All posts by 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.

Sprinting to gold

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Mars' Ori Rinaman

Mars’ Ori Rinaman

Mars’ Rinaman sprints to two golds at Mars Invitational, by Ed Phillipps.

Apollo-Ridge's Tre Tipton

Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton

Freeport track team excels at first-year meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Valley News Dispatch roundup: Knoch sophomore Geist wins shot put at Penn Relays

ON THE DIAMOND

Derry second baseman Ryan Maloy forces out Southmoreland's Hunter Schwartz (10)

Derry second baseman Ryan Maloy forces out Southmoreland’s Hunter Schwartz (10)

Derry baseball team turns tables on Southmoreland, by Jason Black.

#TribHS roundup: Mt. Lebanon rolls to victory over Carrick

Greensburg Tribune-Review roundup: No. 4 Hempfield baseball routs Norwin

McKeesport Daily News roundup: Uniontown upsets No. 4 West Mifflin

Connellsville Daily Courier roundup: Malone’s one-hitter leads Connellsville to victory

Deer Lakes' Brittany Dengler (18) tags out Freeport's Jess Kelly

Deer Lakes’ Brittany Dengler (18) tags out Freeport’s Jess Kelly

No. 1 Deer Lakes breezes past Freeport, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Belle Vernon catcher Nicole Ashcraft (18)receives the throw from center fielder Emily Frederick (13) in time to tag Thomas Jefferson's Bayli Moon (4) at home plate

Belle Vernon catcher Nicole Ashcraft (18)receives the throw from center fielder Emily Frederick (13) in time to tag Thomas Jefferson’s Bayli Moon (4) at home plate

Belle Vernon softball tops Thomas Jefferson, by Jeff Oliver.

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MR. ALL-AMERICAN

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TribHS highlight reel: Track season kicks into high gear, Sanders picks All-American game

Norwin's Alayna Gribble

Norwin’s Alayna Gribble

Gorman: Norwin’s Gribble lets game speak

South Allegheny soccer standout Tyszkiewicz chooses Robert Morris, by Dave Mackall.

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#TribHS roundup: Bethel Park softball upsets No. 1 Canon-McMillan

McKeesport Daily News roundup: Rohan leads Steel Valley to Section 4 victory

Riverview's Hannah Larkin

Riverview’s Hannah Larkin

Despite low numbers, Riverview softball keeping it together, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribCup: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic loading up on games to prep for postseason, by Alex Oltmanns.

Greensburg Tribune-Review roundup: No. 1 GCC tops rival Jeannette

Kittanning baseball eyes first section title since 1993, by Matt Grubba.

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NORWIN STAR PICKS PITT

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Norwin's Alayna Gribble

Norwin’s Alayna Gribble

Norwin’s Gribble switches commitment to Pitt, by Bill Hartlep.

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Gateway’s Lewis showing power at plate, in pitcher’s circle, by Kevin Ritchart.

#TribHS notebook: Franklin Regional coach, wrestlers honored nationally

Gorman: 6A proposal not so super

Guido: Leechburg softball on verge of tying record

ON THE DIAMOND

Baldwin pitcher Jaimie Schleicher

Baldwin pitcher Jaimie Schleicher

Baldwin softball continues to roll despite injured ace, by Brian Knavish.

Chartiers Valley's Brooke Lapia

Chartiers Valley’s Brooke Lapia

Patient hitters propelling Chartiers Valley softball, by Gary Horvath.

Frazier pitcher Paige Hotz

Frazier pitcher Paige Hotz

Jump in competition has helped Frazier prepare for WPIAL postseason, by Karen Price.

ON THE TRACK

Apollo-Ridge High School's Jonah Casella takes the baton from Tre Tipton as Dillon Butz and Dillon Shipman cheer them on

Apollo-Ridge High School’s Jonah Casella takes the baton from Tre Tipton as Dillon Butz and Dillon Shipman cheer them on

Apollo-Ridge boys 400-meter relay team works on handoffs in pursuit of record, by Doug Gulasy.

Gateway's Kristen Greggerson

Gateway’s Kristen Greggerson

Gateway thrower builds toward WPIALs, by Michael Love.

Norwin’s Plecenik looks to vault to another WPIAL title, by Nathan Smith.

Baldwin’s Stahl has sensational track debut at Butler Invitational, by Ray Fisher.

Brentwood's Molly Huffman

Brentwood’s Molly Huffman

Brentwood track athletes dig Cal’s ‘carnival’ atmosphere, by Ray Fisher.

