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Gorman: McKeesport’s Hudson has name brand

By Kevin Gorman
Khaleke Hudson has a distinctive first name but a familiar family line to follow. The McKeesport junior (whose name is pronounced kuh-leak) is related to …

Karns City RB sets sights on playing full season
By Matt Grubba
When Karns City has the football, Tristan Rhoades might be the most dangerous player on the field. The problem has been making sure he is …
South Allegheny hoping to reverse course, start winning
By Dave Mackall
As his football team prepared to meet West Mifflin in its second preseason scrimmage Friday night, South Allegheny coach Pat Monroe was reminded of an …
HSFB preview by position: WPIAL is stacked at last line of defense
By Chris Harlan
The last line of defense has some of the WPIAL’s best athletes. Central Catholic’s Johnny Petrishen and McKeesport’s Khaleke Hudson, the two most highly acclaimed …
Highlands WR serves as speedy complement to his RB brother
By Bill Beckner Jr.
From Pee Wees to Wasps, Jeremy Jackson made his mark in Highland Hornets youth football as a running back, routinely returning to the hive with …
Gateway football preparing for a season of change
By Michael Love
Winds of change swept through Gateway in the offseason. The first change came at head coach, as Donnie Militzer was not retained after one year …
Thomas Jefferson led by 4 returning all-conference players
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson has advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals the past two seasons, and finished with an 11-1 record both years. The Jaguars, who have …
New coach, same expectations for Seton-La Salle football team
By Brian Knavish
There’s always a degree of anticipation surrounding the start of the football season. When a team has a new head coach, that anticipation is heightened. …
Brentwood looks for skill players to push squad to postseason run
By Ray Fisher
Brentwood appears to have the makings of a serious WPIAL playoff contender again this season. The Spartans have qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for six …
Baldwin’s outlook bolstered by 16 returning starters
By Ray Fisher
Baldwin tasted the WPIAL playoffs last season for the first time in five years. Head coach Pete Wagner guided the team to a 4-6 overall …
Plum football ready to defy skeptics, start winning tradition
By Michael Love
Last week, MSASports.net previewed all of the football teams in the Quad East and provided a predicted order of finish. Plum, in its first year …
Perry looking to return success to Keystone Oaks football
By Nathan Smith
The Keystone Oaks football team once again felt coaching turmoil during the offseason. Matt Taylor – who compiled a 4-14 record during his two seasons …
Chartiers Valley has playoffs on mind despite youthful roster
By Nathan Smith
After graduating more than 20 seniors from last season’s squad, the Chartiers Valley football team will be young. Second-year coach Niel Loebig is looking for …
Senior TE/DE hoping for a pain-free senior season with Thomas Jefferson
By Ed Phillips
Corey Payne has nothing left to lose. After tearing a meniscus in his left knee three times since his sophomore year, the Thomas Jefferson football …
Different foes dot gridiron slate for Southmoreland football team
By Mark King
The winds of change are blowing. A rock and roll group called The Scorpions wrote a song about that very subject years ago. The winds of change for the 2014 Southmoreland varsity football team are blowing with hurricane force heading into the new season. The first change that will take …
Norwin football looks to restore pride
By Doug Gulasy
When David Brozeski took over as Norwin’s football coach in April, he established a set of five “core principles”: discipline, communication, trust, perseverence and pride. …
Key injury to pivotal starter forces Serra Catholic to regroup
By Dave Mackall
From the outside, the outlook grew dim at Serra Catholic with the loss of senior quarterback Zac Quattrone, who underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair …
Gorman: Quaker Valley’s Jackson a dual threat
By Kevin Gorman
Dane Jackson is one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in the WPIAL, with a reputation for running to daylight, if not paydirt. The Quaker …
HSFB preview by position: Central Valley’s Whitehead among nation’s best defensive backs
By Chris Harlan
