Football

AD Ryan Matsook seeks football coach who’ll unite Western Beaver, Lincoln Park
December 3, 2018
Western Beaver needs a new football coach and there's a state-title winner already working in the district. A cooperative agreement with Lincoln Park makes the job more attractive, said athletic director/vice principal Ryan Matsook, but no, he's not a candidate. andquot;That's been the hot topic of discussion,andquot; Matsook said with

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Uniontown football team will remain in WPIAL, school board decides
Uniontown is staying put. The school board decided Monday night to keep its football team in the WPIAL next season, choosing not to follow the route taken by Fayette County neighbor Albert Gallatin. The Uniontown board voted 6-2 to stay, according to TribLive HSSN affiliate WMBS-AM, adding that superintendent Charles

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Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes commits to William & Mary
Marcus Barnes is glad he waited. So is William andamp;amp; Mary. Barnes, a football standout at Jeannette, held true to his word by waiting until after the season to commit to a college, announcing Monday night he will attend William andamp;amp; Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He chose the FCS school

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — Pine-Richland, QV, Jeannette win state gold in ’17
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded. The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football. It wasn't

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — McKeesport, Franklin Regional, South Park celebrate titles in ’05
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded. The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football. It wasn't

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Aliquippa’s M.J. Devonshire named Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week
December 2, 2018
It has been a special year for M.J. Devonshire and Aliquippa. Need a big play on offense, defense or special teams, he's your guy. andquot;M.J.'s performance was that of a senior leader who was doing everything he could to lead his team to a win,andquot; said Aliquippa first-year coach Mike

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Aliquippa routs Sharon to reach PIAA Class 3A championship game
December 1, 2018
SLIPPERY ROCK -- The opening sequences of Saturday's PIAA Class 3A semifinal game didn't go as Aliquippa planned it. The Quips fumbled twice, including the opening kickoff, and saw Sharon convert one miscue into a touchdown. But Aliquippa quickly recovered and scored on five consecutive possessions to roll past Sharon,

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Ligonier Valley’s Aaron Tutino receives offer from St. Francis (Pa.)
Ligonier Valley senior Aaron Tutino finished his high school football career with numerous records. He owns the state record for career touchdown catches -- 61 -- and he rewrote the Rams' record book in receiving. The 5-foot-9 Tutino received numerous Division II interest and an offer from West Virginia State,

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Pine-Richland ‘outmatched’ in PIAA semifinal loss to St. Joseph’s Prep
ALTOONA -- Pine-Richland's highlight Saturday was a 21-yard scramble on a fake punt, a short-lived moment of joy for a team that already trailed by 30 points. On the next play, the Rams threw an interception. It was that kind of afternoon. Pine-Richland's offense sputtered and its defense struggled against

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — Central, TJ, Jeannette all claim gold in ’07
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded. The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football. It wasn't

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Penn Hills knocks off 2-time defending state champion Archbishop Wood, earns trip to Hershey
November 30, 2018
Jon LeDonne looked over his shoulder at the scoreboard one final time as his players celebrated around him. andquot;I don't know if I have time to enjoy it right now,andquot; the Penn Hills coach said with a smile. andquot;I keep checking the clock to make sure there are zeroes on

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Steel Valley offense shut down in PIAA Class 2A semifinal loss to Wilmington
There are many adjectives that could be used to describe Wilmington's performance in the PIAA Class 2A semifinal against Steel Valley on Friday night. Dominant, overwhelming and imposing are three that immediately come to mind. But there was just one word that was most likely on the minds of Steel

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Farrell takes down OLSH in PIAA Class A semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK -- Farrell coach Jarrett Samuels had lost all six PIAA playoff games to WPIAL teams in the past 12 seasons. But Friday was a different story as the Steelers used a punishing ground attack and a defense that recorded six quarterback sacks to secure a berth in the

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Uniontown’s football team may leave the WPIAL before next season
Albert Gallatin may not be the only Fayette County football team leaving the WPIAL. Uniontown's school board will decide Monday night whether to withdraw its football team from WPIAL competition before next season, according to an item on the school board's meeting agenda. The football team is mired in a

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Thomas Jefferson seniors reflect on WPIAL runner-up finish
The Thomas Jefferson football season ended on a sour note with the Jaguars finishing as the WPIAL Class 4A runner-up. Top-seeded Thomas Jefferson lost to No. 2 South Fayette, 31-24, in the WPIAL final Nov. 17 at Heinz Field. It was a deflating defeat for the Jaguars (11-1), who were

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PIAA Class 3A semifinals capsule: Aliquippa vs. Sharon
PIAA Class 3A Semifinals Aliquippa (12-1) vs. Sharon (10-3) 1 p.m. Saturday at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, Slippery Rock University Winner plays: Middletown (13-1) or Scranton Prep (14-1) Coaches: Mike Warfield, Aliquippa; Jim Wildman, Sharon Statistical leaders Passing: A: Eli Kosanovich 137-217-2798 yards, 35 TDs, 3 INTs; S: Lane Voytik 211-334-2,624 yards,

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PIAA Class 6A semifinals capsule: Pine-Richland vs. St. Joseph’s Prep
PIAA Class 6A Semifinals Pine-Richland (11-2) vs. St. Joseph's Prep (11-0) 1 p.m. Saturday at Altoona's Mansion Park Winner plays: Coatesville (14-0) or Harrisburg (12-1) Coaches: Eric Kasperowicz, Pine-Richland; Gabe Infante, St. Joseph's Prep Statistical leaders Passing: PR: Cole Spencer 118-195-1,420 yards, 15 TDs, 4 INTs; SJ: Kyle McCord 154-235-2299

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — Clairton, North Allegheny roll to ’10 titles
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded. The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football. It wasn't

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PIAA Class A semifinal capsule: OLSH vs. Farrell
November 29, 2018
PIAA Class A Semifinals OLSH (13-1) vs. Farrell (13-0) 7 p.m. Friday at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, Slippery Rock University Winner plays: Lackawanna Trail (13-1) or Juniata Valley (11-2) Coaches: Dan Bradley, OLSH; Jarrett Samuels, Farrell Statistical leaders Passing: OLSH: Tyler Bradley 201-303-3,244 yards, 45 TDs, 8 INTs; Farrell: Kyi Wright 88-123-1,591

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PIAA Class 2A semifinal capsule: Steel Valley vs. Wilmington
PIAA Class 2A Semifinals Steel Valley (12-1) vs. Wilmington (12-1) 7 p.m. Friday at Ambridge Winner plays: West Catholic (12-2) or Southern Columbia (14-0) Coaches: Rod Steele, Steel Valley; Brandon Phillian, Wilmington Statistical leaders Passing: SV: Ronnell Lawrence 60-121-1,054 yards, 12 TDs, 12 INTs; W: Robert Pontius 65-110-1,133 yards, 13

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