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October 25, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS football: Week 9 recap

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For the record, Thomas Jefferson star Austin Kemp a winner

The WPIAL football playoffs pairings meeting is Monday night. Here is a look at the WPIAL playoff clinchings.

PLAY OF THE NIGHT

TOP TWEET

#TribHS Week 9 football photo gallery.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

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PTR GOW

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Central Valley gains measure of revenge against No. 1 West Allegheny, by Chris Harlan.

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Greensburg Tribune-Review: Jeannette rolls past rival GCC, by Paul Schofield.

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Valley News Dispatch/Kittanning Leader Times: Kittanning routs Ford City in rivalry’s final game, by Matt Grubba.

LT GOW

Kittanning-Ford City notebook: Late TD holds special meaning, by George Guido.

DN GOW

McKeesport Daily News: Running back depth, defense carries Thomas Jefferson past West Mifflin, by Mark Kaboly.

DC GOW

Connellsville Daily Courier: Connellsville reaches playoffs despite blowout loss, by Jim Lane.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA

NA's Jeff Clemens

North Allegheny QB Jeff Clemens

North Allegheny’s defense shuts down North Hills, by Bill West.

Late touchdown lifts Penn Hills past Woodland Hills, by Ed Phillipps.

Penn-Trafford remains unbeaten, shuts out Norwin, by Nathan Smith.

After sluggish first half, McKeesport rolls past Kiski Area, by Dave Yohe.

Behind QB, Hempfield takes down Fox Chapel

Plum rolls past Latrobe, into playoffs, by Wes Crosby.

WPIAL CLASS AAA

Knoch's Cody Milsom

Knoch’s Cody Milsom

Knoch shuts down Yough, earns playoff berth, by Doug Gulasy.

Franklin Regional downs Gateway, wraps up second place in Greater Allegheny, by Michael Love.

Belle Vernon enters playoffs with three straight wins, by Jeremy Sellew.

Laurel Highlands clinches playoff berth with 49-21 victory over Albert Gallatin, by Dave Stofchek.

WPIAL CLASS AA

Highlands RB Elijah Jackson

Highlands RB Elijah Jackson

No. 4 Highlands wraps up perfect regular season, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Aliquippa blasts Beaver Falls to complete another perfect season, by Brian Duermeyer.

Mt. Pleasant eliminates Southmoreland, earns home playoff game, by Jason Black.

Freeport, Valley provide special moment for Clarke in regular-season finale, by Thomas Zuck.

Apollo-Ridge fine-tunes for playoffs with 64-20 victory over Burrell, by William Whalen.

West Shamokin dominates Deer Lakes, by R.A. Monti.

Murray carries Steel Valley into playoffs, by Dave Mackall.

East Allegheny caps season with a win over Carlynton

Charleroi can’t overcome 28-point deficit, by Jeff Oliver.

WPIAL CLASS A

Serra Catholic's Jake Alfer

Serra Catholic’s Jake Alfer

Serra Catholic snaps 28-game losing streak with 38-36 victory over Wilkinsburg, by Ray Judy.

Clairton runs past Leechburg for PIAA record, by Dave Whipkey.

Frazier wards off California, by Kyle Pillar.

CITY LEAGUE

ROUNDUPS

Homer-Center RB Matt McAdoo

Homer-Center RB Matt McAdoo

Homer-Center battles back from deficit to top Ligonier Valley, 19-14, by Les Harvath.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Mars upsets No. 4 Hampton in GAC

Valley Independent: Ringgold has a ‘Berry’ good night

Friday’s results
WPIAL
Class AAAA
Quad Central

Bethel Park 26, Baldwin 13
Penn Hills 22, Woodland Hills 15
Upper St. Clair 49, Mt. Lebanon 14
Quad East
Altoona 42, Connellsville 6
McKeesport 48, Kiski Area 7
Penn-Trafford 49, Norwin 0
Plum 42, Latrobe 7
Quad North
Central Catholic 55, Butler 14
North Allegheny 31, North Hills 7
Seneca Valley 41, Shaler 12
Nonconference
Hempfield 56, Fox Chapel 21
Pine-Richland 48, Peters Township 21
Class AAA
Big 9

Belle Vernon 35, Elizabeth Forward 11
Laurel Highlands 49, Albert Gallatin 21
Ringgold 49, Trinity 14
Thomas Jefferson 52, West Mifflin 20
Greater Allegheny
Franklin Regional 35, Gateway 10
Indiana 21, Hollidaysburg 7
Knoch 44, Yough 0
Mars 20, Hampton 14
Parkway
Ambridge 40, Chartiers Valley 35
Central Valley 28, West Allegheny 17
Montour 34, Moon Area 6
New Castle 49, Hopewell 0
Nonconference
Blackhawk 21, Canon-McMillan 13
Greensburg Salem 35, Uniontown 21
Class AA
Allegheny

Apollo-Ridge 64, Burrell 20
Freeport 39, Valley 30
Highlands 41, Shady Side Academy 36
Kittanning 43, Ford City 6
West Shamokin 34, Deer Lakes 20
Century
East Allegheny 18, Carlynton 0
Seton-La Salle 20, Keystone Oaks 7
South Fayette 40, Quaker Valley 21
South Park 48, Sto-Rox 8
Steel Valley 49, South Allegheny 7
Interstate
Burgettstown 28, Brownsville 7
Mt. Pleasant 45, Southmoreland 8
Washington 27, McGuffey 14
Waynesburg 28, Derry 19
Midwestern
Aliquippa 56, Beaver Falls 6
Beaver 49 at Ellwood City 12
Laurel 63, Summit Academy 20
New Brighton 42, Mohawk 27
Nonconference
Freedom 28, Charleroi 18
Class A
Big 7

Neshannock 48, Union 19
Riverside 52, Vincentian Academy 14
Eastern
Clairton 54, Leechburg 6
Jeannette 36, Greensburg Central Catholic 0
Serra Catholic 38, Wilkinsburg 36
Ohio Valley
Avonworth 24, Northgate 7
Brentwood 43, Bishop Canevin 19
Chartiers-Houston 31, Fort Cherry 28
Tri-County South
Avella 62, West Greene 15
Beth-Center 48, Bentworth 7
Frazier 34, California 12
Jefferson-Morgan 12, Carmichaels 0
Nonconference
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 49, Shenango 16
Mapletown 24, Monessen 6
Rochester 46, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 13
City League
Semifinals

Allderdice 40, Carrick 12
District 6
Heritage

Blairsville 49, United 13
Homer-Center 19, Ligonier Valley 14
Northern Cambria 24, Saltsburg 14
Penns Manor 28, Purchase Line 19
Nonconference
St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy 36, Marion Center 16

Saturday’s schedule
WPIAL
Class A
Big 7

South Side Beaver at Western Beaver, 12:30 p.m.
Eastern
Springdale at Riverview, noon

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October 24, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS football: Week 9 LIVE blog

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Welcome to Week 9 of the iPreps LIVE blog, where we will provide commentary, WPIAL football game updates and the running Twitter feed from the #TribHS sports staff on your right.

