Football

Pine-Richland’s Jeremiah Hasley catches a pass in practice.
Pine Creek Journal notebook: Football stars put pen to paper
December 19, 2021
A pair of Pine-Richland football players, Jalen Klemm and Jeremiah Hasley, made their college commitments official during the early national signing day Wednesday.

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Hampton’s Benny Haselrig celebrates with Brock Borgo after his touchdown reception in the second half at Highlands on Sept. 24.
Accolades pile up after Hampton football’s record-breaking season
December 18, 2021
When the Hampton football players turned in their equipment after the winningest season in program history, their coaches gave them something in return.

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Norwin kicker/punter Joey Castle
Norwin Star notebook: Knights special teams duo earns spot at national showcase
Xander Smith and Joey Castle were a one-two special teams punch for Norwin this season. Smith centered long snaps to Castle, who boomed punts into orbit.

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The Mt. Lebanon football team celebrates with head coach Bob Palko after defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 35-17, in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib 10: 4 state champs sit atop final power rankings
December 15, 2021
The 2021 football season is over, and there were a lot of district teams that felt the power this fall.

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Hempfield defensive end Daniel Sierk signed a latter of intent with Bucknell on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021.
Westmoreland football players make it official on signing day
It’s been quite a few days for Cade Yacamelli.

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Gateway’s Patrick Body (with football coach Don Holl) signed a national letter of intent to play football at Cincinnati on Dec. 15, 2021, at Gateway.
Gateway’s Patrick Body looks forward to joining College Football Playoff qualifier Cincinnati
Patrick Body is confident.

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Rochester running back Sal Laure carries through the line during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in Rochester.
Big Seven: Cornell, Rochester lead all-conference team, share top player awards
December 14, 2021
The Big Seven was competitive this fall, with every team winning at least two conference games.

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Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane celebrates with quarterback Carter Green after defeating Imhotep Charter in overtime in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game last Friday.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Dec. 13, 2021
December 13, 2021
When the high school football season hits November and December, every team left is talented. So what separates the teams that come up short, those that settle for silver, from those special groups that bring home the gold?

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander strikes a pose after scoring during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib HSSN football player of the week: Dec. 13, 2021
In 10 regular season games, Central Valley running back Landon Alexander rushed for 1,362 yards, an average of more than 136 yards per game.

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Greensburg Central Catholic senior Cole Spivak
Westmoreland County senior spotlight: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Cole Spivak
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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 Class 6A football championship breakdown: Mt. Lebanon vs. St. Joseph’s Prep
December 11, 2021
PIAA Class 6A football championship

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich stiff-arms State College’s Calvin Roan during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal last Saturday.
PIAA factoids for Saturday’s Class 6A, 3A state championship games
December 10, 2021
In 34 years of PIAA football playoffs, the WPIAL has never had more than three state champions crowned in a single year.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli scores past Exeter’s Andrew Miller during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal last Friday.
PIAA factoids for Friday’s Class 5A, 2A state championship games
December 9, 2021
In 34 years of PIAA football playoffs, the WPIAL has never had more than three state champions crowned in a single year.

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Serra Catholic’s Zach Weber, carrying the ball against McGuffey in a playoff game last season, has been a key performer on defense this postseason.
Unsung senior linebacker leads Serra Catholic’s devastating defense
December 8, 2021
In last week’s PIAA Class 2A semifinal victory over Farrell, five players totaled 10-plus tackles for Serra Catholic’s stout defensive unit.

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Aliquippa linemen Tyrese Jones (72) and Neco Eberhardt (52) play in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
PIAA factoids for Thursday’s Class 4A, A state championship games
In 34 years of PIAA football playoffs, the WPIAL has never had more than three state champions crowned in a single year.

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Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane questions an official about a penalty during the Warriors’ PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Exeter on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Bald Eagle High School.
Former PIAA football championship coaches offer advice to Penn-Trafford’s Ruane
December 7, 2021
As John Ruane prepares his football team for Friday’s PIAA Class 5A championship game against Imhotep Charter, the veteran Penn-Trafford coach has many things to worry about.

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander carries past North Catholic’s Joey Prentice during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Nov. 27 at Heinz Field.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Dec. 7, 2021
The stage is set for the final six high school football games in the state as we conclude the 2021 season this week in Hershey.

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The Penn-Trafford student section celebrates with the Warriors in the snow after defeating Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game at Heinz Field.
A-K Valley represented at WPIAL championships at Heinz Field
December 6, 2021
Though no Alle-Kiski Valley teams made it to Heinz Field for this year’s finals, there was still representation related to the Class 5A game.

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North Allegheny’s Kolin Dinkins works out during a summer practice in McCandless.
North Allegheny notebook: 7 Tigers earn 1st-team all-conference honors
December 5, 2021
North Allegheny’s football team was rewarded its 7-5 season that ended in the WPIAL semifinals, when seven players were recognized last week with selection to the Big 5/6 all-conference team for Class 6A.

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Pine-Richland’s Alex Gochis catches a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against Harrisburg on Aug. 28.
Pine Creek Journal notebook: 6 football players make 1st team all-conference
December 4, 2021
The Pine-Richland Rams football team was well represented on the Class 5A Northeast Conference teams.

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