High school notebook: McKeesport back to full strength this week
TribLIVE Sports Videos
With one win in four games, McKeesport is off to one of its worst starts in years. Coach Jim Ward, however, has reason to be optimistic.
The Tigers (1-3) return seven players from suspensions for Friday's game at Altoona. Quarterback Eddie Stockett, an Akron recruit, is back after missing the Penn-Trafford game for violation of team policy. Mikell Moore, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior running back, returns after sitting out one game due to an ejection and two games as punishment for his involvement in a fight in the season opener.
Five other players also served a one-game suspension for violating team policy, and two players return from injuries.
“You get more excited when you get some of your better players back,” Ward said. “It doesn't guarantee anything, but we're looking forward to having the team we thought we were going to have and competing with these guys.”
Winless no more
Four weeks into the season, there are 20 WPIAL teams without a win.
That number will be reduced by 20 percent this weekend.
There are four games matching winless teams: Plum at Canon-McMillan, Shaler at Fox Chapel, Serra at California and Riverview at Wilkinsburg.
It has been a trying season for Serra coach Jamie Eckels, who lost five transfers, including WPIAL No. 2 passer Kyle Whipple to East Allegheny. The Eagles are expected to play California without sophomore quarterback Zac Quattrone (knee).
“They're in good spirits,” Eckels said of his Eagles. “They want to learn or they wouldn't be here. You just try to teach, teach, teach. I try to keep it to: ‘We're going to get better. Winning and losing will take care of itself.' ”
Montour lineman Ty Haddock will rejoin the lineup this week, having recovered earlier than expected from a foot injury. Haddock, a Temple recruit, said in August that he could miss much of the season after fracturing his left foot in a scrimmage. But the 6-foot, 300-pound tackle will play this week vs. Ambridge, Montour coach Lou Cerro said. The Spartans, No. 1 in Class AAA, will have Haddock and Matt Barone, also a Temple recruit, anchoring their lines.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.