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High school notebook: Thomas Jefferson, Clairton head into enemy territory

By Staff Reports
A pair of WPIAL football teams drew short straws, it seems, on the sites of their scheduled PIAA quarterfinal games Friday night. In a method ...
Thomas Jefferson uses defense, running game to capture WPIAL title
By Chris Harlan
The old champ took back what it once owned. Thomas Jefferson returned to Heinz Field for the first time since 2008 and ended the Parkway Conference’s ...
WPIAL Class AAA notes: Title games draw 16,500 to Heinz Field
By George Guido
Saturday’s combined attendance of the four games at Heinz Field was 16,500. Crowds were impacted by the steady drizzle, particularly for the first two games. Last year’s crowd was 15,500 when the games were played on a Friday afternoon. In 2013, 17,500 made their way to Heinz Field while 18,601 showed up ...
Clairton among greatest WPIAL dynasties; Aliquippa, South Fayette close
By Chris Harlan
The Clairton Bears had a reservation for just before dawn at a family-owned restaurant along Route 51. It’s become an almost-annual tradition for the team ...
WPIAL Class AAA final preview: Big-play passing attack paying off for defending WPIAL champion Central Valley
By Joe Sager
Central Valley may not boast a high-profile recruit like Robert Foster or Jordan Whitehead this year. But, the Warriors do have guys who can produce ...
HS highlight reel: Pair of title games to be on tape delay Saturday
By Bill Hartlep
As usual, Saturday’s four WPIAL football championship games all will be televised by Root Sports, but two will be on tape delay. The Class A ...
High school notebook: New classes put football finalists on the move next season
By Chris Harlan
At least four of this year’s eight WPIAL football finalists will join a new classification next season. Among them, Class AAAA finalist Central Catholic is headed to the newly formed Class 6A and championship opponent Penn-Trafford will join Class 5A, according to enrollment figures released Monday by the PIAA. The PIAA voted ...
Central Valley edges Mars in Class AAA semifinal slugfest
By William Whalen
Senior quarterback Chris Callaghan threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 1 Central Valley past No. 4 Mars, 48-41, in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game at Ambridge on Friday night. “That was a great football game and (Mars wasn’t) going away,” said Central Valley coach Mark ...
WPIAL Class AAA semifinal capsule: Central Valley vs. Mars
By Karen Price
class aaa SEMIFINAL NO. 1 CENTRAL VALLEY (10-1)  vs. NO. 4 MARS (10-1)   7:30 p.m. Friday at Ambridge Defending WPIAL champion and top-seeded ...
Central Valley too much for Laurel Highlands
By Staff Reports
Chris Callaghan completed 11 of 20 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns as No. 1 Central Valley defeated visiting No. 16 Laurel Highlands, 59-14, in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff game Friday. Callaghan’s top target was Aris Tatalovich, who hauled in touchdown strikes of 46 and 71 ...
Teamwork pays off for West Shamokin in 3-0 win over Central Valley
By Jerin Steele
West Shamokin girls volleyball players wear shirts that say “We Not Me” in pregame warmups. Coach Dan Spencer said the girls came up with the idea because they’ve been playing together a long time and wanted to show solidarity. The Wolves worked well as a team Tuesday night. The middle hitters and ...
Breaking down the 2015 WPIAL football playoffs
By Chris Harlan
Here’s a look at the WPIAL football playoff pairings: Class AAAA Favorite: Woodland Hills has the best backfield tandem in the WPIAL with seniors Miles ...
Trio of defending champions earn top seeds for WPIAL playoffs
By Chris Harlan
As the only undefeated team in Class AAA, Belle Vernon could have griped that it wasn’t seeded first. Instead, the Leopards can accept that ...
Central Valley hands rare home loss to No. 1 West Allegheny
By Brian J. Duermeyer
Central Valley found a way to win at Joe P. Demichela Stadium, and the Warriors are Parkway Conference champions once again. Kurt Reinstadtler scored on a 90-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter to propel the Class AAA No. 4 Warriors to a 23-13 victory over top-ranked West Allegheny on ...
TJ’s pace in attack sparks first-round soccer playoff win
By Devon Moore
Senior midfielder Falco Meden took an A.J. Meshanko pass near the goal box, blew past the defense, and gave Thomas Jefferson a lead two minutes ...
WPIAL to discuss 6 classes with member schools, won’t leave PIAA
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL won’t leave the PIAA. Secession is not an option for dealing with PIAA expansion, the WPIAL strategic planning committee unanimously agreed Monday when it met to discuss the issue. But beyond that, the committee decided it needed more information before it could recommend a path forward, committee chairman ...
Central Valley dominates Char Valley in battle of Class AAA top 10s
By Nathan Smith
Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said the No. 1 priority for his squad against Chartiers Valley was executing Mission accomplished. In a battle of Class AAA ...
Central Valley, New Castle face WPIAL hearing over fight before football game
By Chris Harlan
School administrators and football coaches from New Castle and Central Valley will attend a WPIAL hearing Monday to discuss a pregame fight that drew ejections and suspensions. The WPIAL scheduled the hearing for 4:45 p.m. in Green Tree. Invited are both districts’ superintendents, high school principals, athletic directors ...
Gorman: So much for sportsmanship
By Kevin Gorman
Five days after Monessen and Wilkinsburg were called to the WPIAL offices to answer for a fight, there was another. Where Monessen-Wilkinsburg’s brawl ended their football game, the one between Central Valley and New Castle occurred before the game even started. “This is way different,” WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley said ...
Scores on defense, special teams an early trend in WPIAL season
By Paul Schofield
Highlands football coach Sam Albert didn’t think anything would top the play North Hills’ LaVar Arrington made when he coached at Butler in 1994. That is ...
Montour kicker comes through in win over Central Valley
By Chris Harlan
Montour sophomore Nolan Hutter faced quite a set of circumstances for his first varsity field-goal attempt: A 20-yarder with 57 seconds left in a tied ...
Montour seeks early Parkway edge against Central Valley
By Chris Harlan
In a conference that seems wide open, Montour senior David Haseleu says his team is eager to join the race. The Spartans return much from last ...
High school football notebook: WPNT to televise games this season
By Chris Harlan
At least three separate outlets will televise WPIAL football games this fall. Two are well-known. Root Sports hasn’t yet announced matchups, but it will televise games this season starting in October. Comcast Xfinity, which announced a 12-game schedule, again will make games available through its On Demand feature. The newcomer is ...
Class AAA breakdown: Armstrong merger shakes up Greater Allegheny Conference
By Doug Gulasy
Mark Lyons knows well what a merged school is capable of on the football field. He doesn’t have to look any further back than 2010, when ...
Experienced line to pave way for reigning champion Central Valley
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley has no four-star recruits for the first time in team history, so the Warriors may alter their approach a little. “We’re ...
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