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October 16, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS Week 8 football preview

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PTR Insider

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.

PTR Trend

Trend jump

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

GAMES OF THE WEEK

PTR GOW

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.

LT GOW

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

DN GOW

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

DC GOW

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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October 13, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

Weekend roundup: Riske, Ventrone shine as pros

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Recruiting: Ringgold’s Law expanding his options, by Chris Harlan.

FROM PREPS TO PROS

Peters native Riske beats Bencic for first WTA title at Tianjin.

October 11, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS football: Week 7 recap

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Gorman column

My Saturday column revisits a story told last fall, as West Mifflin star tailback DiAngelo Mitchell found inspiration from his older brother, Diallo Mitchell, who was paralyzed in a shooting but has recovered well enough to provide a Walk to Remember at West Mifflin.

It was a flip of the script from last year, where the column focused on how the West Mifflin star is his brother’s hero and served as inspiration in his older brother’s rehabilitation.

The idea to revisit the story came when I heard that Diallo had walked. It was clinched when DiAngelo rushed for 403 yards and six touchdowns last week against Laurel Highlands, becoming only the 11th rusher in WPIAL history to eclipse the 400-yard mark in a game.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

PTR GOW

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: West Allegheny tops Woodland Hills in battle of No. 1 teams, by Chris Harlan.

GTR cover

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Jeannette uses ‘D’ to bounce back, secure playoff spot, by Paul Schofield.

VND cover

Valley News Dispatch/McKeesport Daily News: No. 5 McKeesport blitzes Plum to rally from halftime deficit, by Doug Gulasy.

LT GOW

Kittanning Leader Times: Apollo-Ridge cruises past Freeport, by Bill Beckner Jr.

DC GOW

Connellsville Daily Courier: Big plays work for Norwin against Connellsville, by Mark Katarski.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA

Hempfield QB Daniel Walters

Hempfield QB Daniel Walters

Hempfield Spartans surge in second half, by Bill West.

Altoona Mountain Lions get by Kiski Area Cavaliers, by George Guido.

WPIAL CLASS AAA

West Mifflin QB Karlyn Garner

West Mifflin QB Karlyn Garner

West Mifflin holds off Elizabeth Forward, by Dave Mackall.


Franklin Regional blanks Greensburg Salem to
clinch playoff berth, by Les Harvath.

Knoch upsets No. 10 Mars to end four-game losing streak, by Dave Yohe.

Ringgold runs past Laurel Highlands, by Dave Stofcheck.

Belle Vernon overcomes seven fumbles, by Rick Bruni Jr.

WPIAL CLASS AA

Highlands RB Elijah Jackson

Highlands RB Elijah Jackson

Jackson surpasses 3,000 career yards in Highlands’ 55-7 win over Burrell, by R.A. Monti.

Feisty Rebels beat Quakers, by Kevin Ritchart.

Mt. Pleasant rushes for 399 yards, crushes Charleroi, 71-14, by Kyle Pillar.

Kittanning wears down Valley behind Toy, Dudek, by Thomas Zuck.

Sluggish start dooms Southmoreland in 26-21 loss to Waynesburg, by Jason Black.

Defense saves day as East Allegheny edges South Allegheny, by Ray Judy.

Late TD lifts Ford City past Deer Lakes, by William Whalen.

WPIAL CLASS A

CW North Catholic RB Jerome Turner

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic RB Jerome Turner

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic grinds out 28-0 win over Avonworth, by Brian Duermeyer.

Wade gains 275 yards on seven carries as No. 2 Clairton routs Serra, by Josh Yohe.

Focused Frazier shuts out Carmichaels, by Jeremy Sellew.

CITY LEAGUE

Allderdice QB James Jackson

Allderdice QB James Jackson

Long TD drive in final minutes vaults Allderdice past USO, by Wes Crosby.

ROUNDUPS
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Bethel Park upsets No. 6 Penn Hills

McKeesport Daily News: Murray scores four times as Steel Valley tops KO

Alle-Kiski Valley: Springdale cruises to 38-8 win

Valley Independent: Trojans pick up first win at West Greene

District 9: Redbank Valley clinches playoff berth

SHOT OF THE NIGHT

That belongs to Trib photographer Sidney Davis, whose City League shot leads our photo gallery:

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USO WR Kenny Robinson makes a spectacular one-handed catch

Friday’s results
WPIAL
Class AAAA
Quad Central

Baldwin 24, Peters Township 17
Bethel Park 31, Penn Hills 28
Upper St. Clair 28, Canon-McMillan 0
Quad East
Altoona 28, Kiski Area 10
Hempfield 28, Latrobe 14
McKeesport 20, Plum 3
Norwin 28, Connellsville 12
Quad North
Central Catholic 45, Seneca Valley 0
North Allegheny 31, Fox Chapel 21
Pine-Richland 48, Butler 10
Nonconference
North Hills 24, Mt. Lebanon 14
Penn-Trafford 63, Shaler 3
Class AAA
Big 9

