Football

North Catholic football standout Nikhai Hill-Green announces transfer out of state
February 15, 2019
North Catholic's Nikhai Hill-Green, one of the WPIAL's top football players, said Friday that he's transferring out of state. Hill-Green announced on Twitter that he's headed to St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. The standout linebacker ranks third among the state's football recruits in the 2020 graduating class, according to Rivals.

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Ligonier Valley sending 4 players to Ken Lantzy All-Star game
February 14, 2019
Four Ligonier Valley football players have been picked to play in the 49th annual Ken Lantzy All-Star game June 14 in Johnstown. St. Francis (Pa.) recruit and state-record holding wide receiver Aaron Tutino heads the list that includes quarterback John Caldwell, defensive back Zack Beitel and lineman Blake Bridge. Tutino

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Hampton’s Schmitt to join brother at Clarion
Hampton tailback Vince Schmitt decided to stay close to family with his college decision. The hard-working back took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Clarion. Schmitt finished his senior season with 72 carries for 319 yards, but don't let the modest numbers fool you. His senior season was injury-plagued,

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Jeannette considering adding artificial turf at McKee Stadium
February 12, 2019
Jeannette football already is known for playing in the fast lane, but the program could soon merge into the 21st century and catch up to dozens of other WPIAL programs. Jeannette is considering artificial turf and track improvements to venerable McKee Stadium. Superintendent Matt Jones said the district is investigating

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Mt. Lebanon hires 8-time WPIAL champion Bob Palko as football coach
Bob Palko bid farewell to West Allegheny football last fall after 24 seasons, but the coach with the most WPIAL titles insisted then that he wasn't ready for retirement. Three months later, he's back to work. andquot;Nothing prepares you for that feeling of 'I shouldn't have left. I shouldn't have

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Coach-in-waiting Kim Niedbala resigns at West Allegheny
February 11, 2019
West Allegheny needs a football coach after all. Kim Niedbala, the West A assistant tabbed to replace Bob Palko, tendered his resignation Sunday citing andquot;a family decision.andquot; The school district had decided last February to make Niedbala the team's coach-in-waiting during this past season, Palko's last with the Indians. andquot;It's

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McKeesport football fills Week 2 vacancy with defending PIAA champion
February 7, 2019
McKeesport searched both out of state and internationally for a football team to fill its Week 2 vacancy, but ultimately scheduled a five-time PIAA champion instead. Erie's Cathedral Prep will visit Weigle-Schaeffer Stadium on Sept. 6. andquot;We actually had talks with a team from Canada that was supposed to come

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3 WPIAL players added to Big 33 Football Classic roster
Three WPIAL football players joined Pennsylvania's roster for the Big 33 Football Classic. Thomas Jefferson lineman Dom Serapiglia, Seneca Valley inside linebacker Jake Stebbins and McKeesport outside linebacker Thomas Wyatt were announced Thursday as replacements for the high school football all-star game. Pine-Richland linebacker Tyler King was among the three

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WPIAL football players sign with Division I FCS, Division II programs
February 6, 2019
Class of 2019 Local FCS and Division II signings Division I FCS AJ Ackerman, Elizabeth Forward, OL, Duquesne* Marcus Barnes, Jeannette, WR, William andamp;amp; Mary* Connor Barrett, Chartiers Valley, LB, Duquesne* Ryan Coe, South Fayette, K/P, Delaware* Michael Daure, Keystone Oaks, RB, Duquesne Dominic Dodson, Central Catholic, DB, Columbia Michael

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Western Pa.’s top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2020
1. Michael Carmody Mars 6-5, 290, offensive tackle Carmody is in the midst of basketball season for top-ranked Mars, but his college future is on the offensive line. Rivals ranks Carmody as a four-star recruit and the 29th-best offensive tackle nationally. He is rated second overall among Pennsylvania recruits. Nearly

