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October 23, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS Week 9 football preview

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Gorman: For either Southmoreland or Waynesburg, a WPIAL playoff drought is about to end

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WPIAL, coaches still want to schedule Week 9 rivalry games, by Bill West.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Class AAA heavyweights Central Valley, West Allegheny meet in test for Parkway title, by Chris Harlan.

#TribHS notebook: WPIAL might welcome another team next year, by Chris Harlan.

GTR GOW

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Now in Class A, rivals GCC, Jeannette battle for second place in Eastern Conference, by Paul Schofield.

VND GOW

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Valley News Dispatch/Kittanning Leader Times: Longtime rivals Kittanning, Ford City set for final act, by Matt Grubba.

For City, Kittanning matchup to be part of SI.com’s ‘Underdogs,’ by Bill Beckner Jr.

DN GOW

McKeesport Daily News: West Mifflin hoping to spoil TJ’s perfect season, by Dave Mackall.

DC GOW

Connellsville Daily Courier: Connellsville focuses on nailing down playoff spot, by Jason Black.

North Hills QB Jake Bruder

North Hills QB Jake Bruder

Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 9 matchups

WHAT HE SAID

Montour RB-DB-KR David Haseleu

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Montour RB-DB-KR David Haseleu

Indiana QB Jake Zilinskas

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Indiana QB Jake Zilinskas

Springdale RB-LB Austin Kline

Valley News Dispatch: Springdale RB-LB Austin Kline

Redbank Valley WR Wyatt Hetrick

Kittanning Leader Times: Redbank Valley WR Wyatt Hetrick

Clairton RB-DB Lamont Wade

McKeesport Daily News: Clairton RB-DB Lamont Wade

Connellsville OL-DL Kevin Koontz

Connellsville Daily Courier: Connellsville OL-DL Kevin Koontz

HITTING THE LINKS

Penn-Trafford's Devin Austin

Penn-Trafford’s Devin Austin

Offensive line powering Penn-Trafford offense, by Nathan Smith.

Plum staying focused on regular-season finale against Latrobe, by Michael Love.

Penn Hills' Malik Mathis and DeAndre Schifino

Penn Hills CB Malik Mathis and LB DeAndre Schifino

Penn Hills jets to success behind ground attack, by Ed Phillipps.

Franklin Regional DL Charlie Mazon

Franklin Regional DL Charlie Mazon

Franklin Regional, Gateway renew rivalry, by Michael Love.

Gateway C Adam Clark and QB Roy'Quez McNair

Gateway C Adam Clark snaps it to QB Roy’Quez McNair

O-line gets it started for Gateway, by Michael Love.

Elizabeth Forward's Jake Meyers

Elizabeth Forward’s Jake Meyers

Belle Vernon hopes to keep momentum against Elizabeth Forward, by Jeff Oliver.

Quaker Valley's Chris Conlan congratulated by coach John Tortorea

Quaker Valley’s Chris Conlan congratulated by Quakers coach John Tortorea

Quaker Valley football has more to play for, by Gary Horvath.

Southmoreland RB Jake Pisula

Southmoreland RB Jake Pisula

Southmoreland to end regular season against rival Mt. Pleasant, by Mark King.

Skiles has Bentworth headed in right direction, by Jeff Oliver.

OFF THE GRID

Central Valley girls golf team

Central Valley golfers Amanda Scala, Meagan Santia, Maddy McDanel, Alex Bozich and Krista Sudar, celebrate their PIAA championship Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

Central Valley girls win third consecutive PIAA golf title, by Paul Schofield.

Baldwin's Lewis Lippl

Baldwin’s Lewis Lippl

Passionate approach on the pitch promotes success, by Ray Fisher.

Yough's Emily McClaren

Yough’s Emily McClaren

Yough girls give up first goal of season, but advance with overtime victory, by Jeff Oliver.

Penn-Trafford’s Mastrogiacomo scores in OT to secure win, by Nathan Smith.

#TribHS soccer roundup: No. 2 Mars defeats defending champion Central Valley

Belle Vernon's Sarah Sepesky

Belle Vernon’s Sarah Sepesky

Belle Vernon girls ousted by Montour, by Bill Hughes.

Gateway's Mackenzie Reed

Gateway’s Mackenzie Reed

After missing out on playoffs, Gateway girls end on positive note, by Michael Love.

