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The 1,000-point club

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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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NA takes down defending champs

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Franklin Regional's Mark Prucnal wrestlers NA's Nick Pepe at 120 pounds

Franklin Regional’s Mark Prucnal wrestles North Allegheny’s Nick Pepe at 120 pounds

North Allegheny wrestlers take down defending champion Franklin Regional, by Paul Schofield.

#TribHS roundup: Canon-McMillan uses six pins to advance

Burrell's Corey Christie tries to pin Southmoreland's Jake Virgin at 138

Burrell’s Corey Christie tries to pin Southmoreland’s Jake Virgin at 138 pounds

Burrell moves step closer to 10th WPIAL title in a row, by William Whalen.

Kiski Area's Colin Murray works to pin Butler's Sam Dietrich at 132 pounds

Kiski Area’s Colin Murray works to pin Butler’s Sam Dietrich during the 132-pound bout

Kiski Area advances to WPIAL semifinals, by Doug Gulasy.

Westmoreland roundup: Derry wrestlers advance to WPIAL semifinals

ON THE HARDWOOD

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Led by young trio, Mars girls stay humble while chasing Section 1 title, by Devon Moore.

Charleroi girls pushing the pace in Section 4-AA, by Jasper Wilson.

#TribHS roundup: CWNC girls avenge loss to Vincentian

Fueled by fast start, Clairton boys look to finish strong in playoffs, by Andrew Erickson.

Brownsville nearing perfect section mark, by Dave Mackall.

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Signing Day Special

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Gorman: Countdown begins to next Signing Day

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Listen to a podcast of my recruiting talk with Ken Laird, Tim Benz and Josh Taylor on TribLIVE Radio:

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Beaver Falls’ Donovan Jeter

Top 10 Western Pennsylvania recruits for the Class of 2017, by Chris Harlan.

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McKeesport’s Khaleke Hudson

WPIAL, City League players sign with Division I FBS schools

ROLL CALL

Anthony Battaglia, Pine-Richland

Sean Beadle, Franklin Regional

Jake Buccigrossi, North Hills

Therran Coleman, Brashear

Brandon Ford, Upper St. Clair

Bricen Garner, Central Catholic

Ron George, Central Catholic

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Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic

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Aidan Howard, Gateway

Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport

Ronnie Jones, Central Catholic

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Aaron Mathews, Clairton

Steve Petrick, Norwin

Kaezon Pugh, Aliquippa

Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills

Jo-El Shaw, Woodland Hills

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Terrance Stephens, West Allegheny

Tymar Sutton, McKeesport

Nate Swart, Washington

Logan Thimons, Freeport

Brenon Thrift, Gateway

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Rashad Wheeler, Central Catholic

WPIAL, City League players sign with FCS, Division II schools

Khalid Blount, Washington

Tyler Carswell, Montour

Jaymond Dunn, Woodland Hills

Paul Grattan, Mt. Lebanon

Zack Jablonski, Montour

Jonah Lisbon, Penn-Trafford

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Levi Metheny, Bethel Park

Dylan Stapleton, Indiana

Todd Summers, Franklin Regional

Tim Vecchio, Penn-Trafford

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Undefeated Lee ready to return to mat

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Franklin Regional wrestler Spencer Lee is silhouetted as he works out during a rehabilitation session for his surgically repaired right shoulder

Franklin Regional wrestler Spencer Lee is silhouetted as he works out during a rehabilitation session for his surgically repaired right shoulder

Franklin Regional wrestler Spencer Lee is taken through a a rehabilitation session for his right shoulder with Physical Therapist Donald Vargo at East Suburban Sports Medicine Center

Franklin Regional wrestler Spencer Lee is taken through a a rehabilitation session for his right shoulder with Physical Therapist Donald Vargo at East Suburban Sports Medicine Center

Franklin Regional’s Lee set to return after rehab for shoulder injury, by Paul Schofield.

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South Allegheny reaches WPIAL playoffs for sixth consecutive season, by Andrew Erickson.

Kiski Area's Chad Kuhn reacts to his victory over Peters Township's Mike McAleavey during a 220-pound quarterfinal bout of the Powerade wrestling tournament

Kiski Area’s Chad Kuhn reacts to his victory over Peters Township’s Mike McAleavey during a 220-pound quarterfinal bout of the Powerade wrestling tournament

Scoring pins fuels Kiski Area wrestling team, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS notebook: Burrell set to join elite club of WPIAL champions, by Doug Gulasy.

