Former QB calling the shots at GCC


From North Catholic to Robert Morris to St. Vincent to Erie, Aaron Smetanka made the rounds during his football playing days.

He gained knowledge at each level and hopes to pass that on to the players he will now lead as the head football coach at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Bill Beckner wrote about Smetanka’s hire today.


Smetanka, a 2007 North Catholic grad, was a first-team all-conference QB in high school. He spent three seasons at RMU before playing two years at St. Vincent where he was a two-time first-team all-conference honoree and selected to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference’s 75th anniversary team. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in business management.

Next was a trip north to play for the Erie Explosion in the arena league. He was named the 2014 League Offensive MVP and led the team to back-to-back titles, which led to a workout with the Steelers.

He then got into coaching, holding assistant coaching positions at Peters Township, St. Vincent and Chartiers Valley.

A few head coaching jobs remain open in Western Pennsylvania — Baldwin, Connellsville, Kiski Area, Mt. Pleasant, Seneca Valley, Springdale and Woodland Hills. Shady Side Academy also posted a position opening.

On the eve of national signing day, New Castle’s Geno Stone turned some heads Tuesday afternoon when he announced he was de-committing from Kent State to accept a scholarship offer from Iowa.

The 6-0, 185 quarterback/defensive back made 10 interceptions for the WPIAL Class 4A runner-up. He also threw for 1,447 yards and ran for almost 700.

More recruiting
Jeannette senior quarterback/linebacker Gio Vonne Sanders also made his verbal commitment on the eve of signing day, picking Palmetto Prep Academy.

A Terrific 25 selection, Sanders threw for 1,570 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 563 yards and 12 scores for the WPIAL Class A runners-up.

He will be joined by teammate Kareem Hall, who also committed Tuesday.

Another one

Penn Hills senior Rick Squires, a 6-1, 196-pound athlete, made a verbal commitment to Buffalo.

Check out the links

Latrobe holds off Hempfield in a key Section 3-6A game writes Bill Beckner

Franklin Regional boys top Kiski Area in key section battle writes Paul Schofield

St. Joseph boys closing in on playoff berth in Section 3-A writes George Guido

Westmoreland high school roundup: Norwin, P-T, Hempfield fall in section play

Pittsburgh high school roundup: Bishop Canevin takes down Sewickley Academy

A-K Valley roundup: Leechburg upsets Jeannette

Maintaining success no easy task for perennial wrestling postseason qualifiers writes Paul Schofield

HS wrestling notebook: Jeannette Sanders won’t wrestle this season writes Paul Schofield

Moon wrestling finds success under new coach writes Cody Scott

High school scores, schedules for Jan. 31, 2017

Through her lens

Steph Chambers photographed the Hempfield-Latrobe boys basketball game Tuesday

Interesting read

Staff writer Jerry DiPaola takes a look at where the WPIAL’s top prospects ended up for the past 11 years.



A little hoops
Below are state basketball rankings for the boys and girls with records entering this week’s play:
City of Basketball Love State Basketball Rankings
(records through games of Jan. 8/OW-others to watch/NR-not ranked)
Class 6A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. William Allen (11) 18-0 1
2. Reading (3) 17-2 2
3. Roman Catholic (12) 16-2 3
4. Pine-Richland (7) 18-0 5
5. Abington (1) 16-4 4
6. Emmaus (11) 14-3 7
7. Archbishop Ryan (12) 15-3 8
8. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 16-3 6
9. Hazleton (2) 12-2 9
10. Pocono Mountain West (11) 13-3 NR
Class 5A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. Archbishop Wood (12) 14-3 1
2. Abington Heights (2) 15-2 2
3. Bangor (11) 17-1 4
4. Archbishop Carroll (12) 12-6 3
5. Mastery Charter North (12) 21-0 5
6. Chester (1) 13-4 6
7. Whitehall (11) 15-3 8
8. Meadville (10) 15-1 NR
9. Bishop Shanahan (1) 13-5 NR
10. Northeastern (3) 18-2 7
Class 4A
1. Imhotep Charter (12) 18-2 1
2. Quaker Valley (7) 16-1 3
3. New Castle (7) 15-2 2
4. Scranton Prep (2) 14-2 4
5. Bethlehem Catholic (11) 12-4 5
6. Universal Audenried (12) 15-3 6
7. Strong Vincent (10) 15-2 7
8. Clearfield (9) 16-1 9
9. Middletown (3) 16-2 10
10. Lancaster Catholic (3) 15-3 8
Class 3A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. Neumann-Goretti (12) 12-6 1
2. Del-Val Charter (12) 16-5 2
3. Trinity (3) 16-2 6
4. Lincoln Park (7) 14-4 3
5. York Catholic (3) 18-1 4
6. Valley Forge (1) 14-4 5
7. Lancaster Mennonite (3) 17-2 7
8. Greenville (10) 17-0 8
9. C.W. North Catholic (7) 13-4 9
10. Washington (7) 14-3 10
Class 2A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. Constitution (12) 13-5 2
2. Math, Civics & Sciences (12) 14-7 1
3. Greensburg C.C. (7) 16-0 3
4. Sewickley Academy (7) 13-3 5
5. Bishop Canevin (7) 14-3 6
6. Church Farm (1) 12-6 4
7. Our Lady Sacred Heart (7) 11-5 7
8. Marian Catholic (11) 14-2 8
9. Bishop McCort (6) 13-2 NR
10. Coudersport (9) 16-0 10
Class 1A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. Kennedy Catholic (10) 14-1 1
2. St. John Neumann (4) 14-0 2
3. Elk County Catholic (9) 16-0 3
4. York Country Day (3) 13-3 6
5. Monessen (7) 10-6 4
6. Saltsburg (6) 16-1 5
7. Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 17-1 7
8. Faith Christian (1) 15-2 8
9. Lourdes Regional (4) 13-5 9
10. Vincentian (7) 13-3 NR

