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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.

06.17.11

The Bellevue Avalon Baseball Association (BABA) is asking area residents to join them in raising funds to help the family of a volunteer coach.

Mark Trimmer, a local postal carrier, was critically injured in a car accident earlier this month and passed away on Monday.

BABA will lead a fund-raising effort on Sunday, June 26, from noon to 6 p.m. at the baseball fields at 521 New Brighton Road, Avalon.

There will be a D.J., home run and infield competitions, dunk tank, flea market, moon bounce, face painting, basket raffles, a Texas hold ‘em tournament and more.

04.05.14

By JIM RUMBLE

After the usual game postponements that delay the start of the spring sports season, the Avonworth girls’ softball team finally got their season underway when they hosted OLSH in a section match-up last Friday.

The Lady ‘Lopes had a difficult time finding continuity with their offense and were blanked by the Chargers 10-0.

"It's all on me," said coach Chris Knox afterwards. "The bottom line is that I didn't have them ready to play."

02.07.14

By JIM RUMBLE

Despite all of the adversity that the Avonworth girls basketball team has dealt with this season, the team's focus was to pull off an upset when they traveled to Beaver this past Monday. The Lady ‘Lopes went down to the wire with on of the top teams in the section, but came up short, falling to the Bobcats 40-38.

Assistant coach Julie Moehring guided the team in the absence of coach Bob Schulz, and despite the loss seemed pleased with the overall effort.

"We ran out of time," said Moehring. "They did everything I asked and I can't be any prouder of how they played."

02.01.14

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a week that began with a section win for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, but the grind of the schedule - eight games in 17 days - began to take its toll as the Lady ‘Lopes followed with back-to-back section losses.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Avonworth traveled to Sto-Rox and rolled to a 55-28 win.

Forward Mackenzie Mayernik just missed a double-double, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds.

"Mackenzie had her best game of the year," said coach Bob Schulz.

01.24.14

By JIM RUMBLE

As basketball season reached the halfway point, the Avonworth girls basketball team earned a pivotal victory when they traveled to Freedom last Thursday. In a battle that had the teams in a tie after each of the first three quarters, the Lady ‘Lopes hung tough, playing a solid fourth quarter on their way to a 53-48 win.

"It was an important win for us," said coach Bob Schulz.

The victory moved the 'Lopes into fourth place in the section, a game ahead of the Bulldogs, with both teams for the time being vying for the final playoff spot.

01.17.14

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a week that began with their third consecutive loss, but changed direction with back-to-back wins for the Avonworth girls basketball team.

On Thursday, Jan. 9, Avonworth hosted Beaver in a section match-up and lost 36-31.

"It was a nice effort. The girls played hard, but Beaver is a good team," said coach Bob Schulz.

The Lady ‘Lopes struggled from the field early on, but what was key in the loss was Avonworth's free throw shooting, where they made 11 of 25 attempts from the line.

01.11.14

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team took a couple of steps backwards this past week, incurring two losses and dropping their record to 4-4 on the season.

On Thursday, Jan. 2, Avonworth played on the road against section foe OLSH and were no match for the Chargers as they fell in defeat 58-28.

"That had to be one of our worse losses,” said coach Bob Schulz.

OLSH did a great job all around of attacking the 'Lopes' 1-3-1 zone defense, working the ball inside as well as knocking down big shots out on the perimeter.

"They had a great night," said Schulz.

01.11.14

By JIM RUMBLE

Five games into the Northgate Flames girls’ basketball season, the team was off to their best start in recent memory with a record of 3-2.

Five losses would follow, but the girls continued to fight on as they did when they hosted Sto-Rox this past Wednesday.

The Flames registered a 34-27 win, and that is with a roster that has just six players remaining since the start of the season. Those players are seniors Shatasha Reeves, Kira Neszpaul, Nicole Schibler, Marissa Snavley, junior Taylor Cousins and sophomore Alex Parra.

01.04.14

By JIM RUMBLE

After a rocky start to their season the Avonworth girls’ basketball team got back to their winning ways and they improved their overall record to 4-2 over the holiday break.

The turnaround actually began on Dec. 19, when the Lady ‘Lopes hosted Sto-Rox in a section game and defeated the Vikings 53-13.

Avonworth got a solid performance from Meagan Guest, who led the Lady ‘Lope scorers with 12 points.

"There were a lot of nice performances tonight, but she sparked us big-time," said coach Bob Schulz.

11.17.13

By JIM RUMBLE

The odds of victory seemed to favor the Avonworth Antelopes as they prepared to face the North Catholic Trojans in a WPIAL quarterfinal game last Friday. But in the absence of starting quarterback Adam Sharlow, who was sidelined a couple of games back, P.J. Fulmore directed the Trojans’ offense and was a one-man show as the Antelopes were defeated 14-7.

"He's a great athlete," said Avonworth coach Duke Johncour.

11.10.13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a tough battle for the better part of three quarters when the Avonworth football team hosted Laurel in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Friday. That was until the Antelopes put the pedal to the metal on their way to defeating the Spartans 34-16.

The 'Lopes displayed a new tactic with Jesse Zubik running the wildcat offense, and they were able to keep the Laurel defense off balance.

