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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."

9/21/13

By MEL PERKINS

6/2/13

Thirteen runners on the Avonworth-Northgate track team competed last weekend for State titles in events held at Shippensburg.

Winning performances at qualifiers held two weeks ago at Baldwin High School earned 19 WPIAL medals for the team and advanced the runners to states.

5/12/13

By JIM RUMBLE

Last Friday was senior recognition day for the Northgate baseball team, and in a not so memorable season the Flames found a way to finish section play in an impressive fashion.

Trailing 5-0 in the final inning, the Flames battled back against Sto Rox to pull out a 6-5 victory.

"We were able to come together," said first year coach Brandon Hogle. "They fought back and I'm especially happy for those seniors who have been here for the last four years."

5/3/13

By JIM RUMBLE

Although it has been a down year for the Avonworth baseball team, defeating one of the better teams in the section twice would seem to be motivation enough when the Antelopes hosted New Brighton this past Tuesday. After coming from behind to take the lead late against the Lions, the ‘Lopes unfortunately were unable to hang on, and they fell 9-6 to incur their fifth straight loss.

“We’re learning the hard way this year,” said coach Phill Coffin.

5/3/13

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth softball team finished up with section play, getting back into the win column with a sweep against Quaker Valley this past week.

On Tuesday the Lady 'Lopes traveled to Quaker Valley and defeated the Quakers 6-1. Although he seemed happy about the win, coach Chris Knox noted that his team had only three hits and committed quite a few errors.

4/26/13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a game that seemed headed for the loss column in this irregular season when the Avonworth softball team hosted Our Lady Of the Sacred Heart in an all-important section match-up on Wednesday, April 17.

Trailing by five runs heading into the final inning of play, the Lady ‘Lopes showed their character as they fought back from behind to claim victory in extra innings, 9-8.

"This should go down as one of the top two or three wins in Avonworth history," said coach Chris Knox.

4/26/13

By MEL PERKINS

On March 11, Northgate entered a new era of Flames football when Brandon LaDonne took over as the new head coach.

LaDonne played his high school career at Aliquippa, and played his college career at Cal U. He was the offensive coordinator at Moon the past two seasons, and before that was an assistant at Quaker Valley and Aliquippa.

LaDonne brings with him a youthful but experienced staff.

4/26/13

By JIM RUMBLE

Hoping to bounce back after a shellacking at the hands of Quaker Valley last Friday, the Avonworth baseball team kept it close against Freedom, but could not overcome some mistakes in the final inning, losing 5-3 this past Monday.

"They [Freedom] deserved to win," said coach Phil Coffin afterwards. "They hit with men in scoring position and we didn't."

The loss could be detrimental to the team's chances of earning a spot in post season play. Realizing the implications of the loss Coffin said, "It's going to depend on what other teams are doing."