Football

A referee and North Allegheny football players head to the field during a game at Bethel Park.
Coronavirus pandemic could worsen WPIAL shortage of football officials
July 4, 2020
The WPIAL doesn’t have enough football officials, and the coronavirus pandemic could make the shortage worse this fall.

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Deer Lakes football coach Tim Burk cheers on players as they run through conditioning drills during their first day back at practice on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
A-K Valley football teams return to field with protocols in place
July 2, 2020
Knoch football coach Brandon Mowry couldn’t sleep Tuesday night. He was a like a little kid on Christmas morning. He couldn’t stand the anticipation anymore.

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The Woodland Hills football team temporarily paused workouts this week while school administrators re-evaluate covid-19 guidelines for athletics.
Woodland Hills halts sports workouts to re-evaluate covid-19 guidelines
July 1, 2020
Woodland Hills was the first WPIAL school to resume summer workouts, but the Wolverines halted those sessions this week to re-evaluate their covid-19 guidelines.

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Shaler uses caution, sends football players home over covid-19 concerns
June 30, 2020
Choosing to take a cautious approach, Shaler coach Jim Ryan sent his football team home early from workouts Tuesday after learning a family friend of a player could have contracted covid-19.

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Norwin lineman Anthony Giansante has attracted the attention of Division I college programs. Norwin lineman Anthony Giasante committed to Western Kentucky, turning down offers from Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn, Fordham, Brown and VMI, among others.
Norwin lineman Giansante commits to Western Kentucky
June 29, 2020
With each video clip he posted on social media, bulked-up Anthony Giansante shared another step on his path to Division I football.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Westmoreland County boys athlete of the year: GCC’s Nate Ward showed will to win in 4 sports
June 27, 2020
Nate Ward scored goals in soccer, kicked extra points and caught passes in football, hit 3-pointers on the basketball court and carried the baton around the track oval. With each sport, he made his mark.

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Sto Rox coach LaRoi Johnson leads practice Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Sto-Rox.
Sto-Rox hires football coach LaRoi Johnson as AD, opens coaching jobs
June 25, 2020
The Sto-Rox school board hired football coach LaRoi Johnson as athletic director Thursday night and voted to hand him a clean slate of coaches.

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Clairton’s Tyler Boyd vs. Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee
Trib HSSN June Madness finals: Tyler Boyd, Clairton vs. Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional
June 22, 2020
We have finally reached Championship Week in June Madness as we finally determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Pine-Richland’s Miguel Jackson celebrtaes a sack against Penn Hills on Aug. 23, 2019, in Pine.
Pine-Richland’s Miguel Jackson identifies 9 finalists, wants to visit every campus
Pine-Richland defensive lineman Miguel Jackson set out to pick eight finalists from his list of 30 college offers, but that task proved harder than expected.

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Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee vs. Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Hagy
Trib HSSN June Madness semifinals: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional vs. Luke Hagy, Mt. Lebanon
June 18, 2020
Over the course of the next week, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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The Woodland Hills football team started offseason workouts in private Monday at the high school but eventually will shift back to the Wolvarena.
Woodland Hills leads WPIAL football back to practice with workouts ‘normal as any other’
June 16, 2020
Woodland Hills football coach Tim Bostard checked every player’s temperature and nobody was allowed to shake hands.

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Norwin football coach Dave Brozeski accepts the champions plaque from Westmoreland County Coaches Association president Larry Sellitto after beating Penn-Trafford, 24-13, in the WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament championship game Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
WCCA cancels 7-on-7 football championship
June 14, 2020
The holding pattern is over for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association.

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Pennsylvania and Maryland watch the coin toss during the Big 33 Football Classic between Pennsylvania and Maryland on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Hersheypark Stadium. Pennsylvania won 26-14.
Big 33 plans ‘watch party’ to celebrate players chosen for canceled all-star game
The covid-19 pandemic forced organizers to cancel the Big 33 Football Classic, but this year’s players will be honored online.

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Pine-Richland’s Neil Walker vs. Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Hagy
Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Neil Walker, Pine-Richland vs. Luke Hagy, Mt. Lebanon
June 12, 2020
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Clairton’s Tyler Boyd (Bengals) vs. Plum’s Pat McAfee (Colts)
Trib HSSN June Madness: Tyler Boyd, Clairton vs. Pat McAfee, Plum
June 10, 2020
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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The Ambridge football team practices Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Ambridge.
Gov. Wolf: State will release covid-19 guidelines for PIAA in ‘next day or two’
June 8, 2020
The wait is almost over.

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Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee vs. New Castle’s Malik Hooker
Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional vs. Malik Hooker, New Castle
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Construction at Buccaneers Stadium in Burrell is shown Friday, June 5, 2020.
Renovations underway on Buccaneers Stadium in Burrell
June 7, 2020
As soon as the Burrell School Board voted unanimously in March to renovate Buccaneers Stadium with artificial turf and replace the surrounding track, anticipation began.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brandon Brown (left) makes a catch against Hempfield during last year’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament.
Westmoreland high school notebook: No decision yet on 7-on-7 tournament
June 6, 2020
The waiting game continues for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 football championship.

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Carlynton grad Bill Cowher spoke at his alma mater’s virtual graduation ceremony Friday night.
Bill Cowher surprises Carlynton grads with virtual commencement speech
June 5, 2020
Graduating from high school during a pandemic has eliminated many of the traditional trappings associated with the annual ceremony, but there is a bright side.

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