To get ready for pre-game, listen to the podcast of today’s The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring guests John Fedko of WPXI Skylights previewing Friday’s top games, the Trib’s Chris Harlan to discuss the Game of the Week between West Allegheny and Central Valley and interviews with Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak and RB Austin Kemp:

Friday’s results
WPIAL
Class AAAA
Quad Central

Bethel Park 26, Baldwin 13
Penn Hills 22, Woodland Hills 15
Upper St. Clair 49, Mt. Lebanon 14
Quad East
Altoona 42, Connellsville 6
McKeesport 48, Kiski Area 7
Penn-Trafford 49, Norwin 0
Plum 42, Latrobe 7
Quad North
Central Catholic 55, Butler 14
North Allegheny 31, North Hills 7
Seneca Valley 41, Shaler 12
Nonconference
Hempfield 56, Fox Chapel 21
Pine-Richland 48, Peters Township 21
Class AAA
Big 9

Belle Vernon 35, Elizabeth Forward 11
Laurel Highlands 49, Albert Gallatin 21
Ringgold 49, Trinity 14
Thomas Jefferson 52, West Mifflin 20
Greater Allegheny
Franklin Regional 35, Gateway 10
Indiana 21, Hollidaysburg 7
Knoch 44, Yough 0
Mars 20, Hampton 14
Parkway
Ambridge 40, Chartiers Valley 35
Central Valley 28, West Allegheny 17
Montour 34, Moon Area 6
New Castle 49, Hopewell 0
Nonconference
Blackhawk 21, Canon-McMillan 13
Greensburg Salem 35, Uniontown 21
Class AA
Allegheny

Apollo-Ridge 64, Burrell 20
Freeport 39, Valley 30
Highlands 41, Shady Side Academy 36
Kittanning 43, Ford City 6
West Shamokin 34, Deer Lakes 20
Century
East Allegheny 18, Carlynton 0
Seton-La Salle 20, Keystone Oaks 7
South Fayette 40, Quaker Valley 21
South Park 48, Sto-Rox 8
Steel Valley 49, South Allegheny 7
Interstate
Burgettstown 28, Brownsville 7
Mt. Pleasant 45, Southmoreland 8
Washington 27, McGuffey 14
Waynesburg 28, Derry 19
Midwestern
Aliquippa 56, Beaver Falls 6
Beaver 49 at Ellwood City 12
Laurel 63, Summit Academy 20
New Brighton 42, Mohawk 27
Nonconference
Freedom 28, Charleroi 18
Class A
Big 7

Neshannock 48, Union 19
Riverside 52, Vincentian Academy 14
Eastern
Clairton 54, Leechburg 6
Jeannette 36, Greensburg Central Catholic 0
Serra Catholic 38, Wilkinsburg 36
Ohio Valley
Avonworth 24, Northgate 7
Brentwood 43, Bishop Canevin 19
Chartiers-Houston 31, Fort Cherry 28
Tri-County South
Avella 62, West Greene 15
Beth-Center 48, Bentworth 7
Frazier 34, California 12
Jefferson-Morgan 12, Carmichaels 0
Nonconference
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 49, Shenango 16
Mapletown 24, Monessen 6
Rochester 46, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 13
City League
Semifinals

Allderdice 40, Carrick 12
District 6
Heritage

Blairsville 49, United 13
Homer-Center 19, Ligonier Valley 14
Northern Cambria 24, Saltsburg 14
Penns Manor 28, Purchase Line 19
Nonconference
St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy 36, Marion Center 16

From Kevin Gorman at D.L. Clark Building (Trib HQ):

After an early scare, No. 1 in WPIAL Class AA survives:

UPSET ALERT: One of the unbeatens falls, as Mars defeats Hampton, 20-14, in overtime in the Greater Allegheny. This should seal the notion that two Parkway Conference teams will be among the top three seeds in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, regardless of the Central Valley-West Allegheny game.

CLAIRTON, FOR THE RECORD: David Whipkey reports from Neil C. Brown Stadium that Clairton has taken a 48-6 lead over Leechburg late in the second quarter, making the Bears the first team in state history to score 600 points in a nine-game regular season. This, despite star WR Aaron Mathews sitting out with a minor knee injury.

IT’S TIME FOR RIVALRY WEEK!

Updates from our #TribHS reporters:

Penn Hills at Woodland Hills
From Ed Phillipps at Turtle Creek Stadium (aka Wolvarena): No score at the Wolvarena after the first quarter. The Indians put together a nice drive highlighted by a 44-yard run by QB Billy Kisner, but the Wolverines’ Amon Baldwin-Youngblood stuffed Te’Shan Campbell on a fourth-and-1 at the Woodland Hills 33 to halt the threat. … At halftime, the score is tied 7-7. The Wolverines got on the board first when Penn State recruit Miles Sanders punched it in from 2 yards out. Penn Hills answered with a 41-yard strike from Kisner to Christian Randall-Posey. … The Wolverines have a 15-14 lead at the end of the third quarter. Kisner hit Greg Hoolahan for a 19-yard score to give the Indians a lead. With 15 seconds remaining in the quarter, Sanders broke loose for a 52-yard run and Jo-El Shaw ran in the conversion. … Milan Smith scores on a 1-yard run to finish off an 11-play, 66-yard drive to provide the game-winning points, 22-15. … Cody Allen stripped Wolverines quarterback Jeremiah Jones of the ball and Greg Hoolahan recovered with 2:23 remaining to seal the win. FINAL SCORE: Penn Hills 22, Woodland Hills 15.

It’s a Pink Out at Newman Stadium for North Allegheny-North Hills:

North Hills at North Allegheny
From Bill West at Newman Stadium: North Allegheny converts on back to back third downs, the latter of which is an 8-yard TD pass from Jeff Clemens to Paul Blendinger and the Tigers lead North Hills, 7-0, with 1:52 left in the first quarter. … In a methodical first quarter, Clemens completed 4 of 9 pass attempts for 57 yards. A 29-yard throw converted a third-and-18 at North Hills’ 38, and an 8-yard completion led to a touchdown on third down. North Hills managed just 16 yards of offense and no first downs in the opening quarter. … NA’s Clay Byerly returns an interception 42 yds to the North Hills 2, and Mike Pope scores on 2-yd run. Then NA pulls off 2-point conversion for a 15-0 lead with 6:37 left in the half. … North Allegheny about to possibly put North Hills in a big hole. NA at NH’s 2 following a 76-yd screen pass to RB Josh Bergman. North Allegheny moved backward from there but still came away with a 24-yard field goal by Seth Mancuso. … North Allegheny QB Clemens sneaks for 1-yd TD and Tigers lead North Hills 25-0 w/ 5:17 left in 3rd qtr. Key to NA’s 65-yd TD drive was a 38-yd run by Mike Pope. Pope fumbled at end of run, but ball went out of bounds at North Hills’ 11. … North Hills wildcat QB Kindhal Taylor w/ a 22-yd keeper to end NA’s shutout bid. Tigers lead 31-7 w/ 4:18 left. FINAL SCORE: North Allegheny 31, North Hills 7.

