Author: Chris Harlan


Class AA boys team tennis tournament tops Friday’s WPIAL schedule
April 20, 2018
Sewickley Academy starts its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship when the boys team tennis tournament begins Friday with first-round matches. Sewickley

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WPIAL sets baseball, softball, lacrosse sections for 2019 season
April 19, 2018
Every WPIAL baseball and softball section will have at least one new team next season in the updated spring sports alignments approved by the WPIAL

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Ringgold names Mike Zmijanac new football coach
April 18, 2018
Mike Zmijanac wasn't ready for retirement. Eight weeks after the Aliquippa school board surprisingly voted him out, Zmijanac was hired Wednesday night as Ringgold's new

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21 athletes picked for WPIAL scholarships
The WPIAL announced its annual scholarship winners Wednesday with 21 student-athletes receiving $1,000 apiece. The boys winners were Mars' Robby Carmody, Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman,

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WPIAL superintendents urge PIAA to split public, private school playoffs
Splitting public and private schools into separate postseason tournaments is an idea worth exploring, New Castle superintendent John Sarandrea told the WPIAL board of directors

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WPIAL annual meeting, boys tennis tournament on Wednesday’s schedule
Wednesday is a busy day for WPIAL administrators. First on the schedule is the WPIAL annual meeting at the DoubleTree in Green Tree, where PIAA

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Sewickley Academy seeks 15th consecutive WPIAL boys tennis title
When was the last time someone other than Sewickley Academy won the WPIAL Class AA boys tennis tournament Before some of Sewickley's freshmen were born.

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Amani Johnson, Lauren Wasylson earn All-Pennsylvania honors from USA Today
April 17, 2018
East Allegheny's Amani Johnson and Mars' Lauren Wasylson, two of the WPIAL's top girls basketball players, earned All-Pennsylvania honors from USA Today on Tuesday. Johnson,

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Burrell hires Shawn Liotta as football coach
There are 160,000 miles on Shawn Liotta's six-year-old vehicle, but he and his trusty Chrysler won't make quite as many road trips anymore. Not since

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Quaker Valley hires Ron Balog as football coach
Quaker Valley's new football coach is more focused on next season rather than last. Ron Balog, a former youth coach and Central Catholic assistant, was

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Mars’ Robby Carmody earns All-Pennsylvania honor from USA Today
April 16, 2018
Mars senior Robby Carmody was the lone Western Pennsylvania player to earn a spot on USA Today's All-Pennsylvania boys basketball team announced Monday. The Notre

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Winchester Thurston’s Thorpe commits to Howard
Winchester Thurston senior Gia Thorpe, a 5-foot-8 guard who won consecutive WPIAL basketball titles, announced her commitment Monday to Howard University. The Trib 10 selection

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Rain could wash out first-place baseball matchups Monday
It's safe to say Monday's boys volleyball game between Fox Chapel and North Hills will be played as scheduled. But beyond that indoor matchup, the

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Mike Coleman’s commitment gives Toledo another Woodland Hills recruit
April 15, 2018
Mike Coleman's first offer was ultimately his favorite. The Woodland Hills junior drew more than a dozen football scholarships before committing Saturday to Toledo, which

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Pine-Richland linebacker Tyler King commits to Navy
About three weeks after announcing an offer from Navy, Pine-Richland's Tyler King was ready to commit Saturday to the Midshipmen. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior linebacker

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Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs commits to Miami (Ohio)
Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs, who led the Gators with seven interceptions last season, announced his commitment to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. The 6-foot, 160-pound

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Baldwin hires Kyle DeGregorio, Eugene Wilson as basketball coaches
April 13, 2018
Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino found his new girls basketball coach just across the hallway in Kyle DeGregorio, who's a guidance counselor in the district.

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Vincentian baseball’s ‘really good offensive day’ leads to 32-2 win over Leechburg
Vincentian Academy baseball coach Brad Bestic knew Thursday's lopsided score would raise some eyebrows. His Royals won 32-2 at Leechburg in three innings. andquot;I've already

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Woodland Hills football announces 6-game Week Zero event
April 12, 2018
Woodland Hills and five other WPIAL football teams will take part in a two-day Week Zero event at the Wolvarena this fall. There are six

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Gateway trio among WPIAL Hall of Fame class
Gateway's Terry Smith will be inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame alongside two athletes he knows very well. Smith, former Gators teammate Curtis Bray

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Upper St. Clair, North Hills baseball trying to stay hot Wednesday
April 11, 2018
The North Hills and Upper St. Clair baseball teams, which got a headstart to their schedules down south, each could add their WPIAL-leading seventh win

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Mars’ Robby Carmody
Robby Carmody's senior-year mission was clear: Earn Mars its first WPIAL basketball title. Mission accomplished. But it's what Carmody did along the way to lead

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Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Chartiers-Houston’s Alexa Williamson
Alexa Williamson created a mismatch for most teams. The 6-foot-1 senior dominated in the paint for Chartiers-Houston, led the WPIAL in scoring, averaged a double-double

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3 top-ranked softball teams face a tough section test Monday
April 9, 2018
The Mt. Pleasant, South Park and Chartiers-Houston softball teams are playing Monday for more than their top-ranked status in the WPIAL. All three No. 1s

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Trib 10 basketball: 2,000-point scorers lead all-star selections
April 7, 2018
This was a big year for big scorers. There are four seniors among the Trib 10 all-stars who reached the 2,000-point mark this season, a

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Back in Miami, Thomas Burns has nation’s top hurdles time — again
April 6, 2018
Thomas Burns disappointed more than a few WPIAL track fans this winter when the star hurdler transferred home to Miami. Here's why: The former Pine-Richland

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Butler’s Ethan Morton offered scholarship by new Pitt coach Jeff Capel
West Virginia, Penn State and Duquesne had offered Ethan Morton a basketball scholarship, along with Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa and a few others. Pitt

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Aquinas Academy hires George Yokitis as boys basketball coach
Basketball coach George Yokitis, the state's Class A coach of the year in 2011, was hired Friday to lead Aquinas Academy's boys team. Yokitis previously

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West Allegheny baseball’s debut among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
West Allegheny baseball already had six wins in the scorebook before April 6 last season, but the highly ranked Indians are winless right now. And

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson named WBCA honorable mention All-American
April 5, 2018
East Allegheny senior Amani Johnson, who'll graduate with 2,345 career points, earned honorable mention All-American honors from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The WBCA chose

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Gateway freshman Derrick Davis adds Michigan football offer
April 4, 2018
Gateway freshman Derrick Davis has almost three years to pick a college, but his number of options keeps growing. Davis on Wednesday announced a football

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Undefeated USC, Canon-Mac on deck in Wednesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
All eyes are on the weather forecast this week, which calls for wind and possibly rain Wednesday morning with an afternoon temperature near 40. It's

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Mars’ Michael Carmody celebrates international basketball title in Italy
April 3, 2018
Vincitore! Mars sophomore Michael Carmody and his father/coach Rob Carmody celebrated an international basketball title Tuesday when Team Ohio won the Junior International Tournament in

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Penn Hills linebacker Darrell Mason added to Big 33 roster
April 2, 2018
Penn Hills linebacker Darrell Mason was added Monday to Pennsylvania's roster for the Big 33 Football Classic. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Robert Morris commit originally was

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PIAA board shows willingness to tackle transfer issues
March 30, 2018
Two rules enacted this week showed that the current PIAA board of directors views transfers as a serious problem, said WPIAL president Scott Seltzer. andquot;I

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2 WPIAL baseball underclassmen named preseason All-Americans
Pine-Richland infielder Troy LaNeve and West Allegheny outfielder Austin Hendrick received preseason underclassmen All-American honors Friday from Perfect Game. The amateur baseball scouting organization, which

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Mars girls edge Archbishop Wood to capture 1st PIAA title
March 28, 2018
HERSHEY — Mars junior Tai Johnson chased after Archbishop Wood as the Philadelphia Catholic League powerhouse held for the final shot, looking for any chance

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Robby Carmody scores 34 but Mars boys fall to Abington Heights in PIAA title game
March 27, 2018
HERSHEY — Robby Carmody spent the final 86 seconds on the Giant Center bench, sitting beside his brother Michael and teammate Cade Hetzler, who all

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OLSH’s rally falls short as Constitution wins PIAA Class 2A boys basketball title
HERSHEY — As Dante Spadafora was about to leave Hershey with his Our Lady of the Sacred Heart teammates, the freshman point guard made a

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PIAA Class 5A boys basketball championship preview: Mars vs. Abington Heights
Class 5A boys Mars (25-4) vs. Abington Heights (26-3) 8 p.m. Tuesday, Giant Center, Hershey Starting lineups Mars Coach: Rob Carmody No., name, position, height,

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PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship preview: OLSH vs. Constitution
Class 2A boys OLSH (26-3) vs. Constitution (20-11) 2 p.m. Tuesday, Giant Center, Hershey Starting lineups Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Coach: Mike Rodriguez

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Imhotep Charter defeats Sharon in PIAA 4A final
Sharon was celebrating its first state championship appearance in six decades, but the Tigers found little else to cheer Monday night in Hershey. Imhotep Charter's

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Bishop Canevin girls fall to Neumann-Goretti in PIAA title game for 2nd straight season
March 26, 2018
HERSHEY — There's no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed after Monday's championship loss to Neumann-Goretti, said Bishop Canevin coach Scott Dibble, at least not

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PIAA board targets midseason transfers with new rule
March 25, 2018
Midseason transfers will be declared ineligible under a rule the PIAA board of directors is poised to approve Monday. Under the new restrictions, if an

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4 schools join Class AA in updated WPIAL swimming alignment
The boys and girls swim teams at Chartiers Valley, Laurel Highlands, McKeesport and Montour will drop to Class AA next season. The WPIAL board of

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Pine-Richland loses in OT, denied return trip to Hershey
March 24, 2018
Tied with 72 seconds left, Pine-Richland held the ball and Roman Catholic held its breath. The Rams were holding for a last-second shot that would

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ITPS cancels underclassmen showcase games
March 23, 2018
Organizers want the first ITPS Cancer Sucks charity basketball games to be a controversy-free success, so they've canceled the underclassmen contests that drew critics. Now,

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PIAA postpones basketball semifinals to Saturday, finals next week
March 21, 2018
With the state blanketed in snow, the PIAA postponed its boys and girls basketball championship until next week. The state finals are now Monday-Wednesday. The

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OLSH defeats rival Sewickley Academy in overtime to reach PIAA Class 2A final
March 20, 2018
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy know one another as well as any section rivals in the WPIAL. So, OLSH added a

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PIAA postpones Pine-Richland, CWNC, Mars state basketball semifinals
With snow in the forecast, the PIAA postponed many of Tuesday night's state basketball semifinal to Thursday. The delays will affect the Pine-Richland boys, the

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Quaker Valley’s offense struggles in PIAA semifinal loss to Sharon
For Quaker Valley, this was the kind of night where even a breakaway layup bounced off the side of the rim. Sharon quickly grabbed that

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Former player Mike Warfield accepts Aliquippa head coaching position
March 19, 2018
Aliquippa's next football coach is a former player from the 1980s, but not the one many had expected. Former Quips quarterback Mike Warfield said the

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WPIAL notebook: Seton Hill to host softball title games; Cross country moves to Cal (Pa.)
The WPIAL softball and cross country championships are on the move. The WPIAL board of directors voted Monday to move the softball finals to Seton

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PIAA basketball semifinals top Monday’s 3 things to watch
The Mars and Quaker Valley boys basketball teams had just two days to put their quarterfinal wins behind them. After winning Friday night, each team

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens named finalist for national award
Fresh off winning a national hurdles title, North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens was named this week as a finalist for MileSplit male athlete of the

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Former NFL player Sean Gilbert finalist to coach Aliquippa football
March 18, 2018
Former NFL player Sean Gilbert is among three finalists to become Aliquippa's next football coach. Gilbert, Cornell coach Ed Dawson and Central Valley assistant Mike

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Bishop Canevin, East Allegheny to rematch in PIAA girls semifinals
WPIAL finalists Bishop Canevin and East Allegheny will rematch Monday night with a trip to Hershey awaiting the winner. The teams will play at Gateway

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5 WPIAL boys teams reach PIAA basketball semifinals
So far this season, Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart played one another for the section title and the WPIAL title. The

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ITPS Classic charity basketball games face resistance over underclassmen participation
As an event organizer, Shane Phillips has read and reread Article IX of the PIAA bylaws, particularly Section 2 that deals with all-star games. The

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Pine-Richland scores last to defeat Allderdice in PIAA quarterfinal
March 17, 2018
Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash almost couldn't miss a shot, while teammate Greg Shulkosky had made just one basket all afternoon. With the score tied Saturday and

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Aliquippa could hire football coach Wednesday to replace Mike Zmijanac
Aliquippa could have its next football coach in place within days. Three finalists will interview Monday with the entire school board, said Aliquippa superintendent Pete

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Early deficit too much for New Castle in PIAA quarterfinal loss
There just wasn't enough time for New Castle to fix all that went wrong in the first five minutes. District 10 champion Sharon used a

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Stopping Carmody, Mars no easy task for Highlands boys basketball
March 15, 2018
If there's a blueprint for attacking Mars, it usually starts here: Don't let Robby Carmody have a monster night. Of course, that's easier said than

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Allderdice gets defense to oust WPIAL champion Penn Hills from PIAA playoffs
The outcome didn't surprise Allderdice's Terrell Childs in the least, but he was shocked by the numbers on Baldwin's scoreboard. andquot;Forty-one to forty-fourandquot; A raucous

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Sites and times announced for Friday’s PIAA basketball quarterfinals
March 14, 2018
The PIAA announced sites and times for Friday's state basketball quarterfinals and the schedule includes an all-WPIAL doubleheader at Gateway. WPIAL Class 5A boys champion

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Robby Carmody leads Mars to fourth straight PIAA quarterfinal
As Mars' Robby Carmody walked to the bench with three first-half fouls, the Trinity student section chanted with delight. The strategy on the court and

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Upper St. Clair replaces Hampton in PIHL semifinals
March 13, 2018
The PIHL announced Tuesday that Hampton used an ineligible hockey player in last week's quarterfinal win and therefore will be replaced by Upper St. Clair

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PTFCA announces all-state honors for indoor track
March 12, 2018
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens and the Seneca Valley boys distance medley earned first-team honors Monday night when the PTFCA announced its indoor track all-state

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WPIAL boys tennis openers among Monday’s 3 things to watch
The weather forecast predicts a high temperature in the mid-40s Monday afternoon with a chance of snow flurries earlier in the day, but the WPIAL

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NA’s Owens wins national hurdles title, breaks state record
March 11, 2018
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens won a national title Sunday and set a state record at the same time. The senior won the 60-meter hurdles

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PIAA girls basketball pairings: North Allegheny rematches Altoona again
It's Round 3 for North Allegheny and Altoona girls basketball. The WPIAL champion's undefeated record could be tested Tuesday night when North Allegheny (26-0) faces

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PIAA boys basketball pairings: WPIAL, City League champions collide at Baldwin
It's the WPIAL champion vs. the City League champion. Penn Hills and Allderdice will play Wednesday night at Baldwin in a PIAA Class 6A boys

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New pools could let Upper St. Clair start water polo team
They're rare in Western Pennsylvania, but Upper St. Clair could start a water polo program in the not too distant future. That's one of options

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens places second in pentathlon at nationals
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens took second in the pentathlon Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, but wasn't able to topple defending champion Kyle Garland.

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Blaufeld carries Allderdice past Mt. Lebanon in PIAA first-round victory
March 10, 2018
Allderdice's Jackson Blaufeld is an opponent you love to watch, said Mt. Lebanon coach Joe David after sharing a gym with the junior Saturday. andquot;But

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North Allegheny stays undefeated with PIAA 1st-round win
This win really wasn't much different than North Allegheny's other 25 this season, insisted coach Spencer Stefko. Yes, the Tigers played Friday without star point

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Quaker Valley drops Grove City to reach PIAA 2nd round
Quaker Valley's Ryan Stowers wasn't arrogant enough to think he couldn't miss, but he also knew he hadn't missed all night. Three 3s, five 2s

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First-round PIAA basketball games among Friday’s 3 things to watch
March 9, 2018
The PIAA basketball playoffs start Friday night with first-round contests in Class 5A, 4A and A boys and Class 6A, 3A and 2A girls. In

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Record-setting football coach Tom Nola considers return to sideline
March 8, 2018
Retired football coach Tom Nola considered a comeback this winter while relaxing on the beaches of sunny Florida. andquot;I went to a few games last

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Mars’ Robby Carmody wins Pa. Gatorade Player of the Year, joins star-studded list
Robby Carmody joined a star-studded list that includes Kobe Bryant and Rasheed Wallace when the Mars basketball player was named Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the

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Sto-Rox receives $250,000 grant from NFL Foundation for turf
March 7, 2018
The grass is looking greener for Sto-Rox football. The Steelers announced Tuesday that the school would receive a $250,000 matching grant through the NFL Foundation

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Five things to watch for the PIAA basketball tournament
Will the City of Brotherly Love show some compassion to the rest of the state Since Philadelphia high schools joined PIAA basketball more than a

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Upper St. Clair building new aquatics center at high school
March 6, 2018
Upper St. Clair will build a new aquatics center at the high school that includes an eight-lane pool and a separate special-use pool suitable for

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It’s officially spring for PIAA baseball, softball, lacrosse and track athletes
March 5, 2018
It's officially spring, at least for high school athletes. With afternoon temperatures near 40, Monday was the first day across Pennsylvania that spring sports teams

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Pine-Richland football announces, deletes Week Zero matchup with IMG Academy
Call it a false start. Pine-Richland's football team announced Monday on Twitter that it will start next season against Florida powerhouse IMG Academy, which finished

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Penn Hills boys foil Pine-Richland’s 3-peat bid in WPIAL Class 6A final
March 4, 2018
Confident and comfortable were the words Cory Fulton chose to describe Penn Hills' halftime mood while trailing a two-time defending champion in the WPIAL finals.

