West Greene’s Kiley Meek hits an extra base hit against Union during the WPIAL Class A softball championship Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Peterwood Park. After a year away from the diamond, softball players from across Western Pennsylvania are itching to get back in the field of play. With the 2021 season moving forward as planned, WPIAL teams will get the chance to do just that. Several perennial powers will look to regain their place among the best in class, but others are hoping to challenge for postseason berths and championship titles. The Pioneers have dominated Class A since 2016. The four-time defending WPIAL champions reached the Wpial football playoffs semifinals in 2019. They have won two state titles in their span of success. Junior Kiley Meek, an all-section honoree in 2019, will move to the pitching circle this season.

The Blue Devils rolled to the Section 3-A title at 12-0 in 2019. Senior pitcher Emma Ritchie was 17-3, with a 2. Leechburg has qualified for the playoffs 33 straight seasons, a WPIAL record. Union won the Section 1 title in 2019 and went on to finish second in the WPIAL and reach the PIAA playoffs. Senior infielders Skylar Fisher and Gianna Trott and senior pitcher Halaena Blakley return after being named all-section in 2019.

All three players had four hits, as Union knocked off New Brighton, 21-4, on Saturday. The Dynamos were the Section 3 runners-up to Leechburg in 2019 and reached the WPIAL quarterfinals. It was their first postseason berth since 2000. Seven starters return for the Greyhounds, under the guidance of second-year coach Mia Emiliani. Waynesburg recruit Hannah Yorty, who hit . 414 as a freshman and .

585 as a sophomore, returns for her senior season. West Greene defeated Union, 11-0, to win the 2019 WPIAL Class A title. Leechburg advanced to the PIAA playoffs as the third-place finisher. There are 18 teams across three sections in Class A, down from 19 teams in the last two-year PIAA alignment cycle. South Side, Riverview and Northgate dropped down from Class 2A. Jeannette and California moved up to Class 2A. Geibel opted out for the 2021 season.

Quigley Catholic was aligned to be in Section 1-A but closed last summer. Mapletown, which finished 12-6 in 2019, returns six starters, including infielders Madi Blaker, Taylor Dusenberry and Macee Cree. Cree and Blaker also will pitch. Greensburg Central Catholic was 9-8 in 2019 and will feature a young lineup with just two seniors. Sophomore Emma Henry will pitch, and GCC will rely on Jaden Cox’s bat. Section 3: Ellis School, Leechburg, Northgate, Riverview, St.

Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. Ellwood City’s Joseph Roth shoots a 3-pointer during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against South Allegheny on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School. Roth had 22 points in Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal loss. Jace Miner stole the ball on an inbounds play and scored on a layup with 10 seconds remaining, and in the blink of an eye Ellwood City’s magical run came to an end. Miner’s steal and score proved to be the game-winner as District 9 champion Brookville edged the Wolverines, 62-60, in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals Saturday. The Wolverines inbounded the ball from the sideline near the Brookville bench and Miner picked off the pass and went in uncontested. The Raiders advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history and will play either District 6 champion Bishop Guilfoyle or District 10 champion Franklin on Tuesday. Miner’s final bucket capped off a wild final minute where both teams turned the ball over multiple times.

Prior to Miner’s steal Brookville threw an errant pass out of bounds. But I saw Jace creeping up and he’s done that all year. I could coach another 20 years and probably never have a player that plays defense like he does again. In Ellwood City’s run as a No. Saturday’s PIAA opener was no different. The two teams exchanged the lead six times in the fourth quarter, and the entire game was played within six points. 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to give the Wolverines their first lead since early in the second at 50-49.

But every time the Wolverines went ahead Miner had an answer. Miner, a Wichita State baseball recruit, scored 11 of his game-high 28 points in the final frame. He penetrated the lane on several occasions and made several acrobatic shots around the rim. We saw him on tape and he’s even better in person. He’s so athletic and long and he gets to the rim. We tried three different things to not let him get there and he just got there. He can elevate and finish awkwardly. Joe Roth, fresh off winning state gold in the 200 relay with his brother Alexander and silver in the 100 backstroke Friday at the PIAA swimming championships, kept the Wolverines within striking distance in the first half, scoring 17 of his 22 points.

