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3/6/17

By JIM RUMBLE

Having to play the number-two seed in 3A was a daunting challenge for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team when they faced undefeated East Allegheny in a quarterfinal game played at Penn Hills last Saturday.

Playing much better than a lot of people expected, the Lady ‘Lopes gave the Wildcats a run for their money, but came out on the short end as they were defeated 68-59.

“We wanted to win," said 'Lopes coach Mark D'Alessandris. "We had a game plan to go after them and get them, but they [East Allegheny] got a lot of calls," he said.

2/25/17

By JIM RUMBLE

An upset seemed imminent for the Avonworth boys’ basketball team when they squared off with the Southmoreland Scotties in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Saturday. Foul trouble, unfortunately, took its toll toward the end of the contest as the Antelopes were defeated in overtime 64-55 to close out their season.

Give credit to Avonworth's play defensively for keeping Southmoreland's 6'10" center Brandon Stone in check, limiting the big guy to 14 points -- 12.5 points below his average.

2/25/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs after defeating Beaver Falls in a first round game played at North Catholic this past Wednesday.

After weathering what seemed like a jittery start, the Lady ‘Lopes settled down and rolled past the Tigers 54-32.

“The layoff hurt us,” said Avonworth coach Mark D’Alessandris, who noted that his team went a week and a half without meaningful game action.

2/13/17

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0 – 13, 4 – 17) played host to Sewickley Academy (11 – 2, 16 – 4) last Friday night, and it was tough sledding for the Flames who are still winless inthe section. The Panthers were coming off a 60 – 58 loss to the first place Crusaders from Canevin, and the Flames were unfortunately next in line, getting topped by the panthers 72 – 25.

2/13/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team finished up section play when they hosted undefeated section leader North Catholic this past Tuesday.The Antelopes, who held one brief lead early on, gave it one heck of an effort but fell short in the end 59-57.

“It was a great game – we battled back but we came up a little short,” said ‘Lopes coach Dan Bradley.

Despite the loss, Avonworth has already clinched a spot for the WPIAL play-offs and will finish off the regular season with two non-section games.

2/5/17

By JIM RUMBLE

After losing by a total of three points in consecutive section games, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team got back on track when they hosted Freedom this past Tuesday. The teams exchanged leads four times early in the first quarter before the Antelopes powered ahead on their way to a lopsided 92-44 victory.

"I'm very pleased at how we came out after the first minute," said 'Lopes coach Dan Bradley. "After that we played 31 minutes of good basketball."

2/5/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-11, 4-15) continue to battle every game, but still have not been able to pickup that elusive first section win. Most recently, the Flames battled, but still fell to the Wildcats from Shenango (3-8, 5-13) by the score of 64 – 44.

The Flames opened the game in a 3-2 zone defense, and Shenango attacked it by shooting from the perimeter. The Wildcats hit a three to start, and then dropped into a full-court press to speed the game up and cause some turn-overs.

2/5/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team picked up one for the win column when they hosted Apollo Ridge this past Monday. Leading from start to finish, the Lady ‘Lopes dominated throughout on the way to a 64-29 win.

“It was a tough week last week’” said Avonworth coach Mark D’Alessandris as he referred to back-to- back losses heading into this game.

“We were working real hard and we came out on fire,” said D’Alessandris.

1/30/17

By JIM RUMBLE

After jumping out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team saw their lead slowly disappear throughout the contest when they hosted Seton LaSalle in section play this past Tuesday.

The Rebels claimed their only lead with :04 left on the clock to defeat the Antelopes 49-47.

In the first quarter Matt Crilley-scored eight of his game-high 24 points, as he was unstoppable down inside the Seton LaSalle defense.

1/30/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0 – 9, 4 – 13) are still in pursuit of their first section win after losing to the Bishop Canevin Crusaders (8 -1, 12 – 3) Tuesday night, by the score of 77 – 30. The Flames were at home, but the Crusaders entered the game with only one loss in the section, and tied for firstplace with Sewickley Academy.

The Flames have taken on a younger look over the past couple of weeks. Led by two seniors, Ray Man-gone and Stephon Adams, the team is made up mostly of freshman and sophomores and two juniors.

1/30/17

By JIM RUMBLE

In a non-section contest last Friday, the Avonworth girls basketball team hosted Sewickley Academy and rolled to a 58-32 win.

Hayden Robinson had a superb night all around, finishing with 22 points along with 12 rebounds.

In the first quarter sisters Hayden and Hunter Robinson combined for 10 points, and freshman Lexi Mankey scored four points and sophomore Alexa Davis scored from underneath at the buzzer to give the Lady ‘Lopes an early 16-10 lead.

1/23/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys' basketball team saw their seven game win streak come to a halt when they traveled to North Catholic this past Tuesday.

On the line was sole possession atop Section 2 (3A) for both teams, but the Trojans managed to outscore the Antelopes in each quarter on their way to a 48-26 victory.

