Recruiting

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
Former North Catholic linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green commits to Michigan
May 23, 2019
Former North Catholic linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green committed Thursday to Michigan.

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Plum’s Kennedie Montue during practice Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 at Plum High School.
Plum sophomore Kennedie Montue receives 1st Division 1 basketball offer
May 19, 2019
Plum sophomore Kennedie Montue, the team’s leading scorer two years in a row, announced her first Division 1 basketball offer Sunday from Marshall.

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University Prep’s Michael Snowden lists first FBS football offer
College recruiters are chasing after Westinghouse’s Dayon Hayes, but he’s not the only Division 1 football prospect in the City League.

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Pine-Richland’s Kenny White eludes Manheim Township’s Brett Benjamin during the second quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Former Pine-Richland, West A standout Kenny White announces Akron offer
Former Pine-Richland and West Allegheny football standout Kenny White, now a junior college freshman, announced a scholarship offer from Akron.

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
Former North Catholic linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green includes Pitt among Top 5 schools
May 18, 2019
Former North Catholic linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green, who ranked among the WPIAL’s top college recruits before transferring out of state, announced a Top 5 list Friday that included Pitt and four Big Ten schools.

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Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty pursues Seneca Valley’s Jake Mineweaser during a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty narrows lengthy offers list to 7 favorites
May 17, 2019
Central Catholic junior A.J. Beatty, who leads WPIAL football recruits with more than 40 combined FBS and FCS offers, narrowed his lengthy list Friday.

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek throws a pass during the first quarter against Penn-Trafford Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at Norwin Knights Stadium.
Norwin QB Jack Salopek commits to Western Michigan
May 16, 2019
Call it a quarterback sneak.

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Franklin Regional’s Auston Kranick works around Bellefonte’s Andrew Sharp and goalkeeper Zachary Spearly during their PIAA Class AAA playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Franklin Regional’s Kranick commits to play soccer at Oakland
May 15, 2019
Auston Kranick was glad to be collateral damage. That is how recruiting sometimes can work.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson scores over Archbishop Wood’s Daeshon Shepherd during the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Moon basketball’s Donovan Johnson receives North Carolina scholarship offer
May 14, 2019
Hours after earning all-state player of the year honors, Moon’s Donovan Johnson received a scholarship offer from North Carolina.

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Steel Valley’s Nahki Johnson celebrates with Eshawn Carter after Carter’s return for a touchdown against Wilmington Area during the 2A PIAA semifinal Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at Ambridge High School.
West Mifflin’s Nahki Johnson receives 2nd football offer from Big 12 school
May 13, 2019
West Mifflin sophomore Nahki Johnson announced his second Big 12 football offer this week.

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Blackhawk’s Marques Watson-Trent (23) rushes the ball during the Blackhawk’s 21-0 loss against South Fayette on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.
Blackhawk safety Marques Watson-Trent announces first FBS offer
May 12, 2019
Blackhawk’s Marques Watson-Trent, an all-conference safety and running back, received his first FBS offer this week.

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Union lineman Aaron Gunn adds 2nd Power 5 offer
One of the WPIAL’s smallest schools features one of the WPIAL’s biggest sophomores.

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Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper bats against Fox Chapel during a game on April 5, 2019.
Westmoreland notebook: Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper opens recruitment
May 11, 2019
Like the deep-pocketed major leaguer with the same name, Franklin Regional baseball standout Bryce Harper is switching teams.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton drives to the basket to score between Pine-Richland defenders during their game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Butler Area High School.
Butler basketball star Ethan Morton commits to Purdue
May 9, 2019
Rarely does the WPIAL have a basketball star whose recruitment stretches nearly coast to coast.

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Derry’s John Kerr (13) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry’s John Kerr signs with Penn State for volleyball
May 8, 2019
Derry two-sport standout John Kerr will play Division I college volleyball.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise jumps during workout reps while attending an evening practice on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium in Natrona Heights.
Highlands’ Johnny Crise adds Robert Morris football offer to basketball offer
May 7, 2019
Johnny Crise doubled up on his Robert Morris scholarship opportunities.

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Fox Chapel’s Dante DeBaldo steals second base next to Franklin Regional’s Jake Williams during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Franklin Regional’s Williams commits to Yale baseball
Franklin Regional’s standout shortstop and top entrepreneur is heading to the Ivy League.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton (25) celebrates a 40 point night with an upset of No. 1 seeded Pine-Richland during boys 6A semifinal WPIAL action Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area School.
Butler basketball star Ethan Morton will make his college decision this week
Butler basketball star Ethan Morton holds nearly two dozen scholarship offers, having added one after another since Cleveland State gave him his first three summers ago.

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Central Valley’ North Catholic’s Kylee Lewandowski scores past Central Valley’ Allyson Kirby during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
North Catholic basketball teammates add offers just before recruiting shutdown
May 6, 2019
A week-long recruiting shutdown starts Monday for NCAA women’s basketball coaches, but North Catholic teammates Tess Myers and Kylee Lewandowski each pulled in an offer just before the deadline.

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Texas A&M targets linemen from WPIAL, City League
May 5, 2019
With NFL first-round picks Myles Garrett, Mike Evans and Von Miller all recent Aggies, Texas A&M football coaches can make a strong nationwide pitch to recruits.

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Mars tackle and tight end Michael Carmody prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Mars.
Notre Dame offers another Carmody — this time for football
Could Notre Dame recruit two Carmody brothers?

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Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty pursues Seneca Valley’s Jake Mineweaser during a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty adds 40th offer, sets date to announce favorites
May 1, 2019
A.J. Beatty’s scholarship total has climbed for weeks, but the Central Catholic junior will start narrowing his options soon.

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College interest continues to grow for linemen Fintan Brose, Michael Petrof
April 30, 2019
The college offers keep pouring in for a pair of Westmoreland County linemen who are as proficient in the classroom as they are as pass-blockers.

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Central Catholic’s Elliot Donald adds West Virginia, Syracuse offers
April 28, 2019
Elliot Donald’s uncle ranks among Pitt’s all-time greats, but that didn’t stop West Virginia from recruiting him.

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Gatewayճ Derrick Davis intercepts a pass intended for Kiski Areaճ Troy Kuhn in the first half at Gateway. Friday Nov 2, 2018.
Nebraska football makes recruiting push into Western Pennsylvania
Nebraska’s football roster lists 75 players from the Cornhusker State and a number of others from the midwest, but coach Scott Frost’s staff is making a push in Pennsylvania.

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Steel Valley’s Nahki Johnson
West Mifflin’s Nahki Johnson announces Pitt, West Virginia offers hours apart
April 24, 2019
West Mifflin sophomore Nahki Johnson could watch the recruiting version of the Backyard Brawl.

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Baldwin sophomore lineman Dorien Ford (30) competes during the 2018 season.
Baldwin’s Dorien Ford receives Syracuse, Nebraska offers
April 23, 2019
The recruiting process continues to pick up for Baldwin’s Dorien Ford.

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Woodland Hills tight end Josh Rawlings
Woodland Hills TE Josh Rawlings names Pitt among his ‘Elite 8’
April 21, 2019
Woodland Hills junior Josh Rawlings, a football recruit with more than two dozen offers, announced Sunday a Top 8 list of favorites that included Pitt.

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Highland’s Johnny Crise scores over Belle Vernon’s Mitchell Pohlot during WPIAL playoff action Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at North Hills High School.
Highlands’ Crise is WPIAL’s latest multi-sport star to face big decision
April 20, 2019
Johnny Crise already carried a pair of Division I scholarship offers in basketball, coaches noting the Highlands standout’s athleticism and potential while playing on the AAU circuit.

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Westinghouse’s Dayon Hayes adds Penn State offer, drawing recruiters to City League
April 19, 2019
Westinghouse junior Dayon Hayes is becoming the hottest City League football recruit in years.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher scores during the second quarter against McKinley Tech Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher gains popularity with ACC, Big 10 football coaches
April 18, 2019
Aliquippa junior Zuriah Fisher is popular with ACC and Big 10 football coaches.

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Baldwin sophomore lineman Dorien Ford (30) competes during the 2018 season.
Pitt coaches pursue another Baldwin lineman, extend offer to sophomore
April 16, 2019
From Dave Wannstedt to Jason Pinkston, Baldwin and Pitt have had a number of links through the years.

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Seneca Valley’s Josh Kaltenberger nears dozen Division 1 football offers
April 14, 2019
Seneca Valley junior Josh Kaltenberger, one of the state’s top centers, is quickly approaching a dozen Division 1 football offers.

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Gateway No. 8 Derrick Davis
2 WPIAL sophomores rank among nation’s top football recruits for 2021
Two WPIAL sophomores were ranked this week among the nation’s top football recruits by 247Sports in the websites list of 2021 prospects.

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Central Catholic sophomore Elliot Donald announces Wisconsin football offer
Paul Chryst left Western Pennsylvania five years ago, but the former Pitt coach still recruits the WPIAL.

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
Former North Catholic linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green adds 11th offer since March 1
April 7, 2019
Former North Catholic standout Nikhai Hill-Green left Pennsylvania this winter, but college recruiters have found him in Maryland.

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Peters Twp.’s Journey Thompson scores past Garnet Valley’s Morgan Falcone during the PIAA Class 6A girls state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Peters Township freshman Journey Thompson adds 2nd basketball offer
Journey Thompson’s remarkable spring continues.

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Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty pursues Seneca Valley’s Jake Mineweaser during a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty announces SEC football offer
Central Catholic defensive end A.J. Beatty announced his first SEC offer Saturday, adding to a growing list that already includes ACC, Big 10 and Big 12 schools.

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Steel Valley’s Nahki Johnson celebrates with Eshawn Carter after Carter’s return for a touchdown against Wilmington Area during the 2A PIAA semifinal Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at Ambridge High School.
West Mifflin’s Nahki Johnson announces ACC football offer
West Mifflin sophomore Nahki Johnson, who won a WPIAL football title last fall at Steel Valley, added his first Power 5 scholarship offer Saturday.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise jumps during workout reps while attending an evening practice on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium in Natrona Heights.
Highlands’ Johnny Crise picks up football scholarship offer from Fordham
April 6, 2019
Already a potential Division I basketball player, Johnny Crise now can add football to the mix.

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Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty pursues Seneca Valley’s Jake Mineweaser during a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty nears 3 dozen offers with ACC, Big 10, Big 12 options
March 31, 2019
The offers keep coming for Central Catholic junior A.J. Beatty.

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Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash shoots a three-pointer over Butler defenders during their game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Butler Area High School.
Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash commits to Binghamton
Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash, one of the WPIAL’s top seniors, committed Sunday to Binghamton.

