High School Sports

 Cornell's Dane Jackson has been a driving force, both on the basketball court and on the football field. Because of his efforts, Jackson was chosen as the West Xtra Male Athlete of the Year.

West Xtra: Two-sport standout Jackson is Male High School Athlete of the Year

Dane Jackson was a standout in two sports at two schools — Cornell and Quaker Valley — and is the Male High School Athlete of the Year.

4 days ago

 Carlynton's Conor Richardson, shooting over Avonworth's Mackenzie Mayernik, was a standout in basketball as well as volleyball and track.

West Xtra: Female High School Athlete of the Year leaves a legacy at Carlynton

Conor Richardson left a legacy at Carlynton and in so doing became the West Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

4 days ago

 Mars Area's Ori Rinaman finished first in the Class AAA 300-meter hurdles at the WPIAL track championships and was a standout in football while earning the North Xtra Male Athlete of the Year.

North Xtra: Mars Area athlete is out of this world

Track and football standout Ori Rinaman lands North Xtra Athlete of the Year honor.

4 days ago

 Pine-Richland's Amanda Kalin, right, battles Sarah Chomos of North Allegheny for control of the ball in a match in October. Kalin is a soccer standout who was selected the North Xtra Female Athlete of the Year.

North Xtra: Pine-Richland athlete a super sophomore

Two-sport star Amanda Kalin earns North Xtra Female Athlete of the Year.

4 days ago

 Steel Valley's Brandon Donovan, driving around Laurel Highlands' Andy Cavinee, was a standout in basketball, baseball and football.

South Xtra: Steel Valley's Donovan is Male High School Athlete of the Year

Steel Valley’s three-sport standout Brandon Donovan is the South Xtra Male High School Athlete of the Year.

4 days ago

 Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman is a four-time WPIAL diving champion and a three-time PIAA champion. She is the South Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

South Xtra: Char Valley diver is Female High School Athlete of the Year

Maria Lohman,a four-time WPIAL and three-time PIAA diving champion, is the South Xtra Female High School Athlete of the Year.

4 days ago

 Jeannette's Julian Batts finished as the second-leading scorer in Jayhawks' history and was a standout quarterback for the football team. Batts was chosen as the East Xtra Male Athlete of the Year.

East Xtra: Jeannette athlete a two-sport star

Basketball, football standout Julian Batts is East Xtra Male Athlete of the Year.

4 days ago

 Greensburg Salem's Claire Oberdorf reaches for the ball as Ambridge's Lauren Sivewright gets into second base during a 2013 WPIAL  playoff game. Oberdorf is the East Xtra Female Athlete of the Year.

East Xtra: Perseverance pays off for Greensburg Salem athlete

Claire Oberdorf battles back from injury to land East Xtra Female Athlete of the Year.

4 days ago

Former Jeannette wrestling coach held for court on sex charges

Two 16-year-old girls testify Joshua Westfall kissed one and inappropriately touched the other.

4 days ago

 Riley Stapleton helped Indiana win its first WPIAL basketball championship, but also starred on the football field.

Post-Gazette co-Male Athletes of the Year: Riley Stapleton and Tre Tipton

Indiana’s Riley Stapleton and Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton will both be wide receivers in college, but were three-sport stars in high school.

1 week ago

 Madison Wiltrout of Connellsville, only a sophomore, is the Post-Gazette's Female Athlete of the Year.

Post-Gazette Female Athlete of the Year: Madison Wiltrout

Connellsville javelin standout Madison Wiltrout, also a strong basketball player, is just a sophomore, but is already making history.

1 week ago

 Deer Lakes' Maria Taliani is congratulated by coach Craig Taliani after hitting a grand slam against Mohawk in the WPIAL Class AA softball championship last month.

High school year in review: Top stories of 2014-15

From Indiana’s wonderful life to a Deer Lakes player’s smashing performance, the top stories of the 2014-15 high school sports season:

1 week ago

 T.J. McConnell signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, giving him the chance to play in the summer league and earn a spot on the team.

Ex-Chartiers Valley guard McConnell picked up by Philadelphia 76ers

Former Chartiers Valley star guard did not get drafted but was invited to sign as a free agent with Philadelphia.

