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TJ keeper secures 1st round win

By Bill Hughes 8:06 a.m.
Sometimes one player can be a thorn in the side of an opposing team. In Monday’s WPIAL Class AA first-round soccer match, the thorn for Ringgold was Thomas Jefferson keeper Colin Bucsok. Time and again, especially in the second half, the sophomore made save after save to help the 11th-seeded …
Thomas Jefferson beats Franklin Regional, remains undefeated
By Michael Love
Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Regional met in the playoffs four times between 2005 and 2012, and Jaguars coach Bill Cherpak said Friday’s nonconference game had …
TJ boys soccer ready for playoff opener after 6-year absence
By Dave Mackall
It has been six years since the venerable Doc Kulish last took a team to the WPIAL soccer playoffs. He’s glad to be back. Kulish, the longtime Thomas Jefferson boys coach who logged his 300th career victory this season, will take the 11th-seeded Jaguars (12-5-1) into a first-round game in …
Thomas Jefferson soccer squads prepping for playoffs
By Jennifer Goga
The Thomas Jefferson girls’ soccer team narrowly missed the WPIAL playoffs the past two years, but a 2-1 win last week over West Mifflin secured …
Thomas Jefferson senior looking forward to RMU volleyball career
By Ray Fisher
Volleyball notes, and more, from around the South Hills: Thomas Jefferson’s Allie Yurkovich, a senior outside hitter, is a Robert Morris University volleyball recruit. “I …
Thomas Jefferson grad stars on defensive line, and more, at Bethany
By Brian Knavish
Nick Greer is a senior defensive tackle for the Bethany College football team, and a quick glance at the team’s season statistics shows how productive …
Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Regional familiar opponents
By Ray Fisher
It’s not a conference game, but it’s one of the top matchups in Class AAA this season. Thomas Jefferson steps out of the Big Nine Conference at 7 p.m. Friday to visit Franklin Regional in a battle of top 10 opponents. “Thomas Jefferson is probably one of the top five …
Guinn at center of Thomas Jefferson’s tenacious offensive scheme
By Ed Phillipps
When the temperatures drop and the local gridirons feature more mud than grass, Thomas Jefferson’s Jacob Guinn will be in his glory — and out …
Jaguars’ defensive unit dialing up impressive numbers
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson hosts Uniontown and celebrates in its 2014 homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jaguar Stadium. The undefeated Jaguars have won 54 consecutive …
Now at IUP, Thomas Jefferson grad DeCicco eyeing possible NFL future
By Brian Knavish
College football has been quite a journey for Brock DeCicco. A journey that started close to home, led him across the country, and now has …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Thomas Jefferson’s Mahesh Dhaubhadel, Peters Township’s Maddi Santo
By Brian Graham
Mahesh Dhaubhadel School: Thomas Jefferson Year: Senior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Dhaubhadel scored a pair of goals in the Jaguars’ 4-0 win over Section …
Seton-La Salle football team to play Friday at Baldwin Stadium
By Ray Fisher
Seton-La Salle will host East Allegheny in a Century Conference football clash Friday at Baldwin Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m, and tickets will be available at the gate. It will be youth night and pink-out night for the Rebels, who improved to 5-0 overall and in conference play last …
TJ girls barrelling toward WPIAL playoff quest
By Ray Fisher
The second half of the WPIAL girls’ volleyball section season tipped off last week, and the Thomas Jefferson Lady Jaguars picked up where they left …
Kulish notches 300th career victory
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson head coach Michael “Doc” Kulish achieved a career milestone Tuesday night at home against rival Elizabeth Forward. Kulish, who is in his 22nd …
Gorman: ‘Doc’ sitting on 300th win
By Kevin Gorman
Michael ‘Doc’ Kulish doesn’t count the two games he won as interim coach at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in the 1970s. But …
Kemp scores 5 touchdowns as Thomas Jefferson cruises past Trinity
By David Whipkey
Even though they were held to their lowest point total this season, Thomas Jefferson made it evident there are few schools in its class in Class AAA. Coach Bill Cherpak’s Jaguars made it clear Friday night at Trinity’s Hiller Field that they will be a force as the weather cools …
Area gridders have their favorites when it comes to teammates’ monikers
By Ray Fisher
We often hear how a particular football team is “like family,” whether at the high school, college or professional level. There are many family chores …
‘Expectations never change’ for Thomas Jefferson football program
By Ray Fisher
One of the traditions of the highly successful Thomas Jefferson football program is to line Old Clairton Road with inspirational signs. If you follow the signs, they lead you directly to TJ Stadium, where the Jaguars have won 53 consecutive games. The storied TJ football program is 62-1 in conference …
Thomas Jefferson girls win section showdown versus Seton-La Salle
By Ray Fisher
The Thomas Jefferson girls’ volleyball team has been dominant in the first half of the section season. The Lady Jaguars socked section foe Seton-La Salle …
Thomas Jefferson rolls to 4th straight win, routs Elizabeth Forward
By Ray Judy
Thomas Jefferson and senior Austin Kemp show no signs of slowing down. The WPIAL’s leading rusher continued his season-long dominance, running for 237 yards and four touchdowns to lead the No. 3 Jaguars (4-0, 4-0 Big 9) past host Elizabeth Forward, 51-0, in Class AAA Big 9 action. Kemp has …
Thomas Jefferson hosting Seton-La Salle in important girls volleyball match
By Ray Fisher
The date has been circled on their calendars since the start of the season. Seton-La Salle visits Thomas Jefferson tonight, Thursday, for a gigantic Section 6-AA girls’ volleyball match. “It is an important section match,” Ron Kelly, TJ’s head coach, said. “One of the keys will be who serves and …
High school football notebook: TJ leans heavily on ground game
By Chris Harlan
Balance isn’t always key. The third-ranked team in Class AAA, Thomas Jefferson has one of the least-active passing attacks in the WPIAL. In three games, the Jaguars have completed only three passes for 72 yards. They’ve thrown just eight. But that offensive option hasn’t been needed because they lead all …
Cherpak, Kemp credit Thomas Jefferson’s stout offensive line
By Ray Fisher
Austin Kemp is the headliner in the Thomas Jefferson football program. The senior running back/linebacker’s gaudy statistics warrant that. Kemp started the season with a …
Thomas Jefferson rides running game in rout of Laurel Highlands
By Ray Judy
Thomas Jefferson running back Austin Kemp continues to outdo himself. The senior carried 26 times for 279 yards and scored all seven of TJ’s touchdowns …
Gorman: TJ grad recalls a game he’ll never forget
By Kevin Gorman
Thirteen years later, Jon Drager remembers everything in vivid detail. The shock. The sadness. The horror. The humanity. The practices. And, of course, the game. On Sept. 11, 2001, Drager was a junior at Thomas Jefferson, which was preparing to play its circle-your-calendar game at two-time defending WPIAL Class AAA …

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