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Surprise jump in students forces hiring at Elizabeth Forward schools

By Patrick Cloonan
The Elizabeth Forward school district anticipated a reduction in its student body from 2,355 in 2013-14 to 2,302 in 2014-15. But on Wednesday, Superintendent Bart Rocco said the district instead is on course to start on Aug. 28 with 2,377 …

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Former defensive coordinator Wayne Wade a natural fit for Clairton job

With Clairton trailing 24-0 in the 2010 PIAA championship game in Hershey, Bears fans angrily roared from the bleachers toward the team’s bench. Wayne “Rinky” Wade, then the Clairton defensive coordinator, waved his arms at the crowd and yelled, “Settle …
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Move to Century Conference offers new set of challenges for East Allegheny

No matter how many times Dom Pecora scratched, shook or hung his head this offseason, there was no chance of going back. Like it or not, Pecora’s East Allegheny Wildcats will move to the powerful WPIAL Class AA Century Conference, …
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Replacing stars a tough task at Elizabeth Forward

Elizabeth Forward coach Mike LeDonne didn’t need to answer his own questions but was compelled to anyway. “Do we have a Jaquaun Davidson? No. Do …
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Smith could add new wrinkles to McKeesport offense

Football players come and go at McKeesport, just like with any other school. But you can bet the Tigers’ routine will remain consistent as long as George Smith is running the program. Winning is suggested. Working hard is required. “The …
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new coach focused on team’s future, not past

Plenty changed for Norwin during the offseason, but the Knights know the most significant change needs to come during the season. “At the end of the day, the test days are going to be the Friday night lights: how we …
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Lack of depth a concern for Serra Catholic

Another long football season for Serra Catholic in Tony St. Angelo’s first year as head coach left him eager for a quick return to the field. The waiting at times was unbearable. “I’m excited about the seniors, I’ll tell you …
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South Allegheny looking for bounce-back season

A year after making its first WPIAL playoff appearance in 26 seasons, expectations at South Allegheny dwindled when the Gladiators were hit with injuries to key players and stumbled to a 1-9 record in 2013. If anything, it called for …
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A fullback last season, Steel Valley’s Freeman takes over under center for Ironmen

In January, Tyrone Freeman began learning the art of playing quarterback, a position he filled for just one previous season of organized football. As a freshman for the Steel Valley junior varsity team, Freeman ran the offense — and run …
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Adapting to personnel key to TJ’s success

Ever wonder how Bill Cherpak does it? Entering his 20th year as Thomas Jefferson’s coach, Cherpak has won 202 games, lost 38, won 17 conference championships — including every one since the turn of the century. He has 11 10-win …
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Another runner steps forward at West Mifflin

West Mifflin football coach Ray Braszo isn’t sold on his defense, is concerned about his offensive line and acknowledges that his team is far younger than usual. But Braszo has a tailback — he always finds one — and behind …
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