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Kiski Area to play football at Davis Field this season

By Jodi Weigand
The Kiski Area School District recently submitted to Allegheny Township a conceptual plan for future development at the football field next to the high school. Plans include a 20,000-square-foot field house, with restrooms, about 730 new parking spaces and a 2,000-square-foot concession stand, public restroom and referee locker room. The township planning ...

Crabtree joining state HOF
By Jeff Oliver
Former Monessen and AFL and NFL star Eric Crabtree is a member of the Class of 2015 that was selected for induction into the Pennsylvania ...
Gorman: McKeesport star shows up
By Kevin Gorman
Khaleke Hudson went to the Semper Fidelis All-American camp with every intention of earning an invitation to its national all-star game. “If you didn’t,” ...
Connellsville’s McCrae wins Ruggieri Memorial Scholarship
By Jason Black
The Connellsville Booster Football League gives many local players their start on the gridiron, and through the Pete Ruggieri Memorial Scholarship, some of those players ...
Semper Fidelis camp coming to Plum
By Michael Love
There still is time to register for Sunday’s Semper Fidelis All-American Camp at Plum High School. The camp is free to the first 200 players to register at semperfidelisfootball.com/camps, and spots still are open. A lineup of former college and NFL coaches will serve as the camp’s leaders. McKeesport’s Tymar Sutton, Seton-La Salle’s ...
Lynn chases football dreams in Germany
By Jeremy Sellew
When it comes to football, not everyone has the chance to fulfill his dream of playing professionally. For Spencer Lynn, that dream has come true. Although ...
Harlan: Brashear junior cornerback attracts closer looks
By Chris Harlan
Brashear junior Therran Coleman heard his coach often say that if a player has the talent, college football coaches will find him. “We tell our kids that all the time,” coach Rick Murphy said. “If you’re good enough and you have the grades and do the right things, they’ll ...
Gorman: Semper Fi offers camp at Plum
By Kevin Gorman
Now that the U.S. Marine Corps is involved in the football skills camp circuit, it is preaching the ideals of honor, courage and leadership. With a lineup of former college and NFL coaches serving as its leaders, the Semper Fidelis All-American Camps will make a stop May 17 at Plum ...
Monessen coaching legend dies
By Jeff Oliver
Monessen lost one of its true icons Thursday with the passing of Joe Gladys. Gladys, who served as football coach at Monessen from 1960 to 1982, ...
Oliver: Gladys more than a coach
By Jeff Oliver
I had just finished up my work for the night and was about to call it a day when a message came that cut like a knife. “Mr. Gladys passed away earlier today.” That message from a friend caught me totally off guard. I had known Joe Gladys was ...
Gorman: Lack of WPIAL alums selected a troubling NFL trend?
By Kevin Gorman
That Jesse James was the only WPIAL alum selected in the 2015 NFL Draft could be considered a troubling trend. The former Penn State tight end, chosen by the Steelers in the fifth round, was the first South Allegheny graduate chosen since Ron Crosby in 1977. But Metro Index Scouting director ...
Clairton QB Williams enjoys final high school game
By Dave Mackall
At Clairton, where winning football games last season didn’t just happen, it happened big, quarterback Ryan Williams played with big thoughts and big numbers in mind. The 6-foot, 170-pound senior passed for a school-record 3,037 yards with 40 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Clairton set a Pennsylvania high school scoring ...
Seton-LaSalle receiver McKinley-Lewis stars for West in Pa. all-star win
By Gordie Jones
DOWNINGTOWN — It was an all-star game, but it meant something to Seton-LaSalle wide receiver Danzel McKinley-Lewis. The trophy he earned meant something to his coach. McKinley-Lewis returned a first-quarter punt 74 yards for a touchdown and was named West MVP as he and his teammates held off the East, 21-19, in ...
Local players relish chance to showcase football talents 1 more time
By Dave Mackall
A year ago, South Allegheny football coach Pat Monroe faced an unusual challenge of preparing for an all-star football game in a somber setting at ...
WPIAL players interrupt spring sports for PSFCA East-West Game
By Chris Harlan
Seton-La Salle’s Danzel McKinley-Lewis could catch fly balls and fly routes in the same week. A senior outfielder for the school’s baseball team, the Toledo-bound ...
Gateway’s Horner makes move to Big 33 Classic
By Michael Love
Gateway senior John Horner had a big 2014 season for the Gateway varsity football team. He helped the Gators finish 4-4 in the Greater Allegheny Conference ...
Gorman: Sanders goes after 5th star
By Kevin Gorman
Miles Sanders already had achieved All-American status when Rivals.com issued another challenge. The Woodland Hills junior tailback was reminded that he was a defending Most ...
Gorman: 6A proposal not so super
By Kevin Gorman
Heather Lewis had a questionable reaction Tuesday to the proposal to form six classifications in high school football. “Why? Why are we doing this? What’s wrong with the model we have in place? And why are we doing it for only one sport?” said Lewis, the athletic director at Seneca ...
