Football

Central Catholic senior Payton Wehner holds the Willie Thrower Award near a photo of Thrower on Saturday.
Central Catholic QB Payton Wehner wins Willie Thrower Award
April 6, 2024
Central Catholic senior Payton Wehner was the only finalist for the fourth annual Willie Thrower Award who was honored in 2022.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner carries for a first down against North Allegheny last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 6, 2024: Top WPIAL QB to be honored with Willie Thrower Award
April 5, 2024
The top quarterback in the WPIAL from the 2023 season will be honored Saturday afternoon at the fourth annual Willie Thrower Award ceremony.

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                                Thomas Jefferson senior Vinnie Heller poses with Scott Breisinger (left) and Jim Breisinger at the 2023-24 TJ football banquet. Heller is the winner of this year’s Breisinger Award.
Vinnie Heller earns Thomas Jefferson’s prestigious Breisinger Award
March 24, 2024
His statistics are not gaudy.

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New Springdale coach Chad Walsh was Valley News Dispatch coach of the year at Valley in 2012.
Springdale hires Chad Walsh as football coach hoping he can change team’s fortunes
March 22, 2024
Chad Walsh has experience turning around struggling football programs.

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South Fayette captains hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Hampton, 4-2, in the Class 3A final on Nov. 4, 2023, at Highmark Stadium.
When WPIAL makes realignment decisions aiming for competitive balance, critics emerge
March 12, 2024
WPIAL athletic directors received a survey from one of their colleagues Monday, seeking feedback about how the league makes its sections and schedules.

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North Allegheny’s Khiryn Boyd carries against Harrisburg’s Trentin Moffit during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
8 WPIAL all-stars selected for 67th annual Big 33 Football Classic
February 21, 2024
Eight WPIAL football players were among the 38 high school all-stars selected Wednesday to represent Pennsylvania in the 67th annual Big 33 Football Classic.

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Burrell head coach Shawn Liotta coaches during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 competition at Greater Latrobe High School last August.
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta named general manager for USA Football U20 team
February 20, 2024
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta will serve as the general manager for the U.S. Under-20 national tackle football team that will take part in this summer’s International Federation of American Football World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, USA Football announced Tuesday.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield talks with his team after a turnover during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
WPIAL reveals Aliquippa’s 5A conference, but football coach says ‘it’s not settled’
The WPIAL revealed an updated football alignment Monday that has Aliquippa sharing a Class 5A conference with Fox Chapel, North Hills, Penn Hills, Pine-Richland, Plum and Shaler.

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WPIAL says Butler football must take conference schedule, reviving years-long dispute
A seemingly settled dispute between Butler and the PIAA was rekindled Monday when the WPIAL said the school’s football team must play a conference schedule next fall.

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                                Franklin Regional lineman Max Leven (left) talks with Andrew Devola during practice Aug. 1, 2022, in Murrysville.
Drive to improve, helpful mentors lead Franklin Regional grad to Division I football
February 17, 2024
Gentle giant Max Leven had a goal when he left Franklin Regional, but for him to achieve that goal, he felt he needed some fine-tuning.

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Gateway senior athletes signed letters of intent on Feb. 8, 2024, at the high school. From left, Remy Bose (Youngstown State), Anayla Jordan (La Roche College women’s basketball), Jaquon Reynolds (West Liberty State football) and Ahmad Harris (Wheeling University football) inked their decisions.
Gateway senior student-athletes celebrate signing letters of intent
February 11, 2024
Ahmad Harris’ confidence level is off the charts for his football future at Division II Wheeling in West Virginia.

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Central Catholic’s Peter Gonzalez celebrates his second touchdown against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
Central Catholic wide receiver Peter Gonzalez receives NFL Latino Youth Honors award
February 9, 2024
This is awards season for the NFL, and one went to a high school senior from the WPIAL. Central Catholic’s Peter Gonzalez received an inaugural honor that recognized his football talents and his Hispanic heritage.

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The Belle Vernon football team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Avonworth in the Class 3A final on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
WPIAL to release new football conferences, updated sections for other fall sports
February 5, 2024
The wait is almost over for WPIAL football teams eager to take a look at the new conferences for the 2024 and ’25 seasons.

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Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch is tackled by Aliquippa’s Cam Lindsey and Tikey Hayes during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Aliquippa.
Latrobe 4-star linebacker Alex Tatsch commits to Penn State
February 4, 2024
The post on “X” came out just before 6 p.m. Sunday from Penn State football coach James Franklin.

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Chaz Palla | TribLive
                                Penn Hills’ D’Andre Cochran (left) and Ron Porter defend on a pass intended for Pine-Richland’s Tanner Cunningham during WPIAL 5A playoff action Nov. 10 at Martorelli Stadium.
Carter Lance, Penn Hills football players make college plans
Carter Lance would like to stand out when he hits the practice field for Duquesne’s football team this summer. The Penn Hills senior defensive lineman’s misfortune gave him ample time to devise a recovery plan.

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Christopher Horner | TribLive
                                Franklin Regional lineman Max Leven works out during a preseason practice in 2022.
Murrysville Star notebook: Ex-Franklin Regional lineman getting Division I offers
February 3, 2024
Lineman Max Leven left Franklin Regional last year and decided to play football at Bridgton Academy (Maine) to sharpen his skills and better prepare to play at a higher level.

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Gateway’s Remy Bose practices will continue his football career at Youngstown State.
After missing senior season with injury, Gateway’s Remy Bose looks ahead to career at Youngstown State
January 28, 2024
Remy Bose had his sights set on a dominant senior season in all three phases of the game for the Gateway football team.

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Bill Beckner Jr. | TribLive
                                Penn-Trafford senior Joe Enick won the fourth Bill Fralic Memorial Award.
Former Penn-Trafford lineman Joe Enick transfers to St. Francis
Former Penn-Trafford center Joe Enick, who attended Central Michigan in the fall, recently transferred to St. Francis (Pa.) to continue his football career.

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Penn Hills grad Jaden Dugger competes for Georgetown during the 2023 season.
Penn Hills grad Jaden Dugger embraces challenge of transfer to Louisiana
Jaden Dugger didn’t find the decision to leave Georgetown easy. Knowing the benefits of a degree from the prestigious school, Dugger was hesitant to leave the Hoyas’ football program.

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Pine-Richland’s James Cardinali was a senior on the 2023 Pine-Richland football team.
Pine-Richland’s James Cardinali to play football at Navy
January 27, 2024
As a junior, James Cardinali was a 210-pound lineman on the Pine-Richland junior varsity football team who seemed like a longshot to play in college.

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