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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.

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.