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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.

1/19/13

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (8-4, 4-1) hosted the Quakers (10-3, 3-2) from Quaker Valley last Friday night, and the Quakers took full advantage of the welcome, beating the Flames 76-43. Northgate was on a three-game winning streak and riding high after knocking off Sto-Rox on the previous Tuesday. The Quakers handed the Flames their first home loss of the season, and their first loss in Section 6.

1/19/13

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

It wouldn't matter if it was a simple game of foosball. When Avonworth and Northgate face off against each other, wild things are undoubtedly going to happen. Such was the case last Tuesday night when the Avonworth boys’ basketball team froze the Flames, beating them 87-48.

The 'Lopes improved to 8-7 on the season while the Flames dropped to 8-5.

The 'Lopes put up basket after basket and jumped out to a 21-12 first-quarter lead.

1/19/13

By JIM RUMBLE

Getting off to slow starts in games this season is becoming a habit for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, and that was indisputable when they hosted the Northgate Flames this past Monday. Trailing the Flames at halftime, the Lady ‘Lopes picked up their game offensively in the second half and took control in the fourth quarter on their way to a 40-24 victory.

"We played good defense throughout and we were finally able to make some shots and make some free throws down the stretch," said Avonworth head coach Leah Uhernik.

1/11/13

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

Following Avonworth's disappointing two-point loss last Friday night to Quaker Valley, the team was able to bounce back in dramatic fashion. They seemed to make the necessary plays at just the right times and in just the right ways, as they used a strong finish to close the deal on a 48-47 victory last Tuesday night against Chartiers-Houston.

1/11/13

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames withstood a third quarter run by the Cougars from Carlynton High School last Friday night, and secured a 51-46 victory.

The Flames extended their record to 3-0 in their section and 7-3 overall, and were tied for first place with Sto-Rox in Section 6 of the WPIAL's Class AA.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard first with a foul shot. The Flames rallied behind Taymon Russell as he scored seven of his 11 points in the first quarter. Carlynton had no answer for Russell, who was driving to the hoop for lay-ups and drawing fouls.

1/11/13

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls got right back into section play following the holidays when they hosted Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Although the Lady ‘Lopes had a difficult time producing any offense against the Chargers, their solid play defensively kept them in the game before they fell in the end, 41-28.

"We played great defense but couldn't generate any offense," said coach Leah Uhernik afterwards.

12/21/12

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

Following the Avonworth's 63-60 win last Friday night at Freedom, the Antelopes were once again able to keep their momentum going and improved to 3-1 on the year after they dominated Carlynton, 65-40, last Tuesday night.

The Antelopes fell behind early as an up-tempo Carlynton came storming out to a lead of 6-0. Following more action that included careless turnovers by the 'Lopes, Avonworth would once again fall behind at 13-8. It was then that Coach Dan Bradley called a time-out to calm down his players and that was when the onslaught began for the Antelopes.

12/21/12

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames hit the hardwood Friday night in their season home opener, and after winning the Springdale Tip-Off Tournament the previous weekend, the Flames continued to heat it up -- beating the Rams from Southside Beaver by the score of 52-39.

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.