Football

OLSH head coach Dan Bradley watches his team during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
Ellwood City hires ‘proven winner’ Dan Bradley to fix struggling football program
January 14, 2022
Ellwood City hired former OLSH football coach Dan Bradley on Thursday to fix a distressed program that hasn’t won a game in three seasons.

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Mars head coach Scott Heinauer watches the Planets’ practice on Aug. 9, 2021, at Mars Athletic Complex.
Mars school board set to open job of football coach Scott Heinauer
January 10, 2022
Mars appears ready to open the job of longtime football coach Scott Heinauer to applicants.

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Laurel Valley football coach Jerry Page delivers a point in the huddle during a practice session on August 16, 2007.
Family, friends fondly remember longtime Laurel Valley football coach Jerry Page
The Laurel Highlands took a hit last month that was bigger, harder and louder than any collision ever witnessed during a Saturday afternoon football game in New Florence.

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Burrell’s Macklin Bennis fights for a loose ball with Deer Lakes’ Billy Schaeffer on Friday.
George Guido: PIAA enrollment numbers affect A-K Valley teams
January 8, 2022
Schools discovered which classifications they’ll be playing in over the next two school years.

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New Derry football coach Mike Arone
Derry hires Mike Arone as football coach
January 6, 2022
The Derry school board voted 8-0 on Thursday to hire Mike Arone as its new football coach.

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OLSH head coach Dan Bradley watches his team during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
Dan Bradley resigns as OLSH football coach after reaching WPIAL finals
Weeks after leading Our Lady of the Sacred Heart to the WPIAL finals, Dan Bradley resigned as Chargers football coach after six seasons.

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Mike Arone pegged to fill football coaching vacancy at Derry
January 5, 2022
Derry is on the verge of hiring a new football coach.

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Hempfield coach Mike Brown said dropping from Class 6A to 5A doesn’t automatically guarantee more success for his program.
Drop to Class 5A could be boost for football teams at Hempfield, Norwin
January 2, 2022
It was like a release valve was turned for Norwin and Hempfield when enrollment numbers showed the schools would drop to Class 5A for football.

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Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko celebrates a Blue Devils touchdown against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Dec. 11.
Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Coach of the year in each of WPIAL football’s 6 classes
January 1, 2022
The students are expected to execute a good lesson plan, but it takes a top teacher to develop the plan and find ways to get the most from their students.

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Former Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz (center, in black) talks to people during a “Huddle Up for Coach K” rally held in his honor outside of the Pine-Richland School Board’s planning meeting Monday, May 3, 2021. The rally was held to protest the firing of Kasperowicz.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz ousted
December 31, 2021
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza scores against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Dec. 11.
Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Player of the year in each of WPIAL football’s 6 classes
Back in the day, when students did well in the classroom, they were moved to the front of the class.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey celebrates his pick-six during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: Goalposts keep moving for Aliquippa football
December 29, 2021
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko celebrates with Alex Tecza after defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 35-17, in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon tops Class 6A all-state football team as Bob Palko, Alex Tecza win individual awards
Mt. Lebanon won its first state title behind a veteran coach, a dynamic offensive trio and toughness at the line of scrimmage.

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Mt. Lebanon players celebrate their win in the WPIAL 6A final against Central Catholic on Nov. 20, 2021 at Norwin.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: Championship droughts put on ice
December 28, 2021
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Kiski Area senior Brayden Dunmire celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown during a nonconference game against Franklin Regional on Sept. 3, 2021.
Valley News Dispatch Defensive Player of the Year: Kiski Area’s Brayden Dunmire
December 25, 2021
Alle-Kiski Valley Defensive Player of the Year

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel (pictured) admired late Laurel Valley coach Jerry Page.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Beitel learned from late Laurel Valley coach
December 24, 2021
Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel always admired Jerry Page.

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North Catholic’s Kyle Tipinski plays in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Central Valley on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Allegheny 7 Offensive Player of the Year Kyle Tipinski finds family, stability at North Catholic
December 21, 2021
At 18, Kyle Tipinski has overcome a number of obstacles, but he eventually found a stable home environment.

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Springdale’s Andrew Haus played soccer and football during the 2021 fall season.
A-K Valley senior spotlight: Springdale’s Andrew Haus
December 20, 2021
Andrew Haus

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Pine-Richland’s Jeremiah Hasley catches a pass in practice.
Pine Creek Journal notebook: Football stars put pen to paper
December 19, 2021
A pair of Pine-Richland football players, Jalen Klemm and Jeremiah Hasley, made their college commitments official during the early national signing day Wednesday.

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Hampton’s Benny Haselrig celebrates with Brock Borgo after his touchdown reception in the second half at Highlands on Sept. 24.
Accolades pile up after Hampton football’s record-breaking season
December 18, 2021
When the Hampton football players turned in their equipment after the winningest season in program history, their coaches gave them something in return.

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