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GAMEPLAN: We’ve got HS football covered

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Once again, Trib Total Media is proud to deliver Western Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive high school football preview sections, GAMEPLAN, which will be published in Friday’s editions. Here at iPreps, we’re happy to give you a sneak peek at the covers and cover stories. You can find more stories here. Enjoy!

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Led by record-setting QB, South Fayette offense among WPIAL’s all-time best, by Chris Harlan.

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Wilkinsburg trying to ‘reintroduce our history,’ 100 years after winning first WPIAL football championship, by Kevin Gorman.

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Now, in fifth season, Ruane building winning tradition at Penn-Trafford, by Jason Mackey.

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Natural rivalries, top-tier talent highlight realigned Allegheny Conference, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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Century-old rivalry ending this season, as Kittanning and Ford City meet one last time, by Matt Grubba.

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Former defensive coordinator Wayne Wade a natural fit as Clairton head coach, by Josh Yohe.

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My column on how, a decade later, an Upper St. Clair trio serves as an example of life lessons learned from high school football.

BREAKDOWNS BY CLASSIFICATION

Class AAAA: Trio of contenders could challenge perennial powers.

Class AAA: With Gateway dropping down, Parkway powers face opposition, by Jason Mackey.

Class AA: Revamped Allegheny Conference among many changes, by Bill West.

Class A: Realignment shakes up conferences, by Paul Schofield.

City League: Defending champion USO has high expectations, by Alex Oltmanns.

FRIDAY’S LINKS

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The ninth part of the #TribHS countdown to kickoff series focuses on the special talent of kickers, by Chris Harlan.

My column on the special relationship between Central Catholic’s long snapper and kicker.

Finally, big news on the WPIAL basketball front, as Pitt recruit Maverick Rowan leaves defending WPIAL and PIAA Class A champion Lincoln Park charter to transfer to a school in Florida, by Chris Harlan.

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Author: Kevin Gorman

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

 
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