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Former coach returns to guide Northgate

By Ed Phillipps
It’s out with the new and in with the old at Northgate. T.J. Wiley, who coached the Flames in 2011 and 2012, is back at …
Deer Lakes loses football coach to Northgate
By Bill West
Discouraging times continue for the Deer Lakes football program. The coach Deer Lakes hired in January 2013 to turn its struggling football program around, T.J. Wiley, finished his first season winless. The district opened its head football coach position Monday night at about the same time Northgate approved Wiley as …
High school notebook: Nola’s move to Gateway among many coaching changes Monday
By Josh Yohe Bill West  and Doug Gulasy
The man who led the Clairton football team into national prominence is leaving Class A for one of the WPIAL’s glamour jobs. Sources confirmed to …
Northgate wins, ends Springdale’s 11-year playoff run
By Bill West
Even as its season turned sour, Springdale stuck to the gritty, defense-oriented, run-often style that corresponded with the program’s emergence as a Class A power during the past decade. That approach failed to save Springdale from falling out of playoff contention for the first time since 2001 as the Dynamos …
Apollo-Ridge rolls to playoffs
By George Guido
Apollo-Ridge’s sterling defensive performance Friday night was rewarded with a WPIAL playoff berth. The Vikings held Northgate to minus-33 yards net rushing in the first half and rolled to a 46-6 victory over Northgate before a large homecoming night crowd at Owens Field. After a scoreless first quarter, the Apollo-Ridge …
Leechburg beats Northgate to snaps 13-game losing streak
By Jeff Debaldo
Leechburg entered the season with eight straight losses to end the 2012 season and continued that trend by dropping the first five games this year. However, game No. 6 in 2013 turned out to be different as Leechburg defeated Northgate, 35-14, on Friday night for its first regular-season win since …
Northgate coach enjoys winning debut in 18-13 victory over Riverview
By George Guido
Northgate’s Brandon LeDonne won’t soon forget his first game as a head coach. A touchdown by Flames running back Alex Marusic with 11 seconds left …
Northgate hoping to avoid transition letdown
By Ed Phillipps
New Northgate coach Brandon LeDonne has not been around the program long, but he already likes what he sees. “I’m very impressed by the caliber …
Hazaga pitches Serra baseball to victory
By Mark Kaboly
The way Serra Catholic baseball coach Brian Dzurenda determines whether a home game will be played is based solely on the infield conditions at Boston Field. Weather conditions never factor in, and that was quite evident during Friday’s season opener against visiting Saltsburg. It didn’t really concern Dzurenda that temperatures …
High school notebook: Central Catholic’s Cosentino commits to Florida State
By Kevin Gorman
Central Catholic junior quarterback J.J. Cosentino has verbally committed to Florida State. A 6-foot-4, 218-pounder who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, Cosentino passed …
WPIAL teams to face off for final playoff berths
By Chris Harlan 9:56 a.m.
Belle Vernon fans will be rooting for Ringgold this weekend, and Freedom would surely welcome a New Brighton victory. It’s Week 9 of the WPIAL …
Springdale’s Sean Dugan breaks school’s career-rushing record
By Paul Kogut
Springdale senior running back Sean Dugan broke the school’s career-rushing record, and the Dynamos rolled to a 35-0 win Friday night in a key Class …
Apollo-Ridge tops Northgate on late field goal
By Dave Yohe
Apollo-Ridge’s most impressive win in recent memory came down to the toe of kicker Lonny Wells. The junior’s 19-yard field goal was true as time expired, and it lifted the Vikings to a 20-19 upset of Class A No. 9 Northgate on Friday night in an Eastern Conference clash at …
Northgate tops Leechburg behind Walter’s 260 rushing yards
By D.j. Vasil
Led by a stifling defense and a dominant ground game, No. 9 Northgate downed Leechburg, 20-0, in Class A Eastern Conference play Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field. Defensively, Northgate (5-1, 5-0) held Leechburg To 134 total yards and recorded three interceptions. Northgate senior quarterback Cody Walter rushed for 260 …
WPIAL coaches succeed with multiple QBs
By Chris Harlan
Montour coach Lou Cerro wanted his three quarterbacks to prove which one deserved to replace a graduated 6,000-yard passer. They all would play until someone …
Northgate pounds West Shamokin
By Jonathan Cyprowski
Northgate quarterback Cody Walter needed just one play to remind West Shamokin of his talents Friday. Walter rolled out and threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Georgie Floyd in the Flames’ first play from scrimmage during a 47-12 home win that improved Northgate to 2-0 in Eastern Conference play. He …
After 1st playoff appearance in 8 years, Northgate hoping to continue growth
By George Guido 6:46 p.m.
Coach T.J. Wiley started his tenure at Northgate High School with a splash last year. Despite being appointed as coach less than two months before …

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