Football

Penn Hills’ Dontae Pollard will join a handful of high school teammates at Akron next season.
Penn Hills’ Pollard will walk on to Akron football team
February 14, 2021
Senior Dontae Pollard was hoping to have a strong final season for Penn Hills in an effort to increase college interest. However, a leg injury cut his season short after five games.

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Fans sit behind cutouts in the stands Sunday before the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla.
WPIAL football players among 30,000 cardboard cutouts in Super Bowl seats
February 7, 2021
WPIAL football fans might recognize some familiar faces in the Super Bowl crowd at Raymond James Stadium.

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Valley’s Justin Hooper and Burrell’s Alex Ariedge watch as referee John Skovran flips a coin before the start of their game Sept. 11, 2020 at Valley.
Football officials organize free online clinic to recruit more colleagues
February 4, 2021
If someone’s on the fence about becoming a high school football official, there’s an online clinic Saturday designed just for them.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin stiff-arms Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Panye Jr. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
3 WPIAL freshmen make MaxPreps All-America football team
January 27, 2021
Three rising stars in the WPIAL Class of 2024 were named to the MaxPreps All-America Freshman football team.

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Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge passes downfield during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Burrell QB Alex Arledge headed for prep school in hopes of boosting recruiting stock
January 24, 2021
Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge’s recruitment, like many, was affected this season because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Bucs signal-caller has found his next football home.

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Norwin lineman Anthony Giasante on Western Carolina: “After learning more about WCU, I liked the school as much as the football program.”
Norwin’s Anthony Giansante commits to Western Carolina
January 22, 2021
Anthony Giansante could have tapped out.

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Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor scrambles during the PIAA Class AA championship game in Hershey on Dec. 15, 2007.
Terrelle Pryor takes a look back at decorated Jeannette career
January 18, 2021
In May and June, the TribLive High School Sports Network held a fan vote to determine the Best of the Century among the district’s top male and female athletes.

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Monessen hires West Mifflin assistant to lead football program
January 14, 2021
Wade Brown was hired Tuesday by the Monessen School Board to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of Shane Swope Jr., just days after the football team forfeited its last game of the season.

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Penn Hills’ Noel Roach (6) will play his college ball at Akron.
Penn Hills senior Noel Roach ready to take physical mindset to Akron
January 10, 2021
Penn Hills’ Noel Roach has known for months where he wanted to continue his football career at the collegiate level.

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Moon’s A.Q. Shipley takes on Ambridge in 2003.
A.Q. Shipley discusses a high school career at Moon that led to a decade in the NFL
January 7, 2021
In May and June, the TribLive High School Sports Network held a fan vote to determine the Best of the Century among the district’s top male and female athletes.

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Westmoreland County Coaches Association president Larry Sellitto welcomes the crowd at the Foothills Classic All-Star Game introduction night in 2017.
Franklin Regional football program, WCCA mourn loss of Larry Sellitto
Every head football coach has a right-hand man.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Hagy leaves Woodland Hills defenders in his wake during a 2011 game.
Three-sport star Luke Hagy remembers decorated Mt. Lebanon career
January 4, 2021
In May and June, the TribLive High School Sports Network held a fan vote to determine the Best of the Century among the district’s top male and female athletes.

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Aliquippa’s Vaughn Morris (4) and Karl McBride (3) celebrate a touchdown against Belle Vernon during a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Nov. 6.
Trib HSSN Top 20 Stories of 2020: Step up in class can’t slow Aliquippa
December 29, 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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Former Pine Richland Ram Ryan Duran III chases down the UTSA quarterback during their meeting earlier this season.
Pine-Richland grad becomes special teams ace for Army
Former Pine-Richland defensive lineman Ryan Duran III has been carving a role out for himself over the past few years in West Point, and as the junior and his Army teammates get set to take on West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl, that role is expanding.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier celebrates after the Jaguars defeated Jersey Shore, 21-14, in the PIAA Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib HSSN Top 20 Stories of 2020: Thomas Jefferson again captures WPIAL, PIAA titles
December 27, 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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Pine Richland’s Eli Jochem beats Governor Mifflin’s Greg Suber for a third-quarter touchdown during the PIAA Class 5A semifinal Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg.
Trib HSSN Top 20 Stories of 2020: Pine-Richland achieves perfection
December 25, 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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The Central Catholic football team celebrates with the WPIAL Class 6A championship trophy after defeating North Allegheny, 38-24, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Martorelli Stadium.
Trib HSSN Top 20 Stories of 2020: Pandemic sidelines champs
December 23, 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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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
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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