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WPIAL inducts 2014 Hall of Fame class

By Jerry DiPaola
Don Yannessa heard the complaints and listened with the patience of a good coach and administrator. In the end, though, he did things his way, …
Trib prospect: Aliquippa’s Patrick Anderson
By Chris Harlan
With two 4,000-yard rushers and many lopsided wins, Aliquippa didn’t need to pass much last season. So few outside Beaver County knew much about junior …
New WPIAL hall of famer Yannessa cherishes the process
By Justin Criado
Don Yannessa is a winner, there’s no disputing that. But what’s even more impressive than the numbers is the way he changed the culture everywhere …
North Hills football great Kasperowicz part of WPIAL’s 2014 hall class
By Jerry DiPaola
Eric Kasperowicz remembers every detail. The down, the distance — even the wind-chill (30-below) at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. “That’s in my head like …
Jordan, Anderson shine, as Aliquippa returns to quarterfinals of PIAA
By Chris Harlan
It’s been a while, but this is familiar ground for Aliquippa. “Two more games and we’re on to Hershey,” said Aliquippa sophomore Patrick Anderson, who …
Breaking down the PIAA boys basketball playoffs
By Compiled By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: New Castle (26-0), Hampton (22-4), Kiski Area (17-6), North Allegheny (21-4), Bethel Park (18-6), Allderdice (21-4). Around the state: Philadelphia’s Roman …
PIAA doubleheader moved to Gannon
By Tribune-Review
The PIAA has moved a Saturday boys basketball first-round doubleheader from General McLane High School to the Hammermill Center at Gannon University. A 4 p.m. Class AAAA game between Kiski Area and McDowell and a 6 p.m. Class AA game between Aliquippa and Fairview will now be played at the …
Greensburg Central Catholic boys make good on season-long promise to reach title game
By Jason Mackey
Brian Graytok and the second-seeded Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team had a plan this entire season. “Ever since we lost to Burrell in the …
Serra Catholic girls roll, edge closer to goal
By Mark Emery
The Serra Catholic Eagles are on a quest to avenge their WPIAL title game defeat from a season ago. Aliquippa found itself in the way of that mission Saturday, and the result wasn’t pretty for the Quips. Serra dominated the WPIAL Class A girls basketball quarterfinal game from start to …
32 WPIAL players headed to Division I-FBS schools
By Tribune-Review
Thirty-two WPIAL players and one from the District 6 Heritage Conference have accepted football scholarships from FBS schools. WR Troy Apke Mt. Lebanon, Penn State DE Rori Blair Upper St. Clair, Pitt TE Alec Bloom Ligonier Valley, UConn OL Alex Bookser Mt. Lebanon, Pitt DT Brock Boxen Beaver Falls, Akron …
High school notebook: WPIAL says GCC must suspend coach or miss playoffs; Big 33 roster announced
By Chris Harlan
The Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team will be banned from this season’s playoffs unless the school suspends coach Greg Bisignani for three regular season …
Trib Cup: Aliquippa girls forming their own identity
By Brian Graham
Mark D’Alessandris is trying to build more than just a successful girls basketball team in Aliquippa. For D’Alessandris, it’s more about molding a mentality of deserved success and community pride. Long known for its excellence on the football field, the Quips girls basketball team is forming its own identity on …
Aliquippa’s Henry wins PAA’s Mercury Award
By Kevin Gorman
Aliquippa’s Dravon Henry was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Mercury Award, honoring the top high school football player in Western Pennsylvania. Henry, a 6-foot, 185-pound running back/defensive back headed to West Virginia, led the Quips to the WPIAL Class AA final by rushing for 1,242 yards as a …
Aliquippa’s Henry wins PAA’s Mercury Award
By Kevin Gorman
Aliquippa’s Dravon Henry was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Mercury Award, honoring the top high school football player in Western Pennsylvania. Henry, a 6-foot, 185-pound running back/defensive back headed to West Virginia, led the Quips to the WPIAL Class AA final by rushing for 1,242 yards as a …
Penn Hills great Flynn to be inducted into PAA Hall of Fame
By Kevin Gorman
The Pittsburgh Athletic Association will induct former Penn Hills, Pitt and NFL safety Tom Flynn into its Hall of Fame Friday night at its annual John Majors Night celebration. The Mercury Award also will be presented to the top high school football player in Western Pennsylvania. The finalists are Central …
Gorman: WPIAL recruits send message to Pitt
By Kevin Gorman
Pitt football recruiting has come to this: When a WPIAL star has a news conference to announce his college choice, Panthers fans automatically believe it’s …
Aliquippa’s Fields commits to WVU
By Kevin Gorman
Before announcing his college choice, Jaleel Fields spoke with his parents and prayed about his decision. Then the Aliquippa defensive tackle decided to make a …
Aliquippa’s Henry picks West Virginia over Pitt
By Jerry DiPaola
Shanell Henry makes no apologies for her diligence in ensuring Dravon, her first born, finds the university that is best for him. “I call myself …
Aliquippa RB Swanson commits to Toledo
By Kevin Gorman
When Terry Swanson took an official visit to Toledo this past weekend, Rockets coaches showed him film of how they would feature him in their …
Gorman: Will Aliquippa’s Pitt pipeline end with Henry?
By Kevin Gorman
Dravon Henry made his college choice, then flew to Florida to escape any chance of someone convincing him to change his mind. Where some speculated …
Gorman: North’s title a ‘thrill’ for Rooney
By Kevin Gorman
North Catholic’s most famous alumnus shook hands with and congratulated the Trojans on winning the first WPIAL football championship in school history. That they won …
WPIAL championship notebook: Sto-Rox QB ends career among Pa. passing leaders
By George Guido
Lenny Williams finished his outstanding career with 8,509 yards, best in WPIAL history and fifth all-time in state history. He finished 36 yards short of …
Late touchdown gives South Fayette its 4th WPIAL title
By Jason Mackey
Of all the things Conner Beck was likely to do Saturday night, twisting and contorting his body while falling backward had to rank somewhere near …
Aliquippa players downplay significance of 2010 final loss to South Fayette
By Jason Mackey
There’s a saying Aliquippa football coach Mike Zmijanac has that resonates with center Nayo Seaburn. “One thing (Zmijanac) tells us is, ‘Revenge is for losers.’ …
High school notebook: Blackhawk, Canon-McMillan players commit
By Tribune-Review
Blackhawk junior basketball player Courtney Vannoy has made a verbal commitment to play at Division I Loyola, a member of the Patriot League. Zeremenko going to Pitt Canon-McMillan catcher Giorgiana Zeremenko verbally committed to play softball at the University of Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Zeremenko hit a team-best .545 and …

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