Football

Armstrong quarterback Colt Sprankle throws during a 7-on-7 competition last summer.
Knoch transfer Colt Sprankle earns postseason eligibility after PIAA board overturns WPIAL
July 18, 2024
The PIAA board overturned a WPIAL decision and granted postseason eligibility to Knoch junior Colt Sprankle, a football-playing transfer from Armstrong.

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Attending a luncheon are front (left to right) Gene Matsook, Tom Nola, George Smith, Jim Render, Dick LeBeau, Don Yannessa, Jack McCurry and Joe Hamilton; back row (left to right) Bill Cherpak, Dan Matsook, Pat Monroe, George Novak, Kevin Colbert, John Banaszak, Mike Zmijanac and Eric Kasperowicz.
Former Steelers assistant Dick LeBeau shares wisdom with group of legendary high school football coaches
July 15, 2024
Former Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was the guest speaker at the annual gathering of current and former WPIAL football coaches Monday at Grandview Golf Course in North Braddock.

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Aliquippa coach Mike Warfield talks with his team during the 2022 PIAA Class 4A championship game against Bishop McDevitt.
Aliquippa’s Mike Warfield taking ‘leave of absence’ as Quips’ football coach
Mike Warfield says football fans will see him at Aliquippa’s stadium this fall, but adds with a laugh that his new job on Friday nights might be selling 50/50 tickets.

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Peters Township’s Mickey Vaccarello beats Pine-Richland’s Tanner Cunningham for a second-quarter touchdown during the 2023 WPIAL Class 5A championship game.
2024 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Peters Township’s Mickey Vaccarello
July 14, 2024
If there is one thing Mickey Vaccarello wants to improve on during his senior season, it would be his contributions on offense.

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North Allegheny lineman Jack Yatchenko (51) celebrates with his teammates and coach Art Walker after defeating Harrisburg in their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
2024 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: North Allegheny’s Jack Yatchenko
July 11, 2024
Jack Yatchenko was on the sideline for the play that pretty much clinched a WPIAL title for North Allegheny.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jonny Lovre throws a touchdown pass to Carmen Metcalfe in the second quarter against Norwin on Sept. 29, 2023, at Norwin High School.
Penn-Trafford coaches pleased with offseason improvement at skill positions
July 7, 2024
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane gave his squad a break from summer workouts over the Fourth of July holiday.

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Fox Chapel coach Dave Leasure addresses his offense during a 7-on-7 competition last summer.
Enthusiasm growing in Fox Chapel football program
June 30, 2024
Dave Leasure saw a referendum on how the Fox Chapel community was responding to the rebuilding process. During the early part of summer, Leasure said the high school program saw more kids come out for workouts and commit to playing than last year.

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Southmoreland quarterbacks Caden Matthews (left) and Anthony Smith.
Fierce QB competition brewing at Southmoreland between Caden Matthews, Anthony Smith
June 27, 2024
There is a good old-fashioned quarterback competition brewing in Alverton, and the top preseason storyline for Southmoreland football already has people chewing the fat at gas stations and mini-marts.

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Latrobe quarterback John Wetzel scores on a reception against Aliquippa during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Nov. 10, 2023, at Heinz Field.
Latrobe QB/DB John Wetzel verbally commits to Marshall for football
June 25, 2024
Rising senior John Wetzel has seen first hand the resurgence of the Latrobe football program.

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Former Norwin football player Josiah Pastories was killed in a one-vehicle accident Thursday in Butler County.
GoFundMe posted for former Norwin football player Josiah Pastories, who was killed in auto accident
June 14, 2024
A GoFundMe page is set up for the family of Josiah Pastories, a Norwin graduate and former football player and wrestler who was killed in a one-vehicle accident Thursday morning in northern Butler County.

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North Hills lineman Jamar Allen works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Ross.
WPIAL rules Aliquippa rising junior ineligible following transfer from North Hills
June 6, 2024
Aliquippa’s Jamar Allen, an all-conference football player who transferred from North Hills, was ruled ineligible Thursday by the WPIAL.

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Riverview’s Carlo Buzzatto breaks free against Jeannette during a game last season.
Riverview football standout Carlo Buzzatto excited to compete on global stage
June 5, 2024
Carlo Buzzatto graduates Thursday with the Riverview Class of 2024.

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Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor breaks away from Beaver Fall’s Todd Thomas on a 55-yard touchdown run during the 2007 WPIAL Class AA championship game.
Terrelle Pryor, Dick Hoak, Joe Mucci to enter National High School Football Hall of Fame
A hall of fame enshrinement ceremony this weekend one state over will include three Jeannette football legends.

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                                Norwin grad Declan O’Brien had a record-breaking career as a receiver at Allegheny.
After prolific career at Allegheny, former Norwin receiver moving up to Division I FCS level
May 25, 2024
Record-breaking wide receiver Declan O’Brien isn’t done catching passes yet.

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Adam LaCarte and members of the Belle Vernon football team received their championship rings May 8, 2024, at at Leopard Hall.
Belle Vernon seniors celebrate back-to-back WPIAL, PIAA football titles
May 20, 2024
For the second time in two seasons, Belle Vernon’s football team commemorated a state championship season with a ring ceremony at Leopard Hall on May 8.

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel oversees a preseason practice last year.
Ligonier Valley, Latrobe, Jeannette coaches eager for East/West All-Star game
May 17, 2024
For Ligonier Valley’s Roger Beitel, Latrobe’s Ron Prady and Jeannette’s Tommy Paulone, being selected to coach in Sunday’s East/West All-Star games at Cumberland Valley is a tremendous honor.

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Leechburg football coach Randy Walters, at left, with former Blue Devils quarterback Dylan Cook, coaches at the 2023 Pitt 7-on-7 camp. Walters will coach the running backs on the U20 U.S. National Team at the International Federation of American Football’s World Junior Championship tournament June 23-30, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta.
Leechburg coach Randy Walters selected to coaching staff for U.S. Tackle National Team
May 13, 2024
Randy Walters was born and raised in Canada, a product of Grimsby, Ontario.

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Kiski Area’s Carson Heinle throws during last year’s Willie Thrower quarterback camp at Valley.
Top Western Pa. quarterbacks set to show skills at 4th Willie Thrower camp
May 8, 2024
More than 50 quarterbacks from the WPIAL and throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio will get a chance to show their stuff at the fourth annual Willie Thrower Memorial Award Foundation Quarterback Camp on Saturday at Valley High School.

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North Hills lineman Jamar Allen works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Ross.
WPIAL to hold eligibility hearing for Aliquippa football transfer Jamar Allen
May 6, 2024
The WPIAL will hold an eligibility hearing for Aliquippa sophomore Jamar Allen, an all-conference football player who transferred there from North Hills.

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Pine-Richland kicker Grant Argiro kicks an extra point against Penn Hills on Sept. 8 in Pine.
Pine-Richland’s Grant Argiro eyes future as college kicker
May 4, 2024
Grant Argiro has been the kicker on the Pine-Richland football team since he was a sophomore, but he also played junior varsity linebacker.

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