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WPIAL Class AAAA final preview: Penn-Trafford looking to reverse trend of playoff losses to Central Catholic

By Paul Schofield
Penn-Trafford had quite a celebration after defeating Pine-Richland, 38-34, in the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals Nov. 20 at Penn Hills. The excitement lasted into Saturday, but ...
Gorman: Penn-Trafford’s Topper not defined by ‘the miss’
By Kevin Gorman
The calls come every November, right around Thanksgiving, from teammates who still give Kevin Topper grief. Eighteen years ago, Topper was the Penn-Trafford kicker who missed the potential game-tying kick in the 1997 WPIAL Class AAAA final with Upper St. Clair at Three Rivers Stadium. On a fourth-and-11, Eric Stewart threw ...
HS highlight reel: Pair of title games to be on tape delay Saturday
By Bill Hartlep
As usual, Saturday’s four WPIAL football championship games all will be televised by Root Sports, but two will be on tape delay. The Class A ...
High school notebook: New classes put football finalists on the move next season
By Chris Harlan
At least four of this year’s eight WPIAL football finalists will join a new classification next season. Among them, Class AAAA finalist Central Catholic is headed to the newly formed Class 6A and championship opponent Penn-Trafford will join Class 5A, according to enrollment figures released Monday by the PIAA. The PIAA voted ...
Late touchdown lifts Penn-Trafford into WPIAL Class AAAA title game
By Paul Schofield
There is something special about this Penn-Trafford football team. Just when things looked bleak, the Warriors refused to quit. Take Friday. No. 2 Penn-Trafford (12-0) needed a ...
WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal capsule: Penn-Trafford vs. Pine-Richland
By Paul Schofield
class AAAA Semifinal NO. 2 PENN-TRAFFORD (11-0) vs. NO. 3 PINE-RICHLAND (10-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Penn Hills Defensive coordinators from Penn-Trafford ...
Gorman: Guest gives his best for Penn-Trafford
By Kevin Gorman
Andre Guest credits his parents, Angela and Edward, for instilling in him at a young age the work ethic to always give his best. “I ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Brett Laffoon, Norwin’s Alexis Kendro
By Andrew John
Brett Laffoon School: Penn-Trafford Sport: Football Year: Senior Claim to fame: Laffoon, who has thrown for 2,011 yards with 28 touchdowns and two interceptions this ...
Penn-Trafford hockey off to a strong start
By Nathan Smith
The Rob Baker era of the Penn-Trafford hockey team has gotten off to a pretty good start. The first-year coach has led the Warriors to a ...
Four Penn-Trafford student-athletes sign their letters of intent
By Nathan Smith
Four Penn-Trafford athletes signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers last week during the early-signing period. Dom Coconcelli was the only male athlete ...
Penn-Trafford wipes out 12-point deficit with late surge, ousts McKeesport in overtime
By Paul Schofield
Fans walking out of Gateway’s Pete Antimarino Stadium on Friday couldn’t believe what they had seen. No. 2 Penn-Trafford and No. 7 McKeesport put on quite ...
Rematches highlight WPIAL quarterfinal playoff schedule
By Dave Mackall
If at first you don’t succeed ... Punt? No, that’s not how it goes. Best to get back out there and try again. At least that’s what ...
Defensive play key in rematch between Penn-Trafford, McKeesport
By Paul Schofield
When the Penn-Trafford and McKeesport football teams are mentioned, the first thing than comes to mind is their dynamic offenses. But what about the defenses? While ...
Playoff success rate motivates H.S. Picks
By H.s. Picks
The opening round of the WPIAL playoffs pretty much went as expected, and H.S. Picks benefited because of his years of knowledge about high school football. The Tribune-Review’s veteran football prognosticator correctly picked 35 of 40 games and improved his record to an impressive 341-59. He only missed three playoff games: Beaver ...
Penn-Trafford doesn’t disappoint in rout of North Hills
By Paul Schofield
John Ruane never expected such an easy win in the opening round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. After subpar first-round performances during the past ...
H.S. Picks eager to get playoffs rolling
By H.s. Picks
H.S. Picks had a great time last weekend masquerading at Halloween parties. The Tribune-Review’s high school football guru collected a lot of candy, which he gave to his nieces and nephews, and gift cards for his great costume; a grumpy, old sportswriter. Picks, who was 32-8 last week, was asked by ...
Penn-Trafford, Belle Vernon get No. 2 seeds after 9-0 regular seasons
By Paul Schofield
When former WPIAL executive director Charles “Ace” Heberling started putting together the football playoffs in the late 1970s, the brackets were predetermined. Teams knew who ...
Penn-Trafford claims Quad East with rout over Norwin
By Nathan Smith
With reclassification set to hit the WPIAL next season, the rivalry game between Penn-Trafford and Norwin might be put on hold. The Warriors made the most ...
Injuries plague Penn-Trafford field hockey’s season
By Andrew John 12:01 a.m.
Injuries are always a part of sports. The Penn-Trafford field hockey team was one of those teams who fell victim to a rash of injuries.  The Warriors, who finished 6-6 overall and 5-5 in section play this year, lost part of their offense at the start of the season with junior ...
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Palmer Jackson, Penn-Trafford’s Hannah Nguyen
By Andrew John 12:01 a.m.
Palmer Jackson School: Franklin Regional Sport: Golf Year: Freshman Claim to fame: Jackson shot a 3-over-par 75 and tied for third out of 21 golfers ...
Penn-Trafford senior golfer Guzik reaches PIAA finals
By Nathan Smith
It couldn’t get much closer for Penn-Trafford golfer Justin Guzik. The senior finished the PIAA Class AAA Western Regional tied for 12th at 81 with Peters Township sophomore Hunter Bruce. With only the top 12 golfers moving onto the state finals, the golfers were sent back out to square off in ...
Penn-Trafford earns 1st playoff victory since 2005 after shutout over North Hills
By Nathan Smith
For the first time in a decade, the Penn-Trafford boys soccer team can enjoy a postseason win. The Warriors topped North Hills, 1-0, in the opening ...
Fox Chapel girls get winner in final minute of playoff match
By John Krysinsky
Deena DeBaldo’s goal in the final minute of regulation lifted Fox Chapel to a dramatic 2-1 victory Saturday at home in a WPIAL Girls AAA ...
Penn-Trafford relies on ground game in 2nd half in victory over Plum
By George Guido
A superb passing attack has led Penn-Trafford this season. But Friday night, the Warriors stayed strictly on the ground the entire second half in a 36-15 ...
Punting woes spark memories for H.S. Picks
By H.s. Picks
Don’t you feel for Michigan and Indianapolis fans after last weekend’s punting debacles? Wow, what a way to lose a football game, especially if you’re a Michigan fan. They were ready to celebrate in Ann Arbor and wham, the party quickly shifted to East Lansing. As for Indianapolis, what were there ...

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