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From venues to playoff format, much has changed in 100 years of WPIAL championships

By Chris Harlan
Don Yannessa remembers vividly how the fans waited on Aliquippa streets for the buses to arrive home with his 1955 championship team. The Quips, with a senior named Mike Ditka, had just beaten Mt. Lebanon, 14-13, in a WPIAL football final at Pitt Stadium. A little-used sophomore that season, Yannessa watched ...
Gorman: Wilkinsburg stands strong
By Kevin Gorman
Wilkinsburg’s season ended like it began, with a championship trophy. Where Wilkinsburg started by celebrating the 100th anniversary of winning the first WPIAL football ...
Serra Catholic snaps 28-game losing streak with 38-36 victory over Wilkinsburg
By Ray Judy 9:57 p.m.
There usually isn’t much to celebrate when a team finishes a season 1-8. But that’s not the case for Serra Catholic. The Eagles snapped a 28-game ...
Riverview runs over Wilkinsburg
By Ed Phillipps
A parade of Corvettes circled Graham Field on Saturday, but it was the Riverview football team that left tracks. Ray Robair rushed for 127 yards on eight carries to lead the Raiders past host Wilkinsburg, 33-12, on Saturday afternoon on a field that became worn down and muddy as rain ...
HS highlight reel: PBC announces Hall of Fame Class
By Tribune-Review
Billy Knight, a former Pitt legend and one of the greatest players in Western Pennsylvania history, will be honored by the Pittsburgh Basketball Club as part if the organization’s 2014 Hall of Fame Class, which was announced Tuesday. Knight, who played a General Braddock High School, highlights the sixth annual ...
Early score sets dominant tone in Springdale’s victory over Wilkinsburg
By William Whalen
All Springdale needed was the game’s first 13 seconds to set the tone and put away Wilkinsburg, 31-0, in a Class A Eastern Conference game Friday at Veterans Memorial Field. Springdale (2-1, 2-1) running back Michael Banachoski picked up a short opening kickoff and raced 68 yards through the heart of ...
Clairton steamrolls past Wilkinsburg
By Ed Phillips
It’s hard to imagine improving on a 70-0 Week 1 victory, but Clairton managed to outdo itself in Week 2. The second-ranked Bears (2-0, 1-0) rolled to an 86-0 Class A Eastern Conference win over Wilkinsburg on Friday night at Clairton’s Neil C. Brown Stadium. “That’s our goal each week, to get ...
Gorman: Wilkinsburg senior takes a pass on center
By Kevin Gorman
Jonathan Carpenter always wanted to be a quarterback, but he had a problem preventing him from playing the position. Instead of being under center, he was the center. Then Wilkinsburg coach Michael Fulmore offered Carpenter a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job this season. “It was always a dream, ...
Wilkinsburg holds off Leechburg
By George Guido
After two years as a starter at center, Wilkinsburg’s Jonathan Carpenter sparkled in his debut at quarterback. Carpenter completed seven passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers posted a 24-14 victory in the season opener at Graham Field. Sophomore Robert Higginbotham caught a 73-yard pass from Carpenter to open ...
Century after 1st WPIAL title, Wilkinsburg tries to ‘reintroduce our history’
By Kevin Gorman
The football player strikes a pose reminiscent of the Heisman, but time has tarnished the trophy to a faded green similar to the Statue of ...
Versatile players to lead shorthanded Wilkinsburg
By George Guido
Small turnout numbers and the addition of several talented programs to the Eastern Conference should concern Wilkinsburg’s third-year coach Michael Fulmore. Instead, however, Fulmore is anticipating the challenge with a core of players that he says are starting to understand what is needed to help turnaround a program that hasn’t made ...
Coached by school’s all-time leading scorer, Wilkinsburg surges to Section 4 title
By Chris Harlan
A 16-point loss made Wilkinsburg coach Eugene Wilson feel optimistic. Yes, the Tigers lost. But more importantly, they didn’t fold when faced with the defending WPIAL ...
Gorman: Family affair, not feud, for Fulmores
By Kevin Gorman
Michael Fulmore had every right to be dazzled and dismayed when North Catholic’s terrific tailback weaved through the Wilkinsburg defense for a long touchdown run. ...
West Shamokin on verge of first WPIAL playoff appearance
By George Guido
In what has become a year of firsts for West Shamokin football, the Wolves added another to the list Saturday afternoon. West Shamokin won a ...
Riverview earns 1st victory of season over Wilkinsburg
By Wes Crosby
The Riverview Raiders, led by senior quarterback Zach Hanus, earned their first victory of the season with a 19-12 win in their Homecoming game against the Wilkinsburg Tigers on Friday night at Riverside Park. After forcing fullback Keir Barber to fumble late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers (2-3, 2-3) faced ...
Springdale earns 1st win with shutout of Wilkinsburg
By Wes Crosby
Springdale’s first win will not be remembered as one of the most artistic WPIAL football games played, but after a rough start to the 2013 season, the Dynamos were satisfied with their 6-0 victory over Wilkinsburg (1-2, 1-2) at Veterans Memorial Field on Friday night. Springdale (1-2, 1-2) came out firing ...
Apollo-Ridge rolls past Wilkinsburg, 56-36
By George Guido
It was a special day for Apollo-Ridge’s special teams. The kick coverage crew set up three first-half touchdowns as the Vikings (1-1, 1-1) rolled past Wilkinsburg (1-1, 1-1), 56-36, in Eastern Conference play Saturday at Graham Field. Apollo-Ridge has an 8-0 lead in the all-time series against Wilkinsburg. The 56 points broke ...
Wilkinsburg holds off Leechburg in opener
By Wes Crosby
Wilkinsburg and Leechburg seemed determined to put on an offensive onslaught Saturday afternoon, but the heat at Graham Field turned the game into a battle of attrition, as the Tigers held onto a 14-13 Eastern Conference victory in the season opener. Both offenses seemed poised for a big outing in the ...
Wilkinsburg finds motivation to win
By Andrew John
Michael Fulmore had something up his sleeve, bringing in a blast from the past to training camp in order to display the rich history of Wilkinsburg football. He welcomed former Pitt star and NFL player Darnell Dinkins to speak to his 2013 Tigers, hoping to motivate the group into regaining the ...
Riverview finally earns first victory
By George Guido
It took a while, but Riverview finally got into the victory column with a narrow triumph over a conference rival. Multi-threat senior Tim Wagner ran for a touchdown, caught a pass for another and had 93 yards of punt returns in the first half, as Riverview registered a 15-12 decision at ...
Springdale Dynamos grind out victory at Wilkinsburg
By Dave Yohe
Springdale first-year coach Dave Leasure could only laugh as he said it: “The best thing we could say is we got a win.” Springdale outlasted host Wilkinsburg on Saturday in a 15-0 Eastern Conference victory at Graham Field. “The hard part for these kids offensively is they’ve always been a zone team,” ...
Apollo-Ridge has no problems with Wilkinsburg
By R.A. Monti
In just the first half of a 41-0 victory against Wilkinsburg on Friday night, Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jesse Zelonka put up numbers that most high school ...
Leechburg paced by run game, defense
By D.j. Vasil
Leechburg posted an opening-night win the old-fashioned way — with a sound running game, strong defense and just enough big plays. The Blue Devils defeated Wilkinsburg, 16-6, in the Class A Eastern Conference opener on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Three big plays resulted in all 16 points for the Blue ...
Changing mindset, attitude goal for new Wilkinsburg coach
By Andrew John
Another year, another coaching change at Wilkinsburg. A change in mindset is expected to do the trick in bringing success back for the Tigers. Wilkinsburg, which ...

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