TribHS preview by position: Offensive linemen

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Listen to the podcast of the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring filmmaker Joe Graziano discussing the late Deuce Skurcenski and interviews with new South Park coach Marty Rieck and the man he succeeds, new Fox Chapel coach Tom Loughran:

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#TribHS preview by position: Plenty of Division I talent on area offensive lines, by Chris Harlan.

Gorman: USC tackle is Ford tough

Brandon Ford out at USC

Burrell QB Max Garda

Burrell quarterback Max Garda

Junior QB Garda gives Burrell hope after winless season, by George Guido.

ON THE COURT

Shady Side Academy's Ananya Dua

Shady Side Academy’s Ananya Dua

WPIAL’s top singles players in Class AAA return after meeting in PIAA title match, by Karen Price.

Fox Chapel's Laurel Shymansky

Fox Chapel’s Laurel Shymansky

Experienced duo sits atop Fox Chapel tennis lineup, by William Whalen.

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TribHS preview by position: Tight Ends

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#TribHS preview by position: Skill not measured in catches for area tight ends, by Chris Harlan.

Gorman: Dixon a hit in football, too

Elizabeth Forward's Jon Devine

Elizabeth Forward’s Jon Devine

Devine to play key role on offense, defense for EF, by Kevin Ritchart.

Armstrong's Zane Dudek

Armstrong’s Zane Dudek

Junior running back Dudek takes on leadership role for Armstrong, by Doug Gulasy.

Week 1 scrimmage schedule
All games start at 10 a.m. unless noted
Albert Gallatin at Waynesburg; Allderdice, Avonworth, Riverside at Ellwood City, 9 a.m.; Altoona at Indian Valley; Beaver Falls at Mars; Blackhawk at Aliquippa; Brashear at Keystone Oaks; Brownsville at Carmichaels; Burgettstown at Yough; Burrell at East Allegheny; Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic at Apollo-Ridge; Carlynton at Bishop Canevin; Carrick at Shady Side Academy; Central Catholic at McKeesport; Central Valley at Belle Vernon (Cal U), noon; Charleroi at Beth-Center; Chartiers Valley at South Fayette; Chartiers-Houston at Springdale; Derry at Greensburg C.C.; DuBois at Hollidaysburg, 11 a.m.; Fox Chapel at Penn-Trafford; Franklin Regional at Upper St. Clair; Frazier at Monessen; Freeport at Hampton; Gateway at Connellsville; Highlands at Hopewell; Imani Christian at California, 11 a.m.; Jefferson-Morgan at Fort Cherry; Knoch at Kiski Area; Latrobe at Greensburg Salem; Laurel at Moniteau; Laurel Highlands at Fort Hill, Md.; Leechburg, West Shamokin at Union-Rimersburg; Mapletown, West Greene at Cameron, W.Va., 7 p.m.; McGuffey at Elizabeth Forward; Mohawk at Franklin; Mt. Pleasant at Indiana; Neshannock at Farrell, 11 a.m.; New Brighton at Ambridge; New Castle at Seneca Valley; Norwin at North Hills; Penn Hills at Hempfield; Perry at North Allegheny, 9:30 a.m.; Peters Township at Montour; Pine-Richland at Bethel Park; Ringgold at Baldwin; Riverview at Deer Lakes; Rochester at Beaver; Serra Catholic at Northgate; Seton-La Salle at Canon-McMillan; Shaler at Plum; Sharon at Armstrong; Shenango at Wilmington; South Park at Thomas Jefferson; South Side Beaver at Quaker Valley; Southmoreland at Brentwood; Sto-Rox at Bentworth; Trinity at Moon; Union at OLSH; Uniontown at Washington; USO at Clairton; Valley, Summit Academy at Jeannette; Vincentian at South Allegheny; West Allegheny at Mt. Lebanon; West Mifflin at Steel Valley; Western Beaver at Freedom; Wilkinsburg at Westinghouse; Woodland Hills at Butler

RECRUITING

Knoch pitcher Stobert commits to successful Florida junior college, by Bill Beckner Jr.

ON THE LINKS

Freeport’s Helman cards ace in opening match, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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TribHS Preview by Position: WRs

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Listen to the podcast of the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring filmmaker Joe Graziano discussing the late Deuce Skurcenski and interviews with new South Park coach Marty Rieck and the man he succeeds, new Fox Chapel coach Tom Loughran:

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#TribHS preview by position: Prolific pass-catchers return at wide receiver, by Chris Harlan.

