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High school notebook: PIHL sets playoff format

By Staff Reports
After revising its classifications and alignments prior to the 2014-15 season, the PIHL faced questions about how the changes would affect its playoff system. The league ...
A-K Valley basketball notebook: Teams brace for ‘Battle of the Counties’
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Penn Hills is going all out this season for holiday basketball. The school will host a three-day “Battle of the Counties” round-robin event with eight girls teams and eight boys teams playing games across Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. There will be eight games each day, the first set to tip at 11 ...
Penn Hills swim team hopes to bounce back from early adversity
By Ed Phillipps
In her first season as Penn Hills swimming coach, Jen Price quickly is learning the job goes beyond the pool. A math teacher at the high school, Price has become accustomed to her athletes popping into her room before and after classes to talk strategy. “They like to talk to ...
Returning starters expected to boost Penn Hills boys basketball squad
By Ed Phillipps
As far back as they can recall, Penn Hills brothers DeAndre and Sherron Schifino-Winbush have been playing basketball together anywhere they could. Evolving from their backyard to the local playground courts to the high school team, the brothers have had a good run together. “We always played together growing up; ...
Experienced Penn Hills girls hoops team excited for new season
By Ed Phillipps
A single word kept popping up every time a Penn Hills player or coach began talking about the upcoming girls basketball season. That word? “Excited.” The Indians have plenty of reasons to be giddy about the upcoming season. After a respectable showing last season — they finished 14-9 overall and 8-4 in ...
Penn Hills relishes conference title, reflects on season
By Ed Phillipps
When it comes down to it, the final two weeks defined the Penn Hills football team’s season. After traveling to the Wolvarena and knocking off ...
Plum upsets Penn Hills, 17-6, in 1st-round playoff game
By Brian Duermeyer
Plum made sure its first WPIAL playoff game in four seasons was worth the wait. Zachary Martin and Nathan Turchick scored second-quarter touchdowns to propel ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Penn Hills’ Billy Kisner
By Bill West
He started playing football later than many of his peers, but Penn Hills’ Billy Kisner grasped how to lead and energize an offense so naturally ...
Late TD lifts Penn Hills past Woodland Hills
By Ed Phillips
In a game dotted with star players and big plays, it was a methodical drive that led to Penn Hills knocking off Woodland Hills, 22-15, on Friday night at Turtle Creek Stadium. The Indians grinded out an 11-play, 66-yard drive capped by Milan Smith’s 3-yard run that provided the winning ...
Penn Hills football team jets to success behind ground attack
By Ed Phillips
After a 31-13 thrashing of Upper St. Clair to kick off the football season, the idea entered Penn Hills coach John Peterman’s head. Peterman crossed ...
Previewing some of Western Pa.’s top Week 9 matchups
By Staff Reports
Here’s a look at some of the top matchups for Western Pennsylvania in Week 9: Class AAAA Quad Central 9-AAAA Penn Hills (6-2, 5-1) at 2-AAAA ...
Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 7 matchups
By Staff Reports
Here’s a look at some of the top matchups in Western Pennsylvania for Week 7: Class AAAA Quad Central 10-AAAA Bethel Park (3-3, 2-2) at ...
High school football notebook: Pine-Richland QB has 2 perfect performances
By Chris Harlan
It’s been almost two weeks since Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci threw an incomplete pass. DiNucci, the WPIAL leader in passing yards, continued to flaunt his pinpoint accuracy last Friday night. The senior completed all 15 of his passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns in a 64-35 victory over ...
Underdog approach fuels Penn Hills boys soccer 2nd half of season
By Ed Phillips
Even in the midst of a seven-game losing streak earlier this season, members of the Penn Hills boys soccer team never doubted themselves. They knew they were better than the record indicated. “Honestly, we could have pulled out a lot of them,” said senior defender and team captain Josiah Ross. ...
Penn Hills girls soccer squad looks to second half of season for turnaround
By Ed Phillips
A four-game losing streak to begin the season was not what the Penn Hills girls soccer team had in mind. But instead of dwelling on ...
Penn Hills runs past Mt. Lebanon defense
By Chris Harlan
Call this Penn Hills’ version of a hurry-up offense. As in, hurry straight to the end zone. Penn Hills struck fast with touchdown runs of ...
Fast-paced offense has led Mt. Lebanon to 3 dominating wins, but Penn Hills is ‘ready’ for challenge
By Chris Harlan
So far, only the referees have slowed Mt. Lebanon. The Blue Devils successfully have installed a hurry-up tempo and a no-huddle attack this season to ...
Class AAA No. 2 Central Valley rips Quad-A No. 6 Penn Hills
By Wes Crosby
Penn Hills fumbled away its game against Central Valley on Friday. Central Valley (3-0) took advantage of several Penn Hills miscues on its way to a 35-14 win at Sarge Alberts Stadium over the No. 6-ranked team in Quad-A. The Warriors, ranked No. 2 in WPIAL Class AAA, faced an early seven-point ...
High school football notebook: Intriguing nonconference games step into spotlight
By Chris Harlan
Call it the WPIAL equivalent of Michigan State-Oregon, but maybe a little more competitive. Two highly ranked teams, Penn Hills and Central Valley meet Friday night in a nonconference matchup that won’t alter the standings but will boost someone’s stature. And, like last weekend’s college clash, this one’s also on television. “It’s ...
HS highlight reel: Root to broadcast Penn Hills at Central Valley
By Tribune-Review
After its season-opening broadcast featured Pine-Richland’s thrilling overtime victory over rival North Allegheny last week, Root Sports has decided to televise another marquee matchup Friday. ...
Penn Hills takes advantage of turnovers, routs Upper St. Clair
By Ed Phillipps
Penn Hills coach John Peterman knows just how dangerous Upper St. Clair can be. “They shut us out the last two years,” he said. “I gave ...
Previewing Week 1 high school football matchups
By Tribune-Review
Here’s a look at some of the matchups for Week 1 high school football games in Western Pennsylvania: Class AAAA Quad Central 6-AAAA Upper St. Clair at 9-AAAA Penn Hills 7:30 p.m. Friday Last season: Upper St. Clair (11-1, 8-0 in Quad Central); Penn Hills (5-5, 4-4). The buzz: Penn Hills’ most ...
Talented backfield returns for Penn Hills
By Andrew Erickson
Isiah Jones still thinks about Penn Hills’ season-ending loss to Penn-Trafford in the 2013 WPIAL Class AAAA first round, a turnover-plagued affair that the Indians ...
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 ...
Former Penn Hills basketball star looks to establish AAU chapter
By Patrick Varine
Basketball has always been a major part of Drew Schifino’s life. The Penn Hills native and former West Virginia University hoops standout was inducted into the ...

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