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High school football notebook: WPNT to televise games this season

By Chris Harlan
At least three separate outlets will televise WPIAL football games this fall. Two are well-known. Root Sports hasn’t yet announced matchups, but it will televise games this season starting in October. Comcast Xfinity, which announced a 12-game schedule, again will make games available through its On Demand feature. The newcomer is ...
New football uniforms can change perceptions, help establish identity
By Kevin Gorman
When Matt Humbert became Belle Vernon’s football coach, he found a program mired in mediocrity. Not only did its outdated facilities need to be modernized, ...
Few starters back for defending champion Pine-Richland
By Jerry Clark
Defending a WPIAL Class AAAA championship is a tough task, but doing it without last season’s leading passer, rusher and top two receivers is going ...
HSFB preview by position: Ball-hawk safeties pace top defenses
By Chris Harlan
McKeesport and Central Catholic led WPIAL Class AAAA teams in fewest points allowed last season. In an era of spread offenses and 300-yard passers, their ...
HSFB preview by position: Defensive linemen show unique brand of athleticism
By Chris Harlan
For around 25 yards, Rashad Wheeler ran like a running back, albeit a 6-foot-4, 285-pound back. The Central Catholic defensive lineman scooped the football from ...
HSFB preview by position: QBs trying to replace record-setters
By Chris Harlan
WPIAL quarterbacks experienced a record-setting season a year ago. The state witnessed the first high school passer to reach 11,000 career yards and another who ...
Deflategate puts pressure on high school football coaches to follow rules
By Chris Harlan
Every football at North Allegheny must pass the squeeze test before it’s ready for Friday night. It’s often the defensive line coach who inflates the footballs, ...
WPIAL standouts competing at USA Diving Junior and Senior Nationals
By Karen Price 10:13 a.m.
Three current WPIAL diving champions, one former champ and several potential future winners are among a contingent of Western Pennsylvania athletes competing at the USA ...
Lost among high scorers, lacrosse faceoff specialists can tilt field
By Bill West
In the middle of a conversation before his team’s WPIAL Division I quarterfinal game against Sewickley Academy, North Allegheny senior midfielder Zach Smith casually used ...
Three Rivers Junior Rowing teams off to strong start
By Karen Kadilak
Three Rivers Junior Rowing coach Steve McCarthy has set an ambitious goal for his girls team this year. Impressed by their depth and experience, McCarthy believes ...
HS highlight reel: Track athletes aim for Top 8 finishes
By Tribune-Review
Qualifying meets for the WPIAL track and field championships will be held at five sites Thursday with the top eight finishers in each event earning a spot at the May 14 championship. The Class AAA qualifiers will be at Pine-Richland (Northern), West Mifflin (Southern) and Norwin (Central). The Class AA ...
Plans in place to form North Pitt high school rugby club
By Ed Phillipps
It didn’t take long for Jesse Danka to figure out what obstacles stand in his way of forming the North Pitt United rugby club. The club is offering a 101 clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 23 at Wildwood Sports Complex and hopes to garner enough interest to get ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Ambridge’s Isaac Elliot, Pine-Richland’s Kat Quigley
By Alex Oltmanns
Isaac Elliot School: Ambridge Year: Sophomore Sport: Track and field Claim to fame: Elliott won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Baldwin Invitational on ...
HS highlight reel: Familiar teams to compete for track titles
By Tribune-Review
Monday’s WPIAL team track and field championships will feature some familiar teams. On the boys side, two-time reigning Class AAA champ North Allegheny will try for a three-peat, while recent champs Hempfield, Canon-McMillan and Butler also will compete. The group has combined to win the past nine titles. In Class AA, ...
Norwin girls outlast Pine-Richland in thriller
By Dave Mackall
Brian Brozeski never wants to let you see him sweat. Norwin’s low-key girls basketball coach, whether his team is winning or losing, patrols the bench seemingly ...
Lower seeds take down 16 top-4 wrestlers on Day 2 at WPIAL championships
By Doug Gulasy 2:29 p.m.
A loss to Seneca Valley’s Alex Lynch in the semifinals of last weekend’s Section 3-AAA tournament damaged Pine-Richland junior Hunter Baxter’s seed for the WPIAL ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: South Fayette’s J.J. Walker, Pine-Richland’s Amanda Kalin
By Brian Graham
J.J. Walker School: South Fayette Year: Senior Sport: Wrestling Claim to fame: Walker defeated Beth-Center’s Jason Stay, 3-1, in the 160-pound WPIAL Class AA championship ...
Trib Cup: Young Pine-Richland girls team set for playoff matchup with Bethel Park
By Brian Graham
Conventional wisdom says entering postseason play with a young, inexperienced group could end in disaster. Pine-Richland girls basketball coach Cliff Foster and his young Rams showed no signs of worry in the opening round Feb. 13. The Rams — the No. 5 seed in Class AAAA — ousted McKeesport, 56-43, behind ...
Pine-Richland’s Kalin scores 31 in playoff win over McKeesport
By Dave Mackall
There are young teams, and then, there is Pine-Richland. With just two seniors on the roster and only one in the starting lineup, the Rams continued ...
WPIAL players selected to play in Big 33 game
By Staff Reports
Twelve senior players from the WPIAL have been selected to play in the 58th annual Big 33 Football Classic on June 20 at Hersheypark Stadium. The team includes Central Catholic tight end Graham Adomitis (Princeton), linebacker Bryan Glover (Eastern Michigan) and defensive back John Petrishen (Penn State); Penn Hills lineman ...
Gorman: Not just a no-brainer for Pine-Richland’s DiNucci
By Kevin Gorman
Ben DiNucci had to pick between playing football at Pitt or Penn, between the FBS Power 5 and Ivy League. For major-college football fans, that appeared to be a no-brainer. The same for those in academia. Penn’s Wharton School is the nation’s top business school and Pitt’s Katz 52nd, according to ...
Led by freshman Jurkovec, Pine-Richland chasing trip to playoffs
By Chris Harlan
Jeff Ackermann has never shied away from starting underclassmen. In his first season at Moon, four sophomores joined his lineup in 2001, and the ...
Pitt offers scholarship to Pine-Richland QB DiNucci
By Jerry DiPaola
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi began his attempt at restocking the quarterback position when he offered a scholarship to Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci after a workout ...
Gorman: Pittsburgh Athletic Association awards a great event
By Kevin Gorman
The same guy who got me out of jury duty got me into one of my favorite events. In 2000, attorney Paul Walsh called to ...
Pitt notebook: Pine-Richland QB to work out for Pitt coaches
By Jerry DiPaola
Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci, the first Pennsylvania high school quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season (4,269), will work out for ...

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