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Bethel Park’s Maddie Dziezgowski drives past Mt. Lebanon’s Marian Turnbull during their game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Bethel Park’s Maddie Dziezgowski commits to St. Bonaventure
Bethel Park junior Maddie Dziezgowski, who helped the Black Hawks reach the WPIAL girls basketball semifinals, announced her commitment Saturday to St. Bonaventure.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher becomes 2nd WPIAL junior with Penn State offer
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher became the second WPIAL junior with a Penn State football offer when the Nittany Lions joined his scholarship list Saturday.

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Former Elizabeth Forward basketball player Tre Mitchell committed to UMass on March 29, 2019.
Former Elizabeth Forward basketball standout Tre Mitchell commits to UMass
March 29, 2019
Former Elizabeth Forward basketball standout Tre Mitchell, who left the WPIAL for a prep school in Connecticut, committed to Massachusetts on Friday.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates with teammates after defeating Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Arizona basketball offer adds to Donovan Johnson’s month of madness
March has brought more joy than madness for Moon’s Donovan Johnson and his family.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Parkland Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield’s Hoffner opens recruitment
March 28, 2019
Sophomore Emma Hoffner still plans to play Division I softball, and has the talent to do so.

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McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs (6) hauls in a pass to score during their game against Plum on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.
McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs draws 1st FBS offer as Buffalo blankets WPIAL
Buffalo had two football players with Western Pennsylvania roots last season, but the Bulls coaches spent this week trying to boost that number.

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Woodland Hills tight end Josh Rawlings prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.
Woodland Hills TE Joshua Rawlings sees 3rd Big 10 school join recruiting list
Woodland Hills junior Joshua Rawlings quickly became one of the WPIAL’s hottest football recruits.

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers drives past Bethlehem Catholic’s Briana Barnard during the PIAA Class 4A girls state championship game Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
North Catholic’s Tess Myers adds 8th college offer after reaching state finals
North Catholic’s Tess Myers, one of the WPIAL’s top juniors, added another Division I offer after leading her basketball team to the state finals.

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Mars tackle and tight end Michael Carmody prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Mars.
Mars junior Michael Carmody adds 2 ACC, 2 SEC football offers
Mars junior lineman Michael Carmody added two more ACC and SEC football offers this week, pushing his scholarship total to more than two dozen.

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Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield drives between Serra Catholic’s Jayden Bristol (left) and Chris Salemi in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Feb. 26, 2019, at Peters Township.
Fresh off NCAA upset, Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield commits to Liberty
March 27, 2019
Isiah Warfield didn’t fill out an NCAA tournament bracket but did urge others to pick against fifth-seeded Mississippi State in the first round.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher wraps up Derry’s Justin Flack during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Heinz Field.
Pitt coaches offer scholarship to Aliquippa linebacker Zuriah Fisher
Pitt football coaches in decades past found great success recruiting in Aliquippa, a list that starts with all-time greats Mike Ditka, Sean Gilbert and Darrelle Revis.

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Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
Mt. Pleasant’s Alincic changes college commitment
March 14, 2019
On the eve of her senior season, Mt. Pleasant softball player Carolyn Alincic is changing her college plans.

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Seneca Valley takes the field against North Allegheny before their 6A WPIAL semifinal Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
After reaching WPIAL finals, Seneca Valley linemen drawing college offers
March 11, 2019
Seneca Valley reached the WPIAL football finals last fall behind a strong offensive line, and college coaches have taken notice.

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Westmoreland high school notes: P-T’s Lisbon gets first 2 D-I offers
March 9, 2019
A running back with breakaway speed, one who averaged nearly 9 yards a carry last season, has his first two Division I offers.

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OLSH quarterback Tyler Bradley celebrates with with teammates as time expires in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Rochester Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL passing leader Tyler Bradley commits to Seton Hill
March 6, 2019
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart quarterback Tyler Bradley, the WPIAL’s top passer last season, committed Tuesday to Seton Hill.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis stiff-arms West Allegheny’s Ian McBain en route to a third quarter touchdown during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at West Mifflin.
Texas A&M joins schools recruiting Gateway sophomore Derrick Davis
Gateway’s Derrick Davis has another major college football team interested in him.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm pulls down a rebound next to Thomas Jefferson’s Molly Wagner during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley freshman Aislin Malcolm draws basketball offer from Pitt
Chartiers Valley freshman Aislin Malcolm scored 18 points Saturday at Petersen Events Center when her Colts won the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball title.

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose
Hempfield’s Brose up to eight Division I offers
Hempfield’s Fintan Brose is pulling in offers in pairs.

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Penn-Trafford’s Caleb Lisbon is tackled by North Hills’ defense on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 in the WPIAL 5A playoffs at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford RB Lisbon draws Navy offer
March 5, 2019
A running back who averaged nearly nine yards a carry last season has his first Division I football offer.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Meckler (2) reaches the ball over the goal line during their game against Mt. Lebanon at Pine-Richland High School on Nov. 9, 2018.
Pine-Richland junior Luke Meckler adds 1st FBS offer
March 3, 2019
Pine-Richland junior Luke Meckler, a two-way standout for the WPIAL champion Rams, added his first FBS offer.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa linebacker Zuriah Fisher adds Big 10 offer
Aliquippa junior Zuriah Fisher, a standout linebacker on a state championship defense, added his first Big 10 college offer.

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Burrell’s Megan Malits fights for the ball against Yough’s Justine Appolonia as she directs the ball toward the net on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 during WPIAL girls’ 2A soccer playoffs at Kiski Area High School.
Yough’s Appolonia looks forward to soccer career at Youngstown State
February 27, 2019
Justine Appolonia has plenty of goals — on and off the soccer field. Big goals.

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Peters Twp.’s Josh Casilli fends off Bethel Park’s Fredric Sauer during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Peters.
Peters Township’s Casilli adds Ivy League football offer from Penn
February 24, 2019
Penn calls the other side of the state home, but the Quakers football coaches know their way around Western Pennsylvania.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Kurpiel could catch on at St. Francis
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Bryce Kurpiel is a unique case in the recruiting game.

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Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty pursues Seneca Valley’s Jake Mineweaser during a WPIAL playof game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Central Catholic’s Beatty adds 8 offers including Pitt in busy recruiting week
Recruiting-wise, this was a busy week for Central Catholic junior A.J. Beatty.

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McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs goes up for a shot between Shaler’s Luke BeBout (left) and Justin DeSaba during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Feb. 18, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Multi-sport McKeesport standout Diggs draws 1st football offer
Deamontae Diggs averaged a double-double for McKeesport’s basketball team this winter, but now college football coaches are starting to take an interest in him.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bryce Kurpiel (right) practices drills with teammate Aaron Stasko on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 during team practice at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
GCC wide receiver Kurpiel lands unique walk-on offer with St. Francis (Pa.)
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Bryce Kurpiel is a unique case in the recruiting game.

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Norwin’s Jack Salopek runs the ball for a touchdown against Hempfield during WPIAL football Friday evening, Sept. 7, 2018 at Hempfield Area High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Salopek draws more offers
February 23, 2019
Jack Salopek knows the recruiting process soon might be coming at him hot and heavy, like a rush linebacker in a Friday night conference game.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dom Serapiglia (left) was recruited to Tulas by Reid Heim, the school’s director of high school relations and recruiting. Serapiglia committed to Tulsa on Feb. 17, 2019.
Thomas Jefferson’s Serapiglia looks forward to career at Tulsa
Dom Serapiglia will continue his football career 1,000 miles away from home.

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Thomas Jefferson No. 63 Dom Serapiglia
Thomas Jefferson lineman Dom Serapiglia commits to Tulsa
February 17, 2019
Thomas Jefferson center Dom Serapiglia, who won three WPIAL football titles and reached the finals all four years, committed Sunday to Tulsa.

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Ohio State joins list of schools recruiting Mars’ Michael Carmody
February 15, 2019
Mars junior Michael Carmody added his ninth Big 10 football offer Thursday when conference champion Ohio State joined his scholarship list. The Buckeyes joined conference foes Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Maryland, Nebraska, Rutgers and Wisconsin in recruiting the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle. Overall, Carmody holds nearly two dozen

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Franklin Regional receiver Evans commits to Robert Morris
February 9, 2019
Mike Evans had his suspicions about the college football recruiting process, mainly because he hadn't been through it before. How did it work Where did he begin The senior from Franklin Regional knew he had the talent to play at the next level but wasn't sure how quickly or readily

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Westmoreland notebook: Penn-Trafford pair pledge to John Carroll football
John Carroll football is getting a package deal from Penn-Trafford. Not long after senior linebacker Niko Rosso committed to the Division III program in University Heights, Ohio, senior wide receiver/defensive back Dimitri George decided to join him. George (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) was the Warriors' go-to receiver last season for junior

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Recruiting process for Baldwin sophomore Ford picks up steam
February 8, 2019
Penn State coaches James Franklin and Terry Smith recently visited Baldwin. Earlier that day, Pitt coaches Pat Narduzzi and Rob Harley made a stop. The attraction was Baldwin sophomore lineman Dorien Ford, who is experiencing the early days of his andquot;big -timeandquot; recruiting process. Ford is a muscular 6-foot-4, 260-pound

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Central Catholic’s Elliot Donald adds Penn State, Notre Dame offers
February 6, 2019
Central Catholic sophomore Elliot Donald, whose uncle was recently named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, added two more major college football offers. Hours apart Wednesday, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive tackle announced offers from Notre Dame and Penn State. The two additions raised his scholarship total to nine. Donald

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Penn Hills football players ink commitments to Division I schools
Penn Hills' Daequan Hardy had a senior season for the ages, capped off with a historical performance in the PIAA Class 5A championship game. Hardy officially opened his next chapter as he signed his national letter of intent to attend Penn State on Wednesday morning. On National Signing Day, Hardy

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Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire: ‘Who would have thought you’d be going to Kentucky?’
With his letter of intent on the table in front of him, Aliquippa's MJ Devonshire unzipped his jacket and showed a blue shirt underneath. What color blue Kentucky blue. The highly recruited cornerback, who helped the Quips win WPIAL and PIAA titles in the fall, took his college recruitment all

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Penn Hills’ Daequan Hardy announces Penn State offer
February 5, 2019
On the eve of signing day, Penn Hills senior Daequan Hardy announced an offer from Penn State. Hardy announced the offer on Twitter. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback and wide receiver was named the TribLive HSSN Player of the Year in December after leading Penn Hills to its first PIAA title

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Westinghouse DE Dayon Hayes announces Pitt offer
February 3, 2019
Westinghouse's Dayon Hayes, a standout defensive end in the City League, announced an offer Saturday from Pitt. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior thanked Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi on Twitter for an invitation to Pitt's junior day and for a scholarship offer. Hayes also lists FBS offers from Ball State and Toledo.

