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01.11.13

Avonworth - Northgate wrestling coach Timothy Giel has yet to check the record books, but it’s probably a safe bet to say that Tuesday night’s 58-0 victory over Riverview is the first total roster sweep in the history of the team. Pictured above is sophomore Wes Bartholomew, who won with a pin in the 138 lb. category. Bartholomew, currently ranked fifth in the WPIAL with an 18-5 record, is expected to do well in the post-season, along with Darion Trimmer at 132 lbs. and Ka'Dale Coles at heavyweight.

06.17.11

The Bellevue Avalon Baseball Association (BABA) is asking area residents to join them in raising funds to help the family of a volunteer coach.

Mark Trimmer, a local postal carrier, was critically injured in a car accident earlier this month and passed away on Monday.

BABA will lead a fund-raising effort on Sunday, June 26, from noon to 6 p.m. at the baseball fields at 521 New Brighton Road, Avalon.

There will be a D.J., home run and infield competitions, dunk tank, flea market, moon bounce, face painting, basket raffles, a Texas hold ‘em tournament and more.

09.20.15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team made short work of the OLSH Chargers when the two teams met at Robert Morris University last Friday.

The 'Lopes put 35 points on the board in the first quarter on their way to a 41-0 win.

"The kids made some plays tonight and they [OLSH] made some mistakes and we were able to capitalize on them," said coach Duke Johncour.

09.12.15

By JIM RUMBLE

Opening the season at home possibly with some early game jitters the Avonworth football team was able to overcome some setbacks as they cruised to a 42-20 conference win over Chartiers-Houston.

"We were able to come out and execute some of the plays we wanted to execute and that was real good," said coach Duke Johncour.

The 'Lopes were led by quarterback Zach Chandler who threw for 325 yards and three TD passes in the first half alone.

"He had a really good half," said Johncour.

09.08.15

Rege Costello walks six miles each day, weather permitting, two miles after each meal, mostly along the streets of his hometown, Emsworth, on into Ben Avon and sometimes maybe to the Avalon border.

At one time not so long ago, though, Rege was running those streets, as well as marathons in South Park, North Park, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Boston. In all, 49 marathons, Boston being the easiest, in Rege's opinion.

"No steep hills!" he said.

But then came a hill too steep for him to climb: torn knee cartilage, and Marathon 50 would forever elude him.

05.02.15

By JIM RUMBLE

It was the most impressive win for the Northgate baseball team in quite a few years when the Flames hosted Quaker Valley in section play this past Tuesday.

Bouncing back from an 18-2 thrashing by Southside Beaver the day before, Northgate turned in a solid performance to knock off section leader and the previously undefeated Quakers 6-2.

"It was a big win for us," said coach Brandon Hogle.

Pitcher Johnny Camello went the distance to earn the win, allowing eight hits, one walk and striking out four batters.

04.04.15

By JIM RUMBLE

After a couple of sub-par seasons for the Avonworth softball team, new coach Jenna Muncie will lead a relatively young team this year, but is looking forward to getting things turned around.

"Coming in we've tried to change the culture here a little bit -- we're taking softball more serious now," said Muncie, who was the head coach at Upper St. Clair for the past four years.

The Lady ‘Lopes opened their season this past Tuesday at OLSH and defeated the Chargers 13-3.

"We were driving the ball and that was big," said Muncie.

03.29.15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes baseball season got under way when they hosted Quigley in a non-section game this past Tuesday.

Although the 'Lopes pounded out 12 hits on their way to a 10-0 blanking of the Spartans, coach Phil Coffin didn't seem to be too impressed by his team's play.

"I think we played lackluster today," said Coffin. "It's early in the season -- only our second time outside -- and I think we played much better last week in an exhibition game at Neshannock," he said.

03.23.15

Avonworth High School's girls' bowling team will take its perfect 10-0 season record to state championship competition, with playoffs beginning today in Lancaster. Pictured above, from left are Sarah Svoboda, Hannah Schoeppner, Lauren Schoeppner, Kimmi D'Ottavio, Emily Grambo, Kara Rudzik, Paige Adams, with coach Jeff Schoeppner.

Over the course of the season, the team lost just one game, to Bishop Canevin, and by only four points. While the team was disappointed with that loss, it did not blemish the perfect record, as each match is determined by best-of-three games.

02.24.15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team advanced to the first round of the WPIAL playoffslast Saturday, making easy work of opponent Chartiers-Houston in a preliminary round game played at Chartiers Valley High School.

Led by Jamal Hughley, who finished with 19 points, the Antelopes cruised to victory over the Buccaneers 67-46.

"We came out and executed the game plan, recognized their main threats and tried to slow them down," said coach Dan Bradley.

02.23.15

By JIM RUMBLE

It was undoubtedly one of their better performances this season when the Avonworth Lady ‘Lopes met the Beth-Center Bulldogs in the preliminary round of the WPIAL playoffs last Friday.

That was until Beth-Center took advantage from the free throw line in the fourth quarter on their way to defeating the 'Lopes 59-45.

"We finally did what we've been telling them all year," said coach Toni Roscoe of her team afterwards.

02.16.15

By MEL PERKINS

Last Friday's match-up between rivals Northgate (6-8, 7-15) and Avonworth (9-5, 12-10) carried no playoff implications because Northgate needed Avonworth to lose to OLSH the prior Tuesday, but the ‘Lopes didn't comply. The Flames, however, never known to back down from a challenge, defended their house until the end, but were unable to overcome the physical battle that was waged inside the paint, succumbing to the playoff bound Lope's 63 - 52.

