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Pine-Richland tops defending champ Central Catholic to capture WPIAL title

By Paul Schofield
No one will know if an inadvertent whistle cost Central Catholic a shot at a second consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA title. But during a one-touchdown game ...

High school football notebook: Official’s decision impacts WPIAL Class AAAA title game
By Staff Reports
For the third time in four years, the WPIAL Class AAAA final included a key call by an official. An inadvertent whistle in the third quarter Friday negated a Pine-Richland fumble in a 21-13 victory over Central Catholic. The Rams kept possession and scored a touchdown on the next play. ...
Central Valley beats rival West Allegheny to win WPIAL Class AAA championship
By Chris Harlan
As it learned here last season, Central Valley would need Jordan Whitehead and his teammates to win. After Whitehead dazzled, wideout B.J. Powell caught a game-winning, ...
South Fayette again defeats Aliquippa to defend WPIAL Class AA title
By Bill West
South Fayette’s trio of three-play touchdown drives in the WPIAL Class AA championship bugged Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac, but the way the Lions burned long ...
Clairton wins 11th WPIAL football championship
By Dave Mackall
Lamont Wade barely could contain his excitement, and who could blame him? His Clairton football team had just won another WPIAL championship. Wade, the Bears’ standout ...
Gorman: Clairton QB delivers on dream
By Kevin Gorman
Ryan Williams always dreamed of being a starter on a Clairton team that won a WPIAL Class A football championship. Just like his dad. Remondo Williams ...
WPIAL Class AAAA notebook: Pine-Richland has titles in 3 classifications
By George Guido
Pine-Richland became just the second school in WPIAL history to win football titles in three different classifications. Friday’s Class AAAA title game win was preceded by a Class AAA crown in 2003 under coach Clair Altemus. In 1969 and ’70, the Rams, going under the name of Richland High School, won ...
WPIAL Class AA notebook: South Fayette’s Brumbaugh closes in on state passing record
By George Guido
South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh continues to move closer to Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer’s state career passing record. Brumbaugh’s 352 yards Friday gave the Lions senior 10,645 yards in his career. That’s 303 short of Bodamer’s mark of 10,948, set just two years ago. e_SBlt The Class AA title ...
WPIAL Class AAA notebook: Central Valley to face another merger in PIAA playoffs
By George Guido
Central Valley will battle another recent school merger when it takes on Conneaut High School next weekend. Conneaut was formed several years ago by way of a merger between Linesville, Conneaut Lake and Conneaut Valley high schools. The school district, located in western Crawford County, once housed three high schools ...
WPIAL Class A notebook: Clairton climbs all-time title list
By George Guido
Clairton’s victory brought the school its 11th WPIAL football title. That ties New Castle for second on the all-time WPIAL championship list. Aliquippa is tops with 15 titles. • The 46 points scored by the Bears marks the second time in WPIAL history that a team has gone over ...
Karns City uses bruising running game to gain comeback win over Chestnut Ridge
By Matt Grubba
Chestnut Ridge pushed Karns City to the final quarter, but it was the Gremlins’ big boys who were able to drive their team to the ...
WPIAL’s Top 10 football champions of all time
By Tribune-Review
To recognize 100 years of WPIAL football championships, the Tribune-Review selected what it and many within the Western Pennsylvania high school sports community regard as ...
Photo reprints from WPIAL championship games available
By Tribune-Review
Reprints of photographs from the WPIAL championship games played at Heinz Field and shot by Trib photographers are available by visiting http://photos.triblive.com/mycapture/index.asp. ...
From venues to playoff format, much has changed in 100 years of WPIAL championships
By Chris Harlan
Don Yannessa remembers vividly how the fans waited on Aliquippa streets for the buses to arrive home with his 1955 championship team. The Quips, with a senior named Mike Ditka, had just beaten Mt. Lebanon, 14-13, in a WPIAL football final at Pitt Stadium. A little-used sophomore that season, Yannessa watched ...
Explosive offense carries Pine-Richland into finals
By Paul Schofield
When No. 1 Pine-Richland defeated No. 3 Central Catholic, 48-28, in Week 8, the Rams celebrated at Highmark Stadium on the South Side. Pine-Richland coach Eric ...
Plenty of respect between Parkway Conference rivals
By Ed Phillipps
Something is going to give when Central Valley and West Allegheny meet for the WPIAL Class AAA championship at 8 p.m. Friday at Heinz Field. ...
WPIAL final wins over Aliquippa haven’t changed South Fayette’s underdog mentality
By Bill West
Even when recent history  favors his program, South  Fayette coach Joe Rossi believes the narrative of the WPIAL Class AA football championship never changes when ...
Avonworth faces ‘tall order’ against unbeaten Clairton
By Dave Mackall
So much for that Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic-Clairton matchup. Avonworth took care of that. Get ready for Clairton-Avonworth at 11 a.m. Friday at Heinz Field in ...