ON THE COURT

Sewickley Academy's Luke Ross

Sewickley Academy’s Luke Ross

Sewickley Academy tennis star makes most of time spent in Florida, by Karen Kadilak.

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Dynamic doubles

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Sewickley Academy brothers Ryan Gex and Don Gex

Sewickley Academy brothers Ryan Gex and Don Gex

Mars, Sewickley Academy duos capture WPIAL doubles tennis titles, by Gary Horvath.

Gorman: Rugby recruitment was on the fly

#TribHS notebook: PIAA executive director discusses six classes, heat acclimatization at WPIAL meeting, by Paul Schofield.

ON THE DIAMOND

Penn-Trafford's Marissa Bacco slides safely into second while Connellsville's Jackie Cramer awaits a throw

Penn-Trafford’s Marissa Bacco slides safely into second while Connellsville’s Jackie Cramer awaits a throw

Penn-Trafford softball routs Connellsville, by Jason Black.

Franklin Regional rallies past Foxes in section matchup, by Michael Love.

#TribHS roundup: Mars softball takes down No. 4 Hampton

Greensburg Tribune-Review roundup: Hempfield softball avenges loss to Norwin

McKeesport Daily News roundup: Elizabeth Forward takes down Ringgold

Deer Lakes' Zach Lubick

Deer Lakes Zach Lubick

Step up in class doesn’t hold back Deer Lakes baseball, by Doug Gulasy.

Plum's Brian Albert, at left, congratulates Alex Kirilloff after Kirilloff's two-run homer in the sixth inning of a 4-0 victory over Franklin Regional in a Section 4-AAAA showdown

Plum’s Brian Albert, at left, congratulates Alex Kirilloff after Kirilloff’s two-run homer in the sixth inning of a 4-0 victory over Franklin Regional in a Section 4-AAAA showdown

Plum triumphs in meeting of section leaders, by Michael Love.

Big second inning proves just enough for Sabers, by Matt Grubba.

ON THE TRACK

Latrobe's Maddy Mueseler

Latrobe’s Maddy Mueseler

Latrobe’s Mueseler turns heads at invitational, by Kevin Lohman.

Derry Area's Megan Retallick

Derry’s Megan Retallick

Derry track prepares for WCCA meet, by Kevin Ritchart.

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BIG-LEAGUE BIG MAC

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Looks like Luke Blanock, the Canon-McMillan senior basketball-baseball player who ‘doesn’t want to be the kid with cancer’ got to enjoy a day with the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday at PNC Park.

Ringgold's Laura Grimm

Ringgold athletic director Laura Grimm

Gorman: Grimm good hire for Ringgold

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Deer Lakes' Tiffany Edwards

Deer Lakes’ Tiffany Edwards

High-scoring Deer Lakes softball not taking success for granted, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Pitchers lead Chartiers Valley baseball to success, by Nathan Smith.

Valley News Dispatch: Fox Chapel baseball wins fifth consecutive game

McKeesport Daily News roundup: West Mifflin stays unbeaten

Connellsville Daily Courier roundup: Southmoreland baseball rolls past Derry

AT THE NET

Penn Hills' Nate Ferraco

Penn Hills’ Nate Ferraco

Penn Hills soccer star makes time to excel at volleyball, by Ed Phillipps.

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STANDING TALL

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‘Ultimate Character': Popular Kiski Area team manager gets shot on tennis court, by Doug Gulasy.

Mars' Josh Raymundo

Mars’ Josh Raymundo

Step up in class no problem for Mars tennis team, by Joe Sager.

ON THE COURT

Class A's Heidi Langhorst (right) of OLSH battles for a loose ball with Class AA's Nicolette Newman of Seton-La Salle and Conor Richardson of Carlynton during the Roundall Classic

Class A’s Heidi Langhorst (right) of OLSH battles for a loose ball with Class AA’s Nicolette Newman of Seton-La Salle and Conor Richardson of Carlynton during the Roundall Classic at Geneva College

Roundball Classic: Small-school boys teams engage in shootout, by George Guido.

Valley News Dispatch roundup: Bordonaro scores 13 in Roundball win

ON THE DIAMOND

Seneca Valley pitcher Nikki Matz

Seneca Valley pitcher Nikki Matz

Matz keeps ball moving for Seneca Valley softball, by Jerry Clark.

#TribHS roundup: OLSH baseball extends winning streak to eight

ON THE ICE

Butler hockey players (from left) Connor Scott, Marcus McCall and Jonathan Fair competed for Team Pittsburgh at America's Showcase at the RMU Island Sports Center

Butler hockey players (from left) Connor Scott, Marcus McCall and Jonathan Fair competed for Team Pittsburgh at Americas Showcase at the RMU Island Sports Center

Butler hockey players help Team Pittsburgh win showcase title, by Joe Sager.

