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High school notebook: Christy will join Knoch football staff

By Bill Beckner Jr.
It looks like Knoch is adding a Super Bowl champion to its football coaching staff. Jeff Christy, a Freeport and Pitt graduate who won a ring ...

Former South Park coach Loughran optimistic about Fox Chapel’s prospects
By Marty Stewart
After 32 years as football coach at South Park, which included a pair of state championships, Tom Loughran is hoping for some of the same ...
Players benefit from A-K Valley 7-on-7, Big Man Challenge
By Doug Gulasy
Bobby Jendrejewski spent hours one night watching reruns of the “World’s Strongest Man” competition from the late 1970s and early ’80s. The Freeport senior showed off ...
Armstrong football captures 7-on-7 title at Alle-Kiski Valley competition
By William Whalen
Armstrong football has yet to play a meaningful down of WPIAL football but the first-year program is turning heads this summer in seven-on-seven passing scrimmages. The ...
Area coaches prefer staying put for camp
By Jeff Oliver
Years ago, high school coaches who had the financial capability to take their teams away to camp for a week in the summer would usually ...
Kiski Area to host Alle-Kiski Valley 7-on-7 Passing Competition and Big Man Challenge
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Kiski Area football coach Dave Heavner always wanted to see a summer seven-on-seven passing competition that not only involved neighboring teams, but one that was ...
PIAA takes steps to shorten football season 1 week
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL may someday eliminate one of its two preseason football scrimmages if the PIAA moves to shorten the season. The PIAA Board of Directors on Wednesday backed a motion that would allow football teams to replace the second scrimmage with a regular-season game. The idea still needs another favorable ...
Brentwood track coach returning to Mt. Lebanon sideline
By Brian Knavish
In these parts, Mike Cramer is most known for being the head track and field coach at Brentwood High School. But just a couple boroughs away, ...
Norwin football uses WCCA 7-on-7 event to prepare for upcoming season
By Nathan Smith
The Norwin football team will start its preseason camp next month as the Knights prepare for their opening kickoff against Latrobe on Sept. 4. But Norwin ...
Franklin Regional’s passing attack on display at annual WCCA tournament
By Ed Phillipps
Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta is a big fan of smashmouth, running back-driven offense. “As everyone knows, I’m not a seven-on-seven guy,” he said. ...
Penn-Trafford wins third straight WCCA 7-on-7 title
By Jason Black
With the start of football camp just a month away, teams are gearing up by taking part in various 7-on-7 tournaments throughout the area. Thursday was ...
Passing offenses find rhythm at 7-on-7 events
By Doug Gulasy
Philip Petit admitted “it felt pretty awesome” to have success against Greensburg Central Catholic at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament Thursday at Mt. ...
Several Alle-Kiski football teams eye season at Heinz Field
By Bill Beckner Jr.
After a lengthy tour of the inner workings of Heinz Field, Apollo-Ridge football players were the last ones to depart the stadium on a sunny ...
Scrimmage has West Shamokin football team optimistic
By William Whalen
The wolfpack is back. After winning the Westminster 7-on-7 passing scrimmage last month, West Shamokin football coach Jon McCullough has the Wolves thinking about a ...
Rawlins is back on gridiron, this time as coach at Monessen
By Jeremy Sellew
Justice Rawlins walked into the Memorial Stadium field house in early June. It’s something he has done numerous times, but this time, it was different. In ...
After busy June, Mars football team taking break before camp
By Joe Sager
For the Mars football team, the month of July is the calm before — and after — the storm. The Fightin’ Planets wrapped up a ...
Seneca Valley’s Hudanick gets head start at Central Florida
By Jerry Clark
Before he headed off to begin the next chapter of his football career and education at the University of Central Florida, former Seneca Valley tackle ...
Bellinotti brings changes to Burrell football
By Bill Beckner Jr.
From offensive formations to uniforms to training camp location, change is sweeping through the Burrell football program. New coach Dave Bellinotti and his staff are embracing ...
