Author: The Birdie


Thomas Jefferson’s James Martinis, Logan Danielson, Mike Huber, Mac Duda and Preston Zandier celebrate advancing to the WPIAL Class 4A finals at Heinz Field.
The Birdie wonders which WPIAL teams will cut the mustard
November 13, 2019
Last week: 3-1 (75.0%)

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Penn-Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap tries to keep a distance between himself and Franklin Regional defender Justin Johns on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.
The Birdie gives props to Penn-Trafford’s guts
November 6, 2019
Last week: 8-3 (72.7)

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The Birdie can recite Derry’s Justin Huss’ stats chapter and verse.
The Birdie won’t stop squawking about Westmoreland County teams in WPIAL playoffs
October 30, 2019
Last week: 11-2 (84.6)

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Apollo Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy pulls in a catch over Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.
The Birdie spends day begging for seeds as A-K Valley teams learn playoff opponents
Last week: 6-5 (54.5)

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) celebrates his third touchdown against Hampton Sept. 27, 2019 at Hampton.
The Birdie is strutting his stuff with A-K Valley picks
October 23, 2019
Last week: 10-3 (76.9)

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The Birdie is planning to do some trick-or-treating at Weir Stadium in Belle Vernon this Friday night.
The Birdie making trick-or-tweet plans in Westmoreland County
Last week: 14-0 (1.000)

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Jeannette’s Imani Sanders (3) picks up seven yards early in the first quarter against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Carbon.
The Birdie likes what he sees on Westmoreland County gridirons
October 16, 2019
Last week: 10-3 (76.9)

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Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy drops back to pass during a 7-on-7 game as head coach John Skiba looks on.
The Birdie needs to bounce back after a week of pitiful prognostications in the A-K Valley
Overall record: 59-27 (69%)

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Deer Lakes’ Isaiah Yoder attempts to pull in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
Muddled Big East playoff picture has The Birdie’s feathers ruffled
October 9, 2019
Overall record: 54-21 (72%)

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The Birdie likes to watch games at Norwin Knights Stadium.
The Birdie picks his favorite Westmoreland County perches
Last week: 11-3 (78.6)

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Burrell’s Mikey Scherer had 33 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns against Deer Lakes on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
Like A-K Valley running backs, The Birdie can play through pain
October 2, 2019
Overall record: 48-16 (75%)

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Southmoreland student section cheers as their team takes the field against McGuffey on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at Southmoreland High School’s Russ Grim Field.
The Birdie keeps his seat on Southmoreland bandwagon
Last week: 12-1 (92.3)

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Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Birdie fired up for Burrell-Deer Lakes air show
September 25, 2019
Overall Record: 40-14

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North Catholic’s Jaren Thimons bobbles the ball as Derry’s Amari Graham defends during a game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
The Birdie doesn’t need a backup to pick Westmoreland County games
Last week: 12-3 (80.0)

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley dives for a touchdown past Burrell’s Jack Henderson on Sept. 28, 2018 at Lancers Stadium.
Deer Lakes offense has The Birdie raising an eyebrow
September 18, 2019
Last week: 8-3

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Southmoreland quarterback Zach Cernuto participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
The Birdie gets set for a road trip out of Westmoreland County
Last week: 13-1 (92.9 %)

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake scores a touchdown against North Hills in the second quarter Friday, Sept 6, 2019, at Kiski Area.
The Birdie goes online to help make A-K Valley football picks
September 11, 2019
A day doesn’t go by where the Birdie isn’t thinking about high school football. He walked into the office Monday with Saturday’s edition of the Valley News Dispatch in hand and was thumbing through it rapidly.

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Derry’s Seth Loughner reaches to stop Freeport ball carrier Isiah Bauman on Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019 at Derry Area High School in WPIAL football.
No clowning around in Westmoreland County for The Birdie
The Birdie

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Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
The Birdie sets sights on web stardom in Westmoreland County
September 4, 2019
Last week: 12-3 (80 percent)

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Plum High School’s Nic Sluka (8) battles for completion defended by Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon (40) during their game on Aug. 30, 2019.
The Birdie gets his mojo back while picking A-K Valley games
When the Birdie walked into the office on Monday, he had the biggest smile on his face.

