Football

OLSH quarterback Neimiah Azeem hands off to Stephen Greer during practice Aug. 3 in Clinton.
WPIAL Class A football championship breakdown: Bishop Canevin vs. OLSH
November 25, 2021
WPIAL Class A football championship

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Bishop Canevin’s Brandon Travis (44) celebrates with Lesae Lacks after a first-half touchdown against Leechburg on Oct 8.
Bishop Canevin, OLSH both looking for school’s 2nd WPIAL title in Class A final
Having one WPIAL football championship in the trophy case is good, but having two is twice as nice.

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Central Vallley’s Jackson Tonya tackles Aliquippa’s Nate Lindsey during the second quarter Sept. 10.
Chick’s Picks thankful for WPIAL championship football this holiday weekend
Welcome to Week 13.

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Coaches John Ruane of Penn-Trafford and Matt Humbert of Belle Vernon have built their teams into consistent winners.
Ruane, Humbert build Penn-Trafford, Belle Vernon into consistent contenders
The local coaches who will try to lead their teams to WPIAL football championships on Saturday at Heinz Field have more in common than a desire to break through.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza is tackled by Central Catholic’s Keith Cushenberry (24) in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game last Saturday at Norwin.
Trib 10: Big power-rankings shake-up before Heinz Field showdowns
November 24, 2021
With many head-to-head matchups last weekend and the district field whittled to only 11, there was a big shuffling of the power deck heading into the final weekend of November.

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Central Vallley’s Jayvin Thompson intercepts a pass over Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark during the second quarter on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
2021 Western Pa. high school football schedule, broadcasts for Week 13
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Central Catholic’s Rashad Wheeler breaks up a pass intended for Penn-Trafford’s Brett Laffoon in the end zone during the fourth quarter of the 2015 WPIAL Class AAA championship game. Central Catholic won, 24-17.
Penn-Trafford hunting elusive WPIAL football title
November 23, 2021
Penn-Trafford has a storied football program, but its resume is missing a couple of key items: WPIAL and PIAA titles.

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Mt. Lebanon players celebrate their win over Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class 6A final Saturday night.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Nov. 22, 2021
November 22, 2021
Bob Palko knows a thing to two about winning championships.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko leads his team onto the field for their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
PIAA releases sites, times for state football quarterfinal round
PIAA football playoffs

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes carries against Central Valley’s Jack Bible during game on Sept. 10 , 2021, at The Pit.
Trib HSSN football player of the week for 2021 Week 12
November 21, 2021
Aliquippa continued to build on its astonishing WPIAL football record Friday when it beat McKeesport in double overtime to reach the district championship game for a 14th consecutive year.

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Greensburg Salem’s Billy McChesney
Westmoreland notebook: Greensburg Salem’s McChesney ideal Fralic Award candidate
Greensburg Salem senior Billy McChesney is a standout football player and heavyweight wrestler.

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Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger scores a second-quarter touchdown against Gateway during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Nov. 12.
Gutsy performance helped Penn Hills advance in WPIAL football playoffs
All the time the Penn Hills football team’s coaching staff dedicated to knowing their players paid off Nov. 12 at Gateway.

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Peters Township’s Jacob Macosko can’t catch North Hills’ Robert Dickerson as he scores a touchdown during a Class 5A playoff game Nov. 5.
North Hills football season defined by close games
The North Hills football team was able to welcome back full capacity crowds at Martorelli Stadium this fall. And they definitely gave the red-and-white-clad faithful their money’s worth.

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Brentwood’s Daniel Cochran (right) deflects a pass intended for Leechburg’s Logan Kline in the first half Friday, Sept. 9, 2021, at Leechburg.
George Guido: Leechburg is 1st in Alle-Kiski Valley to score 500
November 20, 2021
In a season of firsts, first-time-sinces and never-wases, Leechburg attained a milestone that wasn’t apparent until the season ended with a 39-18 loss to Cornell.

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Westinghouse coach Donta Green and Roderick Jeter.
Farrell’s ground game puts end to ‘heck of a season’ for Westinghouse
Westinghouse knew about Farrell’s rushing attack. The Bulldogs were up to the challenge, but it still wasn’t enough.

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Hampton’s Benny Haselrig makes a diving touchdown catch as Thomas Jefferson’s Angelo Volomino defends on Nov. 12 at Fridley Field in Hampton.
Hampton football wraps up historic season
Following their WPIAL playoff loss to Thomas Jefferson, the Hampton senior football players gathered at midfield inside a quiet, emptied Fridley Field.

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Shady Side Academy’s Chris Sullivan makes a catch during practice Aug. 16.
Shady Side Academy celebrates ‘historically amazing’ football season
The 128th football season for Shady Side Academy was a season like no other.

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Fox Chapel’s Khi’lee Patterson dives into the end zone for a touchdown as he is pursued by Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr in the second half on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Fox Chapel endured challenging schedule during run to WPIAL quarterfinals
Fox Chapel’s football schedule this season was like a bakery near closing time — no creampuffs.

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Allderdice and McDowell players meet at midfield before their PIAA playoff game Friday, Nov. 19, 2021
McDowell capitalizes on 3rd-quarter miscues, tops Allderdice in PIAA 1st round
November 19, 2021
Going into halftime, Allderdice held a narrow lead and was dreaming of the possibility of upsetting the District 10 champion McDowell.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri tries to get into the end zone as he is tackled by Penn-Trafford’s Jacob Otto on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Gateway Senior High School.
2021 WPIAL statistical leaders for rushing, passing, receiving in Week 12
Top performers for Week 12 of high school football in Western Pennsylvania.

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