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January 1, 2014
by Bill Hartlep


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New wrestling rankings

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Here are the latest Trib Total Media wrestling team and individual rankings:
Class AAA
Top 10 Team
1. Franklin Regional (5-1)
2. Latrobe (4-0)
3. North Allegheny (3-0)
4. Canon-McMillan (7-0)
5. Kiski Area (10-0)
6. Connellsville (3-1)
7. Belle Vernon (6-2)
8. Peters Township (4-0)
9. Hempfield (2-0)
10. Greensburg Salem (2-1)
Individuals
106: 1. Devin Brown, Franklin Regional (5-0); 2. Alex Lynch, Seneca Valley (7-1); 3. Matt Siszka, Kiski Area (14-3).
113: 1. Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional (12-0); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (14-0); 3. Brendan Price, Canon-McMillan (17-3).
120: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (15-0); 2. Kevin Miller, Norwin (3-1); 3. Brenan Hasson, Belle Vernon (13-4).
126: 1. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (19-1); 2. A. C. Headlee, Waynesburg (17-3); 3. Dom Forys, North Allegheny (16-2).
132. 1. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (9-0); 2. Sam Krivus, Hempfield Area (11-1); 3. Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford (16-2).
138: 1. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional (13-1); 2. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic (12-3); 3. Joey Alessandro, Hempfield (11-3).
145: 1. Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan (10-3); 2. Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional (10-4); 3. Zach Mattucci, Greensburg Salem (11-0).
152: 1. Josh Shields, Franklin Regional (12-3); 2. Jake Shaffer, Latrobe (12-4); 3. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (13-2).
160: 1. Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland (9-0); 2. Dom Scalise, Latrobe (13-1); 3. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford (13-5).
170: 1. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley (10-1); 2. Devin Fallenstein, Ringgold (9-0); 3. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (11-3).
182: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (13-0); 2. Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon (11-2); 3. Elliot King, North Hills, (13-1).
195: 1. Drew Phipps, Norwin (2-0); 3. Ty Worthing, Kiski Area (18-1); 3. Zach Smith, North Allegheny (14-5).
220: 1. Cole Macek, Montour (6-0); 2. Chad Kuhn, Kiski Area (18-2); 3. Fred Mantsch, Hempfield (10-2).
285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (16-1); 2. Zach Deluca, Central Catholic (0-0); 3. Zaynel Zaynullayev, Mt. Lebanon (11-3).
CLASS AA
Top 5 Team
1. South Fayette (0-0)
2. Burrell (2-1)
3. Jefferson-Morgan (6-3)
4. Bentworth (2-0)
5. Burgettstown (3-0)
Individual
106: 1. Dallas Bulsak, South Park (9-2); 2. Hunter Neely, Bentworth (9-2); 3. Cole Lambie, Southmoreland (8-4).
113: 1. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (13-1); 2.  Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (10-1); 3. Zach Charles, Yough (7-2).
120: 1. George Phillippi, Derry Area (10-2); 2. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (8-1); 3. Josh Kuslock, Chartiers-Houston (7-0).
126: 1. Mike Novak, Mt. Pleasant (9-3); 2. Patrick DeWitt, Valley (6-0); 3. Stone Kepple, Derry Area (5-0).
132: 1. John Demaske. Jefferson-Morgan (14-1); 2. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver (9-1); 3. J.R. Andrejcik, Burrell (6-3).
138: 1. Jake Wentzel, South Park (10-0); 2. Jason Miller, Jefferson-Morgan (14-1); 3. Shane Ging, South Fayette (3-2).
145: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning (17-0); 2. Austin Mears, Mt. Pleasant (14-1); 3. Anthony Welsh, Beth-Center (6-1).
152: 1. Steven Edwards, Burrell (6-3); 2. Greg Bulsak, South Park (10-0); 3. Ethan Charlesworth, Mt. Pleasant (8-4).
160: 1. Ryan Zalar, Jefferson-Morgan (14-1); 2. Pete Provenzano, Chartiers-Houston (7-2); 3. Jarrett Dorazio, Derry Area (7-0).
170: 1. Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan (15-2); 2. Nico Brown, Beth-Center (8-3);3. Derek Hull, Chartiers-Houston (7-1).
182: 1. Fred McKissick, Carlynton (5-0); 2. Terrell Fields, Valley (6-1); 3. Dalton Wildman, West Greene (4-1).
195: 1. Brad Grinnen, Ellwood City (7-1); 2. Jacob Robb, Kittanning (16-5); 3. Dale Rybacki, Carlynton (7-1).
220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (8-0); 2. Tom Sever, Yough (7-2); 3. Seth Hutchins, South Allegheny (8-0).
285: 1. Allan Beattie, (11-3); 2. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (12-1); 3. Mason Shumaker, Bentworth (9-3).

