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Ringgold’s Law expanding options

By Chris Harlan
Ringgold’s Nico Law doesn’t doubt his ability to play college football. But lately, he’s become more defensive about it. As in, Law now plays defense, …

FR wrestler Kemerer, Mt. Lebanon’s Stout make college choices
By Paul Schofield and Bill West
Franklin Regional senior Michael Kemerer, one of the top wrestlers in Pennsylvania, will continue his career for one of the top college teams in the …
Bethel Park wrestler Dunn commits to Lehigh
By Bill West
Bethel Park senior Paul Dunn reaped the benefits of a remarkable 2014 wrestling postseason run Tuesday. Dunn committed to Lehigh with offers from Pitt and …
Harlan: New Pitt recruit forced to spurn ‘friends’
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley senior Jordan Whitehead rejected three of his best friends this week. At least that’s how he felt. Whitehead painted Friday’s announcement with that …
Central Valley’s Whitehead chooses Pitt
By Jerry DiPaola
The mentally exhausting recruitment process was nearing an end Thursday night when Central Valley coach Mark Lyons invited Jordan Whitehead out to dinner. It was …
Hempfield’s Holmberg selects PSU
By Bill West
With a torn ACL in her right knee at the moment, Hempfield senior Maddie Holmberg can’t wow many people with her athletic versatility. Fortunately for …
Hilton gives verbal commitment to play soccer at Mercyhurst
By Michael Love
Maggie Hilton has enjoyed a strong varsity career at Gateway, and she is an important piece of the machine that is gunning for a spot …
High school roundup: FR wrestler Brown commits to WVU
By Staff Reports
After several summers spent at West Virginia wrestling camps, Franklin Regional senior Devin Brown became too much of a Mountaineers fan to pass up an opportunity to compete on the mat for them. Brown, the reigning PIAA Class AAA 106-pound champion, committed to West Virginia. The standout chose WVU over …
HS highlight reel: Central Catholic’s Joseph commits to PSU
By Tribune-Review
Given a choice between NCAA wrestling perennial powerhouses, Central Catholic senior Vincenzo Joseph sided with the program that includes more familiar faces. Joseph committed to Penn State Monday, less than 72 hours after visiting Iowa, his other top option. The senior also made official visits to Virginia Tech, Cornell and …
Gorman: Penn State is ‘wild card’ for Whitehead
By Kevin Gorman
James Franklin hasn’t wasted any time using his charisma and charm on the recruiting trail to compile a national top-10 class. We’ll soon find out …
Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse star picks Cincinnati
By Bt Nathan Smith
Only a junior, Chartiers Valley lacrosse player Maria Stamerra had two years to decide where she wanted to continue her athletic and academic career. But after visiting the campus of Cincinnati, Stamerra couldn’t wait. “I didn’t think the whole thing about ‘seeing the school and you will know’ was real,” …
Gorman: Hempfield’s Harrell finds home at IPFW
By Kevin Gorman 9:51 p.m.
Kason Harrell had his heart set on playing Division I basketball, so the Hempfield star almost had it broken. The University of North Carolina-Wilmington offered …
HS highlight reel: SF wrestler Walker chooses Kent State
By Tribune-Review 9:52 p.m.
Anticipating another long season on the football field, South Fayette senior J.J. Walker committed to Kent State for wrestling a couple weeks before the season …
Vincentian’s Wise commits to Pitt
By Bill West
No stranger to the types of basketball found in the most densely populated corners of Pennsylvania, Vincentian Academy senior Brenna Wise spent considerable time pondering …
Pitt’s McConnell-Serio made Vincentian star’s choice easy
By Tribune-Review
Brenna Wise called Pitt coach Suzie McConnell-Serio this week to tell her she had some more questions about the women’s basketball team. Truthfully, she had …
Latrobe senior Cullen commits to Navy
By Chris Harlan
Latrobe senior Matt Cullen has accepted an appointment to play basketball for Navy, said his coach Brad Wetzel. Cullen, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 15.5 points …
Gorman: This Jones not just a QB
By Kevin Gorman
Jeremiah Jones was sitting at West Virginia’s pre-game meal Saturday “just like any other person” when he was invited to a private meeting. That’s when the Mountaineers offered the Woodland Hills junior quarterback a scholarship. “I was surprised, actually,” Jones said. “They’ve been sending me a lot of handwritten letters, …
Franklin Regional wrestlers in demand
By Tribune-Review
When Franklin Regional held its first wrestling workout this school year, coach Eric Mausser was a little surprised by who came. Two coaches from Iowa …
Chartiers Valley guard McConnell picks Robert Morris
By Bill West
Chartiers Valley senior Matt McConnell respected the persistence of the Robert Morris basketball coaching staff’s recruiting efforts enough to become enamored with the school. McConnell, …
Franklin Regional sRoberge confident in soccer future at Northwestern
By Bill West
Every school that recruited Jake Roberge for soccer boasted an exceptional academic reputation, something the Franklin Regional senior considered essential. Roberge realized and appreciated what …
Recruiting: Hamlin latest WPIAL DB to hear from Buckeyes
By Chris Harlan
Ohio State has a thing for WPIAL defensive backs. The Buckeyes welcomed New Castle’s Malik Hooker to Columbus this summer and made an effort to …
Sewickley rower to continue at Yale
By Karen Kadilak
Having reached the World Rowing Junior Championships as a member of the U.S. Junior National Team, Central Catholic graduate Lucas Peilert wanted some place challenging …
Steel Valley’s Donovan commits to Radford
By Mark Kaboly
Since he was a kid, Brandon Donovan wanted to play college baseball at Coastal Carolina. Or, as the soon-to-be Steel Valley senior said: “They are …
Pitt recruit Rowan leaving Lincoln Park
By Chris Harlan
Pitt basketball recruit Maverick Rowan is leaving Lincoln Park for a high school in Florida. The 6-foot-7 junior withdrew Thursday from the Beaver County charter …
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 …