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Washington prepped for life without McKenzie

By Jason Mackey
Remove the best running back in the state from a team that lost in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs, and there …
HSFB preview by position: Transition to defensive line no easy task
By Chris Harlan
Tyler Hudanick’s future could be offense. The Seneca Valley senior has shown an ability to block, and his 6-foot-5, 290-pound frame certainly makes him big …
High school football coaches put premium on safety of their players
By Matt Grubba
While one local team deals with tragedy, the PIAA and area football coaches are still hard at work with player safety as the top priority. …
Washington’s Wise breaks Olympian’s record at damp WPIALs
By Chris Harlan
With a hurt hamstring and rainy weather, Washington sprinter Alyssa Wise had plenty stacked against her. Yet, she broke a record held by a WPIAL …
Washington’s Wise eyes 4-event sweep at WPIAL and PIAA meets
By Jason Mackey
Washington’s Alyssa Wise has developed some serious upper-body strength — and not just from all the gold medals she’s been lugging around. The Pitt-bound sprinter …
Faust returns to coach Washington High hoops
By Jason Mackey
Ron Faust has some shopping to do. Faust, who won a pair of PIAA titles and presided over a WPIAL-record 52-game win streak at Washington, will be recommended to replace Mark Gaither as head coach of the Prexies boys basketball team at next Monday’s school board meeting, athletic director Joe …
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 …
Mackey: Now hear this: Blystone attracting attention
By Jason Mackey
The only resistance Washington’s Zach Blystone faces these days happens in the weight room. No WPIAL Board of Control. No lawyers. No court injunctions. No school board meetings. Blystone is now a regular football player — sort of. If you consider someone who’s 6-foot-2, 278 pounds and has garnered recent …
Adjusting to college life becoming priority No. 1 for recruits
By Jason Mackey
Justin King’s arrival at Penn State was hardly routine. For one, King chose to graduate from Gateway early and enroll for the 2005 spring semester. …
Washington’s McKenzie chooses Virginia Tech over Pitt
By Jerry DiPaola
He talked of loyalty, including the lack of it, in his opinion. He talked of family and a desire to please his mother and father, …
High school notebook: WPIAL career passing leader Williams commits to Temple
By Tribune-Review
Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams, the WPIAL’s career passing leader, verbally committed Tuesday night to Temple. “He felt comfortable there,” Sto-Rox coach Dan Bradley said, “and …
Seton-La Salle tops Washington in WPIAL Class AA football playoff opener
By Justin Criado
In one of the most evenly matched first-round games of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs, Seton-La Salle avenged last year’s quarterfinals loss by defeating Washington, 35-27, on Friday night at Washington High School Stadium. “You had two very good football teams playing here (Friday),” Washington coach Mike Bosnic said.  The …
PIAA returns wins to Washington, overturns WPIAL ruling
By Chris Harlan
Washington will be in the WPIAL football playoffs. The PIAA on Thursday overturned a WPIAL ruling that had forced Washington to forfeit five wins for …
Washington High to forfeit wins, miss playoffs for ineligible player
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL Board of Control believed PIAA rules left it with no choice but to force Washington to forfeit football victories and miss the playoffs …
High school notebook: Washington could forfeit victories for using ineligible player
By Chris Harlan  and Paul Schofield
The WPIAL could force Washington’s football team to forfeit victories and miss the playoffs for using an ineligible player. The WPIAL will announce its decision Tuesday morning, said executive director Tim O’Malley. The league held a hearing Monday for senior Quorteze Levy. Washington football coach Mike Bosnic said a guidance …
Washington starts fast, routs Freeport, 36-7 
By Anthony Parks 7:34 p.m.
The Washington Prexies got off to a hot start when they scored 14 points in the first three minutes of the game then went on to beat Freeport, 36-7, in a nonsection game Friday  night. The Prexies (7-1, 6-1) received the opening squibbed kick-off to start on their own 43-yard …
Blystone family drops case seeking eligibility at Washington
By Jason Mackey
The battle over Zach Blystone’s eligibility dates back to the summer. It includes WPIAL and PIAA hearings and appeals. The Washington School Board has gotten involved, backing and then halting Blystone’s efforts to play for the football team, and the story even aired on the local news after Blystone and …
No. 3 Mt. Pleasant, Mellors thump No. 5 Washington
By Jason Mackey
Tyler Mellors will remember this one for a long time. “My back,” Mellors said, grimacing. “I feel like I’m 90 right now.” Didn’t look that …
Washington School Board overturns Blystone decision
By Jason Mackey
Mike Bosnic understood why the Washington School Board voted Friday to prohibit Zach Blystone from playing in its game against Mt. Pleasant, but that didn’t make the news any easier to swallow. “I respect the school’s decision, and I respect so many of the people who had to make the …
Interstate’s top teams Washington, Mt. Pleasant to battle for conference supremacy
By Paul Schofield
When star running back Shai McKenzie was lost for the season with a knee injury in Week 3, Washington coach Mike Bosnic didn’t know how …
Gorman: Give Wash High a hand for taking this stand
By Kevin Gorman
An hour before kickoff last Friday night, Mike Bosnic hadn’t made up his mind. A Washington County judge issued an injunction to the WPIAL-ruled and PIAA-upheld decision that Zach Blystone was ineligible after transferring from Charleroi to Washington with “athletic intent.” Now Bosnic, the Wash High coach, had to decide …
Hearing on injunction delayed for Washington lineman Blystone
By Jason Mackey
The hearing to determine whether the preliminary injunction granted to Washington High School football player Zach Blystone will become permanent or whether it will be lifted has been postponed. Originally scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, the hearing was supposed to be in front of Common Pleas Judge John F. DiSalle …
Washington lineman Blystone returns to field thanks to court injunction
By Jason Mackey
Ruled ineligible by the WPIAL and PIAA and denied multiple appeals, the parents and attorney for Zach Blystone obtained a court injunction last Friday, allowing …
High school football notebook: WPIAL passing mark within Williams’ reach
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL soon could have a new name atop its career passing lists. Sto-Rox’s Lenny Williams needs only 257 yards and three touchdown passes Friday to break two records held by South Fayette’s Christian Brumbaugh. Williams has 6,906 yards and 86 touchdowns. Brumbaugh, now a sophomore at William & Mary, …
Minus McKenzie, sophomore RB leads Washington to blowout victory
By Jason Mackey
The Washington football team might’ve been without star running back Shai McKenzie, but the Class AA fifth-ranked Prexies didn’t lack a running game during Thursday’s …

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