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Sto-Rox looks for improvement in Class AA

By Devon Moore
It wasn’t long ago the Sto-Rox Vikings were perennial contenders. Just a year removed from three straight WPIAL Class A championship game appearances, second-year coach Jason ...
Gorman: Can Sto-Rox revive sports?
By Kevin Gorman
Sto-Rox announced it is bringing back spring sports baseball and softball, which begs a question: Can a school district revive what it killed? “I was of the opinion that it didn’t have to be done,” said Bill Palermo, who finished his 35-year career at Sto-Rox as the winningest softball coach ...
High school notebook: Spring sports return to Sto-Rox
By Staff Reports
WPIAL realignment didn’t have much of an effect on the softball teams in Section 1-AA. Only one team will join the existing group of teams. Unfortunately ...
High school notebook: PIAA heat acclimation rules under review
By Chris Harlan and Bill West
The state-mandated heat acclimation period for football teams would increase from three days to five under a proposal the PIAA Board of Directors reviewed at this week’s meeting in Mechanicsburg. The PIAA board members voted to take the plan back to their individual districts for discussion, said WPIAL president Jack Fullen, ...
High school football lifts spirits in Western Pennsylvania’s former industrial towns
By Megan Harris
Decked head-to-toe in Sto-Rox green, principal Tim Beck hung his head at halftime as the rusting scoreboard flickered and died. “It hasn’t been our finest year,” ...
High school notebook: WPIAL splits decision on Lincoln Park transfers
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL issued a split decision on two Lincoln Park transfers Wednesday when it ruled Jihad Cromer ineligible and Michael Smith eligible. Both basketball players transferred ...
HS highlight reel: Hearings scheduled before WPIAL board
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL scheduled several eligibility hearings for November with Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic junior Isaiah Harvin among them. The Penn Hills native, who transferred from Linsly School in Wheeling, W.Va., will have his case heard Nov. 17, said WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley. Harvin (6-3, 190) played receiver for Linsly. ...
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 ...
Sto-Rox starting from scratch in Class AA
By Gary Horvath
The Vikings are venturing into uncharted territory. Virtually everything about the Sto-Rox football program will be different this season, just one year after a third straight ...
Class AA breakdown: Revamped Allegheny Conference among many changes
By Bill West
Highlands coach Sam Albert wants his players to fixate on X’s and O’s, not A’s — as in Class AA instead of AAA. Realignment led to ...
Sto-Rox’s Williams shows he belongs in Big 33 loss to Maryland
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — The WPIAL’s all-time passing leader wasn’t here to prove anything. “If I throw 30 touchdowns, I’ll still have doubters,” said Sto-Rox’s Lenny Williams, ...
High school roundup: Football coaching carousel complete
By Staff Reports
It has been quite a busy offseason for high school football coaches looking for jobs in Western Pennsylvania. With 22 positions open in the WPIAL and City League, hundreds of interviews were held during the past five-plus months. This week, the final two open positions were filled at Charleroi (Donnie Militzer) and ...
Cornell, Montour softball teams benefit from Sto-Rox transfers
By Chris Harlan
When her teammates wore blue to softball practice, Cornell junior Shyanne Rippole wore green. It wasn’t a fashion statement. “All I have is Sto-Rox ...
High school notebook: Franklin Regional to host East-West game
By Paul Schofield  and Chris Harlan
Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta, who serves as the WPIAL director for the Pennsylvania Football State Coaches Association, announced Monday that the annual East-West game will be played at 2 p.m. May 4 at Franklin Regional. The game, which rotates sites, features some of the top players in the state. The ...
PIAA board approves football changes
By Staff Report
In its board of directors meeting Thursday, the PIAA made a slight change to the regular-season football schedule and full contact practices. A recommendation to extend the regular season by two days was approved 22-9 to allow a JV matchup on Monday. e_SBlt After a 31-0 vote, the board added ...
High school roundup: Gateway, Ambridge, Bentworth hire football coaches
By Staff Reports
Gateway School Board members officially hired Tom Nola as the district’s varsity football coach Wednesday night, selecting the longtime Clairton coach to replace Donnie Militzer, ...
HS Buzz: PIAA board will hear Sto-Rox appeal March 20
By Chris Harlan
Sto-Rox administrators will meet with the PIAA Board of Directors on March 20 to discuss the enrollment numbers submitted by the district, athletic director Howard Bullard said. The PIAA numbers released in January moved Sto-Rox to Class AA football. The school, which has said its numbers were flawed, would like ...
WPIAL announces its newest conference alignments for football
By Chris Harlan
This was quite a welcome to Class A. The WPIAL created a fierce foursome when it grouped Class A newcomers Greensburg Central Catholic and Jeannette with ...
Aliquippa’s Henry wins PAA’s Mercury Award
By Kevin Gorman
Aliquippa’s Dravon Henry was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Mercury Award, honoring the top high school football player in Western Pennsylvania. Henry, a 6-foot, 185-pound running back/defensive back headed to West Virginia, led the Quips to the WPIAL Class AA final by rushing for 1,242 yards as a ...
Penn Hills great Flynn to be inducted into PAA Hall of Fame
By Kevin Gorman
The Pittsburgh Athletic Association will induct former Penn Hills, Pitt and NFL safety Tom Flynn into its Hall of Fame Friday night at its annual John Majors Night celebration. The Mercury Award also will be presented to the top high school football player in Western Pennsylvania. The finalists are Central Catholic ...
High school notebook: PIAA classifications alter WPIAL landscape
By Staff Reports
Sto-Rox has played for a WPIAL Class A football championship the past three seasons at Heinz Field. That won’t happen next fall. The Vikings were one of five Class A football programs that will compete in Double-A in 2013 and ‘14, according to PIAA enrollment classification reports released Monday. Sto-Rox, which was ...
Gorman: North’s title a ‘thrill’ for Rooney
By Kevin Gorman
North Catholic’s most famous alumnus shook hands with and congratulated the Trojans on winning the first WPIAL football championship in school history. That they won ...
WPIAL championship notebook: Sto-Rox QB ends career among Pa. passing leaders
By George Guido 3:41 p.m.
Lenny Williams finished his outstanding career with 8,509 yards, best in WPIAL history and fifth all-time in state history. He finished 36 yards short of ...
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic wins 1st WPIAL football championship
By Gary Horvath 3:41 p.m.
The Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans are celebrating a day 40 years in the making. In its first-ever trip to the WPIAL Class A final ...
Brothers to savor time in WPIAL spotlight
By Bill West
South Fayette senior Zach Walker watched with admiration and a bit of envy as brothers Tyler and Zach Challingsworth lined up together as defensive backs ...

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