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High school notebook: Hempfield softball star Ryan commits to Notre Dame

By Karen Price
Notre Dame softball coach Deanna Gumpf and associate coach Lizzie Ristano watched Hempfield’s Morgan Ryan pitch at the Team New Jersey Summer Classic over the ...

Softball players commit to Seton Hill
By Staff Reports
Yough catcher/infielder Allie Harvey and McKeesport shortstop Vanessa Falce have verbally committed to Division II Seton Hill. Both players, who will enter their senior year of high school, will sign letters of intent during the next early period beginning in November, said Art “Dutch” Harvey, the Yough softball coach who …
Division I players Bowers, Tipton getting early start
By Doug Gulasy
Nick Bowers’ college football recruitment lasted for more than a year, followed by another four months of waiting after he signed his national letter of ...
Gateway grad Mandella ready for challenges in and out of pool at IUP
By Michael Love
In January, Gateway’s Sydney Mandella was recognized by the U.S. Army for her efforts both in the swimming pool and in the classroom. The honor emphasized ...
Gateway’s Gray commits to double duty at Kent State
By Michael Love
Gateway graduate Cameron Gray played football and ran track during his time with the Gators. That athletic passion continued this past season as he attended the ...
High school notebook: Highlands’ Lineburg’s collegiate stock rising
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands will have a number of key players returning from last year’s 10-1 football team that reached the WPIAL quarterfinals and won the Allegheny Conference ...
Knoch pair showcasing Division I arms
By Chris Harlan
Knoch pitchers Cole Shinsky and Alex Stobert saw their breakout summers start a few weeks early. The two juniors expected to attract college interest this summer while traveling the country with the Glaciers, an all-star team from Ohio. But their recruiting status likely received an early boost when the pair ...
Gateway’s Dale hopes to help Geneva College defensive line
By Michael Love
Hunter Dale will play for his fourth head coach in four seasons when he begins his college football career this fall at Geneva College. The recent ...
Gateway receiver/defensive back commits to play football at Virginia
By Mike Love
Gateway rising senior Aidan Howard on Sunday verbally committed to play football at Virginia, one day after receiving a scholarship offer from the Cavaliers. The 6-foot-4 receiver/defensive back also had offers from Robert Morris and Massachusetts. “This is a great opportunity for me,” Howard said. “With my size and ability, I will ...
Harlan: Penn Hills’ Kisner raises profile at DB
By Chris Harlan
With a natural ball-hawk approach, Penn Hills’ Billy Kisner eventually could become a solid cornerback in college. But first, he’ll work to become one in ...
Central Catholic’s Frezza to row at Delaware
By Karen Kadilak
The shortest person on most boats, Central Catholic senior Edoardo Frezza said he had to row fast to keep up with taller boys on the ...
Shady Side Academy lacrosse players make college decisions
By Marty Stewart
Three members of the Shady Side Academy boys lacrosse team recently announced their college choices. Robby Woodings will be attending the United States Military Academy ...
Gateway's Harris to head west for next step on journey
By Michael Love
Daylon Harris was at the heart of the Gateway varsity boys basketball team the past several seasons, and as a senior this past winter, he ...
Chapla excited for opportunity at Crimson Tide kicking camp
By Michael Love
Plum junior Jake Chapla set a new school record for the longest field goal — 51 yards — during last fall’s Quad East conference victory ...
Armstrong’s Miller to continue hockey progression with Indiana team
By Gary Horvath
Armstrong hockey senior Christian Miller has signed with the Indiana Attack of the Tier III junior U.S. Premier Hockey League Mid-West Division for the 2015-16 ...
Norwin’s Plecenik to continue competing with Seton Hill track
By Nathan Smith
While Kelsey Plecenik wrapped up her high school track and field career last week, the Norwin senior is far from finished as she will continue ...
Norwin’s Ridgeway commits to West Liberty wrestling
By Nathan Smith
Heading into his senior season, Norwin wrestler Josh Ridgeway didn’t know if he would continue the sport at the next level. But after a strong season ...
Harlan: Coveted North Hills lineman fits up-tempo style
By Chris Harlan
North Hills junior Jake Buccigrossi would prefer a hurry-up offense in college, one that requires everyone to hustle downfield. “That will really influence my decision,” he said. “I’d like a fast pace.” How many linemen say that? A 6-foot-4, 280-pound two-way tackle for the Indians, Buccigrossi is more mobile than ...
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 4:36 p.m.
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 ...