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Central Catholic’s Blasinsky, Sewickley Academy’s Ross win WPIAL singles titles

By Gary Horvath
As one champion ended his WPIAL tennis career on top, another burst onto the scene. Central Catholic senior Adam Blasinsky defended his title at the WPIAL Class AAA boys singles championship 6-2, 7-5 over Latrobe’s Chad Kissell on Tuesday at Bethel Park, and Sewickley Academy freshman Luke Ross claimed the …
Kittanning’s Jason Nolf named Trib Total Media wrestler of the year
By Bill West
When he had a few free minutes before or after his high school wrestling practices, Kittanning senior Jason Nolf sometimes wandered across the hallway outside …
Franklin Regional wrestler backs up his words with 1st state title
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional freshman Spencer Lee made a bold declaration in early December while competing in the Ironman  Tournament. He wanted to be a …
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 …
Canon-Mac’s Chishko wins 4th WPIAL title
By Paul Schofield
Canon-McMillan senior Solomon Chishko changed his wrestling style this season. “I’ve been training to widen the gap against my opponents and try to beat them …
Reigning basketball champs Beaver Falls, New Castle to join Section 2-AAA
By Chris Harlan
Beaver Falls and New Castle, both two-time reigning WPIAL champions, will share a boys basketball section next season. The WPIAL Board of Control on Tuesday approved a new section alignment for the 2014-15 season that places the two teams in Section 2-AAA with Beaver, Blackhawk, Central Valley and three others. …
HS Buzz: Section 2-AAAA goes down to the wire
By Staff Reports
For most of the season, boys basketball teams in Section 2-AAAA jockeyed for playoff positions. At times, there were six teams that showed signs of greatness. But only four will continue their season in the WPIAL playoffs, which start this week. Fox Chapel (9-5) used a 56-50 win over Central …
Fox Chapel clinches playoff berth with win at Central Catholic
By Gary Horvath
Fox Chapel has a clean slate. Senior guard Matt D’Amico scored a game-high 21 points, and Billy Urso added 12 to lead Fox Chapel (16-5, 9-5) to a 56-50 win over Section 2-AAAA rival Central Catholic (11-10, 8-6) on the road Friday. With the win, the Foxes clinched third place …
Western Pa. players sign with FCS, Division II schools
By Tribune-Review
A look at the WPIAL, City League and Heritage Conference players who signed at FCS and Division II schools: FCS Albany e_SBlt Julian Cox, QB, New Castle e_SBlt Zach DeLuca, DE, Central Catholic Bucknell e_SBlt Joey DeFloria, RB, Hempfield e_SBlt Colin Jonov, WR/DB, Franklin Regional e_SBlt Luke Liprando, LB, Mt. …
32 WPIAL players headed to Division I-FBS schools
By Tribune-Review
Thirty-two WPIAL players and one from the District 6 Heritage Conference have accepted football scholarships from FBS schools. WR Troy Apke Mt. Lebanon, Penn State DE Rori Blair Upper St. Clair, Pitt TE Alec Bloom Ligonier Valley, UConn OL Alex Bookser Mt. Lebanon, Pitt DT Brock Boxen Beaver Falls, Akron …
High school notebook: WPIAL says GCC must suspend coach or miss playoffs; Big 33 roster announced
By Chris Harlan
The Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team will be banned from this season’s playoffs unless the school suspends coach Greg Bisignani for three regular season …
Central Catholic holds off late McKeesport rally in victory
By Dave Mackall
Chuck Crummie rode Central Catholic’s third-quarter momentum to career coaching victory No. 599 Friday night. But the Vikings nearly wasted a 14-point fourth-quarter lead in …
Aliquippa’s Henry wins PAA’s Mercury Award
By Kevin Gorman
Aliquippa’s Dravon Henry was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Mercury Award, honoring the top high school football player in Western Pennsylvania. Henry, a 6-foot, 185-pound running back/defensive back headed to West Virginia, led the Quips to the WPIAL Class AA final by rushing for 1,242 yards as a …
Starters on South Fayette’s football team shining after quick shift to wrestling
By Bill West
Whereas most of his opponents used the third weekend of December to compete in or prepare for an individual wrestling tournament — the first or …
Penn Hills great Flynn to be inducted into PAA Hall of Fame
By Kevin Gorman 10:54 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Athletic Association will induct former Penn Hills, Pitt and NFL safety Tom Flynn into its Hall of Fame Friday night at its annual John Majors Night celebration. The Mercury Award also will be presented to the top high school football player in Western Pennsylvania. The finalists are Central …
Central Catholic enters Allegheny County tournament with different look
By Gary Horvath
One of the largest high school wrestling events in Pennsylvania could have a different look near the top this year. Central Catholic coach Sunny Abe …
Central Catholic an unfriendly foe in win over Gateway
By Jason Mackey
Paris Ford waited an extra second, long enough to let Gateway’s Delvon Randall leap in the air and land on his back. When Randall came …
Trib Cup: PIAA runner-up football players getting into basketball shape at Central Catholic
By Brian Graham
The Central Catholic basketball team has the unique opportunity to embark on its second preseason of this season. The Vikings went through the normal rigors of preseason basketball when they tipped off Nov. 18. Now they’ll begin phase two with the addition of football players who were missed because the …
Central Catholic falls to St. Joseph’s Prep in PIAA AAAA title game
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — With its quarterback injured and its defense wounded, Central Catholic couldn’t muster the fourth-quarter effort needed Sunday night in a 35-10 loss to …
High school notebook: PIAA postpones Saturday’s championship games
By Tribune-Review
The PIAA postponed two state championship football games scheduled for Saturday due to the threat of snow forecasted for the Hershey area. The Class AAAA and AA championship games will  now be played Sunday at Hersheypark Stadium. South Fayette (15-0) will play Imhotep Charter (13-2) at 1 p.m. in the …
Central Catholic prepares for St. Joseph’s physical, skilled offense
By Chris Harlan
As Central Catholic and St. Joseph’s Prep coaches studied video, the reaction was the same on both ends of the state. “As a staff, we …
Central Catholic delivers crushing defensive performance to qualify for PIAA championship
By Chris Harlan
ALTOONA — Central Catholic left Mansion Park Stadium with the look of a championship team. For some, it took just one play to see. “We …
Central Catholic looks for knock out against District 3 champion in PIAA semifinals
By Gary Horvath
For its opponents, a game with Central Catholic this year has been a knock-down, drag-out fight, and so far, every challenger has fallen short. District …
Central Catholic defense gets Vikings into PIAA semifinals
By Tom Reisenweber
ERIE — Central Catholic standout linebacker Niko Thorpe lined up his target. He exploded through Erie McDowell running back Jamie Szymczak, jarred the ball loose …

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