Bishop Canevin volleyball coach Kevin Walters

Bishop Canevin volleyball coach Kevin Walters

Bishop Canevin volleyball team rallies around ailing coach, by Nathan Smith.

Plum volleyball tops rivals down stretch to earn another playoff berth, by Michael Love.

Norwin volleyball hopes to continue postseason success, by Nathan Smith.

Norwin's Laura Buchanan

Norwin’s Laura Buchanan

Baldwin to host WPIAL girls volleyball finals

Carlynton ready for second taste of playoffs, by Nathan Smith.

Penn-Trafford goalie Eric Phelps

Penn-Trafford goalie Eric Phelps

Phelps a leader for Penn-Trafford hockey, by Alex Oltmanns.

#TribHS roundup: Canon-Mac girls down Peters Township in shootout

Riverview's Molly Kennedy

Riverview’s Molly Kennedy

Riverview’s Kennedy looks for 3rd straight top-10 at WPIAL cross country meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Deer Lakes goalie Jonathan Lang

Deer Lakes goalie Jonathan Lang

Deer Lakes hockey team seeks stronger defense to complement offense, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Ford City volleyball team reaches quarterfinals, by Matt Grubba.

West Shamokin girls volleyball team falls short in playoffs, by Ed Phillipps.

Shady Side Academy girls take down South Allegheny in quarterfinals, by Dave Mackall.

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October 22, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

A pair of PIAA champions

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GCC's Olivia Zambruno

Greensburg Central Catholic’s Olivia Zambruno

GCC’s Zambruno, Sewickley Academy’s Li win PIAA golf titles, by Paul Schofield.

Freeport’s Clawson claims third at PIAA golf, by Paul Schofield.

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Gorman: Coaching search starts at WPIAL basketball powerhouse Blackhawk.

HITTING THE LINKS

NA's Madeleine Davison

North Allegheny’s Madeleine Davison

North Allegheny’s Davison, Mt. Lebanon’s Potts hope to stick with WPIAL favorite Schwartz, by Ed Phillipps.

#TribHS highlight reel: Hearings scheduled before WPIAL board, by Chris Harlan.

TribHS roundup: Derry volleyball downs Brownsville in preliminary round

Penn-Trafford's Athena Biondi

Penn-Trafford’s Athena Biondi

Penn-Trafford girls soccer gets first playoff win since 2011, by Nathan Smith.

Latrobe's Eli Norman

Latrobe’s Eli Norman

Latrobe boys soccer team competes in WPIAL playoffs for first time in 22 years, by Kevin Lohman.

After reaching playoffs for second straight season, Latrobe girls continue to make strides, by Kevin Ritchart.

WPIAL playoff soccer capsules, by Doug Gulasy.

Derry wrestling celebrating 50 years

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Sewickley Academy’s Anthony Muscato, NA’s Tina Li, by Brian Graham.

Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Kiski Area’s Tyler Young, Hempfield’s Keirsten VanHorn, by Andrew John.

McKeesport Daily News spotlight athletes: Serra Catholic’s Sam Almeder, TJ’s Allie Yurkovich, by Robert Stinner.

Guido: Seeding already settled in Allegheny Conference

Kittanning's Casey Harkleroad

Kittanning’s Casey Harkleroad

Playoff experience pays off for Kittanning in preliminary round win over Elizabeth Forward, by Matt Grubba.

Thomas Jefferson hockey program rebuilding with youth, by Ed Phillipps.

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October 21, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

A problem worth punishing

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Watch the video and tell me that we don’t have a problem.

The Oct. 10 brawl between Perry Traditional Academy and Westinghouse begins after a Perry player’s late hit on the Westinghouse quarterback on the final play of their City League game, escalates when a Westinghouse player punches the Perry player and involves both sidelines storming onto the field.

Security quickly got it under control, but with no help from the officiating crew.

The City League punished both teams by canceling games last weekend for Perry and Westinghouse. Perry officials took it one step further, which is why I believe Perry made the right call in pulling its football team from the playoffs.

The consequences were harsh, but this wasn’t an isolated incident.

Ten players were ejected following a brawl in the Charleroi-Brownsville game. And seven were ejected from the Carlynton-South Allegheny game.