@PAGirlsHoops state rankings
Class 6A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. North Allegheny (WPIAL) 17-1 3
2. Pine-Richland (WPIAL) 17-1 1
3. Cardinal O’Hara (12) 12-5 2
4. Cumberland Valley (3) 15-4 4
5. Cedar Crest (3) 18-0 5
6. North Penn (1) 16-2 6
7. Penn Hills (WPIAL) 14-2 7
8. Central Bucks West (1) 15-3 8
9. Easton (11) 15-2 9
10. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 17-0 10
Class 5A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. Archbishop Wood (12) 12-6 1
2. Southern Lehigh (11) 17-0 2
3. Hampton (WPIAL) 15-1 3
4. Trinity (WPIAL) 17-1 4
5. Harrisburg (3) 17-2 6
6. Archbishop Ryan (12) 16-3 5
7. Archbishop Carroll (12) 12-6 9
8. Springfield-Delco (1) 16-2 8
9. Bangor (11) 16-2 NR
10. Fort LeBoeuf (10) 13-3 10
Class 4A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. C.W. North Catholic (WPIAL) 15-2 1
2. Villa Maria (10) 12-4 2
3. Greater Nanticoke (2) 15-0 3
4. Bethlehem Catholic (11) 15-2 4
5. Northern Lebanon (3) 18-1 5
6. Montoursville (4) 17-1 10
7. Lancaster Catholic (3) 15-3 6
8. Athens (4) 15-1 7
9. Forest Hills (6) 13-1 8
10. Mercyhurst Prep (10) 13-2 9
Class 3A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. Neumann-Goretti (12) 14-3 1
2. Dunmore (2) 14-0 2
3. Neshannock (WPIAL) 17-1 3
4. Mount Carmel (4) 17-1 4
5. St. Basil Academy (1) 21-0 5
6. New Hope—Solebury (1) 18-0 6
7. East Allegheny (WPIAL) 17-0 7
8. Holy Redeemer (2) 11-3 8
9. Holy Cross (2) 13-2 9
10. Bishop Canevin (WPIAL) 13-4 10
Class 2A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. Minersville (11) 18-0 1
2. Bishop McCort (6) 12-2 4
3. Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 14-2 5
4. Bellwood-Antis (6) 15-2 6
5. Camp Hill (3) 16-3 7
6. Chartiers-Houston (WPIAL) 16-2 8
7. Sayre (4) 16-2 9
8. Coudersport (9) 14-1 10
9. Mahanoy Area (4) 14-2 2
10. California (WPIAL) 16-2 3
Class 1A
No. School Rec Pvs
1. Winchester-Thurston (WPIAL) 14-0 4
2. Kennedy Catholic (10) 14-1 1
3. Jenkintown (1) 15-3 2
4. Bishop Carroll (6) 14-3 3
5. Linden Hall (3) 14-1 5
6. Lebanon Catholic (3) 13-5 6
7. North Clarion (9) 14-2 8
8. Halifax (3) 15-2 9
9. West Greene (WPIAL) 14-3 10
10. Our Lady Lourdes Regional (4) 12-5 7


National signing day primer


Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray

The recruiting trail is becoming more and more crowded with high school football national signing day fast approaching.
Fax machines will be rolling at 7 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 1), when high school seniors can officially sign their national letter of intent.
Players from across Western Pennsylvania have been making verbal commitments in droves during the past week at the Division I, II and III levels.
On Sunday night, one of this fall’s top performers — Steel Valley’s DeWayne Murray — gave his pledge to play at Division I FCS Duquesne.

