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High school football notebook: Official’s decision impacts WPIAL Class AAAA title game

By Staff Reports
For the third time in four years, the WPIAL Class AAAA final included a key call by an official. An inadvertent whistle in the third quarter Friday negated a Pine-Richland fumble in a 21-13 victory over Central Catholic. The Rams kept possession and scored a touchdown on the next play. ...
WPIAL Class AAAA notebook: Pine-Richland has titles in 3 classifications
By George Guido
Pine-Richland became just the second school in WPIAL history to win football titles in three different classifications. Friday’s Class AAAA title game win was preceded by a Class AAA crown in 2003 under coach Clair Altemus. In 1969 and ’70, the Rams, going under the name of Richland High School, won ...
Pine-Richland tops defending champ Central Catholic to capture WPIAL title
By Paul Schofield
No one will know if an inadvertent whistle cost Central Catholic a shot at a second consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA title. But during a one-touchdown game ...
Explosive offense carries Pine-Richland into finals
By Paul Schofield
When No. 1 Pine-Richland defeated No. 3 Central Catholic, 48-28, in Week 8, the Rams celebrated at Highmark Stadium on the South Side. Pine-Richland coach Eric ...
Gorman: Central Catholic faces ‘phenomenon’
By Kevin Gorman
Central Catholic has won with dominant defenses under Terry Totten, so the Vikings coach’s exasperation over Pine-Richland’s offense is telling. “The more I watch them, the more I believe this is something I haven’t seen as long as I’ve been around,” Totten said. “It’s a phenomenon I haven’t seen in ...
Central Catholic wildcat Petrishen wild card in game vs. Pine-Richland
By Paul Schofield
Central Catholic coach Terry Totten saw last week’s WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal against Penn-Trafford slipping away. After blowing an early 14-0 lead, Totten watched in amazement ...
Central Catholic rowers excel at Allegheny Boat Race
By Karen Kadilak
Following a tradition established by American college rowing teams, members of men’s crews at the Allegheny Boat Race last weekend on the Allegheny River wagered ...
Unlikely offensive star lifts Central Catholic over Penn-Trafford and into WPIAL Class AAAA final
By Paul Schofield
Central Catholic defensive back Johnny Petrishen went into Friday’s WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal at Norwin with less than 100 yards rushing for the season. That changed ...
Gorman: ‘Chain gang’ links Central Catholic’s defense
By Kevin Gorman
Central Catholic calls its Chain Gang the brotherhood within a brotherhood, one connected through and strengthened by its links. The club’s membership grows with every ...
Greensburg Central Catholic sets sights on PIAA volleyball gold
By Bill West
Rather than run practice, Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball coach Heather Meyer gave her players the day off Wednesday and afforded the Centurions time to ...
WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal capsule: Penn-Trafford vs. Central Catholic
By Paul Schofield
CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS NO. 2 PENN-TRAFFORD (11-0) vs. NO. 3 CENTRAL CATHOLIC (10-1)  7:30 p.m. Friday at Norwin Stadium In a rematch of ...
Central Catholic blanks Woodland Hills to advance to Class AAAA semfinals
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic’s Johnny Petrishen has heard it all too often how there’s three sides to every football game. For awhile though, they relied on only two. Petrishen ...
Preseason favorites Central Catholic, Woodland Hills set for quarterfinals
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic and Woodland Hills were the preseason favorites to meet at Heinz Field. Instead, they’ll settle for Newman Stadium. The Class AAAA finalists from ...
HS highlight reel: Quarterfinal sites set for Friday night
By Tribune-Review
The WPIAL announced sites for Friday’s quarterfinal football games Monday. In Class AAAA, Pine-Richland-Altoona is at Gateway, Plum-McKeesport is at Norwin, Penn-Trafford-North Allegheny is at Fox Chapel and Central Catholic-Woodland Hills is at North Allegheny. In Class AAA, Central Valley-Indiana is at Butler, Hampton-Ringgold is at West Allegheny, Thomas Jefferson-Mars ...
Central Catholic fights its way through decisive win over Norwin
By Nathan Smith
For the 12th straight season, Pittsburgh Central Catholic is in the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals. But getting there wasn’t easy. The third-seeded Vikings (9-1) defeated No. 14-seeded Norwin, 42-7, at Cupples Stadium. Central Catholic’s halftime lead was 14 points. “I credit (Norwin) for playing a great game,” Central Catholic coach Terry Totten ...
Central Catholic rower headed to Cornell
By Karen Kadilak
With several former teammates on the roster, Central Catholic senior Michael Grady expects to fit right in on the Cornell University men’s heavyweight rowing team ...
Harlan: Central Catholic’s Petrishen won’t rush decision
By Chris Harlan
The senior night announcer made the decision sound somewhat simple: Central Catholic’s Johnny Petrishen will attend either Pitt or Virginia. It’s not exactly that simple. “Wake ...
Central Catholic boys seal spot in WPIAL semifinals
By Ray Judy
Central Catholic coach Claudio Morini has said his 2014 Vikings are one of the best teams he has coached. They lived up to the hype ...
Rowers gain experience at Head of the Charles Regatta
By Karen Kadilak
Rebuilding, the Central Catholic rowing team was disappointed with its showing at the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta in the Boston, Mass. area last ...
Pine-Richland knocks off No. 1 Central Catholic, takes conference title
By Chris Harlan
With the Pittsburgh skyline looming, Pine-Richland’s celebration included a group picture on the turf at Highmark Stadium. This was a night the Rams will want ...
Pine-Richland football team looks to stun another Quad North rival
By Bill West
Freed from the constraints of football pads, pressure from a defensive line, and stress-inducing attention from hundreds of fans, Pine-Richland defeated Central Catholic twice this ...
High school football notebook: Central Catholic readies for sell-out at Highmark
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic is ready for its first sellout on the South Side. Athletic director Chuck Crummie said the Vikings expect a capacity crowd Friday night ...
Unbeaten Central Catholic soccer team proud of its resilient play
By Bill West
Junior central defender Paul Bence accepts that Central Catholic, undefeated through 17 regular-season games, might not enter the playoffs unbeaten. Bence finds comfort in the fact ...
HS highlight reel: Schwartz begins quest for PIAA title
By Tribune-Review
Shaler’s standout distance runner, Brianna Schwartz, paced herself this fall, and now that pace is picking up. The senior chose not to compete during the dual-meet season in order to be well rested and prepared for the invitationals. That paid off Saturday at Cooper’s Lake Campground when she took first ...
WPIAL players turn to social media to promote highlight clips
By Bill West
Central Catholic senior Bryan Glover sits through Saturday morning film sessions like players elsewhere in the WPIAL and reviews what he did Friday nights to ...

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