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November 1, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS WPIAL first-round playoffs recap

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Gorman: QB Ben DiNucci has been perfect for Pine-Richland, which won its first-ever WPIAL Class AAAA playoff game.

SHOT OF THE NIGHT

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Jeannette WR Terell Canady hurdles Brentwood’s Steve Mattola during the third quarter of their WPIAL Class A opening round playoff game.

PHOTO: Barry Reeger/Trib Total Media

The Trib’s Week 10 football photo gallery

GAMES OF THE WEEK

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Pitsburgh Tribune-Review: Mars rides Rinaman’s 6 TDs to win, by Chris Harlan.

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Greensburg Tribune-Review: Franklin Regional deals Belle Vernon 11th straight playoff loss, by Paul Schofield.

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Valley News Dispatch: Apollo-Ridge stands tall in 58-40 victory over Beaver Falls, by George Guido.

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Kittanning Leader Times: Quips hasten end of Kittanning football, by Matt Grubba.

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McKeesport Daily News: McKeesport rewarded for risk taken at end of first half, beats Mt. Lebanon, by Mark Kaboly.

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Connellsville Daily Courier: Pine-Richland rolls past Connellsville in first round, by Ed Phillipps.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA

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Plum’s Andrew Soxman (14) and Nicholas Robb (24) bring down Penn Hills QB Billy Kisner

Plum upsets Penn Hills, 17-6, in first-round playoff game, by Brian Duermeyer.

Central Catholic fights its way through decisive win over Norwin, by Nathan Smith.

Woodland Hills’ potent rushing attack deflates North Hills, by Wes Crosby.

Penn-Trafford scores 35 unanswered points to seal spot in quarterfinals, by Kyle Pillar.

WPIAL CLASS AAA

Indiana

Indiana’s Nicholas Kucinski tackles West Mifflin’s DiAngelo Mitchell to force a fumble

Indiana whips West Mifflin, earns shot at top seed Central Valley in quarterfinals, by Dave Mackall.

Kemp carries Thomas Jefferson to convincing victory, by Ray Judy.

West Allegheny’s stout defense paves way for 38-0 victory over Knoch, by Doug Gulasy.

Rams top Gators, reach quarterfinals, by Jeremy Sellew.

WPIAL CLASS AA

Mt. Pleasant

Mount Pleasant’s Clayton Krol

Mt. Pleasant steamrolls Shady Side Academy, by Jason Black.

Highlands QB Thimons ‘wills’ his team to victory over New Brighton, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Washington sends Steel Valley home for season, wins in rout, 34-7, by David Whipkey.

WPIAL CLASS A

Jeannette

Jeannette quarterback Julian Batts breaks away from Brentwood defenders Nick George, Nate Johnson (53) and Sean McGlaughlin (right)

Jeannette rolls past Brentwood in first round, by Les Harvath.

Clairton continues offensive onslaught in dominating first-round victory, by Josh Yohe.

Shenango thumps Springdale for first playoff victory in 12 years, by Dave Yohe.

‘Uncharacteristic’ Frazier KO’d, by Jeff Oliver.

ROUNDUPS

No. 13 seed Riverside beats Beth-Center in first round

Connellsville Daily Courier: Central Valley bounces Laurel Highlands in first round

Kittanning Leader Times: West Shamokin ends season with win, reaches .500

Friday’s results
WPIAL playoffs
First round
Class AAAA

Altoona 27, Bethel Park 17
Central Catholic 42, Norwin 7
McKeesport 35, Mt. Lebanon 10
North Allegheny 24, Upper St. Clair 0
Penn-Trafford 40, Fox Chapel 13
Pine-Richland 63, Connellsville 6
Plum 17, Penn Hills 6
Woodland Hills 41, North Hills 2
Class AAA
Central Valley 48, Laurel Highlands 26
Franklin Regional 20, Belle Vernon 0
Hampton 33, New Castle 14
Indiana 42, West Mifflin 12
Mars 42, Montour 27
Ringgold 24, Gateway 14
Thomas Jefferson 49, Moon 14
West Allegheny 38, Knoch 0
Class AA
Aliquippa 55, Kittanning 20
Apollo-Ridge 58, Beaver Falls 40
Highlands 24, New Brighton 19
Mt. Pleasant 38, Shady Side Academy 0
Seton-La Salle 20, McGuffey 0
South Fayette 65, Waynesburg 6
South Park 21, Beaver 20
Washington 34, Steel Valley 7
Class A
Avonworth 34, Mapletown 0
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 69, Avella 13
Clairton 62, Chartiers-Houston 3
Jeannette 50, Brentwood 19
Neshannock 48, Greensburg Central Catholic 3
Riverside 21, Beth-Center 20
Shenango 35, Springdale 7
South Side Beaver 26, Frazier 12
District 6
Heritage

Purchase Line 50, Saltsburg 14
Nonconference
Blairsville 56, Redbank Valley 6
Central 35, Ligonier Valley 3
Glendale 16, Marion Center 0
Northern Bedford 19, Northern Cambria 6
Penns Manor 14, Keystone 13
Williamsburg 32, Homer-Center 14