Norwin at Penn-Trafford
From Nathan Smith at Warrior Stadium: Devin Austin scores on a 1-yard run. Penn-Trafford up 7-0 in the first quarter. … Austin runs it in from 15 yards out for his 2nd score of the night. Penn-Trafford leads Norwin 14-0 late in the 1st quarter. … Jonah Lisbon puts Penn-Trafford up 21-0 early in the 2nd quarter with a 5-yard run. Norwin has yet to get a first down. … Austin scores his 3rd touchdown of the game and we’re not even halfway through the 2nd. Penn-Trafford up 28-0. … Tim Vecchio returns an interception 35 yards to extend the Penn-Trafford lead over Norwin to 35-0. … Brett Laffoon finds Austin Zegarelli in the end zone for another score. Penn-Trafford leads Norwin 42-0 with 3:31 until halftime. FINAL SCORE: Penn-Trafford 49, Norwin 0.

CV's BJ Powell makes a catch

Central Valley’s C.J. Powell makes a catch

BJ Powell and Christian Stout fight for the ball

Powell and West Allegheny’s Christian Stout fight for the ball

West Allegheny at Central Valley
From Chris Harlan at Sarge Albert Stadium: Parkway Conference rivals waited 11 months for this rematch of last season’s WPIAL Class AAA championship … won by West A, 16-6. … West Allegheny leads 14-0 early in the first quarter after two quick touchdowns. The first, a 30-yard run by Chayse Dillon, came after Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead fumbled the opening kickoff. Tyler Scanlon added a 55-yard touchdown catch with 7:44 left in the first quarter. … Between West A’s scores, Whitehead had a 69-yard touchdown run negated by an illegal procedure penalty. … CV’s B.J. Powell caught a 14-yard TD from Johnny George with 5:10 left in the first quarter. The teams have combined to score on three of the first four possessions. … Central Valley ties it 14-14 with a 39-yard TD run by George with 1:55 left in the first quarter. … WA’s DJ Opsatnik kicks a 43-yard field goal for a 17-14 lead at 5:15 2Q. … Central Valley 21, West Allegheny 17: Whitehead runs 8 yards for a score, giving the Warriors their first lead at 6:39 3Q. … On third-and-8, Central Valley tries a flea flicker. Whitehead spins out of the grasp of a West Allegheny defender to throw a desperation pass into the arms of George at the 1. The Warriors score on Preston Johnson’s 1-yard run for a 28-17 lead with 1:06 left. FINAL SCORE: Central Valley 28, West Allegheny 17.

TJ

West Mifflin at Thomas Jefferson
From Mark Kaboly at Thomas Jefferson Stadium: TJ star tailback Austin Kemp, who dislocated his left shoulder last week at Franklin Regional, is dressed. … On the game’s second play, West Mifflin star DiAngelo Mitchell goes 69 yards for a touchdown. (Mitchell entered the game 52 yards behind Kemp for the WPIAL regular-season rushing lead). … Kemp doesn’t start the game for the Jaguars. … Ryan Scanlon’s 2-yard run caps a nine-play, 68-yard drive to tie it at 7-7 with 6:45 left. Scanlon ran eight times for 52 yards on the drive. … Following a Kevin Garbark interception return of 55 yards, Karlyn Garner scores on a 3-yard run to give Titans a 14-7 lead with 3:29 left in the half. … Scanlon scores on a 53-yard run to tie it at 14-14 with 1:10 left in the first. Scanlon now has 12 carries for 124 yards and a TD. No sign of Austin Kemp yet. … Quinton Hill scores on a 39-yard run to give TJ a 21-14 lead with 9:52 left in the half. TJ already has 208 yards rushing. … Hill scores on a 1-yard run for a 28-14 TJ lead. Kemp signals to TJ coach Bill Cherpak with the ball at the WM 1 to go in, but is ignored. … Hill scores on a 54-yard run for a 35-14 lead with 2:54 left in the half. Scanlon has rushed for 137 yards, Hill for 115, as TJ has 300 yards rushing. … At halftime, Thomas Jefferson 38, West Mifflin 14. Hill has 13 carries for 139 yards and 3 TDs, while Scanlon has 15 for 137 and 2 TDs. Mitchell has 6f for 86. Total yards: TJ 324, WM 121. … Hill scores his 4th TD of game for a 45-14 TJ lead. Hill has 197 yards, Scanlon 137 before leaving in the 2nd quarter (shoulder) as TJ has 406 yards rushing. 524 left in 3rd. NO KEMP. … TJ leads, 52-14, as Hill has 221 yards, Scanlon 137 and Pahanish 97. FINAL SCORE: Thomas Jefferson 52, West Mifflin 20.

Gateway at Franklin Regional
From Michael Love at Franklin Regional HS Stadium: Jacob Ross goes 32 yards for a touchdown with 9:20 left in the first quarter, as Franklin Regional takes a 7-0 lead over Gateway. … The Gators answer with 1:18 to play in the first quarter as Larry Thompson finds John Horner in the end zone on a 15-yard TD hookup to tie the game, 7-7. The touchdown was set up by a 75-yard punt return from Malik Burks. … Ross does it again. He rambles 57 yards for a touchdown at the 11:14 mark of the second quarter. James Young’s PAT kick makes it 14-7 Franklin Regional over Gateway. … Franklin Regional turns an interception by Panthers defensive back Jordan Kestler into a touchdown. Brett Zanotto goes in from 1 yard with 8:03 left until halftime. Young’s PAT makes it 21-7. … Note: On Gateway’s touchdown in the first quarter, Michael Loffredo was the quarterback who threw the TD pass. There was a uniform change, and Loffredo is wearing No. 13 this evening. … Gateway’s Arrington Johns makes a leaping one-handed interception of Franklin Regional quarterback Santino Birty in the end zone. Gators move down the field, and Jordan Washington boots a 36-yard field goal with 19 seconds left until halftime. Franklin Regional 21, Gateway 10. … Dom Giannangeli scores on a 24-yard touchdown run at 6:19 of the third quarter. Franklin Regional leads Gateway, 28-10. Scoring drive set up by a Zanotto interception of Gateway’s Roy’Quez McNair at the Gateway 41. FINAL SCORE: Fraklin Regional 35, Gateway 10.

The Great American Rivalry Series visits Carl A. Aschman Stadium (aka The Pit) for Aliquippa-Beaver Falls:
The Pit

Beaver Falls at Aliquippa
From Brian Duermeyer at Carl A. Aschman Stadium (aka The Pit): Aliquippa fumbled a short opening kick and Beaver Falls recovered, but Stephon McGinnis made a one-handed interception in the end zone (his second in as many weeks since being ruled eligible to play after transferring from Ambridge). … Kaezon Pugh scores on a 9-yard run for a 7-0 Quips lead. … Beaver Falls answers, as Neshaud Akins scores on a 22-yard run but the conversion fails and Quips lead, 7-6. … Darrien Fields throws a 27-yard TD pass to Chris Banks to give Aliquippa a 14-6 lead. … Aliquippa recovers a Beaver Falls fumble, and DiMontae Bronaugh scores on a 21-yard run for a 21-6 lead. … Beaver Falls fumbles again, this time inside the Quips’ 10. Beaver Falls now has three turnovers (an interception in the end zone and two fumbles). … Fields hits Patrick Anderson for a 27-yard scoring pass to give Quips a 28-6 lead with 1:01 left in the half. … McGinnis scores on a 74-yard punt return as time expires to give Aliquippa a 34-6 halftime lead. If you’re keeping track at home, the Ambridge transfer now has two picks and a punt return for a TD in six quarters. … Bobby Cashaw scores on a 36-yard pass from Fields for a 41-6 lead to get the mercy rule clock running. … Bronaugh scores on a 27-yard run for a 48-6 lead with eight minutes left. … Bronaugh finishes with 103 yards and two TDs for MVP honors. FINAL SCORE: Aliquippa 56, Beaver Falls 6.

