By Karen Kadilak
Ellwood City football coach Don Phillips has been feeling redundant lately.
Seniors are so motivated, he said, they need little guidance from him.
“It’s a very close-knit group,” Phillips said. “They get (practices) started or bring (friends) to practice.”
The Wolverines are counting on that leadership to carry them to the WPIAL Class ...
Steel Valley softball continues unlikely playoff run By Jerin Steele
There’s an old adage coaches preach to their players: Don’t take what happens on the field with you to the plate.
Steel Valley pitcher Maddie Cotter exemplified that Tuesday.
After giving up a game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh, Cotter laced a triple down the right-field line to ...
Quaker Valley boys capture PIAA Class AA swimming and diving title By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Given the distance between Western Pennsylvania and Bucknell University, it seemed fitting WPIAL swimmers did some of their best work in the lengthiest events on the second day of the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships.
Highlands’ Bailey Bonnett and West Allegheny’s Jarod Kehl won the 500-yard freestyle ...
Four WPIAL standouts capture gold on 1st day of PIAA championships By Doug Gulasy
Matthew Kwalick didn’t want to come up short twice. Certainly not twice within an hour.
Disappointed with his performance as part of Quaker Valley’s 200-yard medley relay team, a motivated Kwalick came from behind to win the 200 individual medley on the first day of the PIAA Class AA championships ...
WPIAL board to again hear Aloi appeal By Chris Harlan
The eligibility case of Lincoln Park junior Nick Aloi is back in the WPIAL’s hands.
In April, the WPIAL ruled Aloi, a transfer from Ellwood City, ineligible for the first six weeks of the 2014-15 basketball season. Aloi appealed that decision to the PIAA.
But at a hearing Wednesday in Mechanicsburg, ...
Ellwood City uses speed to mask inexperience By Karen Kadilak
Ellwood City will be so fast, even linemen have been evaluated for speed.
“All players have to run,” coach Don Phillips said.
The Wolverines have an abundance of skill players.
Senior Paul Lutz (52 carries, 430 yards, five touchdowns) and junior Nick Ioanilli (55 carries, 381 yards, six touchdowns) were among leading rushers ...
WPIAL revises date of Lincoln Park transfer’s ineligibility period By Chris Harlan
Lincoln Park transfer Nick Aloi won’t miss his entire junior basketball season after all.
On the advice of the PIAA’s attorney, the WPIAL Board of Control reconsidered the start date it set for the sophomore’s one year of ineligibility, said executive director Tim O’Malley. The WPIAL board had decided ...
High school notebook: Lincoln Park basketball transfer ruled ineligible for 1 year By Chris Harlan and Kevin Gorman
Lincoln Park’s basketball coaches weren’t overly surprised when transfer Nick Aloi was declared ineligible by the WPIAL on Thursday. But they were shocked by what they considered extra-harsh punishment.
When the WPIAL Board of Control declared Aloi ineligible for one year, its members could have made the penalty retroactive ...
WPIAL notebook: Lincoln Park’s Aloi goes before WPIAL board By Chris Harlan
Those who accompanied Lincoln Park sophomore Nick Aloi left Wednesday’s eligibility hearing doubtful the WPIAL would rule in his favor.
“My clients felt like they were under intense scrutiny right from the start,” said attorney Craig Lee, who represented the basketball standout and his parents at an afternoon hearing with the ...