WPIAL playoffs
Quarterfinals
Times, sites, dates TBD
Class AAAA

1. Pine-Richland (10-0) vs. 8. Altoona (8-2); 13. Plum (6-4) vs. 5. McKeesport (9-1); 2. Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7. North Allegheny (8-2); 3. Central Catholic (9-1) vs. 6. Woodland Hills (8-2)
Class AAA
1. Central Valley (10-0) vs. 8. Indiana (7-3); 4. Hampton (9-1) vs. 5. Ringgold (9-1); 2. Thomas Jefferson (10-0) vs. 10. Mars (7-3); 3. West Allegheny (9-1) vs. 6. Franklin Regional (7-3)
Class AA
1. South Fayette (10-0) vs. 9. South Park (8-2); 4. Highlands (10-0) vs. 5. Seton-La Salle (9-1); 2. Aliquippa (10-0) vs. 7. Mt. Pleasant (8-2); 3. Washington (10-0) vs. 6. Apollo-Ridge (9-1)
Class A
1. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (10-0) vs. 9. South Side Beaver (7-3); 13. Riverside (6-4) vs. 5. Avonworth (9-1); 2. Clairton (10-0) vs. 7. Shenango (7-3); 3. Neshannock (10-0) vs. 6. Jeannette (9-1)

OFF THE GRID

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Peters Township’s Nicco Mastrangelo beats Upper St. Clair goalkeeper Kenny Rapko for his second goal of the first half

Peters Township boys top Upper St. Clair to win back-to-back WPIAL Class AAA titles, by Bill West.

Seneca Valley soccer

Seneca Valley’s Cassidy Testa (23) hugs goalkeeper Jessica Neil after beating Canon-McMillan

Seneca Valley girls defend WPIAL Class AAA title, by Bill West.

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October 31, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS football: WPIAL playoffs first-round LIVE blog

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Welcome to the WPIAL playoffs first-round edition of the iPreps LIVE blog, where we will provide commentary, WPIAL football playoff 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 Mars and Montour and interviews with Pine-Richland QB Ben DiNucci and Rams coach Eric Kasperowicz:

The Mars-Montour game will be televised live on ROOT Sports.

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

Friday’s results
WPIAL playoffs
First round
Class AAAA

Altoona 27, Bethel Park 17
Central Catholic 42, Norwin 7
McKeesport 35, Mt. Lebanon 10
North Allegheny 24, Upper St. Clair 0
Penn-Trafford 40, Fox Chapel 13
Pine-Richland 63, Connellsville 6
Plum 17, Penn Hills 6
Woodland Hills 41, North Hills 2
Class AAA
Central Valley 48, Laurel Highlands 26
Franklin Regional 20, Belle Vernon 0
Hampton 33, New Castle 14
Indiana 42, West Mifflin 12
Mars 42, Montour 27
Ringgold 24, Gateway 14
Thomas Jefferson 49, Moon 14
West Allegheny 38, Knoch 0
Class AA
Aliquippa 55, Kittanning 20
Apollo-Ridge 58, Beaver Falls 40
Highlands 24, New Brighton 19
Mt. Pleasant 38, Shady Side Academy 0
Seton-La Salle 20, McGuffey 0
South Fayette 65, Waynesburg 6
South Park 21, Beaver 20
Washington 34, Steel Valley 7
Class A
Avonworth 34, Mapletown 0
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 69, Avella 13
Clairton 62, Chartiers-Houston 3
Jeannette 50, Brentwood 19
Neshannock 48, Greensburg Central Catholic 3
Riverside 21, Beth-Center 20
Shenango 35, Springdale 7
South Side Beaver 26, Frazier 12
District 6
Heritage

Purchase Line 50, Saltsburg 14
Nonconference
Blairsville 56, Redbank Valley 6
Central 35, Ligonier Valley 3
Glendale 16, Marion Center 0
Northern Bedford 19, Northern Cambria 6
Penns Manor 14, Keystone 13
Williamsburg 32, Homer-Center 14

WPIAL playoffs
Quarterfinals
Times, sites, dates TBD
Class AAAA

1. Pine-Richland (10-0) vs. 8. Altoona (8-2); 13. Plum (6-4) vs. 5. McKeesport (9-1); 2. Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7. North Allegheny (8-2); 3. Central Catholic (9-1) vs. 6. Woodland Hills (8-2)
Class AAA
1. Central Valley (10-0) vs. 8. Indiana (7-3); 4. Hampton (9-1) vs. 5. Ringgold (9-1); 2. Thomas Jefferson (10-0) vs. 10. Mars (7-3); 3. West Allegheny (9-1) vs. 6. Franklin Regional (7-3)
Class AA
1. South Fayette (10-0) vs. 9. South Park (8-2); 4. Highlands (10-0) vs. 5. Seton-La Salle (9-1); 2. Aliquippa (10-0) vs. 7. Mt. Pleasant (8-2); 3. Washington (10-0) vs. 6. Apollo-Ridge (9-1)
Class A
1. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (10-0) vs. 9. South Side Beaver (7-3); 13. Riverside (6-4) vs. 5. Avonworth (9-1); 2. Clairton (10-0) vs. 7. Shenango (7-3); 3. Neshannock (10-0) vs. 6. Jeannette (9-1)