Pin leaders
Ryan Hardaway, Kiski Area       12
Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area  12
Jake Ardellitz, Kiski Area      11
Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional 8
Chad Kuhn, Kiski Area   8
Jason Nolf, Kittanning  8
Jake Beistel, Southmoreland     8

–Paul Schofield

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December 30, 2013
by Bill Hartlep


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New weekly basketball rankings

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Here’s a look at the Tribune-Review’s latest WPIAL boys and girls basketball rankings with records through Friday’s games.

Boys

Class AAAA

No. Team Rec. Pvs.

1. Hampton   9-0 1

2. New Castle    7-0 2

3. North Allegheny   8-0 –

4. Fox Chapel 7-1 4

5. Hempfield 6-1 5

Out: Gateway 7-2 3

 

Class AAA

1. Elizabeth Forward  8-0 1

2. Chartiers Valley   7-0 2

3. Uniontown 9-0 4

4. Central Valley 7-1 3

5. Montour   5-1 5

Out: none

Class AA

1. Seton-La Salle 7-0 3

2. Beaver Falls  7-1 1

3. Greensburg C.C.    6-1 2

4. Quaker Valley 8-0 4

5. Washington    7-1 5

Out: none

Class A

1. Lincoln Park  6-0 1

2. Vincentian    8-0 2

3. Carmichaels   7-0 4

4. OLSH  5-3 –

5. North Catholic 3-3 3

Out: Monessen (2-3, 5)

 

Girls

Class AAAA

1. Mt. Lebanon   5-0 1

2. North Allegheny    7-1 2

3. Fox Chapel    6-1 3

4. Shaler    7-0 4

5. Bethel Park   7-0 5

Out: none

 

Class AAA

1. Blackhawk 8-0 1

2. Elizabeth Forward  8-0 2

3. South Park    6-2 3

4. West Mifflin  5-2 4

5. Trinity   8-0 –

Out: Hopewell    6-2 5

Class AA

1. Seton-La Salle 6-3 1

2. Burrell   7-0 2

3. McGuffey  5-2 4

4. Carlynton 7-1 3

5. Neshannock    9-0 –

Out: Greensburg C.C.  4-3 5

 

Class A

1. Vincentian    7-0 1

2. Serra Catholic 6-1 2

3. St. Joseph    6-1 3

4. North Catholic 6-2 4

5. Avella    5-0 5

Out: none

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December 19, 2013
by Bill Hartlep


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Pedal to the post for South Park’s Samantha Miller

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You can read all about the South Park girls basketball team in today’s Trib and how the Eagles plan on replacing last year’s leading scorer, Shelby Lindsay (http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/basketball/5273345-74/mcgrath-south-park#axzz2ngM71VOs).

One part of that equation will be junior center Samantha Miller.

Miller, though, isn’t just a basketball player; she’s a competitive BMX rider and this past summer won the Stars ‘N Stripes Nationals in South Park. Miller finished first in the 15-16 girls race (http://www.usabmx.com/site/postings/1029).

I asked Eagles coach Reggie Wells whether he ever thought of limiting Miller’s riding during the season, and his answer was a gem.

“No way,” Wells said. “She’s twice as good when she comes back. If she’s not afraid to fall on that bike, she’s sure not afraid of anything out there on the court.

