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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, ...
Woodland Hills boys basketball hopes to turn corner after enduring winless season
By Alex Oltmanns
Odell Miller knew last season was going to be difficult for the Woodland Hills boys basketball team. He was right. The Wolverines went on to go ...
New coach steps in to lead rising Woodland Hills girls basketball program
By Alex Oltmanns
Returning to high school coaching after an almost 10-year hiatus, Christine French didn’t know what to expect when she took over the Woodland Hills girls basketball team this offseason. But knowing former coach Korie Morton-Rozier through her coaching experience at McKeesport put French at ease. She realized she was taking over ...
Central Catholic blanks Woodland Hills to advance to Class AAAA semfinals
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic’s Johnny Petrishen has heard it all too often how there’s three sides to every football game. For awhile though, they relied on only two. Petrishen ...
Preseason favorites Central Catholic, Woodland Hills set for quarterfinals
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic and Woodland Hills were the preseason favorites to meet at Heinz Field. Instead, they’ll settle for Newman Stadium. The Class AAAA finalists from ...
HS highlight reel: Quarterfinal sites set for Friday night
By Tribune-Review
The WPIAL announced sites for Friday’s quarterfinal football games Monday. In Class AAAA, Pine-Richland-Altoona is at Gateway, Plum-McKeesport is at Norwin, Penn-Trafford-North Allegheny is at Fox Chapel and Central Catholic-Woodland Hills is at North Allegheny. In Class AAA, Central Valley-Indiana is at Butler, Hampton-Ringgold is at West Allegheny, Thomas Jefferson-Mars ...
Woodland Hills’ potent rushing attack deflates North Hills, 41-2
By Wes Crosby
Woodland Hills dominated the line of scrimmage on its way to a 41-2 win over the North Hills on Friday at the Wolvarena in the first round of the WPIAL football playoffs. The sixth-seeded Wolverines ran 28 times and built a 21-2 halftime lead. Running back Miles Sanders gave the ...
WPIAL football playoff clinchings
By Tribune-Review
The following WPIAL football teams have clinched berths in the WPIAL playoffs. In Class AAAA and AAA, the top five teams from each conference qualify  for the playoffs, along with one wild-card sixth-place team. In Class AA and A, the top four teams in each conference qualify. The playoffs begin ...
Late TD lifts Penn Hills past Woodland Hills
By Ed Phillips
In a game dotted with star players and big plays, it was a methodical drive that led to Penn Hills knocking off Woodland Hills, 22-15, on Friday night at Turtle Creek Stadium. The Indians grinded out an 11-play, 66-yard drive capped by Milan Smith’s 3-yard run that provided the winning ...
WPIAL, coaches are still looking to schedule Week 9 rivalry games
By Bill West
When asked about the WPIAL’s efforts to schedule football rivals against each other in Week 9, executive director Tim O’Malley went right into an explanation ...
Previewing some of Western Pa.’s top Week 9 matchups
By Staff Reports
Here’s a look at some of the top matchups for Western Pennsylvania in Week 9: Class AAAA Quad Central 9-AAAA Penn Hills (6-2, 5-1) at 2-AAAA ...
Previewing some of Western Pa.’s top matchups for Week 8
By Staff Reports
Here’s a look at some of the top matchups for Week 8 in Western Pennsylvania: Class AAAA Quad Central 2-AAAA Woodland Hills (6-1, 5-0) ...
West Allegheny tops Woodland Hills in battle of No. 1 teams
By Chris Harlan
Rarely does a nonconference win draw this much emotion. Yet when West Allegheny’s D.J. Opsatnik made a game-winning extra point in overtime, just after a ...
Pride on line between top-ranked Woodland Hills, West Allegheny
By Chris Harlan
Woodland Hills coach George Novak visited West Allegheny on Wednesday and left praising the school’s football success. “They have a lot of trophies and ...
Previewing some of Week 4’s top matchups
By Staff Reports
Here’s a look at some of the top matchups for Week 4 in Western Pennsylvania. Class AAAA Quad Central Baldwin (1-2, 0-1) at 1-AAAA Woodland Hills (3-0, 2-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday Last week: Baldwin lost to Mt. Lebanon, 54-14. Woodland Hills defeated Shaler, 47-14. The buzz: Woodland Hills is averaging a lofty 35.7 points ...
High school football notebook: TJ leans heavily on ground game
By Chris Harlan
Balance isn’t always key. The third-ranked team in Class AAA, Thomas Jefferson has one of the least-active passing attacks in the WPIAL. In three games, the Jaguars have completed only three passes for 72 yards. They’ve thrown just eight. But that offensive option hasn’t been needed because they lead all ...
Gorman: This Jones not just a QB
By Kevin Gorman
Jeremiah Jones was sitting at West Virginia’s pre-game meal Saturday “just like any other person” when he was invited to a private meeting. That’s when the Mountaineers offered the Woodland Hills junior quarterback a scholarship. “I was surprised, actually,” Jones said. “They’ve been sending me a lot of handwritten letters, ...
Woodland Hills survives scare from Bethel Park
By Staff Reports
Art Thompkins’ 75-yard kickoff return in the final minutes provided Woodland Hills with a 33-31 victory over Bethel Park in the Quad Central Conference Friday night, as the No. 1 team in Class AAAA survived a scare in Week 2. Thompkins also scored on a 64-yard pass from Jermiah Jones. ...
Previewing some of the top Week 2 matchups in Western Pennsylvania
By Tribune-Review
Here’s a look at some of the top Week 2 football matchups in Western Pennsylvania: Class AAAA Quad Central 1-AAAA Woodland Hills (1-0, 1-0) at Bethel ...
Sanders, Woodland Hills roll to victory against Peters Township
By Josh Yohe
Woodland Hills has an unfortunate history of slow starts in recent seasons. There was nothing slow about Miles Sanders against Peters Township. Sanders rushed for 85 yards on 13 carries to lead the Wolverines, the WPIAL’s top-ranked Class AAAA team, to a 27-0 road victory against the Indians in the Quad ...
Woodland Hills not distracted by top ranking
By Dave Mackall
Once the rain hit, it didn’t let up. Finally, Woodland Hills, dripping with water, did. The top-ranked Wolverines welcomed McKeesport to the Wolvarena on Friday night ...
Woodland Hills lineup laden with Division I talent
By Dave Mackall
Four WPIAL championship appearances in the past five years has done little to move Woodland Hills coach George Novak. No matter how comfortable it has seemed ...
Class AAAA breakdown: Trio of contenders could challenge perennial powers Woodland Hills, Central Catholic
By Kevin Gorman
When asked who should be atop the WPIAL Class AAAA rankings, without hesitation several coaches mentioned Central Catholic and Woodland Hills in the same breath as Nos. 1 and 2. It’s no coincidence that they are considered the two dominant teams on a perennial basis. Woodland Hills’ nine WPIAL finals appearances ...
HSFB preview by position: WPIAL is stacked at last line of defense
By Chris Harlan
The last line of defense has some of the WPIAL’s best athletes. Central Catholic’s Johnny Petrishen and McKeesport’s Khaleke Hudson, the two most highly acclaimed ...
HSFB preview by position: Central Valley’s Whitehead among nation’s best defensive backs
By Chris Harlan
With very little debate, Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead can be called the best playmaker in the WPIAL. The senior had 20 touchdowns last season, but ...

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