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 or follow on Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

#TribHS Basketball: WPIAL Class AAA previews


Class AAA boys[1]

Mars' John Castello

Mars’ John Castello

WPIAL Class AAA boys basketball preview: Experienced lineup has Mars among title contenders, by Joe Sager.

Class AAA girls[1]

South Fayette's Emily Anderson

South Fayette’s Emily Anderson

WPIAL Class AAA girls basketball preview: South Fayette using title-game defeat as motivation, by Chuck Curti.

Woodland Hills’ plan starts to come together, by Brian Graham.

Franklin Regional boys enter the season battle-tested, by John Krysinsky.

Franklin Regional girls respond quickly to new coach, by John Krysinsky.

Crop of young players bodes well for Springdale boys, by George Guido.

Connellsville girls ready to compete for playoff spot, by Jason Black.


Clairton's Lamont Wade

Clairton’s Lamont Wade

Field conditions could play factor for Clairton in PIAA quarterfinals, by Dave Mackall.

Clairton's Daniel Payo tackles Jeannette QB Gio Vonne Sanders

Clairton linebacker Daniel Payo tackles Jeannette quarterback Gio Vonne Sanders

Gorman: Payo makes Clairton go


#TribHS highlight reel: Seniors shine in all-star game


#TribHS Basketball: WPIAL Class AAAA previews


Class AAAA boys[1]

North Allegheny's Curtis Aiken Jr.

North Allegheny’s Curtis Aiken Jr.

WPIAL Class AAAA boys basketball preview: Runners-up last season, North Allegheny hopes to take the next step, by Karen Price.

Class AAAA girls[1]

Norwin's Alayna Gribble with coach Brian Brozeski

Norwin’s Alayna Gribble with Knights coach Brian Brozeski

WPIAL Class AAAA girls basketball preview: Reigning champ Norwin hoping to lock down on defensive end, by Nathan Smith.

Southmoreland girls’ primary goal: playoffs, by Paul Paterra.

St. Joseph boys basketball coach Kelly Robinson

St. Joseph boys basketball coach Kelly Robinson

Streak on the line for St. Joseph boys, by William Whalen.

Youth movement takes next step for St. Joseph girls, by William Whalen.

West Shamokin boys basketball coach Judd McCullough

West Shamokin boys basketball coach Judd McCullough

Time to shine for new-look West Shamokin boys, by Jerin Steele.

West Shamokin's Jaden DiFilippo guards Olivia Fusaro

West Shamokin’s Jaden DiFilippo guards Olivia Fusaro

West Shamokin girls eye another playoff run with new coach, by Jerin Steele.


Thomas Jefferson celebrates its WPIAL Class AAA title

Thomas Jefferson celebrates winning the WPIAL Class AAA championship

#TribHS notebook: Thomas Jefferson, Clairton head into enemy territory


WPIAL Football Championships Recap


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TITLE RUN: Central Catholic wins fifth WPIAL football title, by Paul Schofield.

Gorman: Wheeler ‘made the play we needed’

WPIAL Class AAAA notes: Penn-Trafford unable to snap playoff skid against Central Catholic, by George Guido.

WPIAL Class AAAA championship photo gallery

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Thomas Jefferson uses defense, running game to capture WPIAL title, by Chris Harlan.

WPIAL Class AAA notes: Title games draw 16,500 to Heinz Field, by George Guido.

WPIAL Class AAA championship photo gallery

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Aliquippa wins 16th WPIAL title, ends South Fayette’s 44-game win streak, by Karen Price.

WPIAL Class AA notes: South Fayette’s Saxton sets finals passing record, by George Guido.

WPIAL Class AA championship photo gallery

Clairton captures 12th WPIAL football title, by Dave Mackall.

WPIAL Class A notes: Return sparks Clairton for second straight week, by George Guido.

WPIAL Class A championship photo gallery


WPIAL Football Championships LIVE Blog


Central Valley (11-1) vs. Thomas Jefferson (10-2)
9 p.m. kickoff at Heinz Field

FINAL SCORE: Thomas Jefferson 20, Central Valley 7.