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South Fayette QB Jamie Diven commits to West Liberty
South Fayette quarterback Jamie Diven, the WPIAL's second-leading passer last season, committed Saturday to West Liberty. Diven announced his decision on Twitter. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior threw for 3,211 yards and 45 touchdowns while leading the Lions to a WPIAL Class 4A title. Along with all-conference and all-state honors, Diven

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Former WPIAL standout Anthony Johnson commits to Bowling Green football
January 31, 2019
Former Jeannette standout Anthony Johnson, who helped the Jayhawks win WPIAL and PIAA football titles in 2017, committed Thursday to Bowling Green. Johnson announced his decision on Twitter. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior transferred in July to Cleveland Heights High School in Ohio. The defensive end chose the Mid-American Conference school

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Westmoreland notebook: Derry’s DeLuca picks Merychurst for football
January 27, 2019
Dom DeLuca is one of the top multisport athletes in the state, so the Derry senior had plenty of options when it came to college recruiting. He is an all-state linebacker in football, a state championship-caliber wrestler and you could do a lot worse as far as volleyball front-liners go.

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Keystone Oaks RB Michael Daure commits to Duquesne
January 26, 2019
Keystone Oaks' Michael Daure, one of the WPIAL's top rushers last season, committed Friday to Duquesne. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior rushed for 1,546 and 25 touchdowns last fall. He accepted a Duquesne scholarship over FBS offers from VMI and New Hampshire. Daure can officially sign Feb. 6. He'll join a

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Norwin’s Pampus changes college soccer programs
January 25, 2019
Kendra Pampus was signed and ready to join the women's soccer program at Indiana University in Bloomington when a coaching change sent her plans sideways. Pampus, a senior at Norwin who only played on the varsity team there for two years, announced a new intention Friday with a verbal commitment

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Ball State, once unfamiliar to Western Pa., offers 6 more WPIAL juniors
January 24, 2019
Ball State wasn't always a familiar name for WPIAL football recruits. Not until Cardinals coach Mike Neu made inroads into Western Pennsylvania over the past year and signed two recruits from the WPIAL's senior class last month. Now, his staff has focused on some WPIAL juniors. Montour lineman George Padezanin,

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Rochester’s Goosby, EF’s Benedek commit to St. Francis
January 23, 2019
St. Francis (Pa.) football coach Chris Villarrial added two WPIAL recruits this week when Rochester's Darius Goosby and Elizabeth Forward's Zachary Benedek committed to the Red Flash. Goosby, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound defensive end and fullback, announced his decision Tuesday. Benedek, a 6-1, 185-pound quarterback, committed Wednesday. St. Francis had nine

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Steel Valley linebacker Todd Hill commits to Duquesne
Two months after decommiting from Howard, Steel Valley senior Todd Hill committed Wednesday to Duquesne. The 5-foot-9, 230-pound linebacker and running back reconsidered his college choice after Howard's head coach left for William andamp; Mary in November. Hill was a Trib 25 selection this year after leading Steel Valley to

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Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash adds first D1 offer
January 20, 2019
Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash, one of the WPIAL's top scorers, announced his first Division 1 college offer from Binghamton. The 6-foot-4 senior guard averages 21.5 points for Pine-Richland, which ranks second in WPIAL Class 6A. The Rams are 12-2 overall and 5-0 in Section 1. Binghamton competes in the America East.

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West Mifflin’s Parrish Parker commits to Robert Morris
West Mifflin's Parrish Parker committed Sunday to Robert Morris, bringing the senior's extended recruiting process to an end. The standout defensive back initially committed to Howard in August before Bison coach Mike London left for William andamp; Mary in November. Parker decommitted and started his recruitment process over. In a

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield tackle Brose drawing D-I looks
January 19, 2019
Junior Fintan Brose is the next Division I football prospect to watch at Hempfield. He isn't hard to miss. Brose is 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds and is a two-way tackle for the Spartans. His ability to stuff the run and open rushing lanes on offense is paramount for Hempfield. He

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Washington’s Dan Walker commits to Delaware
January 18, 2019
Washington senior Dan Walker Jr. committed Friday to Delaware, giving the Blue Hens their third WPIAL recruit from this year's senior class. Walker, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety, also listed offers from Akron, Cincinnati, Temple and others. He announced his commitment on Twitter. He joins West Allegheny's Mateo Vandamia and South

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Mars’ Michael Carmody adds another Big 10 football offer
Mars junior Michael Carmody added a second offer in five days Thursday when Rutgers coaches extended a scholarship. The Scarlet Knights join Mississippi State, which offered the 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman earlier in the week. Carmody is now approaching two dozen football offers including Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia, along

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis adds ACC, Big 10 football offers
Derrick Davis can't sign with a college for nearly two more years, but the Gateway sophomore's options continue to grow. Davis (6-0, 180) announced scholarship offers this week from Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Wisconsin, raising his FBS total to more than a dozen. He also lists Pitt, Penn State and

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Bowling Green football targets 4 WPIAL juniors
January 13, 2019
Four WPIAL juniors announced football offers from Bowling Green this week including the first for Hempfield lineman Fintan Brose. Penn Hills safety Aakeem Snell, Woodland Hills tight end Joshua Rawlings and Central Catholic defensive end A.J. Beatty also added offers from the Mid-American Conference school. Beatty (6-5, 250) received a

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Mars’ Michael Carmody adds SEC football offer
Mars junior Michael Carmody is busy with basketball season, but not too busy to receive his second SEC football offer. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman announced an offer Saturday from Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are coached by Pittsburgh native Joe Moorhead. Missouri in September became the first SEC school to offer

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North Hills football players to continue careers at military academies
January 10, 2019
When it came time for North Hills' student-athletes Lirion Murtezi and Tyler Brennan to select the schools and football programs they will dedicate their college futures toward, the Indians' seniors both decided on paths that are less traveled by typical 18 year olds. Next fall, Murtezi and Brennan will become

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GCC soccer player Brenna Springer commits to Akron
December 26, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic's girls soccer team has had a number of offensive weapons on the field in recent years, particularly so last season when the Centurions put 95 goals in the net. Brenna Springer was one of the top threats to make those scores happen, whether she was scoring herself

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A day after making verbal commitment, Kiski Area’s Kuhn signs with Duquesne
December 19, 2018
Timing was everything for Troy Kuhn. The Kiski Area senior made his official visit to Duquesne over the weekend, just days before the opening of the early signing period for Division I football recruits. And that visit, more than anything, solidified his decision to join the Dukes. Kuhn, an offensive

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WPIAL football recruits make commitments official during early signing period
A three-day early signing period for football recruits started Wednesday and a number of WPIAL seniors joined in.

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Kiski Area’s Troy Kuhn commits to Duquesne
December 18, 2018
Troy Kuhn made his college football decision on the eve of signing day. Kiski Area's star tight end/linebacker committed Tuesday to Duquesne after visiting the campus over the weekend. andquot;It definitely takes a lot of stress off of me,andquot; said Kuhn, who also had offers from Robert Morris and Slippery

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South Fayette kicker Coe switches commitment as signing day nears
December 17, 2018
South Fayette's Ryan Coe, a nationally ranked kicker, switched his college commitment Monday to Delaware. The senior announced his decision on Twitter. Coe had committed to Temple in September. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound kicker and punter was a special teams star for South Fayette, which won the WPIAL Class 4A title

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West Allegheny’s Vandamia commits to Delaware
West Allegheny's Mateo Vandamia, the Indians' leader in both tackles and receptions, committed Monday to Delaware. The senior announced his decision on Twitter. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound tight end and linebacker was a key contributor in the Indians' run to the WPIAL Class 5A finals. He made 95 tackles including 21

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Norwin’s Jayvon Thrift decommits from Youngstown State
December 16, 2018
Jayvon Thrift is not a quarterback, but the senior from Norwin is calling an audible. And he's going into a hurry-up offense with the clock ticking. Just three days from National Signing Day, the senior safety made a surprising revelation Sunday on social media that he is decommitting from Youngstown

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After winning PIAA title, Penn Hills QB Hollis Mathis make college commitment
December 9, 2018
Two days after celebrating a state title, Penn Hills quarterback Hollis Mathis committed Sunday to William andamp; Mary. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior passed for three touchdowns in Friday's 36-31 victory over Manheim Central in the PIAA Class 5A championship at Hersheypark Stadium. Mathis finished the season with 2,800 passing yards

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Penn-Trafford’s Nguyen gives verbal commitment to Akron
December 6, 2018
Smarts and skills are often what separate the great soccer players from the almost-great ones. Penn-Trafford junior Sarah Nguyen has both traits and they have propelled her to a Division I scholarship. Nguyen, a speedy midfielder and one of the Warriors' key players the past two seasons, made a verbal

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California’s Stafford commits to Youngstown State
Youngstown State added another WPIAL recruit Wednesday when California's Jelani Stafford committed to the FCS school. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle and running back announced his decision on Twitter. He joins Norwin teammates Gianni Rizzo and Jayvon Thrift as YSU commits for 2019. Nimble for his size, Stafford rushed for

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Woodland Hills TE Joshua Rawlings adds ACC offer
December 5, 2018
Woodland Hills junior Joshua Rawlings, a top WPIAL football recruit from the 2020 class, received his first Power Five offer Tuesday from Virginia. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end announced the scholarship on Twitter. Virginia joined a list that already included FBS schools Akron, Kent State, Temple and Toledo. Rivals classifies

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WPIAL recruits decommit after Howard football coach leaves
November 28, 2018
Howard swooped into Western Pennsylvania and secured commitments from four WPIAL football recruits. But this week, the seniors reopened their recruitment after coach Mike London left for William andamp; Mary. Penn Hills teammates Terry andquot;Tankandquot; Smith and Hollis Mathis, West Mifflin's Parrish Parker and Steel Valley's Todd Hill all took

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Southmoreland softball player Miller commits to Robert Morris
November 27, 2018
Pipe dreams can come true. Just look at the Southmoreland softball program. The once-struggling Scotties won a WPIAL championship last spring. For years, getting players to the Division I college level seemed nearly as improbable. But things have improved over time in Alverton. You just need Faith. Junior Faith Miller,

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Aliquippa’s Will Gipson adds Pitt offer after reopening recruitment
November 26, 2018
A week after reopening his college recruitment, Aliquippa's Will Gipson announced an offer from Pitt. The senior wide receiver decommitted from Ball State on Nov. 19, two days after starring at Heinz Field in the WPIAL championship. He announced a Pitt offer Monday on Twitter. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wideout had

