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Connellsville coach McDonald looks forward to facing top seed Pine-Richland

By Jason Black
Finishing the regular season with just three wins was not what the Connellsville football team was hoping for in 2014. However, the Falcons were hoping …
North Allegheny, Ellis School capture WPIAL field hockey titles
By Bill West
After a period of parity in WPIAL Class AAA field hockey, another reign for North Allegheny has begun. No. 1 seed North Allegheny repeated as …
Breaking down the WPIAL football playoffs
By Chris Harlan
Here’s a look at each classification in advance of the start of the WPIAL football playoffs Friday night. Class AAAA Favorite: Pine-Richland hasn’t won a …
Pine-Richland earns some respect as No. 1 seed in Class AAAA
By Chris Harlan
In its search for WPIAL respect, Pine-Richland received the ultimate compliment. “We’re the team to beat,” said Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz, whose team was awarded …
Statewide HSFB notebook: Scranton RB to miss rest of season with injury
By Staff Reports
His final carry covered 1 yard. Trying to help lead his team on a momentum shifting drive, Scranton’s Jake McCarthy limped back to the huddle after absorbing one of many physical hits from an aggressive Delaware Valley defense last week. Another play followed, a quarterback sneak for a first down, …
Pine-Richland knocks off No. 1 Central Catholic, takes conference title
By Chris Harlan
With the Pittsburgh skyline looming, Pine-Richland’s celebration included a group picture on the turf at Highmark Stadium. This was a night the Rams will want …
Statewide HSFB notebook: After blackout, McDevitt downs Cedar Cliff in two-day game
By Staff Reports
Bishop McDevitt senior and Penn State recruit Andre Robinson returned to action after missing five games with a bone bruise near his right knee. Robinson, the reigning Class AAA Player of the Year, carried 23 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns during the Crusaders extended 49-33 win over Cedar …
Pine-Richland football team looks to stun another Quad North rival
By Bill West
Freed from the constraints of football pads, pressure from a defensive line, and stress-inducing attention from hundreds of fans, Pine-Richland defeated Central Catholic twice this …
High school football notebook: Central Catholic readies for sell-out at Highmark
By Chris Harlan
Central Catholic is ready for its first sellout on the South Side. Athletic director Chuck Crummie said the Vikings expect a capacity crowd Friday night when Pine-Richland visits Highmark Stadium. Both teams are undefeated and tied atop the Quad North. Central Catholic is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA. Pine-Richland …
HS highlight reel: Reigning champs set to defend titles
By Tribune-Review
Six defending champions and dozens of other boys and girls soccer teams will get a look at their path to Highmark Stadium on Wednesday when …
HS highlight reel: Schwartz begins quest for PIAA title
By Tribune-Review
Shaler’s standout distance runner, Brianna Schwartz, paced herself this fall, and now that pace is picking up. The senior chose not to compete during the dual-meet season in order to be well rested and prepared for the invitationals. That paid off Saturday at Cooper’s Lake Campground when she took first …
Statewide HSFB notebook: Clairton’s high-scoring run continues
By Staff Reports
For yet another week, the state’s No. 2 ranked team in Class A, Clairton, was unchallenged in a blowout victory. Facing previously unbeaten Jeannette, the Bears rolled to a 58-14 win in front of a regional TV audience. Jeannette coach Roy Hall quipped afterward: “There’s only one way to stop …
High school football notebook: Pine-Richland QB has 2 perfect performances
By Chris Harlan
It’s been almost two weeks since Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci threw an incomplete pass. DiNucci, the WPIAL leader in passing yards, continued to flaunt his pinpoint accuracy last Friday night. The senior completed all 15 of his passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns in a 64-35 victory over Quad …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Pine-Richland’s Mike Merhaut
By Bill West
Pine-Richland senior Mike Merhaut certainly welcomes all the praise that’s heaped on the Rams’ up-tempo air attack, which has helped the team average a WPIAL …
Pine-Richland finally breaks through vs. North Hills
By Chris Harlan
No longer does North Hills’ dominance hang over Connor Slomka’s head. “See that booth up there,” said the Pine-Richland senior, pointing above the press box. …
No margin for error between rivals North Hills, Pine-Richland
By Chris Harlan
For a one-sided rivalry, Pine-Richland and North Hills have been very competitive. North Hills has won all six matchups since Pine-Richland left Class AAA and …
Kiski Area routed by Pine-Richland
By Dave Yohe
Even though Kiski Area was stepping out of Quad East play, the Cavaliers knew they would be hard-pressed to get their first win of the season against Quad-A No. 4 Pine-Richland. And that surely was the case in a 62-0 loss on Friday night at Davis Field. Kiski Area has …
Veteran Pine-Richland keeper a reliable presence for Rams
By Jerry Clark
In soccer, every position is important. But perhaps none is more important than the last line of defense: the goalie. Having a smart, athletic player …
Pine-Richland routs Fox Chapel
By Staff Reports
Ben DiNucci completed 13 of 14 passes for 179 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 5 Pine-Richland to a 49-7 victory over Fox Chapel in the Quad North Conference on Friday. DiNucci has thrown for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns through three games. D’ondre Gastion caught one touchdown pass …
Pine-Richland’s aerial attack wins game in overtime
By Bill West
North Allegheny senior quarterback Jeff Clemens spent most of his Friday night at Newman Stadium slipping by defenders after he crossed the line of scrimmage. …
HS highlight reel: Highmark set to host soccer games
By Tribune-Review
Saturday marks the kick off to high school soccer season at Highmark Stadium at Station Square on the South Side. Mt. Lebanon will meet Pine-Richland …
Pine-Richland boy’s soccer to rely on mix of talent
By Jerry Clark
After a couple of successful seasons in a row, the Pine-Richland Rams varsity soccer team found itself in an odd place: watching the playoffs rather …
Pine-Richland girl’s soccer team looking to reclaim section title
By Jerry Clark
It’s been three years since the Pine-Richland Lady Rams soccer team earned a section championship, and coach Jodi Chmielewski and the seniors feel like there …
Pine-Richland loaded for playoff push
By Jerry Clark
The story for the Pine-Richland Rams’ 2013 season was all about the details. While the Rams touted one of the best offensive efforts in the …
Pine-Richland’s Gastion primed for another big year
By Tribune-Review
Freelance writer Steven W. Young caught up with Pine-Richland wide receiver and cornerback D’Ondre Gastion to see how he is preparing for the senior season. …

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