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Alle-Kiski notebook: Kiski Area light on players

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

Kiski Area's football team made the WPIAL playoffs last season for the first time since 2006, so one might expect to see a spike in participation.

Not the case.

Heading into summer workouts — conditioning sessions and 7-on-7 passing scrimmages — Kiski Area had only 45 players, a low total for a Class AAAA program.

“When we had sign-ups in the beginning of winter, we had 65,” second-year coach Dave Heavner said. “It's easy to sign up, but you have to commit.

“My attitude is don't worry about the non-football players in the hallways, just those who want to represent Kiski Area. Each kid who has been here has worked very hard, and I think we have decent numbers coming up (in the future).”

Heavner said more players could return to the team by the time training camp starts Aug. 12. Until then, the Cavaliers will attempt to make a return to the playoffs this fall with the roster they have.

“A lot of kids at Kiski don't give (athletes) the credit we deserve,” incoming senior tight end Shane Kuhn said.

“That's the whole attitude there. We're trying to change that. We have to do what we can with who is here.”

Frerotte coming home

Former NFL quarterback and Ford City graduate Gus Frerotte is returning to the Pittsburgh area after spending four seasons with the John Burroughs High School football program near St. Louis, according to

Frerotte, 41, was the head coach at John Burroughs for two seasons and posted a 26-3 record and two Missouri Class 3 runner-up finishes.

Frerotte told the website his sons, Gunner, who will be a sophomore, and Gabe, an incoming freshman, will attend Central Catholic in Pittsburgh.

Drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1994 after playing at Tulsa, Frerotte played 15 seasons in the NFL with seven teams.

Scholze signs

Brandon Scholze, who will be a cyber-school student in the fall but plans to graduate from Burrell High School in the spring, has signed a tender to continue his budding hockey career with the Wooster Oilers of the USA Hockey Tier III Minnesota Junior Hockey League.

He will train and play out of state after spending last season with Burrell hockey and the Pittsburgh Ice Renegades' U-18 Triple-A team.

Big summer

Plum grad Nolan Cressler made a strong bid for regular-season MVP of the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am summer league in addition to being named to the All-Pro-Am team.

In six games against top college and semi-pro competition, the Cornell sophomore guard finished second in scoring at 23 points per game, behind Pitt forward Talib Zanna (27.2).

He scored 38 in one game.

Cressler led the league in 3-point field goals, hitting 25 of 49 (51 percent).

In addition to shooting 56 percent from the field, he also averaged 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

His brother, Andrew, who plays for Pitt-Johnstown, averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He shot 59 percent from the field (29 for 49).

McCoy on national sled hockey team

Cheswick's Dan McCoy was named to the 2014 U.S. Sled Hockey Team that will compete in the Paralympic Winter Games in March in Sochi, Russia.

McCoy is a 19-year-old forward who attends Pitt and is a team captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins sled hockey team.

McCoy, a Fox Chapel graduate, helped the U.S. team earn silver at last season's International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge World Championship in Goyang City, South Korea. He also was on the championship team at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta.

McCoy and his teammates are featured on a mural at Primanti Bros. in the Strip District.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at

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