed some light for a while, is 2-2-1 in its last five and is on a two-game winless streak of its own.

Mars won the first meeting, 9-2, in the season opener on Oct. 3.


Swimming: Veterans lead the way for West Allegheny girls

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

There were a lot of new names making contributions in the West Allegheny girls early-season dual meet against North Hills, but at the end of the day it was the familiar faces coming through to help West Allegheny nip North Hills, 97-86.

Returning WPIAL qualifiers from last season like Jessica Wasek, Nicole Kadlecik and Kaylee Musiol played big roles in the win. Kadlecik won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle with a time of 25.62 and 55.83, respectively, and Musiol won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.56, edging out North Hills' Brianna Joll by 0.05 seconds. Kadlecik and Musiol would go on to team with Eva Lagard and Elizabeth Vollmer on a winning 200 freestyle relay. Wasek won the 100 backstroke and teamed with Kadlecik, Vollmer and Emma Pentrack on the 400 freestyle relay that took first place and sealed the win for West Allegheny.


Swimming: West Allegheny boys knock off North Hills in dual meet

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West Allegheny moved up to Class AAA this season and in its first dual meet of the season the Indians hardly looked out of place. Despite being one of the smallest Class AAA teams in the state, West Allegheny had no trouble with North Hills. West Allegheny won 106-79. The AAA schedule will not come as a surprise to West Allegheny. They had been competing against a Class AAA section schedule the last two years because the West Allegheny girls moved up to Class AAA two years before they did.

West Allegheny used its speed and depth in relays to take the meet in a battle of the Indians. The tone was set early in the 200-yard medley relay when West Allegheny finished 1-2 with Michael Kocher, Derek Currey, Jeremy Ellis and Gary McMurtrie winning the relay, finishing ahead of teammates Michael Cosnek, Mitchell Gumbert, Noah Wilson and Scott Zanella. Kocher and Gumbert went on to finish 1-2 in the 200 IM. Diver Jaden Beckett gave West Allegheny a lift off the diving board, taking first place with a score of 199.40 ahead of three North Hills divers.

West Allegheny was able to extend its lead over North Hills by taking the top three places in Event 12, the 100 butterfly. Currey won the event, finishing just ahead of Ellis and Wilson. Kocher made it a clean sweep of his individual events with another win, this time in the 100 backstroke, just ahead of Ellis and Cosnek. West Allegheny capped the meet with another relay win, this time in the 400 freestyle thanks to McMurtrie, Ellis, Currey and Kocher.


Hockey: West Allegheny cools after two-game win streak

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For a brief time it appeared West Allegheny had turned a corner on the season.

Not only had the Indians won two consecutive games, they even pulled out a victory over defending PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup champion Bishop Canevin.

Then things took a turn for the worse again.

West Allegheny (2-8-0) dropped a 4-2 matchup against a surging Quaker Valley team that has now won seven straight, then was shelled in a 7-1 loss to Latrobe in its last outing. The Indians are now in last place in the West Division, two points behind Bishop Canevin and Mars for the fifth and final playoff spot, but they have also played one more game than both.


Photo Journal: Girls Basketball - West Allegheny 59, Baldwin 57 (Dec. 9)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .


West Allegheny and Baldwin played in the last game of the first day of the Baldwin/Peters Girls Basketball Tipoff Tournament. It was a battle to the end with West Allegheny prevailing 59-57.

click here to see video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service


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