High school sports: Moments that wrote the history of this year
Heartbreaking end to thrilling season for Bethel Park.
The Timko sisters: Karli, left, and Tanya of Chartiers-Houston.
Golden Pierre Carr of Peabody.
Serra's T.J. Heatherington
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The PIAA makes a controversial proposal that would add two classifications to football in the state. The idea of six classifications passes two votes, but the third and final vote is tabled until next month. The WPIAL is against the idea and some schools in the WPIAL favor dropping out of the PIAA if the six-class idea is passed.
Chartiers-Houston sisters Karli and Tanya Timko win the WPIAL Class AA boys' tennis championship in dominating fashion with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the title match. They are the first girls' team to win a WPIAL boys' title. The sisters played in the boys' division because Chartiers-Houston dropped its girls' program last fall.
Gateway, the heavy favorite to win the WPIAL Class AAAA football title, is upset by Bethel Park, 10-6, in the title game at Heinz Field. After winning its first football championship in school history, Bethel Park advances to the PIAA title game, where it loses an overtime heartbreaker to Bethlehem Liberty, 28-21.
On a Tuesday night in late February, Serra basketball player T.J. Heatherington sets a WPIAL playoff record by scoring 50 points in a Class A semifinal victory against Neshannock. Three nights later, Sewickley Academy's Tom Droney ties a championship-game record with 40 points against Serra. Heatherington scored 37 in the game.
Peabody's Pierre Carr becomes only the third runner in City League history to win both the PIAA Class AAA 100- and 200-meter dashes. Carr also becomes only the second runner from the City League or WPIAL to win the 100 two years in a row in the largest classification. The other was legendary Clinton Davis of Steel Valley in 1982-83.
Mt. Lebanon becomes only the second girls' basketball team in WPIAL history to win a PIAA title game with a perfect record. The Blue Devils defeat Cardinal O'Hara, 67-58, to finish 31-0. The only other WPIAL team to go undefeated was Mount Alvernia in 1983.
In one of the most memorable playoff games in WPIAL baseball history, Moon defeats Hopewell, 15-13, in a 14-inning contest that was played over two days because it was around midnight when umpires stopped the game the first day. In the 13th inning, both teams scored five runs.
Latrobe senior Natalie Bower finishes her career without knowing what it's like not to win a WPIAL cross-country championship. Bower becomes the first runner in WPIAL history to win four titles in a row.
The Latrobe Wildcats hockey team defeats Council Rock, 3-2, to win the state Class AA championship. The Wildcats (26-0) become only the 13th team in Pennsylvania hockey history to finish the season with an undefeated record.
Only a freshman, Hopewell running back Rushel Shell makes a run to prominence, rushing for 200 yards or more in three consecutive games and finishing the season with 1,576 yards rushing. He becomes the first freshman ever selected to the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22.
North Catholic wins a WPIAL boys' basketball championship for the first time and it's definitely a family affair. In the starting five are brothers Matt and Martin Long, and their two cousins, Joe and Jesse. The coach of the team is Dave Long, Joe's father and uncle to Matt, Martin and Jesse.
Seven wrestlers from the WPIAL win PIAA Class AAA championships. It is the most for the league since 1995.
First Published June 28, 2009 12:00 am