Sports

Former Monessen girls basketball coach Major Corley was chosen for the class of 2020 of the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame.
Major Corley, championship coach of Monessen girls basketball team, dies of coronavirus
July 13, 2020
To many who didn’t know him, Major Corley was an imposing figure.

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Members of the Quaker Valley boys soccer team hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley gets a golden kick out of winning the Trib Cup 4A championship
Consistent success throughout the fall and winter sports season and a big season on the pitch by the boys soccer team has Quaker Valley getting their kicks this summer as the Quakers have earned the Class 4A Trib HSSN Sports Cup.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis is congratulated by Gateway fans after defeating McKeesport 14-7 in the WPIAL Class 5A football semifinal Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Pitt, Penn State make the cut as Gateway’s Derrick Davis narrows his college options
July 12, 2020
Pitt and Penn State both made the cut Sunday as Gateway football star Derrick Davis narrowed his college recruiting options.

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Avonworth’s Trevor Faulkner scores during the first quarter of the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Southern Columbia Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Avonworth tight end Trevor Faulkner commits to Air Force Academy
Avonworth rising senior Trevor Faulkner, who had more than a dozen Division I offers, committed Sunday to Air Force.

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Chris Chunko was hired as Yough’s football coach on Feb. 4, 2020.
New Yough football coach Chris Chunko tackling unorthodox offseason
July 11, 2020
Unorthodox and fluid, the first few months of Chris Chunko’s rookie year as a head football coach have been a slow but surprisingly steady process.

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West Mifflin’s Nahki Johnson
Pitt commit Nahki Johnson announces offer from national champion LSU
West Mifflin’s Nahki Johnson committed to Pitt last summer, but on Saturday night he announced an offer from the defending BCS national champion.

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Highlands Summer Rams suspend activities due to player testing positive for covid-19
The Highlands Summer Rams of the Western Pa. Summer Baseball League have suspended activities for two weeks after a player tested positive for covid-19.

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Gateways’ Derrick Davis stiff-arms Penn-Trafford’s Caleb Lisbon on the way to a first-quarter touchdown Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Gateway’s Derrick Davis ready to narrow college football offers to Top 7
The WPIAL’s top football recruit is getting closer to a decision.

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LaRoi Johnson added athletic director duties to his football coaching position.
A few more doors open for Black athletic directors as WPIAL tries to promote diversity
When Sto-Rox hired LaRoi Johnson as athletic director this summer, he used social media to thank those who had opened doors for him in his career.

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Another neighboring state decides to delay high school football season
Another of Pennsylvania’s neighbors is delaying the start of high school football season.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor scores past Bethel Park’s Juliana Carbone on Dec. 19, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor adds 1st Division I basketball offer
July 10, 2020
Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor, one of the WPIAL’s top rising juniors, announced her first Division I basketball offer Friday from Xavier.

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The North Catholic boys basketball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Lincoln Park in the WPIAL Class 3A final Feb. 27, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
                                The North Catholic boys basketball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Lincoln Park in the WPIAL Class 3A final Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Peterrsen Events Center.
2019-20 Trib Cup: Victory Bell rings loud as North Catholic runs away with title in Class 3A
North Catholic has a tradition that players ring the school’s Victory Bell when their teams win a district or state championship.

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Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon tries to gain yardage as Penn- Trafford defender Chase Burk grabs a tackle during WPIAL football on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.
Franklin Regional athletic director: Prepping for fall sports ‘an uphill battle’
A meeting is planned next week between regional and state high school sports officials and athletic directors “to discuss possible alternatives, like moving fall sports to the spring season and thinking outside the box in ways we haven’t before,” Franklin Regional Athletics Director Zach Kessler said.

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Latrobe rallies for ninth straight victory in Westmoreland County baseball summer league
July 9, 2020
Sometimes you win games. Sometimes you get a gift.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc flexes after defeating Braxton Fries-Appello of Easton in the 113-pound semifinal March 7, 2020 at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Hempfield state wrestling champ Ethan Berginc commits to Army
A PIAA wrestling championship scene-stealer has committed to an NCAA Division I program.

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Yale’s Zane Dudek (33) rushes against Harvard during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in New Haven, Conn.
Yale’s Zane Dudek, other WPIAL grads react to Ivy League canceling fall sports
Zane Dudek has spent the past several months preparing for his final football season at Yale, ready to challenge for a third Ivy League title alongside his teammates.

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Manager Jason Bush and the Latrobe Legion team take on Hempfield East on June 20, 2019, at Pitt-Greensburg.
So far, so good as Westmoreland County summer baseball league hits season’s midpoint
July 8, 2020
It’s the halfway mark for most teams in the Westmoreland County American Baseball League, and things are going as smooth as league director Jason Bush could expect.

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Carlynton athletic director Nate Milsom and Bill Cowher are all smiles as Cowher, a Carlynton grad and athletic standout at the school, is celebrated for his induction to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hall of Honor at a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 30, 2020, at Heinz Field. Milsom earned his own honors recently as he was named a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Carlynton’s Nathan Milsom honored by Athletic Administrator’s Association
Nathan Milsom loves to challenge himself.

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As new football coach Randy Walters looks on, Leechburg rising sophomore Braylan Lovelace works through a ladder drill during a Blue Devils practice on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
New Leechburg football coach Randy Walters hopes attention to detail sparks success
You can see the sparkle in his eye, the pep in his step and the excitement in his voice. New Leechburg football coach Randy Walters is happy to be back on a football field.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys 100 butterfly during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Belle Vernon state champ Ian Shahan to swim at Army
Wanting to be part of something bigger, Belle Vernon rising senior Ian Shahan committed to join the Army men’s swimming team for the 2021-22 season.

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