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2/16/15

By MEL PERKINS

Last Friday's match-up between rivals Northgate (6-8, 7-15) and Avonworth (9-5, 12-10) carried no playoff implications because Northgate needed Avonworth to lose to OLSH the prior Tuesday, but the ‘Lopes didn't comply. The Flames, however, never known to back down from a challenge, defended their house until the end, but were unable to overcome the physical battle that was waged inside the paint, succumbing to the playoff bound Lope's 63 - 52.

2/16/15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team closed out section play at North-gate last Thursday.

After leading by 16 points late in the third quarter, the Lady ‘Lopes managed to hold off a late comeback by a determined Flames team to pull out a 48-44 victory.

'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe felt that turn-overs were a major problem and that perhaps the teams' play was less spirited knowing that they have already secured a spot for the WPIAL playoffs.

The Lady ‘Lopes have not lost to the Flames since December 1992.

2/16/15

Northgate senior Darion Trimmer, wrestling at 132 lbs., defeated his Elizabeth Forward opponent with a second-period pin in his final home meet with the Avonworth-Northgate team. Trimmer's win advanced him to 25-7 on the season and qualified him, along with Brandon Wasko (16-15) at 195 and Ka'Dale Coles (25-6) at heavyweight.for post-season competition.

2/7/15

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The Avonworth Antelopes capped off this season's home campaign with an exciting game against the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers last Tuesday evening. It was senior night, and the team was set to send their seniors off with a victory against their section rivals, and they were able to do just that by getting a hard-fought 57-52 win.

2/7/15

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (6-7, 7-14) rallied late in the fourth quarter last Friday night to defeat the Sto-Rox Vikings (5-8, 6-14) 59 - 53. It was a hotly contested match-up, with seven lead changes and four ties. Northgate's defense and physicality won out, but not until the Flames had absorbed the best that the Vikings could throw at them.

2/7/15

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a tale of two halves when the Avonworth girls’ basketball team hosted Freedom in a crucial section match-up this past Monday.

Overcoming an 11-point halftime deficit, the Lady ‘Lopes turned it around with a strong second half to defeat the Bulldogs 50-46 and earn a playoff spot for the upcoming WPIAL playoffs.

"We were able to turn it around in the third quarter with rebounding and shooting the ball," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe.

1/26/15

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

Last Friday, Avonworth welcomed the number-one ranked team in Pennsylvania, the Aliquippa Quips, to their packed gymnasium to engage in a contest some thought would be similar to last month's game -- a game where Avonworth struggled mightily in an eventual blow-out loss. This time, however, Avonworth looked like a completely different team than the one from a month ago, and they put a scare in the hearts of Aliquippa. They still were unable to come away with a win, losing a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, 75-61.

1/26/15

By MEL PERKINS

Darrell Barron is a senior guard on Northgate's basketball team this year, and Friday night, he achieved a major milestone when he scored his 1,000th career point.

Barron scored his 1,000th point in the third quarter of the game against Freedom, and finished the night with a career 1,004 points, with five games left to be played. Adding to this accomplishment is the fact that he did it in just three years, beginning his sophomore year.

1/26/15

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (4-5, 5-12) hosted the Bulldogs (0-9, 3-13) from Freedom High School Tuesday night, and battled back from a two-point deficit in the first quarter to win handedly by 33 points, 71 - 38.

The Flames were coming off a 65 - 30 Friday night loss to OLSH, and were looking to shake off the tough conference loss and get back into the win column.

1/26/15

By JIM RUMBLE

Last month the Carlynton Cougars dominated when they hosted the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, and last Thursday's game played on the Lady ‘Lopes' home floor was no different when the two teams got together for their rematch in section play.

"It was their press," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe after seeing her team overpowered 62-16.

Carlynton implemented their full court press again defensively for most of the first half and forced the Avonworth offense into one turnover after another.

1/9/15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team snapped a five-game winless streak with a come-from-behind win when they traveled to Sto-Rox on Dec. 22.

The Lady ‘Lopes trailed 20-12 at halftime, but a 13-2 point advantage in the third quarter helped propel the team to a 32-30 victory and their first section victory on the season.

"We have a tendency to play down to competition, but we were able to overcome that," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe.

Katie Gould led Avonworth's offense with 11 points.

1/9/15

Undefeated in Section 6AA competition so far this year, the Northgate-Avonworth swim team is enjoying a season that already has several team members qualified for WPIAL competition in mid-February. Going into last night's South Fayette meet, the boys’ team stood at 4-0, and despite the girls' loss at one meet, the combined boys' and girls' points at that event pulled the overall team up to its 4-0 record.

With nearly 30 team members and only two of them seniors, those working with the program anticipate a bright future.

1/9/15

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The Avonworth Antelopes boys’ basketball team rolled over the visiting Freedom Bulldogs last Tuesday, 76-38, to add yet another win to their overall record, which now stands at 6-6 on the season.

