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Baseball: West Mifflin to make PIAA playoff debut

Written by Brad Everett on .

West Mifflin has never played in a PIAA baseball playoff game.

That will change tonight.

West Mifflin (15-5) will make its PIAA debut when it travels to Jerry Uht Park in Erie to take on District 10 champion Erie Cathedral Prep in a Class AAA first-round game at 6 p.m. The game had originally been scheduled for Monday, but heavy rains caused the dugouts to flood and the game was postponed until today.

West Mifflin earned the PIAA playoff bid after beating Hampton, 8-5, in eight innings in the WPIAL third-place consolation game last Thursday at Washington & Jefferson College. West Mifflin's Dan Howard snapped a 5-5 tie with a three-run double. West Mifflin had trailed, 5-3, but A.J. Olasz forged a tie with a two-run homer in the sixth.

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Baseball: West Mifflin seeks first state playoff berth

Written by Brad Everett on .

West Mifflin came up short in its bid to reach the WPIAL baseball championship for the first time.

The Titans, though, are just one win away from another first.

West Mifflin has never made the PIAA baseball playoffs. That can change should the Titans (14-5) defeat Hampton (13-8) in the WPIAL Class AAA third-place consolation game Wednesday at Washington & Jefferson College at 4 p.m. The winner will advance to face the District 10 champion in the first round of the PIAA playoffs next Monday.

West Mifflin is hoping to quickly put its WPIAL semifinal loss to Blackhawk in its rearview mirror. In that game, the Titans were on the wrong end of a 15-0, four-inning drubbing.

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Track: DeVaughn a double winner at WPIALs

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Last season, West Mifflin’s Deilenna DeVaughn took bronze in both the shot put and discus at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet

She once again got the same place in both events this season. The only difference was the place itself.

DeVaughn, a senior, won both events going away last week at the 2014 district championships at Baldwin.

DeVaughn won the shot put with a throw of 39-10, better than the 37-7 throw of second-place Eileen Brady of Mt. Pleasant. In the discus, DeVaughn’s winning throw went 128-1 feet, beating the 121-4 of Gateway’s Kristen Greggerson.

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Baseball: West Mifflin faces major challenge against McKay-led Blackhawk

Written by Brad Everett on .

The West Mifflin Titans have not made it to the WPIAL championship game since West Mifflin North and West Mifflin South merged for the 1984-85 school year.

All of that could change Wednesday if the Titans (14-4) can defeat Blackhawk (13-2) in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game at Pullman Park in Butler.

West Mifflin, No. 4 seed, will be a huge underdog against No. 1 Blackhawk. The big reason for that is who Blackhawk will be sending to the mound. Brendan McKay, a senior left-hander, will put a 65-inning scoreless streak on the line when he stares down West Mifflin hitters. The streak is the third-longest all-time nationally. McKay, who has not surrendered a run this season, struck out 16 in Blackhawk's 4-0 quarterfinal win against Indiana. That game was also played at Pullman Park.

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Alumni Update - Danae Burgwin (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Junior Danae Burgwin set a personal record in the 100-meter dash and won theBurgwin CalU 200-meter dash at the Gator Invitational hosted by Allegheny on Friday.


Burgin, a West Mifflin graduate, was the only member of the Vulcans competing at the event, won the preliminaries of the 100 meters with a personal-best time of 12.19 seconds. She later placed second in the finals of the event with a time of 12.41 seconds. In the 200 meters, Burgwin crossed the finish line in 25.23 seconds to win the event by over one tenth of a second.

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)