Football

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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2017 PIAA Football Playoffs – Road to Hershey Results
For only the fourth time in the 30 years of the PIAA Football Playoffs,  the WPIAL has three teams crowned as state champions. WPIAL teams won PIAA championships in three of the four classifications in 2001 (West Allegheny, Washington, Rochester), in 2005 (McKeesport, Franklin Regional, South Park) and in 2007 (Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Thomas Jefferson, […]

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This Week on the Trib Live High School Sports Network – 12/11/2017
December 11, 2017
With the fall sports season complete and the holidays a few weeks away, our full attention turns to the winter high school sports 2017-2018 season this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network. We have plenty of boys and girls high school basketball in the WPIAL as well as District 6 and District […]

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Adam Mitcheson
With the PIAA football championships concluding over the weekend, the fall sports season has officially come to an end. As a result, this will be the final edition of the WPIAL Alum Q&A which focuses on that season, as attention to shift fully to the winter sports. Although football fans are often fixated on quarterbacks, […]

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Pine-Richland's JPhil Jurkovec hoists the PIAA Class 6A championship trophy with teammates after the Rams defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 41-21, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Phil Jurkovec Leads Pine-Richland Past St. Joseph’s Prep To Win PIAA Class 6A Title
December 10, 2017
By Chris Harlan of Triblive.com HERSHEY — Hersheypark Stadium has witnessed championship performances from some of the state’s best high school quarterbacks, a list of names that now surely includes Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec. Might Jurkovec be the best? That’s an argument his coach is willing to make after Jurkovec ran for four touchdowns and threw […]

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Quaker Valley’s Improbable Story Capped With First PIAA Football Title
December 9, 2017
By Chris Harlan of TribLive.com If there’s a screenwriter available, Jerry Veshio has a story to tell. The plot is almost unbelievable: A high school football team’s coach quits 18 days before the season, so a former coach comes out of retirement for one season. He takes over a resilient but unproven program that’s never […]

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Archbishop Wood Downs Gateway In PIAA Class 5A Championship Game
By Chris Harlan of Triblive.com HERSHEY — The liveliest Gators celebration at Hersheypark Stadium was an end zone chomp by Archbishop Wood’s Kyle Pitts, a Florida recruit. The Gateway Gators had few chances to cheer. Archbishop Wood tailback Nasir Peoples rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns as the Philadelphia Catholic League power showed its […]

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Jeannette Flies to PIAA 1-A State Title With Win Over Homer-Center
December 8, 2017
Early in the second quarter of Thursday’s PIAA Class A football championship, Jeannette found itself trailing Homer-Center. It didn’t take long for senior Robert Kennedy to change that with an electrifying run that instantly swung momentum. He raced 56 yards for a touchdown, stunning the Homer-Center defense with his explosive speed, and Jeannette never looked […]

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Big Game Hunting – State Championships
December 6, 2017
And then there were four. To Hersheypark Stadium we go for the final week of the 2017 high school football season in the state of Pennsylvania. Four WPIAL teams remain alive with a chance at the state title in their classification. A shout-out to the Washington Prexies who lost a tough semi-final to Wilmington. Kudos […]

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