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PIAA girls basketball pairings: Top teams from WPIAL Class 3A scheduled for triple-header
The top three girls basketball teams in WPIAL Class 3A will share a gym Friday night for the first round of the state playoffs. Peters

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PIAA boys basketball pairings: ‘Round 4’ awaits section rivals in 5A bracket
It's Round 4 of Mars vs. Hampton and Franklin Regional vs. Highlands. The Class 5A section rivals will open the PIAA boys basketball playoffs Friday

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Penn Hills boys foil Pine-Richland’s 3-peat bid in WPIAL Class 6A final
March 3, 2018
Confident and comfortable were the words Cory Fulton chose to describe Penn Hills' halftime mood while trailing a two-time defending champion in the WPIAL finals.

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WPIAL Class 6A boys final preview: A third consecutive title would earn Pine-Richland place in WPIAL history
Three years, three trips to the WPIAL finals for Pine-Richland, but each has had a different story. andquot;The first year we wanted to do it

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Sewickley Academy edges rival OLSH to defend WPIAL Class 2A boys title
March 2, 2018
After just 10 minutes under the Petersen Events Center lights, Sewickley Academy owned a 21-point lead and seemed ready for a championship rout. Our Lady

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Lincoln Park boys take down Seton LaSalle in WPIAL Class 3A title game
March 1, 2018
Lincoln Park's Keeno Holmes knows there are two silver medals stashed away somewhere in his home, but he can't say exactly where because he never

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Balanced scoring effort helps Pine-Richland top Woodland Hills, advance to 3rd straight WPIAL title game
February 28, 2018
When Pine-Richland coach Jeff Ackermann glanced at the scoreboard, what he saw worried him. It wasn't so much the third-quarter score — the Rams were

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WPIAL Class 6A, 4A boys semifinals on deck in Wednesday’s games to watch
February 27, 2018
Pine-Richland, New Castle and Quaker Valley already know the way to Petersen Events Center. Those three finalists from last season will try to earn return

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Strong 2nd quarter propels No. 1 CW North Catholic past Central Valley in WPIAL semifinals
February 26, 2018
As the preseason title favorites, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Molly Rottmann admitted she was a little nervous for Monday night's WPIAL semifinal. andquot;You've been

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Seton LaSalle boys top CWNC to reach WPIAL Class 3A final
With 12.7 seconds left, Seton LaSalle's Nick Deanes admitted, his mind wandered back to last February. A year ago, Deanes saw two free throws rim

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Section rivals face semifinal rematches in Monday’s 3 boys games to watch
The semifinals are full of familiar names. In Class 3A and A, the two brackets in action Monday, the eight semifinalists have combined for 11

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Stall tactics pay off for Penn Hills in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal win over Central Catholic
February 24, 2018
Quickness is usually Penn Hills' game. The Indians use tempo to force other teams into mistakes and use their speed for transition baskets. Yet, earlier

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Baskets scarce as Franklin Regional edges Moon in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 23, 2018
Two free throws in the final 22 seconds by junior Nick Leopold accounted for Franklin Regional's entire offensive output for the fourth quarter. Somehow, those

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Semifinal spots available for Class 6A, A girls in 3 games to watch Friday
Two dominant girls favorites begin their postseasons Friday when North Allegheny in Class 6A and Winchester Thurston in Class A finally make their playoff debuts

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After first-round byes, top seeds in Class 5A, 2A finally join boys basketball playoffs in 3 games to watch Friday
After enjoying first-round byes, the top seeds in Class 5A and 2A finally join the WPIAL playoff action Friday night with a trip to the

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Sto-Rox hires LaRoi Johnson as football coach
As an Imani Christian assistant, LaRoi Johnson admired Sto-Rox's potential from across the football field. But what Johnson didn't know in November was that he'd

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Aliquippa school board votes to open position of football coach Mike Zmijanac
February 21, 2018
Mike Zmijanac listened quietly from the small auditorium's seats as a former player and several others asked the Aliquippa school board to let the hall

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Class 3A girls bracket begins after weeklong wait in 3 games to watch Wednesday
After waiting for more than a week, the WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball teams start their postseason on Wednesday with four first-round matchups between seeds

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Class 4A boys bracket includes 2017 rematch in 3 games to watch Wednesday
The boys basketball schedule Wednesday includes only four games, all from the Class 4A bracket. The top four teams received bye, so the matchups involve

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Hampton boys hold off Gateway rally with last-second stand
With 1.8 seconds left in a two-point game, the in-bounds pass was destined for Gateway's JP Kromka. Gateway knew it. Hampton knew it. Even so,

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11 from WPIAL chosen for Big 33 Football Classic
February 20, 2018
Central Catholic teammates David Green, Khalil Weathers and Liam Slattery were among the players picked to represent Pennsylvania in the 61st annual Big 33 Football

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Aliquippa school board to consider replacing football coach Mike Zmijanac
The Aliquippa school board could vote Wednesday to replace football coach Mike Zmijanac after 21 seasons and 13 trips to the WPIAL finals. Zmijanac led

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WPIAL releases winter sports alignment for next 2-year cycle
February 19, 2018
With six classifications, it's almost impossible to keep all the sections similarly sized and still create geographically friendly sections. andquot;It's awful, it's terrible,andquot; WPIAL executive

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WPIAL sets football playoff format, schedules 4 finals at Heinz Field
The WPIAL created a good-news, bad-news scenario for its Class A football teams. The good news: The finalists from the smallest classification will play their

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WPIAL seeks new championship sites for softball, cross country
The WPIAL is searching for new venues to host its softball and cross country championships. California University of Pennsylvania has renovations planned for its softball

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No holiday for Class 3A boys basketball teams in Monday’s 3 games to watch
February 18, 2018
The WPIAL basketball playoffs almost take the day off Monday as students and teachers celebrate Presidents Day. But there is a four-game schedule from the

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Bishop Canevin hires former Ambridge AD Randy Cosgrove
Bishop Canevin recently hired Randy Cosgrove as athletic director, reuniting the former Ambridge administrator with high school sports. andquot;I really wanted to get back into

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Pine-Richland rallies to take down Bethel Park in 1st round
Two-time defending WPIAL champion Pine-Richland was about 6 minutes away from an early exit. The reigning champ was andquot;staggered,andquot; Bethel Park coach Josh Bears said,

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NA’s Owens runs nation’s 2nd-fastest hurdles time at TSTCA championship
North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens won three titles and recorded the season's second-fastest 60-meter hurdle title time in the country Saturday at the Tri-State Track

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WPIAL’s five-year probation is ‘ridiculous’ and ‘setting you up for failure,’ says Monessen superint…
February 14, 2018
Students currently in elementary school shouldn't be punished for a high school basketball brawl, said Monessen Superintendent Leanne Spazak, who wants the WPIAL-imposed five-year probation

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Armstrong coach shocked when WPIAL omits team from basketball brackets
Nobody was more surprised to see the WPIAL playoff brackets than Armstrong boys basketball coach Greg Hutcherson. When the Class 5A bracket was revealed Tuesday

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 13, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs: CLASS 6A Favorite: Led by Antonio Garofoli (17 ppg), Mt. Lebanon shoots 3-pointers by the dozen.

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn top seed in Class 6A as WPIAL playoff pairings are released
If the WPIAL ran the Class 6A boys basketball tournament five times, it might crown five different champions. That's the opinion of Mt. Lebanon coach

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WPIAL puts Clairton, Monessen athletics on unprecedented 5-year probation
February 12, 2018
The Clairton and Monessen boys basketball teams are allowed to participate in the playoffs this season, but the WPIAL levied player suspensions and an unprecedented

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Sewickley Academy, OLSH trade spots in boys basketball state rankings
The Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart boys basketball teams switched spots in the Class 2A state rankings this week, with Sewickley

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Favorites clear for WPIAL girls basketball playoffs but other seeds debatable
The WPIAL playoff brackets won't be revealed until Tuesday night's pairings meeting, but the No. 1 seeds in girls basketball shouldn't be much of a

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Who draws the No. 1 seed: Central Catholic, Mt. Lebanon or Woodland Hills?
The WPIAL basketball steering committee, a 15-person panel chaired by Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone, will gather Monday to seed playoff brackets. The committee members

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Chartiers-Houston’s Williamson third WPIAL scorer to reach 2,000 this season
February 11, 2018
For the third time this season, a WPIAL basketball player joined the 2,000-points club. Chartiers-Houston senior Alexa Williamson accomplished the career milestone this week, joining

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Class 6A football coaches have mixed opinions on playoff possibilities
February 10, 2018
If the WPIAL lets eight out of nine teams into the Class 6A football playoffs, then the regular season should come with a caveat. andquot;The

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High school basketball rankings for week of Feb. 11
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A Rank, school, record, previous 1. Mt. Lebanon, 19-3, 3 2. Woodland Hills, 19-3, — 3. Fox Chapel, 17-4, 5 4.

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No. 2 Sewickley Academy boys avenge loss to No. 1 OLSH
Sewickley Academy's Isiah Warfield felt like his jump shot was maybe a little off Friday night, but from roughly 15 feet he couldn't miss. The

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Central Catholic names Alumni Hall court after longtime coach Crummie
February 9, 2018
Central Catholic surprised longtime boys basketball coach Chuck Crummie by naming the Alumni Hall court for him Friday night. Crummie has coached the team for

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Clairton to allow only families, guardians at Friday’s game
Only the parents and guardians of players will be allowed to attend Friday night's boys basketball game at Clairton, the school's administration announced in response

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OLSH-Sewickley Academy rematch part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Two points separated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy when the boys basketball teams met last month. OLSH won 70-68, breaking their

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23 WPIAL football players chosen for East-West game
February 7, 2018
One more time, Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz, running back Jordan Crawford and wideout Raymond Falcone will try to win together in Altoona. Crawford and

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The WPIAL’s top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2019
1. Andrew Kristofic Pine-Richland 6-6, 260, offensive line Kristofic's status took another giant leap Feb. 1 when Clemson offered him a scholarship, adding to a

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WPIAL seeks response from Clairton, Monessen after brawl
The boys basketball brawl between Clairton and Monessen was andquot;awful,andquot; said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley, who requested immediate written reports from each school's administration.

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A quieter signing day part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
It's signing day. This, the first Wednesday in February, is traditionally the date high school football recruits sign their letters of intent and fax them

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Woodland Hills captures at least share of section title
Woodland Hills' Amante Britt, the school's all-time leading scorer, was one whistle away from fouling out of his final home game. With about 3 minutes

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Winning streak carries Washington into boys state basketball rankings
February 5, 2018
A 10-game winning streak earned Washington a spot in the state boys basketball rankings this week. Washington is No. 10 in Class 3A according to

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Blackhawk girls’ attempt to avenge lone loss among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
Could the Central Valley girls basketball team hand Blackhawk a second loss So far, the Beaver County rival is the only team this season to

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Eagles’ trick play? Pine-Richland pulled it off three years earlier
Super Bowl LII stirred memories for some WPIAL football coaches, fans and former players. The Philadelphia Eagles ran a trick play for a touchdown Sunday

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Montour’s Brayden Jones commits to Robert Morris
February 3, 2018
Montour senior Brayden Jones, an all-conference running back and linebacker, announced his commitment Friday to Robert Morris. Jones (6-1, 215) led Montour with 675 rushing

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Moon basketball uses ‘run the football’ strategy to defeat No. 1 Mars
With a slim lead and only a few minutes left, Moon's boys basketball team embraced a Super Bowl-worthy strategy. andquot;We wanted to run the football

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Boys basketball playoffs seeding in play as part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
February 1, 2018
Only 11 days remain in the regular season for WPIAL boys basketball teams, with playoff brackets scheduled to be announced Feb. 13. But there's still

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Harlan on recruiting: Early-signing period takes buzz away from signing day
This week is traditionally a busy time for college football assistants who hurry to as many high schools as possible before signing day arrives on

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Gateway’s Brady Walker, second among all-time WPIAL passers, commits to West Virginia Wesleyan
January 31, 2018
Gateway quarterback Brady Walker, the second-leading passer in WPIAL history, announced his commitment Tuesday to West Virginia Wesleyan. The Buckhannon, W.Va., school competes in the

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WPIAL team wrestling tournaments among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Thirty-one wrestling teams enter Wednesday with a chance to win a WPIAL team title. By the end of the day, that number will be down

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Pine-Richland boys get section win over Central Catholic
With about two weeks left on the schedule, Pine-Richland coach Jeff Ackermann finally started the lineup he had expected to use all season. The Rams'

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WPIAL releases football schedules, revives Mt. Lebanon-Upper St. Clair rivalry
January 30, 2018
Six-class expansion broke up many WPIAL football rivalries, but Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair will revive theirs this season. The WPIAL on Tuesday released

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Allderdice, Canon-McMillan, Jeannette enter PIAA boys basketball rankings
January 29, 2018
A day after rising to No. 1 in the Trib's WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball rankings, Canon-McMillan earned a spot in the City of Basketball

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Pine-Richland basketball welcomes back Andrew Kristofic in time for the WPIAL playoffs
Andrew Kristofic didn't need a basket or even a rebound to draw a warm cheer from Pine-Richland's home crowd. All he needed was to stand

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Preliminary matches in WPIAL team wrestling tournament among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
The WPIAL team wrestling tournament starts Monday at Franklin Regional with four preliminary round matches in Class AAA. Most qualifiers must wait until Wednesday when

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WPIAL, PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist sets NCAA freshman shot put mark
January 28, 2018
Former WPIAL phenom Jordan Geist, now a freshman at Arizona, broke the university's shot put record Saturday and established a new NCAA record for freshmen.

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Butler boys top Pine-Richland thanks to Morton’s buzzer-beater
January 27, 2018
As Ethan Morton's final shot fell through the net, a buzzer-beater from beyond the arc, Butler's student section flooded the floor. The star sophomore said

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Mt. Lebanon wideout Aidan Cain commits to William & Mary
When college recruiters visited Mt. Lebanon, football coach Mike Melnyk told them to keep their eyes on little-known Aidan Cain. The wideout had Division 1

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PIAA fixes basketball playoff quirk that forces first-round rematches
January 26, 2018
The state basketball tournament is typically a time for facing unfamiliar opponents from across Pennsylvania. But when Moon's boys team won a WPIAL title last

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Butler asks new coach Christy to bolster football roster
Butler removed the interim label from coach Eric Christy's job title. The Golden Tornado formally promoted Christy, who started last season as the team's offensive

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MaxPreps to honor state champion Moon girls soccer team
The MaxPreps Tournament of Champions will visit Moon on Friday night to honor the school's state champion girls soccer team. The Tigers will receive the

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Boys basketball sections take shape with 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 25, 2018
Only three Friday nights remain in the boys basketball regular season and this week's section slate features a few key rematches that will shape title

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PIAA puts Philadelphia football powers in WPIAL champions’ paths to Hershey
The road to Hershey will run directly through Philadelphia for WPIAL Class 6A and 5A football teams. The WPIAL and District 12, which contains Philadelphia's

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No. 5 Canon-McMillan boys hone in on section title after toppling No. 1 Mt. Lebanon
January 24, 2018
Tucked away in the Canon-McMillan coaches office was an old blue-and-gold banner that commemorated the boys basketball team's one and only section title, won by

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Section wrestling tournaments among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
The section wrestling tournaments arrive Wednesday night with matches at seven host sites and 28 teams vying for the titles. First-round matches start at 6

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Big 33 Football Classic alums to compete in Super Bowl for 52nd straight year
January 22, 2018
For the 52nd year in a row, the Big 33 Football Classic and the Super Bowl remain linked. Every Super Bowl matchup has included at

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Quaker Valley, OLSH rise to second in state boys basketball rankings
No WPIAL boys basketball teams are ranked first in the state, but Quaker Valley and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart each jumped to second

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Peters Township, Bethel Park rematch of 1-point game among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
January 21, 2018
One point separated Peters Township and Bethel Park when the girls basketball teams played late last month. Makenna Marissa's three-point play with 30 seconds left

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Former Woodland Hills RB Jo-El Shaw picks Kent State
January 20, 2018
Former Woodland Hills running back Jo-El Shaw, who played two seasons at Lackawanna College, announced Saturday he's transferring to Kent State. Shaw rushed for 848

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Harlan on recruiting: Toledo coaches impressed by WPIAL athletes
January 19, 2018
Within a six-minute span early this week, Woodland Hills junior Mike Coleman and Gateway teammates Courtney Jackson and Jeremiah Josephs announced scholarship offers from Toledo

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Mars’ Michael Carmody making a name for himself in football, basketball
Michael Carmody is known as Robby's little brother, but the Mars sophomore is anything but little. And football coaches have noticed. Carmody, who's 6-foot-6 and

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Boys basketball section rematches are part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 18, 2018
A number of boys basketball sections have reached the season's midway point, so it's time battle everybody again. Among Friday night's games is a section

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WPIAL won’t force teams to play Week Zero games
Week Zero remains optional. The WPIAL will not schedule football games for that flex week, letting schools once again decide whether to play a second

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Penn Hills used ineligible wrestler
January 17, 2018
Penn Hills let a student from Serra Catholic wrestle several matches this season for its team despite not being enrolled in the district, WPIAL executive

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Section wrestling finales among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Wednesday marks the final night of section matches on the WPIAL wrestling schedule, and several head-to-head contests will decide sub-section winners. Among them, in Class

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Top-ranked Quaker Valley gets defensive to defeat No. 2 Ambridge
With Drexel recruit Coletrane Washington in the lineup, Quaker Valley can score with anybody in the WPIAL, so a 23-point quarter isn't all that unusual.

