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11/11/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The football season has ended for the Avonworth Antelopes, who lost in the first round of their WPIAL playoffs at Freedom this past Friday.

After overcoming a couple of turn-overs that led to a couple of scores by the Bulldogs, the Antelopes were not able to take advantage of several opportunities late in the fourth quarter on their way to a 24-21 loss to end their season.

"Could-a, should-a, would-a," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour. "We didn't make the plays we needed."

11/11/18

On the last weekend in October, both the Avonworth and Northgate cross country teams competed in the WPIAL championship meet at California University of Pennsylvania.

The Avonworth boys' team finished 13th out of 28 teams, led by sophomore Jackson Habala, who finished 27th overall out of 210 runners, and qualified for the PIAA state championship race in Hershey, PA on Nov. 3.

11/4/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team will be looking to break a two-game losing streak when they play at Freedom in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The 'Lopes had their sights set on knocking off undefeated conference leader Shady Side Academy when the teams met at home last Friday. After leading early in the second half, something no other team has done all season against the Indians, the 'Lopes just couldn't maintain the upper hand.

11/4/18

By Joseph Szalinski

The Northgate Flames (0-10, 0-7) suffered their final loss of the season to the Laurel Spartans (6-4, 5-2) at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Laurel had just come off of a win against Sto-Rox a week prior, while Northgate played a nearly evenly matched game against Bishop Canevin,, which they ultimately lost.

11/4/18

Avonworth boys’ soccer faced off against a tough Springdale opponent in the first round of playoffs at Mars Field last Monday.

Head coach Tom Angell described Springdale as coming out “very aggressive” in the first half of the game. The opponent played strong and “…had us on our heels in the first half,” Angell said.

But Avonworth re-grouped at halftime and had a much better second half.

“The defense of Jonah Brandt, Jonathon Nicolaus and Matthew Carraway, along with goalkeeper Timmy Stewart, had very strong games to secure the shut-out,” he added.

10/28/18

By MEL PERKINS

Last Saturday afternoon the Northgate Flames battled the Crusaders from Bishop Canevin, and even though the Flames came out holding the short end of the stick, they showed why football is a game that has endured for almost 150 years. Northgate lost 41 - 35, but the game was more a microcosm that magnified the struggle that small communities like Bellevue and Avalon have been up against for decades now, and how they've been determined to fight and never give up, hoping to get those communities back to the thriving towns they once were.

10/28/18

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a high scoring affair when the Avonworth Antelopes football team traveled to McGuffey for a non conference game last Friday.

After taking a 28-17 lead into the third quarter, the 'Lopes were outscored 40-14 in the second half as they fell to the Highlanders 57-42.

"They ran the ball well, and we didn't stop them," said Avonworth coach Duke Johncour. "We committed a couple of turnovers late, and that was the difference."

10/13/18

By JIM RUMBLE

At the start of their non-conference football game, it looked as though the Avonworth Antelopes were in for a tough night when they hosted Seton LaSalle last Friday. But thanks to the stellar play of the defense, the 'Lopes rolled to their fourth straight win, defeating the Rebels 30-13.

"They [Seton LaSalle] were well coached, they had a good game plan, and they gave us a battle," said Avonworth coach Duke Johncour.

10/13/18

It was a contest between winless teams when the Northgate Flames hosted the Springdale Dynamos in non-conference play last Saturday. Trailing 14-2 going into the fourth quarter, the Flames mounted a comeback but came up short and fell 14-11.

Springdale was leading 7-0 when Northgate’s Nate O’Mara recorded a safety to put the score at 7-2 with 7:33 left in the second quarter. The score remained that way into the third quarter when a Flame fumble at their 27 set up another touchdown for the Dynamos to extend the lead to 14-2.

10/6/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team saw their overall record improve to 5-1 when they traveled to Summit Academy for a conference game last Saturday.

The 'Lopes made easy work of the winless Knights, putting the game away early on their way to a 35-8 victory. Quarterback Derek Johncour once again led the way, throwing for 288 yards and five touchdowns. Ethan Syam had four receptions for 106 yards and Turner Grau had four catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns.

10/6/18

By Joseph Szalinski

The Northgate Flames (0-6, 0-4) ventured across the McKees Rocks Bridge to face off against the Sto-Rox Vikings (4-2, 3-1) on Friday, Sept. 28. Returning to play ball on a field under “Friday Night Lights,” after a series of Saturday games, was enough to disrupt the Flames, resulting in an eventual score of 54-0.

10/6/18

Avonworth boys’ soccer coach Tom Angell sums up his explanation for his team’s 10-0-1 record in just a few words: “The team has great experience and is a really hard working group.”

But after a moment, he expands on that thought.

“We have a very passionate group who are willing to work very hard to get better. We have very high goals for this season and so far it is going very well,” he said.

9/30/18

With stormy weather in the forecast for last Friday's contest, Avonworth's football game at Apollo-Ridge was moved up an hour, and for the second consecutive week the outcome was determined early as the Antelopes rolled past the Vikings 42-6.

Quarterback Derek Johncour completed 14-20 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, but the 'Lopes sustained balance on offense as Jax Miller ran for 121 yards including three rushing touchdowns.

9/30/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Cornell Raiders came to Northgate Alumni Field last Saturday for an afternoon game, and though it was a great day for football, the winless Flames found their misfortunes magnified, with only 12 players dressing for the game.

The Flames struggled to stop the Raiders on defense, and Cornell rattled off 13 unanswered points in the first quarter. The score was 26-0 before the Flames got on the scoreboard with a 75-yard kick return by Dylan White to make the score 26-7 after Heman Darjee nailed the extra point.

9/24/18

By JIM RUMBLE

Showing no ill effects from the previous week's tough loss, the Avonworth Antelopes football team got back on track when they hosted New Brighton in non- conference play last Friday.

Quarterback Derek Johncour completed 22-28 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns as the 'Lopes manhandled the Lions 35-7.

"It was a good win tonight," said coach Duke Johncour. "We're a very good football team and we need to keep the focus."

All of Avonworth's points came in the first half, which led to the second half being played with the mercy rule in effect.

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.”