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Clairton wins 11th WPIAL football championship

By Dave Mackall 6:56 p.m.
Lamont Wade could barely contain his excitement, and who could blame him? His Clairton football team had just won another WPIAL championship. Wade, the Bears’ …

WPIAL Class AAAA notebook: Pine-Richland has titles in 3 classifications
By George Guido 6:57 p.m.
Pine-Richland became just the second school in WPIAL history to win football titles in three different classifications. Friday’s Class AAAA title game win was preceded by a Class AAA crown in 2003 under coach Clair Altemus. In 1969 and ’70, the Rams, going under the name of Richland High School, …
Pine-Richland tops defending champ Central Catholic to capture WPIAL title
By Tribune-Review 6:57 p.m.
Quarterback Ben DiNucci caught, ran and threw a touchdown and the Pine-Richland defense limited Central Catholic’s wildcat offense for most of the game as the …
WPIAL Class A notebook: Clairton climbs all-time title list
By George Guido 6:40 p.m.
• 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 …
WPIAL’s Top 10 football champions of all time
By Tribune-Review
To recognize 100 years of WPIAL football championships, the Tribune-Review selected what it and many within the Western Pennsylvania high school sports community regard as ...
From venues to playoff format, much has changed in 100 years of WPIAL championships
By Chris Harlan
Don Yannessa remembers vividly how the fans waited on Aliquippa streets for the buses to arrive home with his 1955 championship team. The Quips, with a senior named Mike Ditka, had just beaten Mt. Lebanon, 14-13, in a WPIAL football final at Pitt Stadium. A little-used sophomore that season, Yannessa watched ...
Explosive offense carries Pine-Richland into finals
By Paul Schofield
When No. 1 Pine-Richland defeated No. 3 Central Catholic, 48-28, in Week 8, the Rams celebrated at Highmark Stadium on the South Side. Pine-Richland coach Eric ...
Plenty of respect between Parkway Conference rivals
By Ed Phillipps
Something is going to give when Central Valley and West Allegheny meet for the WPIAL Class AAA championship at 8 p.m. Friday at Heinz Field. ...
WPIAL final wins over Aliquippa haven’t changed South Fayette’s underdog mentality
By Bill West
Even when recent history  favors his program, South  Fayette coach Joe Rossi believes the narrative of the WPIAL Class AA football championship never changes when ...
Avonworth faces ‘tall order’ against unbeaten Clairton
By Dave Mackall
So much for that Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic-Clairton matchup. Avonworth took care of that. Get ready for Clairton-Avonworth at 11 a.m. Friday at Heinz Field in ...
Gorman: Best WPIAL champion ever a matter of the heart
By Kevin Gorman
There is a foolproof way to turn a casual conversation about high school football into a heated debate. Ask someone to name the best team in WPIAL history. While the popular pick nowadays is the 1987 North Hills Indians that won the USA Today mythical national championship, it’s far from a ...
Law makes Big Nine first team — on defense
By Jeff Oliver
The big surprise is not that Ringgold’s Nico Law made the Big Nine All-Conference First Team in his senior season. What’s surprising, is Law made it ...
End of an era for Ford City football and its coach; Bartolovic steps aside
By Matt Grubba
When the next high school football season rolls around, it’s going to be without a fixture on the Armstrong County gridiron patrolling the sideline. John ...
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 ...
Central Catholic wildcat Petrishen wild card in game vs. Pine-Richland
By Paul Schofield
Central Catholic coach Terry Totten saw last week’s WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal against Penn-Trafford slipping away. After blowing an early 14-0 lead, Totten watched in amazement ...
Unbeaten Clairton not taking Avonworth lightly
By Dave Mackall
While Clairton’s overtime victory over Neshannock in the WPIAL Class A semifinals sent a thrill through the Bears’ locker room, it didn’t last long. After limiting ...
Gorman: Central Catholic faces ‘phenomenon’
By Kevin Gorman
Central Catholic has won with dominant defenses under Terry Totten, so the Vikings coach’s exasperation over Pine-Richland’s offense is telling. “The more I watch them, the more I believe this is something I haven’t seen as long as I’ve been around,” Totten said. “It’s a phenomenon I haven’t seen in ...
Karns City, Chestnut Ridge set for 3rd straight PIAA football clash
By Matt Grubba
Karns City’s reward for its third straight District 9 title is a third straight matchup against the same opponent. The Gremlins will go on the road ...
HS highlight reel: Shaler hockey team thrives in Class AAA
By Bill West
Through slightly more than one month of play, arguably no PIHL program has benefitted more from the league’s realigned classes than Shaler. After three straight losing seasons in Class AAA, the Titans are 6-1 in Class AA. Their lone loss came in their season opener against another former Class AAA ...
