Chris Dugan

Column Chris Dugan

Chris Dugan has been covering local sports for more than 30 years and has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1986. He was named sports editor in 2006. Before joining the O-R, he was sports editor at the Democrat-Messenger in Waynesburg. He is a former member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Mar 2017


Hillers had a truly sweet season

HERSHEY – The Trinity High School girls basketball team didn’t have the storybook ending to the program’s best season.

The Hillers fell one victory shy of a state championship. The basketball machine that is Archbishop Carroll won its fifth PIAA title in eight years, defeating Trinity, 34-26, Saturday night in the Class 5-A final at the Giant Center.

That the season ended on a losing note should not put a damper on the Hillers’ remarkable run. They went where no other Washington County girls basketball team has gone. Trinity made it all way the way to Hershey – Chocolate Town, the site of the PIAA Championships. Though Trinity fell one victory and nine points shy of the program’s first state championship, there is no denying this was truly a sweet season.


Mar 2017


Spate of injuries derailed Cal U.

Spate of injuries derailed Vulcans

If a highlight video of the California University women’s basketball season is made, there are a couple of titles that would be fitting, perhaps none better than “What Could Have Been.”

There was no secret that this was supposed to be a big season for the Vulcans. Expectations were high from the start. The Vulcans were deeper and more talented than their NCAA Division II national championship team of two years ago.

For 15 incredible weeks, California played with machine-like precision. Playing a difficult schedule, the Vulcans went 26-2 with their only losses coming at Edinboro – where Cal always seems to lose – and at Mercyhurst in a six-point game.