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Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore commits to Western Michigan
Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore, whose spectacular senior season ended early because of injury, announced his commitment Monday to play football for Western Michigan. The Broncos offered him a scholarship Nov. 9, joining a list that already included Buffalo and Rice, along with FCS schools Duquesne, Albany, Columbia, Howard, Holy

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Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore commits to Western Michigan
Skyy Moore can't exactly jump for joy right now, given his recovery from a fractured left ankle. But that didn't make the Shady Side Academy football star any less excited to make his college decision Monday. Moore, a standout quarterback/defensive back, committed to Western Michigan after visiting the school's campus

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Belle Vernon soccer standout Apodiakos commits to Duquesne
November 22, 2018
Markello Apodiakos had a lot to be thankful for Thursday. The soccer standout from Belle Vernon flew under the radar of Division I college coaches, despite a decorated high school career and constantly being the go-to player who was marked by opponents. The situation flustered the senior and baffled his

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Aliquippa’s Will Gipson reopens recruitment after WPIAL championship performance
November 20, 2018
Two days after starring at Heinz Field in the WPIAL championships, Aliquippa senior Will Gipson reopened his college recruitment. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wideout had committed to Ball State in June with teammate Solvauhn Moreland, but announced Monday night on Twitter that his andquot;recruitment is 100% back open.andquot; Gipson drew increase

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Plum’s Marra signs on to pitch at UNC Ashville
November 16, 2018
Gino Marra has some unfinished business to tend to with the Plum baseball team, but the Mustangs left-handed pitcher also has his long-term diamond plans set. The senior will play for Division I North Carolina-Asheville, and he made his decision final Nov. 14, the first day of the national letter

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Hard work pays off as Kiski Area wrestlers Connor, Miller sign letters of intent
November 14, 2018
Cam Connor and Darren Miller grew up wrestling together from their earliest days in the Kiski Area youth program, so it seemed fitting they also made their college commitments official on the same day. The Kiski Area seniors both signed their national letter of intent Wednesday, the opening day of

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Westmoreland County athletes follow in older siblings’ footsteps with Division I commitments
Nick Coy wanted to be a wrestler because he saw his older brother, Cam, become proficient in the sport. Twisting opponents into precarious positions and holding them down on the mat appealed to the impressionable younger sibling, two years Cam's junior. andquot;I thought, 'I'll give it a try,' andquot; said

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Plum’s Fischetti to play college softball at Northwest Florida State
November 9, 2018
For as long as she can remember, Gabby Fischetti has wanted to go south to play softball in college. With her recent decision to sign on with Northwest Florida State, a Division I program in the National Junior College Athletic Association, she is getting that chance. Fischetti, a senior all-section

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Shady Side Academy’s Dino Tomlin commits to Maryland
November 6, 2018
Less than a week after Maryland fired its football coach, Shady Side Academy's Michael andquot;Dinoandquot; Tomlin announced his commitment to the Terrapins on Tuesday. Tomlin revealed his decision on Twitter. andquot;It was a combination of both academics and athletics,andquot; Shady Side coach Chuck DiNardo said. andquot;He likes the idea of

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Norwin’s Gray changes commitment, will compete in track and field at Bucknell
November 5, 2018
Lexi Gray took a sharp turn on the road to college athletics, changing sports and schools along the way. She could not be happier with her new-found decision. Gray, a senior at Norwin, had planned to play soccer at Lourdes, a NAIA school in Sylvania, Ohio. She committed before the

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho commits to Pitt wrestling
November 3, 2018
Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho announced Saturday via Twitter his commitment to the Pitt wrestling program. A 132-pounder last season, Camacho went 40-3 and won a WPIALClass AAA individual championship before finishing second in the PIAA tournament in Hershey. He also won section and county titles last winter. Camacho, who

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Westmoreland notebook: GCC’s Helm ‘can’t wait to be a Raider’
October 28, 2018
Geoff Helm will be one of the top returning basketball players in Westmoreland County this season, and now that the Greensburg Central Catholic senior has settled on a college, he can focus on leading the Centurions back to the playoffs. Helm gave a verbal commitment to Shippensburg, turning down other

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South Fayette’s Mike Trimbur commits to Cornell
October 25, 2018
South Fayette senior Mike Trimbur committed Wednesday to Cornell, where brother Dan is a sophomore wideout. Trimbur (5-10, 175) also listed an Ivy League offer from Dartmouth. The wide receiver and defensive back leads South Fayette with 34 receptions for 720 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Trimbur has 15 tackles

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Deoveon Crute picks Duquesne, third Aliquippa senior committed for D1 football
October 24, 2018
Aliquippa wide receiver Deoveon Crute committed Wednesday to Duquesne, becoming the third Quips senior to pick a Division 1 school. Crute (6-1, 190) chose the Dukes over offers from Morgan State and Charleston. He's second among Aliquippa receivers with 18 catches for 285 yards and four touchdowns. Teammates Will Gipson

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GCC soccer standout Luke Mort commits to Pitt
October 22, 2018
Luke Mort chose playoff game day to make his college commitment. Then, the Greensburg Central Catholic senior forward's focus quickly shifted to winning a WPIAL soccer title. Mort announced Monday afternoon his verbal commitment to Pitt. The Centurions' go-to goal scorer also had scholarship offers from Holy Cross, Robert Morris

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Hempfield’s Orie commits to DePaul track program
October 13, 2018
When MacKenna Orie was a freshman, she thought her athletic future in college would be in either lacrosse or soccer. By the end of her sophomore year at Hempfield, she knew it would be in track and field, mainly in the field events. Orie announced Saturday that she will continue

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Norwin’s Jayvon Thrift commits to Youngstown State
October 7, 2018
Jayvon Thrift went with the school where he felt the most mutual admiration -- the one that wanted him the most. The senior football player from Norwin announced late Saturday he has given a verbal commitment to Youngstown State. The FCS Penguins will get a package deal from Norwin come

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Franklin Regional senior combines recruiting process, entrepreneurial spirit
October 6, 2018
Jake Williams took his first step into the recruiting process with curiosity and wonder. He had a basic idea of how it worked, understanding the premise colleges didn't come to you -- you have to go to them. The senior baseball player at Franklin Regional decided to get crafty when

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Jessica Meyers commits to Notre Dame
October 4, 2018
After Central Catholic senior Jimmy Meyers officially won the rain-delayed WPIAL Class AAA Golf Championship on Wednesday, he quickly glanced at his phone to see how twin sister Jessica was playing. Jessica Meyers, senior at Oakland Catholic, was playing in the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship at Diamond Run

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Plum swimmer Taylor commits to James Madison
September 28, 2018
Devan Taylor is laser focused on her senior swim season at Plum. The school record holder in two individual events and one relay is hoping

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Penn-Trafford baseball’s Bobby Lane commits to Cincinnati
Penn-Trafford junior Bobby Lane announced Friday he has verbally committed to continue his baseball career at Cincinnati. Lane, who throws and bats left-handed, is an

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Latrobe lineman Trent Holler commits to East Carolina
September 22, 2018
In early August, Trent Holler narrowed his list of potential college football destinations to three. But he second-guessed that call, thought it was too hasty

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Belle Vernon kicker Cameron Guess picks up first offer
September 18, 2018
Belle Vernon five-star junior kicker and punter Cameron Guess picked up his first Division I scholarship offer Tuesday. Don't expect it to be his last.

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Penn Hills’ Dante Cephas commits to Kent State
Penn Hills senior Dante Cephas, one of the top receivers in the WPIAL, committed Tuesday to Kent State. Cephas announced his decision on Twitter. The

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Third current Norwin girls soccer player, Lacey Bernick, commits to Pitt
September 17, 2018
It might be considered an accomplishment for a high school sports program to send three recruits to the same Division I school over say, several

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Derry defensive end Dom DeLuca grabs Towson offer
Dom DeLuca is going to have a decision to make, and a potentially stressful one at that. Until then, he's enjoying the thought of larger

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Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore gets offer from Rice
September 12, 2018
Standout Shady Side Academy quarterback/defensive back Skyy Moore received a scholarship offer Wednesday from Rice. The Rice offer is Moore's second from a Football Bowl

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North Allegheny cornerback Joey Porter Jr. picks Penn State
September 11, 2018
North Allegheny cornerback Joey Porter Jr., the son of former Steelers linebacker and current linebackers coach Joey Porter, announced Tuesday morning via Twitter that he

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Central Catholic’s Brian Dallas commits to Kent State
September 9, 2018
Central Catholic's Brian Dallas, one of the top defensive linemen in the WPIAL, committed Sunday to Kent State. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior is a standout

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Former Southmoreland star Brandon Stone commits to La Salle
September 7, 2018
Brandon Stone recently said he wanted to keep his college basketball recruiting private and that he had some visits to take before finalizing his decision.

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Shady Side Academy’s Dino Tomlin picks up scholarship offer from Maryland
August 30, 2018
Shady Side Academy star Dino Tomlin picked up his latest Division I recruiting offer Tuesday, from Maryland. A deep-threat wide receiver and defensive back, the

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers adds Kent State offer for basketball
August 28, 2018
Tess Myers hit one of the biggest shots in WPIAL girls basketball as a sophomore, and it looks as though she'll have a shot to

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Palmer Jackson
Franklin Regional golf star Palmer Jackson commits to Notre Dame
August 27, 2018
Palmer Jackson kept his recruiting saga a secret for months. The Franklin Regional senior was pulling in offers from some of the top golf programs

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Springdale keeper Mike Zolnierczyk (1) makes a save during the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Highmark Stadium. North Catholic won 2-0.
Springdale goalkeeper Zolnierczyk offered by Harvard
August 23, 2018
Despite his all-WPIAL goalkeeper status, Mike Zolnierczyk had no desire to stop Harvard from presenting him his first Division I soccer offer. Zolnierczyk, the senior

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Jarett Bach
Yough pitcher Jarett Bach commits to Pitt
August 13, 2018
Hard-throwing Jarett Bach weighed the pros and cons of seven Division I baseball scholarship offers. But the incoming senior at Yough went with the hometown

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Holler revises plan
August 11, 2018
Trent Holler is walking back his original top-three list. The standout lineman from Latrobe said he needs more time to evaluate his recruiting situation and

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Pine-Richland’s Schieder commits to play volleyball at Villanova
August 10, 2018
Once Maddie Schieder saw the campus at Villanova, she said she started to get a feeling she couldn't shake. She was looking at the place

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Quaker Valley’s Landon Grant (10) pushes up field against Beaver Area during their WPIAL 3A semifinal game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at Moon High.
Quaker Valley’s Landon Grant to play soccer in England
Quaker Valley graduate Landon Grant is crossing the Atlantic to continue his soccer career. Grant, who will be a freshman, will attend the Richmond International

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Culture, education drew Tank Smith to Howard
August 9, 2018
Since he began playing flag football as a 4-year-old, Penn Hills senior running back and linebacker Terry andquot;Tankandquot; Smith dreamed about being a football player.

