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Quaker Valley’s Conlan to attend William & Mary

By Gary Horvath
It didn’t take long for Quaker Valley senior Chris Conlan to make his college decision. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver announced last week that he has …

Fox Chapel grad to continue career at Rollins
By Marty Stewart
D.J. Diethrich, a 2014 Fox Chapel Area graduate and key member of the Foxes’ golf team, will be playing golf in college and hopes to …
Belle Vernon girls basketball standout Slagus will play at Bucknell
By Bill Hughes
As a sophomore two years ago on the Belle Vernon Area girls’ basketball team, Kaitlyn Slagus saw first hand what the recruiting process was like …
Carlynton’s Richardson commits to Duquesne
By Nathan Smith
After visiting the Duquesne campus Wednesday, Carlynton girls basketball standout Conor Richardson knew she didn’t need to visit any more schools. “I would have never …
After excelling at Big 26 all-star game, GCC’s Liberatore makes college decision
By Kevin Lohman
July was a big month for Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Collin Liberatore. First, the rising senior shined in helping Team Pennsylvania sweep Team Maryland in …
‘Dream school’ lures Freeport’s Thimons
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport’s Logan Thimons isn’t quite comfortable with the term “late bloomer,” which was attached to him because he didn’t start playing football until the seventh grade. “That’s motivation for me,” Thimons said. “It’s a kick in the butt; I need to get working and get better every day. I have …
Freeport LB Thimons commits to West Virginia
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport’s Logan Thimons isn’t quite comfortable with the term “late bloomer,” which was attached to him because he didn’t start playing football until the seventh grade. “That’s motivation for me,” Thimons said. “It’s a kick in the butt; I need to get working and get better every day. I have …
Freeport grad picks PSAC’s Mercyhurst
By Matt Grubba
One of Armstrong County’s top hitters is taking his bats to the north. Freeport graduate Matt Swartz, a WPIAL Class AA all-star, will attend Merchyhurst in the fall to join one of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s top baseball programs. Swartz was a Leader Times all-star the last two seasons …
Kochka happy to join W&J program
By Michael Love
Danielle Kochka’s pitching, hitting and fielding at first base at Gateway the past couple of seasons opened the eyes of area collegiate coaches. Kochka knew she wanted to continue her softball career at the next level, and finding the right fit was only a matter of time. When she made …
Woodland Hills junior RB picks Penn State
By Chris Adamski
Miles Sanders already has had a productive high school football career, and he hasn’t even begun his junior year. Penn State coaches saw enough to …
Hempfield track standout picks Eastern Michigan
By Paul Schofield
It took awhile, but Hempfield senior sprinter Jasmine Jones finally has found the college she wanted: Eastern Michigan. Jones said the process took a little …
Hempfield lineman Pilato chooses Pitt
By Jason Mackey
Assuming someone doesn’t mind learning how to play center, in a few years the Pitt football team could potentially field an All-WPIAL offensive line after Hempfield senior Tony Pilato gave a verbal commitment to the Panthers on Wednesday afternoon. A 6-foot-7, 300-pound senior tackle, Pilato joins a 2015 class that …
Seton-La Salle WR commits to Toledo
By Chris Harlan
Enticed by Toledo’s offensive style, Seton-La Salle’s Danzel McKinley-Lewis verbally committed to play football for the Rockets. The 6-foot, 180-pound wideout will be a senior …
Karns City senior WR thrilled with RMU offer
By Matt Grubba
Logan Moroney has the build of a Division I football player, and now he has his first offer to become one. Moroney, a wide receiver/defensive …
Zanotto ‘excited’ about commitment to Maryland
By Doug Gulasy
Brett Zanotto saw a lot he liked when he visited the University of Maryland this spring — enough to make him commit to play there …
High school notebook: Quaker Valley’s Jackson picks Pitt for football
By Chris Harlan
After a morning tour of campus, Cornell senior Dane Jackson committed Tuesday to play football at Pitt. Yet, his decision had been made awhile ago. …
Franklin Regional’s Zanotto commits to Maryland
By Chris Harlan
Franklin Regional rising senior linebacker Brett Zanotto (6-0, 215) made a verbal commitment to Maryland Thursday, choosing the Terrapins over offers from Syracuse, Boston College, …
Quaker Valley lacrosse star chooses Robert Morris
By Gary Horvath