02.16.15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team closed out section play at North-gate last Thursday.

After leading by 16 points late in the third quarter, the Lady ‘Lopes managed to hold off a late comeback by a determined Flames team to pull out a 48-44 victory.

'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe felt that turn-overs were a major problem and that perhaps the teams' play was less spirited knowing that they have already secured a spot for the WPIAL playoffs.

The Lady ‘Lopes have not lost to the Flames since December 1992.

02.07.15

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a tale of two halves when the Avonworth girls’ basketball team hosted Freedom in a crucial section match-up this past Monday.

Overcoming an 11-point halftime deficit, the Lady ‘Lopes turned it around with a strong second half to defeat the Bulldogs 50-46 and earn a playoff spot for the upcoming WPIAL playoffs.

"We were able to turn it around in the third quarter with rebounding and shooting the ball," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe.

01.26.15

By JIM RUMBLE

Last month the Carlynton Cougars dominated when they hosted the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, and last Thursday's game played on the Lady ‘Lopes' home floor was no different when the two teams got together for their rematch in section play.

"It was their press," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe after seeing her team overpowered 62-16.

Carlynton implemented their full court press again defensively for most of the first half and forced the Avonworth offense into one turnover after another.

01.09.15

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team snapped a five-game winless streak with a come-from-behind win when they traveled to Sto-Rox on Dec. 22.

The Lady ‘Lopes trailed 20-12 at halftime, but a 13-2 point advantage in the third quarter helped propel the team to a 32-30 victory and their first section victory on the season.

"We have a tendency to play down to competition, but we were able to overcome that," said 'Lopes coach Toni Roscoe.

Katie Gould led Avonworth's offense with 11 points.

01.09.15

Undefeated in Section 6AA competition so far this year, the Northgate-Avonworth swim team is enjoying a season that already has several team members qualified for WPIAL competition in mid-February. Going into last night's South Fayette meet, the boys’ team stood at 4-0, and despite the girls' loss at one meet, the combined boys' and girls' points at that event pulled the overall team up to its 4-0 record.

With nearly 30 team members and only two of them seniors, those working with the program anticipate a bright future.

11.17.14

By JIM RUMBLE

The big concern for the Avonworth football team heading into their quarterfinal game against the Riverside Panthers was how they would fare defensively against Jason Dambaugh, one of the top notch quarterbacks in the WPIAL. When all was said and done, the Antelopes turned in a stellar performance, snaring three interceptions on their way to defeating the Panthers 31-14.

05.04.14

By JIM RUMBLE

For most of the game against Vincentian, it seemed as though an upset was in the making when the Northgate Flames baseball team hosted the undefeated Royals last Thursday.

That all changed in the final inning, as the Flames fell in defeat, 9-2.

"A couple of errors and walks just killed us," said coach Brandon Hogle.

Northgate managed just three hits -- all of them coming in the second inning, where the Flames took the lead that lasted through the fifth inning.

"Our bats went cold," said Hogle afterwards.

04.05.14

By JIM RUMBLE

After the usual game postponements that delay the start of the spring sports season, the Avonworth girls’ softball team finally got their season underway when they hosted OLSH in a section match-up last Friday.

The Lady ‘Lopes had a difficult time finding continuity with their offense and were blanked by the Chargers 10-0.

"It's all on me," said coach Chris Knox afterwards. "The bottom line is that I didn't have them ready to play."

02.07.14

By JIM RUMBLE

Despite all of the adversity that the Avonworth girls basketball team has dealt with this season, the team's focus was to pull off an upset when they traveled to Beaver this past Monday. The Lady ‘Lopes went down to the wire with on of the top teams in the section, but came up short, falling to the Bobcats 40-38.

Assistant coach Julie Moehring guided the team in the absence of coach Bob Schulz, and despite the loss seemed pleased with the overall effort.

"We ran out of time," said Moehring. "They did everything I asked and I can't be any prouder of how they played."

02.01.14

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a week that began with a section win for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, but the grind of the schedule - eight games in 17 days - began to take its toll as the Lady ‘Lopes followed with back-to-back section losses.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Avonworth traveled to Sto-Rox and rolled to a 55-28 win.

Forward Mackenzie Mayernik just missed a double-double, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds.

"Mackenzie had her best game of the year," said coach Bob Schulz.

01.24.14

By JIM RUMBLE

As basketball season reached the halfway point, the Avonworth girls basketball team earned a pivotal victory when they traveled to Freedom last Thursday. In a battle that had the teams in a tie after each of the first three quarters, the Lady ‘Lopes hung tough, playing a solid fourth quarter on their way to a 53-48 win.

"It was an important win for us," said coach Bob Schulz.

The victory moved the 'Lopes into fourth place in the section, a game ahead of the Bulldogs, with both teams for the time being vying for the final playoff spot.

01.17.14

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a week that began with their third consecutive loss, but changed direction with back-to-back wins for the Avonworth girls basketball team.

On Thursday, Jan. 9, Avonworth hosted Beaver in a section match-up and lost 36-31.

"It was a nice effort. The girls played hard, but Beaver is a good team," said coach Bob Schulz.

The Lady ‘Lopes struggled from the field early on, but what was key in the loss was Avonworth's free throw shooting, where they made 11 of 25 attempts from the line.