Braden Pahanish with a wicked blindside sack of Chris Callaghan for an 8-yard loss moves Central Valley back to the its own 32. Callaghan responds by completing a 15-yard pass to Aris Tatalovich. Warriors now faced fourth-and-3, and the pass falls incomplete. TJ takes over at the CV 47 with 1:24 to play.

What’s scary about this Thomas Jefferson team is how many underclassmen it has on the roster. Most of the Jaguars’ key players return next season, when TJ likely will start the season as the favorite.

Chris Callaghan’s pass is intercepted in the end zone by TJ’s Nick Freiwald, who makes a nice catch to prevent a touchdown. The Jaguars take over at their own 20 with 5:18 remaining.

Central Valley had scored 40 points or more eight times this season and was averaging 49.7 points a game in the playoffs. The Warriors have one touchdown against Thomas Jefferson, and that came on an interception return. TJ’s defense has been absolutely dominant.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Thomas Jefferson 20, Central Valley 7.

HALFTIME: Thomas Jefferson 14, Central Valley 0.

Thomas Jefferson has outgained Central Valley, 184-47, in total offense. Quinton Hill has rushed for 69 yards on 12 carries and Braden Pahanish for 54 yards on three carries, including a 57-yard TD run. Bobby Kelley is 7 of 12 for 58 yards and a touchdown. Central Valley’s Kyle Vreen has 10 rushing yards on five carries. Chris Callaghan is 7 of 16 for 62 yards, including five completions to Kurt Reinstadtler for 61 yards.

Bobby Kelley throws a perfect corner fade to Zane Zandier for a 9-yard touchdown to give Thomas Jefferson a 14-0 lead over Central Valley at 2:13 in the first half.

TJ’s Bobby Kelley throws a deep pass to Jon Muelbauer on a post and he’s wide open, only to drop the ball at the 1-yard line. Muelbauer drops to his knee and buries his helmet in his hands in the end zone.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Thomas Jefferson 7, Central Valley 0.

South Fayette (12-0) vs. Aliquippa (12-0)
5 p.m. kickoff at Heinz Field

FINAL: Aliquippa 44, South Fayette 38

HALFTIME: South Fayette 24, Aliquippa 22

South Fayette QB Drew Saxton has completed 15 of 26 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Ryhan Culberson has five catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns, while Nick Ponikvar has four catches for 78 yards. For Aliquippa, Kaezon Pugh has 146 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Sheldon Jeter is 4 of 9 for 69 yards, with three going to Jassir Jordan for 64 yards. The Quips have a 313-255 edge in total offense, but South Fayette has a 14-13 edge in first downs.

Jassir Jordan intercepts a Drew Saxton pass at the Aliquippa 41, then catches a jump-ball at the South Fayette 33. But the Quips fumble, and it’s recovered by Andrew Gedrys at the Lions’ 35. … South Fayette is forced to punt, but it’s muffed by Thomas Perry and recovered at the 22 by Ryhan Culberson with 1:25 remaining. The Quips sack Saxton on back-to-back plays to force a third-and-23 for South Fayette, which calls timeout. Dan Trimbur converts a 31-yard field goal as time expires to give South Fayette a 24-22 halftime lead.

And just like that, Aliquippa gets a 44-yard scoring run from sophomore Kiyon Fooks and a two-point pass from Sheldon Jeter to Jassir Jordan to give the Quips a 22-21 lead over South Fayette with 3:06 remaining in the first half.

After trailing 14-0, South Fayette has scored 21 unanswered points for a 21-14 lead at 3:49 of the second quarter. A holding penalty negated a long pass play, but the Lions covered 85 yards and scored on a 15-yard pass from Drew Saxton to Ryhan Culberson.

Drew Saxton connects with Ryhan Culberson on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 11:04 left in the second quarter, as the Lions tie the Quips at 14-14.

Central Catholic (11-1) vs. Penn-Trafford (12-0)
2 p.m. kickoff at Heinz Field

FINAL SCORE: Central Catholic 24, Penn-Trafford 17

Tarabella’s onsides kick attempt doesn’t go the required 10 yards, and Central takes over at the P-T 45. On third-and-5, Vinny Emanuele picks up a tough 5 yards for a first down. Central goes into victory formation, and Troy Fisher takes a knee to clinch the victory.