He had a thunderous dunk in the final 30 seconds of the second quarter that cut Brookville’s lead to 31-29 going into halftime. The Raiders doubled Joe Roth for the majority of the second half. Sometimes they dropped when they were on the opposite block when they shouldn’t have and he made some nice passes. He sees the floor really well. Alexander scored 10 of his 14 points and Antuono Jr. 12 of his 18 points in the final two quarters. It was an abrupt ending to a history-making season for the Wolverines, who won their first WPIAL title.

I told them chins up all the way. I’m just blessed to have such a great support system here and great families. West Greene’s Kiley Meek hits an extra base hit against Union during the WPIAL Class A softball championship Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Peterwood Park. After a year away from the diamond, softball players from across Western Pennsylvania are itching to get back in the field of play. With the 2021 season moving forward as planned, WPIAL teams will get the chance to do just that. Several perennial powers will look to regain their place among the best in class, but others are hoping to challenge for postseason berths and championship titles.

The Pioneers have dominated Class A since 2016. The four-time defending WPIAL champions reached the PIAA semifinals in 2019. They have won two state titles in their span of success. Junior Kiley Meek, an all-section honoree in 2019, will move to the pitching circle this season. The Blue Devils rolled to the Section 3-A title at 12-0 in 2019. Senior pitcher Emma Ritchie was 17-3, with a 2.

Leechburg has qualified for the playoffs 33 straight seasons, a WPIAL record. Union won the Section 1 title in 2019 and went on to finish second in the WPIAL and reach the PIAA playoffs. Senior infielders Skylar Fisher and Gianna Trott and senior pitcher Halaena Blakley return after being named all-section in 2019. All three players had four hits, as Union knocked off New Brighton, 21-4, on Saturday. The Dynamos were the Section 3 runners-up to Leechburg in 2019 and reached the WPIAL quarterfinals. It was their first postseason berth since 2000. Seven starters return for the Greyhounds, under the guidance of second-year coach Mia Emiliani. Waynesburg recruit Hannah Yorty, who hit .

414 as a freshman and . 585 as a sophomore, returns for her senior season. West Greene defeated Union, 11-0, to win the 2019 WPIAL Class A title. Leechburg advanced to the PIAA playoffs as the third-place finisher. There are 18 teams across three sections in Class A, down from 19 teams in the last two-year PIAA alignment cycle. South Side, Riverview and Northgate dropped down from Class 2A.

Jeannette and California moved up to Class 2A. Geibel opted out for the 2021 season. Quigley Catholic was aligned to be in Section 1-A but closed last summer. Mapletown, which finished 12-6 in 2019, returns six starters, including infielders Madi Blaker, Taylor Dusenberry and Macee Cree. Cree and Blaker also will pitch. Greensburg Central Catholic was 9-8 in 2019 and will feature a young lineup with just two seniors.

Sophomore Emma Henry will pitch, and GCC will rely on Jaden Cox’s bat. Section 3: Ellis School, Leechburg, Northgate, Riverview, St. Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. Ellwood City’s Joseph Roth shoots a 3-pointer during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against South Allegheny on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School. Roth had 22 points in Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal loss. Jace Miner stole the ball on an inbounds play and scored on a layup with 10 seconds remaining, and in the blink of an eye Ellwood City’s magical run came to an end. Miner’s steal and score proved to be the game-winner as District 9 champion Brookville edged the Wolverines, 62-60, in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals Saturday. The Wolverines inbounded the ball from the sideline near the Brookville bench and Miner picked off the pass and went in uncontested.

The Raiders advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history and will play either District 6 champion Bishop Guilfoyle or District 10 champion Franklin on Tuesday. Miner’s final bucket capped off a wild final minute where both teams turned the ball over multiple times. Prior to Miner’s steal Brookville threw an errant pass out of bounds. But I saw Jace creeping up and he’s done that all year. I could coach another 20 years and probably never have a player that plays defense like he does again. In Ellwood City’s run as a No.

