High school notebook: Levcik looking for championship at West A.
An assistant football coach with local ties will try to lead his team to a WPIAL championship Friday at Heinz Field.
Former Ford City and Robert Morris standout quarterback Tim Levcik is an assistant at West Allegheny, which plays West Mifflin at 8 p.m. in the Class AAA championship game.
Levcik had a short stint with the Steelers in 2003.
There would have been a another local connection in the finals had North Catholic advanced. Junior fullback Jarred Fragapane (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) played at Deer Lakes last year before transferring to play for the Trojans, who lost to Sto-Rox in the semifinals.
The Burrell wrestling team's pipeline to Mercyhurst University continued when senior Dakota DesLauriers signed a letter of intent last week to compete for the Lakers.
DesLauriers, who compiled a 45-1 record and was handed his lone defeat in the PIAA Class AA 182-pound final last season, received scholarship offers from Division I and II schools.
But DesLauriers, like many Burrell wrestlers in recent years, chose the Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference school located in Erie. His other finalist was D-II Pitt-Johnstown.
There are three Burrell graduates on Mercyhurst's roster — redshirt freshman Brian Beattie (182 pounds), redshirt junior Tyler Berger (157) and sophomore Jeremy Landowski (141). Jordan Shields, another Burrell graduate, was a redshirt junior 157-pounder last season but suffered a career-ending injury at the NCAA Super Region I Championships.
Shields' older brother, Josh, completed his career this past season. He became the first Mercyhurst wrestler to win a national championship when he captured gold in the 165-pound class at the 2009 Division II tournament. Josh is an assistant coach at Burrell.
Landowski to UPJ
Kiski Area's Cole Landowski has signed to continue his wrestling career at Pitt-Johnstown. A senior, Landowski went 31-5 last season and took third in WPIAL Class AAA at 138 pounds. He also won a section championship.
Moran to Gannon
Fox Chapel senior Jen Moran has signed to play college softball at Division II Gannon University. A senior infielder, Moran was a Valley News Dispatch all-star last season.
Knoch's girls basketball team will be without one of its top players this season. Junior 5-10 forward Celina Sanks has opted not to play basketball because she wants to focus on volleyball year-round. Sanks is getting Division I college attention in volleyball.
The PIHL took heat last week for encouraging teams to stop playing the national anthem before games to save ice time. But the league has changed its tune. It plans to have every arena used for its games equipped to play the “Star-Spangled Banner” before games.
Burrell girls basketball coach Meghan Ziemianski has turned her coaching staff into a family affair. Her father, Mark, is her main assistant, but she has added her brother, former Burrell and Penn State New Kensington star point guard Zack, as a volunteer assistant. ... Fox Chapel seniors Sarah Burns, Colleen Hamilton and Kelly Power were named to the USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll. Only 55 students nationwide made the list.