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About the Red Wings - 04-09-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Red Wings.

When and where: 8 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: NBC Sports, TSN.

Record: 38-27-14, 90 points. The Red Wings are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Daniel Alfredsson (right), 48 points (18 goals, 30 assists).

Last Game: 4-2 road win against the Sabres, last night. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for the Red Wings.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-4 overtime home win, March 20. Alfredsson had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings.

Red Wings Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Alfredsson. He has 68 points in 66 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Red Wings: Mikael Samuelsson, RW; Tyler Wright, director of amateur scouting.

Ex-Red Wings on the Penguins: Chris Conner, LW; Don Waddell, professional scout; Warren Young, amateur scout.

Useless Red Wings Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Red Wings left winger Todd Bertuzzi is one of three players selected in the 1993 draft who are still active on an NHL roster. The others are Ducks center Saku Koivu as well as Flyers defenseman and former Penguin Hall Gill.

(Note: A fourth player, Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, is still officially active but is all but retired. )

Best Red Wings Video We Could Find: The Red Wings' Luc Robitaille scoring his 610th career goal and tying the Blackhawks' Bobby Hull for the most goals in NHL history by a left winger:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (38-18-4, 2.34 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Jonas Gustavsson (16-5-3, 2.63 GAA, .909SV%) for the Red Wings.

Injuries: For the Penguins, centers Marcel Goc (left foot/ankle), Evgeni Malkin (foot) and Joe Vitale ("upper body") are out. Right wingers Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Red Wings, right winger Dan Cleary (knee) and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (finger) are out. Right winger Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder), center Stephen Weiss (hernia) and left winger Henrik Zetterberg (back) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 19 Beau Bennett
49 Brian Gibbons - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 22 Lee Stempniak
17 Taylor Pyatt - 27 Craig Adams - 45 Adam Payerl

44 Brook Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta
58 Kris Letang - 4 Rob Scuderi

-The Red Wings did not hold a full morning skate. Their primary lines and defensive pairigns against the Sabres last night were:

93 Johan Franzen - 13 Pavel Datsyuk - 8 Justin Abdelkader
21 Tomas Tatar - 15 Riley Sheahan - 14 Gustav Nyquist
43 Darren Helm - 17 David Legwand - 11 Daniel Alfredsson
20 Drew Miller - 41 Luke Glendening - 26 Tomas Jurco

2 Brendan Smith - 55 Niklas Kronwall
27 Kyle Quincey - 65 Danny DeKeyser
23 Brian Lashoff - 4 Jakub Kindl

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Red Wings, this happened:

-Kris Letang will return to the lineup tonight for the first time since suffering a stroke, Jan. 29.

-The Penguins have won 99 regular season games at Consol Energy Center.

-Adams has 99 career assists.

-The Red Wings' magic number to clinch a playoff berth is one point.

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

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-09-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Tomas Vokoun (above) will be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment.

-Welcome back Evgeni Malkin ... to light skating.

-How will the Penguins approach tonight's game against the Red Wings, a potential playoff opponent?

-Don't be embarrassed if you don't understand the NHL's new playoff format. Some of the Penguins' players don't either.

-How much of a chance does Robert Bortuzzo have at appearing in a postseason game?

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Paul Martin speaks:

-The Wilkes-Bare/Scranton Penguins signed forward prospect Scott Wilson to an amateur tryout agreement.

-Happy 77th birthday to former Penguins forward Wayne Hicks. Acquired midway through the 1967-68 season in a deal which sent Art Stratton to the Flyers, Hicks appeared in 15 games for the Penguins and scored 11 points. After that season, Hicks, one of 10 NHL players born in the state of Washington, spent the rest of his professional career in the AHL and WHL. He is the father of former Penguins forward Alex Hicks.