That Perry pulled its football team from the City playoffs — the 22-20 victory over Westinghouse helped the Commodores avoid a three-way tie with Carrick and Westinghouse for fourth place — was reminiscent of the reaction by Central Catholic, which pulled its 2002 team from the playoffs after a hazing incident.

That proved to be a turning point for the Vikings, now a WPIAL powerhouse.

I’m not ready to predict Perry will become dominant in the same fashion as Central in the aftermath, but its decision to pull the undisciplined players from the playoffs was an important step in the right direction.

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HITTING THE LINKS

#TribHS highlight reel: Quite a weekend for Penn-Traffod’s Aunkst

Gateway's Adam White

Gateway’s Adam White

#TribHS notebook: Plenty to play for in GAC in Week 9, by Chris Harlan and Bill Hartlep.

Mt. Pleasant's Jacob McGuire battles Shady Side Academy's Russell Hunt for a header

Mt. Pleasant’s Jacob McGuire )white) battles Shady Side Academy’s Russell Hunt for a header

#TribHS roundup: Quaker Valley boys upset No. 2 Mars

Riverview embracing underdog role in WPIAL first-round win, by Doug Gulasy.

Fox Chapel's Taylor Cohen

Fox Chapel’s Taylor Cohen

Cohen siblings continue to pile up goals for Fox Chapel, by Doug Gulasy.

Freeport's

Freeport’s Macy Smolic (6) and Zoe Pawlak (24) attempt to block a spike by Knoch’s Katie Bozzo

Freeport volleyball team fights another foe — complacency, by Matt Grubba.

Seneca Valley blanks Connellsville in first-round soccer playoff game, by Jerry Clark.

Geibel goalie saves game during shootout, beats Carlynton, by Kevin Lohman.

Mt. Pleasant goalkeeper Robbie Bailey

Mt. Pleasant goalkeeper Robbie Bailey

Shady Side Academy tops Mt. Pleasant on penalty kicks, by Jason Black.

TJ keeper secures 1st round win, by Bill Hughes.

Serra Catholic boys soccer team loses WPIAL 1st-round game to Avonworth, 1-0, by Ray Judy.

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October 20, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS weekend recap: Fulmore joins 4,000-yard club

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s P.J. Fulmore

Western Pennyslvania’s 4,000-yard club is no longer exclusive, as I wrote last week, but joining is still a noteworthy accomplishment.

Even if it’s a footnote.

When Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic senior P.J. Fulmore hit the career milestone Saturday, he became the 61st member of the club.

What’s interesting is that Fulmore’s workload has decreased each season since his sophomore year, when he ran for more than 1,800 yards. Last year, he missed several games with an ankle injury before returning to lead the Trojans to WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships.

This season, he’s sharing carries with quarterback Adam Sharlow and fellow running backs Jerome Turner and Mario Latronica. Latronica, in particular, appears to enjoy playing alongside Fulmore.

October 18, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS football: Week 8 recap

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Grabowski column

Column: Hampton’s Grabowski goes from protecting the QB to playing it

PLAY OF THE NIGHT

Pine-Richland’s Connor Slomka hurdles Central’s Bricen Garner for go-ahead TD

Trib Total Media Week 8 high school football photo gallery

GAMES OF THE WEEK

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pine-Richland knocks off No. 1 Central Catholic, takes conference title, by Chris Harlan.

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Greensburg Tribune-Review: Altoona tops Hempfield, secures spot in playoffs, by Paul Schofield.

VND cover

Valley News Dispatch:Highlands continues Allegheny domination in win over Valley, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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Kittanning Leader Times: West Shamokin spoils Ford City festivities, by Matt Grubba.

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McKeesport Daily News: Clairton gets its revenge against Monessen, by Josh Yohe.

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Connellsville Daily Courier: Connellsville stays in playoff hunt with win over Kiski Area, by Jason Black.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA

McKeesport's TyWann Smith
McKeesport’s TyWann Smith

No. 5 McKeesport pulls away from Norwin, by Mark Kaboly.

Penn-Trafford holds off Plum, earns share of conference title, by Les Harvath.

Fox Chapel clinches playoff berth

WPIAL CLASS AAA

TJ's Russell Siess pressures FR's Santino Birty
Thomas Jefferson DE Russell Siess pressures Franklin Regional QB Santino Birty

Thomas Jefferson beats Franklin Regional, remains undefeated, by Michael Love.

