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Plum football takes advantage of workouts

By Michael Love
Members of the Plum and Gateway football teams met at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium last Thursday for a spirited workout session complete with linemen drills and ...

7-on-7 events gain in popularity, but ...
By Jeff Oliver
One of the big fads these days in high school football is competing in seven-on-seven competitions. The seven-on-seven format is basically a passing camp as it ...
Thomas Jefferson gridders continuing careers at collegiate level
By Ray Fisher
Several senior members of the Thomas Jefferson football team in 2014-15 are planning to continue their careers in college. “They were an excellent group who ...
High school notebook: WPIAL rules in favor of North Catholic transfer Taylor
By Chris Harlan
Erick Taylor’s mother insisted that her son did not transfer to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic because former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon was hired as the school’s football coach. In fact, she had to search the Internet to learn exactly who Gildon was, said Kalisha Taylor, who told WPIAL board members that ...
BVA captures Pyrex Bowl crown
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area won the inaugural Pyrex Bowl 7-on-7 football tournament with a 12-6 win over Bishop Canevin in the championship game Saturday. The event, sponsored ...
Brumbaugh-led Pa. tops Maryland in storm-shortened Big 33 game
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY – There were thunderstorms in the air instead of late December snowflakes, but South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh still liked this place just as much. ...
Big 33 kickoff return record ‘shared’ among friends
By Dave Mackall
Pat Monroe thinks he could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. The year was 1978. The play, a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that still stands as a Big ...
Big 33 game’s history still draws players despite busier college schedules
By Chris Harlan
Seneca Valley’s Tyler Hudanick has a 14-hour drive ahead of him in little more than a week, an end-of-his-summer trek to Central Florida’s campus in ...
Hollidaysburg plans to leave WPIAL after 2015 season
By Paul Schofield
The Hollidaysburg football program is planning to leave the WPIAL after the 2015 season, said coach Homer DeLattre, who also is the district’s athletic director. Citing “rising travel expenses and continued funding challenges,” Hollidaysburg’s administration and school board made the decision to play an independent schedule starting with the 2016 season. “Every ...
Many reasons to play in BeeGraphix Classic
By Jeff Oliver
The 19th annual BeeGraphix Football Classic will kick off Saturday night at Waynesburg Central High School. However, if anyone has been wondering how the area graduated ...
McKeesport to name football field after longtime coach
By Dave Mackall
As a senior at McKeesport High School in 1966, George Smith was on the final football team under longtime coaches Duke Weigle and Ding Schaeffer. ...
Western Pa. players to participate in all-star football game
By Jason Black
For many high school football players, the final game of their senior season is the last time they will strap on the pads and represent ...
EF football trio select colleges
By For The Valley Independent
Three Elizabeth Forward seniors have decided to continue their football careers with local colleges. Matthew Hermesmann signed a letter of intent to play football for Washington ...
Monessen’s Salvino can’t wait to get started
By Jeff Oliver
Editor’s note: New Monessen High football coach Joe Salvino held the first meeting with his coaching staff Tuesday at Memorial Stadium. The veteran basketball coach ...
Gorman: Clairton’s Wade stars at Challenge
By Kevin Gorman
Lamont Wade saw tweets touting the Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour awards Monday and clicked out of curiosity. Then the Clairton ...
High school notebook: Monessen hires Salvino to coach football
By Staff Reports 6:24 p.m.
The Monessen School Board voted Tuesday to hire longtime boys basketball coach Joe Salvino as its new head football coach. Salvino, 64, has guided the basketball program for 31 years, winning five WPIAL and two PIAA titles. He also has been an assistant football coach for 26 years. “After talking ...
Salvino new Monessen football coach
By Jeff Oliver
When the Monessen School Board announced in April that it was opening the job of football coach Andy Pacak after 11 years, the furthest ...
Pyrex Bowl bringing 7-on-7 tourney to Mon Valley
By Jeremy Sellew
After getting the Charleroi Area football coaching job, Donnie Militzer had big plans. Now a little over a year later, and with some help from fellow ...
Belle Vernon, Charleroi football players attract recruiters
By Jeremy Sellew
A couple of big local football players are getting some attention from big local and not-so-local colleges. Nick Sweitzer of Belle Vernon Area and John Arnold ...
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 ...