“I’m honored that she comes back to play basketball because she puts everything into it — just like she does with her BMX stuff.”

Miller averaged 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in a reserve role last season, but look for those numbers to increase after the graduation of center Breanna Raymond.

— Jason Mackey

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December 18, 2013
by Bill Hartlep


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In Quad-A, it’s points, points, points

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WPIAL Class AAAA boys basketball has turned in the wild, wild west — shootouts everywhere.

Seven teams are averaging 70 or more points per game, five of them coming from Section 3-AAAA alone:

Check it out:

Hampton 81.8

Gateway 81.2

North Allegheny 81.0

New Castle 80.6

Seneca Valley 74.5

Fox Chapel 73.4

North Hills 70.0

“That’s what the game’s evolving to,” Seneca Valley coach Victor Giannotta told me Monday. “It’s what you have to do. Just keep up with the Joneses, so to speak.”

There are a few Joneses in Class AAA, AA and A, too.

Class AAA: Uniontown 76.5, Thomas Jefferson 72.8, Chartiers Valley 71.6, Steel Valley 70.2.

Class AA: Neshannock 78.6, Quaker Valley 75.4, Beaver Falls 74.8, GCC 73.0; Avonworth 71.2.

Class A: Vincentian 91.5, Lincoln Park 84.5, Western Beaver 78.8.

Giannotta makes a good point. Playing fast is obviously a way to compensate for a lack of size and can often serve as a neutralizer.

It’s also fun to watch as a fan … though terrible for a reporter on deadline.

I know this: I’m bringing two pens when I go to cover any of these teams.

— Jason Mackey

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December 18, 2013
by Bill Hartlep


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Carmichaels’ Lawless has banner night

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Carmichaels senior Brandon Lawless never enjoyed a night like this.

So far this basketball season, nobody else in the WPIAL has either.

Lawless scored 48 points during an 80-43 win over Bentworth in a nonsection game Monday night, raising his average past the 30 mark for the season.

“Everything I shot went in,” Lawless said.

When did he sense something special might be going on?

“In pregame I was hitting a lot,” added Lawless, who scored 17 points in the second quarter alone. “At first it was slow, then I got a feel for it after the first couple shots. It just went from there.”

Lawless, who averaged 21 points per game last season, knocked down eight 3-pointers — meaning half of his points came from long range.

Class A No. 5 Carmichaels (4-0) will likely battle Monessen for the Section 3-A crown. Both finished 7-3 in league play last season behind Clairton (10-0), which was hit hard by graduation. Lawless is part of a seven-member senior class.

“Me and my teammates have been playing together since seventh grade,” Lawless said. “We’ve always played basketball growing up. We’re all seniors this year, so we have a great chemistry.”

Vincentian’s Ryan Wolf scored 46 points during a 92-66 win over Northgate on Dec. 10. If we’re missing someone — likely because it wasn’t reported to us — shoot me an e-mail at jmackey@tribweb.com.

—Jason Mackey

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December 17, 2013
by Bill Hartlep


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PIAA announces new enrollment figures

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Here are the official PIAA enrollment figures that were released Monday for each school in the WPIAL. The enrollment totals include students in grades nine, 10 and 11. The list is structured based on girls enrollments, highest to lowest. Boys enrollments are in parentheses.

WPIAL

Seneca Valley 1041 (1088)

North Allegheny 1034 (1076)

Butler 847 (926)

Hempfield 698 (695)

Norwin 657 (690)

Canon-McMillan 631 (622)

Mt. Lebanon 599 (626)

Shaler 592 (607)

Pine-Richland 587 (589)

Connellsville 575 (638)

Peters Township 564 (561)

Bethel Park 559 (605)

Latrobe 559 (539)

Baldwin 556 (550)

Fox Chapel 552 (556)

Woodland Hills 549 (573)

Penn Hills 538 (654)

North Hills 535 (566)

Moon 512 (486)

Plum 512 (537)

Penn-Trafford 510 (552)

Gateway 505 (470)