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Geography helps shape Class 5A as WPIAL releases new football conference alignment
January 16, 2018
The WPIAL strives for short road trips, so the football committee used color-coded maps and mileage charts to divide its 120 teams into conferences for

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WPIAL announces alignment for fall sports, some spring sports
January 15, 2018
The WPIAL today released section and conference alignments for the next two years for fall sports and some spring sports. Here's a look at where

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WPIAL to reveal section alignments for next two seasons as part of 3 things to watch Monday
Coaches may take games one at a time, but the WPIAL takes years two at a time. So, at Monday afternoon's board of directors meeting,

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No. 2 Penn Hills boys edge Woodland Hills in Setion 3-6A showdown
January 13, 2018
With 52 seconds left, Penn Hills' double-digit lead was down to three and its leading scorer was on the bench with five fouls. But Woodland

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Winchester Thurston girls basketball players take a knee during national anthem
January 12, 2018
As her Winchester Thurston basketball teammates stood at the foul line facing the American flag, senior Ayanna Townsend borrowed the announcer's microphone. andquot;This year our

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What could WPIAL football conferences look like next season?
The wait is almost over. The WPIAL football committee met Thursday to decide the conferences for the next two seasons, leaving coaches, players and fans

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Pine-Richland football team to be honored
January 11, 2018
The MaxPreps Tour of Champions was visit Pine-Richland on Friday night to honor the Rams' state championship football team, but a pending winter storm has

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Winchester Thurston girls basketball team plans to take a knee during national anthem tonight
When Winchester Thurston's girls basketball team suggested kneeling during the national anthem, coach Monica Williams insisted it couldn't be a meaningless gesture. andquot;I told them

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Robby Carmody scores 27, No. 1 Mars holds off No. 2 Moon
January 10, 2018
Mars' Robby Carmody dominated the first two minutes and the final 30 seconds Tuesday night. The Planets' star senior finished with 27 points, including the

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Peters Township, Mt. Lebanon wrestling look to lock up sub-section title as part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athl…
January 9, 2018
First place is up for grabs Wednesday in Class AAA, Section 2B. Peters Township will host Mt. Lebanon at 7:30 p.m., with the winner likely

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Bishop Canevin football coach Schoppe resigns
January 8, 2018
When Darren Schoppe became a football coach, he told himself he should give back as much time as he received as a player. andquot;I passed

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Girls basketball showdown between TJ-Oakland Catholic part of 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
January 7, 2018
Who's the best team in WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball So far, it's proven to be the WPIAL's deepest classification with upwards of a dozen

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High school basketball rankings for week of Jan. 7, 2018
rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon *9-1 1 2. Penn Hills 12-0 2 3. Woodland Hills 9-1 5 4. Pine-Richland 7-3 3 5. Butler 10-1 4 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars 7-2 1 2.

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn section victory over shorthanded Connellsville
January 6, 2018
Mt. Lebanon arrived Friday ready to battle Connellsville's Seth Younkin, a 6-foot-6 forward who leads his team in points and rebounds. But the senior injured

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PSFCA announces coaching staffs for Big 33, East-West all-star games
January 5, 2018
New Castle football coach Joe Cowart and Western Beaver athletic director Ryan Matsook, who formerly coached Beaver Falls, were named Friday as assistants on Pennsylvania's

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Harlan on recruiting: Spring visits to benefit junior prospects
The NCAA decision to let juniors take official visits seems like a andquot;no-brainer,andquot; Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz said. andquot;I know when I did it,

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With Bob Palko nearing retirement, West Allegheny eyes succession plan
January 4, 2018
West Allegheny is hiring a new football coach, but Bob Palko isn't leaving quite yet. Palko, who has won more WPIAL football titles than any

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Despite postponement, key boys basketball games among 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Friday will be frigid. The weather forecasts predict single-digit temperatures throughout the day with a low near 1 degree. As a result, many high school

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McKeesport running back Acie commits to Navy
McKeesport running back Carlinos Acie announced his commitment to Navy football on Thursday, making him the second senior from the Tigers backfield headed to a

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Steelers nominate Quaker Valley’s Veshio for Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award
The NFL added another honor to Jerry Veshio's remarkable year as Quaker Valley's football coach. Veshio was among the 32 high school coaches announced Thursday

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Three top-ranked teams to compete at Mt. Lebanon
January 3, 2018
Three top-ranked WPIAL basketball teams will share a gym Saturday when Mt. Lebanon hosts andquot;The Challenge.andquot; The 10-team event features the top-ranked Mt. Lebanon boys

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Bethel Park boys hold off Upper St. Clair rally in Section 2-6A clash
After a gritty 26-point effort, Bethel Park senior Justin Meis still surmised that he's probably not the best basketball player on the team or even

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Key Section 2-5A boys hoops matchups among 3 things to watch for Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
January 2, 2018
One of the WPIAL's deepest boys basketball sections will start to take shape Wednesday night when Chartiers Valley visits Moon and West Allegheny visits Mars.

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Performance of Pine-Richland, Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL’s top high school sports stories from 2017
December 31, 2017
This was a year of milestones in Western Pennsylvania sports including the birth of a new high school sports network. The TribLive High School Sports

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High school basketball rankings for week of Dec. 24, 2017
December 26, 2017
rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon 6-0 2 2. Pine-Richland 5-1 4 3. Woodland Hills 6-0 5 4. Penn Hills 8-0 — 5. Butler 6-1 1 Out: Fox Chapel (4-2, 3) Class 5A

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Phil Jurkovec makes quick impact as Pine-Richland boys drop No. 1 Butler
December 23, 2017
Phil Jurkovec admits he's not in midseason form, but neither is his team. Two weeks removed from winning a state football title, the Pine-Richland senior

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North Allegheny volleyball team recognized for championship season
December 21, 2017
The North Allegheny girls volleyball team was honored Thursday for finishing its fall season ranked No. 27 in MaxPreps' national rankings. At an afternoon assembly,

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Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL football recruits who signed early
December 20, 2017
The WPIAL's top football recruits took advantage of the new early-signing period Wednesday and inked their National Letters of Intent, including Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec

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Early-signing period offers unique opportunity for recruits
As a high school senior, Bill Cherpak took a Christmas ski vacation to Colorado while deciding where he'd play college football. There in the snow-capped

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Steel Valley’s Strothers commits to Delaware
December 19, 2017
Steel Valley cornerback Amonte Strothers, who didn't take up football until his junior season, announced Tuesday his commitment to Delaware. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior listed

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Gateway’s Walker named state’s Class 5A Player of the Year
Gateway quarterback Brady Walker, who passed for 4,657 yards and 45 touchdowns this season, was named Tuesday at the state's Class 5A Player of the

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Quaker Valley’s Ricky Guss named Pennsylvania’s Class 3A player of the year
Quaker Valley coach Jerry Veshio and quarterback Ricky Guss, who led the Quakers to a PIAA football championship this month, were named Tuesday as the

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Jeannette’s Robert Kennedy named Pennsylvania’s Class A football player of the year
Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy, who led the Jayhawks to a PIAA football title, was named Tuesday as the state's Class A co-player of the year.

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WPIAL football conferences to have new look in Class 6A, 5A
December 18, 2017
There will be three Class 5A conferences in WPIAL football next season but just one in 6A. That we now know. How many teams from

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Thomas Jefferson, South Fayette land 2 all-state selections apiece in Class 4A
Thomas Jefferson and South Fayette each had two football players selected for the Class 4A all-state team announced Monday. In all, Pennsylvania sports writers voted

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Washington High teammates among Class 2A all-state selections
Washington teammates Isaiah Schoonmaker and Nick Welsh were among five WPIAL football players selected for the Class 2A all-state team announced Monday. The two Prexies,

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High school boys, girls basketball rankings for week of Dec. 17, 2017
December 16, 2017
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A 1. Butler 5-0 2 2. Mt. Lebanon 4-0 4 3. Fox Chapel 4-0 3 4. Pine-Richland 3-1 1 5. Woodland Hills 4-0 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars 4-0 1 2.

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Mars’ Johnson commits to Bucknell
December 13, 2017
The highly ranked Mars girls basketball team has a second Division I commit. Mars junior Tai Johnson, a 5-foot-7 guard, announced her commitment Wednesday to

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Central Catholic’s Trautman commits to Dayton
Central Catholic lineman Josh Trautman announced his commitment Wednesday to Dayton, an FCS program that already has seven former WPIAL players on its roster. The

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Pine-Richland coach Kasperowicz named finalist for national award
Pine-Richland's Eric Kasperowicz was one of six high school football coaches named Wednesday as finalists for a national award. Kasperowicz and St. Joseph's Prep coach

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WPIAL players selected to 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team
Here's a look at the 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team: T.J. Banks East Allegheny, WR/TE/DL Senior, 6-5, 240 The West Virginia recruit had 48

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Penn State offers scholarship to Gateway freshman Derrick Davis
December 12, 2017
Fresh off his appearance in the state football finals, Gateway freshman Derrick Davis added a scholarship offer Tuesday from Penn State. Davis received his offer

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Aliquippa Raines plans to sign early with West Virginia
December 11, 2017
Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines, one of the WPIAL's top football recruits, announced Monday that he will take advantage of the new early signing period that starts

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Central Catholic’s Weathers commits to Penn
Central Catholic senior Khalil Weathers, who drew more than two dozen college football offers, announced his commitment Sunday to Penn. The 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback had

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Gateway’s Walker, Pine-Richland’s Jurkovec, South Fayette’s Saxton finish among WPIAL’s all-time passers
In WPIAL football history only record-holder Brett Brumbaugh of South Fayette passed for more yards than Gateway's Brady Walker. The Gators senior quarterback finished his

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Several WPIAL players displayed elite performances at the PIAA football finals
Here's a look at some of the top performances by WPIAL players at the PIAA football championships Thursday-Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. Anthony Cerminara Pine-Richland The

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec named Pennsylvania player of the year
Two days after Phil Jurkovec led Pine-Richland to a PIAA championship, Gatorade named the Notre Dame-bound quarterback as the state's player of the year. The

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Phil Jurkovec leads Pine-Richland past St. Joseph’s Prep to win PIAA Class 6A title
December 9, 2017
HERSHEY — Hersheypark Stadium has witnessed championship performances from some of the state's best high school quarterbacks, a list of names that now surely includes

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LIVE: Pine-Richland vs. St. Joseph’s Prep in PIAA Class 6A title game
Pine-Richland faces St. Joseph's Prep in the PIAA Class 6A football championship game at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Here is the latest:

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Quaker Valley’s improbable story capped with 1st PIAA football title
If there's a screenwriter available, Jerry Veshio has a story to tell. The plot is almost unbelievable: A high school football team's coach quits 18

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Archbishop Wood downs Gateway in PIAA Class 5A championship game
December 8, 2017
HERSHEY — The liveliest Gators celebration at Hersheypark Stadium was an end zone chomp by Archbishop Wood's Kyle Pitts, a Florida recruit. The Gateway Gators

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At long last, Pine-Richland gets PIAA finals rematch with St. Joseph’s Prep
After each win this season, Pine-Richland's players gathered in a circle around coach Eric Kasperowicz and then broke the huddle by shouting the name of

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With enrollment figures set, WPIAL committees face task of slotting teams for next 2 years
December 7, 2017
Next season's classifications are set for WPIAL football teams, so now it's on to the conferences. The PIAA finalized its classifications for the 2018-19 and

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WPIAL Class 5A to get more crowded for football as PIAA ‘play up’ deadline arrives
December 6, 2017
In WPIAL football, there's suddenly a crowd in Class 5A. High school sports teams around the state had until Wednesday to decide whether to accept

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Phil Jurkovec fights through sickness, helps Pine-Richland reach PIAA Class 6A title game
December 2, 2017
ALTOONA — When Phil Jurkovec arrived Saturday in Altoona, the quarterback hadn't eaten much in days and felt weak from an illness that hit Pine-Richland's

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Freshman kicker Jenkins boots game-winner as Gateway tops Manheim Central in PIAA Class 5A semifinals
ALTOONA — At 5-foot-2 and 105 pounds, Gateway kicker Jayson Jenkins may be small in stature, but his confidence is huge. andquot;Routineandquot; was the word

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PIAA semifinals preview: Quaker Valley puts bye week to good use
November 30, 2017
The question: Have you had a chance to study Quaker Valley Sharon coach Jim Wildman's answer: andquot;Well, we haven't had 13 days, but Sunday morning

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Washington rolls past Steel Valley to win WPIAL Class 2A championship
November 25, 2017
Washington's Isaiah Schoonmaker might measure a half-inch too short or maybe a half-second too slow in the eyes of some critics, his coach figured. If

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Cathedral Prep routs Thomas Jefferson in PIAA quarterfinals
November 24, 2017
Against a roster Bill Cherpak dubbed the Erie all-stars, Thomas Jefferson had to be perfect. The Jaguars weren't, and Cathedral Prep pounced. Prep quarterback Joe

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Steel Valley, Washington overcame obstacles to reach WPIAL Class 2A final
It's not surprising that Steel Valley and Washington are headed Saturday to Joe Walton Stadium; the two were WPIAL favorites since late summer. They finished

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Improvement on defense helps Pine-Richland reach PIAA playoffs
Pine-Richland's most surprising stat isn't Phil Jurkovec's 3,279 passing yards, though that's a mighty impressive total. It's not his 33 touchdowns, either. The most surprising

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Pine-Richland cruises past Central Catholic to secure WPIAL Class 6A championship
November 18, 2017
Phil Jurkovec, Jordan Crawford and their Pine-Richland teammates checked their phones for weather updates in the days and hours before they headed to Heinz Field.

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Washington overcomes turnovers to defeat CWNC, advance to WPIAL Class 2A final
This 11-minute stretch would have crushed championship dreams for most WPIAL contenders. Who could endure an interception, three lost fumbles, a defensive touchdown and a

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WPIAL to have just 9 Class 6A football teams next fall
November 17, 2017
The odds could be 1 in 9 to win a WPIAL Class 6A football title. The PIAA on Friday released enrollment numbers for the 2018-19

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No. 1 Pine-Richland aims to topple two-time defending champ Central Catholic in Class 6A final
This week, the eight days between the WPIAL semifinals and the bus ride to Heinz Field, is kind of like Super Bowl week on the

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WPIAL Class 6A championship primer: Pine-Richland vs. Central Catholic
November 16, 2017
WPIAL football championship primer Class 6A No. 1 Pine-Richland (12-0) vs. No. 2 Central Catholic (10-2) 2 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com;

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Five things we learned from Week 11 of WPIAL football season
November 11, 2017
Welcome back. Some familiar school buses will arrive Saturday at Heinz Field for the WPIAL football championships, bringing with them players, bands and fans from

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QB Phil Jurkovec shines as No. 1 Pine-Richland tops rival North Allegheny to reach WPIAL Class 6A final
The only accolade absent from Phil Jurkovec's resume, a sensational three-year span that already has him mentioned among the WPIAL greats, is a championship. He

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WPIAL playoff primer: What to watch for tonight
November 9, 2017
Penn-Trafford, meet Upper St. Clair. Among the eight WPIAL semifinals this week, their Class 5A matchup is the only one that's not a rematch from

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Harlan on recruiting: Steel Valley’s Strothers balancing playoffs, visits
November 8, 2017
Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers is balancing two missions: recruiting and repeating. The senior recently visited Purdue's campus, but now he wants to see Robert Morris'

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Four Clairton players to miss quarterfinal game after fight with Summit Academy
November 7, 2017
Clairton will suspend additional football players beyond the two who were ejected in last Friday's fight with Summit Academy. That was the plan Clairton administrators

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WPIAL confident North Allegheny, Pine-Richland will put issues aside for playoff matchup
November 6, 2017
The WPIAL is confident North Allegheny and Pine-Richland can put their recent issues aside and play football Friday without incident, executive director Tim O'Malley said.

