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1/20/19

By JIM RUMBLE

With the first half of the regular season in the books this week, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team remains in a three-way tie atop their section after hosting Freedom on Monday.

The front court duo of Hayden Robinson and Kat Goetz combined for 46 points and 22 rebounds as the Lady ‘Lopes ran past the Bulldogs 68-47.

"We played with a lot of intensity, communicated well on defense and played with a lot of energy," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris.

1/12/19

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth boys’ varsity basketball team got back in the win column last Friday with a 70-47 victory over Keystone Oaks.

The ‘Lopes started off hot, running out to an early 12-0 lead. KO followed with a run of their own, coming within three of the Antelopes, the quarter closing with Avonworth on top by a score of 14-11.

1/12/19

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team was in position to solidify their spot at the top of Section 1 (3A) when they hosted Neshannock this past Monday. Unfortunately for the Lady ‘Lopes, things didn't play out as they had hoped, with the Lancers rolling to a 61-42 victory.

"It was two good teams and we had to answer the bell," said 'Lopes’ coach Mark D'Alessandris. "They [Neshannock] showed up, brought their A-game, and we didn't have our best game."

1/12/19

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0-5, 1-10) entered Tuesday night's game on an eight-game slide, and beating the Knights from Summit Academy (4-1, 5-3) would not be an easy task. The Flames fought hard and managed to put a scare in the Knights in the fourth quarter, but were unable to pull off the upset, losing 50-45.

1/6/19

The Pennsylvania Football Writers all-state teams were released last week, with two local players being selected in their respective classifications.

Avonworth senior quarterback Derek Johncour was chosen in class 2A after throwing for 2,420 yards and 23 touchdowns in the regular season while leading his team to a WPIAL playoff berth. Derek was coached by his father Duke, who just completed his eighth season as the head coach at Avonworth.

1/6/19

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0-3, 1-8) played host in their first annual Northgate Holiday Tournament last week, bringing in Hopewell, Quigley Catholic, Brentwood, Perry Traditional Academy, and Carlynton for a six- team tournament with three games on Thursday and Friday nights. Unfortunately, the Flames came out of the tournament winless, unable to break their eight-game losing streak.

12/22/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames hosted Winchester Thurston on Tuesday night, and it was a hard-fought battle. But the Flames were just unable to hang on at the end for the victory, losing by the score of 52 – 50.

12/22/18

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a down-to-the-wire game for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team when they hosted Mohawk in their home-opener this past Monday. The Lady ‘Lopes led through most of the contest and managed to hang on to defeat the Warriors in section play 46-43.

"It was a tough fought game defensively both ways and there were a lot of swings in the game," said 'Lopes coach Mark D'Alessandris.

Hayden Robinson carried the Antelope offense with eight points early on, but a basket by Alexa Davis allowed Avonworth to go into the locker room at the half leading 22-19.

12/16/18

By MEL PERKINS

Head coach Joe Cangilla returns this year for his third season with the Flames, and the players appear to have a renewed attitude with more energy

The Flames lost to Brentwood in the first game of the Brentwood Tip-Off Tournament, but rebounded nicely when they beat Propel Montour 80 – 42 the next night in the consolation game. Northgate’s second loss came at the hands of Avonworth when they fell 47 – 41 in a hard fought game that wasn’t decided until the last minute of the contest.

12/16/18

By JIM RUMBLE

Having missed out on the WPIAL playoffs for over a decade, the Northgate girls’ basketball team has their sights set on changing all of that as the new season began last weekend in the Brentwood Tournament.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the Lady Flames fell to Brentwood, the eventual tourney champion, 67-37.

Cierra Mason led the Northgate offense with 21 points.

The following night Northgate rolled past Steel Valley in the consolation game 50-17. Mason finished with 23 points. Savannah Livingston and Maddy Abramowicz dominated off the glass, combining for 25 rebounds.

12/16/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The 2018-19 season for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team got underway when they competed in the Deer Lakes Tourney last weekend.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the Lady ‘Lopes fell to Quaker Valley in the opening game 47-34. Junior forward Kat Goetz registered a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Avonworth faced Riverview the following night in the consolation game and evened out their record as they cruised to a 53-31 victory.

Goetz, who was selected to the all tourney team, scored 13 points while junior guard Lexi Mankey poured in 24 points.

12/16/18

By Patrick Gannon

On Tuesday the Avonworth Antelopes hosted the Northgate Flames at Avonworth High School. Both teams entered the contest with records of two wins and zero losses. The Antelopes won the game by a score of 57-51.

11/24/18

It would have been great for the Avonworth boys’ soccer team to return last Friday from the Hershey state playoffs against Millville High School (21-2) with a victory. But even though the game ended 2-0 -- not in the ‘Lopes’ favor -- they definitely could not describe the experience as being a loss.

