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.

Waynesburg rallies around basketball player

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Community rallies around Waynesburg girls basketball player who suffered stroke on court, by Bob Cohn.

Pine-Richland clears hurdle to advance in boys basketball playoffs, by Chris Harlan.

Ellis School holds off Leechburg in 2OT thriller, by Doug Gulasy.

Greensburg Salem's Megan Kallock

Greensburg Salem’s Megan Kallock

Deer Lakes uses defense to oust Greensburg Salem from playoffs, by George Guido.

Highlands' Ashlyn Jonczak (20) has the ball stripped by Keystone Oaks' Alex Valforte (22) during their WPIAL Class AAA preliminary round playoff game

Highlands’ Ashlyn Jonczak (20) has the ball stripped by Keystone Oaks’ Alex Valforte (22) during their WPIAL Class AAA preliminary round playoff game

Highlands’ effort to win playoff game thwarted by Keystone Oaks, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS roundup: No. 6 Plum topples Penn-Trafford in OT

ON THE MAT

Belle Vernon battles back to take third at PIAA team championships, by Paul Schofield.

Kiski Area claims sixth at PIAA team tournament, by Paul Schofield.

ON THE GRIDIRON

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WPIAL Basketball Playoffs Tip Off

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Aliquippa players celebrate winning the 2015 WPIAL Class AA championship

Gorman: Protecting tradition at all costs

ON THE HARDWOOD

Jeannette's Anthony Schdmit is fouled byr Cornell's Blake Lipke

Jeannette’s Anthony Schmidt is fouled by Cornell’s Blake Lipke

Jeannette rebounds from slow start to top Cornell in opening round, by Andrew Erickson.

Montour’s outside shooting too much for Knoch

Apollo-Ridge's Mariah Laird and Megan Bonelli celebrate the team's first playoff win since 2009

Apollo-Ridge’s Mariah Laird and Megan Bonelli celebrate the team’s first playoff win since 2009

Bonelli, Vikings make big points in playoff rematch with Frazier, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Bushee helps power Mt. Lebanon girls past North Hills, by Devon Moore.

#TribHS roundup: No. 1 Norwin girls open with convincing win

ON THE MAT

WPIAL champion Belle Vernon wrestlers fall in state semifinals, by Paul Schofield.

ON THE GRIDIRON

#TribHS notebook: WPIAL has 12 picked for Big 33 Football Classic

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Kiski Area’s Comeback Kids

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Kiski Area wrestlers celebrate their com from behind 35-31 victory over Cumberland Valley in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament

Kiski Area wrestlers celebrate their com from behind 35-31 victory over Cumberland Valley in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament

Kiski Area opens PIAA wrestling tournament with dramatic comeback victory, by Paul Schofield.

AND, BY THE WAY…

SURE SHOT

The top 15 finishers at the 2016 WPIAL rifle championships advance to the state competition. Trinity's Jessica Baker, front, far left, won the 2016 with a perfect score of 200-20x

The top 15 finishers at the 2016 WPIAL rifle championships advance to the state competition. Trinity’s Jessica Baker, front, far left, won the 2016 with a perfect score of 200-20x

Trinity’s Baker perfect in capturing WPIAL rifle title, by Andrew Erickson.

COMMENTARY

Gorman: My choice for the WPIAL Class 2A, A finals

Listen to a podcast of my guest appearance on TribLIVE Radio, talking about the WPIAL’s decision to play four of six football finals at Heinz Field and how that adversely affects the Class 3A schools:

ON THE HARDWOOD

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Led by nine seniors, No. 5 Central Catholic hopes to contend for WPIAL title, by Chris Harlan.

GCC's Tyler White (left)

GCC’s Tyler White (left)

No. 4 GCC boys look to turn regular-season success into championship, by Dave Mackall.

Under coach Bears, Bethel Park boys roll into playoffs, by David Golebiewski.

Section champion West Allegheny looks to maintain momentum in playoffs, by Gary Horvath.

Improbable run gives hope to Mt. Pleasant boys basketball team, by Dave Mackall.

Trib Cup: Breen leads top-seeded CWNC girls into postseason, by Alex Oltmanns.

Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace

Leechburg’s Mikayla Lovelace

Trio of A-K Valley basketball teams make long-awaited return to postseason, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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For WPIAL, it’s the Haves … and Have Nots

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THE HAVES…

Central Catholic players celebrate their WPIAL Class AAAA title

Thomas Jefferson celebrates WPIAL Class AAA title

…AND HAVE NOTS

Clairton's Lamont Wade and Kijafi Fuqua celebrate the WPIAL Class A championship

WPIAL to play four of six football title games at Heinz Field, by Chris Harlan.

ON THE HARDWOOD

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Leechburg coach Damian Davies

Leechburg coach Damian Davies

Gorman: Leechburg goes silent for playoffs

Greensburg Salem freshman Maggie Kallock

Greensburg Salem freshman Maggie Kallock

Greensburg Salem girls hitting their peak, by Andrew Erickson.

Latrobe senior Madison Kollar

Latrobe senior Madison Kollar

Latrobe girls use section success to prepare for postseason, by Andrew Erickson.

Stang leads Riverside girls into playoffs, by David Golebiewski.

Jefferson-Morgan girls out to make history, by Josh Rizzo.

IN THE POOL

Pine-Richland's Maddie Huitt

Pine-Richland’s Maddie Huitt

Pine-Richland freshman dives right through jitters, by Kevin Lohman.

Gateway junior balances studies, sports and firefighting, by Michael Love.

Carlynton swimmer Stengel continues to see improvement, by Nathan Smith.

#TribHS highlight reel: Teams to test mettle at MAC swim meet, by Bill Hartlep.

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It’s Playoff Time

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Latrobe's Sean Graytok

Latrobe’s Sean Graytok

WPIAL awards Latrobe top seed in ‘wide open’ Class AAAA boys bracket, by Chris Harlan.

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Latrobe’s Austin Butler (center) and his teammates celebrate a victory over Penn-Trafford

Latrobe boys, Norwin girls earn top seeds for WPIAL playoffs, by Paul Schofield.

Gorman: Aliquippa boys, Norwin girls a pair perfect for playoffs

Crowd applauds as Leechburg school board allows basketball team to participate in playoffs

Crowd applauds as Leechburg school board allows basketball team to participate in playoffs

Leechburg basketball team to participate in playoffs, by Brian C. Rittmeyer.

Leechburg coach Damian Davies

Leechburg coach Damian Davies

Leechburg boys put focus on Monessen with hazing allegations swirling, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Burrell girls awarded third straight No. 2 seed, by Doug Gulasy.

GEORGE GUIDO’S TOP 10 (AND THEN SOME)

Schools with the most WPIAL basketball playoff appearances:

BOYS
1. Uniontown 66 1925-2015
2. Monessen 60 1919-2016
3. Washington 59 1931-2016
4. Aliquippa 56 1929-2016
5. Ford City 49 1921-2015
6. Mt. Lebanon 47 1932-2016
7. Beaver Falls 45 1917-2016
7. Duquesne 45 1922-2007
9. McKeesport 44 1920-2015
10. Penn Hills 43 1955-2016

GIRLS
1. Avonworth 41 1973-2016
1. CW North Catholic 41 1976-2016
3. Greensburg Cent. Cath. 35 1981-2016
3. Mt. Lebanon 35 1974-2016
5. Washington 34 1978-2016
6. Serra Catholic 33 1980-2016
7. Elizabeth-Forward 32 1974-2015
7. Hempfield 32 1980-2016
7. Mars 32 1975-2016
7. Mt. Alvernia 32 1975-2010

(Prior to 1978, there was a tiebreaker game or games to decide section titles. These tiebreaker games were actually part of the brackets. You knew who you’d play once that playoff game took place, much like a preliminary round does now).

WPIAL basketball playoff notes:
* Wilkinsburg is in the playoffs for the 38th and final time, as the school will close this spring.

* Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls have made the playoffs 41 straight seasons, or each year the school has been a WPIAL member.

* Monessen has made the boys playoffs each of the past 35 season, a WPIAL boys record.

* Greensburg central Catholic girls have made the playoffs 35 of the last 36 seasons, missing in 2000. The boys also missed the 2000 postseason, but, like the girls, have qualified all 16 seasons since.

* Aliquippa’s boys have made the playoffs 36 of the last 37 seasons, missing in ’96.