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Clairton, Summit Academy to meet with WPIAL over benches-clearing fight
Football coaches and school administrators from Clairton and Summit Academy will meet Tuesday afternoon with the WPIAL board of directors to discuss last week's benches-clearing

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Five things we learned from the first round of the WPIAL playoffs
November 4, 2017
A helmet-throwing fight marred Clairton's victory over Summit Academy on Friday, an ugly incident that could leave the Bears shorthanded. The fight ignited after a

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McKeesport’s conversion pays off in opening-round victory over West Allegheny
Matt Miller's cheat-sheet says go for two when you're up by five, so McKeesport's coach stuck to the script. andquot;Thank God we did,andquot; he said,

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What to watch in WPIAL football opening round: Top seeds look to maintain success
November 2, 2017
Might six classes favor the favorites It certainly did a year ago, when five of the six No. 1 seeds celebrated WPIAL football titles. Over

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Pine-Richland QB Phil Jurkovec denied entry to WPIAL field hockey finals by North Allegheny officials
Five days after Phil Jurkovec's celebration caused controversy, the Pine-Richland quarterback was denied entry into North Allegheny's stadium. His father, Jim, confirmed that Jurkovec was

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Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Weathers collects college offers
November 1, 2017
College offer No. 26 arrived earlier this week for Khalil Weathers, a Central Catholic senior with plenty of options. This time it was Brown, his

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High school football notebook: Rematches tough to avoid in WPIAL 1st round
Montour and New Castle tied for second in the Northwest Nine, but the WPIAL scheduled them head-to-head for the ultimate tiebreaker. The conference foes meet

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California among top seeds for WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2017
The WPIAL football committee wasn't always kind to the Tri-County South Conference. So, California coach Darrin Dillow wasn't sure his undefeated Trojans would be a

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Five things we learned from Week 9 of WPIAL football season
October 28, 2017
Maybe for the first time all season, Clairton looked a lot like its dominant self, and just in time for the playoffs, too. That could

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Video: Pine-Richland’s rushing attack dominates North Allegheny
Pine-Richland rushed for 629 yards and seven touchdowns in Friday night's 48-28 victory over rival North Allegheny. Jordan Crawford ran for 242 yards, Kenny White

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No. 1 Pine-Richland shows off running game in victory over North Allegheny
Pine-Richland's coaches decided to protect Phil Jurkovec from wear and tear, so they've limited the quarterback's carries to nights when they absolutely needed him to

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What to watch in Week 9 of high school football: Tiebreaker coin flip could be in play
October 26, 2017
In WPIAL football, the last-resort tiebreaker is a coin flip. If head-to-head results, Gardner Points and the WPIAL's margin-of-victory formulas can't break a tie, chance

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Harlan on recruiting: Joey Porter Jr. making a name for himself at NA
October 25, 2017
Joey Porter Jr. was born with one of the most recognizable names in the WPIAL, but the North Allegheny junior quickly is making a name

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High school football notebook: WPIAL sets date, site for Class 2A, A championships
Jeannette, Steel Valley, Clairton, Washington and any other small schools with WPIAL title hopes should clear their schedules the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The WPIAL football

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Butler coach Densmore resigns
October 23, 2017
The number of WPIAL football coaches who resigned midseason now stands at three. Butler played Week 8 without coach Rob Densmore, who resigned a few

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Five things we learned from Week 8 of WPIAL football season: Gateway QB Walker measures up
October 21, 2017
The WPIAL's leading passer doesn't have the measurables to make Division I schools chase after him, but Brady Walker's other numbers are very impressive. andquot;He's

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Gateway defense comes through in clutch to defeat McKeesport
As the clocked ticked away, as McKeesport was pushing downfield, as Gateway's lead started to feel temporary, Gators junior Jeremiah Josephs started thinking about last

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5 things to watch in Week 8 of high school football: Teams control playoff destiny
October 19, 2017
Win and you're in. That's the mindset a number of WPIAL teams can embrace Friday night, knowing their playoff destinies are entirely in their own

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East Allegheny’s Banks commits to West Virginia
October 18, 2017
T.J. Banks celebrated his birthday with a football scholarship. The East Allegheny star committed to West Virginia after Wednesday's practice, ending a months-long recruiting effort

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Harlan on recruiting: Devonshire another Aliquippa DB drawing offers
Who's the best defensive back in Aliquippa history That's not an easy question, but there are plenty of good answers. Quips junior Marlin andquot;MJandquot; Devonshire

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High school football notebook: WPIAL playoff field filling up
With two weeks left in the regular season, the WPIAL playoff field is already more than 70 percent set. In all, 46 of the 64

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Freedom coach Tom Liberty resigns
October 17, 2017
A WPIAL football coach resigned midseason for the second time this week. Freedom's Tom Liberty, whose team is in playoff position, resigned with two weeks

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Five things we learned from Week 7 of WPIAL football season
October 14, 2017
Turnovers will hurt any team, even a dominant WPIAL title favorite. Friday night was proof. Top-ranked Thomas Jefferson lost the football four times, two fumbles

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Video: Aliquippa defense finally gives up a TD, still victorious over Quaker Valley
Aliquippa senior Avante McKenzie said Quaker Valley's only touchdown in Friday's game came as a surprise to the Quips defense. andquot;We have that mindset at

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Aliquippa defense bends, doesn’t break in victory over Quaker Valley
Nobody had scored a touchdown on Aliquippa's defense. Not New Castle. Not Beaver Falls. Not Beaver. Not Freeport. Not Ellwood City. Not South Park. Not

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What to watch in Week 7 of high school football: Top-ranked teams could face challenges
October 12, 2017
Aliquippa, Steel Valley and Thomas Jefferson, three top-ranked teams in the WPIAL, could face a challenge this week. Emphasis on andquot;could.andquot; Combined, that trio has

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Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny’s Banks nearing decision on college
October 11, 2017
East Allegheny's T.J. Banks isn't wearing around a Mountaineers hat, Owls shirt or Illini shorts, no outward hints about his future school. But it's likely

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High school football notebook: Altoona could seek full WPIAL membership in all sports
If Altoona gets its wish, the school will join the WPIAL in more sports than just football. Administrators from the Blair County school district are

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Five things we learned from Week 6 of WPIAL football season
October 7, 2017
There's a new WPIAL favorite in Class 5A, again. Penn-Trafford becomes the third team this season to hold the No. 1 spot in a WPIAL

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VIDEO: Upper St. Clair squeaks past No. 1 West Allegheny 21-20 in OT
Upper St. Clair upset No. 1 West Allegheny in dramatic fashion on Friday thanks to an interception by senior Tom Kyle during a 2-point conversion

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Upper St. Clair upsets No. 1 West Allegheny in OT after failed 2-point conversion
Your luck finally ran out, Upper St. Clair's Jim Render told West Allegheny's Bob Palko with a lighthearted chuckle, as the two coaches embraced. Palko

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What to watch in Week 6 of high school football: USC’s Render, West A’s Palko to face off
October 5, 2017
The WPIAL coach with the most wins faces the coach with the most WPIAL titles. Upper St. Clair's Jim Render and West Allegheny's Bob Palko

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Harlan on recruiting: Penn Hills’ Mathis building a resume
October 4, 2017
Penn Hills quarterback Hollis Mathis might have the arm strength, the height and the athleticism to someday play college football, just not the physical bulk.

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High school football notebook: Clairton in danger of rare back-to-back losses
More than a decade has passed since Clairton lost in consecutive weeks. It was before Lamont Wade, Aaron Mathews or Tyler Boyd was in high

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WPIAL wants Valley to suspend football coach Colosimo
October 3, 2017
Valley must suspend football coach William andquot;Muzzyandquot; Colosimo for one game or the WPIAL will ban the team from the playoffs indefinitely. The WPIAL wanted

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WPIAL to hold hearing over brawl in Valley-Ellwood City football game
October 2, 2017
The WPIAL will hear Tuesday from football coaches and administrators at Valley and Ellwood City, whose Week 5 game was cut short by a benches-clearing

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Five things we learned from Week 4 of high school football
September 30, 2017
This wasn't quite David and Goliath, but Imani Christian coach Ronnell Heard considered Friday's win a godsend. andquot;I think Friday night was a moment in

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VIDEO: Pine-Richland’s Jordan Crawford ‘couldn’t be stopped’ against Central Catholic
Pine-Richland running back Jordan Crawford didn't play the second half of Friday's game against Central Catholic. His seven-touchdown first half -one receiving and six rushing-

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Crawford’s 7 touchdowns lead Pine-Richland to rout over Central Catholic
September 29, 2017
Jordan Crawford didn't pout this summer, a decision that ultimately had him smiling Friday. The senior running back scored seven first-half touchdowns for No. 1-ranked

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Five things to watch in Week 5: Teams jockey for position in Big East Conference
September 28, 2017
That will become a little more clear after No. 3-ranked Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford on Friday night for a first-place matchup of undefeated teams.

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High school football notebook: TJ defense shutting out opponents
September 27, 2017
Thomas Jefferson could win most weeks with only a safety from its defense. So far, only one team has scored against the Jaguars, a last-minute

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Harlan on recruiting: Penn State recruiting class among nation’s best
Penn State has climbed to fourth in both major polls, and the team ranks even higher when it comes to recruiting. As one number rises,

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Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker appeals suspension
September 25, 2017
Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker has a hearing Wednesday before the WPIAL Board of Directors to appeal the suspension mandated last week. The WPIAL

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WPIAL to hold hearing for Imani, Jeannette football
Imani Christian and Jeannette must meet this week with the WPIAL Board of Directors and explain the issues that forced officials to end their football

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Five things we learned in Week 4 of high school football
September 23, 2017
Notre Dame's Brian Kelly couldn't talk with him directly, but Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec did his best to impress his future coach Friday. The Irish

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With Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly watching, Pine-Richland dominant again in win over No. 3 Bethel Park
There will be a close contest somewhere down the road, predicted Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec, whose teammates have WPIAL- and state-title aspirations. That's why, with

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WPIAL adds details for procedure regarding cooling-off period for coaches
September 21, 2017
The WPIAL released more details Thursday about the cooling-off period required for coaches and players before engaging in media interviews. The waiting period was set

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5 things to watch in Week 4: Pine-Richland heads to Bethel Park for battle of unbeatens
Battle of the unbeatens Bethel Park has linemen with some size, an offense that controls the football and a defense that has allowed just four

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Harlan on recruiting: Washington’s Walker set for debut
September 20, 2017
Washington junior Daniel Walker is a major-college football recruit nobody in the WPIAL has seen play yet. That will change Friday. The standout safety and

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High school football notebook: Albert Gallatin secures signature win
Close friends and colleagues tried to convince Shawn Liotta to turn down Albert Gallatin's job offer. You can't win there, they told him. His phone

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WPIAL to institute cool-down period for coaches
September 19, 2017
The WPIAL Board of Directors voted to create a cool-down period after all games before coaches can conduct media interviews. The idea was to allow

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High school notebook: WPIAL wants Highlands boys soccer coach suspended
Highlands must suspend boys soccer coach Brad Walker for three games or the WPIAL will ban the team from the postseason. The discipline comes after

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Five things we learned in Week 3 of high school football
September 16, 2017
Mapletown running back Dylan Rush woke up Saturday andquot;a little sore,andquot; but otherwise he still was feeling great. That's understandable. The aptly named senior rushed

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Mars takes advantage of Montour’s mistakes in Northwest Nine victory
The mindset was simple: make Montour's mistakes matter. andquot;Every opportunity we tried to grab,andquot; said Mars senior Anthony Greico, who recovered two fumbles Friday night

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Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Dallas, North Hills’ Blanks put their skills on tape
September 13, 2017
If college recruiters were waiting for more game film, Central Catholic's Brian Dallas and North Hills' Melvin Blanks will have scholarship offers soon. Now three

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High school football notebook: WPIAL’s highest-scoring teams set to square off
If California averages 67 points and Imani Christian Academy averages 62, what will be the combined score when they face each other Saturday Maybe more

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5 things we learned in Week 2: In defensive stalemate, Central Catholic offense shows big-play potential
September 9, 2017
Central Catholic and North Allegheny traditionally win with defense, but will either have the offense to keep up with WPIAL favorite Pine-Richland The two Northern

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Fisher carries No. 2 Central Catholic past rival North Allegheny
Instead of touchdowns or yards, wins is the stat Central Catholic's offensive coordinator uses to define Troy Fisher. As in, andquot;we want to put the

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Mars basketball, Robby Carmody invited to two national events
September 7, 2017
The quarterback at Pine-Richland isn't the only Notre Dame recruit bringing national attention to the WPIAL. Mars basketball's Robby Carmody, another four-star Irish commit, has

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WPIAL denies eligibility for former Vincentian football players
Two former Vincentian Academy football players who transferred elsewhere after the school folded the program can't play at their new schools either. Charles Barley and

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High school notebook: New coaches at Quaker Valley, Penn Hills start 2-0
September 6, 2017
As should be expected, WPIAL football teams with new head coaches haven't fared especially well early this season. Combined, their record is 14-26. But among

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Harlan on recruiting: Early signing period intrigues ’18 recruits
Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec made his biggest decision more than a year ago when he chose Notre Dame, but his senior class has another choice

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Bethel Park leans on linemen, Volpatti to take down No. 3 North Allegheny
September 2, 2017
Thirty times in a row, Bethel Park ran the football. Eleven for one touchdown. Nineteen for two more. There wasn't much trickery or deception. Instead,

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Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny TE Banks sets commitment date
August 30, 2017
East Allegheny senior TJ Banks decided this week to pick a Wednesday in mid-October as his commitment date, the day he'll announce which Division I

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High school notebook: Ex-NFL players bolster coaching staffs
Aaron Smith and Jerame Tuman, former Steelers teammates, are roaming football fields in familiar black and gold. The two, now North Allegheny assistants for coach

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Aliquippa-Beaver Falls football game moved to Friday over weather concerns
Concerned that severe weather could arrive here Saturday, Aliquippa has moved up its football game with Beaver Falls. The Beaver County rivals instead will play

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Pine-Richland’s Andrew Petcash to play basketball for Boston U
August 28, 2017
Andrew Petcash considered Boston University basketball an option for after prep school, but his timeline just became much shorter. The Terriers had a scholarship come

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Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland dominate Wayne (Ohio) in nationally televised game
August 27, 2017
The ESPN cameras showed a national audience what Western Pennsylvania already knew. Phil Jurkovec is pretty good. And his Pine-Richland Rams could be the best

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Gateway holds off Woodland Hills rally after former Wolverines coach is honored
August 25, 2017
In 14 seconds, Gateway's Courtney Jackson put a damper on Woodland Hills' celebration. The junior fielded the opening kickoff, found a hole between the hash

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Harlan on recruiting: Steel Valley senior Strothers a quick learner at DB
August 24, 2017
Steel Valley senior Amonte Strothers can remember the first time he absorbed a big hit on the football field. andquot;One of my teammates hit me

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the coaches
August 22, 2017
The WPIAL saw another coaching legend leave the sidelines when Woodland Hills' George Novak retired. His career record reached 306-139-3, making him one of only

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Springdale’s Jones takes reigns at quarterback
August 21, 2017
Like many Class A schools, Springdale doesn't have the roster numbers to field a junior varsity, so everybody on the team plays varsity. That's fun

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the specialists
The season already was underway when Pine-Richland opened its kicker spot to a school-wide tryout. The winner was Vittorio Orsini, a soccer player who already

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
August 20, 2017
Western Pennsylvania once was the cradle of quarterbacks. Now, it more often is home to great defensive backs. From Aliquippa's Ty Law and Darrelle Revis

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Veteran linemen to help guide Plum offense
August 19, 2017
With four veterans to block and a few physical runners behind them, Plum has embraced its coach's roots. andquot;We should be able to run the

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
August 18, 2017
Layton Jordan's position is a multiple-choice test. The McKeesport senior is an outside linebacker on defense and a wingback for the Tigers' option offense. The

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 17, 2017
Thomas Jefferson's defense contains two dominant linemen — a tackle and an end both headed to Pitt — and it certainly showed last season. The

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the offensive linemen
August 16, 2017
Western Pennsylvania's depth at skill positions varies between seasons, with an extra strong running back or quarterback class every couple of years. Yet oversized linemen

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 15, 2017
Familiar names will wear unfamiliar jerseys this fall. Several standout WPIAL receivers switched schools since last season, transfers who could make a real impact on

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 14, 2017
As spread offense became a trend, the tight end position quickly changed. A number of high school coaches no longer feature them strictly as a

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
August 13, 2017
One running back or two Not all high school coaches use the same approach when it comes to their backfield workloads. While some ride one

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 12, 2017
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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Former Woodland Hills coach Novak plans to stay retired after his replacement resigns
August 9, 2017
This is the first August in 40 years that George Novak won't spend on a football field, so instead the WPIAL Hall of Fame coach

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Class AA boys team tennis tournament tops Friday’s WPIAL schedule
April 20, 2018
Sewickley Academy starts its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship when the boys team tennis tournament begins Friday with first-round matches. Sewickley

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WPIAL sets baseball, softball, lacrosse sections for 2019 season
April 19, 2018
Every WPIAL baseball and softball section will have at least one new team next season in the updated spring sports alignments approved by the WPIAL

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Ringgold names Mike Zmijanac new football coach
April 18, 2018
Mike Zmijanac wasn't ready for retirement. Eight weeks after the Aliquippa school board surprisingly voted him out, Zmijanac was hired Wednesday night as Ringgold's new

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21 athletes picked for WPIAL scholarships
The WPIAL announced its annual scholarship winners Wednesday with 21 student-athletes receiving $1,000 apiece. The boys winners were Mars' Robby Carmody, Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman,

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WPIAL superintendents urge PIAA to split public, private school playoffs
Splitting public and private schools into separate postseason tournaments is an idea worth exploring, New Castle superintendent John Sarandrea told the WPIAL board of directors

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WPIAL annual meeting, boys tennis tournament on Wednesday’s schedule
Wednesday is a busy day for WPIAL administrators. First on the schedule is the WPIAL annual meeting at the DoubleTree in Green Tree, where PIAA

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Sewickley Academy seeks 15th consecutive WPIAL boys tennis title
When was the last time someone other than Sewickley Academy won the WPIAL Class AA boys tennis tournament Before some of Sewickley's freshmen were born.

