Aliquippa beats Seton-LaSalle for WPIAL Class AA championship

Aliquippa’s Chucky Humphries remembers in 2007 watching Herb Pope, Jonathan Baldwin and Antonio Reddic lead the Quips to a WPIAL title. “Coming up, I always watched them. I wanted to be in the same shoes as them,” Humphries, a junior, said. Quips coach Nick Lackovich, then an assistant, brings up that team several times a […]

Blackhawk girls beat South Fayette for WPIAL Class AAA crown

February 28, 2015 10:02 PM Share with others: Related Media: Chartiers Valley comes from behind to earn WPIAL Class AAAA title Norwin defeats Penn Hills, 54-34, for Class AAAA WPIAL title Wise leads Vincentian to a WPIAL Class A girls title over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic The 3s weren’t there for Blackhawk this time. So […]

Chartiers Valley comes from behind to earn WPIAL Class AAAA title

In terms of WPIAL history, it was family night for the McConnells. Chartiers Valley came back from a 10-point halftime deficit and defeated North Allegheny, 78-67, in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship Saturday night at Petersen Events Center. Chartiers Valley guard Eddie Flohr was a big key to the win, playing a terrific second half, […]

Outdoors notebook: Special trout season starts, could be confusing

March 1, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Pennsylvania’s statewide trout season opens April 18; the regional season begins April 4 in 18 southeastern counties. But with the right tackle and at the right locations, anglers can legally catch trout all year long. An early season closed yesterday, but a relatively new special regulations opportunity […]

Welcome to Walleye U: New walleye class, expo and flea market to debut in Erie

The buzz about an exclusive Lake Erie walleye fishing class spread so quickly that organizers were taken by surprise when the 150 available seats sold out early. Weeks before the accompanying expo, the March 15 event had to be moved to a bigger venue. In its first year, the Great Lakes Walleye University and Walleye […]

Dave Molinari On the Penguins

March 1, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Winnik put on Penguins’ third line Shootouts not netting many points for Penguins Ron Cook: Rutherford can rest easy at deadline The final quarter of the Penguins’ regular season will begin — technically, anyway — at the midpoint of Period 2 in their game against […]

Ron Cook: Rutherford can rest easy at deadline

March 1, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Dave Molinari On the Penguins Winnik put on Penguins’ third line Shootouts not netting many points for Penguins Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is right when he says he doesn’t feel the need to make another move before Monday’s NHL trade deadline. He’s also right […]

Shootouts not netting many points for Penguins

Since the NHL instituted the shootout in 2005-06, the Penguins have been one of the league’s best at it. They are tied with the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres for the most shootout wins in NHL history with 64. With MVP players such as Sidney Crosby and even specialists such as Erik Christensen, the […]

Lincoln hopes second time is the charm with Pirates

February 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: BRADENTON, Fla. — Brad Lincoln was there for the nadir. He debuted in 2010, midway through a season that ended with a 57-105 record. The Pirates’ improvement coincided with his, and the team capitalized by trading him in the best stretch of his career. This former first-round […]

McCutchen humble at the top

BRADENTON, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen is a quiet man, generally reserved and even-keeled. Even when displaying some of the swagger that comes with being among the best players in the game, he does so humbly, without airs. But he also has an MVP award and two top-three finishes. He made four consecutive All-Star teams. He […]

Gene Collier: Recalling the bizarre spring of 1995

Can’t be 20 years — can’t be — since that crazy Bradenton spring when the bread truck drivers and air conditioning repairmen who arrived at McKechnie Field had a reasonable shot at turning up in a Pirates uniform before their shifts ended. Scott Doffek, then making bread runs up and down Florida Route 301 from […]

Scott gets suggestions for new municipal swimming pool

February 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Despite a frigid night, about 25 residents and some township employees and officials turned out Monday to hear more about a proposal to build a new public swimming pool in Scott Park. “It’s time to say good-bye to the old Scott Pool and welcome the new Scott […]

Social networking turns to tales of cold and snow

February 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Over the past week, social media feeds and Internet sites were filled with tales of fighting the winter blues. With temperatures dropping below zero, meteorologists posted constant updates, parents shared school closing announcements and commuters took dashboard photos listing temperatures as low as minus 17 degrees. When […]

Man killed in Moon apartment fire

February 28, 2015 1:50 PM Share with others: A man died early this morning in a fire at an apartment building in Moon. The fire started just after 12:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Casa Blanco apartments, Building B, at 283 Moon Clinton Rd. Emergency responders found the man where the fire originated, […]

Mexican drug lord who led Knights Templar gang is captured

MEXICO CITY — Mexican police said Friday that they had captured the leader of the Knights Templar drug gang, a former teacher who taunted authorities by conducting interviews from hiding and releasing videos in which he talked about his close relationships with his state’s political bosses. Servando Gomez, known as La Tuta (the Teacher), was […]

Analysis: New party in charge, same challenges

WASHINGTON — The tense House meltdown Friday over funding for the Department of Homeland Security underscores how Congress has lost the ability to perform its most basic functions, no matter which party is in charge. The outcome — conservative House Republicans defeated a stop-gap plan to fund the Homeland Security Department for three weeks to […]

New name for Namibian town is a tongue-twister

February 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: JOHANNESBURG  — A linguistic storm is brewing in coastal Luderitz, where some residents of the Namibian town are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami(hash)nus. Those are not typographical errors. The name, proposed by some local officials and tribal authorities, incorporates click-like sounds in the language […]

Moon Area to retain Hyde name on school building

February 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Karri Griffith’s emotional roller coaster ride ended abruptly Monday night when directors voted unanimously to keep her father’s name on an elementary school building. The news brought Mrs. Griffith, 41, of Crescent to tears, which she valiantly attempted to fight back while digging for her tissues. The […]

CMU, Duquesne receive gifts totaling $21 million

February 27, 2015 11:20 PM Share with others: Related Media: Former instructors donate $15 million estate to Point Park University Three gifts totaling $17 million will advance a pair of key endeavors at Carnegie Mellon University — the David A. Tepper Quadrangle and the Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships initiative. The gifts, announced Friday, are from […]

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday afternoon suspended floor debate on a Republican bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind, with party leaders saying they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, however, the chances for the education bill’s passage appeared uncertain because of defections […]