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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
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 ...
Pine-Richland’s DiNucci to Pitt; Kittanning’s Bowers opts for PSU
By Jerry DiPaola
Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci came home from school Monday afternoon, sat down with his parents, swallowed hard and said, “I want to do this.” ...
Gorman: Not just a no-brainer for Pine-Richland’s DiNucci
By Kevin Gorman
Ben DiNucci had to pick between playing football at Pitt or Penn, between the FBS Power 5 and Ivy League. For major-college football fans, that appeared to be a no-brainer. The same for those in academia. Penn’s Wharton School is the nation’s top business school and Pitt’s Katz 52nd, according to ...
Central Catholic’s Petrishen says he enjoys hectic recruiting process
By Jerry DiPaola
Sometimes, Central Catholic’s John Petrishen just wants to get away from the rest of the world. “I lock myself in my room, turn my phone off ...
Harlan: North Allegheny lineman Lugg among coveted WPIAL sophomores
By Chris Harlan
Like many sophomore linemen, North Allegheny’s Josh Lugg was a varsity backup last fall. But earlier this month, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle received scholarship offers from Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi and Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst. “When you have a kid with that kind of size, they’re going to make offers based on ...
Freeport QB/DB Romanchak commits to RMU
By Doug Gulasy
Freeport senior Andrew Romanchak committed Wednesday to play football for Robert Morris. Romanchak said he was offered a scholarship to Robert Morris after he took an official visit to the campus over the weekend. It was his first offer. Romanchak passed for a school-record 1,922 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2014, leading ...
Pitt offers scholarship to Pine-Richland QB DiNucci
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi began his attempt at restocking the quarterback position when he offered a scholarship to Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci after a workout ...
Seneca Valley lineman commits to Central Florida
By Chris Harlan
Seneca Valley lineman Tyler Hudanick committed to Central Florida on Sunday while visiting the FBS school’s Orlando campus. A 6-foot-5, 295-pound senior tackle, Hudanick was an ...
A-K Valley notebook: Freeport’s Romanchak offered by Robert Morris
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport’s Andrew Romanchak was hoping college football recruiting would pick up after he had a career season. Slowly but surely, that is beginning to ...
Shady Side Academy senior Yencik commits to Rochester
By Marty Stewart
Jackie Yencik, a senior at Shady Side Academy, has decided to continue her education and softball career at the University of Rochester. Yencik is a second ...
Harlan: Central’s Petrishen stays open as signing day looms
By Tribune-Review
The idea of providing a signing day surprise intrigues Central Catholic’s Johnny Petrishen, but he’s not sure he’ll wait quite that long. Honestly, he’s not sure that he should, even if the idea sounds fun. “I’ll probably commit a few days before (Feb. 4) just to be kind to the ...
Gateway football’s Horner happy with Indiana State commitment
By Michael Love
John Horner, at 6-foot-5, is an athletic two-way football player, and he showed his talents this fall for the Gateway football team. That talent drew the ...
Seton-La Salle’s Henderson commits early to Slippery Rock basketball program
By Ed Phillipps
Contrary to the popular saying, Morgan Henderson knows firsthand that not everything is bigger in Texas. While playing for The Woodlands High School located outside of ...
Harlan: Narduzzi’s hiring thrills pair of Pitt recruits
By Chris Harlan
Tre Tipton has an advantage over most Pitt recruits. The Apollo-Ridge senior already has met the new Panthers coach and endorses him wholeheartedly. “I like the hire,” Tipton said. “I love the hire, actually.” He met Pat Narduzzi last summer in East Lansing, Mich. Tipton attended a Michigan State camp ...
Central Catholic rower picks Brown
By Karen Kadilak
A two-time USRowing Junior National Team member at the World Rowing Junior Championships, Central Catholic senior Alex Miklasevich was highly selective in choosing a college. Miklasevich, 17, of Forest Hills, believes he found an ideal mixture of athletics and academics at Brown University, where he will join the men’s crew next ...
Fox Chapel’s Graca commits to Penn
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel’s Elias Graca, a senior standout on the school’s track and cross country teams, has been accepted at the University of Pennsylvania. “It is ...