Football

Ligonier Valley’s Christian Jablonski
Westmoreland high school notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Jablonski gets offer
March 23, 2019
Ligonier Valley already has one football lineman who is drawing Division I attention in junior Michael Petrof. Now, it has two.

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Belle Vernon football players train with the new Tsunami Bar barbell during the 2019 offseason.
Belle Vernon football getting help from new weightlifting aid
March 22, 2019
Opening day of spring sports in the WPIAL was greeted with, sigh, a dose of snow and cold.

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Bentworth promotes assistant Knabb to coach football team
Bentworth promoted assistant John “J.J.” Knabb to head football coach, said athletic director Brian Malecki.

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Former Penn-Trafford, Norwin football coach John Yaccino dies at 78
March 21, 2019
Former Penn-Trafford and Norwin football coach John Yaccino died suddenly in Florida on Wednesday. He was 78.

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Thomas Jefferson’s 2019 Breisinger Award winner, Gabe Dominick, displays the award with Lois Breisinger and Joe Kenny at the annual football banquet Feb. 24 at the Georgetown Centre.
Gabe Dominick receives TJ’s Breisinger Award
March 15, 2019
Gabe Dominick hopes to be a key member of the Thomas Jefferson boys volleyball team this season. A first-year defensive specialist/outside hitter, Dominick also made his mark as a starter on the Jaguars’ football team.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Gabe Dominick blocks a punt by Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess on Sept. 7 in Rostraver.
Senior class lauded for success by Thomas Jefferson football coach Cherpak
March 8, 2019
The 60th annual Thomas Jefferson football banquet took place Feb. 24 at Georgetown Centre.

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Pitt, WVU recruits among Maryland picks for Big 33 Football Classic
March 3, 2019
Pitt recruit A.J. Woods, a cornerback from Germantown, Md., was among the 38 high school football players chosen to represent Maryland in the Big 33 Football Classic.

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Former Peters Township football coach Rich Piccinini is the new coach at Carlynton for the 2019 season.
New Carlynton coach Piccinini emphasizes clean slate
February 27, 2019
The Carlynton football program is starting a new era in 2019.

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Laurel Highlands grad Kolesar hired as football coach at alma mater
February 21, 2019
The Laurel Highlands School Board stayed in house in hiring the district’s second high school football coach in as many seasons.

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Former Tampa Bay quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (Seton LaSalle) and Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch (Steel Valley) are part of the WPIAL’s latest Hall of Fame class.
NFL, NBA and MLB represented in 2019 WPIAL Hall of Fame class
As an NFL quarterback, when Charlie Batch studied scouting reports, he would take note whether there were any Western Pennsylvania natives on the other sideline.

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Rich Piccinini
Carlynton hires former Peters Township football coach Piccinini
February 20, 2019
Carlynton has hired Rich Piccinini as football coach, the school announced Wednesday.

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Penn Hills’ Daequan Hardy kisses the state championship trophy after the Indians defeated Manheim Central in the PIAA Class 5A final Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn Hills football’s Daequan Hardy receives another postseason award
February 17, 2019
Penn Hills senior Daequan Hardy added another postseason honor to his list.

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Jeannette’s Melik Gordon rides the back of teammate Tavon Briston after defeating Clairton last season.
Westmoreland notebook: Jeannette to hold public meeting about artificial turf
February 16, 2019
Rumblings of Jeannette getting artificial turf at McKee Stadium began months ago, but rumors and innuendo could become fact as district officials take proactive steps to advance the process.

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Gatewayճ Derrick Davis breaks open field and heads toward the end zone against Kiski Area, Friday Nov 2, 2018, at Gateway.
Gateway football will play national power Massillon next fall
There is another WPIAL school that will be following Penn-Trafford to Massillon, Ohio this upcoming football season to play the Washington High School Tigers.

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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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North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
North Catholic football standout Nikhai Hill-Green announces transfer out of state
North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green, one of the WPIAL’s top football players, said Friday that he’s transferring out of state.

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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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2017 Trib 25 All-Star Football Team
December 13, 2017
Here’s a look at the 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team: PLAYER OF THE YEAR PHIL JURKOVEC Pine-Richland, QB Senior, 6-5, 200 The Notre Dame recruit completed 243 of 334 passes for 3,969 yards and 39 touchdowns this season and also had 132 carries for 1,211 yards and 24 touchdowns in leading Pine-Richland to WPIAL […]

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Plays of the Week – Week Fifteen
December 12, 2017
More than three months ago, the weather was hot and sunny during the first installment of Plays of the Week for the 2017 season. Conversely, the gridiron was snow-covered for the final edition, which highlights the three WPIAL teams that captured gold in Hershey in the PIAA championships. While Gateway came up short, Pine-Richland, Quaker […]

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