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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 …
Daily News Q&A: Thomas Jefferson’s Austin Kemp
By Dave Mackall
He is humble, quick to credit his teammates for much of the current football success at Thomas Jefferson. But senior running back Austin Kemp is …
Thomas Jefferson girls tennis team gearing for share of section title
By Jennifer Goga
The Thomas Jefferson girls’ tennis team looks strong this season. With a 7-1 record, the Lady Jaguars are well on their way to securing a …
RB Kemp kicks into high gear for Thomas Jefferson
By Ray Fisher
Austin Kemp has been more than a catalyst for Thomas Jefferson. He’s been virtually unstoppable. Kemp scored five times and ran for 234 yards last week in the Jaguars’ 44-12 conference win at Belle Vernon. Kemp registered 39-, 17-, 18-, 7- and 1-yard touchdown runs. Through two games, the muscular …
Thomas Jefferson grad Ruffing named PAC offensive player of the week
By Tribune-Review
Thomas Jefferson grad Ryan Ruffing, a junior running back at Washington & Jefferson, has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference offensive player of the week. …
Thomas Jefferson girls soccer looking to reel in elusive playoff berth
By Ed Phillips
A trend has developed over the past two seasons, and it has a bittersweet taste for the Thomas Jefferson girls’ soccer players. In 2012, the …
High school football notebook: Teams with Week 1 loss have won WPIAL titles
By Chris Harlan
Three WPIAL football teams ranked highly in the state lost their openers Friday. But history says there’s still hope for 0-1 teams, a fact Gateway coach Tom Nola knows quite well. “It’s not the end of the world,” said Nola, a first-year coach at Gateway, which lost Friday to Greensburg …
Stover, Yurkovich senior team leaders for Thomas Jefferson volleyball
By Ray Fisher
The Thomas Jefferson girls’ volleyball team enjoyed a banner season in 2013. There are nine returning letter winners, including four starters, back from last year’s …
Thomas Jefferson girls soccer looking to reel in elusive playoff berth
By Ed Phillips
A trend has developed over the past two seasons, and it has a bittersweet taste for the Thomas Jefferson girls’ soccer players. In 2012, the …
Led by RB Kemp, Thomas Jefferson readying for rival Belle Vernon
By Ray Fisher
Thomas Jefferson, behind senior running back Austin Kemp, rolled past Ringgold, 49-6, last week in its season and Big Nine Conference lidlifter. The Jaguars travel …
Polick returns to Thomas Jefferson girls soccer team to a hero’s welcome
By Ed Phillipps
Thomas Jefferson’s Kiley Polick can’t say much about the play that took her out. All she knows is an Elizabeth Forward soccer player sent the …
Thomas Jefferson runs past Ringgold
By Mark Kaboly
Bill Cherpak will take this every day of the week. Not No. 4 Thomas Jefferson’s convincing 49-6 Big Nine Conference win over No. 7 Ringgold …
Big 9 rival Ringgold to challenge Thomas Jefferson in season opener
By Dave Mackall
Even for Thomas Jefferson, which has won 17 conference championships, four WPIAL titles and three PIAA crowns over the past 19 years, Friday night’s scheduled …
Thomas Jefferson boys coach anticipating ‘breakout year’ for Dhaubhadel
By Ed Phillipps
Two left feet isn’t what most athletes strive for, but Thomas Jefferson soccer standout Mahesh Dhaubhadel thinks it can take him to the next level. …
High school football teams ready to start 2014 season
By Ray Fisher
The 2014 high school football season is here. Three of the four local teams will open up with home games this weekend: AMBRIDGE at BALDWIN …
HS highlight reel: Comcast announces game of the week schedule
By Tribune-Review
Comcast announced Monday its weekly football schedule for its 12th season of Xfinity High School Sports Game of the Week. Broadcasts can be found the …
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. …

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