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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of April 23, 2018 |

Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of April 23, 2018

Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Latrobe's catcher Makayla Munchinski cheers on her team while they bat against Norwin during WPIAL softball at Greater Latrobe High School in Latrobe, on Friday, April 6, 2018.



The weather won again last week, so schedules continue to be a mess. Slowly, though, sections are getting back on track as they continue to loathe the weather-permitting asterisks.

Some key games to watch include Norwin (4-2, 3-1) at new No. 1 Hempfield (10-2, 5-0) in Section 2-6A; Franklin Regional (7-2, 5-1) at Gateway (7-1, 6-1) in 3-5A; Thomas Jefferson (4-7, 2-5) at Latrobe (4-5, 3-4) in 3-5A); Greensburg Salem (6-3, 5-2) at No. 2 Freeport (7-0, 7-0) in 1-4A; and Derry (2-8, 1-7) at Deer Lakes (5-4, 2-3 in 1-4A.


The matchup many have been anticipating will be at Graham-Sobota Field in Latrobe as No. 1 Hempfield (6-1) visits No. 2 Latrobe (6-0) in a rematch of last year’s WPIAL Class 6A championship. Hempfield had its 46-game winning streak stopped Sunday by Penn-Trafford, 7-3. The Spartans, however, have won 33 consecutive section games.

• A nonsection game of note has Greensburg Salem (3-6) at Southmoreland (3-3).



Another WPIAL title-game rematch, which was postponed last week, is No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic (5-2, 5-0) at No. 4 Jeannette (6-1, 4-1) in Section 2-A.

• Franklin Regional hosts first-place No. 2 Laurel Highlands in Section 3-5A.

• Hempfield is scheduled to play a nonsection game at 6A No. 5 Bethel Park.


Franklin Regional hosts Greensburg Salem in a Section 1-5A game, and Yough hosts West Mifflin in Section 2-4A.

Boys volleyball

Section 3-AAA’s top matchup has Penn-Trafford visiting Hempfield.

Boys lacrosse

Franklin Regional faces a tough test against visiting North Allegheny.



Top games include Plum at Norwin (2-6A), Gateway at Latrobe (3-5A) and Freeport at Derry (1-4A).


Latrobe will travel to Norwin for a Section 2-6A makeup game. The Wildcats won the first meeting 7-0.

Girls lacrosse

Latrobe at Penn-Trafford is a strong matchup in Section 2-AAA.



Penn-Trafford will look to avenge a 7-3 loss from earlier in the season when it hosts Hempfield in Section 2-6A.

• Derry at Yough in Section 1-4A is another one to watch.


Penn-Trafford plays at Gateway, and Plum at Greensburg Salem is another key Section 1-5A game.

• Norwin at Fox Chapel (2-6A) and Mt. Pleasant at Knoch (1-4A) are other games of note.

Boys lacrosse

Latrobe hosts Penn-Trafford at its campus stadium.

Boys volleyball

A trio of playoff-like matches to watch include Hempfield at Norwin and Latrobe at Plum in Section 3-AAA, and Derry at Deer Lakes (2-AA).


The WCCA Foothills Football Classic all-star rosters will be unveiled at the event’s introduction night at Ferrante’s Lakeview.



Hempfield travels to Plum in Section 2-6A while Franklin Regional visits Gateway in Section 3-5A.

• Other top games: Greensburg Salem at Knoch (1-4A) and Belle Vernon at Ringgold (3-4A).


Nonsection games always are tentative when the weather wreaks havoc, but three decent ones have Norwin at Penn-Trafford, Ligonier Valley at Latrobe, and Hempfield at Mifflin County.

Track and field

Some of the top athletes and teams will compete in the Mars Invitational, one of the top-tier meets on the state schedule.


Track and field

Latrobe Memorial Stadium once again will be the site for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships. Field events begin at 9:30 a.m., and running begins about 10:15.


Thomas Jefferson at Belle Vernon is a solid nonsection matchup.


Hempfield makes its annual trek to the Central Mountain Tournament.

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