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02.05.17

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,

01.30.17

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

01.30.17

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

01.14.17

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.

04.10.16

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."

11.16.15

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.

10.10.15

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.

03.29.15

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.

02.28.15

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.

01.25.15

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.

05.04.14

The Bellevue Avalon Girls Athletic Association dedicated its opening day to Bob Loch, one of the league’s founders and the man who led the organization to reclaim a borough dump and turn it into an athletic field that has hosted thousands of girls over the past three decades. Pictured above, Loch threw out the ceremonial first pitch to kick off a new season for BAGAA. He was presented with a proclamation by former state representative David Mayernik, who helped secure grant funding for the project.

02.24.14

The Avonworth/Northgate wrestling team will be well represented at the WPIAL Individual Championship Tournament this evening and tomorrow at Chartiers Valley High School, where 35 schools will be represented. Qualifiers (weight bracket following each name) include (front row) Isaac Eames, 113; Anthony Trimmer, 138; Darion Trimmer, 132; and (second row) Ken Azzarello, 126; Ka'Dale Coles, 285; Brandon Wasko, 195. Back row: Head Coach Tim Giel with assistants Chris Branchen, Curtis Branchen and Brian Letters.

02.15.14

There probably were a few people who walked into the gym at Avonworth High School last Friday night thinking that there was some way a struggling Northgate boys’ basketball team would defeat crosstown rival Avonworth, with its undefeated section record. But most people took for granted that this would be the year that Avonworth swept the season. Fortunately for Northgate, the Flames team had no such doubts, and dealt the Antelopes a loss that was hard to swallow. The Flames scored 43 points in the second half to hand the Antelopes their first section loss this year.

04.12.13

Avonworth catcher Sonny Restelli stood his ground against a Seton LaSalle player’s attempt to fly into home plate, getting the tag and the out. Unfortunately, the Antelopes lost the game 15-13. They had better luck against Northgate, however. Page 12.

02.08.13

Northgate’s Justin Parra tries to score during the Flames’ 68-41 loss to Quaker Valley Tuesday evening. Northgate will host Avonworth this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

02.04.13

Avonworth senior Ryan Pearson led the Antelopes to a satisfying victory over Sto-Rox last Saturday, in a game delayed overnight by heavy snow. See the full story in our sports section.

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.

09.28.12

Northgate and Avonworth players grouped up for a photo to highlight the “Volley for the Cure: 2 Teams, 1 Cause” prior to their volleyball match held at Northgate this past Tuesday.

While the visitors won a three-consecutive-set victory, Avonworth senior outsider Moriah Eck complimented Northgate for hosting the fund-raiser. “It was lots of fun for the people who attended, and it raised money for a very worthwhile cause.”

Such “pink” events not only raise funds, but increase awareness of breast cancer that could prove life-saving in the future.

11.27.11

Northgate cross country coaches Frank Nesko and Brian Veshio and state qualifiers Jonathan Gusew and Lily Hall were honored by the Northgate School Board last Monday evening.:

11.11.11

Northgate quarterback Jon Girvin looks past Joden Rocco (No. 8) for a receiver during the Flames’ first playoff appearance in years last Friday night. Unfortunately, the Flames took on Beaver County powerhouse Rochester and lost 48-22, but not before Girvin threw for 200 yards to bring his season total to more than 2,000 yards.

10.07.11

Despite the miserable weather conditions, both local varsity football teams had excellent games on the road last Saturday afternoon. Northgate shut down Wilkinsburg 31-0, and, pictured above, a mud-covered Avonworth running back Ricky Lawniczak leaps over a teammate in the Antelopes' 26-0 win over Riverview.

Both schools celebrate homecoming tonight, with Avonworth taking on section contender North Catholic, and Northgate hosting Leechburg.

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09.09.11

The new attitude of the Northgate football program was apparent following last Friday's season-opening win against OLSH, when new head coach T.J. Wiley sent his players into the stands after the game to thank their parents and fans for supporting them.

05.13.11

Northgate third baseman Jordan Brennigan makes a valiant effort to catch an overthrown ball that allowed a South Fayette player to steal. The Flames went on to lose 14-4. They ended their season with a 1-13 section record, 1-14 overall, with their only win coming against Sto-Rox, 15-5.

02.25.11

Northgate’s Mackenzie Quinn grabs the ball during the Flames’ appearance in the WPIAL playoffs last Saturday, as lead scorer Josh Douglass follows the action. Northgate lost a close one to the Steel Valley Ironmen.