Both teams started off slow, and nearly halfway through the first quarter the score was only 2-0. After exchanging baskets for the next two minutes, Avonworth was up 8-7 before they went on a scoring streak and put up 11 unanswered points to close out the quarter with a 19-7 advantage.

12/8/14

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

After winning their first section title in 41 years, the Avonworth boys' basketball team will take the court Tuesday looking to expunge all doubts that they are once again the team to beat in the section this year.

Last year, the team undoubtedly had one of the best seasons Avonworth boys’ basketball has seen in a long time, finishing with a 17-6 regular season record and defeating Frazier in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. This year, they are looking to use that momentum to propel their team into a position to excel at an even greater level.

11/29/14

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes had a difficult time handling the Clairton Bears’ explosive offense as the two Class A teams met at Heinz Field in the the WPIAL championship last Friday morning. Clairton’s passing attack, which accounted for five touchdowns, helped the Bears pick up their 11th WPIAL title -- their seventh in eight years -- by defeating Avonworth 46-14.

And with six turnovers, Avonworth didn’t do much to help their own cause.

11/17/14

By JIM RUMBLE

The big concern for the Avonworth football team heading into their quarterfinal game against the Riverside Panthers was how they would fare defensively against Jason Dambaugh, one of the top notch quarterbacks in the WPIAL. When all was said and done, the Antelopes turned in a stellar performance, snaring three interceptions on their way to defeating the Panthers 31-14.

11/17/14

A stunning, come-from-behind win over C.W. North Catholic last Friday night is sending the Avonworth Antelopes straight to Heinz Field for the Class A WPIAL championship.

Meanwhile, a pep rally to support the 'Lopes will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the primary center gym.

The Antelopes will take on Clairton in the Class A championship game on Friday at 11 a.m. at Heinz Field. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students if purchased at Avonworth High School. All tickets at Heinz Field will be $10.

5/18/14

By COREY CLARK

On Senior Day for the Avonworth varsity baseball team, the team faced Brentwood in a section home game to end the season. Brentwood came into the match-up with a 6-10 record overall and a 4-9 section record. Going into the match-up, Avonworth was struggling with a six-game losing streak.

Avonworth started out strong in the bottom of the first inning with two runs off singles by senior pitcher Sean Kampsen and senior outfielder Corey Clark. But Brentwood answered back in the top of the third by scoring four runs off five hits and no errors.

5/10/14

By COREY CLARK

The Avonworth baseball team battles, but continues to struggle against strong section foes as they dropped games to South Side Beaver, New Brighton and Quaker Valley in the past week.

The Antelopes took on section foe South Side Beaver, currently at the top of the section, in an away game. In a previous matchup, Avonworth defeated South Side 2-1 in an extra inning home game, making Avonworth the only team to defeat South Side Beaver this year.

5/10/14

By JIM RUMBLE

The Northgate Flames baseball team snapped a five-game winless streak when they hosted Cornell this past Tuesday.

The Flames’ offense feasted on the Raiders’ pitching, collecting 19 hits on their way to a 12-2 win.

Pitcher Mark Lodge earned the victory surrendering one run on four hits while recording five strike-outs over the first four innings.

5/4/14

By JIM RUMBLE

For most of the game against Vincentian, it seemed as though an upset was in the making when the Northgate Flames baseball team hosted the undefeated Royals last Thursday.

That all changed in the final inning, as the Flames fell in defeat, 9-2.

"A couple of errors and walks just killed us," said coach Brandon Hogle.

Northgate managed just three hits -- all of them coming in the second inning, where the Flames took the lead that lasted through the fifth inning.

"Our bats went cold," said Hogle afterwards.

4/5/14

By COREY CLARK

The Avonworth Antelopes had an impressive start to the baseball season, routing section foe Freedom in a home game on Monday, the first section game for the team.

Senior Sean Kampsen tossed seven solid innings, allowing only two runs with 10 strike-outs. Kampsen also supported himself with a two-run homerun in the third inning. Senior infielder Jake Filipowski, senior outfielder Anthony Tomansino, and junior infielder Chris O'Malley also had multi-hit games. With the defense making only one error in the field, the Antelopes ended up winning 5-2.

4/5/14

By JIM RUMBLE

After the usual game postponements that delay the start of the spring sports season, the Avonworth girls’ softball team finally got their season underway when they hosted OLSH in a section match-up last Friday.

The Lady ‘Lopes had a difficult time finding continuity with their offense and were blanked by the Chargers 10-0.

"It's all on me," said coach Chris Knox afterwards. "The bottom line is that I didn't have them ready to play."

3/3/14

By MEL PERKINS

No, it's not déjà vu! T.J. Wiley is back at Northgate. The Northgate School Board approved Wiley as the new head coach for the Flames heading into the 2014 season.

Wiley left Northgate for Deer Lakes after the 2012 season, citing family motives along with an opportunity to better his teaching career as the reason for his departure.