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Trib prospect: Aliquippa’s Patrick Anderson

By Chris Harlan
With two 4,000-yard rushers and many lopsided wins, Aliquippa didn’t need to pass much last season. So few outside Beaver County knew much about junior …

Harlan: South Fayette QB Brumbaugh invites Division I interest
By Chris Harlan
In an era of read-option and mobile quarterbacks, South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh doesn’t quite fit that mold. At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, he won’t outrun defenses. But the junior can throw over them. “The thing with Brett is he’s such a typical pro-style quarterback,” South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. “Everybody …
EF volleyball standout Waters will sign with Loyola (Md.)
By Dave Mackall
For months, Corri Waters has been looking forward to making official what virtually everyone at Elizabeth Forward already has known. The senior volleyball player is planning to attend a Division I college. Waters, a middle hitter at the center of Elizabeth Forward’s recent success in girls volleyball, was looking forward …
Plum grad Cressler gets 3rd scholarship offer
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Cornell basketball transfer Nolan Cressler of Plum received his third scholarship offer Monday, this one  from Elite Eight team  Dayton. A 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, Cressler also has offers from Vanderbilt and Rutgers and has been in contact with Pitt, Michigan, Notre Dame, Davidson, Butler and Creighton. The All-Ivy League honorable …
Franklin Regional’s Buleca commits to Point Park
By Doug Gulasy
Point Park women’s basketball coach Tony Grenek first saw Franklin Regional’s Baylee Buleca play during the summer before her freshman season, when he was an …
Norwin’s Pine to run track at Pitt-Johnstown
By Doug Gulasy
Kyle Pine’s parents and brother all attended the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus in Oakland, and he’ll carry on the family tradition at one of …
Quaker Valley lacrosse standout signs with Lake Erie
By Nathan Smith
For Jimmy Perkins, Lake Erie College just felt like home. The Quakers Valley senior lacrosse player finalized his college decision and signed his letter of …
Once told she may never walk, Woodland Hills senior to play Division I soccer
By Mark Emery
While other children were playing sports and dreaming of athletic careers, Brianna Guy was wondering whether the next time she was able to move around …
High upside for Lincoln Park senior Skovranko
By Chris Harlan
Maverick Rowan’s 3s and Elijah Minnie’s dunks have highlighted Lincoln Park’s romp through the Class A playoffs. But don’t overlook teammate Ryan Skovranko, insists Mike …
Derry quarterback picks Lock Haven
By Gary Horvath
Derry senior Kyle Holmes recently signed a letter of intent to play football for Lock Haven University next season. “I like the overall campus and atmosphere,” Holmes said. “All the sports stick together and support each other, and I really liked the coaching staff a lot.” Holmes will play quarterback …
Norwin lacrosse player Bryan commits to Lourdes
By Doug Gulasy
Norwin lacrosse player Mason Bryan admittedly didn’t know much about Lourdes University until it began recruiting him late last year. The more he found out, …
Mackey: Baldwin’s Jenkins committed to current team
By Jason Mackey
You tend to hear a lot of the same things while talking to high school student-athletes about their college choices. Loved the campus. Clicked with …
Yough’s Phillips commits to WV Wesleyan football
By William S. Zirkle
Yough football standout Shaun Phillips has committed to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College and play for the Bobcats. Phillips signed his commitment letter Feb. 19 …
Latrobe standout pitcher Josh Keefe selects Coastal Carolina
By Gary Horvath
Josh Keefe, a left-handed pitcher for Latrobe, recently committed to continue his baseball career at Coastal Carolina University. The 6-foot-2 170-pound senior was 8-3 with a 1.63 ERA as a junior, striking out 86 batters and walking 16 over 71 innings. “The first thing that needs to be said is …
Altoona LB commits to Pitt for 2015
By Jerry Dipaola
Pitt received its third commitment from the WPIAL’s Class of 2015 on Tuesday when Altoona junior linebacker Kevin Givens told coaches he plans to enroll next year. Altoona coach John Franco said Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan and Michigan State also have shown interest, but he added the Nittany Lions …
Seneca Valley’s Hudanick a tall, 2-way talent
By Jason Mackey
Don Holl has a rule for recruiting linemen that he followed while serving as an assistant coach at Gannon. “You look at guys who were defensive linemen and say, ‘Worst case, he can play offensive line,’ ” he said. “That’s not in a negative way, but you have to be …
Trib Prospect: Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton
By Jason Mackey
