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Northgate shortstop Mariah Benny crosses the plate to score on a triple driven to center field by catcher Maddy Abramowitz in the Flames’ 16-1 .win over Sto-Rox on Wednesday.


Northgate’s Clayton Cooper (No. 33) clides into third base as the Flames defeated Summit Academy 12-8 in a home game on Wednesday. Overall, the Northgate boys’ baseball team currently holds a 2-3 record, with Summit being their first section opponent.


At the time The Citizen went to press last week, Avonworth senior Karen Siddoway already had earned one gold medal at the state swimming championships, placing first in the 200 freestyle. Shortly after deadline, Siddoway earned a second gold medal in the 100 freestyle competition held on Thursday. Her performance topped the season for the combined Northgate-Avonworth swim team, girls and boys alike. Photo of Karen Siddoway by Tom Steiner for The Citizen


Northgate senior Malcolm Randall, pictured here in a game earlier this season, hit a major milestone in his career, scoring his 1,000th point during last week’s game against Summit Academy.


The Northgate girls' basketball team dropped a close one to Shenango on Jan. 28. After beating Shenango during their first meeting of the season, the girls lost 46-44 last week. The Lady Flames are on a six-game losing streak that has put their record at 2-9 in the conference, and 6-12 overall. The girls host OLSH in a conference game on Monday at 7:30 p.m.


Northgate's Ciera Mason continues to lead the Flames through a rough patch that has seen the girls drop two conference games. The Flames lost to OLSH and to Sto-Rox in recent play. The Flames lost 65 – 24 to the OLSH Chargers, and on top of that they lost two starters to injuries, one with a concussion and one with an MCL sprain. OLSH is in first place and undefeated in conference play. The Flames then lost to Sto-Rox 44 -36. They were led by Ci Ci Mason, who put up 19 points, and Shayla Stiegler, who had 11.


The Northgate girls' basketball team (2-3, 6-6) is making some noise right now. The Flames beat Saint Joseph's on Tuesday night by the score of 44-10, and the night before, they knocked off New Brighton 55-41 to pick-up their second conference win.

Speaking about their win against New Brighton, Coach Anthony Barron said, “It was big win for us, Cierra Mason led the way with 17 points, and Shayla Stiegler had 10 and Alley Booth had 13, and Meadow Conley had 15 rebounds. I'm excited about what we have going on, and the girls are really excited about what we are doing.”


There was no shortage of Avonworth football players on the recently announced WPIAL All-Conference team.

Avonworth stand-outs who were selected as part of the Class 2A Allegheny Conference were:

Offense -- (WR) Turner Grau, (G) Ryan Felter, (T) Josh Elm and (K) Jason Novosel;

Defense -- (T) Ryan Felter, (LB) Jax Miller, (LB) Nick Weiser and (DB) Ethan Syam.

Pictured above from left are Jason Novosel, Turner Grau, Ethan Syam, Jax Miller, Nick Weiser, Josh Elm, Ryan Felter, and head coach Duke Johncour


Coming off an embarrassing 78-36 loss to Seton LaSalle last Friday, Avonworth rebounded this week with its first section win over visiting Fort Cherry, coming out on top, 45-44. Pictured here Junior Adam McKinney is seen driving to the basket during the win.

Photo by Jim Knable for The Citizen


The Avonworth dugout emptied to greet Ryan Felter after his two-run walk-off home run that guaranteed the Antelopes a shot at the WPIAL District 7 title.


Cross country runners from Northgate and from Avonworth high schools registered impressive times at state competition held in Hershey last weekend.Competing in Class A, Northgate’s Megan Wisniewski placed 13th overall, with a 19:53 time. And with a 22:00 time, her sister, Kayley, placed 108, overall. Jonas Jason, a senior,pPosted a 17:30 time to finish 37th, overall.


Although not competing in the same section this year, the Northgate Flames and the Avonworth Antelopes took to the field in a pre-season scrimmage last Saturday afternoon. Both teams kicked off their regular seasons Friday night, with both scoring wins.


Avonworth-Northgate track team runner Hunter Robinson won all three sprints at the Butler Invitational, with times that put her at the top of the times in both the WPIAL and the state.