Penn-Trafford gets a big pass play from Brett Laffoon to Jonah Lisbon for an 18-yard gain to the Central 28, but Kurt Hinish sacks Laffoon on the next play for a 5-yard loss. Surprisingly, the Warriors were called for illegal motion and Central accepted the penalty instead of the sack. Instead of a second-and-14, P-T had another first-and-10 and Laffoon found Tyler Bruno with a back-shoulder throw for 19 yards to the Central 9. A Central personal foul penalty gave the Warriors a first-and-goal at the 3. The first-down pass is knocked down by Timothy Terry. The second-down pass, intended for Bruno, falls incomplete with 1:35 left. The third-down play, a pitch to Lisbon for a pass back to Laffoon — who was wide open — was broken up by Central defensive end Rashad Wheeler. The Warriors settled for a Nick Tarabella 17-yard field goal to cut it to 24-17 with 1:24 remaining.

Central Catholic adds a Jake Rocchi 24-yard field goal to extend its lead to 24-14 with 2:47 remaining. Joey Peduzzi returns the ensuing kickoff to the Central 47.

Ronnie Jones

Central Catholic’s Ronnie Jones/photo by Christopher Horner Trib Total Media

Ronnie Jones takes a second-and-8 handoff from the Central 28, spins out of the grasp of Penn-Trafford DE Chris Stanford and breaks a 72-yard run for a touchdown to give the Vikings a 21-14 lead with 10:15 remaining. This time, no flags.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Penn-Trafford 14, Central Catholic 14.

Brett Laffoon goes deep for Tim Vecchio, who makes a catch in coverage for a 39-yard gain and draws a pass interference penalty from Central safety Bricen Garner in the process. … After a big run and another Central penalty, Penn-Trafford now has a first-and-goal from the 2. Jonah Lisbon picks up 1 yard to set up Laffoon’s 1-yard scoring run at 4:48. … The point-after kick by Nick Tarabella is good, and it’s tied at 14-14.

HALFTIME: Central Catholic 7, Penn-Trafford 0.

A false start penalty on fourth-and-1 forces Central to punt. Fisher boots a rugby style punt from the 41 that rolls and is downed at the Penn-Trafford 2 with 1:39 remaining in the first half.

Troy Fisher finds Ronnie Jones on a screen pass, and Jones goes 70 yards for a touchdown — but this one is called back by a penalty, too. This time, it’s for an ineligible man downfield. Central now has a third-and-10 at its 25. Fisher runs for an 8-yard gain, but the Vikings will punt.

Central QB Troy Fisher rolls left and finds Damar Hamlin for a first down, but Hamlin is on the receiving end of a high-low hit and is down on the field and being attended to by trainers. … Hamlin is up but limping while being helped off the field.

Penn-Trafford punts to Ronnie Jones, who receives it near the right sideline and returns it 74 yards for a touchdown. But this one is going to be called back by a pair of penalty flags for blocking in the back by the return team. Central takes over at its own 16.

On third-and-4, Brett Laffoon connects with Joey Peduzzi for a 22-yard gain to the P-T 42. First big play and first down for the Warriors. … Central sophomore David Green knocks down a Laffoon pass to force a third-and-8.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Central Catholic 7, Penn-Trafford 0.

Tim Vecchio returns the ensuing kickoff 44 yards to the Penn-Trafford 49-yard line, where he is tackled by kicker Jake Rocchi. That’s Rocchi’s fifth tackle of the season, by the way. … On second-and-12 at the Central 43, Joey Peduzzi fumbles but was ruled down.

Central Catholic scores first, on a 3-yard run by Ronnie Jones on third-and-goal, to take a 7-0 lead over Penn-Trafford at 7:11 of the first quarter.

Clairton (12-0) vs. Jeannette (11-1)
11 a.m. kickoff at Heinz Field

FINAL SCORE: Clairton 40, Jeannette 0.

