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Gorman: Beaver’s Wise tries to be just one of the guys

By Kevin Gorman
Darius Wise brings a point-guard mentality to the football field, as the Beaver sophomore doesn’t care if he scores so long as the Bobcats win. …

Statewide high school football notebook: Clairton’s scoring gaining attention across Pa.
By Staff Reports 6:12 p.m.
Clairton’s scoring onslaught continued in Week 3. The Bears, ranked second in the state, scored a 74-0 victory over Greensburg Central Catholic. It was the …
Bishop Canevin football living on the edge
By Nathan Smith
Through the first three weeks of the WPIAL football season, Bishop Canevin has shown a knack for late-game heroics. A week after leading the Crusaders …
The Leader: Tour of Armstrong County sports leaves longing for football
By The Leader
Last week: 6-1 (.857) Season: 16-4 (.800) The time had come for The Leader to broaden his horizons. Sure, it’s a great thing to be Armstrong County’s grandest expert of the gridiron, but the job mostly boils down to nine Fridays in the fall. Needing something to do during the …
DC Picks: Connellsville area teams favored
By Dc Picks
Last week: 5-1 Season: 15-3 DC Picks has been a model of consistency during the first three weeks of the season. He’s picked up five wins in each of those weeks and is looking for another strong effort in Week 4. Maybe without that one loss this week though? Connellsville …
Leader Times Q&A: Ford City’s John Bittner
By Matt Grubba
In the long history of Ford City football, there have been many good linemen and many players who can make things happen in the kick-return …
Daily News Q&A: Clairton’s James Hines
By Dave Mackall
When James Hines was a youngster, he learned how to win while serving as a manager on the Clairton football team. It was, after all, …
Undefeated Seton-La Salle, Steel Valley meet with Century lead at stake
By Dave Mackall
This is the sort of thing that sparks tough talk about the Century Conference, arguably the strongest assemblage of Class AA teams in the WPIAL. It’s also an example of why “there are no easy games” in the Century. No. 3 Seton-La Salle and No. 10 Steel Valley, unbeatens, meet …
Daily Courier Q&A: Connellsville’s Luke Bigham
By Jason Black
Connellsville senior Luke Bigham has been playing the best football of his scholastic career, according to Falcons coach Dave McDonald. “Luke is one of these …
Puerto Rico singer Don Omar faces abuse charges
By The Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been charged with four counts of domestic violence. Police spokesman Angel Mariani said in a phone interview Thursday that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera faces two counts of abuse and two counts of threatening a person. He also …
Belle Vernon: This is no meaningless game
By Jeff Oliver
Every coach has his own view on preparing and playing in nonconference games. For example, when unbeaten Knoch visited Ringgold last week, Knoch coach Mike …
Kittanning’s explosive offense to face stiff challenge from stingy Highlands defenders
By Matt Grubba
The only thing Kittanning coach Frank Fabian and Highlands coach Sam Albert definitively said about their teams’ game this week is that they’re impressed by …
The Birdie needs a week off
By The Birdie
The Birdie drove to a few games last week in a Penske truck that he rented because his Chevette is in the shop. “I saw a coach from Valley driving one to a game and it gave me the idea,” Birdie said. “I like the bright yellow color and the …
Valley News Disaptch Q&A: Kittanning’s Braydon Toy
By Bill Beckner Jr.
