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Boys Tennis: Winchester Thurston is battle tested

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Winchester Thurston plays in what may be the toughest section in WPIAL Class 2A and has made the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

Now the Bears begin their quest for the first WPIAL team tennis title in school history.

Winchester Thurston heads into the tournament as the No. 9 seed and will travel to Blackhawk for a first round match Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The Bears and Cougars have not met in the playoffs in at least 15 years.

Winchester Thurston last played in the title march in 2015 when it lost, 5-0, to Sewickley Academy. If the Bears win, they would likely face the 13-time defending champion and top seed in the second round.

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Photo Journal: Girls Basketball PIAA First Round - Winchester Thurston vs. Northern Potter (March 11)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Winchester Thurston plays Northern Potter in the  PIAA 1A First Round, at Baldwin High School, Saturday, March 11.  Winchester Thurston decided their fate early, dominating throughout the game, with a final score of 55-24.  Next round puts Winchester Thurston against Juniata Valley.

click here to see video highlights of the game

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

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Girls Basketball: Winchester Thurston uses inside edge to win first WPIAL title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Two fantastic point guards went head-to-head in the WPIAL Class 1A championship.

But it was the play in the paint that ultimately made the difference.

Ayanna Townsend's 21 points and 17 rebounds propelled Winchester Thurston to a 52-41 win against Cornell in Friday's final at Petersen Events Center. The Bears, who won a section title for the first time this season, now have their first WPIAL title, too.

Townsend, a 6-foot-2 junior forward, had her way down low for Winchester Thurston, which used a considerable size advantage to dominate Cornell inside. Winchester Thurston outrebounded Cornell, 53-26.

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Girls Basketball: East Feature Athlete - Winchester Thurston’s Ayanna Townsend

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Ayanna Townsend
School: Winchester Thurston
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: No team has been able to beat Winchester Thurston this season. Having an elite inside presence like Townsend is a big reason why. Townsend, a 6-foot-2 forward, teams with junior point guard Gia Thorpe to give the Bears a terrific tandem of stars. Townsend is averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals per game for the Bears, who are 14-0 overall and 6-0 in Class 1A Section 3. Ranked No. 1 in the class, the Bears are nearing their first ever section title. Townsend is considered one of the top juniors in the WPIAL. She was recently selected to play for the Adidas U.S. Select Team that will travel to Italy this summer.

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Boys Basketball: Potter has Winchester Thurston rolling

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Malik Potter has been one of the best players in the WPIAL this season and, if he keeps it up, there is a good chance Winchester Thurston could end up in the WPIAL Class 1A playoffs.

Potter is seventh in the WPIAL averaging 26.3 points per game, nearly a point a night better than Mars junior Robby Carmody and 3.8 more than Penn Hills senior Sherron Schifino. With Potter playing at such a high level, Winchester Thurston (7-5, 3-2) is riding a four-game winning streak. But that will likely get tested on Friday when it takes on first place Imani Christian (7-6, 4-1), which won the first time, 73-48.