"He's a play-maker," said coach Duke Johncour. "We wanted to get him the ball - that was our mission and purpose."

11.02.13

By JIM RUMBLE

In the fourth meeting since their rivalry was renewed, the Avonworth Antelope football team extended their backyard brawl win streak to four in a row when they hosted the Northgate Flames last Friday.

Unlike the last two meetings -- which were close, including last year's overtime win -- the Antelopes dominated as they have most of their opponents this year, shutting out the Flames 37-0.

"It was a very good game for our kids," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

Avonworth sprinted to a huge lead early and never looked back.

10.11.13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a battle for the undisputed lead atop the Eastern Conference when the Avonworth Antelopes football team hosted the North Catholic Trojans this past Friday. With unblemished records on the line for both teams and the conference championship more than likely to be decided by the outcome, the Antelopes unfortunately fell in defeat, 21-12.

"It was a 12-round slug fest," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour afterwards.

"Two heavyweights goin' at it - it was a great fight."

10.05.13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was promoted as the game of the week in Class A, and indeed it was when the Avonworth Antelopes hosted Apollo Ridge last Friday. After taking a sizeable lead in the first half, the 'Lopes had to fend off a determined Vikings team to keep their unbeaten streak intact, earning a 35-27 victory.

"We had control of the game. We let them back in, but we'll take it," said coach Duke Johncour whose team moved to 5-0 on the season.

"They didn't run well against us, but they threw the heck out of it," said Johncour.

09.21.13

By JIM RUMBLE

It seemed as though the Avonworth football team was in for a rude awakening early on when they traveled to Leechburg last Friday. That all changed, though, in the second quarter, where the 'Lopes became more focused on the task at hand and put together another impressive performance while defeating the Blue Devils 42-7.

"We came out flat," said coach Duke Johncour after the game. "They broke one big play but we were able to hold them."

05.12.13

By JIM RUMBLE

Last Friday was senior recognition day for the Northgate baseball team, and in a not so memorable season the Flames found a way to finish section play in an impressive fashion.

Trailing 5-0 in the final inning, the Flames battled back against Sto Rox to pull out a 6-5 victory.

"We were able to come together," said first year coach Brandon Hogle. "They fought back and I'm especially happy for those seniors who have been here for the last four years."

05.03.13

By JIM RUMBLE

Although it has been a down year for the Avonworth baseball team, defeating one of the better teams in the section twice would seem to be motivation enough when the Antelopes hosted New Brighton this past Tuesday. After coming from behind to take the lead late against the Lions, the ‘Lopes unfortunately were unable to hang on, and they fell 9-6 to incur their fifth straight loss.

“We’re learning the hard way this year,” said coach Phill Coffin.

05.03.13

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth softball team finished up with section play, getting back into the win column with a sweep against Quaker Valley this past week.

On Tuesday the Lady 'Lopes traveled to Quaker Valley and defeated the Quakers 6-1. Although he seemed happy about the win, coach Chris Knox noted that his team had only three hits and committed quite a few errors.

04.26.13

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a game that seemed headed for the loss column in this irregular season when the Avonworth softball team hosted Our Lady Of the Sacred Heart in an all-important section match-up on Wednesday, April 17.

Trailing by five runs heading into the final inning of play, the Lady ‘Lopes showed their character as they fought back from behind to claim victory in extra innings, 9-8.

"This should go down as one of the top two or three wins in Avonworth history," said coach Chris Knox.

04.26.13

By MEL PERKINS

On March 11, Northgate entered a new era of Flames football when Brandon LaDonne took over as the new head coach.

LaDonne played his high school career at Aliquippa, and played his college career at Cal U. He was the offensive coordinator at Moon the past two seasons, and before that was an assistant at Quaker Valley and Aliquippa.

LaDonne brings with him a youthful but experienced staff.

04.26.13

By JIM RUMBLE

Hoping to bounce back after a shellacking at the hands of Quaker Valley last Friday, the Avonworth baseball team kept it close against Freedom, but could not overcome some mistakes in the final inning, losing 5-3 this past Monday.

"They [Freedom] deserved to win," said coach Phil Coffin afterwards. "They hit with men in scoring position and we didn't."

The loss could be detrimental to the team's chances of earning a spot in post season play. Realizing the implications of the loss Coffin said, "It's going to depend on what other teams are doing."

04.19.13

By JIM RUMBLE

Getting a break from section play this past Tuesday, the Avonworth baseball team hosted Cornell on senior recognition day and defeated the Raiders 11-4.

According to coach Phil Coffin, the non-section contest was a good time to use those players who work hard at supporting their teammates.

"We threw some arms that hadn't thrown all year, and a non-section game at mid-year is good work for kids that needed it."

04.19.13

By JIM RUMBLE

After starting the season with six losses, the Northgate baseball team earned their first win of the season when they hosted Cornell in a non-section game this past Monday.

Overcoming a slow start with an outburst on offense, the Flames banged out 12 hits on their way to a 15-7 victory over the Raiders.

Northgate pitcher Matt Dombrowski picked up the win, and Johnny Camello did a masterful job in relief by not allowing a run or giving up a hit over the final three-and-two-thirds innings.