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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.

1/20/19

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames continue to struggle and matters didn’t get any better when the Flames hosted the Vikings from Sto-Rox (6-1, 8-5) on Tuesday night. The Vikings entered the game tied for first place with Summit Academy, but Northgate would test them early. However, the pace of the game would take its toll and the Flames would fold late in the game, losing by the score 79- 52.

1/20/19

By JIM RUMBLE

With the first half of the regular season in the books this week, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team remains in a three-way tie atop their section after hosting Freedom on Monday.

The front court duo of Hayden Robinson and Kat Goetz combined for 46 points and 22 rebounds as the Lady ‘Lopes ran past the Bulldogs 68-47.

"We played with a lot of intensity, communicated well on defense and played with a lot of energy," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris.

1/12/19

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth boys’ varsity basketball team got back in the win column last Friday with a 70-47 victory over Keystone Oaks.

The ‘Lopes started off hot, running out to an early 12-0 lead. KO followed with a run of their own, coming within three of the Antelopes, the quarter closing with Avonworth on top by a score of 14-11.

1/12/19

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team was in position to solidify their spot at the top of Section 1 (3A) when they hosted Neshannock this past Monday. Unfortunately for the Lady ‘Lopes, things didn't play out as they had hoped, with the Lancers rolling to a 61-42 victory.

"It was two good teams and we had to answer the bell," said 'Lopes’ coach Mark D'Alessandris. "They [Neshannock] showed up, brought their A-game, and we didn't have our best game."

1/12/19

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0-5, 1-10) entered Tuesday night's game on an eight-game slide, and beating the Knights from Summit Academy (4-1, 5-3) would not be an easy task. The Flames fought hard and managed to put a scare in the Knights in the fourth quarter, but were unable to pull off the upset, losing 50-45.

1/6/19

The Pennsylvania Football Writers all-state teams were released last week, with two local players being selected in their respective classifications.

Avonworth senior quarterback Derek Johncour was chosen in class 2A after throwing for 2,420 yards and 23 touchdowns in the regular season while leading his team to a WPIAL playoff berth. Derek was coached by his father Duke, who just completed his eighth season as the head coach at Avonworth.

1/6/19

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0-3, 1-8) played host in their first annual Northgate Holiday Tournament last week, bringing in Hopewell, Quigley Catholic, Brentwood, Perry Traditional Academy, and Carlynton for a six- team tournament with three games on Thursday and Friday nights. Unfortunately, the Flames came out of the tournament winless, unable to break their eight-game losing streak.

12/22/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames hosted Winchester Thurston on Tuesday night, and it was a hard-fought battle. But the Flames were just unable to hang on at the end for the victory, losing by the score of 52 – 50.

12/22/18

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a down-to-the-wire game for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team when they hosted Mohawk in their home-opener this past Monday. The Lady ‘Lopes led through most of the contest and managed to hang on to defeat the Warriors in section play 46-43.

"It was a tough fought game defensively both ways and there were a lot of swings in the game," said 'Lopes coach Mark D'Alessandris.

Hayden Robinson carried the Antelope offense with eight points early on, but a basket by Alexa Davis allowed Avonworth to go into the locker room at the half leading 22-19.

12/16/18

By MEL PERKINS

Head coach Joe Cangilla returns this year for his third season with the Flames, and the players appear to have a renewed attitude with more energy

The Flames lost to Brentwood in the first game of the Brentwood Tip-Off Tournament, but rebounded nicely when they beat Propel Montour 80 – 42 the next night in the consolation game. Northgate’s second loss came at the hands of Avonworth when they fell 47 – 41 in a hard fought game that wasn’t decided until the last minute of the contest.