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5/13/18

As the Avonworth/Northgate track and field teams competed at the Pine Richland Invitational last Friday, a veritable monsoon couldn't stop Hunter Robinson's relentless assault on the sprints in Western PA. The Avonworth senior stormed her way to first place gold in the 100 m and 200 m dashes, setting a meet record in the latter event. Her time in the 100 is ranked second in the state, and her time in the 200 is the number-one time in the state.

Avonworth junior Hayden Robinson was nipping at her sister’s heels, though, coming in second in both the 100 and 200.

3/31/18

Even though Northgate-Avonworth swim coach Jesse McKelvey admits that she and the team had hoped to finish in the top five in state competition last weekend, she believes that the team and individual swimmers “represented strongly” in an “overall solid meet.”

3/17/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth/Ambridge ice hockey team participated in the PIHL Tier 3 J.V. playoffs and squared off with top-seeded Penn-Trafford in a semifinal game played at the Castle Arena in Castle Shannon this past Monday.

With the outcome still up in the air through the first two periods, Penn Trafford(16-1 in the regular season) added four goals in the final period on their way to a 6-3 victory.

Avonworth/Ambridge (9-5-2 in the regular season) took the early lead when Noah Vith got loose for a breakaway goal and a 1-0 lead at the 9:27 mark of the first period.

3/10/18

Going into WPIAL competition last weekend, the Northgate-Avonworth swimmers had the confidence of a strong season record behind them.

But WPIALs is a bit different than meeting up with opponents from the season schedule. It’s the best vs. the best, and as with any sport, a plan of action can be a big help.

1/20/18

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth Antelopes (7-6, 3-1) played their rival, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans (5-7, 2-1) Tuesday night at Avonworth High School, defeating the Trojans in a 42-40 thriller to take control of second place in AAA Section 2.

The first quarter began slowly, with both teams scoreless for the opening three minutes until CWNC’s Brian Davidson made a lay-up. This woke up junior Tyreek Davis, who scored five quick points to give the ‘Lopes the lead. But the Trojans were not looking to roll over, and took a 13-12 lead into the second quarter.

1/20/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-6, 2-11) are still searching for their first win in the section. Tuesday night, the Flames lost to their section foe, the Sto-Rox Vikings (2-5, 3-10), 76 -55, after the Vikings built an insurmountable 18-point lead at half time.

1/20/18

By JIM RUMBLE

You would have to go back at least a couple of decades to find a four-game win streak for the Northgate girls’ basketball team, which the Lady Flames achieved following two wins over the past week.

1/14/18

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth Antelopes (5-6, overall; 2-1 in section) took on the Freedom Bulldogs at home this past Tuesday night for their third game of section play, coming out on top in the high scoring affair, 84-71.

The ‘Lopes started off as they have normally done this season -- slowly -- until junior guard Jake Harper caught fire and ignited the Avonworth offense with a pair of three-pointers. The first quarter ended with the score 20-13 in favor of Avonworth.

1/14/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (2-9, 0-4) had a tall task ahead of them on Tuesday night when they took on the Panthers from Sewickley Academy (8-1, 4-0). The Panthers are the defending state champions from last year, and though they lost nine seniors from that team, they look primed to defend the 2A state championship trophy deep into the post-season.

1/7/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-3, 2-8) picked up their second win of the season and their first win at home Tuesday night when they out ran the Cougars from Carlynton High School (1-0, 3-7). The Flames came back after being down 32 – 29 late in the third quarter to claim a 51 – 45 victory over the visiting Cougars.

1/7/18

By JIM RUMBLE

After a 5-0 start to the 2017-18 season, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team finds itself on a bit of a downslide, with four losses coming over the last five games.

The most recent loss occurred this past Tuesday, when the Lady ‘Lopes dropped a 55-42 decision to Keystone Oaks in non-section play.

1/7/18

Although Wednesday night’s game between the Northgate Flames and the Avonworth Antelopes boys’ basketball teams started with the Flames taking a nine-point lead, it was the last time Northgate would pull ahead for the rest of the game.

By end of first period, Avonworth led 14-13 on athree-pointer from Jake Harper The score remained close at 24-19 at halftime, but Avonworth pulled out all the stops to move ahead 41-30 at end of third period. Northgate edged back up, 41-38 with six minutes to go in the game, but Avonworth hung on for the 60-43 win.

12/23/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team overcame a sluggish start this past Monday when they hosted Steel Valley to begin section play, and cruised to a 60-38 victory.

Coach Mark D'Alessandris stated that the girls’ game last Saturday, a 73-38 win at Cornell, followed by inactivity on Sunday, may have been a factor in the first half of play, but added, "It's not how you start, it's how you finish."

12/23/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-2, 0-5) played host to the Crusaders (1-1, 1-4) from Bishop Canevin this past Tuesday in their section opener, and both teams entered the game looking for their first win. The Flames battled hard, taking a 36 – 35 lead into the fourth quarter, but they were unable to hold it, and lost to the Crusaders by the score 57 – 47.

11/18/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The 2017 season came to a close for the Avonworth Antelopes football team when they faced the Riverside Panthers in a WPIAL quarterfinal game played at Seneca Valley last Friday. With 16 seniors in the starting line-up for the Panthers, their experience showed in every facet of the game as they overpowered the Antelopes 42-14.

'That's a good football team," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

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.