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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.

2/10/19

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames boys’ basketball team has won three of their last five games and are on a two-game win streak after knocking off the Lions from Propel Braddock Hills High School this past Tuesday night. The Flames (3-9, 4-15) beat the Lions (3-9, 3-15) by the score of 59 – 35 to win their third conference game of the season in a defensive battle that was highlighted by the high degree of physicality in which it was played.

2/2/19

By MEL PERKINS

After snapping their 12-game losing streak on the 18th with Springdale, the Northgate Flames boys’ basketball team dropped two games, losing to Winchester-Thurston and Apollo Ridge. But, the Flames did not get down on themselves, and this past Tuesday when they played Riverview, tNorthgate jumped out in front and remained in command the entire game, knocking off the Riverview Raiders by the score of 65- 56.

2/2/19

By Patrick Gannon

After winning their battle with Keystone Oaks by a 70-47 score in a home match-up earlier this month, Avonworth had the tables turned on them Tuesday night when K. O. reversed the game outcome, downing Avonworth on their home court, 57-38.

The Antelopes were clicking in the first quarter, quickly going up 12-9 on the Eagles. The ‘Lopes maintained the lead until midway through the second quarter, when K.O.’s C. J. Morrow buried two three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Eagles a one-point lead. By the end of the half, K.O. led the ‘Lopes by seven.

2/2/19

By JIM RUMBLE

In an all important section match-up, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team extended their most recent win streak to three games when they hosted Beaver this past Monday. Having to overcome foul trouble and a heap of turnovers, the Lady ‘Lopes persevered in a 48-43 win to take sole possession of second place in the 3A Section 1 standings.

"We had foul trouble and had to make some substitutions," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris. "The girls played hard; we did some good things and I think this is a good stepping stone."

1/26/19

From Egypt to Greece to Italy to Avonworth, the game of bocce has been around, in one form for another, for at least 7,000 years. Pronounced “baw-chee,” the game requires no elaborate fields, expensive equipment or uniforms. Instead, good judgment skills, patience and team spirit rule the day, as seen when the Avonworth ‘Lopes and the Montour Spartans bocce teams faced off in the Avonworth gym this past Tuesday.

Now in their third year, Avonworth fields two co-ed teams, 14 members in all, from grades 9-12.

1/26/19

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (1-8, 2-14) welcomed the Dynamos from Springdale into their house last Friday night, and proceeded to turn up the heat until the Dynamos could take no more. The Flame defense pressured the Dynamos and kept their leading scorer in the single digits. And, when the smoke cleared, the Flames had their first section win and their first win since Dec. 8, scorching the Dynamos by the score of 57 – 44.

1/26/19

By JIM RUMBLE

After defeating Mohawk in a down to the wire section contest at home last month, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team could have expected to face a similar encounter when they played the Warriors away this past Monday.

Unfortunately for the Lady ‘Lopes, they came out flat while the home team was firing on all cylinders as Mohawk won in a rout, 56-32.

1/26/19

Most people outgrow childhood pastimes as they grow up. Then, again, some people's pastimes grow with them as they grow up.

Case in point: Avonworth physical education teacher Phil Coffin, who started bass fishing as a child and just recently earned one of the top spots in competition in the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society [BASS] Nation Championship in Florence, AL.

But to go back to when it started.

“I have been fishing since I was a little boy,” Coffin said. “My parents have pictures of me fishing from 4 years old on.”

1/26/19

Once again, the Northgate-Avonworth swim team has compiled the “winningest” record for any sport played by interscholastic athletes of the two schools.

How good is the record? As of last week’s North Catholic meet, both the boys’ and the girls’ teams were undefeated.

Coach Jesse McKelvey could not be happier for her team.