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Amani Johnson, Lauren Wasylson earn All-Pennsylvania honors from USA Today
April 17, 2018
East Allegheny's Amani Johnson and Mars' Lauren Wasylson, two of the WPIAL's top girls basketball players, earned All-Pennsylvania honors from USA Today on Tuesday. Johnson,

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Burrell hires Shawn Liotta as football coach
There are 160,000 miles on Shawn Liotta's six-year-old vehicle, but he and his trusty Chrysler won't make quite as many road trips anymore. Not since

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Quaker Valley hires Ron Balog as football coach
Quaker Valley's new football coach is more focused on next season rather than last. Ron Balog, a former youth coach and Central Catholic assistant, was

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Mars’ Robby Carmody earns All-Pennsylvania honor from USA Today
April 16, 2018
Mars senior Robby Carmody was the lone Western Pennsylvania player to earn a spot on USA Today's All-Pennsylvania boys basketball team announced Monday. The Notre

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Winchester Thurston’s Thorpe commits to Howard
Winchester Thurston senior Gia Thorpe, a 5-foot-8 guard who won consecutive WPIAL basketball titles, announced her commitment Monday to Howard University. The Trib 10 selection

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Rain could wash out first-place baseball matchups Monday
It's safe to say Monday's boys volleyball game between Fox Chapel and North Hills will be played as scheduled. But beyond that indoor matchup, the

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Mike Coleman’s commitment gives Toledo another Woodland Hills recruit
April 15, 2018
Mike Coleman's first offer was ultimately his favorite. The Woodland Hills junior drew more than a dozen football scholarships before committing Saturday to Toledo, which

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Pine-Richland linebacker Tyler King commits to Navy
About three weeks after announcing an offer from Navy, Pine-Richland's Tyler King was ready to commit Saturday to the Midshipmen. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior linebacker

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Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs commits to Miami (Ohio)
Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs, who led the Gators with seven interceptions last season, announced his commitment to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. The 6-foot, 160-pound

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Baldwin hires Kyle DeGregorio, Eugene Wilson as basketball coaches
April 13, 2018
Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino found his new girls basketball coach just across the hallway in Kyle DeGregorio, who's a guidance counselor in the district.

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Vincentian baseball’s ‘really good offensive day’ leads to 32-2 win over Leechburg
Vincentian Academy baseball coach Brad Bestic knew Thursday's lopsided score would raise some eyebrows. His Royals won 32-2 at Leechburg in three innings. andquot;I've already

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Woodland Hills football announces 6-game Week Zero event
April 12, 2018
Woodland Hills and five other WPIAL football teams will take part in a two-day Week Zero event at the Wolvarena this fall. There are six

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Gateway trio among WPIAL Hall of Fame class
Gateway's Terry Smith will be inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame alongside two athletes he knows very well. Smith, former Gators teammate Curtis Bray

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Upper St. Clair, North Hills baseball trying to stay hot Wednesday
April 11, 2018
The North Hills and Upper St. Clair baseball teams, which got a headstart to their schedules down south, each could add their WPIAL-leading seventh win

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Mars’ Robby Carmody
Robby Carmody's senior-year mission was clear: Earn Mars its first WPIAL basketball title. Mission accomplished. But it's what Carmody did along the way to lead

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Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Chartiers-Houston’s Alexa Williamson
Alexa Williamson created a mismatch for most teams. The 6-foot-1 senior dominated in the paint for Chartiers-Houston, led the WPIAL in scoring, averaged a double-double

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3 top-ranked softball teams face a tough section test Monday
April 9, 2018
The Mt. Pleasant, South Park and Chartiers-Houston softball teams are playing Monday for more than their top-ranked status in the WPIAL. All three No. 1s

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Trib 10 basketball: 2,000-point scorers lead all-star selections
April 7, 2018
This was a big year for big scorers. There are four seniors among the Trib 10 all-stars who reached the 2,000-point mark this season, a

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Back in Miami, Thomas Burns has nation’s top hurdles time — again
April 6, 2018
Thomas Burns disappointed more than a few WPIAL track fans this winter when the star hurdler transferred home to Miami. Here's why: The former Pine-Richland

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Butler’s Ethan Morton offered scholarship by new Pitt coach Jeff Capel
West Virginia, Penn State and Duquesne had offered Ethan Morton a basketball scholarship, along with Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa and a few others. Pitt

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Aquinas Academy hires George Yokitis as boys basketball coach
Basketball coach George Yokitis, the state's Class A coach of the year in 2011, was hired Friday to lead Aquinas Academy's boys team. Yokitis previously

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West Allegheny baseball’s debut among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
West Allegheny baseball already had six wins in the scorebook before April 6 last season, but the highly ranked Indians are winless right now. And

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson named WBCA honorable mention All-American
April 5, 2018
East Allegheny senior Amani Johnson, who'll graduate with 2,345 career points, earned honorable mention All-American honors from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The WBCA chose

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Gateway freshman Derrick Davis adds Michigan football offer
April 4, 2018
Gateway freshman Derrick Davis has almost three years to pick a college, but his number of options keeps growing. Davis on Wednesday announced a football

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Undefeated USC, Canon-Mac on deck in Wednesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
All eyes are on the weather forecast this week, which calls for wind and possibly rain Wednesday morning with an afternoon temperature near 40. It's

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Mars’ Michael Carmody celebrates international basketball title in Italy
April 3, 2018
Vincitore! Mars sophomore Michael Carmody and his father/coach Rob Carmody celebrated an international basketball title Tuesday when Team Ohio won the Junior International Tournament in

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Penn Hills linebacker Darrell Mason added to Big 33 roster
April 2, 2018
Penn Hills linebacker Darrell Mason was added Monday to Pennsylvania's roster for the Big 33 Football Classic. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Robert Morris commit originally was

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PIAA board shows willingness to tackle transfer issues
March 30, 2018
Two rules enacted this week showed that the current PIAA board of directors views transfers as a serious problem, said WPIAL president Scott Seltzer. andquot;I

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2 WPIAL baseball underclassmen named preseason All-Americans
Pine-Richland infielder Troy LaNeve and West Allegheny outfielder Austin Hendrick received preseason underclassmen All-American honors Friday from Perfect Game. The amateur baseball scouting organization, which

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Mars girls edge Archbishop Wood to capture 1st PIAA title
March 28, 2018
HERSHEY — Mars junior Tai Johnson chased after Archbishop Wood as the Philadelphia Catholic League powerhouse held for the final shot, looking for any chance

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Robby Carmody scores 34 but Mars boys fall to Abington Heights in PIAA title game
March 27, 2018
HERSHEY — Robby Carmody spent the final 86 seconds on the Giant Center bench, sitting beside his brother Michael and teammate Cade Hetzler, who all

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OLSH’s rally falls short as Constitution wins PIAA Class 2A boys basketball title
HERSHEY — As Dante Spadafora was about to leave Hershey with his Our Lady of the Sacred Heart teammates, the freshman point guard made a

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PIAA Class 5A boys basketball championship preview: Mars vs. Abington Heights
Class 5A boys Mars (25-4) vs. Abington Heights (26-3) 8 p.m. Tuesday, Giant Center, Hershey Starting lineups Mars Coach: Rob Carmody No., name, position, height,

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PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship preview: OLSH vs. Constitution
Class 2A boys OLSH (26-3) vs. Constitution (20-11) 2 p.m. Tuesday, Giant Center, Hershey Starting lineups Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Coach: Mike Rodriguez

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Imhotep Charter defeats Sharon in PIAA 4A final
Sharon was celebrating its first state championship appearance in six decades, but the Tigers found little else to cheer Monday night in Hershey. Imhotep Charter's

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Bishop Canevin girls fall to Neumann-Goretti in PIAA title game for 2nd straight season
March 26, 2018
HERSHEY — There's no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed after Monday's championship loss to Neumann-Goretti, said Bishop Canevin coach Scott Dibble, at least not

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PIAA board targets midseason transfers with new rule
March 25, 2018
Midseason transfers will be declared ineligible under a rule the PIAA board of directors is poised to approve Monday. Under the new restrictions, if an

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4 schools join Class AA in updated WPIAL swimming alignment
The boys and girls swim teams at Chartiers Valley, Laurel Highlands, McKeesport and Montour will drop to Class AA next season. The WPIAL board of

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Pine-Richland loses in OT, denied return trip to Hershey
March 24, 2018
Tied with 72 seconds left, Pine-Richland held the ball and Roman Catholic held its breath. The Rams were holding for a last-second shot that would

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ITPS cancels underclassmen showcase games
March 23, 2018
Organizers want the first ITPS Cancer Sucks charity basketball games to be a controversy-free success, so they've canceled the underclassmen contests that drew critics. Now,

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PIAA postpones basketball semifinals to Saturday, finals next week
March 21, 2018
With the state blanketed in snow, the PIAA postponed its boys and girls basketball championship until next week. The state finals are now Monday-Wednesday. The

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OLSH defeats rival Sewickley Academy in overtime to reach PIAA Class 2A final
March 20, 2018
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy know one another as well as any section rivals in the WPIAL. So, OLSH added a

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PIAA postpones Pine-Richland, CWNC, Mars state basketball semifinals
With snow in the forecast, the PIAA postponed many of Tuesday night's state basketball semifinal to Thursday. The delays will affect the Pine-Richland boys, the

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Quaker Valley’s offense struggles in PIAA semifinal loss to Sharon
For Quaker Valley, this was the kind of night where even a breakaway layup bounced off the side of the rim. Sharon quickly grabbed that

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Former player Mike Warfield accepts Aliquippa head coaching position
March 19, 2018
Aliquippa's next football coach is a former player from the 1980s, but not the one many had expected. Former Quips quarterback Mike Warfield said the

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WPIAL notebook: Seton Hill to host softball title games; Cross country moves to Cal (Pa.)
The WPIAL softball and cross country championships are on the move. The WPIAL board of directors voted Monday to move the softball finals to Seton

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PIAA basketball semifinals top Monday’s 3 things to watch
The Mars and Quaker Valley boys basketball teams had just two days to put their quarterfinal wins behind them. After winning Friday night, each team

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens named finalist for national award
Fresh off winning a national hurdles title, North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens was named this week as a finalist for MileSplit male athlete of the

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Former NFL player Sean Gilbert finalist to coach Aliquippa football
March 18, 2018
Former NFL player Sean Gilbert is among three finalists to become Aliquippa's next football coach. Gilbert, Cornell coach Ed Dawson and Central Valley assistant Mike

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Bishop Canevin, East Allegheny to rematch in PIAA girls semifinals
WPIAL finalists Bishop Canevin and East Allegheny will rematch Monday night with a trip to Hershey awaiting the winner. The teams will play at Gateway

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5 WPIAL boys teams reach PIAA basketball semifinals
So far this season, Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart played one another for the section title and the WPIAL title. The

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ITPS Classic charity basketball games face resistance over underclassmen participation
As an event organizer, Shane Phillips has read and reread Article IX of the PIAA bylaws, particularly Section 2 that deals with all-star games. The

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Pine-Richland scores last to defeat Allderdice in PIAA quarterfinal
March 17, 2018
Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash almost couldn't miss a shot, while teammate Greg Shulkosky had made just one basket all afternoon. With the score tied Saturday and

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Aliquippa could hire football coach Wednesday to replace Mike Zmijanac
Aliquippa could have its next football coach in place within days. Three finalists will interview Monday with the entire school board, said Aliquippa superintendent Pete

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Early deficit too much for New Castle in PIAA quarterfinal loss
There just wasn't enough time for New Castle to fix all that went wrong in the first five minutes. District 10 champion Sharon used a

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Stopping Carmody, Mars no easy task for Highlands boys basketball
March 15, 2018
If there's a blueprint for attacking Mars, it usually starts here: Don't let Robby Carmody have a monster night. Of course, that's easier said than

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Allderdice gets defense to oust WPIAL champion Penn Hills from PIAA playoffs
The outcome didn't surprise Allderdice's Terrell Childs in the least, but he was shocked by the numbers on Baldwin's scoreboard. andquot;Forty-one to forty-fourandquot; A raucous

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Sites and times announced for Friday’s PIAA basketball quarterfinals
March 14, 2018
The PIAA announced sites and times for Friday's state basketball quarterfinals and the schedule includes an all-WPIAL doubleheader at Gateway. WPIAL Class 5A boys champion

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Robby Carmody leads Mars to fourth straight PIAA quarterfinal
As Mars' Robby Carmody walked to the bench with three first-half fouls, the Trinity student section chanted with delight. The strategy on the court and

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Upper St. Clair replaces Hampton in PIHL semifinals
March 13, 2018
The PIHL announced Tuesday that Hampton used an ineligible hockey player in last week's quarterfinal win and therefore will be replaced by Upper St. Clair

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PTFCA announces all-state honors for indoor track
March 12, 2018
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens and the Seneca Valley boys distance medley earned first-team honors Monday night when the PTFCA announced its indoor track all-state

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WPIAL boys tennis openers among Monday’s 3 things to watch
The weather forecast predicts a high temperature in the mid-40s Monday afternoon with a chance of snow flurries earlier in the day, but the WPIAL

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NA’s Owens wins national hurdles title, breaks state record
March 11, 2018
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens won a national title Sunday and set a state record at the same time. The senior won the 60-meter hurdles

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PIAA girls basketball pairings: North Allegheny rematches Altoona again
It's Round 3 for North Allegheny and Altoona girls basketball. The WPIAL champion's undefeated record could be tested Tuesday night when North Allegheny (26-0) faces

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PIAA boys basketball pairings: WPIAL, City League champions collide at Baldwin
It's the WPIAL champion vs. the City League champion. Penn Hills and Allderdice will play Wednesday night at Baldwin in a PIAA Class 6A boys

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New pools could let Upper St. Clair start water polo team
They're rare in Western Pennsylvania, but Upper St. Clair could start a water polo program in the not too distant future. That's one of options

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens places second in pentathlon at nationals
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens took second in the pentathlon Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, but wasn't able to topple defending champion Kyle Garland.

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Blaufeld carries Allderdice past Mt. Lebanon in PIAA first-round victory
March 10, 2018
Allderdice's Jackson Blaufeld is an opponent you love to watch, said Mt. Lebanon coach Joe David after sharing a gym with the junior Saturday. andquot;But

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North Allegheny stays undefeated with PIAA 1st-round win
This win really wasn't much different than North Allegheny's other 25 this season, insisted coach Spencer Stefko. Yes, the Tigers played Friday without star point

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Quaker Valley drops Grove City to reach PIAA 2nd round
Quaker Valley's Ryan Stowers wasn't arrogant enough to think he couldn't miss, but he also knew he hadn't missed all night. Three 3s, five 2s

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First-round PIAA basketball games among Friday’s 3 things to watch
March 9, 2018
The PIAA basketball playoffs start Friday night with first-round contests in Class 5A, 4A and A boys and Class 6A, 3A and 2A girls. In

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Record-setting football coach Tom Nola considers return to sideline
March 8, 2018
Retired football coach Tom Nola considered a comeback this winter while relaxing on the beaches of sunny Florida. andquot;I went to a few games last

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Mars’ Robby Carmody wins Pa. Gatorade Player of the Year, joins star-studded list
Robby Carmody joined a star-studded list that includes Kobe Bryant and Rasheed Wallace when the Mars basketball player was named Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the

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Sto-Rox receives $250,000 grant from NFL Foundation for turf
March 7, 2018
The grass is looking greener for Sto-Rox football. The Steelers announced Tuesday that the school would receive a $250,000 matching grant through the NFL Foundation

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Five things to watch for the PIAA basketball tournament
Will the City of Brotherly Love show some compassion to the rest of the state Since Philadelphia high schools joined PIAA basketball more than a

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Upper St. Clair building new aquatics center at high school
March 6, 2018
Upper St. Clair will build a new aquatics center at the high school that includes an eight-lane pool and a separate special-use pool suitable for

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It’s officially spring for PIAA baseball, softball, lacrosse and track athletes
March 5, 2018
It's officially spring, at least for high school athletes. With afternoon temperatures near 40, Monday was the first day across Pennsylvania that spring sports teams

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Pine-Richland football announces, deletes Week Zero matchup with IMG Academy
Call it a false start. Pine-Richland's football team announced Monday on Twitter that it will start next season against Florida powerhouse IMG Academy, which finished

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Penn Hills boys foil Pine-Richland’s 3-peat bid in WPIAL Class 6A final
March 4, 2018
Confident and comfortable were the words Cory Fulton chose to describe Penn Hills' halftime mood while trailing a two-time defending champion in the WPIAL finals.

