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Gorman: Pair perfect for playoffs

By Kevin Gorman
Aliquippa acknowledged the elephant in the room, only for Nick Lackovich to use it as a chance to crack a joke. With New Castle losing at Allderdice Monday, Lackovich told the Quips they are the last undefeated boys team still standing. One season after falling short of perfection in the PIAA ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25: Aliquippa’s Pugh named Player of the Year
By Chris Harlan
Aliquippa senior Kaezon Pugh was ready to share the backfield, but became almost a one-man rushing attack. A Pitt recruit, Pugh carried the football 273 ...
Aliquippa’s Pugh named state’s Class AA Player of the Year; 5 Central players honored
By Staff Report
Aliqiuppa senior running back/linebacker Kaezon Pugh was rewarded for a special season Tuesday, as he was named the Class AA Player of the Year by ...
Gorman: For Aliquippa’s Pugh, a bad break
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY — Kaezon Pugh trudged off the field in tears, collapsed on the Aliquippa sideline and sobbed about another season ending with a silver trophy ...
Aliquippa falls in PIAA Class AA final
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY — Aliquippa could have crowned its first undefeated state champion Saturday, but the team’s afternoon was far from perfect. The Quips turned the ball over ...
High school notebook: Few WPIAL teams choose to play up
By Staff Reports
Only three WPIAL football and boys basketball teams have chosen to move up in classification for the next two years, when the PIAA will move ...
Gorman: Aliquippa’s Jeter seeks a perfect finish
By Kevin Gorman
Sheldon Jeter has been on the precipice of perfection twice at Aliquippa, so he understands what’s at stake Saturday. Jeter was on the 15-1 Quips ...
Southern Columbia has experience with Beaver County football teams
By Chris Harlan
From 250 miles away, Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth has a familiarity with Beaver County football. The veteran coach faced Rochester five times in ...
Gorman: Make no mistake on Quips’ mystique
By Kevin Gorman
Mike Zmijanac called for the players to circle around him in the locker room, a septuagenarian speaking while surrounded by teenagers. Waiting on the turf ...
Pugh’s 3 touchdowns carry Aliquippa back to PIAA final
By Chris Harlan
Aliquippa endured a gruelingly long bus ride Friday night when traffic gridlocked around an accident ahead of them. With two touchdown runs and an interception ...
Gorman: Central coach Baker counts his blessings
By Kevin Gorman
This is the story of the 70-year-old football coach who returned to lead his alma mater to the PIAA Class AA semifinals. While that certainly could apply to Aliquippa’s Mike Zmijanac, it belongs to Central’s (Martinsburg) Dave Baker. Baker has spent 49 seasons on the sidelines, yet this is ...
Aliquippa defense to be tested in PIAA semifinals
By Joe Sager
Aliquippa hasn’t had to deal with snow for any of its practices or games so far. Quips coach Mike Zmijanac is OK with that. With no precipitation ...
Aliquippa comes from behind to beat Karns City, advances to PIAA semifinals
By Karen Price
The game had all the makings of a high-scoring affair, but offense was scarce for most of Aliquippa’s PIAA Class AA quarterfinal meeting against District ...
Gorman: Time for PIAA to shorten football season
By Kevin Gorman
Dom DeCicco is a self-described “huge football guy,” as all three of his sons won state football titles at Thomas Jefferson and played the sport ...
HS highlight reel: Aliquippa’a PIAA game moved to Geneva College
By Bill Hartlep
The Aliquippa football team will have a bit of a shorter ride to its PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game Friday than originally anticipated. Because of a gas leak at North Allegheny’s Newman Stadium, the Quips (13-0) will now play District 9 champion Karns City (12-0) at 7 p.m. at nearby ...
WPIAL Class AA boys basketball preview: Aliquippa taking aim at titles in football, basketball once players return to court
By Chris Harlan
Aliquippa’s Chucky Humphries is eager to start his senior basketball season, but he’s also willing to wait a few weeks for what could be a ...
Gorman: Aliquippa’s Jordan stars in any role
By Kevin Gorman
Jassir Jordan dreamed about being the hero for Aliquippa in a championship game, just never imagined it like this. Jordan took a lateral from Sheldon ...
No shortage of offensive weapons for Aliquippa, Karns City in PIAA game
By George Guido
Don’t be surprised if the scoreboard operator at North Allegheny’s Newman Stadium on Friday is quite busy. The PIAA Class AA quarterfinal clash at 7 p.m. ...
High school notebook: Thomas Jefferson, Clairton head into enemy territory
By Staff Reports
A pair of WPIAL football teams drew short straws, it seems, on the sites of their scheduled PIAA quarterfinal games Friday night. In a method ...
WPIAL Class AA notes: South Fayette’s Saxton sets WPIAL finals record
By George Guido
South Fayette sophomore quarterback Drew Saxton was spectacular in a losing performance Saturday. He completed 27 passes for 435 yards, a new WPIAL championship record, shattering the mark of 352 set by his predecessor Brett Brumbaugh last season. For the season, Saxton had 1,981 yards and 31 touchdowns. Lions coach ...
Aliquippa wins 16th WPIAL title, ends South Fayette’s 44-game winning streak
By Karen Price
The trick play was one Aliquippa had run over and over in practice this year but hadn’t used in an actual game in years. With the ...
Clairton among greatest WPIAL dynasties; Aliquippa, South Fayette close
By Chris Harlan
The Clairton Bears had a reservation for just before dawn at a family-owned restaurant along Route 51. It’s become an almost-annual tradition for the team ...
WPIAL history full of football dynasties
By George Guido
Some of the WPIAL’s best Washington, 1917-23 Wins: 1920, ‘23 Second: 1922 Tie: 1917 While Wilkinsburg won the first three WPIAL titles from 1914-16, Washington had an early extended run. From 1915-23, Washington rolled up a 63-4-10 record and played in four WPIAL title games. The 1917 team battled Johnstown to ...
WPIAL Class AA final preview: Rivals South Fayette, Aliquippa to play for title for record 3rd straight season
By George Guido
The phrase “It’s the Same Old Song” is best known as the title of a 1965 recording by the Four Tops. But the “same old song” ...
HS highlight reel: Pair of title games to be on tape delay Saturday
By Bill Hartlep
As usual, Saturday’s four WPIAL football championship games all will be televised by Root Sports, but two will be on tape delay. The Class A ...
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