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RECORD THROWS

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Knoch's Jordan Geist throws the shot put at the Butler Invitational

Knoch’s Jordan Geist throws the shot put at the Butler Invitational

Knoch’s Geist sets shot put, discus records at Butler Invitational, by Doug Gulasy.

ON THE DIAMOND

Kiski Area's Korey Shoupe attempts to make a tag on Fox Chapel's Greg Yaksich

Kiski Area’s Korey Shoupe attempts to make a tag on Fox Chapel’s Greg Yaksich

Fox Chapel baseball team’s defense responds, keys win over Kiski Area, by George Guido.

#TribHS roundup: Central Catholic tops Shaler

Greensburg Tribune-Review roundup: Norwin edges section rival Penn-Trafford

Valley News Dispatch roundup: Montgomery’s home run lifts Knoch baseball

McKeesport Daily News roundup: Elizabeth Forward baseball knocks off Belle Vernon

Penn-Trafford's Becky Mertz slides safely into home on a wild pitch in front of Mt. Pleasant catcher Kayla Hutter

Penn-Trafford’s Becky Mertz slides safely into home on a wild pitch in front of Mt. Pleasant catcher Kayla Hutter

Penn-Trafford softball scores 11 runs in a row, pounds Mt. Pleasant, by Jason Black.

Frederick’s homers lead Belle Vernon softball over Elizabeth Forward, by Jeremy Sellew.

Kittanning Leader Times roundup: Kittanning softball takes down West Shamokin

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Strikeout session

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Gorman: Donovan’s Ks rule the day

Listen to the podcast of my interview with Steel Valley baseball coach Tim Vickers and senior pitcher Brandon Donovan on the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio:

#TribCup: Win over rival Blackhawk highlights impressive season for Central Valley, by Alex Oltmanns.

Blackhawk hires Lamenza as football coach, by Bill Hartlep.

Ringgold's Laura Grimm

Ringgold’s Laura Grimm

Grimm named new Ringgold athletic director, by Jeff Oliver.

Jon McKay

Jon McKay

Deer Lakes boys basketball coach resigns, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Hempfield's Hayden Fox

Hempfield’s Hayden Fox

Hempfield boys, girls track teams riding high, by Alex Oltmanns.

Steel Valley volleyball seeking deep playoff run, by Dave Mackall.

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LAST SHOT

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A month ago, Troy Simons and Dante Calabria had something in common.

Neither had ever heard of the other.

“I know he went to North Carolina and held the 3-point record,” Simons said, later admitting that he learned this information by reading Calabria’s coaching biography.

How one of Western Pennsylvania’s hidden talents could end up playing for one of the WPIAL’s all-time greats will be an interesting story if Simons says: Montverde.

After attending four high schools in four years, Simons is a fifth-year senior at University Prep who hasn’t played organized basketball the past two seasons. Now, the 6-foot-2, 187-pounder has a chance to play for one of the top post-graduate programs at a private school in Florida that boasts the nation’s No. 1 high school team. Calabria, the former Blackhawk star, just finished his first season as the post-grad program’s head coach.

“We’re in the process of figuring out how to try to get him down here for a post-grad year,” Calabria said Wednesday by phone. “Unfortunately the school is costly, so we have some work to do. He came down and visited and played with our kids and did well. He’s an athletic kid who has a nice jump shot. I think he has some potential. The athleticism is definitely there. He’s got to be excited about having another chance and he’s got to be hungry. I got to spend some time with Troy and I think he’s a good kid. He knows if it does happen, it’s a good opportunity and he’s got to come down and focus on goals and dreams. The biggest thing is getting him here.”

University Prep teacher Rico Abbondanza is working his basketball and business connections to try to make it happen so that Simons doesn’t become another City League athlete to slip through the cracks. Abbondanza had Simons’ shot evaluated by shooting instructor Greg Cercone, who recommended him to Calabria. Abbondanza also contacted former Pitt star Ricardo Greer, who lives in Florida, to get in touch with Calabria.

The catch, as Calabria noted, is that Montverde is pricy. Tuition at the boarding school costs more than $45,000, so the financial aid package will dictate whether Simons can go there. Abbondanza indicated that Pittsburgh entrepreneur Chuck Sanders has shown interest in helping Simons through his foundation, Chuck Sanders Charities.

