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The Northgate Flames exploded into Class A competition last Friday night, obliterating the OLSH Chargers’ WPIAL debut. It took the Flames until the second half to heat up, but a stunning third quarter performance contributed to the 44-6 win for the home team. Pictured above, quarterback Jon Girvin looks for an opening. Girvin scored four of Northgate’s touchdowns. The Flames remain at home tonight, taking on Jefferson Morgan at Alumni Field at 7:30 p.m.



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.



The Northgate Flames finished 4-4 in the Eastern Conference last year, and 5-5 overall, making their first WPIAL playoff appearance in eight years. T.J. Wiley returns for his second year as the Flames' head coach, and says, "The kids are excited because they know what type of potential we have."

The Flames lost some key players from last year, and Wiley has the formidable task of re-configuring the offense after losing the WPIAL Class A's leader in passing yardage, Jon Girvin. But Wiley and his staff have been stoking the fire all summer.


Matt Kujawinski hands off the baton to Thane Bonnett in the 4 x 800 relay, which the Avonworth-Northgate team won with a 10:58 time in their first home track and field meet of the year. The Avonworth-Northgate team hosted Highlands and Riverview, with A-N posting impressive wins in both individual and relay competition.

Among the highlights for the boys:

Jon Gusew first in 1600m run, 4:49; first in 3200m run, 10:37.

David Monroe second in 200m dash. 24.7; second in long jump, 17 ft.



The Northgate Flames (7-5, 14-11) took on the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions (11-1, 19-5) on Saturday in a WPIAL AA quarter-final match-up. A Flames win would have sent them into the final four, but the Centurion's defense proved to be too much of an obstacle for Northgate to overcome, and they fell to GCC 62-46.


The Northgate boys’ basketball team will head into the WPIAL playoff quarter-finals tomorrow after pulling off an upset victory in double overtime Wednesday night.

The Flames traveled to Keystone Oaks to face fourth-seeded Summit Academy. Battling until the end, the Northgate team won 90-86. Dave Natale had seven three-pointers, for 21 points, in the game.



The Avonworth Antelopes (4-8, 12-10) hosted the playoff-bound Northgate Flames (7-5, 11-10) last Friday night, and in a fiercely contested match up, the Flames rallied behind the leadership of Jon Girvin in the second half, to come from behind and win by the score of 41-38.



Northgate (6-5, 10-10) snapped a two-game losing streak last Friday night, hammering the Lions from New Brighton 68 - 42.

New Brighton jumped out in front by hitting a three-point shot, but the Flames' defense was about to tighten things up. The Lions would not find the bucket again, for nearly 5 minutes.



The Northgate Flames (5-5, 8-10) have hit a two game skid, dropping an important section game to the second place Quakers (8-2, 16-2) from Quaker Valley last Friday night, then losing a rematch with the first place Beaver Falls Tigers (8-1, 16-2) on Tuesday.



The Northgate Flames (6-7, 3-2) played host to the Avonworth Antelopes (8-6, 2-4) Tuesday night, and in what turned out to be a classic battle between rivals, the Flames fell to the 'Lopes in overtime, by the score of 75 - 64.

Northgate came into the game intent on extending their win streak to three, after beating New Brighton and Westinghouse last week. However, Avonworth had their own intentions, and with their pesky man-to-man defense, the 'Lopes gave Northgate a taste of their own medicine. And, Avonworth handed the Flames their first loss at home this season.



The Northgate Flames cruised to an easy 61-40 win over the New Brighton Lions Tuesday night, snapping a four-game losing streak, while playing their sixth straight game away from home. The win raised Northgate's section record to 3-1, with an overall record of 5 - 6.

The Flames' last win was on Dec. 22 when they traveled to Springdale and beat the Dynamos 54-39. Northgate then dropped games to Seneca Valley (AAAA), Sto-Rox (2-0, 8-1), and Brentwood (3-1, 8- ). On Jan. 3, the Flames traveled to Quaker Valley and came away with their first section loss of the season.


The Northgate School Board took a few minutes Monday evening to acknowledge the accomplishments of several student athletes, as well as their coaches.

Two members of the varsity football team have been named to the WPIAL Class A All Conference first team. Jon Girvin took the honors as quarterback, and Jake Abernethy as wide receiver.



The Northgate Flames and the Avonworth Antelopes scrapped for 48 minutes last Friday night at Northgate's Alumni Stadium. The Flames were defeated 28-20, in a scenario similar to last week's game, but again one characteristic stood out most -- Northgate's unwillingness to give up and their desire to keep fighting.