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Latrobe’s Trent Holler narrows college choices to 3
August 7, 2018
Trent Holler pared down his lengthy list of college choices to a top three, and the rising senior lineman at Latrobe plans to announce his

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Knoch baseball’s Dylan Swarmer commits to Youngstown State
August 3, 2018
Dylan Swarmer played travel ball this summer in a Youngstown, Ohio, league. Turns out he'll stay there a bit longer. The recent Knoch graduate committed

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Norwin linebacker Gianni Rizzo commits to Youngstown State
Gianni Rizzo recently returned from vacationing in Naples, Fla. with less stress on his mind than he took with him. He felt similarly clearheaded and

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Steel Valley’s Hill, West Mifflin’s Parker, Penn Hills’ Smith commit to Howard
August 2, 2018
A trio of WPIAL football standouts plan to become teammates in college. Steel Valley's Todd Hill, West Mifflin's Parrish Parker and Penn Hills' Terry andquot;Tankandquot;

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Penn-Trafford's Job Chishko is brought down to the mat by Kiski Area's Cam Connor in the 145 weight class championship bout during the WPIAL wrestling finals at Canon-McMillan High School on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
Kiski Area wrestler Cam Connor commits to Penn
Cam Connor watched Kiski Area wrestlers he looked up to like Matt McCutcheon and teammates like Noah Levett commit to wrestle in college, and all

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Keystone Oaks' Gillian Piccolino scores past Belle Vernon's Lindsay Steeber during their game Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Belle Vernon Area High School in Rostraver.
Keystone Oaks senior Gillian Piccolino joins former Pitt coach at Kennesaw State
August 1, 2018
Agnus Berenato left Western Pennsylvania several years ago, but the former Pitt basketball coach maintains strong recruiting ties here. Keystone Oaks senior Gillian Piccolino on

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson.
WPIAL seniors receive their official college football scholarship offers
It's official. August 1 is the date that college football programs can send written scholarship offers to seniors, replacing the verbal offers made by coaches

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Mt. Lebanon's Jamey Napoleon (23) dribbles the ball down court against North Allegheny's Madelyn Fischer (55) on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
Mt. Lebanon’s Jamey Napoleon commits to Central Connecticut State
July 31, 2018
Almost 500 miles separate Mt. Lebanon from New Britain, Conn., but basketball has linked the two towns for years. The next to make that trip

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Bishop Canevin's Shamyjha Price is pressured by Neumann-Goretti's Diamond Johnson during the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Bishop Canevin’s Shamyjha Price adds first D1 basketball offer
Bishop Canevin's Shamyjha Price, who won her third consecutive WPIAL basketball title last season, announced her first Division 1 offer Monday from UMass Lowell. The

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North Allegheny's Joey Porter Jr.
North Allegheny’s Joey Porter Jr. narrows recruiting to 5 schools
July 27, 2018
Penn State and Pitt are options if North Allegheny cornerback Joey Porter Jr. decides to stay closer to home. But those two schools have out-of-state

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Recent Mt. Pleasant grad Meadow Uncapher changes college softball plans
July 26, 2018
Meadow Uncapher was just about to graduate from Mt. Pleasant and was on the verge of beginning her college softball career at nearby Seton Hill.

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North Allegheny sophomore Morningstar commits to play volleyball at Louisville
July 25, 2018
Paige Morningstar has barely made a dent on the North Allegheny girls volleyball team, but already has accepted an offer to play in college. Morningstar,

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Latrobe’s Fenton keeps offers coming
July 24, 2018
Scholarship offers are coming at Latrobe's Reed Fenton in bunches, harkening Latrobe fans back to times when his father and uncles also were pursued for

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Isaiah Wilson fights for a lose ball Lincoln Park's Keeno Holmes (3) and Gibbs Kanyongo during the 3-A Boys WPIAL Basketball Championship Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Petersen Events Center.
First Love’s Isaiah Wilson adds Atlantic 10 basketball offer
July 23, 2018
First Love Christian Academy guard Isaiah Wilson, who celebrated two WPIAL basketball titles before transferring last summer, added two Division 1 scholarship offers this week.

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Norwin No.4 Gianni Rizzo
High school notebook: Norwin’s Rizzo nearing college decision
July 21, 2018
Gianni Rizzo is just about ready to make his college decision. The incoming Norwin senior football player has more than a dozen Division I scholarship

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Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore commits to Naval Academy
July 15, 2018
A high-level offer one day, a commitment a few days later. That's how fast things happened for Southmoreland's Maggie Moore during the latest NCAA Division

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Westmoreland HS notebook: Latrobe duo looks for offers during live period
July 14, 2018
One of three mid-summer NCAA Division I basketball andquot;live periodsandquot; began Wednesday, which means top college coaches from across the country will fill gymnasiums for

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Oakland Catholic's Sierra DeAngelo scores past Hickory's Ty'mani King-Lonesome during 5-A girls PIAA first round action Saturday, March 10, 2018 at North Hills Middle School.
Oakland Catholic’s Sierra DeAngelo adds 2 offers at once
The Oakland Catholic girls basketball team, which reached the WPIAL finals last winter, now has three players with Division 1 offers. Sierra DeAngelo, a 6-foot-1

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Southmoreland's Maggie Moore (20), during practice at Southmoreland High School in Alverton, on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore adds Navy basketball offer
Southmoreland's Maggie Moore added another name to her list of Division 1 offers. Navy became the latest to offer the 6-foot-2 center who'll be a

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Keystone Oaks' Gillian Piccolino drives past Belle Vernon's Taylor Kovatch during their game Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Belle Vernon Area High School in Rostraver.
Keystone Oaks’ Gillian Piccolino adds 2 more basketball offers
A few weeks after receiving her first Division 1 offer, Keystone Oaks' Gillian Piccolino added two more. The 5-foot-10 guard announced offers Friday from Kennesaw

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Peters Township’s Makenna Marisa adds basketball scholarship offer from Pitt
July 13, 2018
Peters Township's Makenna Marisa added four scholarships offers including one from new Pitt basketball coach Lance White. Marisa, one of the top seniors in the

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Latrobe duo could draw attention during NCAA ‘live periods’
One of three mid-summer NCAA Division I basketball andquot;live periodsandquot; began Wednesday, which means top college coaches from across the country will fill gymnasiums for

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Akron the right fit for North Allegheny’s Martindale
July 12, 2018
Rachel Martindale showed resolve through her nightmare. The North Allegheny senior basketball standout had her season cut short by a knee injury suffered during the

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Pine-Richland's Michael Katic celebrates with Kenny White after White's touchdown agianst North Allegheny in the first quarter Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
Michael Katic excited about committing to play football at Indiana
July 6, 2018
Pine-Richland offensive lineman Michael Katic, a rising senior, solidified his future by committing to play at Indiana. Katic played offensive guard and defensive tackle during

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Southmoreland's Brandon Stone (23) brings the ball forecourt following a steal during the second quarter against Shady Side Academy on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Gateway High School. Shady Side Academy leads 23-22 at halftime.
5 prospects to watch over the summer in Westmoreland
Recruiting has taken off for a talented crop of Westmoreland County athletes from the Class of 2019. Here are five seniors to watch in the

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North Allegheny's Rachel Martindale pulls up for a jumpshot over Seneca Valley's Hannah Thompson Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Seneca Valley.
North Allegheny basketball’s Rachel Martindale commits to Akron
July 3, 2018
A torn ACL won't keep Rachel Martindale from reaching her Division 1 dreams. The North Allegheny basketball star announced a commitment Tuesday to Akron, a

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Oakland Catholic's Cierra Christian scores pas Gateway's Mary Kromka 5-A boys WPIAL basketball final Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
Oakland Catholic’s Cierra Christian commits to Brown
Oakland Catholic's Cierra Christian, who helped her team reach the WPIAL basketball finals last winter, committed Monday to Brown. The 5-foot-10 guard will be a

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Kylee Lewandowski steals the ball from Central Valley's Kaelyn Underwoon during 4-A girls WPIAL semifinal Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Moon High School.
CWNC junior Kylee Lewandowski adds Bucknell basketball offer
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Kylee Lewandowski, a key contributor in the basketball team's WPIAL title run last winter, added a scholarship offer from Bucknell this

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East Allegheny junior Tyler Padezan adds Morgan State football offer
July 1, 2018
East Allegheny's Tyler Padezan, a wide receiver and defensive back, announced a scholarship offer Saturday from Morgan State. Padezan (6-2, 165) will be a junior

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Aliquippa’s Mj Devonshire Jr. brings his team together for a cheer before playing Derry during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at Fox Chapel High School.
Deoveon Crute receives Morgan State football offer, adds to growing list for Aliquippa seniors
Aliquippa's Deoveon Crute announced a scholarship offer Saturday from Morgan State, adding another for a Quips senior class that's drawing offers by the bunches. The

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Norwin's Anthony Harding conducts cool down drills Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 during boys' soccer practice at Norwin High School.
Recent Norwin grad Harding changes commitment from Penn State to Pitt
June 28, 2018
Just when it looked like he had found the perfect destination for his college soccer career, Anthony Harding had a change of heart. The recent

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South Fayette quarterback Drew Saxton gets blocks from Chris Yellig-Glendenning and Tom Elia against Highlands Oct. 21, 2016, at Highlands.
2 WPIAL linemen commit to same FCS conference
Two WPIAL linemen, South Fayette's Tom Elia and Elizabeth Forward's A.J. Ackerman, committed Wednesday night to FCS schools in the Colonial Athletic Association. Both will

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Oakland Catholic's Jayde Boyd drives on Gateway's Mary Kromka 5-A boys WPIAL basketball final Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
Oakland Catholic’s Jayde Boyd commits to Fairleigh Dickinson
June 24, 2018
Oakland Catholic's Jayde Boyd, a WPIAL basketball finalist two years in a row, announced her commitment Saturday to Fairleigh Dickinson. The 5-foot-10 guard will be

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Aliquippa's Will Gipson (6) and Avante McKenzie (35) react to a delay of game penalty during their game against Quaker Valley in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Aliquippa’s Will Gipson, Solvauhn Moreland commit to Ball State
Aliquippa teammates Will Gipson and Solvauhn Moreland decided they'll also be teammates in college. The two football recruits announced commitments to Ball State on Saturday

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Farrell linebacker Kyi Wright lists Pitt among 3 finalists
June 20, 2018
Farrell linebacker Kyi Wright, who lists more than a dozen scholarship offers, has Pitt among his three finalists. Wright announced Wednesday on Twitter that he's

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek throws a pass against Canon-McMillan on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
Norwin QB Salopek nabs offer from Pitt
June 19, 2018
Norwin's Jack Salopek earned the starting quarterback job last season as a sophomore. He has found his way onto college coaches radars with similar swiftness.