En route to helping the Ironmen capture WPIAL and PIAA Class 2A titles, the Terrific 25 selection ran for 2,094 yards and a WPIAL-high 46 touchdowns.

In addition to Murray, Thomas Jefferson running back Quinton Hill made his verbal commitment Sunday night, deciding to attend Division I FCS Howard.

Thomas Jefferson's Quinton Hill

Hill ran for 1,940 yards and had 29 touchdowns in helping the Jaguars win a second-straight WPIAL championship.

Also Sunday night, Bill Beckner wrote about Penn-Trafford’s Will Schumacher picking West Point.

And, Doug Gulasy chronicled Kiski Area’s Nick Bisceglia’s choice on RMU.

Here’s a look at Bill Beckner’s story on Westmoreland County players set to sign.

Monday also was a busy day for commitments. Here’s a few players who announced their intentions on Twitter.

Here’s a look at WPIAL players who have made verbal commitments, as of Monday night.

Division I FBS
David Adams, Central Catholic – Notre Dame
Cal Adomitis, Central Catholic – Pitt
Simon Behr, Franklin Regional – Army West Point
Grant Carrigan, Pine-Richland – Pitt
Max Chizmar, Mars – Penn State (walk on)
Mason Cholewa, Montour – Central Florida
Anthony Crider, South Side Beaver – Toledo
Ryan Duran, Pine-Richland – Army West Point
Garrett Farah, New Castle – Kent State (walk on)
Kieran Firment, West Allegheny – Colorado State
Paris Ford, Steel Valley – Pitt
Curtis Harper, McKeesport – Syracuse
Kurt Hinish, Central Catholic – Notre Dame
Gabe Houy, Upper St. Clair – Pitt
Saeed Holt, Woodland Hills – Toledo
Donovan Jeter, Beaver Falls – Michigan
Josh Lugg, North Allegheny – Notre Dame
Daniel McGeough, Chartiers Valley – Army West Point
Kenny Robinson, Imani Christian – West Virginia
Will Schumacher, Penn-Trafford – Army West Point
Tyler Sear, Neshannock – Pitt
Griffin Sestili, North Allegheny – Temple
Collin Smith, Ligonier Valley – WVU
Geno Stone, New Castle – Iowa
Tim Terry, Central Catholic – Buffalo
CJ Thorpe, Central Catholic – Penn State
Lamont Wade, Clairton – Penn State (early enroll)
Jack Young, Mt. Lebanon – Michigan (walk on)
Zane Zandier, Thomas Jefferson – Virginia

Division I FCS
Frank Antuono, Neshannock – RMU
Kurt Aumer, Mt. Pleasant – Monmouth
Nick Bisceglia, Kiski Area – RMU
Kevin Brown, Plum – RMU
Antoine Cook, McKeesport – Youngstown State
Jack Cook, Seneca Valley – Dayton
Anthony Delle Femine, Norwin – RMU
Zane Dudek, Armstrong – Yale
Shane Ferrick, Central Catholic – Dayton
Mike Fine, Belle Vernon – St. Francis (Pa.)
Evan Frazier, Central Catholic – Dayton
Nick Freiwald, Thomas Jefferson – Youngstown State (walk on)
Drew Gedrys, South Fayette – Valparaiso
David Harvey, Mt. Lebanon – Princeton
Quinton Hill, Thomas Jefferson – Howard
Jacob Hinish, Central Catholic – Yale
Matt Holmes, West Allegheny – RMU
Roman Macek, Montour – Duquesne
Ethan Maenza, North Allegheny – Dartmouth
Alex Minford, South Fayette – RMU
Jon Muehlbauer, Thomas Jefferson – RMU
DeWayne Murray, Steel Valley – Duquesne
Clay Myers, Central Catholic – Bucknell
Kane Pirosh, Valley – St. Francis (Pa.)
Artie Priore, Baldwin – RMU
Bussy Remaley, Hempfield – RMU
Pedro Schmidt, Norwin – RMU (walk on)
Jayvaun Shears, McKeesport – Maine
Donovan Slater, Central Catholic – Yale
Errict Tedrow, Charleroi – Duquesne
Alex Smith, Keystone Oaks – Duquesne
Brayden Thimons, Highlands – RMU
Rodney Thomas, Central Catholic – Yale
Jake Trautman, Central Catholic – Fordham
Dan Trimbur, South Fayette – Cornell
Thomas Vissman, Upper St. Clair – Yale
Mark Weideman, Pine-Richland – Duquesne
Ahmad Wilson, Gateway – Georgetown
JJ Younger, Central Catholic – Lafayette

