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PIAA quarterfinalists Central Valley, Conneaut sharing success after mergers

By Bill West 6:54 p.m.
Likely no football coach in the WPIAL grasps the dynamics of a post-merger program riding a wave of historic wins better than Central Valley’s Mark ...
Gorman: Central Valley’s Powell pulls ‘perfect play’
By Kevin Gorman 6:54 p.m.
Everyone at Heinz Field was expecting the ball to go to Jordan Whitehead. B.J. Powell knew better. Central Valley coach Mark Lyons has such confidence ...
WPIAL Class AAA notebook: Central Valley to face another merger in PIAA playoffs
By George Guido
Central Valley will battle another recent school merger when it takes on Conneaut High School next weekend. Conneaut was formed several years ago by way of a merger between Linesville, Conneaut Lake and Conneaut Valley high schools. The school district, located in western Crawford County, once housed three high schools ...
Central Valley beats rival West Allegheny to win WPIAL Class AAA championship
By Chris Harlan
As it learned here last season, Central Valley would need Jordan Whitehead and his teammates to win. After Whitehead dazzled, wideout B.J. Powell caught a game-winning, ...
Plenty of respect between Parkway Conference rivals
By Ed Phillipps
Something is going to give when Central Valley and West Allegheny meet for the WPIAL Class AAA championship at 8 p.m. Friday at Heinz Field. ...
Now healthy, Central Valley quarterback George ‘hungry’ for win
By Ed Phillipps
John George’s senior season was nothing like he imagined it would be. However, there still is time for a perfect ending. After filling in nicely ...
Central Valley dominates Ringgold, goes for 2nd WPIAL title since 2010
By Les Harvath
Central Valley flexed its offensive, defensive and special teams muscles and exploded for five first-half touchdowns Friday as the Warriors mowed down Ringgold, 41-13, in ...
WPIAL Class AAA semifinal capsule: Ringgold vs. Central Valley
By Jeff Oliver
class AAA semifinal No. 1 Central Valley (11-0) vs. No. 5 Ringgold (10-1)   7:30 p.m. Friday at Chartiers Valley A program that last ...
Top-ranked Central Valley routs Indiana, eases into semifinals
By Ed Phillipps
One quarterback stepped up while the other sat out, and that made all the difference in Central Valley’s 41-14 victory over Indiana in a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal at Butler’s Art Bernardi Stadium. Central Valley senior John George, who sat out last week’s game with an ankle injury, completed 8 ...
Gorman: Central Valley star Whitehead a ‘special player’
By Kevin Gorman
The most electrifying player in Western Pennsylvania is a threat to score a touchdown every time the ball is in his hands. That always was ...
Statewide HSFB notebook: Perkiomen Valley rolls to PAC-10 title in District 1
By Staff Reports
When the high school football season kicked off in late August, Perkiomen Valley was a question mark. By the time the Vikings closed out their Pioneer Athletic Conference slate last week, however, they resembled more of an exclamation point. By dispatching Upper Perkiomen, 56-7, in its regular season finale last Thursday, Perkiomen ...
Previewing the WPIAL quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top WPIAL quarterfinal matchups: Class AAAA 2-Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7-North Allegheny (8-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday at ...
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 August 2013, ...
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 ...
Central Valley gains measure of revenge on No. 1 West Allegheny
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley’s Brandon Wilson intercepted the final throw and carried it as far as he could until time expired. The effort was more symbolic than strategic. After ...
Ford City volleyball team reaches quarterfinals
By Matt Grubba
Ford City had no problem getting back to work after celebrating its first section title. Christina Davis and Justyne Lasher had 12 kills each to send No. 4 Ford City to its first playoff win since 2004, beating No. 13 Central Valley, 3-0, in a WPIAL Class AA girls volleyball first-round ...
Heavyweights West Allegheny, Central Valley meet in test for Parkway
By Chris Harlan
Finally, it’s OK to talk about Central Valley vs. West Allegheny inside their locker rooms. But this matchup never was easy to ignore. “Both teams had this ...
Central Valley girls win 3rd straight PIAA golf title
By Paul Schofield
YORK — Central Valley’s girls golf team sat inside a pavilion at Heritage Hills Golf Resort on Wednesday, nervously watching the scores being posted on ...
Knoch suffers tough loss to Central Valley in overtime
By George Guido
Knoch took defending state champion Central Valley into overtime in Saturday’s Class A girls soccer opening round. But a goal midway through the overtime period by ...
HS highlight reel: Reigning champs set to defend titles
By Tribune-Review
Six defending champions and dozens of other boys and girls soccer teams will get a look at their path to Highmark Stadium on Wednesday when ...
Sewickley Academy teams sweep up Class AA golf championships
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Sewickley Academy boys golf coach Win Palmer probably wouldn’t get any flack from Phil Mickelson if he coached the U.S. Ryder Cup team. When it comes ...
Harlan: New Pitt recruit forced to spurn ‘friends’
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley senior Jordan Whitehead rejected three of his best friends this week. At least that’s how he felt. Whitehead painted Friday’s announcement with that analogy, ...
Central Valley’s Whitehead chooses Pitt
By Jerry DiPaola
The mentally exhausting recruitment process was nearing an end Thursday night when Central Valley coach Mark Lyons invited Jordan Whitehead out to dinner. It was time ...
Gorman: Penn State is ‘wild card’ for Whitehead
By Kevin Gorman
James Franklin hasn’t wasted any time using his charisma and charm on the recruiting trail to compile a national top-10 class. We’ll soon find out ...
Quaker Valley girls volleyball must fight injury bug
By Gary Horvath
Mike Vavrek’s belief in his team is being tested. “This is one of my deepest teams I’ve had,” said Vavrek, the Quaker Valley girls volleyball coach, before the start of the season. “We’ve got a lot of younger girls that can step in if there are injuries or problems.” Less than ...

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