QUICK THOUGHTS: Of the 32 first-round games, only five involved wins by lower-seeded teams. The most prominent upset was Plum beating Penn Hills, 17-6. The Mustangs had lost 22 consecutive games before winning in Week 10 last year, and had lost 14 consecutive to their neighbors. Add this one to Plum’s big wins over Penn Hills in 1996 and ’97, when Mustangs coach Matt Morgan was playing at Plum. … The Tri-County South continued its winless ways in the WPIAL playoffs. The conference hasn’t won a postseason game since 2010, making it 0-16 in first-round games the past four years. That’s no surprise to anyone who follows Western Pennsylvania football, yet how the WPIAL football steering committee still found Beth-Center worthy of a No. 4 seed is a mystery. The previously undefeated Bulldogs lost to No. 13 Riverside, 21-20. Avella lost to top-seeded Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic; Mapletown to No. 5 Avonworth and Frazier to No. 8 South Side Beaver. … Mars RB Ori Rinaman scored six touchdowns as the Planets knocked off Montour on ROOT Sports. Not a bad game (or season) for a guy who was expected to be a backup until Josh Schultheis suffered a season-ending leg injury in the opener. Now, it will be interesting to see what happens with Lou Cerro at Montour, where he has been suspended as athletic director and is considered the leading candidate at Canon-McMillan, which has an opening after the mid-season resignation of Ron Coder. … Gateway entered the playoffs with a 4-5 record and as the No. 12 seed before losing to Ringgold, a disappointing finish given that the Gators were talking about dominating after dropping to Class AAAA. While Gateway fans might be quick to blame coach Tom Nola, I’ve believed since the start of the season that they had unrealistic expectations given their talent level and a me-first attitude that seems to permeate the program. I’ll be interested to see if Nola returns. I wouldn’t blame him if he decides to walk away from a program with meddling parents and players who seemed more concerned with their Division I potential than their performance. …. The Trib ranked Central Catholic and Woodland Hills Nos. 1 and 2 in Quad A in the preseason; those two will meet in what should be one of the best games in the quarterfinals. …. The TJ-Mars matchup should be interesting, given how run-reliant both programs are. The Jaguars didn’t attempt a pass against Moon. … Highlands is undefeated after beating New Brighton, and its quarterfinal game against Seton-La Salle (9-1) might be the best in Class AA. … The Neshannock-Jeannette game promises to be a great one in Class A, with Clairton likely awaiting the winner in the semifinals.

South Park blocks a Beaver field-goal attempt as time expires, drawing this reaction:

South Fayette QB Brett Brumbaugh takes a moment to reflect on the field where he set WPIAL passing records:

UPSET ALERT!: Plum, which didn’t win a regular-season game in 2013, beats Penn Hills, 17-6. The Mustangs have a history of stunning their neighbors in the playoffs, dating back to a 1996 victory when Plum coach Matt Morgan and his older brother, Tony Morgan, played there.

And a final score from the worst road trip of the postseason, one that marks Altoona’s first-ever WPIAL playoff victory:

UPSET ALERT?: As John Fedko of WPXI Skylights predicted on my radio show (the podcast is linked above), Fox Chapel is attempting to pull a major upset. The Foxes lead undefeated Penn-Trafford, 13-10, at halftime. … Devin Austin scores on a 48-yard run. to give Penn-Trafford a 17-13 lead over Fox Chapel. … Austin leaps over two defenders into end zone from 7 yards out. Warriors now lead 24-13, 5:11 in 3rd. That’s 21 unanswered points by P-T. FINAL SCORE: Penn-Trafford 40, Fox Chapel 13.

Ron Burgundy

Anchorman Ron Burgundy of the Action 4 news team is here at Trib HQ to help keep track of our WPIAL playoff coverage.

Nice shots from Trib photographer Christopher Horner:

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Aliquippa’s DiMontae Bronaugh

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Aliquippa’s Kaezon Pugh

Updates from #TribHS reporters at WPIAL playoff games:

Plum at Penn Hills
From Brian Duermeyer at Andrew Yuhas Stadium: The Mustangs are outplaying Penn Hills, and sacked QB Billy Kisner inside the 10-yard line. … Plum’s 6-foot-6, 330-pound right tackle, Jacob Tecak, was injured and is out of the game. … Plum recovers a Penn Hills fumble, and Zachary Martin scores on a 6-yard run for a 7-0 lead. … Te’Shan Campbell scores on a 1-yard run, but the two-point conversion pass fails and Plum leads, 7-6. … Plum QB Will Fuhrer leaves the game with a hand injury, and the Mustangs turn to the wildcat. … With 18 seconds left in the half, Plum has possession at the Penn Hills 10. … Fuhrer returns to throw a 7-yard TD to Nathan Turchick for a 14-6 lead with 12 seconds remaining. And the Mustangs will receive the opening kickoff in the second half. … Plum’s Jacob Chapla converts a 33-yard field goal for a 17-6 lead with 2:23 left in the third. … Plum punts to the Penn Hills 1, then intercepts Kisner. The Mustangs have an 11-point lead with 4:18 remaining. FINAL SCORE: Plum 17, Penn Hills 6.

Mt. Lebanon at McKeesport
From Mark Kaboly at Weigle-Schaeffer Memorial Stadium: Rob Costantino’s 38-yard field goal gives Lebo a 3-0 lead. … Khaleke Hudson scores on a 23-yard run to give McKeesport a 7-3 lead. … Hudson picks off a pass and returns it to 10 yard line with 12.4 seconds left in first half, then scores from 2 yards out on final play of first half after McKeesport originally sends out its FG team. At halftime, it’s McKeesport 14, Mt. Lebanon 6. … Tymar Sutton scores on a 29-yard run to give McKeesport a 21-3 lead with 3:31 left in the third. … Joey Stabile’s 2-yard run caps a 15-play, 83-yard drive with 11:14 left to cut McKeesport’s lead to 21-10. … McKeesport QB TyWann Smith uses runs of 31 and 33 yards to get McKeesport into the end zone 36 seconds later for a 28-10 lead. … Smith scores on a 1-yard run to give McKeesport a 35-10 lead with 4:00 left. FINAL SCORE: McKeesport 35, Mt. Lebanon 10.