The Bears were led by QB Aaron Mathews, who rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and completed 7 of 15 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Lamont Wade rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries and had three catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Harrison Dreher added a 98-yard kick return, 61 yards rushing on eight carries and 22 yards receiving on three catches. Daniel Payo led the Bears with 11 tackles (seven solo, two for loss).

Clairton outgained Jeannette, 403-141, in total offense. The Jayhawks didn’t have any 110-yard rushers or receivers. Swade Redman had 36 yards on six carries and 19 yards on one catch.

HALFTIME: Clairton 26, Jeannette 0.

If you’re wondering why Clairton is dominating this game, check out Jeannette’s white uniforms. Gio Vonne Sanders is the only whose uniform is dirty. You’re not going to beat the Bears at Heinz Field without getting some dirt on your uniform.

Clairton scores again, this time on a 3-yard pass from Aaron Mathews to Lamont Wade, at 6:23 of the second quarter. The Bears’ two-point conversion fails, as a high pitch is fumbled out of bounds. Clairton leads, 26-0.

On a second-and-9 at the Clairton 9, Aaron Mathews throws a swing pass in the flat to Lamont Wade, who races 91 yards along the home sideline for a touchdown at 9:44 of the second quarter. The Bears drew a penalty for having too many men on the field, and their two-point pass intended for Devlin Clifford fell incomplete. Clairton leads, 20-0.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Clairton 14, Jeannette 0.

Jeannette gets a big pass play, from Gio Vonne Sanders to Swade Redman for a first down at the Clairton 17 at 4:37 of the first quarter. The drive stalls with a fourth-and-17 at the 24, so Redman attempts a 41-yard field goal. But it’s blocked by Walter Britton, and Clairton takes over on downs.

Aaron Mathews caps Clairton’s second drive with a 4-yard scoring run. His two-point pass intended for Harrison Dreher fell incomplete. Bears lead, 14-0, at 7:53 of first quarter.

Clairton’s Harrison Dreher returns the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and Lamont Wade runs for the two-point conversion to give the Bears an 8-0 lead 16 seconds into the first quarter.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Championships Preview



WPIAL Doubletruck

BUILDING A DYNASTY: Clairton among greatest WPIAL dynasties; Aliquippa, South Fayette close, by Chris Harlan.

Gorman: Dynasties began with devastating defeats

WPIAL history full of football dynasties, by George Guido.

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WPIAL Class AAAA final preview: Penn-Trafford looking to reverse trend of playoff losses to Central Catholic, by Paul Schofield.


WPIAL Class AAA final preview: Big-play passing attack paying off for defending champion Central Valley, by Joe Sager.


WPIAL Class AA final preview: Rivals Aliquippa, South Fayette to play for title for record third straight season, by George Guido.


WPIAL Class A final preview: Jeannette proved it was up to the challenge of facing Clairton during Eastern Conference matchup, by Dave Mackall.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Class AAAA final preview


Class AAAA

Central Catholic senior Jones plays key role in all phases for Vikings, by Paul Schofield.

Gorman: Penn-Trafford’s Topper not defined by ‘the miss’

Listen to my TribLIVE Radio podcast previewing the WPIAL football championships:

Here is a list of schools with the most WPIAL football titles:
School Titles First title Last title
1. Aliquippa 15 1952 2012
2. Clairton 11 1929 2014
2. New Castle 11 1924 1998
4. Rochester 8 1921 2004
5. Glassport 7 1932 1944
5. Jeannette 7 1932 2007
5. Mt. Lebanon 7 1966 2000
5. Upper St. Clair 7 1974 2006
5. West Allegheny 7 1997 2013
10. Braddock 6 1954 1959
10. Farrell 6 1951 1996
10. Washington 1917 2001


Bishop Canevin seniors live out dream season, by Alex Oltmanns.


Thomas Jefferson's Lexie Zovko

Thomas Jefferson’s Lexie Zovko is the lone junior for the Jaguars

Thomas Jefferson girls to feature 10 enthusiastic underclassmen, by Ray Fisher.

Thomas Jefferson boys basketball looks to contend in section race, by Ray Fisher.

Hempfield boys take aim at fifth straight section title, by Alex Oltmanns.