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Norwin’s quarterback Jack Salopek throws a pass against Penn-Trafford during WPIAL football on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
The Birdie is on the clock picking Westmoreland County football games
August 28, 2019
The Birdie is on the clock.

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Burrell’s Dom Holmes attempts to pull in a pass in the second half against Valley Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Valley High School.
The Birdie puts his faith in A-K Valley teams
When the Birdie came into the office Monday he was as mad as a fantasy football team owner who had just drafted Andrew Luck with his first-round pick five minutes before he made his retirement announcement.

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Yough’s C.J. Waldier (right) makes a play for the ball against Latrobe during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
The Birdie opines on Week Zero, Westmoreland County matchups
August 21, 2019
Four years after its inception, Week Zero remains a confusing proposition, even for Mr. Birdie.

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Leechburg’s Dylan Cook
The Birdie gets ready for Week Zero by picking A-K Valley winners
Unlike past years, The Birdie is unsure about his season-opening picks.

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Penn-Trafford wide receiver Noah Allen catches a pass against Mt. Pleasant in the the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School. Norwin defeated Penn Trafford 24-13.
The Birdie predicts records for Westmoreland County football teams
August 17, 2019
Westmoreland County’s high school football expert spent a sizzling summer day at Kennywood Park when the TribLive High School Sports Network recognized its Top 25 preseason team.

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Kiski Areaՠhead coach Sam Albert participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
The Birdie predicts Alle-Kiski Valley football records
The opening week of high school football is right around the corner, and The Birdie is fired up after his return trip to Pittsburgh following a long vacation.

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The Birdie states case as top-flight prognosticator for Westmoreland County
August 22, 2018
Last season: 119-30 (.799) The Birdie sat in a recent meeting about the new andquot;Trib 7andquot; series, which ranks the best WPIAL players of all-time

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Thomas Jefferson’s James Martinis, Logan Danielson, Mike Huber, Mac Duda and Preston Zandier celebrate advancing to the WPIAL Class 4A finals at Heinz Field.
The Birdie wonders which WPIAL teams will cut the mustard
November 13, 2019
Last week: 3-1 (75.0%)

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Penn-Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap tries to keep a distance between himself and Franklin Regional defender Justin Johns on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.
The Birdie gives props to Penn-Trafford’s guts
November 6, 2019
Last week: 8-3 (72.7)

Read More...

The Birdie can recite Derry’s Justin Huss’ stats chapter and verse.
The Birdie won’t stop squawking about Westmoreland County teams in WPIAL playoffs
October 30, 2019
Last week: 11-2 (84.6)

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Apollo Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy pulls in a catch over Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.
The Birdie spends day begging for seeds as A-K Valley teams learn playoff opponents
Last week: 6-5 (54.5)

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) celebrates his third touchdown against Hampton Sept. 27, 2019 at Hampton.
The Birdie is strutting his stuff with A-K Valley picks
October 23, 2019
Last week: 10-3 (76.9)

Read More...

The Birdie is planning to do some trick-or-treating at Weir Stadium in Belle Vernon this Friday night.
The Birdie making trick-or-tweet plans in Westmoreland County
Last week: 14-0 (1.000)

Read More...

Jeannette’s Imani Sanders (3) picks up seven yards early in the first quarter against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Carbon.
The Birdie likes what he sees on Westmoreland County gridirons
October 16, 2019
Last week: 10-3 (76.9)

Read More...

Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy drops back to pass during a 7-on-7 game as head coach John Skiba looks on.
The Birdie needs to bounce back after a week of pitiful prognostications in the A-K Valley
Overall record: 59-27 (69%)

Read More...

Deer Lakes’ Isaiah Yoder attempts to pull in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
Muddled Big East playoff picture has The Birdie’s feathers ruffled
October 9, 2019
Overall record: 54-21 (72%)

Read More...

The Birdie likes to watch games at Norwin Knights Stadium.
The Birdie picks his favorite Westmoreland County perches
Last week: 11-3 (78.6)

Read More...

