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.

WPIAL stands #24Strong

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Aliquippa running back DiMantae Bronaugh

Aliquippa running back Bronaugh to miss season after cancer diagnosis, by Chris Harlan.

ON THE GRIDIRON

Westinghouse assistant football coach placed on leave

Gorman: East Allegheny’s Edwards performs juggling act

Woodland Hills' Wilford Clark

Woodland Hills’ Wilford Clark

Senior guard paves way for Woodland Hills’ elite running game, by Joe Sager.

Riverview quarterback Jake Hanus

Riverview quarterback Jake Hanus

Hanus set to lead Riverview’s offense under center, by George Guido.

Nick and Conner Shoemaker are one of three sets of twins who will play football for Redbank Valley

Nick and Conner Shoemaker are one of three sets of twins who will play football for Redbank Valley

Three sets of identical twins punctuate football roster at Redbank Valley, by Jerin Steele.

Frazier coach Mike Steeber

Frazier coach Mike Steeber

Junior class filled with potential for talent-laden Frazier football team, by Jeremy Sellew.

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Brashear’s Coleman picks Pitt

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Brashear cornerback Therran Coleman

Therran Coleman led Brashear to the 2014 City League championship

Brashear cornerback Coleman picks Pitt, by Jerry DiPaola.

West Mifflin's Ahmer Foy

West Mifflin’s Ahmer Foy

West Mifflin will enter season without a bona fide No. 1 running back, by Kevin Ritchart.

Plum tackle Jake Tecak

Plum tackle Jake Tecak

Plum tackle Tecak ready to make an impact, by Michael Love.

Uniontown's Ariene Washington

Uniontown’s Ariene Washington

Uniontown’s Washington poised to have a breakout season, by Dave Stofcheck.

Leechburg's Dalton Knapp

Leechburg’s Dalton Knapp

Leechburg’s Burtick, Knapp developing rapport in passing game, by Jerin Steele.

ON THE COURSE

Knoch's Nathaniel Pettit, Mandi Moxie, and Brandon Grumski

Knoch’s Nathaniel Pettit, Mandi Moxie, and Brandon Grumski

Knoch cross country runners continue to push each other, by Doug Gulasy.

ON THE TUBE

Comcast announced today its 13th season of Xfinity High School Sports Game of the Week will feature a 12-week WPIAL schedule, with nine regular-season games, three playoff games and appearances by a minimum of four schools from each classification:

Sept. 4: Montour at Central Valley
Sept. 11: Beth-Center at Greensburg Central Catholic
Sept. 18: McKeesport at Penn-Trafford
Sept. 25: South Park at Keystone Oaks
Oct. 2: Jeannette at Springdale
Oct. 9: Charleroi at Washington
Oct. 16: Sto-Rox at South Fayette
Oct. 23: Baldwin at Canon-McMillan
Oct. 30: Ringgold at Trinity
Nov. 6: WPIAL first round
Nov. 13: WPIAL quarterfinals
Nov. 20: WPIAL semifinals

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TribHS soccer previews

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review boys soccer preview: After winning back-to-back WPIAL titles, Peters Township boys hoping to evolve with younger lineup, by Karen Price.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review girls soccer preview: Seneca Valley seniors working together to challenge for third straight WPIAL title, by Karen Price.

Penn-Trafford sophomore midfielder Luke Deglmann

Penn-Trafford sophomore midfielder Luke Deglmann

Greensburg Tribune-Review boys soccer preview: Fresh off winning Section 1-AAA title, Penn-Trafford hopes to maintain momentum with new coach, by Nathan Smith.

Greensburg Central Catholic's Bailey Cartwright

Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bailey Cartwright

Greensburg Tribune-Review girls soccer preview: In addition to 59-goal scorer Cartwright, WPIAL champion GCC to feature more variety on offense, by Karen Price.

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TribHS preview by position: New Coaches

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#TribHS preview by position: New coaches set to lead teams to victory, by Chris Harlan.

