Free train rides between Downtown and North Shore to continue

Pittsburgh Regional Transit will provide another year of free light rail rides between Downtown Pittsburgh and the city’s North Shore, but it likely will pay for the service itself. The agency’s finance committee recommended Thursday that the full board extend the agreement with the stadium authority to continue free rides through March 2025 at a…

South Hills light rail work begins, will last through Aug. 31

The summer of discontent begins Thursday for riders of Pittsburgh Regional Transit’s light rail system to the South Hills. Beginning at 8 p.m., the agency will begin replacing inbound rail around Willow Station, the first of four projects that will last through August and cause a series of transit interruptions. During the initial work, rail…

Parkway East restricted between Churchill and Monroeville this weekend

Things likely will be moving slowly on the Parkway East this weekend because the highway will be reduced from three lanes in each direction to one lane each way between Churchill and Monroeville. The lane restrictions will begin at 9 p.m. Friday from the Business Route 22 interchange in Churchill to the bridge over Old…

On the track …

WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships: Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera a golden girl once again, pushes career gold medal count to nine after long jump title

After a long day of competition Wednesday, Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera said she wasn’t exactly feeling the best Thursday morning when she got out of bed. “I woke up so sore,” she said. And while Kuchera might feel similarly Friday when she wakes up, she’ll do it knowing that she now is a nine-time WPIAL champion.…

… and on the ballfields

WPIAL softball quarterfinal rundown: OLSH outslugs Serra Catholic to earn third consecutive trip to semifinals; Cheyenne Piper fires third consecutive no-hitter for Ligonier Valley

After Our Lady of the Sacred Heart fell flat in a lopsided defeat against Bentworth with a chance to split the Class 2A Section 3 crown in the regular-season finale, the Chargers didn’t have much time to feel sorry for themselves. With a short turnaround going into the first round of the playoffs, No. 5-seeded…

Baseball postseason rundown: Brady Alexander’s blast gives defending WPIAL Class 5A champion Shaler a ‘two-day win’ over South Fayette

When Shaler and South Fayette’s WPIAL first-round playoff game was called Wednesday night in the bottom of the first inning because of severe weather, Shaler’s Brady Alexander was batting with a 1-0 count and with two runners on base as his team trailed, 1-0. “To take that 1-0 count overnight and to be thinking about…

In other news …

Softball postseason rundown: Ligonier Valley ace Cheyenne Piper pitches perfect game, surpasses 500 career Ks in 8-0 win against Keystone Oaks

Cheyenne Piper has produced her fair share of memorable performances for Ligonier Valley, including a 12-strikeout no-hitter against a strong Indiana lineup in the final game of the regular season on Thursday. Turns out, Piper was saving her best for last. The standout senior twirled a perfect game with 14 strikeouts on Tuesday, leading the…

NCAA Division II baseball tournament: IUP advances to Atlantic Regional for first time in 34 years; Seton Hill has shot at revenge in first round

It’s hard to imagine a tougher beginning to the college careers of Harrison Pontoli and Mark Edeburn. Pontoli, a Beaver graduate, and Edeburn, a Peters Township product, had their freshman seasons at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2020 prematurely ended by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pair then saw their first full campaign in 2021 result…