Guido: Leechburg nearing official departure from WPIAL
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Leechburg looks to take the next step to join PIAA District 6 on Monday afternoon.
The District 6 board of directors will meet at 3:30 p.m. at Hollidaysburg High School, and the Leechburg issue will be on the agenda, according to board member David Crumrine, principal of Martinsburg Central High School.
While there's no such thing as a sure thing, District 6's approval for Leechburg might come close.
The final step would be PIAA approval at the statewide group's meeting May 22-23. That means by the time Blue Devils fans are set to observe the Memorial Day weekend, the Leechburg move could be complete.
The last time an Alle-Kiski Valley school left the WPIAL was Saltsburg football in 1970.
But Saltsburg had a good reason.
The Trojans were playing schools in the old AIC Class B at the time.
But Apollo and Elders Ridge merged. Verona and Oakmont were set to do likewise.
East Deer-Frazer was consolidated with West Deer to form Deer Lakes, and Sharpsburg was absorbed by Fox Chapel.
That left Saltsburg and Shannock Valley as the final teams remaining.
Shannock Valley soon moved to District 9 and Saltsburg cast its lot with District 6.
Saltsburg remained in the local WPIAL basketball section with the likes of Leechburg and St. Joseph for the remainder of the 1970s before moving its entire athletic operation to District 6.
In 1966, Saltsburg went 9-0-0 in football, but lacked sufficient Gardner Points to qualify for the WPIAL Class B title game, where Leechburg defeated Avella.
As for Monday's District 6 conclave, if the board were to deny Leechburg, that would leave the Heritage Conference with just nine teams, causing a scheduling headache for its members.
Playoffs are coming
The WPIAL softball playoff pairings will be disclosed Thursday afternoon, with the baseball pairings set for Friday.
It will be interesting to see how some A-K Valley teams are seeded.
Defending WPIAL Class AA softball champion Deer Lakes could be in line for a No. 1 seed.
Eight local teams have won WPIAL titles, all since 1991.
One thing is certain in softball — there will be a new Class A champion.
That's because Chartiers-Houston was advanced to Class AA under the biennial realignment.
Riverview could get a top four baseball seed — the Raiders have lost just twice.
The toughest field to seed has to be Class AAAA baseball. Plum clearly is one of the top teams, but Class AAAA is so loaded that Peters Township, regarded as one of the WPIAL's top programs, didn't make the playoffs.
Opening-round games are set for Monday.
WPIAL soccer home
The WPIAL announced last week that this year's soccer finals will be held at new Highmark Stadium on Pittsburgh's South Side, adjacent to Station Square.
Teams from all three classifications, boys and girls, will be on the pitch.
Two games will be played Nov. 1, and the other four will take place Nov. 2.
The Friday games will conflict with the opening round of the WPIAL football playoffs, so perhaps the WPIAL might schedule four soccer schools whose football teams aren't in the playoffs.
Highmark Stadium seats 3,500 and has an excellent view of Downtown Pittsburgh.
George Guido is a freelance writer. His scholastic column appears Wednesdays.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates claim Ishikawa off waivers; Marte injured
- Alvarez homer triggers winning outburst for Pirates
- Coaching next step for local tennis standout Watt
- Don’t remove history’s lessons
- Woman shot at Kennywood Park in ‘freak accident’
- Risk of government shutdown to worry Congress on return from July Fourth
- U.S.-led coalition unleashes wave of airstrikes on Raqqa, Syria
- Notorious New York escapee Sweat returns to prison
- Police: Maine man shoots off firework from top of head, dies
- McCutchen, Pirates hitters increasingly in crosshairs
- Trump comments still dominate GOP debate, divide field of presidential contenders