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May 25, 2012 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
CHAMBERSBURG - Penn State has lost the PIAA basketball championships for the next four years. By a 29-2 vote Thursday, the PIAA board of directors voted to return the annual state championships to the Giant Center in Hershey. Penn State, which has hosted the games since 2006, was also applying to the NCAA to host opening-round women's basketball tournament games at the same time as the 2014 and 2015 PIAA championship weekend. That helped sway the PIAA board to award the bid to Hershey, which had hosted the games for years before the move to State College.
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May 25, 2012 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
CHAMBERSBURG - Penn State has lost the PIAA basketball championships for the next four years. By a 29-2 vote, the PIAA board of directors voted Thursday to return the annual state championships to the Giant Center in Hershey. Penn State, which has hosted the games since 2006, was also applying to the NCAA to host opening-round women's basketball tournament games at the same time as the 2014 and 2015 PIAA championship weekend. That helped sway the PIAA board to award the bid to Hershey, which had hosted the games for years before the move to State College.
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March 21, 2013
All games at the Giant Center, Hershey. Boys Class AAAA: Chester vs. Lower Merion, 8 p.m. Saturday. Class AAA: Imhotep Charter vs. Archbishop Carroll, 8 p.m. Friday. Class AA: Holy Cross (Scranton) vs. Beaver Falls, 2 p.m. Saturday. Class A: Vaux vs. Johnsonburg (Elk County), 2 p.m. Friday. Girls Class AAAA: Spring-Ford vs. Cumberland Valley, 6 p.m. Friday. Class AAA: Bethlehem Catholic vs. South Park, 6 p.m. Saturday. Class AA: York Catholic vs. Bishop Canevin, noon Friday.
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April 17, 2016 | By Tom Reifsnyder, Staff Writer
The halls of South Philadelphia High School were silent. School had been out for slightly less than a half hour on this Thursday in March, yet a pair of dedicated student athletes remained. The two sat across from each other in a small, dimly lit wrestling room - not much bigger than the wrestling mat itself - located in the west wing of the building, tying up their shoelaces feverishly while trading friendly glances. Fast friends and fellow Public Leaguers, 195-pound Southern junior Miles Lee and 170-pound Mariana Bracetti senior Edwin Morales were preparing to make history.
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April 14, 2009 | THE INQUIRER
Game dates have been determined for the AHL East Division semifinal series between the Phantoms and the Hershey Bears. Hershey has home-ice advantage, but because of the event schedule at Giant Center, the Phantoms will host the first two games at the Wachovia Spectrum. Games 1 and 2 will be Thursday and Saturday, both at 7:05 p.m. The series shifts to Hershey for Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, Game 5 on April 22, 24 and 25. If necessary, the teams would return to the Spectrum for Game 6 on April 26 and wrap up April 28 in Hershey.
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November 20, 2014
MATH, CIVICS AND SCIENCES senior guard Samir Doughty has chosen St. John's University above others that recruited the sought-after scorer. First-team Daily News all-city as a junior, Doughty is a 3-star recruit, according to Rivals, and rated No. 78 in the nation and 12th in the state by ESPN. Seton Hall, George Mason, Penn State and others all vied for his services. Before leading the Mighty Elephants to the Class A title game last season, the 6-4 guard scored 45 points against Delaware County Christian in a PIAA first-rounder in which he also notched his 1,000th point (now 1,081)
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March 9, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Father Judge's Joe Galasso stepped off the mat the same way he stepped on the mat Friday at the Giant Center - confidently. The 138-pound junior faced Council Rock North senior John Dutrow, who was previously 40-0 and had beaten Galasso twice last year, including a 30-second pin in the consolation round of the state tournament, and Galasso said he never doubted that he would advance to the PIAA state semifinals. "No, no doubts at all," Galasso said after his 5-2 quarterfinal win against Dutrow.
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March 10, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HERSHEY, Pa. - After Boyertown's Jordan Wood beat Parkland's Shaun Heist, 6-1, to advance to the 220-pound semifinals, his heart was pounding. Wood had a chance to calm down with a walk across the Giant Center's floor, but he was still short of breath. "This is my first time wrestling at the Giant Center and I've been watching this since I was like 6," Wood said after his quarterfinals win. "So actually wrestling in it was really nerve-racking. " Wood, a freshman, always dreamed of making it to states, but he did not necessarily think it was realistic.
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March 3, 2004 | By Joe Santoliquito INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Quakertown's Nate Nauroth was too depressed and too angry to stick around the Giant Center in Hershey last year during the PIAA Class AAA state wrestling tournament. So he escaped to the bowels of the arena, trying to hide from the tourney - and the range of emotions enveloping him. It was the worst wrestling experience of his life, he said. Nauroth had wrestled well enough to earn a medal at 112 pounds, then lost it. He lost in the first round, but battled back to the medal round and could have finished as high as third.
