Football

Gateway’s Derrick Davis breaks in the clear against Woodland Hills on Oct. 17.
Gateway athletes pick up postseason honors after challenging fall
December 13, 2020
The Gateway boys and girls soccer teams and the Gators football team each earned WPIAL playoff berths in a fall season dominated each week by covid concerns, cancellations and delays.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates his goal with Isaac Gamwo during the WPIAL Class AAA championship.
Westmoreland high school notebook: FR’s DiFalco awarded again
The honors continued to roll in for Franklin Regional junior soccer star Anthony DiFalco, who garnered United Soccer Coaches Region II All-America and USC All-Region East team honors for the second year in a row.

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Penn Hills’ Noel Roach pulls in a catch during preseason workouts in August.
Penn Hills football standouts rack up postseason honors
Even though the Penn Hills football season didn’t finish the way the team hoped, the Indians had 13 players recognized for their play this season as they received all-conference honors.

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Springdale’s Logan Dexter defends against Jeannette’s Brett Birch in the first half Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at Veterans Memorial Field.
Valley News Dispatch Defensive Player of the Year: Springdale’s Logan Dexter
December 12, 2020
Alle-Kiski Valley Defensive Player of the Year

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) rushes the ball against Beaver Falls at Geneva College’s Reeves Field on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.
Valley News Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year: Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon
Alle-Kiski Valley Offensive Player of the Year

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Penn Trafford quarterback Ethan Carr throws during practice on Sept. 10.
Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr named Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Player of the Year
When Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane asked Ethan Carr to switch positions during his sophomore season, there were no objections.

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Jeannette’s Brad Birch
2020 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Football All-Stars
First team

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Franklin Regional’s Aly Kindelberger was named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AAA all-state team this year.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional’s Kindelberger honored
December 8, 2020
Franklin Regional standout hitter Aly Kindelberger was awarded for an outstanding senior season, one that saw her help the Panthers make team history.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr looks to pass against Franklin Regional earlier this season.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Local football players dot all-star teams
December 6, 2020
The Big 5/6 Conference, which recognizes the accomplishments of teams and athletes in the WPIAL’s largest classifications, announced all-star teams for football.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier celebrates after the Jaguars defeated Jersey Shore, 21-14, in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Senior class helps Thomas Jefferson football add to overflowing trophy case
Two PIAA championships, three WPIAL titles, three conference crowns.

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Thomas Jefferson’s DeRon VanBibber celebrates his touchdown next to Jersey Shore’s Connor Davis during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Thomas Jefferson football A to Z: Another special season for Jaguars
An anatomy of a state champion, or it takes a village to build a successful football program.

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Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer celebrates as he scores during the first quarter of the PIAA Class 3A championship game against Cathedral Prep on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer earns Trib HSSN Football Player of the Year honors
December 5, 2020
Following in the footsteps of one of the best quarterbacks the WPIAL has produced, Cole Spencer didn’t blink.

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Norwin’s Anthony Giansante
Norwin notebook: Recruitment heating back up for Knights lineman
Anthony Giansante isn’t ready to give up on playing Division I college football. In fact, he may be more enthusiastic now than before he started getting scholarship offers.

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Beaver Falls’ Josh Hough (10) rushes the ball against Wilmington during their PIAA Class 2A semifinal game at Geneva College on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.
Head of the Class: Trib HSSN Football Player, Coach of the Year for each classification
December 4, 2020
Back in the day, when a student did well in the classroom, they were sometimes moved to the front of the class.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Miller celebrates the Rams’ third touchdown during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cathedral Prep on Nov. 27 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib 10: WPIAL football teams had record-tying weekend in Hershey
December 2, 2020
For the fifth time in the 33-year history of the PIAA playoffs, three WPIAL football champions returned home from the central part of the state with PIAA gold.

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Thomas Jefferson’s DeRon VanBibber celebrates his touchdown next to Jersey Shore’s Connor Davis during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Dec. 1, 2020
December 1, 2020
The 2020 high school football campaign is complete, and it goes in the record books as a season like no other.

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The Central Valley football team waits to take the field at the start of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing last Friday.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week: Central Valley
Mark Lyons had been to the top of the WPIAL mountain top four times, including each of the last two years.

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Braddock players carry coach Chuck Klausing off the field after winning their sixth consecutive WPIAL title over Waynesburg at Washington High field on Nov. 19, 1959.
Legendary 1959 Braddock football team to be featured on big screen
One of the WPIAL’s most storied football teams will soon have a cinematic presence.

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Central Valley’s Amarian Saunders (11) celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown with Myles Walker during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing last Friday at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA savors fall season completed against all odds
November 30, 2020
There was cause to celebrate, but PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi probably didn’t spike the football or exchange high-fives after the state championships finished Saturday night.

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Trib HSSN Player of the Week: Eli Jochem, Pine-Richland
November 29, 2020
Pine-Richland has had great contributions from many players in finishing 11-0 and capturing district and state championships for the second time in school history.

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