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Penn Hills ties for most players in East/West All-Star game

| Sunday, May 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review
Penn Hills wide receiver Shawn Featherstone crosses the goal line for a rushing touchdown versus Penn-Trafford during their November 1, 2013 contest in Harrison City.
Photo by Ken Schultz
Above, Joe Navari (59) eyes up a Penn-Trafford player during the Indians' first-round playoff loss this past season.

Penn Hills football didn't just have the most representation at the 2014 Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East/West All-Star Game on May 5.

Shawn Featherstone, Joe Navari, Jon Pawlowski and Mike Anthony also got the chance to show off their talents just a few miles down the road, with the game taking place at Franklin Regional High School. Penn Hills, along with Academy Park High School outside Philadelphia, both had four players selected for the annual all-star game.

Head football coach and athletic director John Peterman said having that many players on the roster “says a lot for where we're headed.”

“Our program is getting ready to take the turn,” Peterman said. “This coming year, we may have even more (players) on the East/West and Big 33 rosters.”

Peterman said the four East/West All-Stars will be missed, adding that they've grown immensely during their time with the football program.

“Shawn's actions speak for themselves — he's got unbelievable ability, and he's going to a Division I program at (the University of) Akron,” Peterman said.

“Mike has a great body and the ability to play wide receiver and safety, or bulk up when he goes to school and play tight end.

“Joe has worked his tail off to make the most of himself, being 5-feet-10-inches as an offensive and defensive lineman and is doing a great job. And Jon did an outstanding job on the (offensive) line in the East/West game.”

The Indians finished their 2013 season 5-5 (4-4 in section), falling in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs to Penn-Trafford, 22-16.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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