Belle Vernon 42, Albert Gallatin 7
Ringgold 66, Laurel Highlands 27
Thomas Jefferson 63, Uniontown 6
West Mifflin 13, Elizabeth Forward 6
Greater Allegheny
Franklin Regional 35, Greensburg Salem 0
Gateway 29, Indiana 28
Hampton 24, Hollidaysburg 14
Knoch 14, Mars 7
Parkway
Central Valley 56, Chartiers Valley 20
Montour 23, Blackhawk 0
Moon 48, Hopewell 22
Nonconference
Trinity 63, Yough 20
West Allegheny 42, Woodland Hills 41 (OT)
Class AA
Allegheny

Apollo-Ridge 49, Freeport 20
Ford City 34, Deer Lakes 27
Highlands 55, Burrell 7
Kittanning 34, Valley 19
Century
East Allegheny 20, South Allegheny 13
Seton-La Salle 24, Quaker Valley 14
South Fayette 48, Sto-Rox 8
South Park 40, Carlynton 12
Steel Valley 50, Keystone Oaks 7
Interstate
Derry 19, Brownsville 18
Mt. Pleasant 71, Charleroi 14
Waynesburg 26, Southmoreland 21
Midwestern
Aliquippa 48, Freedom 10
Ellwood City 46, Mohawk 36
Nonconference
Washington 56, New Brighton 21
Class A
Big 7

Neshannock 49, Rochester 14
Shenango 36, Vincentian 6
South Side Beaver 24, Riverside 14
Eastern
Clairton 66, Serra Catholic 0
Greensburg Central Catholic 42, Wilkinsburg 8
Jeannette 52, Monessen 22
Ohio Valley
Brentwood 28, Chartiers-Houston 9
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 28, Avonworth 0
OLSH 42, Bishop Canevin 21
Tri-County South
Beth-Center 70, Avella 7
California 20, West Greene 0
Frazier 26, Carmichaels 0
Mapletown 40, Bentworth 21
Nonconference
Fort Cherry 42, Union 28
Springdale 38, Jefferson-Morgan 8
District 8
City League

Allderdice 15, USO 8
District 6
Heritage

Blairsville 35, Penns Manor 10
Homer-Center 35, United 0
Ligonier Valley 28, Saltsburg 8
Purchase Line 24, Marion Center 19
Nonconference
Karns City 43, Central Tech 16

Saturday’s schedule
WPIAL
Class AAA
Parkway

New Castle at Ambridge, 1:30 p.m.
Class AA
Allegheny

West Shamokin at Shady Side Academy, 3 p.m.
Interstate
McGuffey at Burgettstown, 1:30 p.m.
Midwestern
Beaver Falls at Summit Academy, 12:30 p.m.; Laurel at Beaver, 7:30 p.m.
Class A
Eastern

Leechburg at Riverview, noon
Nonconference
Northgate at Western Beaver, 12:30 p.m.
District 6
Nonconference

Northern Cambria at Elk County Catholic, 1:30 p.m.

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October 10, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS football: Week 7 LIVE blog

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Welcome to Week 7 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 Bill West to discuss the impact of social media on high school sports and college recruiting and West Mifflin coach Ray Braszo on the inspiring story of brothers Diallo and DiAngelo Mitchell:

From Kevin Gorman at D.L. Clark Building (Trib HQ):

The game of the week — and maybe the season — between Quad-A No. 1 Woodland Hills and AAAA No. 1 West Allegheny is in overtime.

That’s the second time a Parkway Conference (Class AAA) team beat a Quad Central (Class AAAA) team this season, as Central Valley defeated Penn Hills earlier. This one could cause a change in the Quad-A rankings, considering that Central Catholic remains undefeated, as does Penn-Trafford and Pine-Richland — and Central and Pine-Richland play in a pivotal Quad North game next week.

It should be interesting to see if the Wolverines drop in the Trib rankings, and just how far.

The Twitter reactions…

Mitchell bros

An inspiring scene at West Mifflin’s Titan Stadium, where Diallo Mitchell used a walker to accompany his brother DiAngelo Mitchell for Senior Recognition. I told their story last year in this column and will revisit it with tonight’s Skylights Spotlight on WPXI-TV and with my column in tomorrow’s Trib.

UPDATE: Mitchell rushed for 101 yards on 18 carries in West Mifflin’s 13-6 victory over Elizabeth Forward.

In a battle for a potential Quad-A wild card playoff berth…

Josh Yohe reports that Clairton leads Serra Catholic, 52-0, at halftime. The running clock started early in the second quarter. Lamont Wade has 224 yards and four touchdowns on six carries. … Wade produced a staggering stat line, finishing with 275 yards and five touchdowns on only seven carries. He scored on runs of 73, 64, 41 29 and 51 yards. “He’s pretty special right now,” Clairton coach Wayne Wade said. “He keeps getting better.” FINAL SCORE: Clairton 66, Serra 0.

Brentwood’s new superintendent is enjoying the debut of refurbished Brentwood Stadium.

