Football

Penn Hills Midget Football Association bantam players, from left, Dylan Joiner, Joseph Joiner III, Joseph Shaviss and Isaiah Shaviss
Penn Hills youth football organization marks 75th anniversary with new technology
July 25, 2021
The pandemic postponed the Penn Hills Midget Football Association’s 75th-year celebration by a year.

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First-year Hempfield football coach Mike Brown speaks with players during a recent workout.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield football leaning on strength coach Cortazzo
July 24, 2021
If Hempfield football turns a corner and gets back into playoff contention again this fall, the Spartans might be able to thank their strength coach.

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PIAA officials will flag linemen this season if their blocks below the waist don’t come immediately after the snap.
George Guido: High school football gets new blocking rule
We’re a little more than a month away from the start of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s 124th football season, and a major change in the blocking-below-the-waist rule will be implemented nationwide this season.

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The top 25 HS football players from the WPIAL and City League pose for a photo during a Trib HSSN event on July 22, 2021, at Kennywood. In the front row, from left, are Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, West Allegheny’s Gavin Miller, Mt. Lebanon’s Joey Daniels and Gateway’s Brad Birch. In the second row are Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish, Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne, Serra Catholic’s Pharoh Fisher, North Hills’ Robert Dickerson, Woodland Hills’ Deontae Williams, Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli, Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins, Central Valley’s Landon Alexander and Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen. In the back row are Kiski Area’s Brandon Lawhorn-Moore, Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson, Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin, Pine-Richland’s Jeremiah Hasley, Blackhawk’s Lorenzo Jenkins, Gateway’s Patrick Body, North Allegheny’s Jacob Porter, Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Bryan and Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons. Also on the team are Perry’s Tyreese Fearbry, Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher and Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca.
With camps, college visits back, TribLive HSSN Preseason All-Stars are busy this summer
July 22, 2021
As Josh Jenkins walked into Kennywood Park, passing the merry-go-round and the Sky Rocket, the Sto-Rox quarterback marveled at just how much life has improved in a year.

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Highlands’ Brock White carries the ball against Plum last season.
Highlands playmaker Brock White on road to recovery from knee injury
July 21, 2021
Brock White might have to wait a few games to start his 2021 football season.

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Penn-Trafford lineman Declan Ochendowski
Penn-Trafford lineman pops up on recruiting radar
Declan Ochendowski knew he wanted to play college football, but it wasn’t that long ago that the incoming senior at Penn-Trafford doubted he would draw attention from Division I programs.

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Southmoreland football players will wear a No. 15 decal on their helmets this season to honor fallen former teammate Brandon Peterson.
Southmoreland to honor late alumnus with football helmet sticker
July 20, 2021
Remembered as a teammate who could lighten the mood when football created tense moments like it can, Brandon Peterson left quite an impression on the Southmoreland football team. He is missed more every day.

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Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Deontae Williams, Woodland Hills
July 19, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized Thursday during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Anthony Speca, Central Catholic
July 17, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Franklin Regional receiver Caden Smith picks up yardage against Norwin defenders during the WCCA 7-on-7 championship game July 15 at Greater Latrobe High School.
New Franklin Regional coach Lance Getsy pleased with team’s offseason progress
Following a legendary coach is not easy.

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Norwin quarterback Luke Levendosky looks to pass during the WCCA 7-on-7 championship game against Franklin Regional on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Norwin serves notice with win at WCCA 7-on-7 tournament
July 15, 2021
There were notable absences at Thursday’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 Football Passing Tournament at Latrobe.

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The PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA makes change to state basketball tournament, anticipates ‘normal’ fall
July 14, 2021
The state basketball tournament will start a little earlier this winter under a schedule change that makes cross-state travel easier for the semifinals and finals.

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Jeannette head coach Marcus Clarkson works with his team on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Buster Clarkson Field.
Jeannette announces latest hall of fame class
July 13, 2021
Jeannette announced its 2021 Jayhawk Athletic Hall of Fame class on Tuesday.

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Freeport junior Ben Lane will be one of the many top skill players on display during Wednesday’s eight-team Freeport 7-on-7 at Freeport Area High School.
A-K Valley football teams set for annual Freeport 7-on-7
July 12, 2021
With the start of preseason high school football campst five weeks away, Freeport coach John Gaillot hopes Wednesday’s locally infused Freeport seven-on-seven event will help serve as a springboard to the final series of summer workouts and also generate excitement for the start of the 2021 season.

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Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Quinton Martin, Belle Vernon
July 11, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Gateway’s Jacques Taylor lifts Patrick Body after Body’s touchdown against Mt. Lebanon in 2019.
Gateway’s Patrick Body makes verbal commitment to top 10 team
July 10, 2021
Patrick Body continued a run of Gateway defensive backs heading to NCAA Division I colleges Saturday when he made a verbal commitment to Cincinnati.

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Work continues at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Leechburg on Friday, July 9, 2021.
George Guido: Leechburg stadium renovation is good news for soccer players, neighbors
The 75th football season at Leechburg’s Veterans Memorial Stadium promises to be a special one.

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Kiski Area’s Brandon Lawhorn-Moore works out during a training session for football players June 18, 2020.
TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Brandon Lawhorn-Moore, Kiski Area
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Lorenzo Jenkins, Blackhawk
July 9, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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East Allegheny’s Johnny DiNapoli goes through drills during work outs Tuesday, Aug.18, 2020 at East Allegheny High School.
Record-setting quarterback Johnny DiNapoli leaving East Allegheny
Johnny DiNapoli, who set a WPIAL passing record two years ago, has transferred this summer from East Allegheny to Elizabeth Forward.

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