Ralph Blundo, coach of undefeated WPIAL and PIAA boys basketball champion New Castle, meets former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson before the Pirates-Brewers game Thursday at PNC Park.

High School notebook: Pirates latest to tout champs

Ralph Blundo emerged from the Pirates dugout moments after posing for a photo with a well-built, hard-looking man who had a tattoo on his

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Note to Softball Coaches


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 Montour's Trent Vietmeier gets into second base safely against Ambridge's Shawn Holman Thursday night.

High school highlights: Aliquippa softball ends 3,269-day drought

The Quips earned their first win on the softball diamond in almost nine years Thursday by edging Western Beaver, 10-9.

2 days ago

High School Baseball: McKay fans 20 ... again

Blackhawk pitcher Brendan McKay's impressive scoreless streak goes on, and his almost-surreal statistics continue to mount.

3 days ago

 West Mifflin's starting pitcher Zachary Salmon delivers during  their game against Belle Vernon.

High School Baseball: Hempfield snaps streak in 2-1 victory vs. Norwin

It took the No. 1 team in Class AAAA to finally cool down the WPIAL's hottest hitter as Hempfield edged Norwin, 2-1.

3 days ago

West Xtra: West Allegheny showing it can compete on the diamond

A Class AAA baseball powerhouse a few years ago, West Allegheny is emerging as a contender once again.

3 days ago

West Xtra: South Side Beaver's rebuilding program yields a contender

It has been 14 years since South Side Beaver has qualified for the WPIAL playoffs, but the drought could end this spring.

3 days ago

 Riverside's Brooke Barker, left, being tagged out by Brandywine Heights' Missy Komand during last year's PIAA Class AA championship game, has moved from second base to the pitcher's circle this season.

West Xtra: Despite key losses, Riverside softball team is still a force

Riverside had to replace two key players from last year's PIAA runner-up team, but the Panthers are still winning.

3 days ago

 Freshman right-hander Alysa Fairman is one of two starting pitchers used by Thomas Jefferson coach Heidi Karcher.

South Xtra: After hot start, TJ softball team fights to stay in hunt

The Thomas Jefferson softball team got off to a 6-0 start this season, but the Jaguars are battling through a bit of a slump.

3 days ago

 Senior Nick Bernick provides a reliable and experienced right arm for the Baldwin Highlanders pitching staff.

South Xtra: With experienced lineup, Baldwin emerges as a section title threat

Baldwin took its lumps last year on the baseball diamond, but with its entire starting lineup back, the Highlanders are getting payback.

3 days ago

 Hampton's Steve Dayton pulls in a fly ball during a non-section game against Bethel Park March 27.

North Xtra: With familiar face at helm, Hampton rolls

Gary Wilson returns for second stint as head baseball coach.

3 days ago

 Senior left-hander Danielle Kochka provides a veteran presence in the pitching circle for the Gators.

East Xtra: Gateway battling for playoff spot

After a fast beginning, Gators' softball team scrambling to turn things around.

3 days ago

 Hempfield's Joey DeFloria slides home with a run despite the efforts of Penn-Trafford catcher Scott Koscho. That was one of the few low points for the Warriors as they dispatched the Spartans, 13-2, last Friday in a Section 2-AAAA victory.

East Xtra: Team chemistry helping Penn-Trafford contend

Baseball team is a close-knit unit as it makes a run for first WPIAL title.

3 days ago

North Xtra: Seneca Valley comes out swinging

Raiders return all nine starters on softball team and jump out to fast start.

3 days ago

 Shaler's Justin Defide gets Penn Hills' Tyler Reis out at second base on a force play during a Section 4-AAAA game last week.

North Xtra: Experienced Shaler battles for section title

Entire starting lineup and pitching staff return for Titans' baseball team.

3 days ago

 Plum High School's Nolan Cressler will transfer from Cornell to Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt next stop for Plum's Cressler

Former Plum High School standout Nolan Cressler opts for Vanderbilt after deciding to transfer from Cornell after two years.

5 days ago

 Web Gem: Hempfield's Joey DiBridge makes a diving catch against Penn-Trafford, but Penn-Trafford won the game easily, 13-2.

High School Highlights: Penn-Trafford crushes No. 1 Hempfield

Tyler Smith and Penn-Trafford made short work of Class AAAA's No. 1 team Thursday. Smith went 3 for 3 with a double, home run and five RBIs.

1 week ago

 Penn Hills' Zac Crosmun reaches for a ground ball hit by Shaler Wednesday afternoon.

High school highlights: Blackhawk's McKay shines again

Standout pitcher Brendan McKay tossed a no-hitter Wednesday against West Allegheny, with plenty of MLB scouts in attendance.

1 week ago

 Beaver's Ashley Kondracki connects with a pitch during a WPIAL tournament quarterfinal victory against Greensburg Central Catholic last May.

