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6/1/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Good things are worth waiting for and that’s what occurred when the Avonworth girls’ softball team faced Keystone Oaks in the WPIAL 3A championship game that began this past Wednesday at Peterswood Park in Venetia, PA.

Bad weather forced a stoppage of play and the game was continued on Thursday, but that didn't slow down the Lady ‘Lopes as they finished strong to shut-out the Eagles convincingly 12-0.

Pitcher Sarah Helffrich earned the win on the mound, surrendering just four hits in a game that was shortened to five innings with the mercy rule in effect.

6/1/19

To nobody’s surprise, Avonworth/Northgate track team senior Hayden Robinson finished her career with a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 3A state title in the 100m dash, running in state competition last week at Shippensburg University. While there, she also grabbed a PIAA silver medal for her second place finish in the 200m dash.

5/25/19

BY JIM  RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ softball team inched past the defending WPIAL champ and then knocked out another opponent in the semi-finals to earn a chance to face Keystone Oaks in the WPIAL championship game next Wednesday, 2:15 p.m. at Peterswood Park in the South Hills.

The Lady ‘Lopes overcame an early deficit and went on to earn a 5-3 victory against the South Park Eagles in a semifinal game played at North Allegheny this past Wednesday.

“We battle, that’s what we do,” said Avonworth coach Jenna Muncie. “They’re [South Park] a good team, we just had to one-up on them.”

5/12/19

The Pine-Richland Invitational Track and Field Tournament held last Friday brought together athletes from 57 schools competing in all of the standard events that the sport offers. From that 57-school roster, the Avonworth/Northgate girls’ team ended the day by walking off with first place honors.

The boys did not do quite as well, but topped 37 of the competing teams, taking home 20th place, as a team.

Among the notable wins:

Kayley Wisniewski, Anna Igims, Megan Wisniewski, Lindsey Hartle took first place in the 4 x 8 relay, posting a season-best time of 9:45;

5/12/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Earlier this past week, playoff hopes were alive for the Northgate Flames baseball team but the odds were stacked against them as they would need wins against the co-leaders of their section to finish out section play.

Northgate hosted Our Lady Of Sacred Heart this past Tuesday and lost 9-0. The next day the Flames hosted Avonworth and were defeated soundly 26-0.

Although Northgate will miss the WPIAL playoffs, Avonworth finished the regular season as co-champions with OLSH atop 2A Section 4 as the playoff pairings will be announced today.

5/4/19

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth Antelopes (11-3, 7-1) defeated the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers(10-2,6-1) on Monday by a score of 3-2. With this win the Antelopes took over the number-one seed in the section.

Avonworth looked to reliable senior Ryan Felter making his fifth start on the mound this season. Senior Jeff Zick would get the start for the Chargers.

5/4/19

By JIM RUMBLE

It was Senior Night for the Avonworth girls’ softball team, and it was an awesome time to pull out a victory and claim the 3A Section 2 title. Avonworth battled back from an early deficit and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Beaver at home on this past Monday 4-3.

For Lady ‘Lopes coach Jenna Muncie, it was her third section title here over the past four years.

"They're [Beaver] a good team," said Muncie. "We know the only way to beat them is to keep it close and grind and we came up with a big win in the end."

4/27/19

In the final home meet for Avonworth/Northgate track and field, the boys beat South Side and Neighborhood Academy, giving them the Section 2 championship, with the girls beating Neighborhood but losing to South Side, and placing second in the section.

Team records stand at 7-0 for the boys, and at 6-1 for the girls.

Coach Brian Veshio had strong praise for many of the victories in Tuesday’s meet.

4/22/19

By PATRICK GANNON

Avonworth defeated Northgate last Wednesday by a score of 12-2.

Senior Ryan Felter started off for the ‘Lopes on the mound, extinguishing the first three Flames he faced for a quick top half of the first. In the bottom half, the ‘Lopes took advantage of the errors made by Northgate and put up seven runs took take an early led.

The Flames held the ‘Lopes scoreless in the second inning, but In the third, Avonworth put up three runs, and took a 10-0 lead. The 'Lopes added two more in the fourth, and the Flames responded with two of their own in the fifth.

4/22/19

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ softball team kept their unbeaten streak intact after blanking Hopewell in section play at home this past Wednesday 10-0.

The Lady ‘Lopes (13-0, 6-0) padded their lead in 3A Section 2 and remained the top-ranked team in the 3A classification as they began the second half of their regular season schedule.

Sarah Helffrich pitched a complete game, surrendering just five hits, and Abby Stanley highlighted the Lady ‘Lope offense with 3-4 at bat while driving in two runs.

3/23/19

At the beginning of their season, many of the swimmers on the Northgate-Avonworth swim team -- a.k.a. the Flame-A-Lopes -- sensed that this was going to be a banner year, perhaps not for all, but at least for some of them.

That sense of achievement came true for many of them, and for those who may not have brought home medals from state competition, it still will be a season with memories to last a lifetime.

But to re-cap the state highlights:

Overall, the girls’ team placed ninth, while the boys placed 27th .

3/16/19

By JIM RUMBLE

For the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, it would be their fourth attempt at knocking off section rival and recently crowned WPIAL champion Neshannock when the teams met in the second round of the PIAA playoffs at Hampton High School this past Tuesday.

Avonworth made it to the second round by emerging victorious in the first round over Fairview High School at the Hagherty Family Events Center in Erie last Friday 49-39.