Berry’s memorable night leads Ringgold to seventh straight win, by Dave Mackall.

Big night from Stapleton brothers carries No. 9 Indiana over Knoch, by Kyle Pillar.

Belle Vernon clinches playoff berth, by Bill Hughes.

WPIAL CLASS AA

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Aliquippa’s Stephon McGinnis

What a rush: Aliquippa keeps rolling, by Brian Duermeyer.

South Fayette offense rolls past Seton-La Salle, by Gary Horvath.

Washington routs Southmoreland, by David Whipkey.

South Park uses 90-second, 28-point surge to get past Steel Valley, by Wes Crosby.

Apollo-Ridge offense earns rest period against Deer Lakes, by R.A. Monti.

Shady Side Academy tops Kittanning; both clinch playoff spots, by George Guido.

Freeport QB sets passing mark in rout, by Doug Gulasy.

Charleroi wins wild, long affair, by Jeff Oliver.

South Allegheny tops Carlynton in brawl-marred game, by Ray Judy.

WPIAL CLASS A

Monessen's Rashawn Ford throws helmet

Monessen’s Rashawn Ford throws his helmet in frustration after being ejected

Springdale upsets GCC, secures another playoff berth, by Dave Yohe.

Senior RBs help Leechburg snap five-game losing streak, by William Whalen.

ROUNDUPS

Highlands RB Elijah Jackson

Highlands RB Elijah Jackson

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Highlands stomps Valley in ‘Battle of the Bridge’

McKeesport Daily News: West Mifflin loses to Trinity

Valley Independent: Maples’ Rush runs over California

Friday’s results
WPIAL
Class AAAA
Quad Central

Baldwin 28, Canon-McMillan 21
Bethel Park 41, Peters Township 14
Woodland Hills 47, Mt. Lebanon 0
Quad East
Altoona 35, Hempfield 12
Connellsville 37, Kiski Area 7
McKeesport 35, Norwin 14
Penn-Trafford 17, Plum 10
Quad North
Fox Chapel 21, Butler 0
North Hills 44, Shaler 0
Pine-Richland 48, Central Catholic 28
Nonconference
North Allegheny 49, Latrobe 10
Penn Hills 55, Seneca Valley 28
Class AAA
Big 9

Belle Vernon 56, Laurel Highlands 7
Ringgold 35, Elizabeth Forward 0
Trinity 31, West Mifflin 13
Uniontown 19, Albert Gallatin 7
Greater Allegheny
Gateway 49, Yough 8
Hampton 28, Greensburg Salem 14
Indiana 28, Knoch 25
Mars 21, Hollidaysburg 0
Parkway
Ambridge 41, Blackhawk 7
Central Valley 57, Hopewell 7
New Castle 29, Chartiers Valley 28
West Allegheny 51, Moon 7
Nonconference
Montour 27, Upper St. Clair 17
Thomas Jefferson 24, Franklin Regional 6
Class AA
Allegheny

Apollo-Ridge 49, Deer Lakes 21
Freeport 50, Burrell 10
Highlands 42, Valley 21
Shady Side Academy 28, Kittanning 14
West Shamokin 13, Ford City 0
Century
Keystone Oaks 41, Sto-Rox 16
Quaker Valley 59, East Allegheny 23
South Allegheny 47, Carlynton 21
South Fayette 41, Seton-La Salle 14
South Park 42, Steel Valley 23
Interstate
Burgettstown 13, Derry 8
Charleroi 35, Brownsville 22
McGuffey 34, Waynesburg 14
Washington 41, Southmoreland 7
Midwestern
Beaver 51, Freedom 19
Beaver Falls 36, New Brighton 22
Laurel 27, Ellwood City 14
Nonconference
Aliquippa 63, Mt. Pleasant 14
Class A
Big 7

Shenango 45, Riverside 21
Vincentian Academy 31, Rochester 22
Western Beaver 27, Union 21
Eastern
Clairton 60, Monessen 0
Leechburg 61, Serra Catholic 25
Springdale 14, Greensburg Central Catholic 12
Ohio Valley
Brentwood 41, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 0
Northgate 36, Fort Cherry 34
Tri-County South
Avella 54, Carmichaels 13
Beth-Center 62, Jefferson-Morgan 0
Frazier 42, West Greene 8
Mapletown 41, California 16
Nonconference
Avonworth 21, South Side Beaver 0
Jeannette 62, Bentworth 20
Neshannock 49, Chartiers-Houston 14
District 8
Nonconference