Friday’s results
WPIAL
Class AAAA
Quad Central

Baldwin 24, Peters Township 17
Bethel Park 31, Penn Hills 28
Upper St. Clair 28, Canon-McMillan 0
Quad East
Altoona 28, Kiski Area 10
Hempfield 28, Latrobe 14
McKeesport 20, Plum 3
Norwin 28, Connellsville 12
Quad North
Central Catholic 45, Seneca Valley 0
North Allegheny 31, Fox Chapel 21
Pine-Richland 48, Butler 10
Nonconference
North Hills 24, Mt. Lebanon 14
Penn-Trafford 63, Shaler 3
Class AAA
Big 9

Belle Vernon 42, Albert Gallatin 7
Ringgold 66, Laurel Highlands 27
Thomas Jefferson 63, Uniontown 6
West Mifflin 13, Elizabeth Forward 6
Greater Allegheny
Franklin Regional 35, Greensburg Salem 0
Gateway 29, Indiana 28
Hampton 24, Hollidaysburg 14
Knoch 14, Mars 7
Parkway
Central Valley 56, Chartiers Valley 20
Montour 23, Blackhawk 0
Moon 48, Hopewell 22
Nonconference
Trinity 63, Yough 20
West Allegheny 42, Woodland Hills 41 (OT)
Class AA
Allegheny

Apollo-Ridge 49, Freeport 20
Ford City 34, Deer Lakes 27
Highlands 55, Burrell 7
Kittanning 34, Valley 19
Century
East Allegheny 20, South Allegheny 13
Seton-La Salle 24, Quaker Valley 14
South Fayette 48, Sto-Rox 8
South Park 40, Carlynton 12
Steel Valley 50, Keystone Oaks 7
Interstate
Derry 19, Brownsville 18
Mt. Pleasant 71, Charleroi 14
Waynesburg 26, Southmoreland 21
Midwestern
Aliquippa 48, Freedom 10
Ellwood City 46, Mohawk 36
Nonconference
Washington 56, New Brighton 21
Class A
Big 7

Neshannock 49, Rochester 14
Shenango 36, Vincentian 6
South Side Beaver 24, Riverside 14
Eastern
Clairton 66, Serra Catholic 0
Greensburg Central Catholic 42, Wilkinsburg 8
Jeannette 52, Monessen 22
Ohio Valley
Brentwood 28, Chartiers-Houston 9
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 28, Avonworth 0
OLSH 42, Bishop Canevin 21
Tri-County South
Beth-Center 70, Avella 7
California 20, West Greene 0
Frazier 26, Carmichaels 0
Mapletown 40, Bentworth 21
Nonconference
Fort Cherry 42, Union 28
Springdale 38, Jefferson-Morgan 8
District 8
City League

Allderdice 15, USO 8
District 6
Heritage

Blairsville 35, Penns Manor 10
Homer-Center 35, United 0
Ligonier Valley 28, Saltsburg 8
Purchase Line 24, Marion Center 19
Nonconference
Karns City 43, Central Tech 16

Reports from the #TribHS staff:

WPIAL

Woodland Hills at West Allegheny
From Chris Harlan at Joe P. DeMichela Stadium: West Allegheny took a 3-0 lead on a 34-yard field goal, but a 27-yard touchdown run by Jo-El Shaw gives Woodland Hills a 7-3 lead after the first quarter. … West A’s Danny Guilfoil shows his speed and takes a short pass 68 yards for a TD and a 10-7 lead at 9:01 of the second quarter. … West A’s Armand Dellovade catches a 9-yard touchdown from QB Andrew Koester at 1:47 of the second quarter for a 17-7 lead. … West Allegheny made a goal-line stop on the last snap of the half … With first-and-goal at the 2, Woodland Hills’ Shaw tried to spin into the end zone but was tackled short as time expired. … WH’s Malik Flowers returns an interception 80 yards for a touchdown to cut it to 17-13 at 7:41 of the third. … West A’s Tyler Amedure takes a screen pass 71 yards for a touchdown and a 24-13 lead at 6:29 3Q. … West Allegheny QB Andrew Koester had three touchdown passes: 68-, 9- and 71 yarders. The Indians lead, 27-13, with 1:35 left in the third after a 41-yard field goal by D.J. Opsatnik, his second of the game. … Woodland Hills is driving with 8:13 left in the fourth, down 27-13. The Wolverines have reached the West A 5. … Woodland Hills pulls within a touchdown with 8:08 left. Toledo recruit Art Thompkins runs 5 yards for a touchdown. West Allegheny leads, 27-20. … Woodland Hills’ used a blocked punt and a 6-yard TD run by Miles Sanders to pull within a point. Do the Wolverines go for two? … They do. A 2-yard, two-point run by Jo-El Shaw gives Woodland Hills a 28-27 lead over West Allegheny with 3:34 left. … Woodland Hills scores two touchdowns in 19 seconds to lead 35-27 with 3:15 left. After Woody High recovered a West A fumble, Shaw ran 9 yards for the second TD. … West Allegheny ties it 35-35 with 16 seconds left. A 1-yard TD run by Koester and a two-point catch by Armand Dellovade. … We’re headed to overtime: Woodland Hills and West Allegheny tied, 35-35. … Woodland Hills scores first in OT, on a 2-yard run by Sanders … but the Wolverines miss the extra point. Woodland Hills leads, 41-35. … Now, it’s West A’s turn. … Chayse Dillon scores on a 1-yard run to tie it at 41-41. The extra point kick is good by D.J. Opsatnik, and West Allegheny wins, 42-41, in overtime. FINAL SCORE: West Allegheny 42, Woodland Hills 41 (OT).