Burrell’s Mikey Scherer had 33 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns against Deer Lakes on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
Like A-K Valley running backs, The Birdie can play through pain
October 2, 2019
Overall record: 48-16 (75%)

Read More...

Southmoreland student section cheers as their team takes the field against McGuffey on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at Southmoreland High School’s Russ Grim Field.
The Birdie keeps his seat on Southmoreland bandwagon
Last week: 12-1 (92.3)

Read More...

Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Birdie fired up for Burrell-Deer Lakes air show
September 25, 2019
Overall Record: 40-14

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North Catholic’s Jaren Thimons bobbles the ball as Derry’s Amari Graham defends during a game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
The Birdie doesn’t need a backup to pick Westmoreland County games
Last week: 12-3 (80.0)

Read More...

Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley dives for a touchdown past Burrell’s Jack Henderson on Sept. 28, 2018 at Lancers Stadium.
Deer Lakes offense has The Birdie raising an eyebrow
September 18, 2019
Last week: 8-3

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Southmoreland quarterback Zach Cernuto participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
The Birdie gets set for a road trip out of Westmoreland County
Last week: 13-1 (92.9 %)

Read More...

Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake scores a touchdown against North Hills in the second quarter Friday, Sept 6, 2019, at Kiski Area.
The Birdie goes online to help make A-K Valley football picks
September 11, 2019
A day doesn’t go by where the Birdie isn’t thinking about high school football. He walked into the office Monday with Saturday’s edition of the Valley News Dispatch in hand and was thumbing through it rapidly.

Read More...

Derry’s Seth Loughner reaches to stop Freeport ball carrier Isiah Bauman on Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019 at Derry Area High School in WPIAL football.
No clowning around in Westmoreland County for The Birdie
The Birdie

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Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
The Birdie sets sights on web stardom in Westmoreland County
September 4, 2019
Last week: 12-3 (80 percent)

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Plum High School’s Nic Sluka (8) battles for completion defended by Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon (40) during their game on Aug. 30, 2019.
The Birdie gets his mojo back while picking A-K Valley games
When the Birdie walked into the office on Monday, he had the biggest smile on his face.

Read More...

Norwin’s quarterback Jack Salopek throws a pass against Penn-Trafford during WPIAL football on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
The Birdie is on the clock picking Westmoreland County football games
August 28, 2019
The Birdie is on the clock.

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Burrell’s Dom Holmes attempts to pull in a pass in the second half against Valley Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Valley High School.
The Birdie puts his faith in A-K Valley teams
When the Birdie came into the office Monday he was as mad as a fantasy football team owner who had just drafted Andrew Luck with his first-round pick five minutes before he made his retirement announcement.

Read More...

Yough’s C.J. Waldier (right) makes a play for the ball against Latrobe during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
The Birdie opines on Week Zero, Westmoreland County matchups
August 21, 2019
Four years after its inception, Week Zero remains a confusing proposition, even for Mr. Birdie.

Read More...

Leechburg’s Dylan Cook
The Birdie gets ready for Week Zero by picking A-K Valley winners
Unlike past years, The Birdie is unsure about his season-opening picks.

Read More...

Penn-Trafford wide receiver Noah Allen catches a pass against Mt. Pleasant in the the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School. Norwin defeated Penn Trafford 24-13.
The Birdie predicts records for Westmoreland County football teams
August 17, 2019
Westmoreland County’s high school football expert spent a sizzling summer day at Kennywood Park when the TribLive High School Sports Network recognized its Top 25 preseason team.

Read More...

Kiski Areaՠhead coach Sam Albert participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
The Birdie predicts Alle-Kiski Valley football records
The opening week of high school football is right around the corner, and The Birdie is fired up after his return trip to Pittsburgh following a long vacation.

Read More...

The Birdie states case as top-flight prognosticator for Westmoreland County
August 22, 2018
Last season: 119-30 (.799) The Birdie sat in a recent meeting about the new andquot;Trib 7andquot; series, which ranks the best WPIAL players of all-time

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