-Happy 50th birthday to former all-star Penguins forward Rick Tocchet (right). Acquired midway through the 1991-92 season along with Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and a draft pick in exchange for Mark Recchi, Brian Benning and a draft pick, Tocchet became one of the most popular players in franchise history despite only spending parts of three seasons in Pittsburgh. Tocchet finished 1991-92 by appearing in 19 games and scoring 30 points. Tocchet saw action in 14 postseason games that spring and scored 19 points while helping the franchise win its second Stanley Cup championship. In 1992-93, Tocchet played in 80 games and scored 109 points - one of four 100-point scorers for the team that season - and led the team with 252 penalty minutes while helping the franchise earn its only Presidents' Trophy. He was also selected to the final all-star game of his career. Tocchet saw action in 12 postseason games that spring and scored 13 points. During 1993-94, Tocchet was limited to 51 games and 40 points. He played in six postseason games that spring and scored five points. In the 1994 offseason, Tocchet and a draft pick were traded to the Kings in exchange for Luc Robitaille. In 150 regular season games with the Penguins, Tocchet, the first player in franchise history to wear No. 92, scored 179 points, 43rd-most in franchise history. In 32 postseason games, Tocchet scored 37 points.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky. Acquired at the 2010 trade deadline in a deal which sent Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula to the Maple Leafs, Ponikarovsky's Penguins career amounted to 16 games and nine points in 2010-11. In 11 postseason games, he scored five points. During the 2010 offseason, Ponikarovsky joined the Kings as a free agent. He is currently a member SKA St. Petersburg in Russia's KHL.

-After the Jump: The Canucks fire general manager Mike Gillis.

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Penguins mixed on new playoff format - 04-08-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

If you're having some issues figuring out the NHL's new playoff format, you're not alone. A few of the Penguins players haven't quite nailed it down either.

Along with realignment of the divisions and conferences, the NHL introduced a new format for the postseason. Each conference, now comprised of two divisions, would have eight teams qualify for the postseason but the potential matchups are radically different.

In the new format, the first three teams in each division qualify for the postseason. The last two teams to qualify will reach the postseason based on their record regardless of division. Two last two teams will be the wild card teams and will face the two division winners in the first round. The second and third place teams in their respected divisions will square off in the first round as well.

The second round is where it could get a bit confusing. Unlike seasons past, there is no re-seeding for the second round. Regardless of who wins in the first round, the bracket is set.

If the playoffs started today, the Eastern Conference matchups would look like this:

The Penguins would face the Red Wings in the first round. If the Penguins were to win, they would be guaranteed to face the winner of the Rangers-Flyers series. The only way they could face the Bruins, Blue Jackets, Canadiens or Lightning would be in the conference final.

The NHL has said the reasoning behind that was to place a greater importance on divisional rivalries. That would enable lesser travel for the first two rounds, especially in the Western Conference and it would give national broadcasters a better chance at high profile rivalries in major American markets during the early rounds. NBC is probably a lot more comfortable with Penguins-Red Wings or Rangers-Flyers as first-round series than Rangers-Lightning or Penguins-Canadiens for example.

The old format offered a 1-through-8 seeding process with the top seeded team playing the lowest seeded team regardless of divisions. The three division winners in each conference were given the top three seeds automatically. That caveat ruffled a few feathers around the league as often times, the third division winner had poorer records than the fourth, fifth and sixth seeds.

The new format can be a little tricky, even for those who are directly affected by it. A sampling of Penguins veterans revealed some varied responses in terms of understanding and and preference.

How long did it take to figure out the new format once it was revealed?

Craig Adams (right), right winger – “Not very long. It’s obviously different. It’s not something we [the NHLPA] supported necessarily. It’s the way it’s going now. We’ll see how it goes.”

Brooks Orpik, defenseman – “ I still haven’t figured it out to be honest with you. I understand the first round. I don’t know where it goes from there.”

Tomas Vokoun, goaltender – “It’s not that complicated. It’s more about the second round than the first round. The first round is pretty much the same. They call it ‘wild card’ but it’s basically the No. 7 and 8 teams. After that, you play in your division. It’s a little bit different but not a lot.

Sidney Crosby, center – “Not until last week. I feel like it was always something we talked about it but nobody really had a real firm answer on it. We played with different ideas but we didn’t have the exact answer. The confusing part was whether the wild card [team] was in your division if you still played that team or if you switched over.

Rob Scuderi, defenseman – “The first round seems to play out like it normally would. It’s a new take on it but I still think you’ve got to beat good teams to get to the [Stanley Cup Final]. What ever the format is, you usually have to beat good teams.”