WCCA football showcase returning for third year
By Nathan Smith
High school football combines have been gaining momentum in recent years as a way for high school athletes to get their names out to college coaches. Westmoreland County is no different as the Westmoreland County Coaches Association will present its third annual showcase. For WCCA president Larry Sellito, the important word ...
Blackhawk hires Lamenza as football coach
By Tribune-Review
Blackhawk School Board hired Joe Lamenza as the district’s football coach Thursday night. Lamenza, who coached at Mohawk the past four seasons, replaces Joe Hamilton, who retired after last season after 39 years and a record of 295-155-8 with the Cougars. Lamenza also coached at West Mifflin and Slippery Rock High School ...
Pacak deserved an answer
By Jeff Oliver
I would never argue that the Monessen School Board does not have the right to open up any employee’s job in the district. That IS the right of any elected official, as it is with any company that I know of. But there are two things about the opening of Andy ...
Former player, assistant Rieck set to lead South Park football team
By Ed Phillipps
During the week, Marty Rieck teaches history to students at South Park High School. Come Friday nights in the fall, he will attempt to make Eagles’ championship history repeat itself. Rieck was unanimously approved by the school board April 9 to become the next head football coach for the Eagles. ...
Plum to host national football camp series stop
By Michael Love
Matt Morgan knows the importance of a football player getting his name out there and on the minds of coaches at different levels. When he played at Plum, he wanted to do whatever he could to make sure college coaches knew who he was while improving his level of play through ...
Monessen opens football coach’s job
By Rick Bruni Jr.
The dean of Mid-Mon Valley varsity football coaches may be out of a job. In a surprise move, the Monessen School Board Tuesday opened the position ...
Gorman: Conflict for WPIAL hall
By Kevin Gorman
Western Pennsylvania built its reputation as the cradle of quarterbacks upon Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana and Dan Marino. All four are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame yet none of them belongs to the WPIAL Hall of Fame, if you can believe that. Unitas played in the ...
High school notebook: QV soccer coach Klein retiring after 29 seasons
By Kevin Gorman and Gary Horvath
Quaker Valley announced the hiring of a boys soccer coach Friday, meaning longtime boys soccer coach Gene Klein is retiring after 29 seasons. Klein finishes ...
North Allegheny’s Failla headlines newest WPIAL Hall of Fame class
By Jerry DiPaola
Paul Failla’s passion was football, but when Willie Stargell gives you his can of root beer and Andy Van Slyke offers a ride in his ...
Former Valley football coach ‘Whizzer’ White dies at 78
By George Guido
Sometimes, the true measure of any local sports figure is when that person can be identified by using just a nickname. When any local football ...
City League AD’s plan could lower ‘classification inflation’
By Chris Harlan
The City League has a plan to hedge “classification inflation.” School districts with a large number of non-brick-and-mortar students would benefit athletically under a City League proposal to change the way the PIAA calculates enrollment figures. If approved, the PIAA would count only 10 percent of district students enrolled in charter, ...
PIAA approves change to heat acclimation
By Chris Harlan
The state-mandated heat acclimation period for football teams will increase from three days to five under a proposal the PIAA Board of Directors approved Thursday. But the players must only attend three consecutive days to be eligible, said WPIAL president Jack Fullen, athletic director at Blackhawk. “You could miss Monday ...
HS highlight reel: Monessen football forfeits 4 victories
By Tribune-Review
The 2014 football campaign was far from a banner season for Monessen. The team didn’t make the WPIAL Class A playoffs and finished under .500. And Monday, it got worse. The WPIAL informed the school that it had to forfeit all four of its wins from the season after using two ineligible players. ...
Monessen to forfeit 4 football victories
By Jeff Oliver
The 2014 football campaign was far from a banner season for the Monessen Greyhounds. The team didn’t make the WPIAL Class A playoffs and finished under .500. And on Monday, it got a little worse. The WPIAL informed the school district that it had to forfeit all four of its wins from the ...
Former assistant Bellinotti named new Burrell head coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Dave Bellinotti said he wants to see Burrell’s football team return to its “glory days.” If that happens, he might be the first to see it. Bellinotti, 44, will have a chance to significantly impact the program’s future after he was hired Tuesday night to be the next head football coach at ...
Gorman: Fox Chapel finds winner in Loughran
By Kevin Gorman
For Fox Chapel athletic director Mike O’Brien, the hardest part was not finding a football coach but keeping the selection a secret. Even if it ...
New Elizabeth Forward football coach ‘ready for the challenge’
By Dave Mackall
It didn’t take Mike Collodi very long to start building relationships at Elizabeth Forward. Less than two weeks on the job as the Warriors’ new football coach, Collodi, a former South Park and Burrell assistant, has been meeting with various programs and organizations throughout the school district, hoping to elevate ...
Miller named new Trinity football coach
By Chris Harlan
Jon Miller, a former head coach at Moon, was hired Thursday to coach Trinity’s football team. Miller, 38, was an assistant last season at Bethel Park, where he teaches. Previously, he was an assistant at Canon-McMillan, Upper St. Clair and North Hills, along with a stint coaching in Florida. He replaces ...