An area youth recently placed first in the 7-8 year-old category in the pitch, hit and run competition at PNC Park.

To qualify for the championship, Turner Grau had to win at the local level preliminaries at Pine-Richland, and at sectionals at Springdale. In the finals at PNC, he went up against three other sectional winners from Western Pennsylvania. Athletes compiled points in each of the three categories to determine the winner.


The Northgate School Board voted earlier this week to allow a “Girls Little Hoopers” camp to be held at the middle-senior high school.

The board voted unanimously at its work session on June 8 to authorize the camp to be held June 15-17, from 9 a.m. until noon.


A coaching dynasty may be in the making at Northgate, as the current middle school football coach’s son is expected to take over his dad’s position next fall.

David Haslett Sr. recently resigned both his coaching position and his job with the district’s buildings and grounds department to accept another job outside Northgate.

Northgate School Board athletic committee chairman David Natale said that Haslett’s son, David Haslett Jr., is the recommended candidate for his father’s coaching job.


The Avonworth girls' basketball team will have familiar face coaching from the bench next season.

The board announced that Bob Schulz would return as the varsity girls' head basketball coach for the 2009-10 school year.

The longtime coach retired two years ago, turning over the reins to former Lady ‘Lope and assistant coach Julie Moehring. Moehring announced her resignation at the end of the 2008-09 season, citing a need to devote time to other areas of her life.


Avonworth’s varsity baseball head coach Phil Coffin learned last week that the WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association had selected him as Class A “Coach of the Year.”

The first-year coach received the honor based upon voting by fellow coaches.

Coffin began his coaching career five years ago when he was hired by Avonworth. “I took over as the middle school head baseball coach for three years and then moved up to become the varsity assistant for two years. In this time, I also ran the J.V. program.” 


A Northgate/Avonworth track team athlete placed in the top 10 for the 100 meter dash last weekend at the state championships.

Khiry Watts placed seventh in the AAA in the PIAA State Track and Field Championships, held at Shippensburg University.

On May 22, Watts placed in the top 16, qualifing him for the semifinals that were held on May 23. He the finished in the top eight in the semifinals to move on to the finals, which were held later that afternoon.


Coaches for Avonworth's fall sports were hired at the school board’s regular meeting on May 11.

Jason Kekseo will return as varsity head football coach. Justin Grady, Duke Johncour, Ed Malsch, Mark Knochel and Joe Zeglowitsch were approved as varsity assistant football coaches. John Aguiar will be the seventh/eighth grade head football coach and Phil Coffin the seventh/eighth grade assistant football coach.



It wasn’t for lack of trying. Down by six runs, the Avonworth baseball team fought back inning by inning against Monaca.

And it wasn’t for lack of enthusiasm, as the dugout and fans shouted non-stop calls of encouragement.

But it just wasn’t to be, and so the season ended in the first playoff game last Tuesday with an 8-6 loss.

“It’s really hard to lose the first round of playoffs in your senior year. I think we played a really good game, but the mental mistakes hurt us in the end,” said Sean Wintermantel, senior third baseman.



With an 18-3 win over Vincentian High School last Tuesday, the Avonworth baseball team earned its page in the school’s sports history books, becoming the only team in memory to finish the season with a 10-0 season that earned them the Section 4, Single A championship.

The team, however, had no real reasons to be optimistic during the pre-season.

In fact, the team was 0-5 in non-section games, but those games are not part of the record book because all of the teams played were from much larger schools.



The Avonworth girls’ softball team secured second place in Section 3A to finish the regular season, and now await the pairings for the WPIAL playoffs.

The ‘Lopes, who began the season with a 2-5 record, abruptly changed direction, winning nine of their next 10 games to finish the regular season at 11-6.

Their most recent wins came over the past week as Julia Eck pitched a no-hitter, including 10 strike-outs, in a 10-0 win over Brentwood before the ‘Lopes defeated Sewickley Academy 14-0.