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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec, Baldwin’s Amanda Larkin

By Brian Graham
Phil Jurkovec School: Pine-Richland Year: Freshman Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Jurkovec scored 23 points, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the Rams ...
High school notebook: Records tumble during PIAA football title games
By Staff Reports
It was a record-setting weekend in Hershey. Keepers of PIAA and WPIAL record books were busy updating their standards of excellence thanks to several outstanding individual ...
Gorman: Hayes’ big play was just perfect
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY — Hunter Hayes likes to think of himself as a perfectionist, so the South Fayette junior couldn’t believe everything that was going wrong for ...
Pine-Richland falls short in PIAA Class AAAA final
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — For a while Saturday, extra-point strategy seemed rather unimportant. Yet facing a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit, Pine-Richland senior Ben DiNucci erased 20 of them ...
Gorman: Gastion goes deep for Pine-Richland
By Kevin Gorman
Pine-Richland has no shortage of playmakers, but Rams coach Eric Kasperowicz sees game plans designed to stop one player in particular. D’ondre Gastion has that ...
Pine-Richland has new look for defending champ St. Joseph’s Prep
By Chris Harlan
Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci already has one future fan in Philadelphia. “He’s really fun to watch,” St. Joseph’s Prep coach Gabe Infante said. “I know ...
Brumbaugh, DiNucci could write, rewrite state passing record book
By Chris Harlan
With a little effort Saturday, South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh could break the state record for passing yards in a single season. He would need 334 ...
Strong 4th quarter carries Pine-Richland into PIAA championship game
By Chris Harlan
ALTOONA — There’s an end zone at Mansion Park Stadium that Ben DiNucci and his teammates now like just as much as their coach. The ...
Gorman: Pine-Richland’s Merhaut is Ram tough
By Kevin Gorman
Mike Merhaut might be one of Western Pennsylvania’s best all-around players, as Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz proclaims, but he hasn’t let it go to his ...
Pace-setting by center part of Pine-Richland’s run to PIAA semifinals
By Bill West
Observers of Pine-Richland’s offense, from coaches to sportswriters, often note how crisply and consistently senior quarterback Ben DiNucci, owner of a 71.2 completion percentage, gets ...
Pine-Richland grateful for ‘ugly’ playoff win
By Chris Harlan
ALTOONA — When an official penalized him for having a buckle on his chin strap undone, Ben DiNucci readied for a long day. Five yards for ...
Gorman: Pine-Richland’s Kasperowicz eyes history
By Kevin Gorman
Eric Kasperowicz makes it clear that his goal since being hired at Pine-Richland is to win championships. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering he ...
Pine-Richland hopes to avoid ‘drop off’ against State College
By Chris Harlan
Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium was the frigid backdrop for one of Eric Kasperowicz’s favorite football memories. As a senior, his state champion North Hills team ...
Pine-Richland’s ‘Neil’ the ram has happy home
By Bill West
The live ram purchased by Pine-Richland students prior to the WPIAL football championships has a new home. “Neil,” named after Pine-Richland alum and Pirates second baseman Neil Walker, was acquired by seniors Andrew Lancia and Donovan Harris, who planned to bring the ram to the student section’s tailgate Friday morning. But ...
High school football notebook: Official’s decision impacts WPIAL Class AAAA title game
By Staff Reports
For the third time in four years, the WPIAL Class AAAA final included a key call by an official. An inadvertent whistle in the third quarter Friday negated a Pine-Richland fumble in a 21-13 victory over Central Catholic. The Rams kept possession and scored a touchdown on the next play. ...
WPIAL Class AAAA notebook: Pine-Richland has titles in 3 classifications
By George Guido
Pine-Richland became just the second school in WPIAL history to win football titles in three different classifications. Friday’s Class AAAA title game win was preceded by a Class AAA crown in 2003 under coach Clair Altemus. In 1969 and ’70, the Rams, going under the name of Richland High School, won ...
Pine-Richland tops defending champ Central Catholic to capture WPIAL title
By Paul Schofield
No one will know if an inadvertent whistle cost Central Catholic a shot at a second consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA title. But during a one-touchdown game ...
Explosive offense carries Pine-Richland into finals
By Paul Schofield 7:30 p.m.
When No. 1 Pine-Richland defeated No. 3 Central Catholic, 48-28, in Week 8, the Rams celebrated at Highmark Stadium on the South Side. Pine-Richland coach Eric ...
Gorman: Central Catholic faces ‘phenomenon’
By Kevin Gorman
Central Catholic has won with dominant defenses under Terry Totten, so the Vikings coach’s exasperation over Pine-Richland’s offense is telling. “The more I watch them, the more I believe this is something I haven’t seen as long as I’ve been around,” Totten said. “It’s a phenomenon I haven’t seen in ...
Central Catholic wildcat Petrishen wild card in game vs. Pine-Richland
By Paul Schofield
Central Catholic coach Terry Totten saw last week’s WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal against Penn-Trafford slipping away. After blowing an early 14-0 lead, Totten watched in amazement ...
Pine-Richland, Slomka dismantle McKeesport in Class AAAA semifinals
By Dave Mackall
The last time Pine-Richland was in this position, the Rams were a Class AAA football program, and Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was one of their stars. That was 2003, when they won a WPIAL championship and claimed a PIAA crown, losing in double-overtime to Manheim Central in the title game. Eleven ...
High school football notebook: School-day WPIAL finals offers challenge for administrators
By Chris Harlan
With a victory Friday, some high school students will take an unofficial holiday at the end of next week. For the first ...
WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal capsule: Pine-Richland vs. McKeesport
By Dave Mackall
class AAAA SeMIFINALS NO. 1 PINE-RICHLAND (11-0) vs. NO. 5 MCKEESPORT (10-1)  7:30 p.m. Friday at North Allegheny After a .500 season ...
Gorman: Veterans Day a special day in Slomka’s home
By Kevin Gorman
Veterans Day is a special day in Connor Slomka’s home, one he said was “very important” even before the Pine-Richland star running back committed to play for Army. Slomka’s father, Jim, also attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and later was an assistant athletic director at Army. Slomka’s ...
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 ...

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