Jussi Jokinen, left winger – “I think some guys, it probably took a little bit more [time]. You talk to some of our guys, they don’t know how it’s going to go. I got it right away. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes.

Brandon Sutter, center – “I think I just heard about it a week ago to be honest with you. Some guys aren’t too sure about it. I think I’ve got it down. I don’t know why they changed it. I’m not so sure.”

Marc-Andre Fleury (right), goaltender – “It took a little reading to make sure I got it right. I think we’ve just been used to the same thing for so long. It’s a little different. It should be interesting.” 

Paul Martin, defenseman – “Not too long. Not too different. It looks weird I think when you look at the [standings]. For the wild card, it’s obviously something new and different. Once you have it explained a couple of times, you figure it out.” 

Tanner Glass, left wing – “I looked at it two days ago online. One read-through and I think I got it.”

Matt Niskanen (top, with Detroit's Tomas Tatar), defenseman – “I didn’t quite get it until someone explained it to me three weeks ago. So I had no clue. I thought it had something to do with the divisions but I wasn’t sure how the wild card think worked exactly.”

Do you have a preference with either this format or the old 1-through-8 format?

Adams - "I don’t know. I think time will have to tell. If you’re always getting the game playoff matchups year after year, some people don’t like that. We’ll see how it plays out."

Orpik - "It’s way too complicated. I’m not sure what was wrong with [the old format]. It was pretty cut and dry. Pretty easy to understand I think a lot of people thought the top three division shouldn’t be the top three. You should be seeded one through eight. The winner of that [third] division… if you’re seventh, you get seventh. You don’t get third. I thought that was the only problem guys had with it. I thought it was a lot easier to understand.

Vokoun - "I think either way is fine. Bringing Detroit into the east is a good thing. Other than that, it’s fine. It was fine before too. It doesn’t change much.

Crosby (right) - “I liked the old one a little better. I think either way, the top eight [teams are in]. It’s just set up a bit differently. I could see the thought behind divisional matchups. But [in the first round], we could possibly not be in the division. It’s had to understand a little bit."

Scuderi - “Not necessarily. You’ve got to beat good teams to get there. Regardless of what format they make, you’ve to beat an upper echelon team to get there.”

Jokinen - “I kind of like it. It’s more proper rivalries. It’ll be some of those big rivalries. … We’ll have to wait a couple of more years to see how it goes. So far, I like the idea.”

Sutter - “One through eight just seems to make more sense to me. I’m not sure why they wanted to change it. I don’t know what the reason was. If you finish first, you should play the eighth place team. If you finish second, you should play seventh and so on.”

Fleury - “I guess we’ll see how it goes for this year. I’ll have a better idea after.”

Martin (right) - “Not really. You still got to put up the points. You still have to win your games. I don’t really have a preference. I’ll tell you after the playoffs.”

Glass - “I don’t care to be honest. I think this one might kind of cool because we might get more divisional matchups through the first two rounds at least. It looks good to me.”

Niskanen - “I guess not. I thought the old one was fine. The only thing I didn’t like about the old was winning a bad division gave you the third seed. I think you should be in the division for winning your division but I don’t think it should give you that higher seed. The wild car thing, I’m kind of indifferent about it. I’m not sure about with the divisions crossing over and if you stay in that division, that seems a bit complicated.”

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-08-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-What is Brooks Orpik's (above) future with the Penguins?

-"The coaches know that I know when I’m doing well and not doing well." - Orpik.

-Today would have been the 55th birthday of former Penguins defenseman Arto Javanainen. A second-round pick of the club in 1984, Javanainen was the first European draft pick in franchise history. A native of Finland, his NHL career amounted to 14 games with the Penguins and five points in 1984-85. After spending most of that season with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Javanainen returned to his native Finland. He passed away Jan. 25, 2011 at the age of 51.

-After the Jump: Whitehall's John Gibson made his NHL debut in a big way.

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A look back at all of the old boys and girls Fabulous 5 teams

Written by Mike White on .

          A tradition unlike any other … the Fabulous 5.