1 week ago

Shaler girls track coach asks board for help with poor conditions, safety issues

Board members suggested a meeting with the district’s new athletic director and proposed fixes for track facilities.

1 week ago

 Upper St. Clair's Dylan Winseck tags out Elizabeth Forward's Zach Fodor in a rundown between first and second base Monday.

South Xtra: Improved field, more players spark Elizabeth Forward Legion team

Some refurbished digs and an injection of players from a defunct team have given Elizabeth Forward’s American Legion team a boost.

1 week ago

 Steel Valley standout Brandon Donovan is the Post-Gazette baseball player of the year.

Baseball All-Area Diamond Team

The best of the best from this past WPIAL baseball season, highlighted by player of the year Brandon Donovan of Steel Valley.

2 weeks ago

 Hempfield's Morgan Ryan led the Spartans deep into the playoffs despite being only a sophomore.

Softball All-Area Diamond Team

Morgan Ryan is just a sophomore, but Hempfield’s standout pitcher is the Post-Gazette softball player of the year.

2 weeks ago

 South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh, bound for Duquesne, completed five of seven passes for 219 yards in the annual Big 33 game before it ended at halftime because of weather.

Brumbaugh shines for Pennsylvania in rainy Big 33 game

South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh threw three touchdown passes in Pennsylvania’s 20-3 win against Maryland.

2 weeks ago

2015 All-Section Baseball Teams

(Selected by the Post-Gazette scholastic sports staff, based on voting by WPIAL coaches)

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2015 All-Section Softball Teams

(Selected by the Post-Gazette scholastic sports staff, based on voting by WPIAL coaches)

2 weeks ago

 South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh said of the Pennsylvania team's offense: “It’s basic enough that you can learn it in a week, but it’s complex enough to be putting stuff in and out. I like it.”

Big 33 Classic's rules favor passing quarterbacks

Former South Fayette High School quarterback Brett Brumbaugh savors rules in all-star game because of the emphasis on the passing game..

2 weeks ago

 Brett Brumbaugh, a Duquesne University recruit, set the state record for passing yardage during his career at South Fayette High School.

South/West Xtra: South Fayette's Brumbaugh looking forward to Big 33 game

Brett Brumbaugh will cap a magnificent high school football career when he plays in the Big 33 all-star football game Saturday in Hershey.

2 weeks ago

 Trinity High School players, from left, Kim Dunst, Lauren McGavitt, Maddie Rush and Sara Beecha show their team unity after losing to Bethlehem Catholic, 2-0, in the PIAA Class AAA championship last Friday at Penn State University.

South Xtra: Trinity comes up a few runs short of state title

A remarkable late-season run by the Trinity High softball team ended in the PIAA Class AAA championship game.

2 weeks ago

 West Allegheny quarterback Andrew Koester, carrying the ball during a Parkway Conference game against Central Valley last season, threw for 1,315 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Indians in 2014.

West Xtra: West Allegheny twosome enjoying the Big 33 experience

Teammates Andrew Koester and Armand Dellovade are capping their high school careers on a big stage -- the Big 33 Football Classic.

2 weeks ago

 Trinity High School catcher Kim Dunst (11) tags out Bethlehem Catholic High School's Bailey Deschler (6) in the 6th inning  in the PIAA Class AAA Softball Championship June 12, in State College, Pa. Trinity lost 2-0.

Trinity takes first shutout loss at championship

The Hillers lose at their first PIAA Class AAA state softball championships. Trinity was successful in making a name for themselves.

3 weeks ago

 Deer Lakes' Maureen Hutchinson (33) holds the ball aloft after making a diving catch on a ball hit by Holy Redeemer's Maria Taliani in the 2nd inning in the PIAA Class AA Championship June 12 in State College Pa.

Errors erase Deer Lakes' chance at first championship

The Lancers lose to the Holy Redeemer Royals in  the PIAA Class AA softball championship.

3 weeks ago

 The Knoch High School baseball team celebrates its 7-5 win over Abington Heights in the PIAA Class AAA title game.

Knoch defeats Abington Heights to win AAA baseball state championship

Knoch became the first WPIAL team to win a PIAA Class AAA title since Pine-Richland in 2006.