Freedom wrestlers riding high after winning Section 1 title, by Jasper Wilson.

RECRUITING

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ON THE HARDWOOD

Ringgold coach Phil Pergola

Ringgold coach Phil Pergola

Gorman: Ringgold’s Pergola sits on cusp of No. 600

No. 1 New Castle sweeps No. 2 Beaver Falls to claim section crown, by Chris Harlan.

Jeannette's Anthony Schmidt scores past Clairton's Aaron Mathews

Jeannette’s Anthony Schmidt scores past Clairton’s Aaron Mathews

Clairton avenges earlier loss to Jeannette, by Andrew Erickson.

St. Joseph's Vincenzo Schiano-diCola (3) has the ball stripped as he tries to split Leechburg's Chris Smith (5) and Chris Hack (10)

St. Joseph’s Vincenzo Schiano-diCola (3) has the ball stripped as he tries to split Leechburg’s Chris Smith (5) and Chris Hack (10)

St. Joseph boys knock off Leechburg but fall short of playoff berth, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Springdale’s Pane is a pain for Riverview, by George Guido.

Gateway girls clinch playoff spot with win over Armstrong, by Michael Love.

Canon-McMillan girls overcome adversity to claim first section title, by Andrew John.

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Hamlin, Mathews pick PITT

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Central Catholic's Damar Hamlin

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin

Central Catholic’s Hamlin commits to Pitt, by Jerry DiPaola.

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Gorman: A hometown win for Pitt

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Before Hamlin announced his college choice, another WPIAL star picked Pitt:

Clairton’s Mathews changes commitment from Penn State to Pitt, by Jerry DiPaola.

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MORE RECRUITING

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ON THE HARDWOOD

Avonworth's Cole Jenkins tries to block a shot by Quaker Valley's Amos Luptak

Avonworth’s Cole Jenkins tries to block a shot by Quaker Valley’s Amos Luptak

Quakers enter playoff mode for season’s final week, by Matt Grubba.

Chartiers Valley's Eddie Flohr

Chartiers Valley’s Eddie Flohr

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

Riverview's Ariel Rafferty

Riverview’s Ariel Rafferty

Riverview dominates rematch with St. Joseph, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Defense powering Carlynton girls basketball, by Nathan Smith.

#TribHS roundup: Peters Township girls claim Section 4 crown

Westmoreland roundup: Derry girls capture Section 3-AAA title

ON THE ICE

Fox Chapel's Jonathan Rice

Fox Chapel’s Jonathan Rice

When full team competes, Fox Chapel hockey among Class AA’s best, by Josh Rizzo.

Hempfield's Jacob Anderson

Hempfield’s Jacob Anderson

Hempfield hockey continues to play through injuries, inexperience, by Josh Rizzo.

Sewickley Academy goaltender Cole Luther stops a shot by West Allegheny's Sean Weber next to Brandon Eisel of Montour during the first period of the PIHL Class A all-star game

Sewickley Academy goaltender Cole Luther stops a shot by West Allegheny’s Sean Weber next to Brandon Eisel of Montour during the first period of the PIHL Class A all-star game

Sewickley Academy hockey showing progress, by Kevin Lohman.

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Allderdice holds off challenge from Mars

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‘Dice holds off challenge from Mars, by Andrew Erickson.

#TribHS boys roundup: Aliquippa takes down Chartiers Valley

Monessen coach Joe Salvino

Monessen coach Joe Salvino

Years of success lead Monessen’s Salvino to 600 wins, by Les Harvath.

Three’s company for Hempfield boys basketball team, by Paul Schofield.

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Ellis School's Dayna Rouse

Ellis School senior Dayna Rouse

Ellis School’s Rouse has developed into one of WPIAL’s top scorers, by Bob Cohn.

#TribHS girls roundup: Peters Township moves into first place

RECRUITING

Ryan Harkleroad

Ryan Harkleroad

Erickson: USC’s Harkleroad happy to be a Flyer

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ON THE ICE

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PIHL All-Star Game roundup: Seneca Valley’s Crilley delivers hat trick in Class AAA contest, by Zach Brendza and Joe Sager.