Greensburg Salem's Nick Sabers

Greensburg Salem’s Nick Sabers

Greensburg Salem boys hope to build on trip to WPIAL postseason, by Andrew John.

Mt. Pleasant girls basketball to rely on experience, by Dave Stofcheck.

Leechburg coach Damian Davies

Leechburg coach Damian Davies

Leechburg boys set to go up-tempo, by Jerin Steele.

Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace

Leechburg’s Mikayala Lovelace

Leechburg girls set out to build on breakout season, by Jerin Steele.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Class AAA semifinal preview


Class AAA

Strong run game lifts Thomas Jefferson into WPIAL Class AAA final, by Joe Sager.

Gorman: TJ quarterback Kelley savors run after illness

#TribHS highlight reel: Pair of WPIAL title games to be on tape delay Saturday. by Bill Hartlep.

Listen to my TribLIVE Radio podcast preview of the WPIAL football championships:

PIAA Class AA first-round preview: Karns City vs. Bedford


Serra Catholic's Nate Andrews (30)

Serra Catholic’s Nate Andrews (30)

With star Satira gone, Serra Catholic boys to rely on team effort, by Dave Mackall.

Serra girls expecting repeat success, by Dave Mackall.

Knoch's Austin Hannes

Knoch’s Austin Hannes

Knoch boys basketball gets reinforcements, by William Whalen.

Knoch girls seek dividends of experience, by William Whalen.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Class AA Final Preview



South Fayette, Aliquippa form unique traditions for Thanksgiving Day, by George Guido.

South Fayette's Dan Trimbur

South Fayette’s Dan Trimbur

Gorman: Look out for unsung hero in Class AA final

#TribHS highlight reel: Winter season set to tip off Dec. 4


Latrobe's Ryan Soisson

Latrobe’s Ryan Soisson

Latrobe boys look to defend Section 1-AAAA title with experienced lineup, by Kevin Ritchart.

Steel Valley's Ryan McCallister

Steel Valley’s Ryan McCallister

Steel Valley boys put focus back on basketball, by Haley Sawyer.

Steel Valley girls plan to play ‘small ball,’ by Haley Sawyer.

Kiski Area's Lincoln Clayton

Kiski Area’s Lincoln Clayton

Kiski Area boys a team in transition after graduation of top scorer, by Doug Gulasy.

Kiski Area girls basketball coach Nick Ionadi

Kiski Area girls basketball coach Nick Ionadi

Expanded roster helps boost Kiski Area girls, by Doug Gulasy.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Class A final preview



Jeannette two-way star Sanders has Jayhawks back at Heinz Field, by Dave Mackall.

Gorman: Class A final opens doors for black coaches

TribHS highlight reel: WPIAL runners named to all-state team


#TribHS notebook: New classes put football finalists on the move next season, by Chris Harlan.

A special thanks to Central Catholic defensive coordinator Dave Fleming, defensive line coach/special teams coordinator Ron Fuchs and Vikings QB Troy Fisher and PK Jake Rocchi and Seton-La Salle coach Damon Rosol for joining me for the WPIAL Championship Edition of Monday Night Lights at the Sports Grille in Cranberry:


USC, Bishop Canevin win first PIAA titles


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USC wins PIAA soccer title

Upper St. Clair wins first PIAA soccer title, by Karen Price.

Seneca Valley's Adam Mascio walks from the field as time expires in the 2-0 loss to Central Bucks East in the PIAA Class AAA championship

Seneca Valley’s Adam Mascio walks from the field as time expires in the 2-0 loss to Central Bucks East in the PIAA Class AAA championship

Central Bucks East blanks Seneca Valley in PIAA Class AAA championship game, by Michael Bullock.

South Park goalkeeper Ted Cecotti reacts after Lewisburg scored the first goal during the Eagles' 4-0 loss in the PIAA Class AA championship

South Park goalkeeper Ted Cecotti reacts after Lewisburg scored the first goal during the Eagles’ 4-0 loss in the PIAA Class AA championship

South Park boys soccer team can’t derail Lewisburg’s PIAA title charge, by Karen Price.


Bishop Canevin girls win PIAA volleyball title, by Nathan Smith.