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Live Friday WPIAL semifinal blog - West Allegheny beats Thomas Jefferson, 41-7

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from WPIAL Class AAA semifinal between Thomas Jefferson and West Allegheny. For score updates and notes from other semifinals look to the right of this blog for @PGVarsityXtra's Twitter account. If you have a score update, note of photo, tweet with #wpial.


FINAL: WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 7

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How about this one: Neshannock is now beating Clairton, 28-26. Wait. Clairton comes right back and takes 34-28 lead.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 7

Neshannock giving Clairton a game. 26-22 Clairton ahead.

Central Catholic offense clicking tonight. Now leading Penn-Trafford, 35-20

WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 7

Thomas Jefferson gets on scoreboard. Jacob Stein returns second-half kickoff 96 yards for TD. Mercy rule still in effect.

Halftime: WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0

Mercy rule in second half.

WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0

Never have seen this from a TJ team. Jaguars can't tackle. Four TDs in past five plays for West A. 25-yard TD run by Terrence Stephens. If this stays, it will be mercy rule in second half. 

8:22 West Allegheny has scored touchdowns on three of its past four plays. Wow.

WEST ALLEGHENY 34, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0

Can TJ stop the avalanche? Whitney White 65-yard touchdown run. 5:54 left in half.

McKeesport gets on board. Now trails Pine-Richland, 14-7.

Washington trailing Aliquippa by only 16-12. TD by Spina for Wash  High

WEST ALLEGHENY 27, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0

This is jaw-dropping. Two plays 57 yards and Chayse Dillon scores on 55-yard run. With what's happening here, it makes you wonder what the competition was like in that Big Nine?

8:04 TJ goes three and out again. TJ has only one first down early in second quarter. Thomas Jefferson has virtually no passing game. It will be extremely difficult for Jaguars to come back. You don't see any long drives coming and they can't stop West A. Punt return jump started West A.

WEST ALLEGHENY 20, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0

Six-play, 50-yard drive and Chayse Dillon caps with a 2-yard touchdown run.

Central Valley putting it to Ringgold, 14-0. Not a surprise there.

7:54 Great fourth-down stand by WA defense at midfield. TJ coach Bill Cherpak went for it on fourth and 2. WA now driving.

South Fayette 7, Seton-LaSalle 0

WEST ALLEGHENY 13, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0 

First play after kickoff TJ fumbles and Whitney White recovers. West Allegheny goes 39 yards in five plays. TD run of 5 yards by Terence Stephens. Opsatnik kick. 13-0

Pine-Richland scores first possession. DiNucci 7 of 7

WEST ALLEGHENY 6, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0

Big play on special teams!! Great punt return by Tyler Amedure takes punt and goes 65 yards for TD. Broke three tackles. Looked to be stopped at midfield, broke loose and went down the sideline. PAT failed, though. 

Avonworth jumps to 7-0 lead on North Catholic. Hughley TD.

7:36 Three and out for West A.

7:31 West Allegheny receives. No Andrew Koester at QB. West Allegheny in wildcat.

7:26 Game time in a few minutes. Certainly not good crowd again. Attendance has been down all throughout the playoffs. You can't blame weather that much. Heck, it has been cold a number of years for the semifinals and attendance wasn't like this. I can't give you a reason.

PREGAME

Another cold, cold night. Regular season was filled with great Friday nights, but the weather for the playoffs has been bad and it has greatly affected attendance. Wonder what the crowd will be like here at Bethel Park? Half hour before the game and there might be 100 people here.

Will be interesting to see how much West Allegheny uses the wildcat formation. The Indians used it a lot last week. Most of the year they had been going out of a pro site.

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Setting the SEEN: Unleash Your Inner American Girl!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

This week brought me back to my childhood as we learned more about the American Girl Doll fashion show (happening this weekend!) which supports the Junior League of Pittsburgh. We visited the Wear After Shop in Bloomfield, which donates all its proceeds to the Junior League. But the best part? Seeing three lovely girls and their dolls dance down our "runway"!
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About the Maple Leafs - 11-14-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Maple Leafs.

When and where: 7:30 p.m., EST, Air Canada Centre.

TV: Root Sports, TSN4, TVA.

Record: 9-5-2, 20 points. The Maple Leafs are in third place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Phil Kessel (right), 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists).