Connellsville at Pine-Richland
From Ed Phillipps at Pine-Richland Stadium: No. 1 Pine-Richland leads No. 16 Connellsville, 28-6, after one quarter. Connor Slomka has three short touchdown runs and now has 23 touchdowns on the season, the second most in school history behind Greg Hough, who had 25 in 2002. … The Rams lead 42-6 at halftime. Ben DiNucci has completed 10 of 12 passes for 182 yards, and Slomka now has four short touchdown runs. … Slomka is out to start the second half, but backup James Graf keeps the ground game going by rushing for 62 yards and a touchdown. The Rams are up 56-6 at the end of the third quarter. FINAL SCORE: Pine-Richland 63, Connellsville 6.

North Hills at Woodland Hills
From Wes Crosby at Turtle Creek Stadium (Wolvarena): Woodland Hills takes a 7-0 lead over North Hills with 5:48 left in the first quarter after Miles Sanders carried nine times, scoring on a 2-yard run on 4th and goal. … Woody High leads, 14-0, at 2:03 after Jo-el Shaw runs 15 yards through the middle of North Hills’ defense after Andrew Bly fumbled the ball on the Indians’ first play. … On 3rd and 16 from the WH 41, North Hills receiver Owen Davis was hit by DB Mike Nash. He was down for a few minutes and was helped to the sideline. … North Hills’ Kindhal Taylor tackles Sanders deep in the end zone. Sanders and a Woodland Hills offensive lineman are down and being tended to in the end zone. Woodland Hills leads, 14-2, at 9:40 of the second quarter. … Sanders has returned from his injury. North Hills WR Andrew Bly is now down and favoring his leg. He is being helped off the field. … Woodland Hills 21, North Hills 2: Shaw scores his second touchdown, this time from 4 yards. He had a 25-yard reception on the previous play to set it up. North Hills WR Bly has returned from his injury. … Woodland Hills QB Jeremiah Jones runs it in from 18 yards out, eight seconds into the fourth quarter. Woodland Hills leads 28-2. … Sanders scores his second touchdown of the game. He and Shaw each have over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Woodland Hills 34, North Hills 2, 6:54 remaining. FINAL SCORE: Woodland Hills 41, North Hills 2.

Norwin vs. Central Catholic
From Nathan Smith at George K. Cupples Stadium: Michael Navarro scores on a 1-yard quarterback keeper. Central Catholic leads Norwin 7-0 with 8:29 to play in 1st quarter. … Central Catholic adds to its leads with a John Petrishen 65-yard punt return. Vikings up 14-0 over Norwin. 6:08 left in 1st quarter. … Nick Amendola plows through the Central Catholic defense for 12 yards to score for Norwin. Knights trail 14-7 with 4:10 until half. … Vinny Emanuele scores on a 4 yard run to put Central Catholic ahead of Norwin 21-7 with 1:16 until halftime. … On its first play of 2nd half, Emanuele runs it in from 22 yards out. Vikings up 28-7 over Norwin. … There’s the dagger: Ronnie Jones breaks off an 84-yard touchdown run. Central Catholic leads Norwin 35-7 with 8:36 to play. FINAL SCORE: Central Catholic 42, Norwin 7.

Mars at Montour
From Chris Harlan at Thomas Birko Stadium: Mars takes a 7-0 lead on Ori Rinaman’s 3-yard run to end a 10-play, 52-yard touchdown drive at 6:00 of the first. … The teams have combined for four fumbles in fewer than 9 minutes … Montour lost both of its, Mars retained its two. … Montour’s Randall LaBrie scores with a 9-yard touchdown run, but the extra point kick is blocked, leaving Mars with a 7-6 lead. The touchdown was set up with an interception by Montour’s Brandon Hopay. … Montour 14, Mars 7: Montour’s David Haseleu runs 6 yards for TD … LaBrie and Logan Deboer combine for 2-point pass; 5:48 2Q. … Mars’ Ori Rinaman ties it with a 6-yard touchdown run; 1:14 2Q. … A third rushing TD for Mars’ Rinaman, this a 9-yarder for a 21-14 lead for the Planets with 33 seconds left in the half. … An intercepted halfback pass led to the go-ahead touchdown. Montour’s Haseleu was picked by Mars’ Rob Carmody with 37 seconds left. Rinaman has touchdown runs of 3, 6 and 9 yards. … Rinaman runs 21 yards for his fourth touchdown; 8:58 3Q, to give Mars a 28-14 lead. … Montour’s Haseleu runs 31 yards to cut it to 28-21 with 2:01 left in the third. … Rinaman scores his fifth TD, a 35-yarder, to give Mars a 35-21 lead with 11:53 left. … Mars 35, Montour 27: A 10-yard TD pass from LaBrie to Kailen Grimm has Montour within a touchdown with 4:23 left. … A sixth touchdown run for Ori Rinaman … Mars leads 42-27 with 29 seconds left. FINAL SCORE: Mars 42, Montour 27.

Moon at Thomas Jefferson
From Ray Judy at Thomas Jefferson Stadium: TJ and Moon put up 21 combined points in less than two minutes. TJ’s Quinton Hill ran for a 48-yard touchdown run on TJ’s first play. Moon followed that with a touchdown on its very next play, an 80-yard TD run by Noah Angelo. On TJ’s very next play, Austin Kemp took his first carry 66 yards for a touchdown. … Kemp adds a 39-yard touchdown run to give TJ a 21-7 lead over Moon. … Zane Zandier returns an Aleksei Yaramus interception 75 yards to give Thomas Jefferson a 28-7 lead with 9:11 left in first half. … Kemp breaks 50-yard TD run to make it TJ 35, Moon 7 with 1:40 left in second quarter. … Hill carries 12 times for 58 yards on TJ’s first drive of the second half, capping it with a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Jaguars a 42-7 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter. FINAL SCORE: Thomas Jefferson 49, Moon 14.

