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12/21/12

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team picked up their first section win on the season when they defeated Carlynton this past Monday 34-23.

The victory put the brakes on a three-game slide that included a loss in their section opener at Freedom last Thursday, followed by a loss the following night at home against Riverview.

Unlike the losses, where the Lady Lopes struggled offensively early on, they picked up their game on that end but the key was how well the played defensively.

12/14/12

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

Last year, the Avonworth Antelopes boys’ basketball team sat on the brink of qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in years. They were ready to go, and they were in position to do so. Every point scored was another stepping stone to their ultimate goal of qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs. Unfortunately for the 'Lopes, they suffered a late season slide and once again failed to qualify.

But that was last year.

12/14/12

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team has been participating in the Brentwood tournament for a number of years and with quite a bit of success. This year, under new head coach Leah Uhernik, the Lady ‘Lopes defeated Brashear 57-18 and then defeated Brentwood 44-42 in the championship game to capture their ninth consecutive champions trophy in that tournament.

12/7/12

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames 2012-13 basketball season is set to start tonight, when they travel to Springdale to play in the Springdale Tip-Off Tournament. Coach Perry Harrop is in his fourth season as Northgate's head coach, and he looks to open things up this season and let the Flames run hot.

The Flames finished 7-5 in their conference last season, 14-11 overall, and won two playoff games before losing to Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL's Class AA quarter-finals. It was Northgate's second straight playoff appearance under Harrop.

11/9/12

By JIM RUMBLE

For the third consecutive year, the Avonworth football season came to an end at the hands of the Rochester Rams in the WPIAL playoffs. The Antelopes, who played much better in their season opener against the Rams, found it more difficult to overcome a 28-0 halftime deficit in their first round game, and fell 35-15.

"They came out and kicked us right in the mouth," said head coach Duke Johncour.

The Avonworth defense had their hands full trying to contain Ram running back Dante Marsick, who rushed for 204 yards and scored four touchdowns.

11/2/12

By MEL PERKINS

The “Backyard Brawl” was all that it was cracked up to be this year. The Northgate Flames (5-3, 5-4) hosted the Avonworth Antelopes (5-3, 5-4) at Northgate's Alumni Stadium, and when the dust had cleared, Avonworth had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, defeating the Flames 25-24, in overtime.

Down 18-0, the 'Lopes fought back, to earn a WPIAL playoff berth.

10/26/12

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

People find success in many ways, and at Avonworth there is a select group of athletes that walks the halls holding success high over their heads. From 7:25 a.m. until 2:20 p.m., they sit in their classes, but mere hours after the bell rings, that is when the players of the Avonworth girls’ soccer team find the true definition of success, and the perfection that comes from the pain of practice.

10/26/12

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (5-2, 5-3) traveled to Springdale last Friday night and were shut out 35-0 in an Eastern Conference matchup with the Springdale Dynamos (5-2, 5-3). The Flames appeared out of sorts most of the game, and even while wearing their white with red uniforms, the team was frighteningly unrecognizable.

Springdale kicked off to start the game, and the Flames quickly went three-and-out on their first series of the night. The Dynamos started on their 39, and went 61 yards in six plays to go up 7-0.

10/26/12

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a game that seemed destined for the win column at Wilkinsburg last Saturday, as Avonworth was matched against one of the weaker teams in the Eastern conference. But after moving to a 14-0 lead early on, the Antelopes saw a shift in momentum in the second half and were upset by the Tigers 15-14.

"The second half was horrible," said head coach Duke Johncour. "They [Wilkinsburg] made some plays and we didn't."

After stopping Wilkinsburg's game-opening possession, Avonworth went right to work putting together a 16-play drive that started from their 13-yard line.

10/19/12

By JIM RUMBLE

In a game categorized as a “must win,” the Avonworth football team got back on track when they hosted Springdale last Friday. Taking control in the fourth quarter, the Antelopes managed to survive a late rally by the Dynamos to earn a 28-22 victory.

Head coach Duke Johncour who was pleased with the win, said, "It puts us in a good spot for the playoffs. We have to win-out basically, and see where it all ends up."

10/19/12

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (5-1, 5-2) were caught napping last Friday night at Alumni Stadium. In a squeaker of a game, the Flames were handed a 20-19 loss when the Apollo Ridge Vikings (4-2, 4-3) kicked a field goal with just seconds left on the clock.

The loss was Northgate's second of the season, but their first in the Eastern Conference.

10/12/12

By JIM RUMBLE

For the second consecutive week, the Avonworth football team had a chance to change the outcome of the game on their final possession, but came up short. Last Friday they were defeated at North Catholic, 19-15.

"We just didn't make the one play there at the end that we had to make," said head coach Duke Johncour.

Johncour lauded his team’s overall play, but commended the Trojans. "They're good. They block well, they kick out well, and moved the ball effectively."

10/12/12

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (5-0, 5-1) bounced back from their non-conference loss to Sto-Rox and recorded their second shutout of the season, blanking the Leechburg Blue Devils by the score of 20-0 last Friday.