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PIAA girls basketball pairings: Top teams from WPIAL Class 3A scheduled for triple-header
The top three girls basketball teams in WPIAL Class 3A will share a gym Friday night for the first round of the state playoffs. Peters

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PIAA boys basketball pairings: ‘Round 4’ awaits section rivals in 5A bracket
It's Round 4 of Mars vs. Hampton and Franklin Regional vs. Highlands. The Class 5A section rivals will open the PIAA boys basketball playoffs Friday

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Penn Hills boys foil Pine-Richland’s 3-peat bid in WPIAL Class 6A final
March 3, 2018
Confident and comfortable were the words Cory Fulton chose to describe Penn Hills' halftime mood while trailing a two-time defending champion in the WPIAL finals.

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WPIAL Class 6A boys final preview: A third consecutive title would earn Pine-Richland place in WPIAL history
Three years, three trips to the WPIAL finals for Pine-Richland, but each has had a different story. andquot;The first year we wanted to do it

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Sewickley Academy edges rival OLSH to defend WPIAL Class 2A boys title
March 2, 2018
After just 10 minutes under the Petersen Events Center lights, Sewickley Academy owned a 21-point lead and seemed ready for a championship rout. Our Lady

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Lincoln Park boys take down Seton LaSalle in WPIAL Class 3A title game
March 1, 2018
Lincoln Park's Keeno Holmes knows there are two silver medals stashed away somewhere in his home, but he can't say exactly where because he never

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Balanced scoring effort helps Pine-Richland top Woodland Hills, advance to 3rd straight WPIAL title game
February 28, 2018
When Pine-Richland coach Jeff Ackermann glanced at the scoreboard, what he saw worried him. It wasn't so much the third-quarter score — the Rams were

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WPIAL Class 6A, 4A boys semifinals on deck in Wednesday’s games to watch
February 27, 2018
Pine-Richland, New Castle and Quaker Valley already know the way to Petersen Events Center. Those three finalists from last season will try to earn return

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Strong 2nd quarter propels No. 1 CW North Catholic past Central Valley in WPIAL semifinals
February 26, 2018
As the preseason title favorites, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Molly Rottmann admitted she was a little nervous for Monday night's WPIAL semifinal. andquot;You've been

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Seton LaSalle boys top CWNC to reach WPIAL Class 3A final
With 12.7 seconds left, Seton LaSalle's Nick Deanes admitted, his mind wandered back to last February. A year ago, Deanes saw two free throws rim

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Section rivals face semifinal rematches in Monday’s 3 boys games to watch
The semifinals are full of familiar names. In Class 3A and A, the two brackets in action Monday, the eight semifinalists have combined for 11

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Stall tactics pay off for Penn Hills in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal win over Central Catholic
February 24, 2018
Quickness is usually Penn Hills' game. The Indians use tempo to force other teams into mistakes and use their speed for transition baskets. Yet, earlier

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Baskets scarce as Franklin Regional edges Moon in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 23, 2018
Two free throws in the final 22 seconds by junior Nick Leopold accounted for Franklin Regional's entire offensive output for the fourth quarter. Somehow, those

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Semifinal spots available for Class 6A, A girls in 3 games to watch Friday
Two dominant girls favorites begin their postseasons Friday when North Allegheny in Class 6A and Winchester Thurston in Class A finally make their playoff debuts

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After first-round byes, top seeds in Class 5A, 2A finally join boys basketball playoffs in 3 games to watch Friday
After enjoying first-round byes, the top seeds in Class 5A and 2A finally join the WPIAL playoff action Friday night with a trip to the

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Sto-Rox hires LaRoi Johnson as football coach
As an Imani Christian assistant, LaRoi Johnson admired Sto-Rox's potential from across the football field. But what Johnson didn't know in November was that he'd

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Aliquippa school board votes to open position of football coach Mike Zmijanac
February 21, 2018
Mike Zmijanac listened quietly from the small auditorium's seats as a former player and several others asked the Aliquippa school board to let the hall

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Class 3A girls bracket begins after weeklong wait in 3 games to watch Wednesday
After waiting for more than a week, the WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball teams start their postseason on Wednesday with four first-round matchups between seeds

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Class 4A boys bracket includes 2017 rematch in 3 games to watch Wednesday
The boys basketball schedule Wednesday includes only four games, all from the Class 4A bracket. The top four teams received bye, so the matchups involve

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Hampton boys hold off Gateway rally with last-second stand
With 1.8 seconds left in a two-point game, the in-bounds pass was destined for Gateway's JP Kromka. Gateway knew it. Hampton knew it. Even so,

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11 from WPIAL chosen for Big 33 Football Classic
February 20, 2018
Central Catholic teammates David Green, Khalil Weathers and Liam Slattery were among the players picked to represent Pennsylvania in the 61st annual Big 33 Football

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Aliquippa school board to consider replacing football coach Mike Zmijanac
The Aliquippa school board could vote Wednesday to replace football coach Mike Zmijanac after 21 seasons and 13 trips to the WPIAL finals. Zmijanac led

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WPIAL releases winter sports alignment for next 2-year cycle
February 19, 2018
With six classifications, it's almost impossible to keep all the sections similarly sized and still create geographically friendly sections. andquot;It's awful, it's terrible,andquot; WPIAL executive

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WPIAL sets football playoff format, schedules 4 finals at Heinz Field
The WPIAL created a good-news, bad-news scenario for its Class A football teams. The good news: The finalists from the smallest classification will play their

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WPIAL seeks new championship sites for softball, cross country
The WPIAL is searching for new venues to host its softball and cross country championships. California University of Pennsylvania has renovations planned for its softball

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No holiday for Class 3A boys basketball teams in Monday’s 3 games to watch
February 18, 2018
The WPIAL basketball playoffs almost take the day off Monday as students and teachers celebrate Presidents Day. But there is a four-game schedule from the

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Bishop Canevin hires former Ambridge AD Randy Cosgrove
Bishop Canevin recently hired Randy Cosgrove as athletic director, reuniting the former Ambridge administrator with high school sports. andquot;I really wanted to get back into

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Pine-Richland rallies to take down Bethel Park in 1st round
Two-time defending WPIAL champion Pine-Richland was about 6 minutes away from an early exit. The reigning champ was andquot;staggered,andquot; Bethel Park coach Josh Bears said,

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NA’s Owens runs nation’s 2nd-fastest hurdles time at TSTCA championship
North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens won three titles and recorded the season's second-fastest 60-meter hurdle title time in the country Saturday at the Tri-State Track

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WPIAL’s five-year probation is ‘ridiculous’ and ‘setting you up for failure,’ says Monessen superint…
February 14, 2018
Students currently in elementary school shouldn't be punished for a high school basketball brawl, said Monessen Superintendent Leanne Spazak, who wants the WPIAL-imposed five-year probation

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Armstrong coach shocked when WPIAL omits team from basketball brackets
Nobody was more surprised to see the WPIAL playoff brackets than Armstrong boys basketball coach Greg Hutcherson. When the Class 5A bracket was revealed Tuesday

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 13, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs: CLASS 6A Favorite: Led by Antonio Garofoli (17 ppg), Mt. Lebanon shoots 3-pointers by the dozen.

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn top seed in Class 6A as WPIAL playoff pairings are released
If the WPIAL ran the Class 6A boys basketball tournament five times, it might crown five different champions. That's the opinion of Mt. Lebanon coach

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WPIAL puts Clairton, Monessen athletics on unprecedented 5-year probation
February 12, 2018
The Clairton and Monessen boys basketball teams are allowed to participate in the playoffs this season, but the WPIAL levied player suspensions and an unprecedented

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Sewickley Academy, OLSH trade spots in boys basketball state rankings
The Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart boys basketball teams switched spots in the Class 2A state rankings this week, with Sewickley

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Favorites clear for WPIAL girls basketball playoffs but other seeds debatable
The WPIAL playoff brackets won't be revealed until Tuesday night's pairings meeting, but the No. 1 seeds in girls basketball shouldn't be much of a

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Who draws the No. 1 seed: Central Catholic, Mt. Lebanon or Woodland Hills?
The WPIAL basketball steering committee, a 15-person panel chaired by Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone, will gather Monday to seed playoff brackets. The committee members

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Chartiers-Houston’s Williamson third WPIAL scorer to reach 2,000 this season
February 11, 2018
For the third time this season, a WPIAL basketball player joined the 2,000-points club. Chartiers-Houston senior Alexa Williamson accomplished the career milestone this week, joining

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Class 6A football coaches have mixed opinions on playoff possibilities
February 10, 2018
If the WPIAL lets eight out of nine teams into the Class 6A football playoffs, then the regular season should come with a caveat. andquot;The

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High school basketball rankings for week of Feb. 11
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A Rank, school, record, previous 1. Mt. Lebanon, 19-3, 3 2. Woodland Hills, 19-3, — 3. Fox Chapel, 17-4, 5 4.

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No. 2 Sewickley Academy boys avenge loss to No. 1 OLSH
Sewickley Academy's Isiah Warfield felt like his jump shot was maybe a little off Friday night, but from roughly 15 feet he couldn't miss. The

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Central Catholic names Alumni Hall court after longtime coach Crummie
February 9, 2018
Central Catholic surprised longtime boys basketball coach Chuck Crummie by naming the Alumni Hall court for him Friday night. Crummie has coached the team for

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Clairton to allow only families, guardians at Friday’s game
Only the parents and guardians of players will be allowed to attend Friday night's boys basketball game at Clairton, the school's administration announced in response

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OLSH-Sewickley Academy rematch part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Two points separated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy when the boys basketball teams met last month. OLSH won 70-68, breaking their

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23 WPIAL football players chosen for East-West game
February 7, 2018
One more time, Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz, running back Jordan Crawford and wideout Raymond Falcone will try to win together in Altoona. Crawford and

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The WPIAL’s top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2019
1. Andrew Kristofic Pine-Richland 6-6, 260, offensive line Kristofic's status took another giant leap Feb. 1 when Clemson offered him a scholarship, adding to a

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WPIAL seeks response from Clairton, Monessen after brawl
The boys basketball brawl between Clairton and Monessen was andquot;awful,andquot; said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley, who requested immediate written reports from each school's administration.

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A quieter signing day part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
It's signing day. This, the first Wednesday in February, is traditionally the date high school football recruits sign their letters of intent and fax them

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Woodland Hills captures at least share of section title
Woodland Hills' Amante Britt, the school's all-time leading scorer, was one whistle away from fouling out of his final home game. With about 3 minutes

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Winning streak carries Washington into boys state basketball rankings
February 5, 2018
A 10-game winning streak earned Washington a spot in the state boys basketball rankings this week. Washington is No. 10 in Class 3A according to

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Blackhawk girls’ attempt to avenge lone loss among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
Could the Central Valley girls basketball team hand Blackhawk a second loss So far, the Beaver County rival is the only team this season to

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Eagles’ trick play? Pine-Richland pulled it off three years earlier
Super Bowl LII stirred memories for some WPIAL football coaches, fans and former players. The Philadelphia Eagles ran a trick play for a touchdown Sunday

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Montour’s Brayden Jones commits to Robert Morris
February 3, 2018
Montour senior Brayden Jones, an all-conference running back and linebacker, announced his commitment Friday to Robert Morris. Jones (6-1, 215) led Montour with 675 rushing

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Moon basketball uses ‘run the football’ strategy to defeat No. 1 Mars
With a slim lead and only a few minutes left, Moon's boys basketball team embraced a Super Bowl-worthy strategy. andquot;We wanted to run the football

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Boys basketball playoffs seeding in play as part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
February 1, 2018
Only 11 days remain in the regular season for WPIAL boys basketball teams, with playoff brackets scheduled to be announced Feb. 13. But there's still

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Harlan on recruiting: Early-signing period takes buzz away from signing day
This week is traditionally a busy time for college football assistants who hurry to as many high schools as possible before signing day arrives on

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Gateway’s Brady Walker, second among all-time WPIAL passers, commits to West Virginia Wesleyan
January 31, 2018
Gateway quarterback Brady Walker, the second-leading passer in WPIAL history, announced his commitment Tuesday to West Virginia Wesleyan. The Buckhannon, W.Va., school competes in the

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WPIAL team wrestling tournaments among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Thirty-one wrestling teams enter Wednesday with a chance to win a WPIAL team title. By the end of the day, that number will be down

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Pine-Richland boys get section win over Central Catholic
With about two weeks left on the schedule, Pine-Richland coach Jeff Ackermann finally started the lineup he had expected to use all season. The Rams'

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WPIAL releases football schedules, revives Mt. Lebanon-Upper St. Clair rivalry
January 30, 2018
Six-class expansion broke up many WPIAL football rivalries, but Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair will revive theirs this season. The WPIAL on Tuesday released

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Allderdice, Canon-McMillan, Jeannette enter PIAA boys basketball rankings
January 29, 2018
A day after rising to No. 1 in the Trib's WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball rankings, Canon-McMillan earned a spot in the City of Basketball

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Pine-Richland basketball welcomes back Andrew Kristofic in time for the WPIAL playoffs
Andrew Kristofic didn't need a basket or even a rebound to draw a warm cheer from Pine-Richland's home crowd. All he needed was to stand

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Preliminary matches in WPIAL team wrestling tournament among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
The WPIAL team wrestling tournament starts Monday at Franklin Regional with four preliminary round matches in Class AAA. Most qualifiers must wait until Wednesday when

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WPIAL, PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist sets NCAA freshman shot put mark
January 28, 2018
Former WPIAL phenom Jordan Geist, now a freshman at Arizona, broke the university's shot put record Saturday and established a new NCAA record for freshmen.

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Butler boys top Pine-Richland thanks to Morton’s buzzer-beater
January 27, 2018
As Ethan Morton's final shot fell through the net, a buzzer-beater from beyond the arc, Butler's student section flooded the floor. The star sophomore said

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Mt. Lebanon wideout Aidan Cain commits to William & Mary
When college recruiters visited Mt. Lebanon, football coach Mike Melnyk told them to keep their eyes on little-known Aidan Cain. The wideout had Division 1

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PIAA fixes basketball playoff quirk that forces first-round rematches
January 26, 2018
The state basketball tournament is typically a time for facing unfamiliar opponents from across Pennsylvania. But when Moon's boys team won a WPIAL title last

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Butler asks new coach Christy to bolster football roster
Butler removed the interim label from coach Eric Christy's job title. The Golden Tornado formally promoted Christy, who started last season as the team's offensive

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MaxPreps to honor state champion Moon girls soccer team
The MaxPreps Tournament of Champions will visit Moon on Friday night to honor the school's state champion girls soccer team. The Tigers will receive the

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Boys basketball sections take shape with 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 25, 2018
Only three Friday nights remain in the boys basketball regular season and this week's section slate features a few key rematches that will shape title

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PIAA puts Philadelphia football powers in WPIAL champions’ paths to Hershey
The road to Hershey will run directly through Philadelphia for WPIAL Class 6A and 5A football teams. The WPIAL and District 12, which contains Philadelphia's

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No. 5 Canon-McMillan boys hone in on section title after toppling No. 1 Mt. Lebanon
January 24, 2018
Tucked away in the Canon-McMillan coaches office was an old blue-and-gold banner that commemorated the boys basketball team's one and only section title, won by

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Section wrestling tournaments among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
The section wrestling tournaments arrive Wednesday night with matches at seven host sites and 28 teams vying for the titles. First-round matches start at 6

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Big 33 Football Classic alums to compete in Super Bowl for 52nd straight year
January 22, 2018
For the 52nd year in a row, the Big 33 Football Classic and the Super Bowl remain linked. Every Super Bowl matchup has included at

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Quaker Valley, OLSH rise to second in state boys basketball rankings
No WPIAL boys basketball teams are ranked first in the state, but Quaker Valley and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart each jumped to second

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Peters Township, Bethel Park rematch of 1-point game among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
January 21, 2018
One point separated Peters Township and Bethel Park when the girls basketball teams played late last month. Makenna Marissa's three-point play with 30 seconds left

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Former Woodland Hills RB Jo-El Shaw picks Kent State
January 20, 2018
Former Woodland Hills running back Jo-El Shaw, who played two seasons at Lackawanna College, announced Saturday he's transferring to Kent State. Shaw rushed for 848

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Harlan on recruiting: Toledo coaches impressed by WPIAL athletes
January 19, 2018
Within a six-minute span early this week, Woodland Hills junior Mike Coleman and Gateway teammates Courtney Jackson and Jeremiah Josephs announced scholarship offers from Toledo

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Mars’ Michael Carmody making a name for himself in football, basketball
Michael Carmody is known as Robby's little brother, but the Mars sophomore is anything but little. And football coaches have noticed. Carmody, who's 6-foot-6 and

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Boys basketball section rematches are part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 18, 2018
A number of boys basketball sections have reached the season's midway point, so it's time battle everybody again. Among Friday night's games is a section

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WPIAL won’t force teams to play Week Zero games
Week Zero remains optional. The WPIAL will not schedule football games for that flex week, letting schools once again decide whether to play a second

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Penn Hills used ineligible wrestler
January 17, 2018
Penn Hills let a student from Serra Catholic wrestle several matches this season for its team despite not being enrolled in the district, WPIAL executive

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Section wrestling finales among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Wednesday marks the final night of section matches on the WPIAL wrestling schedule, and several head-to-head contests will decide sub-section winners. Among them, in Class

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Top-ranked Quaker Valley gets defensive to defeat No. 2 Ambridge
With Drexel recruit Coletrane Washington in the lineup, Quaker Valley can score with anybody in the WPIAL, so a 23-point quarter isn't all that unusual.