“I’m excited. I’d like to get some guys down here from where I’m from,” Calabria said. “You want to help the kids, especially one like Troy. “This is the last chance. This is it. If it does work out, he’s got to come down and get focused. If he comes down with the right mentality, he can go somewhere.”

Listen to the podcast of my interviews with Rico Abbondanza and Troy Simons on the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio:

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North Allegheny softball off to fast start despite busy schedule, by Karen Price.

#TribHS highlight reel: Athletes prepare for Butler Invitational

#TribHS roundup: Donovan strikes out 19 as Steel Valley tops No. 2 Seton-La Salle

Greensburg Tribune-Review roundup: Derry defeats Mt. Pleasant on walk-off in eighth

Connellsville catcher John Przybylinski tags out Norwin's Jonathan Pingree

Connellsville catcher John Przybylinski tags out Norwin’s Jonathan Pingree

Norwin baseball uses two-out hitting to double up Connellsville, by Jason Black.

Yough's Macy Mularski

Yough’s Macy Mularski

Yough’s pitcher-catcher combo carries Cougars to 6-0 start in Section 4-AAA, by Karen Price.

Resilient Kittanning steals one from Ford City, by Matt Grubba.

Kiski Area hurdler Jace Roundtree

Kiski Area junior hurdler Jace Roundtree

Kiski Area junior Roundtree overcomes hurdles, by Doug Gulasy.

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A show of courage

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Quaker Valley senior Keaton Grant

Quaker Valley senior Keaton Grant

Keaton Grant feel like he had needles in his eyes, a symptom of the Uveitis that took turns torturing his eyes — left, then right — between the sixth and ninth grades.

“You’re really sensitive to light. Your eyes are always watering,” Grant said. “I took pretty strong pain medications, injections right into the eye. You’d see floating things in your peripherals.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, once Grant’s eyes started to get better his condition only got worse. He dealt with “unbearable pain” from Ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis. Grant wasn’t able to play a complete soccer season for his first three years of high school. That he returned to start as a senior isn’t just an inspirational story — Gorman: Quaker Valley senior shows spirit — but one that earned him the John Challis Courage Award.

Grant credited Quaker Valley trainer Derek Clark for pushing him past the pain to keep him in shape during his rehabilitation. Grant, one of six children, also was motivated by the opportunity to play with his younger brother, Landon, this season. Not only did they play together, but both started on the same side of the field: Landon at left midfielder, Keaton at left back for the Quakers, who won on Senior Night and qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for the 33rd consecutive season and reached the Class AA semifinals.

“It definitely was rewarding,” Keaton said. “I wouldn’t say I’m a great soccer player. I’m definitely an average player. I didn’t hop onto the field and start. It took some hard work and dedication to earn that spot. This whole close to my senior year is all worth it.”

The John Challis Courage Award is handed out by the Midwestern Athletic Conference, a committee comprised of athletic directors and principals from Western Pennsylvania. Keaton Grant was nominated by Gene Klein, the legendary coach who led Quaker Valley to seven WPIAL soccer championships and six PIAA titles.

“It definitely means a lot to me that I was recognized to be something similar to John Challis,” said Keaton Grant, an honor roll student who will attend Grove City College. “He’s really inspirational, not only to me but other athletes who have problems. I was pretty honored to accept it. His courage will carry on.”

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Central Catholic’s Bricen Garner, Seton-La Salle’s Raja Rutherford

ON THE DIAMOND

California's Garitt Woodburn

California’s Garitt Woodburn

Defending WPIAL champ California again off to impressive start at 8-1, by Paul Schofield.

Woodburn, California shut down rival Carmichaels, by Jeff Oliver.

Riverview's Tanner Bierly

Riverview’s Tanner Bierly

Riverview baseball team hits stride after slow start, by Doug Gulasy.

Knoch continues hot streak in section play, beats Freeport, by Doug Gulasy.

Connellsville's Jimmy Malone

Connellsville’s Jimmy Malone

Connellsville clips Penn-Trafford, by Jason Black.

#TribHS roundup: Bethel Park tops Peters Township

Greensburg Trib roundup: Walk-off single sparks Hempfield past Penn-Trafford

McKeesport Daily News roundup: Bayus’ no-hitter sparks Steel Valley

Valley Independent roundup: Belle Vernon, Parshall keep rolling in 3-AA action

Kittanning Leader Times roundup: Apollo-Ridge offense erupts in slugfest victory

ON THE GRID

RECRUITING

Latrobe's Tyler Mears

Latrobe’s Tyler Mears

Latrobe’s Mears bound for Colorado School of Mines, by Kevin Ritchart.

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