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High school notebook: Records tumble during PIAA football title games

By Staff Reports
It was a record-setting weekend in Hershey. Keepers of PIAA and WPIAL record books were busy updating their standards of excellence thanks to several outstanding individual ...
Central Valley star Whitehead sticking with Pitt, won’t enroll early
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY — Central Valley star Jordan Whitehead, Pitt’s marquee recruit from the Class of 2015, said he plans to honor his commitment to the Panthers ...
Archbishop Wood runs past Central Valley in PIAA Class AAA final
By Chris Harlan
The stadium scoreboard credited Archbishop Wood with a 35-point first-quarter lead, maybe the work of someone counting tone rather than touchdowns. The ...
Gorman: Central Valley’s life after death
By Kevin Gorman
Central Valley was supposed to spend this week celebrating its first PIAA championship berth. Instead, the Warriors mourned the death of a teammate. Tragedy struck the school district when senior lineman Dominick “Andy” Treemarchi went into respiratory distress early Sunday and died late that night. In a span of 48 hours, ...
Central Valley prepares for ‘big’ test against Archbishop Wood O-line
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley coach Mark Lyons believes he’s seen another offensive line this fall just as good as Archbishop Wood’s. Maybe just as strong. Maybe just as ...
Gymnastics coach Gazda guiding trio of high school teams
By Karen Kadilak
Busy coaching three high school girls gymnastics teams, Terri Gazda hopes to add a fourth next year. Gazda, 56, of Coraopolis, has met with officials at ...
Central Valley advances to PIAA Class AAA title game
By Chris Harlan
There were no broken tackles and no long sprint, but this touchdown was celebrated just as much. Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead scored ...
Trib Cup: North Allegheny, Central Valley, Shady Side Academy, Sewickley Academy lead fall sports standings
By Tribune-Review
Four Western Pennsylvania high schools have a little more to celebrate this holiday season as their student-athletes showed perseverance on the field, racked up accolades and added to their school’s trophy cases. With the fall season coming to a close, four of the top districts in the area rose to ...
Gorman: Central Valley’s Conti accepts role
By Kevin Gorman
Nate Conti saw the writing on the wall after his junior year and wondered whether Central Valley coaches would ask him to change positions. A fullback who was the backup to Preston Johnson, Conti didn’t hesitate when asked to make a move to the offensive line. “I told him, ‘You can ...
McDevitt’s Robinson, CV’s Whitehead focus of AAA semifinal matchup
By Chris Harlan
The state’s focus has followed Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead and Bishop McDevitt’s Andre Robinson, two tailbacks with major-college talent. They are four-star recruits from separate parts ...
High school notebook: All-state soccer teams announced
By Staff Reports
The Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association announced its all-state teams, and several players from the WPIAL and City League were recognized. For the boys, 12 players were honored, including the state’s player of the year, Abe Kouyate from Obama Academy. The Penn State recruit and Upper St. Clair’s Robbie Mertz (Michigan) ...
Gorman: Are mergers the future of Western Pa. football?
By Kevin Gorman
Central Valley and Conneaut Area, two schools that didn’t exist a half-dozen years ago, met in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal game Friday night. You ...
Led by Whitehead’s 4 TDs, Central Valley cruises into PIAA semifinals
By Chris Harlan
Even in hindsight, after seeing the long touchdown that resulted, Conneaut’s coach still considered it the ideal defense to stop that short toss play. A ...
PIAA quarterfinalists Central Valley, Conneaut sharing success after mergers
By Bill West
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
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 ...

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