Avonworth-Northgate track coach Brian Veshio will be the first to admit that at last week’s Butler Invitational, “As a whole, the team didn't fare as well as it did last year, when the girls’ team was runners-up and the boys took home some medals.”

But one bright spot made up for any disappointments.


Both the boys’ and the girls’ Avonworth-Northgate track teams had sort of a “toss-up” meet this past Tuesday, both beating Rochester, but both losing to Southside Beaver, making the teams section runners-up. Pictured from left are Dan Brown, Ray Mangone, Alex Goeden and Kyros Thorpe, following their first-place finish with a 46.3 time in the 4 x 1. In other events, Thorpe took first place in the 100 with an 11.3 time and first in the 200 with 23.2 time. Also, Brown ran 11.9 in the 100 and 17.9 in the 110 high hurdles, both personal records for him..


Five Avonworth High School seniors signed letters of intent to attend colleges and universities, Avonworth High School senior athletes recently accepted offers from area colleges and universities and signed letters of intent. Pictured here from left are Whitney Brown, Addy Helffrich, Emily Paszkiewicz, Nathan Slenska, Elaina Tkaczenko.

Whitney Brown, a six-year volleyball stand-out, will attend Robert Morris University, where she will major in pre-medicine.Whitney is the daughter of Jason Brown and Kim Gourley of Ben Avon Heights,


Northgate's Ray Mangone (No. 24) put the Flames on the board during a difficult section loss to Bishop Canevin last Tuesday.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen


Northgate's Ray Mangone (No. 24) put the Flames on the board during a difficult section loss to Bishop Canevin last Tuesday.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen


AVONWORTH’S Darius Simmons hits a shot from the lane early in the second quarter against Carlynton last Friday. The Antelopes went on to defeat the Cougars 50-44 in the section contest. The win was followed by a victory over Freedom on Tuesday.


Avonworth-Northgate track team senior Kenny Baurle finishes first in the 100-yard dash, with a time of 11.2 seconds. The home opener for the track and field team saw victories over Aliquippa and Eden Christian for both the boys' and the girls' teams. Speaking of Baurle's finish, Coach Brian Veshio said, "Kenny's time is better than where he was at this time last year. His 51.0 in the 400 on Tuesday is more impressive, as we worked out hard on Monday and it is still very early in the season."


After a nailbiter loss on Nov. 7 -- the only goal being the one scored by Seton-La Salle in overtime -- the Avonworth boys' soccer team nonetheless still had another goal to look forward to. The loss denied them the WPIAL championship title, but there was still state competition, with the first round against Mercyhurt Prep in Erie on Nov. 10. That game unfortunately ended in a 5-0 loss for the Antelopes, but established a new level of competition for the soccer team.


Avonworth's Erin Welsh (in white) takes on the Bishop Canevin left back to win a loose ball in front of the Canevin goal in a hard-fought soccer match that saw Avonworth come through the 2-1 winner in overtime play last Monday. With the victory, the team advanced to an 8-4-1 record in Section 3(A) competition.


Baseball and softball seasons have gotten off to a slow start, thanks to lingering winter weather, but the Antelopes managed to get in a game this past week. Pictured here, Avonworth’s Eric Lippert scores during the Antelopes’ 10-0 victory over Quigley.


Swimmers on the Northgate-Avonworth squad continue working out at the Northgate pool even though their seasons ended at the WPIAL qualifying level, where several of them broke records. Pictured above: front, Quinn Theobald, Steve McClain, Anna Wagner, Nick Madey, Brachman Herzig; back, Chad Kolarik, Zech Boyce. Additional qualifiers, though not pictured, include Becca Volk, Carrie Haney, Maura Scrabis, Tucker Yovetich and Ava Groll.


Avonworth boys’ basketball got back in the win column Tuesday night with a 78-69 victory in an away contest against South Side Beaver. Pictured here, senior Josh Drwal drives in to score in the fourth period, ending the night with 20 points, followed by Adam Joyce with 16. In the first meeting of the teams this season, Avonworth rolled to a relatively easy 82-59 win. Head coach Dan Bradley took the tighter contest in stride. “South Side Beaver is a tough place to play.