Receiver or defensive back, Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton doesn’t care. Whatever gets him a free education. Still, it’s been a bit of a surprise that the …
Hempfield track standouts Adams, Guy sign national letters of intent
By Kevin Ritchart
They won’t be joining LeBron James in South Beach, but a pair of Hempfield High School track and field athletes will be taking their talents …
Seton Hill football inks 25 recruits in Class of 2014
By Paul Schofield
As Seton Hill football coach Isaac Collins surveyed the list of the 25 recruits who inked letters of intent, the second-year coach said the coaching staff succeeded in bringing in bigger players at the skill positions, adding athletic players and building depth along the offensive line. Those were areas Collins …
South Fayette athletes sign their letters of intent
By Nathan Smith
It is easy to see the success of the South Fayette athletic programs over the past year: four WPIAL team champions, one PIAA champion and …
Baldwin’s Smorey signs with Vulcans
By Ray Fisher
Baldwin senior Luke Smorey will continue his football career at California University of Pennsylvania. Smorey, a 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver/defensive back, signed with the Vulcans …
QV’s Trovato signs on with Robert Morris football
By Nathan Smith
Heading into the fall of this season, Quaker Valley’s Jake Trovato didn’t know if he would return to the gridiron. The multi-spot athlete began focusing …
Senior football players celebrate college football decisions
By Michael Love
National Letter of Intent signing day, in addition to being an official declaration with signatures on the dotted line of important documents, also has served …
Norwin lineman Milcic signs with Seton Hill
By Doug Gulasy
Luke Milcic is hoping to become a key part of the Seton Hill football program’s turnaround. The Norwin High School senior, a three-year starter on …
Seven Penn-Trafford athletes sign with colleges
By Doug Gulasy
Location played a significant role in the decisions of seven Penn-Trafford athletes who made their college commitments official last week. Girls soccer players Morgan Casario …
Five Franklin Regional football players sign with colleges
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional football program typically sends at least a few graduating seniors off to play in college. This year will see even more than …
Ligonier Valley’s Bloom sticks with commitment to UConn
By Ed Phillipps
Ligonier Valley’s Alec Bloom didn’t want to make a big production of his commitment to play football at the University of Connecticut on National Signing Day. Instead, he preferred a small gathering at the high school. That simple plan was nearly derailed when inclement weather caused a school closing and …
Mt. Pleasant scholar-athlete to attend St. Francis (Pa.)
By Jason Black
Mt. Pleasant senior Jordan Toohey knows how to identify goals, then do everything she can to obtain them. Playing soccer at a Division I college …
Mackey: Are you ab-so-lute-ly sure you want to go there?
By Jason Mackey
Gateway’s Montae Nicholson and his mother, Jackie Crawford, kept an Excel spreadsheet detailing the pros and cons of every school that courted Pennsylvania’s top-ranked recruit. …
Trib Prospect: Peters Township’s Cory Owen
By Jason Mackey
It’s a good time to be a dual-threat quarterback. The same week Russell Wilson bested Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl, Peters Township junior Cory …
GCC players sign on with FCS college programs
By Mark Emery
When Duquesne and St. Francis (Pa.) clash on the gridiron next fall, don’t be surprised to see Nate Stone or J.T. Astalos, two seniors at Greensburg Central Catholic, chasing Chase Keller, their former quarterback. The three are part of a group of seven GCC seniors who will play collegiate football. …
Highlands’ Cratsenberg chooses VMI
By Bill West
Around the time he turned 6 years old, Allan Cratsenberg, at the encouragement of his mother, started to address his elders as either “sir” or …
Move to Elizabeth Township pays off for Pitt signee Davidson
By Mark Kaboly
It wasn’t an easy decision for Sharmel Davidson. She allowed her son, Jaquaun Davidson, to not only live with Gary and Rona Matta in Elizabeth …
Thomas Jefferson’s Winovich signs with Michigan
By Dave Mackall
Now that Thomas Jefferson football star Chase Winovich officially has signed with Michigan, he can stop worrying about the constant calls from coaches and reporters. …
Mt. Pleasant football players make college commitments
By Jason Black
The Mt. Pleasant football team posted 24 wins, including two playoff victories, over the past three seasons and earned an Interstate Conference championship in 2013. …
Western Pa. players sign with FCS, Division II schools
By Tribune-Review
A look at the WPIAL, City League and Heritage Conference players who signed at FCS and Division II schools: FCS Albany e_SBlt Julian Cox, QB, New Castle e_SBlt Zach DeLuca, DE, Central Catholic Bucknell e_SBlt Joey DeFloria, RB, Hempfield e_SBlt Colin Jonov, WR/DB, Franklin Regional e_SBlt Luke Liprando, LB, Mt. …