3/16/19

After winning the WPIAL championship, the Northgate-Avonworth swim team made its way to Bucknell University for the state PIAA competitions, and brought home a first place medal.

Senior Karen Siddowayhad competed at the state level in the 200 yard freestyle last year, placing second in the state. This year she swam to a first place finish in the event, posting a personal best time of 1:49.08, and beating her closest competitor by .07 seconds.

The championship win is a first for the Northgate-Avonworth team.

3/8/19

The Northgate - Avonworth swim team walked away from the WPIAL championships held at Pitt last Saturday with a boatload of medals, as the girls’ team was named WPIAL champs, and the boys’ team placed second.

A number of individual and team first place wins propelled the girls into the title. Among the first-place wins: 200 free relay, Isabella Salerno, Angie Patarini, Anna Neiss, Karen Siddoway;400 free relay, Salerno, Kaylee Madey, Neiss, Siddoway; 200 and 100 free, Siddoway

3/2/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Playing in their first WPIAL semifinal game since the 2009-10 season, the Avonworth girls’ basketball squared off with a familiar foe in the Neshannock Lancers when the two teams met at Moon High School this past Wednesday. Having lost to the top-ranked Lancers twice in section play this season, the Lady ‘Lopes had hopes of turning the tide, but that didn't happen as they fell 47-37.

"We couldn't convert at the line and we couldn't get the calls," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris. "Best of luck to them [Neshannock] but we'll still be playing next Friday."

2/24/19

Assuming spring weather will eventually arrive, the Avonworth School board prepared at their Feb. 11 meeting by approving a number of coaches for the 2018-19 spring sports:

Dan Pomposelli as varsity baseball head coach; Andy Maddix as assistant varsity baseball coach; Scott Gustic as junior varsity baseball head coach; Jake Filipowski as junior varsity assistant coach; Blake Hoskins as a volunteer; Brian Miller as middle school baseball head coach; and Ryan Gracey as 7/8 baseball volunteer.

2/24/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Approximately a week and a half had passed between the final regular season game and the first round of the WPIAL playoffs for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, but the team's preparation during that period helped the Lady ‘Lopes run past the Beth-Center Bulldogs in a game played at Gateway High School this past Wednesday, 55-34.

"We had some good days of practice and a combined scrimmage with [6A] Peters Township and [4A] Central Valley gave the girls a lot of confidence from that," said 'Lopes coach Mark D'Alessandris.

2/24/19

By PATRICK GANNON

Avonworth faced off against the Aliquippa Quips in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Saturday at Sewickley Academy, with the Quips defeating the 'Lopes by a score of 72-50.

Aliquippa won the opening tip and proceeded to start their rout of the Antelopes, with Eli Kasonavich kicking things off by hitting a three-pointer on the opening possession. Avonworth junior Deon Thomas responded for the 'Lopes, making a two-point jump shot.

2/16/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Pairings were announced this past Tuesday for the WPIAL basketball playoffs, which get underway tomorrow as the Avonworth Antelopes (12-9) meet Aliquippa (14-7) in a first round game to be played at Sewickley Academy at 1 p.m.

A win for the Antelopes would advance the team to the quarterfinals, where they would meet the Neshannock-McGuffey winner next Thursday, Feb. 21, with the site and time yet to be determined.

The Avonworth Lady ‘Lopes (15-6) begin the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and will play Beth-Center (12-9) at Gateway at 6:30 p.m.

2/16/19

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (3-11, 4-18) wrapped up their season this past Monday night when they took on the Saints from Nazareth Prep (11-3, 16-3).

The Saints are heading into the playoffs as the number-three seed in Class 1A, their only losses coming to Vincentian and Cornell.

The Saints were anchored by a 6’6” center and plenty of fast guard play posing lots of match-up problems for the Flames. The Saints never let Northgate get into a rhythm, and the Flames fell to the Saints in their final game of the season by the score of 66 – 48.

2/16/19

It was a banner week for the Northgate/Avonworth swim team, with the boys' and the girls' teams winning over Shadyside Academy and Knoch High School teams.

On Monday night, the Northgate-Avonworth swimmers took on perennial WPIAL-AA powerhouse Shady Side Academy in a meet that many expected to be a close contest. In the end, though, both the girls’ and the boys’ teams dominated the opposition and showed that they are ready for their push toward the WPIAL and PIAA championships.

2/16/19

The Avonworth-Northgate wrestlers came out on top in their final home match of the season, scoring a 47-18 victory over the Riverview High School Raiders. One of the highlights of the night was a third-period pin by Northgate junior Jeremiah Georges, pictured here. Jeremiah, 7-13 in his first season in the sport and improving, wrestles in the 170-lb. weight class. Another key pin was picked up by sophomore Eli Kauer, now 10-6 in the 132-lb. weight class.

2/10/19

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team locked up a spot in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs when they hosted Riverside this past Monday.

After an unsteady start to the contest, the Lady ‘Lopes found their game and rolled to a win over the Lady Panthers 55-23.

"Fouls hurt us early, but after that we were okay," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris.

2/10/19

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team clinched a spot in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs when they hosted Freedom this past Tuesday.

Turner Grau recorded a double-double, leading the way with 18 points and 16 rebounds as the Antelopes cruised to victory over the Bulldogs 62-48.

Avonworth led 26-16 at the half and never looked back as Deon Thomas and Mason Donovan also scored in double digits with 11 points each.

The ‘Lopes (6-5, 12-8) close out the regular season when they play at section leader North Catholic (10-1, 16-3) tonight at 7:30 p.m.