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A fullback last season, Steel Valley’s Freeman takes over under center for Ironmen

By Dave Mackall
In January, Tyrone Freeman began learning the art of playing quarterback, a position he filled for just one previous season of organized football. As a freshman for the Steel Valley junior varsity team, Freeman ran the offense — and run he did. “I pretty much just ran the ball, but …
Standout RB returns to lead Steel Valley
By Dave Mackall
In just one season, the WPIAL became well aware of the immense potential of Steel Valley running back DeWayne Murray, who is coming off a …
HSFB preview by position: Star tailbacks develop early
By Chris Harlan
It doesn’t take long to recognize a talented running back. The sophomore season is often enough. Woodland Hills’ Miles Sanders became the team’s starter as …
Steel Valley players benefit from trip to NFL 7 on 7 event
By Dave Mackall
The Steel Valley football team returns one of the WPIAL’s most promising running backs in sophomore DeWayne Murray, yet its focus was on the team during a recent trip to Indianapolis. The Ironmen were given instruction on, among other things, life lessons at the National Football League High School Player …
Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Chris Harlan
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Brendan McKay Blackhawk, senior, pitcher Crowds gathered whenever Blackhawk’s Brendan McKay pitched, with high school baseball fans and pro scouts eager …
Steel Valley’s Donovan is Daily News Baseball Player of the Year
By Mark Kaboly
It was early February and Brandon Donovan had yet to throw a pitch — being the starting shooting guard on the basketball team prevented that. …
Steel Valley’s Vickers captures coach of year honors
By Mark Kaboly
It wasn’t long ago that Steel Valley didn’t want Tim Vickers. Actually, it was four years ago when the baseball coaching position was opened by …
‘WPIAL hangover’ dooms baseball teams going into state tourney
By Jason Mackey
Following a 5-2 loss to Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game Thursday, May 29, Baldwin baseball coach Dan Caponi called practice for …
Daily News spotlight athletes: Steel Valley’s Bryce Varhola, Thomas Jefferson’s Kyla Prickett
By Robert Stinner
Bryce Varhola School: Steel Valley Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Varhola had a game-tying, two-out, full-count hit to keep the Ironmen alive in …
Steel Valley’s season comes to an end with loss to Bedford
By Dave Mackall
A “magical” baseball season at Steel Valley ended for the  WPIAL-champion Ironmen following a lopsided loss to Bedford on Monday in the PIAA playoffs. Steel Valley, which won its first WPIAL title last week by beating Seton-La Salle in dramatic fashion, couldn’t match Bedford’s intensity in a Class AA first-round …
3 area teams begin quest for PIAA glory Monday
By Dave Mackall
Steel Valley backed up its lofty preseason talk by winning its first WPIAL baseball championship last week, and the Ironmen want more. Coach Tim Vickers …
Steel Valley rallies to capture its 1st WPIAL baseball championship
By Chris Harlan
Three times Steel Valley was down to its final strike. And three times the Ironmen came through. “We’ve had great timing all year,” said Jesse …
Steel Valley brings pair of aces into WPIAL title game
By Mark Kaboly
At this point, Tim Vickers doesn’t have many more words to characterize what Brandon Donovan has been doing. “Utter dominance,” Vickers said. The Steel Valley …
Breaking down the WPIAL baseball championships
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA Baldwin vs. Seneca Valley 5 p.m. Wednesday, Consol Energy Park No. 2 Baldwin (16-2) Coach: Dan Caponi No. Name Pos. Yr. 21 Nick Bernick SS Sr. 24 Morgan Schmitt 1B Jr. 9 Tom …
Donovan’s clutch pitching leads Steel Valley to championship game
By Ed Phillipps
On a windy afternoon, Brandon Donovan made winning look like a breeze. The Steel Valley ace tossed a two-hitter to lead the Ironmen to a …
Daily News spotlight athletes: Steel Valley’s Brandon Donovan, Serra Catholic’s Hannah Pitchford
By Robert Stinner
Brandon Donovan School: Steel Valley Class: Junior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Donovan tossed a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts and also homered and had four …
Steel Valley pitcher tosses 1-hitter to down Apollo-Ridge
By Matt Grubba
Steel Valley pitcher Brandon Donovan showed how doing the least amount of work sometimes is a good thing. Donovan faced the minimum and struck out …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Steel Valley’s Andrew Chuba, Vincentian’s Kim Corcoran
By Brian Graham
Andrew Chuba School: Steel Valley Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Chuba pitched a complete-game, two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and went 3 for 5 …
Burrell softball team tops Steel Valley, 2-1, in 9 innings
By George Guido
Burrell’s Haley Kuzmirek picked a good time to come out of her weeks-long slump. The Bucs junior blasted a pinch-hit double to left in the …
WPIAL softball tournament preview
By Tribune-Review
WPIAL softball tournament Class AA No. 12 seed Freeport (10-4)  vs. No. 5 Waynesburg Central (12-8) 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hempfield Winner plays: No. 4 …
Steel Valley boys volleyball team enjoying resurgence
By Justin Criado
What a difference a year can make. After finishing at the bottom of Section 3-AA last season with a 1-9 record (4-11 overall), Steel Valley …
Steel Valley awarded No. 3 seed for WPIAL playoffs
By Dave Mackall
It’s not as though Steel Valley expected to be a No. 1 seed for the WPIAL baseball playoffs, but the Ironmen certainly wouldn’t have been …
Daily News spotlight athletes: South Allegheny’s Tyler Ellwood, Steel Valley’s Maddie Cotter
By Robert Stinner
Tyler Ellwood School: South Allegheny Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Ellwood went 3 for 3 and knocked in three runs to help South …
Steel Valley volleyball team knocks off Keystone Oaks to continue its rise
By Dave Mackall
The revival of boys volleyball at Steel Valley took a huge step forward Tuesday night. Behind a career-high 32 kills from first-year player Tyler Lewis, …
Steel Valley leads area baseball teams seeking section titles
By Mark Kaboly
With a little more than a week left in the baseball season, there are only four undefeated teams left in the WPIAL, including Steel Valley. …

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