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Proficiency at foul line pays off for Lincoln Park in win over Central Catholic

By Andrew Erickson
Lincoln Park’s biggest asset against Central Catholic on Friday night might have been its practice routine. The Leopards’ practices are physical and competitive, coach Mike Bariski said. The result: plenty of whistles from Bariski and his assistants and plenty of free-throw practice. No. 2 Lincoln Park (19-3, 12-0 Section ...
Top 10 Western Pa. recruits in the Class of 2017
By Chris Harlan
1. Lamont Wade , Clairton 5-10, 180, cornerback Twitter: @Goony_38 Wade reports 22 scholarship offers, with Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Auburn, Michigan and Ohio State among ...
Gorman: Countdown begins to next signing day
By Kevin Gorman
Lamont Wade sat at a computer in Clairton’s library Wednesday and watched teammate Aaron Mathews sign a national letter of intent with Pitt. “This is ...
Central Catholic swimmer DiNunzio headed to Penn State
By Karen Kadilak
Central Catholic senior Matthew DiNunzio looks forward to contributing to the Penn State men’s swimming team next season. Nittany Lions assistant coach Steve Barnes said DiNunzio ...
Gorman: A hometown win for Pitt
By Kevin Gorman
Before Damar Hamlin chose a college, he already was trending on Twitter. The anticipation of the Central Catholic cornerback’s verbal commitment Monday night was more dramatic than the announcement itself. Not that Hamlin didn’t try. Before he finished his sentence on which university he would attend, Hamlin reached for ...
Central Catholic’s Hamlin commits to Pitt
By Jerry DiPaola
Central Catholic defensive back Damar Hamlin made a verbal commitment to Pitt on Monday night, but he didn’t do it without putting coach Pat Narduzzi ...
Athletes prepare for Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championship meet
By Karen Kadilak
Rowers look forward to a rare opportunity to compete in the winter at the Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championship meet Jan. 30 at the Kingsley Association ...
Central Catholic hockey team seeks extended run in Penguins Cup playoffs
By Andrew Erickson
Central Catholic was the eighth and final team to clinch a spot in last year’s Class AAA Penguins Cup playoffs, and the Vikings are the ...
Gorman: For Rice, Central’s Kiernan a sure shot
By Kevin Gorman
Bobby Kiernan spent his summer taking his basketball game to the next level at, of all places, the Jersey Shore. The Central Catholic senior became ...
Harlan: Central’s Hamlin weighing trio of suitors
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic football coaches didn’t need a recruiting calendar to know this winter’s “dead period” had ended. “It’s been pretty busy,” said Vikings assistant coach Steve Bezila, the school’s dean of students. “We’ve had a lot of schools.” For 31 days, college coaches couldn’t visit recruits during the annual ...
HS notebook: ‘The Challenge’ to match top squads
By Bill Hartlep
Another weekend, another premier set of games for Western Pennsylvania boys basketball teams. In a season that has featured several marquee matchups on Saturday nights, this weekend will be no different when the state’s top-ranked team, Allderdice (10-1), takes on WPIAL Class AAAA No. 2 Central Catholic (9-2) at The ...
HS notebook: WPIAL teams to vie for spirit titles Saturday
By Bill Hartlep
Thirty-two teams will head to Hempfield High School on Saturday to compete for the WPIAL spirit championships. Starting with the 12 small varsity teams, the ...
McKeesport, Central Catholic linebackers make verbal commitments
By Bill Hartlep
A pair of Western Pennsylvania prep linebackers made Christmas special with verbal commitments on Friday. McKeesport senior outside linebacker Tymar Sutton (6-0, 210) made a verbal commitment to Iowa State. “I just wanted to be different, get away from Pittsburgh and start a winning program,” said Sutton, who visited the school earlier ...
Aliquippa’s Pugh named state’s Class AA Player of the Year; 5 Central players honored
By Staff Report
Aliqiuppa senior running back/linebacker Kaezon Pugh was rewarded for a special season Tuesday, as he was named the Class AA Player of the Year by ...
Gorman: Vikings go to Younger
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY — His first two big runs were called Joker, but J.J. Younger’s coming of age is anything but comedic. The Central Catholic junior spent ...
Central Catholic captures PIAA Class AAAA championship
By Chris Harlan
With a fraction of a second left, Central Catholic couldn’t start the celebration quite yet. A state title seemed all but assured just 8 minutes ...
Gorman: Central Catholic’s Hinish cousins cause double trouble
By Kevin Gorman
At a school that emphasizes the bond of brotherhood, Jacob and Kurt Hinish are cousins who are practically brothers. The Central Catholic juniors line up ...
Gorman: Adams leads Central’s D
By Kevin Gorman
Before David Adams became a run-stuffing linebacker coveted by colleges, he was a kid who couldn’t keep on weight. Adams discovered he has celiac disease ...
Central Catholic secondary to be tested by Parkland receivers
By Chris Harlan
With a 6-foot-5 wideout to worry about, Central Catholic’s secondary will face a much taller task in Hershey. The Vikings leaned mostly on their run defense ...
HS highlight reel: WPIAL juniors listed among top prospects
By Bill Hartlep
Four junior football players from Western Pennsylvania were recognized earlier this week among the top 100 players in the nation. The Rivals 100 prospect ranking ...
Gorman: Central Catholic handles burden of state-title-or-bust expectations
By Kevin Gorman
ALTOONA Central Catholic came here to clinch a trip to the PIAA Class AAAA championship game, not celebrate it. The Vikings hardly cracked a smile while their fans tossed Hershey’s Kisses at them. There was more relief than revelry after their 24-7 victory over Cumberland Valley on Saturday at ...
Central Catholic cruises into PIAA football finals
By Chris Harlan
ALTOONA — After seeing the players in person, Cumberland Valley’s coach was convinced the measurements listed on Central Catholic’s roster were accurate. “They’re big,” Eagles ...
Cumberland Valley puts 7-overtime thriller on back burner to focus on Central Catholic
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic coach Terry Totten knows plenty about winning a district title in overtime. Eight years ago, his Vikings needed overtime to defeat Gateway, 35-34, ...
Gorman: Stephens plays big for Central
By Kevin Gorman
Everything about Jamain Stephens is massive, from the 6-foot-2, 370-pound junior’s huge hands to his size-19 shoes. Central Catholic coaches didn’t expect Stephens to be so athletic, yet found that the kid everyone calls “Juice” moves well for someone his size. “I think I caught them by surprise,” ...
Defense carries Central Catholic to PIAA quarterfinal win over State College
By Chris Harlan
With a defense like this, two touchdowns were plenty. Central Catholic allowed just 1 yard in the first half and had three interceptions in ...
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