Allderdice 54, Linsly School, W.Va. 44
Steubenville High School 49, USO 20
Wheeling Park 36, Carrick 17
District 6
Heritage

Blairsville 55, Saltsburg 7
Northern Cambria 22, Marion Center 16
Penns Manor 26, Ligonier Valley 7
Purchase Line 63, United 30

Saturday’s schedule
WPIAL
Class AA
Midwestern

Mohawk at Summit Academy, 12:30 p.m.
Class A
Eastern

Riverview at Wilkinsburg, 1 p.m.
Ohio Valley
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic at Bishop Canevin, 7 p.m.

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October 17, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS football: Week 8 LIVE blog

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Welcome to Week 8 of the iPreps LIVE blog, where we will provide commentary, WPIAL football game updates and the running Twitter feed from the #TribHS sports staff on your right.

To get ready for pre-game, listen to the podcast of today’s The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring guests John Fedko of WPXI Skylights previewing Friday’s top games, the Trib’s Chris Harlan to discuss the Game of the Week between Pine-Richland and Central Catholic and interviews with Baldwin’s Doug and Nick Altavilla and West Mifflin’s Diallo and DiAngelo Mitchell:

Friday’s results
WPIAL
Class AAAA
Quad Central

Baldwin 28, Canon-McMillan 21
Bethel Park 41, Peters Township 14
Woodland Hills 47, Mt. Lebanon 0
Quad East
Altoona 35, Hempfield 12
Connellsville 37, Kiski Area 7
McKeesport 35, Norwin 14
Penn-Trafford 17, Plum 10
Quad North
Fox Chapel 21, Butler 0
North Hills 44, Shaler 0
Pine-Richland 48, Central Catholic 28
Nonconference
North Allegheny 49, Latrobe 10
Penn Hills 55, Seneca Valley 28
Class AAA
Big 9

Belle Vernon 56, Laurel Highlands 7
Ringgold 35, Elizabeth Forward 0
Trinity 31, West Mifflin 13
Uniontown 19, Albert Gallatin 7
Greater Allegheny
Gateway 49, Yough 8
Hampton 28, Greensburg Salem 14
Indiana 28, Knoch 25
Mars 21, Hollidaysburg 0
Parkway
Ambridge 41, Blackhawk 7
Central Valley 57, Hopewell 7
New Castle 29, Chartiers Valley 28
West Allegheny 51, Moon 7
Nonconference
Montour 27, Upper St. Clair 17
Thomas Jefferson 24, Franklin Regional 6
Class AA
Allegheny

Apollo-Ridge 49, Deer Lakes 21
Freeport 50, Burrell 10
Highlands 42, Valley 21
Shady Side Academy 28, Kittanning 14
West Shamokin 13, Ford City 0
Century
Keystone Oaks 41, Sto-Rox 16
Quaker Valley 59, East Allegheny 23
South Allegheny 47, Carlynton 21
South Fayette 41, Seton-La Salle 14
South Park 42, Steel Valley 23
Interstate
Burgettstown 13, Derry 8
Charleroi 35, Brownsville 22
McGuffey 34, Waynesburg 14
Washington 41, Southmoreland 7
Midwestern
Beaver 51, Freedom 19
Beaver Falls 36, New Brighton 22
Laurel 27, Ellwood City 14
Nonconference
Aliquippa 63, Mt. Pleasant 14
Class A
Big 7

Shenango 45, Riverside 21
Vincentian Academy 31, Rochester 22
Western Beaver 27, Union 21
Eastern
Clairton 60, Monessen 0
Leechburg 61, Serra Catholic 25
Springdale 14, Greensburg Central Catholic 12
Ohio Valley
Brentwood 41, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 0
Northgate 36, Fort Cherry 34
Tri-County South
Avella 54, Carmichaels 13
Beth-Center 62, Jefferson-Morgan 0
Frazier 42, West Greene 8
Mapletown 41, California 16
Nonconference
Avonworth 21, South Side Beaver 0
Jeannette 62, Bentworth 20
Neshannock 49, Chartiers-Houston 14
District 8
Nonconference

Allderdice 54, Linsly School, W.Va. 44
Steubenville High School 49, USO 20
Wheeling Park 36, Carrick 17
District 6
Heritage

Blairsville 55, Saltsburg 7
Northern Cambria 22, Marion Center 16
Penns Manor 26, Ligonier Valley 7
Purchase Line 63, United 30

October 17, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

The real Deal

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Bryan Deal with Mike Gerger and Anthony Cordaro

Fox Chapel’s Mike Gerger and Anthony Cordaro with coach Bryan Deal

About the last person you would expect to coach a high school golf team would be a former high school and college football coach.

