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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 Football: More PIAA Semifinals


Central Catholic rolls into Class 6A title game, by Chris Harlan.

West Allegheny ousted from PIAA football playoffs, by Chris Harlan.


#TribHS Football: PIAA Semifinals



Beaver Falls reaches first PIAA championship game, by Chris Harlan.


Junior running back shines as Steel Valley reaches first PIAA title game, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Ligonier Valley’s unbeaten run ends in PIAA semifinals, by Paul Schofield.

Ligonier Valley’s season one to remember, by Dave Mackall.


Clairton advances to PIAA final for seventh time in nine seasons, by George Guido.


West Allegheny prepares for recruit-laden Harrisburg, by Chris Harlan.


Central Catholic hopes running game remains strong in semifinals, by Joe Sager.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Class A, 2A finals; PIAA quarterfinals



Clairton beats Jeannette to capture 13th WPIAL championship, by Bill Beckner Jr.

GORMAN: Wade’s pick crushes Jeannette

WPIAL Class A notebook: Clairton’s Wade sets touchdown mark, by George Guido.

Missed opportunities doom Jeannette in title-game loss, by Paul Schofield.

Clairton 26, Jeannette 6
Jeannette 6-0-0-0–6
Clairton 12-0-6-8–26
C: Lamont Wade 6 run (run failed)
J: Michael Pompei 9 pass from GioVonne Sanders (kick failed)
C: Tre’sean Howard 50 run (run failed)
C: Wade 83 interception return (pass failed)
C: Wade 54 run (Kijafi Fuqua run)
Team statistics Jean Clair
First downs 8 13
Rushes-Yards 25-52 39-179
Passing yards 90 65
Passing Att-Comp-Int 25-11-3 10-6-1
Total offense Plays-yards 50-142 49-244
Punts (number-avg.) 4-36.5 3-35.0
Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 6-61 12-118
Possession time 21:47 26:13
Individual statistics:
Rushing: J: GioVonne Sanders 19-39, Robert Kennedy 4-6, Melik Gordan 1-6, Ryan Swinton 1-1; C: Lamont Wade 21-100, Tre’ sean Howard 5-56, Kijafi Fuqua 11-25, Team 2-minus-2.
Passing: J: GioVonne Sanders 11-25-90-1TD-3INT; C: Lamont Wade 6-10-65-0TD-1INT
Receiving: J: Melik Gordan 3-23, Robert Kennedy 3-10, Jackson Pruitt 1-47, Michael Pompei 1-9; C: Tre’ sean Howard 3-28, Kijafi Fuqua 2-15, Jordan Hines 1-22.


Steel Valley romps to WPIAL Class 2A title, by Chris Harlan.

WPIAL Class 2A notebook: Steel Valley’s Murray rushes to sixth on WPIAL all-time list, by George Guido.

Steel Valley 49, Neshannock 14
Neshannock 0-0-0-14 14
Steel Valley 21-7-21-0 49
SV: DeWayne Murray 5 run (Alex Grace kick)
SV: Zai’ Quan Henderson 65 pass from Ryan Harper (Grace kick)
SV: Trevon Adams 55 pass from Harper (Grace kick)
SV: Murray 2 run (Grace kick)
SV: Murray 3 run (Grace kick)
SV: Murray 75 run (Grace kick)
SV: Murray 13 run (Grace kick)
N: Anthony Dovidio 6 pass from Frank Antuono (Tristan Tuck kick)
N: Greg Fornataro 6 pass from Jared Staph (Tuck kick)
Team statistics Nesh SV
First downs 16 12
Rushes-Yards 32-113 25-255
Passing yards 90 186
Passing Att-Comp-Int 27-11-2 14-7-0
Total offense Plays-yards 59-203 39-441
Punts (number-avg.) 5-13.8 3-31.0
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties-yards 5-40 9-82
Possession time 28:31 19:29
Individual statistics:
Rushing: N:Sean Doran 16-95, Billy Presnar 1-16, Danny Welker 4-4, Frank Antuono 11-minus 2; SV: DeWayne Murray 16-213, Najheir West 3-43, Paris Ford 2-8, Gary Freeman 1-minus 1, Team 2-minus 2, Ryan Harper 1-minus 6.
Passing: N: Frank Antuono 7-23-51-1TD-2INT, Jared Staph 4-4-39-1TD-0INT; SV: Ryan Harper 7-13-186-2TD-0INT, Paris Ford 0-1-0-0-0
Receiving: N: Sean Walker 4-31, Danny Welker 2-10, Greg Fornataro 2-6, Michael Mozzocio 1-22, Chris Scott 1-15, Anthony Dovidio 1-6; SV: Paris Ford 4-62, Zai’ Quan Henderson 2-69, Trevon Adams 1-55.


Central Catholic rolls past Williamsport in PIAA quarterfinal, by Dave Mackall.

