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Statewide HSFB notebook: Pope John Paul II football player continues comeback

By Staff Reports
With just one victory in nine tries, the Pope John Paul II football team has obviously struggled on the field this fall. That adversity, however, pales in comparison to what Golden Panthers’ senior linebacker Tyler Nugent has had to deal with off the field for the past few years. In …
South Fayette cross country rolls to states
By Gary Horvath
When South Fayette cross country coach Lindsay Dolan saw the results of the Class AA boys race at the WPIAL championship last Thursday at Cooper’s …
Thomas Jefferson earns spot in volleyball semifinals after downing South Fayette for 3rd time
By Kevin Lohman
Thomas Jefferson’s girls volleyball team fought off a roaring comeback by Section 6 rival South Fayette to secure a bid to the WPIAL Class AA …
Breaking down the WPIAL football playoffs
By Chris Harlan
Here’s a look at each classification in advance of the start of the WPIAL football playoffs Friday night. Class AAAA Favorite: Pine-Richland hasn’t won a …
Statewide HSFB notebook: Scranton RB to miss rest of season with injury
By Staff Reports
His final carry covered 1 yard. Trying to help lead his team on a momentum shifting drive, Scranton’s Jake McCarthy limped back to the huddle after absorbing one of many physical hits from an aggressive Delaware Valley defense last week. Another play followed, a quarterback sneak for a first down, …
South Fayette cross country has high hopes for WPIAL championships
By Gary Horvath
The South Fayette cross country team isn’t living in the past. Last season, the boys won the school’s first WPIAL cross country championship and finished …
South Fayette offense rolls past Seton-La Salle
By Gary Horvath
Top-ranked South Fayette showed Friday just how big of a gap there is between it and the rest of the Century Conference. The defending WPIAL …
Statewide HSFB notebook: After blackout, McDevitt downs Cedar Cliff in two-day game
By Staff Reports
Bishop McDevitt senior and Penn State recruit Andre Robinson returned to action after missing five games with a bone bruise near his right knee. Robinson, the reigning Class AAA Player of the Year, carried 23 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns during the Crusaders extended 49-33 win over Cedar …
High school football notebook: Central Catholic readies for sell-out at Highmark
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic is ready for its first sellout on the South Side. Athletic director Chuck Crummie said the Vikings expect a capacity crowd Friday night when Pine-Richland visits Highmark Stadium. Both teams are undefeated and tied atop the Quad North. Central Catholic is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA. Pine-Richland …
Statewide HSFB notebook: Clairton’s high-scoring run continues
By Staff Reports
For yet another week, the state’s No. 2 ranked team in Class A, Clairton, was unchallenged in a blowout victory. Facing previously unbeaten Jeannette, the Bears rolled to a 58-14 win in front of a regional TV audience. Jeannette coach Roy Hall quipped afterward: “There’s only one way to stop …
South Fayette’s Brumbaugh becomes WPIAL’s all-time passing leader
By Chris Harlan
South Fayette wideouts Nick Ponikvar and Roman Denson held history in their hands. “That’s the greatest feeling ever,” said Ponikvar, whose 68-yard touchdown catch let …
Gorman: WPIAL records aren’t South Fayette quarterback’s goal
By Kevin Gorman
Brett Brumbaugh runs a hurry-up offense, but the South Fayette senior quarterback had to hesitate before he could celebrate. Brumbaugh could only hold his breath as he watched Nick Ponikvar race 68 yards untouched along the home sideline and into the end zone. A penalty flag was thrown during the …
South Fayette golfer Keeling advances to PIAA playoffs
By Gary Horvath
It might have been Wes Keeling’s first time playing in the WPIAL Class AA boys golf individual championship, but his performance Sept. 24 at Youghiogheny …
High school football notebook: State record possible for South Fayette QB
By Chris Harlan
South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh is poised Friday night to break the WPIAL passing record for career yards. The senior needs only 85 yards. But might the state record also be reachable? “Me and my quarterback coach (Shane Patterson) have actually talked about it,” Brumbaugh said. “We do have a chance …
Statewide HSFB notebook: Jersey Shore wins on controversial finish
By Staff Reports
Jersey Shore beat Montoursville for the first time since 1985, winning 27-21 in overtime last week. It snapped a 28-game losing streak in the series but came in controversial fashion. Brody Smith intercepted a pass in overtime and returned it 94 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Per PIAA rules, however, …
High school football notebook: Longtime coach to be honored at Carlynton
By Chris Harlan  and Kevin Gorman
Not often does a team honor an opposing coach. Yet South Fayette assistant Bill Yost, a 45-year veteran of WPIAL football, will be honored by both teams before Friday night’s game against Carlynton at Honus Wagner Field. Yost, a 1964 Carnegie graduate, was head coach from 1976-90 at Carlynton, a …
HS highlight reel: SF wrestler Walker chooses Kent State
By Tribune-Review
Anticipating another long season on the football field, South Fayette senior J.J. Walker committed to Kent State for wrestling a couple weeks before the season …
Defending WPIAL cross country champ South Fayette running on young legs
By Gary Horvath
After graduating six seniors from its 2013 WPIAL Class AA boys championship team, the rest of the league expected South Fayette to be in a …
Statewide high school football notebook: GAR DB Winstead returns 3 interceptions for touchdowns in 1 quarter
By Staff Reports
Wilkes-Barre GAR senior defensive back Tydus Winstead played youth football, but never had much interest in playing at the high school level until this season. …
South Fayette boys soccer reainforcing team attitude
By Gary Horvath
South Fayette boys soccer coach Rob Eldridge has made it clear that no one player is going to be above the team this year. Each …
WPIAL champions wall unveiled at Heinz Field
By Andrew Erickson
North Catholic football coach Bob Ravenstahl and a former North Catholic player flanked a commemorative Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic jersey in the West main concourse …
WPIAL coaches, quarterbacks have concerns about using newly approved footballs
By Paul Schofield
South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh tossed around a lot of different footballs this summer — the Nike, the Wilson GST and the Spalding SB1. But …
South Fayette’s confidence high coming off historic season
By Nathan Smith
The South Fayette football team is coming off a season that was one for the history books. The Lions brought home the program’s first PIAA …
Led by top QB, South Fayette offense among WPIAL’s all-time best
By Chris Harlan
With his smartphone in hand, Brett Brumbaugh uses an occasional study hall to watch online videos. But that doesn’t mean he’s not studying. “Just a …
Experienced senior class leads defending champion South Fayette
By Nathan Smith
After his team played 12 playoff games over the last three years, South Fayette coach Joe Rossi referred to the veterans of this season’s squad …

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