Southmoreland at Mt. Pleasant
From Jason Black at Vikings Stadium: Mt. Pleasant takes a 7-0 lead on a 59-yard pass from Johnny Yester to LJ Sutton. … Trevor Salopek scores on an 86-yard run for a 14-0 Vikings lead, quickly putting Southmoreland’s hopes of making the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 1979 in jeopardy. … Chris Wagner’s 1-yard run gives Mt. Pleasant a 21-0 lead. … Sutton scores on a 28-yard pass from Yester for a 28-0 lead. … Bednar kicks a 28-yard field goal for a 31-0 lead. … Kyle Halterman’s 40-yard run makes it 38-0. … Halterman’s 24-yard run gives Mt. Pleasant a 45-0 lead. … Southmoreland’s Jake Pisula scores on an 85-yard run to cut it to 45-8. FINAL SCORE: Mt. Pleasant 45, Southmoreland 8.

In the final game between Ford City and Kittanning, which will merge to form Armstrong High…

Ford City at Kittanning
From Matt Grubba at Ullom Field: Kittanning players were waiting for Ford City players as they ran onto the field. No problems but definitely some words and bumps exchanged. Rivalry time! … The man for whom the field is named, David “Red” Ullom, is standing with Kittanning players for the ceremonial coin toss. The Wildcats will receive. … Braydon Toy to Logan Slagle for a 20-yard touchdown on fourth-and-8 to give Wildcats a 7-0 lead. … Dawson Porter strikes back for the Sabers, scoring on an 84-yard kick return. The PAT is blocked, so Kittanning leads, 7-6. … Zane Dudek scores on a 13-yard run for a 14-6 Kittanning lead, and the Wildcats recover the ensuing squib kick. … Dudek scores again, this time on an 11-yard run, for a 22-6 lead. … Nick Bowers comes in for the red zone chance and catches a 5-yard TD. 29-6, Kittanning. … Dukek scores on a plunge before the half, giving Kittanning a 36-6 lead. The Wildcats have a 398-86 edge in yards at the half. … Slagle’s second TD catch gives Kittanning a 43-6 lead with 6:08 remaining in the third. FINAL SCORE: Kittanning 43, Ford City 6.

Shady Side Academy at Highlands
From Bill Beckner at Golden Rams Stadium: Highlands can become 4th team in school history to win conference undefeated. Would be first time in AA. … Highlands’ Elijah Jackson not on the field for Rams’ opening series. Apparently pulled up lame on kickoff. Moving well on sidelines. … Shady Side blocks Highlands punt. 1st and goal SSA from Highlands’ 5. Shady Side Academy settles for 23-yard field goal by Mac Ference. SSA leads Highlands, 3-0, 4:44 1Q. … Jackson returns for Highlands, taped-up ankle though. … Jeremy Jackson catches a tipped pass (intended for Blake Leri) in end zone for 20-yard Highlands TD. Rams leads SSA, 7-3, 10.4 seconds 1Q. … Speedster Louis Berry darts left and goes 57 yards down sideline for Shady Side TD. SSA 10, Highlands 7, 11:49 2Q. … Elijah Jackson looked pretty healthy on that 49-yard TD run for Highlands. Rams leads SSA, 14-10, 11:25 2Q. … Sam Elliott drills a 32-yard field goal for Highlands, increases Rams lead to 17-10, 28.8 to go first half. … Highlands wastes no time. Very first play of second half is a 60-yard TD run by Jackson. Rams 24, SSA 10, 11:40 3Q. … Another field goal for Elliott, this one from 26 yards. Highlands 27, Shady Side Academy 10, 6:54 3Q. … Jeremy Jackson has 4.5 speed and shows it off –again — by taking kickoff back 69 yards for TD. Highlands leads SSA, 34-23, 20.4 3Q. … Berry goes 40 yards for his 3rd rushing TD. Two-point run no good. Highlands 34, Shady Side 29, 7:45 to play. Berry has 144 yards, 3 TDs on 19 carries. … Elijah Jackson 17-yard touchdown for Highlands gives some breathing room for Rams, who lead Shady Side, 41-29, 3:15 to play. … Perfect delivery, Doc Szlachetka 34-yard pass to Berry. Szlachetka runs in TD for SSA. Highlands lead down to 41-36, 1:38 to play. … FINAL SCORE: Highlands 41, Shady Side Academy 36.

Greensburg Central Catholic at Jeannette
From Paul Schofield at McKee Stadium: Zack Altieri scores on a 3-yard run to give Jeannette a 7-0 lead over GCC. … Julian Batts scores on 1-yard run to extend Jeannette’s lead over Greensburg Central Catholic to 14-0. … Swede Redman boots a 25-yard field goal to extend Jeannette lead to 17-0 . Redman set up the score with a 33-yard interception return. … Redman caught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Batts with 38 seconds left in the half for a halftime score of Jeannette 24, Greensburg Central Catholic 0. … Terrel Canady scores on an 8-yard to give Jeannette a 30-0 lead over GCC. FINAL SCORE: Jeannette 36, Greensburg Central Catholic 0.

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October 24, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

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NA pink jerseys 2

The idea came to Bob Bozzuto during a phone conversation with Pat Mannarino on how to resolve the nastiness surrounding the North Allegheny-North Hills rivalry, one of the fiercest in the WPIAL.

The North Allegheny athletic director suggested to Mannarino, then a North Hills assistant principal and now the school district’s superintendent, that the schools could work together.

“We’re going to go after each other on the field, but the rivalry needs to be civil,” Bozzuto said. “I’m walking behind Newman Stadium and the idea came over me, so I called him on his cell phone and said, ‘How about we do a coat drive?’”

Sponsored by the schools’ cheerleaders, who collect coats outside the Baierl Center, the coat drive donates its proceeds to the North Hills Community Outreach organization. Last year, Bozzuto said, the two schools were able to give 700 coats. This year, the NHCO says it desperately needs youth-sized jackets.

The schools took it a step further this year, as the rivals will join together to battle cancer by wearing the custom pink jerseys shown above. The jerseys will be auctioned here, with the proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society.

It’s a positive move by a pair of schools known for their dislike of each other, one that will carry off the field and into their spirited student sections for a planned Pink Out.

And it’s a strong sign of sportsmanship between two schools known for their feuding.

Maybe it will help North Hills go from this …

… to this:

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HITTING THE LINKS

Brianna Schwartz

Shaler’s Brianna Schwartz

Shaler’s Schwartz earns WPIAL cross country three-peat, by Bill West.