IN THE POOL

Records fall on second day of WCCA swim meet, by Andrew Erickson.

Upper St. Clair trio to swim at Division I level, by Karen Kadilak.

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A basketball moment for Canon-Mac’s Blanock

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Canon Mac coach Rick Bell welcomes Luke Blanock back

Canon Mac coach Rick Bell welcomes Luke Blanock back to the lineup as a starter in December 2014

The story of Luke Blanock has captivated Western Pennsylvania because of the way the Canon-McMillan student stood #LukeStrong in the face of a cancer diagnosis to return to become a starter for the Big Macs in basketball.

Kurt Blanock takes his son Luke out of the game

Canon-McMillan pitching coach Kurt Blanock takes his son, Luke, out of a game last spring

When the cancer returned last spring during baseball season, Blanock insisted that ‘he doesn’t want to be the kid with cancer.’

Yet that didn’t stop him from being an inspiration for fellow WPIAL athletes Ryan Harkleroad of Upper St. Clair and DiMantae Bronaugh of Aliquippa, who dealt with their own battles with childhood cancer in what became the most important sports story.

Luke Blanock laughs with teammates during the national anthem

Luke Blanock laughs with teammates as the national anthem is played before his first varsity start

On Saturday, Blanock will receive the Courage Award from the Pittsburgh Basketball Club at its fifth annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Doubletree Hotel in Moon. His speech is expected to be the basketball moment Blanock has long awaited.

ON THE HARDWOOD

Burrell's Brendan Lettrich drives to the basket against Knoch

Burrell’s Brendan Lettrich drives to the basket against Knoch


Late basket lifts Knoch
to overtime victory over Burrell, by George Guido.

Eden Christian's Drew Aiken drives to the basket past Rochester's Chad Meny

Eden Christian’s Drew Aiken drives to the basket past Rochester’s Chad Meny

#TribHS roundup: Plum boys topple No. 4 Penn Hills

Westmoreland roundup: Hempfield boys set school record in win

ON THE GRIDIRON

Freeport principal Michael Kleckner (left) and athletic director Shawn Stivenson (right) receive a golden football from the NFL, presented by Jeff Christy

Freeport principal Michael Kleckner (left) and athletic director Shawn Stivenson (right) receive a golden football from the NFL, presented by former Freeport football player and Super Bowl champion Jeff Christy, a center for the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in celebration of Super Bowl 50

Former Super Bowl champion Christy adds to Freeport trophy case, by Bill Beckner Jr.

IN THE POOL

Franklin Regional's Andrew Sederholm

Franklin Regional’s Andrew Sederholm

Franklin Regional's Kevin Schon

Franklin Regional’s Kevin Schon

Franklin Regional divers take aim at success, by Andrew Erickson.

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Time for WPIAL to find new venue for football

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Clairton’s Jamie Hines catches a pass in 2014 WPIAL Class A final at Heinz Field

Gorman: Time for the WPIAL to find a new venue

ON THE RADIO

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ON THE HARDWOOD

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Section 4-AAA-leading Steel Valley contending for first title since 2002-03, by Zach Brendza.

Shady Side Academy's Kirf Olander

Shady Side Academy’s Kirf Olander

#Trib Cup: Now at full strength, Shady Side Academy boys prepare for postseason run, by Alex Oltmanns.

Monessen's Justice Rice

Monessen’s Justice Rice

Family lineage plays key role in development for Monessen junior Rice, by Les Harvath.

Washington boys riding 9-game winning streak, by Kevin Lohman.

Southmoreland boys put mistakes in past as postseason looms, by Jasper Wilson.

Springdale's Alex Pane

Springdale’s Alex Pane

A-K Valley notebook: Springdale guard quietly having a stellar season, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Sto-Rox assistant girls basketball coach charged with harassment

Burrell's Brooke Smith

Burrell’s Brooke Smith

Burrell girls look to keep playoff bar high, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Mars' Nicole McCloud battles Deer Lakes' Marie Schmitzer for a rebound

Mars’ Nicole McCloud battles Deer Lakes’ Marie Schmitzer for a rebound

#TribHS roundup: Beaver girls upset No. 4 Blackhawk

Westmoreland roundup: GCC girls top Apollo-Ridge

RECRUITING

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Split Decision for WPIAL football finals

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PIAA’s proposed brackets could force WPIAL to split football title games, by Chris Harlan.