With very little debate, Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead can be called the best playmaker in the WPIAL. The senior had 20 touchdowns last season, but …
Freeport’s Hochbein twins bring experience on both sides of ball
By Bill West
Freeport’s Hochbein twins have given teachers headaches by showing up at each other’s classes and have fooled football coach John Gaillot by trading their helmet …
Gorman: Fox Chapel has ‘two best linebackers’
By Tribune-Review
Eric Ravotti played linebacker at Penn State and for the Steelers, so he’s something of an authority on the position. So, when the Fox Chapel …
HSFB preview by position: Size isn’t the only measure of LBs’ talent
By Chris Harlan
North Allegheny’s Layne Skundrich was the leading tackler on a Class AAAA state championship team, but Alabama won’t be calling him. West Allegheny’s Armand Dellovade, …
New Norwin coach trying to restore winning tradition
By Doug Gulasy
Norwin football players noticed a different energy around their offseason work this year. “Everything’s amped up,” senior lineman Corey Chrisman said. “You want to be …
Position switch should make Fox Chapel’s Vaughn more of a playmaker
By D.j. Vasil
For a couple seasons, Fox Chapel senior Carrington Vaughn has caused headaches for opposing teams as a blocker. This fall, Vaughn will get to create …
High school notebook: Highlands’ Martin harbors unique pet
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While his teammates have traditional pets such as dogs, cats or fish, Highlands junior football player Levontae Martin has a more exotic choice of companion. …
HSFB preview by position: Transition to defensive line no easy task
By Chris Harlan
Tyler Hudanick’s future could be offense. The Seneca Valley senior has shown an ability to block, and his 6-foot-5, 290-pound frame certainly makes him big …
Gorman: Woodland Hills deep on defensive line
By Kevin Gorman
The running joke at Woodland Hills is about the player wearing No. 6. He’s big, strong and fast. He’s all over the field. He makes every tackle in every practice. And he’s only getting better. Who wears No. 6? “Everybody does,” said Daniel Gibson, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior defensive tackle. …
McKeesport looks solid against strong camp competition
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport encountered its first real hitting of the preseason Saturday, taking on Central Catholic on the first day of high school scrimmages in the area, …
Ford City tackle returns for senior season
By Matt Grubba
One of the key new faces on the line for Ford City isn’t really new at all. Senior tackle Chad Cloonan was one of the …
HSFB preview by position: Division I O-line recruits have something to prove
By Chris Harlan
Baldwin’s Sterling Jenkins and Hempfield’s Tony Pilato are both highly rated offensive linemen according to the national recruiting websites. The seniors are coveted for their …
Gorman: Podgorski to ‘punish’ foes
By Kevin Gorman
Ryan Podgorski has played every position on the offensive line, from left tackle to left guard to long snapper. The South Park star doesn’t have a preference on a position. “Wherever,” Podgorski said. “I’m versatile.” Where most colleges want him as a tackle, South Park coach Tom Loughran thinks Podgorski’s …
Deer Lakes playmaker Burns hopes to come out hot
By Bill West
Hunter Burns’ surname change while in elementary school led to more play-on-words opportunities for those who observed his athleticism. The Deer Lakes student-athlete knew he …
Freeport linebacker makes early impression
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport’s Logan Thimons is an outdoors-loving kid. He often helps his father, Jim, work on the family farm. And there aren’t many things he enjoys …
HSFB preview by position: Versatility key for tight ends
By Chris Harlan
The best tight end in the WPIAL doesn’t actually play tight end. At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Kittanning’s Nick Bowers has ideal size for the position. …
Gorman: Central’s Adomitis at home at tight end
By Kevin Gorman
The jerseys hang in Central Catholic’s weight room, reminders of the prominence of one position at the school. One belongs to Hall of Fame quarterback …
Recovered from ACL injury, McDonough hopes to anchor Elizabeth Forward line
By Ed Phillipps
It wasn’t the injury at the beginning of last season that hurt the most for Elizabeth Forward’s Devin McDonough. It was the call that followed. …