PIAA playoffs
Saturday’s results
Class 6A

Central Catholic 62, Williamsport 21
St. Joseph’s Prep 38, Parkland 17
Wilson 28, Cumberland Valley 14
Class 4A
Bethlehem Catholic 42, Johnstown 12
Class 3A
Notre Dame Green Pond 36, Delaware Valley Charter 22
Class 2A
Southern Columbia 20, Schuylkill Haven 5
Wilmington 42, Kane 0

Semifinals (local teams only)
Friday’s schedule
Class 3A

Beaver Falls vs. Central (Martinsburg) at Mansion Park, Altoona, 7 p.m.
Class 2A
Steel Valley vs. Wilmington at North Allegheny, 7 p.m.
Ligonier Valley vs. Southern Columbia at Bald Eagle Area, Friday, 7 p.m.
Class A
Clairton vs. Farrell at Slippery Rock University, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule
Class 6A

Central Catholic vs. Wilson at Mansion Park, Altoona, 7 p.m.
Class 5A
West Allegheny vs. Harrisburg at Mansion Park, Altoona, 1 p.m.


#TribHS Football: PIAA quarterfinals, WPIAL Class A-2A finals


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West Allegheny's Will Weber avoids Meadville's Austin Chess in the first half during the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal game

West Allegheny’s Will Weber avoids Meadville’s Austin Chess in the first half during the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal game

West Allegheny's Logan Malta (41) and Anthony Dellovade track down Meadville's Journey Brown in the first half during the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal game

West Allegheny’s Logan Malta (41) and Anthony Dellovade track down Meadville’s Journey Brown in the first half during the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal game

West Allegheny limits Meadville’s Brown, advances to PIAA semifinals, by Chris Harlan.

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Erie Cathedral Prep quarterback Joseph Mischler scores past Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman during their PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal

Erie Cathedral Prep quarterback Joseph Mischler scores past Thomas Jefferson’s Garret Fairman during their PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal

Thomas Jefferson's Zane Zandier catches a touchdown pass in front of Erie Cathedral Prep 's Terry Roberts during their PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal

Thomas Jefferson’s Zane Zandier catches a touchdown pass in front of Erie Cathedral Prep ‘s Terry Roberts during their PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal

Cathedral Prep ends Thomas Jefferson’s run, by George Guido.

Smith leads Ligonier Valley to first PIAA victory, by Paul Schofield.


Sisters LuAnn Nixon (left) and Debbie Bloom both of New Florence cheer for their grandsons Garrett Custer and Kobe Short during their 39-19 victory over Dunmore during their PIAA 2A quarterfinal game

Avid fans show support for Ligonier Valley, by Dave Mackall.


Central Catholic's Justice Evans

Central Catholic’s Justice Evans

Central Catholic set to begin state title quest, by Joe Sager.

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Class A, 2A teams more focused on reaching championship game than venue, by Chris Harlan.


Jeannette running back Kareem Hall

Jeannette running back Kareem Hall

Jeannette hopes to eliminate mistakes in matchup with top-seeded Clairton, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Clairton's Lamont Wade

Clairton’s Lamont Wade

Despite knee surgery Oct. 31, Wade plays key role in pair of WPIAL playoff victories, by Dave Mackall.


Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray

Steel Valley’s DeWayne Murray

Dynamic offensive attacks to square off for WPIAL title, by William Whalen.

PIAA playoffs
Friday’s results
Class 6A
North Penn 48, Garnet Valley 38
Class 5A
Academy Park 24, Springfield Delco 18
Archbishop Wood 56, Whitehall 13
Harrisburg 48, Manheim Central 20
West Allegheny 47, Meadville 20
Class 4A
Berks Catholic 37, Shippensburg 13
Cathedral Prep 30, Thomas Jefferson 13
Imhotep Charter 38, North Pocono 7
Class 3A
Central Martinsburg 36, Karns City 21
Middletown 40, Scranton Prep 13
Class 2A
Ligoiner Valley 39, Dunmore 19
Class A
Bishop Guilfoyle 52, Homer-Center 6
Farrell 20, Ridgway-Johnsonburg 7
Steelton Highspire 24, Williams Valley 20

Saturday’s schedule
Class 6A

St. Joseph’s Prep (11-0) vs. Parkland (11-3) at Northeast HS Supersite, 1 p.m.; Williamsport (12-1) vs. Central Catholic (12-1) at Mansion Park, 1 p.m.; Cumberland Valley (9-3) vs. Wilson (11-1) at Hersheypark Stadium, 6 p.m.
Class 4A
Bethlehem Catholic (10-3) vs. Johnstown (12-1) at Chambersburg HS, 1 p.m.
Class 3A
Notre Dame Green Pond (11-2) vs. Delaware Valley Charter (8-4) at Bethlehem Stadium, 1 p.m.
Bye: Beaver Falls (11-1)
Class 2A
Southern Columbia (13-0) vs. Schuylkill Haven (12-1) at Shamokin, 1 p.m.; Wilmington (11-1) vs. Kane (13-0) at Slippery Rock University, 1 p.m.

