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Saturday, September 18, 2021 | 11:01 am

Christopher Horner | Grandstand review

North Allegheny’s Abigail Stager (right) pressures Emma Maloberti of Seneca Valley during their game at McCandless on September 14. NA won, 2-0.

Abby Stager and Sophia Palermo led North Allegheny to a 2-0 win over Seneca Valley (3-1-1, 0-1) in a clash between the girls’ best teams in section 1-4A on September 14th.

Stager hit from a long distance in the first half and Palmero cleared the rebound of a free kick for the Tigers in the second half (4-0, 1-0).

Megan Miller announced her fourth straight shutout for NA, which also led the Cumberland Valley, Penn-Trafford and McDowell.

North Allegheny football tops mentor

Dwayne Taylor scored on a 90-yard interception return and Harron Lee scored a couple of field goals when the Class 6A No. 3 hit North Allegheny Mentor, Ohio, 20-16, in a non-conference game on September 10th.

Tanner Potts added a 1 yard TD run and ran for 65 yards for the Tigers, who improved to 2-1.

JR Burton added 79 rushing yards to the win.

Volleyball remains undefeated

The North Allegheny girls’ volleyball team scored a 3-0 win over Butler on September 14, with scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-15.

Mia Tuman had 15 kills and Maddie Fickess had eight for the top-ranked Tigers (3-0, 3-0 section 1-4A). Ella Deeter had 29 assists and Jadyn Perkins scored five blocks.

Tennis wins 5th in a row

The North Allegheny girls’ tennis team overtook Thomas Jefferson 5-0 on September 14, winning their fifth game, improving to 5-2 overall.

Emily Wincko, Abbey Swirsding and Claire Zheng won single games. Siya Jain / Rebecca Murphy and Tia Soussou / Eileen Hu won doubles.

Girl golfer victorious

The North Allegheny girls’ golf team improved to 9-1 overall on September 14 with a 172-183 win over Blackhawk at the Diamond Run Golf Course.

Katie Rose Rankin shot 39 to lead the Tigers, who advanced to 5-0 in the section play.

Lauren Kardos (43), Sissi Hai (44) and Megan Manesiotis (46) also met for NA.

NA Boys Golf Adds Victory

North Allegheny Boys golfers won a 202-213 win over Pine-Richland on September 14th. Chris Hoffman shot 38 at Treesdale Country Club, leading the Tigers, who advanced to 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the section.

Dylan Fitzgerald (39), Collin Wang (39), Ethan Byrne (43), Curtis Rhoten (43) and Jake Watterson (43) also met.

PIAA calls for vaccines for civil servants

The PIAA will require their match officials in all sports to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to be able to participate in state post-season competitions this fall.

In a football officials bulletin posted online on September 14, the PIAA said, “All officials must be fully vaccinated to run an inter-district competition after the season. The terms and conditions of the playoff contracts between the districts of the PIAA will include a statement that all officials working on these competitions must be fully vaccinated. “

The mandate doesn’t cover district games like the WPIAL playoffs, said Patrick Gebhart, deputy chief executive of the PIAA, which oversees officials across the state.

“Each of the 12 districts can do what they think is right,” said Gebhart. “But as soon as our tournaments start here in the fall, everyone has to be vaccinated. You cannot apply for a medical or religious exception. “

The PIAA does not require vaccination of coaches or others in order to participate in state tournaments.

“The trainers are under the direct supervision of our local school,” said PIAA Managing Director Bob Lombardi. “That would be a matter for the local school. We don’t really have that range at the moment, so we’ll stay on our own track. “

Lombardi and Gebhart said the PIAA was following the advice of their medical advisors.

It is unlikely that the WPIAL will issue a similar vaccination mandate.

Executive Director Amy Scheuneman said the need for vaccinations for WPIAL and other district playoff competitions could make planning difficult when there is already a well-documented shortage of officials.

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