Football

McGuffey wide receiver CJ Cole during a July 16, 2019 preseason practice at McGuffey High School.
McGuffey’s CJ Cole accepts preferred walk-on offer from West Virginia
December 12, 2019
McGuffey wide receiver and defensive back CJ Cole is heading south for college, but not too far south.

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Final HSSN football power rankings with a comparison to the first Trib 10 of 2019
December 11, 2019
Here is the final edition of the Trib 10 football power rankings for the 2019 season.

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Final HSSN state football rankings: How do they compare to first top 5 of 2019?
December 10, 2019
The 2019 high school football season in Pennsylvania has come to an end. Six champions were crowned this past weekend in Hershey, with three of the winners repeating as state champs.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 15
December 9, 2019
Trying to stop or even slow down Thomas Jefferson in the 2019 football season turned out to be a losing proposition for 16 opponents.

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Final member of 1939 undefeated Avonmore team Catania dies
December 8, 2019
The last remaining member of Avonmore High School’s undefeated 1939 football team has died.

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West Greene’s Ben Jackson (34) hurdles California’s Nathan O’Savage (21) during their game Oct. 4, 2019, at West Greene.
WPIAL rushing champ Ben Jackson to play at Army
December 5, 2019
West Greene’s Ben Jackson, the first rusher in WPIAL history to rack up more than 3,000 yards in a season, has made his college choice.

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Central Valley’s Ameer Dudley carries past Thomas Jefferson’s Nathan Werderber during the second quarter of their game Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Center.
Top quarterbacks to square off when Central Valley, Wyoming Area meet for PIAA 3A title
As Central Valley football coach Mark Lyons and Wyoming Area’s Randy Spencer look back on the past four months that have led up to their teams meeting on Saturday in the PIAA Class 3A championship game, they both found that the turning points for their respective teams were remarkably similar.

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Pine Richland’s Seth Bolin celebrates with Eli Jochem after Jochem torched North Allegheny for a touchdown this season.
Pine-Richland, South Fayette join 5A football as PIAA officially draws up new classifications in all sports
Claiming a Class 5A title in WPIAL football will be that much more difficult next season, according to enrollment numbers released by the PIAA Thursday.

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Bill Fralic and andy Urbanic a pre-game ceremony. Penn Hills vs Baldwin football game with a focus on the pre-game ceremony honoring former longtime coach Andy Urbanic. Aaron Loughner | For The Penn Hills Progress
Fralic Award winner to be announced Saturday morning
Pancakes.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller celebrates his fourth touchdown of the game with Ryan Paszkiewicz during the WPIAL Class AA championship game against Washington Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Avonworth will ‘relish’ underdog role against 9-time PIAA champion Southern Columbia
Avonworth coach Duke Johncour acknowledges the apparent mismatch his football team is walking into Friday when the Antelopes make their first state championship appearance.

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Ligonier Valley players march across the field in their traditional postgame salute to the crowd following a loss to Richland in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game Nov. 15, 2019.
Ligonier Valley officially welcomed back to WPIAL
December 4, 2019
It’s official. Ligonier Valley has returned to the WPIAL after spending the past 50 years in District 6.

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Hempfield lineman Cole Graham adds another D-1 offer
Hempfield senior football player Cole Graham added his second Division I college opportunity Wednesday, announcing a scholarship offer from Lehigh, a FCS program.

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Avonworth’s Theo Newhouse-Godine celebrates as Trevor Faulkner scores a touchdown against Apollo-Ridge earlier this season.
PIAA football title game factoids: Golden facts and figures to prepare for Hershey
While the WPIAL champions looking for double gold this fall were cut in half from six to three in the state semifinals last weekend, they are still the most represented district in the PIAA championship party coming up in Hershey.

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Thomas Jefferson, Central Valley, Avonworth still have ‘power’ in Trib 10
The PIAA championship hopefuls from the WPIAL were sliced in half during state semifinals weekend.

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Two WPIAL teams sit atop their class heading into PIAA championship weekend
December 3, 2019
After fourteen weeks, fifteen if you count Week Zero, the season is set to conclude with a gold rush this weekend in Hershey.

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WPIAL Football Team of the Week: Week 14
December 2, 2019
For four weeks during the WPIAL football playoffs, Avonworth rode the Jax tracks to the school’s first district championship in 60 years.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 14
December 1, 2019
Since expansion to six classes in 2016, WPIAL 3A champs, which all came from the Tri-County West Conference, are 4-0 in the PIAA semifinals.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dylan Mallozzzi scores past Lampeter-Strasburg defenders during their PIAA Class 4A semifinal Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
PIAA football championships and the start of winter sports this week on HSSN
The high school football season comes to an end with the state championship games, and there is the start of the winter high school sports season this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ian Hansen intercepts a pass in front of Shane Stump during their PIAA Class 4A state semifinal against Lampeter-Strasburg Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
PIAA football championships set as the Road to Hershey concludes
November 30, 2019
This is the fourth year the PIAA has held six football championships, and the WPIAL will be represented by three of its champions in Hershey.

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Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski (20) competes during the 2019 season.
Brentwood seniors proud of playoff run
Brentwood wrapped up a banner football season, making a semifinals appearance in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.

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