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Knoch football players to continue W&J tradition

By William Whalen
It’s one thing for a high school football player to know where he’s going to play in college. It’s another for him to do so ...

Shady Side Academy football seniors to play at next level
By Marty Stewart
Five of the seven seniors on this year’s Shady Side Academy football team will continue to play football in college. Louis Berry will attend Mt. Union College, Pat Loughran is going to Williams College, Skyler Baxter and Alex Fazoli will head to Kenyon College and Zach Kosbie will attend either ...
Franklin Regional’s Childs to play football at Cal U
By Michael Love
Colin Childs was a big part of the Franklin Regional varsity football team’s game plan for several seasons, both as a deep threat at wide ...
Latrobe’s Mears bound for Colorado School of Mines
By Kevin Ritchart
For all the individual accolades he has garnered in the past couple of months, Tyler Mears is a team guy. That’s one of the key ...
Montour pitcher Vietmeier commits to LSU
By Chris Harlan
Montour pitcher Trent Vietmeier, ranked among the top sophomore baseball recruits in the country, verbally committed to LSU on Sunday. A 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander with a 91 mph fastball, Vietmeier has not allowed a run in 18 versity innings over two seasons while working mostly as a closer for the ...
Clarion ‘a good fit’ for North Allegheny LB Skundrich
By Jerry Clark
Linebacker Layne Skundrich probably will be remembered as a tackling machine for the North Allegheny football team. Or he might be remembered for his back-to-back Allegheny ...
Gateway football’s Loffredo bound for Bethany
By Michael Love
Michael Loffredo wore several hats during his multiple years with the Gateway junior varsity and varsity football teams. He played quarterback, wide receiver, safety, linebacker, tight ...
Gorman: Kentucky in David’s sight
By Kevin Gorman
It was a pinch-me moment for Jonny David, one his father put in perspective Saturday night after Kentucky’s perfect season ended in the Final Four. “The next time they walk back onto the court, Jonny,” Joey David told his son, “you’re going to be part of that program.” When Kentucky coach ...
Franklin Regional girls lacrosse senior excited to sign with Walsh Jesuit
By Michael Love
Alex Hodowanec has high hopes for this year’s Franklin Regional girls lacrosse team. The Panthers senior wants to help turn around the fortunes of the squad ...
Gateway pair makes college choices
By Michael Love
The St. Vincent College football team went 4-6 overall in 2014 and was 4-4 in the Presidents Athletic Conference. The Bearcats hope to improve on those ...
Fox Chapel lacrosse standout commits to Georgetown
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel sophomore Megan McCrady won’t have to worry about the college recruiting process much for the next few years. The high-scoring lacrosse star recently ...
Burrell wrestler Beattie picks Pitt-Johnstown
By Staff Report
Burrell senior heavyweight Al Beattie, the Valley News Dispatch Wrestler of the Year, committed Tuesday to Pitt-Johnstown, Burrell coach Josh Shields said. Beattie won his first PIAA Class AA individual championship this season, beating Southmoreland’s Jake Beistel in the final. He also won his third WPIAL and PIAA Southwest Regional titles ...
Plum’s Edwards gets 1st scholarship offer
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Plum junior basketball player James Edwards received his first Division I scholarship offer Monday, from Alcorn State in Lorman, Miss. Edwards’ recruiting has been picking up of late, with a number of schools showing interest. Among them are Duquesne, Robert Morris, Army, Navy and several Ivy League teams. Edwards, a 6-foot-2 point ...
Bishop Canevin’s Sonson sisters sign with Chatham softball
By Nathan Smith
The Chatham softball team will be getting a double dose of Bishop Canevin next season. Senior sisters Kaitlin and Kylee Sonson committed to the Cougars to ...
Central Catholic’s Jones, Penn Hills’ Kisner commit to play football at Toledo
By Staff Report
A pair of WPIAL juniors — Central Catholic running back/defensive back Ronnie Jones and Penn Hills quarterback/wide receiver/safety Billy Kisner — made verbal commitments Saturday ...
Penn-Trafford diver Bertoni commits to Clarion
By Nathan Smith
Michael’s Bertoni diving career continues to go to new heights. The Penn-Trafford senior got his start diving in high his freshman year. After going through swimming ...
Despite ACL injury, Penn-Trafford swimmer Montalto commits to Gannon
By Nathan Smith
It was an incident outside of the pool that has kept Penn-Trafford swimmer Anthony Montalto marooned most of the season. A torn ACL wrecked the senior’s ...
Penn-Trafford’s Lonero commits to Bethany for baseball
By Nathan Smith
For Penn-Trafford senior baseball player Josh Lonero, no school could match how comfortable he was when he was on Bethany’s campus. “I love the coaching staff and the facilities,” Lonero said. “With it being a Division III school, I had to look at the academic side of it. The student ...
