Eleanor Bailey

Sports Editor
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Email:
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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.

Department: News

Stories written by Eleanor Bailey

Success snowballing at Canon-McMillan

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Canon-McMillan no longer warrants the designation as ‘The Snow Ball Dance’ game for basketball opponents. For the Big Macs, that’s positive progress.

Lebo piecing together success on the hardcourts

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The 2014-15 boys’ basketball season shapes up as a puzzling science for Mt. Lebanon.

Team work produces second title for South Fayette

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After South Fayette defeated Aliquippa, 31-22, at Heinz Field for its second straight WPIAL Class AA football championship, head coach Joe Rossi brought five players with him to the media room for the post-game interview...

South Fayette wins second straight WPIAL football title

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Once was not enough for the South Fayette football team. So the Lions did it again. They repeated at WPIAL Class AA champions. And they captured their second straight title by duplicating victory against Aliquippa at Hei...

Seton-La Salle reflects on season

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After Seton-La Salle lost to South Fayette, 35-21, to end its football season with a 10-2 record, nobody uttered a battle cry regarding the 2015 campaign. In amateur sports, there is no wait until “next year, ...

South Fayette celebrates success in soccer, too

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After the sting from an overtime loss to Lancaster Mennonite, 2-1, eased a bit, South Fayette looked back positively on a season that resulted in the school’s first semifinal soccer appearance in PIAA Class AA his...

Canon-McMillan girls runner-up in PIAA soccer

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Midnight struck early for Canon-McMillan as its Cinderella soccer season ended in the PIAA Class AAA championship game. Around the dinner hour Nov. 15, the Lady Macs succumbed to Central Bucks West, 2-1, in sudden-death ...

Peters Township claims PIAA state soccer title

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After Peters Township accepted the 2014 PIAA Class AAA boys’ soccer trophy, the players placed the piece of hardwood on the field at Hersheypark Stadium. With locked arms, they formed an unbreakable link and circl...

Peters Township wins state soccer title, C-M Lady Macs finish as runner-ups

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Peters Township edged Great Valley, 2-1, at Hersheypark Stadium and captured the PIAA Class AAA men’s soccer championship.

South Fayette headed back to Heinz Field

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The long-awaited rematch between South Fayette (12-0) and Aliquippa (12-0) has arrived. The football foes will vie for the WPIAL Class AA championship at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 in familiar surroundings at Heinz Field. The Lions ...

Canevin looks to rematch with GCC after WPIAL loss

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Bishop Canevin ceded its WPIAL Class A volleyball title to a familiar foe, but the Crusaders are pretty sure they will meet that same adversary again in the PIAA tournament, which commenced this week.

South Fayette & Seton-La Salle battle for WPIAL final berth

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The only unknown regarding the WPIAL Class AA football semifinal game between top-seeded South Fayette and No. 3 Seton-La Salle is the outcome.

Peters Township, Canon-McMillan off to Hershey; South Fayette falls in semifinals

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And then there were two. Peters Township and Canon-McMillan advanced soccer teams to the PIAA championships set for Nov. 14 in Hershey while South Fayette faltered in its bid to reach the state finals.

South Fayette recovers to beat South Park

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South Fayette exploded for 26 points in the final 15 minutes of action to overcome an eight-point deficit and defeat South Park, 39-21, in a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal football playoff game at Peters Township Stadium.

Losses end seasons for Lebo, BP, USC

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After early exits in the WPIAL Quad-A football playoffs, ‘wait until next year’ was the rallying cry of Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair.

Seton-La Salle keyed on containing Highlands

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Curtail and contain are the words of the week for the Seton-La Salle football team. For the Rebels’ ability to do both will determine their success against undefeated Highlands in a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal pla...

Linderman, Potts lead area harriers at PIAA championships

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The PIAA cross country championships does not signal the end of the running for many high school harriers. It’s a continuation of sorts. And, at Canon-McMillan, it’s the commencement of track.

Canevin looks to rematch with GCC after WPIAL loss

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Bishop Canevin ceded its WPIAL Class A volleyball title to a familiar foe, but the Crusaders are pretty sure they will meet that same adversary again in the PIAA tournament, which commenced this week.

South Fayette preparing for much-improved South Park

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When South Fayette takes on South Park in a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal football playoff game at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Peters Township Stadium, the Lions will encounter a very different team than the one it dismantled, 59-...

Peters Township, Canon-Mac, South Fayette win PIAA soccer games

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With Upper St. Clair’s 2-0 loss to Lower Dauphin, there will be a new state champion in PIAA Class AAA boys’ soccer this year. And, Peters Township is making a pitch for the title.

Canon-McMillan, South Fayette shine in cross country

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As expected, North Allegheny captured its 10th consecutive boys’ team title, and Brianna Schwartz from Shaler dominated the girls’ field, setting a new course record and winning her third straight gold meda...

Highway to Heinz begins Friday for five local clubs

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After nine weeks of football, five area teams extended their seasons into the postseason. While South Fayette is accustomed to long playoff runs, having won seven more games in 2013 to capture its first state championshi...

Peters Township, Upper St. Clair meet again in WPIAL soccer final

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If the WPIAL Class AAA boys’ soccer championship match appears a bit familiar, it is. For the second year in a row, Upper St. Clair and Peters Township will battle for the title.