OK, so part of that first line goes with a famous golf tournament at this time of year. But the Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 5 all-star teams also have a spring tradition that goes back more than three decades.

The 2014 boys and girls Fabulous 5 teams came out Sunday. Check out the videos that go along with the stories. The Fab 5s are picked by the P-G scholastic sports staff and take into consideration all WPIAL and City League teams.

For more than 20 years now, we try to take a group picture with some kind of fun theme and headline. We have used everything from firetrucks, classrooms and limousines to greyhounds and hospital emergency rooms (headline of “Smooth Operators”) to take Fab 5 pictures.

You can look back at the old Fab 5 teams below. I have kept many of the newspapers from old Fab 5 teams, but not all. What I can gather from old clippings and some microfilm, the Fab 5 started in 1979, a little before I started at the P-G. There were all-star teams picked by the P-G before 1979, but it seemed they were not given the Fab 5 name.

I have found that people like looking at old teams and famous players, prompting lines of “oh yeah, I remember that guy now.” Personally, I get a kick out of some of the old Fab 5 pictures. I have been on hand for most of the photo shoots (just shows how long I’ve been doing this). Heck, I remember going to Mount Washington with Sean Miller 27 years ago.  This year’s photo shoot was maybe the most unforgettable. Nine people, including four Fabulous 5 members, myself and some parents, got stuck on the elevator at the Post-Gazette for a while. And Maverick Rowan’s mom said she was claustrophobic.

 New Castle’s Malik Hooker wasn’t on the elevator. To add to the story, he mistakenly went to a small Post-Gazette office in Cranberry. Ooops, we’re in downtown, Malik.

Anyway, here is a look at the old Post-Gazette Fabulous 5s for boys and girls (we could not find a few of the old girls Fabulous 5s) and also some of the pictures. The 2007 boys Fabulous 5 turned out to be quite a group. 

BOYS

2014 - Malik Hooker, New Castle; Ryan Luther, Hampton; D.J. Porter, Obama Academy; Maverick Rowan, Lincoln Park; Kason Harrell, Hempfield

 

2013 - Ryan Luther, Hampton; Malik Hooker, New Castle; Elijah Cottrill, Beaver Falls; Shawn Anderson, New Castle; Devin Wilson, Montour.

 

2012 - Sheldon Jeter, Beaver Falls; Micah Mason, Highlands; Nolan Cressler, Plum; Nate Snodgrass, Butler; Geno Thorpe, Shaler.

 

2011 - Micah Mason, Highlands; Anthony Dallier, North Allegheny; Jesse Reed, Greensburg Central Catholic; Devon Cottrell, Gateway; Sheldon Jeter, Beaver Falls.

 

2010 - (pictured) Bill Luther, Hampton; Nate Perry, Hempfield; T.J. McConnell, Chartiers Valley; Evan Pierce, Mt. Lebanon; Tom Droney, Sewickley Academy.

 

2009 - T.J. McConnell, Chartiers Valley; Nick Novak, Franklin Regional; Chris Klimchock, Greensburg Salem; Jeff Yunetz, Latrobe; Tom Droney, Sewickley Academy.

 

2008 - Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette; Deandre Kane, Schenley; Quentin Harding, McKeesport; Brian Walsh, Moon; Antoine Childs, Blackhawk.

2007 - DeJuan Blair, Schenley; D.J. Kennedy, Schenley; Herb Pope, Aliquippa; Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette; Jonathan Baldwin, Aliquippa. Maybe the most famous Fab 5 ever? Certainly one for the ages. All are pros. Blair is still in the NBA, Kennedy had a brief stint in the NBA, Pryor and Baldwin are in the NFL and Pope played professionally overseas. They are holding suitcases with a headline "Going Places." How true.

Fab 5 2007

2006 - Herb Pope, Aliquippa; DeJuan Blair, Schenley; D.J. Kennedy, Schenley; Steve McNees, Shenango; Lance Jeter, Beaver Falls.Boys Fab 5 2005 300x400

2005 - (pictured) Lance Jeter, Beaver Falls; Sean Lee, Upper St. Clair; Ben McCauley, Yough; Geoff Kestler, Mt. Lebanon; DeJuan Blair, Schenley.