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April 17, 2016 | By Tom Reifsnyder, Staff Writer
The halls of South Philadelphia High School were silent. School had been out for slightly less than a half hour on this Thursday in March, yet a pair of dedicated student athletes remained. The two sat across from each other in a small, dimly lit wrestling room - not much bigger than the wrestling mat itself - located in the west wing of the building, tying up their shoelaces feverishly while trading friendly glances. Fast friends and fellow Public Leaguers, 195-pound Southern junior Miles Lee and 170-pound Mariana Bracetti senior Edwin Morales were preparing to make history.
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March 20, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
HERSHEY - Math, Civics and Sciences' improbable run in the PIAA playoffs ended Friday at the Giant Center after the Mighty Elephants were unable to climb one of Class A's biggest mountains. Sagaba Konate, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound senior who wears a size 15 shoe, led District 10's Kennedy Catholic to a 71-60 victory, claiming its seventh state basketball championship. Konate, a native of the Republic of Mali in West Africa, scored 17 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and blocked two shots.
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March 14, 2016 | By Tom Reifsnyder, Staff Writer
HERSHEY - Losing is never fun. And depending on the stage, it can be heartbreaking. The stage at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships can be harrowing, often revealing unbridled emotions from those who are bested in front of their friends and loved ones. Every athlete prepares to win, but there's no way to prepare for the sting of defeat in a championship bout at high school wrestling's most competitive state tournament. Many second-place finishers shed tears, some tried to mask their pain, and Pennridge junior Matt Parker was somewhere in the middle.
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March 13, 2016 | By Tom Reifsnyder, Staff Writer
HERSHEY - The lights inside Hershey's Giant Center often shine brightest on those who have seen them before. With six mats, hundreds of wrestlers and thousands of fans, the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships present a daunting challenge for any first-time qualifier looking to make a mark in the country's most competitive state wrestling tournament. Last year, Upper Darby junior Colin Cronin was fresh meat, and he knew it. After failing to place at districts as a freshman, Cronin posted a 36-3 sophomore record while placing first at sectionals, districts and regionals before going 0-2 in his first state tournament appearance.
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March 6, 2015 | By E.J. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
A good portion of the crowd at the Oxford High School gym had already cleared out before Boyertown's Tommy Killoran took the mat Saturday night at the PIAA Class AAA South East Regional. The junior 285-pounder was down one point to Neshaminy's Bruce Graeber with fewer than 10 seconds remaining. Killoran used a last-ditch takedown to come out on top, 4-3, and win the regional title. Both wrestlers move on to the PIAA individual state tournament, which begins Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
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November 20, 2014
MATH, CIVICS AND SCIENCES senior guard Samir Doughty has chosen St. John's University above others that recruited the sought-after scorer. First-team Daily News all-city as a junior, Doughty is a 3-star recruit, according to Rivals, and rated No. 78 in the nation and 12th in the state by ESPN. Seton Hall, George Mason, Penn State and others all vied for his services. Before leading the Mighty Elephants to the Class A title game last season, the 6-4 guard scored 45 points against Delaware County Christian in a PIAA first-rounder in which he also notched his 1,000th point (now 1,081)
SPORTS
March 21, 2013
All games at the Giant Center, Hershey. Boys Class AAAA: Chester vs. Lower Merion, 8 p.m. Saturday. Class AAA: Imhotep Charter vs. Archbishop Carroll, 8 p.m. Friday. Class AA: Holy Cross (Scranton) vs. Beaver Falls, 2 p.m. Saturday. Class A: Vaux vs. Johnsonburg (Elk County), 2 p.m. Friday. Girls Class AAAA: Spring-Ford vs. Cumberland Valley, 6 p.m. Friday. Class AAA: Bethlehem Catholic vs. South Park, 6 p.m. Saturday. Class AA: York Catholic vs. Bishop Canevin, noon Friday.
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March 11, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - After Boyertown's Jordan Wood beat Parkland's Shaun Heist, 6-1, to advance to the 220-pound semifinals, his heart was pounding. Wood had a chance to calm down with a walk across the Giant Center's floor, but he was still short of breath. "This is my first time wrestling at the Giant Center and I've been watching this since I was like 6," Wood said after his quarterfinals win. "So actually wrestling in it was really nerve-racking. " Wood, a freshman, always dreamed of making it to the state championships, but he did not necessarily think it was realistic.
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March 9, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Father Judge's Joe Galasso stepped off the mat the same way he stepped on the mat Friday at the Giant Center - confidently. The 138-pound junior faced Council Rock North senior John Dutrow, who was previously 40-0 and had beaten Galasso twice last year, including a 30-second pin in the consolation round of the state tournament, and Galasso said he never doubted that he would advance to the PIAA state semifinals. "No, no doubts at all," Galasso said after his 5-2 quarterfinal win against Dutrow.
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