West Xtra: Beaver relies on experience for this softball season

A WPIAL semifinalist last spring, Beaver's softball team hopes to go even further this season.

1 week ago

West Xtra: A winner last year, OLSH seeks more on baseball diamond

A WPIAL runner-up last season, the OLSH baseball team has some lofty goals for this year.

1 week ago

 Bethel Park's Corey Augenstein is a mainstay on the Black Hawks pitching staff.

South Xtra: As usual, Bethel a contender again on diamond

When the Section 5-AAAA baseball title is decided, Bethel Park figures to have a say in who wins it.

1 week ago

 Tyler Garbee returns as a mainstay on the Quaker Valley pitching staff.

North Xtra: Quaker Valley looking for more success

Baseball team using total team effort to get off to fast start like last season.

1 week ago

East Xtra: Greensburg CC hopes to challenge for a section title

Offense and pitching have Centurions' baseball team off to strong start.

1 week ago

 Blackhawk's Brendan McKay went 9-1 with a 0.52 ERA and 98 strikeouts last season.

Blackhawk has a star on mound in senior pitcher

Brendan McKay of Blackhawk just might be the best pitcher the WPIAL has had in quite a while, and he keeps getting better.

2 weeks ago

High School Baseball: Berezo's single helps Rams down Raiders

Daane Berezo's bases-loaded single with no outs in  the seventh inning snapped a tie and gave Class AAAA No. 4 Pine-Richland a 6-5 win.

2 weeks ago

West Xtra: Top player's decision not to play jolts Western Beaver

Nick Miller was Western Beaver's top pitcher and a strong offensive threat last year, but decided not to play this season.

2 weeks ago

 Senior right-hander Olivia Dixon is one of three hurlers sharing the workload at Montour.

West Xtra: Spring trip helps Montour reload

Montour took a trip south to help start its softball season.

2 weeks ago

 Moon is hoping for a big season offensively and defensively from junior second baseman Rocco Maue.

West Xtra: Consistent play is key element for Moon in Quad-A

In its second season playing in Class AAAA, Moon looks to become a more consistent team.

2 weeks ago

South Xtra: KO hopes to put it together on softball field

Early on last season, scoring runs was not a problem for the Keystone Oaks softball team.

2 weeks ago

North Xtra: Shaler talented, but needs to mature

Softball team young, but has plenty of potential.

2 weeks ago

 Connor Coward has performed most of the heroics for Seneca Valley on the pitching mound, but he's also an effective hitter for the Raiders.

North Xtra: Seneca Valley grooming another standout

Senior Connor Coward shaping up to be a top-notch pitcher for Raiders.

2 weeks ago

 Senior right-hander Tyler Tubbs gives Hempfield an experienced hand on the mound this season.

East Xtra: Hempfield hoping to match 2013 results

With expectations high, Spartans' baseball team looking to build on last year's success.

2 weeks ago

East Xtra: Greensburg Salem hasn't finished roaring

Despite loss of key seniors to graduation, Lions' softball team is still strong.

2 weeks ago

East Xtra: Allderdice adapting to a new 'neighborhood'

First season in WPIAL was rough, but baseball team off to strong start this year.

2 weeks ago

High school highlights: Hempfield baseball hits 3 HRs in victory

Hempfield's Dom Mori had one hit Monday night, and he made it count.

2 weeks ago

2014 Softball Preview: Pitch counts -- Top hurlers giving teams upper hand

A look at the top teams and players to watch in the coming season.

3 weeks ago

 Bethel Park's Luke Hahey tags out Hampton's Luke Nugent at second base on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Purkey Field in Bethel Park.

2014 Baseball Preview: Familiar tune -- Usual powers top the chart for Quad-A

A look at the top teams and players to watch in the coming season.

3 weeks ago

East Xtra: Plum girls pointing toward success

Senior infield duo key to Mustangs' goal of first postseason victory.

3 weeks ago

East Xtra: Riverview refuses to lower the bar

With eight returning seniors, Raiders' baseball team sets its goals high.

3 weeks ago

 Tiffany Edwards had a 19-2 record and 1.60 ERA last season for WPIAL Class AA runner-up Deer Lakes.

North Xtra: No drop-off for Deer Lakes

WPIAL runner-up last year, Lancers' girls softball team is still strong.

3 weeks ago

South Xtra: Big Macs' goal is more of the same

Defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Canon-McMillan has plenty of good players returning to help defend the titles.

3 weeks ago

 After a breakout sophomore season, right-hander Brandon Donovan returns to anchor the Steel Valley pitching staff.

South Xtra: Ironmen enter baseball season hungry for more

Coming off their first section title in 19 years, Steel Valley is out to prove it isn't a one-hit wonder.

3 weeks ago


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