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Top stories of the 2023-24 school year in WPIAL sports

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Saturday, June 29, 2024 | 01:24 am


October 11, 2023

Moon’s Bill Pfeiffer, in his 28th season, became the first girls soccer coach in the WPIAL to win 500 games in his career. Pfeiffer and the Tigers later celebrated winning their third consecutive PIAA Class 3A title in November.

December 1, 2023

The 1-and-1 free throw was no longer a part of high school basketball last season, and there were new PIAA rules that counted fouls by quarter, not by half.

December 7, 2023

The Aliquippa football team wins its first undefeated state championship with a 60-14 victory over Dallas in the PIAA 4A final in Mechanicsburg. The Quips’ next victory comes several months later in a Beaver County courtroom when they sue the PIAA over its equal-competition rule.

December 8, 2024

Westinghouse was heartbroken by a 99-yard drive and a last-minute touchdown by Southern Columbia, which extended the Tigers’ title streak to seven with a 21-20 victory in the PIAA 2A final.

December 9, 2024

Belle Vernon won back-to-back PIAA football titles with a 38-7 victory over Northwestern Lehigh in the 3A final.

February 2, 2024

The WPIAL mourned the death of basketball referee Michael Roebuck, 45, who collapsed while working a junior varsity game in Mt. Pleasant.

29 February – 1 March 2024

Three Mt. Pleasant swim teammates – Lily King (100 freestyle), David Mutter (100 butterfly) and Joseph Gardner (100 breaststroke) – all broke state records at the PIAA Championships in Bucknell.

29 February – 2 March 2024

This was the “year of repeat” in WPIAL basketball. The South Fayette girls won their third straight WPIAL title. Two straight wins: the girls from Union and North Catholic and the boys from Aliquippa, Imani Christian, Deer Lakes and Lincoln Park.

March 1, 2024

Basketball coach Jonna Burke won a WPIAL title with her Shady Side Academy girls, something that seemed in doubt eight months earlier when the WPIAL suspended her over recruiting allegations. A preliminary injunction lifted her suspension.

March 9, 2024

A grassroots initiative to authorize girls’ wrestling bore fruit when the PIAA crowned girls state champions for the first time alongside boys at the Giant Center in Hershey. Valarie Solorio of Canon-McMillan won a title in the 100-pound weight class.

March 9, 2024

Frazier senior Rune Lawrence joined an exclusive list as a four-time PIAA wrestling champion after winning the 215-pound title in Class 2A. Lawrence (33-1) became the 14th wrestler to win four PIAA titles and the seventh from the WPIAL to do so.

May 24, 2024

Butler senior Drew Griffith wowed the crowd at the state championships by breaking a national high school record in the boys 1,600-meter run. It was the Notre Dame recruit’s second record in three months after breaking a national indoor record in the 2-mile on March 10 in Boston.

May 24, 2024

Javelin thrower Sophia Mazzoni of Derry broke a PIAA 2A girls championship record in Shippensburg with a winning distance of 161 feet, 10 inches.

May 27, 2024

In a title rematch, North Allegheny pitcher David Posey defeated Mt. Lebanon star David Shields with a no-hitter in the WPIAL 6A baseball final at Wild Things Park.

June 14, 2024

The Neshannock softball team capped off a perfect 19-0 season with a 12-2, five-inning victory over South Williamsport in the PIAA 2A final. The state title was the second for junior pitcher Addy Frye, who also won her third WPIAL title.

Chris Harlan is a sports reporter for TribLive. He joined the Trib in 2009 after spending seven years as a reporter at the Beaver County Times. Reach him at [email protected].

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