Blackhawk coach Joe Lamenza

Blackhawk coach Joe Lamenza

Gorman: An ‘honor’ to follow a legend

Knoch's Ben Lowery (left) makes a catch in front of defender Jayden Renfrew

Knoch’s Ben Lowery (left) makes a catch in front of defender Jayden Renfrew

Knoch tailbacks look to ‘take it and run with it’ in battle for No. 5 jersey, by William Whalen.

Laurel Highlands' Dylan Groh

Laurel Highlands’ Dylan Groh

Lineman Groh back from injury, ready to help Mustangs, by Dave Stofcheck.

ON THE PITCH

Ringgold's Brooke Vollmer

Ringgold’s Brooke Vollmer

Late start not worrying Ringgold girls’ coach, by Bill Hughes.

New coach instills fresh attitude in young Penn Hills soccer team, by Andrew John.

ON THE COURSE

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TRIB HAS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMEPLAN

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TribHS staff

The #TribHS staff (from left): Marty Stewart, Nathan Smith, Michael Love, Jason Black, Bill Beckner Jr., Paul Schofield, Kevin Gorman, Chris Harlan, Karen Price, Doug Gulasy, Jeremy Sellew, Dave Mackall, Bill Hartlep, Ray Fisher.

Listen to the podcast of the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring Chris Harlan talking about the GAMEPLAN football preview section cover stories and Trib rankings by classification and an interview with Seton-La Salle coach Damon Rosol:

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Cover 1 story

Some of the WPIAL’s top teams leaning toward two-back ground game, by Chris Harlan.

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Cover 2 story

New uniforms can change perception, help establish identity, by Kevin Gorman.

Gorman column

Gorman: Don’t judge WPIAL by the cover

McKeesport

MDN cover story

McKeesport’s offensive motor and defensive stopper, Hudson is special, by Dave Mackall.

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GTR cover story

Jeannette’s long lineage of successful football coaches has program nearing 700 victories, by Paul Schofield.

VND

VND cover story

From football savvy to smarts, Freeport’s Thimons seems to have it all, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Kittanning

KLT cover story

Former rivals from Kittanning, Ford City bond to form Armstrong River Hawks, by Doug Gulasy.

Class AAAA breakdown

Class AAAA breakdown: Wealth of talent puts target on Central Catholic, by Kevin Gorman.

Class AAA breakdown

Class AAA breakdown: Armstrong merger shakes up Greater Allegheny Conference, by Doug Gulasy.

Class AA breakdown

Class AA breakdown: Dynamic offense again to lead two-time PIAA champion South Fayette, by Karen Price.

Class A breakdown

Class A breakdown: Teams going Bear hunting again chasing Clairton, by Paul Schofield.

Brashear

City League preview: Brashear to be challenged in title defense, by Alex Oltmanns.

COMING SOON…

Connellsville

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TribHS preview by position: Kickers/Punters

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#TribHS preview by position: WPIAL full of game-changing kickers, by Chris Harlan.

Jake Chapla

Plum’s Jake Chapla

Gorman: Plum’s Chapla aims for records

ON THE LINKS

Hempfield junior Andrew Thomas

Hempfield junior Andrew Thomas

Quartet of juniors set to lead Hempfield golf, by Alex Oltmanns.

D’Amico, Oberdorf hope to pace Greensburg Salem golf at top of lineup, by Devon Moore.

ON THE PITCH

Ringgold's Brandon Perez

Ringgold’s Brandon Perez

Defending section champion Ringgold boys return just three starters, by Bill Hughes.

Belle Vernon Area''s Baylie Campbell (front) and keeper Kaity Watson (back) are two of seven starters back for the Leopards

Belle Vernon Area”s Baylie Campbell (front) and keeper Kaity Watson (back) are two of seven starters back for the Leopards

Belle Vernon girls poised for another big year, by Bill Hughes.

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TribHS preview by position: Safeties

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#TribHS preview by position: Ball-hawk safeties pace top defenses, by Chris Harlan.

