Football

Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner works out on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Ohio Twp.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 18, 2022
The storied history of WPIAL football often focuses on its legendary quarterbacks and, more recently, a string of standout defensive backs.

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Highlands’ Chandler Thimons throws during a preseason practice.
Highlands quarterback goes from freaked-out freshman to record-breaking senior
A career that literally began by accident will end up rewriting the record book at Highlands.

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Latrobe senior lineman Daniel Calabrese
Two-way lineman a blue ribbon prospect for Latrobe football team
He will show lionhead rabbits and work a bottle-rocket contest at the Westmoreland Fair later in the summer.

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South Allegheny’s Eric Wehrer works out on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Liberty.
New coach likes South Allegheny’s chances: ‘The talent level is outstanding’
He earned his chops in “The First State,” but Darwin Manges says he’s back where he belongs.

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Southmoreland’s Ty Keffer during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
New roles at Southmoreland but familiarity remains
Familiarity is a buzz word around Southmoreland camp.

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Mt. Pleasant quarterback Cole Chatfield looks for a receiver during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Mt. Pleasant aims to build on WPIAL playoff experience
Mt. Pleasant’s starting quarterback from 2021 won’t be lining up behind center this season.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht throws a pass during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem puts offense in hands of skilled standout Cody Rubrecht
What do you do with the best athlete on your football team?

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Belle Vernon’s Chase Ruokonen takes part in a workout Aug. 8, 2022, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon roars into Class 3A with Quinton Martin, strong supporting cast
Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert doesn’t make too much of his team’s drop to Class 3A, though it would be hard to blame him for being excited.

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Central Catholic’s Peter Gonzalez catches a pass before the Vikings game against North Allegheny on Sept. 24, 2021, in McCandless.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 17, 2022
How’s this for a good quarterback-receiver combination?

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Jeannette senior Mitchell Steele III
From soccer goalkeeper to 2-way football player, Jeannette senior does it all in the fall
Making up for lost time he can’t get back, Mitchell Steele III plans to give everything he has to his senior football season at Jeannette.

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East Allegheny head coach Dom Pecora talks with quarterback Mike Cahill during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in North Versailles.
East Allegheny hoping to deliver 7th straight playoff berth
Want a pizza? Dom can make it for you. How about a winning football team? Well, you’ve come to the right place. More times than not, East Allegheny has come away a winner since coach Dominic Pecora’s arrival in 2013.

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Deer Lakes offensive cordinator Seth Napierkowski shares a moment with quarterback Derek Burk during a recent practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes in position to return to playoffs
Deer Lakes came as close as a team can to making the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs last year.

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Valley junior quarterback Tristin Goodwin throws a pass during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Valley alum Dave Heavner wants to bring pride back to Vikings program
When Dave Heavner was a student-athlete at Valley High School, the “Back to the Future” movies were popular.

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Shady Side Academy quarterback Max Wickland throws a pass during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Fox Chapel.
With co-op in 2nd year, Shady Side Academy ready for bump up to Class 3A
After a one-year hiatus from postseason play, Shady Side Academy qualified for the WPIAL playoffs with the help of some reinforcements.

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Knoch’s Jake Murphy catches a pass thrown by Aiden Jones during a recent practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at Knoch High School.
Knoch prepares to tackle all-road schedule
At times, the term “road warriors” is overused in sports.

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Freeport’s Payton Westendorf hits the tackle wheel as coach John Gailot rolls it out during a recent practice Friday, Aug. 14, 2022, at Freeport High School.
Freeport could have plenty to celebrate in program’s 100th season
The Freeport football program celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2022, and this year’s coaches and players hope to make it one for the record books.

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Quarterback Ben DeMotte holds a football up to the camera at the Fox Chapel High School Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.
Ben DeMotte aims to join decorated group of Fox Chapel quarterbacks
August 16, 2022
Fox Chapel has a list of superb quarterbacks over the school’s six decades.

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Hempfield’s Gino Caesar carries the ball as Greensburg Salem’s Jayden Stevens (13) and Tyrone Williams (46) defend during a game on Friday, Aug. 27, at Hempfield.
Gino Caesar, fellow running backs ready to guide Hempfield to success
Gino Caesar still has the game ball from the night nobody could stop him.

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South Park’s Sean Saunders works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in South Park.
South Park looks to regain winning ways after tough season
South Park enters the new season in rebound mode.

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Seton LaSalle’s Ty Tamborino works out in the rain on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at Merrick Field.
After graduations, transfers, coaching change, Seton LaSalle moving in all new direction
Tim Storino appears to be in the right place at the right time.

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