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2/7/14

By JIM RUMBLE

Despite all of the adversity that the Avonworth girls basketball team has dealt with this season, the team's focus was to pull off an upset when they traveled to Beaver this past Monday. The Lady ‘Lopes went down to the wire with on of the top teams in the section, but came up short, falling to the Bobcats 40-38.

Assistant coach Julie Moehring guided the team in the absence of coach Bob Schulz, and despite the loss seemed pleased with the overall effort.

"We ran out of time," said Moehring. "They did everything I asked and I can't be any prouder of how they played."

2/1/14

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team pulled off a fantastic victory Tuesday over the Quaker Valley Quakers, 57-48, to all but seal their section championship.

2/1/14

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (3-4, 5-11) battled until the end, but they just couldn't hold on to a late fourth quarter lead to secure a victory over the Raiders from Cornell on Tuesday night.

The game see-sawed back and forth before the buzzer sounded and the Flames found themselves on the wrong side of a 65 - 64 final score.

2/1/14

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a week that began with a section win for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, but the grind of the schedule - eight games in 17 days - began to take its toll as the Lady ‘Lopes followed with back-to-back section losses.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Avonworth traveled to Sto-Rox and rolled to a 55-28 win.

Forward Mackenzie Mayernik just missed a double-double, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds.

"Mackenzie had her best game of the year," said coach Bob Schulz.

2/1/14

Despite being hampered by a lack of wrestlers, which requires the team to forfeit a number of matches in every meet, the Avonworth-Northgate wrestling team finished its season in second place in its section, and performed in the WPIAL playoffs with much success.

Four wrestlers on the Avonworth-Northgate team brought home wins in the playoffs held Wednesday in Burgettstown.

In the 132 weight class, junior Darion Trimmer won 8-2, and his brother Anthony, a sophomore, won 4-3 at 145 weight.

1/24/14

By JIM RUMBLE

As basketball season reached the halfway point, the Avonworth girls basketball team earned a pivotal victory when they traveled to Freedom last Thursday. In a battle that had the teams in a tie after each of the first three quarters, the Lady ‘Lopes hung tough, playing a solid fourth quarter on their way to a 53-48 win.

"It was an important win for us," said coach Bob Schulz.

The victory moved the 'Lopes into fourth place in the section, a game ahead of the Bulldogs, with both teams for the time being vying for the final playoff spot.

1/24/14

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team continued to do what they've been doing all season: winning. They did so last Tuesday by defeating Carlynton 77-36.

In the first quarter, both teams got off to slow starts, and the score was 14-8 at the end of the first period of play.

"We tried to pick up the intensity on defense," head coach Dan Bradley said. "And we tried full-court-man instead of trying to trap a little bit in a half-court set. That sped up the pace of the game, and I think it paid to our favor."

It most certainly did.

1/17/14

By MEL PERKINS

An undefeated Avonworth basketball team rolled into Northgate territory Tuesday night, not leaving until they had maintained their own unblemished section record and dealt the Flames their fourth sectuion loss, 60-44.

The Flames found themselves in the hole early, as the ‘Lopes worked their set offense and pounded it inside to Chris O'Malley and Eric Gallupe. The success of Avonworth's inside game was apparent when the Flames' Alex Marusic picked up his second foul with only 2:30 elapsed off the clock.

1/17/14

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a week that began with their third consecutive loss, but changed direction with back-to-back wins for the Avonworth girls basketball team.

On Thursday, Jan. 9, Avonworth hosted Beaver in a section match-up and lost 36-31.

"It was a nice effort. The girls played hard, but Beaver is a good team," said coach Bob Schulz.

The Lady ‘Lopes struggled from the field early on, but what was key in the loss was Avonworth's free throw shooting, where they made 11 of 25 attempts from the line.

1/17/14

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team traveled to Northgate on Monday for a section contest, and defeated the Flames handily 74-27.

"We got off to a great start hitting shots from the perimeter," said Avonworth head coach Bob Schulz.

Caitlyn Miller led the Lady ‘Lopes’ surge on offense with seven points in the opening quarter. Kira Nespaul and Shatasha Reeves converted for baskets for the Flames, but Avonworth was able to take advantage of turnovers that resulted in points as they led 20-4 at the end of the first quarter.

1/11/14

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames gained a badly needed section win, refusing to be doused by the Sto-Rox Vikings Wednesday night and battling back from an 18-point deficit to claim a 78-73 victory.

Northgate entered Wednesday night's game badly in need of a section win, after losing to Carlynton, in a tight one last Friday by the score of 46 - 45. A loss to Sto-Rox would have given Northgate their third section loss, putting them in a deep hole.

1/11/14

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team took a couple of steps backwards this past week, incurring two losses and dropping their record to 4-4 on the season.

On Thursday, Jan. 2, Avonworth played on the road against section foe OLSH and were no match for the Chargers as they fell in defeat 58-28.

"That had to be one of our worse losses,” said coach Bob Schulz.

