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11/11/17

By JIM RUMBLE

On paper it looked as though the #12 ranked Avonworth Antelopes would be making an early exit from the WPIAL playoffs when they traveled to Charleroi to play the #5 ranked Cougars in a first round game last Friday.

Five first half turn-overs by Charleroi produced 21 points for the 3-5 Antelopes, who hung on to upset the 9-1 Cougars 21-12.

"We watched them [Charleroi] on film, and we knew it was going to be a shoot-out tonight," said coach Duke Johncour after the game. "That's a good football team, but our defense came up with some huge turn-overs."

11/4/17

By JIM RUMBLE

Competing in their 17th consecutive season of the WPIAL playoffs, the Avonworth girls’ volleyball team advanced to the semifinals after defeating Neshannock 3-1 in a quarterfinal game played at North Catholic on Tuesday.

“It was a hard fought match against a good team,” said coach Doug Vandervort.

The Lady ‘Lopes fell behind, dropping the first set 19-25, but bounced back to win the next three sets 25-21, 25-13 and 25-21 and win the match.

11/4/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (2-6, 2-7) traveled down to Coraopolis last Friday night to take on the Cornell Raiders (1-7, 1-8) and, unlike the past four games, the Flames were unable to spark their offense early and were held scoreless in the first quarter. When the air cleared, the Flames were on the losing end of the 22-6 dust-up that has all the markings of a contentious rivalry game.

10/31/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames' (2-5, 2-6) defensive struggles continued last Saturday afternoon when they lost to the Summit Academy Knights (3-5, 3-5) on Senior Day by the score 52-33. As usual, the Flames were lit early, getting on the scoreboard first, but running into difficulties in the second half.

10/31/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team secured a spot for the upcoming WPIAL playoffs with a win in their final regular season game last Friday. J.J. Igims rushed for 134 yards and ran for two touchdowns to lead the 'Lopes past the Gladiators on the road 31-20.

"It was a good win for us tonight," said coach Derek Johncour. "Our defense forced some turnovers, we put up 21 points in the first quarter and that helped us out a lot."

10/21/17

By JIM RUMBLE

With two quick scores moving the Avonworth Antelopes football team to an 11-point lead at the half, it seemed as though the team was about to end their two-game slide when they hosted the Shady Side Indians in a non-conference game last Friday. The momentum changed quickly, though, in the second half, where the Indians scored four touchdowns on their way to defeating the 'Lopes 37-28.

"We didn't make the plays we needed to win," said coach Duke Johncour.

10/21/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (2-4, 2-5) travelled to Western Beaver (5-2, 6-2) last Saturday afternoon with the hopes of picking up a much needed conference win, but the Golden Beavers' line, averaging almost 300 lbs., dominated the line of scrimmage. The 47 - 12 loss marks a three-game skid for the Flames. After the game, Coach T.J. Wiley said, “As the game wore on, with their size, they just wore us down, and there was nothing we could do.”

10/14/17

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a knock-down, drag-out affair when the Avonworth Antelopes football team went on the road to play conference leader East Allegheny last Friday. The Antelopes had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but went for the upset and failed to convert on the two-point try as they fell to the Wildcats 14-13.

"We were just one play away," said coach Duke Johncour. "It was a great football game."

10/14/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames were looking to get back into the win column last Friday night when they met up with the Greyhounds from Monessen. The Flames came out of the gate on fire for their homecoming game, and the pace was quick. Northgate went up 19 - 0 in the first quarter, but ran out of gas as the quarter ended. The Flames cooled and Monessen gained the momentum to hand Northgate a 34 - 25 loss, their second in a row.

9/24/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Flames kicked off their home schedule last Friday night when they played host to the Shenango Wildcats at J.C. Stone Field in North Park. Both teams entered the fray with 1 – 1 records, and Northgate was looking to bounce back from their 33 – 0 loss to Union the Friday before.

9/24/17

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a tale of two halves when the Avonworth Antelopes football team played a conference game at Serra Catholic last Friday.

After securing a 10-0 lead at the half, the 'Lopes were bogged down on offense in the second half as the Eagles came from behind to steal a 16-10 victory. It was a game that seemed destined for the win column for Avonworth, but ended up being their second consecutive loss in as many weeks to fall to 1-2 in the conference.

9/17/17

By MEL PERKINS

Coming off of a 29 - 28 win against OLSH on the road in week one, the Flames traveled to Union last Friday, but the road was not so kind this time around. Taking on the Scotties was far from a walk in the park. Union took the lead and the Flames were unable to get a spark on offense, falling to the Scotties 33 - 0.

