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Guido: Sujansky heads Plum Hall of Fame class of ’14

By George Guido
The only Plum athlete to qualify for PIAA competition in three sports will be among nine inductees at this year’s Plum Sports Hall of Fame …

Central Catholic rowers selected to Junior National Team
By Karen Kadilak
For the second consecutive year, three Central Catholic rowers have been picked for a team that will represent the United States from Aug. 6 to 10 at the World Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Michael Grady of Bradford Woods and Alex Miklasevich of Forest Hills, who will be seniors, are …
Quaker Valley HOF inductee Perciavalle’s career full of surprising turns
By Gary Horvath
Throughout his football career, Rocco Perciavalle had to learn to deal with the unexpected. As a 1956 graduate of Leetsdale High School, Perciavalle was a …
Guido: National federation puts emphasis on targeting
By George Guido
Targeting is the target of the national high school football rule makers for the coming season. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) developed a definition of “targeting” and it will be penalized as illegal personal contact. The new rule reads “Targeting is an act of taking aim …
High school notebook: Hempfield basketball coach Marino resigns
By Jason Mackey
After helping the Hempfield boys basketball team to its first playoff win since 2003, coach Mark Marino has resigned, citing the desire to “pursue some other opportunities.” Marino, 35, declined to say what those opportunities were, other than that money — a lack of teaching job — was a factor. …
Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Ex-NFL star Christy helping Apollo-Ridge
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Jeff Christy left Freeport a few years ago and moved his family to the South Butler School District. The former NFL lineman and Yellowjackets assistant has not gotten back into coaching at Knoch — where his son, Mac, is a promising sophomore — or anywhere else, for that matter. But …
North Catholic athletics beginning new era in Butler County
By Chris Harlan
The victory bell will have a new home, as will the banners, trophies and photos that lined the hallway below North Catholic’s quirky gym. All …
Quaker Valley HOF inductee Rogers left her mark on track
By Gary Horvath
Jasmine Rogers doesn’t enjoy running. She never has, and she probably never will. But that didn’t stop her from accomplishing things on the track no other Quaker Valley girl had. “One thing I never liked, and I still as an adult don’t like, is practice,” Rogers said. “Running for fun …
Guido: Burrell set to celebrate 50th anniversary
By George Guido
Plans are continuing for Burrell High School’s big bash this fall. The school will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a fun-filled, homecoming weekend Oct. 3-4. …
A-K Valley rugby finds its feminine side
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Erica Catone resents the misguided and often inaccurate label placed on rugby, the one that suggests its players need a psychological evaluation to play the …
Alle-Kiski high school notebook: Wagner, Boulton back on sidelines at Springdale
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Foes for a short time but friends forever, Chuck Wagner and Don “Pappy” Boulton will reunite on the Springdale football coaching staff this season. The …
WPIAL denies eligibility for 2
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL board of control denied waiver requests from Central Catholic’s Riley Redman and Burrell’s Zach Kelly on Wednesday, leaving both ineligible for their upcoming senior years. Uniontown’s Rodney Harris was granted his waiver request for attendance issues when the board held hearings in Green Tree, making him eligible. Harris …
Brentwood honors scholar-athletes
By Ed Phillipps
While taking separate paths to get to the same place, Laura McGowan and Andrew Stofesky were named the Brentwood senior scholar-athlete award winners for the …
2000 Quaker Valley grad Iorio headed for sports hall of fame
By Gary Horvath
In the fall of 1996, a freshman basketball convert showed up to the first day of football camp at Quaker Valley with an optimistic goal. …
Guido: PIAA to add more wrestling qualifiers
By George Guido
More WPIAL wrestlers will be qualifying for the PIAA individual finals. After a 12-year absence, the PIAA will add a fourth qualifier to the Class …
Alle-Kiski schools realign for 2-year cycle
By George Guido
Every two years, the PIAA reclassifies schools in more than 20 sports. Via this method, the PIAA takes the number of schools in a given sport and divides that total by the number of classifications. Here is where Alle-Kiski Valley schools will be competing the next two  years. The exception …
North Allegheny rower Griffin to continue career at Mercyhurst
By Karen Kadilak
North Allegheny graduate Leah Griffin is spending more time on land than water as she prepares to join the Mercyhurst University women’s rowing team as a freshman in the fall. Griffin, 17, works out two hours, six days a week, doing indoor rowing and other exercises at a gym. “I’m …
