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Girls soccer preview: Defending PIAA champ Central Valley downplays wealth of returning talent

By Bill West
After watching his players finish a humbling scrimmage at Moon last Tuesday, Central Valley girls soccer coach Mark Perry discussed the possibility of a “state …
Central Valley to feature more hurry-up offense
By Chris Harlan
Jordan Whitehead’s coach wants him to touch the football more often but not at the expense of his Central Valley teammates. Mark Lyons has a …
Class AAA breakdown: With perennial contender Gateway joining Greater Allegheny, trend of championship Parkway teams could be challenged
By Jason Mackey
West Allegheny coach Bob Palko doesn’t deny that Gateway dropping down from Quad-A and shifting into the WPIAL Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference has improved …
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 …
HS Buzz: WPIAL stars Jenkins, Whitehead on ESPN 300
By Staff Reports
A pair of four-star junior football recruits from the WPIAL were ranked among the top 300 players in the country by ESPN last week. Baldwin offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins (6-foot-8, 290 pounds) was ranked as the 68th-best prospect, and Central Valley defensive back Jordan Whitehead (5-11, 171) was ranked 136th. …
Breaking down the PIAA basketball semifinals
By Compiled By   Tribune-Review
Class AAAA New Castle (29-0) vs. Abington (25-5) 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chambersburg Winner plays: The winner of Chester (25-5) vs. La Salle College (22-6) How they got here: WPIAL champion New Castle defeated Bethel Park, 71-64, in the first round; North Allegheny, 64-54, in the second round; and Hampton …
Central Valley rallies past Farrell to reach PIAA semifinals
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley would prefer a comfortable lead, but so far that just hasn’t happened. For the third time in their last four games, the Warriors used a resilient second-half rally to win. Central Valley overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to beat District 10 champion Farrell, 69-62, on Friday night in …
Breaking down the PIAA boys basketball playoffs
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: New Castle (26-0), Hampton (22-4), Kiski Area (17-6), North Allegheny (21-4), Bethel Park (18-6), Allderdice (21-4). Around the state: Philadelphia’s Roman …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Seton-La Salle’s Yacine Diop, Central Valley’s Jacob St. George
By Brian Graham
Yacine Diop School: Seton-La Salle Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Diop — a native of Senegal — scored 15 points and grabbed 15 …
High school notebook: Lincoln Park looking forward to rematch with Johnsonburg
By Staff Reports
Lincoln Park wanted at some point this postseason a rematch with Johnsonburg, the team that ended last season’s playoff run. Well, here it is. WPIAL …
Central Valley captures thrilling championship in double overtime
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley’s Tony Gates drew a foul and made one free throw with 0.6 seconds left in double overtime to claim Friday night’s 70-69 victory …
Breaking down the WPIAL basketball finals
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA New Castle vs. Hampton 7 p.m. Saturday, Palumbo Center New Castle (25-0, No. 1 seed) Coach: Ralph Blundo No., Name, Pos., Ht., Yr. …
Central Valley outlasts Thomas Jefferson to reach WPIAL Class AAA finals
By Mark Kaboly
Central Valley wasn’t catching any breaks. Or that is at least how coach Brandon Ambrose viewed Tuesday’s Class AAA semifinal game against Thomas Jefferson. But …
EF’s Sporio dazzles foes with dribbling prowess
By Dave Mackall
When Abigail Sporio was a little girl, her parents used to take her to the playground to play basketball. She loved to hold onto the …
Trib Cup: After winning section title, Central Valley boys turn focus to WPIAL glory
By Alex Oltmanns
In just its fourth year of existence, the Central Valley boys basketball team claimed its first outright Section 2-AAA title this winter. At 19-3 overall and 12-0 in section play, the Warriors were happy to make school history, but understand that their ultimate goal lies in the postseason. “We definitely …
Barrett scores 28 as Central Valley rallies past Mars
By Gary Horvath
It was a familiar story for the Central Valley girls basketball team Wednesday. Senior guard Seairra Barrett scored a game-high 28 points, and fellow senior Kiana Law added 15 to lead the Warriors (15-7) to a come-from-behind 53-45 win over Mars (15-7) in the first round of the WPIAL Class …
Top 10 Western Pennsylvania recruits for the Class of 2015
By Chris Harlan
The top 10 Western Pennsylvania recuits for the Class of 2015, as picked by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: 1. Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley (above) 5-foot-11, 180 …
Denman does it for Blackhawk in win over rival Central Valley
By Jason Mackey
Halle Denman will remember the Blackhawk girls basketball team’s second meeting with Central Valley much better than the first. Denman missed the Cougars’ 10-point loss …
Unselfish play has helped balanced Central Valley to top of Section 2-AAA
By Chris Harlan
Unwilling to settle for merely a good shot, Central Valley worked instead for the great shot it wanted. It took nearly 15 or 16 passes. …
Harlan: Central Valley junior DB has recruiters’ attention
By Chris Harlan
For the second time in three years, the college football recruiting world has found Central Valley. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio …
Duo leads Central Valley girls to upset of top-ranked Blackhawk
By Jason Mackey
Seairra Barrett knows how she would defend herself and teammate Kiana Law. “I’d double-team us the whole game,” Barrett said. “Try to stop us.” Blackhawk …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: West Mifflin’s Ryan Maha, Central Valley’s Seairra Barrett
By Brian Graham
Ryan Maha School: West Mifflin Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Maha — a 6-foot-1 guard who will attend Carnegie Mellon next year — …
Kiernan, Alexander named Pittsburgh Trib soccer players of the year
By Jason Mackey
2013 soccer players of the year Troye Kiernan | Senior, Midfielder, Upper St. Clair There were times when the Upper St. Clair boys soccer team …
Trib Cup: Fall sports leaders have had all-around success
By Brian Graham
The first third of the 2013-14 high school sports calendar has come to an end with four of the top districts in the area reigning supreme in the Trib Total Media/WPXI High School Sports Award standings. North Allegheny (Class AAAA), Central Valley (Class AAA), Greensburg Central Catholic (Class AA) and …
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 …

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