High school notebook: Tipton turns heads in "Turkey Bowl"

| Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

Tre Tipton intercepted five passes this season for Apollo-Ridge, and the junior standout returned one for a touchdown.

Although it won't count on his official stats, he added another pick-six on Thanksgiving Day — against a former professional quarterback.

Playing in a pick-up “Turkey Bowl” game organized by former players from Central Catholic at John Derry Field in Pittsburgh, Tipton stepped in front of a pass thrown by former Pitt and Steelers quarterback Rod Rutherford and took it in for a score.

“This was our fifth anniversary (of the Turkey Bowl) and probably our best,” said former Central quarterback Karlo Zovko, a 2012 grad who played in the game. “Another group of people came down and wanted to join, they were all around 25-35 years old. There was one person completely dominating us. I come to find out it was (Tipton). He was 17 and making grown adults look foolish.”

Zovko said Rutherford was dominating just about everyone on the field — as one might expect from the 33-year-old — but Tipton also drew attention.

“We threw a quick screen to Tre, he juked about seven grown men and Rod came over and completely blindsided him,” Zovko said. “Tre got up, hesitantly, but kept trucking on. It was a fun day. It was obvious Rod and Tre were clearly the best on the field, Tre being the youngest by far.”

Scoring duo

Armstrong's new hockey team has one of the most productive scoring tandems in the PIHL.

Forwards Christian Miller and Hunter Grafton are tied for the Class A scoring lead with Bishop Canevin's Randy Unger with 23 points.

Miller has 18 goals and five assists, and Grafton has tallied eight goals and 15 assists for the Riverhawks (5-2).

Family affair

New Valley girls basketball coach Mindy (Beale) White might get razzed by her niece over the holidays. And she's ready for it.

Kayla Beale is a sophomore guard and key player at Highlands, her aunt's alma mater.

Valley will play Highlands twice this season in Section 1-AAA play, the first Jan. 7 in New Kensington.

“She's such a great kid; she's my Mini Me,” White said. “I can't take credit for teaching her everything. It will be fun. I am wowed by her all the time, especially in soccer.”

Kiriloff ranked

Plum rising baseball player Alex Kiriloff is drawing some offseason attention. The sophomore first baseman and pitcher is the top-rated prospect in Pennsylvania for the Class of 2016 by Prep Baseball Report.

Silberg nominated

Fox Chapel freshman soccer player Max Silberg has been nominated for the USA Today's Ultimate Athlete. Online voting for the award ends Dec. 6.

Clawson cleared

Freeport golf standout Audrey Clawson has been medically cleared to continue playing this summer.

Clawson, who broke her left index finger in the fall, will play in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Championship on Dec. 7-8 in Orlando, Fla.

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