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The Avonworth Antelopes' winning season ended just a hair short of the WPIAL championship. The Avonworth offense struggled against a powerhouse Rochester Rams squad at Ambridge Stadium Friday, losing 20-7. The defense kicked in during the second half, holding Rochester to three points. The story was a different one the Friday before, as the Antelopes took on North Catholic in the WPIAL quarterfinals. Pictured here, the Trojan quarterback doesn’t get far, brought down the Antelopes’ star linebacker Eddie Kurtz, backed up by defensive lineman A. J. Mang.


Dale Pritchard Dale E. Pritchard, 50, of Avalon, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Mr. Pritchard was a lifetime member of Kilbuck Township Volunteer Fire Co. He is survived by his wife, Cathy A. Trischler Pritchard; two children, Joseph E. Pritchard and his wife Kristen and Katelyn M. Pritchard; two siblings, Glen Pritchard and Wendy Crawford; his grandson, Landon J. Pritchard; and nieces and nephews.


By Jimmy Knable

Getting faster and crossing the finish line first is all that the Avonworth-Northgate track and field team seems to being doing so far this season.


The Avonworth-Northgate track and field team continues to maintain its stride this season, again placing first in a tri-meet that saw both the girls' and the boys' teams winning against Rochester and Vincentian high schools earlier this week. Pictured above, Hasan Salih is on his way to first place in the boys' 300 meter intermediate hurdles. Despite a tumble on the final hurdle of the race, the Rochester runner took second, with AN’s Shaquil Knight in Lane 2 placing third and Tyler Boston coming on in the background.



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.



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.



In a quarterfinal game that went down to the wire, the Avonworth football team saw their season come to a close as they were defeated by the Rochester Rams last Friday, 26-22.

"We gave it a good run," said coach Duke Johncour after the game."We came out of the chute slow with a fumble and giving up a couple of big third down conversions, but they made some great plays when they had to and that was the end result." .



For the fourth consecutive year, the Avonworth Antelopes football team is headed to the WPIAL quarterfinals. The ‘Lopes defeated California at home last Friday, 28-16.

Led by Ricky Lawniczak's three rushing touchdowns, the Antelopes broke open a close game in the second half and took advantage of a couple of Trojan turnovers that were converted for scores. They will now meet Rochester at Ambridge High School tonight at 7:30 p.m.

"I'm happy we're moving on," said head coach Duke Johncour after the game.


Thomas James Moore, 29, from Aleppo, was arrested Feb. 10 for possession of narcotics following a traffic stop on Route 65 in Kilbuck Township.

On Feb. 11, Aaron Craig Jackson, 22, from Rochester, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Several people were charged with driving under the influence:

Robert J Garver, 23, from Moon Township, was arrested for DUI following a traffic stop on Route 65 in Emsworth on Feb. 11..



It all boils down to execution. That was the key when Avonworth squared off with Rochester in a WPIAL semifinal game played at Ambridge high school last Friday.

The Rams, who will move on to play Clairton in the finals at Heinz Field this Saturday, managed to convert several third down and long situations on pivotal drives on their way to defeating the Antelopes 20-7.

"We didn't execute," said head coach Jason Kekseo. "We put a solid game plan together. There were a few breakdowns, but hats off to Rochester -- they're a very good, well-coached football team."