After a stellar career at Quaker Valley, Jimmy Perkins recently committed to play lacrosse at Robert Morris University in the coming year. The commitment came as a bit of a surprise, as Perkins had signed a letter of intent in March to attend Lake Erie College. But when RMU renewed …
Harlan: Central Catholic’s Petrishen has lots of options
By Tribune-Review
Central Catholic’s Johnny  Petrishen has a method for listing every school that has offered him a football scholarship. When you have more than two dozen, that’s not as simple as it sounds. “It’s easy if you go by conference,” said Petrishen, who starts with schools from the Ivy League and …
Hempfield lacrosse standout headed to RMU
By Andrew John
Many high school athletes dream about playing their sport of choice at the highest level in college. While in the infant stages of learning her …
Pitt offers Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge junior wide receiver Tre Tipton made enough of an impression at the Pitt Prospect Camp on Friday to get a scholarship offer from the host Panthers — his seventh Division I offer to date. Pitt wants him as a wide receiver. Recruiting quickly is picking up steam for the …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton gets offer from Michigan State
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Usually, Tre Tipton is a step ahead of opposing players, in a prime position to elevate and make circus catches or intercept passes. This past …
Gateway standout Chuba makes YSU his choice
By Michael Love
Anthony Chuba wasn’t among those Gateway seniors who celebrated college football choices on National Letter of Intent Signing Day in February. His decision, however, came …
Franklin Regional’s LeDonne to continue soccer career at IUP
By Doug Gulasy
Cassidy LeDonne fielded many college soccer scholarship offers over the past two years, including several from Division I universities. When it came time to make …
Eden runner headed to Allegheny
By Karen Kadilak
A strong distance program lured Eden Christian senior Carter Smith to Allegheny College, where he will join the men’s cross country and track and field …
Harlan: Gateway football standout brings name(s) recognition
By Chris Harlan
With two schools in one year and a couple of last names, Gateway’s John Horner could appear somewhat hard to find. Yet, college coaches already have their eyes on the soon-to-be senior. A 6-foot-31⁄2, 182-pound free safety and wide receiver, Horner received scholarship offers from Akron and James Madison after …
Western Pennsylvania soccer showcase brings top college prospects together
By Matt Grubba
There’s no shortage of events that draw Division I coaches to Western Pennsylvania for sports such as football and wrestling. For soccer, on the other …
Wrestling helps FR’s Zanotto refine football skills
By Chris Harlan
When Franklin Regional’s Brett Zanotto was a sophomore, his football coach recommended he try a different sport. But that’s not as bad as it sounds. If Zanotto wanted to become a better football player, he also should join the wrestling team, football coach Greg Botta told him. Zanotto took that …
Trib Prospect: Pine-Richland’s Ben DiNucci
By Chris Harlan
Before Pine-Richland’s Ben DiNucci could attract multiple scholarship offers, the 2015 graduate needed his first. “It’s almost like a validation thing,” Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz …
Gateway girls soccer’s Warsaw to play at West Liberty
By Michael Love 9:00 p.m.
Allie Warsaw has seen it all in the sport of soccer since she first put on her spikes and uniform more than a decade ago. …
Norwin cheerleaders Cashdollar, Majiros to continue careers in college
By Doug Gulasy
Norwin cheerleaders Bria Cashdollar and Riley Majiros both wanted to continue their careers after high school. After passing their first college athletic test, they’ll each …
USC volleyball standout commits to Duke
By Kevin Lohman
Upper St. Clair volleyball star Sam Amos has made the decision to continue her volleyball career as a Blue Devil. Panther fans can rest easy it’s not the Blue Devils of perennial rival Mt. Lebanon that the sophomore multi-sport standout has committed her future to, but the Blue Devils of …
Gateway grad joins Washington & Jefferson women’s hoops team
By Michael Love
Katey Wilson battled knee issues throughout her time with the Gateway varsity girls basketball team. That varsity tenure ended on a tough note as she …
Latest challenge driving Wheeler
By Dave Mackall
During his illustrious high school career, Jimmy Wheeler has cleared a lot of hurdles as a football and track and field star at West Mifflin. …
Connellsville’s Grimm to play Division I soccer at St. Francis
By Jason Black
Connellsville senior Ashton Grimm has enjoyed playing soccer since she was a young girl, and this fall, she will have the opportunity to continue playing …