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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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.

Gorman: One way to find best in Western PA

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)

Leechburg’s John Burtick (13) takes a shot against Riverview’s Nico Sero (23)/Jason Bridge

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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Piling up the points

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North Hills’ Curry wins fourth Allegheny County wrestling title, by Paul Schofield.

Pine Richland’s Hunter Baxter tries to turn Penn Hills' Justin Perkins in their 120-pound championship bout at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament

Pine Richland’s Hunter Baxter tries to turn Penn Hills’ Justin Perkins in their 120-pound championship bout at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament/Barry Reeger

Penn Hills' Justin Perkins tries to pin Shaler's Dylan Winters during their 120-pound quarterfinal bout at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament

Penn Hills’ Justin Perkins tries to pin Shaler’s Dylan Winters during their 120-pound quarterfinal bout at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament /Barry Reeger

Gorman: Penn Hills’ Perkins piles up the points

ON THE GRIDIRON

#TribHS highlight reel: Woodland Hills’ Sanders, Clairton’s Wade named to All-America team, by Bill Hartlep.

RECRUITING

ON THE HARDWOOD

Burrell's Natalie Myers

Burrell’s Natalie Myers

Burrell’s Myers shines in senior night win over GCC, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS roundup: Ellis’ Rouse scores 56 to top Konek’s 55

Westmoreland roundup: Derry girls topple rival Mt. Pleasant

ON THE ICE

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Central Catholic hockey team seeks extended run in Penguins Cup playoffs, by Andrew Erickson.

Penn-Trafford's Jess Cox

Penn-Trafford’s Jess Cox/Louis Raggiunti

Penn-Trafford hockey team getting healthy in time for stretch run, by Brian Graham.

Adaptable Butler hockey team finding success in Class AAA, by Brian Graham.

Bishop Canevin goalie Neko Borghini

Bishop Canevin goalie Neko Borghini

Bishop Canevin hockey battling to the top of AA standings, by Nathan Smith.

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Central Catholic’s Kiernan a Sure Shot

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Gorman: For Rice, Central Catholic’s Kiernan a sure shot

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Norwin's Alayna Gribble

Norwin’s Alayna Gribble

ON THE RADAR: Both 17-0, Norwin girls are No. 1 in state while Latrobe boys seek respect, by Bob Cohn.

RECRUITING

McKeesport's Khaleke Hudson

McKeesport’s Khaleke Hudson

Harlan: McKeesport’s Hudson weighing options


ON THE HARDWOOD

Penn Hills' Cameron Jefferies (right) is fouled during his shot by Franklin Regional's Hunter Stonecheck (left)

Penn Hills’ Cameron Jefferies (right) is fouled during his shot by Franklin Regional’s Hunter Stonecheck (left)/Ken Reabe Jr.

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Penn Hills wins battle for first against Franklin Regional, by Andrew Erickson.

Chartiers Valley's Eddie Flohr (left) defends against Baldwin's Mike Goga

Chartiers Valley’s Eddie Flohr (left) defends against Baldwin’s Mike Goga

Chartiers Valley’s third-quarter surge leads to victory over Baldwin, by Nathan Smith.

Highlands' Jamison Nee dribbles past Hampton's Ben Huber

Highlands’ Jamison Nee dribbles past Hampton’s Ben Huber

Highlands halts Hampton, keeps share of first place in section, by George Guido.

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#TribHS roundup: Steel Valley boys take down rival West Mifflin

ON THE MAT

North Allegheny's Francis Duggan prepares to pin Chartiers Valley's Salvatore DiBacco during a 195-pound quarterfinal bout at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament

North Allegheny’s Francis Duggan prepares to pin Chartiers Valley’s Salvatore DiBacco during a 195-pound quarterfinal bout at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament /Barry Reeger

Allegheny County Wrestling Championship notebook: North Allegheny advances four to semifinals, by Paul Schofield.

Allegheny County wrestling tournament postponed

ON THE ICE

PIHL commissioner Black resigns, by Bill Hartlep.

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Lincoln Park’s Increased Intensity

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Battles in practices prove worthy for Lincoln Park’s Cummings, Aloi, by Chris Harlan.

Listen to a podcast of The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring #TribHS writer Chris Harlan discussing recruiting and WPIAL basketball:

West Mifflin's Karlyn Garner

West Mifflin’s Karlyn Garner

West Mifflin boys chasing Section 4-AAA title with rivalry game looming, by Zach Brendza.

Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan

Greensburg Salem’s Marvel McGowan

Greensburg Salem boys hope to finish season strong, by Kevin Ritchart.

Hempfield's Mitch Golden

Hempfield’s Mitch Golden

In midst of five-game losing streak, Hempfield on edge of playoff contention, by Dave Mackall.

Cheswick Christian's 'Big Ben' Pollock

Cheswick Christian’s 6-10 center, ‘Big Ben’ Pollock

TALL TALE: Cheswick Christian’s 6-10 ‘Big Ben’ has team primed for run at SWAC title, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Mt. Lebanon's Kenzie Bushee blocks a shot by Peters Twp.'s Lillian Young

Mt. Lebanon’s Kenzie Bushee blocks a shot by Peters Twp.’s Lillian Young

#TribHS roundup: Mt. Lebanon girls top Peters Township

Westmoreland roundup: Hempfield girls take down Penn-Trafford

A-K Valley notebook: Springdale girls relish improvement, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Trib Cup: Healthy Fox Chapel girls basketball team has high expectations, by Alex Oltmanns.

ON THE GRIDIRON

Gorman: Cornell committed to football

RECRUITING

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Nee embraces ‘new role’ at Gateway

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Danny Nee

Danny Nee

Gorman: Nee embraces ‘new role’ at Gateway

Gateway's John Paul Kromka attempts to block the shot of Penn Hills' Sherron Schifino

Gateway’s John Paul Kromka attempts to block the shot of Penn Hills’ Sherron Schifino

Gateway’s Kromka making strides in second season, by Michael Love.

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Versatility helps two-time PIAA champ Blackhawk adjust to graduation loss, by Andrew Erickson.

Baldwin's Abby Barr

Baldwin’s Abby Barr

Communication key for Baldwin girls’ playoff chase, by Ray Fisher.

Despite 7-0 start in section play, South Park girls not satisfied, by Kevin Lohman.

Uniontown's Khai Harris

Uniontown’s Khai Harris

‘The Microwave’ is heating up for Uniontown, by Dave Mackall.

Kotchman, Dunn & Co. helping Trinity girls chase Section 5-AAA title, by Josh Rizzo.

Freshmen playing key role in Frazier girls’ quest for Section 4-AA title, by Dave Mackall.

Seneca Valley's Michaela LaMont

Seneca Valley’s Michaela LaMont

Seneca Valley girls look for boost from full lineup, by Joe Sager.

ON THE MAT

Burrell's Alex Moses smiles back to his coaches as he scores during the overtime period to defeat Valley's David Schuffert in the 285-pound bout

Burrell’s Alex Moses smiles back to his coaches as he scores during the overtime period to defeat Valley’s David Schuffert in the 285-pound bout

Burrell routs Valley as Section 3-AA tournament looms, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS wrestling notebook: Belle Vernon wins ‘Rock’ title; WPIAL playoff clinchings, by Paul Schofield.

#TribHS highlight reel: Weather could delay county tournament

#TribHS roundup: Shaler locks up Section 3B title

Westmoreland roundup: No. 3 Latrobe earns top spot in Section 1B

RECRUITING

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THEY’VE GOT SPIRIT

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North Allegheny spirit team prepares for PIAA, national competition, by Zach Brendza.

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