Mack Quinn, with a team-high 22 tackles, led the Flames’ defense, but there was a whole host of defensive players who made their presence felt against the Blue Devils. And, Leechburg had no answer for the speedy Cody Walter, who racked up 260 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.

10/12/12

Four Avonworth cross country runners earned medalist ranking last Saturday, competing against 13 teams at the Grove City Invitational.

In the girls' 5K varsity race, (3.1 miles), Beth Shenck, a junior, captured first place in a field of 92 girls from 13 teams, and Clair Daniela, a sophomore, placed 11th..

In the boys' varsity race, also a 5K, sophomore Andrew Domencic, placed 20th, and senior Paul Kluitenberg 22nd, among 83 boys from 10 teams.

10/5/12

By JIM RUMBLE

Preparing for Apollo Ridge, the Eastern Conference's newest member, Avonworth football coach Duke Johncour warned his team about the high caliber team they were about to face. Both teams battled through four quarters of play at Apollo Ridge last Friday but the game ended with a loss for the Antelopes, defeated in overtime 28-21.

10/5/12

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames traveled across the river last Friday, and found themselves embroiled in an old fashioned slugfest with the Sto-Rox Vikings. And, when the final bell had rung, Northgate had come up short, losing their first game of the season 35-31, in a fiercely-contested and hard-fought battle.

The Flames kicked off to the Vikings to start the game and Sto-Rox came out swinging, going 77 yards in five plays for a Vikings T.D. Sto-Rox was up 7-0, with only 1:32 elapsed from the clock.

9/28/12

By JIM RUMBLE

In a game that the Avonworth football team completely dominated, the Antelopes overcame some costly penalties to defeat West Shamokin at home last Friday, 28-7.

The mercy rule may have come into effect early on if it weren't for three penalties that wiped out a couple of opportunities to put points on the scoreboard.

"We've got to eliminate those costly mistakes - they kill us," said coach Duke Johncour.

Andrew Broadus had another huge night running the ball, with 10 carries for 162 yards.

9/28/12

By MEL PERKINS

The fifth-ranked Northgate Flames (4-0, 4-0) hosted the Wilkinsburg Tigers (0-4, 0-4) last Friday Night, and like a locomotive, picking up steam, the Flames rolled over the Tigers by the score of 53-16.

It was a beautiful night for football, with slight showers off and on, but not enough to stop the Northgate fans from coming out and witnessing Cody Walter's clinic on how to score touchdowns.

Walter rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns, while throwing for three more to lead the undefeated Flames to their fourth straight win.

9/21/12

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate traveled to North Catholic's Stone Field last Friday night, looking to exact revenge for the one-point loss they suffered there last year. And when the smoke had cleared, the Flames had dealt North Catholic their first loss of the season, beating the high-flying Trojans by the score of 21-7 and taking sole possession of first place in the WPIAL's Eastern Conference.

9/21/12

By JIM RUMBLE

Although the Avonworth football team's offense might be characterized as run-oriented, they picked a good time to take to the air against Leechburg last Friday.

Freshman quarterback Zach Chandler stepped up his game, throwing three first-half touchdown passes and leading the Antelopes to a 35-0 win over the Blue Devils.

"We thought we could exploit some of their weaknesses in the defense," said coach Duke Johncour. "They wanted to pack the box a little bit, and we wanted to take what they were giving us."

9/17/12

By JIM RUMBLE

Battling back from behind on a dreary Saturday afternoon, the Avonworth Antelopes scored their first conference win of the saeson against Riverview, 15-8.

"It was a great game," said coach Duke Johncour. "It was a shame for someone to lose that one, but we were fortunate enough to come away with the victory."

9/17/12

By MEL PERKINS

The Flames (2-0) showed no mercy on the Wolves from West Shamokin last Friday night, picking up their second Eastern Conference victory and handing the Wolves their 45th consecutive loss in the WPIAL by the score of 47-12.

The Flames’ Cody Walter continued to amaze, rushing for three TDs, throwing for one, and returning a punt 65 yards for another.

9/8/12

By MEL PERKINS

The Flames kicked off their 2012 season last Friday with a shut out, sending Riverview home on the losing side of a 25-0 score.

Northgate kicked off to the Raiders, and, after a short return, Riverview started their drive on their 35 yard line. Mac Quinn made his presence felt early, as he put pressure on the Raiders’ QB, and absolutely destroyed the Riverview running back in their backfield for a two yard loss.

9/8/12

By JIM RUMBLE

Aside from a couple of mistakes made by his team, it was the kind of game Avonworth head coach Duke Johncour fully anticipated when the Avonworth Antelopes hosted the Rochester Rams in a nonconference game last Friday.

After battling through a scoreless first half, the Rams made good on a couple of big plays in the second half to hand the Antelopes their first loss on the season, 21-7.

"Two good football teams," Johncour said. "We went toe to toe. They capitalized on a couple of mistakes and we ended up on the short end," he said.