OLSH did a great job all around of attacking the 'Lopes' 1-3-1 zone defense, working the ball inside as well as knocking down big shots out on the perimeter.

"They had a great night," said Schulz.

1/11/14

By JIM RUMBLE

Five games into the Northgate Flames girls’ basketball season, the team was off to their best start in recent memory with a record of 3-2.

Five losses would follow, but the girls continued to fight on as they did when they hosted Sto-Rox this past Wednesday.

The Flames registered a 34-27 win, and that is with a roster that has just six players remaining since the start of the season. Those players are seniors Shatasha Reeves, Kira Neszpaul, Nicole Schibler, Marissa Snavley, junior Taylor Cousins and sophomore Alex Parra.

1/4/14

By MEL PERKINS

The Flames rebounded from their 64 - 51 loss to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic on Dec. 17 by turning up the defensive heat on Dec. 20, and burning the Bulldogs from Freedom by the score of 62 - 29.

1/4/14

By JIM RUMBLE

After a rocky start to their season the Avonworth girls’ basketball team got back to their winning ways and they improved their overall record to 4-2 over the holiday break.

The turnaround actually began on Dec. 19, when the Lady ‘Lopes hosted Sto-Rox in a section game and defeated the Vikings 53-13.

Avonworth got a solid performance from Meagan Guest, who led the Lady ‘Lope scorers with 12 points.

"There were a lot of nice performances tonight, but she sparked us big-time," said coach Bob Schulz.

11/23/13

The Northgate School Board voted Monday to renew the district’s cooperative sports agreement with the Avonworth School District for two more years.

Through the 2015-16 school year, Northgate will continue to host the sports of golf and swimming for students of both schools, while Avonworth hosts wrestling and track.

11/17/13

By JIM RUMBLE

The odds of victory seemed to favor the Avonworth Antelopes as they prepared to face the North Catholic Trojans in a WPIAL quarterfinal game last Friday. But in the absence of starting quarterback Adam Sharlow, who was sidelined a couple of games back, P.J. Fulmore directed the Trojans’ offense and was a one-man show as the Antelopes were defeated 14-7.

"He's a great athlete," said Avonworth coach Duke Johncour.

11/10/13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a tough battle for the better part of three quarters when the Avonworth football team hosted Laurel in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Friday. That was until the Antelopes put the pedal to the metal on their way to defeating the Spartans 34-16.

The 'Lopes displayed a new tactic with Jesse Zubik running the wildcat offense, and they were able to keep the Laurel defense off balance.

"He's a play-maker," said coach Duke Johncour. "We wanted to get him the ball - that was our mission and purpose."

11/2/13

By JIM RUMBLE

In the fourth meeting since their rivalry was renewed, the Avonworth Antelope football team extended their backyard brawl win streak to four in a row when they hosted the Northgate Flames last Friday.

Unlike the last two meetings -- which were close, including last year's overtime win -- the Antelopes dominated as they have most of their opponents this year, shutting out the Flames 37-0.

"It was a very good game for our kids," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

Avonworth sprinted to a huge lead early and never looked back.

10/11/13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a battle for the undisputed lead atop the Eastern Conference when the Avonworth Antelopes football team hosted the North Catholic Trojans this past Friday. With unblemished records on the line for both teams and the conference championship more than likely to be decided by the outcome, the Antelopes unfortunately fell in defeat, 21-12.

"It was a 12-round slug fest," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour afterwards.

"Two heavyweights goin' at it - it was a great fight."

10/11/13

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate hosted the Blue Devils from Leechburg High School last Friday night. The Flames' offense showed some signs of life, but four turnovers and the defense's inability to stop the Leechburg run game was too much to overcome, as Northgate fell by the score of 35-14.

10/5/13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was promoted as the game of the week in Class A, and indeed it was when the Avonworth Antelopes hosted Apollo Ridge last Friday. After taking a sizeable lead in the first half, the 'Lopes had to fend off a determined Vikings team to keep their unbeaten streak intact, earning a 35-27 victory.

"We had control of the game. We let them back in, but we'll take it," said coach Duke Johncour whose team moved to 5-0 on the season.

"They didn't run well against us, but they threw the heck out of it," said Johncour.

10/5/13

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (1-3, 1-4) had a formidable task ahead of them last Friday night when they hosted the number-one-ranked Vikings (4-0, 5-0) from Sto-Rox. Unfortunately, the task before the Flames proved to be too much, as they were handed their third loss of the season by the score of 58-0.

It was the second straight game that Northgate has been unable to generate a score.

9/21/13

By JIM RUMBLE

It seemed as though the Avonworth football team was in for a rude awakening early on when they traveled to Leechburg last Friday. That all changed, though, in the second quarter, where the 'Lopes became more focused on the task at hand and put together another impressive performance while defeating the Blue Devils 42-7.

"We came out flat," said coach Duke Johncour after the game. "They broke one big play but we were able to hold them."