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10/6/18

By Joseph Szalinski

The Northgate Flames (0-6, 0-4) ventured across the McKees Rocks Bridge to face off against the Sto-Rox Vikings (4-2, 3-1) on Friday, Sept. 28. Returning to play ball on a field under “Friday Night Lights,” after a series of Saturday games, was enough to disrupt the Flames, resulting in an eventual score of 54-0.

10/6/18

Avonworth boys’ soccer coach Tom Angell sums up his explanation for his team’s 10-0-1 record in just a few words: “The team has great experience and is a really hard working group.”

But after a moment, he expands on that thought.

“We have a very passionate group who are willing to work very hard to get better. We have very high goals for this season and so far it is going very well,” he said.

9/30/18

With stormy weather in the forecast for last Friday's contest, Avonworth's football game at Apollo-Ridge was moved up an hour, and for the second consecutive week the outcome was determined early as the Antelopes rolled past the Vikings 42-6.

Quarterback Derek Johncour completed 14-20 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, but the 'Lopes sustained balance on offense as Jax Miller ran for 121 yards including three rushing touchdowns.

9/30/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Cornell Raiders came to Northgate Alumni Field last Saturday for an afternoon game, and though it was a great day for football, the winless Flames found their misfortunes magnified, with only 12 players dressing for the game.

The Flames struggled to stop the Raiders on defense, and Cornell rattled off 13 unanswered points in the first quarter. The score was 26-0 before the Flames got on the scoreboard with a 75-yard kick return by Dylan White to make the score 26-7 after Heman Darjee nailed the extra point.

9/24/18

By JIM RUMBLE

Showing no ill effects from the previous week's tough loss, the Avonworth Antelopes football team got back on track when they hosted New Brighton in non- conference play last Friday.

Quarterback Derek Johncour completed 22-28 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns as the 'Lopes manhandled the Lions 35-7.

"It was a good win tonight," said coach Duke Johncour. "We're a very good football team and we need to keep the focus."

All of Avonworth's points came in the first half, which led to the second half being played with the mercy rule in effect.

9/24/18

If there was a bright spot to be had in Northgate’s 39-0 loss to the Union Scotties last Saturday, it was the performance of Anthony Barbarino, pictured above, who amassed the lion’s share of the Flames’ rushing yardage. The athleticism of the Scotties, combined with errors and penalties that plagued the Flames, put Union up 25-0 by the end of the first half. Two more scores by the Scotties invoked the mercy rule, and sped up the clock on the loss for the Flames. Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

9/8/18

Avonworth’s second home game of the season will take on more significance than the typical high school football game.

Yes, everyone will be looking for great plays, no injuries, and a final score favoring the home team, but as announcers from the booth call the plays, the crowd will hear some unfamiliar names.

“Thirty-yard pass to Toby Hopkins is good for another Avonworth touchdown!”

“Rich McCormick runs it for 10 and another Avonworth first down.”

9/8/18

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate took a long drive into the country last Friday night where they met up with the Highlanders from McGuffy High School. The Highlanders are playing down in class this year, joining the WPIAL’s class 2A after playing up in 3A.

The Flames (0-0, 0-2) entered the game looking to rebound from their 22 – 7 loss to Perry High School in Week Zero. McGuffy (0-0, 2-0) was riding high after beating Ambridge 28 – 0 to start their season. But, playing out of conference proved to be too much for the Flames and they fell to the Highlanders by the score 48 – 0.

9/8/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team saw their record improve to 2-0 when they opened conference play at Valley last Friday.

For the second week, the 'Lopes overcame a rickety start on their way to an impressive victory on the road, 33-12.

"The kids played hard and this is a big win," said head coach Duke Johncour. "If we keep starting slow like that, we'll take it as long as we win."

9/3/18

By JIM RUMBLE

It was week zero in football around the WPIAL last week, but after a rocky start for the Avonworth Antelopes, they appeared to be in midseason form when they played at Neshannock last Friday.

"It was a good win, but it was not a great start," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

9/3/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames hosted the Commodores from Perry High School last Saturday in what has come to be known as the “week zero” game. The Flames fell to the Commodores by the score 22 – 7 in a contest that is commonly thought of as a preseason game.

Perry kicked off to start the game, and the Flames quickly tried to establish the run game. Christian Davin handed off to Anthony Barbarino to get things started.A Davin pass fell incomplete and on third down Barbarino was stopped with no gain, and Northgate was forced to punt.

8/25/18

By JIM RUMBLE

For the second straight year, three generations of Johncours will be expected to lead the Avonworth Antelopes football team as they embark on the 2018 season.

Senior quarterback Derek Johncour will lead the offense on the field with a full year of experience under his belt, while his father Duke Johncour begins his eighth season at the helm. What really makes the situation unique is that Barry Johncour, who coached his son Duke as a quarterback at Churchill several decades ago, has been with the team for some time as an assistant.

8/25/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames begin the 2018 season on Saturday when they host the Commodores from Perry High School.

5/19/18

By JIM RUMBLE

Nobody expected the Northgate girls’ softball team to win a WPIAL title this season, but after 20-plus years of being on the outside looking in, this year’s participation in the playoffs is something to be proud of.

Having to play a tough Chartiers-Houston team in the first round was a tall order for the Lady Flames, who were defeated 15-0 in a game played at West Allegheny this past Wednesday.

“It’s nice to be here,” said second year coach Rob Abramowicz.“I told the girls it was a pleasure coaching them this year.”

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.