* Avonworth’s girls have made the playoffs each of the last 25 seasons.

* Even though McGuffey High School has been around since 1960, the boys program has made the playoffs just twice, in 2002 and ’12.

X MARKS THE SPOT

Woodland Hills rifle team

Woodland Hills rifle team

Woodland Hills claims third straight rifle title, by Andrew Erickson.

ON THE MAT

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Belle Vernon looks to maintain run of PIAA success for WPIAL Class AAA teams, by Paul Schofield.

Burrell's Alex Bellinotti holds down Freedom's Randy Simmons during their 195-pound bout in the WPIAL Class AA wrestling championship

Burrell’s Alex Bellinotti holds down Freedom’s Randy Simmons during their 195-pound bout in the WPIAL Class AA wrestling championship

Burrell, Kiski Area prepare for tougher challenges in Hershey, by Doug Gulasy.

Burrell's Damon Greenwald

Burrell’s Damon Greenwald

#TribHS notebook: Burrell’s Greenwald carries on family’s golden tradition, by Doug Gulasy.

RECORD THROW

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Sending a statement

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Crowd

All eyes are on Allderdice’s James Jackson

Studentsection

The Allderdice student section

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Sam Clancy, who starred at Fifth Avenue, Brashear and Pitt, was seated courtside

Gorman: Allderdice-New Castle was the hottest ticket in town

Allderdice boys dominant in dealing New Castle first loss, by Chris Harlan.

#TribHS roundup: No. 3 Pine-Richland boys take down USC

Greensburg Salem forward Cody Smith (23) attempts a shot over GCC's Tyler White (1)

Greensburg Salem forward Cody Smith (23) attempts a shot over GCC’s Tyler White (1)

Westmoreland roundup: Greensburg Central Catholic boys top Salem

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#TribHS highlight reel: Playoff pairings to be released Tuesday

ON THE ICE

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Winners of eight straight, North Allegheny hockey still focused on improvement, by Andrew Erickson.

Bethel Park hockey seeks strong finish before playoffs, by Brian Graham.

Quaker Valley's Connor Quinn makes a pass around Moon's Tyler Niehaus

Quaker Valley’s Connor Quinn makes a pass around Moon’s Tyler Niehaus

Quaker Valley hockey making strides as playoffs approach, by Joe Sager.

ON THE MAT

Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing works to pin Carrick's Dale Davis at 195 pounds during their PIAA Class AAA first-round match

Kiski Area’s Tyler Worthing works to pin Carrick’s Dale Davis at 195 pounds during their PIAA Class AAA first-round match

Kiski Area wrestling team regains winning form by dominating Carrick, by Doug Gulasy.

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‘Dice, Canes Ready for the Game of the Year

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Listen to a podcast of The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring interviews with Allderdice coach Buddy Valinsky and New Castle coach Ralph Blundo about their respective seasons and the game of the year:

The Allderdice-New Castle game will be streamlined…

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Allderdice, New Castle ready to wage game of the year, by Kevin Gorman.

Highlands' Lavontae Martin (23) grabs a rebound in front of Mars' Steve Castello (10)

Highlands’ Lavontae Martin (23) grabs a rebound in front of Mars’ Steve Castello (10)

Highlands boys basketball team hopes it hasn’t peaked, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Hampton's Natalie Dean

Hampton’s Natalie Dean

Young Talbots forge ahead, by Devon Moore.

Shaler’s Schott shines in transition year, by Josh Rizzo.

IN THE POOL

Derry's Allison Brownlee cheers on teammate

Derry’s Allison Brownlee cheers on a teammate

Derry’s Brownlee shines after putting focus on swimming, by Karen Kadilak.

Latrobe's Taylor Miller

Latrobe’s Taylor Miller

Latrobe’s Miller sets sights on diving championships, by Karen Kadilak.

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Crown them champions

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Burrell claims 10th straight WPIAL Class AA team title, by Doug Gulasy.

Belle Vernon wins WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling title, by Paul Schofield.

Kiski Area's Noah Levitt celebrates after pinning Canon McMillan's Skyler Adams in their 126-pound

Kiski Area’s Noah Levitt celebrates after pinning Canon McMillan’s Skyler Adams in their 126-pound bout in the semifinal round of the WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tournament championship

Kiski Area settles for third place in WPIAL, by Paul Schofield.