Vulcano out, Potthoff in as Chartiers Valley athletic director
By Nathan Smith
Frank Vulcano’s eight-year tenure as athletic director at Chartiers Valley has come to an end. “The school board accepted Mr. Vulcano’s retirement at the June 24 meeting,” Chartiers Valley communications director Kara Droney said in an email. “We thank him for his service to the Chartiers Valley School District.” The …
Norwin swimming coach wins Helen Keller Award
By Doug Gulasy
When Hunter McGowan tried out for the Norwin swimming team in 2009, coach Neil Rushnock didn’t know for sure how the legally blind and legally …
Baldwin runner makes most of opportunities, collects Karpa Award
By Ed Phillipps
Alicia Mastroianni had a dilemma. As a standout soccer player and emerging cross country runner at Baldwin, she knew she could no longer keep up …
Two-sport athlete at Seton-La Salle earns Eagle Scout award
By Jennifer Goga
Jacob Blahut is anything but peaceful when he’s tackling and defending opponents on the football and lacrosse fields at Seton-La Salle. But the 17-year-old Blahut …
Shady Side Academy’s Jaffe a lacrosse All-American
By Staff Report
Max Jaffe, a rising junior at Shady Side Academy, has been named a 2014 Brine National High School All-American and has been selected to represent …
Quaker Valley soccer legend Christof headed for hall of fame
By Gary Horvath
When Quaker Valley inducts its 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class in September, it will be adding arguably the greatest athlete in school history: 1997 graduate Brad Christof. “It’s a great honor,” Christof said. “I was lucky to go to such a great high school with great athletes, and a …
Guido: Case of the incredible shrinking schools
By George Guido
Without any fanfare Tuesday, the new PIAA two-year enrollment cycle got underway. There were, of course, no high school sports played. But the biggest news …
Gateway’s Nicholson, Shaler’s Schwartz named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Athletes of the Year
By Chris Harlan
Montae Nicholson Gateway · Senior · Football/Basketball/Track Michigan State recruited Gateway’s Montae Nicholson to play football, but he won’t retire his track shoes if it’s …
Hempfield’s Adams, Holmberg named Greensburg Tribune-Review Athletes of the Year
By Jason Mackey
Max Adams Hempfield · Senior · Track and Field/Football Tell Hempfield’s Max Adams to do something on the football field or as a thrower on …
Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton, Freeport’s Pawlak named Valley News Dispatch Athletes of the Year
By Bill West
Tre Tipton Apollo-Ridge · Junior · Football/Basketball/Track and Field Tre Tipton is a Pitt football recruit because he can pull receptions out of the air, …
Central Catholic rowers seeking bid to world competition
By Karen Kadilak
Four Central Catholic rowers are trying out for a national team that will represent America at the World Junior Championships, to be held Aug. 6-10 in Hamburg, Germany. Michael Grady, Alex Miklasevich and Lucas Peilert were invited to the U.S. Junior National Team Men’s Sweep Selection camp at Three Rivers …
Smorey wraps up distinguished athletic career at Baldwin
By Ed Phillipps
At his graduation party, an entire table was dedicated to Luke Smorey’s achievements at Baldwin. His two most recent awards from the past month made …
Nicola’s ‘team-first’ attitude pays off with top Baldwin honor
By Ed Phillipps
After serving as a selfless, team-first player all season, Baldwin’s Carla Nicola was awarded the school’s highest individual athletic honor. Nicola, who starred in soccer …
Seton-La Salle wins Trib Cup
By Ray Fisher
It was a chart-topping athletic year at Seton-La Salle High School in 2013-14. Seton-La Salle was recognized recently as the Class AA division winner of the second annual Trib Total Media/WPXI High School Sports Award. This award, also known at the Trib Cup, is based on how high schools across …
Monroeville’s Herring ready for basketball opportunity at Brown
By Michael Love
For three years as a member of the Vincentian varsity girls basketball team, Monroeville resident Imani Herring experienced the highest of highs and some tough …
Guido: Plum native’s trade sparks hockey memories
By George Guido
Plum native R.J. Umberger was traded Monday from the Columbus Blue Jackets back to his original NHL team: the Philadelphia Flyers. Considered the best hockey …
Burrell hires new athletic director
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Everything is happening fast for Aaron Frech. The ink on his college diploma barely dry, Frech became the new athletic director at Burrell High School …
New Highlands AD has passion for position
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A mellow-mooded realist who toils in positivity and doesn’t fear failure, Chuck Debor is more concerned with the frame than the big picture as he …
National stage awaits young Seneca Valley lacrosse goalie
By Jerry Clark
With the local lacrosse craze continuing to spawn younger and hungrier players, Seneca Valley sophomore goalie Brady Moze isn’t shy about setting his goals high. …