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Butler's Ethan Morton (25) moves the ball up the court during their WPIAL playoff game against Latrobe on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Butler’s Ethan Morton adds Marquette offer
Butler basketball star Ethan Morton, the WPIAL's top recruit in the 2020 class, is quickly approaching 20 scholarship offers. The rising junior added an offer

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Pine-Richland limeman Michael Katic runs through some drills Aug. 14, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic commits to Indiana
June 17, 2018
Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic, a two-way standout on the Rams' state championship team, committed to Indiana on Sunday. Katic will be a senior in the

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Latrobe's Trent Holler practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Latrobe.
Division I football recruiting in Westmoreland Co. hits fever pitch
June 16, 2018
Call them Westmoreland County's andquot;Power 5andquot; of high school football. A talented crop of college prospects will add another layer of anticipation to a new

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Latrobe's Trent Holler celebrates a successful tackle on Franklin Regional offense Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in WPIAL football at Franklin Regional.
Latrobe’s Holler adds offer from West Virginia
June 12, 2018
Two Power-5 scholarship offers in two days — from adversaries of the Backyard Brawl, nonetheless — helps tell the story of just how fast the

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Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore (3) rushes the ball during their home game against Apollo-Ridge on Sept. 15, 2017.
Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore gets offer from Buffalo
June 11, 2018
Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore received a football scholarship offer Monday from the University of Buffalo, his first from a Football Bowl Subdivision school. A

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Latrobe's Trent Holler during practice on Wednesday Aug. 09, 2017 at Latrobe.
Pitt offers Latrobe lineman Holler
Latrobe lineman Trent Holler has been touring the country looking at potential destinations for his college football career. His latest opportunity won't require airfare out

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Two dozen recent Plum graduates will continue their athletic and academic pursuits at the collegiate level. In front, from left, are Katherine Jones, Danielle Sypolt, Tifani McElhose, Kristin MacConnell, Jamie Denzer and Sara Pearlman. In row two are Brianna Bialota, Jackson Gildea, Corey Thomas and Jacob George. In back are Bernard Campbell, Jackson Rogers, Tanner Froehlich, Markus Cestra and Logan Simmons. Others transitioning to athletics in college are Haley Chiusano, Meghan Christman, Karrson Ewing, Ryan Kircher, Kole Lisovich, Callan Scharba, Shelby Shumaker, Dylan Tomko and Sydney Young.
Plum athletes set to begin collegiate careers
June 8, 2018
Members of the Plum High School Class of 2018 accepted their diplomas June 7. The ceremony capped an important chapter in their lives. A number

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Shady Side Academy's Skyy Moore (3) rushes the ball being pursued by Apollo-Ridge's Daniel Rametta (31) during their game against Apollo-Ridge on Sept. 15, 2017.
Shady Side Academy QB/DB Moore gaining recruiters’ attention during offseason
June 6, 2018
Skyy Moore diligently reached out to college football coaches during his junior season at Shady Side Academy, following them on social media and sending out

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Sewickley Academy's Will Nocito will play golf at Hamilton.
Sewickley Academy’s Nocito to play golf at Hamilton
Will Nocito had much success recently as a senior on the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team, but will play another sport in college. Nocito committed

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Blackhawk guards Mackenzie Amalia (left) and Mady Aulbach work out together Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at the high school in Chippewa.
Blackhawk’s Amalia gives verbal commitment to Robert Morris
June 4, 2018
Blackhawk rising junior guard Mackenzie Amalia announced her verbal commitment Monday evening to the women's basketball program at Division I Robert Morris. Amalia averaged 17

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Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic adds Pitt offer
June 1, 2018
Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic's recruitment has built steadily over the past six months. The soon-to-be senior, who announced his first FCS offer in December, added

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Penn State offer caps busy month for Mars’ Michael Carmody
May was a fruitful month for Mars' Michael Carmody. The nationally ranked football recruit added nine FBS scholarships in 31 days. The most recent was

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Shaler’s Wightman to continue lacrosse career
Playing collegiate lacrosse wasn't on Madaline Wightman's radar before her senior season. As a junior, Wightman didn't play at all, choosing to work instead. andquot;I

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Penn Hills' Hollis Mathis looks to pass during the Indians' game against Plum on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Newman Stadium in McCandless. Penn Hills won 26-0.
Penn Hills quarterback Hollis Mathis commits to Howard, says it ‘felt like home’
May 26, 2018
When he started playing football for the Penn Hills feeder program at 7 years old, Penn Hills junior quarterback Hollis Mathis dreamed what the moment

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Penn Hills QB Hollis Mathis commits to Howard
May 18, 2018
Penn Hills junior Hollis Mathis, one of the WPIAL's leading passers, announced Friday his commitment to Howard. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound quarterback passed for 2,435 yards

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Eastern Michigan a ‘good environment’ for Penn Hills’ Stephens
Entering his senior season, Penn Hills basketball player Daivon Stephens wasn't receiving the college scholarship offers he hoped for. However, after leading Penn Hills to

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Imani Christian's Rahmon Hart Jr. (11) scores a touchdown against Jeannette during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Imani’s Rahmon Hart commits to Ball State
May 14, 2018
Imani Christian junior Rahmon Hart Jr., a 6-foot-3 wide receiver, committed Monday to Ball State. The Rivals three-star recruit chose the Muncie, Ind., school over

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High school notebook: Colleges give Latrobe lineman a ‘Holler’
May 12, 2018
andquot;Big Snackandquot; is hungry for more scholarship offers. Latrobe junior lineman Trent Holler is beginning to see how the college recruiting process works: fast and

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Penn Hills’ Daivon Stephens signs with Eastern Michigan
Daivon Stephens, who led Penn Hills to a WPIAL Class 6A basketball title, signed Saturday with Eastern Michigan. Penn Hills announced the senior's decision on

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Chartiers Valley's Mackenzie Wagner carries the ball past Gateway players during the WPIAL girls 5A semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at Baldwin.
Chartiers Valley’s Wagner commits to Loyola
May 11, 2018
Mackenzie Wagner got on the inside track for her college decision. The Chartiers Valley junior has verbally committed to Loyola (Md.) women's basketball. The Greyhounds

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Kiski Area senior wrestler Isaac Reid, the No. 1-ranked heavyweight in the state, faces Penn Hills senior Deshawn Butler in the 285-pound championship match Saturday at the WPIAL Section 1-3A championships at Kiski.
Penn Hills’ Butler decides to wrestle at Pitt-Johnstown
As a young kid, Penn Hills senior heavyweight DeShawn Butler would watch others wrestle at the collegiate level and envisioned he would be in the

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Lincoln Park grad Nelly Cummings transfers to Colgate
May 9, 2018
Nelly Cummings is transferring to Colgate, the former Lincoln Park basketball star announced on Twitter. His decision came about two months after Cummings said he

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Westinghouse’s James Ellis signs with Duquesne
Duquesne men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot added his first Pittsburgh-area recruit Tuesday when Westinghouse senior James Ellis signed with the Dukes. The 6-foot-11, 230-pound center

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GCC’s Maloney signs with Pepperdine
May 7, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Keeley Maloney must be tired of the horrible spring weather in Western Pennsylvania. Her mom, Lori, isn't sure that was the

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Recruiting comes in pairs at Norwin, Jeannette, Latrobe
May 5, 2018
Jayvon Thrift said opponents rarely try to attack certain areas of Norwin's football defense when he and teammate Gianni Rizzo are occupying space there. andquot;He's

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Coaches, campus led Gateway’s Jackson to choose Syracuse
Courtney Jackson will go from Gateway black and gold to the orange of Syracuse. The Gators junior ended a busy football recruiting process by giving

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North Allegheny guard Curtis Aiken Jr. follows in father’s footsteps, will play at Pitt
May 3, 2018
North Allegheny guard Curtis Aiken Jr., who averaged 17.9 points while playing much of the season on an injured knee, announced Thursday night on Twitter

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Penn Hills’ Gregory commits to swim at N.C. State
As his two older brothers enjoy collegiate swimming at LaSalle, Penn Hills junior Kimani Gregory knew he wanted to swim at the collegiate level. Gregory,

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2 WPIAL recruits add Duke football offers, face busy month ahead
May 2, 2018
Two of the WPIAL's top underclassmen recruits announced Duke football scholarships Wednesday with more offers likely to come this month. Gateway freshman Derrick Davis and

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Gateway High School's Jeremiah Josephs (2) rushes the ball down field against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Education, defensive system led Gateway’s Josephs to commit to Miami (Ohio)
April 27, 2018
Gateway junior defensive back Jeremiah Josephs expects to be busy this fall, so he doesn't need the distractions. He and his Gators teammates are locked

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a pass in front of Archbishop Wood's Kevin Otto during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Jackson picks Syracuse
Courtney Jackson will go from Gateway black and gold to the orange of Syracuse. The Gators junior gave a verbal committed to the Atlantic Coast

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Highlands' Johnny Crise hangs on the rim after dunking against Franklin Regional during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Highlands sophomore Crise receives offer from Robert Morris
April 24, 2018
Johnny Crise showed high-flying abilities for Highlands' boys basketball team in 2017-18, and now the sophomore's recruiting profile is rising. Crise picked up his first

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Pine-Richland's Andrew Kristofic celebrates after the Rams recovered a fumble by St. Joseph's James Cherry during the third quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pine-Richland’s Andrew Kristofic commits to Notre Dame
April 23, 2018
Another prized football prospect from Pine-Richland is headed to Notre Dame. Junior offensive lineman Andrew Kristofic posted on Twitter on Monday that he made a

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Jeannette's Marcus Barnes (2) runs with the ball against Imani Christian during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Jeannette’s Barnes, Johnson add football scholarship offers
Jeannette juniors Marcus Barnes and Anthony Johnson each received additional Division I football opportunities on Monday. Barnes, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver and defensive back, now

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Winchester Thurston's Gia Thorpe scores over West Greene's Madison Lampe during the WPIAL Class A girls final March 2, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Winchester Thurston’s Thorpe commits to Howard
April 16, 2018
Winchester Thurston senior Gia Thorpe, a 5-foot-8 guard who won consecutive WPIAL basketball titles, announced her commitment Monday to Howard University. The Trib 10 selection

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Mike Coleman’s commitment gives Toledo another Woodland Hills recruit
April 15, 2018
Mike Coleman's first offer was ultimately his favorite. The Woodland Hills junior drew more than a dozen football scholarships before committing Saturday to Toledo, which

