Football

Steelers running backs coach Dick Hoak announces his retirement in 2007.
3 Jeannette legends to be inducted into National High School Football Hall of Fame
January 10, 2024
With 10 WPIAL championships and two PIAA titles, Jeannette is renowned as one of the top football programs in Pennsylvania.

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Norwin’s Kendall Berger (right) celebrates with Bailey Snowberger after scoring against McKeesport during their game on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, at Norwin.
Trib HSSN girls basketball team of the week for Jan. 7, 2024
January 7, 2024
Trib HSSN girls basketball team of the week: Norwin Knights

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Central Catholic coaches signal from the sideline during a game against North Allegheny on Sept. 22, 2023, in McCandless.
Even at the high school level, football coaches take measures to avoid signs being stolen
There was a commotion in the bleachers at a WPIAL football game one night when some opposing coaches had their notes fall from the press box window.

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Jeannette senior Terrelle Pryor kisses the championship trophy after the Jayhawks defeated Dunmore, 49-21, in the 2007 PIAA Class 2A championship game at Hersheypark Stadium.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Jeannette legends up for national football hall of fame honors
January 6, 2024
Three Jeannette football legends are among 60 nominees for the National High School Football Hall of Class of 2024. Former coach Joe Mucci and star players Dick Hoak and Terrelle Pryor are on the ballot for the second hall class.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Cory works out during a preseason practice last August.
Pine-Richland notebook: Ryan Cory officially joins long list of Rams linemen in D-I football
Ryan Cory officially signed his letter of intent with Wisconsin on Dec. 20, becoming the latest NCAA Division I offensive line prospect to come out of Pine-Richland.

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The undefeated Aliquippa football team celebrates after the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Dallas on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA policy won’t let Aliquippa argue health and safety in rejecting move to Class 5A
January 5, 2024
Two years ago, Aliquippa argued relentlessly that it was too dangerous to force the small-school Quips to play Class 5A football and ultimately the school won its PIAA appeal.

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The PIAA Class 6A football championship trophy sits on the field on Dec. 9, 2023, at Chapman Field at Cumberland Valley.
State representative asks whether PIAA needs ‘overhaul,’ proposes legislation to investigate
A Western Pennsylvania legislator and longtime member of the state Athletic Oversight Committee is asking whether the PIAA needs an overhaul.

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McGuffey coach Ed Dalton talks with his team during a preseason practice Aug. 17.
McGuffey football coach Ed Dalton resigns after 12 years, not ready for retirement
January 4, 2024
Ed Dalton is stepping down after 12 seasons as McGuffey’s football coach, but don’t mistake his resignation as an early retirement.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores on a 92-yard touchdown run during the PIAA Class 3A championship game Dec. 9.
‘Q’ & A with Belle Vernon star football player Quinton Martin
January 1, 2024
During a WPIAL playoff game last month Quinton Martin hurdled a defender on his way to a first down, but no penalty was called.

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner celebrates his touchdown against St. Joseph’s Prep during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
North Allegheny trio, 4 from Central Catholic picked to Class 6A all-state team; Art Walker named coach of year
December 29, 2023
Coach Art Walker and a group of decorated upperclassmen led North Allegheny to a second straight WPIAL Class 6A championship and a PIAA runner-up finish this fall.

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Belle Vernon head coach Matt Humbert celebrates with Quinton Martin during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin, Matt Humbert earn state’s Class 3A player, coach of the year honors
December 28, 2023
Belle Vernon’s deja vu football season continued Thursday as the Leopards, who successfully defended their WPIAL and PIAA Class 3A titles, were again heavily recognized for postseason awards by the Pa. Football Writers.

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Aliquippa’s Brandon Banks, Tikey Hayes and Quentin Goode celebrate with the state championship trophy after defeating Dallas in the PIAA Class 4A final Dec. 7 at Cumberland Valley.
2023 WPIAL and City League all-conference football teams
December 27, 2023
After the dust has settled and the championships have been won, area high school football coaches take the time to identify the top performers in 17 WPIAL conferences as well as the City League. Here is a list of those teams:

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Valley senior defensive end Demetrius Ballard is congratulated by Vikings coach Mark Adams on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023 after Ballard signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Buffalo.
Valley defensive lineman Ballard signs to play football at Division I Buffalo
December 20, 2023
Demetrius Ballard was a focus of many offensive game plans during his senior season on the Valley defensive line.

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Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger rolls out in front of Pine-Richland’s Ryan Cory during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Martorelli Stadium.
2023 TribLive HSSN Terrific 25 Football All-Stars
Here’s a look at the TribLive High School Sports Network’s Terrific 25 football all-stars for the 2023 season.

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Dallas in the PIAA Class 4A final Dec. 7 at Cumberland Valley.
Trib HSSN 2023 WPIAL football player of the year: Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes
December 18, 2023
2023 WPIAL football player of the year

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield smiles after getting soaked by the water cooler late in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Dallas on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Trib HSSN 2023 Head of the Class: Football coaches of the year in all 6 classes
December 17, 2023
The 2023 WPIAL football season stood out for many reasons, including so many quick turnaround seasons by several district programs.

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Akron’s Corey Thomas Jr. pursues a play against Bowling Green on Oct. 21.
Older, wiser Penn Hills grad Corey Thomas Jr. transfers to Virginia for final college season
Football didn’t always go the way Penn Hills graduate Corey Thomas Jr. hoped it would during his time at Akron. The Zips didn’t win a lot of games.

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner carries against St. Joseph’s Prep defenders during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Trib HSSN 2023 Head of the Class: Football player of the year in all 6 classes
Back in the day, when a student did well in the classroom, they were moved to the front of the class.

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Deer Lakes quarterback Derek Burk throws a 62-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Cochran against Freeport, breaking the A-K Valley passing record Oct. 27.
A-K Valley all-time leading passer Derek Burk of Deer Lakes wins Valley News Dispatch offensive player of the year honors
December 16, 2023
Offensive player of the year

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Duquesne junior linebacker Gianni Rizzo had a career year for the Dukes.
Norwin graduate Gianni Rizzo has breakout season on Duquesne’s defense
Gianni Rizzo has been playing college football since 2019 and still has a year to go.

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