Knoch's Max Freyermuth and Brandon Grumski

Knoch’s Max Freyermuth and Brandon Grumski

Knoch’s boys, girls make program history at WPIAL meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Some of the WPIAL cross country champions drew congratulations on Twitter:

And it was a good day for two guys I wrote a column about back in mid-September: Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy runners are friendly rivals

#TribHS highlight reel: Sarra returns to coach Waynesburg

Central Catholic seals spot in WPIAL soccer semifinals, by Ray Judy.

South Park boys soccer make quick work of Knoch, by George Guido.

Thomas Jefferson boys soccer ousted by West Allegheny, by George Guido.

Geibel soccer

Geibel’s Nelson DiBiase and Greensburg Central Catholic’s Adam Tucker get tangled while battling for the ball

Geibel rallies past Greensburg Central Catholic in quarterfinals, by Jason Black.

#TribHS roundup: Quaker Valley boys advance to semifinals

Greensburg Salem's Kaylee Quatse

Greensburg Salem’s Kaylee Quatse

Greensburg Salem girls made strides this season, by Andrew John.

Led by new coach, Hempfield boys advanced to playoffs for 1st time since 2011, by Ed Phillipps.

Hempfield goalkeeper Samantha Orie

Hempfield goalkeeper Samantha Orie

After preliminary-round win, Hempfield girls fall to Seneca Valley in 1st round, by Kevin Ritchart.

Trib Cup: Bentworth volleyball finds success in regular season, by Alex Oltmanns.

Freeport volleyball ousts Kittanning in first round, by Matt Grubba.

A-K Valley notebook: Seton-La Salle volleyball edges Knoch

Statewide high school football notebook: Scranton RB to miss rest of season with injury

Brashear upsets defending City League champion USO in football semifinals

A-K Valley football notebook: Christy has best of both worlds as coach, father, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Tickets going fast for final Ford City-Kittanning game, by Matt Grubba.

Ford City-Kittanning

Kittanning quarterback Ross Harmon leaps over Ford City’s defensive line to score a two-point conversion in overtime to give the Wildcats a 23-22 victory five years ago.

Kittanning-Ford City rivalry packed with memories, by George Guido.

And, finally, the list that inspired my Thursday column: A WPIAL playoff drought about to end

GEORGE GUIDO’S TOP 10
Here is a list of the 10 schools with the longest WPIAL playoff droughts going into Week 9 action:
School Last playoff appearance
1. Southmoreland 1979
2. Leechburg 1988
3. Geibel 1991*
4. West Greene 1993
5. Brownsville 2000
6. Carlynton 2001
6. Wilkinsburg 2001
8. Waynesburg 2003
9. Charleroi 2004
10. Albert Gallatin 2005
10. Ambridge 2005
10. Bentworth 2005
10. Mohawk 2005
* Geibel is playing a junior varsity schedule in 2014 and ’15.

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October 23, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS Week 9 football preview

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Gorman: For either Southmoreland or Waynesburg, a WPIAL playoff drought is about to end

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WPIAL, coaches still want to schedule Week 9 rivalry games, by Bill West.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Class AAA heavyweights Central Valley, West Allegheny meet in test for Parkway title, by Chris Harlan.

#TribHS notebook: WPIAL might welcome another team next year, by Chris Harlan.

GTR GOW

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Now in Class A, rivals GCC, Jeannette battle for second place in Eastern Conference, by Paul Schofield.

VND GOW

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Valley News Dispatch/Kittanning Leader Times: Longtime rivals Kittanning, Ford City set for final act, by Matt Grubba.

For City, Kittanning matchup to be part of SI.com’s ‘Underdogs,’ by Bill Beckner Jr.

DN GOW

McKeesport Daily News: West Mifflin hoping to spoil TJ’s perfect season, by Dave Mackall.

DC GOW

Connellsville Daily Courier: Connellsville focuses on nailing down playoff spot, by Jason Black.

North Hills QB Jake Bruder

North Hills QB Jake Bruder

Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 9 matchups

WHAT HE SAID

Montour RB-DB-KR David Haseleu

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Montour RB-DB-KR David Haseleu

Indiana QB Jake Zilinskas

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Indiana QB Jake Zilinskas

Springdale RB-LB Austin Kline

Valley News Dispatch: Springdale RB-LB Austin Kline

Redbank Valley WR Wyatt Hetrick

Kittanning Leader Times: Redbank Valley WR Wyatt Hetrick

Clairton RB-DB Lamont Wade

McKeesport Daily News: Clairton RB-DB Lamont Wade

Connellsville OL-DL Kevin Koontz

Connellsville Daily Courier: Connellsville OL-DL Kevin Koontz

HITTING THE LINKS

Penn-Trafford's Devin Austin

Penn-Trafford’s Devin Austin

Offensive line powering Penn-Trafford offense, by Nathan Smith.

Plum staying focused on regular-season finale against Latrobe, by Michael Love.

Penn Hills' Malik Mathis and DeAndre Schifino

Penn Hills CB Malik Mathis and LB DeAndre Schifino

Penn Hills jets to success behind ground attack, by Ed Phillipps.

Franklin Regional DL Charlie Mazon

Franklin Regional DL Charlie Mazon

Franklin Regional, Gateway renew rivalry, by Michael Love.

Gateway C Adam Clark and QB Roy'Quez McNair

Gateway C Adam Clark snaps it to QB Roy’Quez McNair

O-line gets it started for Gateway, by Michael Love.

Elizabeth Forward's Jake Meyers

Elizabeth Forward’s Jake Meyers

Belle Vernon hopes to keep momentum against Elizabeth Forward, by Jeff Oliver.

Quaker Valley's Chris Conlan congratulated by coach John Tortorea

Quaker Valley’s Chris Conlan congratulated by Quakers coach John Tortorea

Quaker Valley football has more to play for, by Gary Horvath.

Southmoreland RB Jake Pisula

Southmoreland RB Jake Pisula

Southmoreland to end regular season against rival Mt. Pleasant, by Mark King.

Skiles has Bentworth headed in right direction, by Jeff Oliver.

OFF THE GRID

Central Valley girls golf team

Central Valley golfers Amanda Scala, Meagan Santia, Maddy McDanel, Alex Bozich and Krista Sudar, celebrate their PIAA championship Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

Central Valley girls win third consecutive PIAA golf title, by Paul Schofield.

Baldwin's Lewis Lippl

Baldwin’s Lewis Lippl

Passionate approach on the pitch promotes success, by Ray Fisher.

Yough's Emily McClaren

Yough’s Emily McClaren

Yough girls give up first goal of season, but advance with overtime victory, by Jeff Oliver.

Penn-Trafford’s Mastrogiacomo scores in OT to secure win, by Nathan Smith.

#TribHS soccer roundup: No. 2 Mars defeats defending champion Central Valley

Belle Vernon's Sarah Sepesky

Belle Vernon’s Sarah Sepesky

Belle Vernon girls ousted by Montour, by Bill Hughes.

Gateway's Mackenzie Reed

Gateway’s Mackenzie Reed

After missing out on playoffs, Gateway girls end on positive note, by Michael Love.

Bishop Canevin volleyball coach Kevin Walters

Bishop Canevin volleyball coach Kevin Walters

Bishop Canevin volleyball team rallies around ailing coach, by Nathan Smith.