USO's Kenny Robinson

USO’s Kenny Robinson

Gorman: USO’s Robinson at home in end zone

Apollo-Ridge linebacker Maurice Stankus

Apollo-Ridge linebacker Maurice Stankus

Apollo-Ridge linebacker Stankus likes switch to weak side, by Bill Beckner Jr.

East Allegheny's TJ Banks

East Allegheny defensive end TJ Banks

East Allegheny’s Banks has makings of impact player at defensive end, by Kevin Lohman.

Dines named Geibel’s new athletic director

ON THE COURT

Hempfield senior Alaina DeGregory

Hempfield senior Alaina DeGregory

Hempfield girls tennis looking to claim third consecutive section championship, by Alex Oltmanns.

Lineup, coach provide consistency for Greensburg Salem tennis, by Andrew John.

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TribHS Preview by Position: RBs

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#TribHS Preview by Position: Stable of running backs are game-day stars, by Chris Harlan.

Clairton's Harrison Dreher

Clairton senior all-purpose back Harrison Dreher

Gorman: Clairton’s Dreher back with a purpose

Lee Rubin talks to Baldwin football team

Motivational speaker Lee Rubin speaks to Baldwin football team

Former Penn State captain offers inspiration to Baldwin football team, by Ray Fisher.

ON THE LINKS

Freeport's Audrey Clawson

Freeport’s Audrey Clawson

Freeport’s Clawson searches for elusive WPIAL crown, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Connellsville's Zack Beneke

Penn-Trafford's Amanda Conner

Penn-Trafford’s Amanda Conner

Penn-Trafford golf teams looking for big seasons, by Nathan Smith.

Connellsville’s Zack Beneke

Connellsville golf team seeks improvement, by Jason Black.

ON THE PITCH

Seton-La Salle girls soccer team appears strong at midfield position, by Ray Fisher.

ON THE COURT

Chartiers Valley tennis looks to be competitive in tough section, by Chuck Curti.

Doubles play key for Quaker Valley tennis, by Kevin Ritchart.

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Farewell, Deuce

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‘ONE OF A KIND': Colorful scorekeeper Deuce Skurcenski dies at 73, by Kevin Gorman.

When it came to farewells, Deuce was right.

Everyone who crossed his path in Western Pennsylvania — and, chances are, if you attended a WPIAL football or basketball game the past 60 years you probably did — had a story to tell about the statistic-savant scorekeeper with the colorful catchphrases upon learning of his passing.

There were so many memories with Deuce, whether it was sitting on press row or in a press box. He provided running commentary during games that had you laughing or wanting to strangle him, depending on whether you were on deadline. Everyone in the media does a Deuce impression, whether it’s repeating his off-color jokes or cracking one of his lines about calling the fire department because the nets are on fire.

My favorite was watching him stroll into the theatre at South Side Works wearing a suit for the premiere of the Graziano Brothers’ “DEUCE” documentary. It was his red-carpet moment, and he reveled in the attention. On that night, it justified the thousands of football and basketball frays he’d attended and dutifully kept score, for the trading cards he handed out and autographed. It served that his claim to fame was legitimate, even if unusual.

“I’m really proud we made the movie,” Joe Graziano said, “and that it’s standing there as his legacy.”

Here are some Twitter tributes:

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TribHS preview by position: QBs

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#TribHS Preview by Position: QBs trying to replace record setters, by Chris Harlan.

Penn-Trafford QB Brett Laffoon

Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon

Gorman: Laffoon a pro-style QB

RECRUITING

Steve Petrick

Norwin tight end Steve Petrick

Norwin tight end Petrick switches commitment to Temple, by Nathan Smith.

Penn-Trafford WR Timmy Vecchio

<em>Penn-Trafford wide receiver Timmy Vecchio

Penn-Trafford receiver Vecchio excited about RMU commitment, by Nathan Smith.

ON THE COURT

Dana Petruska

Dana Petruska

Petruska resigns at Deer Lakes to coach hoops at Mars, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Latrobe senior Emily Steeley returns a serve

Latrobe senior Emily Steeley returns a serve

Latrobe tennis returns veteran talent to make playoff run, by Devon Moore.

Derry tennis takes aim at section title, by Zach Brendza.

ON THE LINKS

Armstrong golf coach Brendon Ignatz

Armstrong golf coach Brendon Ignatz

Former Ford City golfer Ignatz now coaching at Armstrong, by Jerin Steele.

