Football

A plaque honoring Ben Roethlisberger hangs in the gymnasium of Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio, in this 2006 file photo.
Remembering Ben Roethlisberger’s remarkable senior season at Findlay High
January 28, 2022
Ben Roethlisberger walked off into the sunset Thursday, announcing his retirement from pro football after 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Penn-Trafford’s Garrett Moorhead
Westmoreland Senior Spotlight: Penn-Trafford’s Garrett Moorhead
January 24, 2022
Garrett Moorhead

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Plum’s defense wraps up Armstrong’s Alex Patton during the first half at Armstrong’s NexTier Bank Complex Friday, Oct. 23, 2021.
Plum, Riverview fall sports teams look forward to new, current rivalries
January 23, 2022
Whether they’re joined in the same conference or separated in the same or a different classification, the Plum and Franklin Regional football teams usually find themselves on the same field each season.

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Chartiers Valley coach Dan Knause will lead the Colts back into the Parkway Conference next season. The conference will include two-time WPIAL and PIAA champion Central Valley, which moves up from Class 3A.
Chartiers Valley football expects challenging schedule after realignment
January 22, 2022
Now that the WPIAL has the conference alignments for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, teams can start preparing for familiar faces and new foes in the fall.

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Former Pine-Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz at Pitt practice on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at UPMC Rooney Sports Performance Complex.
Former football coach Eric Kasperowicz drops lawsuit against Pine-Richland, hopes to reclaim job
January 21, 2022
Former Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz is dropping his defamation lawsuit against the school district and its administrators in hopes of reclaiming his coaching job.

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Sto-Rox head coach LaRoi Johnson (middle) reacts during a team skills challenge during a 7 on 7 high school football tournament July 28, 2021 at Bethel Park.
Imani Christian hires LaRoi Johnson as football coach
January 20, 2022
Football coach LaRoi Johnson is returning to his roots.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs against Trinity on Oct. 15, 2021, at Belle Vernon.
Notre Dame latest Power 5 school to offer Belle Vernon sophomore Quinton Martin
Colleges are not offering Belle Vernon’s sensational sophomore too early. They’re right on “Q”.

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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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