2004 - Darrelle Revis, Aliquippa; Akida McLain, Penn Hills; Ben McCauley, Yough; Adam DiMichele, Sto-Rox; James Hairston, Connellsville.

2003 - Ryan Evanochko, Blackhawk; Darrelle Revis, Aliquippa; Adam DiMichele, Sto-Rox; James Hairston, Connellsville; Byron Knight, Penn Hills.

2002 - Ryan Evanochko, Blackhawk; Terrance Vaughns, Uniontown; Bobby Franklin, Plum; Bryant McAllister, West Mifflin; Joey Tutchstone, Kiski Area.

2001 - Daren Tielsch, Montour; Bryant McAllister, West Mifflin; Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, Blackhawk; Jack Higgins, Schenley; Allan MacQuarrie, Pine-Richland.

2000 - Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, Blackhawk; Drew Schifino, Penn Hills; Yuri Demetris, Shaler; Jon Pawlak, Highlands; Josh Lay, Aliquippa.

1999 - Brandon Fuss Cheatham, Blackhawk; Mike Phenizee, Peabody; David Young, New Castle; Drew Schifino, Penn Hills; Desmond Whetzel, New Castle.

1998 – David Young, New Castle; Mike Colbert, Chartiers Valley; Aaron Epps, Butler; Dave Freeman, Vincentian; Ricky Richburg, Westinghouse.

1997  - Archie Miller, Blackhawk; Courtney Wallace, Perry; Brian Carroll, Schenley; Aaron Lovelace, Franklin Regional; Isaiah Stewart, Chartiers Valley.Fab 5 boys 1996

1996 (pictured) Aaron Lovelace, Franklin Regional; Steve Menifee, McKeesport; Chris Kirkland, Sto-Rox; Jim Cantamessa, Blackhawk; Archie Miller, Blackhawk

1995 (pictured) Pete Sauer, Shady Side Academy; Kevin Fab 5 boys 19995Covert, Neshannock; Vince Coppola, Seton-LaSalle; Monty Latimer, Sto-Rox; Vince Graham, Belle Vernon.

Boys Fab 5 19941994 (pictured) Pete Sauer, Shady Side Academy; Kevin Price, Duquesne; Shawn Bellis, Butler; Vince Graham, Belle Vernon; Dan Fortson, Shaler.

1993 - Tom Pipkins, Valley; Nick Bosnic, Laurel Highlands; Kevin Price, Duquesne; Tino Hunter, Shaler; Mike Keyes, Woodland Hills.

1992 - (pictured) Terry O'Shea, Carlynton; Dante Calabria, Blackhawk; Tom Pipkins, Valley; Derrick Scott, Duquesne; Peca Arsic, Penn-Trafford.

Boys Fab 5 1992

1991 – Dante Calabria, Blackhawk; Will Macon, Perry; Gabe Jackson, New Brighton; Malik Hightower, Perry; Bruce Patterson, Langley.

1990 – Will Macon, Perry; Yancey Taylor, Ringgold; Norbert Valis, Hampton; Jermaine Morgan, Jeannette; Keith Crosby, Carrick.

1989 – Kevin Salvadori, Seton-LaSalle; Myron Walker, Aliquippa; Chris Pipkin, New Brighton; Jeff Gaca, Quaker Valley; Jon Walker, New Brighton.

1988 - Jim McCoy, Central Catholic; Keith Tower, Moon; William Herndon, Allderdice; Gravelle Craig, Farrell; Mark Gilbert, Aliquippa

 

1987 - Sean Miller, Blackhawk; Mike Yoest, North Hills; Darelle Porter, Perry; Joe Nethen, Shaler; Dan Aloi, Ellwood City.

Fab 5 boys 1987

1986 - Sean Miller, Blackhawk; Major Harris, Brashear; John Rasp, Norwin; Tony Petraraca, Kiski Area; Pete Freeman, Rochester.Fab 5 boys

1985 -(pictured) Brian Shanahan, Hampton; Shawn Roberts, Farrell; Neal Fenton, Latrobe; Greg Martucci, Springdale; Bill Vernau, Brentwood.