Starkey: The All-Zygote football team
By Tribune-Review 10:42 p.m.
It reads like something from The Onion, a satirical website that runs stories under headlines such as, “Health experts recommend standing up at desk, leaving ...
South Hills gridders ink national letters of intent
By Ray Fisher
The football careers of Brentwood seniors Cody Conroy and Connor McWilliams are headed in opposite directions. Both signed national letters of intent last week. Conroy will continue ...
Norwin’s Deri commits to West Liberty for football
By Nathan Smith
When Norwin senior Logan Deri was looking to find a school to continue his football career, he found everything he was looking for at West ...
Thomas Jefferson tight end lands scholarship with Alderson Broaddus
By Ed Phillipps
It wasn’t long ago when Corey Payne wondered if a recurring injury would prevent him from completing his high school football career at Thomas Jefferson. Payne ...
8 Penn-Trafford athletes sign letters of intent
By Nathan Smith
The success of the Penn-Trafford athletic programs was on display last week as eight seniors signed their letters of intent to continuing playing their playing ...
Franklin Regional football seniors make college decisions final
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional football team finished 7-4 overall in 2014, took second in the Greater Allegheny Conference and made it to the WPIAL Class AAA ...
Gateway seniors commit to Division I and II programs
By Michael Love
Five Gateway seniors celebrated National Letter of Intent day last week at Gateway High School, as a two football players and three from the Gators ...
Harlan: Duquesne gaining popularity with WPIAL recruits
By Chris Harlan
With only 23, the number of FBS recruits from the WPIAL was lower than usual this year. But with FCS schools heavily recruiting here, more than three dozen others still joined Division I football. Duquesne can be credited for boosting that number. The Dukes signed eight WPIAL recruits from this ...
Colleges offering scholarships to players younger than ever
By Jerry DiPaola
John Bowers has coached at Morgantown (W.Va.) High School long enough to trust his eyes. He was certain Maverick Wolfley was ready to play varsity ...
Top 10 WPIAL recruits in the Class of 2016
By Chris Harlan
1. Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills (above) Twitter: @BoobieMiles_4 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, running back Sanders verbally committed to Penn State in July, but others continued to offer ...
23 WPIAL players commit to FBS schools
By Tribune-Review
Class of 2015 Twenty-three senior football players from WPIAL schools have accepted football scholarships from Division I FBS schools: TE Nick Bowers Kittanning, Penn State QB Ben DiNucci Pine-Richland, Pitt LB Kevin Givens Altoona, Penn State LB Bryan Glover Central Catholic, Eastern Michigan OL Devin Hannan Belle Vernon, ...
Western Pa. football players commit to FCS, Division II schools
By Tribune-Review
District signings A look at the Western Pennsylvania football players who signed at FCS and Division II schools: FCS Albany e_SBlt Eli Mencer, RB, Altoona Colgate e_SBlt TJ Holl, QB, Seneca Valley Dartmouth e_SBlt Zach Sammartino, OL, North Hills Dayton e_SBlt Shane Lefever, WR, Mt. Lebanon ...
Woodland Hills’ Thompkins signs on with Toledo
By Dave Mackall
The long list of Division I football recruits over the years at Woodland Hills High School grew even more Wednesday, when running back Art Thompkins ...
Armstrong County football players make it official, sign with colleges
By Matt Grubba
A bumper crop of local football talent had area schools’ fax machines working early Wednesday morning. Kittanning’s Nick Bowers, Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton, Karns City’s Logan ...
Clairton’s Clifford commits to Indiana State
By Dave Mackall
Clairton linebacker Raymone Clifford has given a verbal commitment to attend FCS Indiana State. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior, who also played fullback and tight end for the PIAA Class A runner-up Bears, chose Indiana State over Youngstown State, a pair of Missouri Valley Conference members, and a host of Division II schools. “When I was on my ...
Petrishen at ease with decision to play football at Penn State
By Jerry DiPaola
With the most difficult decision of his life behind him, Central Catholic safety John Petrishen did the only thing left to do Sunday. He took a nap. “My mother said I needed it,” he said. When he woke up, he explained why he decided to commit to Penn State — about three ...
Harlan: ‘Sense of duty guides Central senior’s college choice
By Chris Harlan
When Central Catholic senior Eric McAllister decided his college football future, he made more than your typical verbal commitment. McAllister joined the military. “The No. 1 thing in this recruiting process was making a decision not for the next four years but for the next 40,” said McAllister, ...
Penn-Trafford long snapper commits to Navy
By Nathan Smith
Michael Pifer’s skills as a long snapper were not overlooked by major football programs. Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia all offered the Penn-Trafford senior a ...