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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
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 ...
Pine-Richland rolls past Connellsville in 1st round
By Ed Phillipps
The Connellsville football team was on the wrong side of history Friday night. Top-seeded Pine-Richland scored a 63-6 victory over the 16th-seeded Falcons in the ...
Gorman: DiNucci perfect fit for Pine-Richland
By Kevin Gorman
Eric Kasperowicz never hesitated in proclaiming Pine-Richland’s Ben DiNucci as the best quarterback in the WPIAL. Whether anyone in Western Pennsylvania was actually listening before ...
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, but in ...
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 ...
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 ...

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