The Northgate Flames (5-3, 4-3) nearly pulled off what would have been the upset of the night last Friday. But their attempt at what would have been an incredible come from behind win over the North Catholic Trojans (5-3, 4-3) was denied in the last few seconds of a hard-fought contest.

When the Flames' 2-point conversion try failed, they came up short, losing to the Trojans by the score of 27-26, at North Catholic's J.C. Stone Field.



The Northgate Flames lit up the scoreboard last Friday night, when the offense exploded and scored 27 points in the first quarter on their way to a 53-22 win over the visiting Riverview Raiders.

The win extended the Flames' winning streak to three, and gives them a conference record of 4-2, with an overall record of 5-2.

The win places Northgate in a tie for third place with the Springdale Dynamos in the WPIAL's Eastern Conference.



On Saturday afternoon, in the muck and the mire of what was Wilkinsburg's Graham Field, the Northgate Flames (3-2, 2-2) bounced back from a two- game losing streak by blanking the Wilkinsburg Tigers (0-5, 0-5) by the score of 31-0.

The foul weather had little effect on the Flames' air attack, as quarterback Jon Girvin threw four touchdown passes, three of those going to wide receiver Jake Abernethy. Abernethy led the team in receiving, with four catches for a total of 85 yards.



The Northgate Flames battled to the end, and pulled out a 32 - 27 victory against the Our Lady of Sacred Heart (OLSH) Chargers Saturday night. In T.J. Wiley's debut game as head coach of the Flames, his Northgate team showed a combination of speed, power and "quick strike" potential.

OLSH won the coin toss to start the game, and elected to receive. The Flames' Brett Howell kicked off, and Northgate's 2011 season was underway on a hot and humid night at Robert Morris' Joe Walton Stadium.



Northgate will start the 2011 football season with a new head coach and a fresh new attitude, both directed at turning around a program that has struggled for several years.

Head coach T.J. Wiley and his staff are ushering in an energetic brand of football, a brand of football that appears to be deeply rooted in Wiley’s enthusiastic style of coaching.

He also brings a new coaching staff that carries a wealth of football knowledge.



The Northgate Flames honored their seniors last Friday night by downing the ‘Lopes from Avonworth for the second time this season. The Flames and the Antelopes battled hard in what turned out to be another hard fought rivalry game.

The Flames jumped on top early, as senior guard Matt Garrison knocked down a 3-point shot to get the Flames off and running. Northgate took advantage of their inside game by working the ball in to Josh Douglass and Jon Girvin, and outscored Avonworth 17-9 in the first quarter



The Northgate Flames (4-6, 8-10) played host Tuesday night to a very good and speedy Beaver Falls basketball team. The Flames found themselves in a track meet with the Tigers (8-0, 13-5), and when it was all said and done, the Flames just couldn't keep up.



Northgate traveled into hostile territory Tuesday night, and came away with a much needed section win against the ‘Lopes from Avonworth.

The Flames opened up the game in their man-to-man defense, and with Josh Douglass shadowing Avonworth's Mitch Locher. Locher leads the ‘Lope's high powered offense, averaging 26 points a game.

The first quarter was highlighted by the defensive play of both teams. The referees, at times, turned a blind eye to the physical play, as bodies were hitting the floor, and creating the atmosphere that big time rivalries feed upon.



The Northgate Flames played host to the Lions from New Brighton on Tuesday night, and though the game got close at the end, the Lions snatched victory from the grasp of the Flames.

The Flames came into Tuesday's game with a 4 - 7 overall record, 1-3 in the section, and trying to rebound from a section loss to a very good Beaver Falls team last Friday night.



The Northgate Flames continued their downward slide Tuesday night when they lost a valuable section game to the Quakers from Quaker Valley. The Flames entered Tuesday's game with a 3 - 5 record overall, 1 - 1 in section play, and trying to bounce back from their two losses in the Mars Tournament on Dec.27 and 28.

Northgate opened up the tournament the first night with a 71 - 61 loss to Mars, and the second night they lost a close, hard-fought battle, with their rivals from across the river, as they fell 67 - 62 to the Vikings from Sto-Rox in the consolation game.



The Northgate Flames' defense stood strong Friday night as they defiantly fell, 20 - 6, to a beatable North Catholic team. The Flames' offense sparked but could not catch fire, and the defense was eventually worn down by the Trojans.

The Flames received the opening kick-off, and immediately went to their run game. Northgate showed signs of getting into a rhythm as Jon Girvin, Rob Vickers and Mackenzie Quinn all got carries, and picked up a quick first down before being stopped and forced to punt.