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High school notebook: Signing day a day away for Clairton star?

| Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 9:38 p.m.
Chartiers Valley's Kristina Coyne battles Pine-Richland's Chelsea Rourke for a loose ball during their game Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in Pine.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Christopher Horner
Chartiers Valley's Kristina Coyne battles Pine-Richland's Chelsea Rourke for a loose ball during their game Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in Pine. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review

Clairton has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Wednesday so its football players can sign letters of intent on national signing day.

Whether Tyler Boyd will be there to sign still is unknown. After making a verbal commitment to Pitt at the U.S. Army All-American game Jan. 5, Boyd took official visits to West Virginia and Tennessee the past two weekends.

He posted on Twitter on Monday night that he still is considering all three schools.

Clairton teammates Terrish Webb and Titus Howard plan to sign with Pitt on Wednesday.

Coyne chooses track

Deciding on a college was only part of the challenge for Chartiers Valley's Kristina Coyne. Picking a sport also proved to be difficult, especially given how many she plays — and plays well.

The senior has earned 15 varsity letters while competing for the Colts' football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and track and field teams.

The versatile 6-foot athlete, who was a PIAA qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles last year, has decided to run track and field at Eastern Michigan and can sign a national letter of intent Wednesday.

More recruiting

Georgetown added two WPIAL recruits when Central Catholic linebacker Leo Loughrey and Montour receiver Justin Hill committed to the Hoyas. Also bound for FCS football programs are Blackhawk receiver Alex Caratelli (Robert Morris), Washington linebacker Jaylin Kelly (Youngstown State) and Canon-McMillan tight end Alex Campbell (Colgate), who made recent commitments.

Season winding down

In just one week, basketball teams from across the WPIAL will be planning for their playoff opponents after learning their opening-round matchups next Tuesday night at the WPIAL pairings meeting at the Double Tree Hotel in Green Tree.

The top four teams in each section will qualify for the WPIAL tournament, which will begin Feb. 15. Entering Monday's night's games, 56 boys teams and 64 girls teams had clinched playoff berths.

Valley hires coach

Valley hired Jim Perry as its new baseball coach Monday, replacing Bruce Campana, who wasn't retained after six seasons. Perry is a former assistant at Central Catholic, Plum, North Catholic and Burrell.

Players of the month

The PIHL announced its players of the month for December. Recognized were Baldwin junior forward Anthony Aligmo, who had seven goals and six assists in the Open Class; Norwin senior forward Dan Merz, who tallied seven goals and seven assists in Class AAA; Bethel Park junior defenseman Derek Lesnak, who had two goals and five assists in Class AA; and Quaker Valley senior center Clayton Bouchard, who had three goals and 11 assists in Class A.

Valley forfeits last game

Valley's girls basketball team forfeited its final game Monday against Knoch, bringing a trying season to an end and also an end of the tenure for its coach. Coach Jeff Cheatham announced his resignation Monday. Valley forfeited four games after having trouble fielding enough players.

Best in the nation

The Peters Township girls soccer team was presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy as part of the MaxPreps Tour of Champions on Friday. The WPIAL and PIAA champion Indians (25-1) were ranked first out of more than 10,000 teams nationwide by MaxPreps.

More soccer honors

Canon-McMillan boys soccer coach Larry Fingers was recognized as the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association coach of the year for Class AAA at the organization's banquet late last month.

He was joined at the banquet by Seneca Valley senior Ryan Vilella, who was named the PSCA Player of the Year.

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