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9/24/18

If there was a bright spot to be had in Northgate’s 39-0 loss to the Union Scotties last Saturday, it was the performance of Anthony Barbarino, pictured above, who amassed the lion’s share of the Flames’ rushing yardage. The athleticism of the Scotties, combined with errors and penalties that plagued the Flames, put Union up 25-0 by the end of the first half. Two more scores by the Scotties invoked the mercy rule, and sped up the clock on the loss for the Flames. Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

9/8/18

Avonworth’s second home game of the season will take on more significance than the typical high school football game.

Yes, everyone will be looking for great plays, no injuries, and a final score favoring the home team, but as announcers from the booth call the plays, the crowd will hear some unfamiliar names.

“Thirty-yard pass to Toby Hopkins is good for another Avonworth touchdown!”

“Rich McCormick runs it for 10 and another Avonworth first down.”

9/8/18

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate took a long drive into the country last Friday night where they met up with the Highlanders from McGuffy High School. The Highlanders are playing down in class this year, joining the WPIAL’s class 2A after playing up in 3A.

The Flames (0-0, 0-2) entered the game looking to rebound from their 22 – 7 loss to Perry High School in Week Zero. McGuffy (0-0, 2-0) was riding high after beating Ambridge 28 – 0 to start their season. But, playing out of conference proved to be too much for the Flames and they fell to the Highlanders by the score 48 – 0.

9/8/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team saw their record improve to 2-0 when they opened conference play at Valley last Friday.

For the second week, the 'Lopes overcame a rickety start on their way to an impressive victory on the road, 33-12.

"The kids played hard and this is a big win," said head coach Duke Johncour. "If we keep starting slow like that, we'll take it as long as we win."

9/3/18

By JIM RUMBLE

It was week zero in football around the WPIAL last week, but after a rocky start for the Avonworth Antelopes, they appeared to be in midseason form when they played at Neshannock last Friday.

"It was a good win, but it was not a great start," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

9/3/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames hosted the Commodores from Perry High School last Saturday in what has come to be known as the “week zero” game. The Flames fell to the Commodores by the score 22 – 7 in a contest that is commonly thought of as a preseason game.

Perry kicked off to start the game, and the Flames quickly tried to establish the run game. Christian Davin handed off to Anthony Barbarino to get things started.A Davin pass fell incomplete and on third down Barbarino was stopped with no gain, and Northgate was forced to punt.

8/25/18

By JIM RUMBLE

For the second straight year, three generations of Johncours will be expected to lead the Avonworth Antelopes football team as they embark on the 2018 season.

Senior quarterback Derek Johncour will lead the offense on the field with a full year of experience under his belt, while his father Duke Johncour begins his eighth season at the helm. What really makes the situation unique is that Barry Johncour, who coached his son Duke as a quarterback at Churchill several decades ago, has been with the team for some time as an assistant.

8/25/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames begin the 2018 season on Saturday when they host the Commodores from Perry High School.

5/19/18

By JIM RUMBLE

Nobody expected the Northgate girls’ softball team to win a WPIAL title this season, but after 20-plus years of being on the outside looking in, this year’s participation in the playoffs is something to be proud of.

Having to play a tough Chartiers-Houston team in the first round was a tall order for the Lady Flames, who were defeated 15-0 in a game played at West Allegheny this past Wednesday.

“It’s nice to be here,” said second year coach Rob Abramowicz.“I told the girls it was a pleasure coaching them this year.”

5/13/18

As the Avonworth/Northgate track and field teams competed at the Pine Richland Invitational last Friday, a veritable monsoon couldn't stop Hunter Robinson's relentless assault on the sprints in Western PA. The Avonworth senior stormed her way to first place gold in the 100 m and 200 m dashes, setting a meet record in the latter event. Her time in the 100 is ranked second in the state, and her time in the 200 is the number-one time in the state.

Avonworth junior Hayden Robinson was nipping at her sister’s heels, though, coming in second in both the 100 and 200.

3/31/18

Even though Northgate-Avonworth swim coach Jesse McKelvey admits that she and the team had hoped to finish in the top five in state competition last weekend, she believes that the team and individual swimmers “represented strongly” in an “overall solid meet.”

3/17/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth/Ambridge ice hockey team participated in the PIHL Tier 3 J.V. playoffs and squared off with top-seeded Penn-Trafford in a semifinal game played at the Castle Arena in Castle Shannon this past Monday.

