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Athletic McKeesport boys basketball team features new coach, up-tempo style

By Ed Phillipps
The basketball season has yet to begin, but Gerald Grayson’s return to McKeesport already is drawing crowds. Open gym workouts have pulled in between 40 and 50 kids, a marked improvement from years past. “We do have a lot,” said power forward Khalil Perdue. “It’s much more (than last year).” A healthy buzz ...
McKeesport girls basketball team healthy, anxious to start new season
By Ed Phillipps
This season is all about returns for the McKeesport girls basketball team. The Tigers bring back four starters from last season’s squad, as well as two ...
WPIAL’s Top 10 football champions of all time
By Tribune-Review
To recognize 100 years of WPIAL football championships, the Tribune-Review selected what it and many within the Western Pennsylvania high school sports community regard as ...
McKeesport football team left it all on the field this season
By Dave Mackall
There were a number of question marks surrounding the McKeesport football team in the preseason. •Could the Tigers come close to matching last year’s success? ...
Pine-Richland, Slomka dismantle McKeesport in Class AAAA semifinals
By Dave Mackall
The last time Pine-Richland was in this position, the Rams were a Class AAA football program, and Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was one of their stars. That was 2003, when they won a WPIAL championship and claimed a PIAA crown, losing in double-overtime to Manheim Central in the title game. Eleven ...
McKeesport defense to be tested by Pine-Richland in WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport is 10-1 for a reason, and Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz thinks he knows why. “They’re a great football team,” he said. At this stage of the ...
WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal capsule: Pine-Richland vs. McKeesport
By Dave Mackall
class AAAA SeMIFINALS NO. 1 PINE-RICHLAND (11-0) vs. NO. 5 MCKEESPORT (10-1)  7:30 p.m. Friday at North Allegheny After a .500 season ...
Renovations rejuvenate venerable McKeesport gymnasium
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport’s venerable basketball court is getting a facelift. Neenie Campbell Memorial Gymnasium will look different when the Tigers girls team opens the 2014-15 schedule with ...
Backup QB, defense direct McKeesport past Plum
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport coach George Smith had his relievers warming up in the bullpen Friday night. With starting quarterback TyWann Smith shaken up and out of the lineup ...
McKeesport offense to again test Plum ‘D’
By Michael Love
When the WPIAL Class AAAA playoff pairings were announced Oct. 27 and McKeesport coach George Smith saw his Tigers and Plum were slotted in the bracket, he said he gave a quick thought to a potential quarterfinal matchup between the teams and a rematch of a rugged Quad East clash ...
WPIAL quarterfinals a prime time to see regular-season rematches
By Bill West
Plum coach Matt Morgan and his Mustangs walked off their home field after a 20-3 loss to McKeesport in Week 7 cognizant of how close ...
Previewing the WPIAL quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top WPIAL quarterfinal matchups: Class AAAA 2-Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7-North Allegheny (8-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday at ...
High school notebook: WPIAL splits decision on Lincoln Park transfers
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL issued a split decision on two Lincoln Park transfers Wednesday when it ruled Jihad Cromer ineligible and Michael Smith eligible. Both basketball players transferred ...
McKeesport rewarded for risk taken at end of 1st half, beats Mt. Lebanon, 35-10
By Mark Kaboly
George Smith figured “what the heck.” Now, “what the heck” didn’t send McKeesport into the second round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs for the ...
McKeesport preparing for banged-up Mt. Lebanon in 1st round
By Dave Mackall
When the WPIAL announced its postseason football brackets this week, some coaches were surprised to learn of their first-round opponent and some weren’t. Then, there was ...
Previewing some of Western Pa.’s top WPIAL first-round matchups
By Staff Reports
Class AAAA 15-Fox Chapel (4-5) at 2-Penn-Trafford (9-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday Winner gets: No. 7 North Allegheny (7-2) or No. 10 Upper St. Clair (4-5). The buzz: ...
Bracket has Clairton set up to potentially face familiar foes in WPIAL playoffs
By Dave Mackall
Clairton coach Wayne Wade shook his head and fumed as he glanced at the WPIAL playoffs brackets. He didn’t agree with a decision to include ...
After sluggish 1st half, McKeesport rolls past Kiski Area
By Dave Yohe
McKeesport and Kiski Area’s matchup Friday night became the tale of two halves. Kiski Area kept pace with  No. 5 McKeesport in the first half, but the Tigers (8-1, 7-1) left the Cavaliers behind in the second half for a 48-7 victory in Quad East play at Davis Field. “Our tanks were ...
No. 5 McKeesport pulls away from Norwin
By Mark Kaboly
George Smith is known for the flexbone triple-option offense — he has been running it at McKeesport for the better part of 20 years. However, ...
No. 5 McKeesport blitzes Plum to rally from halftime deficit
By Doug Gulasy
McKeesport’s offense didn’t perform up to its usual high-scoring standards Friday night. With the way the defense played, it didn’t matter. Class AAAA No. 5 McKeesport ...
McKeesport offers no fond memories for Plum’s Morgan
By Dave Mackall
Matt Morgan remembers the McKeesport brand of football. How could the Plum coach and former Mustangs standout forget the Tigers’ tenacity? After all, they have ...
Junior fullback carries McKeesport to nonsection win over Hopewell
By Ed Phillipps
The last time McKeesport traveled to Hopewell for a football game it was 1971, when the Vikings had a star running back in Tony Dorsett. When the teams met again Friday night, it was a member of the Tigers backfield who stole the show. Junior fullback Tymar Sutton carried eight ...
Daily News Q&A: McKeesport’s TyWann Smith
By Dave Mackall
In an option offense, the quarterback makes or breaks a play. More than most, he has got to think on his feet, so to speak. ...
McKeesport’s quick-strike attack routs Hempfield
By Mark Kaboly
Hempfield coach Rich Bowen spent all week preparing for McKeesport’s flexbone offense, and the veteran coach was excited with what he saw. “We looked pretty ...
Preparation key for McKeesport boys soccer team
By Ed Phillipps
One year ago, Jimmy Young decided to play for the McKeesport boys soccer team. He was taken aback by how meticulously the program was run. ...

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