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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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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 in McKeesport, PA on November 3rd, 2017 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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California Area’s Jake Swartz throws a pitch against the Serra Catholic Eagles at the Boston Field in Elizabeth, PA on March 26th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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J.J. Harper poses for a photoshoot at Weigle-Schaeffer Stadium in McKeesport, PA where the McKeesport Tigers play their home games.

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Jared Hartman tries to catch raindrops on his tongue during a rain delay at the 2018 Fayette County American Legion Baseball Tournament. Belle Vernon and Blackhawk completed their game after a 2-hour break in play at Hutchinson Park in Uniontown, PA on July 20th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Rayona Lewis drives the basket during play in the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Basketball League as the sun sets behind the Mechanic Street Playground in California, PA on June 25th, 2018 (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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Leesha Wagner watches her shot go in the net as Burrell scores another goal against the Charleroi Cougars at Plum High School on October 23rd, 2017 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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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 at the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver, PA on April 28th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Ringgold's Ashley Briscoe looks on in tears after the Ringgold Rams lost a WPIAL 5A Playoff game to the Gateway Gators at Baldwin High School on February 16th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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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)

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Saahir Jones drinks water from a hose along the fence during a break in heat acclimation workouts at McKeesport High School on August 6th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Pat Brennan warms up and throws passes to a teammate at heart acclimation workouts at Serra Catholic High School on August 6th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport's Tobias Green celebrates a slam dunk against Armstrong during a WPIAL 5A Quarterfinal Playoff game at Gateway High School on February 20th, 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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McKeesport celebrates a victory over Penn-Trafford as an official motions 'no-good' following a missed field goal. The host Tigers defeated the visitors at Weigle-Schaeffer Memorial Stadium in McKeesport, PA on October 27th, 2017. (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Belle Vernon Area's Cole Naylor throws a pitch early in the Leopards' game against West Mifflin at the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver, PA on April 30th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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New Castle's Marcus Hooker drives the basket with the ball during the 4A vs. 1A/3A game of the Roundball Classic at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA on April 21st, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Cochise Ryan, Jelani Stafford, and Austin Grillo pose and take a selfie during a break in activities at California High School's Football Media Day on August 10th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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The sun sets behind the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver, PA as the Belle Vernon Area Leopards and West Mifflin Titans finish a game on April 30th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Jordan Grayson lets out a scream after the McKeesport Tigers defeat the Trinity Hillers in the Neenie Cambell Gymnasium on January 23rd, 2018 (Mike Darnay, Mon Valley Independent)

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Nina Maroney looks on as the Yough Cougars take on the Elizabeth Forward Warriors at Yough High School in Herminie, PA on May 1st, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Runners in a relay race near the finish line at the Mid-Mon Valley Track Meet at Joe Montana Stadium at Ringgold High School on April 30th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Sydney Baciak touches down in the dirt while competing for Belle Vernon Area High School in the triple jump at the Mid-Mon Valley Track Meet at Joe Montana Stadium at Ringgold High School on April 30th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Belle Vernon's Jake Rathway runs for third base after a routine outfield fly ball for outfielders from South Park turned into an error at the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver, PA on April 23rd, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Ringgold's Nya Adams slides into 2nd base after being tagged out in the base path against Thomas Jefferson on April 10th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport's Layton Jordan attempts to corral a ball during the 6A vs. 5A game of the Roundball Classic at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA on April 21st, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Robby Carmody (left) and Luke Morrissey celebrate together after the Mars Fightin' Planets defeat the Trinity Hillers at Baldwin High School on February 27th, 2018. The victory punched their ticket to compete for the 2018 WPIAL 5A Championship. (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Belle Vernon's Scott Joll (right) flexes his muscles after being awarded victory by the referee over Waynesburg's Kyle Homet at Canon-McMillan High School on March 3rd, 2018. Joll's victory earned him the 2018 WPIAL AAA Championship in the 170-lb weight class. (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Joe Alampi pitches from the mound for Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic as they face Neshannock in a WPIAL 2A Semifinal game at Burkett Park in Coraopolis, PA on May 22nd, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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

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Belle Vernon's Logan Seliga makes contact with a pitch from West Mifflin's Ben Visnesky (not pictured) at the John DiVirgilio Complex in Rostraver, PA on April 30th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Elizabeth Forward's Alyssa Craig goes upside down while competing in the pole vault at the Mid-Mon Valley Track Meet at Joe Montana Stadium at Ringgold High School on April 30th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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McKeesport's Jhayla Bray (left) takes the ball to the hoop while being defended by Gateway's Lexi Jackson at the Neenie Campell Gymnasium on January 25th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)

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Belle Vernon's Taylor Kovatch leads a pack of runners around a turn during an event at the Mid-Mon Valley Track Meet at Joe Montana Stadium at Ringgold High School on April 30th, 2018 (Mike Darnay/Mon Valley Independent)