Football

West Mifflin quarterback Tayshaun McMillan throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp in July at Valley High School.
Big, strong offensive line makes West Mifflin a team to watch in Class 3A
August 16, 2022
West Mifflin has been a fixture in WPIAL Class 4A football, but due to realignment, the Titans are competing in 3A for the next two seasons.

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South Park’s Sean Saunders works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in South Park.
South Park looks to regain winning ways after tough season
South Park enters the new season in rebound mode.

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Seton LaSalle’s Ty Tamborino works out in the rain on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at Merrick Field.
After graduations, transfers, coaching change, Seton LaSalle moving in all new direction
Tim Storino appears to be in the right place at the right time.

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Quaker Valley head coach Jason Cappa works with his team on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at Chuck Knox Stadium.
Quaker Valley begins building project under new coach
Jason Cappa, who comes from a family of coaches and educators, was hired in April as Quaker Valley football coach.

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Hopewell’s Sonny Kasanzale catches a pass on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Hopewell.
After winless season, Hopewell driven to make statement
Hopewell football comes into the 2022 season more motivated than ever. The players and the coaches want to prove they can play with anyone in the Western Hills conference.

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Beaver’s Omari Smith works out on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Beaver.
After bounce-back season, Beaver looks to add to winning tradition
In Cort Rowse’s first season as head coach last year, Beaver went 7-3, finished second in the Parkway Conference and made the playoffs.

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Avonworth quarterback Nate Harper throws a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Ohio Twp.
Avonworth hopes to climb to top of Western Hills and beyond
When it comes to consistently excellent football programs in the district, Avonworth is right there in the conversation.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws during the Willie Thrower quarterbacks camp Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Valley High School.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
The race for the 2021 WPIAL passing title was a three-way battle between Gateway’s Brad Birch, Beaver Falls’ Jaren Brickner and Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen.

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Greensburg Salem senior Jerome Wallish
Greensburg Salem senior Wallish provides huge heart
August 15, 2022
One thing a person can’t see is the size of a football player’s heart.

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Springdale lineman collide during practice at Springdale High School on Monday, Aug 15, 2022. It was the first official practice of the 2022 season.
A-K Valley football teams eager to get to work as official practices open
Ryan Tempalski experienced numerous first official football practice days as an assistant coach at schools throughout the region.

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Derry Area football players jog off the field after the first day of official practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.
Westmoreland County’s new football coaches breeze through Day 1 of practice
Westmoreland County’s five new high school football coaches had an uneventful first day of training camp.

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Junior Derek Burk is entering his third season as Deer Lakes starting quarterback.
Deer Lakes father, son unsatisfied with missing playoffs
Derek Burk didn’t wait long to try and make improvements after last year’s close home loss to Burrell.

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Trinity’s Andrew Durig works out with the running backs on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Hiller Stadium.
New coach Dan Knause focuses on physicality as Trinity hopes to end playoff drought
With new coach Dan Knause in town, the Trinity Hillers are looking to end a drought this season.

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McKeesport’s Devin Long works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in McKeesport.
After close call last year, McKeesport hopes to make a run at Class 4A gold
Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher used to say, “there is a fine line between winning and losing in the NFL.”

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Latrobe quarterback John Wetzel during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe works toward more victories after move to Class 4A
It is better to be the shark than the minnow, and Latrobe might be ready to raise its fin in a new classification.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer works out in practice before last season.
Thomas Jefferson aiming to regain championship mojo
The 2021 season was not a customary prize-winner for the Thomas Jefferson football team.

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Senior linemen Ian Quinn, left, and Aaron Mele will anchor both the offensive and defensive lines for Burrell.
Burrell to lean on pair of senior linemen
August 14, 2022
Ian Quinn started organized tackle football in third grade in the Lower Burrell Flyers youth football organization.

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North Catholic running back Chase Arrington catches a ball at North Catholic High School on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.
North Catholic embraces new challenge in Class 4A
North Catholic enters the 2022 season in a new classification with a different home field, a new offensive coordinator, a new quarterback and many new starters.

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Mars’ Jack Hull works out on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Adams.
Mars slowly but surely acclimating to coach Eric Kasperowicz’s system
A new coach, a new quarterback and a new playbook.

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Indiana’s Liam McFarlane runs against Greensburg Salem last season.
With new coach at helm, Indiana continues quest for WPIAL success from afar
The road to a WPIAL football championship is a long and winding one for Indiana. As the lone member school currently situated outside the WPIAL’s designed boundaries, the program finds itself in a world of its own.

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