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Track: West Feature Athlete - Riverside’s Sydney Wolf

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Sydney Wolf
High School: Riverside
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and field
Events: 800, 1,600 relay, 3,200 relay

Background: After not going out for the track team as a freshman, Wolf has burst onto the scene as a sophomore to set a school record in the 800 and become a WPIAL championship hopeful. Wolf ran a time of 2:22.30 in a dual meet on April 25, which put her into the record books. The time is the second-fastest in Class AA this season Only defending WPIAL champion Hannah Bablak of Quaker Valley (2:19.24) has ran a faster time. Wolf, the daughter of Riverside athletic and girls basketball coach John Wolf, is a basketball standout who helped Riverside reached the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals last fall.

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Track: Perretta continues to excel for Beaver Falls

Written by Brad Everett on .

Dom Perretta hopes to make another big splash when the track and field postseason gets underway later this month.

The Beaver Falls senior has already made his mark in the regular season.

Perretta, the two-time defending PIAA Class AA champion in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, has looked very good this spring in dominating those two events.

Most notably, Perretta set meet records in both races at the MAC Invitational on April 27. Perretta earned MVP honors after running a 1:50.70 in the 800 and 4:14.83 in the 1,600. Three days later, Perretta won the 1,600 at the South Fayette Invitational. He did not run the 800 in that event.

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Track: New Brighton’s Milliner shines at South Fayette Invitational

Written by Brad Everett on .

Anthony Milliner is the defending WPIAL Class AA champion in the triple jump, but as Milliner showed again last Saturday, he's no one-trick pony.

Milliner, a junior at New Brighton, put together a fantastic performance at the South Fayette Invitational. Milliner won the triple jump and 200-meter dash, and finished second in the long jump and high jump.

Milliner went head-to-head with Trinity Christian's Tyler Carter in the triple jump and long jump. Carter is the reigning PIAA Class AA triple jump champ and placed third in the long jump at last year's WPIAL championships. At the South Fayette Invitational, Milliner (45-8 ½) edged Carter (44-11 ½) in the triple jump, but Carter (21-8) slipped past Milliner (21-5) in the long jump.

The triple jump title wasn't the last first-place finish on the day for Milliner, who ran a 22.78 in the 200 to grab top honors. Milliner was the runner-up to Penn Hills' Emmanuel Mitchell in the high jump.

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Track: Fort Cherry’s Brown turns into gold at WGCC Championships

Written by Brad Everett on .

Fort Cherry's star thrower answered the question "What can brown do for you?" last Saturday.

Devon Brown won both the javelin and discus titles at the Westmoreland-Greene County Coaches Championships at Peters Township.

Brown, a junior, produced throws of 162 feet in the javelin and 130-10 in the discus. Canon-McMillan's Jordan Smith was the runner-up in both events.

A few other Fort Cherry boys put forth strong showings. Sophomore Nate Higham placed third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump, sophomore Stephen Lacek finished fourth in the mile, and senior Jake Schulz placed sixth in the shot put.

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Boys Tennis: West Feature Athlete - Hopewell's Eli Loncar

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Eli Loncar
High School: Hopewell
Grade: 11
Sport: Tennis

Background: Loncar is the No. 1 player for the Vikings and competed in both the WPIAL singles and doubles tournaments this year. Loncar is a strong player who had a solid outing in a first-round loss to No. 5 John Appolonia of Indiana in the singles tournament. If the seedings hold, he will get a shot at a rematch with Appolonia in the WPIAL semifinals.

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Boys Tennis: Hopewell aims for even more success in WPIAL tournament

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Hopewell may have been the surprise team of the WPIAL Class AA tournament last season when it pulled off an upset of No. 3 Blackhawk and ended up earning a spot in the state playoffs. This year, however, the expectations are a bit higher.

Hopewell will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed and will take on a veteran Mount Pleasant team in the first round. The Vikings will then likely get the Winchester Thurston squad that knocked them off in the semifinals in a 3-2 slugfest last season.

Blackhawk is also back in the tournament, but as the No. 8 seed, will have a much tougher road to making it to the finals for the first time since 2006. The Cougars will have to open with No. 9 Vincentian and then will get 12-time defending champion Sewickley Academy in the second round.

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Football: WPIAL rules on transfers of five Ambridge players

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports on the eligibility rulings on several players who transfered from Ambridge.

"Five of the top football players from Ambridge High School have transferred to other schools in the past two months, and the WPIAL has ruled four of them eligible to play.