But after 30-plus years, Bryan Deal gladly traded the gridiron for a golf course and it has proven to be a new Deal for the Fox Chapel golf coach.

“It was a tremendous transition from the intensity and commitment of football,” said Deal, a former Pitt recruiting coordinator who spent six seasons as Fox Chapel’s football coach before replacing Bryan Elder. “To go from 85 players at Pitt to 10 kids on the varsity and another 10 on the junior varsity golf team was very welcomed. It has kept me into coaching, but the time commitment is different.”

Deal has continued coaching despite dealing with the death of his stepson, Kyle Johnson, who collapsed during the 2013 Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. Johnson was found to have abnormalities in the arteries around his heart.

The grieving process over Johnson’s sudden death is ongoing, but his friends and family ran in his honor this past May.

The golf course, then, has served as an escape for Deal. An avid golfer who played on his high school team until his junior year, when Ohio switched the golf season from spring to fall and it conflicted with his first love of football, he has rediscovered his passion for the game as a coach.

“I’ve always been a golfer, but not to the point where I could practice and hit balls the way I wanted to,” Deal said. “When August came, my clubs were packed away until the next year.”

While Deal has dropped from a 12-handicap to a 4-handicap, he also inherited one of the top programs in the WPIAL. The Foxes finished second in the WPIAL Class AAA team championships last year and fourth this year, when sophomore Anthony Cordaro claimed the WPIAL individual title.

“He’s a special kid,” said Deal, who also coached quarterbacks and special teams at Pitt. “He’s got ice water in his veins. That’s what I love about him. He loves the big stage. He’s at his best when the pressure is greatest. I like to say that’s what separates the winners from the pretenders.”

Deal is just as thrilled with Fox Chapel senior Mike Gerger, who started the season as the No. 7 or 8 golfer, playing exhibition rounds that didn’t count toward team standings. But Gerger played his way into the top six, then was the last player to make the 12-man cut for both the WPIAL championships and the PIAA Western Regional to qualify for the PIAA championships next week.

“He has nine lives,” Deal said. “It’s really an amazing story.”

So is the story of Bryan Deal.

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North Allegheny duo sweeps Tri-State meet, by Paul Schofield.

#TribHS highlight reel: City League cancels two games after fight, by Chris Harlan.

HITTING THE LINKS

Central Catholic goalkeeper Oscar Marroquin

Central Catholic goalkeeper Oscar Marroquin

Breaking down the WPIAL soccer playoffs, by Bill West.

Thomas Jefferson boys soccer ready for playoffs after six-year absence, by Dave Mackall.

North Allegheny, Sewickley Academy girls claim tennis titles, by Gary Horvath.

Sewickley Academy golf sweeps WPIAL boys and girls team championships, by Gary Horvath.

#TribCup: Bishop Canevin volleyball chasing WPIAL championship, by Brian Graham.

GCC boys capture 1st section title since ’09, by Andrew John.

Hempfield's Maura Sackett

Hempfield’s Maura Sackett

Hempfield tennis caps special season, by Alex Oltmanns.

Hempfield's Morgan Ansell

Hempfield’s Morgan Ansell

Hempfield runners tune up for finals with solid performance at WCCA meet, by Andrew John.

Knoch's Asa Adams

Knoch’s Asa Adams

A-K Valley football notebook: Knoch back in playoff race, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Ford City volleyball earns outright section title, by Matt Grubba.

Frazier volleyball rallies to defeat Geibel, by Jason Black.

Statewide football notebook: After blackout, Bishop McDevitt downs Cedar Cliff in two-day game.

Through the years: Late TD snapped Springdale’s 31-game skid, by George Guido.

