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Murray carries Steel Valley over South Allegheny, into WPIAL playoffs

By Dave Mackall 9:47 a.m.
It has been an unspectacular season for a Steel Valley football team that at times has looked pretty special. After winning their first three games, the Ironmen since have been meandering their way to alternating wins and losses. The pattern called for another victory in the regular-season finale on Friday …
South Park uses 90-second, 28-point surge to get past Steel Valley
By Wes Crosby
South Park and Steel Valley played an even game Friday in every facet except the score. A series of mistakes by Steel Valley (5-3, 5-3) led to South Park (6-2, 6-2) gaining a comfortable lead in its 42-23 Century Conference win at William V. Campbell Field. The Eagles clinched a …
South Fayette’s Brumbaugh becomes WPIAL’s all-time passing leader
By Chris Harlan
South Fayette wideouts Nick Ponikvar and Roman Denson held history in their hands. “That’s the greatest feeling ever,” said Ponikvar, whose 68-yard touchdown catch let …
No. 9 Steel Valley holds off Quaker Valley in thriller
By Gary Horvath
The home crowd was treated to a show Friday when Steel Valley visited Quaker Valley, but it wasn’t the one it was hoping for. No. 9 Steel Valley (4-1, 4-1) won a thrilling 28-26 game with early playoff implications against Century Conference rival Quaker Valley (3-2, 3-2) at Chuck Knox …
Steel Valley girls look for return to playoff form
By Dave Mackall
Coach Bill Abraham has been looking forward to the time when his Steel Valley girls soccer team might make another run at a section title. He doesn’t think it’s too far off. “We’ve got a small group of girls this year, but they’re very, very coachable, a real joy to …
Seton-La Salle outlasts Steel Valley
By Mark Kaboly
Seton-La Salle coach Damon Rosol paused for a second when he heard the number. “Four? I thought we had more,” he said. Yeah, it wasn’t …
Undefeated Seton-La Salle, Steel Valley meet with Century lead at stake
By Dave Mackall
This is the sort of thing that sparks tough talk about the Century Conference, arguably the strongest assemblage of Class AA teams in the WPIAL. It’s also an example of why “there are no easy games” in the Century. No. 3 Seton-La Salle and No. 10 Steel Valley, unbeatens, meet …
High school football notebook: TJ leans heavily on ground game
By Chris Harlan
Balance isn’t always key. The third-ranked team in Class AAA, Thomas Jefferson has one of the least-active passing attacks in the WPIAL. In three games, the Jaguars have completed only three passes for 72 yards. They’ve thrown just eight. But that offensive option hasn’t been needed because they lead all …
Coach’s firing causes ruckus in Steel Valley
By Michael Divittorio
The Steel Valley school board replaced the high school’s longtime boys basketball coach at a special meeting on Tuesday that nearly turned into a riot. School directors opened all winter and spring supplemental coaching positions last month under a new policy that requires coaches to reapply for their jobs every …
Steel Valley tabs Schifino as new boys basketball coach
By Dave Mackall
Former WPIAL scoring whiz Drew Schifino was named boys basketball coach at Steel Valley on Tuesday night by a school board vote of 5-2-1. Schifino, who coached at Waynesburg High School for one season, is a former Penn Hills star who ranks among the all-time leading scorers in the WPIAL …
High school notebook: Lincoln Park seeking co-op for girls basketball
By Chris Harlan Paul Schofield and Dave Mackall
Lincoln Park will add a girls basketball team this winter, and already it’s drawing WPIAL scrutiny. The Midland charter school asked to form cooperative agreements in girls basketball, boys track, baseball and boys golf with Western Beaver, a small public school in nearby Industry. The WPIAL board on Monday approved …
Murray ignites Steel Valley offense in win
By Dave Mackall
It took DeWayne Murray some time to get going. And when he did, so did Steel Valley. Murray rushed for 181 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the visiting Ironmen to a 41-14 victory over East Allegheny on Friday night, their second Class AA Century Conference win to start …
Murray runs wild in Steel Valley victory over Carlynton
By David Whipkey
As a freshman in 2013, Steel Valley running back DeWayne Murray set the bar high by rushing for 1,488 yards. If Friday night’s performance is any indication, the sophomore has plans on making those numbers seem pedestrian. Murray rushed for 174 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns in only …
Steel Valley’s Donovan commits to Radford
By Mark Kaboly
Since he was a kid, Brandon Donovan wanted to play college baseball at Coastal Carolina. Or, as the soon-to-be Steel Valley senior said: “They are …
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 …

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