Southmoreland girls golf hopes experience pays off, by Jason Black.

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Opening day

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New Fox Chapel coach Loughran settles in as WPIAL football camps kick off, by Kevin Gorman.

South Park coach Marty Rieck

New South Park coach Marty Rieck

Gorman: South Park’s perfect pick

Penn-Trafford's Joey Peduzzi

Penn-Trafford’s Joey Peduzzi

Penn-Trafford passing attack adds weapons, by Paul Schofield.

Armstrong High

Levi Weitzel works out with the Armstrong lineman during the first day of practice

Armstrong players kick off first camp for new school, by Doug Gulasy.

Clairton

Clairton football team sets annual goals of unbeaten season, titles, by George Guido.

Bentworth coach Ron Skiles (right) teaches a technique during the first day of football camp

Bentworth coach Ron Skiles (right) teaches a technique during the first day of football camp

Opening day for football in the Mon Valley, by Jeremy Sellew.

Connellsville center Todd Brothers

Connellsville center Todd Brothers

Connellsville hopes to build offensive line around third-year center Brothers, by Jason Black.

California football players fall ill, by Chris Buckley.

Jamison Nee

Jamison Nee’s transfer from Vincentian to Highlands was approved by the WPIAL

WPIAL board rules Highlands’ Nee, Valley’s Banko eligible, by Chris Harlan.

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Airing it out

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Listen to the podcast of the return of the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, with guests Chris Harlan and Armstrong football coach Frank Fabian and an interview with South Fayette coach Joe Rossi:

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Deflategate puts pressure on high school coaches to follow rules, by Chris Harlan.

Gorman: South Fayette searches for next QB

#TribHS notebook: Moon catches early break with schedule, by Bill Hartlep.

Highlands QB Brayden Thimons

Highlands quarterback Brayden Thimons wears a GoPro camera

A-K Valley notebook: Highlands QB using helmet-mounted camera to film practices, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Chartiers Valley QB Jake Collins

Chartiers Valley quarterback Jake Collins

Chartiers Valley coach: QB Collins will surprise in second year, by Nathan Smith.

RECRUITING

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North Allegheny tackle Lugg commits to Notre Dame, by Kevin Gorman.

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Central Catholic’s Wheeler commits to Pitt, by Jerry DiPaola.

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Shinsky commits to Ohio

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Cole Shinsky

Knoch pitcher Cole Shinsky

Knoch ace Shinsky commits to Ohio, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Maverick Rowan

Maverick Rowan

N.C. State was ‘best fit’ for Rowan, by Kevin Gorman.

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Rowan picks Pack

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Maverick Rowan

Maverick Rowan played two seasons at Lincoln Park before moving to Florida

Former Lincoln Park star Rowan chooses N.C. State, by Kevin Gorman.

McKeesport safety Khaleke Hudson, one of the top football players in the WPIAL, almost ready to make college choice:

Harlan: Mars’ Carmody ‘a little awestruck’ by early offers

Fox Chapel’s Cohen commits to Hartford for tennis, by Marty Stewart.

Fox Chapel coach Tom Loughran

Fox Chapel football coach Tom Loughran

Former South Park coach Loughran optimistic about Fox Chapel’s prospects, by Marty Stewart.

Jeff Christy

Former NFL Pro Bowl center Jeff Christy will join Knoch’s football staff

#TribHS notebook: Christy to join Knoch football staff, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS notebook II: Baseball standouts showcase their skills for pro scouts, Baldwin hires Presto and Riverview hires Sapotichne

O’Neil jumps right in to AD duties at Kiski Area, by Doug Gulasy.

Kiski Area's Austin Woods

Kiski Area’s Austin Woods

Players benefit from A-K Valley 7-on-7, Big Man Challenge, by Doug Gulasy.

Coach Doe Krug, Mallory Charles, 14, Taylor Hockenberry, 16, Joe Ference, 17, Christina Shi, 10 Maria Lohman, 17 and coach Julian Krug at Trees Pool

From left: coach Doe Krug, Mallory Charles, 14, Taylor Hockenberry, 16, Joe Ference, 17, Christina Shi, 10 Maria Lohman, 17 and coach Julian Krug at Trees Pool

Past, present, future WPIAL standouts compete at USA Diving junior and senior nationals, by Karen Price.

Baldwin coach Rich Wright

Baldwin distance running coach Rich Wright

No end in sight for Baldwin coach’s running streak, by Ed Phillipps.

A NEW LOOK

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