Eleanor Bailey

Sports Editor
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Email:
ebailey@thealmanac.net

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

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.

Lebo preps for battle with win over Peters

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Mt. Lebanon tuned up for a difficult stretch of play with an impressive 42-6 victory over Peters Township in Southeastern Conference football action. The win had come on the heels of a disappointing defeat at Penn Hills ...

South Fayette continues dominance

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South Fayette continued its dominance in Class AA football when the Lions dispatched South Allegheny, 48-6, for its fourth Century Conference win this season and 20th triumph in a row since winning last year’s dis...

Lebo hosts Peters Township in key conference clash

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After a breather away from conference action and after a disappointing defeat, Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon get back to business in WPIAL Quad-A football. The Indians (2-2, 1-2) visit the Blue Devils (3-1, 2-1) Sept. ...

Mt. Lebanon ladies setting the pace in cross country

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Despite graduating four seniors from multiple championships squads and losing long-time head coach Ron Schreiner to retirement, the Mt. Lebanon girls’ cross country team continues to set the pace in the WPIAL as w...

South Fayette continues dominance in Class AA

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South Fayette continued its dominance in Class AA football when the Lions dispatched South Allegheny, 48-6, for its fourth Century Conference win this season and 20th triumph in a row since winning last year’s dis...

USC’s Madson finishes as WPIAL runner-up

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Saddled with the sniffles, Charlotte Madson had the perfect excuse for her loss in the WPIAL Class AAA girls’ tennis championship. In a show of sportsmanship, the Upper St. Clair junior, however, applauded her riv...

Bethel Park girls running with the best

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...