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HSFB preview by position: WPIAL is stacked at last line of defense

By Chris Harlan
The last line of defense has some of the WPIAL’s best athletes. Central Catholic’s Johnny Petrishen and McKeesport’s Khaleke Hudson, the two most highly acclaimed …
Gorman: McKeesport’s Hudson has name brand
By Kevin Gorman
Khaleke Hudson has a distinctive first name but a familiar family line to follow. The McKeesport junior (whose name is pronounced kuh-leak) is related to …
McKeesport looks solid against strong camp competition
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport encountered its first real hitting of the preseason Saturday, taking on Central Catholic on the first day of high school scrimmages in the area, …
Mon-Yough football teams begin process of finding answers
By Dave Mackall
High school football in the Mon-Yough area this time of year evokes thoughts of successful WPIAL programs, including five that reached the postseason in 2013. …
McKeesport caps girls summer league season
By Dave Mackall
A regular-season schedule of nine games each for 26 high school teams was just enough to keep the contenders sharp in the McKeesport Girls Basketball Summer League. The intensity picked up in the playoffs. Norwin defeated WPIAL Class AAAA champion Penn-Trafford, 53-41, in the title game last week at McKeesport …
McKeesport caps girls summer league season
By Dave Mackall
A regular-season schedule of nine games each for 26 high school teams was just enough to keep the contenders sharp in the McKeesport Girls Basketball Summer League. The intensity picked up in the playoffs. Norwin defeated WPIAL Class AAAA champion Penn-Trafford, 53-41, in the title game Tuesday at McKeesport High …
Grayson named McKeesport coach
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport and Gerald “Puddin” Grayson will reunite next season on the basketball floor. Only this time, the former city football star and longtime McKeesport girls …
North Allegheny edges McKeesport in pitchers’ duel
By Dave Mackall
If what is said in fast-pitch softball is that a pitcher is the most important player on the field, it was quite evident Tuesday at Plum, where North Allegheny’s Maddy Beining and McKeesport’s Jess Beitler put on a stellar show in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. …
West Mifflin softball looks forward to long postseason run
By Dave Mackall
West Mifflin softball coach Casey Phillips remembers the sweet feeling of winning a WPIAL championship. In 2001, Phillips was an assistant at Baldwin, which claimed …
Berwick QB carries East past West in PSFCA All-Star game
By Doug Gulasy
It took three quarters for most of the offensive fireworks to get started in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East-West Game on Sunday afternoon. …
East-West all-stars ready for fierce competition
By Dave Mackall
Similar to college basketball, where some truly great teams have missed the NCAA Tournament field nearly every year, there are high school football players in Pennsylvania who have been bypassed for the annual Big 33 Football Classic rosters of the state’s most prestigious all-star game. That’s where, comparatively, the National …
McKeesport edges Woodland Hills to keep pace in section
By Dave Mackall
The McKeesport softball team kept pace Thursday, beating another Section 2-AAAA opponent, despite the absence of its leading hitter. Playing without injured sophomore shortstop Vanessa Falce for a second consecutive game, the Tigers scored two runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good and held off visiting …
McKeesport basketball coach Gadson resigns
By Mark Kaboly
“It was just that time.” And with that, McKeesport is in the market for a boys basketball coach for only the second time in nearly a quarter century. Corey Gadson handed in his resignation Wednesday, ending one of the most successful stints in the near 100-year existence of the McKeesport …
Twins ‘Gooden’ enough to win as McKeesport edges Plum
By Mark Kaboly
McKeesport knew it had to play a good game to have any chance to avenge its only loss and knock off undefeated Plum. The Tigers had to settle for a Gooden game instead, and that was just fine with them. Kai Gooden had two triples and a double and twin …
McKeesport softball rolls past Gateway
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport’s offense continued to surge on Thursday, shredding Gateway pitching for eight runs in the second inning, and the Tigers claimed a 10-0 victory at home in a WPIAL Section 2-AAAA softball game shortened to five innings by a 10-run rule. Despite a 9-0 loss to section-leading Plum in their …
1st-year baseball coach trying to change culture at McKeesport
By Dave Mackall
The young boy in a baseball T-shirt looked bewildered when a visitor asked where the coach of the McKeesport High School baseball team could be found. Upon hearing the coach’s name, “Mr. Bishop,” the boy — who had been practicing indoors with the school’s seventh-grade program — furrowed his brow …
Roundball Classic rosters loaded with Daily News area players
By Staff Reports
The Roundball Classic All-Star basketball game will have a distinct local flavor this year. Six girls and seven boys have been selected to take part in the annual event scheduled for April 12 at Geneva College. Thomas Jefferson’s Charlie Scharbo, Steel Valley’s Ajan Smith, Elizabeth Forward’s Jaquaun Davidson and West …
After making 1st playoff trip, McKeesport now a section favorite
By Mark Kaboly
For the longest time, McKeesport softball coach Missy Conrad didn’t know the last time the Tigers won a playoff game. She’s heard 15 years. She …
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 …
Daily News spotlight athletes: West Mifflin’s Ryan Maha, McKeesport’s Nassiah Bray
By Robert Stinner
Ryan Maha Year: Senior School: West Mifflin Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Maha scored 25 points to lead West Mifflin (10-5, 6-4) to an 82-70 …
Thomas Jefferson lineman Costy commits to YSU
By Dave Mackall
Looking back at those miserable, hot, summer days of running and lifting weights, Cole Costy would do it again, just to spite the opposition. “I can remember being sick from the heat and saying, ‘Who wants to be doing this now?’ ” Costy said. “It just killed kids we played …
McKeesport boys basketball team eliminated from playoff chase after loss
By Mark Kaboly
It didn’t concern McKeesport coach Corey Gadson that he was going to be without his leading scorer and rebounder for the biggest game of the …
McKeesport’s Hill, TJ’s Winovich, Costy chosen for Big 33 Football Classic
By Dave Mackall
The flexbone offense at McKeesport received much of the credit for the Tigers’ resurgence under coach George Smith, who returned to lead the football program …
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 …
McKeesport trips Fox Chapel to stay on upswing
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport enjoyed an inspired effort Friday night, resulting in a 64-53 victory over Fox Chapel, but the Tigers had little time to dwell on it. Coach Corey Gadson said they had better be ready Saturday for a rematch with Greensburg Central Catholic — one of the best boys basketball teams …

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