Friends and parents, plus three busloads of students and teachers were on hand to watch the team play with camaraderie, skill, and never-give-up spirit, the qualities that took them to the playoff berth.

11/17/18

By PATRICK GANNON

Avonworth’s boys’ soccer team (23-0-1) defeated Greensburg Central Catholic (21-3) for the second time this year on Tuesday night at Fox Chapel Stadium by a score of 1-0. The win gave the team the opportunity to travel to Hershey today for the chance to bring home the first PIAA title in Avonworth history, going up against the Millville High School Bulldogs at 1:30 p.m. at Hershey Park Stadium.

But back to last Tuesday’s win to get there.

11/11/18

Prior to last week’s matchup in the WPIAL final, soccer Coash Tom Angell acknowledged the challenge that his team faced.

“This is our second WPIAL final in the last four years and we are very excited for the challenge that we will see from an excellent Greensburg Central Catholic team,” Angell said.

He said that going into the game, the team felt that GCC had two strong players and that if “we defended them strongly then we could beat them with our remaining nine, because we felt we had a deeper team.”

11/11/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The football season has ended for the Avonworth Antelopes, who lost in the first round of their WPIAL playoffs at Freedom this past Friday.

After overcoming a couple of turn-overs that led to a couple of scores by the Bulldogs, the Antelopes were not able to take advantage of several opportunities late in the fourth quarter on their way to a 24-21 loss to end their season.

"Could-a, should-a, would-a," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour. "We didn't make the plays we needed."

11/11/18

On the last weekend in October, both the Avonworth and Northgate cross country teams competed in the WPIAL championship meet at California University of Pennsylvania.

The Avonworth boys' team finished 13th out of 28 teams, led by sophomore Jackson Habala, who finished 27th overall out of 210 runners, and qualified for the PIAA state championship race in Hershey, PA on Nov. 3.

11/4/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team will be looking to break a two-game losing streak when they play at Freedom in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The 'Lopes had their sights set on knocking off undefeated conference leader Shady Side Academy when the teams met at home last Friday. After leading early in the second half, something no other team has done all season against the Indians, the 'Lopes just couldn't maintain the upper hand.

11/4/18

By Joseph Szalinski

The Northgate Flames (0-10, 0-7) suffered their final loss of the season to the Laurel Spartans (6-4, 5-2) at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Laurel had just come off of a win against Sto-Rox a week prior, while Northgate played a nearly evenly matched game against Bishop Canevin,, which they ultimately lost.

11/4/18

Avonworth boys’ soccer faced off against a tough Springdale opponent in the first round of playoffs at Mars Field last Monday.

Head coach Tom Angell described Springdale as coming out “very aggressive” in the first half of the game. The opponent played strong and “…had us on our heels in the first half,” Angell said.

But Avonworth re-grouped at halftime and had a much better second half.

“The defense of Jonah Brandt, Jonathon Nicolaus and Matthew Carraway, along with goalkeeper Timmy Stewart, had very strong games to secure the shut-out,” he added.

10/28/18

By MEL PERKINS

Last Saturday afternoon the Northgate Flames battled the Crusaders from Bishop Canevin, and even though the Flames came out holding the short end of the stick, they showed why football is a game that has endured for almost 150 years. Northgate lost 41 - 35, but the game was more a microcosm that magnified the struggle that small communities like Bellevue and Avalon have been up against for decades now, and how they've been determined to fight and never give up, hoping to get those communities back to the thriving towns they once were.

10/28/18

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a high scoring affair when the Avonworth Antelopes football team traveled to McGuffey for a non conference game last Friday.

After taking a 28-17 lead into the third quarter, the 'Lopes were outscored 40-14 in the second half as they fell to the Highlanders 57-42.

"They ran the ball well, and we didn't stop them," said Avonworth coach Duke Johncour. "We committed a couple of turnovers late, and that was the difference."

10/13/18

By JIM RUMBLE

At the start of their non-conference football game, it looked as though the Avonworth Antelopes were in for a tough night when they hosted Seton LaSalle last Friday. But thanks to the stellar play of the defense, the 'Lopes rolled to their fourth straight win, defeating the Rebels 30-13.

"They [Seton LaSalle] were well coached, they had a good game plan, and they gave us a battle," said Avonworth coach Duke Johncour.

10/13/18

It was a contest between winless teams when the Northgate Flames hosted the Springdale Dynamos in non-conference play last Saturday. Trailing 14-2 going into the fourth quarter, the Flames mounted a comeback but came up short and fell 14-11.

Springdale was leading 7-0 when Northgate’s Nate O’Mara recorded a safety to put the score at 7-2 with 7:33 left in the second quarter. The score remained that way into the third quarter when a Flame fumble at their 27 set up another touchdown for the Dynamos to extend the lead to 14-2.