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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 ...
Franklin Regional’s Grieco excited with college pick
By Kevin Lohman
Franklin Regional senior Ryan Grieco always knew he would want to continue his baseball-playing career at the collegiate level. The Panthers outfielder achieved his goal ...
Kiski School wrestler Patrick signs letter of intent
By Ligonier Echo
Justin Patrick, a senior athlete at The Kiski School, signed a letter of intent to accept a scholarship at The State University of New York ...
Pitt recruit Whitehead remains committed
By Chris Harlan  and Jerry DiPaola
Central Valley cornerback Jordan Whitehead said Monday he remains committed to Pitt, even while coaches from three other universities have telephoned his mother since the ...
Norwin’s Myers signs LOI with Point Park baseball
By Nathan Smith
Norwin senior baseball Alex Myers said he had dreamed of playing college baseball for as long as he could remember. He will get the chance after ...
Latrobe swimmer signs on with Kentucky
By Karen Kadilak
Latrobe senior Monica Sowinski expects her role to stay much the same when she joins the University of Kentucky women’s swimming team next year. A freestyle ...
Central Valley star Whitehead sticking with Pitt, won’t enroll early
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY — Central Valley star Jordan Whitehead, Pitt’s marquee recruit from the Class of 2015, said he plans to honor his commitment to the Panthers ...
P-T wrestler Coy picks Virginia
By Bill West
Familiar with the wrestling program from trips with his family to the University of Virginia, Penn-Trafford sophomore Cameron Coy sensed no need to put off ...
Vincentian Academy’s Wise inks with Pitt
By Jerry Clark
If a solid resume is what it takes to get into the college of your choice, it is no wonder Vincentian’s Brenna Wise was able ...
Shaler lacrosse players choose colleges
By Jerry Clark
While the Shaler girls lacrosse team is gaining notoriety locally with a couple of WPIAL championships, the program is getting some attention from across the ...
Canevin softball player Rittelmann chooses Wheeling Jesuit
By Nathan Smith
When looking for a college to continue her eduction and softball career, Bishop Canevin senior Rachel Rittelmann found what she was looking for at Wheeling ...
Penn-Trafford’s Austin signs with UPJ wrestling
By Nathan Smith
Rushing for more than 3,000 rushing yards and scoring 35 yards with in his career the Penn-Trafford football team, one might expect senior Devin Austin ...
4 Chartiers Valley athletes headed to Division I programs
By Nathan Smith
The success of the Chartiers Valley athletic programs was on display last week. Four Colts athletes signed their letters of intent to Division I schools: Matty ...
Carlynton’s Richardson signs with Duquesne
By Nathan Smith
It took only one official visit for Carlynton basketball standout Conor Richardson to know where she wanted to continue her education and playing career. After visiting ...
Sewickley Academy’s Guerin lands Division I offer at Lafayette
By Gary Horvath
After her time as a centerpiece for the Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team, senior Kayla Guerin will continue her playing career for Lafayette College. Guerin, the ...
Quaker Valley pitcher Garbee lands at Akron
By Gary Horvath
Quaker Valley senior Tyler Garbee knows where the next step in his baseball career will take him, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to relax. Garbee ...
Quaker Valley senior Merriman signs letter of intent for Wisconsin rowing
By Karen Kadilak
Quaker Valley senior Jane Merriman will head west to continue her rowing career. Merriman, a 17-year-old coxswain on the Three Rivers Rowing junior team, signed with ...
Norwin swimmer Painter headed to Kentucky
By Nathan Smith
When Norwin senior swimmer Kathryn Painter visited the campus of the University of Kentucky, she knew she wanted to be part of Big Blue Nation. The ...
Norwin baseball player Perry headed to Lock Haven
By Nathan Smith
Connor Perry remembers trying out for Penn-Trafford’s baseball team in eighth grade and not making the cut. But after several years of work, the Norwin senior ...
Norwin’s Wensel signs with Lafayette softball
By Nathan Smith
Norwin senior softball player Maddie Wensel was looking for the right fit for where she going to continue her education and playing career. She found that ...