Football

Westmoreland County high school notebook: WPIAL rushing champ Shoaf pledges to Mercyhurst
January 26, 2019
The two-time WPIAL regular-season rushing champion has a college destination. Yough senior running back Dustin Shoaf, who racked up 5,053 yards during his highlight-packed career, announced Friday he has committed to Mercyhurst. Shoaf made a short video to declare his school of choice and posted it to Twitter with the

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Armstrong football coach Frank Fabian resigns 4 years after overseeing merger
January 23, 2019
Armstrong football coach Frank Fabian, who helped Kittanning and Ford City merge into one program, has resigned after four seasons leading the River Hawks. Fabian, 39, was Kittanning's coach for three seasons before the districts merged in 2015. Combined, his teams went 45-26 in seven seasons. andquot;He basically wanted to

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Ringgold graduate Darwin Manges named Rams’ football coach
January 22, 2019
Ringgold went out of state to get a new football coach, but it came back with a familiar name. Darwin Manges was hired by the Ringgold School Board at a special meeting Tuesday night. A 1985 Ringgold graduate, Manges had spent the majority of his teaching and coaching career in

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Penn-Trafford to play national football power Massillon next fall
Penn-Trafford has found a replacement for Albert Gallatin on its 2019 football schedule. The Warriors will be headed to Massillon, Ohio to play the nationally-renowned Washington Tigers on Sept. 20. The Tigers were state runners-up in Division II last season, falling to Akron Hoban, 42-28. Penn-Trafford athletic director Kerry Hetrick

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Bethel Park football coach Jeff Metheny resigns after 25 years
First it was Mt. Lebanon, then Upper St. Clair and now Bethel Park. Three successful South Hills football programs all will have new head coaches next season after longtime Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny resigned Tuesday. Metheny, who'd coached the Black Hawks for 25 seasons and won more than 200

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Albert Gallatin’s departure leaves open week for Big East opponents to fill
January 21, 2019
The Big East football conference just got a little smaller. As expected, the Class 5A conference will have only seven teams next fall, now that Albert Gallatin has withdrawn from playing WPIAL football. The WPIAL approved an updated conference alignment at Monday's board meeting. Albert Gallatin's subtraction was the only

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WPIAL denies Penn Hills’ appeal, upholds suspension of football coach Jon LeDonne
Where there's smoke, there's ire. A mandatory one-game suspension levied against Penn Hills football coach Jon LeDonne remains in place, as does the other discipline the WPIAL handed down last month. The WPIAL board heard an appeal Monday from LeDonne and Penn Hills administrators, but rejected their request to change

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Big 33’s Super Bowl streak extends another year
January 20, 2019
The Big 33 Football Classic's Super Bowl streak lives. All 53 Super Bowl matchups have included at least one former player from the high school football all-star game, a streak that Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer will extend again this year. The Cleveland native led Ohio to victory in 2004

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Ambridge hires Don Phillips as football coach
January 17, 2019
Coaching veteran Don Phillips will return to the sidelines this fall after two seasons away. Ambridge hired the 68-year-old coach Thursday to take over a Bridgers program that has struggled for wins in recent seasons. Phillips last coached Ellwood City from 2008-16 after stints at West Allegheny, Center, Monaca and

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Football coach Rod Steele leaving Steel Valley for West Mifflin
Rod Steele estimates he'll drive about three minutes longer to football practice next fall. After nine seasons, two WPIAL titles and a state championship at Steel Valley, Steele was hired Thursday night to coach nearby West Mifflin. andquot;It's an opportunity to move up in classification to a bigger school,andquot; Steele

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Knoch hires Brandon Mowry as football coach
January 16, 2019
Brandon Mowry held plenty of positions with the Knoch football team over the past two decades, and now he can add head coach to the list. The South Butler School Board voted Wednesday night to hire Mowry, a longtime assistant, as the district's newest football coach to replace Frank Whalen,

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Former Penn State star Derek Moye poised to coach Western Beaver football
January 15, 2019
Western Beaver and Lincoln Park administrators want a coach who can spark some excitement in their combined football program. So, Derek Moye is their pick. Pending school board approval Wednesday, the former Penn State wideout will become Western Beaver's next football coach. Moye played at nearby Rochester, was a star

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Assistant Mike Junko replaces Jim Render as Upper St. Clair football coach
For the first time in four decades, Upper St. Clair football has a new coach. The school board promoted assistant Mike Junko to head football coach Monday night, filling the vacancy created when Jim Render retired Jan. 3 after 40 seasons with the Panthers. Junko, a USC graduate and son

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Bret Colbert named football coach at Greensburg Central Catholic
January 11, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic hired Bret Colbert on Friday as its new football coach. He replaces Aaron Smetanka, who is now the head coach at Saint Vincent College. Colbert, who is the son of former Saint Vincent coach Bob Colbert, has 15 years of college and high school coaching experience and

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WPIAL schedules appeal hearing for Penn Hills football, coach Jon LeDonne
January 8, 2019
Penn Hills football coach Jon LeDonne, facing a one-game suspension, will have his appeal heard later this month. The Penn Hills administration appealed the entirety of the WPIAL discipline handed down last month as punishment for a pregame smoke bomb in the football playoffs. The WPIAL scheduled a hearing Jan.

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Don Rebel: Upper St. Clair’s Jim Render will always be remembered as a winner
January 3, 2019
A coaching icon is riding off into the sunset. The void he leaves will be huge. For a long time to come, Jim Render will be known as the winningest coach in WPIAL history with 406 wins, 141 losses and six ties. Maybe for a very, very long time to

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Upper St. Clair’s Jim Render retires after 49 seasons as WPIAL’s winningest football coach
In 49 football seasons, Jim Render filed away more than enough memories to fill a book or two. Now, Render said, maybe he'll find the time to actually write one. The winningest football coach in WPIAL history announced his retirement Thursday after nearly five decades and more than 400 victories.

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Penn Hills’ Hardy named state’s Class 5A Football Player of the Year
December 28, 2018
Daequan Hardy had a performance for the ages in the PIAA Class 5A football championship game. Apparently, members of the statewide media took notice. The Penn Hills senior was named the state's Class 5A Player of the Year and joined three of his Indians teammates on the Pennsylvania Football Writers

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Rochester, Sto-Rox each place 2 on Class A all-state football team
A pair of 3,000-yard passers, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart's Tyler Bradley and Sto-Rox's Eric Wilson, were among six WPIAL players chosen Friday for the Class 1A all-state football team. Joining them were Rochester teammates Noah Whiteleather and Darius Goosby, Imani Christian's Rahmon andquot;RJandquot; Hart, Jeannette's Marcus Barnes and

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Aliquippa’s Devonshire, Warfield take top individual honors on Class 3A all-state team
Aliquippa's state championship football team has another reason to celebrate. The Quips placed six players on the Class 3A all-state team, senior MJ Devonshire was named as the state's top player and Mike Warfield earned coach of the year. Also recognized were senior quarterback Eli Kosanovich, senior running back Avante

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