McKeesport at Plum
From Doug Gulasy at Mustang Stadium: Plum had minus-6 yards of offense in the first quarter, but the defense held McKeesport to 38 yards. … Plum recovers another fumble in McKeesport territory, and this time the Mustangs convert. Jacob Chapla’s 41-yard FG puts Plum up 3-0. … McKeesport’s Khaleke Hudson has 65 yards on nine carries and one pass completion for 40 yards. The rest of the team has minus-13 yards. … All it takes is one play. McKeesport forces a Plum fumble, then scores on a 24-yard pass from TyWann Smith to Hudson. It’s 6-3 McKeesport. … McKeesport’s Tymar Sutton scores on a 3-yard run to give the Tigers a 13-3 lead over Plum. … Chapla misses a 40-yard attempt early in the fourth. … Hudson catches his second touchdown of the game from Smith, this from 18 yards out. McKeesport leads Plum, 20-3. FINAL SCORE: McKeesport 20, Plum 3.

Hempfield at Latrobe
From Bill West from Latrobe Memorial Stadium: On consecutive possessions, Hempfield drove the ball deep into Latrobe territory before turning the ball over. … Latrobe blocked a Hempfield punt, recovered at Spartans’ 32. Hempfield then commits personal foul on 1st down. … Latrobe drives to Hempfield’s 8 and fumbles ball away on third-and-9. Still scoreless. … Hempfield misses a 35-yd FG attempt, but Latrobe runs into kicker, so Spartans get another chance. … Latrobe QB Craig Stevens with 1-yard sneak for TD, and Wildcats lead Hempfield, 7-0, with 3:31 left in 2nd quarter. … Hempfield its own worst enemy in first half, as it outgained Latrobe, 252-41, but had two turnovers, five penalties for 50 yards and a blocked punt. … Hempfield’s Donnie Washington grabs an INT at Spartans’ 6-yd line and returns it for TD, but both are negated by a Hempfield personal foul. … Latrobe held the ball for nine minutes to start the third quarter, but come away without scoring as a 42-yd FG attempt sails wide. Latrobe leads Hempfield, 7-0, in 3Q. … Hempfield finally hits paydirt, as Dan Walters connects with Dylan Sikora for a 76-yard TD to tie it at 7-7 with 2:09 left in 3Q. … On 1st play of 4th qtr, Walters finds WR Dante Luther for 4-yd TD pass. Hempfield takes 14-7 lead over Latrobe. 11:55 left in 4Q. … Hempfield QB Dan Walters with his 2nd TD toss to Dante Luther, who goes 44 yards on a WR screen. XP fail. Hempfield leads Latrobe, 20-7, with 8:28 left. … Stevens with his 2nd 1-yd TD sneak of the night. ‘Cats trail Hempfield, 20-14, w/ 5:41 left in 4Q. … Hempfield RB Lorenzo Barchetti with a 12-yard TD run, and Spartans add 2-point conversion to go up, 28-14, on Latrobe, 2:03 left in game. FINAL SCORE: Hempfield 28, Latrobe 14.

Elizabeth Forward at West Mifflin
From Dave Mackall at Titan Stadium: Karlyn Garner scores on a 51-yard run to give West Mifflin a 7-0 lead at 9:45 of the first quarter. … EF’s Jake Meyers scores on a 3-yard run to cut it to West Mifflin 7, Elizabeth Forward 6, with 14 seconds left in the first half. … Garner scores again, on a 10-yard run, but the kick fails. West Mifflin leads, 13-6, at 2:49 of the third. FINAL SCORE: West Mifflin 13, Elizabeth Forward 6.

Seton-La Salle at Quaker Valley
From Kevin Ritchart at Chuck Knox Stadium: Justin Nedzesky converts a 36-yard field goal at the horn to put Rebels up 17-14 at the half over QV. … Rick Mellick’s TD run gives Seton-La Salle a 24-14 lead over Quaker Valley after three quarters. FINAL SCORE: Seton-La Salle 24, Quaker Valley 14.