RECRUITING

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McKeesport safety Hudson chooses Michigan, by Kevin Gorman.

Gorman: Hudson is ready to play

It wasn’t all bad news for Penn State…

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And WPIAL single-season passing record holder Zach Chandler of Avonworth found a home:

ON THE MAT

Kiski Area parlays spate of pins into Section 1-AAA title, by Paul Schofield.

Burrell's Robert Scherer smiles to his bench as he works to pin South Allegheny's Aaron D'Ambrosio in their 220 lbs bout during the Section 3-AA wrestling championships

Burrell’s Robert Scherer smiles to his bench as he works to pin South Allegheny’s Aaron D’Ambrosio in their 220 lbs bout during the Section 3-AA wrestling championships/Jason Bridge

Burrell bolts to 13th consecutive section title by beating South Allegheny, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS roundup: Canon-McMillan wins 15th consecutive section title

Westmoreland roundup: Greensburg Salem advances to WPIAL tournament

ON THE HARDWOOD

McKeesport's Johnasia Cash

McKeesport’s Johnasia Cash

Cash’s development key to McKeesport’s success, by Dave Mackall.

Mt. Lebanon's Kate Sramac

Mt. Lebanon’s Kate Sramac

Mt. Lebanon girls focused on improvement, not ‘feeding the monster,’ by Josh Rizzo.

Greensburg Central Catholic's Brittany Stawovy

Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brittany Stawovy

Greensburg Central Catholic girls fight, stay in playoff position, by Andrew Erickson.

Mt. Pleasant's Hannah Hempfield

Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Hempfield

Despite injuries, Mt. Pleasant girls keeping pace in Section 3, by Dave Mackall.

Led by senior scorer Smith, Quigley Catholic girls chasing WPIAL title, by Dvonya Sedlacko.

#TribHS highlight reel: Top matchups set for PBC Classic

PLAY OF THE DAY

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Down Goes No. 1 Latrobe

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Norwin's Anthony DelleFemine shoots around Latrobe's Ryan Soisson and Tom Kisick (52)

Norwin’s Anthony DelleFemine shoots around Latrobe’s Ryan Soisson and Tom Kisick (52)/Steph Chambers

Third-quarter surge helps Norwin upset No. 1 Latrobe, by Nathan Smith.

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Highlands' Mitch Dezort (30) attempts a shot over the block of Mars' John Castello (3)

Highlands’ Mitch Dezort (30) attempts a shot over the block of Mars’ John Castello (3)/Eric Felack

Castello’s double-double helps Mars to 14th straight win over Highlands, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Leechburg's John Burtick (13) takes a shot against Riverview's Nico Sero (23)

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Leechburg boys top rival Riverview to clinch playoff berth, by George Guido.

#TribHS roundup: No. 3 Pine-Richland tops Central Catholic for ninth straight win

Westmoreland roundup: Hempfield boys capture key win at Connellsville

RECRUITING

Baldwin wide receiver Nick Altavilla

Baldwin wide receiver Nick Altavilla

Baldwin football standout to reunite with older brother at Mercyhurst, by Ray Fisher.

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ON THE MAT

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Seneca Valley wrestlers look for continued success at Section 3-AAA tourney, by Joe Sager.

Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee

Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee

Without top two wrestlers, Franklin Regional set to battle for Section 1 title, by Paul Schofield.

Mt. Pleasant's Austin Mihalchik (right) pins Southmoreland's Pacey Cramer in the first period of the 132-pound bout

Mt. Pleasant’s Austin Mihalchik (right) pins Southmoreland’s Pacey Cramer in the first period of the 132-pound bout/Ken Reabe Jr.

Mt. Pleasant wrestlers put it all on the line for fifth-place match, by Kevin Lohman.

Depth throughout lineup provides Burrell with plenty of matchup options, by Doug Gulasy.

Derry’s Micky Philippi rides Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher during their 138 pound championship bout in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament

Derry’s Micky Philippi rides Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher during their 138 pound championship bout in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament /Barry Reeger

Derry chasing Section 2-AA title, by Andrew John.

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