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WPXI Skylights Media Day

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High school football might be a month away from kicking off practice, but teams from all over Western Pennsylvania were wearing their game jerseys while visiting Heinz Field Tuesday for WPXI Skylights Media Day.

Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Melnyk is confident that his Blue Devils, led by dual-threat quarterback Eddie Jenkins (12) and Division-I line prospect Paul Grattan (65), could be a WPIAL Class AAAA contender.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Jason Gildon is new to the WPIAL head-coaching ranks but is a familiar face at Heinz Field, where he starred at outside linebacker for the Steelers.

Plum football players take a tour of Heinz Field at WPXI Skylights Media Day

Plum football players tour Heinz Field during WPXI Skylights Media Day

Football teams eye season at Heinz Field, by Bill Beckner Jr.

We caught up with Clairton junior Lamont Wade, who broke the WPIAL single-season rushing record in leading the Bears to the WPIAL Class A championship and PIAA final. Wade was named first-team defense at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge and recently earned five-star status for the Class of 2017.

And Central Catholic is absolutely loaded with Division-I talent, including the most heavily recruited player in the WPIAL in senior cornerback Damar Hamlin, who has narrowed his college choices to 10 schools:

RECRUITING

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McKeesport safety Khaleke Hudson will play in a national all-star game.

Franklin Regional's Sean Beadle

Franklin Regional’s Sean Beadle

Franklin Regional’s Beadle commits to Ohio, by Michael Love.

Greensburg Central Catholic's Collin Liberatore (20) celebrates with teammates their come from behind win over Bishop Canevin

Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Collin Liberatore

GCC pitcher Liberatore switches to Pitt, by Paul Schofield.

Derry's Chelsea Bisi

Derry’s Chelsea Bisi

Derry softball’s Bisi chooses Robert Morris, by Alex Oltmanns.

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Athletes of the Year

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Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton, Connellsville’s Wiltrout are Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the year, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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Penn-Trafford's Casey Aunkst, Jeannette's Julian Batts

Penn-Trafford’s Casey Aunkst and Jeannette’s Julian Batts

Penn-Trafford’s Aunkst, Jeannette’s Batts are Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the year, by Paul Schofield.

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Ford City’s Davis, Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton are Valley News Dispatch athletes of the year, by Doug Gulasy.

RECRUITING

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Fox Chapel's Levi McCrady

Fox Chapel’s Levi McCrady

Fox Chapel’s McCrady to play lacrosse at Brown, by Marty Stewart.

Bishop Canevin's Gina Vallecorsa

Bishop Canevin’s Gina Vallecorsa

Bishop Canevin’s Vallecorsa commits to Cal (Pa.), by Nathan Smith.

Hempfield's Morgan Ryan

Hempfield pitcher Morgan Ryan

Hempfield’s Ryan commits to Notre Dame, by Karen Price.

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Totally Terrific

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review baseball player of the year: Central Catholic catcher Dom DeRenzo and the Terrific 10

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review softball player of the year: Trinity shortstop Olivia Gray and the Terrific 10

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Greensburg Tribune-Review baseball player of the year: Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Collin Liberatore and the Terrific 10

Greensburg Tribune-Review softball player of the year: Hempfield pitcher Morgan Ryan and the Terrific 10

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Valley News Dispatch baseball player of the year: Knoch pitcher Cole Shinsky and the all-stars

Valley News Dispatch softball player of the year: Deer Lakes pitcher Tiffany Edwards and the all-stars

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McKEESPORT DAILY NEWS ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Clairton's Lamont Wade

Clairton’s Lamont Wade

Clairton’s Wade honored as a multi-sport star, by Dave Mackall.

Norwin's Alayna Gribble

Norwin’s Alayna Gribble

Norwin’s Gribble enjoys banner year, by Ed Phillips.

Deer Lakes hires Parham as boys basketball coach, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS notebook: WPIAL rules in favor of North Catholic transfer Taylor, by Chris Harlan.

Kittanning's Nick Bowers

Kittanning grad Nick Bowers now at Penn State

Apollo-Ridge's Tre Tipton

Apollo-Ridge grad Tre Tipton now at Pitt

Division I players Bowers, Tipton getting early start, by Doug Gulasy.

South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh plays QB for PA in Big 33

South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh threw three touchdowns for Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Classic

Brumbaugh-led Pennsylvania tops Maryland in rain-shortened Big 33, by Chris Harlan.

Mt. Pleasant athletic director Allan Bilinsky

Mt. Pleasant athletic director Allan Bilinsky

Bilinsky excited for role as Mt. Pleasant athletic director, by A.J. Panian.

Gateway grad Cameron Gray signs with Kent State

Gateway grad Cameron Gray signs with Kent State

Gateway grad Gray commits to double duty at Kent State, by Michael Love.

Guido: Football stars spearhead Kiski Area HOF class

Pitt offers University Prep junior WR Kenny Robinson:

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Going national

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Jordan Geist

Knoch sophomore Jordan Geist

Knoch champion thrower Geist goes national, by Doug Gulasy.

Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout

Connellsville sophomore Madison Wiltrout

Wiltrout picks up prestigious Gatorade award, by Paul Schofield.

RECRUITING

Central Catholic DB Garner gives verbal to Pitt, by Jerry DiPaola.

AROUND THE WPIAL

Kiski Area wrestling coach

Kiski Area’s head wrestling coach Chuck Tursky

Kiski Area wrestling coach stepping down with 504 wins, by Doug Gulasy.

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Knoch’s title-winning season will have impact on future, by Doug Gulasy.

Fox Chapel players celebrate a point during the PIAA Class AAA semifinal game against Seneca Valley

Fox Chapel volleyball makes good on promise, by Marty Stewart.

McKeesport Daily News Players of the Year

Steel Valley pitcher Brandon Donovan

Steel Valley senior Brandon Donovan

BASEBALL: Steel Valley’s Donovan focused on college baseball career, by Dave Mackall.

Yough pitcher Macy Mularski

Yough junior Macy Mularski

SOFTBALL: Yough ace Mularski a team player, by Ed Phillipps.

Steel Valley baseball coach Tim Vickers

Steel Valley baseball coach Tim Vickers

Steel Valley’s Vickers named baseball coach of the year, by Dave Mackall.

Steel Valley softball coach Matt Janov

Steel Valley softball coach Matt Janov

Steel Valley’s Janov softball coach of the year, by Alex Oltmanns.

Zola, Dadig leave lasting legacy at Seton-La Salle, by Ray Fisher.

Penn-Trafford athletic trainer Larry Cooper

Penn-Trafford athletic trainer Larry Cooper

Penn-Trafford athletic trainer receives national award, by Nathan Smith.

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Still a Big draw?

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Big 33 game’s history still draws players despite busier college schedules, by Chris Harlan.

Listen to my TribLIVE Radio podcast on Knoch and Neshannock winning PIAA baseball titles and the future of the Big 33:

Harlan: Knoch pair showcasing Division I arms

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State champion Knoch traces success to players backing up teammates, by Doug Gulasy.

Deer Lakes' Shae Robson watches Holy Redeemer warm up before their PIAA Class AA championship against Holy Redeemer

Deer Lakes’ Shae Robson watches Holy Redeemer warm up before their PIAA Class AA championship against Holy Redeemer

Prospects remain bright for Deer Lakes softball, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Highlands' Jordan Lineberg (2)

Highlands’ Jordan Lineburg

#TribHS notebook: Highlands’ Lineburg’s collegiate stock rising, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Steel Valley softball coach Matt Janov

Steel Valley softball coach Matt Janov

Steel Valley’s Janov named McKeesport Daily News Coach of the Year, by Alex Oltmanns.

Seneca Valley outside hitter John Price

Seneca Valley outside hitter John Price


Price was right
for Seneca Valley volleyball, by Jerry Clark.

Seneca Valley volleyball team reflects on historic season, by Jerry Clark.

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SPLIT DECISION: Knoch, Neshannock win baseball titles; Deer Lakes, Trinity softball fall in finals

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Knoch wins first PIAA baseball championship, by Doug Gulasy.

PIAA Class AAA baseball championship notebook: Long wait over for Knoch assistant, by Doug Gulasy and George Guido.

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Gorman: Knoch baseball believed in Bucko

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Fraschetti Ks 11 to give Neshannock its second state title, by Chris Harlan.

Deer Lakes' Maria Taliani (12) and Stephanie Drapela (20) console each other as they walk off of the field after being defeated by Holy Redeemer 10-5 in the PIAA Class AA final

Deer Lakes’ Maria Taliani (12) and Stephanie Drapela (20) console each other as they walk off of the field after being defeated by Holy Redeemer 10-5 in the PIAA Class AA championship

Deer Lakes falls to Holy Redeemer in PIAA softball championship game, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Deer Lakes' Tiffany Edwards (9) reacts to Holy Redeemer's Morgan Bienkowski (5) scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning in the PIAA Class AA championship

Deer Lakes’ Tiffany Edwards (9) reacts to Holy Redeemer’s Morgan Bienkowski (5) scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning in the PIAA Class AA championship

PIAA Class AA softball championship notebook: Deer Lakes’ second loss similar to first one, by Bill Beckner Jr. and George Guido.

Trinity falls in PIAA softball championship game, by George Guido.

The WPIAL 2015 Hall of Fame Class

The WPIAL Hall of Fame Class for 2015: (seated, from left), Ed Olkowski, Tito Francona, Howard Crawford, Ellen Toy, Jodie McCartney (sister of Jamie Vick Moran), Missie Berteotti, Joe Hamilton, Dick Dilts and Bill Lind. Standing, from left: Joe Lafko, Kathy Ridilla, Jeff Christy, Paul Failla, Gina Naccarato, Kaitlyn Orstein-Fife, Dave Warner, Corky Semler and Tom Tumulty

Ex-MLB player Francona a big hit at WPIAL Hall of Fame gala, by Jerry DiPaola.

