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Wrestling: 2015 West Honor Roll

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

West AAA Most Valuable Wrestler - Josh Bahr, West Allegheny
West AA Most Valuable Wrestler - Kody Komara, Freedom

West AAA Coach of the Year - Mike Johnson, West Allegheny
West AA Coach of the Year - Terry Havelka, Burgettstown

West AAA Freshman of the Year - Rocky McGeary, West Allegheny
West AA Freshman of the Year - Joe Demor, South Side Beaver


Boys Lacrosse: 2015 West Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Just one team competes in boys high school lacrosse in the West region, Moon Area High School.

That means Moon does a lot traveling. But that doesn't appear to be an issue for the Tigers as they qualified for the WPIAL Division 2 playoffs in 2014. Moon eked out a 10-7 victory over perennial qualifier Greenburg Central Catholic in the quarterfinals and fell to runner-up Indiana, 9-8, in a game that wasn't decided until overtime.

Moon already has started well this season with non-section victories over Aquinas Academy (15-8), Mars Area (10-9) and WPIAL Division 2 finalist Indiana (15-4). The Tigers hosted Greensburg Central on Friday. Moon hosts Shaler on Monday before opening section play at Baldwin on April 7.

Expect Moon to be a contender again this season. The Tigers finished with a 15-1 overall record and swept through section play with a 5-0 record.


Boys Lacrosse: 2015 West Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

AJay Hamer, Senior, Attack
Ben Price, Junior, Attack
Sal Pollastro, Junior Midfielder
Nick Cap, Senior, Midfielder
Max Huffman, Senior, Defense
Ryan Lee, Junior, Goalie


Girls Lacrosse: 2015 West Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Just two West-area teams -- Blackhawk and Moon -- compete in girls lacrosse.

Both teams advanced to the WPIAL Division 2 playoffs a year ago.

Moon fell to eventual WPIAL champion Shaler, 21-7, in a first-round game. Blackhawk advanced to the semifinals. The Cougars defeated Hempfield 15-7 in the quarterfinals, but fell to eventual runner-up Chartiers Valley, 15-6, in the semifinals.

Blackhawk opens its season at home on Tuesday against section rival Baldwin. Moon, which opened with a 12-10 loss to defending Division 2 champion Shaler, meets Trinity, which is playing as an Independent this season, on Tuesday.


Girls Lacrosse: 2015 West Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

Allison Acuña, Sr., Midfield
Janeen Grese, Jr., Goal
Taylor Hopkins, Sr., Midfield
Hayley Mazreku, Sr., Midfield
Kiera Zacher, Jr., Attack

Alena Milinski, Sr., Goalie


Boys Basketball: Slow start costly in Aliquippa's PIAA loss

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the Aliquippa boys basketball team.

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"What Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich witnessed last Saturday, he said he had seen before.

With a perfect season hanging in the balance, the Quips started off their PIAA Class AA championship game against Conwell-Egan playing anything like an undefeated team. The Quips were cold shooting the ball – specifically from 3-point range – and forward Chucky Humphries spent most of the first half on the bench after picking up his second foul midway through the first quarter.

"The first half I really thought we were forcing [shots]. It was really like the WPIAL championship game," Lackovich said. "The first half we had foul trouble. We forced a lot of bad shots. We dug ourselves a hole. Today, [Conwell-Egan] was a little too good [for us] to dig out."

And with that, perfection was taken away."



Girls Basketball: Senior class leaves its mark at Blackhawk

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the Blackhawk girls basketball team.

"HERSHEY, Pa. — As the defending PIAA Class AAA champions were attempting to hit that same peak Saturday, they instead fell into a deep hole.

Call it "Blackhawk Down." The Cougars, playing the same team they defeated in the 2014 final, trailed by double digits before the game was even a quarter old.

No big deal. No panic. No sweat.

"The beginning of the game we were down, 14-4, and there wasn't many timeouts called because I have confidence in this group of kids," Blackhawk coach Steve Lodovico said. "They don't fold under pressure. They just rise up. Defense and free throws are going to win you games.""



Baseball: West Allegheny eyes return trip to playoffs

Written by Drew Karpen on .

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."



Softball: Freshmen step up at OLSH

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart softball team.

"A knee injury during basketball season, a transfer and a player quitting the team and all of a sudden the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart softball team was down three pitchers. Coach Sam LoFaso was left with two freshmen pitchers to fill the giant void in the circle.

It was the first time in his coaching career that he has been faced with such a situation.

In total, LoFaso plans on starting five freshmen.

If the five freshmen, including pitchers Cecilia Murrell and Emily Halbedl, can mature quickly there is a lot of potential on this year's team."



Boys Tennis: West Players To Watch

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Ryan Becker, Moon, Sr.

Jacob Cumberledge, Beaver Falls, Sr.

Jonah Cooper, Blackhawk, Sr.

Jordan Escamilla, Ambridge, Jr.

Logan D’Angelo, Moon, Fr.

Colin Henke, Carlynton, Jr.

Tim Kane, West Allegheny, Jr.

Eli Loncar, Hopewell, So.

Mike Maslakowski, Montour, So.

Christian Mittica, Ellwood City, Jr.

Luke Phillips, Carlynton, So.

Max Servick, Central Valley, Jr.

Tony Squicquero, Riverside, Jr.

Jonathon Tetrick, Beaver Area, Jr.


Boys Tennis: West Preview

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Everything seems to be falling into place for Carlynton sophomore Luke Phillips to win the WPIAL Class AA singles title.