Waynesburg at Southmoreland
From Jason Black at Russ Grimm Field at Southmoreland Stadium: Travis Wilkinson returns the opening kickoff 77 yards to give Waynesburg a 6-0 lead. … Hunter Cenname scores on a 20-yard run to give Waynesburg a 12-0 lead. … Tommy Pisula scores on a 6-yard pass from Baden Datz to cut it to 12-7. … Cenname with a 64-yard run for a 20-7 Waynesburg lead. … Jake Pisula scores on a 7-yard run to cut it to 20-14. … Tommy Pisula scores on a 7-yard run to give Southmoreland a 21-20 lead. … Cenname scores on a 45-yard run to give Waynesburg a 26-21 lead. FINAL SCORE: Waynesburg 26, Southmoreland 21.

Freeport at Apollo-Ridge
From Bill Beckner Jr. at Owens Field: Tre Tipton scored on a 7-yard run to put Apollo-Ridge ahead, 7-0, against Freeport with 8:40 left in the first quarter. … Jonah Casella rushes 54 yards to set up a one-yard plunge by Duane Brown to add to Apollo-Ridge’s lead, 14-0. … Brown scores on a 10-yard run to put Apollo-Ridge ahead 21-0 with one minute remaining in the first quarter. … Tipton scores on a 14-yard fade rout from Brown and Apollo-Ridge leads 28-0 with four minutes remaining in the half. … Brown INT negated by penalty; Freeport’s Ian Miller keeps drive going. scores on a 12-yard run. Kick no good. Apollo-Ridge leads, 28-6, at 1:26 of the second quarter. … Apollo-Ridge looking to score again before the half, thanks to a 45-yard pass from Brown to Alex Smith that has Vikings in the red zone. … Brown throws a scoring pass to Tipton, who makes it look easy in double-coverage. Apollo-Ridge 35, Freeport 6, 12.4 seconds left in first half. … Brown throws third TD of the night, this one to Smith for 26 yards. Apollo-Ridge 42, Freeport 6, 10:34 3Q (mercy rule time). … Andrew Romanchak runs in from the 1 for a Freeport TD. Apollo-Ridge leads the Yellowjackets, 42-13, 4:49 left 3Q. … Romanchak threw 40-yard TD to Dylan Hochbein (his first catch of the game). Apollo-Ridge 49, Freeport 20, 1:07 3Q. FINAL SCORE: Apollo-Ridge 49, Freeport 20.

North Catholic

Avonworth at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
From Brian Duermeyer at J.C. Stone Field: No score at the half. Both teams had nice drives, with Avonworth stalling and North Catholic moving to the Antelopes’ 25 but turning it over on downs. … Avonworth is down two linemen on offense. … P.J. Fulmore carries 12 times in a 13-play drive, scoring on an 8-yard run to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead. … QB Adam Sharlow adds a 5-yard scoring run to give North Catholic a 14-0 lead. … An Avonworth fumble leads to another North touchdown, this one a 7-yard run by Jerome Turner to give the Trojans a 21-0 lead. … Turner scores on a 32-yard run for a 28-0 North edge. … Fulmore finishes with 206 yards on 29 carries, leaving him 51 yards shy of becoming a 4,000-yard rusher. FINAL SCORE: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 28, Avonworth 0.

Monessen at Jeannette
From Paul Schofield at McKee Stadium: Three quick scores at Jeannette: Terell Canady catches a 69-yard scoring pass from Julian Batts, who raced 54 yards to make it 15-0. Monessen got a 41-yard TD pass to Tyler McKita. … Jeannette now leads 31-8 as Canady returns a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown. … Third defensive touchdown of first half for Jeannette as Batts returns an interception 33 yards for a score. Jeannette leads, 38-8. … Canady scores on a 10-yard run following Monessen’s fifth turnover. Jeannette leads, 45-8. … Giovonne Sanders goes 33 yards for a score. Jeannette leads, 52-8. … Malik Harris scores on a 15-yard run for Monessen. Jeannette leads, 52-14. FINAL SCORE: Jeannette 52, Monessen 22.

CITY LEAGUE

Allderdice at USO
From Wes Crosby at George K. Cupples Stadium: James Jackson’s 1-yard run and Alex Hahn’s kick gives the Dragons a 7-0 third-quarter lead. … USO takes an 8-7 edge early in the fourth quarter on Dasean Bonneau’s 9-yard reception from Ron Brown followed by a two-point conversion from Brown to Bonneau. … Allderdice uses an 11-play, 98-yard drive capped by Jeremiah Hardrick scoring on a 2-yard run, and Timothy Jackson scoring on the two-point attempt for a 15-8 lead with 2:07 left. … Brown finishes 17 of 28 for 190 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. FINAL SCORE: Allderdice 15, USO 8.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a big noggin, but this poster at the Bethel Park-Penn Hills game on Root Sports is taking it to extremes!

Some big recruiting news at Gateway, where sophomore tackle Robert Hainsey got an interesting offer.

October 10, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

A delayed debut

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Brentwood Stadium

Brentwood Stadium (Photo by Stephanie Hacke, South Hills News Record)

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Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel

When Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel met Joe Schmidt a few years ago, the Hall of Fame linebacker shared stories of playing at Brentwood Stadium in the 1940s.