Seton-La Salle's Paris Ford

Seton-La Salle junior safety Paris Ford

Gorman: Scouts won’t forget Paris Ford

Highlands' Jordan Lineburg

Highlands’ Jordan Lineburg

Highlands’ Lineburg ready to blitz Allegheny Conference opponents, by Doug Gulasy.

South Allegheny's Ian Naspinski

South Allegheny defensive tackle Ian Naspinski

Defensive tackle Naspinski spearheads South Allegheny defense, by Kevin Lohman.

ON THE LINKS

Gateway's Ryan Skladany

Gateway’s Ryan Skladany

Gators eye improved section performances, by Michael Love.

Burrell's Tiger Hubbard

Burrell’s Tiger Hubbard

Burrell golfer trying to live up to name, by Bill Beckner Jr.

ON THE PITCH

Quaker Valley's Moriah Wigley

Quaker Valley’s Moriah Wigley

Senior leaders take reins for Quaker Valley soccer, by Haley Sawyer.

ON THE COURT

Geibel's Morgan DeWitt

Geibel’s Morgan DeWitt

Geibel volleyball aims to extend lengthy streak of reaching playoffs, by Jason Black.

Experienced lineup returns for Fox Chapel volleyball, by Marty Stewart.

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TribHS preview by position: Cornerbacks

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#TribHS preview by position: Lock-down specialists star at cornerback, by Chris Harlan.

Central Catholic's Damar Hamlin

Central Catholic senior Damar Hamlin

Clairton's Lamont Wade

Clairton junior Lamont Wade

Gorman: Clairton’s Wade makes case at cornerback

Freeport quarterback Ryan Weigold

Freeport quarterback Ryan Weigold

Freeport quarterback makes speedy recovery from ACL tear, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Keystone Oaks football looking for improved results, by Nathan Smith.

Chartiers Valley returns experienced roster, by Nathan Smith.

ON THE LINKS

Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik

Latrobe’s Brady Pevarnik

Experienced seniors, talented freshmen provide optimism for Latrobe boys golf, by Devon Moore.

Derry boys golfers set sights on section title, by Zach Brendza.

ON THE COURT

Fox Chapel's Amanda Nord

Fox Chapel’s Amanda Nord

Fox Chapel tennis team returns intact, by Marty Stewart.

SENDING PRAYERS

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TribHS preview by position: Linebackers

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#TribHS preview by position: Linebackers pack a punch, by Chris Harlan.

McKeesport linebacker Sutton is standout on field, in classroom, by Dave Mackall.

Neshannock's Frank Antuono Jr.

Neshannock junior Frank Antuono Jr.

Gorman: Neshannock star a big hit

Fox Chapel QB Brendan Whelan

Fox Chapel quarterback Brendan Whelan

Senior looks to take quarterback reins at Fox Chapel, by Marty Stewart.

ON THE LINKS

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#TribHS golf preview: Solid lineup boosts Peters Township, by Paul Schofield.

Mt. Pleasant boys expect more success, by Jason Black.

ON THE MOUND

Twitter reacts to Plum alum Scott McGough pitching against the Pirates:

https://twitter.com/Lan17dry/status/635993300445564932

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TribHS Preview by Position: Defensive linemen

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#TribHS preview by position: Defensive linemen show unique brand of athleticism, by Chris Harlan.

Gorman: Southmoreland duo is dominant

Deer Lakes' Hunter Burns

Deer Lakes’ Hunter Burns

Deer Lakes senior Burns envisions big season at running back, by D.J. Vasil.

ON THE LINKS

Armstrong sophomore golfer Adam Cippel

Armstrong sophomore golfer Adam Cippel

Armstrong golfers swap skates for clubs, by Jerin Steele.

ON THE COURT

Baldwin volleyball

Baldwin girls volleyball returns to defend crown, by Ray Fisher.

Alena Blaszczak (left) and Dyanna Shaporka

Alena Blaszczak (left) and Dyanna Shaporka

Frazier volleyball team realizes it has winning tradition to uphold, by Jason Black.

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