| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

North Catholic has familiar look despite changes

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
North Catholic's P.J. Fulmore catches a pass during practice Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in North Park.


Coach: Bob Ravenstahl

2012 record: 9-3, 7-1

Date Opponent Time

8.30 Apollo-Ridge* 7:30

9.6 Springdale* 7:30

9.13 at Northgate* 7

9.20 Riverview* 7:30

9.27 at West Shamokin* 7:30

10.4 at Avonworth* 7:30

10.11 Wilkinsburg* 7:30

10.18 Neshannock 7:30

10.25 at Leechburg* 7

*conference game

Statistical leaders

Passing Ryan Kirby

43-80, 539 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing P.J. Fulmore

290-1,824 yards, 24 TDs

Receiving Ronnie Meder

4-324 yards, 2 TDs

Top high school sports
By Justin Criado
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The name on the front of the jersey will change, and eventually the school's location will, too, but for Bob Ravenstahl and his newly christened Cardinal Weurl North Catholic squad, expectations will not.

“We always have the same goals,” Ravenstahl said. “(Last year) made us hungrier, be it that we got as close as we did to getting to Heinz Field.”

The Trojans rolled to a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference championship and into the WPIAL semifinals before losing to eventual runner-up Sto-Rox.

Returning are 1,800-yard rusher P.J. Fulmore and quarterback/wide receiver Ryan Kirby, who led the team in passing with 539 yards on 43 completions.

“They're definitely crucial players to our success,'' Ravenstahl said.

Kirby made the switch to wide receiver permanently late last season heading in to the playoffs and will start the season there, making room for junior Aaron Sharlow behind center.

“We see (Kirby) being a big part of our team at the wide receiver position,” Ravenstahl said. “He's a great leader, and he'll do whatever it takes for the team to be successful.”

Up front, all-conference center Dylan Grieco leads a line that returns four starters, including Josh Churchin, Ryan Long and Joe Sadler.

Senior tight end Ronnie Meder returns as the team's leading receiver from a year ago.

The 4- 35-2 defensive scheme gives the Trojans room to move more players around since many starters will play both ways.

Churchin and Meder will start at linebacker, and Kirby, Sharlow, Fulmore and Brennan Sefick will patrol the secondary to start the season.

North Catholic has made the playoffs six times in the last seven years.

The Trojans will jump into conference games Aug. 30 when Apollo-Ridge visits.

Construction of the new school, which is located 20 miles north on Route 228 in Cranberry from its current Troy Hill location, will be complete by January 2014.

The increase in enrollment likely won't immediately affect the football program's Class A status.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Football

  1. Fight stops Monessen-Wilkinsburg game in 3rd quarter
  2. Clairton rolls to victory at Riverview behind RB Dreher
  3. Highlands humbles Deer Lakes in Allegheny Conference play
  4. Franklin Regional holds off Armstrong
  5. Smith, talented offense lead Keystone Oaks past South Allegheny
  6. Apollo-Ridge hangs on for victory over Valley
  7. Burrell’s Garda a triple-threat in lopsided win over West Shamokin
  8. Hampton running on all cylinders in shutout victory over Knoch
  9. Strong second half carries Woodland Hills over Upper St. Clair
  10. West Allegheny rushes to victory over Montour
  11. Derry rallies to down Southmoreland