The WPIAL board of directors had five separate hearings with the players today to determine if their transfers were for athletic intent, which is against WPIAL and PIAA rules. After the hearings, the board deliberated privately for about a half-hour before ruling that receiver-defensive back Isaiah McNair is ineligible to play football at Quaker Valley this upcoming season because he transferred at least partly for athletic intent.

The WPIAL ruled the other four players eligible for this season. Junior RB-DB Davion Jones and his cousin, FB-LB Tariq Jones, are eligible to play at Aliquippa. Junior QB Austin French can play at Beaver Falls and sophomore lineman John Prentice at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

The case is one of the most bizarre in WPIAL history. WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said the league had never seen so many transfers from one team in such a short period of time."

 

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Baseball: West Feature Athlete - New Brighton's R.J. Debo

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Name: R.J. Debo
High School: New Brighton
Grade: 11
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Shortstop/Catcher

Background: Last week, Debo struck out 18 in a pair of wins and had seven hits and seven RBIs at the plate. That wouldn't be a typical week for anyone, but it certainly wasn't the first time the junior has found success. He's hitting over .550 for the season and is part of a pitching rotation that has already clinched a playoff spot for the Lions. When he's not pitching, he plays either shortstop or catcher.

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Alumni Update - Tyler Falk (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion baseball team's season came to a conclusion on Saturday afternoon as the Golden Eagles dropped a pairFalk Clarion of decisions to Slippery Rock in a doubleheader finale.  


Clarion lost by a 6-2 score in the first game and by an 8-5 mark in the second to finish the year 10-32 overall and 4-24 in PSAC West action.

 

Tyler Falk, a Riverside graduate, went 4-of-7 at the dish over the course of two games, including a 3-of-3 mark in Game 1 that also included two RBI's. He also drove in a run in the second game.
 

 

(photo courtesy of Clarion University)

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Alumni Update - Jess Kelosky (Geneva)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Bethany, W. Va.On Friday and Saturday April 29-30, the Geneva women’s track and field team competed in the President’s AthleticKelosky Geneva Conference (PAC) Championship meet at Bethany College.


The Golden Tornadoes finished fourth overall in the meet and had strong finishes in individual events.


Jess Kelosky, a Riverside graduate, set Geneva record, finishing second in  the 100 meters at 12.49 seconds. In addition, she placed second in the 200 meters with a time of 25.83 seconds.

 

(photo courtesy of Geneva College)

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Baseball: West Allegheny’s arms lead the Indians back into the race

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After winning its first six games, West Allegheny hit a lull – losing three of four. The Indians, though, have regained their momentum and won their last four games.

The pitching has been the main reason for the resurgence as West Allegheny pitchers allowed absolutely no runs last week, shutting out Trinity, 1-0, and McGuffey, 3-0. The Trinity shutout was especially impressive as the Indians needed 10 innings to get the win, meaning West Allegheny pitched 17 shutout innings in the week.

Jake Cunningham, normally an infielder who was forced into service, got the win against Trinity, while Cameron Duffett got the win against McGuffey.

The wins have moved West Allegheny back into a playoff spot, but the final two games will have a major impact – West Allegheny is in third place, a half-game behind Chartiers Valley in second but only half a game ahead of fourth place South Fayette. The Indians, though, are still in position to finish first with games left at Chartiers Valley and home against first place Montour.

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Baseball: Beaver Falls back in the dance

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While Beaver Falls is a regular participant in the WPIAL football and basketball playoffs, that hasn't been the case in baseball. Since the Tigers defeated Burrell, 7-6, in the 2010 WPIAL championship game, Beaver Falls hasn't been back in the baseball playoffs.

Until this year, that is. After starting the season 2-4, Beaver Falls has come on and clinched the third playoff spot in Section 5-AA. The Tigers clinched the playoff spot with a 5-3 win over Shenango Friday – Shenango could yet tie the Tigers for third place but because the teams split their two games, both would advance.

Regardless, the Tigers will provide a challenge for the seeding committee as their overall record is only 6-7 with one exhibition game scheduled this week. However, with two of the top teams in Class AA – Neshannock and Riverside - in the same section, the third place team isn't going to have a good record.

Under head coach Rich Rowe, whose baseball roots lie in Blackhawk, the Tigers could be a surprise team.

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Baseball: Playoff picture relatively clear for West teams

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As the regular season enters its final week, there are only a few questions remaining. In Class AAAA, Moon will again have an overall winning record but miss the playoffs.

In Class AAA, Ambridge, Blackhawk, Hopewell, and Montour have all clinched playoff spots while Beaver Area, Central Valley, and West Allegheny still remain in the hunt. Beaver and Central Valley both need to win out to reach the playoffs while West Allegheny could finish anywhere from first to fourth in Section 3-AAA.