Kiski Area 466 (538)

Upper St. Clair 465 (561)

Franlin Regional 459 (468)

Albert Gallatin 446 (470)

McKeesport 432 (526)

West Allegheny 405 (391)

Hampton 403 (409)

Laurel Highlands 401 (388)

Trinity 398 (394)

Chartiers Valley 396 (439)

Ringgold 392 (373)

Mars  386 (394)

Uniontown 376 (349)

West Mifflin 376 (352)

Montour 370 (384)

Knoch 358 (399)

Thomas Jefferson 347 (357)

Greensburg Salem 343 (345)

Indiana 331 (330)

Blackhawk 321 (304)

New Castle 318 (377)

Central Valley 311 (309)

Belle Veronn 303 (370)

Ambridge 302 (347)

Derry 296 (282)

Elizabeth Forward 296 (309)

South Fayette 288 (293)

Hopewell 278 (320)

Mt. Pleasant 270 (282)

Highlands 260 (284)

Yough 257 (301)

Quaker Valley 255 (218)

Keystone Oaks 254 (255)

Beaver 253 (258)

Southmoreland 248 (258)

Kittanning 246 (269)

Valley 243 (269)

Deer Lakes 241 (294)
Ford City 238 (219)
Ellwood City 235 (272)
McGuffey 235 (275)
Brownsville 232 (231)
South Park 230 (263)
Burrell 228 (239)
Freeport 222 (275)
East Allegheny 221 (216)
Waynesburg 218 (228)
Steel Valley 210 (238)
West Shamokin 196 (240)
South Allegheny 195 (198)
Charleroi 194 (202)
Seton-La Salle 193 (183)
Beaver Falls 188 (193)
Riverside 187 (173)
Freedom 185 (184)
Sto-Rox 182 (185)
Mohawk 177 (221)
Laurel 174 (188)
Apollo-Ridge 170 (194)
Carlynton 168 (177)
New Brighton 168 (194)
Washington 168 (195)
Beth-Center 165 (166)
Neshannock 164 (161)
Shady Side Academy 163 (203)
Avonworth 160 (174)
Burgettstown 158 (185)
South Side Beaver 156 (165)
Bentworth 155 (144)
Brentwood 151 (136)
Wilkinsburg 149 (151)
OLSH 147 (140)
Greensburg CC 141 (114)
Frazier 137 (149)
Chartiers-Houston 129 (147)
Shenango 129 (148)
Bishop Canevin 115 (135)

Riverview 125 (125)
Aliquippa 124 (138)
California 120 (123)
Springdale 120 (120)
Fort Cherry 112 (157)
Jeannette 112 (125)
Rochester 108 (108)
Union 104 (82)
Serra Catholic 101 (109)
Vincentian Academy 98 (97)
Monessen 93 (94)
Leechburg 89 (123)
Winchester Thurston 89 (90)
St. Joseph 87 (77)
Western Beaver 83 (98)
West Greene 72 (116)
Eden Christian 70 (56)
Quigley Catholic 70 (44)
Mapletown 68 (77)
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 67 (78)
Cornell 67 (80)
Clairton 65 (101)
Avella 57 (66)
Geibel 57 (46)
Trinity Christian 54 (36)
Beaver County Christian 24 (29)
Imani Christian 17 (18)

Girls only

Oakland Catholic 418

Boys only

Central Catholic (686)

MORE TO COME…

 

Enrollment cutoffs for each sport

Boys sports

Baseball: Class A (1-146), AA (147-257), AAA (258-450), AAAA (451 and above).

Boys basketball: Class A (1-125), AA (126-234), AAA (235-411), AAAA (412 and above).

Boys cross country: Class A (1-207), AA (208-399), AAA (400 and above).

Football: Class A (1-174), AA (175-299), AAA (300-492), AAAA (493 and above).

Boys golf: Class AA (1-297), AAA (298 and above).

Boys soccer: Class A (1-213), AA (214-401), AAA (402 and above)

Boys swimming: Class AA (1-409), AAA (410 and above).