It’s fourth down and 11 yards to go from the Apollo-Ridge 31-yard line. A blitzing defense bears down on Kittanning QB Braydon Toy and a …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Plum’s Wil Fuhrer
By Bill West
As Plum’s starting quarterback last season, Wil Fuhrer heard the boos that came with the tail end of the Mustangs’ 25-game losing streak louder than …
Fast-paced offense has led Mt. Lebanon to 3 dominating wins, but Penn Hills is ‘ready’ for challenge
By Chris Harlan
So far, only the referees have slowed Mt. Lebanon. The Blue Devils successfully have installed a hurry-up tempo and a no-huddle attack this season to …
Previewing some of Week 4’s top matchups
By Staff Reports
Here’s a look at some of the top matchups for Week 4 in Western Pennsylvania. Class AAAA Quad Central Baldwin (1-2, 0-1) at 1-AAAA Woodland Hills (3-0, 2-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday Last week: Baldwin lost to Mt. Lebanon, 54-14. Woodland Hills defeated Shaler, 47-14. The buzz: Woodland Hills is averaging …
Cherpak, Kemp credit Thomas Jefferson’s stout offensive line
By Ray Fisher
Austin Kemp is the headliner in the Thomas Jefferson football program. The senior running back/linebacker’s gaudy statistics warrant that. Kemp started the season with a …
Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Norwin’s Peyton Deri
By Bill West
At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Norwin junior running back/linebacker Peyton Deri is a little brother of senior safety/receiver Logan Deri only in the symbolic sense. …
Veteran coaches having mixed results while leading new teams
By Doug Gulasy
Tom Nola admittedly finds himself in a situation he’s not used to one-third of the way through the regular season. After racking up almost unprecedented …
Heritage Conference favorite Blairsville looks to stay unbeaten against rival Ligonier Valley
By Paul Schofield
Ligonier Valley has dominated the series with rival Blairsville the past five seasons. But a shift in power in the Heritage Conference has unbeaten Blairsville …
H.S. Picks catches Bucco Fever
By H.s. Picks
Even though it’s high school football season, H.S. Picks has the Pirates on his mind. Maybe that explains his subpar performance so far. Picks was 33-7 in Week 3, which leaves him 99-21 for the season. At least the Pirates have stayed focused and are currently holding off Milwaukee for …
High school football notebook: TJ leans heavily on ground game
By Chris Harlan
Balance isn’t always key. The third-ranked team in Class AAA, Thomas Jefferson has one of the least-active passing attacks in the WPIAL. In three games, …
Connellsville hopes to keep rolling
By Jason Black
When the Connellsville football team was jogging off the field following its 21-7 victory over Latrobe in Week 3, Falcons coach Dave  McDonald called it …
Shady Side Academy’s Berry shines in Allegheny Conference win
By Marty Stewart
For the third time in as many weeks, a different player stepped up for the Shady Side Academy football team to turn in a multiple …
Quaker Valley football team follows its leaders
By Gary Horvath
Although Saturday was clearly Trewon Marshall’s day, Aaron Cunningham is taking the credit. As Marshall was walking off the field after a career day in …
Franklin Regional aim to win 3rd straight against Indiana
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional passed a big test last Friday, and it took every minute of the Panthers’ Greater Allegheny Conference game against Mars to get the …
Consistency a point of focus for Gateway entering week 4
By Michael Love
It doesn’t get any easier for a Gateway football team searching for its first win of the season. The Gators, 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the Greater Allegheny Conference, will try and solve the Knoch Knights, No. 7 in this week’s Tribune-Review Class AAA rankings. Kickoff Friday at Knoch is …
Plum gearing up for Quad East clash with undefeated Norwin
By Michael Love
Plum and Norwin last played in 2001, and the Mustangs beat the Knights that season, 28-6. The teams have faced each other five times, and Norwin holds a 3-2 advantage. While it’s nice to look back in time and crunch numbers, Plum head coach Matt Morgan knows that a single …
McGuffey’s high-powered offense awaits Southmoreland
By Mark King
Friday’s Class AA Interstate Conference clash between Southmoreland and McGuffey at Russ Grimm Field will be very interesting to watch if one likes offense. McGuffey comes into the contest averaging 46 points per game. The Highlanders scored 40 or more points four times in 2013 and have picked up right …
Gorman: Quitting not the answer
By Kevin Gorman
Mauro Monz, by his own admission, has become a lightning rod in Western Pennsylvania prep sports. It’s not every day that a football coach quits three games into his first season, as Monz did Monday when he resigned at Carlynton. I’ve known Monz for 15 years, so it was sad …
Knoch’s stellar ‘D’ sets tone in 6th straight shutout
By Doug Gulasy
With its two biggest section games of the season looming later this week, Knoch wanted to keep its hot streak going Tuesday night against Deer …
HS highlight reel: Peters, USC rivalry resumes Thursday
By Tribune-Review
There’s no let-up in the boys soccer rivalry between No. 2 Peters Township (7-0, 4-0) and No. 1 Upper St. Clair (7-0-1, 3-0), which resumes this season with an 8 p.m. game Thursday at Panthers Stadium. The Panthers and Indians met four times last year: Upper St. Clair won twice …
Monz resigns as Carlynton football coach
By Kevin Gorman
Mauro Monz resigned Monday morning as Carlynton football coach, citing safety concerns for a team reduced by injuries to 22 players after moving up to …
Meyers Player of the Week
By Jeremy Sellew
Coming into the season, Elizabeth Forward football fans were wondering how the team would replace more than 4,000 yards of offense and a stable of …
HS highlight reel: Vulcano named AD at Canon-McMillan
By Tribune-Review
The man who helped Chartiers Valley High School become a destination for WPIAL championship events will start a new chapter in his athletic director career. …