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Pine-Richland defenders Tommy Camino (6) and Anthony Cerminara (34) and Tyler King force a fumble by Wayne quarterback Rashad McKee during the second quarter Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
Pine-Richland linebacker Tyler King commits to Navy
About three weeks after announcing an offer from Navy, Pine-Richland's Tyler King was ready to commit Saturday to the Midshipmen. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior linebacker

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Gateway High School's Jeremiah Josephs (2) rushes the ball down field against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs commits to Miami (Ohio)
Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs, who led the Gators with seven interceptions last season, announced his commitment to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. The 6-foot, 160-pound

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Sewickley Academy runner Sam Casale has committed to compete for Chicago in the 2018-19 season.
Sewickley Academy runner Casale makes dream come true
April 14, 2018
Thanks to a teammate who encouraged him to take up a new event, Sewickley Academy senior Sam Casale will continue his track career at the

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Butler’s Ethan Morton offered scholarship by new Pitt coach Jeff Capel
April 6, 2018
West Virginia, Penn State and Duquesne had offered Ethan Morton a basketball scholarship, along with Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa and a few others. Pitt

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Gateway freshman Derrick Davis adds Michigan football offer
April 4, 2018
Gateway freshman Derrick Davis has almost three years to pick a college, but his number of options keeps growing. Davis on Wednesday announced a football

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Kiski Area's Logan Pollick works against Bethlehem Catholic's Joe Kurtz during the PIAA team championships Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey. Pollick won 3-0 by decision.
Kiski Area’s Pollick commits to Mercyhurst
March 29, 2018
Logan Pollick joined a pair of his Kiski Area wrestling teammates as college recruits Thursday, announcing his commitment to Mercyhurst. The senior 182-pounder won his

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Brandon Stone scores to extend Southmoreland's lead over Avonworth during overtime on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Peters Township. Southmoreland won 64-55 in overtime.
With Pitt offer gone, Southmoreland’s Stone re-examines options
March 24, 2018
Alverton's Brandon Stone had narrowed his list of potential college destinations to four schools, and Pitt was one of them. Emphasis on was. With the

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Brentwood’s Trent, Veatch to play together at Marietta
March 10, 2018
They have been best friends since elementary school. Both are three-sport standouts; both are 18 years old. They have competed regularly, and shared starring roles,

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Plum senior Jones to play hockey for Arizona State
March 5, 2018
Katherine Jones is looking to the future to help with her present. The Plum senior and one of the area's top girls hockey players has

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Penn Hills lineman Weis chooses Waynesburg
March 2, 2018
Even though the national signing period started in early February, not everyone put pen to paper right away. Penn Hills senior lineman Christian Weis signed

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Brentwood's Tanner Wells signs his letter of intent with Edinboro University, where he will continue his football career.
Brentwood’s Wells to play at Edinboro
February 23, 2018
Tanner Wells grew up as a Spartan athlete. Next fall, he will become a Fighting Scot. Wells recently signed a letter of intent with Edinboro,

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Thomas Jefferson seniors planning to continue their football careers at the collegiate level include, from left, Justin Vigna (Walsh), Nick Urbanowicz (John Carroll), Garret Fairman (Robert Morris) and Logan Burnsworth (Cal Pa.).
Thomas Jefferson football players prepare for collegiate future
Two senior football players at Thomas Jefferson are crossing the border to Ohio to continue their careers in college. Justin Vigna has committed to Walsh,

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Seven Plum seniors celebrated their college recruiting decisions Feb. 7 at the high school. Seated, from left, are Jackson Gildea (Slippery Rock, football), Jamie Denzer (Marietta, women's lacrosse), Sidney Young (Geneva, softball) and Dylan Tomko (Muskingum, football). In back are Kole Lisovich (Penn State-Behrend, men's soccer), Callan Scharba (Point Park, men's soccer) and Jacob George (Slippery Rock, football).
Gildea to join former Plum athletes on Slippery Rock football team
February 19, 2018
Jackson Gildea began his high school athletic career at Plum as a goalkeeper on the boys soccer team. He added kicking for football his sophomore

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Fox Chapel senior Luke Hoover tries to bring down Hampton QB Ross Andersson during home game on Oct. 6, 2017.
Family and football helped propel Hampton’s Ross Andersson to Johns Hopkins
February 18, 2018
Ross Andersson might not be a professional-caliber football player. But he's going to be a great professional-caliber something one day, and if he's good enough

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Stone narrows list to four schools, including Pitt, Duquesne
February 13, 2018
Much-sought-after basketball recruit Brandon Stone pared down his list of possible suitors Tuesday afternoon. Three of the colleges would bring the former Southmoreland standout closer

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GCC’s Slike will take kicking game to Akron
February 11, 2018
Ethan Slike gave up soccer to focus full-time on kicking footballs. The senior from Greensburg Central Catholic just andquot;preferredandquot; it that way. The extra work

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Hempfield QB Justin Sliwoski bound for Pitt
February 8, 2018
The thought of reuniting with his brother on a football field resonated with Justin Sliwoski. But so did the idea of possibly playing quarterback for

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Franklin Regional’s Lauer commits to Towson
February 6, 2018
Record-breaking Franklin Regional linebacker Bryce Lauer made a signing day eve commitment, giving Towson (Md.) the nod Tuesday night. Lauer also had offers from Duquesne

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Just the fax: Weather won’t impact NCAA signing day
Wednesday's pending snow and freezing rain could cause school delays and cancellations, but it won't stop NCAA signing day. At least that is the case

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Penn-Trafford’s Gay commits to Air Force
February 5, 2018
When it came to choosing a college, and like his tackle-hurdling touchdown run at Heinz Field in the WPIAL finals, John Gay aimed high. Gay,

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Signing day looms: Where will some of Westmoreland’s best end up?
The start of the NCAA's regular signing period looms Wednesday and a few of Westmoreland County's top football players still are pondering where they want

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Gateway football players ready to finalize college plans on signing day
February 4, 2018
The Gateway football team garnered a great deal of attention near and far this fall as it earned the program's first WPIAL title in 31

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Montour’s Brayden Jones commits to Robert Morris
February 3, 2018
Montour senior Brayden Jones, an all-conference running back and linebacker, announced his commitment Friday to Robert Morris. Jones (6-1, 215) led Montour with 675 rushing

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Penn Hills’ Mason ready to play at Robert Morris
With national signing day fast approaching, local WPIAL football players started to announce their college commitments. Penn Hills tight end and linebacker Darrell Mason made

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Harlan on recruiting: Early-signing period takes buzz away from signing day
February 1, 2018
This week is traditionally a busy time for college football assistants who hurry to as many high schools as possible before signing day arrives on

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Gateway quarterback Brady Walker is sacked by Archbishop Wood's Joe Wade during the first quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Brady Walker, second among all-time WPIAL passers, commits to West Virginia Wesleyan
January 31, 2018
Gateway quarterback Brady Walker, the second-leading passer in WPIAL history, announced his commitment Tuesday to West Virginia Wesleyan. The Buckhannon, W.Va., school competes in the

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Mt. Lebanon's Aidan Cain stiff-arms Hempfield's Austin Gockel during the second half Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon wideout Aidan Cain commits to William & Mary
January 27, 2018
When college recruiters visited Mt. Lebanon, football coach Mike Melnyk told them to keep their eyes on little-known Aidan Cain. The wideout had Division 1

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift cuts back on Bethel Park's Austin Lewis Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Black Hawk Stadium.
Norwin’s Thrift heading to Notre Dame junior weekend
January 26, 2018
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift will attend Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind. The standout junior safety has eight Division I

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Former Woodland Hills RB Jo-El Shaw picks Kent State
January 20, 2018
Former Woodland Hills running back Jo-El Shaw, who played two seasons at Lackawanna College, announced Saturday he's transferring to Kent State. Shaw rushed for 848

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a touchdown pass next to Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Harlan on recruiting: Toledo coaches impressed by WPIAL athletes
January 19, 2018
Within a six-minute span early this week, Woodland Hills junior Mike Coleman and Gateway teammates Courtney Jackson and Jeremiah Josephs announced scholarship offers from Toledo

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Hempfield's Braden Brose (7) runs the ball against Greensburg Salem in the first quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Hempfield tight end Brose commits to Delaware
January 15, 2018
A couple of weeks ago, Braden Brose said if Delaware made him a scholarship offer, he would take it with no hesitation. He sensed an

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Harlan on recruiting: Spring visits to benefit junior prospects
January 5, 2018
The NCAA decision to let juniors take official visits seems like a andquot;no-brainer,andquot; Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz said. andquot;I know when I did it,

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McKeesport running back Acie commits to Navy
January 4, 2018
McKeesport running back Carlinos Acie announced his commitment to Navy football on Thursday, making him the second senior from the Tigers backfield headed to a

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Julian Major, wide receiver for Penn Hills Indians, is committed to Michigan State.
Penn Hills WR Julian Major signs on with Michigan State
December 22, 2017
Julian Major has known for months where he wanted to play football in college. So, he didn't want to waste any time making his decision

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Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL football recruits who signed early
December 20, 2017
The WPIAL's top football recruits took advantage of the new early-signing period Wednesday and inked their National Letters of Intent, including Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec

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Early-signing period offers unique opportunity for recruits
As a high school senior, Bill Cherpak took a Christmas ski vacation to Colorado while deciding where he'd play college football. There in the snow-capped

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Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers
Steel Valley’s Strothers commits to Delaware
December 19, 2017
Steel Valley cornerback Amonte Strothers, who didn't take up football until his junior season, announced Tuesday his commitment to Delaware. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior listed

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Quaker Valley's Kenzie MacDonald plans to play college hockey at Amherst.
Quaker Valley’s MacDonald selects Amherst for hockey
December 18, 2017
Quaker Valley senior Kenzie MacDonald plans to play hockey in college but blocked that out when deciding where to continue her career. MacDonald recently committed

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Penn Hills triple-jumper Jaden Rouse picks Bucknell
December 16, 2017
After finishing sixth in the triple jump at the WPIAL championships last year, Penn Hills senior Jaden Rouse decided to get his college decision out

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Franklin Regional's Isabel Palamone battles Mars' Tai Johnson for a loose ball during their game Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Murrysville.
Mars’ Johnson commits to Bucknell
December 13, 2017
The highly ranked Mars girls basketball team has a second Division I commit. Mars junior Tai Johnson, a 5-foot-7 guard, announced her commitment Wednesday to

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Central Catholic’s Trautman commits to Dayton
Central Catholic lineman Josh Trautman announced his commitment Wednesday to Dayton, an FCS program that already has seven former WPIAL players on its roster. The

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Gateway's Derrick Davis catches a pass during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Archbishop Wood Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn State offers scholarship to Gateway freshman Derrick Davis
December 12, 2017
Fresh off his appearance in the state football finals, Gateway freshman Derrick Davis added a scholarship offer Tuesday from Penn State. Davis received his offer

