The #TribHS GAMEPLAN Football Preview

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THE NEXT ONE?:Raised in cradle of quarterbacks, Pine-Richland’s Jurkovec follows Western Pa. legends as next star, by Chris Harlan.

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CHANGING LANDSCAPE: Six-classification football has arrived, causing major waves in the WPIAL, by Kevin Gorman.

Clairton's Lamont Wade

Clairton senior tailback-cornerback Lamont Wade

GORMAN: Clairton’s Wade wants only one thing: a state title

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ARMED AND READY TO RUN: Westmoreland County coaches leaning on dual-threat quarterbacks to guide teams to success, by Paul Schofield.

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CALL TO ARMS: A-K Valley signal callers with varying styles set to lead teams, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Class 6A

WPIAL Class 6A breakdown: New class shakes out with lopsided balance of power, by Chris Harlan.

Class 5A

WPIAL Class 5A breakdown: Games could be a ‘bloodbath’, by Doug Gulasy.

Class 4A

WPIAL Class 4A breakdown: Lots of unknowns in redesigned class, by Andrew Erickson.

Class 3A

WPIAL Class 3A breakdown: Perennial powers congregate in Beaver Valley Conference, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Class 2A

WPIAL Class 2A breakdown: Steel Valley proudly wears bull’s-eye, by Kevin Gorman.

Class A

WPIAL Class A breakdown: Realignment gives smaller schools shot to succeed, by Paul Schofield.

City League breakdown: Brashear chasing third straight title

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#TribHS Football: Previewing the Tight Ends

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Tight ends

#TribHS preview by position: Tight ends more than just blockers, by Chris Harlan.

Pine-Richland TE Grant Carrigan 1

Pine-Richland tight end Grant Carrigan

GORMAN: Pine-Richland has big target at tight end

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Kenny Robinson

WPIAL rules Robinson eligible at Imani Christian, by Chris Harlan.

Deer Lakes QB Dave Fleming

David Fleming

Transfer Fleming takes reins as Deer Lakes’ new QB, by D.J. Vasil.

Deer Lakes' Jake Spirnock catches a pass over a pair of Apollo-Ridge defenders

Deer Lakes’ Jake Spirnock catches a pass over a pair of Apollo-Ridge defenders

Deer Lakes football notebook: Big role for versatile Spirnock, by D.J. Vasil.

DON’T FORGET…

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#TribHS Football: Previewing the WRs

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Wide Receivers

#TribHS preview by position: Wide receivers scoring in bunches, by Chris Harlan.

Mt. Lebanon's Jack Young

Mt. Lebanon wide receiver Jack Young

GORMAN: Mt. Lebanon looks to ‘go-to guy’ at wide receiver

Burrell's Jack Ryan

Burrell running back Jack Ryan

Burrell running back prepared for heavier load, by Doug Gulasy.

Burrell football notebook: Bucs’ Glaister joins trend of female kickers, by Doug Gulasy.

JUST ANOTHER REMINDER…

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#TribHS Football: Previewing the RBs

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Running backs

Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray

Steel Valley’s DeWayne Murray

#TribHS preview by position: Running backs target 5,000 yards, by Chris Harlan.

GORMAN: Central has dynamic duo at running back

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Cornell coach Ed Dawson watches his team work out as the Raiders had their first practice in five years after reinstating the school's football team

Cornell coach Ed Dawson watches his team work out as the Raiders had their first practice in five years after reinstating the school’s football team

Cornell welcomes back football with first practice, by Chris Harlan.

WPIAL runners-up Penn-Trafford, Jeannette turn the page for 2016 season, by Andrew Erickson.

Apollo-Ridge center Matt Sells

Apollo-Ridge center Matt Sells

Apollo-Ridge center paves way for explosive offense, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Apollo-Ridge notebook: Travel schedule will be kind to the Vikings, by Bill Beckner Jr.

JUST A REMINDER…

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#TribHS Football: WPIAL Class A video preview

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Central Catholic's J.J. Younger

Central Catholic tailback J.J. Younger

GORMAN: Hands tied, 6-class football is upon us

Deer Lakes

Deer Lakes has installed a new artificial turf and track

Freeport

Freeport’s new athletic complex features a Yellowjacket at midfield

Alle-Kiski football teams split on what is best playing surface, by Doug Gulasy.

Aliquippa's DiMantae Bronaugh

Aliquippa running back DiMantae Bronaugh

In ‘devastating blow,’ leukemia once again sidelines Aliquippa’s Bronaugh, by Kevin Gorman.

WHILE WE WERE ON VACATION…

Kenny Robinson

Kenny Robinson transferred from University Prep to Imani Christian Academy

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#TribHS notebook: WPIAL to hold hearing for Robinson; Fine commits, by Chris Harlan.

Latrobe's Austin Butler

Latrobe’s Austin Butler

#TribHS notebook: Latrobe’s Butler commits to Holy Cross, by Bill Hartlep and Chris Harlan.

