IMPERIAL – Drew Denham, Mapletown’s energetic girls basketball coach, shook his head in disbelief. He changed his lineup at almost every stoppage in play and encouraged his team. There just wasn’t anything he could do to get the ball to go into the basket.
The outcry from public school coaches and administrators has reached a fervor in Pennsylvania in the last decade as non-boundary schools have won what public schools say is a disproportionate number of district and state championships.
Several area volleyball teams have clinched a playoff berth. Others are hoping a final strong push will help them qualify for the postseason.
A showdown in Class 4A, injuries taking a toll and offenses look to stay hot as we move to the back half of the schedule.
ELLSWORTH — Trent Cavanaugh rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns to pace Bentworth to a 49-0 victory over Mapletown in a Class A Tri-County South Conference game Friday night.
Several area players find themselves near the top of several statistical categories in WPIAL football. With mismatches mostly across the board, they could continue to move up those lists.
There isn't a shortage of important conference games in high school football this week. Belle Vernon hosts Thomas Jefferson, South Fayette travels to New Castle and neighbors Fort Cherry and Burgettstown meet for the first time since 2009.
There is a significant hole to fill in the Mapletown football team's offense. It measures 5,762 yards. That's how many yards the aptly named Dylan Rush ran for in the past four seasons with the Maples. The total includes a WPIAL single-game record 524 yards that was set last year.
What was the best high school sports moment from 2017-18? Over the next four weeks, we are hosting a poll to find out what our readers think was the top moment. We picked and seeded the best 16 moments. Now, it's up to you.
When Hillary Jeffries left Southwestern Pennsylvania to work at the National Football Foundation in Dallas, she didn't leave her hometown of Mapletown behind. She brought it with her.
All three local teams that played Monday lost. Bentworth lost by seven runs to Laurel in Class AA, and Class A Carmichaels and Mapletown both lost by one run.
Jade Renner picked up her 11th win of the season, striking out four, and went 3-for-4 with two RBI as West Greene closed the regular season with a 13-3 win in six innings over Bentworth in a nonsection game.
A WPIAL survey showed, to nobody's surprise, that many school districts feel non-boundary schools have a distinct advantage when it comes to athletics.
Destin Weiser hit a hard ground ball to left field and Matt Whitfield scored from second base as Chartiers-Houston defeated Fort Cherry, 6-5 in eight innings, Friday for its fourth straight Section 2-A win.
West Greene remained tied with Monessen for first place in Section 2-A with a 4-2 victory over visiting Carmichaels Wednesday.
Luke Mary and Matthew Levi each had a pair of hits, Garrett Miller struck out seven in 3⅔ innings of relief as Peters Township held on to defeat Mt. Lebanon, 5-4, and clinch the final playoff spot in Class 6A Section 3 Wednesday night.
David Monaco hit a tiebreaking double in the fourth inning and two pitchers held Ringgold scoreless over the final three innings Monday as South Park edged the Section 3-AAAA-leading Rams 5-3.
Lauren Burnett hit an inside-the-park grand slam in a nine-run fourth inning as South Fayette defeated Carrick in five innings, 14-3, to end a five-game losing streak in a Class 4A Section 2 game.
Bill Simms went back-to-back at the Tri-County Athletic Directors Coach of the Year Banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sunday night.
Sophomore Kylie Sinn fired a no-hitter and belted a three-run homer Friday to lead Carmichaels to a 15-0 five-inning victory over host California in Section 2-A.
Junior Cam Weston hit three of Canon-McMillan’s six home runs as the Big Macs overpowered Baldwin in five innings, 14-3, in a Class 6A Section 3 contest Friday afternoon.
Bailey Parshall threw a five-inning perfect game, Sophia Godzak drove in five runs and Belle Vernon crushed visiting West Mifflin 12-0 in Section 2-AAAA Monday afternoon.
Fort Cherry freshman right-handed pitcher Lane Miller fired a no-hitter as the Rangers continued to stay near the top of Section 1-AA with a 5-0 victory at Bentworth Monday afternoon.
Joe Sabolek pitched a complete game and host Belle Vernon broke a tie when two runs scored on an error in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 3-2 victory over Uniontown in Section 3-AAAA.
Ella Brookman hit a game-winning single to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning as Chartiers-Houston defeated Fort Cherry, 5-4, in a Class 2A Section 3 game.
Chase Angotti only allowed two hits and a pair of earned runs over 6 ⅓ innings as Ringgold defeated South Park, 6-4, in a Class 4A Section 3 game.
BALDWIN – Junior guard Anni Truschel scored a game-high 18 points and Aquinas Academy held Mapletown to six points over the middle two quarters en route to a 51-26 victory over the Maples in a WPIAL Class A first round girls basketball playoff game Saturday afternoon at Baldwin High School.