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High school notebook: WPIAL adjusts to accommodate Armstrong merger

By Chris Harlan
To accommodate the Ford City-Kittanning merger, the WPIAL slightly altered four football conferences and will schedule games next season with the City League. The WPIAL Board ...
Close loss in title game cannot diminish Clairton’s ‘great season’
By Dave Mackall
It was a great season, even by Clairton’s standards. In a community that feels disappointment with anything but a state championship, the Clairton football team came ...
High school notebook: Records tumble during PIAA football title games
By Staff Reports
It was a record-setting weekend in Hershey. Keepers of PIAA and WPIAL record books were busy updating their standards of excellence thanks to several outstanding individual ...
Gorman: Clairton star shows class amid chaos
By Kevin Gorman
HERSHEY — The Clairton sideline was in chaos as Bears coaches tried to corral a couple of out-of-control players while consoling those who were crying. ...
Clairton falls short vs. Bishop Guilfoyle in PIAA Class A title game
By Dave Mackall
HERSHEY — In a record-setting season of scoring for Clairton, the Bears’ bid for a fifth PIAA Class A football championship in six years was ...
Clairton, Bishop Guilfoyle football teams match vaunted defenses
By Dave Mackall
HERSHEY — Clairton and Bishop Guilfoyle, two undefeated teams vying Friday for a PIAA Class A football championship, haven’t given much slack to their opponents ...
Geibel girls pull away from Clairton in season opener
By Jason Black
While the majority of high school basketball teams played in tournaments or nonsection games to begin the season this past weekend, the Geibel girls squad ...
Gorman: Melvin leads Clairton line
By Kevin Gorman
Clairton has a chance to win its fifth PIAA Class A championship in six years, yet only one current Bears player has started in a state title game. That distinction belongs to Israel Melvin, a 6-foot-1, 282-pound senior two-way tackle who remembers his pre-game nervousness as a sophomore in 2012 ...
Clairton’s speed, skill match up with Guilfoyle size in PIAA title game
By Dave Mackall
In the world of Clairton football, losing is a bad word. Not a swear word, but a bad word. Losing isn’t something that Clairton ever expects ...
Clairton could reach national scoring mark in PIAA Class A title game
By Dave Mackall
High-scoring Clairton will need to put up more points in the PIAA Class A championship football game than all but one of its 15 previous contests to establish a single-season national high school scoring record. The Bears (15-0) hold the Pennsylvania mark with 940 points this season and need 84 in ...
High school football lifts spirits in Western Pennsylvania’s former industrial towns
By Megan Harris
Decked head-to-toe in Sto-Rox green, principal Tim Beck hung his head at halftime as the rusting scoreboard flickered and died. “It hasn’t been our finest year,” ...
Clairton marches into PIAA football championship
By Dave Mackall
Just once more. That was Clairton senior Jjuan Jackson’s message to his teammates Friday night just minutes after the Bears secured their sixth trip to ...
Clairton basketball team once again on hold
By Dave Mackall
It’s time for basketball just about everywhere but Clairton. While a majority of WPIAL schools open their season Friday, Clairton isn’t sure it will be ready ...
Ex-Bears star returns as coach
By Dave Mackall
The Clairton girls basketball team opens its 2014-15 schedule Friday night at the Charleroi Tournament with Clairton basketball legend Jonathan Marshall on the bench hoping ...
Gorman: Why Clairton needs to score
By Kevin Gorman
Clairton didn’t so much celebrate its state record for single-season scoring as it did take aim at another. The Bears broke the mark of 860 points, set by Terrelle Pryor-led Jeannette in 2007, in a 52-24 PIAA Class A quarterfinal victory over Berlin Brothersvalley. “It meant a lot,” senior receiver ...
Clairton preparing for another challenge in PIAA semifinals
By Dave Mackall
It’s down to this: Week 15 of the high school football season, four teams still standing in each of the four classifications. Yet another perceived mismatch ...
Williams tosses 6 TDs as Clairton sets state scoring record
By Dave Mackall
The admirers lined up to get a picture with sudden pass-happy quarterback Ryan Williams. The Clairton senior obliged them all, then turned his attention back ...
Gorman: Are mergers the future of Western Pa. football?
By Kevin Gorman
Central Valley and Conneaut Area, two schools that didn’t exist a half-dozen years ago, met in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal game Friday night. You ...
Scoring record within reach for Clairton
By Dave Mackall
Soon after Clairton had beaten Avonworth with another convincing victory in the Class A championship game to open the annual four-game WPIAL football extravaganza last ...
Gorman: Wade’s win a WPIAL first
By Kevin Gorman
That an historic moment in Western Pennsylvania prep history was but a footnote at the WPIAL football finals shouldn’t be seen as a slight. When Wayne Wade led Clairton to the WPIAL Class A title Friday, he was believed to have become the first African-American coach to win a WPIAL ...
High school football notebook: Official’s decision impacts WPIAL Class AAAA title game
By Staff Reports
For the third time in four years, the WPIAL Class AAAA final included a key call by an official. An inadvertent whistle in the third quarter Friday negated a Pine-Richland fumble in a 21-13 victory over Central Catholic. The Rams kept possession and scored a touchdown on the next play. ...
Gorman: Clairton QB delivers on dream
By Kevin Gorman
Ryan Williams always dreamed of being a starter on a Clairton team that won a WPIAL Class A football championship. Just like his dad. Remondo Williams ...
WPIAL Class A notebook: Clairton climbs all-time title list
By George Guido
Clairton’s victory brought the school its 11th WPIAL football title. That ties New Castle for second on the all-time WPIAL championship list. Aliquippa is tops with 15 titles. • The 46 points scored by the Bears marks the second time in WPIAL history that a team has gone over ...
Clairton wins 11th WPIAL football championship
By Dave Mackall
Lamont Wade barely could contain his excitement, and who could blame him? His Clairton football team had just won another WPIAL championship. Wade, the Bears’ standout ...
Liotta, Petrishen represent AK-Valley at WPIAL football finals
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Shawn Liotta has coached the Erie Explosion to back-to-back Continental Indoor Football League championships. He’s become somewhat of a household name in arena football circles ...

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