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Serra Catholic C Mark Black walks off of the field as Devon Prep celebrates winning the PIAA 2A State Championship game June 14th, 2019 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park at Penn State University (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Charlie Osborne (right), a Serra Catholic student, hugs Jimmy Moon, congratulating him after he scored his 1000th point against Chartiers Houston Jan. 25th, 2019 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Elizabeth Forward P Kailey Larcinese is consoled by teammates Taylor Ludwick and Bri Sersevic after losing the PIAA 4A State Championship game 3-2 to West Perry June 13th, 2019 at Beard Field at Penn State University (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Thomas Jefferson P Camden Dimidjian winds up for a pitch against Belle Vernon May 6th, 2019 as the sun goes down behind the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver Township, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport's Deamontae Diggs takes a mid-range jump shot against Mars on December 12th, 2017 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Belle Vernon Area P Max Gauden throws in the bullpen before facing Thomas Jefferson May 6th, 2019 at the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver Township, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Jeremiah Josephs leads the Gateway Gators onto the field as they prepare to play the McKeesport Tigers in a WPIAL 5A Semifinal Playoff game at Norwin High School on November 10th, 2017 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Serra Catholic head coach Brian Dzurenda is doused with water by his players after defeating Seton LaSalle 4-3 June 11th, 2019 at West Mifflin Area High School, punching the Eagles' ticket to the PIAA 2A State Championship game. (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skates during practice Feb. 22nd, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (Mike Darnay/SB Nation)

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Lindsay Steeber and Ally Pacak lead the Belle Vernon Area Leopards in a dance-off with players from Thomas Jefferson during a lightning delay before their game started Apr. 23rd, 2019 at the Washington Township Recreation Park in Belle Vernon, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux walks back to the locker room after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime at the 2019 NHL Stadium Series game on Feb. 22nd, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (Mike Darnay/SB Nation)

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California's Malik Ramsey watches a rebound come down near him while his hair flies through the air against Serra Catholic Jan. 4th, 2019 at Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Students in the Oakland Zoo hold up copies of the Zoo News during player introductions against Syracuse Feb. 2nd, 2019 at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA (Mike Darnay/Pittsburgh Sports Now)

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McKeesport’s Ryan Andrekanic looks on during play against Elizabeth Forward Apr. 9th, 2019 at Helen Richey Field in McKeesport, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Belle Vernon Area's Gage Rogge steamrolls through the Plum defense at James Weir Stadium on October 19th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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West Mifflin’s Sterling Mosley tosses a ball during warmups before facing Belle Vernon Area Apr. 29th, 2019 at the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver Township, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Pitt coach Jeff Capel reacts to a call during play against Syracuse Feb. 2nd, 2019 at the Petersen Events Center (Mike Darnay/Pittsburgh Sports Now)

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Belle Vernon Area's Cole Naylor celebrates with teammate Jake Rathway (left), Assistant Coach Ken Seliga, and teammate Logan Petrosky after hitting a walk-off hit against Thomas Jefferson on April 28th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Ka’nya Grace leads the Penn Hills Cheer Team during a break in play against McKeesport Jan. 11th, 2019 at the Neenie Campbell Gymnasium in McKeesport, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Former women’s basketball star LorrI Johnson watches as The University of Pittsburgh retires her #24 during halftime of their game against Boston College Jan. 13th, 2019 at the Petersen Events Center (Mike Darnay/Pittsburgh Sports Now)

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McKeesport's Thomas Wyatt looks on during the coin toss before facing Penn Hills Nov. 9th, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent(

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The Belle Vernon Area Leopards take the field at James Weir Stadium on September 7th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport's Tobias Green celebrates a slam dunk against Armstrong at Gateway High School on February 20th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Dominic Fundy looks on from the bench in defeat as the Beth-Center Bulldogs fall to the Serra Catholic Eagles in a WPIAL 2A Playoff game on November 3rd, 2017 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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California University of PA's Jiahna Flood-Francis makes a diving effort to strip the ball from Bloomsburg's Megan Brandt on December 18th, 2018 at the Convocation Center at California University of PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport QB Konota Gaskins sprays himself down with water during a break in PIAA-mandated heat acclimation workouts on August 6th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Conner Gielarowski celebrates scoring a goal for Peters Township against Plum in the PIHL AAA Penguins Cup Playoffs at the Printscape Arena at Southpointe in Canonsburg, PA on March 6th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Pittsburgh Hockey Digest)

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Zack Miklos drags the dirt in the infield during a snow squall at the Boston Field in Elizabeth, PA as the Serra Catholic Eagles prepare to host the Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles in a scrimmage game on March 13th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)