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Thomas Jefferson football team enters WPIAL Class AAA playoffs as No. 2 seed

By Ray Fisher
The Big Nine Conference champion Thomas Jefferson football team has strung together three consecutive undefeated regular seasons. The Jaguars socked rival West Mifflin last week …
Daily News spotlight athletes: Serra Catholic’s Zac Quattrone, TJ’s Rachel Stover
By Robert Stinner
Zac Quattrone Year: Senior School: Serra Catholic Sport: Football Claim to fame: After missing the first half of the season because of a shoulder injury, …
Thomas Jefferson earns spot in volleyball semifinals after downing South Fayette for 3rd time
By Kevin Lohman
Thomas Jefferson’s girls volleyball team fought off a roaring comeback by Section 6 rival South Fayette to secure a bid to the WPIAL Class AA …
Bracket has Clairton set up to potentially face familiar foes in WPIAL playoffs
By Dave Mackall
Clairton coach Wayne Wade shook his head and fumed as he glanced at the WPIAL playoffs brackets. He didn’t agree with a decision to include …
Running back depth, defense carries Thomas Jefferson past West Mifflin
By Mark Kaboly
Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak has been saying all season how deep and talented his stable of running backs is. Austin Kemp prevented anybody from …
Gorman: For the record, TJ’s Kemp is a winner
By Kevin Gorman
Austin Kemp has had one coach whispering in his ear, another screaming in his face. Their message to the Thomas Jefferson star tailback was the …
Thomas Jefferson boys soccer team ousted by West Allegheny
By George Guido
Coming off a win over Ringgold on Monday night, Thomas Jefferson was in an upbeat mood coming into Thursday’s WPIAL quarterfinal against West Allegheny. But the defending Class AA champion Indians had other ideas. A goal off a direct kick just 42 seconds into the match by Collin Wurst set …
West Mifflin hoping to spoil TJ’s perfect season
By Dave Mackall
The Jaguars are going for the kill. No. 3 Thomas Jefferson doesn’t expect to let up in the regular-season finale Friday night at home against …
WPIAL, coaches are still looking to schedule Week 9 rivalry games
By Bill West
When asked about the WPIAL’s efforts to schedule football rivals against each other in Week 9, executive director Tim O’Malley went right into an explanation …
Passionate approach on the pitch promotes success
By Ray Fisher
There are 11 players on a soccer field — normally two forwards, four midfielders, four defenders and one goalkeeper. The forwards, also known as attackers …
Thomas Jefferson grad gets chance to kick in ‘Big House’
By Brian Knavish
As the starting kicker on the Slippery Rock University football team, Mike Wainauskis is used to playing in front of less than 10,000 fans — …
Thomas Jefferson hockey program rebuilding with youth
By Ed Phillipps
Last season was a breakout one for the Thomas Jefferson ice hockey team. This season, the team will need to catch a few breaks. A senior-laden team a year ago, the Jaguars now rely on six freshmen as part of their varsity lineup. Gone are stalwarts like Zach Uhlyar, who …
Baldwin to host WPIAL girls volleyball finals
By Tribune-Review
Baldwin is the host site for the WPIAL girls’ volleyball championships this year. The finals will take place Nov. 1 for all three classifications. The Lady Highlanders, the Section 5-AAA champions this season, met Plum earlier this week in a first-round matchup at Baldwin. The Baldwin girls finished 12-0 in …
Daily News spotlight athletes: Serra Catholic’s Sam Almeter, TJ’s Allie Yurkovich
By Robert Stinner
Sam Almeter Class: Senior School: Serra Catholic Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Almeter helped the Eagles to a 13-5 overall record and a second-place finish …
Thomas Jefferson hockey program rebuilding with young players
By Ed Phillipps
Last season was a breakout one for the Thomas Jefferson hockey team. This season, the team will need to catch a few breaks. A senior-laden team a year ago, the Jaguars now rely on six freshmen as part of their varsity lineup. Gone are stalwarts such as Zach Uhlyar, who …
TJ keeper secures 1st round win
By Bill Hughes
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 …

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