WPIAL playoffs
Saturday’s schedule
At Robert Morris University
Class 2A

Steel Valley (12-0) vs. Neshannock (12-1), 6 p.m.
Class A
Clairton (12-0) vs. Jeannette (12-1), noon


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Championships Recap


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West Allegheny claims eighth title in OT thriller, by Chris Harlan.

WPIAL Class 5A notebook: West A’s Opsatnik with rare misfire, by George Guido.

West Allegheny's Kolbe Stout recovers an on-sides kick during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game

West Allegheny’s Kolbe Stout recovers an on-sides kick during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game

GORMAN: Picturing a special way to win

Thomas Jefferson's Quinton Hill dives into the end zone for a third-quarter touchdown against New Castle during the WPIAL Class 4A championship

Thomas Jefferson’s Quinton Hill dives into the end zone for a third-quarter touchdown against New Castle during the WPIAL Class 4A championship

Hill’s three TDs lead Thomas Jefferson to seventh WPIAL championship, by Matt Grubba.

WPIAL Class 4A notebook: Coaches part of a special club, by George Guido.

Central Catholic powers past Seneca Valley for sixth WPIAL title, by Andrew Erickson.

WPIAL Class 6A notebook: Seneca Valley makes second trip to finals, by George Guido.

Beaver Falls beats Quips to capture fourth WPIAL championship, by Bill Beckner Jr.

WPIAL Class 3A notebook: Beaver Falls’ second title won on the field, by George Guido.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Class 5A LIVE blog


Gameplan WPIAL 5A Championship


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Class 3A final LIVE blog



#TribHS Football: WPIAL GAMEPLAN Championship Edition


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GORMAN: Underdogs reach out to past champions for title tales

Gameplan WIPAL 6A Championship

CLASS 6A: Top-seeded Central Catholic prepares for much-improved Seneca Valley, by Chris Harlan.

Gameplan WPIAL 5A Championship

CLASS 5A: Physical play could play key role in title-game matchup, by Chris Harlan.

WPIAL Class 4A preview

Class 4A: Top-seeded Thomas Jefferson out to defend title against ‘extremely athletic’ Red Hurricans, by Ray Fisher.

WPIAL Class 3A preview

CLASS 3A: Top-seeded Aliquippa expects challenge from No. 2 Beaver Falls, by Paul Schofield.

Gameplan 2A Semifinals

Steel Valley, Riverside have come long way since Week 1 matchup, by George Guido.

Neshannock chasing first trip to final while Washington looks to add to storied tradition, by William Whalen.

Gameplan A Semifinals

Like tradition-rich Rochester, Jeannette continues to find success after dropping down to Class A, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Clairton seeking another trip to WPIAL title game, but ‘fairytale’ Northgate stands in the way, by Dave Mackall.


Farewell, George Novak: Woody High football coach retires


Woodland Hills coach George Novak

George Novak was the only football coach in the 30-year history of Woodland Hills

Revered Woodland Hills football coach Novak retires, by George Guido.

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GORMAN: Count Novak’s impact, not victories



WPIAL 6A, 5A previews

Central Catholic QB Fisher to face off against hometown team, by Chris Harlan.

Central Catholic RB Justice Evans

Central Catholic multi-purpose back Justice Evans

Kiski Area transfer Evans eyes title with Central Catholic, by William Whalen.

McKeesport rides ‘The Bus’ to Heinz Field, by Chris Harlan.

WPIAL 3A, 4A previews

TJ’s QB on ‘D’ Zandier ‘as good of a player as there is in the WPIAL,’ by Ray Fisher.

Play in trenches key in Class 3A title game, by Paul Schofield.


Springdale's Josh Harmon (44) is dropped by Jeannette's Jordon Sullivan (56) and Eric Hall (55) for a 3-yard loss during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal

Springdale’s Josh Harmon (44) is dropped by Jeannette’s Jordon Sullivan (56) and Eric Hall (55) for a 3-yard loss during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal

Jeannette’s aggressive defense has stifled opponents, by Bill Beckner Jr.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL playoffs second-round recap




GORMAN: Derry’s storybook season comes to an end

Derry’s dream season ended by Aliquippa, by Paul Schofield.

Carter scores with 20 seconds left to spark Beaver Falls victory, by Nathan Smith.


Miracle lateral play lifts McKeesport to first WPIAL title game since ’05, by Chris Harlan.

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Seneca Valley blocks last-second extra point, stuns No. 2 North Allegheny, by Jerin Steele.

Central Catholic cruises to fourth straight final past Pine-Richland, by William Whalen.

New Castle holds off Ringgold to reach first WPIAL final since 1998, by George Guido.

#TribHS roundup: Thomas Jefferson returns to WPIAL title game

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Jeannette races past Springdale to WPIAL semifinals, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Springdale QB Sammy Carey

Springdale quarterback Sammy Carey

Traditionally a power running team, Springdale’s passing attack helped team advance to Class A quarterfinals, by Doug Gulasy.

Defense shines as Ligonier Valley sets program record for victories, by Dave Mackall.