Gorman: Best WPIAL champion ever a matter of the heart
By Kevin Gorman
There is a foolproof way to turn a casual conversation about high school football into a heated debate. Ask someone to name the best team in WPIAL history. While the popular pick nowadays is the 1987 North Hills Indians that won the USA Today mythical national championship, it’s far from a ...
Law makes Big Nine first team — on defense
By Jeff Oliver
The big surprise is not that Ringgold’s Nico Law made the Big Nine All-Conference First Team in his senior season. What’s surprising, is Law made it ...
End of an era for Ford City football and its coach; Bartolovic steps aside
By Matt Grubba
When the next high school football season rolls around, it’s going to be without a fixture on the Armstrong County gridiron patrolling the sideline. John ...
Liotta, Petrishen represent AK-Valley at WPIAL football finals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Shawn Liotta has coached the Erie Explosion to back-to-back Continental Indoor Football League championships. He’s become somewhat of a household name in arena football circles ...
Central Catholic wildcat Petrishen wild card in game vs. Pine-Richland
By Paul Schofield
Central Catholic coach Terry Totten saw last week’s WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal against Penn-Trafford slipping away. After blowing an early 14-0 lead, Totten watched in amazement ...
Unbeaten Clairton not taking Avonworth lightly
By Dave Mackall
While Clairton’s overtime victory over Neshannock in the WPIAL Class A semifinals sent a thrill through the Bears’ locker room, it didn’t last long. After limiting ...
Gorman: Central Catholic faces ‘phenomenon’
By Kevin Gorman
Central Catholic has won with dominant defenses under Terry Totten, so the Vikings coach’s exasperation over Pine-Richland’s offense is telling. “The more I watch them, the more I believe this is something I haven’t seen as long as I’ve been around,” Totten said. “It’s a phenomenon I haven’t seen in ...
Karns City, Chestnut Ridge set for 3rd straight PIAA football clash
By Matt Grubba
Karns City’s reward for its third straight District 9 title is a third straight matchup against the same opponent. The Gremlins will go on the road ...
HS highlight reel: Shaler hockey team thrives in Class AAA
By Bill West
Through slightly more than one month of play, arguably no PIHL program has benefitted more from the league’s realigned classes than Shaler. After three straight losing seasons in Class AAA, the Titans are 6-1 in Class AA. Their lone loss came in their season opener against another former Class AAA ...
Now healthy, Central Valley quarterback George ‘hungry’ for win
By Ed Phillipps
John George’s senior season was nothing like he imagined it would be. However, there still is time for a perfect ending. After filling in nicely ...
Frazier gets nine on T-C South squad
By Jeff Oliver
Frazier and Beth-Center dominated the Tri-County South All-Conference Team with nine and 10 players selected, respectively. It should come as no surprise that the two teams ...
Monessen places four on Eastern’s Second Team
By Jeff Oliver
The Eastern Conference will hold its annual awards banquet Sunday at the Allegheny Valley Fire Hall and pay homage to the all-conference team, as well as other awards winners. Clairton, the conference champion that will be playing the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, led the all-conference team with 10 selections ...
Gorman: Palko perfect for West Allegheny
By Kevin Gorman
Bob Palko was warned when he took the job 19 years ago that he would never win at his alma mater, West Allegheny. Seven WPIAL Class AAA championships later, Palko has not only proven people wrong but made history in the process. West Allegheny hasn’t just won WPIAL titles, it’s ...
Looking back on an eventful football season in A-K Valley
By George Guido
The local high school football season is over with three teams advancing past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. But Plum, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge ...
HS highlight reel: Southmoreland wrestler ineligible
By Tribune-Review
The PIAA upheld a WPIAL ruling last week to deny an extra year of eligibility for Southmoreland senior wrestler Austin Griffiths. Griffiths, a two-time PIAA place winner, was projected to be Southmoreland’s starting 120-pounder. Griffiths’ ineligibility stems from the 2010-11 school year in which he enrolled in an online charter school ...
Aliquippa quarterback Fields ready when number is called
By Bill West
Early in his career as a quarterback, Aliquippa senior Darrien Fields imagined a day when coach Mike Zmijanac would approach him with grand plans to ...
Gorman: Aliquippa football program on record run
By Kevin Gorman
Asking Mike Zmijanac about Aliquippa’s record run of seven consecutive trips to the WPIAL Class AA final is akin to talking about Fight Club. The first rule ... “I always look forward to the next game,” Zmijanac said. “All the ones in the past are in the past. I can ...
McKeesport football team left it all on the field this season
By Dave Mackall
There were a number of question marks surrounding the McKeesport football team in the preseason. •Could the Tigers come close to matching last year’s success? ...