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Donovan strikes out 16 as Steel Valley clinches playoff berth

By Dave Mackall
Earlier this season, Steel Valley fireballer Brandon Donovan struck out a career-high 19 and edged Seton-La Salle in a dominating eight-inning performance. He might have been ...
Daily News spotlight athletes: South Allegheny’s Brandon Ruffing, Steel Valley’s Krista Bayus
By Robert Stinner
Brandon Ruffing School: South Allegheny Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Ruffing pitched a nine-strikeout complete game to help the Gladiators (6-1, 3-1) get ...
Steel Valley volleyball seeking deep playoff run
By Dave Mackall
A WPIAL section title was nice, but Steel Valley boys volleyball coach Alex Hinsey doesn’t deny the Ironmen want more this season. Much more. “I’m not saying we necessarily expect to win a WPIAL championship,” Hinsey said. “We’d certainly like to, and we think we have a team capable of making ...
Gorman: Donovan’s Ks rule day
By Kevin Gorman
The plan was for Brandon Donovan to pitch backwards, using his nasty curve and slider to set up a fastball that touches in the low 90s. “It was an illusion, if you will,” Steel Valley coach Tim Vickers said. “His fastball looked every bit of 91-92 mph at that point. ...
Daily News spotlight athletes: EF’s Will Scott, Steel Valley’s Maddie Cotter
By Robert Stinner
Will Scott School: Elizabeth Forward Class: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Scott went 3 for 4 to lead Elizabeth Forward (1-3, 1-3) to a ...
Steel Valley softball shuts out East Allegheny
By Staff Report
Maddie Cotter struck out 13 to lead Steel Valley to a Section 4-AA shutout win over East Allegheny, 3-0, on Friday. Chelsea Rohan and Krista Bayus drove in a run each for the Ironmen (2-2, 2-2), who struck twice in the first inning and again in the sixth. Both of ...
Steel Valley softball team confident it can return to postseason
By Dave Mackall
It’s an inexperienced bunch at Steel Valley this season, but softball coach Matt Janov thinks there’s a strong chance for continued success along the way. The Ironmen made the WPIAL Class AA playoffs a year ago, then lost four starters. But five others return, including two at key positions. In 2014, right-hander ...
Daily News Fabulous 15: Senior standouts highlight boys all-star team
By Daily News Staff
Players from WPIAL playoff qualifiers made up much of the annual Daily News Fabulous 15 boys basketball team for 2015. Class AAAA McKeesport and Class AAA ...
Reigning WPIAL champ Steel Valley baseball team focused on fundamentals
By Dave Mackall
Steel Valley, the defending WPIAL Class AA baseball champion, is eager to get started with a new season, even though the Ironmen will open with ...
Gorman: Schifino’s ‘stand’ only hurt his team
By Kevin Gorman
Cheryl Donovan received the text message from her son two hours before Tuesday’s tip-off, warning her that Steel Valley might forfeit its WPIAL playoff game. ...
Steel Valley’s leading scorer ruled ineligible in past week
By Chris Harlan
After talking with a school administrator, it appears Steel Valley senior Dom Keyes became ineligible just within the past week, WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley ...
Playing without senior standout, coaches, Steel Valley ousted from WPIAL playoffs by South Fayette
By Chris Harlan
Steel Valley’s star senior was seated in the front row of bleachers, and the team’s coach was nowhere to be seen. Unhappy that ...
West Mifflin, Steel Valley gear up for Class AAA tests in WPIAL playoffs
By Dave Mackall
For most of the high school boys basketball season, Class AAA rivals West Mifflin and Steel Valley have been chasing the WPIAL leaders for recognition ...
Uniontown rebounds from loss to outlast Steel Valley
By Dave Mackall
Apparently, that Saturday matinee loss at home to West Mifflin didn’t sit well with Uniontown, so the Red Raiders did something about it Tuesday night ...
McCallister’s 14 points lead Steel Valley past Thomas Jefferson
By Dave Mackall
In a season of insidious confusion, Ryan McCallister has been a calming influence. The junior point guard for Steel Valley again showed that side of him ...
Gorman: Of dominance and dysfunction at Steel Valley
By Kevin Gorman
Drew Schifino swears he didn’t know about the volatile atmosphere he ventured into at Steel Valley. Schifino was hired to replace Shawn McCallister, a 20-year ...
Clutch free throws lift West Mifflin boys over Steel Valley
By Dave Mackall
In a brief moment Friday night, Antonio Hill convinced himself to stay calm. Then with the score tied, the West Mifflin senior stepped to the free-throw ...
Steel Valley puts end to Uniontown winning streak, 85-76
By Dave Mackall
The last time Drew Schifino defeated Uniontown was during a 2000 WPIAL semifinals victory, when he scored 40 points for Penn Hills in a Class AAAA game at Palumbo Center. As Steel Valley’s first-year coach 15 years later, Schifino took the Ironmen into Uniontown on Monday night, and they came away ...
Donovan’s 15 first-half points spark Steel Valley past Thomas Jefferson
By Dave Mackall
Brandon Donovan is headed to college next season on a baseball scholarship, but he said he is not too bad at basketball, either. He was good ...
Gorman: Schools get best of Batch
By Kevin Gorman 10:28 p.m.
Charlie Batch saw how the PIAA Class A football final ended, with a Clairton player running onto the field and throwing his helmet at a player. Watching the video touched a nerve with Batch, who called WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley and offered his help. “Absolutely, it did,” said Batch, who ...
McKeesport Daily News Dynamic 33
By Daily News Staff
There were countless memorable moments from the 2014 high school football season, including Clairton’s return to the PIAA title game for the sixth time in ...
West Mifflin edges late-charging Steel Valley in Section 4 contest
By Dave Mackall
It was a playoff atmosphere in December at West Mifflin. Expect anything when the Titans and Steel Valley get together for boys basketball. West Mifflin ...
Steel Valley plans to play up-tempo under 1st-year coach Schifino
By Karen Kadilak
In his first year as coach of the Steel Valley boys basketball team, Drew Schifino has great expectations for the Ironmen. “We have major things like ...
Young Steel Valley players looking for experience
By Karen Kadilak
The Steel Valley girls basketball team returns most of its players, but Steel Valley coach Brittany Youngblood still considers it a rebuilding year. “We’ve very young,” said Youngblood, noting many returnees lack abundant experience. Steel Valley kicks off the season Dec. 5-6 in a tournament at Montour. Its Section 3-AA opener is ...
Steel Valley’s Rohan commits to Seton Hill for softball
By Staff Report
Steel Valley junior Chelsea Rohan gave Division II Seton Hill a verbal commitment to play softball. Rohan, a catcher, batted .596 with four home runs and 18 RBIs last year at Steel Valley, which is a combined 22-11 with two WPIAL Class AA playoff appearances during her two seasons. She allowed ...

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