Of the four players that pushed through to the 2014 district semifinals, Phillips, the No. 5 sophomore in the state according to tennisrecruiting.net is, as of right now, the only one who is coming back this season. Josh Raymundo who knocked him off is three sets in the semifinals, will be playing in Class AAA now that Mars has moved up, Bentworth’s Matt Lynch, who Phillips beat in a third-place consolation match to go to states, graduated, while defending champion Luke Ross is nowhere to be found.

Ross, a sophomore from Sewickley Academy, was enrolled in an academic academy in Florida for three months, a term that supposedly went from January until late March, but he has yet to report to the school or play for the tennis team, so his status for the WPIAL tournament is up in the air, at best.


Alumni Update - Megan Davis (Geneva)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Beaver Falls, Pa.Geneva softball swept Houghton 5-2, 10-7 in its season home opener raising its record to 9-5 overall.Davis Geneva

Megan Davis, a Blackhawk graduate, went five for six on the day at bat.


(photo courtesy of Geneva College)


Alumni Update - Jessica Kelosky (Geneva)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

California, Pa.– Freshman Jessica Kelosky, a Riverside graduate, broke the school record in the 100 meter dash at California ofKelosky Geneva Pennsylvania University’s Early Bird meet on Saturday.

Kelosky’s 13th place finish set Geneva’s outdoor 100 meter record to 12.74 seconds.


(photo courtesy of Geneva College)


Boys Track: 2015 West Season Preview

Written by Justin Criado on .

Beaver looks to defend its Class AA crown as the West's top team, but Riverside or South Side Beaver may have something to say about that.

Top performers Darius Wise and Jesse Council return for the Bobcats at sprints, while long-distance runners Colten Trimble and Jesse Romanchak pace the Rams.

Riverside finished as WPIAL runner-up and fifth in the PIAA and return performers like Marcel Cleckley (hurdler) and Logan Sheridan (jumper).

Fort Cherry also made the team playoffs in Class AA.


Boys Track: 2015 West Athletes to Watch

Written by Justin Criado on .

Colten Trimble (Sr.), South Side Beaver, long-distance runner
Jesse Romanchak (Sr.), South Side Beaver, sprinter, jumper
Darius Wise (Soph.), Beaver, sprinter
Jesse Council (Sr.), Beaver, sprinter
Alex Burns (Sr.), New Brighton, sprinter
Anthony Hawkins (Jr.), New Brighton, sprinter
Domenic Perretta (Jr.), Beaver Falls, long-distance runner
Aymed Thornton (Jr.), Carlynton, sprinter
Brenton Harrison (Sr.), Freedom, hurdler
Marcel Cleckley (Sr.), Riverside, hurdler


Girls Track: 2015 West Season Preview

Written by Justin Criado on .

Beaver, the WPIAL Class AA team runner-up a year ago, returns sprinters Ruthe Neeley, Emily Ledbetter and Sarah Johnson, who all performed well individually at the WPIALs a year ago.
Neeley and Ledbetter qualified for states. Ledbetter tied for seventh in the 100 meter and placed eighth in the 200 meter last year.

Our Lady of Sacred Heart was the only other West squad in the team playoffs. The Chargers will be led by runner Tara Richardson and jumper Courtney Alexander this year.

In Class AAA, Moon and West Allegheny look to be the deepest teams. The Indians feature 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.


Girls Track: 2015 West Athletes to Watch

Written by Justin Criado on .

Lauren Costa (Sr.), West Allegheny, sprinter, hurdler
Alexis O'Shea (Sr.), West Allegheny, long-distance runner
Ruthe Neeley (Sr.), Beaver, sprinter
Emily Ledbetter (Jr.), Beaver, sprinter
Conor Richardson (Sr.), Carlynton, sprinter
Lyndsey Gallagher (Sr.), Riverside, jumper
Maria Fleck (Sr.), Mohawk, hurdler
Tara Richardson (Soph.), Our Lady of Sacred Heart, runner
Courtney Alexander (Jr.), Our Lady of Sacred Heart, jumper
Maggie Whittington (Jr.), Rochester, hurdler


Baseball: 2015 West Season Preview

Written by staff reports on .

Last year, West Allegheny surprised everyone by upsetting Blackhawk (and pitcher Brendan McKay, now at Louisville) in the WPIAL Championship game. Most of that West Allegheny team is returning so the Indians open the season with the target on their back.

Surprisingly, though, that WPIAL title was the only one captured by local teams after getting used to winning multiple titles over the years. West Allegheny, though, was one of many teams that would have been classified as young last season so this could be the year that multiple titles return.

Class AAAA
Moon has been 27-8 in its first two years in Class AAAA and, last year, finished third in the WPIAL by defeating Pine-Richland in the consolation game. The Tigers qualified for the PIAA playoffs but were eliminated by WPIAL champion Seneca Valley. Moon now moves into Section 1-AAAA, where it will compete with both Pine-Richland and Seneca Valley in the regular season.


Baseball: 2015 West Players to Watch

Written by staff reports on .

Here are some West area players to keep an eye on this season.

Tyler Amedure, West Allegheny – Pitched in WPIAL championship game win over Blackhawk and key contributor on football team that reached WPIAL title game. Expected to be major power for baseball team.
Jake Bickus, Carlynton – The Cougars move to a new section this year (4-AA) and Bickus will be the key to that as a middle infielder.
Joe Campagna, Blackhawk – Top returning hitter on a perennial baseball power, committed to Slippery Rock
Colin Claus, West Allegheny – Outstanding pitcher for the WPIAL champs. Already committed to IUP.
Griffin Curry, Hopewell – Youngster on a senior-laden team last year, he'll get the chance to carry the load this year as an infielder/pitcher.