Football

Freeport players take the field before a game against Derry last season.
State Rep. Mike Reese, Republican lawmakers take on governor on high school sports
August 11, 2020
A recommendation from Gov. Tom Wolf can easily turn into a mandate, said state Rep. Mike Reese, who wants the Legislature to act before that happens with youth sports.

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Seneca Valley’s Elise Riley (20) collides with Peters Twp.’s Hannah Stuck during the WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer championship game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Highmark Stadium.
WPIAL calls Gov. Wolf’s recommendation ‘uncalculated, inconsistent and unfair’
August 10, 2020
The WPIAL strongly supports playing high school sports this fall despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s recommendation they be postponed until January.

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Plum senior Max Matolcsy announced Saturday a football verbal commitment to the University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League
Plum’s Max Matolcsy verbally commits to Penn
August 8, 2020
Max Matolcsy wanted to wait until his birthday to announce his college decision.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brad Ford runs for yardage as Franklin Regional’s Justin Johns (1) pursues during an Oct. 25, 2019 game at Franklin Regional.
WPIAL football changes scuttle marquee matchups for Westmoreland County teams
Week Zero, as a name, never seemed to carry much clout in the WPIAL. The moniker was met with a lukewarm reaction and did not make sense to many people when it became a thing several years ago.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel talks to his team following their 34-6 loss to Richland in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Ligonier Valley has extra challenge moving to WPIAL
August 7, 2020
Jude Grzywinski, Jr., the latest hulking lineman looking to make his mark at Ligonier Valley, just wants an opportunity to play football this season.

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Former Kiski Area football assistant coach Frank Morea discusses strategy with one of his players.
Frank Morea, pillar of Kiski Area football program, dies at age 90
Richard “Dick” Dilts and Frank Morea were opponents on the football field in high school in the mid 1940s.

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Penn-Trafford twin defensive backs Mason and Nate Frye pose for a photo at practice Sept. 19, 2019, at Penn-Trafford.
A day after his twin brother received one, Penn-Trafford’s Nate Frye gets offer from Butler
August 6, 2020
One day after his identical twin brother received a scholarship offer from Butler, Penn-Trafford’s Nate Frye netted the same arrangement from the same school.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mason Frye makes a catch during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament last summer.
Penn-Trafford’s Mason Frye grabs Division I-FCS offer
August 5, 2020
Mason Frye is expected to line up at receiver and also play a key role in the secondary for Penn-Trafford this football season.

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Kiski Area rising senior Jack Dilts pushes a ball down field during a combine drill on Aug. 5, 2020 at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area football holds combine for athletes to increase exposure in strange times
This summer has been strange for college recruits all over the country.

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Central Catholic’s Matt Altsman celebrates with the student section after beating Pine-Richland in the WPIAL Class 6A Championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2019 at Heinz Field.
PIAA emphasizes ban on spectators comes from Gov. Wolf — not PIAA
July 30, 2020
The PIAA released a statement Thursday emphasizing that the current ban on spectators at high school sports events was imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf — not the PIAA.

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Sonny Thomas has been coaching high school football off and on since 1966. Sonny Thomas has been coaching high school football since 1966.
Longtime coach Sonny Thomas could be on brink of final season on sideline
July 27, 2020
Could it be one last year in the sun for Sonny Thomas? Maybe so.

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North Catholic’s Nick Maher reacts after scoring a touchdown against Derry on Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
Dayton extends 1st Division I offers to 3 WPIAL football recruits
Three WPIAL football players drew their first Division I offers from the same Ohio school.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky grabs a tipped pass and scores on a point-after-touchdown play during the WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament championship game against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School. Norwin beat Penn-Trafford 24-13.
Football players pine for usual 7-on-7 tournaments
July 25, 2020
Brett Birch is a regular on the 7-on-7 football travel circuit.

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Central Catholic’s Eddy Tillman catches a pass during practice on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Oakland.
Central Catholic running back Eddy Tillman announces 1st Division I offer
July 22, 2020
Central Catholic running back Eddy Tillman, a 2,000-yard rusher last season, received his first Division I college offer this week.

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Captains from Clairton and Riverview meet with the referee before their afternoon game on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Riverside Park in Oakmont. Riverside Park does not have lights, so the Raiders play home games on Saturday afternoons.
Football refs could be wearing masks, gloves and using hand-held whistles if there is a season
Referees could be wearing masks and gloves and using hand-held whistles in high school football games if proposed guidelines become the norm, and the PIAA moves forward with football season.

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PIAA approves kicking game, scrimmage options for sub-varsity football teams
July 19, 2020
Middle school, junior high and junior varsity football coaches can eliminate kickoffs and punts this season, or turn their games into scrimmages, if they choose.

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Peters Township’s Donovan McMillon knocks the ball away from Woodland Hills’ Eshawn Carter on Sept. 6, 2019 at the Wolvarena.
Heavily recruited Peters Township safety Donovan McMillon commits to Florida
July 18, 2020
At this time last summer, Peters Township safety Donovan McMillon didn’t have a single Division I football offer.

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Riverview football coach Trevor George oversees a workout July 15, 2020, at Riverside Park in Oakmont.
New Riverview football coach Trevor George hopes to build momentum through summer workouts
July 16, 2020
When Trevor George was hired as the head coach of the Riverview football team, he hit the ground running with workout and conditioning sessions that helped him get to know better the players with whom he would be working.

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New Derry football coach Vince Skillings
New Derry coach Vince Skillings committed to program’s trademark ground game
When Woody Hayes spoke, Vince Skillings listened.

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Cornell quarterback Zaier Harrison throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Coraopolis.
No petition needed: Players receive Penn-Ohio all-star jerseys after all
July 15, 2020
Each spring, select senior football players from around Western Pennsylvania receive the opportunity to test their mettle against seniors from Ohio in the annual Penn-Ohio Classic.

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