High school notebook: WPIAL career passing leader Williams commits to Temple

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams, the WPIAL's career passing leader, verbally committed Tuesday night to Temple.

“He felt comfortable there,” Sto-Rox coach Dan Bradley said, “and they seemed like the ones who really wanted him.”

The 6-foot senior with 8,306 career yards broke the WPIAL record earlier this season. Temple offered Williams, who also plays defensive back, a chance at quarterback. Former Sto-Rox star Adam DiMichele, a graduate assistant at Temple, also was a quarterback for the Owls.

Sto-Rox (12-0) faces North Catholic (12-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday in the WPIAL Class A championship at Heinz Field.

McKenzie plans announcement

Washington running back Shai McKenzie, one of the most heavily recruited players in the WPIAL Class of 2014, will announce his college decision at 1 p.m. Dec 20 at the high school.

McKenzie's finalists are Pitt, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. He will visit Georgia Tech on Dec. 13. McKenzie rushed for a school-record 4,538 yards before suffering a season-ending knee injury in September.

Kiski Area's Yohe commits

Kiski Area senior lineman Andrew Yohe committed to Ivy League school Dartmouth. He had 32 tackles, including two sacks, this season.

Reitz ousted

The Latrobe School Board opened the position of football coach Ray Reitz, who was 18-28 in five seasons with the Wildcats.

He came to Latrobe after going 48-6 in four seasons at Jeannette, where he won one PIAA and two WPIAL titles.

Latrobe also opened the boys soccer coaching position held by Harry Corvese.

The board hired ex-pitcher Alexa Bryson as the softball coach to replace Rick Shaheen, who resigned after last season. Bryson, a Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year as a senior who went on to pitch at Robert Morris, went 58-15 with a 0.43 ERA and 10 no-hitters at Latrobe.

Sports fees jump

Pennsylvania public schools are three times more likely to charge students to participate in sports than they were three years ago, according to a study by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. The survey found that 38 percent charge sports participation fees, up from 13 percent in 2010. Fee sizes average $80, and 11 percent of districts have cut sports, most commonly basketball, soccer or golf, the survey said.

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