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Saturday’s PIAA opener was no different. The two teams exchanged the lead six times in the fourth quarter, and the entire game was played within six points. 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to give the Wolverines their first lead since early in the second at 50-49. But every time the Wolverines went ahead Miner had an answer. Miner, a Wichita State baseball recruit, scored 11 of his game-high 28 points in the final frame. He penetrated the lane on several occasions and made several acrobatic shots around the rim. We saw him on tape and he’s even better in person. He’s so athletic and long and he gets to the rim.

We tried three different things to not let him get there and he just got there. He can elevate and finish awkwardly. Joe Roth, fresh off winning state gold in the 200 relay with his brother Alexander and silver in the 100 backstroke Friday at the PIAA swimming championships, kept the Wolverines within striking distance in the first half, scoring 17 of his 22 points. He had a thunderous dunk in the final 30 seconds of the second quarter that cut Brookville’s lead to 31-29 going into halftime. The Raiders doubled Joe Roth for the majority of the second half. Sometimes they dropped when they were on the opposite block when they shouldn’t have and he made some nice passes. He sees the floor really well.

Alexander scored 10 of his 14 points and Antuono Jr. 12 of his 18 points in the final two quarters. It was an abrupt ending to a history-making season for the Wolverines, who won their first WPIAL title. I told them chins up all the way. I’m just blessed to have such a great support system here and great families. West Greene’s Kiley Meek hits an extra base hit against Union during the WPIAL Class A softball championship Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Peterwood Park. After a year away from the diamond, softball players from across Western Pennsylvania are itching to get back in the field of play. With the 2021 season moving forward as planned, WPIAL teams will get the chance to do just that.

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Several perennial powers will look to regain their place among the best in class, but others are hoping to challenge for postseason berths and championship titles. The Pioneers have dominated Class A since 2016. The four-time defending WPIAL champions reached the PIAA semifinals in 2019. They have won two state titles in their span of success. Junior Kiley Meek, an all-section honoree in 2019, will move to the pitching circle this season. The Blue Devils rolled to the Section 3-A title at 12-0 in 2019.

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Senior pitcher Emma Ritchie was 17-3, with a 2. Leechburg has qualified for the playoffs 33 straight seasons, a WPIAL record. Union won the Section 1 title in 2019 and went on to finish second in the WPIAL and reach the PIAA playoffs. Senior infielders Skylar Fisher and Gianna Trott and senior pitcher Halaena Blakley return after being named all-section in 2019. All three players had four hits, as Union knocked off New Brighton, 21-4, on Saturday. The Dynamos were the Section 3 runners-up to Leechburg in 2019 and reached the WPIAL quarterfinals. It was their first postseason berth since 2000. Seven starters return for the Greyhounds, under the guidance of second-year coach Mia Emiliani. Waynesburg recruit Hannah Yorty, who hit . 414 as a freshman and .

585 as a sophomore, returns for her senior season. West Greene defeated Union, 11-0, to win the 2019 WPIAL Class A title. Leechburg advanced to the PIAA playoffs as the third-place finisher. There are 18 teams across three sections in Class A, down from 19 teams in the last two-year PIAA alignment cycle. South Side, Riverview and Northgate dropped down from Class 2A. Jeannette and California moved up to Class 2A. Geibel opted out for the 2021 season. Quigley Catholic was aligned to be in Section 1-A but closed last summer.

Mapletown, which finished 12-6 in 2019, returns six starters, including infielders Madi Blaker, Taylor Dusenberry and Macee Cree. Cree and Blaker also will pitch. Greensburg Central Catholic was 9-8 in 2019 and will feature a young lineup with just two seniors. Sophomore Emma Henry will pitch, and GCC will rely on Jaden Cox’s bat. Section 3: Ellis School, Leechburg, Northgate, Riverview, St. Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. Ellwood City’s Joseph Roth shoots a 3-pointer during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against South Allegheny on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School. Roth had 22 points in Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal loss.