VND high school notebook: Wagner plans return to Springdale
TribLIVE Sports Videos
As sure as he knows he is right-handed, Chuck Wagner knows he needs football in his life.
And what a better place to continue his extended coaching career than at the place with which he's most associated?
The 79-year-old Wagner, who retired from Springdale in 2011 after 19 seasons as head coach and 50 overall on the sidelines, is plans to join the Dynamos staff as a volunteer assistant.
He did the same at Riverview last season but parted ways when Todd Massack resigned.
Pending approval from the school board, he'll be back on the sidelines at the place he helped turn into a WPIAL Class A power.
“I am looking forward to it,” Wagner said. “I have some strong ties there, and I miss being around (Springdale) very much. I still have some memorabilia there (in an office).”
Wagner won 270 games during stints at Oakmont, Riverview, Fox Chapel and Springdale, leading Springdale to a WPIAL title in 2003 and a runner-up in 2007. He guided the Dynamos to 10 straight playoff appearances, which reached 11 when Dave Leasure took over the program and stands as an Alle-Kiski record.
If Wagner returns, he'll reunite with longtime friend and coaching mate Pappy Boulton.
“When you do something for so long and leave, you miss it,” Wagner said.
Springdale senior lineman Robbie Korzon committed to play at Clarion. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder was an Eastern Conference second-teamer pick as an offensive lineman.
Korzon also considered Clarion, Gannon, Mercyhurst and Washington & Jefferson.
He'll join another former Springdale standout, junior running back Chris Liberto, on the Clarion roster.
• Ford City senior kicker and punter Tyler Blaniar gave a verbal commitment to IUP. The All-Allegheny Conference first-teamer averaged 35.2 yards per punt last season and hit 14 of 16 extra points and 2 of 3 field goals.
He also considered California (Pa.).
• Fox Chapel senior Nigel Garnett committed to California (Pa.). He was recruited as a cornerback but also stood out as a running back. He's a two-time all-conference pick at defensive back in the Quad North.
Burrell junior point guard Sydney Bordonaro put on a show Saturday with a career-high 35 points and six 3-pointers in a 63-61 win over Mt. Pleasant that clinched a 22-0 regular season for her team. Bordonaro's game is drawing praise.
She is among the top backcourt players in the country, according to ESPN. The network's women's basketball site rates her as the No. 45 guard among players in the Class of 2015. Although she is listed as “undeclared,” Bordonaro has committed to Pepperdine.
Local playoff field set
The WPIAL will announce basketball playoff pairings starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree.
The Alle-Kiski playoff field is set.
Boys qualifiers: Fox Chapel, Plum and Kiski Area in Class AAAA; Kittanning and Knoch in Class AAA; Apollo-Ridge and Burrell in Class AA; and St. Joseph in Class A.
Girls qualifiers: Fox Chapel and Plum in Class AAAA; Kittanning and Freeport in Class AAA; Apollo-Ridge, Burrell, Ford City and Riverview in Class AA; and St. Joseph in Class A.
Hold the phone
There will be no Ron Classic after all.
The Knoch and Plum boys basketball teams opted to cancel their nonsection game Monday night to prevent injuries heading into the playoffs. The game would have matched two of the top defensive teams in the WPIAL, not to mention longtime coaching friends, Ron McNabb of Knoch and Plum's Ron Richards.
McNabb was Richards' assistant for two years before coming to Knoch.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at email@example.com.
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 use big 7th inning to sweep Marlins, stretch winning streak to 6
- Plum teacher held for trial on charges of witness intimidation
- Tweets connect Pittsburghers with the world, each other in 5 words
- Judge orders Highmark, UPMC lawyers to hash out consent decree
- Rossi: Steelers’ tarnished Bell rings true
- Male suspect in custody from New Kensington shooting
- Overturned cement truck knocks out power in South Side Slopes
- Tomlin gives suggestion Steelers won’t be shy about going for 2
- Santorum officially joining GOP contenders for the White House
- Vandals ruin Ligonier Township farmers’ garden
- North Shore access to be limited Saturday for Chesney concert, officials say