9/17/17

By JIM RUMBLE

Having to face the top ranked team in the 2A classification, the Avonworth Antelopes football team had their work cut out for themselves when they hosted Steel Valley last Friday.

The Ironmen, coming in as the defending WPIAL and PIAA champion, looked every bit the part as they cruised to a 35-7 win over the Antelopes.

"They're a very good football team," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

The mercy rule came into play in the contest, as it did for all of Steel Valley's game's last season until Avonworth got on the board late in the fourth quarter.

9/3/17

By MEL PERKINS

Coach T.J. Wiley has readied his troops for the 2017 season after an incredible run last year. The Flames finished last season 7 – 1 in the Big Seven Conference and 10 – 2 overall, making it to the final four, semi-finals, in Class 1A.

9/3/17

By JIM RUMBLE

With playoff appearances under his belt in his first six seasons at the helm with the Avonworth Antelopes football team, coach Duke Johncour will begin the 2017 campaign with a relatively young but experienced team. Expecting huge contributions and leadership from the seven seniors this year, Johncour feels confident that a lot of underclassmen will step up to play key roles as well.

"We bring back some talented young guys that we're excited about," said Johncour. "We have sophomores that played some as freshmen, and we expect them to do good things for us."

6/4/17

By Jack Reed

Avonworth-Northgate track team’s Hunter Robinson stole the show in Shippensburg this past weekend, proving herself to be the best sprinter in the state at the PIAA championship track meets by taking two gold medals and one silver during her three events.

5/29/17

By Jack Reed

The Avonworth-Northgate track team headed off to the WPIAL championship meet on Thursday, May 18, to compete for WPIAL medals as well as for a chance to qualify for the state meets. There has been much anticipation in the local track community to see these special Avonworth-Northgate teams compete in the WPIAL championship and state qualifier meets.

First, in the boys’ 4 x 800 meter relay, Chase Rowsey, Jonas Jason, Kenny Azzarello and Jacob Noethiger ran a time of 8:25.56 to finish fourth in the WPIAL and qualify for a trip to state competition.

4/17/17

By JIM RUMBLE

After losing their first two games of the season on the road, the Northgate Flames baseball team returned home to host Apollo Ridge in section play this past Monday. Trailing by three runs late in the contest, the Flames roared back to secure a 9-7 victory to even their record at 1-1 in the section.

“These kids fought back, didn’t give up – they held their heads high and battled to the very end,” said coach Brandon Hogle.

4/17/17

By JIM RUMBLE

After opening section play with a 20-5 beat-down at Freedom last Wednesday, the Avoworth softball team faced a tough challenge when they hosted top-ranked Ellwood City this past Monday.

The Lady 'Lopes dug themselves into a hole with nine errors defensively while being limited to one hit through the first five innings as they fell to last year’s WPIAL champion 12-6.

“Too many mistakes in the field,” said coach Jenna Muncie.“If you don’t clean that up against a quality team like this you won’t win.”

4/9/17

By JIM RUMBLE

Despite having only four seniors on the team, the Avonworth Antelopes baseball team is off to a good start, earning three wins to start the season.

The ‘Lopes opened the season on March 29 at Riverview in a non-section match and overpowered the Raiders 17-0. Turner Grau pitched five and two- thirds innings of no-hit baseball to earn the win while batting 2-4 with two RBI. Brandon Cerminara had an exceptional day offensively, going 4-4 from the plate.

The young ‘Lopes began section play at home this past Monday by defeating Mohawk 8-4.

4/9/17

In a home meet run this past Tuesday, the Avonworth-Northgate track and field team took first place, followed by Aliquippa and Western Beaver high schools and Neighborhood Academy, a Garfield charter school.

4/1/17

The championship season is over. The Northgate-Avonworth swim team’s undefeated record for the boys, one loss for the girls, is now in the books, as are the great showings at state competition in both individual and medley events.

Not in any books, though, are the memories of the athletes whose skills and dedication placed the team at the top of the win column for all of the sports teams from both schools so far this year.

3/11/17

The boys as well as the girls on the Northgate-Avonworth swim team scored several impressive victories in WPIAL competition, finishing fourth overall out of 35 AA classification teams.

For the boys, the highlight of the meet came in its final event, the 400 freestyle relay, where the team of juniors Zech Boyce and Nick Madey, sophomore Aidan Sommers and freshman Luke Tomczak earned the school’s first-ever WPIAL swimming championship.

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.