Upper St. Clair beats Mt. Lebanon, 49-14

- Thanks to a 49-14 victory over arch-rival Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair improved its playoff positioning. The Panthers finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference with a 4-3 record. Overall, though they are 4-...

USC, Lebo, BP, KO, SLS in friendly football frays

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The last game of the regular season in scholastic football is reserved for rivalries, and plenty games abound this week that pit neighbor against neighbor. The battle of Route 19 has Upper St. Clair traveling north to Mt...

Upper St. Clair edges North Allegheny, 2-1, in soccer

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The premise of soccer is simple. The execution, on the other hand, can be quite difficult. Just ask Mike Blatz, the interim coach of the Upper St. Clair Panthers, who nearly saw their two-year reign as state champions, e...

Canon-McMillan beats Peters Township in a shootout, 2-1

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In a shootout, Canon-McMillan defeated Peters Township, 2-1, and advanced to the semifinals in the WPIAL Class AAA girls’ soccer playoffs for the first time in recent history.

Defending champions advance in WPIAL soccer playoffs

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Defending WPIAL champion Peters Township and reigning state champion Upper St. Clair began their 2014 title quests with first-round victories in the district men’s soccer tournament. Their female counterparts also...

Seton-La Salle blanks Bentworth, 3-0

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Good things have come in three for the Seton-La Salle girls’ soccer team this fall.

Mt. Lebanon, South Fayette ready for WPIAL cross country finals

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NASCAR is not the only sport that boasts The Chase. The WPIAL will conduct its own version Oct. 23 at Cooper’s Lake in Slippery Rock. It’s called the District 7 cross country championships and Mt. Lebanon a...

South Fayette focused on Quaker Valley

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Last week, South Fayette focused on Seton-La Salle. With the Rebels out of the way, by virtue of a 41-14 victory, the Lions concentrate on completing Century Conference play by hosting Quaker Valley at 7 p.m. Oct. 24.

South Fayette defeats Seton-La Salle, 41-14

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Defense wins championships. So does team work. And both proved the winning recipe for South Fayette as the Lions defeated Seton-La Salle, 41-14, and clinched the Century Conference banner.

Peters Township golf family rallies around Kuhn

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The Peters Township boys’ and girls’ golf teams are a close-knit clan. They practice together. They succeed together. They suffer together.

Mt. Lebanon reaches WPIAL semifinals in tennis

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Mt. Lebanon defeated Pine-Richland, 5-0, and advanced to the semifinals in the WPIAL Class AAA team championships for girls’ tennis. The Lebo ladies were scheduled to play Shady Side Academy at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at M...

Seton-La Salle battles South Fayette

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Seton-La Salle versus South Fayette at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Chartiers Valley literally is the game of the century – the Century Conference, that is. However, the confrontation likely won’t be the last battle t...

Football roundup: Mt. Lebanon welcomes Woodland Hills

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Woodland Hills may have slipped to No. 4 in the WPIAL Quad-A football rankings after a slim loss in overtime to AAA powerhouse Central Valley. However, as far as Mt. Lebanon head coach Mike Melnyk is concerned the Wolver...

Peters Township ladies qualify for states

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The Lady Indians joined their male mates in the PIAA tournament as Peters Township finished runner-up to Central Valley in the Class AAA standings with 336 points.

Bethel Park upends Penn Hills

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Whether it’s the Penn Hills Indians or the Peters Township Indians, this week in Southeastern Conference football action, the recipe for success at Bethel Park is simple.

Peters Township wins WPIAL team title in boys' golf

- Peters Township captured its fifth WPIAL team title in boys' golf and fourth championship in 10 years under head coach David Kuhn when the Indians defeated five other teams in the finals played Oct. 9 at Cedarbr...

Upper St. Clair clinches section title in soccer

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Winning the Section 5-AAA boys’ soccer title brings a sigh of relief as well as some grief to the champion. Just ask Upper St. Clair. Twice this season, the Panthers edged Peters Township, 1-0, on Sept. 18 and 2-1...

Keystone Oaks looks to stretch streak to three

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Coaching football at Keystone Oaks has been a whole new experience for Greg Perry, who spent 20 successful seasons at Seton-La Salle, previously. After back-to-back wins against South Allegheny, 35-20, and Carlynton, 42-...

Mt. Lebanon focuses on North Hills

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After winning a significant section game against Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon visits North Hills for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Oct. 10 at Martorelli Stadium. But don’t tell the Blue Devils this is a meaningless non-league c...

Mt. Lebanon beats Bethel Park

- A high school football game may consists of 48 minutes but six were all that mattered to Mt. Lebanon as the Blue Devils defeated Bethel Park, 30-22, in a key Southeastern Conference clash.

Canon-McMillan’s Waller claims second straight WPIAL title

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The second time around proved better than the first as Lauren Waller captured a consecutive WPIAL championship for girls’ golf.

Football round-up

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Area football teams hope that playing on their home fields will prove an advantage as they attempt to regroup for their playoff stretch drives beginning Oct. 3. Four weeks remain in the regular season, and from Quad-A th...

South Fayette’s Rossi reaches coaching milestone

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After steering South Fayette past Carlynton, 41-7, for his 100th victory in his coaching career, Joe Rossi accepted congratulations, humbly and graciously. He took little credit for the milestone.