Boys tennis: Class AA (1-377), AAA (378 and above).

Boys track and field: Class AA (1-277), AAA (278 and above).

Boys volleyball: Class AA (1-467), AAA (468 and above).

Wrestling: Class AA (1-336), AAA (337 and above).

Girls sports

Girls basketball: Class A (1-125), AA (126-229), AAA (230-403), AAAA (404 and above).

Girls cross country: Class A (1-195), AA (196-384), AAA (385 and above).

Field hockey: Class AA (1-393), AAA (394 and above).

Girls golf: Class AA (1-302), AAA (303 and above).

Girls soccer: Class A (1-213), AA (214-393) and AAA (394 and above).

Softball: Class A (1-146), AA (147-246), AAA (247-444), AAAA (445 and above).

Girls swimming: Class AA (1-392), AAA (393 and above).

Girls tennis: Class AA (1-356), AAA (357 and above).

Girls track and field: Class AA (1-265), AAA (266 and above).

Girls volleyball: Class A (1-173), AA (174-376), AAA (377 and above).

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December 17, 2013
by Bill Hartlep


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Seneca Valley’s Assembly Game worth price of admission and more

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I drove up to Seneca Valley Monday afternoon knowing nothing about the annual Assembly Game against Perry.

What a great experience. From 1-2:30 p.m., there’s an assembly in the gym, and it’s a nonsection basketball game between the two teams.

Seneca Valley’s T.J. Holl wanted to give the home fans a show, and he did exactly that by knocking down a 3-pointer from the right wing with 3 seconds left in overtime to produce a 78-75 win for the Raiders.

“When you have all of the kids from your school watching, you want to impress them,” Holl said. “It’s your school. It’s your friends. A lot of them stayed until the end, so I hope we impressed them and they come out to more games.”

Holl wasn’t kidding. The place was packed.

So crowded and noisy that Perry coach Marco Corona turned around and asked one student what time the final bell rings — so he could figure out when the place might clear out a bit.

They dismissed students during a timeout at 2:26 p.m.; only a fraction left.

Zach Snyder finished with a game-high 26 points for Seneca Valley (4-1). Holl added 18 and eight rebounds, while Matt Darby and Dakota Topf scored 14 points apiece.

Five players reached double figures for Perry (1-3), led by Devin Lyles’ 19 points. Jaewon Mitchell finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Juwan Byrd had 13, Marcus Dean 12 and Norman Taylor 11.

Perry led, 73-69, lead midway through the extra session after a layup from Mitchell and a baseline jumper from Dean. But Seneca Valley tied it on a floater from Darby and a layup from Topf.

Topf converted a pair of free throws with 26.5 seconds left. Lyles answered with two of his own at 13.9. Then Holl won it — his first-ever game-winning shot.

“They have some good, athletic shooters,” Corona said. “We were prepared for anything, but they made one more play than we did. That’s sometimes how they work out.”

The Commodores led for the entire fourth quarter, though the game was tied on three occasions. One came following Darby’s foul-line jumper with 6 seconds to go.

A short while later, Holl scored to win.

“Thank God,” Snyder said of his reaction to Holl’s shot going down. “You don’t want to lose an Assembly Game.”

The Perry angle

Keep an eye on Perry in the City League. The Commodores are 1-3 right now, but two of those losses have been to Seneca Valley (obviously) and New Castle; they could do worse.

Lyles, Dean and Byrd are returning starters. Mitchell, if he develops even a little bit, could be downright scary for opposing teams.

“He’s real raw,” Corona said of Mitchell. “But he knows his role; he does it well. He’s around the basket, gets the putbacks, blocks shots, gets rebounds, plays defense. That’s all we need him to do right now, and he’s doing OK.”