Now healthy, Central Valley quarterback George ‘hungry’ for win
By Ed Phillipps
John George’s senior season was nothing like he imagined it would be. However, there still is time for a perfect ending. After filling in nicely ...
Frazier gets nine on T-C South squad
By Jeff Oliver
Frazier and Beth-Center dominated the Tri-County South All-Conference Team with nine and 10 players selected, respectively. It should come as no surprise that the two teams ...
Monessen places four on Eastern’s Second Team
By Jeff Oliver
The Eastern Conference will hold its annual awards banquet Sunday at the Allegheny Valley Fire Hall and pay homage to the all-conference team, as well as other awards winners. Clairton, the conference champion that will be playing the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, led the all-conference team with 10 selections ...
Gorman: Palko perfect for West Allegheny
By Kevin Gorman
Bob Palko was warned when he took the job 19 years ago that he would never win at his alma mater, West Allegheny. Seven WPIAL Class AAA championships later, Palko has not only proven people wrong but made history in the process. West Allegheny hasn’t just won WPIAL titles, it’s ...
Looking back on an eventful football season in A-K Valley
By George Guido
The local high school football season is over with three teams advancing past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. But Plum, Highlands and Apollo-Ridge ...
HS highlight reel: Southmoreland wrestler ineligible
By Tribune-Review
The PIAA upheld a WPIAL ruling last week to deny an extra year of eligibility for Southmoreland senior wrestler Austin Griffiths. Griffiths, a two-time PIAA place winner, was projected to be Southmoreland’s starting 120-pounder. Griffiths’ ineligibility stems from the 2010-11 school year in which he enrolled in an online charter school ...
Aliquippa quarterback Fields ready when number is called
By Bill West
Early in his career as a quarterback, Aliquippa senior Darrien Fields imagined a day when coach Mike Zmijanac would approach him with grand plans to ...
Gorman: Aliquippa football program on record run
By Kevin Gorman
Asking Mike Zmijanac about Aliquippa’s record run of seven consecutive trips to the WPIAL Class AA final is akin to talking about Fight Club. The first rule ... “I always look forward to the next game,” Zmijanac said. “All the ones in the past are in the past. I can ...
McKeesport football team left it all on the field this season
By Dave Mackall
There were a number of question marks surrounding the McKeesport football team in the preseason. •Could the Tigers come close to matching last year’s success? ...
HS highlight reel: WPIAL again rules Lincoln Park guard ineligible until Jan. 21
By Chris Harlan
After a second WPIAL hearing, Lincoln Park junior Nick Aloi remains ineligible to play basketball until Jan. 21. School administrators and Aloi’s family presented additional testimony Monday in an attempt to overturn an April decision by the WPIAL Board of Directors. Instead, the board voted unanimously to uphold its earlier ...
Ringgold’s Small picked for national grid event
By Jeff Oliver
It’s no secret that Ringgold’s Brenden Small is one of the top freshmen football players in the WPIAL. However, the Ringgold ninth grader received national recognition ...
Avonworth’s signature ‘drive’ propels it to title date with Clairton
By George Guido
For years, Denver Broncos fans have fondly remembered “The Drive.” That’s the 98-yard, 15-play march engineered by quarterback John Elway that tied a 1987 NFL playoff ...
Gorman: Wasko fulfills ’Lopes hopes
By Kevin Gorman
As Avonworth’s fullback, Brandon Wasko had to overcome an impactful injury in front of him while dealing with a devastating death behind him. Wasko made three pivotal plays in the final minutes of Avonworth’s 28-21 victory over top-seeded Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic to complete what he calls “the game of ...
Ligonier Valley vows to make return to playoffs in 2015
By Kevin Ritchart
For the Ligonier Valley football team, missing the District 6 playoffs was a numbers game. Too many turnovers and three close losses resulted in the ...
Portage rallies from 18-point deficit to defeat Blairsville
By Paul Schofield
Blairsville never has played in the District 6 championship, and the drought will have to wait another year. Portage (11-1) rallied from an 18-point deficit ...
Brashear bows out of state playoffs
By John Dudley
ERIE — Brashear used a big defensive play to grab an early lead in Saturday’s PIAA Class AAAA subregional semifinals at Veterans Memorial Stadium. After that, ...
Unlikely offensive star lifts Central Catholic over Penn-Trafford and into WPIAL Class AAAA final
By Paul Schofield
Central Catholic defensive back Johnny Petrishen went into Friday’s WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal at Norwin with less than 100 yards rushing for the season. That changed ...