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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 …

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 …
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 9:00 p.m.
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 12:06 a.m.
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 …