1984 – Marvin Woods, Aliquippa; Tyrone Howard, Westinghouse; Marvin Bailey, Lawrenceville Catholic; John Robinson, Peabody; Collins Dobbs, Allderdice.

1983 – Mark Beavers, Sto-Rox; Marlon Ferguson, Center; Bill Leonard, McKeesport; Ron Stevenson, Langley; Dean Kartsonas, Shady Side Academy.

1982 – Rick Suder, Center; Joe David, Upper St. Clair; Lloyd Moore, Clairton; Mike Masley, Boyle; Jack Mansell Sharon.

1981 – Ron Rowan, Beaver Falls; Pat Farrell, Central Catholic; Lloyd Moore, Clairton; Ken Simril, Belle Vernon; Earl Minor Uniontown

1980 – Frank Dobbs, Allderdice; Marc Marotta, Central Catholic; Hal Bentley, New Brighton; Cleveland Bibbens, Brashear; Dwight Collins, Beaver Falls.

1979 – Cleveland Bibbens, South Hills; Damon Bryant, Beaver Falls; Larry Anderson, Schenley; Bill Varner, Valley; Joe Myers, Burrell.

GIRLS

2014 - Brenna Wise, Vincentian; Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk; Yacine Diop, Seton-LaSalle; Erin Mathias, Fox Chapel; Sydney Bordonaro, Burrell.

2013 – Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Hopewell; Ciara Gregory, Jeannette; Erin Mathias, Fox Chapel; Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk; Shelby Lindsay, South Park.

2012 – Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Hopewell; Destiny Brown, Gateway; Naje Gibson, Seton-LaSalle; Erin Waskowiak, Bishop Canevin; Ciara Gregory, Jeannette.

2011 (pictured below) Madison Cable, Mt. Lebanon; Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Hopewell; Val McQuade, Shaler; Alexa Hayward, Blackhawk; Belma Nurkic, Baldwin.

2010 – Belma Nurkic, Baldwin; Madison Cable, Mt. Lebanon; Olivia Bresnahan, Butler; Paige Alviani, Hopewell; Jen Papich, Fox Chapel.

2009 – Emily Correal, Peters Township; Emily Miller, Mt. Lebanon; Markel Walker, Schenley; Olivia Bresnahan, Butler; Lily Grenci, Mars.

2008 – Darche Jackson, Penn Hills; Emily Correal, Peters Township; Jamie Smith, Woodland Hills; Jackie Babe, Mt. Lebanon; Alex Gensler, Upper St. Clair.

2007 (pictured) Ashley Henderson, Greensburg Central Catholic; Erica Prosser, Oakland Catholic; Vanessa Abel, Southmoreland; Jaleesa Sams, New Castle; Shayla Scott, Gateway.

2006 – Jaleesa Sams, New Castle; Ashley Henderson, Greensburg Central Catholic; Amy Johns, McKeesport; Aysha Jones, Oakland Catholic; Joyce Novacek, Hopewell.

2005 – Brianne O'Rourke, Oakland Catholic; Rachel Frederick, North Catholic; Eve Pyle, Oakland Catholic; Danielle Gratton, Bethel Park; Dominique Duck, Schenley. Girls Fab 5 2005

2004 – Charel Allen, Monessen; Jocelyn Chandler, Uniontown; Lauren Revesz, Chartiers Valley; Nia Capuano, Moon; Meagan Cowher, Fox Chapel.

2003 – Charel Allen, Monessen; Loui Hall, Albert Gallatin; Erin Wigley, Moon; Kamela Gissendanner, Clairton; Meg Bulger, Oakland Catholic.

2002 – Meg Bulger, Oakland Catholic; Carmen Bruce, Schenley; Kamela Gissendanner, Clairton; Loui Hall, Albert Gallatin; Erin Wigley, Moon.

2001 – Tanisha Wright, West Mifflin; Amy Kunich, Oakland Catholic; Kacy O’Brien, Carlynton; Jess Strom, Steel Valley; Kamela Gissendanner, Clairton.Fab 5 girls 2000

2000 (pictured) Katie Bulger, Oakland Catholic; Jess Strom, Steel Valley; Tanisha Wright, West Mifflin; Ashle Kelly, Mt. Lebanon; Jessica Brungo, North Allegheny.