Belle Vernon at Franklin Regional
From Paul Schofield at Franklin Regional HS Stadium: Franklin Regional breaks out to a 6-0 lead on a Brett Zanotto 20-yard run. … Franklin Regional now leads 13-0 on a 3 yard run by Santino Birty following an interception by Vinny Farina. … Zanotto scores on a 10-yard run with 5:09 left, Franklin Regional leads Belle Vernon, 20-0. FINAL SCORE: Franklin Regional 20, Belle Vernon 0.

West Mifflin at Indiana
From Dave Mackall at Andy Kuzneski Field: Indiana takes a 2-0 lead on a safety, after the ball was snapped over punter’s head into end zone. … Indiana’s Jacob Zilinskas scores on a 5-yard run (with a John Gatti kick) for a 9-0 lead. … After Kevin Garbark intercepted a pass by Indiana QB Jacob Zilinskas, DiAngelo Mitchell races 71 yards for a west Mifflin TD. The kick was blocked, but West Mifflin cuts the Indiana lead to 9-6. … Zilinskas scores on a 2-yard run for a 16-6 lead. … John Gatti scores on a 1-yard run then kicks the PAT to give Indiana a 23-6 lead over West Mifflin at 5:39, 2nd. … Indiana’s Connor Tshudy scores on a 2-yard run, but the kick fails. Indiana leads, 29-6, with 43 seconds left in the half. … Mitchell scores on a 36-yard run to cut it to Indiana 29, West Mifflin 12, with 8:15 left in third quarter. … Zilinskas’ 1-yard run gives Indiana a 35-12 lead. FINAL SCORE: Indiana 42, West Mifflin 12.

Knoch at West Allegheny
From Doug Gulasy at Joe P. DeMichela Stadium: Chayse Dillon scores from 2 yards out. West Allegheny leads Knoch 7-0 with 25.1 seconds left in the first quarter. … A 28-yard field goal by D.J. Opsatnik gives West Allegheny a 10-0 lead over Knoch midway through the second quarter. … Terence Stephens scores on a 67-yard touchdown run, as West Allegheny leads Knoch, 17-0. … For West Allegheny: Dillon has 12 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown, and Stephens has three carries for 71 yards, TD. … Dillon with a 15-yard touchdown run, his second score of the night. West Allegheny leads Knoch, 24-0. … Whitney White scores from 3 yards out. West Allegheny leads Knoch, 38-0, with 6:09 left. FINAL SCORE: West Allegheny 38, Knoch 0.

New Brighton at Highlands
From Bill Beckner Jr. at Golden Rams Stadium: Highlands strikes first. Elijah Jackson scores on an 8-yard run. Golden Rams lead New Brighton, 7-0, at 9:52 1Q. … Jackson races 75 yards for a Highlands touchdown. It’s 14-0 Highlands over New Brighton, 6:25 1Q. … Jackson has 96 yards on 3 carries, 2 TDs. He’s playing offense only with high ankle sprain. Doesn’t look like it hurts much. … New Brighton QB Blaine Williams scores on a 1-yard run. Extra point blocked by Weston Bernath. Highlands leads New Brighton, 14-6, 38.5 1Q. … Williams throws 20-yard strike to Frank Tomasi for New Brighton TD. Two-point run no good. Highlands 14-12, 3:54 2Q. … Sam Elliott tacks on 3 points with 21-yard field goal for Highlands, which leads New Brighton, 17-12, at halftime. … Word is Highlands’ Dom Martinka is injured and will not return to second half. Nate McKinney also banged up. … Thimons busts tackles, pushes the pile ahead for 12-yard TD. Highlands leads New Brighton, 24-12, 2:08 to play. … New Brighton not done yet. Scott Florence hauls in 24-yard TD from Williams. Highlands 24-19, 53.5 to play. Onside kick coming. FINAL SCORE: Highlands 24, New Brighton 19.

Shady Side Academy at Mt. Pleasant
From Jason Black at Vikings Stadium: Trevor Salopek’s 15-yard run gives Mt. Pleasant a 7-0 lead. … Zach Bednar’s 30-yard field goal gives the Vikings a 10-0 lead. … Salopek’s 79-yard run gives Mt. Pleasant a 17-0 lead. … Ethan Charlesworth scores on a 15-yard run for a 24-0 lead for Mt. Pleasant. … Jake Adamrovich scores on a 1-yard run for a 38-0 Mt. Pleasant lead. FINAL SCORE: Mt. Pleasant 38, Shady Side Academy 0.

Kittanning at Aliquippa
From Matt Grubba at Carl A. Aschman Stadium (The Pit): The Quips take an 8-0 lead on DiMontae Bronaugh’s 29-yard scoring run. … Aliquippa’s Kaezon Pugh scores on a 5-yard run for a 14-0 lead at 2:22 of the first. … Quips fullback Anthony Barton rumbles 75 yards for a 20-0 lead. … Kittanning answers, as Zane Dudek outsprints two Quips who had an angle and scores on a 55-yard run to cut it to 20-6. … Three TDs in three plays: Quips’ Patrick Anderson scores a 54-yard touchdown on a wheel route for a 28-6 lead. … Make that four TDs in four plays: Dudek follows a long kick return with a 28-yard scoring run to cut it to 28-13. … Pugh scores again, this time from 15 yards, for a 36-13 Quips lead at 7:28 of the second quarter. … Bronaugh’s second TD run makes it 42-13 with 4:17 left in the half. … After going 10 minutes without a score, Pugh breaks a 79-yard TD run for a 48-13 Quips lead. … Stephon McGinnis, the Ambridge transfer, with his third interception in as many games for the Quips. This one is a pick-six for a 55-13 lead. … Possibly the final TD in Kittanning history: Kolton Crissman scores on a 75-yard fumble recovery to cut it to 55-20 with 4:59 left. FINAL SCORE: Aliquippa 55, Kittanning 20.

