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Franklin Regional, Norwin, Penn-Trafford compete at annual WCCA 7-on-7 tournament

By Doug Gulasy
The hitting won’t begin until preseason camp begins Aug. 11, but local football teams are preparing for the upcoming season in any way they can. …

High school notebook: Hempfield basketball coach Marino resigns
By Jason Mackey
After helping the Hempfield boys basketball team to its first playoff win since 2003, coach Mark Marino has resigned, citing the desire to “pursue some other opportunities.” Marino, 35, declined to say what those opportunities were, other than that money — a lack of teaching job — was a factor. …
Latrobe freshman selected to USA Football event
By Brian Graham
Incoming Latrobe freshman Iven Etienne will participate in USA Football’s National Team Development Games July 21-26 in Towson, Md. Etienne will be one of more than 180 incoming freshmen and sophomores competing for the opportunity to be selected to the U.S. National Team that will play Canada in the 2015 …
Heinauer sees benefits for Mars from 7-on-7 scrimmages
By Joe Sager
High school football practice officially starts in August. Like many teams, though, Mars has been putting in work over the summer. “We’ve been pretty busy. …
Colts’ McAfee helps improve alma mater Plum’s weight room
By Michael Love
When Matt Morgan took over as head coach of the Plum varsity football team in the spring of 2013, one of his goals, and a …
Penn-Trafford wins WCCA 7 on 7 tournament title
By Andrew Erickson
Murrysville has been kind to Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon. He has led his team to two tournament victories at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association seven-on-seven …
Benefits abound during 7-on-7 passing workouts
By Matt Grubba
In the era of more passing and spread offenses, many local high school football teams are putting in work while cutting the line out. Seven-on-seven …
Plum football coach impressed by effort in summer sessions
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity football team went 1-9 last season. The Mustangs played a week-10 exhibition game at Greensburg-Salem, and both squads agreed to use only …
Michigan company sues over North Allegheny state football T-shirts, memorabilia
By Brian Bowling
North Allegheny School District and a Lawrence County silk screening company violated a Michigan company’s exclusive right to produce and sell T-shirts and other memorabilia during the 2012 state football championships, the company claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. Lighthouse Sportswear Inc. of Grand Ledge, Mich., claims it lost …
Southmoreland gridders busy preparing for 2014 season
By Paul Paterra
The start of the WPIAL football season may be about two months away, but that doesn’t mean teams already aren’t preparing for the upcoming campaign. …
Clairton football team carving own niche
By Dave Mackall
This is not the Clairton football team that had national media outlets gravitating to a summit where Neil C. Brown Stadium stands during a captivating …
TJ’s Costy plays in all-star clash for the ages
By Brian Knavish
This was one he always will remember. Cole Costy played in some epic battles during his days as a member of Thomas Jefferson’s varsity football …
Ligonier Valley’s Bloom ends high school career at Big 33 game
By Kevin Lohman
For years, Alec Bloom has heard about this game. He’s listened while people touted its importance in revered tones. He’s dreamt of having the chance …
Pacak’s South squad wins Football Classic
By Bill Hughes
Many times during their high school football career together at Monessen High School, Clintell Gillaspie and Javon Brown had a knack for making big plays …
Sto-Rox’s Williams shows he belongs in Big 33 loss to Maryland
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — The WPIAL’s all-time passing leader wasn’t here to prove anything. “If I throw 30 touchdowns, I’ll still have doubters,” said Sto-Rox’s Lenny Williams, …
Apollo-Ridge WR Tipton commits to Pitt
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Tre Tipton said Pitt football made him feel like part of the family, and it was that trust and closeness that led to him to …
Bethel Park lineman Grimm ready for last hurrah at Big 33 game
By Chris Harlan
Mike Grimm won’t attend Bethel Park’s graduation ceremony Saturday. He’ll hear his name called at Hersheypark Stadium instead. The Pitt recruit considers it a gridiron …
Butler football team adjusting to new coach
By Joe Sager
Butler’s football team has struggled over the past two decades. The Golden Tornado’s last winning season was in 1997. The squad is 10-54 overall since …
Senior stars set for BeeGraphix clash
By Jeremy Sellew
A local contingent of senior high school football players will get something they craved in late November and December. Just one more game. Fifteen local …
Militzer: ‘It’s going to be now’