3 weeks ago

Neshannock shuts out Neumann-Goretti for PIAA Class AA championship

Pitcher Frank Fraschetti dominates bringing the Lancers to victory in first ever PIAA shutout game.

3 weeks ago

 Meghan Klingenberg has gone from Pine-Richland Ram to North Carolina Tar Heel to starter for the U.S. women's national soccer team.

Ron Cook: Pine-Richland High School in national spotlight

Former Rams athletes Neil Walker, Brandon Saad and Meghan Klingenberg are playing prominent roles around the sports world.

3 weeks ago

 Knoch's Cole Shinsky has been the ace for a Knights team that has gone deep into the PIAA playoffs.

Knoch, Neshannock try to regain some respect for WPIAL in PIAA baseball title games

The WPIAL hasn’t had a state baseball champion since 2011, and last year, no WPIAL team made it to a title game for only the third time.

3 weeks ago

 Craig Taliani has coached his daughter Maria, a junior outfielder, and the rest of the Deer Lakes softball team to its first PIAA Class AA state championship title game.

It's a family matter for Trinity and Deer Lakes softball teams

Dads and daughters a big theme for WPIAL for Trinity and Deer Lakes as they head into state title games today.

3 weeks ago

South Xtra: Trinity relies on strong defense to reach state title game

Time and again this season, Trinity’s softball team has shown an excellent defense, a key to its run to the PIAA title game.

3 weeks ago

 Joe Salvino, who has won 585 games as Monessen's boys basketball coach, will also take charge of the football program this season.

South Xtra: Salvino adds football coach to his duties at Monessen

Joe Salvino, an ultra-successful basketball coach at Monessen High School, has been appointed the school’s head football coach as well.

3 weeks ago

 Frank Fraschetti's solid outing against Quaker Valley on Monday helped Neshannock earn a spot in the PIAA state title game.

Post-Gazette Athletes of the Week

Pitching ace Frank Fraschetti of Neshannock and third baseman Shelby Clemens of Trinity receive honors.

3 weeks ago

Knoch hitters have breakout game in PIAA semifinal

Knoch hitters deliver playoff knockout punch at the perfect time.

3 weeks ago

Lansdale North Penn ends Shaler's stellar season in PIAA semifinals

Shaler pitcher Jake Potock kept the 2013 state champions scoreless for six innings, but it wasn’t enough to top the Knights.

3 weeks ago

 Paige Galentine (CQ), a rising senior at Trinity High School, pitches during her team's 3-2 victory over Bellwood-Antis at Latrobe High School. The Trinity Hillers are now headed to the softball state championship.

Trinity softball overcomes patchy start to clinch first PIAA state title game

The Hillers came back from an early 2-0 deficit to make school history by beating Bellwood-Antis.

3 weeks ago

RBI single in 8th seals Deer Lakes win in PIAA Class AA softball semifinals

The Lancers beat Cambridge Springs to reach their first PIAA championship in program history.

3 weeks ago

 Neshannock's Donald Colucci is congratulated after hitting a home run against Quaker Valley Monday at Chippewa Park Field.

Neshannock's power surge nails down PIAA Class AA title berth

Don Colucci delivers two unexpected homers as Neshannock surges past Quaker Valley and into PIAA Class AA title game Friday.

4 weeks ago

 Veteran NFL and college offensive line coach Tony Wise gets hands-on as he runs a blocking drill at the fifth Joe Moore O-Line Camp at West Allegheny High School.

Former coach Joe Moore celebrated by old friends at offensive line camp

Many of football’s most influential offensive linemen worked at a camp this weekend to honor the legacy of a late coach.

4 weeks ago

Knoch baseball serves up a dose of double trouble on the mound

The red-hot Knights have a perfect one-two pitching punch in juniors Cole Shinsky and Alex Stobert.

1 month ago

Fox Chapel served sad defeat in PIAA Class AAA championship

WPIAL champion Fox Chapel takes a tough loss in the PIAA boys volleyball title match.

1 month ago

 Louisville pitcher Brendan McKay had a solid outing in Sunday's win against Cal State Fullerton.

Briefs: Brendan McKay helps keep Louisville alive

Former Blackhawk High School star Brendan McKay, the ACC freshman of the year, started Sunday for the Cardinals in a season-saving win.

4 weeks ago