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Seton-La Salle to honor Zach Sheridan


Seton-La Salle will honor the memory of former football standout Zach Sheridan, who was shot and killed following an altercation Saturday outside The Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland, by wearing stickers with his initials on their helmets this season.
Seton-La Salle coach Greg Perry said that one player, senior captain Tommy Rizza, plans to take it a step further.
“I wasn’t going to give anybody the No. 3 jersey this year,” Perry said, referring to the number Sheridan wore for the Rebels, “but (Rizza) came to me today and said, ‘I want to wear that jersey out of respect for him and try to duplicate what he did with it.’ I felt pretty good about that. It’s not something many kids take on.”
Rizza is a three-year starter at defensive back whose cousin, Matt Rodgers, was the quarterback on the same team as Sheridan, who played tight end and linebacker for the Rebels from 2004-06. Seton-La Salle had a candlelight vigil for Sheridan Thursday night at Merrick Field.
Here is a video tribute to Sheridan, courtesy of former Seton-La Salle player Michael DelSardo’s Diamond Digital Productions, who compiled Sheridan’s highlights at Seton-La Salle and Slippery Rock University.
— Kevin Gorman

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Author: Kevin Gorman

Kevin Gorman is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media who covers Western Pennsylvania prep sports in an interactive, multimedia platform. He hosts a show from 2-3 p.m. every Friday on TribLIVE Radio, does the Skylights Spotlight segment for WPXI-TV during football season and is a contributor to WPXI's The Final Word. Gorman joined the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in August 1999 and has been a sports columnist since September 2009. He won Pennsylvania Newspaper Association first-place awards for sports columns in 2011 and '12, and has covered the Super Bowl and Stanley Cup Final twice each, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Rose, Citrus and Sun bowls and the Big East and NCAA basketball tournaments. Gorman spent three years as the Pitt football beat writer, two as Pitt basketball beat writer and seven years covering high school sports and recruiting. He also has served as color analyst for FSN Pittsburgh/Root Sports on the WPIAL football and basketball championships and as guest analyst for its Trib Total Media High School Edition. Gorman has worked at newspapers in Memphis, Phoenix, Dallas and Kansas City, which makes him something of an expert on barbecue and sunscreen. A graduate of Baldwin High School and Penn State University, Gorman has a son, Kieran, and comes from a large Irish-Catholic family whose roots are in Greenfield and Mt. Washington. Don’t be surprised if you run into one of his cousins; considering there are more than 100, be surprised if you don’t. Email or follow on Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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