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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.

2/22/13

By ANDREW DOMENCIC Avonworth's dreams of advancing in the WPIAL playoffs were smashed as the team's season came to an end last Saturday when they fell to the Aliquippa Quips 69-60.

The game was a very even match-up for most of the contest. In the first quarter, the Antelopes were able to gain momentum early by cashing in on mistakes and matching the Quips point for point. Junior Eric Gallupe -- who finished the game as the lead scorer for Avonworth with 14 points -- put up seven points of his own in the quarter to contribute greatly to the 14-14 tie at the end of one.

2/22/13

Although better known sports such as basketball, wrestling and swimming get most of the attention throughout the winter months, one more team has been successfully rolling along, with its young players working their way into playoffs that began yesterday.

While bowling is recognized by Avonworth only as a club sport, the eight ladies participating this year have had some "striking" success under the guidance of volunteer coaches Jeff Schoeppner and his wife, Julie, who also provide much of the funding for the activity.

2/22/13

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames traveled to Baldwin High School Saturday afternoon to take on the Falcons from Brownsville in the preliminary round of the Class AA playoffs, and though their fire never got hot, the Flames would not be extinguished.

For the third straight year, head coach Perry Harrop has led the Flames to the WPIAL Playoffs, and for the second year in a row, they advanced to the first round by scratching and clawing their way to a 44-38 win over a scrappy Brownsville team.

2/22/13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a tale of two halves when the Avonworth girls’ basketball team faced Steel Valley in a preliminary round game of the WPIAL playoffs last Friday.

After leading through most of the first half, the Lady ‘Lopes did a complete turnaround in the second and were overwhelmed by the Ironmen 59-34.

"We stuck with our game plan and worked hard playing our defense that we worked on, and in the second half, mentally, we just came undone," said coach Leah Uhernik.

2/22/13

The Avonworth/Northgate wrestlers hosted the WPIAL Section 3 wrestling tournament last weekend, with seven out of 11 wrestlers qualifying for the WPIAL championship tomorrow at Chartiers Valley High School.

Representing the A/N team in the finals and placing second were freshman Tyler Wisniewski at 106 lbs., Anthony Trimmer at 120 lbs., and sophomore Darion Trimmer at 126 lbs. Darion had to upset the third ranked wrestler in the WPIAL in his weight class to advance to the finals.

2/15/13

By JIM RUMBLE

With a playoff spot for the upcoming WPIAl playoffs already in hand, it was difficult to figure out what the Avonworth girls’ basketball team's mind set would be when they traveled to Northgate to close out section play last Thursday.

The two teams battled to the end, with the Lady ‘Lopes taking advantage of a 9-0 run in the first half that proved to be the difference as they defeated the Flames 39-30.

"We knew it would be tough," said Avonworth coach Leah Uhernik.

2/15/13

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames wasted no time executing “The Big Payback” when they hosted the Avonworth Antelopes last Friday night. The tables were neatly and quickly turned on the Antelopes, as Northgate jumped out to a big lead and never looked back en route to a 78-54 win.

2/15/13

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

Following a game in which they got their antlers burned off by the Flames 78-54, the Antelopes once again wound up as the losers of a lopsided turnout by falling to the Brentwood Spartans 52-34 on Saturday.

The loss was Avonworth's second straight.

2/8/13

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames were looking to extend their winning streak to three when they met up with the Sto-Rox Vikings last Friday night at Northgate's firehouse. The Flames battled to the end, but a victory over the first place Vikings was just out of reach.

Sto-Rox won the tip-off to start the game, and quickly jumped out to a 4 -0 lead. Justin Parra got the Flames on the board when he got fouled under the basket, and went to the foul line and made one of his two free throws. With 5:19 left in the first quarter, Northgate was down 4-1.

2/8/13

By JIM RUMBLE

In a roller coaster season for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, it seemed as though their chances of making the WPIAL playoffs would be determined when they played Northgate in their final regular season game. That all changed, though, when the 'Lopes upset Beaver this past Monday.

Mackenzie Mayernik knocked down a pull-up jumper at the buzzer to give the Lady ‘Lopes a 33-31 win and hand the Bobcats their only section loss this year. The victory secured a playoff spot for Avonworth.

2/4/13

By JIM RUMBLE

With one week left in regular season play, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team finds their playoff hopes still on hold after a split in games over the past week.

Avonworth hosted Sto-Rox on Thursday, Jan. 24, and with a good balance on offense, the 'Lopes defeated the Vikings 50-41. Pivotal to the victory was Avonworth's consistency from the free throw line, where they converted 20-25 in the game.

2/4/13

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The game was supposed to be played Friday night, but the snow delayed a classic game between Avonworth and section rival Sto-Rox until Saturday afternoon.The Antelopes would fight through multiple challenges, and in the end, they came out on top of the visiting Vikings, 45-42.

1/25/13

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (4-3, 10-6) ignited their burners last Saturday afternoon and grilled the Eden Christian Warriors (2-3, 10-5) by the score of 58-42. The Flames were coming off a 40-39 buzzer-beater loss to South Side Beaver, and were in need of a solid win.

After winning the tip-off, the Flames jumped out to an early lead when Mark Lodge hit a jumper to give Northgate a 2-0 lead. The Warriors got on the board on their first possession, to tie the game at two. That would be the last tie of the game, and the Flames would not look back.

1/25/13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was payback time for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team when they hosted Freedom in a section game last Thursday.

Unlike their first meeting, a 74-72 loss on the road earlier in the season, the 'Lopes held the Bulldogs’ offense in check on their way to a 51-37 win.

"We knew it was going to be a fight," said Leah Uhernik, who was able to even the score against her alma mater in her first year as head coach .

"We corrected a lot of things since then. Playing good defense has been our focus," she said.

1/25/13

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate football team's head coach for the past two seasons, T.J. Wiley, resigned from the position last week after accepting the head coach job at Deer Lakes High School.

Wiley's record at Northgate during his two year stint was 9-7 in conference play and 10-9 overall. When Wiley stepped in at Northgate, he inherited a team that had not had a winning season since 2003. Wiley was instrumental in bringing back a winning attitude, and re-invigorating the community while generating excitement in the Northgate football program.

1/25/13

The Avonworth-Northgate wrestling team found themselves in an odd place this past Wednesday -- the section championships, a place neither school has seen in wrestling for the past 20 years.

The team, coached by Tim Geil and Brian Letters, may have surprised even themselves, as they placed third in their section and earned a place in the WPIAL championships that will be held next week.

The team clinched a spot in the section championships with a 54-12 victory over visiting North Catholic last week.