Steel Valley at Washington
From David Whipkey at Washington HS Stadium: Jordan West scores on a 66-yard run and Jon Spina throws a 75-yard touchdown pass to Dequay Isbell to give Wash High a 12-0 lead on Steel Valley. … Steel Valley strikes in the third as DeWayne Murray scores to cut it to 12-7. … Spina with 1-yard QB sneak to give Washington 18-7 lead against Steel Valley. … Malik Wells scores on a 75-yard run, followed by Spina’s two-point conversion for a 26-7 lead. … West scores on a 14-yard run, and Spina hits Wells for a two-point pass to give the Little Prexies a 34-7 lead. FINAL SCORE: Washington 34, Steel Valley 7.

Chartiers-Houston at Clairton
From Josh Yohe at Neil C. Brown Stadium: Lamont Wade has rushed for 108 yards and 2 TDs on his first two carries, giving Clairton a 16-0 lead with 6:43 left in first quarter. … Clairton leads, 22-0, after the first quarter. Wade has eight carries for 177 yards and 3 TDs. Clairton has a 46-3 halftime lead. FINAL SCORE: Clairton 62, Chartiers-Houston 3.

Brentwood at Jeannette
From Les Harvath at McKee Stadium: Patrick Carr scores on a 43-yard run, with a Sean McGlaughlin kick), to cap a nine-play drive and give the Spartans a 7-0 lead. … Jeannette’s Terell Canady responds with a 76-yard kickoff return, followed by a Swade Redman kick to tie it at 7-7. … Carr scores on a 3-yard run to cap an 11-play, 72-yard drive that covered 6:24, but the kick fails. … Carr recovers a Jeannette fumble in end zone for a 19-7 lead. … Julian Batts scores on a 24-yard run with 9:32 left in the third to pull Jeannette to within 19-14. … Zac Alteri TD gives Jeannette 22-19 lead against Brentwood. … Batts’ 57-yard run gives Jayhawks a 28-19 lead. FINAL SCORE: Jeannette 50, Brentwood 19.

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October 31, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

Twin billing

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Allderdice juniors James Jackson (right) and Timothy Jackson

Since the start of the season, Allderdice’s Jackson twins have had a singular focus on leading the Dragons to their first City League championship since 1967. That’s the longest drought in the City League of any school, open or closed.

The Jacksons will have their chance Saturday, when City rivals Allderdice and Brashear play to win that elusive title, writes Alex Oltmanns.

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On the same night that Valley and Freeport ended the season by providing a special play for autistic Valley junior Zach Clarke, Albert Gallatin drew up a special play for Billy Holt’s big moment .

Holt’s mother brought the story to our attention not to publicize her son but to thank Albert Gallatin coach Joe Embacher for the gesture toward her son, who was bullied before joining the football team.

“We cannot say enough good things about Joe Embacher,” Amy Holt said. “The sportsmanship was wonderful, and I wanted coach Embacher to be recognized for doing this because he has stood behind Billy 100 percent of the time.”

Embacher, by turn, credited Billy Holt’s best friend since kindergarten, Albert Gallatin junior running back-defensive back Luke Dice, for his behind-the-scenes work in orchestrating the play.

Dice, who leads Bible study at Albert Gallatin, said he was moved by the Holy Spirit to talk to Laurel Highlands coaches at halftime of the 49-21 loss. Dice knows Laurel Highlands assistant coach Paul Eckert through volunteering together at Camp Caramel in Dunbar, and noted that Eckert cleaned out his closet to donate clothes when Dice’s brother lost his entire wardrobe in a house fire.

It’s a story of friendship and football, how the former provided a special night in the latter.

“Luke has been his biggest cheerleader and best friend,” Amy Holt said. “He has been there 100 percent of the way with Billy.”

HITTING THE LINKS

USC and Butler soccer players

Upper St. Clair’s Aaron Fultineer and Butler’s Anthony Werth

Previewing the WPIAL soccer championships, by Bill West.

#TribCup: Canon-McMillan girls ready for Halloween at Highmark, by Brian Graham.

#TribHS roundup: Baldwin earns spot in WPIAL volleyball finals

TJ's Rachel Stover

TJ’s Rachel Stover

TJ volleyball team gets back to WPIAL finals for 1st time since 2001, by Kevin Lohman.

Ford City volleyball

Ford City players celebrate their victory over No. 1 Freeport

Ford City upsets No. 1 Freeport in WPIAL volleyball semifinals, by Matt Grubba.

GCC volleyball

Greensburg Central Catholic’s (26) Rachel Moore and (20) Megan Stunya celebrate a point against Shenango

GCC volleyball cruises to semifinal victory to earn rematch with No. 1 Bishop Canevin, by Kyle Pillar.

Greensburg Central Catholic sisters could face off in PIAA tennis finals, by Alex Oltmanns.

GCC boys cross country team makes PIAA meet, by Andrew John.

Southmoreland CC

Southmoreland cross country runners (from left) Riley Beistel, Ben Bickerton and Kaylee Farino are PIAA qualifiers

Southmoreland cross country trio chasing solid finishes, by Jason Black.

