Football

Western Michigan receiver and New Kensington resident Skyy Moore streaks down the sideline after making a catch earlier this season.
New Kensington native Skyy Moore growing into receiver role at Western Michigan
December 23, 2020
Back in 1982, the Cal football team pulled off a historic 25-20 comeback against Stanford when the Golden Bears completed a series of laterals on an end-of-the-game kickoff.

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Central Catholic’s Josh Altman (19) and Matthew Aulicino (55) pave the way for a first down carry by Eddy Tillman during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against North Allegheny Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Martorelli Stadium.
Pair of North Allegheny, Central Catholic standouts earn Class 6A all-state honors
Talented football players filled the field at North Hills’ Martorelli Stadium for the WPIAL Class 6A championship game.

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Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer celebrates as he scores during the first quarter of the PIAA Class 5A championship game against Cathedral Prep on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer tabbed state’s Class 5A Player of the Year
Postseason honors continue to roll in for Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Jake Pugh celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown in overtime during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Aliquippa on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Thomas Jefferson trio earns all-state honors in Class 4A
The Thomas Jefferson football team added to an already crowded trophy case this season by capturing WPIAL and PIAA championships.

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Central Valley’s Ameer Dudley carries past Wyomissing Area’s Jordan Auman during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
5 Central Valley teammates voted all-state; Ameer Dudley named top player in 3A
December 22, 2020
Undefeated Central Valley was unmatched this season, a dominance that was rewarded in all-state voting Tuesday.

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Beaver Falls’ Josh Hough (10) rushes the ball during their game against Sto-Rox on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
Beaver Falls trio leads 7 WPIAL players on Class 2A all-state football team
A month after winning a WPIAL football title, Beaver Falls teammates Josh Hough, Mitchell Myers and Tyler Jones have reason to celebrate again.

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Derry’s Cain Latta, bottom, works on defensive drills with teammates during a heat acclimation practice on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Trib HSSN Top 20 Stories of 2020: After delayed start, fall sports move forward
December 19, 2020
The most unique year in our lifetime is coming to an end. With so many mass starts and stops, highs and lows, just about all walks of life were affected by the coronavirus in 2020.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps carries the ball against Yough on Sept. 25.
South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps stays at home, picks Duquesne
December 15, 2020
Since he was little, Antonio Epps always wanted to play college football at the Division 1 level.

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Yough’s newly renovated weight room, made possible by a grant from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Steelers provide helping hand as Yough renovates weight room
December 14, 2020
Yough hopes to be flexing its muscles again soon in the WPIAL — with a little lift from the Black and Gold.

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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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