Matt Crilley led the ‘Lopes offense with nine points.

Avonworth hosted Brentwood in section play and defeated the Cougars last Friday 60-45.

1/23/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-6, 4-10) were still looking for their first section win last Friday night when they took on the Lancers from Neshannock (3-3, 8-4). The Flames’ offensive struggles continued as they fell to the Lancers 72 – 46.

1/23/17

Following what Northgate-Avonworth swim team coach Jessie McKelvey describes as being a new section “adjustment period,” before becoming more focused and unified, she is quick to tell anyone that this year’s team is doing well.

How well? Very well. Undefeated, record-breaking well!

“We always have exciting swims each meet for all kinds of reasons. I think the most notable this year is Karen Siddoway clenching all of the girls’ individual records. All the girls’ relays are now broken, so the girls’ side of the board has been cleared and all the holders are current swimmers.”

1/14/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team extended their recent win streak to six games, capturing two wins over the past week.

The 'Lopes hosted Carlynton in a section game last Friday and defeated the Cougars 50-44.

"It was ugly but we'll take it," said coach Dan Bradley.

Avonworth jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter with three-balls by Mike Noethiger and Jake Harper and a basket in the lane by Matt Crilley, all coming on Avonworth's first three possessions to put them ahead 8-0.

1/14/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Northgate Flames girls’ basketball team entered last Thursday's game against Brentwood sporting a 5-3 overall record and having aspirations of pulling an upset against their section leader. The Flames hung tough early on, but the Spartans took over in the second quarter and never looked back on their way to a 55-34 win.

2/8/16

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames wrapped up their home schedule on Tuesday when they fell to the Rams from South Side Beaver, on Senior Recognition Night, by the score of 90-53. Northgate (3-18) came into the game struggling as a defensive unit, allowing their opponents to score on average 74 points a game. South Side came into the game looking to exploit the Flames' lack of experience with their pressure defense.

1/23/16

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (3-13) fell to the OLSH Chargers (11-4) last Friday night by the score of 74 - 22. The Chargers are a very good team led by 6'6" senior Collin Neville and 6'4" junior Ethan Harrell. The Flames were at a disadvantage in the paint given the height difference, but Northgate never quit, showing a lot of grit and fortitude throughout the game.

1/23/16

By JIM RUMBLE

Following last Friday's overtime loss at Aliquippa, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team got back to their winning ways when they hosted South Side Beaver this past Monday.

Displaying good balance on offense with five players scoring in double figures, the Antelopes rolled to a home win against the Rams 78-48.

"I'm just glad we came out and played well after a tough loss at Aliquippa," said 'Lopes coach Dan Bradley.

"Sometimes those feelings and emotions can carry over and I thought we came out pretty good," he said.

12/12/15

By MEL PERKINS

The 2015-16 Northgate Flames' boys' basketball season got rolling on Dec. 4 when they took on the Springdale Dynamos in the Springdale Tip-Off Tournament. The Flames lost to Springdale and Yough in the tournament, but section play starts tonight when they travel to Moon Township to take on the Chargers from Our Lady of Sacred Heart (OLSH).

11/22/15

By JIM RUMBLE

Injuries were part of the adversity the Avonworth Antelopes football team had to deal with all season, and that continued to be a factor when the 'Lopes met the Clairton Bears in a WPIAL quarterfinal game played last Friday.

Avonworth battled Clairton to a 14-14 tie by halftime, but just couldn't match up with the Bears in the second half as they fell 46-21 to end their season.

"I'm proud of these kids. They came out, gutted it up, and played their hearts out," said Antelopes’ coach Duke Johncour.

11/16/15

By JIM RUMBLE

In their WPIAL first-round game played at Beth-Center last Friday, the Avonworth Antelopes football team overcame a slow start with a dominating second half to dispose of the Bulldogs 27-12.

The Antelopes had a difficult time in the first half containing Beth-Center's Anthony Welsh, who rushed for 152 yards early on, but was neutralized in the second half.

11/6/15

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate and Avonworth met last Friday night in a thriller on Halloween's Eve, and all those who were in attendance witnessed a western style shootout, with all of the bushwhacking and gun slinging you could ever imagine.

The game see-sawed back and forth in the fourth quarter as the lead changed three times, and when the smoke cleared the Flames had come up short on the wrong side of a 50 - 49 heartbreaker.

11/6/15

Following a post-season 2-0 win against Bishop Canevin and a 4-3 upset of the Sewickley Academy Panthers, Avonworth's boys' soccer team has advanced to a WPIAL finals match-up that will be played against Seton-La Salle, with kick-off at noon tomorrow at Highmark Stadium, located on West Station Square Drive in Pittsburgh.

The victory over the Sewickley team, with a history of wins that include being state runner-up last year and WPIAL champs and state champs in 2013, came with a formidable fight.