With the outcome still up in the air through the first two periods, Penn Trafford(16-1 in the regular season) added four goals in the final period on their way to a 6-3 victory.

Avonworth/Ambridge (9-5-2 in the regular season) took the early lead when Noah Vith got loose for a breakaway goal and a 1-0 lead at the 9:27 mark of the first period.

3/10/18

Going into WPIAL competition last weekend, the Northgate-Avonworth swimmers had the confidence of a strong season record behind them.

But WPIALs is a bit different than meeting up with opponents from the season schedule. It’s the best vs. the best, and as with any sport, a plan of action can be a big help.

1/20/18

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth Antelopes (7-6, 3-1) played their rival, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans (5-7, 2-1) Tuesday night at Avonworth High School, defeating the Trojans in a 42-40 thriller to take control of second place in AAA Section 2.

The first quarter began slowly, with both teams scoreless for the opening three minutes until CWNC’s Brian Davidson made a lay-up. This woke up junior Tyreek Davis, who scored five quick points to give the ‘Lopes the lead. But the Trojans were not looking to roll over, and took a 13-12 lead into the second quarter.

1/20/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-6, 2-11) are still searching for their first win in the section. Tuesday night, the Flames lost to their section foe, the Sto-Rox Vikings (2-5, 3-10), 76 -55, after the Vikings built an insurmountable 18-point lead at half time.

1/20/18

By JIM RUMBLE

You would have to go back at least a couple of decades to find a four-game win streak for the Northgate girls’ basketball team, which the Lady Flames achieved following two wins over the past week.

1/14/18

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth Antelopes (5-6, overall; 2-1 in section) took on the Freedom Bulldogs at home this past Tuesday night for their third game of section play, coming out on top in the high scoring affair, 84-71.

The ‘Lopes started off as they have normally done this season -- slowly -- until junior guard Jake Harper caught fire and ignited the Avonworth offense with a pair of three-pointers. The first quarter ended with the score 20-13 in favor of Avonworth.

1/14/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (2-9, 0-4) had a tall task ahead of them on Tuesday night when they took on the Panthers from Sewickley Academy (8-1, 4-0). The Panthers are the defending state champions from last year, and though they lost nine seniors from that team, they look primed to defend the 2A state championship trophy deep into the post-season.

1/7/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-3, 2-8) picked up their second win of the season and their first win at home Tuesday night when they out ran the Cougars from Carlynton High School (1-0, 3-7). The Flames came back after being down 32 – 29 late in the third quarter to claim a 51 – 45 victory over the visiting Cougars.

1/7/18

By JIM RUMBLE

After a 5-0 start to the 2017-18 season, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team finds itself on a bit of a downslide, with four losses coming over the last five games.

The most recent loss occurred this past Tuesday, when the Lady ‘Lopes dropped a 55-42 decision to Keystone Oaks in non-section play.

1/7/18

Although Wednesday night’s game between the Northgate Flames and the Avonworth Antelopes boys’ basketball teams started with the Flames taking a nine-point lead, it was the last time Northgate would pull ahead for the rest of the game.

By end of first period, Avonworth led 14-13 on athree-pointer from Jake Harper The score remained close at 24-19 at halftime, but Avonworth pulled out all the stops to move ahead 41-30 at end of third period. Northgate edged back up, 41-38 with six minutes to go in the game, but Avonworth hung on for the 60-43 win.

12/23/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team overcame a sluggish start this past Monday when they hosted Steel Valley to begin section play, and cruised to a 60-38 victory.

Coach Mark D'Alessandris stated that the girls’ game last Saturday, a 73-38 win at Cornell, followed by inactivity on Sunday, may have been a factor in the first half of play, but added, "It's not how you start, it's how you finish."

12/23/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-2, 0-5) played host to the Crusaders (1-1, 1-4) from Bishop Canevin this past Tuesday in their section opener, and both teams entered the game looking for their first win. The Flames battled hard, taking a 36 – 35 lead into the fourth quarter, but they were unable to hold it, and lost to the Crusaders by the score 57 – 47.

11/18/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The 2017 season came to a close for the Avonworth Antelopes football team when they faced the Riverside Panthers in a WPIAL quarterfinal game played at Seneca Valley last Friday. With 16 seniors in the starting line-up for the Panthers, their experience showed in every facet of the game as they overpowered the Antelopes 42-14.

'That's a good football team," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.