Last Game: 6-1 home win against the Bruins, Wednesday. Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-2 home loss, Oct. 11. Jonathan Bernier made 36 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Maple Leafs Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: van Riemsdyk. He has a six-game scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins on the Maple Leafs: Randy Carlyle, head coach; Trevor Smith, center.

Ex-Maple Leafs on the Penguins: Tom Fitzgerald, assistant general manager, Jim Rutherford, general manager.

Useless Maple Leafs Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Carlyle is one of three people to win the Norris Trophy and Stanley Cup as a head coach. The others are Tom Johnson and Larry Robinson.

The last time the Penguins played the Maple Leafs, this happened:

Probable goaltenders: Thomas Greiss (1-0-1, 2.42 GAA, .923 SV%) for the Penguins. Jonathan Bernier (5-3-2, 2.57 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Maple Leafs.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Olli Maatta (neck) is out. For the Maple Leafs, left wingers David Booth (broken right foot), Joffrey Lupul (broken right hand) and right winger Brandon Kozan (high ankle sprain) are on injured reserve.

-Potential lines and defensive pairings: According to the team's Web site, the Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
13 Nick Spaling  -  - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 72 Patric Hornqvist
19 Beau Bennett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Steve Downie
  17 Blake Comeau/38 Zach Sill - 57 Marcel Goc - 27 Craig Adams

58 Kris Letang - 7 Paul Martin
  10 Christian Ehrhoff - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
47 Simon Despres - 4 Rob Scuderi

-The Maple Leafs expected lines and defensive pairings are:

21 James van Riemsdyk - 42 Tyler Bozak - 81 Phil Kessel
26 Daniel Winnik - 43 Nazem Kadri - 71 David Clarkson
47 Leo Komarov - 24 Peter Holland - 25 Mike Santorelli
18 Richard Panik - 23 Trevor Smith - 32 Josh Leivo

3 Dion Phaneuf - 4 Cody Franson
51 Jake Gardiner - 46 Roman Polak
12 Stephane Robidas - 44 Morgan Rielly

Notes:

 

-Malkin won't be the first one-time Penguins center to skate with Hornqvist and Spaling on his wings.

-Adams is expected to appear in his 303rd consecutive game and will surpass former center Jordan Staal for the second-longest consecutive games streak in franchise history. Only former center Ron Schock (313 games) has a longer streak.

-Despres has appeared in 99 career games.

-Adams has 99 career assists.

-Comeau has 97 career assists.

-Bozak has 198 career points.

-Robidas has 198 career assists.

-The referees are Brad Watson (No. 23) and Dan O'Halloran (No. 13). The linesmen are Shane Heyer (No. 55) and Jay Sharrers (No. 57).

-This will be the annual Hockey Hall of Fame Game which is part of this weekend's induction ceremonies for the newest members of the Hall. Prior to the game, Rob Blake, Pat Burns, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek, Bill McCreary and Mike Modano will be honored.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 7:15 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

 

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Report: Shale industry throwing money around Harrisburg

Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette

Let's take a moment to meet the new leadership of our state's legislature. And to check out a few numbers that could portend a rough time for the guy who will be the next governor.

The first number? Try $49 million, the amount of money spent by the energy industry on lobbying and political contributions in Pennsylvania...

Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6371-report-shale-industry-throwing-money-around-harrisburg

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Hornqvist, Spaling familiar as linemates - 11-14-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

At today's morning skate, the Penguins used some reconfigured lines. Of particular interest was the second line. According to the team's Web site. Evgeni Malkin appears set to center Nick Spaling on the left wing and Patric Hornqvist on the right wing.

Both players were acquired from the Predators in exchange for Malkin's former right wing, James Neal. And as it turns out, this won't be the first time a player with ties to the Penguins has been their center.

Earlier this season, both players talked about their history as linemates:

Hornqvist - "Actually, it started in the minors seven years ago [with Milwaukee of the AHL). It was me, [former Penguins center] Cal O'Reilly, who was here for a bit too, and Spaling. It's been on an off since then. Obviously, he's a good linemate to play with. He always works hard, battles down low and is good to find pucks. And really around the net."

Spaling - "I've played with him and I've watch him play for four our five years. I know exactly kind of what he does. He's an easy guy to play with because you know he's going to be at the net. You know what he's going to do. You know he's going to shoot. I know his style of play. For me, it's comfortable. I know what he brings to the table and I think that helps.

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