“Well,” Kissel deadpanned, “it hasn’t changed one bit.”

The name hasn’t changed, but brand-new Brentwood Stadium makes its long-awaited debut Friday night against Chartiers-Houston — just in time for Senior Recognition night.

“It’s beautiful,” Kissel said of the stadium’s new turf, scoreboard, lights, bathrooms and bleachers. “Our kids are very excited, very proud to play in it. We finally get to wear our blue uniforms at home.”

The Spartans only had four home games this season, but were forced by delays to play one at Avonworth, the other at nearby Thomas Jefferson.

Brentwood is your quintessential Western Pennsylvania small town, a one-square-mile community where the stadium sits in the park behind the high school.

“Usually, when there’s a home game, everyone’s there,” said Kissel, a 1974 Brentwood graduate. “It’s a small, walking community with old-town roots.”

The sidewalks aren’t finished, so the Spartans won’t be able to make their traditional walk through the stands to the field.

But Brentwood will finally get to honor Kissel by presenting him a plaque for his 100th victory, almost a year later.

“He’s not into these types of things; he doesn’t want the recognition,” Brentwood athletic director Rick Huffman said. “It was kind of private, presenting him with the painted game ball. This is more of a public thing. And this is the first chance we’ve had to do it on the field.”

Like Brentwood Stadium’s debut, it will be worth the wait.

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HITTING THE LINKS

Sewickley Academy's Amanda Scala

Central Valley’s Amanda Scala

Sewickley Academy teams sweep up Class AA golf championships, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Kittanning boys place 3rd at WPIAL golf finals, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Photo gallery for WPIAL golf, by Steph Chambers

WCCA CC

Southmoreland’s Bickerton, Kiski’s Aller run to WCCA titles, by Paul Schofield.

#TribHS highlight reel: Unbeatens face nonsection tests

Knoch goalkeeper Stephen Grumski

Knoch goalkeeper Stephen Grumski

#TribHS roundup: West Allegheny boys top South Fayette to win Section 5-AA title

Trib Cup: Depsite injuries, Avonworth boys again earn WPIAL playoff berth, by Brian Graham.

GCC volleyball preparing for postseason, by Andrew John.

Greensburg Salem hockey ready for jump to Class A, by Brian Graham.

Hempfield's Christie Redinger

Hempfield’s Christie Redinger

Talented, deep lineup carries Hempfield volleyball to top of Section 1 standings, by Alex Oltmanns.

A-K Valley football notebook: Apollo-Ridge to face different test in Freeport, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Statewide HS football notebook: Clairton’s high-scoring run continues

Burrell's Tyler Henderson

Burrell’s Tyler Henderson

Guido: Ehrlich, Brown lifted Burrell to playoffs 10 years ago

GEORGE GUIDO’S TOP 10
WPIAL football programs with the best winning percentage:
School Year started All-time record Pct.
1. Central Valley 2010 47-10-0 .824
2. Upper St. Clair 1958 429-162-9 .725
3. Jeannette 1900 694-309-48 .691
4. Woodland Hills 1987 218-98-0 .689
5. Mt. Lebanon 1928 560-255-30 .687
6. Aliquippa 1910 666-316-22 .678
7. Thomas Jefferson 1958 405-194-7 .676
8. Gateway 1958 385-198-13 .660
9. Greensburg Salem 1894 679-355-39 .657
10. Blackhawk 1973 292-153-8 .656
* Records are as of Oct. 5, 2014

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October 9, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

#TribHS Week 7 football preview

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Column: The curious case of Stephon McGinnis

PTR Trend

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WPIAL players turn to social media to promote highlight clips, by Bill West.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

PTR GOW

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pride on the line between top-ranked teams Woodland Hills, West Allegheny, by Chris Harlan.

#TribHS football notebook: Pine-Richland QB has two perfect performances, by Chris Harlan.

GTR GOW

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Monessen, Jeannette try to rebound from tough losses, by Paul Schofield.

VND GOW

Valley News Dispatch/McKeesport Daily News: McKeesport offers no fond memories for Plum’s Morgan, by Dave Mackall.

LT GOW

Kittanning Leader Times: Playoff implications loom as West Shamokin heads to Shady Side Academy, by Matt Grubba.

DC GOW

Connellsville Daily Courier: Connellsville looking to rebound against Norwin, by Jason Black.

Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 7 games

WHAT HE SAID

Seton-La Salle QB Tyler Perone

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Seton-La Salle QB Tyler Perone

GCC OL-DL Jake Wallace

Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Greensburg Central Catholic OL-DL Jake Wallace

Riverview QB Tyler Nigro

Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Riverview QB Tyler Nigro

Apollo-Ridge RB Jonah Casella

Kittanning Leader Times Q&A: Apollo-Ridge RB Jonah Casella

Elizabeth Forward OL-DL Devin McDonough

McKeesport Daily News Q&A: Elizabeth Forward OL-DL Devin McDonough

Mt. Pleasant FB-OLB Ethan Charlesworth

Connellsville Daily Courier Q&A: Mt. Pleasant FB-OLB Ethan Charlesworth

HITTING THE LINKS

Baldwin's Nick Lachut

Baldwin’s Nick Lachut

Baldwin football team remains focused, by Ray Fisher.