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WPIAL football players sign with Division I FBS programs
Class of 2019 Twenty-one senior football players from the WPIAL accepted scholarships from Division I FBS schools. Three signed letters of intent Wednesday: Division I FBS Tyler Brennan, North Hills, WR/RB, Army* Dante Cephas, Penn Hills, WR, Kent State* Mike Coleman, Woodland Hills, DB, Toledo* M.J. Devonshire, Aliquippa, DB, Kentucky

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Penn Hills’ Hardy commits to Penn State; teammates Thomas, Smith also announce college plans
February 5, 2019
Penn Hills senior Daequan Hardy wasted little time in accepting a scholarship offer from Penn State. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback and wide receiver received an offer from the Nittany Lions on Tuesday afternoon and announced his commitment to the Big Ten school Tuesday night on Twitter. Hardy was named the

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Central Catholic schedules 5-time state champion for Week Zero
February 4, 2019
Central Catholic scheduled a four-time state champion in Week Zero last season. This year, it'll be a five-time champion. The Vikings announced Monday that they'll play Philadelphia Catholic League power Archbishop Wood this August at the Wolvarena. Wood won PIAA titles in 2011, '13, '14, '16 and '17. Week Zero

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Penn Hills celebrates PIAA football title in Harrisburg
Two months after winning a state football title, the Penn Hills football team returned Monday to central Pennsylvania to celebrate. State sen. Jay Costa, State rep. Tony DeLuca and Governor Tom Wolf welcomed football coach Jon LeDonne and his team at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Penn Hills won

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WPIAL football champions Pine-Richland, Penn Hills schedule Week Zero game
February 3, 2019
The reigning WPIAL Class 6A and 5A football championships will meet head to head next fall. Pine-Richland will host Penn Hills in a Week Zero matchup Aug. 23, the schools announced Sunday on Twitter. Pine-Richland won the WPIAL Class 6A title last season while Penn Hills won WPIAL and PIAA

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WPIAL football powers Clairton, Aliquippa will renew rivalry in Week Zero
Two of the WPIAL's top football programs, Clairton and Aliquippa, will renew their newfound rivalry this fall. The coaches have agreed to meet in a Week Zero matchup at Clairton in August, Bears coach Wayne Wade said. The game is scheduled for Aug. 24 -- a Saturday -- with a

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Westmoreland notebook: Latrobe adds football opponent
February 2, 2019
Penn-Trafford football dropped a bombshell recently when it announced it will play national power Washington High in Massillon, Ohio, to fill a void on its schedule. Struggling Albert Gallatin withdrew from the WPIAL in football, leaving teams in the Class 5A Big East Conference with an open week to fill.

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18 WPIAL football players picked for East-West all-star game
January 31, 2019
South Fayette teammates Mike Trimbur, Tom Elia and Ryan Coe were among 18 WPIAL football players selected for the PSFCA East-West all-star game. The rosters were announced Thursday. Also picked for the West roster were North Hills' Tyler Brennan, Thomas Jefferson's Dominic Serapiglia, Pine-Richland's Mike Dorundo and Anthony Cerminara, Shaler's

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Aliquippa trio among 11 WPIAL players selected for Big 33 Football Classic
Aliquippa teammates MJ Devonshire, Will Gipson and Solvauhn Moreland were among 11 WPIAL players chosen for the PSFCA Big 33 Football Classic. The Pennsylvania all-star team roster was announced Thursday. Also selected were Penn Hills' Dante Cephas and Daequan Hardy, Latrobe's Trent Holler, North Hills' Lirion Murtezi, Central Catholic's Brian

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WPIAL posts football schedules, won’t force Clairton-Mapletown matchup
January 30, 2019
Rather than risk another Mapletown vs. Clairton football forfeit, the WPIAL scheduled an open week for both teams next fall. This way, each school can find its own non-WPIAL opponent to play Week 1. andquot;Last year, Mapletown cancelled it, and there was no guarantee that wouldn't happen again,andquot; WPIAL executive

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