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

Triathlon provides soggy fun for kids with a cause

- Little kids like nothing better than splashing around in puddles and the children, ages 7-11, participating in the 14th annual Kids Triathlon enjoyed a soggy morning on July 19 doing just that at the South Park ...

Bower Hill Swim Club celebrates 50 years of operation


Nestled in a neighborhood dale off Bower Hill Road, near Vanadium Road, sits a summer jewel … the Bower Hill Swim Club. Despite competition from large community pools and recreation centers, the five-acre complex ...

Kids Triathlons on tap in the area


This Saturday, the Kids Triathlon, benefiting Habitat For Humanity, kicks off a series of such events in the area. In addition to the race being held from 8-11 a.m. July 19 at the South Park Wave Pool in Bethel Park, Upp...

At 86, Riggs laps up swimming


Joan Riggs gingerly ascends the steps leading upward to the slide at Bower Hill Swim Club. At the top, she takes a deep breath, pushes herself through the chute and plunges 12 feet into the pool below. At 86 years young,...

Bower Hill Set to Defend title


When he was 7, Alex Hardwick remembers breaking the country club record for the 100-yard freestyle relay with his buddies, Joe Repischak, Ryan Dudzinski and Jake Murphy at Valley Brook. Today, the recent Upper St. Clair ...

McKinley-Lewis selects Toledo


Danzel McKinley-Lewis never played football until his junior year in high school. This autumn, however, the Seton-La Salle rising senior is expected to be one of the premier players in the WPIAL.

Sollon wins West Penn Junior Championship


While Jake Sollon was half the age of Tiger Woods when he picked up his first golf club, the 16-year-old Venetia resident is following in the footsteps of Arnold Palmer. He, too, has won a West Penn Junior Championship.<...

Blahut soars like an eagle


Face your fears and they will disappear. At an early age, Jacob Blahut of Mt. Lebanon learned that lesson. Today, it serves him well as he tackles life’s obstacles.

Chartiers Valley hires Potthoff as AD


The Chartiers Valley Board of School Directors voted June 24 to approve the hire of Angela Potthoff as the district’s new athletic director. She becomes the sixth female athletic director out of 143 schools in the...

Lorusso named Almanac MVP


Olivia Lorusso is a woman of her words. For as a high school freshman four years ago, she committed to Canon-McMillan softball.

Canon-McMillan headlines Diamond Dozen list


After winning a PIAA state championship and a second straight WPIAL title, all eyes focused on Canon-McMillan this softball season. For the most part, the Lady Macs handled the scrutiny. Weathering the pressure, they rea...

Seton-La Salle headlines Diamond Dozen list


Though the WPIAL did not dominate the baseball scene this spring, failing to advance any team to the PIAA championships, Seton-La Salle managed to wage a successful campaign in 2014. In dramatic fashion, the Rebels prove...

Big leagues on horizon for Almanac MVP


Major League. Some day, Taylor Lehman may be. In fact, the recent Keystone Oaks graduate took a step towards a professional baseball career when the Miami Marlins selected the southpaw in the recent amateur draft.

Mt. Lebanon Swim Center opens


As an All-American swimmer at Bethel Park High School, Erik Brinkhoff rarely rose for morning practices with the enthusiasm that greeted him June 15. It was opening day at the Mt. Lebanon Swim Center and the Eastern Mich...

Chuck Noll dead at 82


After watching his son pitch in a playoff baseball game Monday evening, Ted Petersen drove through the night, from Illinois to Pittsburgh, to attend the 10 a.m. funeral on June 17 for Chuck Noll, 82, who died June 13, 20...

Mt. Lebanon boys have bright future in lacrosse


Despite a disappointing end to the 2014 boys’ lacrosse campaign, the future bodes bright for Mt. Lebanon. Hope and potential surround the 2015 season.

Mt. Lebanon builds on lacrosse success


Despite hat tricks from Alyssa Battaglia and Allena Holzworth, Mt. Lebanon’s dream season ended in defeat, 20-7, to Garnet Valley in the semifinals of the PIAA girls’ lacrosse tournament.

Seton-La Salle waits for next year


The last loss of any season tends to deflate a team. So, after a 7-2 loss to Franklin in the first round of the PIAA baseball playoffs, Seton-La Salle hardly looked at the future.

Lazur helps OSU row to national title


Victoria Lazur of Upper St. Clair helped Ohio State University win its second consecutive NCAA rowing championship. The top-ranked Buckeyes retained their title by totaling 126 points after claiming individual national t...

Bethel Park carves out name in volleyball


After capturing an undefeated section banner, placing third in the district and qualifying for the PIAA playoffs, the Bethel Park boys’ volleyball team made a name for itself. And, that reputation will be on the l...

Mt. Lebanon doubles fun in lacrosse


Mt. Lebanon doubled its pleasure in the PIAA tournament, advancing both its girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams to the state semifinals with back-to-back victories in quarterfinal matches at Moon Stadium.

Seton-La Salle falls in WPIAL final


With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Steel Valley rallied for three runs and scored a 6-5 victory over Seton-La Salle in the WPIAL Class AA baseball championship game at Consol Energy Park in Washington. It...

Mt. Lebanon boys take second in WPIAL LAX


Less than 12 hours after a 7-2 loss to Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Division I championship game at Highmark Stadium at Station Square in Pittsburgh, the Mt. Lebanon boys’ lacrosse team was back on artificial t...

Canon-McMillan edges Latrobe; readies for WPIAL finals


By virtue of a come-from-behind victory against Latrobe, 7-6, Canon-McMillan (18-3) will attempt to win its third straight WPIAL softball title when the Lady Macs take on Shaler (17-3) at 7 p.m. May 29 at Lilley Field on...