RECRUITING

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Clairton’s Lamont Wade

Harlan: Wade earns elusive fifth star from Scout.com

Deer Lakes' Nate Morrissey

Deer Lakes senior Nate Morrissey

#TribHS notebook: Deer Lakes lineman lands unexpected call from RMU, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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ON THE HARDWOOD

#TribHS roundup: Bethel Park wins on buzzer-beater

Burrell's Natalie Myers (24) and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Kylie Huffman (15) battle for a loose ball during their game in Shady Side Academy's Cancer Classic

Burrell’s Natalie Myers (24) and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Kylie Huffman (15) battle for a loose ball during their game in Shady Side Academy’s Cancer Classic

A-K Valley roundup: Class A No. 2 CWNC girls rout Class AA No. 1 Burrell

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North Hills ends drought

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Listen to the podcast of The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring interviews with Allderdice boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky and New Castle coach Ralph Blundo talking about the game of the year:

North Hills ends 33-year section title drought, keeps North Allegheny out of playoffs, by Chris Harlan.

Proficiency at foul line pays off for Lincoln Park in win over Central, by Andrew Erickson.

Late free throws lift Penn-Trafford past Norwin, by Josh Rizzo.

Plum boys top Franklin Regional, surge into playoffs, by Paul Schofield.

#TribHS roundup: Peters Township, Mt. Lebanon boys qualify for playoffs

Westmoreland roundup: Mt. Pleasant keeps Greensburg Salem out of playoffs

WPIAL basketball playoff clinchings

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Oakmont Country Club is the site of the 2016 U.S. Open

Deer Lakes' head coach Sam Sack critiques a shot by Adam Sack during a match against Riverview at Oakmont Country Club

Deer Lakes’ head coach Sam Sack critiques a shot by Adam Sack during a match against Riverview at Oakmont Country Club last September

Oakmont to host WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championships, by Chris Harlan.

ON THE MAT

Belle Vernon's Austin Bell

Belle Vernon’s Austin Bell

Belle Vernon's Brock Godzin lifts Parkland's Jacob Lizak during their consolation bout at the Powerade tournament

Belle Vernon’s Brock Godzin lifts Parkland’s Jacob Lizak during their consolation bout at the Powerade tournament

Top-seeded Belle Vernon chasing first title while Burrell goes for 10th straight, by Paul Schofield.

Kiski Area's Brad Nagy

Kiski Area’s Brad Nagy

Burrell, Kiski Area wrestling teams looking to win WPIAL titles in same season for just second time, by Doug Gulasy.

RECRUITING

Big recruit for Cal U, as it lands USO QB Shawn Rutherford

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The 1,000-point club

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Listen to the podcast of The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring interviews with guests in Allderdice boys’ basketball coach Buddy Valinsky and New Castle coach Ralph Blundo talking about their teams’ spectacular seasons and Monday’s Game of the Year:

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Chartiers Valley’s Flohr reaches career milestone, by Nathan Smith.

Franklin Regional's Todd Summers

Franklin Regional tight end Todd Summers

Gorman: Villanova an easy pick for Franklin Regional’s Summers

#TribHS highlight reel:
Benefit tournament set for Saturday at Shady Side Academy

Imani Christian’s Konek reaches 1,000-point mark as freshman, by Andrew Erickson.

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#TribHS roundup: Ambridge tops Blackhawk to capture section title

Trib Cup: Top-ranked South Fayette girls seek return to title game, by Alex Oltmanns.

Highlands' Nia Thomas looks to score past Deer Lakes' Jess Phillistine

Highlands’ Nia Thomas looks to score past Deer Lakes’ Jess Phillistine

Boda’s hot start propels Highlands past Deer Lakes, by Jerin Steele.

Leechburg's Cam Davies (13) and Mikayla Lovelace (21) celebrate their victory over St. Joseph with Claudia Henry

Leechburg’s Cam Davies (13) and Mikayla Lovelace (21) celebrate their victory over St. Joseph with Claudia Henry

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Leechburg girls end 10-year postseason drought, by Doug Gulasy.

Westmoreland roundup: Norwin improves to 21-0 with win over Penn-Trafford

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