In Class AA, Beaver Falls, New Brighton, and Riverside have clinched playoff spots while South Side Beaver remains mathematically alive. The Rams, though, must win all three remaining section games and have New Brighton lose both its games to tie for the final spot.

In Class A, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Rochester have both clinched and all others have been eliminated.

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Softball: Montour holding one-game lead in playoff race

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The playoff race in Section 2-AAA is far from being sorted, but a gauntlet awaits Montour this week that will settle everything. It will be a manic four-day stretch when the Spartans play their remaining three section contests. Currently the Spartans control their own destiny. South Fayette (12-3, 7-1) and West Allegheny (11-1, 6-1) are battling for the section title while Montour (7-3, 4-3) clings to a one-game lead over Chartiers Valley (4-7, 3-4) and two-game lead over Keystone Oaks (3-11, 2-5). Montour will have its work cut out for them this week. It travels to Keystone Oaks on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Montour edged Keystone Oaks, 9-8, earlier this season. Less than 24 hours later on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., Montour hosts section leading South Fayette, which defeated the Spartans, 2-1, earlier this season. The Spartans close out the regular season at Quaker Valley at 5:30 at Bouchard Family Park on Thursday.

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Softball: West Feature Athlete - Burgettstown's Kate Tarr

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Kate Tarr
High School: Burgettstown
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher

Background: Burgettstown's 6-foot-3 senior pitcher has played as tall as she is this season. She came into the season as a returning all-section player after she went 16-4 with a 2.61 ERA last season. She was big at the plate too, where she batted .327 with four home runs. This year Tarr has the Blue Devils in contention for a Section 1-AA title at 12-5 overall and 8-1 in section play.

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Softball: Ellwood City closing in on a section title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

There are many goals still in front of Ellwood City. The Wolverines are 12-0 overall and 9-0 in Section 5-AA. The perfect regular season is still in play and so is the No. 1 overall seed in Class AA. First thing first, though, which is the Section 5-AA title. With three section contests remaining, Ellwood City (12-0, 9-0) is ahead of Laurel (11-2, 8-2) and Mohawk (9-4, 6-4). Ellwood City has had some close calls in the section. The Wolverines edged Laurel, 8-6, and held off Neshannock, 11-8, on the road on April 15. Their remaining section contests are Wednesday at Beaver Falls, Thursday vs. Mohawk and next Tuesday vs. Riverside.

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Softball: Section 1-AAA playoff picture still undecided

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Entering the final week of section play, there are still plenty of questions to be answered in Section 1-AAA. All six teams in the section are still mathematically alive for a playoff spot. Three are still alive for a shot at a share of the section title. Beaver Area (8-5, 6-2) leads the lot just ahead of Central Valley (9-6, 5-3) and Ambridge (7-7, 4-4). New Castle (8-7, 3-5), Hopewell (6-6, 3-5) and Blackhawk (3-9, 3-5) are still in contention.

Beaver can clinch an outright section title by winning its final two games this week, at Ambridge on Tuesday and at home against Blackhawk on Thursday. If the Bobcats slip up, Central Valley will be ready to claim at least a share of the section title. The Warriors host New Castle on Tuesday and visit Hopewell on Thursday.

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Lacrosse: Moon boys in three-way fight for first place

Written by Joe Koch on .

With just two section games remaining, the Moon boys lacrosse team has plenty to play for as the season moves into its final two weeks.

The Tigers have a 2-1 Division 2, Section 3 record with victories over Baldwin, 18-7, and Seton-LaSalle, 19-0, and an 8-7 overtime loss to Canon-McMillan. They have section games remaining with Trinity and Chartiers Valley on May 4, and May 11, respectively.

The 7-3 Colts have the inside track to the section title as they are the only team that has a perfect section record at 3-0. Canon-McMillan is tied with Moon with a 2-1 section record. Both of those teams will be busy, too.

Following today's game with the South Fayette club team, Chartiers Valley finishes the regular season with a home game on Wednesday against Baldwin and closes out the season at Moon on May 11.

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Alumni Update - Greg Lynn (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, NY - Pitt-Greensburg baseball's Greg Lynnpicked up four hits in a Sunday sweep of Hilbert College toLynn PGU become the program's all-time career hits leader.  

The Ellwood City graduate tally one hit in the 6-2 opening win followed by three more, including the record breaking 159th in a lopsided 14-2 victory in the nightcap.

A perfect 4-0 weekend trip to Buffalo improve the Bobcats to an overall 20-14 mark and 12-2 in conference play.  Second place UPG trails only La Roche (13-1) while holding a two game advantage over third place Penn State Behrend (10-4) with just one conference doubleheader left to play before the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs begin.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)