GEORGE GUIDO’S TOP 10
Here is a list of the 10 WPIAL schools with the most football losses, a status based as much on longevity:
School Year started Record
1. Norwin 1905 370-541-36
2. Ellwood City 1907 421-517-54
3. Waynesburg 1903 362-506-36
4. Freedom 1902 386-505-54
5. Connellsville 1904 527-497-59
5. Latrobe 1911 441-497-38
5. Mars 1912 378-497-32
8. Uniontown 1903 482-487-45
8. Canon-McMillan 1906 361-487-43
10. Avonworth 1913 372-481-15

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October 16, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS Week 8 football preview

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Baldwin’s Altavilla brothers ‘always on same page’ and rank among top 5 WPIAL passers and receivers in hopes of leading Fighting Highlanders to a playoff berth.

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Standout kickers around the WPIAL offer valuable, reliable service, by Chris Harlan.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pine-Richland football team looks to stun another Quad North rival, by Bill West.

#TribHS football notebook: Central Catholic readies for sellout at Highmark, by Chris Harlan.

GTR GOW

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Playoff hopes hang in balance as Hempfield hosts Altoona, by Paul Schofield.

VND GOW

Valley News Dispatch: Highlands-Valley ‘Bridge Bowl’ has different meaning to coaches, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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Kittanning Leader Times: Ford City looks to stay in playoff hunt in last-ever home game, by Matt Grubba.

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McKeesport Daily News: Clairton looking for revenge against Eastern foe Monessen, by Dave Mackall.

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Connellsville Daily Courier: Connellsville facing Kiski Area with playoff hopes on thin ice, by Jason Black.

Clairton's Lamont Wade

Clairton’s Lamont Wade

Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 8 games

WHAT HE SAID

South Park QB Nick Scholle

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: South Park QB Nick Scholle

Franklin Regional QB Santino Birty

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Franklin Regional QB Santino Birty

Ford City RB Zeke Walker

Valley News Dispatch/Kittanning Leader Times: Ford City RB Zeke Walker

South Allegheny RB-S Curtis Moore

McKeesport Daily News: South Allegheny RB-S Curtis Moore

Frazier MLB Bret Poling

Connellsville Daily Courier: Frazier MLB Bret Poling

HITTING THE LINKS

Thomas Jefferson's Jacob Guinn

Guinn at center of Thomas Jefferson’s tenacious offensive scheme, by Ed Phillipps.

Franklin Regional duo benefits from preseason QB competition, by Michael Love.

Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Regional familiar opponents, by Ray Fisher.

Gateway's Adam White

Junior RB White helping Gateway stay in hunt for playoffs, by Michael Love.

Penn-Trafford prepares for defensive-minded Plum, by Nathan Smith.

Southmoreland must win out to stay in playoff chase, by Mark King.

Fresh off homecoming win, Shady Side Academy set to face Kittanning, by Marty Stewart.

Jeannette rebounding from tough loss, by Dave Moio.

Jeannette RB Hall looks to older brothers for inspiration, by Kristie Linden.

OFF THE GRID

WPIAL releases soccer playoff pairings

Franklin Regional boys soccer

Franklin Regional boys win first section championship since 2008, by Michael Love.

Franklin Regional girls soccer

Franklin Regional girls top Kiski Area, capture section crown, by Michael Love.

Thomas Jefferson soccer squads prepping for playoffs, by Jennifer Goga.

Quaker Valley boys soccer saves playoff streak, by Gary Horvath.

Connellsville boys soccer makes playoff debut Monday, by Jason Black.

Knoch girls soccer ready for rough road, by Doug Gulasy.

Quaker Valley volleyball faces postseason warm-up, by Gary Horvath.

Thomas Jefferson senior looking forward to RMU career, by Ray Fisher.

Franklin Regional closes section slate at Kiski Area, by Michael Love.

Plum hosts Gateway with playoff spot on line, by Michael Love.

Mission remains same for new-look Chartiers Valley hockey team, by Nathan Smith.

Penn-Trafford hockey returns to ice, by Nathan Smith.

Norwin hockey under guidance of first-year coach, by Nathan Smith.

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October 15, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

Quips get turbo boost

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It doesn’t take watching youth football highlights of Stephon McGinnis playing for Ambridge against Aliquippa to realize that the transfer of McGinnis would be a boost to the Quips.