Win over Falcons sets up big date with McKeesport, by Michael Love.

Jaguars’ defensive unit dialing up impressive numbers, by Ray Fisher.

Gateway hoping to keep playoff hopes alive against Indians, by Michael Love.

Talbots top Panthers in heavyweight battle, by Bill West.

Seton-La Salle football squad prepares for Quaker Valley, Jackson, by Ray Fisher.

Quaker Valley QB Dane Jackson

Quaker Valley’s Dane Jackson

Quaker Valley quarterback Jackson comfortable in return, by Gary Horvath.

Seton-La Salle WR Danzel McKinley-Lewis

Seton-La Salle’s Danzel McKinley-Lewis

McKinley-Lewis displays prominent playmaking abilities for Rebels, by Ed Phillipps.

Keystone Oaks streaking in right direction, by Nathan Smith.

Southmoreland to host Waynesburg in vital conference showdown, by Mark King.

Jayhawks fall to Bears, prepare for Greyhounds, by Dave Moio.

Jeannette QB Julian Batts

Jeannette’s Julian Batts

Greyhounds facing must-win game, by Jeff Oliver.

Oliver: Last Monessen-Jeannette grid meeting made history

OFF THE GRID

Franklin Regional wrestler Kemerer, Mt. Lebanon’s Stout make college choices, by Paul Schofield and Bill West.

Kiski Area's Megan Aller

Kiski Area’s Megan Aller

Kiski Area cross country teams make push for postseason, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS soccer roundup: Tie with rival Penn-Trafford seals Section 1-AAA title for Norwin girls

Quaker Valley boys soccer coach Klein wins 500th game, by Gary Horvath.

Fox Chapel keeper racking up shutouts, providing leadership, by Marty Stewart.

Penn Hills volleyball

Penn Hills’ Dayna Verrico

Penn Hills volleyball rallies around coach as son battles cancer, by Ed Phillipps.

Sgattoni sisters exemplify team passion at Baldwin, by Ray Fisher.

Bishop Canevin's Blaine Adams

Bishop Canevin’s Blaine Adams

Bishop Canevin hockey relying on forwards this season, by Nathan Smith.

Sewickley Academy's Tanvi Rana

Sewickley Academy’s Tanvi Rana

Sewickley Academy girls golf sets sights on history, by Gary Horvath.

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October 8, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

Pretty in pink

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Bunny Schmidt 1

Bunny Schmidt

Bunny Schmidt 2

Baldwin cross country coaches Rich Wright and Bunny Schmidt

Runners will wear pink, from shirts and socks to feather boas and mustaches Thursday for the Mingo Classic.

It makes Bunny Schmidt emotional just to talk about it.

Actually, she’s tickled pink.

The Baldwin cross country coach is battling cancer for the third time in a quarter century. To see students support cancer awareness means the world.

“If 16- and 62-year-olds can somehow get along in this world and help each other…” Schmidt said. “I feel very lucky to be here to see them.”

Schmidt was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38 and had a mastectomy on her right side. Four years later, doctors found a tumor on the left breast and she had that removed, too.

Cancer-free for 16 years, she went into “total body shock” during knee replacement surgery, only for doctors to discover bone cancer in her hip, shoulder, sternum and spine.

After radiation didn’t cure the cancer, Schmidt underwent chemotherapy. She continued coaching, but arthritis forces the once-avid runner to use a cane.

Baldwin’s runners are quick to help with an arm or by setting up a chair, seeing that she needs them as much as they need her.

“She’s just been a trooper through it all,” Baldwin co-coach Rich Wright said. “It’s really rough watching her go through this third bout of cancer. Our kids really love her. She loves the kids, and she’d do anything for them, and they realize that.

“Every day for her is a major struggle, just to be with us. Some people would say the heck with it and give up. She battles every day, just to survive. She does so much, way more than I do. She’s the heart and soul of the program, as far as I’m concerned.”

Cancer can’t touch that.

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HITTING THE LINKS

Highlands boys soccer players accused of duct-taping autistic teammate to post, by Liz Hayes.

#TribHS highlight reel: PBC announces Hall of Fame class

#TribHS roundup: No. 3 South Fayette edges Montour

Franklin Regional's Autumn Velasquez

Franklin Regional’s Autumn Velasquez

Franklin Regional girls soccer team looks to lock up Section 3-AAA, by Kevin Ritchart.

Riverview's Sam Connolly

Riverview’s Sam Connolly

Corner kick in overtime means playoffs for Riverview, by Doug Gulasy.

Bethel Park's Paul Dunn

Bethel Park’s Paul Dunn

Bethel Park wrestler Dunn commits to Lehigh, by Bill West.

