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Petruzzi, Williams spark Thomas Jefferson girls to win over Brownsville

By Ray Fisher
All four local girls’ basketball teams kicked off the final week of the regular season Monday with section victories. The most impressive win was achieved by the Thomas Jefferson, which upset Brownsville — one of the top teams in Class AAA — by a final score of 50-45. Brownsville (19-3, 9-3) went ...
Thomas Jefferson wrestling to host WPIAL powerhouse Franklin Regional
By Ray Fisher
The Thomas Jefferson wrestling team will hold a nonsection match Tuesday at home against WPIAL and state powerhouse Franklin Regional. The varsity match will start at ...
Thomas Jefferson track athlete embarks on modeling career
By Jennifer Goga
Rosina Natter has a full schedule, as the Thomas Jefferson junior successfully manages academics, athletics and a fledgling modeling career. Rosina competes in three jumping ...
Mason helps lift Thomas Jefferson boys basketball team into playoff contention
By Ray Fisher
C.J. Mason has quietly established himself as one of the top backcourt players in Section 4-AAA. The 5-foot-10 senior guard has propelled the Thomas Jefferson boys’ ...
TJ grads enjoy banner freshman volleyball seasons
By Ray Fisher
Allie Yurkovich and Rachel Stover experienced both individual and team success as student-athletes in the Thomas Jefferson girls’ volleyball program. Both graduated in 2015, and both ...
Thomas Jefferson football looks back on magical 2015 season
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson earned the WPIAL Class AAA football championship in 2015 with a tried and true winning formula. That is: outstanding offense, combined with a dominating ...
Learning process continues for Thomas Jefferson boys
By Dave Mackall
As Thomas Jefferson was falling farther behind, coach Dom DeCicco yelled “timeout!” Inside the huddle, he could be seen gesturing as he laid out some plans with the game stalled midway through the second quarter. Soon his players would break and head back onto the floor. On the inbounds pass, the Jaguars ...
Daily News Dynamic 33 football all-star team
By Dave Mackall
From a record-setting touchdown pass to an unpredictable winning streak, Daily News region schools again provided endless storylines during the 2015 high school football season. ...
Thomas Jefferson’s Cherpak named Daily News Coach of Year
By Dave Mackall
In 20 seasons as football coach at Thomas Jefferson, his teams had never lost consecutive games. The Jaguars, in September, were beaten at home for ...
TJ grad Schmidt excels in long-snapping role with Fighting Scots
By Brian Knavish
Playing college football at any level is something few athletes get to experience. Josh Schmidt recently completed his freshman season at Edinboro, and because of the position he played, his experience was even more rare than that of most collegiate gridders. The Thomas Jefferson product was a long-snapping specialist with the Fighting ...
Thomas Jefferson swim team hoping to stay competitive despite low numbers
By Jennifer Goga
The Thomas Jefferson swimming and diving teams consist of a dedicated group of high school athletes. Swimming is a tough sport that can be grueling and difficult. At Thomas Jefferson, there is another big obstacle — the school has no pool. Despite that disadvantage, the TJ program remains competitive under ...
Former colleague Stout to be missed in WJH community
By George Wilson
This is a look at and tribute to Charles “Chuck” Stout from the perspective of an old friend, distant relative and colleague. Growing up, we always referred to him as “Chickie” in Elrama and Floreffe. This also was true in our years of Little League, Pony League and Boy Scouts. He ...
Coaches share Kelly surname, success stories
By Ray Fisher
They are not related, but they do have something in common: Each is a highly accomplished high school coach. Chris Kelly, 40, is coach of the ...
Petruzzi starts out with lofty 20.6 ppg scoring average
By Ray Fisher 3:08 p.m.
Marina Petruzzi, one of three sophomores on the Thomas Jefferson girls’ basketball team, has been making some loud noise in the gym early this season. The 5-foot-6 guard is averaging 20.6 ppg for the TJ girls, who lost a 58-48 section decision Monday to visiting Ringgold. Petruzzi poured in a game-high 28 ...
Any way you spell it, Thomas Jefferson football team is champion
By Ray Fisher
It was an amazing season for the WPIAL champion Thomas Jefferson football team. The Jaguars faced perhaps their most difficult postseason path to Heinz ...
Jefferson Hills native Natter to play in historic Army-Navy football game
By Brian Knavish 3:12 p.m.
This weekend, the eyes of the college football world — and those of the entire country — will turn to Philadelphia for one of the most historic, prestigious events in all of sports: the Army-Navy football game. And a local product will be a part of it. Jefferson Hills native Angelo Natter ...
Thomas Jefferson rally falls just short in PIAA quarterfinals
By Tom Reisenweber
ERIE — Thomas Jefferson did its job and contained Cathedral Prep playmaker Ta’Nauaz Gregory. Sophomore quarterback Joe Mischler, on two bad hamstrings, filled the void and helped the Ramblers make just enough plays to defeat the Jaguars, 28-21, on Friday in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal football game in front ...
Gorman: Time for PIAA to shorten football season
By Kevin Gorman
Dom DeCicco is a self-described “huge football guy,” as all three of his sons won state football titles at Thomas Jefferson and played the sport ...
Gorman: TJ has a star in Zandier
By Kevin Gorman
Zane Zandier has played many starring roles for Thomas Jefferson this season, from wildcat quarterback to sure-handed receiver. The one that helped the Jaguars win ...
Thomas Jefferson tries to avoid PIAA letdown
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson’s last road trip was to Heinz Field for the WPIAL finals. The Jaguars won their sixth WPIAL championship with a 20-7 win Saturday against ...
Thomas Jefferson football caps WPIAL season with Class AAA title
By Ray Fisher
Championship notes from Heinz Field, site of the WPIAL Class AAA football championship: Thomas Jefferson ended what was undoubtedly the latest-ending football game in school ...
High school notebook: Thomas Jefferson, Clairton head into enemy territory
By Staff Reports
A pair of WPIAL football teams drew short straws, it seems, on the sites of their scheduled PIAA quarterfinal games Friday night. In a method ...
Thomas Jefferson uses defense, running game to capture WPIAL title
By Chris Harlan
The old champ took back what it once owned. Thomas Jefferson returned to Heinz Field for the first time since 2008 and ended the Parkway Conference’s ...
WPIAL Class AAA notes: Title games draw 16,500 to Heinz Field
By George Guido
Saturday’s combined attendance of the four games at Heinz Field was 16,500. Crowds were impacted by the steady drizzle, particularly for the first two games. Last year’s crowd was 15,500 when the games were played on a Friday afternoon. In 2013, 17,500 made their way to Heinz Field while 18,601 showed up ...
Clairton among greatest WPIAL dynasties; Aliquippa, South Fayette close
By Chris Harlan
The Clairton Bears had a reservation for just before dawn at a family-owned restaurant along Route 51. It’s become an almost-annual tradition for the team ...
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