But it does make you realize that the Quips knew exactly what they were getting when McGinnis arrived at the school unannounced Sept. 29, just a few days after his mother remarried and moved back to her hometown.

What worries me is not that McGinnis or Aliquippa did anything improper but rather how a prominent midseason transfer could shift the balance of power in the WPIAL, not only in football but basketball. McGinnis averaged 20.1 points a game as a junior for the Bridgers, scored 39 a game in winning MVP honors at the Pittsburgh Basketball Club summer league and immediately makes the Quips a WPIAL Class AA title contender in both sports.

What’s worse, Ambridge football coach Dan Bradley not only lost his best player but now has to play against McGinnis in basketball. Bradley coaches Avonworth boys basketball, which, like Aliquippa, plays in WPIAL Class AA. That’s going to be tough for both Bradley and the Bridgers to watch.

I can assure you that WPIAL member schools would be howling if a prominent player, such senior offensive lineman Alex Paulina, left a winless Canon-McMillan team and suddenly transferred to South Fayette in the middle of the season. But don’t be surprised when the next star player (and his parents) test the transfer rule by physically moving into a new district during the school year and use the McGinnis case as a precedent.

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Canon-McMillan girls increasingly effective at converting scoring chances, by Bill West.

HITTING THE LINKS

Shai McKenzie

Virginia Tech’s Shai McKenzie

Now with Virginia Tech, fate tests former Wash High star McKenzie, by Jerry DiPaola.

Seton-La Salle's Joey Walz

Seton-La Salle’s Joey Walz

Seton-La Salle’s Walz rolls to victory at PIAA Western Regional, by Paul Schofield.

Check out the cool shots from the PIAA Western Regional golf championships by Trib photog Barry Reeger.

#TribHS highlight reel: Reigning champs set to defend soccer titles

#TribHS roundup: Upper St. Clair boys soccer beats Central Catholic

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Seneca Valley’s Matt Saluga, Plum’s Ashley Amato, by Brian Graham.

Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Uniontown’s Braden Carei, Belle Vernon’s Kaity Watson, by Andrew John.

McKeesport Daily News spotlight athletes: West Mifflin’s Kyle Buettner, Elizabeth Forward’s Olivia Barkley

Norwin's McKendra Walker

Norwin’s McKendra Walker (left)

Norwin girls confident after retaking Section 1-AAA title from Penn-Trafford, by Nathan Smith.

Latrobe's Maria Cawoski

Latrobe’s Maria Cawoski

Latrobe runners fare well at annual WCCA meet in preparation for district meet, by Kevin Lohman.

October 14, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

A favorable ruling

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In a surprise move, Chris Harlan reports, the WPIAL Board of Directors ruled Ambridge transfer Stephon McGinnis eligible at Aliquippa immediately, meaning the star senior can play both football and basketball for the Quips.

It appeared cut and dry to the board, despite being a curious case because of its mid-season timing. But the WPIAL saw no athletic intent, given that McGinnis moved to Aliquippa with his recently re-married mother — who he has lived with all along.

The ruling certainly makes things interesting in WPIAL Class AA football, where the Quips lost to South Fayette in the championship game last year, and should make them instant contenders in basketball, as well.

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Late-season run helps Southmoreland advance to WPIAL tournament, by Kevin Lohman.

My Tuesday column is about how the 4,000-yard club, whether it’s from the early impact of freshmen or the focus on stopping the passing game instead of denying the run, is no longer exclusive in Western Pennsylvania.

#TribHS highlight reel: Schwartz begins quest for PIAA title

#TribHS roundup: South Park girls shut out USC

Central's Ryan Sproule

Central Catholic’s Ryan Sproule

Unbeaten Central Catholic soccer team proud of its resilient play, by Bill West.

Springdale's Allison Seiler

Springdale’s Allison Seiler

Alle-Kiski Valley soccer teams prep for postseason shootouts, by Doug Gulasy.

Alle-Kiski Valley soccer notebook: Area coaches waiting to learn playoff fates

Burrell's Sydney Bordonaro

Burrell’s Sydney Bordonaro

A-K Valley notebook: Burrell’s Bordonaro getting back to form, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Laurel Highlands knocks off Connellsville girls soccer in season finale, by Jason Black.

With coach back on bench, Serra hockey has high expectations, by Brian Graham.

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