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West Mifflin 2014 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Titans earned a fourth consecutive WPIAL Class AAA playoff berth last season. They placed second in the Big Nine Conference and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals before suffering a 14-12 loss to Franklin Regional. The Titans finished with a 9-2 record.

Jimmy Wheeler has graduated after leading all Class AAA rushers the past two seasons. He had 4,842 yards in two seasons, including last year's total of 2,616.

"We were hit hard by graduation losses, especially losing Wheeler," West Mifflin coach Ray Braszo said. "We have a lot of young players who will get their chance to start this year."

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Basketball: West Mifflin alumnus sharpens his game

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Craig Meyer profiles former West Mifflin basketball standout C.J. Hester.

"There's a certain satisfaction and elation that any high school coach gets when they see a former player excel once they move on to college.

It's a feeling that Lance Maha knows well.

The longtime West Mifflin boys basketball coach has experienced it with Chris Giles, who went on to become the all-time leading scorer in Seton Hill history. It was also there with Bryant McCallister, who scored 1,546 points at Duquesne from 2003-06, the ninth most in school history.

Now, with C.J. Hester, that same joy overcomes him yet again."

 

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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.