—Jason Mackey

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December 14, 2013
by Bill Hartlep


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Overtime win sparks memories for North Catholic assistant coach

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Count Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic assistant Jim Fawcett among those most thrilled that the Trojans went for two in overtime.
The two-point conversion worked and North Catholic won 15-14 over Old Forge in the PIAA Class A championship Friday.
“I got chills,” Fawcett said.
Exactly 10 years ago, he was a senior on Pine-Richland’s team that lost the state championship to Manheim Central, 39-38, when a game-tying extra point was blocked in overtime. That moment, which left him lying face down in the snow at Hersheypark Stadium, was one he hasn’t forgotten.
“I was saying all game, if we go to overtime, we do not lose on an extra point,” Fawcett said. ”I learned my lesson. You do not lose championships kicking extra points.”
Fawcett, a center and defensive end for Pine-Richland, is a first-year assistant line coach at North Catholic.
– Chris Harlan
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December 14, 2013
by Bill Hartlep


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Steel Valley boys impressive in loss to No. 1 EF

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The Steel Valley boys basketball team was not in our preseason rankings for Class AAA.
Whoops.
Hey, with so many teams, you can’t possibly see everyone, and preseason rankings are always a bit of a crapshoot: who’s coming back, who’s healthy, who’s grown, etc.
But after watching Steel Valley take top-ranked Elizabeth Forward to the wire, they are absolutely a team to keep an eye on in Class AAA.
One that should be ranked, too.
Warriors coach Gerald “Puddin” Grayson agreed.
“They are a tremendous team,” Grayson said after exhaling a few times following his team’s 69-64 overtime win. “I don’t know why they’re not ranked somewhere. Honest.
“A lot of people have missed the boat on them, and I knew that.”
My game story (http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/basketball/5239503-74/davidson-points-quarter#axzz2nNPQn4oy) focuses on JaQuan Davidson gutting out a wrist injury early to score a game-high 22 points.
It just as easily could have talked about Brandon Donovan’s 3-point shooting (five of ‘em, all in the first half) for Steel Valley.
Or Ajan Smith’s inside touch and tenacity underneath; he had 11 rebounds, part of a 35-27 overall edge for the Ironmen.
Smith is a 6-foot-4 guard, and he’s joined in the backcourt by 6-1 senior Dorian Broadwater, 6-1 junior Donovan and 5-10 senior Derek
Taylor.
Smith and Broadwater are returning starters, Smith scoring 18.1 points per game last season.
The four-guard lineup can be deceiving, though, because Smith can play underneath, and 6-6 junior center Dominique Keyes (14 points, 11 rebounds) was a monster down low while defending Elizabeth Forward’s 6-10 center George Prota.
This loss, as Steel Valley coach Shawn McCallister said, was not one to get all that upset over.
Proved a lot of things for Steel Valley, all of them good.
“I told our kids that I don’t want their heads down,” McCallister said. “I want them to feel the loss. I want them to remember the loss. I want to move forward through the section and take it one game at a time. But the effort that they gave tonight they need to give throughout the year.”
— Jason Mackey

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December 13, 2013
by Bill Hartlep


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GCC football heading to Class A

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The Diocese of Greensburg announced Friday that the school will follow rival Jeannette and play Class A football for the next two seasons.

This move was decided on Monday prior to the PIAA deadline for petitioning to stay up in classification, which GCC has done the past four seasons. Basketball however will play up in Class AA.

Football coach and athletic director Dan Mahoney said the move had to be made because of the declining enrollment.

It’s unsure what conference the WPIAL will place the Centurions.

GCC reported an enrollment of 114 male students in grades 9-11 to the PIAA in October.  The PIAA set the enrollment for Class A football at 185 students and less in grades 9-11, and it set the Class AA enrollment at 186-298 male students in those grades.

At the school’s request, GCC had played up a classification in the 2012 and 2013 football seasons, competing in Class AA with a male enrollment that was 15 students shy of the PIAA cutoff between Class A and Class AA, Mahoney said.

He said football was the only GCC sport that competed above its classification level last year.

Mahoney, who has coached at GCC since 1992, said the school has played where its enrollment numbers and classification have dictated in the past with the exception of the two most recent football seasons.

GCC will re-evaluate its classification level again in two years when the PIAA requests new enrollment numbers.

– Paul Schofield

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