USC eighth-grade girls

The Upper St. Clair eight-grade girls basketball team captured the middle school state title March 21 in State College. After a 72-11 win over Indiana and a 49-12 victory over Montgomery in the preliminary rounds, the Panthers defeated Pikes Peak 57-23 to advance to the finals where they beat Mt Lebanon 38-34 for the championship. Since 2018 when the girls came together in 5th grade, they have accrued a 131-3 record that has featured six league titles and 11 tournament championships. Pictured in front, from left, are Meredith Huzjak, Rylee Kalocay, Ava Coyle, Olivia Terlecki; standing head coach Ryan Huzjak, Essence Dreher, Anna Capobres, Peyton McGregor, Emily Powell, Carlee Santel and assistant coach Johnny Terlecki.

The Upper St. Clair eight-grade girls basketball team captured the middle school state title March 21 in State College. After a 72-11 win over Indiana and a 49-12 victory over Montgomery in the preliminary rounds, the Panthers defeated Pikes Peak 57-23 to advance to the finals where they beat Mt Lebanon 38-34 for the championship. Since 2018 when the girls came together in 5th grade, they have accrued a 131-3 record that has featured six league titles and 11 tournament championships. Pictured in front, from left, are Meredith Huzjak, Rylee Kalocay, Ava Coyle, Olivia Terlecki; standing head coach Ryan Huzjak, Essence Dreher, Anna Capobres, Peyton McGregor, Emily Powell, Carlee Santel and assistant coach Johnny Terlecki.

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An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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