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Geography helps shape Class 5A as WPIAL releases new football conference alignment
January 16, 2018
The WPIAL strives for short road trips, so the football committee used color-coded maps and mileage charts to divide its 120 teams into conferences for

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WPIAL announces alignment for fall sports, some spring sports
January 15, 2018
The WPIAL today released section and conference alignments for the next two years for fall sports and some spring sports. Here's a look at where

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WPIAL to reveal section alignments for next two seasons as part of 3 things to watch Monday
Coaches may take games one at a time, but the WPIAL takes years two at a time. So, at Monday afternoon's board of directors meeting,

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No. 2 Penn Hills boys edge Woodland Hills in Setion 3-6A showdown
January 13, 2018
With 52 seconds left, Penn Hills' double-digit lead was down to three and its leading scorer was on the bench with five fouls. But Woodland

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Winchester Thurston girls basketball players take a knee during national anthem
January 12, 2018
As her Winchester Thurston basketball teammates stood at the foul line facing the American flag, senior Ayanna Townsend borrowed the announcer's microphone. andquot;This year our

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What could WPIAL football conferences look like next season?
The wait is almost over. The WPIAL football committee met Thursday to decide the conferences for the next two seasons, leaving coaches, players and fans

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Pine-Richland football team to be honored
January 11, 2018
The MaxPreps Tour of Champions was visit Pine-Richland on Friday night to honor the Rams' state championship football team, but a pending winter storm has

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Winchester Thurston girls basketball team plans to take a knee during national anthem tonight
When Winchester Thurston's girls basketball team suggested kneeling during the national anthem, coach Monica Williams insisted it couldn't be a meaningless gesture. andquot;I told them

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Robby Carmody scores 27, No. 1 Mars holds off No. 2 Moon
January 10, 2018
Mars' Robby Carmody dominated the first two minutes and the final 30 seconds Tuesday night. The Planets' star senior finished with 27 points, including the

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Peters Township, Mt. Lebanon wrestling look to lock up sub-section title as part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athl…
January 9, 2018
First place is up for grabs Wednesday in Class AAA, Section 2B. Peters Township will host Mt. Lebanon at 7:30 p.m., with the winner likely

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Bishop Canevin football coach Schoppe resigns
January 8, 2018
When Darren Schoppe became a football coach, he told himself he should give back as much time as he received as a player. andquot;I passed

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Girls basketball showdown between TJ-Oakland Catholic part of 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
January 7, 2018
Who's the best team in WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball So far, it's proven to be the WPIAL's deepest classification with upwards of a dozen

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High school basketball rankings for week of Jan. 7, 2018
rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon *9-1 1 2. Penn Hills 12-0 2 3. Woodland Hills 9-1 5 4. Pine-Richland 7-3 3 5. Butler 10-1 4 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars 7-2 1 2.

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn section victory over shorthanded Connellsville
January 6, 2018
Mt. Lebanon arrived Friday ready to battle Connellsville's Seth Younkin, a 6-foot-6 forward who leads his team in points and rebounds. But the senior injured

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PSFCA announces coaching staffs for Big 33, East-West all-star games
January 5, 2018
New Castle football coach Joe Cowart and Western Beaver athletic director Ryan Matsook, who formerly coached Beaver Falls, were named Friday as assistants on Pennsylvania's

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Harlan on recruiting: Spring visits to benefit junior prospects
The NCAA decision to let juniors take official visits seems like a andquot;no-brainer,andquot; Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz said. andquot;I know when I did it,

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With Bob Palko nearing retirement, West Allegheny eyes succession plan
January 4, 2018
West Allegheny is hiring a new football coach, but Bob Palko isn't leaving quite yet. Palko, who has won more WPIAL football titles than any

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Despite postponement, key boys basketball games among 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Friday will be frigid. The weather forecasts predict single-digit temperatures throughout the day with a low near 1 degree. As a result, many high school

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McKeesport running back Acie commits to Navy
McKeesport running back Carlinos Acie announced his commitment to Navy football on Thursday, making him the second senior from the Tigers backfield headed to a

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Steelers nominate Quaker Valley’s Veshio for Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award
The NFL added another honor to Jerry Veshio's remarkable year as Quaker Valley's football coach. Veshio was among the 32 high school coaches announced Thursday

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Three top-ranked teams to compete at Mt. Lebanon
January 3, 2018
Three top-ranked WPIAL basketball teams will share a gym Saturday when Mt. Lebanon hosts andquot;The Challenge.andquot; The 10-team event features the top-ranked Mt. Lebanon boys

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Bethel Park boys hold off Upper St. Clair rally in Section 2-6A clash
After a gritty 26-point effort, Bethel Park senior Justin Meis still surmised that he's probably not the best basketball player on the team or even

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Key Section 2-5A boys hoops matchups among 3 things to watch for Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
January 2, 2018
One of the WPIAL's deepest boys basketball sections will start to take shape Wednesday night when Chartiers Valley visits Moon and West Allegheny visits Mars.

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Performance of Pine-Richland, Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL’s top high school sports stories from 2017
December 31, 2017
This was a year of milestones in Western Pennsylvania sports including the birth of a new high school sports network. The TribLive High School Sports

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High school basketball rankings for week of Dec. 24, 2017
December 26, 2017
rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon 6-0 2 2. Pine-Richland 5-1 4 3. Woodland Hills 6-0 5 4. Penn Hills 8-0 — 5. Butler 6-1 1 Out: Fox Chapel (4-2, 3) Class 5A

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Phil Jurkovec makes quick impact as Pine-Richland boys drop No. 1 Butler
December 23, 2017
Phil Jurkovec admits he's not in midseason form, but neither is his team. Two weeks removed from winning a state football title, the Pine-Richland senior

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North Allegheny volleyball team recognized for championship season
December 21, 2017
The North Allegheny girls volleyball team was honored Thursday for finishing its fall season ranked No. 27 in MaxPreps' national rankings. At an afternoon assembly,

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Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL football recruits who signed early
December 20, 2017
The WPIAL's top football recruits took advantage of the new early-signing period Wednesday and inked their National Letters of Intent, including Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec

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Early-signing period offers unique opportunity for recruits
As a high school senior, Bill Cherpak took a Christmas ski vacation to Colorado while deciding where he'd play college football. There in the snow-capped

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Steel Valley’s Strothers commits to Delaware
December 19, 2017
Steel Valley cornerback Amonte Strothers, who didn't take up football until his junior season, announced Tuesday his commitment to Delaware. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior listed

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Gateway’s Walker named state’s Class 5A Player of the Year
Gateway quarterback Brady Walker, who passed for 4,657 yards and 45 touchdowns this season, was named Tuesday at the state's Class 5A Player of the

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Quaker Valley’s Ricky Guss named Pennsylvania’s Class 3A player of the year
Quaker Valley coach Jerry Veshio and quarterback Ricky Guss, who led the Quakers to a PIAA football championship this month, were named Tuesday as the

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Jeannette’s Robert Kennedy named Pennsylvania’s Class A football player of the year
Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy, who led the Jayhawks to a PIAA football title, was named Tuesday as the state's Class A co-player of the year.

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WPIAL football conferences to have new look in Class 6A, 5A
December 18, 2017
There will be three Class 5A conferences in WPIAL football next season but just one in 6A. That we now know. How many teams from

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Thomas Jefferson, South Fayette land 2 all-state selections apiece in Class 4A
Thomas Jefferson and South Fayette each had two football players selected for the Class 4A all-state team announced Monday. In all, Pennsylvania sports writers voted

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Washington High teammates among Class 2A all-state selections
Washington teammates Isaiah Schoonmaker and Nick Welsh were among five WPIAL football players selected for the Class 2A all-state team announced Monday. The two Prexies,

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High school boys, girls basketball rankings for week of Dec. 17, 2017
December 16, 2017
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A 1. Butler 5-0 2 2. Mt. Lebanon 4-0 4 3. Fox Chapel 4-0 3 4. Pine-Richland 3-1 1 5. Woodland Hills 4-0 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars 4-0 1 2.

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Mars’ Johnson commits to Bucknell
December 13, 2017
The highly ranked Mars girls basketball team has a second Division I commit. Mars junior Tai Johnson, a 5-foot-7 guard, announced her commitment Wednesday to

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Central Catholic’s Trautman commits to Dayton
Central Catholic lineman Josh Trautman announced his commitment Wednesday to Dayton, an FCS program that already has seven former WPIAL players on its roster. The

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Pine-Richland coach Kasperowicz named finalist for national award
Pine-Richland's Eric Kasperowicz was one of six high school football coaches named Wednesday as finalists for a national award. Kasperowicz and St. Joseph's Prep coach

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WPIAL players selected to 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team
Here's a look at the 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team: T.J. Banks East Allegheny, WR/TE/DL Senior, 6-5, 240 The West Virginia recruit had 48

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Penn State offers scholarship to Gateway freshman Derrick Davis
December 12, 2017
Fresh off his appearance in the state football finals, Gateway freshman Derrick Davis added a scholarship offer Tuesday from Penn State. Davis received his offer

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Aliquippa Raines plans to sign early with West Virginia
December 11, 2017
Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines, one of the WPIAL's top football recruits, announced Monday that he will take advantage of the new early signing period that starts

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Central Catholic’s Weathers commits to Penn
Central Catholic senior Khalil Weathers, who drew more than two dozen college football offers, announced his commitment Sunday to Penn. The 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback had

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Gateway’s Walker, Pine-Richland’s Jurkovec, South Fayette’s Saxton finish among WPIAL’s all-time passers
In WPIAL football history only record-holder Brett Brumbaugh of South Fayette passed for more yards than Gateway's Brady Walker. The Gators senior quarterback finished his

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Several WPIAL players displayed elite performances at the PIAA football finals
Here's a look at some of the top performances by WPIAL players at the PIAA football championships Thursday-Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. Anthony Cerminara Pine-Richland The

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec named Pennsylvania player of the year
Two days after Phil Jurkovec led Pine-Richland to a PIAA championship, Gatorade named the Notre Dame-bound quarterback as the state's player of the year. The

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Phil Jurkovec leads Pine-Richland past St. Joseph’s Prep to win PIAA Class 6A title
December 9, 2017
HERSHEY — Hersheypark Stadium has witnessed championship performances from some of the state's best high school quarterbacks, a list of names that now surely includes

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LIVE: Pine-Richland vs. St. Joseph’s Prep in PIAA Class 6A title game
Pine-Richland faces St. Joseph's Prep in the PIAA Class 6A football championship game at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Here is the latest:

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Quaker Valley’s improbable story capped with 1st PIAA football title
If there's a screenwriter available, Jerry Veshio has a story to tell. The plot is almost unbelievable: A high school football team's coach quits 18

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Archbishop Wood downs Gateway in PIAA Class 5A championship game
December 8, 2017
HERSHEY — The liveliest Gators celebration at Hersheypark Stadium was an end zone chomp by Archbishop Wood's Kyle Pitts, a Florida recruit. The Gateway Gators

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At long last, Pine-Richland gets PIAA finals rematch with St. Joseph’s Prep
After each win this season, Pine-Richland's players gathered in a circle around coach Eric Kasperowicz and then broke the huddle by shouting the name of

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With enrollment figures set, WPIAL committees face task of slotting teams for next 2 years
December 7, 2017
Next season's classifications are set for WPIAL football teams, so now it's on to the conferences. The PIAA finalized its classifications for the 2018-19 and

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WPIAL Class 5A to get more crowded for football as PIAA ‘play up’ deadline arrives
December 6, 2017
In WPIAL football, there's suddenly a crowd in Class 5A. High school sports teams around the state had until Wednesday to decide whether to accept

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Phil Jurkovec fights through sickness, helps Pine-Richland reach PIAA Class 6A title game
December 2, 2017
ALTOONA — When Phil Jurkovec arrived Saturday in Altoona, the quarterback hadn't eaten much in days and felt weak from an illness that hit Pine-Richland's

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Freshman kicker Jenkins boots game-winner as Gateway tops Manheim Central in PIAA Class 5A semifinals
ALTOONA — At 5-foot-2 and 105 pounds, Gateway kicker Jayson Jenkins may be small in stature, but his confidence is huge. andquot;Routineandquot; was the word

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PIAA semifinals preview: Quaker Valley puts bye week to good use
November 30, 2017
The question: Have you had a chance to study Quaker Valley Sharon coach Jim Wildman's answer: andquot;Well, we haven't had 13 days, but Sunday morning

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Washington rolls past Steel Valley to win WPIAL Class 2A championship
November 25, 2017
Washington's Isaiah Schoonmaker might measure a half-inch too short or maybe a half-second too slow in the eyes of some critics, his coach figured. If

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Cathedral Prep routs Thomas Jefferson in PIAA quarterfinals
November 24, 2017
Against a roster Bill Cherpak dubbed the Erie all-stars, Thomas Jefferson had to be perfect. The Jaguars weren't, and Cathedral Prep pounced. Prep quarterback Joe

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Steel Valley, Washington overcame obstacles to reach WPIAL Class 2A final
It's not surprising that Steel Valley and Washington are headed Saturday to Joe Walton Stadium; the two were WPIAL favorites since late summer. They finished

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Improvement on defense helps Pine-Richland reach PIAA playoffs
Pine-Richland's most surprising stat isn't Phil Jurkovec's 3,279 passing yards, though that's a mighty impressive total. It's not his 33 touchdowns, either. The most surprising

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Pine-Richland cruises past Central Catholic to secure WPIAL Class 6A championship
November 18, 2017
Phil Jurkovec, Jordan Crawford and their Pine-Richland teammates checked their phones for weather updates in the days and hours before they headed to Heinz Field.

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Washington overcomes turnovers to defeat CWNC, advance to WPIAL Class 2A final
This 11-minute stretch would have crushed championship dreams for most WPIAL contenders. Who could endure an interception, three lost fumbles, a defensive touchdown and a

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WPIAL to have just 9 Class 6A football teams next fall
November 17, 2017
The odds could be 1 in 9 to win a WPIAL Class 6A football title. The PIAA on Friday released enrollment numbers for the 2018-19

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No. 1 Pine-Richland aims to topple two-time defending champ Central Catholic in Class 6A final
This week, the eight days between the WPIAL semifinals and the bus ride to Heinz Field, is kind of like Super Bowl week on the

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WPIAL Class 6A championship primer: Pine-Richland vs. Central Catholic
November 16, 2017
WPIAL football championship primer Class 6A No. 1 Pine-Richland (12-0) vs. No. 2 Central Catholic (10-2) 2 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com;

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Five things we learned from Week 11 of WPIAL football season
November 11, 2017
Welcome back. Some familiar school buses will arrive Saturday at Heinz Field for the WPIAL football championships, bringing with them players, bands and fans from

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QB Phil Jurkovec shines as No. 1 Pine-Richland tops rival North Allegheny to reach WPIAL Class 6A final
The only accolade absent from Phil Jurkovec's resume, a sensational three-year span that already has him mentioned among the WPIAL greats, is a championship. He

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WPIAL playoff primer: What to watch for tonight
November 9, 2017
Penn-Trafford, meet Upper St. Clair. Among the eight WPIAL semifinals this week, their Class 5A matchup is the only one that's not a rematch from

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Harlan on recruiting: Steel Valley’s Strothers balancing playoffs, visits
November 8, 2017
Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers is balancing two missions: recruiting and repeating. The senior recently visited Purdue's campus, but now he wants to see Robert Morris'

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Four Clairton players to miss quarterfinal game after fight with Summit Academy
November 7, 2017
Clairton will suspend additional football players beyond the two who were ejected in last Friday's fight with Summit Academy. That was the plan Clairton administrators

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WPIAL confident North Allegheny, Pine-Richland will put issues aside for playoff matchup
November 6, 2017
The WPIAL is confident North Allegheny and Pine-Richland can put their recent issues aside and play football Friday without incident, executive director Tim O'Malley said.