Franklin Regional football makes good use of summer work
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional head football coach Greg Botta said he likes what he sees from his players in workouts this summer. A group of 35 to 40 ...
Gateway Gators make good use of summer work
By Michael Love
Gateway head football coach Tom Nola said he likes what he sees from his players in workouts this summer. While there are things such as jobs, ...
Gateway senior Howard adds all-star game nod to Virginia verbal
By Michael Love
Last month, Gateway rising senior Aidan Howard gave a verbal commitment and accepted a football scholarship to the University of Virginia. The positive news for Howard ...
Armstrong football successful in debut during summer competition at Juniata
By William Whalen
Fresh off its recent first-place finish at a 7-on-7 competition, the Armstrong football team returned home to the river valley from Juniata College poised and ...
Plum football takes advantage of workouts
By Michael Love
Members of the Plum and Gateway football teams met at Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium last Thursday for a spirited workout session complete with linemen drills and ...
7-on-7 events gain in popularity, but ...
By Jeff Oliver 7:57 p.m.
One of the big fads these days in high school football is competing in seven-on-seven competitions. The seven-on-seven format is basically a passing camp as it ...
Thomas Jefferson gridders continuing careers at collegiate level
By Ray Fisher
Several senior members of the Thomas Jefferson football team in 2014-15 are planning to continue their careers in college. “They were an excellent group who ...
High school notebook: WPIAL rules in favor of North Catholic transfer Taylor
By Chris Harlan
Erick Taylor’s mother insisted that her son did not transfer to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic because former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon was hired as the school’s football coach. In fact, she had to search the Internet to learn exactly who Gildon was, said Kalisha Taylor, who told WPIAL board members that ...
BVA captures Pyrex Bowl crown
By The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area won the inaugural Pyrex Bowl 7-on-7 football tournament with a 12-6 win over Bishop Canevin in the championship game Saturday. The event, sponsored ...
Brumbaugh-led Pa. tops Maryland in storm-shortened Big 33 game
By Chris Harlan
HERSHEY – There were thunderstorms in the air instead of late December snowflakes, but South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh still liked this place just as much. ...
Big 33 kickoff return record ‘shared’ among friends
By Dave Mackall
Pat Monroe thinks he could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. The year was 1978. The play, a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that still stands as a Big ...
Big 33 game’s history still draws players despite busier college schedules
By Chris Harlan
Seneca Valley’s Tyler Hudanick has a 14-hour drive ahead of him in little more than a week, an end-of-his-summer trek to Central Florida’s campus in ...
Hollidaysburg plans to leave WPIAL after 2015 season
By Paul Schofield
The Hollidaysburg football program is planning to leave the WPIAL after the 2015 season, said coach Homer DeLattre, who also is the district’s athletic director. Citing “rising travel expenses and continued funding challenges,” Hollidaysburg’s administration and school board made the decision to play an independent schedule starting with the 2016 season. “Every ...
Many reasons to play in BeeGraphix Classic
By Jeff Oliver
The 19th annual BeeGraphix Football Classic will kick off Saturday night at Waynesburg Central High School. However, if anyone has been wondering how the area graduated ...
McKeesport to name football field after longtime coach
By Dave Mackall
As a senior at McKeesport High School in 1966, George Smith was on the final football team under longtime coaches Duke Weigle and Ding Schaeffer. ...
Western Pa. players to participate in all-star football game
By Jason Black
For many high school football players, the final game of their senior season is the last time they will strap on the pads and represent ...
EF football trio select colleges
By For The Valley Independent
Three Elizabeth Forward seniors have decided to continue their football careers with local colleges. Matthew Hermesmann signed a letter of intent to play football for Washington ...
Monessen’s Salvino can’t wait to get started
By Jeff Oliver
Editor’s note: New Monessen High football coach Joe Salvino held the first meeting with his coaching staff Tuesday at Memorial Stadium. The veteran basketball coach ...