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Gateway’s Wade, Young to continue hoops pursuits in college

By Michael Love
Alexis Young and London Wade came to Gateway from different schools wanting to make an impact in their time with the Gators. Wade, who transferred from ...

Harlan: National recruiters keep busy at Central Catholic
By Chris Harlan
When the spring evaluation period closes at month’s end, Central Catholic’s campus could become a little quieter. For now, the coaches continue to come. “We had Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame in the same building (at the same time),” said Rick Capretta, the school’s Dean of Students and ...
Bursic to run for Seton Hill University
By Michael Love
Hannah Bursic got back to running this spring, and she is hoping for big things in the 400-meter dash at Thursday’s WPIAL Class AAA track ...
Gateway’s Swaney to dive for Chatham University
By Michael Love
Nicole Swaney remembers it well. Early in her junior season, the life-long swimmer was asked to take on a new task. “Right before the first meet ...
Fox Chapel athletes sign with colleges
By Marty Stewart
Several Fox Chapel Area High School student-athletes recently signed and committed to Division I and Division II colleges and universities. The students are Kelsey Feeney, ...
Quaker Valley rowing pair announces college commitments
By Karen Kadilak
Quaker Valley senior Sydney Bichsel has become such a fixture on the Three Rivers Junior Rowing team, coach Steve McCarthy said it seems as though ...
Gorman: South Park’s Podgorski perseveres
By Kevin Gorman
Ryan Podgorski was leading South Park to a potential upset of South Fayette when the offensive lineman’s right ACL and Division-I scholarship hopes were torn up. “It changed the landscape of that game,” said South Fayette coach Joe Rossi, whose Lions went on to win the PIAA Class AA title. ...
Harlan: Brashear junior cornerback attracts closer looks
By Chris Harlan
Brashear junior Therran Coleman heard his coach often say that if a player has the talent, college football coaches will find him. “We tell our kids that all the time,” coach Rick Murphy said. “If you’re good enough and you have the grades and do the right things, they’ll ...
Gateway track’s Plowden picks Seton Hill
By Michael Love
Ty’Lesha Plowden is in the twilight of her high school track and field career. She will join her Gateway teammates at Thursday’s WPIAL qualifier at Norwin ...
4 Penn-Trafford athletes set to continue careers in college
By Nathan Smith
Four Penn-Trafford seniors have made the commitment to continue their athletic careers after graduation at the next level. Michael Bertoni will continue diving at Clarion University. ...
Gorman: Reservations in recruiting
By Kevin Gorman
If Miles Sanders is considering visiting colleges, leave it to adults to pressure the Woodland Hills tailback then eventually turn on him when he doesn’t pick their preferred program. When I spoke with Sanders last week, I asked if he was still committed to Penn State. He said he gained ...
Seton-La Salle’s Ford big hit as sophomore
By Chris Harlan
Paris Ford has a few favorite football players, including two safeties who retired years before he was born. “His dad used to put old NFL ...
Notre Dame a ‘perfect fit’ for GCC’s Cartwright
By Alex Oltmanns
As the popular saying goes, it’s important to make a good first impression. Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Bailey Cartwright did just that, putting on an impressive display in the Disney Showcase where Notre Dame women’s soccer coach Theresea Romagnolo came to watch her for the first time. Cartwright’s first impression must ...
Peters Township standout Komer picks Delaware
By Karen Kadilak
It may seem detrimental, but playing high school volleyball instead of high school tennis the last two years may work to the advantage of Peters ...
8 Penn-Trafford athletes look forward to next level
By Nathan Smith
For eight Penn-Trafford senior student-athletes, their athletic careers won’t end with graduation. A pair of athletes from the track and field team in Faith Cheplick ...
Fox Chapel’s Urso to take on 2 sports in college
By Marty Stewart
Billy Urso, a standout on the Fox Chapel football and basketball teams, will be attending Allegheny in the fall. In a throwback to days past, ...
Plum senior excited to compete in acrobatics, tumbling at Glenville State
By Katie Foglia
Celina Bisceglia has long participated in competitive cheerleading and realized she wanted to pursue something similar in college. Her research led her to acrobatics and ...
Giannangeli hopes to help Clarion soccer program grow
By Michael Love
Gateway senior Rachel Giannangeli will continue her academic and soccer pursuits at Clarion University, and she is excited to be a part of what she ...
Keystone Oaks point guard Brownlee chooses Carlow
By Nathan Smith
After a senior season that didn’t go according to plan, Keystone Oaks’ Kayla Brownlee will get to continue her playing career at the next level ...
South Allegheny soccer standout Tyszkiewicz chooses Robert Morris
By Dave Mackall
When Nina Tyszkiewicz switched from center midfielder to forward before the start of her junior soccer season at South Allegheny, it wasn’t what she had in mind. In fact, it felt awkward. The move paid off for the two-time all-WPIAL player. She quickly got comfortable in her new spot and led the ...
Gorman: Gribble lets game speak
By Kevin Gorman
Alayna Gribble fell in love with Petersen Events Center when she walked onto the court for the WPIAL Class AAAA girls basketball final. What the ...
Norwin’s Gribble switches commitment to Pitt
By Bill Hartlep 12:52 a.m.
Norwin junior basketball player Alayna Gribble had a change of heart Wednesday, deciding to rescind her verbal commitment to William & Mary and commit to Pitt. “It was closer to home,” she said. “I wanted to play at a higher level. Also, I realized I wanted to study something science related ...
Penn-Trafford football player Queen headed to W & J
By Nathan Smith
For as long as he can remember, Zack Queen has wanted to play college football. The Penn-Trafford senior will get his chance. Queen will attend Washington & ...
Gorman: Recruitment was on the fly for Carlier
By Kevin Gorman
If Aidan Carlier was a WPIAL quarterback committing to a top-25 program, his recruiting story would be big news. Instead, the Fox Chapel senior plays the fly-half, the rugby equivalent to a signal caller. Rugby is a club sport at all but about 20 colleges, so Carlier wasn’t seeking a scholarship. ...
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 ...