Plum volleyball tops rivals down stretch to earn another playoff berth, by Michael Love.

Norwin volleyball hopes to continue postseason success, by Nathan Smith.

Norwin's Laura Buchanan

Norwin’s Laura Buchanan

Baldwin to host WPIAL girls volleyball finals

Carlynton ready for second taste of playoffs, by Nathan Smith.

Penn-Trafford goalie Eric Phelps

Penn-Trafford goalie Eric Phelps

Phelps a leader for Penn-Trafford hockey, by Alex Oltmanns.

#TribHS roundup: Canon-Mac girls down Peters Township in shootout

Riverview's Molly Kennedy

Riverview’s Molly Kennedy

Riverview’s Kennedy looks for 3rd straight top-10 at WPIAL cross country meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Deer Lakes goalie Jonathan Lang

Deer Lakes goalie Jonathan Lang

Deer Lakes hockey team seeks stronger defense to complement offense, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Ford City volleyball team reaches quarterfinals, by Matt Grubba.

West Shamokin girls volleyball team falls short in playoffs, by Ed Phillipps.

Shady Side Academy girls take down South Allegheny in quarterfinals, by Dave Mackall.

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October 22, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

A pair of PIAA champions

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GCC's Olivia Zambruno

Greensburg Central Catholic’s Olivia Zambruno

GCC’s Zambruno, Sewickley Academy’s Li win PIAA golf titles, by Paul Schofield.

Freeport’s Clawson claims third at PIAA golf, by Paul Schofield.

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Gorman: Coaching search starts at WPIAL basketball powerhouse Blackhawk.

HITTING THE LINKS

NA's Madeleine Davison

North Allegheny’s Madeleine Davison

North Allegheny’s Davison, Mt. Lebanon’s Potts hope to stick with WPIAL favorite Schwartz, by Ed Phillipps.

#TribHS highlight reel: Hearings scheduled before WPIAL board, by Chris Harlan.

TribHS roundup: Derry volleyball downs Brownsville in preliminary round

Penn-Trafford's Athena Biondi

Penn-Trafford’s Athena Biondi

Penn-Trafford girls soccer gets first playoff win since 2011, by Nathan Smith.

Latrobe's Eli Norman

Latrobe’s Eli Norman

Latrobe boys soccer team competes in WPIAL playoffs for first time in 22 years, by Kevin Lohman.

After reaching playoffs for second straight season, Latrobe girls continue to make strides, by Kevin Ritchart.

WPIAL playoff soccer capsules, by Doug Gulasy.

Derry wrestling celebrating 50 years

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Sewickley Academy’s Anthony Muscato, NA’s Tina Li, by Brian Graham.

Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Kiski Area’s Tyler Young, Hempfield’s Keirsten VanHorn, by Andrew John.

McKeesport Daily News spotlight athletes: Serra Catholic’s Sam Almeder, TJ’s Allie Yurkovich, by Robert Stinner.

Guido: Seeding already settled in Allegheny Conference

Kittanning's Casey Harkleroad

Kittanning’s Casey Harkleroad

Playoff experience pays off for Kittanning in preliminary round win over Elizabeth Forward, by Matt Grubba.

Thomas Jefferson hockey program rebuilding with youth, by Ed Phillipps.

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October 21, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

A problem worth punishing

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Watch the video and tell me that we don’t have a problem.

The Oct. 10 brawl between Perry Traditional Academy and Westinghouse begins after a Perry player’s late hit on the Westinghouse quarterback on the final play of their City League game, escalates when a Westinghouse player punches the Perry player and involves both sidelines storming onto the field.

Security quickly got it under control, but with no help from the officiating crew.

The City League punished both teams by canceling games last weekend for Perry and Westinghouse. Perry officials took it one step further, which is why I believe Perry made the right call in pulling its football team from the playoffs.

The consequences were harsh, but this wasn’t an isolated incident.

Ten players were ejected following a brawl in the Charleroi-Brownsville game. And seven were ejected from the Carlynton-South Allegheny game.

That Perry pulled its football team from the City playoffs — the 22-20 victory over Westinghouse helped the Commodores avoid a three-way tie with Carrick and Westinghouse for fourth place — was reminiscent of the reaction by Central Catholic, which pulled its 2002 team from the playoffs after a hazing incident.

That proved to be a turning point for the Vikings, now a WPIAL powerhouse.

I’m not ready to predict Perry will become dominant in the same fashion as Central in the aftermath, but its decision to pull the undisciplined players from the playoffs was an important step in the right direction.

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HITTING THE LINKS

#TribHS highlight reel: Quite a weekend for Penn-Traffod’s Aunkst

Gateway's Adam White

Gateway’s Adam White

#TribHS notebook: Plenty to play for in GAC in Week 9, by Chris Harlan and Bill Hartlep.

Mt. Pleasant's Jacob McGuire battles Shady Side Academy's Russell Hunt for a header

Mt. Pleasant’s Jacob McGuire )white) battles Shady Side Academy’s Russell Hunt for a header

#TribHS roundup: Quaker Valley boys upset No. 2 Mars

Riverview embracing underdog role in WPIAL first-round win, by Doug Gulasy.

Fox Chapel's Taylor Cohen

Fox Chapel’s Taylor Cohen

Cohen siblings continue to pile up goals for Fox Chapel, by Doug Gulasy.

Freeport's

Freeport’s Macy Smolic (6) and Zoe Pawlak (24) attempt to block a spike by Knoch’s Katie Bozzo

Freeport volleyball team fights another foe — complacency, by Matt Grubba.

Seneca Valley blanks Connellsville in first-round soccer playoff game, by Jerry Clark.

Geibel goalie saves game during shootout, beats Carlynton, by Kevin Lohman.

Mt. Pleasant goalkeeper Robbie Bailey

Mt. Pleasant goalkeeper Robbie Bailey

Shady Side Academy tops Mt. Pleasant on penalty kicks, by Jason Black.

TJ keeper secures 1st round win, by Bill Hughes.

Serra Catholic boys soccer team loses WPIAL 1st-round game to Avonworth, 1-0, by Ray Judy.

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October 20, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS weekend recap: Fulmore joins 4,000-yard club

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s P.J. Fulmore

Western Pennyslvania’s 4,000-yard club is no longer exclusive, as I wrote last week, but joining is still a noteworthy accomplishment.

Even if it’s a footnote.

When Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic senior P.J. Fulmore hit the career milestone Saturday, he became the 61st member of the club.

What’s interesting is that Fulmore’s workload has decreased each season since his sophomore year, when he ran for more than 1,800 yards. Last year, he missed several games with an ankle injury before returning to lead the Trojans to WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships.

This season, he’s sharing carries with quarterback Adam Sharlow and fellow running backs Jerome Turner and Mario Latronica. Latronica, in particular, appears to enjoy playing alongside Fulmore.

October 18, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS football: Week 8 recap

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Grabowski column

Column: Hampton’s Grabowski goes from protecting the QB to playing it

PLAY OF THE NIGHT

Pine-Richland’s Connor Slomka hurdles Central’s Bricen Garner for go-ahead TD

Trib Total Media Week 8 high school football photo gallery

GAMES OF THE WEEK

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pine-Richland knocks off No. 1 Central Catholic, takes conference title, by Chris Harlan.