Kiski Area's Eric Kennedy

Anthony D’Incau and Eric Kennedy

Kiski Area’s Kennedy qualifies for states after being patient with hip injury, by Doug Gulasy.

Statewide football notebook: Pope John Paul II football player continues comeback

VND football notebook: Local flavor enhances Penn Hills, other playoff teams, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Highlands, Franklin Regional football

Highlands tackle Heath Dunlap (72) pulls down Franklin Regional QB Keith Pokrzywinski, forcing a fumble Nov. 4, 1989. Eric Booker scored on the following play as the Golden Rams clinched the conference title with a 35-0 victory.

Through the years: Highlands routed Franklin Regional to clinch conference title, by George Guido.

GEORGE GUIDO’S TOP 10
The schools with the most WPIAL football playoff appearances:
School Playoff trips
1. Aliquippa 38
2. Jeannette 37
3. Mt. Lebanon 35
4. Upper St. Clair 33
5. Penn Hills 32
6. Monessen 31
7t. Gateway 30
7t. North Hills 30
9. Clairton 29
10. North Allegheny 28

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October 30, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS WPIAL football first-round preview

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WPIAL playoffs have been tough on teams from Allegheny, Tri-County South, by Chris Harlan.

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Gorman: By going to Altoona, Bethel Park draws the worst road trip in the WPIAL playoffs.

Jeff Oliver asks the WPIAL a really good question: Why 7:30 p.m. starting times for playoffs?

GAMES OF THE WEEK

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Unfamiliar schemes a challenge for Mars, Montour coaches, by Bill West.

#TribHS football notebook: Hampton, New Castle bringing rivalry outside, by Chris Harlan.

GTR GOW

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Franklin Regional prepares for new-look Belle Vernon, by Paul Schofield.

VND GOW

Valley News Dispatch: Apollo-Ridge, Beaver Falls bracing for Class AA shootout, by Bill Beckner Jr.

KLT GOW

Kittanning Leader Times: Kittanning football hopes to prolong history, upset Aliquippa, by Matt Grubba.

MDN GOW

McKeesport Daily News: McKeesport preparing for banged-up Mt. Lebanon in first round, by Dave Mackall.

CDC GOW

Connellsville Daily Courier: Despite daunting task, Connellsville coach McDonald looks forward to playing Pine-Richland, by Jason Black.

Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top first-round matchups

WHAT HE SAID

Penn Hills QB Billy Kisner

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penn Hills QB Billy Kisner

Laurel Highlands Dominic Galderisi

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Laurel Highlands RB-LB Dominic Galderisi

Highlands LB Nathan McKinney

Valley News Dispatch: Highlands LB Nathan McKinney

West Shamokin RB Zac Horner

Kittanning Leader Times: West Shamokin RB Zac Horner

Steel Valley QB Tyrone Freeman

McKeesport Daily News: Steel Valley QB Tyrone Freeman

Laurel Highlands C Tyler Slavic

Connellsville Daily Courier: Laurel Highlands C Tyler Slavic

HITTING THE LINKS

Plum WR Patrick Crossey

Plum WR Patrick Crossey

Plum begins Quad-A playoffs with familiar foe in Penn Hills, by Michael Love.

Thomas Jefferson enters WPIAL Class AAA playoffs as No. 2 seed, by Ray Fisher.

Gateway ready for new opportunity in playoffs, by Michael Love.

Brentwood takes four-game winning streak into playoffs, by Ray Fisher.

Gary Horvath: Playoffs don’t define Quaker Valley season

OFF THE GRID

Penn-Trafford soccer

Penn-Trafford’s Naatalie Dipaolo (left) battles Moon’s Megan Schoeneweis

#TribHS roundup: Penn-Trafford earns PIAA tourney berth

South Park's Sarah Stanley and Yough's Shawna Zaken

South Park’s Sarah Stanley, Yough’s Shawna Zaken go for header

Yough’s season ends with 7-0 whitewash, by Jeff Oliver.

Bishop Canevin cross country duo headed to PIAA race, by Nathan Smith.

Sewickley Academy soccer

Sewickley Academy’s Ben Mulholland (17) celebrates his goal with Ryder MacDougall

Sewickley Academy boys soccer heading back to Highmark, by Gary Horvath.

South Fayette CC

South Fayette senior Natalie Hilton (front), freshman Maria DeCello (middle) and junior Hannah Kenawell (back)

South Fayette cross country rolls to states, by Gary Horvath.

Baldwin, Seton-La Salle seniors receive all-state recognition at PIAA golf championships, by Ray Fisher.

Scoring droughts hurt Norwin boys soccer squad, by Alex Oltmanns.

Fox Chapel volleyball coach reflects on season, by Marty Stewart.

Baldwin hockey's Max Milan

Baldwin’s Max Milan

Baldwin hockey squad taking optimistic approach, by Ed Phillipps.

Gateway skaters hope to start winning streak with back-to-back games, by Michael Love.

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October 29, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

A difficult decision in a wild week

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Winchester Thurston cross country (from left to right): coach Bruce Frey, Ben Littmann, Will Loevner, Landin Delaney and Tristan Forsythe (submitted photo)

My Wednesday column is about how, after qualifying for the PIAA Class A cross country championships in Hershey and the WPIAL Class A soccer championship at Highmark Stadium — both on Saturday — Winchester Thurston freshman Tristan Forsythe had to make a split decision.

