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

Bethel Park girls running with the best


Other than its 26-29 loss to Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park has dominated the girls’ cross-country scene. The Lady Hawks began the season winning the Gateway Invitational then finished fourth in the Red, White and Blue ...

USC tennis players stroll down memory lane during reunion


Homecoming arrived early at Upper St. Clair as alumni of the high school boys’ tennis team returned for a day of competition and fun with former head coach Richard Saccani. Many of the players arrived from out-of-...

Bethel Park’s Minton mows down USC


Instead of feeling like the truck that rolled over the Upper St. Clair defense in Bethel Park’s 21-14 victory, Alex Minton felt like the pavement the following morning. A little roughed up.

Quad-A football round-up


The Blue Devils celebrated little their 54-14 victory over Baldwin because coming up this Friday is another important fray. Mt. Lebanon (3-0) travels to Penn Hills (2-1, 2-0) to battle the Indians for first place in the ...

Bethel Park upends Upper St. Clair, 21-14


Bethel Park scored the decisive points with 45 seconds to play and then held on to beat Upper St. Clair, 21-14, for its first victory in WPIAL Quad-A Southeastern Conference football action.

Bethel Park holds prayer for teen in coma


Prayers for Marissa went from just a hashtag on Twitter to a full-fledged community vigil on a football practice field at Bethel Park High School Sept. 11 as concerned citizens lit candles and implored God to intercede i...

Football Round-up

- Mt. Lebanon takes nothing for granted when it visits Baldwin this Friday. Though the Highlanders are 1-1 overall, this is their first Southeastern Conference game of the 2014 campaign. Lebo is 2-0 overall, but 1...

Bethel Park hosts Upper St. Clair


Jeff Metheny and Jim Render agree on one thing. When Bethel Park hosts Upper St. Clair at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in Southeastern Conference football action, both teams will be prepared.

Execution key for USC; BP drops thriller to WH


Execution was the name of the game as Upper St. Clair defeated Peters Township, 35-13, and scored its first WPIAL Quad-A football win in Southeastern Conference play.

Improvement key to Bethel Park girls’ soccer success


Day-by-day improvement determines success for the Bethel Park girls’ soccer club this fall. That’s because the Lady Hawks graduated eight seniors from last year’s WPIAL Final Four club.

BETHEL PARK’s Thimons to be inducted


Nathan Thimons of Bethel Park will be inducted Sept. 6 into the Slippery Rock University Hall of Fame. It is the first of three inductions for Thimons as he will also be admitted into National Semi-pro Baseball Associati...

Peters Township visits Upper St. Clair


In soccer, they call matches “friendlies.” And, while Peters Township versus Upper St. Clair on the pitch is never affable, on the gridiron, the atmosphere between the Indians and Panthers should be more so...

Lebo pummels Canon-Mac; preps for Moon


After pummeling Canon-McMillan, 40-0, in the Southeastern Conference opener, Mt. Lebanon prepares to host Moon on Military Night at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in a non-conference clash.

Beefed up schedule helps Canon-McMillan boys’ soccer


Canon-McMillan could have been content with just surviving Section 5 play, but the boys’ soccer team beefed up its overall schedule in an effort to unseat rivals Peters Township as WPIAL champion and Upper St. Cla...

Upper St. Clair boys’ going for three-peat with Blatz


If a third-straight PIAA championship awaits the Upper St. Clair boys’ soccer team, the Panthers will claim the banner under new leadership. In addition to losing 12 seniors to graduation, the Panthers have lost t...

Peters Township prepared for battle in Section 5 soccer


Bob Dyer summed up best how soccer teams in Section 5 feel about each other.

SLS’s Perone, KO’s Phillippi making their run at South Fayette


Brett Brumbaugh is not the only attraction in the Century Conference. The division also boasts big-time quarterbacks in Tyler Perone from Seton-La Salle and Kobe Phillippi from Keystone Oaks. Perone passed for more than ...

Southeastern Conference opener requires perfection


After two weeks of preparation, high school teams are ready for some football. However, victory Friday night requires perfection, particularly in the Southeastern Conference.

South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh ready to repeat


When critics question his mobility on the gridiron, South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh answers them candidly.

Lacrosse never over for Bethel Park’s Quinlisk


While Heather Quinlisk pursues her doctorate in educational leadership at Delaware Valley College this fall, the Bethel Park native puts her lacrosse stick aside. The move, she hopes, is only temporary.

Mt. Lebanon’s Hoffman picks Penn


Matt Hoffman measures success in letter grades. In the classroom, he aims for A’s. In life, he focuses on F’s. Both, actually, are perfectly positive. See, he owns a 4.6 GPA at Mt. Lebanon High School. Plus...

Quad-A teams ready to battle despite lower numbers


While Quad-A is the biggest classification for football in the WPIAL as well as the state of Pennsylvania, numbers are down across the area. Some schools have even canceled their ninth grade programs because they do not ...

Mt. Lebanon’s Smith earns spot on U.S. National Team


Since earning a spot on the United States national swim team, Leah Smith has had little time to surface for air. The Mt. Lebanon resident appeared on the NBC Today Show Aug. 11 and then departed for Australia. Down Under...

Kids compete to raise autism awareness


A jubilant Bobby Wiggers sprinted full speed ahead, shouting for all to hear. “I made it,” he cried with delight. “I crossed the finish line,” he added triumphantly.

Peters Township’s Kyle Higgins making national splash


Kyle Higgins possesses a passion for swimming.

Barracudas win club championships


For the fourth year in a row, the Bower Hill Barracudas captured the South Hills Swim Club championships. Held at the Woodland Hills Swim Club, the Barracudas won the title by a mere 10 points.

USC’s Smith to dine with Olympian


As a runner who covers 800 meters in well under two minutes, James Smith requires no head start against anybody. However, the Upper St. Clair native will get a jump on the Liberty Mile competition this week when he dines...

Cool Springs Sports Complex attracts golfers & sports enthusiasts


Since 1977, Cool Springs, located at the intersection of Hamilton and Baptist roads in Bethel Park, was the place to be on a steamy Saturday night. This July 26 was no exception as the driving range and 18-hole miniature...

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 ...