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WPIAL Class AAA notebook: Central Valley to face another merger in PIAA playoffs

By George Guido
Central Valley will battle another recent school merger when it takes on Conneaut High School next weekend. Conneaut was formed several years ago by way of a merger between Linesville, Conneaut Lake and Conneaut Valley high schools. The school district, located in western Crawford County, once housed three high schools ...
Central Valley beats rival West Allegheny to win WPIAL Class AAA championship
By Chris Harlan
As it learned here last season, Central Valley would need Jordan Whitehead and his teammates to win. After Whitehead dazzled, wideout B.J. Powell caught a game-winning, ...
Plenty of respect between Parkway Conference rivals
By Ed Phillipps
Something is going to give when Central Valley and West Allegheny meet for the WPIAL Class AAA championship at 8 p.m. Friday at Heinz Field. ...
Gorman: Palko perfect for West Allegheny
By Kevin Gorman
Bob Palko was warned when he took the job 19 years ago that he would never win at his alma mater, West Allegheny. Seven WPIAL Class AAA championships later, Palko has not only proven people wrong but made history in the process. West Allegheny hasn’t just won WPIAL titles, it’s ...
Dominant running game helps West Allegheny to lopsided victory over Thomas Jefferson
By Chris Harlan
Lopsided scores dotted Thomas Jefferson’s season schedule. But none were like this. For the first time in coach Bill Cherpak’s memory, his Jaguars were blown ...
Previewing the PIAA soccer championships
By Bill West
CLASS AAA BOYS Peters Township vs. Great Valley When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium Records: PT: 21-2; GV: 19-5-2 How they got here: WPIAL champ ...
WPIAL Class AAA semifinal capsule: West Allegheny vs. Thomas Jefferson
By Chris Harlan
class AAA Semifinal No. 2 Thomas Jefferson (11-0) vs. No. 3 West Allegheny (10-1)   7:30 p.m. Friday at Bethel Park Bill Cherpak didn’t ...
No. 3 West Allegheny uses wrinkle in quarterfinal win over Franklin Regional
By Bill West
With a coach as wily as Bob Palko in charge, there’s no telling what West Allegheny will run on offense from week to week. On ...
Previewing the WPIAL quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top WPIAL quarterfinal matchups: Class AAAA 2-Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7-North Allegheny (8-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday at ...
South Park wins WPIAL Class AA boys soccer title
By Bill West
Brandon Walbert and Justin Minda made themselves household names in the WPIAL boys soccer world as underclassmen by earning accolades and putting up impressive stats. The South Park senior duo finally starred on the WPIAL’s biggest stage Saturday night. Walbert, a two-time All-State midfielder, and Minda, one of the region’s top ...
West Allegheny’s stout defense paves way for 38-0 victory over Knoch
By Doug Gulasy
Knoch rode a strong defense to the WPIAL playoffs, but the Knights ran into an even stingier unit in the first round. Class AAA No. 3 West Allegheny (9-1), the two-time defending WPIAL champion, held Knoch to 78 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers in a 38-0 first-round victory ...
Previewing the WPIAL soccer championships
By Bill West
CLASS AAA BOYS No. 1 Upper St. Clair vs. No. 3 Peters Township When: 8:15 p.m. Friday Records: Upper St. Clair (19-0-1), Peters Township (17-2) How ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: West Allegheny’s Collin Wurst, Montour’s Jane Schleicher
By Brian Graham
Collin Wurst School: West Allegheny Year: Senior Sport: Soccer Claim to fame: Wurst netted a hat trick and helped the Indians cruise to an 8-0 ...
Central Valley gains measure of revenge on No. 1 West Allegheny
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley’s Brandon Wilson intercepted the final throw and carried it as far as he could until time expired. The effort was more symbolic than strategic. After ...
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 the tone ...
Heavyweights West Allegheny, Central Valley meet in test for Parkway
By Chris Harlan
Finally, it’s OK to talk about Central Valley vs. West Allegheny inside their locker rooms. But this matchup never was easy to ignore. “Both teams had this ...
Standout kickers around the WPIAL offer valuable, reliable service
By Chris Harlan
Nobody at West Allegheny considers D.J. Opsatnik “only” a kicker. The sophomore made two field goals and all four extra-point tries last week, including the ...
West Allegheny tops Woodland Hills in battle of No. 1 teams
By Chris Harlan
Rarely does a nonconference win draw this much emotion. Yet when West Allegheny’s D.J. Opsatnik made a game-winning extra point in overtime, just after a ...
Pride on line between top-ranked Woodland Hills, West Allegheny
By Chris Harlan
Woodland Hills coach George Novak visited West Allegheny on Wednesday and left praising the school’s football success. “They have a lot of trophies and ...
West Allegheny extends WPIAL winning streak to 26 games in victory over Montour
By Wes Crosby
It wasn’t easy, but the West Allegheny Indians extended the longest winning streak in the WPIAL to 26 games. West Allegheny (5-0, 5-0), ranked first in Class AAA, used a late touchdown to push past the No. 8-ranked Montour Spartans (3-2, 3-2) for a 21-14 Parkway Conference win at Thomas J. ...
WPIAL high school football coaches address issue of lopsided wins
By Bill West
Clairton coach Wayne Wade shakes his head at the speculation that he’s comfortable with crushing players’ spirits by running up the score. Wade wants all high ...
West Allegheny sees scoring as secret to WPIAL title defense
By Bill West
West Allegheny senior forward Michael Cummings ends many of his soccer-related tweets with the phrase “#StayHungry.” What the senior craves is a second consecutive WPIAL title. Cummings ...
WPIAL champions wall unveiled at Heinz Field
By Andrew Erickson
North Catholic football coach Bob Ravenstahl and a former North Catholic player flanked a commemorative Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic jersey in the West main concourse ...
HSFB preview by position: Special talent for area kickers
By Chris Harlan
Count Hempfield among the WPIAL teams that can score without ever reaching the end zone. With senior kicker John Domit, the Spartans must only approach ...
West Allegheny chasing WPIAL championship 3-peat
By Chris Harlan
West Allegheny’s Armand Dellovade appreciates the effort needed to win a WPIAL football title. His senior class already owns two. “It really does take a lot,” ...

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