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Greensburg Tribune-Review: Altoona tops Hempfield, secures spot in playoffs, by Paul Schofield.

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Valley News Dispatch:Highlands continues Allegheny domination in win over Valley, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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Kittanning Leader Times: West Shamokin spoils Ford City festivities, by Matt Grubba.

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McKeesport Daily News: Clairton gets its revenge against Monessen, by Josh Yohe.

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Connellsville Daily Courier: Connellsville stays in playoff hunt with win over Kiski Area, by Jason Black.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA

McKeesport's TyWann Smith
McKeesport’s TyWann Smith

No. 5 McKeesport pulls away from Norwin, by Mark Kaboly.

Penn-Trafford holds off Plum, earns share of conference title, by Les Harvath.

Fox Chapel clinches playoff berth

WPIAL CLASS AAA

TJ's Russell Siess pressures FR's Santino Birty
Thomas Jefferson DE Russell Siess pressures Franklin Regional QB Santino Birty

Thomas Jefferson beats Franklin Regional, remains undefeated, by Michael Love.

Berry’s memorable night leads Ringgold to seventh straight win, by Dave Mackall.

Big night from Stapleton brothers carries No. 9 Indiana over Knoch, by Kyle Pillar.

Belle Vernon clinches playoff berth, by Bill Hughes.

WPIAL CLASS AA

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Aliquippa’s Stephon McGinnis

What a rush: Aliquippa keeps rolling, by Brian Duermeyer.

South Fayette offense rolls past Seton-La Salle, by Gary Horvath.

Washington routs Southmoreland, by David Whipkey.

South Park uses 90-second, 28-point surge to get past Steel Valley, by Wes Crosby.

Apollo-Ridge offense earns rest period against Deer Lakes, by R.A. Monti.

Shady Side Academy tops Kittanning; both clinch playoff spots, by George Guido.

Freeport QB sets passing mark in rout, by Doug Gulasy.

Charleroi wins wild, long affair, by Jeff Oliver.

South Allegheny tops Carlynton in brawl-marred game, by Ray Judy.

WPIAL CLASS A

Monessen's Rashawn Ford throws helmet

Monessen’s Rashawn Ford throws his helmet in frustration after being ejected

Springdale upsets GCC, secures another playoff berth, by Dave Yohe.

Senior RBs help Leechburg snap five-game losing streak, by William Whalen.

ROUNDUPS

Highlands RB Elijah Jackson

Highlands RB Elijah Jackson

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Highlands stomps Valley in ‘Battle of the Bridge’

McKeesport Daily News: West Mifflin loses to Trinity

Valley Independent: Maples’ Rush runs over California

Friday’s results
WPIAL
Class AAAA
Quad Central

Baldwin 28, Canon-McMillan 21
Bethel Park 41, Peters Township 14
Woodland Hills 47, Mt. Lebanon 0
Quad East
Altoona 35, Hempfield 12
Connellsville 37, Kiski Area 7
McKeesport 35, Norwin 14
Penn-Trafford 17, Plum 10
Quad North
Fox Chapel 21, Butler 0
North Hills 44, Shaler 0
Pine-Richland 48, Central Catholic 28
Nonconference
North Allegheny 49, Latrobe 10
Penn Hills 55, Seneca Valley 28
Class AAA
Big 9

Belle Vernon 56, Laurel Highlands 7
Ringgold 35, Elizabeth Forward 0
Trinity 31, West Mifflin 13
Uniontown 19, Albert Gallatin 7
Greater Allegheny
Gateway 49, Yough 8
Hampton 28, Greensburg Salem 14
Indiana 28, Knoch 25
Mars 21, Hollidaysburg 0
Parkway
Ambridge 41, Blackhawk 7
Central Valley 57, Hopewell 7
New Castle 29, Chartiers Valley 28
West Allegheny 51, Moon 7
Nonconference
Montour 27, Upper St. Clair 17
Thomas Jefferson 24, Franklin Regional 6
Class AA
Allegheny

Apollo-Ridge 49, Deer Lakes 21
Freeport 50, Burrell 10
Highlands 42, Valley 21
Shady Side Academy 28, Kittanning 14
West Shamokin 13, Ford City 0
Century
Keystone Oaks 41, Sto-Rox 16
Quaker Valley 59, East Allegheny 23
South Allegheny 47, Carlynton 21
South Fayette 41, Seton-La Salle 14
South Park 42, Steel Valley 23
Interstate
Burgettstown 13, Derry 8
Charleroi 35, Brownsville 22
McGuffey 34, Waynesburg 14
Washington 41, Southmoreland 7
Midwestern
Beaver 51, Freedom 19
Beaver Falls 36, New Brighton 22
Laurel 27, Ellwood City 14
Nonconference
Aliquippa 63, Mt. Pleasant 14
Class A
Big 7

Shenango 45, Riverside 21
Vincentian Academy 31, Rochester 22
Western Beaver 27, Union 21
Eastern
Clairton 60, Monessen 0
Leechburg 61, Serra Catholic 25
Springdale 14, Greensburg Central Catholic 12
Ohio Valley
Brentwood 41, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 0
Northgate 36, Fort Cherry 34
Tri-County South
Avella 54, Carmichaels 13
Beth-Center 62, Jefferson-Morgan 0
Frazier 42, West Greene 8
Mapletown 41, California 16
Nonconference
Avonworth 21, South Side Beaver 0
Jeannette 62, Bentworth 20
Neshannock 49, Chartiers-Houston 14
District 8
Nonconference

Allderdice 54, Linsly School, W.Va. 44
Steubenville High School 49, USO 20
Wheeling Park 36, Carrick 17
District 6
Heritage

Blairsville 55, Saltsburg 7
Northern Cambria 22, Marion Center 16
Penns Manor 26, Ligonier Valley 7
Purchase Line 63, United 30

Saturday’s schedule
WPIAL
Class AA
Midwestern

Mohawk at Summit Academy, 12:30 p.m.
Class A
Eastern

Riverview at Wilkinsburg, 1 p.m.
Ohio Valley
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic at Bishop Canevin, 7 p.m.

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October 17, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS football: Week 8 LIVE blog

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Welcome to Week 8 of the iPreps LIVE blog, where we will provide commentary, WPIAL football game updates and the running Twitter feed from the #TribHS sports staff on your right.