1999 – Katie Bulger, Oakland Catholic; Jen Sobota, Latrobe; Lisa Miller, Blackhawk; Brooke Stewart, East Allegheny; Beth Friday, Upper St. Clair.

Girls Fab 5 19981998 – Christal White, Mount Alvernia; Val Zona, Blackhawk, Cindy Dallas, Schenley; Katie Bulger, Oakland Catholci; Swin Cash, McKeesport (hamming it up)

Girls Fab 5 19961997 – Swin Cash, McKeesport; Erin Huth, North Allegheny; Cindy Dallas, Schenley; Korie Morton, Woodland Hills.

1996 (pictured) Gina Naccarato, Monessen; LynnDee Howell, Penn Hills; Swin Cash, McKeesport; Kim Seaver, Mt. Lebanon; Michelle Katkowski, Mount Pleasant.

1995 – Mandy West, Upper St. Clair; Catherine Jacob, Penn Hills; Shauntai Hall, Albert Gallatin; Gina Naccarato, Monessen; Jackie Porac, North Catholic.

Girls Fab 5 1995

1994 – Mandy West, Upper St. Clair; Sherri Hannan, North Allegheny; Julie Moehring, Avonworth; Gina Naccarato, Monessen; Jackie Porac, North Catholic.

1993 – Mandy West, Upper St. Clair; Gina Naccarato, Monessen; Erin Miller, Oakland Catholic; Monique McCoy, Penn Hills; Missy Thompson, West Mifflin.

1992 – Elizabeth Proudfit, Washington; Lisa Vizzocca, Shaler; Kim Calhoun, Penn Hills; Collen Brady, Moon; Denise Gallo, Connellsville.

1991 – Shane Bartha, Apollo-Ridge; Kim Calhoun, Penn Hills; Stephanie Gonzales, Shady Side Academy; Kelly Malins, Ambridge; Elizabeth Proudfit, Washington.

1990 – Carrie Bordas, Aliquippa; Carla Coleman, McKeesport; Jonna Huemrich, Bethel Park; Bonnie Rimkus, Carlynton; Jenine Joyce, Penn Hills.Girls Fab 5 1989

1989 (pictured) Shannon Davis, Sacred Heart; Jonna Huemrich, Bethel Park; Carrie Bordas, Aliquippa; Cathy Torchia, St. Francis; Molly Larkin, North Catholic.

1988 – Shannon Davis, Sacred Heart; Julie Jones, Laurel Highlands; Molly Larkin, North Catholic; Leatha Dudeck, North Catholic; Karen Donley, Trinity.

1987 – Shannon Davis, Sacred Heart, Wendy Brink, Butler; Angie Kirkland, Beaver Falls; Connie Hurt, Penn Hills; Tanya Garner, West Mifflin.

1986 – Edna Campbell, Allderdice; Lorri Johnson, New Castle; Connie Hurt, Penn Hills; Diane Dobrich, Elizabeth Forward; Angie Kirkland, Beaver Falls.Girls Fab 5 1985

1985 (pictured) Maureen Conley, Mount Alvernia; Lorri Johnson, New Castle; Edna Campbell, Allderdice; Joy Jeter, Beaver Falls; Kathy McConnell, Seton-LaSalle.

1984 – Suzie McConnell, Seton-LaSalle; Karen Hall, Mount Alvernia; Maureen Conley, Mount Alvernia (need two more).

Girls Fab 5 19831983 (pictured) Suzie McConnell, Seton-LaSalle; Lisa Faloon, Brashear; Maureen Conley, Mount Alvernia; Vida Kernich, Baldwin; Mimi Reiber, Chartiers Valley.

1982 – Suzie McConnell, Seton-LaSalle; Kim Tirik, Ambridge; Jane Plake, Serra; Kim Gannis, Brentwood; Allison Daniel, Langley;

1981 – Kim Tirik, Ambridge; Diane Walker, Oliver; Karen Hosek, Shaler; Leigh Curl, North Hills; Sally Anderson, Thomas Jefferson.

 

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