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Courage honored

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Jaime Vick Moran and Ellen Toy

WPIAL Courage Award recipients Jaime Vick Moran and Ellen Toy

Ellen Toy and Kiski Area volleyball team

Former Kiski Area volleyball coach Ellen Toy poses for a group picture with the teams competing at Jam the Gym

Gorman: Courageous duo to be honored by WPIAL

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Hollidaysburg plans to leave WPIAL after 2015 season, by Paul Schofield.

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Previewing the 2015 PIAA baseball and softball championships

PIAA championship notebook: Valley state champs advise teams to ‘soak it up,’ by Bill Beckner Jr. and Doug Gulasy.

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Power move

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Knoch and column page

Knoch's Dustin Montgomery (left) and Asa Adams celebrate their PIAA Class AAA semifinal victory over Donegal

Knoch’s Dustin Montgomery (left) and Asa Adams celebrate their PIAA Class AAA semifinal victory over Donegal

Knoch advances to first PIAA title game with win over Donegal, by Doug Gulasy.

Knoch catcher Asa Adams (center) gathers his team for a pep talk between innings of their PIAA Class AAA semifinal baseball game versus Donegal

Knoch catcher Asa Adams (center) gathers his team for a pep talk between innings of their PIAA Class AAA semifinal baseball game versus Donegal

Bench players step up to fill Knoch’s victory, Bill Beckner Jr.

Central's Dom DeRenzo celebrates hitting a double in the sixth inning

Central Catholic catcher Domenic DeRenzo

Gorman: Draft dodges Central Catholic’s DeRenzo

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Hempfield and Wiltrout page

Hempfield’s postseason run falls just short of PIAA title game, by Paul Schofield.

Deer Lakes' Stephanie Drapela (20) scores the winning run in the top of the eighth inning against Cambridge Springs during their PIAA Class AA semifinal

Deer Lakes’ Stephanie Drapela (20) scores the winning run in the top of the eighth inning against Cambridge Springs during their PIAA Class AA semifinal

Deer Lakes’ state title-game run started in Myrtle Beach, by Bill Beckner Jr.

UNDER THE KNIFE

Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout

Connellsville’s Madison Wiltrout

Connellsville’s record-setting javelin thrower Wiltrout to undergo elbow surgery, by Jason Black.

AT THE NET

Fox Chapel's Max Depellegrini (5) and Jaysen Zaleski (8) attempt to block a shot by Parkland's Bryce Galloway during the PIAA Class AAA volleyball championship match

Fox Chapel’s Max Depellegrini (5) and Jaysen Zaleski (8) attempt to block a shot by Parkland’s Bryce Galloway during the PIAA Class AAA volleyball championship match

Fox Chapel volleyball reflects on ‘very good run,’ by Doug Gulasy.

Fox Chapel tennis coach Dave Prevost

Fox Chapel tennis coach Dave Prevost

Longtime Fox Chapel tennis coach retires after 35 years, by Marty Stewart.

ON THE GRIDIRON

McKeesport football coach George Smith

McKeesport football coach George Smith

McKeesport to name football field after coach, by Dave Mackall.

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PSU-Bound

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Deer Lakes' Rachel Tanilli (13) celebrates her team's victory over Cambridge Springs with fans after the PIAA semifinal game

Deer Lakes’ Rachel Tanilli (13) celebrates her team’s victory over Cambridge Springs with fans after the PIAA semifinal game

Eighth-inning rally clinches Deer Lakes clinches first PIAA title game berth, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Deer Lakes' Maureen Hutchinson smiles as she embraces Vince Taliani, father of coach Craig Taliani after their victory over Cambridge Springs in a PIAA semifinal game

Deer Lakes’ Maureen Hutchinson smiles as she embraces Vince Taliani, father of coach Craig Taliani after their victory over Cambridge Springs in a PIAA semifinal game

Hutchinson’s heroics secure Deer Lakes’ victory, by George Guido.

Gorman: A new target for Deer Lakes’ Taliani

Trinity's Madison Hornak (left) and Hali Justice celebrate after scoring the tying and winning runs against Bellwood-Antis in a PIAA Class AAA softball semifinal

Trinity’s Madison Hornak (left) and Hali Justice celebrate after scoring the tying and winning runs against Bellwood-Antis in a PIAA Class AAA softball semifinal

Trinity rallies to reach its first PIAA softball championship game, by Karen Price.

Shaler baseball falls in PIAA semifinals

Games featuring Knoch baseball, Hempfield softball postponed again

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Knoch baseball team plays waiting game again, by Doug Gulasy.

RECRUITING

One day after being named to Rivals’ All-Challenge team, Clairton’s Lamont Wade chooses all-star game:

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