Division II
Alderson Broaddus
Brian Burgess, Charleroi
Christian Henning, Shaler
DJ Opsatnik, West Allegheny
Gage Ivory, Ringgold
Markus Jenkins, OLSH
Tim Newport, Shaler
Will Shaw, Peters Township

Cal (Pa.)
Khalee Caphas, Penn Hills
Aaron Carr, Norwin
Logan Ford, Chartiers Valley
Billy Geis, Hampton
Marc Gibson, Monessen
Breon Green, McKeesport
Eric Hudanick, Seneca Valley
Anthony LaDonne, Hempfield
Marquise Martin, West Mifflin
Zach McGowan, Montour
Garrett Montilla, Mt. Lebanon
Adam Napotnik, Pine-Richland
Asheed Page-Johnes, Woodland Hills
Tim Quigley, Union
Jamain Stephens, Central Catholic

Cameron Colliers, Montour
Mario Latronica, CW North Catholic

Deante Bradley, Central Valley
Devon Brown, Fort Cherry
Billy Depaul, Hopewell
Jassan Eubank, Greensburg C.C.
Xavier Fisher, Aliquippa


Glenville State, W.Va.
Romnn Shell, OLSH

Luke Blahut, Seton-La Salle (walk on)
Duane Brown, Apollo-Ridge
Justice Evans, Central Catholic
Ryan Hoff, Indiana
Darrell Holloway, Penn Hills
Jordan Washington, Gateway

Lock Haven
Garrison Kemp, Penn Hills

Lenoir Rhyne
Logan Stahl, Peters Township

Dre Everette, Charleroi
Jehrod Gregory, McKeesport

Notre Dame College
Jeremy Hamilton, Penn Hills
Damion Thomas, Woodland Hills

Seton Hill
TJ Kpan, Peters Township

Drew Blon, Peters Township
Max DeVinney, Pine-Richland
Rahmiere Knight, Canon-McMillan
Josh Russo, Altoona

Slippery Rock
Jacarri Cleckley, Beaver Falls
Sean Doran, Neshannock
Dalton Holt, Ringgold
Dorian Johnson, West Mifflin
Maryce Johnson, West Mifflin
Danny Welker, Neshannock

Be sure to follow the Tribune-Review’s coverage of national signing day at


#TribHS Football: PIAA Finals Recap


Steel Valley beats Southern Columbia in Class 2A final, captures first PIAA championship, by David Bohr.

Beaver Falls tops Middletown in Class 3A final for first PIAA championship, by David Bohr.

St. Joseph’s Prep takes down Central Catholic in PIAA Class 6A title game, by David Bohr.

Bishop Guilfoyle shuts out Clairton for third consecutive PIAA Class A crown, by Jeff Dewees.


#TribHS Football: PIAA Finals Previews


Clairton's Lamont Wade

Clairton’s Lamont Wade

GORMAN: Wade’s goal is to win PIAA gold


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

Lamont Wade and Kijafi Fuqua celebrate Clairton’s WPIAL championship

Clairton ready for long-awaited rematch with Bishop Guilfoyle, by Chris Harlan.


Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray

Steel Valley’s DeWayne Murray

Steel Valley hopes success continues against Southern Columbia, by Joe Sager.


Beaver Falls' Malik Shepard

Beaver Falls’ Malik Shepard

Beaver Falls faces tough test in PIAA championship game, by William Whalen.


Central Catholic's Justice Evans

Central Catholic’s Justice Evans

Central Catholic prepares for PIAA title-game matchup with Swift, St. Joe’s Prep, by Chris Harlan.

#TribHS notebook: Gildon out as football coach at CWNC, by Chris Harlan.


#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.


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