Football

Penn Hills Hardy named TribHSSN football player of the week
December 10, 2018
The last shall be first. The TribLive High School Sports Network's final WPIAL Football Player of the Week award goes to a member of PIAA Class 5A undefeated state champion Penn Hills after a performance for the ages. Daequan Hardy had fans, coaches and the media comparing him to the

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Avante McKenzie scores 4 touchdowns as Aliquippa wins 3rd PIAA title
December 8, 2018
HERSHEY -- Avante McKenzie knows how it feels to watch others celebrate. His freshman year, Aliquippa lost badly here in Hershey and it stuck with his senior class ever since. The next two years they watched from a distance as a conference rival celebrated at Hersheypark Stadium instead of them.

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Manheim Central coach accuses Penn Hills of ‘cheap shot’ after player injured on final play
An injured Manheim Central player left Hersheypark Stadium's turf on a cart Friday night, and afterward his coach accused Penn Hills players of taking cheap shots. Barons junior Clay Bedi was injured with 3 seconds left as Manheim Central attempted an on-side kick. Penn Hills recovered the kick and won

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Penn Hills’ Daequan Hardy has ‘Revis-like’ performance in PIAA championship victory
December 7, 2018
HERSHEY -- Fifteen years have passed since Darrelle Revis played here, and tales continue to be told about his incredible day at Hersheypark Stadium. Fifteen years from now, they'll still talk about Daequan Hardy's. The Penn Hills senior returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in Friday night's 36-31

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Coach/engineer/PhD Jon LeDonne returns missing swagger to Penn Hills football
Jon LeDonne graduated as his high school's valedictorian, owns a PhD in engineering from Carnegie Mellon and works for a secured research laboratory that supports the nuclear Navy. Yet, many folks probably know him as the high school football coach with a lumberjack beard who wears shorts on the sideline

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Aliquippa looks to maintain WPIAL success in PIAA Class 3A title games
December 6, 2018
Call it a hunch, but Middletown coach Brett Myers was confident that WPIAL champion Aliquippa would reach Hershey this year. Just consider the past two years. In 2016, Middletown made its first trip to Hershey and lost to WPIAL champion Beaver Falls. Middletown battled its way back to Hersheypark Stadium

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West Mifflin school board opens football coach Ray Braszo’s job to applicants
The West Mifflin school board voted this week to open all fall coaching positions, including that of football coach Ray Braszo, who worries the move was more than routine. andquot;It sounds like they're trying to get rid of me,andquot; Braszo said Thursday, the day the jobs were posted. andquot;No one

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PIAA Class 3A championship breakdown: Aliquippa vs. Middletown
PIAA Class 3A championship Aliquippa (14-1) vs. Middletown (13-1) Noon, Saturday, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey On the air: Video: PCN; Audio: Tribhssn.triblive.com, WBVP/WMBA (1230/1460) Coaches: Mike Warfield, Aliquippa; Brett Myers, Middletown PIAA titles: Aliquippa 2 (1991, 2003), Middletown 0 How they got here: District 3 champion Middletown defeated D12's Conwell-Egan in

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PIAA Class 5A championship breakdown: Penn Hills vs. Manheim Central
PIAA Class 5A championship Penn Hills (15-0) vs. Manheim Central (15-0) 7 p.m. Friday, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey On the air: PCN Coaches: Jon LeDonne, Penn Hills; Dave Hahn, Manheim Central PIAA titles: Penn Hills 1 (1995); Manheim Central 1 (2003) How they got here: Penn Hills defeated West Allegheny in

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Road to Hershey hits final straightaway at PIAA finals
December 5, 2018
The finish line to the 2018 high school football season is in sight, and it's going to be a sweet ending for six teams. Part of that is winning a PIAA championship with the added bonus of doing it at the sweetest place on earth. For the 21st season in

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Penn Hills, Manheim Central can call on 7-on-7 matchup for PIAA Class 5A final preparation
Manheim Central and Penn Hills, two supremely talented offenses, ran into one another in June during a seven-on-seven passing camp at Penn State. The final score was close, Manheim Central coach Dave Hahn remembers, but he can't say for sure who won that battle in shorts and T-shirts. andquot;It sticks

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Big 7 all-conference: Tyler Bradley, Darius Goosby earn POY honors
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart's Tyler Bradley and Rochester's Darius Goosby, whose teams met in the WPIAL Class A championship, earned player of the year honors in the Big Seven Conference. Coaches chose Bradley as the conference's top offensive player and Goosby earned the defensive award. OLSH's Dan Bradley

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Freedom hires Greg Toney as football coach
Freedom's school board filled its football coaching vacancy Tuesday night by promoting assistant Greg Toney to head coach. The school announced the hire on Twitter. Toney becomes the fourth head coach at Freedom in 14 months and replaces interim coach John Rosa, the school's athletic director. Rosa took over coaching

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Penn Hills football team plans PIAA championship practice at Penn State
Penn Hills won't bus directly to Hershey for the state championship but instead will stop and practice at Penn State, where senior Terry andquot;Tankandquot; Smith's uncle coaches. The running back's namesake is Nittany Lions' assistant head coach Terry Smith. So in preparation for Friday night's PIAA final, Penn Hills will

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Despite being undersized, Brentwood’s Bauer named top lineman in Three Rivers Conference
December 4, 2018
Luke Bauer stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 200 pounds when he's soaking wet. That's undersized for any athlete battling in the trenches on a high school football team. Some would consider it almost Lilliputian. But Bauer enjoyed a gigantic season for the Brentwood football team, standing head and shoulders above the

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — Rochester, Washington, West A win ’01 titles
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded. The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football. It wasn't

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AD Ryan Matsook seeks football coach who’ll unite Western Beaver, Lincoln Park
Western Beaver needs a new football coach -- and there's a state-title winner already working in the district. A cooperative agreement with Lincoln Park makes the job more attractive, said athletic director/vice principal Ryan Matsook, but no, he's not a candidate. andquot;That's been the hot topic of discussion,andquot; Matsook said

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AD Ryan Matsook seeks football coach who’ll unite Western Beaver, Lincoln Park
December 3, 2018
Western Beaver needs a new football coach and there's a state-title winner already working in the district. A cooperative agreement with Lincoln Park makes the job more attractive, said athletic director/vice principal Ryan Matsook, but no, he's not a candidate. andquot;That's been the hot topic of discussion,andquot; Matsook said with

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Uniontown football team will remain in WPIAL, school board decides
Uniontown is staying put. The school board decided Monday night to keep its football team in the WPIAL next season, choosing not to follow the route taken by Fayette County neighbor Albert Gallatin. The Uniontown board voted 6-2 to stay, according to TribLive HSSN affiliate WMBS-AM, adding that superintendent Charles

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Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes commits to William & Mary
Marcus Barnes is glad he waited. So is William andamp;amp; Mary. Barnes, a football standout at Jeannette, held true to his word by waiting until after the season to commit to a college, announcing Monday night he will attend William andamp;amp; Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He chose the FCS school

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