To get ready for pre-game, listen to the podcast of today’s The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring guests John Fedko of WPXI Skylights previewing Friday’s top games, the Trib’s Chris Harlan to discuss the Game of the Week between Pine-Richland and Central Catholic and interviews with Baldwin’s Doug and Nick Altavilla and West Mifflin’s Diallo and DiAngelo Mitchell:

Friday’s results
WPIAL
Class AAAA
Quad Central

Baldwin 28, Canon-McMillan 21
Bethel Park 41, Peters Township 14
Woodland Hills 47, Mt. Lebanon 0
Quad East
Altoona 35, Hempfield 12
Connellsville 37, Kiski Area 7
McKeesport 35, Norwin 14
Penn-Trafford 17, Plum 10
Quad North
Fox Chapel 21, Butler 0
North Hills 44, Shaler 0
Pine-Richland 48, Central Catholic 28
Nonconference
North Allegheny 49, Latrobe 10
Penn Hills 55, Seneca Valley 28
Class AAA
Big 9

Belle Vernon 56, Laurel Highlands 7
Ringgold 35, Elizabeth Forward 0
Trinity 31, West Mifflin 13
Uniontown 19, Albert Gallatin 7
Greater Allegheny
Gateway 49, Yough 8
Hampton 28, Greensburg Salem 14
Indiana 28, Knoch 25
Mars 21, Hollidaysburg 0
Parkway
Ambridge 41, Blackhawk 7
Central Valley 57, Hopewell 7
New Castle 29, Chartiers Valley 28
West Allegheny 51, Moon 7
Nonconference
Montour 27, Upper St. Clair 17
Thomas Jefferson 24, Franklin Regional 6
Class AA
Allegheny

Apollo-Ridge 49, Deer Lakes 21
Freeport 50, Burrell 10
Highlands 42, Valley 21
Shady Side Academy 28, Kittanning 14
West Shamokin 13, Ford City 0
Century
Keystone Oaks 41, Sto-Rox 16
Quaker Valley 59, East Allegheny 23
South Allegheny 47, Carlynton 21
South Fayette 41, Seton-La Salle 14
South Park 42, Steel Valley 23
Interstate
Burgettstown 13, Derry 8
Charleroi 35, Brownsville 22
McGuffey 34, Waynesburg 14
Washington 41, Southmoreland 7
Midwestern
Beaver 51, Freedom 19
Beaver Falls 36, New Brighton 22
Laurel 27, Ellwood City 14
Nonconference
Aliquippa 63, Mt. Pleasant 14
Class A
Big 7

Shenango 45, Riverside 21
Vincentian Academy 31, Rochester 22
Western Beaver 27, Union 21
Eastern
Clairton 60, Monessen 0
Leechburg 61, Serra Catholic 25
Springdale 14, Greensburg Central Catholic 12
Ohio Valley
Brentwood 41, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 0
Northgate 36, Fort Cherry 34
Tri-County South
Avella 54, Carmichaels 13
Beth-Center 62, Jefferson-Morgan 0
Frazier 42, West Greene 8
Mapletown 41, California 16
Nonconference
Avonworth 21, South Side Beaver 0
Jeannette 62, Bentworth 20
Neshannock 49, Chartiers-Houston 14
District 8
Nonconference

Allderdice 54, Linsly School, W.Va. 44
Steubenville High School 49, USO 20
Wheeling Park 36, Carrick 17
District 6
Heritage

Blairsville 55, Saltsburg 7
Northern Cambria 22, Marion Center 16
Penns Manor 26, Ligonier Valley 7
Purchase Line 63, United 30

October 17, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

The real Deal

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Bryan Deal with Mike Gerger and Anthony Cordaro

Fox Chapel’s Mike Gerger and Anthony Cordaro with coach Bryan Deal

About the last person you would expect to coach a high school golf team would be a former high school and college football coach.

But after 30-plus years, Bryan Deal gladly traded the gridiron for a golf course and it has proven to be a new Deal for the Fox Chapel golf coach.

“It was a tremendous transition from the intensity and commitment of football,” said Deal, a former Pitt recruiting coordinator who spent six seasons as Fox Chapel’s football coach before replacing Bryan Elder. “To go from 85 players at Pitt to 10 kids on the varsity and another 10 on the junior varsity golf team was very welcomed. It has kept me into coaching, but the time commitment is different.”

Deal has continued coaching despite dealing with the death of his stepson, Kyle Johnson, who collapsed during the 2013 Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. Johnson was found to have abnormalities in the arteries around his heart.

The grieving process over Johnson’s sudden death is ongoing, but his friends and family ran in his honor this past May.

The golf course, then, has served as an escape for Deal. An avid golfer who played on his high school team until his junior year, when Ohio switched the golf season from spring to fall and it conflicted with his first love of football, he has rediscovered his passion for the game as a coach.

“I’ve always been a golfer, but not to the point where I could practice and hit balls the way I wanted to,” Deal said. “When August came, my clubs were packed away until the next year.”

While Deal has dropped from a 12-handicap to a 4-handicap, he also inherited one of the top programs in the WPIAL. The Foxes finished second in the WPIAL Class AAA team championships last year and fourth this year, when sophomore Anthony Cordaro claimed the WPIAL individual title.

“He’s a special kid,” said Deal, who also coached quarterbacks and special teams at Pitt. “He’s got ice water in his veins. That’s what I love about him. He loves the big stage. He’s at his best when the pressure is greatest. I like to say that’s what separates the winners from the pretenders.”

Deal is just as thrilled with Fox Chapel senior Mike Gerger, who started the season as the No. 7 or 8 golfer, playing exhibition rounds that didn’t count toward team standings. But Gerger played his way into the top six, then was the last player to make the 12-man cut for both the WPIAL championships and the PIAA Western Regional to qualify for the PIAA championships next week.

“He has nine lives,” Deal said. “It’s really an amazing story.”

So is the story of Bryan Deal.

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North Allegheny duo sweeps Tri-State meet, by Paul Schofield.

#TribHS highlight reel: City League cancels two games after fight, by Chris Harlan.

HITTING THE LINKS

Central Catholic goalkeeper Oscar Marroquin

Central Catholic goalkeeper Oscar Marroquin

Breaking down the WPIAL soccer playoffs, by Bill West.

Thomas Jefferson boys soccer ready for playoffs after six-year absence, by Dave Mackall.

North Allegheny, Sewickley Academy girls claim tennis titles, by Gary Horvath.

Sewickley Academy golf sweeps WPIAL boys and girls team championships, by Gary Horvath.

#TribCup: Bishop Canevin volleyball chasing WPIAL championship, by Brian Graham.

GCC boys capture 1st section title since ’09, by Andrew John.

Hempfield's Maura Sackett

Hempfield’s Maura Sackett

Hempfield tennis caps special season, by Alex Oltmanns.

Hempfield's Morgan Ansell

Hempfield’s Morgan Ansell

Hempfield runners tune up for finals with solid performance at WCCA meet, by Andrew John.

Knoch's Asa Adams

Knoch’s Asa Adams

A-K Valley football notebook: Knoch back in playoff race, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Ford City volleyball earns outright section title, by Matt Grubba.

Frazier volleyball rallies to defeat Geibel, by Jason Black.

Statewide football notebook: After blackout, Bishop McDevitt downs Cedar Cliff in two-day game.

Through the years: Late TD snapped Springdale’s 31-game skid, by George Guido.

GEORGE GUIDO’S TOP 10
Here is a list of the 10 WPIAL schools with the most football losses, a status based as much on longevity:
School Year started Record
1. Norwin 1905 370-541-36
2. Ellwood City 1907 421-517-54
3. Waynesburg 1903 362-506-36
4. Freedom 1902 386-505-54
5. Connellsville 1904 527-497-59
5. Latrobe 1911 441-497-38
5. Mars 1912 378-497-32
8. Uniontown 1903 482-487-45
8. Canon-McMillan 1906 361-487-43
10. Avonworth 1913 372-481-15

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