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Clairton, Summit Academy to meet with WPIAL over benches-clearing fight
Football coaches and school administrators from Clairton and Summit Academy will meet Tuesday afternoon with the WPIAL board of directors to discuss last week's benches-clearing

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Five things we learned from the first round of the WPIAL playoffs
November 4, 2017
A helmet-throwing fight marred Clairton's victory over Summit Academy on Friday, an ugly incident that could leave the Bears shorthanded. The fight ignited after a

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McKeesport’s conversion pays off in opening-round victory over West Allegheny
Matt Miller's cheat-sheet says go for two when you're up by five, so McKeesport's coach stuck to the script. andquot;Thank God we did,andquot; he said,

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What to watch in WPIAL football opening round: Top seeds look to maintain success
November 2, 2017
Might six classes favor the favorites It certainly did a year ago, when five of the six No. 1 seeds celebrated WPIAL football titles. Over

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Pine-Richland QB Phil Jurkovec denied entry to WPIAL field hockey finals by North Allegheny officials
Five days after Phil Jurkovec's celebration caused controversy, the Pine-Richland quarterback was denied entry into North Allegheny's stadium. His father, Jim, confirmed that Jurkovec was

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Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Weathers collects college offers
November 1, 2017
College offer No. 26 arrived earlier this week for Khalil Weathers, a Central Catholic senior with plenty of options. This time it was Brown, his

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High school football notebook: Rematches tough to avoid in WPIAL 1st round
Montour and New Castle tied for second in the Northwest Nine, but the WPIAL scheduled them head-to-head for the ultimate tiebreaker. The conference foes meet

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California among top seeds for WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2017
The WPIAL football committee wasn't always kind to the Tri-County South Conference. So, California coach Darrin Dillow wasn't sure his undefeated Trojans would be a

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Five things we learned from Week 9 of WPIAL football season
October 28, 2017
Maybe for the first time all season, Clairton looked a lot like its dominant self, and just in time for the playoffs, too. That could

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Video: Pine-Richland’s rushing attack dominates North Allegheny
Pine-Richland rushed for 629 yards and seven touchdowns in Friday night's 48-28 victory over rival North Allegheny. Jordan Crawford ran for 242 yards, Kenny White

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No. 1 Pine-Richland shows off running game in victory over North Allegheny
Pine-Richland's coaches decided to protect Phil Jurkovec from wear and tear, so they've limited the quarterback's carries to nights when they absolutely needed him to

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What to watch in Week 9 of high school football: Tiebreaker coin flip could be in play
October 26, 2017
In WPIAL football, the last-resort tiebreaker is a coin flip. If head-to-head results, Gardner Points and the WPIAL's margin-of-victory formulas can't break a tie, chance

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Harlan on recruiting: Joey Porter Jr. making a name for himself at NA
October 25, 2017
Joey Porter Jr. was born with one of the most recognizable names in the WPIAL, but the North Allegheny junior quickly is making a name

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High school football notebook: WPIAL sets date, site for Class 2A, A championships
Jeannette, Steel Valley, Clairton, Washington and any other small schools with WPIAL title hopes should clear their schedules the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The WPIAL football

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Butler coach Densmore resigns
October 23, 2017
The number of WPIAL football coaches who resigned midseason now stands at three. Butler played Week 8 without coach Rob Densmore, who resigned a few

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Five things we learned from Week 8 of WPIAL football season: Gateway QB Walker measures up
October 21, 2017
The WPIAL's leading passer doesn't have the measurables to make Division I schools chase after him, but Brady Walker's other numbers are very impressive. andquot;He's

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Gateway defense comes through in clutch to defeat McKeesport
As the clocked ticked away, as McKeesport was pushing downfield, as Gateway's lead started to feel temporary, Gators junior Jeremiah Josephs started thinking about last

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5 things to watch in Week 8 of high school football: Teams control playoff destiny
October 19, 2017
Win and you're in. That's the mindset a number of WPIAL teams can embrace Friday night, knowing their playoff destinies are entirely in their own

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East Allegheny’s Banks commits to West Virginia
October 18, 2017
T.J. Banks celebrated his birthday with a football scholarship. The East Allegheny star committed to West Virginia after Wednesday's practice, ending a months-long recruiting effort

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Harlan on recruiting: Devonshire another Aliquippa DB drawing offers
Who's the best defensive back in Aliquippa history That's not an easy question, but there are plenty of good answers. Quips junior Marlin andquot;MJandquot; Devonshire

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High school football notebook: WPIAL playoff field filling up
With two weeks left in the regular season, the WPIAL playoff field is already more than 70 percent set. In all, 46 of the 64

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Freedom coach Tom Liberty resigns
October 17, 2017
A WPIAL football coach resigned midseason for the second time this week. Freedom's Tom Liberty, whose team is in playoff position, resigned with two weeks

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Five things we learned from Week 7 of WPIAL football season
October 14, 2017
Turnovers will hurt any team, even a dominant WPIAL title favorite. Friday night was proof. Top-ranked Thomas Jefferson lost the football four times, two fumbles

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Video: Aliquippa defense finally gives up a TD, still victorious over Quaker Valley
Aliquippa senior Avante McKenzie said Quaker Valley's only touchdown in Friday's game came as a surprise to the Quips defense. andquot;We have that mindset at

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Aliquippa defense bends, doesn’t break in victory over Quaker Valley
Nobody had scored a touchdown on Aliquippa's defense. Not New Castle. Not Beaver Falls. Not Beaver. Not Freeport. Not Ellwood City. Not South Park. Not

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What to watch in Week 7 of high school football: Top-ranked teams could face challenges
October 12, 2017
Aliquippa, Steel Valley and Thomas Jefferson, three top-ranked teams in the WPIAL, could face a challenge this week. Emphasis on andquot;could.andquot; Combined, that trio has

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Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny’s Banks nearing decision on college
October 11, 2017
East Allegheny's T.J. Banks isn't wearing around a Mountaineers hat, Owls shirt or Illini shorts, no outward hints about his future school. But it's likely

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High school football notebook: Altoona could seek full WPIAL membership in all sports
If Altoona gets its wish, the school will join the WPIAL in more sports than just football. Administrators from the Blair County school district are

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Five things we learned from Week 6 of WPIAL football season
October 7, 2017
There's a new WPIAL favorite in Class 5A, again. Penn-Trafford becomes the third team this season to hold the No. 1 spot in a WPIAL

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VIDEO: Upper St. Clair squeaks past No. 1 West Allegheny 21-20 in OT
Upper St. Clair upset No. 1 West Allegheny in dramatic fashion on Friday thanks to an interception by senior Tom Kyle during a 2-point conversion

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Upper St. Clair upsets No. 1 West Allegheny in OT after failed 2-point conversion
Your luck finally ran out, Upper St. Clair's Jim Render told West Allegheny's Bob Palko with a lighthearted chuckle, as the two coaches embraced. Palko

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What to watch in Week 6 of high school football: USC’s Render, West A’s Palko to face off
October 5, 2017
The WPIAL coach with the most wins faces the coach with the most WPIAL titles. Upper St. Clair's Jim Render and West Allegheny's Bob Palko

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Harlan on recruiting: Penn Hills’ Mathis building a resume
October 4, 2017
Penn Hills quarterback Hollis Mathis might have the arm strength, the height and the athleticism to someday play college football, just not the physical bulk.

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High school football notebook: Clairton in danger of rare back-to-back losses
More than a decade has passed since Clairton lost in consecutive weeks. It was before Lamont Wade, Aaron Mathews or Tyler Boyd was in high

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WPIAL wants Valley to suspend football coach Colosimo
October 3, 2017
Valley must suspend football coach William andquot;Muzzyandquot; Colosimo for one game or the WPIAL will ban the team from the playoffs indefinitely. The WPIAL wanted

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WPIAL to hold hearing over brawl in Valley-Ellwood City football game
October 2, 2017
The WPIAL will hear Tuesday from football coaches and administrators at Valley and Ellwood City, whose Week 5 game was cut short by a benches-clearing

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Five things we learned from Week 4 of high school football
September 30, 2017
This wasn't quite David and Goliath, but Imani Christian coach Ronnell Heard considered Friday's win a godsend. andquot;I think Friday night was a moment in

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VIDEO: Pine-Richland’s Jordan Crawford ‘couldn’t be stopped’ against Central Catholic
Pine-Richland running back Jordan Crawford didn't play the second half of Friday's game against Central Catholic. His seven-touchdown first half -one receiving and six rushing-

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Crawford’s 7 touchdowns lead Pine-Richland to rout over Central Catholic
September 29, 2017
Jordan Crawford didn't pout this summer, a decision that ultimately had him smiling Friday. The senior running back scored seven first-half touchdowns for No. 1-ranked

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Five things to watch in Week 5: Teams jockey for position in Big East Conference
September 28, 2017
That will become a little more clear after No. 3-ranked Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford on Friday night for a first-place matchup of undefeated teams.

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High school football notebook: TJ defense shutting out opponents
September 27, 2017
Thomas Jefferson could win most weeks with only a safety from its defense. So far, only one team has scored against the Jaguars, a last-minute

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Harlan on recruiting: Penn State recruiting class among nation’s best
Penn State has climbed to fourth in both major polls, and the team ranks even higher when it comes to recruiting. As one number rises,

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Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker appeals suspension
September 25, 2017
Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker has a hearing Wednesday before the WPIAL Board of Directors to appeal the suspension mandated last week. The WPIAL

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WPIAL to hold hearing for Imani, Jeannette football
Imani Christian and Jeannette must meet this week with the WPIAL Board of Directors and explain the issues that forced officials to end their football

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Five things we learned in Week 4 of high school football
September 23, 2017
Notre Dame's Brian Kelly couldn't talk with him directly, but Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec did his best to impress his future coach Friday. The Irish

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With Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly watching, Pine-Richland dominant again in win over No. 3 Bethel Park
There will be a close contest somewhere down the road, predicted Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec, whose teammates have WPIAL- and state-title aspirations. That's why, with

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WPIAL adds details for procedure regarding cooling-off period for coaches
September 21, 2017
The WPIAL released more details Thursday about the cooling-off period required for coaches and players before engaging in media interviews. The waiting period was set

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5 things to watch in Week 4: Pine-Richland heads to Bethel Park for battle of unbeatens
Battle of the unbeatens Bethel Park has linemen with some size, an offense that controls the football and a defense that has allowed just four

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Harlan on recruiting: Washington’s Walker set for debut
September 20, 2017
Washington junior Daniel Walker is a major-college football recruit nobody in the WPIAL has seen play yet. That will change Friday. The standout safety and

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High school football notebook: Albert Gallatin secures signature win
Close friends and colleagues tried to convince Shawn Liotta to turn down Albert Gallatin's job offer. You can't win there, they told him. His phone

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WPIAL to institute cool-down period for coaches
September 19, 2017
The WPIAL Board of Directors voted to create a cool-down period after all games before coaches can conduct media interviews. The idea was to allow

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High school notebook: WPIAL wants Highlands boys soccer coach suspended
Highlands must suspend boys soccer coach Brad Walker for three games or the WPIAL will ban the team from the postseason. The discipline comes after

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Five things we learned in Week 3 of high school football
September 16, 2017
Mapletown running back Dylan Rush woke up Saturday andquot;a little sore,andquot; but otherwise he still was feeling great. That's understandable. The aptly named senior rushed

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Mars takes advantage of Montour’s mistakes in Northwest Nine victory
The mindset was simple: make Montour's mistakes matter. andquot;Every opportunity we tried to grab,andquot; said Mars senior Anthony Greico, who recovered two fumbles Friday night

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Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Dallas, North Hills’ Blanks put their skills on tape
September 13, 2017
If college recruiters were waiting for more game film, Central Catholic's Brian Dallas and North Hills' Melvin Blanks will have scholarship offers soon. Now three

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High school football notebook: WPIAL’s highest-scoring teams set to square off
If California averages 67 points and Imani Christian Academy averages 62, what will be the combined score when they face each other Saturday Maybe more

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5 things we learned in Week 2: In defensive stalemate, Central Catholic offense shows big-play potential
September 9, 2017
Central Catholic and North Allegheny traditionally win with defense, but will either have the offense to keep up with WPIAL favorite Pine-Richland The two Northern

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Fisher carries No. 2 Central Catholic past rival North Allegheny
Instead of touchdowns or yards, wins is the stat Central Catholic's offensive coordinator uses to define Troy Fisher. As in, andquot;we want to put the

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Mars basketball, Robby Carmody invited to two national events
September 7, 2017
The quarterback at Pine-Richland isn't the only Notre Dame recruit bringing national attention to the WPIAL. Mars basketball's Robby Carmody, another four-star Irish commit, has

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WPIAL denies eligibility for former Vincentian football players
Two former Vincentian Academy football players who transferred elsewhere after the school folded the program can't play at their new schools either. Charles Barley and

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High school notebook: New coaches at Quaker Valley, Penn Hills start 2-0
September 6, 2017
As should be expected, WPIAL football teams with new head coaches haven't fared especially well early this season. Combined, their record is 14-26. But among

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Harlan on recruiting: Early signing period intrigues ’18 recruits
Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec made his biggest decision more than a year ago when he chose Notre Dame, but his senior class has another choice

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Bethel Park leans on linemen, Volpatti to take down No. 3 North Allegheny
September 2, 2017
Thirty times in a row, Bethel Park ran the football. Eleven for one touchdown. Nineteen for two more. There wasn't much trickery or deception. Instead,

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Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny TE Banks sets commitment date
August 30, 2017
East Allegheny senior TJ Banks decided this week to pick a Wednesday in mid-October as his commitment date, the day he'll announce which Division I

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High school notebook: Ex-NFL players bolster coaching staffs
Aaron Smith and Jerame Tuman, former Steelers teammates, are roaming football fields in familiar black and gold. The two, now North Allegheny assistants for coach

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Aliquippa-Beaver Falls football game moved to Friday over weather concerns
Concerned that severe weather could arrive here Saturday, Aliquippa has moved up its football game with Beaver Falls. The Beaver County rivals instead will play

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Pine-Richland’s Andrew Petcash to play basketball for Boston U
August 28, 2017
Andrew Petcash considered Boston University basketball an option for after prep school, but his timeline just became much shorter. The Terriers had a scholarship come

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Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland dominate Wayne (Ohio) in nationally televised game
August 27, 2017
The ESPN cameras showed a national audience what Western Pennsylvania already knew. Phil Jurkovec is pretty good. And his Pine-Richland Rams could be the best

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Gateway holds off Woodland Hills rally after former Wolverines coach is honored
August 25, 2017
In 14 seconds, Gateway's Courtney Jackson put a damper on Woodland Hills' celebration. The junior fielded the opening kickoff, found a hole between the hash

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Harlan on recruiting: Steel Valley senior Strothers a quick learner at DB
August 24, 2017
Steel Valley senior Amonte Strothers can remember the first time he absorbed a big hit on the football field. andquot;One of my teammates hit me

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the coaches
August 22, 2017
The WPIAL saw another coaching legend leave the sidelines when Woodland Hills' George Novak retired. His career record reached 306-139-3, making him one of only

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Springdale’s Jones takes reigns at quarterback
August 21, 2017
Like many Class A schools, Springdale doesn't have the roster numbers to field a junior varsity, so everybody on the team plays varsity. That's fun

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the specialists
The season already was underway when Pine-Richland opened its kicker spot to a school-wide tryout. The winner was Vittorio Orsini, a soccer player who already

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
August 20, 2017
Western Pennsylvania once was the cradle of quarterbacks. Now, it more often is home to great defensive backs. From Aliquippa's Ty Law and Darrelle Revis

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Veteran linemen to help guide Plum offense
August 19, 2017
With four veterans to block and a few physical runners behind them, Plum has embraced its coach's roots. andquot;We should be able to run the

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
August 18, 2017
Layton Jordan's position is a multiple-choice test. The McKeesport senior is an outside linebacker on defense and a wingback for the Tigers' option offense. The

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 17, 2017
Thomas Jefferson's defense contains two dominant linemen — a tackle and an end both headed to Pitt — and it certainly showed last season. The

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the offensive linemen
August 16, 2017
Western Pennsylvania's depth at skill positions varies between seasons, with an extra strong running back or quarterback class every couple of years. Yet oversized linemen

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 15, 2017
Familiar names will wear unfamiliar jerseys this fall. Several standout WPIAL receivers switched schools since last season, transfers who could make a real impact on

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 14, 2017
As spread offense became a trend, the tight end position quickly changed. A number of high school coaches no longer feature them strictly as a

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
August 13, 2017
One running back or two Not all high school coaches use the same approach when it comes to their backfield workloads. While some ride one

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 12, 2017
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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Former Woodland Hills coach Novak plans to stay retired after his replacement resigns
August 9, 2017
This is the first August in 40 years that George Novak won't spend on a football field, so instead the WPIAL Hall of Fame coach

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