Eleanor Bailey

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Bio: Eleanor Bailey has been the sports editor at The Almanac since 1982. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism and speech communications.

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Stories written by Eleanor Bailey

Mt. Lebanon wrestler wins second WPIAL title


Kellan Stout added to his wrestling legacy during the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Tournament held at Penn Hills High School. By winning the 182-pound title, the senior became the first champion from Mt. Lebanon since Kurt A...

Chartiers Valley “Flohrs” North Allegheny in WPIAL final

- Chartiers Valley recovers to beat North Allegheny for WPIAL Quad-A boys' basketball title.

Aliquippa dethrones Seton-La Salle


Aliquippa overcame a six-point halftime deficit to dethrone defending champion Seton-La Salle, 68-57, in the WPIAL Class AA boys’ championship basketball game played at the Petersen Events Center.

Seton-La Salle, Canevin prepare for potential next round

- After WPIAL finals, Seton-La Salle and Bishop Canevin prepare for a potential rematch in PIAA tournament.

Seton-La Salle beats Bishop Canevin for WPIAL AA title

- Seton-La Salle defeated Bishop Canevin, 51-35, for the WPIAL Class AAA girls' basketball title.

Chartiers Valley reaches WPIAL final with win over North Hills


For Chartiers Valley boys’ basketball teams under the direction of Tim McConnell competing for championships is not a dream. It’s an objective.

Blackhawk beats Chartiers Valley; Cougars to play South Fayette in final


Chartiers Valley spotted the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class AAA girls’ basketball tournament 16 points and could not overcome that disadvantage as Blackhawk held on for a 64-52 victory at Moon High School.

Penn Hills halts Bethel Park’s streak & title hopes


In a game between two streaking basketball teams something had to give.

Chartiers Valley, South Fayette girls advance to semifinals


Chartiers Valley (20-4) dispatched Beaver, 54-40, to advance to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. The Colts will play top seed and defending champion Blackhawk (21-3) 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Moon.

Minuth move makes Upper St. Clair better

- When the Bayer Corporation transferred his father from Germany to the Pittsburgh region a couple of summers ago, Fynn Minuth rejoiced. So did the Upper St. Clair swim program.

Bittersweet ending for Dudzinski in final WPIAL meet

- Exhausted, elated and exasperated described Ryan Dudzinski’s mood after the Upper St. Clair senior competed in his final WPIAL championships for boys’ swimming. During the two-day event held at the U...

Chartiers Valley lone Section 4 survivor in WPIAL Quad-A tournament


After the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL Quad-A boys’ basketball playoffs, all four Section 4 teams lived to play another game – but only one advanced to the Final Four.

Bartrug wins 200 free

- Maddie Bartrug agrees with Cyndi Lauper: girls just want to have fun. And, this South Fayette senior certainly did enjoy herself during the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships held at the University of Pittsbu...

NA, Upper St. Clair set record pace in WPIAL swimming


North Allegheny and Upper St. Clair set a record pace during the first day of action in the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.

South Fayette’s Mahoney dives to silver in WPIAL Class AA


Trevor Mahoney swims as a favor to his team. The South Fayette senior dives for his own pleasure.

Mt. Lebanon’s Johns takes third in diving

- Cary Johns of Mt. Lebanon grabbed the bronze medal during the WPIAL Class AAA boys’ diving championships held Feb. 16 at North Allegheny High School pool.

Upper St. Clair, Lebo prepared to battle NA for swim crown


The only thing missing when Mt. Lebanon hosted Upper St. Clair in the final regular season swimming meet was North Allegheny. The Tigers, however, will be there to flex their fins when the WPIAL conducts its championship...

Maria Lohman claims fourth WPIAL diving title


In a near-record performance, Maria Lohman captured her fourth WPIAL championship for diving. The Chartiers Valley senior racked up 603.5 points, 2.5 off the record of 605.55 set by Samantha Pickens in 2010.

Canon-McMillan getting into the swim of things


At Canon-McMillan, they are truly getting into the swim of things.

BP beats Hempfield, will face Pine-Richland


Bethel Park (19-4) defeated Hempfield, 51-36, in a first-round WPIAL Quad-A girls’ basketball tournament game at Charleroi High School gym to advance to a Feb. 20 showdown against Pine-Richland (19-4) in the quart...

After mopping up McKeesport, Bethel Park prepares for North Allegheny

- Jake Dixon relishes his role as the Brawny man for the Bethel Park boys’ basketball team.

Upper St. Clair, Chartiers Valley headed for rematch

- For the third time this season, Upper St. Clair and Chartiers Valley will battle on the basketball court and this time it will be for keeps. On Feb. 21, the Panthers and Colts will play in a WPIAL Quad-A quarter...

Bethel Park young but ready for swim finals


With 19 qualifiers, 13 of them underclassmen, Bethel Park may be the swim team to watch long after the WPIAL Class AAA championships.

Poor shooting results in Upper St. Clair loss to Shaler


To beat Shaler in the first-round of the WPIAL Quad-A girls’ basketball playoffs, Upper St. Clair had one option. Shoot well. The Lady Panthers didn’t. As a result, they suffered a 63-38 defeat and e...

WPIAL announces playoff pairings


Chartiers Valley (19-3) earned the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL Quad-A boys’ basketball tournament behind North Allegheny (20-2). However, the positioning will mean little if the Colts stumble against Butler (14-8) the...