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Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
Aliquippa Raines plans to sign early with West Virginia
December 11, 2017
Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines, one of the WPIAL's top football recruits, announced Monday that he will take advantage of the new early signing period that starts

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) rushes the ball downfield during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Central Catholic’s Weathers commits to Penn
Central Catholic senior Khalil Weathers, who drew more than two dozen college football offers, announced his commitment Sunday to Penn. The 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback had

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Gateway seniors Abby Herman and John Paul Kromka are all smiles after finalizing their college decisions during the NCAA National Letter of Intent early signing period from Nov. 8 to 15, 2017. Herman will play tennis at Seton Hill University, while Kromka will join the men's basketball team at Pitt-Johnstown.
Gateway’s Herman, Kromka make college choices official
November 26, 2017
November's NCAA national letter of intent early signing period has been fruitful for Gateway seniors the past couple of years. Jordan Edwards (Niagara, basketball) and

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Penn Hills senior Stephanie Sipple signed a national letter of intent to swim at Cleveland State on Nov. 14, 2017, at Penn Hills. She was joined by her parents, Amy and Steve Sipple.
Penn Hills swimmer Sipple signs with Cleveland State
November 25, 2017
After finishing 15th in the 100-yard butterfly at the PIAA championships last season, senior Stephanie Sipple wanted to have a clear head when navigating her

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Franklin Regional junior Angalee Beall signed a national letter of intent Nov. 8, 2017, to play softball at Point Park. She was joined by, in front, from left, her parents Jodi and Ron and Point Park coach Michelle Coultas, and in back, from left, Franklin Regional coach Jim Armstrong and athletic director Zach Kessler.
Franklin Regional’s Beall, Busche make college decisions final
November 18, 2017
The early-signing period for high school athletes was held earlier this month, and a couple of Franklin Regional players took full advantage. Junior Angalee Beall

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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace shoots a three pointer as Chartiers-Houston's Keaira Walker defends during their WPIAL Class 2-A Girl Basketball quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Northgate High School. Chartiers-Houston defeated Leechburg 60-44.
Leechburg’s Lovelace commits to IUP
November 15, 2017
IUP's women's basketball coaches saw Mikayla Lovelace play in person when scouting Vincentian's Lexie Griggs two seasons ago. andquot;I guess I should thank her for

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Plum baseball players make college decisions final
November 13, 2017
Each year, the Plum High School baseball program has a knack for celebrating a number of seniors who will take their talents to the next

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Kiski Area's Isaac Reid reacts after beating Montour's Roman Macek in the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Kiski Area senior Reid looks forward to career at Lock Haven
The letters from Lock Haven came frequently early in Isaac Reid's wrestling recruitment, before he could officially talk to schools. And once that quiet period

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Baldwin softball players Taylor Dadig (left) and Carly Santillo (right) pose with coach/athletic director Vince Sortino during their letter of intent signing Nov. 8, 2018, at Baldwin.
Baldwin softball players sign with colleges
They have been playing softball on the same team since they were 5 years old. Taylor Dadig is a senior shortstop and Carly Santillo is

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Gateway seniors Olivia Miller (Pitt, gymnastics) and Jordan Edwards (Niagara, basketball) made their college decisions final during the recent NCAA National Letter of Intent signing period.
Gateway’s Jordan Edwards, Olivia Miller finalize college decisions
November 12, 2017
Jordan Edwards saw Gateway athletes celebrate their college choices on signing day year after year, and she knew some day, her time would come. That

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Kiski Area's Noah Levett wrestles Cathedral Prep's Tyler McKinney during the third place match of PIAA Team Wrestling at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday Feb. 11, 2017. Kiski beat Cathedral Prep 41-21 to win third place.
Kiski Area’s Levett signs to wrestle with Bucknell
November 8, 2017
Noah Levett didn't feel much different Wednesday after making his college decision official. He still has his eyes on one major goal for high school.

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Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers
Harlan on recruiting: Steel Valley’s Strothers balancing playoffs, visits
Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers is balancing two missions: recruiting and repeating. The senior recently visited Purdue's campus, but now he wants to see Robert Morris'

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Mars’ Robby Carmody (24) shoots against Neumann-Goretti’s Rasheed Browne during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Western Pennsylvania athletes sign national letters of intent during early-signing period
Wednesday was the start of the week-long early-signing period for high school athletes competing in all sports except football, soccer and boys water polo. Here's

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Kiski Area’s Ross Greece (2) is tackled by Penn-Trafford's Dimitri George (8) during their game in Harrison City on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.
Kiski Area’s Greece commits to Robert Morris
November 2, 2017
Ross Greece hoped to play running back at the next level. He'll get his chance. The Kiski Area senior verbally committed Thursday to Robert Morris,

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) rushes the ball downfield during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Weathers collects college offers
November 1, 2017
College offer No. 26 arrived earlier this week for Khalil Weathers, a Central Catholic senior with plenty of options. This time it was Brown, his

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Fox Chapel's Jesse Cohen
Fox Chapel lineman Cohen commits to Bryant
October 31, 2017
Jesse Cohen didn't recognize Bryant's scholarship offer when it originally came in the summer. But when the school's coaches reaffirmed it last week, he readily

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Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
Aliquippa’s Raines commits to West Virginia
October 30, 2017
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi lost his most recent recruiting battle when Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines, a four-star safety, announced Monday night he will enroll at West

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington pulls up for a jump shot against Harbor Creek in a PIAA first-round game March 11, 2017, at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.
Quaker Valley basketball player Washington commits to Drexel
Already regarded as one of the top senior basketball players around Pittsburgh, the next move for Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington is to make it on

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Harlan on recruiting: Joey Porter Jr. making a name for himself at NA
October 25, 2017
Joey Porter Jr. was born with one of the most recognizable names in the WPIAL, but the North Allegheny junior quickly is making a name

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens celebrates after setting a state record and winning the gold medal in the Boy's Class AAA 110 hurdles at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
North Allegheny’s Owens commits to USC
Seeing the Southern California track team at work left North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens feeling excited. In high school, Owens often feels like Superman. Fitting

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
East Allegheny’s Banks commits to West Virginia
October 18, 2017
T.J. Banks celebrated his birthday with a football scholarship. The East Allegheny star committed to West Virginia after Wednesday's practice, ending a months-long recruiting effort

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Aliquippa's MJ Devonshire Jr. (8) rushes downfield during their game against Quaker Valley in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Devonshire another Aliquippa DB drawing offers
Who's the best defensive back in Aliquippa history That's not an easy question, but there are plenty of good answers. Quips junior Marlin andquot;MJandquot; Devonshire

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Norwin's Zach Tusay (14) battles Penn-Trafford's Austin Kreutzberger for ball during their game Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford’s Kreutzberger commits to Radford
October 16, 2017
Penn-Trafford senior Austin Kreutzberger heard through casual talk in cup soccer circles that Radford University had a strong men's program. But it wasn't until he

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny’s Banks nearing decision on college
October 11, 2017
East Allegheny's T.J. Banks isn't wearing around a Mountaineers hat, Owls shirt or Illini shorts, no outward hints about his future school. But it's likely

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Hempfield sophomore Wiederstein commits to Michigan baseball
October 9, 2017
Tyler Wiederstein went to a college football game over the weekend. Two days later, he took the first step to becoming a college baseball player.

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Penn Hills' Hollis Mathis looks to pass during the Indians' game against Plum on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Newman Stadium in McCandless. Penn Hills won 26-0.
Harlan on recruiting: Penn Hills’ Mathis building a resume
October 4, 2017
Penn Hills quarterback Hollis Mathis might have the arm strength, the height and the athleticism to someday play college football, just not the physical bulk.

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Penn State Head Coach James Franklin against Pitt in the second quarter on Saturday Sept. 09, 2017 at Beaver Stadium.
Harlan on recruiting: Penn State recruiting class among nation’s best
September 27, 2017
Penn State has climbed to fourth in both major polls, and the team ranks even higher when it comes to recruiting. As one number rises,

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Andrew Kristofic, Pine-Richland OL
Harlan on recruiting: Washington’s Walker set for debut
September 20, 2017
Washington junior Daniel Walker is a major-college football recruit nobody in the WPIAL has seen play yet. That will change Friday. The standout safety and

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Hempfield’s Luke Kemerer (right) wrestles Kiski Area’s Cam Connor during the finals at the WCCA tournament Saturday Jan. 7, 2017, at Franklin Regional.
Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer: ‘I always felt comfortable at Pitt’
September 19, 2017
Hempfield senior Luke Kemerer knew where he wanted to wrestle in college for a while: Pitt. Kemerer, along with Seneca Valley senior Louis Newell and

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Hempfield's Luke Kemerer wrestles Garden Spot's Gary Clark in the 138-lb bout during the consolations of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Friday March 10, 2017.
Hempfield wrestler Kemerer commits to Pitt
September 18, 2017
Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer, a 2017 WPIAL champion, made a verbal commitment to attend Pitt on Sunday. Kemerer has a 107-20 career record. He

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Shaler pitcher Gumto commits to Cal (Pa.); Titans hall of fame class announced
September 17, 2017
Shaler senior Patrick Gumto will be part of a motivated Titans pitching staff this spring. By committing to Division II Cal (Pa.) to play baseball,

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North Hills Melvin Blanks, who will play running back and defensive back, practices Aug. 15, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Dallas, North Hills’ Blanks put their skills on tape
September 13, 2017
If college recruiters were waiting for more game film, Central Catholic's Brian Dallas and North Hills' Melvin Blanks will have scholarship offers soon. Now three

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a second- quarter touchdown against Wayne on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Early signing period intrigues ’18 recruits
September 6, 2017
Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec made his biggest decision more than a year ago when he chose Notre Dame, but his senior class has another choice

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny TE Banks sets commitment date
August 30, 2017
East Allegheny senior TJ Banks decided this week to pick a Wednesday in mid-October as his commitment date, the day he'll announce which Division I

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Norwin midfielder Anthony Harding (11) and Penn-Trafford midfielder Austin Mossellem battle for control of the ball on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.
Norwin’s Harding commits to Penn State for soccer
August 25, 2017
Norwin senior Anthony Harding hinted after Wednesday's soccer practice that a scholarship offer could be coming soon from Penn State. Two days later, he had

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Friendship serves Hampton girls basketball pair as college looms
August 6, 2017
Rising seniors Laryn Edwards and Ali Collins could walk away today and leave a lasting mark on the Hampton basketball program. The past two years,

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Central Catholic’s Peilert chooses Boston University
May 15, 2017
Sewickley's John Peilert expects a smooth transition to the Boston University men's rowing team. Peilert, a Central Catholic senior, recently committed to the Terriers for

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