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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."

4/19/13

By JIM RUMBLE

Getting a break from section play this past Tuesday, the Avonworth baseball team hosted Cornell on senior recognition day and defeated the Raiders 11-4.

According to coach Phil Coffin, the non-section contest was a good time to use those players who work hard at supporting their teammates.

"We threw some arms that hadn't thrown all year, and a non-section game at mid-year is good work for kids that needed it."

4/19/13

By JIM RUMBLE

After starting the season with six losses, the Northgate baseball team earned their first win of the season when they hosted Cornell in a non-section game this past Monday.

Overcoming a slow start with an outburst on offense, the Flames banged out 12 hits on their way to a 15-7 victory over the Raiders.

Northgate pitcher Matt Dombrowski picked up the win, and Johnny Camello did a masterful job in relief by not allowing a run or giving up a hit over the final three-and-two-thirds innings.

4/12/13

By JIM RUMBLE

With the usual weather related delays to the start of baseball season behind them for now, the Avonworth Antelopes played their home opener last Thursday, when they hosted the Northgate Flames.

Getting a solid pitching performance from freshman Brach Herzig in his debut, the Antelopes notched their first win of the season, downing the Flames 12-6. Herzig surrendered one hit while striking out four and walking four through the first four-and-a-half innings.

4/12/13

By JIM RUMBLE

After starting the season with three consecutive losses, it seemed as though things were due to change for the Northgate Flames softball team as they hosted Avella this past Tuesday.

The Eagles, who were also winless coming into the game, took advantage of the Flames' struggles on the mound as well as a stagnant offense on their way to a 10-0 victory. “We have a young pitching staff and they're still learning," said first-year coach Jody Harrison.

4/12/13

By JIM RUMBLE

One of the critical things about a winter season that just won't go away is the effect that it may have on sports that start up in the spring. That appears to be the case for the very young Avonworth softball team that is 0-4 and still searching for their first win.

"It has been a very difficult start to the season, as the team has had only one outdoor practice due to the cold and wet weather," said coach Chris Knox.

All of the team's scrimmages and the first two games of the 2013 schedule had to be cancelled.

4/5/13

Avonworth High School senior Moriah Eck has received a four-year volleyball scholarship to Wittenberg University.

This year Moriah broke Avonworth’s record for most volleyball kills. The middle hitter, who was voted first-team All-WPIAL, first-team All Section and selected for the All-State team, hit a new school record with 673 kills.

Eck has had a storied career with the Avonworth Antelopes, entering the starting line-up her freshman year. In addition to her success on the court, Eck maintains a 3.95 GPA.

3/15/13

Northgate has a new head football coach.

The district's school board voted unanimously at its committee of the whole meeting Monday to hire Brandon LeDonne to replace T.J. Wiley, who resigned to accept a coaching position at another school after two years with the Flames.

LeDonne, who teaches fourth grade in the Aliquippa school district, has coached football for Moon, Aliquippa and Quaker Valley high schools.

He will be paid $6,804.

"I'm very excited at the opportunity," LeDonne said.

3/1/13

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames traveled to Canon McMillan High School last Friday night to take on the Centurions from Greensburg Central Catholic in a rematch of last year's WPIAL quarter-final match-up. Last year, the Flames lost to the Centurions by the score of 62-46. But this year, in their first round match-up, the Flames battled hard before falling to Greensburg Central Catholic by the score of 52-38.

3/1/13

Avonworth/Northgate wrestlers competed in the WPIAL championships last weekend. All of the seven wrestlers competing placed in the top 12 in their respective weight classes. Leading the way for the co-op team was heavyweight Ka'Dale Coles, who placed sixth in his weight class. Next was freshman Isaac Eames at 113 lbs., placing eighth, and Anthony Trimmer at 120 lbs., also placing eighth. Other competitors included freshman Tyler Wisnewski at 106, sophomores Darion Trimmer at 126 lbs. and Brandon Wasko at 195 lbs., and senior Cody Crawford at 220 lbs.