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James Piot lifts the Havemeyer Trophy after winning the 121st U.S. Amateur Championship on Aug. 15th, 2021 at Oakmont Country Club (Mike Darnay/Pittsburgh Golf Now)

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Laurel Highlands' Rodney Gallagher takes a late game-winning jump shot over Thomas Jefferson's Evan Berger on Feb. 19th, 2021 at Thomas Jefferson High School in Jefferson Hills (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Austin Greaser is congratulated by his girlfriend, Alayna Liskey, after defeating Travis Vick to advance to the championship round of the 121st U.S. Amateur Championship on Aug. 14th, 2021 at Oakmont Country Club. (Mike Darnay/Pittsburgh Golf Now)

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Belle Vernon Area's Ian Shahan competes during the 100-yard butterfly at the WPIAL 2A Swimming Championships on Mar. 6th, 2021 a Upper St. Clair High School. (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Serra Catholic C Mark Black walks off of the field as Devon Prep celebrates winning the PIAA 2A State Championship on 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 Moon scored his 1000th point against Chartiers-Houston on Jan. 25th, 2019 at Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, PA (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 3-2 to West Perry on June 13th, 2019 at Beard Field at Penn State University (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Clairton head coach Wayne Wade is doused with a jug of ice water as time expires and his team celebrates winning the WPIAL 1A Championship on Nov. 16th, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Penn State University DB LaMont Wade, a Clairton graduate, watches from the sidelines as Clairton faces Aliquippa on Aug. 24th, 2019 at Neil C. Brown Stadium in Clairton, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Serra Catholic FW Madison Carr celebrates after scoring her 91st career goal, setting a new school record against Springdale on Oct. 2nd, 2019 at Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Serra Catholic OL/DL Logan Mazur sets off a pink smoke bomb as his team takes the field before facing Seton LaSalle on Oct. 18th, 2019 at Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Thomas Jefferson WR Daniel Deabner catches a pass in front of Belle Vernon Area CB Dane Anden during the WPIAL 4A Championship game on Nov. 16th, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Tears stream down the face of Clairton RB Dontae Sanders during pregame talks in the locker room before the WPIAL 1A Championship game on Nov. 16th, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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

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Thomas Jefferson WR Ian Hansen returns a kickoff during play against Montour during the WPIAL 4A Quarterfinals on Nov. 1st, 2019 at the Thomas Jefferson Stadium in Jefferson Hills, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Belle Vernon Area WR/LB Andrew Pacak has his face painted by teammate Logan Cunningham before facing West Mifflin on Oct. 11th, 2019 at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver Township, PA

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Thomas Jefferson QB Shane Stump gets emotional while holding the WPIAL 4A Championship trophy after defeating Belle Vernon Area on Nov. 16th, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport's Deamontae Diggs takes a jump shot against Mars on December 12th, 2017 at the Neenie Campbell Gymnasium in McKeesport, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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

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New England Patriots DE Chase Winovich, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, poses and takes a selfie with a group of children as Thomas Jefferson faces Blackhawk in the WPIAL 4A Semifinals on Nov. 8th, 2019 at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Oakland Catholic FW Hannah Henn focuses on a ball in the air in front of her during play against Belle Vernon Area in the WPIAL 4A Quarterfinals on Oct. 24th, 2019 at the Canon-McMillan Stadium in Canonsburg, PA

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Sto-Rox QB Eric Wilson surveys the field ahead of him before a play against Clairton during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Nov. 16th, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Thomas Jefferson OL/DL Mike Huber celebrates after defeating Montour in the WPIAL 4A Quarterfinals on Nov. 1st, 2019 at the Thomas Jefferson High School Stadium in Jefferson Hills, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Thomas Jefferson's Noah Pierce looks on after taking a shot from underneath the trees during the WPIAL AAA Individual Golf Championships on Oct. 1st, 2019 at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Fox Chapel, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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the Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team celebrate being awarded their WPIAL 3A Section 3 Championship on Oct. 23rd, 2019 at Thomas Jefferson High School (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Gateway DB Jeremiah Josephs leads his team onto the field as they prepare to face the McKeesport Tigers in the WPIAL 5A Semifinals on Nov. 10th, 2019 at Norwin High School in North Huntingdon, PA (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 in the PIAA 4A Semifinals on June 11th, 2019 at West Mifflin Area High School in West Mifflin, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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

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Thomas Jefferson head coach Bill Cherpak is doused with a water jug after winning the WPIAL 4A Championship on Nov. 16th, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Thomas Jefferson WR Daniel Deabner focuses in the locker room before facing Connellsville on Sep. 27th, 2019 at the Thomas Jefferson High School Stadium in Jefferson Hills, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Hannah Hebda, MaKaila Wade, Macayle Wade, and Lydia Shaw lead a pack of runners during a cross-country meet on Sep. 24th, 2019 at Round Hill Park in Elizabeth, 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 on Feb. 2nd, 2019 at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA (Mike Darnay/Pittsburgh Sports Now)

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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 on Jan. 4th, 2019 at Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Captains from Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon Area meet at the 50-yard line before the WPIAL 4A Championship on Nov. 16th, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport’s Ryan Andrekanic looks on during play against Elizabeth Forward on 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 on October 19th, 2018 at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver Township, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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

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The Thomas Jefferson student section, known as "The Jungle" display a sign about their opponent during the PIAA 4A Quarterfinals on Nov. 22nd, 2019 at Martorelli Stadium in West View, PA

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Belle Vernon Area FW Farrah Reader walks off of the field after losing to Mars in the WPIAL 4A Semifinals on Oct. 28th, 2019 at the Canon-McMillan Stadium in Canonsburg, PA

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Aliquippa WR Chinua Soloman races up the middle of the field for a touchdown against Clairton on Aug. 24th, 2019 at Neil C. Brown Stadium in Clairton, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Pitt coach Jeff Capel reacts to a call during play against Syracuse on 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 at the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver Township, PA (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 on Jan. 11th, 2019 at the Neenie Campbell Gymnasium in McKeesport, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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

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

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

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McKeesport's Tobias Green celebrates a slam dunk against Armstrong during the opening round of the WPIAL 5A Playoffs on February 20th, 2018 at Gateway High School in Monroeville, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Beth-Center RB Dominic Fundy looks on from the bench in defeat against Serra Catholic in the opening round of the WPIAL 2A Playoffs on November 3rd, 2017 at Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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

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McKeesport QB Konota Gaskins sprays himself down with water during heat acclimation workouts on August 6th, 2018 at McKeesport Area High School in McKeesport, PA (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 on March 6th, 2018 at the Printscape Arena at Southpointe in Canonsburg, PA (Mike Darnay/Pittsburgh Hockey Digest)

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Serra Catholic 1B Zack Miklos drags the dirt in the infield during a snow squall on March 13th, 2018 at the Boston Field in Elizabeth, PA (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)