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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 …
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. …
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 when Pine-Richland visits Highmark Stadium. Both teams are undefeated and tied atop the Quad North. Central Catholic is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA. Pine-Richland …
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 …
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 …
Inclement weather conditions cause Head of the Ohio cancellation
By Ed Phillipps
Teams came from all over to try their luck at derailing the Central Catholic crew team from defending its first-place finishes last year in the men’s youth 8+ race of the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Washington’s Landing. The Vikings, who won gold in first and second boats last …
Scholastic, youth rowing teams set for Saturday’s Head of the Ohio Regatta
By Karen Kadilak
Scholastic and other youth rowers will be among about 2,000 competitors at the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Washington’s Landing on Saturday. Men and …
HS highlight reel: Central Catholic’s Joseph commits to PSU
By Tribune-Review
Given a choice between NCAA wrestling perennial powerhouses, Central Catholic senior Vincenzo Joseph sided with the program that includes more familiar faces. Joseph committed to Penn State Monday, less than 72 hours after visiting Iowa, his other top option. The senior also made official visits to Virginia Tech, Cornell and …
Connellsville hopes to fine-tune game against rugged Central Catholic
By Jason Black
When the Connellsville football team fell to 0-2 to start the season, coach Dave McDonald labeled the team’s next two games as must-win contests. The …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Central Catholic’s Ryan Sproule, Upper St. Clair’s Emma Hasco
By Brian Graham
Ryan Sproule School: Central Catholic Year: Senior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Ryan Sproule netted a hat trick in the Vikings’ 10-0 Section 4-AAA shutout …
Big 3rd quarter lifts No. 2 Central Catholic past North Allegheny
By Chris Harlan
The shutout streak is gone, but the winning streak stays. Down by a touchdown, Central Catholic responded with scores on four consecutive possessions to claim …
Central Catholic lineman comfortable with Harvard commitment
By Jennifer Goga
Richie Ryan, a third-year starting senior on the Central Catholic football team, has committed to play football at Harvard University. After the Vikings won the …
Recruiting: Hamlin latest WPIAL DB to hear from Buckeyes
By Chris Harlan
Ohio State has a thing for WPIAL defensive backs. The Buckeyes welcomed New Castle’s Malik Hooker to Columbus this summer and made an effort to …
WPIAL teams value hard-to-come-by nonconference games in Week 1
By Bill West
Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny might wonder if there’s a sadist among the people responsible for making the WPIAL football regular-season schedules. That theory would …
WPIAL champions wall unveiled at Heinz Field
By Andrew Erickson
North Catholic football coach Bob Ravenstahl and a former North Catholic player flanked a commemorative Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic jersey in the West main concourse …
Sewickley rower to continue at Yale
By Karen Kadilak
Having reached the World Rowing Junior Championships as a member of the U.S. Junior National Team, Central Catholic graduate Lucas Peilert wanted some place challenging …
HSFB preview by position: Special talent for area kickers
By Chris Harlan
Count Hempfield among the WPIAL teams that can score without ever reaching the end zone. With senior kicker John Domit, the Spartans must only approach …
Gorman: A special relationship for Central kicker, long snapper
By Kevin Gorman
Where Mitch MacZura might go down as the leading scorer in Central Catholic history, Patrick Phibbs prefers to remain anonymous. That’s because MacZura is the Vikings’ kicker and punter, and Phibbs is the long snapper. “The one big thing I always say is that you don’t want to get known,” …
Defending WPIAL champ Central Catholic undergoes offensive overhaul
By Chris Harlan
The starting quarterback, four offensive linemen, both leading receivers and two 1,000-yard rushers are gone from last year’s lineup that won the WPIAL title. Yet …

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