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Adapting to personnel key to TJ’s success

By Mark Kaboly
Ever wonder how Bill Cherpak does it? Entering his 20th year as Thomas Jefferson’s coach, Cherpak has won 202 games, lost 38, won 17 conference …
Class AAA breakdown: With perennial contender Gateway joining Greater Allegheny, trend of championship Parkway teams could be challenged
By Jason Mackey
West Allegheny coach Bob Palko doesn’t deny that Gateway dropping down from Quad-A and shifting into the WPIAL Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference has improved …
Thomas Jefferson led by 4 returning all-conference players
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson has advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals the past two seasons, and finished with an 11-1 record both years. The Jaguars, who have …
Senior TE/DE hoping for a pain-free senior season with Thomas Jefferson
By Ed Phillips
Corey Payne has nothing left to lose. After tearing a meniscus in his left knee three times since his sophomore year, the Thomas Jefferson football …
Football coaches offer insight on heat acclimation process
By Ray Fisher
While the official start of high school football practice took place earlier this week, it wasn’t the first time any of the players stepped on …
South Hills squads set for scrimmages Saturday morning
By Ray Fisher
High school football scrimmages are right around the corner. Teams prepare for a season by participating in two scrimmages, usually one in the morning and another, a week later, at night. The end of the first week of preseason drills for high school football teams means one thing — it’s …
Mon-Yough football teams begin process of finding answers
By Dave Mackall
High school football in the Mon-Yough area this time of year evokes thoughts of successful WPIAL programs, including five that reached the postseason in 2013. …
High school football coaches put premium on safety of their players
By Matt Grubba
While one local team deals with tragedy, the PIAA and area football coaches are still hard at work with player safety as the top priority. …
South Park personal trainer promotes a healthy lifestyle
By Ray Fisher
If you’re serious about athletic training, Ed Wietholder is the man to see. Wietholder, 48, is a certified sport strength and conditioning specialist, and has …
New Carlow men’s basketball team mines local talent
By Ray Fisher
There’s a new kid on the block in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Carlow is fielding a men’s basketball team for the first time in …
TJ’s multi-sport athlete works hard to remain healthy
By Ray Fisher
Jake Benack maintains a busy, active lifestyle. Benack, a senior at Thomas Jefferson in 2013-14, was a four-year varsity letterman in golf and three-year letterman …
TJ’s Costy plays in all-star clash for the ages
By Brian Knavish
This was one he always will remember. Cole Costy played in some epic battles during his days as a member of Thomas Jefferson’s varsity football …
TJ senior caps high school career as WPIAL all-star
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson senior Jake Benack ended his high school athletic career with a sensational spring baseball season. A two-year starter at second base, Benack led …
Lady Jaguars’ long journey leads to WPIAL Class AAA title
By Ray Fisher
It began with spring training in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and developed into one of the greatest softball seasons in school history. Thomas Jefferson’s softball team …
TJ product Haberstock enters Mercyhurst’s hall of fame
By Brian Knavish
“It’s been 20 some years, and I can still see him in the weight room, pushing himself, doing that little extra. He was a special …
Thomas Jefferson’s Karcher named Daily News Softball Coach of the Year
By Dave Mackall
Since her childhood days, Heidi Karcher has known the demands of success. Her dad, a semipro football player for the old Scranton Eagles, wouldn’t let …
DeCicco gets one more shot to chase NFL dream
By Mark Kaboly
All Dom DeCicco wanted was a chance. If one chance meant a last chance, then he was just fine with that. But reserve linebackers and …
Late homer seals Greensburg Salem’s PIAA victory over Thomas Jefferson
By Dave Mackall
Greensburg Salem senior Madison Hantz wound up giving herself an early graduation present Thursday, and it’s likely she would have shared it with her teammates …
TJ tennis coach’s 2014 season a global experience
By Jennifer Goga
Thomas Jefferson’s longtime tennis coach Chuck Correll guided the Jaguars to another winning season and a tie for the section title with Keystone Oaks this …
TJ girls win school’s first WPIAL softball title
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson won its first WPIAL softball championship in school history with its 5-3 win last week against Mars. The Lady Jaguars defeated Mars in …
Daily News spotlight athletes: Steel Valley’s Bryce Varhola, Thomas Jefferson’s Kyla Prickett
By Robert Stinner
Bryce Varhola School: Steel Valley Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Varhola had a game-tying, two-out, full-count hit to keep the Ironmen alive in …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Ambridge’s Aaron Mueller, TJ’s Kyla Prickett
By Brian Graham
Aaron Mueller School: Ambridge Year: Senior Sport: Volleyball Claim to fame: Mueller was a factor in the Bridgers’ victories over Cochranton, 3-0, in the PIAA …
Thomas Jefferson softball team rallies to best Bellefonte in PIAA opener
By Mark Kaboly
Thomas Jefferson coach Heidi Karcher is a fiery individual. So, when the recently crowned Class AAA champs botched a couple of routine plays in the top of the first inning, which led to a 3-0 deficit during Monday’s first-round state playoff game against Bellefonte, the reaction from Karcher was predictable. …
3 area teams begin quest for PIAA glory Monday
By Dave Mackall
Steel Valley backed up its lofty preseason talk by winning its first WPIAL baseball championship last week, and the Ironmen want more. Coach Tim Vickers …
Local softball teams readying for PIAAs
By Paul Schofield
Latrobe softball coach Alexa Bryson knows about big games. The first-year coach pitched Latrobe to WPIAL Class AAAA titles in 2007 and ’08 and to the PIAA championship game during those seasons. She also spent four seasons pitching at Robert Morris. Now she is coaching the Wildcats in the state …

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