Boys’ basketball teams prepared for WPIAL playoffs

- Who will win the WPIAL in Quad-A boys’ basketball is up for debate, but don’t be surprised if squads from Section 4 have a say in deciding the championship.

Bethel Park, Section 4 girls ready for playoff run


Defending champion Penn-Trafford (21-1) and North Allegheny (19-2) are the prohibitive favorites to challenge for the WPIAL Quad-A title in girls’ basketball. Don’t discount Bethel Park or any other Section...

David enjoying special days with dad at Mt. Lebanon


As they pulled out of the driveway bound for their game against Chartiers Valley last week, Mt. Lebanon boys’ basketball coach Joe David turned to his son and told him that good things happen to seniors on senior ...

Mt. Lebanon’s Hoffman sinks Upper St. Clair, 33-31


For the second game in a row, the Mt. Lebanon boys’ basketball team went down to the wire to register victory.

South Fayette wrestler wins his 100th


Brett Beltz of Bridgeville once dreamed of becoming the next John Cena. In fact, Beltz was so enthused about WWE that he begged his parents to join the South Fayette youth wrestling program.

Mt. Lebanon sinks Chartiers Valley in triple overtime


Jonny David registered an unorthodox triple-triple in spearheading Mt. Lebanon to victory, 58-55, against Chartiers Valley. The senior buried the game-winning bucket, a three-pointer, with 7.5 seconds remaining in triple...

Bethel Park beats Canon-McMillan


With a 58-44 win against Canon-McMillan (6-7, 11-9), Bethel Park (11-2, 15-4) clinched at least a share of the Section 4-AAAA title in girls’ basketball. The Lady Hawks visit Baldwin (10-3, 14-7) on Feb. 5 to deci...

McConnell wins 500th game at Chartiers Valley

- When Tim McConnell applied for the boys' basketball coaching position at Chartiers Valley High School, a close friend recommended he not accept the offer. It was a dead-end job, a coaches' graveyard.

Carr helps South Fayette advance

- Few surprises arose as South Fayette advanced to the semifinals in the WPIAL Class AA team wrestling tournament.

Chartiers Valley exacts revenge on Upper St. Clair, 85-47


Danny Holzer has coached boys’ basketball at Upper St. Clair for 20 years and never once did a guest of the Panthers inflict the Mercy Rule on them as Chartiers Valley did Jan. 27 in an 85-47 victory.

Canon-McMillan wins section; ready for WPIAL team title


Canon-McMillan captured its 14th straight section title, 36th overall, and entered the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Big Macs take on Hempfield at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at North Allegheny. The winner li...

Cherup does what it takes to help Upper St. Clair win


Zack Cherup epitomizes the Upper St. Clair boys’ basketball team this season. The 17-year-old senior, like his teammates, does whatever it takes to win. A first-year starter, he is one of five players averaging do...

USC sinks Bethel Park


Zack Cherup sank three free throws in the final 15 seconds of play to seal Upper St. Clair’s victory against Bethel Park, 54-50, in a key Section 4-AAAA boys’ basketball game.

South Fayette ready for WPIAL team wrestling run


Thanks to victories against Burgettstown, 42-25, and Freedom, 33-28, South Fayette clinched the Section 1-AA title and entered the WPIAL Class AA team tournament as the No. 2 seed behind defending champion Burrell.

WPIAL Section 4 girls’ teams raise awareness for DIPG


Despite being diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), Lauren Hill, a 19-year-old Mount St. Joseph freshman persevered. In November, she fulfilled her dream of playing college basketball when she scored th...

Change does not alter Upper St. Clair’s winning continuity


Plenty has changed this winter for the Upper St. Clair girls’ basketball team. For starters, Pete Serio now skippers the club. Second, the Lady Panthers now play in the “big” gym, where many other va...

South Fayette, BP, Lebo wrestlers win county titles


After a big wrestling weekend, many area grapplers turn their focus to the WPIAL team tournament.

McConnell, Chartiers Valley speak volumes in victory


Watch out WPIAL Quad-A boys’ basketball teams, because after scoring 54 points during Chartiers Valley’s victory over Bethel Park, 90-76, Matty McConnell indicated the best is yet to come.

Chartiers Valley grad shines on the slopes


Tom Wallisch describes his occupation in words few people experience while on the job.

Mt. Lebanon cruises past Upper St. Clair


Mt. Lebanon used a 21-3 fourth-quarter run to separate itself from rival Upper St. Clair during a key Section 4-AAA boys’ basketball game.

Bethel Park grappler earns milestone


On the mats, Paul Dunn confronted many challenges to register more than 100 career victories. His most difficult obstacle, however, was never an opponent. For the Bethel Park senior, the true test has been wrestling with...

Seton-La Salle sweeps Canevin Crusaders


A return to Section 3-AA proved the perfect remedy for what ailed the Lady Rebels from Seton-La Salle. After dropping three straight games, all to out-of-town guests, during the holiday season, the Rebels ripped off vict...

Chartiers Valley creates logjam in boys’ basketball


While Chartiers Valley’s 71-57 victory over Mt. Lebanon created a logjam in Section 4-AAAA, it was the only result the Colts could afford on their home court. The Colts are 4-1 in the division, as are the Blue Dev...

Upper St. Clair boys believing


Having lost all five starters and seven seniors from last year’s section championship club, few expected Upper St. Clair to be a contender in boys’ basketball this season. Except, of course, the Panthers th...

Bethel Park on 4-game winning streak


A win in its own holiday tournament was just what the doctor ordered for the Bethel Park girls’ basketball team.