By Jeff Oliver
Excitement. Excitement. And maybe a little bit of enthusiasm sprinkled in. That’s how Don Militzer has been since he hit the ground running as the …
Franklin Regional’s Jonov added to Pennsylvania’s Big 33 roster
By Doug Gulasy
Franklin Regional’s Colin Jonov played in one high school football All-Star game this spring, but he’ll soon get a chance to compete in another. Jonov …
Nearly 150 players attend WCCA underclassman showcase
By Doug Gulasy
The inaugural Westmoreland County Coaches Association underclassman football showcase went better than expected. Its second year exceeded even higher expectations. Nearly 150 underclassman football players attended the 2014 showcase, which took place earlier this month at Hempfield High School. WCCA organizers expected to see at least 115 attendees after getting …
Charleroi Area to host ‘Meet the Coach’ event
By Jeff Oliver
Anyone interested in knowing more about Charleroi Area High School’s new football coach, Donnie Militzer? Charleroi football fans can get their first insight on the …
Football stars Russell, Heinbaugh win Ruggieri Scholarship
By Jason Black
Seniors Austin Heinbaugh and Christopher Russell have a number of similarities when it comes to football. Both were starters for Connellsville, and both got their …
High school roundup: Football coaching carousel complete
By Staff Reports
It has been quite a busy offseason for high school football coaches looking for jobs in Western Pennsylvania. With 22 positions open in the WPIAL and City League, hundreds of interviews were held during the past five-plus months. This week, the final two open positions were filled at Charleroi (Donnie …
Shaler hires football coach
By Staff Report
Shaler Area School  District hired Jonathan LeDonne as its new football coach Wednesday by a 7-1 vote. The 2001 Aliquippa grad, who was an ESPN All-American linebacker for Robert Morris, was a defensive coordinator for Donnie Militzer at Gateway last season. Militzer was hired Tuesday to coach at Charleroi. “He …
Gateway trio teammates for one final high school game
By Michael Love
In August, Gateway seniors Delvon Randall, Zaihe Regus and Joe Robak will report at freshman to college football programs at Temple, Mercyhurst and Edinboro, respectively. …
Underclassman football showcase set for May 17 at Hempfield
By Doug Gulasy
For years, Larry Sellito said, Westmoreland County football players needed to travel elsewhere to participate in combines and athlete showcases in the hopes of getting …
Jonov earns MVP honors in last game at Franklin Regional
By Doug Gulasy
Franklin Regional senior Colin Jonov spent a few moments after Sunday’s Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association’s East-West Game talking with some of his coaches about …
Berwick QB carries East past West in PSFCA All-Star game
By Doug Gulasy
It took three quarters for most of the offensive fireworks to get started in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East-West Game on Sunday afternoon. …
Former Langley football coach hired at Perry
By Chris Harlan
Former Langley football coach Ken Wright, who was there when that city school closed, was hired to coach Perry Traditional Academy. The North Side native replaces Bill Gallagher, who resigned in February after 13 seasons and seven City League championships with the Commodores. Wright, 42, was an assistant at Langley …
Monz ready to build Carlynton football
By Nathan Smith
Mauro Monz’s 17 years of coaching includes stops at college football programs of all sizes — including Pitt, Akron, Duquesne, Robert Morris, Youngstown State and …
Franklin Regional set to host all-star football game
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional quarterback Charan Singh and wide receiver Colin Jonov will play one final high school football game on Sunday, and in any other year, …
East-West all-stars ready for fierce competition
By Dave Mackall
Similar to college basketball, where some truly great teams have missed the NCAA Tournament field nearly every year, there are high school football players in Pennsylvania who have been bypassed for the annual Big 33 Football Classic rosters of the state’s most prestigious all-star game. That’s where, comparatively, the National …
All-Star football game helps Franklin Regional move on in wake of school stabbings
By Dave Mackall
If Greg Botta could have been at Franklin Regional on Sunday to witness a football practice, he likely would have been there early and stayed …
HS Buzz: WPIAL stars Jenkins, Whitehead on ESPN 300
By Staff Reports
A pair of four-star junior football recruits from the WPIAL were ranked among the top 300 players in the country by ESPN last week. Baldwin offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins (6-foot-8, 290 pounds) was ranked as the 68th-best prospect, and Central Valley defensive back Jordan Whitehead (5-11, 171) was ranked 136th. …