Guido: Highlands chasing Alle-Kiski Valley history

Connellsville boys soccer closes in on winning season, playoff spot, by Jason Black.

Latrobe's Noelle Carota

Latrobe’s Noelle Carota

Latrobe volleyball team seeks section victories as season winds down, by Kevin Ritchart.

Ford City volleyball shuts down West Shamokin to tie for first place, by Matt Grubba.

Elizabeth Forward girls golf team focuses on ‘mental part’ heading into WPIAL team final, by Kevin Ritchart.

Derry volleyball looks to bounce back, by Karen Kadilak.

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October 7, 2014
by Kevin Gorman

Life Lessons from the Bunny Teacher

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Dede Rittman with Arnold Palmer (2)

Dede Rittman with Arnold Palmer

Dede Rittman spent 37 years teaching English at North Allegheny Intermediate, so it’s only natural that upon retiring that she has taken up writing.

When asked why it took so long, Rittman quotes another famous teacher who found fame in his second act.

“I was teaching, that’s what took me so long,” Frank McCourt wrote in the prologue to Teacher Man. “… When you teach five high school classes a day, five days a week, you’re not inclined to go home to clear your head and fashion deathless prose. After a day of five classes your head is filled with the clamor of the classroom.”

For Rittman, the clamor of the classroom was a labor of love. She also ran the talent show for more than two decades, directed the school musical for 10 years, created the theater program and wrote the theater curriculum for three decades. She called her students her “bunnies,” which got her labeled the “Bunny Teacher.”

Oh, the subject of Tuesday’s column also found time to coach golf for 33 years.

Before retiring last week, Rittman got to spend an hour at the WPIAL golf championships with two-time WPIAL champion and PGA legend Arnold Palmer. It should come as no surprise, then, that Palmer was the subject of Rittman’s most recent post on her blog, Lessons Learned from the Bunny Teacher.

“He continues to be a teacher for everyone,” Rittman said. “You think how about how humble he is and how important his roots are to him.”

Dede Rittman with Arnold Palmer 1

I could tell the same about Rittman after one fascinating conversation. She’s retiring as North Allegheny’s boys golf coach, which ends her run as the longest-tenured coach at NA. Rittman started in 1979, so she coached in five different decades. She also was on the WPIAL golf committee since 1980, where she wasn’t just the first female coach.

“I was the only one,” Rittman said. “I think that some people weren’t sure what to do and how to take me. Women had rights then but not the way they do now. When I had to run a tournament by myself, some men would say, ‘I don’t have to do this. You can’t make me do this.’ I’d say, ‘Let me call Mr. (Ace) Heberling.’ He’d say, ‘If Dede tells you to do it, then do it.’ They challenged me at the beginning but it was just a test.”

Rittman’s life has been full of tests, including the death of her beloved husband, Scott Rittman, to colon cancer in 2012. Scott was a volunteer assistant for years on NA’s golf team and worked with his wife on its musicals and talent show.

“We had no children of our own,” Dede said, “so the NA kids got all of our attention.”

Somehow, she found a way to persevere. Rittman started her book project more than a decade ago, writing the first five chapters and revisited it to write another chapter before stopping to become a caretaker. She decided to finish the project and published her first book, Student Teaching: The Inside Scoop from a Master Teacher.

Student Teaching book

“I’m one of those people who believe your attitude not your aptitude will determine your altitude,” Rittman said. “However high a teacher or coach sets the bar, that’s what the kids will meet.”

Rittman believes it’s up to her to practice what she preaches. Among her pet sayings was, “Every person here has something valuable to offer to the others, so we will work together as a group.” She preached manners to her golfers, teaching them to make a positive impression and a lasting one.

“Over nine holes of golf, you’ll learn more about someone than you would sitting next to them in a whole semester or whole year in a classroom,” Rittman said. “True colors show through. Temper, good sport, sharing and caring. You know everything about them. It’s a very social game.”

But its social butterfly is spreading her wings to fly off to new adventures, and Rittman is hopeful that North Allegheny will promote junior varsity coach Patrick Niven to replace her.

She’s leaving with no regrets.

“I’ve had a great career,” Rittman said. “I wouldn’t change anything.”

#TribHS PAGES

PTR HSInsider

Former City League power Allderdice confident against WPIAL foes, by Bill West.

TribHS Insider

GCC focuses on moving past program’s ‘low point,’ return to playoffs, by Bill West.

HITTING THE LINKS

#TribHS highlight reel: Ambridge contests McGinnis transfer, by Chris Harlan.

#TribHS roundup: Canon-Mac girls upset No. 2 Moon

Freshman Gizienski helped Knoch earn Class AA playoff berth, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS soccer notebook: Riverview, Springdale boys teams gear up for showdown, by Doug Gulasy.

Kittanning's Cole Davis

Kittanning’s Cole Davis

Kittanning aims to seize chance at WPIAL title, by Matt Grubba.

Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team sprints to victory over Greensburg Salem, by Jason Black.

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