Interestingly, when I spoke to Tristan’s father, Greg Forsythe, he was about to board a flight from Toronto back to Pittsburgh so he could see Tristan’s older sister, Charlotte Forsythe, play for Ellis School in the WPIAL Class AA field hockey championship Tuesday night at North Allegheny’s Newman Stadium.

Ellis School field hockey

Ellis School’s Mackenzie Haney (right) celebrates with Charlotte Forsythe

Safe to say, it was a good night in what promises to be a crazy week for the Forsythe family, as Bill West reported that North Allegheny and Ellis School captured WPIAL field hockey titles.

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HITTING THE LINKS

TJ volleyball

TJ volleyball earns spot in semifinals after downing South Fayette for third time, by Kevin Lohman.

#TribHS roundup: North Allegheny volleyball tops No. 1 Shaler

Ford City vball

Ford City’s Stephanie DiGregorio

Ford City volleyball team advances to semifinals with 3-1 win over Seton-La Salle, by Matt Grubba.

Freeport vball

Freeport’s Angela Hewitt (15) celebrates a point against Montour

Freeport girls rally past Montour to reach WPIAL volleyball semifinals, by Doug Gulasy.

Derry vball

Derry’s Kiersten Horrell

Derry girls go down swinging in WPIAL Class AA volleyball playoffs, by Kevin Ritchart.

Frazier struggles to find answers against Shenango in WPIAL volleyball quarterfinals, by Dave Whipkey.

George Guido: WPIAL playoff storylines abound

It’s not the meeting Yough and South Park expected, but they will take consolation, by Jeff Oliver.

#TribHS highlight reel: Norwin wrestler headed to Bucknell

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: West Allegheny’s Collin Wurst, Montour’s Jane Schleicher, by Brian Graham.

Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: GCC’s Vince Mirigliano, Yough’s Natalie Luppold, by Andrew John.

McKeesport Daily News spotlight athletes: Serra Catholic’s Zac Quattrone, TJ’s Rachel Stover, by Robert Stinner.

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October 28, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

WPIAL playoff pairings edition

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The WPIAL announced its football playoff pairings Monday night at DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree — bus drivers have to buy their own tickets, you know — and perhaps the toughest call came in the highest classification, where Chris Harlan writes that Pine-Richland earned some respect as No. 1 seed in Class AAAA.

Harlan also breaks down the WPIAL playoffs with predictions.

Paul Schofield takes a look at how Penn-Trafford earned the No. 2 seed in Quad A.

And Bill Beckner Jr. writes that the Allegheny Conference, which hasn’t won a postseason games since 2011, gets a clean slate in these WPIAL playoffs.

The disgust of Clairton coach Wayne Wade in regards to the WPIAL Class A bracket, which has the Bears potentially set up to face familiar foes, is captured by Dave Mackall.

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My Tuesday column is about how, when it comes to WPIAL seeding, don’t sleep on No. 2s when they are perennial powers with a history of winning WPIAL championships who were dominant this season.

You know, like Aliquippa and Clairton.

HITTING THE LINKS

Highlands coach Sam Albert

Highlands coach Sam Albert learns by phone that his Golden Rams will play New Brighton in the first round.

Valley News Dispatch WPIAL football notebook: Plum draws rival Penn Hills in first round, by Doug Gulasy.

Speaking of the A-K Valley, WPXI-TV revisits a golden moment for a Valley player who is autistic

Kittanning will play No. 2 Aliquippa, by Matt Grubba.

Connellsville, Laurel Highlands will open WPIAL playoffs on the road

OFF THE GRID

USC's Robbie Mertz

Upper St. Clair’s Robbie Mertz

Upper St. Clair back in familiar territory; will vie for first WPIAL title since 2011, by Ed Phillipps.

The Seneca Valley girls soccer team tops Penn-Trafford in a shootout for a third straight WPIAL final berth, by Ray Judy.

Mars girls soccer

Mars midfielder Casey Merritt (left) congratulates Sabrina Edwards (middle) on a goal against Yough

Big first half propels Mars girls soccer team past Yough, 3-0, by Bill West.

Geibel soccer team loses, 5-0, to Sewickley Academy, by Jason Black.

#TribHS roundup: Montour girls upset South Park in semis

Plum golfer changes commitment from Division III to Division I, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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October 27, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

Weekend recap: Petrishen in no hurry

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Central Catholic safety Johnny Petrishen

The Trib’s Chris Harlan has a recruiting column on perhaps the most heavily recruited player in the WPIAL: Central Catholic’s Petrishen won’t rush decision.

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HITTING THE LINKS

Highlands

Highlands’ Dylan Nolan (54), Isaac Gillette (33), Dominic Martinka (32), and Wil Burris (12) tackle Shady Side Academy’s Louis Berry IV.

Allegheny Conference football teams look to rebuild reputation in WPIAL playoffs, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Springdale's Michael Banachoski

Springdale football team tackles adversity on way to playoffs, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS roundup: Springdale football wins fourth in a row

Vincentian's Marianne Abdalah

Vincentian’s Marianne Abdalah

Vincentian’s defending cross country champion Abdalah ready for all comers, by Bill West.

Geibel soccer

Geibel players (from left) Brent Plisko, Matt Mammarella, Kyle Toth and Jarek Allen celebrate a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal victory over Greensburg Central Catholic.

Geibel soccer enjoying playoff run, set to face Sewickley Academy in semifinals, by Jason Black.

North Allegheny girls defend state tennis title, by Jeff Dewees.

Mars hockey team seeking return to championship form, by Joe Sager.

Butler girls soccer program making steady progress, by Joe Sager.

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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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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.

VND cover

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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