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 nets Almanac’s top honor


In his quest to become a champion, Kellan Stout has excited and thrilled the Mt. Lebanon community like no other citizen. And yet, he is only 18 years old.

South Fayette leads list of Almanac wrestling all-stars


South Fayette experienced another successful season in wrestling, claiming a section banner, reaching the Final Four in the WPIAL AA tournament and qualifying for the PIAA team tournament. Five grapplers spearheaded the ...

Seton-La Salle’s magnificent seven ends career


Spencer Stefko knew the moment was coming. After Seton-La Salle lost, 79-34, to Philadelphia’s Neumann-Goretti in the PIAA Class AA girls’ basketball championship game at the Giant Center in Hershey, the te...

Riverhounds to train at Cool Springs


As a youth growing up in Bridgeville, Dan McGovern never dreamed of becoming the next Lionel Messi. In fact, Barcelona soccer wasn’t on his radar. Baseball was.

Seton-La Salle falls to Neuman-Goretti

- Seton-La Salle battles Neuman-Goretti for PIAA AA title in girls' basketball.

Chartiers Valley divers caps career with third diving title


Nobody’s perfect. Just ask Maria Lohman. Although she wasn’t at the top of her game, the Chartiers Valley senior finished first. She captured her third straight state championship for diving. By the narrowe...

Dapper Dan Classic a learning experience for local wrestlers


For as long as they can remember Paul Dunn of Bethel Park, Brooks Wilding of Upper St. Clair, Jared Walker of South Fayette and Mt. Lebanon’s Kellan Stout have wanted to participate in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Cla...

Upper St. Clair swimmer golden at PIAA Meet


Ryan Dudzinski arrived home at 3 a.m. on March 15 after successfully competing in the PIAA swimming championships at Bucknell University. At 1 p.m. the Upper St. Clair senior was back in the water competing at the Unive...

Mt. Lebanon sixth in PIAA swimming


Mt. Lebanon finished sixth in the boys’ team standings during the PIAA Class AAA swimming and diving championships held at Bucknell University. The Blue Devils scored 132 points and trailed La Salle College, which...

Upper St. Clair second in state swimming


Having lost only one swimmer from last year’s state championship club, La Salle College was the team to beat at the PIAA finals held last week at Bucknell Univeristy. While Upper St. Clair failed to pull off the u...

Seton-La Salle headed to Hershey

- There is nothing “magic” about what the Seton-La Salle girls do on a basketball court. They just win games. And, on March 17, at Plum High School, the Lady Rebels won another one. They defeated Bisho...

Mt. Lebanon making the most of second chance


When Mt. Lebanon failed to beat North Hills and make it to the WPIAL semifinals, Joe David failed to believe it was the end for his boys’ basketball team.

South Fayette wrestler wins state title


When prompted what they are going to do next, champion athletes usually reply, “I’m going to Disney!” Not Mike Carr, however. After winning a PIAA title, the South Fayette wrestler said that heȁ...

South Fayette wrestler third at states


Jared Walker capped his wrestling career with a bronze medal at the PIAA AA championships held at the Giant Center in Hershey. The South Fayette senior defeated Drew Doak from Blairsville, 5-2, in the consolation match a...

Mt. Lebanon wrestler wins PIAA title


Champions are created when nobody is looking. Just ask Kellan Stout.

Mt. Lebanon battles Chartiers Valley in PIAA playoffs

- Area basketball teams prepare for PIAA play

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.