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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 the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, college and prep sports in an interactive, multimedia platform. His family roots to Pittsburgh run four generations deep, a story steeped in the city’s history. His ancestors worked in the steel mill and on the railroad, invented Austin’s household products and walked the beat as a city cop. A street in Oakland is named for his great-grandfather, who was a Pittsburgh Police captain. That street, as pictured, was the inspiration for the name of this blog. Gorman joined the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in August 1999, became a sports columnist in September 2009 and has won multiple Pennsylvania Newspaper Association awards for his sports columns. He has covered the Steelers in the Super Bowl and Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final, the Pirates in the Major League Baseball playoffs, as well as the MLB All-Star Game, the U.S. Open at Oakmont, the Rose, Capital One, Citrus and Sun bowls, the ACC, Big East and NCAA basketball tournaments and WPIAL and PIAA championship events. Gorman has been the beat writer for Pitt football and men’s and women’s basketball, and has covered high school sports and recruiting. He served as color analyst for FSN Pittsburgh/Root Sports for the WPIAL football and basketball championships and as guest analyst for the Trib Total Media High School Edition. A graduate of Baldwin High School and Penn State University, Gorman has worked at newspapers in Memphis, Phoenix, Dallas and Kansas City. He has a son, Kieran, and comes from a large Irish-Catholic family whose roots are in Oakland, 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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