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McKeesport’s Cook commits to Youngstown State, by Bill Hartlep.

TJ's Zane Zandier

Thomas Jefferson wide receiver-safety Zane Zandier

TJ’s Zandier weighing his college football options, by Ray Fisher.

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Upper St. Clair’s Houy commits to Pitt, by Jerry DiPaola.

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McKeesport DT Harper commits to Syracuse, by Bill Hartlep.

Franklin Regional's Simon Behr

Franklin Regional’s Simon Behr

Franklin Regional’s Behr makes commitment to West Point, by Michael Love.

Montour DL Cholewa commits to Central Florida, by Bill Hartlep.

Central’s Slater commits to Yale, by Bill Hartlep.

Robert Hainsey

Robert Hainsey plays at IMG Academy in Florida

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Monroeville native, offensive line standout Hainsey commits to Notre Dame, by Michael Love.

Central Catholic OL Jacob Hinish

Central Catholic offensive lineman Jacob Hinish

Central Catholic offensive lineman Hinish commits to Yale

Upper St. Clair's Thomas Vissman

Upper St. Clair running back Thomas Vissman

Upper St. Clair’s Vissman commits to Yale

Neshannock's Frank Antuono tackles Jeannette's Robert Kennedy

Neshannock’s Frank Antuono tackles Jeannette’s Robert Kennedy

Neshannock’s Antuono picks RMU, by Bill Hartlep.

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Farewell, Luke

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From the beginning, it was a love story.

Luke Blanock loved life.

His courage while battling cancer captured the hearts of the Canonsburg and Cecil communities, the Canon-McMillan school district and the rest of the WPIAL, turning rivals into fans.

Not only was Luke’s battle inspirational, so was his love for his wife.

Luke lived more in the eight months after his terminal diagnosis than many of us do in a lifetime. He rallied from his deathbed in December to marry his high school sweetheart, Natalie Britvich, and their wedding gained national attention. Luke lived to honeymoon in Florida, visit the Pirates at spring training, see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park, graduate from high school, watch the Penguins win the Stanley Cup and make the most of every breath until his last.

Yes, Luke Blanock died. But the life he lived touched so many others.

Love won.

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#TribHS Athletes of the Year, Baseball and Softball Players of the Year and All-Stars

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Athletes of the Year

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Athletes of the Year: Knoch’s Geist, Upper St. Clair’s Hasco, by Chris Harlan and Bill Hartlep.

Westmoreland athletes of the year

Westmoreland Tribune-Review Athletes of the Year: Derry’s Phillippi, Norwin’s Gribble, by Paul Schofield and Bill Hartlep.

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year: Plum’s Alex Kirilloff, by Doug Gulasy.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Softball Player of the Year: Hempfield’s Morgan Ryan, by Paul Schofield.

Westmoreland baseball and softball all-stars

Westmoreland Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tommy Pellis, by Paul Schofield.

Westmoreland Tribune-Review Softball Player of the Year: Hempfield’s Morgan Ryan, by Paul Schofield.

VND baseball and softball all-stars

Valley News Dispatch Baseball Player of the Year: Freeport’s Nathan Pastorek, by Doug Gulasy.

Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year: Deer Lakes’ Maria Taliani, by Bill Beckner Jr.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

KG Column on Anthony Marks

Gorman: Montour grad Marks becomes College World Series hero

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PIAA Champions! Vincentian Academy baseball, Hempfield softball win state titles

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Vincentian Academy's Mark Cyterski (left) and Nick Kempa hoist the trophy following their 5-2 win over Meyersdale in the PIAA Class A state championship

Vincentian Academy’s Mark Cyterski (left) and Nick Kempa hoist the trophy following their 5-2 win over Meyersdale in the PIAA Class A championship

Vincentian Academy captures first PIAA baseball title, by Chris Harlan.

Pastor’s sacrifice fly lifts Hempfield to PIAA softball championship, by Paul Schofield.

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ON THE GRIDIRON

Damar Hamlin

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin

Central’s Hamlin ready for healthy return in Big 33 Football Classic, by Chris Harlan.

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PIAA Championships: Yough softball wins; Plum baseball, West Greene softball lose

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Plum’s Jason Maltese throws his bat after he struck out against Boyerstown in the last out during the Class AAAA PIAA championship

Plum’s Jason Maltese throws his bat after he struck out against Boyerstown in the last out during the Class AAAA PIAA championship

Boyertown topples Plum for PIAA Class AAAA championship, by Michael Love.

Pearce’s RBI double gives Yough softball school’s first PIAA championship, by George Guido.

Williams Valley tops West Greene in PIAA Class A title game, by George Guido.

PIAA postpones championship games involving Vincentian baseball, Hempfield softball

ON THE LINKS

Check out my column on a former WPIAL star playing in the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont…

Mike Van Sickle

Mike Van Sickle

Gorman: Van Sickle lives U.S. Open dream

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