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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.

3/3/14

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

Last Saturday afternoon, the Avonworth Antelopes boys’ basketball team fought fiercely to overcome the Aliquippa Quips. They fought fiercely to advance to the semi-finals of the WPIAL playoffs. They fought fiercely, putting up basket after basket and jumping out to a 31-10 first half lead. They fought fiercely…only to see it all fall apart as they fell to the Quips by a score of 82-71.

2/24/14

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The Avonworth Antelopes boys' basketball team ended the Frazier Commodores’ season Wednesday by dominating them on all cylinders en route to an 80-43 victory in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs, sending the Antelopes to the quarterfinals.

Avonworth got off to a ferocious start in the first quarter of play, as they shut down Frazier's offense and held them to just seven points while putting up 20 of their own.

2/24/14

Two Avonworth senior athletes -- Thanna Oddo and Beth Shenck -- recently signed letters of intent for college attendance in September.

Thanna, the daughter of John and Lisa Oddo of Ohio Township, has received both academic and athletic scholarships to attend West Liberty University, where she plans to study exercise physiology.

"I had a great experience playing for Coach J. C. Mahan and Avonworth. In each successful year I was surrounded by amazing coaches and players, and a very supportive brother. I loved every minute of my high school soccer career," Thanna said.

2/24/14

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (6-6, 8-15) traveled to Fox Chapel Saturday afternoon and were bounced from the WPIAL playoffs by a very strong and physical Shady Side Academy (8-4, 14-8) team. The Flames were on their heels early, and were never able to gain a foothold as they fell to the Indians by the score of 74-56.

2/7/14

By MEL PERKINS

Tuesday was senior night at Northgate, but Quaker Valley spoiled the party by beating the Flames 66 - 44. Quaker Valley's full-court press and man-to-man defense smothered the Flames, and without their senior point guard for the night, Northgate was unable to consistently break the press.

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.