Football

Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Ohio-bound D.J. Walker, 5 other Aliquippa seniors make college commitments official
February 1, 2023
A group of Aliquippa football seniors including standout safety/wide receiver Donovan Walker announced their college commitments Wednesday, with Walker choosing Ohio.

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Hempfield’s Ryan Reitz and his father Ray (right) speak during the WCCA Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournanemt Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
High school sports notebook: Ex-Hempfield, Jeannette football assistant heads to Central Catholic
January 29, 2023
Former Jeannette and Hempfield football assistant Ryan Reitz will be with a new team next season.

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Pine-Richland senior Max Heckert drags down Cathedral Prep quarterback Luke Costello during the Rams’ victory in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Nov. 25, 2022.
Pine-Richland linebacker Max Heckert gets green light to commit to Slippery Rock
January 22, 2023
Max Heckert got a look at the rings in the Slippery Rock trophy case during his visit to the school and it reminded him of what he accomplished at Pine-Richland, winning two WPIAL and state championships in four years.

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McKeesport senior running back Bobbie Boyd streaks down the sideline for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 19-7 win over Penn-Trafford on Sept. 2, 2022.
Cal (Pa.) lands 4 Western Pa. high school football stars
January 21, 2023
Cal (Pa.) had a big Saturday night on the recruiting trail, picking up commitments from a handful of the top high school football players in Western Pennsylvania.

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Quaker Valley’s Jakub Pickett catches a pass on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at Chuck Knox Stadium.
Quaker Valley wide receiver Jakub Pickett recognized for strong senior season
January 15, 2023
Quaker Valley senior Jakub Pickett has made a name for himself on the football field.

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Pine-Richland head coach Jon LeDonne hoists the state championship trophy with his team after defeating Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Pine-Richland football coach Jon LeDonne among 32 nominees for NFL’s Don Shula Award
January 13, 2023
Pine-Richland football coach Jon LeDonne, who led the Rams to a state title this season, was one of 32 coaches nationwide nominated for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award.

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It’s official: George hired at Greensburg Salem and Fazekas rehired at Mt. Pleasant
January 11, 2023
Greensburg Salem and Mt. Pleasant Area District school boards met Wednesday and hired and rehired football coaches.

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Jason Fazekas is 27-34 in six season as Mt. Pleasant’s head coach.
Mt. Pleasant expected to keep football coach Jason Fazekas
January 10, 2023
It looks like Jason Fazekas will be rehired as football coach at Mt. Pleasant.

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Gateway seniors Matt Brooks (Duquesne), at left, and Dallas Harper (Youngstown State) signed Division I National Letters of Intent on Dec. 21 at Gateway High School. With Brooks and Harper is Gateway football coach and athletic director Don Holl.
Gateway’s Matt Brooks, Dallas Harper look forward to future in football
January 8, 2023
Matt Brooks didn’t wait around for his college experience to begin.

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Mike Brown watches Hempfield play at the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tourmament last July.
Football coach Mike Brown set to leave Hempfield for Norwin
January 6, 2023
Add another football coaching opening to the list in Westmoreland County.

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Mt. Lebanon head 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 on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Bob Palko, 9-time WPIAL champion, resigns as Mt. Lebanon football coach
Thirteen months after celebrating a state championship with the Blue Devils, Bob Palko has resigned as Mt. Lebanon’s football coach to focus attention on concerns away from the field.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Marko Thomas during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Marko Thomas resigns position as Greensburg Central Catholic football coach
January 4, 2023
With four young sons, including a 1-year-old, and three of them active in multiple sports, Marko Thomas decided it was time to be a dad instead of a coach.

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Phil Porterfield, recognized recently for 50 years of service as public address announcer, calls a WPIAL football game between South Allegheny and Mt. Pleasant on Oct. 21, 2022, in Mt. Pleasant Township.
50 years and counting: Phil Porterfield enjoys being ‘Voice of the Vikings’
January 2, 2023
When Phil Porterfield was in high school at Mt. Pleasant, he hoped to be a radio disc jockey.

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North Allegheny’s Khiryn Boyd breaks up a pass intended for Central Catholic’s Peter Gonzalez during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Norwin High School.
North Allegheny’s Boyd, Central Catholic’s Gonzalez, Sullivan earn Class 6A all-state honors
December 30, 2022
Three underclassmen who helped their football teams reach the WPIAL Class 6A championship game were recognized for their efforts Friday.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri fends off Imhotep Charter’s Lamar Muldrow during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri, Jon LeDonne tabbed state’s Class 5A player, coach of the year
Ryan Palmieri was at his best on the state’s biggest stage, and Friday he was recognized for his efforts.

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Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel retired following the 2022 season, his 39th with the Brentwood football program.
Brentwood’s Kevin Kissel retires after 40 years on sideline
Kevin Kissel is considered a Brentwood institution, particularly in the high school football program.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes celebrates his second touchdown with Nico Eberhardt during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Central Valley on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
5 Aliquippa players among 12 WPIAL athletes picked for Class 4A all-state football team
The Aliquippa football team made its annual trip to the WPIAL championship game this fall and proceeded to roll all the way to the PIAA final, again.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin hurdles Neumann-Goretti’s Yasir Williams during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Belle Vernon trio, coach Matt Humbert awarded Class 3A all-state honors
December 29, 2022
Still riding high after winning the program’s first PIAA championship earlier this month, members of the Belle Vernon football team again have reason to celebrate.

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Union quarterback Braylon Thomas dives to the pylon during the first quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Steelton-Highspire on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School. The play was nullified by a penalty.
6 WPIAL football players earn 2022 Class A all-state honors
Six WPIAL Class A football players were awarded Pa. Football Writers all-state honors Thursday, including Union quarterback Braylon Thomas, who led the Scotties to their first WPIAL title since 1959 and trip to the PIAA championship game.

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Pine-Richland’s Jacob Beam (73) celebrates with Ryan Cory after defeating Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
See the 2022 WPIAL and City League all-conference football teams
December 24, 2022
The four months of high school football season might zip by in a blur, but each fall the coaches take a moment to reflect, look back and vote for all-conference teams.

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